Archive | November, 2010

Ayaka Nishi SS11

30 Nov

I feel so fortunate to have stumbled upon Ayaka Nishi. I’m a total jewellery addict but also slightly into the macabre (obscure foreign horror movie, anyone?) and unfortunately it’s not very often that those two mix. Of course, I know and love Pamela Love’s collection but aside from her collections there isn’t much else out there til I stumbled on Ayaka’s gorgeous collection. The collection is inspired by nature and features spider-web necklaces, insect-wing brooches and fish scale rings. Ayaka grew up in Kagoshima, a Japanese province with a volcano, woodlands, green hills, tea farms and a raging ocean. It’s clear to see how nature was a huge influence growing up. Her SS11 collection features pieces inspired by bone, coral, honeycomb, spider’s webs, fossils, fish scales, feathers, insect wings and sea urchins. My favourite pieces are the bone pieces, I need one of the rings or a cuff in my life! I’m really looking forward to seeing these concepts develop in future collections. 

Baby it’s cold outside

29 Nov

Living in London, I know that any extreme fluctuation in temperature causes major problems. I’m not talking TFL meltdowns due to snow/rain/leaves on tracks, I’m talking getting dressed in the morning. Though I can’t remember what it actually feels like to have sunshine on my skin, I (vaguely) remember that I just didn’t care about what I wore during the token two weeks of sunshine we get in London. Likewise in Winter, I don’t care about looking like the Mitchelin man, I just want to be warm and toasty.
This weekend has been particularly Arctic, as I found out when running errands on Saturday. This lovely jumper from
M&S has become one of my default items to wear when it’s so cold. It’s so thick and snuggly plus it tends to go with everything I own. Case in point, I paired it with a pretty little silk slip from Topshop and electric blue platforms from Matalan and it somehow still works. Fully embracing the art of layering, I did wear tights and leggings over the top, and a vest top under the slip and a lace tee over the top. I cinched in the numerous layers loosely with this lovely little skinny belt from London jewellery brand EC One and protected my head from the elements with a vintage Russian-inspired fur hat. 

New Look SS11 press day

27 Nov

This week was a good week, highlights so far have included:a new hair colour, a haircut, great week at work, retail therapy a sample sale, dinners with friends and the ultimate highlight – the New Look press day. I look forward to this press day all season. As one of the biggest fast fashion retailers on the high-street, attending the press day gives me an instant insight into how we will all be dressing next season. So what did I discover? The colourful and cute collection is very vintage inspired, taking cues from both the 60s and 70s. Proportions varied from fitted and tailored with 60s miniskirts and billowing, flowy 70s silhouettes with gorgeous bootcut flares and chic halterneck jumpsuits. There was also a very preppy collection with argyle twinsets, varsity jackets and pleated gym-style skirts. 

In terms of colour, it was a whitewash with pale neutrals and whites. The colours very Alexander Wang SS11. Camel continues to be a huge colour story too. New Look have also bought heavily into brights, with colourful spring macs and pegleg trousers taking centre stage. Denim and prints continue to be on trend, with florals, Christopher Kane-esque gingham, tribal and bluebird prints. The collection had some lovely textures with crochet, silk, lace and fringing/tassels. Spring needs to get here sharpish, I’ve already got a dozen things on my wishlist! 

Here are some pictures I took on the day…

Gap x Valentino collaboration

26 Nov

I am not a happy bunny this week. After weeks, nay months, of whipping us into a frenzy with rumours, announcements, leaks and teaser videos, the H&M x Lanvin finally launched earlier this week. Previous H&M collaborations have caused havoc but this was out and out chaos. There are stories of people queueing overnight to get a piece! Before 9am, there were over 200 fashionistas queueing at the Regent St store and the online collection was sold out long before then. I had some time to kill before dinner with a friend so I joined in the hysteria by traipsing to four stores. I’m surprised the mannequins were left clothed to be frank, the shelves were pretty much stripped bare! 

With all that hype and build up, I feel a little sorry for the second designer collaboration to launch this week; Gap x Valentino. On the surface, it seems like a rather strange match, when I think of Valentino I normally think of beautiful gowns in Valentino red whereas Gap evokes images of jeans, khakis and crisp white shirts. But you know what, it actually kind of works. The collection is limited to just seven pieces and is utilitarian/military practicality through the eyes of Valentino. That basically means lots of khaki with Valentino ruffles priced between £89.99-£149.99. The range is available Saturday 27th November at Colette, Gap flagship in Milan, the Gap flagship on Oxford Street and Dover Street Market. 

Take the heat with Aussie on Bonfire Night

25 Nov

Brrrr Bonfire Night seems like it was forever ago doesn’t it?! I could certainly do with a fire today it’s f-f-f-f-f-freezing!! Anywhoo…back to the point! A couple of weeks ago, the uber lovely folk at Aussie brought all of their Southern Angels together to celebrate Bonfire Night and the launch of the new Take The Heat range. The heat protection range is great for pretty much everyone, I’m sure we’re all guilty of crimes against hair using GHDs, hairdryers and tongs among various other torture devices. Since I’ve had my fringe cut, straightening is now a daily chore for me. As my hair’s been dyed pretty much every colour under the sun this year, it’s also prone to drying out with everything I put it through! Well worth checking out for it’s moisturising and heat protection qualities. 

The invitation was quite cryptic, the dress code was ‘VIP glam’ and we were told to heat style our hair as the best hair on the night wins a special prize. I decided to be a little different and curl my hair but keep my fringe straight. I was supposed to demonstrate the contrast between straight and curly (what a concept!) but unfortunately November showers  meant my hair was more wavy/messy rather than tumbling curls. 

 Dress – vintage, tights – New Look, shoes – Aldo

To celebrate Bonfire Night and the new range, the Angels were taken on the London Eye to take in all the fireworks. I’ve been on the eye before but WOW…it’s amazing when you can see fireworks going off all around you! I was in awe, London is such a big, beautiful city. I take it for granted most of the time but it’s such an inspiring place to be. After a couple of trips around the eye, we were whisked off in two giant Hummer limos to a bar in Covent Garden.  What a dream night! 

Jenny (The Style PA) and I
Fiona (Save Our Shoes) and I

Vero Moda Very

24 Nov

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the Vero Moda Very press day and promised outfit pics with the gorgeous military blazer and the most amazing leather dress I’ve ever laid eyes on. Both pieces have these stretchy panels around the waist to make them extremely well fitted and tailored. The leather dress is so beautifully soft that I can’t help but stroke it all the time. I know a leather dress sounds kind of scary and slightly S&M but this one is so perfect that I’ve been wearing it all the time. I’ve even worn it to work coupled with a soft fluffy cardi to dress it down. Most of the time it’s worn with killer heels though. The jacket is also a staple for work, especially if I’m heading out for drinks straight after. The jacket is so lovely that Bob (official bunny of Fashion Daydreams) couldn’t help but be drawn to it. Bless him! 


Topshop Limited Edition

23 Nov

Those little tinkers at Topshop have just released a limited edition range of dresses in time for the Christmas party season. The range has been produced in very small quantities so you can pretty much ensure that you won’t bump into a doppelgänger wearing the same dress. The range features cute ruffled dresses, beaded flapper dresses, heavily embellished dresses and lots more! My two favourite dresses at the moment are the two chiffon dresses. The grey ruffle dress is perfect for a low key dinner/drinks affair and the one shoulder dress is just crying out for a night out fuelled by cocktails and lots of dancing. I always try to be careful when wearing chiffon as it can look a little bit too girly and frou-frou, so I would toughen up both of these dresses with these stunning lace up boots and hard, shiny bag, I loved the tassel detail. 

Topshop grey chiffon ruffle dress – £170
Topshop Grecian one shoulder chiffon dress – £175
Asos black gunmetal egg tassel bag – £36
River Island white lace up boots – £120