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Style icon:Jameela Jamil

12 Nov

When the entire world fell in love with Alexa Chung, T4 had a bit of a problem. How to replace the new nation’s sweetheart, Alexa has preeeetty big shoes to fill. They struck gold with Jameela Jamil, not only is she adorable, she has a killer wardrobe and dress sense. It would be so easy for her to be labelled and put into a box as Alexa mark II but thankfully she lets her own personality and style shine though. 

Her retro, girly grunge has earned her an army of fashion fans, especially since her style is all real – Jameela does not believe in having a stylist. Her signature style includes feminine touches like floral girly dresses and ruffles with a dressed down glam grunge twist. She likes sticking to neutral, classic colours but the odd splash of red looks absolutely stunning on her. 

I’m styling a show at the BNTM live event!

19 Oct

I have some uber-exciting news! As the title of the post suggests, I’m going to be styling a catwalk show at the Britain’s Next Top Model live event this weekend! Motorola are headline sponsors of the event and they have asked five super stylish bloggers (and me for some silly reason!) to style the catwalk show. I’ll be styling the high street segment with Jenny, Natasha and Frankie will be styling the vintage segment and Matthew and Alize will be doing high end. The theme of the show is geek chic in keeping with the current ‘too hip to be square’ ad campaign for the Flip Out phone. How stupendously excited am I?! 

As a fan of the BNTM and ANTM shows, the idea of a live event was very exciting, let alone being involved in it. Huge thanks to the guys at Motorola. The event takes place at London’s ExCel centre between 22nd-24th October, if you haven’t got tickets yet, hurry!! It sounds like a fab event, there are celebrity performances, girls from BNTM in attendance, hair and beauty pampering and shopping. 

So…onto my task. Although geek chic has been around for a while, it’s not so easy to style for a catwalk show. There are so many micro-trends within it – Gleek, Alexa Chung geek, Ugly Betty geek, Ghostworld geek, Shoreditch geek, Luella geek…the list goes on and on. Here are my favourite geek chic micro-trends:

Preppy geek chic – Think Blair Waldorf in season 1 of Gossip Girl, Alexa Chung and Rachel from Glee. Very proper and chic, a more sophisticated take on geek chic.
The details – Checks, cute shoes, bows and hairbands 

New Look corsage cardigan – £22
New Look peter pan tie blouse – £21.99
River Island blue check skirt – £29.99
Topshop Greta square toe mary-janes – £60
Asos pearl effect hairband – £4

Grown up geek – A cross between a librarian and Ugly Betty (latest season), this is probably the most on trend geek look. The pieces individually are on trend but they clash slightly when together. 
The details – Bows, animal print, texture and tweed

Topshop devoree burnout shrug – £35
F&F vintage ruffle blouse – £16
Topshop buckle wrap flannel skirt – £40
Asos soul bow detail kitten heel – £32
Asos statement cocktail ring – £18

Cosy geek – Very apt for this weather! No pop culture references for this one, just combine the cosiest of the autumn/winter trends into a cute geek chic outfit. 
The details – shearling, cable knit and funny beanie hats

Asos cable knit roll neck jumper – £40
Oasis flannel pleat skirt – £40
New Look leather collar heeled boots – £64.99
River Island grey knitted racoon pom pom beanie – £14.99
Miss Selfridge purple space gloves – £10