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!!

I’m excited about Winter 2013!

I’m totally overexcited…It’s taken me a week to post about it, but last Sunday, I finally got to breathe the same oxygen as ASHLEY BANJO! Yes, my dirty little secret, (well, one of them at least) I have a tiny crush on ‘The Banjo’.

Is that very wrong?

My lovely cousin got me and the girls’ VIP tickets to watch the live filming of ‘Got To Dance’. For a wonderful  2 hours, I had a fabulous view of Mr Banjo’s back. Only one thing could make me happier, and that is a ‘One Direction’ concert.

This, I know is very wrong but I can’t help it!!

Waiting with Aunty Jo!

Waiting with Aunty Jo!

So, from one excitement to another.

Wednesday 6th February saw the beginning of the A/W ’13-14 round of fashion weeks.

Proceedings were kicked off in New York, in appropriately snowy style.

I therefore, bring to you, my New York Fashion Week favourites, (in no particular order) so far…

First up Marc by Marc Jacobs – A really commercial range, with a subtle 70’s flavour. Subdued colours were warmed up with pinks, reds and purples. Highlights were added in the form of colourful plaids and all over geometric and leaf prints. Sassy pencil skirts and swinging A-line dresses were counter balanced with mannish tailoring and super cropped trousers.  I’m rather liking this collection!!

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Next up, DKNY– Vogue described this show as ‘Grunge with a grown up, sporty vibe’, I think that pretty much sums it up. Bomber jackets, Parkas with fur collars, quilted sweatshirts, tube dresses and oversized, menswear inspired outerwear; all interspersed with shots of neon pink and tomato red, animal print and colour blocking. I’m a huge fan of this relaxed, easy to wear, clean style of dressing.

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Victoria Beckham– When Mrs Beckham launched her 1st Ready to Wear collection, I along with many of my designer friends were dubious. Well, here I am, 5 years later eating humble pie! Figure and finance allowing, I would very happily wear all of this collection. Colour, sleeve detailing and splits were plentiful. Traditional, British milled woollens were used for the tailored pieces and in keeping with this, the collection was produced in Britain. A/W ’13 also sees Victoria Beckham’s first foray into knitwear, with the use of  gorgeous double-faced cashmere. Yum!

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Derek Lam – Managed to create a show that had me drooling. Seriously, I’m going to lust after this collection!! He has managed to combine, fashion and function with minimal perfection. This collection is all uncluttered, clean lines, but the use of crochet fringing has brought femininity to the range. The colour palette was blocks of  navy, off whites and camels. I hope Cos are sitting up and taking notice, this is right up their street!

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Finally, it’s Vera Wang – Be it fairytale wedding dresses or her mainline range, Vera Wang creates exceptionally beautiful clothing. Her A/W ’13 collection is rammed full of sumptuous fabrics, jacquards, furs, silks and sparkles, it’s all about texture, and sculpted shapes. The net result is a sexy, sophisticated occasionwear collection.

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So which collections are your favourites?

That’s all… for now folks!

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…

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.