Wednesday, 27 April 2011

MIDI & MAXI

I am in love with skirts and dresses this summer! In the past i have been sort of a 'shorts' girl but i have been inspired by the feminine and soft style of midi and maxi- longer hems is a huge look this SS11. I am 5"5 so  have always been afraid of wearing longer skirts/dresses as i thought it would make me look like some sort of umpa lumpa; but in fact it has the opposite affect. I feel so elegant and feminine in a longer hue- the feel of it swirling around my calves makes me want to spin like a ballerina- even though i am anything but! I think all my money this season will be spent on this look- whether its a fifties style prom midi, or and elegant silk pleated maxi skirt i will be embracing the beautiful soft summery trend this SS11. Here are some of my favourites.

ASOS
- this soft mustard chiffon midi dress is perfect for a cool summers evening. it already cinches in at the wait but adding a this season's this belt in either a colour blocking coral or blue, or perhaps a neutral tone if you wish to keep it simple would add some detail to this outfit. I would also wear a floppy hat with block heels to express this seasons chic seventies trend- this would grab anyones attentions walking down the street.
-this pretty white fifties dress screams summer. the bustier adds some structure to this feminine dress and the white would look stunning in the summer sun. i would embrace the all-white trend by teaming this white heeled espadrilles and perhaps a floppy straw hat or a boater with a detailed bow to add a summery girlish touch.



TOPSHOP
-this poppy print seventies halter midi dress is so feminine and makes such a statement just by itself. the floral pattern is completely on trend for this season and the crossed halter neck detail is so eye catching and immediately draws attention to the most soft and feminine part of a womens body, her shoulder and neck, making this dress the perfect piece for a females summer wardrobe. i would tie the hair back in order not to over complicated the halter detail, but also to exaggerate this interesting twist. teaming it with brightly coloured wedges or neutral peep toe flats makes this dress appropriate for day and night.Cats eye sunglasses and a statement hat or floral hair piece makes this dress a summer sensation!
-this maxi dress is just spectacular- so elegant, so glamourous, so...interesting.the patterned chiffon material layered on top on a beige base makes an interesting twist to this elegant evening dress. the sparlkly contrasting coloured design is so eye-catching you're bound to light up a room wearing this gown- perfect for summers evening or dressed up events. Keeping hair up allows all the attention to be kept on this intricate gown; team with dainty jewellery, a neutral clutch and natural pastel toned makeup for a beautiful summer look. 



RIVER ISLAND
-this bird print maxi skirt is perfect for this festival season! Teamed with a yellow pastel boob tube, Grecian style flats, a tasseled satchel and seventies style accessories: floppy straw hat and round framed sunglasses for the perfect summer festive look.
-this stone flared midi skirt is so versatile; could wear with bright tones or neutral shades for a cool summer look. Perfect for evening or day with cork wedges or fifties peep toe flats, a light crochet shawl or structured cropped blazer- its a key item for any summer wardrobe. 

-M

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Diane Von Furtsenberg SS11

"It's about living fantasy, expressing freedom and celebrating beauty"
-Diane Von Furtsenberg


The words from a fashion guru. Fashion is about living fantasy- there isn't one person who can say they don't feel like a princess in a floor sweeping silk skirt, or wearing towering heels, that most likely cost you half you yearly earnings, doesn't make you feel like the most powerful woman in the world. The clothes you wear can transform how you move, how you act and most importantly how you feel. Whatever a person's fantasy they can express that through their clothing- your style shows people who you are, it's as if you're wearing your personality.

Fashion is freedom! The fact everyone can choose what they wear is so thrilling. Fashion says so much about who you are and the fact that there are no limits to how you express that through clothing is wonderful. However you feel in the morning you can express that. At some point in everyone's lives you find who you are, and part of that is through fashion. During youth you experiment with different styles- whatever you like- and their is no one stopping you. Finally one day you find  that style that makes you feel like, well, you... makes you feel free.

Of course fashion celebrates beauty- it is beautiful! If the clothes you wear make you feel beautiful and confident then surely that is celebrating a person's beauty. Every individual has a different take on what beauty is- as they say 'beauty is in the eye of the beholder'- therefore every individual celebrates that beauty through fashion. Clothes can transform anyone- it's been publicly done so many times! Fashion doesn't create beauty within a person, it accentuates and celebrates what is already there; fashion alone is beautiful- the shape, the textures, the colours- but combined with the beauty within it is truly majestic!

DIANE VON FURSTENBERG SS11


COLOUR!
- It's not secret that colour has returned for SS11- and might i say, i am extremely happy that it has. Camal and black was becoming incredibly dreary.  DVF has mixed classic cuts and cool silky fabrics with exotic tropical colours for an exciting, fresh and fruitful take on this seasons bright trend.
-Waist belts, gladiator heeled sandals- which continue to travel up the leg- and large clutch bags appear to be her choice of accessories this season. Thin has overtaken the wide movement constricting belts we've seen in the past; DVF has placed them on the lower down which gives an outfit a cool chic image, less structured more free and summery. The gladiator heels add a strong twist to the soft texture of the clothes- yet they are still feminine with the ballerina connotations of the ankle details coming from the shoe. Of course, a clutch bag adds a strong statement to any outfit and DVF has continued to fit to the colour block trend by keeping tis accessory a bright, bold shade. 


PRINTS!
-Prints are a good way to grab any one's attention. they are suitable to day and night- can be dressed up or down.
-DVF breaks up this interesting coloured print with a knot- it gives the dress more shape and movement which  softens the print. Also the knot draws the eye's attention to one point which creates the illusion of a slimmer frame as the print meets at this point. it is a feminine and soft detail which perfecting compliments this printed dress; the bright colours mixed with neutral tones also softens this print and allows it not to be overwhelming but instead chic and feminine. 
-DVF teams the dress with this seasons bag- the duffle. It gives the dress a cool daytime feel, and can always be dressed up with a clutch.
-Round seventies sunglasses are everywhere this season- seventies is the era for SS11 after all. they add a quirky feel to any outfit- perfect for petite faces or if you like to be subtle when it comes to standing out amongst the crowd. 
-A black and white geometric print matching top and flowing waterfall jacket are teamed with brightly coloured soft trousers for a look that's bound to turn heads. the block colour softens the interesting print and livens up the neutral tones. This outfit is key for SS- colour and print combined, perfection! The soft texture of the trousers and waterfall jacket softens the harshness of the print and boldness of the colour making this outfit wearable for any absolutely everyone. 

-M



Monday, 18 April 2011

Tweed in the countryside


Personally, i love tweed. As soon as i saw this jacket i knew i had to buy it, it oozed a british style and sophistication. Heritage was a huge look for A/W10, however on these windy summer days i figured- why hide the tweed away? it makes an outfit instantly eyecatching, fashionable and smart.. why only wear it when its 'in fashion'. fashion is about expression and i wanted to express my english roots!
-M
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