Bermuda Shorts and Bare Legs!

Hooray the sun is finally shining though we may only be on borrowed time…

The unhappy down side to temperatures warming up is the inevitable baring of legs.

It’s catch 22, we spend our time wishing for warm weather but when it arrives we realise that poor lily-white legs are not ready for the light of day; and worse, for them to be ready for the light of day they actually have to be exposed to it…what to do?!!

Never the less the summer trend for the city short (bermuda short if you’re in America) is a great alternative to a skirt but it is still going to cause problems in the initial/ potentially only warm days at the beginning of summer.

City shorts of all fabrics/ fits/ colours and prints were strutted up and down the summer ’13 catwalks in vast quantities so I thought I’d bring you a sample selection from the shows.

Assuming that all goes according to plan on the leg preparation front, I’m feeling quite good about the re – emergence of this particular item of clothing.

So where are my high street alternatives…are there any city shorts out there!?!?

My findings…

French Connection - Infinity drape tie waist shorts, £62

French Connection – Infinity drape tie waist shorts, £62

Whistles- Orchid print silk short, £95

Whistles– Orchid print silk short, £95

Hush - Chloe shorts, £46

Hush – Chloe shorts, £46

& Other Stories - Striped Shorts, £39

& Other Stories – Striped Shorts, £39

Great Plains - Tallahassee Shorts, £40

Great Plains – Tallahassee Shorts, £40

Topshop - Contrast tailored short, £35

Topshop – Contrast tailored short, £35

Zara- Bird print shorts, £29.99

Zara– Bird print shorts, £29.99

I think it’s fair to say that the high street has well and truly jumped on this band wagon. If it’s shorts you’re after then they are in plentiful supply!

Well that’s great, so now it’s just the minor problem of transforming my legs into somebody else’s!!

Hope the sun shines for the weekend and I can get to work on a base colour!!

Have a lovely bank holiday!!


Partying and Paris Fashion Week

I am currently struggling through day 2 of a monumental hangover!

A girls night out which was supposed to be drinks, meal and home by midnight, turned into drinks, meal, more drinks, dancing and then clubbing. I finally arrived home at 3am and have suffered ever since!

Whilst I have been in a boozy haze Paris Fashion Week has been taking place.

I’ll post closer to the season about which of these looks will become trends for the high street, but for now here are my PFW highlights…

No 1 is Lanvin. I love Lanvin and think Elber Albaz is something of a magician. For A/W ’13 he has continued to weave his magic, sending princesses bedecked in jewels and crowns down the catwalk, wearing fabulous prom dresses, which were pared down with flats. Continuing this ‘mix it up’ theme, he teamed androgynous tailoring with sparkly, killer heels. Utilitarian coats were worn with femme fatale slips. Throughout, oversized necklaces brandishing the words, ‘happy’, ‘love’, ‘hope’ wear worn. Another collection I covet!Screen Shot 2013-03-03 at 11.54.11

Next, another favourite of mine Isabel Marant. A collection that had a subtle bohemian feel to it with a rock and roll edge. “MIni’ was the key word. Tiny skirts and thigh skimming knits were worn with blazers and oversized coats. A dark colour palette of slates and navy was interspersed with softer shades of sand and print. The use or skinny, sequined scarves added a freshness to the range. Yep, I’m going to obsess about it.

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It’s been really hard to choose which of the Paris collections are my favourite…I’m spoilt for choice however I love Phoebe Philo’s collection for Celine. She delivered an effortlessly elegant and modern show. Beautifully fluted, knee-length skirts, Jumpers with uneven hemlines, volume coats and clever cutting which resulted in  eye-catching ties at the front of dresses and coats; all in subtle shades, ranging from grey and soft peach to navy and slate. A huge thumbs up from me!

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Next up Chloe. Inspired by tough girls, independent spirit, bare legs, night buses and bike sheds; this collection was ‘manned up’. There was very little sign of flirty femininity. In it’s place was utilitarian with a hint of military dotted around. Large duffel inspired overcoats, pinafore detailing on dresses, satchels and capes. There was a feeling of the school yard about the collection with the only a polka dot prom dress to do the pretty bit. Totally loving the colour mix.Screen Shot 2013-03-04 at 14.40.08

I couldn’t finish on a ‘no pretty note’, so here is Collette Dinnigan, the ultimate ‘pretty’ designer! Lace is her thing and she really worked it, gorgeous dress, pretty tops, tiered skirts. Her colour palette of black was peppered with highlights of white, neutrals and iridescent sheen. Appliqued leather and figure skimming silhouettes created a grown up, sexy, feminine collection. Nothing ground breaking but a collection full of  a really lovely, wearable pieces.

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Et Voila, there it is the A/W ’13 collections covered!

If all goes to plan and no disasters get in my way, I am planning a visit  to ‘And Other Stories’ on Friday; hopefully a post will swiftly follow with my finds/ buying!?!

Until next time…

Spring/ Summer ’13 Key Pieces.

Here we are, my final post about S/S ’13 trends, and this time it’s all about the ‘must have’ pieces for the season.

Granted, I haven’t included all of them, we would be here for a very long time, but I have pulled together items that will instantly freshen up your wardrobe, and bring it bang up to date!

The first key item is…

The Cropped Trouser – This length of trouser  has been doing the rounds for a few seasons, but it was very clearly here to stay and strutting its stuff for S/S ’13 fashion weeks. Anything goes, slim leg, wide leg, plain, printed or embellished. They look amazing with a heel, and anything from a tee- shirt to a blazer can be mixed with them. I love cropped trousers!!

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From left to right – Blumarine, Barbara Bui, Isabel Marant

From the cropped trouser to…

The Short – Maybe not for everyone, but the short is definitely making its presence felt again. They appeared in abundance, as occasionwear, daywear, casualwear, and also taking on the traits of sportswear. The hot pant can strike fear in the heart of anyone over the age of 30, (except Kylie) but the city short is a far more acceptable option…Thank the Lord!!

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Left to right – Oscar de la Renta, DKNY, Chloe

Now for…

The Pencil Skirt – This particular style of skirt hasn’t really been on trend for a while, but it is actually one of the most flattering shapes of skirt around, with most body shapes managing to pull it off. Incredibly feminine and sexy, you can’t go far wrong. Lets hope it sticks around for a while!

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Left to right – Burberry, Erdem, Roland Mouret

My next key piece can definitely turn a seemingly simple, unexciting outfit into something ‘wow’.

The Item Coat or Jacket – These little beauties were showing up left, right and centre. Cropped, oversized, printed, embellished, sheer or full length; the one thing these eye-catching necessities have in common is their ability to make the ordinary, extra ordinary. I for one will be looking to get my hands on one or two of them!!

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Left to right – Isabel Marant, Dries Van Noten, Paul and Joe

You may be wondering where the dresses are? Fear not, here comes the key dress shape for the summer.

The Shift Dress – Yes, I think you would be hard pushed to find a designer who didn’t feature a shift dress somewhere in their collection. This classic shape was working hard. Belted, sleeved, sleeveless, patchwork, sheer, print or plain. I challenge you not to be able to find the right one for you.

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Left to right – Antonio Berardi, Prada, Calvin Klein Collection

My final key item is brought to you through gritted teeth. This is mainly because I am far too old, and not as toned as is required to pull the trend off! Oh how I wish I was 18! More of that in my next post.

Not so much a ‘key item’, more a ‘key area’. I’m sure this will be music to your ears, it’s …

The Midriff – Yay, so happy about that! I will be avoiding this like the plague. I think you have to know when to accept defeat, and I’m hold my hands up I’m well and truly defeated! Amazing as these models look, I think there are very few of us past teenage years, who can really rock a bare midriff. I’m very happy to be proved wrong though!!

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Left to right – Balmain, Jonathan Saunders, Edun

So there it is, S/S ’13 more or less wrapped up.

What will you and won’t you be wearing?

Until next time…

Spring/ Summer ’13 Colours with a bit of Farrow and Ball!

Given todays deluge of snow, you may be forgiven for thinking that I have taken leave of my senses when you read this post.

Summer colours are probably not what you’ll be rushing out to buy tomorrow but it’s always good to be ahead of the curve!!!

Anyway, where did the week go and what the hell have I been doing?!?!

To be fair a large chunk has been spent painting my living room.

Just before Xmas I had the bright idea that it needed redecorating.

I promptly informed Mr R of my brilliant plan and got him to rip the room apart. He probably knew this was a bad idea, with terrible timing but experience has taught him to keep schtum and JFDI!

So that is exactly what he did.

Finally, yesterday, after 2 months of mess, the sofa arrived and I merrily splashed the last bit of Lamp Room Grey around the walls. Done at last. Hooray!!

I’m a sad individual and I’m almost fanatical about the Farrow and Ball colour palette. Given the chance and a willing partner,  I will happily discuss the merits and demerits of its colour palette for hours!

Anyway, moving swiftly from one fabulous colour palette to another. Lets talk S/S ’13 colour trends…do you like how I did that?!?

The catwalks were awash with colour last September.

Look hard enough and you could pretty much find every colour, shade and hue amongst the millions of clothes that were paraded up and down.

I am going to concentrate on the four biggest & brightest colour groups/ trends.

No 1 and probably the biggest news in colour  for S/S ’13 is actually a non colour…

White – This was the must have colour on every designers catwalk. White was everywhere, whether worn as a head to toe outfit, as white on white embellishment or broken up with a contrast block colour. It was a must have. Not the easiest to carry off especially if we don’t get any sun!
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From left to right – Chloe, Givenchy, Missoni

Next up is…

Pastels – This is a really pretty and feminine colour group. All colours in soft, pale shades were on show. Again, not an easy level to wear against lily-white, ‘I haven’t seen the sun in years!’ skin. We definitely need to get some colour for this to work!!

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From left to right – Antonio Marras, Chloe, See by Chloe

In stark contrast to the soft pastels is a group of colours not for the faint hearted…

Neon Brights – A very bold group of colours. Everything from neon yellow to shocking pink goes! Maybe not everyone’s first choice for a head to toe look, (though it would definitely get you noticed)! These colours look great worn back to any neutral and will mix back and modernise clothes from last summer.

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Left to right – Christian Dior, Cacharel, Givenchy

My last colour trend is again about non colour…

Black and White – Monochrome was 2nd only to white in popularity and appeared every which way possible, as print, banding, patchwork & block colour. A really easy colour mix to wear. However, if you go for the block colour look, BEWARE; you very can easily end up looking like a waitress!!!

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Left to right – Giambattista Vialli, Balenciaga, Lanvin

Just enough time to do Diet Watch– All I can say about that is ERGGHH, not going well at all. Will start again Monday!!

Next time my final S/S ’13 installment. Key Pieces.

Happy  & snowy weekend everyone!

More Spring/ Summer ’13 Trends.

Hmmmm…uncanny, I briefly mentioned high hopes for a warm summer in my last post and promptly the weather turns decidedly icy. I think that’s called p***ing on my bonfire!

It does appear that I may have been a tad too early and over excited about Spring/Summer and buying summer clothes!

The temperatures have plummeted and donning a flimsy summer dress is probably not top of your to do list at the moment.

I am, however going to soldier on regardless. Whilst wearing a few dozen layers and my snowboots, I will bring you the low down on some of the trends which will no doubt be hitting the High Street over the coming months.

First up is a trend that appeared on the catwalks for A/W ’12 and has continued to gain momentum for S/S ’13. I will be surprised if it doesn’t start  to trickle onto the High Street during the summer months.

Rise of Oversized – is all about volume, billowing trousers, soft, unstructured skirts and dropped shoulders. Not for everyone; this is a look that demands balance. An oversized top or jacket should be teamed with slimline trousers or skirt and vice versa.

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Left to right – Chloe, Jill Sander, Stella McCartney

The Great Gatsby – Baz Luhmann’s long-awaited version of The Great Gatsby will finally hit our cinema screens this May and a trend for the 1920’s is nicely coinciding with this…don’t you just love it when a plan comes together? All things feminine, flapper and fringed are allowed.

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Left to right – Marchesa, Antonio Berardi, Nina Ricci

Sports Luxe – It appears that the fashion world, along with the rest of us got swept up in the atmosphere of the Olympics last year. The result? An influx of sportswear inspired collections for S/S ’13. Clean, uncluttered  shapes, in crisp fabrications give a nod and a wink to sportswear through styling, details and trims.

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From left to right – Chloe, Alberta Ferretti, DKNY.

A Taste of the Orient – Chinese florals, Kimono sleeves, wrap tops and obi belts all made appearances during the shows and give a very definite flavour of the orient.

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From left to right – Lanvin, Etro, John Galliano.

Bringing up the rear…

Summer Gothic – Opulent fabrications in deep purple and burgundy but predominantly black were mixed with leather & jewels, creating a very dramatic, sultry, sexy look. A new twist on the LBD and the perfect trend for an occasion.

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So what do you think? Love them or hate them, which will you be sporting?

Diet Watch- It’s been a terrible weekend…I turned into Nigella Lawson and baked biscuits and cakes with the girls. BIG WHOOPS, why did I do that? I obviously do not possess the will power to leave the end products alone. I’ve eaten this weeks calorie allowance already!!  Must try harder!

Next time Key Colours.

Enough of Winter…Lets Talk Spring/Summer ’13!

So I for one am well and truly over Winter.

I know, I know it’s only January & snow could arrive at any minute or even in April but I think it’s high time we started looking forward to a time when the sun will shine.

Yes this is the year when the UK will receive that long-awaited and well deserved summer, I’m convinced and ever the optimist!

Every season I research the catwalks, magazines, shop around the world and use any other resources I can get my hot little hands on to make sure I know which trends will be key and hitting the high street in the coming months.

I thought I’d share my findings with you in posts over the next few weeks.

With no further ado lets get started.

Kicking off is one of my favourite parts of the summer season…PRINT.

It’s all over the catwalk for S/S ’13…so here are my top 4 print trends for the summer season.

Florals – Florals of all shapes and sizes, from watercolour to photographic, all over to placement. If you’re a print lady then florals are a must.

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From left to right – Preen, Mulberry, Clements Ribeiro

This one is my particular favourite…

Stripes – Stripe are big news for Summer. In every guise from Breton to wide, mono to multi-coloured a stripe is a staple for your summer wardrobe.

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From left to right – Dolce & Gabbana, Paul and Joe, Chloe

Next up…

Dip Dye– This hasn’t been around for a while and with bright against pale it looks really fresh and modern again, something I will definitely be keeping my eyes peeled for.

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From left to right – House of Holland, DVF, Victoria Beckham

And last but not least…

Colour Blocking – This is a trend that has been around for a while but is still very present for S/S ’13. Although not technically a print I felt it should have a place in this post.

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From left to right – Sportmax, DVF, BCBG

Which type of print is your favourite?

On the diet front…It is still happening!

My Fitness Pal is still my best friend but I haven’t told it that I managed to scoff a Terrys Chocolate Orange the other day (a moment of weakness)!

Next time Key Trends. Have a good weekend.