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SILK KNOTS

Ladies, your droopy knots are depressing. If you’re going to wear a beautiful Hermes silk scarf, the least you can do is tie it properly.

LUELLA 

SKIRT SECTION

Go for the black 50’s style dress if you like your look is a little more subtle, or try the plaid puffball if you’re feeling brave!

LATEST NEWS

Win a chic leather bag from Free Endearment

While the original Free Endearment Dana Clutch is a great stylish basic, the laser cut detail on the new version really adds more interest and excitement to the piece. I feel like it elevates it to a special occasion bag. Which is good for me, because I need outside pockets for keys/phone on an everyday bag. As you can see from the inside view, this has plenty of pockets and is larger than you might expect of a clutch. But with my (admittedly not small) makeup bag, wallet, keys and phone it’s fairly full. If you were willing to forego wallet and makeup bag and utilize the pockets for those functions, you could certainly save some space and make this your regular purse.

This is of course what you want from a handbag line – a solid basic design and then updates that riff on the original design in new and interesting ways. A+ for the handmade, custom-tanned leather purveyor. I’ll definitely be keeping an eye on them.

Emily Blunt is a green goddess at 2012 SAG Awards

Hello, color! After multiple neutral tones and dark-colored dresses at last night’s SAG Awards, our favorite gal Emily Blunt blew them all out of the water in this bright green number from Oscar de la Renta’s Resort 2012 collection.

The one-shoulder emerald green gown is definitely not a color that everyone can pull off, but luckily for Em, it worked a treat. For an added touch of sexiness, the British actress flashed some leg thanks to the thigh-high split. Finishing off her look, Emily wore a pair of strappy Jimmy Choo sandals and carried a Swarovski clutch. It was just the breath of fresh air this often tired red carpet needed!

Your Autumn wardrobe Essentials

Perhaps you’ve already felt the chills in the air as the evenings begin to drop, packed away your swimsuits and pulled out your ‘big coat’ from the back of the wardrobe, or maybe you’ve noticed all of the AW12 stock making its way onto the shelves on your local high street – whether you like it or not, autumn officially begins tomorrow!

When you’re immersed in the world of fashion – whether it’s on the front row at London Fashion Week or from the comfort of your home between the pages of the latest glossy magazine – it can be difficult to keep track of what’s going on around you, especially when items that are hitting the shop floor are already classed as ‘last season’, and you’re looking ahead to Spring Summer 2013 before Christmas has even started.

In light of autumn is just around the corner, we thought we’d cast our minds back to the AW12 shows we saw in February and put together a few key pieces that are essential for your wardrobe right NOW. We’ve taken inspiration from collections like Paul Smith, DAKS, Burberry Prorsum and Topshop Unique and fused them together in one fashionable pot!

When we think of autumn, a plethora of rich, textured fabrics spring to mind, and this year it’s all about mixing them together to create a pretty yet edgy vibe. Layer tartans, tweeds, and houndstooth with corduroys, velvets, and wool for a heritage feel and team with boy-cut, tailored pieces for a modern twist. Play with scale too for maximum effect – combine structured, cocoon style coats with slouchy oversized knits and cropped preppy trousers.

Once you’ve got your silhouette sorted, the accessories are just as important. Add a flash of color to your outfit with colorful suede or leather gloves, team ribbed tights with shimmering ankle boots, pull wool skirts in at the waist with patent belts, and finish with an oversized clutch or a giant tote. The overall look should be a charming blend of old meets new, of librarian chic meets country girl!

 

 

Find the perfect pair of jeans for your shape at Donna Ida’s denim clinic

I have a love/hate relationship with jeans. It’s no big secret that I’m a dress girl, but there are days when only denim will do. It surprises people to discover that I own about a dozen pairs of jeans, but the truth is, I only have so many because I’ve never found the perfect style for me.

And I know I’m not the only one – when I asked on Twitter recently what people found the hardest item of clothing to buy, almost everyone came back saying jeans! They’re notoriously tricky, with so many washes, cuts, and textures on offer, but they’re also an absolute wardrobe staple so it’s worth hunting down the perfect pair.

About Donna Ida

Donna is a self-confessed denim addict who decided to open her own boutique – with a huge emphasis on customer service and advice – after experiencing poor service buying jeans in department stores. She now has four London boutiques and an online store, all of which stock premium denim brands, from J Brand to MIH in sizes 23 to 34 (plus a capsule collection of tops and accessories).

The price tag for designer denim may be high (£200+ a pair) but at Donna Ida, you pay for the service as much as you do the jeans and if you can splash out, it may well be worth it. You can visit the ‘denim clinic’ and be fitted for the perfect pair by one of the experts working in a store. Think of it like a bra fitting, but with more denim! This idea is replicated online with videos full of fitting advice and an extensive set of resources that aim to take the nightmare out of navigating the hundreds of options, but if you can get to London, I absolutely recommend going instore if you can.

The Fitting

For my fitting, I visited the Belgravia store, with the lovely Claire on hand to guide me through the maze of options. Firstly, I was asked what I was looking for and explained I wanted something I could wear for work or play, quite a classic shape in a darkish wash. My only stipulations were no skinny jeans and no bright colors.

These requirements were then combined with Claire’s knowledge of what works for my body shape, and I was I was quickly dispatched to the fitting room with various recommendations, plus a plain white t-shirt to try them all on with.The store is really well-designed for trying on. The fitting room is generous, with a mirror inside.

 

PARIS FASHION WEEK SPRING

It was easy to see why Saab has become a favourite amongst the red carpet crowd with several knock-out gowns ranging from creamy ivory to mustard yellow to dusty orange, grass green and electric blue.

Caroline Flack wears

Caroline Flack followed Fearne Cotton lead at the National Television Awards 2012 last night, opting to support British Fashion in a dress by ppq.

She poured herself into the silk skater-style dress with its Versace-esque paint splash and chain link print, adding her own fashion touch with a pale pink collar poking out the top. The effect on curvy Caroline – who’s said previously that she hates her big chest – was far more fit-and-flare than the dress looked when it was shown on the catwalk. It barely hugged the body of the model who wore it.

Stop shopping and start curating a wardrobe

Does that sound pretentious? If it does, this concept may not be for you. But if you love fashion and creating looks this might be something you’d enjoy pursuing. Calling them looks and not outfits is your first clue. A new year (or season, or job, or week, or meal) can be a blank fashion slate.

Try some extreme colour courtesy of Uniqlo

The trend for colourblocking may be slowing down a bit, but there’s a new way of wearing colour that’s set to take over. For those who’re brave enough, the extreme colour trend can look amazing, but it takes guts to give it a go. Instead of blocking out your look in a set of different colours, go really extreme by wearing one shade from head to toe.

At least you won’t have any trouble matching, right?

Uniqlo have made trying this look really simple with their Spring range of coloured denim and matching knitwear. The trick is to mix textures so things don’t look too flat.

DRESS OF THE DAY

COAST MYCAH DRESS WITH PETAL SHOULDERS

This would be the perfect dress to wear to formal events in warm weather – the neckline and hemline are modest, it’s a light summery shade (but not pure white, so you could get away with it at a wedding) but the detail gives it that extra edge, with no need for dramatic jewellery or extra accessories. Wear your hair up for the full effect – you want to show off those pink petals!