Sunday, 9 December 2012

Vogue's Online Fashion Week


This week was the exciting annual Vogue Online Fashion Week where customers could take advantage of special offers and discounts from leading designers. The first week of December was perfect timing for such an event in the run up to Christmas, as the fashion fans were able to get their Christmas gift shopping done (as well as personal shopping of course).

Throughout the week there was special advice given by celebrities including Scarlett Johansson who shared her Christmas gift inspiration. With special blogs being posted on Vogue's website, there was something for everyone with opportunities to buy or just browse.

Offers and news were posted across the brand's social media sites, with the hash tag #OFW trending across Twitter conversations. Discounts and giveaways from brands such as Selfridges and ASOS were promoted through the social channels. On the last day of Online Fashion Week, Claudia Schiffer shared her Christmas present ideas along with other designers.

Overall it was a great brand piece by Vogue and was positioned well in December with Christmas just around the corner. With celebrity endorsements included, there were many ways to entice the Vogue audiences and acquire new ones.

Sunday, 30 September 2012

Fashion meets Diet Coke!


During the commercial breaks whilst watching The X Factor last night, my eye was caught by the new Diet Coke campaign showing the latest designs by Jean Paul Gaultier. Promoted through TV ads, the two designs pictured above are the famous 'tattoo' and 'night and day' designs which are to promote the 'Love it Light' campaign by Diet Coke. 

As well as being promoted through TV commercials, there will also be digital marketing activity as well as print ads. The limited editions cans and bottles will be available in October. The campaign is a great way to bring both brands together and target an audience that loves both fashion and the well loved Diet Coke brand. I will certainly be purchasing one of the limited edition cans when they are released!   

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Amrita Singh statement necklaces


Necklaces are the perfect way to change the way an outfit looks on you. From adding a splash of colour to a black dress to making a daytime outfit suitable for an evening event, statement necklaces are definitely the way forward.

I really like the amazing statement necklace collection by Amrita Singh. Her beautiful designs that have been inspired by Indian fashion are so versatile, and can be worn in both the day and night. For a special occasion you would ideally be looking at styles like the ones below. Covering most of the collar area, they are the perfect way to add glamour to any outfit. One of my favourites is the Camella Winter Necklace which is displayed in the middle.




For a day time look, there are plenty of pieces to choose from like simple beads or pendants. These simpler styles can go well even with a pain of jeans, or alternatively can brighten up a smart work suit. See below for some statement necklaces to wear with daytime looks.


Finally it's hard for me to pick one favourite statement necklace from Amrita Singh's collection, as there are so many to choose from! But if I really had to pick one I would say the Crystal Dune Necklace is at the top of my list. The blue and red stones complement each other well and the necklace is nicely eye-catching. Well it certainly caught my eye!

 


Monday, 23 July 2012

Ballgown exhibition at the V&A in London


I had a great weekend in London filled with shopping (obviously) and visiting art galleries and museums. I was particularly impressed with the Ballgown exhibition at the V&A gallery. The exhibition takes you through British glamour and fashion since 1950 with a stunning collection of ballgowns and evening dresses that have dazzled the red carpet. The exhibition included a selection of royal ballgowns, including a dress designed for the Queen Mother and Princess Diana's 'Elvis Dress' (see picture below) that was designed by Catherine Walker. 

State evening ensemble 'Elvis Dress' for Princess Diana by Catherine Walker, 1989. Museum no. T.1-2006. Given by the Franklin Mint

I spent a good few hours in the exhibition and looked carefully at the designs and hard work that had gone into creating these beautiful ballgowns. It was great to see how fashion has changed dramatically from the early 1950's to the present day, and also how fashion today still incorporates styles from the 1960's and 1980's. I was impressed to see ballgowns designed by contemporary designers within the exhibition, such as Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen. There was a particular white ballgown designed by Vivienne Westwood in 1994 that caught my eye, with the iconic Vivienne Westwood symbol embedded within the corset (see picture below).

Satin and flocked tulle gown by Vivienne Westwood. Created for Lay Bianca Job-Tyoran to wear to Queen Charlotte's Ball, 1994. Museum no. T14-1997

I really enjoyed the exhibition and would highly recommend it to anyone interested in British fashion, or even if you just want to look at pretty dresses for an afternoon! The exhibition runs until January 2013 so there's plenty of time for a trip to London. 

Saturday, 12 May 2012

Travelling and shopping in Thailand


I have recently returned from an amazing two weeks in Thailand at the end of April! I had a great time with some friends travelling around Thailand - from Bangkok to Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai, a day in Burma and then back to Bangkok for the last few days. We had full packed days of travelling and our nights were for going out and exploring the Thai nightlife! It was definitely one of the best holidays I have been on so far and I can't wait to go back and see more of the country. One of the highlights for me was visiting the Tiger Kingdom in Chiang Mai, as well as the temples and seeing the reclining Buddha. Another highlight was of course, the shopping!

Those of you who know me know that I would not go abroad without exploring some of the best shopping areas. I decided to write this blog to share with you all the highlights of the shopping in Thailand. Firstly the capital city Bangkok is absolutely fantastic. Extremely busy and packed full of residents and tourists from around the world, it's a city like no other I've seen before. One of the busiest shopping centres in Bankok is MBK. Full of markets, restaurants as well as department stores, you've got everything you need there. I bought a few dresses from there, as well as lots of jewellery.


When we travelled up north to Chiang Rai, the major shopping mall was Central Plaza containing the Thai high street stores. My favourite store was Robinson as they had lots of lovely dresses, as well as jewellery and beauty products. Another shop that we became regulars in during our time in Thailand was the Beauty Buffet. It looks like a sweet shop but instead full of every beauty product you can think of! I even bought a sheep placenta face mask from there! Really good quality products at good prices, Beauty Buffet is heaven on earth. 

 

Finally the markets were great for grabbing bargains but I also noticed the stunning handmade jewellery. I found myself buying a necklace every time I walked past one of the market stalls! I've ended up with a beautiful collection of beaded necklaces in different colours to go with nearly every outfit. The necklaces are very much statement pieces because they are so prominent and eye-catching, so they can be the only piece of jewellery needed once worn. See below for examples of a couple of the ones I bought. 

Thailand is a beautiful country with so much to explore. There's lots more that I want to see next time I go, but within two weeks we managed to see quite a lot. Until next time Thailand!


Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Christian Louboutin celebrates 20 years


The French shoe designer Christian Louboutin is celebrating 20 years of the popular red soled shoes this year. An exhibition has been launched at London's Design Museum featuring hundreds of pairs of Louboutin heels - every woman's dream! The exhibition will showcase the designer's inspiration and designs over the last 20 years and be a great celebration of the successful brand. Visitors to the exhibition in London will be able to see every stage of the design journey, showing how a Louboutin shoe is constructed from the initial drawing and prototype to the actual production. 


I'm sure many women will agree with me that Louboutin shoes are every woman's dream and are shoes to be treasured forever. I'm always excited to see newly released shoes by Christian Louboutin and as well as looking back on the stunning designs from the past, I look forward to seeing the new and upcoming designs that will fill the boutique shelves in the very near future.

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Saturday, 7 April 2012

Accessories for your smartphone!

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Following on from my previous blog article about fashion and shopping apps for your smartphone, I thought it would be good to share with you some of my recommended accessories for your phone. Many smartphones are stylish enough with their sleek and crisp designs, but there's always extra items you can buy to make your smartphone stand out. These can range from covers to cases and headphones. 

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Sunday, 11 March 2012

Shopping on your smartphone - be a smart fashionista!

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As you all have probably guessed, I love shopping at weekends. This is both in person at the famous boutiques and high streets, as well as online shopping. However I've also become accustomed to having a sneaky peak at the latest trends on my smartphone. There are so many fashion and style advice apps that you can download, as well as retailer's own apps that you can shop on. From Elle Collections and Style.com to the major fashion retailers such as Next and Debenhams, the possibilities are endless and there's so much to choose from! Be sure to charge your smartphone before downloading all these fashion and shopping apps - you may be glued to your phone for a while as you browse though!

Enjoy your shopping and let me know what your favourite fashion apps are!

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Sunday, 26 February 2012

Autumn/Winter 2012 London Fashion Week: Issa


Issa London - a loved British brand with outfits designed by Daniella Helayel, showed a stunning new 2012 collection this week. The theme for the collection was inspired by a Trans-Siberian journey, where the much loved wrap dresses were designed with bright greens, oranges and blues. Some outfits were very 60's inspired and towards the end of the show we saw some stunning long silk evening gowns, as well as a gorgeous lace mini-dress (pictured above).

Overall it showed that Issa London have an exciting year ahead with flattering and fitted designs.

Monday, 20 February 2012

Autumn/Winter 2012 London Fashion Week: Vivienne Westwood

        

The Vivienne Westwood Red Label fashion show took place today at the beautiful Goldsmith's Hall in London. The event celebrated true British fashion at its best. The celebrity sightings were diverse and included Janice Dickinson, Pete Burns, Sadie Frost and Nick Rhodes from Duran Duran.  

The collection focused on the 2012 autumn/winter looks and included a mix of stripes, tartans and vintage styles. With the silk evening dresses, there was a sense of elegance and sophistication with the outfits. The colours for most of the looks were soft pastels and neutrals. Some fashion reports have commented that there was less extravagance that we would normally expect from a Vivienne Westwood collection. Either way, the British designer's collection is still fabulous!

Saturday, 28 January 2012

Cath Kidston: vintage inspired accessories


Having just purchased a Cath Kidston bag (and I can't wait for it to arrive!) I thought it most appropriate to write about some of my favourite pieces from her collection. As well as fashion and accessories, Cath Kidston also designs a range of decorative items for your home, which are vintage inspired. I could spend hours looking at the various different items available, from umbrellas to handbags. It's so varied and unique at the same time, and any of the items help to brighten up your outfit and still give it that vintage inspired feel.

There's so many different bags available in various prints, but I must say that I adore the flower prints. They're great for summer, but also help to brighten up your winter wardrobe when carrying them as an accessory. Here are some of my favourite prints - which one is your favourite?




Up next are umbrellas - a handbag essential for every girl! You never know when it's going to start pouring down with rain so it's good to be prepared. To help brighten up those miserable weather days, take with you a Cath Kidston umbrella. My personal favourites are the polka dot umbrella designs. Which one do you like best?


Many people are surprised when I tell them that Cath Kidston mobile phone cases are available. As well as protecting your phone from scratches and marks, the cases also add a fashionable edge to your everyday devices. I must say, the pink polka dot case stands out the most for me! What do you think?

  

With endless accessories and decorative items to choose from, you're sure to find something that you like from the collection. I also love the every day items such as train ticket holders, wallets and keyrings that add a certain sparkle to your handbag - and if you've got a Cath Kidston handbag already, they add twice the amount of sparkle!

Saturday, 14 January 2012

Costume and character in the film 'Black Swan'


'Black Swan' is a film made in 2010 that centres around the ballet production of Tchaikovsky's 'Swan Lake' by a New York dance company. The film is a psychological drama that requires the ballerina (played by Natalie Portman) to play both the innocent white swan and also double up as the sensual black swan. Viewers are taken on a journey with the lead character as she discovers the dark side to herself, which in turn helps her to get into her role as the black swan. I thought the film was fantastic with an excellent story line and a twist at the end. I was equally impressed by the costume designs and the way that the ballet postures further emphasised the outfits.

  

I loved watching the elegant poses throughout the film, and also how Portman changes her character between the white and black swans. As you can see above, the white outfit on the left shows her portraying the innocent white swan and her posture and body language emphasises the shyness of this character. However, later in the film when she discovers her darker side, Portman shows viewers the black swan. As you can see on the right, her outfit is much more revealing with nothing covering her shoulders. This helps to emphasise the sensual side of the black swan. Her make up also helps to show this, with dark eyes and red lips that make her look more sexually desirable. 

I think it's very clever the way that the film makers differentiate between the two personalities of this character, as this can be seen throughout the film. Portman's character is seen at the beginning of the film wearing light colours such as pink, but as the film progresses viewers start to see her develop into a darker and more sexual character, which is also seen through her trying new outfits and new looks.
  

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Vogue cover girls of 2011

                          February 2011 April 2011 June 2011
                            January 2011     August 2011    November 2011

Happy new year to you all! Now that we are into the new year I thought it would be a good time to reflect on my favourite magazine covers from Vogue in 2011, before we start looking forward to the new covers of 2012! Appearing on the cover of Vogue in various months of last year we have Victoria Beckham, Kate Winslet, Alexa Chung, Keira Knightley, Kate Moss and Rihanna.

Which Vogue cover is your favourite?