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Review: AX Paris zebra knit dress

21 Nov

You may not have heard of AX Paris, but you’ve definitely seen their collection. Available online as well as at New look, the celebrity favourite label counts the likes of Lauren Pope, Maria Fowler, The Saturdays and Kelly Brook as fans, they’re are always seen out and about with their latest must-have piece. Although AX Paris are most well known for their gorgeous party dresses, they also have a really great collection which offers everything from snuggly knits, cute playsuits and cosy coats.

When they recently asked me to pick a piece to review, I went for something casual and picked this abstract zebra print knitted dress. I adore animal print but leopard print and snakeskin are a little too obvious this season so the zebra print really appealed to me. I was really pleased when I received the jumper, I was really pleased by how soft and snuggly it was. I love the high street, but sometimes the quality of fabrics can be really touch and go, there’s nothing I hate more than seeing a really gorgeous piece only to find out the wool or cotton is scratchy. Although it was long enough to wear as a dress, I prefered to wear it slouchy and pulled it up a little. I adore this jumper and have worn it to death, it’s so versatile and comfy. I wore it casually with leggings and hiker boots and also dressed it up with my favourite red jeans and stilettos. Which look do you prefer? 

    

Jumper – courtesy of AX Paris
Leggings – New Look

Hiker boots – Topshop
Bracelet – Links of London
Charm – Peculiar Vintage at Rokit 
Ring – YSL Arty


Jumper – As before
Jeans – Oasis
Shoes – courtesy of Sarenza
Jewellery – As before

Westfield’s AW11 style challenge: The heritage trend

5 Oct

Recently, I popped over to Westfield to do some hardcore retail therapy. No really, it was hard work not just a jolly! Let me explain. Their AW11 campaign is based on five key trends for this season: sequins, mod, heritage, faux fur and coats. I’ve got to admit, it can be a little daunting to go to Westfield with a specific item or trend in mind, the choice of stores is a little overwhelming and they all have their own trends going on. On the upside though, if you can’t find what you’re looking in Westfield then it probably doesn’t exist anywhere! To tie in with their offline campaign, they bought in four  bloggers including yours truly to take each trend and shop it til we drop! I had a choice of sequins or heritage, sequins was the obvious choice given that I’m a fashion magpie so I chose heritage to give myself a bit of a challenge. 



Elements of the heritage trend have been around for a few seasons now; think Hunter wellies, cable knits, riding boots, tartan and tweed. Tartan always features at Vivienne Westwood and iconic British fashion houses Daks, Burberry and Mulberry are the epitome of heritage. An entire heritage look can be a little much but it’s easy to give a nod to the look without going OTT, autumnal colours like mustard yellow, forest green, deep blues and rusty browns give a hint of heritage to an outfit, as well as faux fur and thick wool. You can also accessorise with a pretty brooch or plaid scarf with a knee length skirt and pussy-bow blouse. Easy peasy.

With about an hour and a half to go, I headed straight to Topshop which turned out to be heritage heaven. I wanted to go for a more subtle take on the trend and was in my element with burgundy wide leg trousers, chunky cable knit cardis, quilted coats and an abundance of heritage colours. 

This faux fur collared, oversized rust coloured boyfriend coat
is an unassuming piece which epitomises and it formed the basis of my outfit.
Everything I paired it with automatically looked heritage. I initially tried it
on with burgundy wide leg trousers but the colours were so similar it just didn’t
look right; the oversized jacket also didn’t work with the wide leg fit of the
trousers. I opted for a pair of blue tapered trousers, the jewel toned hue
worked well with the coat and they came with a camel coloured belt with equestrian-inspired
buckle details which lent itself well to the trend. 


Here’s a video of me shopping my trend! 



Oriental inspiration from Katy Perry to the high street

31 Aug

There is only one person I look out for at music awards ceremonies – Ms Katy Perry. This girl plans meticulously and goes the whole 10 yards with her entire head-to-toe look, she really commits. And the girl has enough chutzpah to pull off any look. Take her Oriental-inspired get up at the 2011 VMAs, par exemple. The baby blue Atelier Versace press is absolutely stunning, with it’s embroidered cherry blossom shaped crystals and cut outs. Most would draw the line there but Katy accessoried with a cute matching, killer Jimmy Choos and candy pink hair. She sort of looks part Harajuku girl, part anime babe and totally awesome. 



If you feel inspired by Ms Perry and her oriental look, the high street is full of oriental-inspired prints to help you emulate a much more toned down version of her outfit…

Clockwise from top left:
Phase Eight Orient print dress – £98 in the sale

The Holy Grail Parka

11 Aug

Everyone has the one elusive Holy Grail fashion item that they’ve been searching for forever. Five minutes of asking about it on Twitter and I’m inundated: from vintage Missoni cardigans and a clear mac to a classic trench coat, it seems that everybody is looking for that perfect addition to their wardrobe. Stylist Frankie Murray is after black platform heels which aren’t too high with a thick heel, Sara from Daily Polish is after some specific Louboutins and has been searching since 2007 and Lyndsey from Be Gorgeous is, like many of us, searching for the perfect pair of skinny jeans.

I have my own fashion unicorn – the perfect parka. I have been searching for years, I’m not even kidding! Though they always come in and out of ‘fashion’, I think they are an incredibly versatile wardrobe addition. They are spot on for dressing down a little dress on a night out, toughening up a girly outfit or just throwing on over a casual, dressed down outfit. I’m not after anything special, just a long length parka with a dipped hem in khaki green with an oversize fur-lined hood…oh and it must be fairly warm. I did come close to the perfect parka once; it was by Theory at House of Fraser. It ticked all of the boxes but it was just too oversize, the smallest size absolutely swamped me. Here are some of the parkas I’ve found which are close…but not close enough.

Parka – £80 from ASOS
 Parka – £80 from River Island

Parka – £30 on sale from House of Fraser

Parka – £98 from Topshop

If you see anything you think may be the parka, do let me know. I’d also love to hear what your Holy Grail items are. Maybe we can set up a support group?!

Perspex and snakeskin shoe dreams…

31 May

Seriously, how lust-worthy are these heels?? A simple court shoe updated, the perspex platform gives it a bit of attitude and contrasts with the classic shape of the shoe. They sort of remind me of a Charlotte Olympia pair I saw a while ago, but with a Topshop price tag. Does that mean it’s ok to buy all three colours? 


Pamela Love for Topshop – May 2011

28 Apr

I’m a huge, huge Pamela Love fan and got crazy excited when I heard whisperings that she was collaborating with Topshop on an affordable range. It’s been over 6 months since she sat front row at the Topshop Unique show and images of her collaboration have appeared online and I have to say…I’m actually disappointed. The pieces are very unique, distinctive and gorgeous in their own right but I expected a lot more from Pamela. The dark, gothic influences are very evident in her main line, with spikes, crow skulls, daggars and talons being regular features in her work. I expected this theme to evident in this collection, but she has gone in a lighter, more feminine direction. Clearly influences by Native Americana as well as India and Africa, with dreamcatchers, tribal and aztec influences, it’s a pretty collection but I wanted more from the CFDA nominated designer.

Prices start from £50 and the collection is available from 19th May. 

Everyone loves Prada stripes

20 Apr
The high street may have fully embraced (read: killed) colour blocking and brights, but magazines are going crazy for Prada stripes this season. The number of covers alone is fast approaching FIFTY, let alone editorials. International Vogue editions are absolutely loving the collection, featuring pieces with stripes as well as monkey and banana motif printed pieces. Here are my favourite of the 48 covers..and counting! Anna Wintour’s WSJ cover definitely makes the cut though you can’t see much of what she’s wearing. I think that the fact that she chose Prada for this rare cover and interview speaks volumes. 

Looking beneath the bright jewel tones, florals and cool neutrals littering the high street, plenty of stores have been inspired by prada’s bright, punchy prints. They’re a bit sassier than block colours and the perfect bold antidote to pretty florals which are getting a bit boring and predictable in Summer. Head to toe stripes might be a bit much for some, so choose a statement piece like one of the gorgeous skirts and pair with either brights or neutrals. 
Zara stripe skirt – £25.99