Seattle Rocks the Runway

I was kindly invited to the fall runway show in Seattle at the Paramount Theatre. Upon arriving to the venue you can really see why it was chosen. The mouldings around the ceiling and vast ceilings was the perfect environment for a fashion show.

After sipping on some red wine and mingling we were called to our seats and Seattle Rocks the Runway began.

Rather than one designer showing off their collection we were treated to a collaboration of stores coming together to show off their new clothes for the fall season. The stores that joined us for the evening were; Nordstrom, Columbia Sportswear, Butch Blum, Eileen Fisher, Sandylew, Oska, Finerie+CoLab, Club Monaco, True Religion, and Suit Supply. My favorite runway looks was the men’s suits. I love a man in some tweed. I’m familiar with most of the brands but was pleased to be introduced to some new ones that I fell in love with.

I wore a DVF dress and decided to take on the trend of wearing my blazer as a cape. Perfect for those nights that are a little chilly.

I made quite a few friends, one is a great blogger called AikA and you can follow here blog here. We had a lot of fun talking about upcoming trends and reading through the great Seattle Met Magazine.

Enjoy the photos!

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Nina B. Fashion Show!

Jo and I at the Nina B. Fashion ShowOver the Easter break my friend Joanna and I went to view the new collection at the Nina B. Boutique, and we had a rather good time. We not only enjoyed the delicious finger food and alcoholic beverages, which were completely free, but the collection was pure luxury. The material and cut of each piece was top-quality and with all the upcoming beach parties I was exceptionally delighted with the timing of the release. You can view the Nina B. Boutique website here and more photos form the event via Marbella-Eye.

I decided to wear a long top from Blanco and an H&M leather skirt with tribal earrings.

Emilio de la Morena

Emilio de la Morena black dressEmilio de la Morena has been my favourite designer since I saw Leighton Meester wearing his design at the 2009 MTV Movie Awards. This year’s Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear collection allowed onlookers to view de la Morena’s layering technique. The pieces were ‘built up by hanging different elements off of one another in various, studiously imperfect ways; skin winked through where the overlaps were incomplete.’

These dresses are incredibly sexy and of course glamorous. With my favourite being the header to this blog.

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Photos and quote courtesy of: Style.com

Lifetime Achievement for Tommy Hilfiger

Tommy Hilfiger On the 14th of March The Council of Fashion Designers of America presented the nominees and honourees who would have the chance to receive a 2012 CFDA Fashion Award. The event will take place at fashion designer and CFDA President Diane von Furstenberg’s studio within the Meatpacking District of New York. The honouree for the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award is none other than Tommy Hilfiger.

CFDA Fashion Award statueThe CFDA Award’s main sponsor, Swarovski, is also presenting awards for the best in womenswear, menswear, and accessory design. Each recipient will receive support financially as well as the huge honour of access to the brand’s crystal resources.  The nominees are as follows;

Womenswear:

  • Chris Peters and Shane Gabier for Creatures of the Wind Joseph Altuzarra
  • Max Osterweis and Erin Beatty for Suno

Menswear:

  • Antonio Azzuolo
  • Phillip Lim
  • Todd Snyder

Accessory Design:

  • Irene Neuwirth
  • Pamela Love
  • Tabitha Simmons.

Tommy Hilfiger was founded in 1984 and has continuously graced us with fantastic collections. Congratulations to Tommy Hilfiger for earning such a prestigious award!

Picture courtesy of: Tommy Hilfiger and Fashion United 

Look books, inspire me!

Bloomingdales-Fall-2012-Designer-LookbookI’m a huge fan of Lookbooks! A Lookbook is usually what designers use to show off their collections whilst creating an atmosphere and enjoyment for the stockist, advertiser, etc. Nowadays, you can see all different variations of this term. As many self proclaimed fashionistas will tell you finding inspiration can come from anywhere and I’m presenting you with how I conjure up some of my outfits. It’s hard to look at your clothes in a different way when you’ve had them for years and being a student like me you need to be inventive cause making it rain on the high street is not an option if you want to eat this week. Of course many people usually grab the scissors on a piece of clothing in order to be creative but these lookbooks allow you to look at items of clothing, which you will own, in a different light. The best thing is that most of the time the people on these websites or books are just like you and me! I attached two of my favourite sites for your enjoyment! But also have a look at all department stores, designers, or high streets who all do their own lookbooks for your enjoyment :-D

Enjoy toots! ❤

FabSugar

LookBook

Eva Longoria, get it girl!!

The lovely Eva Longoria has graced us with two outfits that I was dying to share with the rest of you. The first picture is from the Vanity Fair and Chrysler celebration and the second picture from the pre-Oscars charity flamenco event at her Hollywood restaurant Beso.

Eva Longoria, Victoria Beckham, and Kate BeckinsaleEva Longoria at pre-Oscars charity flamenco event at her Hollywood restaurant Beso

Photos courtesy of: The Daily Mail 

Holly Fulton and the Cleopatra Dress

Cleopatra dress by Holly FultonLook at that design work!! Holly Fulton is one hell of a designer and her theme is so consistent throughout her work. If you haven’t already had the chance to indulge in these collections go ahead and have a look. I have attached a few of my favourite dresses to this blog but more can be viewed on Holly’s website. WARNING: Breathlessness may overcome you, we encourage you to breathe as normal 😀

As always I welcome your thoughts and opinions, toodles toots ❤

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Photos courtesy of: http://www.hollyfulton.com/

Marni for H&M

Marni for H&M campaign photoIt is such a good day!! Following my last blog post about the Jenny Packham collaboration I have just discovered the news that H&M are collaborating with Marni.

The line is said to be available as soon as March 8th, in-store and online.

You can check out more of the collection at here.

My DIY Glitter Boots

I saw these glitter boots on one of my favourite blogs A Pair and a Spare and decided to spend some time doing DIY. Here are the instructions on how I created these usually dull ankle boots into shimmering beauties.

These are the original shoes

the original shoes

Materials needed: large and small paintbrush, transparent super glue, and super fine silver glitter

materials needed

Mix the glitter and glue together

step 3

And presto, new and improved shoes

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Through the looking glass….and into the store!

H&M Fifth AvenueAn article I wrote a few months ago and reusing it because it has an important message that all ladies need to read about.

‘Just the other day, I remember standing at the cashier desk of the cutest boutique ready to swipe that card and add a dent to the student account for the perfect purple strappy heels. Wait, I only came into town for some milk – so why the impulse buy? I’ll agree the heels elongated my legs perfectly for my beloved lace mini dress, but I had come to the realisation that retail has a dramatic pull. Although my friends are on the same on-trend band wagon as me I still wanted to investigate the reasoning behind the concept.

Whilst in Lincoln with a friend, vowing to stay clear of any good sales, I brought up my thoughts on the shop and their mischievous schemes. Working in a retail shop throughout the summer my friend became familiar with the visual merchandising of the shop windows. I began research so that I could make more informed decisions before the dazed feeling of ‘I need it’ surfaced again. Incredibly, there’s a science and art act to the whole window shopping experience that I never knew.

Barney's Madison AvenueRetail takes into account the culture, location, and audience in order to produce a successful display. Speaking in practical terms, England is a dreary and dull country so a store like most in the Lincoln high street will have clear glassed windows, perfect lighting, bright colours, and no clutter. In return a desire becomes present to want that sort of feeling of carefree life and that the clothes can make it happen for you, consequently you are drawn into the store. Alternatively, different audiences may be craving alternative feelings. This goes for rich vs poor, high-street vs boutique, and city vs countryside.  Places like Topshop and Primark are perfect examples to this. Kind of reminds me a moth to a flame, are we really that easy to entertain?

Calvin Klein Madison AvenueMore advanced skills are used subliminally. I’m not talking propagandas, I mean mannequins. They’re placed in acute angles to catch the eyes of passersby. But it’s only to draw you closer to the window, which then cleverly guides your eyes into the shop and all the products sitting there waiting for a new home, your home. Ever wonder why they hang things in windows that overlap. How silly of them now you can’t see the design on the perfect summer coloured blouse, you’ll have to go into the store to have a proper look. Everything done to a shop window is all a part of a witty plan to draw attention to their store and away from competition.

Now that you have been officially informed of the mind-boggling effect that a store can have when you are only walking by, don’t be naive. I think through the years we can all come to the conclusion that window shopping is only fuelling the temptations, so do yourself a favour and leave the purse at home.’

Photos courtesy of: the window watcher