Monday, February 23, 2015

New York Fashion Week A/W 2015


 Karen Walker
Fashion week has once again made its way back into our calendars and to traditionally kick/strut it all off is New York. One of the collections I liked best for A/W 2015 was the less popular designer Karen Walker as her colour scheme consisted of warm tones to brighten up the winter months. One of my favourite pieces in the shearling coat which completes the outfit perfectly whilst keeping a purpose to make you nice and toasty. Walker isn't a designer I'd heard of before, and since she's profoundly less popular she creates more of a unique folksy style to make her collection stand out from the rest. Her collection however does hinder the Burberry A/W 2014 collection through the shearling coats and floral patterns. Next time Karen Walker will be a name I'll be looking out for. 
Lacoste
Lacoste, often known as the sporty brand have embraced designs much more than just a polo neck T-shirt you'd wear to tennis (unless you count wearing a long buckled coat as part of your gym wear). With a collection based on stripes and odd shapes printed on fabric, Lacoste created something unique they've never had before. The garments that have contrasting stripes from top to bottom makes you instantly look taller due to the length of the line, which I'm not complaining about. Speaking of stripes, Lacoste embraced typical patterned lines from the look of the cricket jumper, which was probably their only use of sportswear in their collection. Their colour palette ranged from matching, harmonious and contrasting tones to make their collecting both eye catching and subtle.
Naeem Khan
One of my favourite designers at New York fashion week is always Naeem Khan. His garments are mostly based on an evening gown creation as most of this collection included dresses down to the floor. Another thing he specialises in is his use of detail that produces a texture for the garment. The immense detail of beading and hand embroidery make these dresses all the more personal that even though you'd have to take out a loan to afford it, you'd feel an awful less guilty knowing someones hand made it for yourself as though it's a special gift to you. The style Khan went for tended to resemble the 1920s through the heavy beaded top and sleek and slender line of the dresses. His colour  palette used earthy tones which are usually hard to pull off in design, such as the mossy green colour, but the embellishment of the garment made the colour all worth while.
Tory Burch
Tory Burch made her huge stomp into the fashion design industry with her A/W 2014 collection last year as she designed a whole collection on her personal inspiration of military uniform to achieve an original array of garments no other design had that year. This year she's once again made an impact on this years fashion week with detailed beautiful prints and embellishments all over the garments. My favourite part of the collection is how the patterns tend to be symmetrical down the centre line making everything look much more neat and precise. The accessories she ended to focus on where long necklaces and belts. The inspiration for the pattern came from Middle Eastern origins and gave the collection an obvious theme from the start. I already can't wait for Burch's S/S 2016 collection!
DKNY
It's all about getting toasty and warm these winter months, and why wouldn't you? When Jack Frost is at his most bitchy stage of the year you shouldn't have to put up with his BS. Turtle and polar necks have been in fashion in the winter months for the last couple of years now and it looks as though they're not going anywhere yet as DKNY paraded huge polar necks down the catwalk that resembled more of a weird neck shield at times through the massive lines that caressed this chins, but hey they deserve warmth just as much as your neck. The colour palette tended to be quite dark and monochrome with a hint of vibrant blue and navy to give an edge to the collection. DKNY always produce very different collections each season, and I'm happy to say that this is definitely one of their best. Comfy, warm and baggy, yet you'd still look 100% on trend.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Heels Vs. Flats



It’s not an easy decision for a girl to choose between heels and flats. In fact, it’s probably the longest debate any girl could put herself through. You see there are many pros and cons on either side that a simple 5-second decision is usually turned into an hours pondering and stressing of which you could look your best in, most comfortable in and least regretful in. Welcome to the battle of Heels Vs. Flats.

The Devil and the Angel

Every girls dream wardrobe is some kind of magical spinning walk in one that resembles more of a roundabout than a wardrobe. Think about it, all those shoes lined up in rainbow order, and which looks the prettiest? Your heels of course. Not only are they usually the most beautiful kind of shoe any girl could wear, but they also have a power of making you suddenly feel tall, proud and more girly that as soon as you put them on you really don’t want to take them off. Heels have a gift of their own to make all the attention come to you, the hypnotizing noise of the bottom of the heels touching the floor as you so proudly walk with an almost strut in your step. Nothing could beat that feeling… until you come to a solid walkway of cobbled streets. The horror of all things, a heels worst nightmare, that it makes the word of “heel” sound like “hell”. It’s an obstacle course no woman can bare with, the tripping and tongue sticking out for better concentration isn’t the best of all looks.  I’m pretty sure falling over on cobbles is 10 times more likely on a Saturday night when you’ve had a cosmopolitan or a bottle of rose too much.

The heels that were once your best friend that you caressed in your hands as you felt the glossy texture slip onto your foot like a Cinderella scenario are now suddenly a villain. As soon as you’re home you’ll flick them off kicking your legs up and down so much you could join the cabaret. You quickly toss them in a corner with a mixture of anger and relief on your face and you massage the bottom of your feet and toes now suffering from the height of your day. Yes, heels are a beautiful thing, but there’s only so much we can take.



Your friend and your foe

We know flat are more of a casual thing, but don’t underestimate the flats on a night out, in fact it can save you a lot of bother (*cough* the cobbles) but also if you find yourself embarrassingly tall then flats can save your day. One of the best things you’ll get with flats is that they’re so much easier to pack for your holidays, you can pack them together like some kind of brickwork that you can keep going and going piling more shoes into the suitcase. To make your outfits even better they come in all sorts of styles, loafers, sandals, boots, trainers, dolly shoes, brogues, - you name it and flats will have it. The comfiest of all shoes that the shoeniverse has given to use is the trainer. They’re unbelievably comfy that they’re like a bed for your feet. It’s a proven fact (via my own purse) that a £3 pair of trainers from Primark are just a as comfy and easy to walk in than Nike’s at £82, so it just goes to show whichever pair of trainers you buy, cheap or cheerfully expensive, your feet are going to be nice and relaxed and best of all blister free. But what do you do when trainers aren’t in fashion? It’s only the past couple of years they’ve actually came back into fashion and if you wore them before hand people guessed you were either on your way to the gym or liked the chavy style. I’m guessing they’ll be staying in fashion for some time now with Burberry even wearing them for S/S 2015, lets hope it’s a trend which will stay for a long, long time.

Putting the trainers aside, there’s a theory that wearing flats 24/7 is actually just as bad for your feet as wearing heels all the time as they can ruin the arch of your foot (this is minus the trainers, they’re a god send in their own right). Even your longest and most trustworthy pair of flats are going to take its toll just as a trustworthy pair of heels would. We’ve all been there, you’re walking through town when suddenly the sole either comes fully off, or half up that forms some kind of lip for your flats to speak to you. This turns into a dramatic moment when you’re desperately clinging onto your flats as you try and make it home that your toes transform into some kind of hobbit claws grasping onto your shoes as thought it’s a life and death experience. To make matters worse you’ve probably just stepped into a huge puddle making your whole foot soaking wet and embarrassingly squeaky as you trudge on home.

You see with Heels Vs. Flats it’s a hard battle that always seems to tie. I appreciate both kinds of shoe in my life and that’s the way it’s going to stick for now. 

Tiffany + co cake

Those birthday gifts have got to be totally original, something they'll remember, something you'd be pleased to eat yourself. So what's the best thing to do? Make a personalised cake. Yes, I've got to admit it's a bad idea if your friends about to start a fat free diet (and you'd probably be in real trouble if you made it, but they'd eat it anyway) or if you don't like cake, but lets be serious, who doesn't like cake?

I'm already a keen baker with the surprising turn out of cakes, pies and biscuits that don't have a soggy bottom or collapsed top, so I thought I'd put these skills to the test.

I've already made numerous birthday cakes in the past from plain and simple to in the shape of a Louis Vuitton bag, but none as adventurous as this. It occurred to me that after watching Breakfast at Tiffany's that a Tiffany and co box would be the perfect idea for a cake. Not too overly ambitious, but not to ordinary.

Obviously I'm not a professional so I didn't expect things to go plain sailing as there was a few rips in the fondant icing which needed covering, but you learn from your mistakes and thats what I did.

To make things even better, it tasted great on the day even though I made it 4 days in advance. It's surprising what a blanket made of foil and cling film can do.

Fancy giving it a go yourself? Just Google "Tiffany box cake" and the rest is history. Happy baking!

Friday, February 13, 2015

A fashion circle

How does the year 2045 sound to you? Far Far away I’m guessing. But in terms of fashion, what will be parading down the catwalks? As a stereotypical thought as soon as we hear the word “future” our instincts instantly presume the world will be covered in white, glossy and shiny buildings and that our best friends are most likely to be a talking robot. But how much of all this is actually going to come true?

Whether we like it or not, it's the year 2015 and we probably predicted back in the 80s that fashion by now would be completely futuristic with girls in the street twirling around in silver metallic skirts reflecting in the sun. Yet in reality fashion has gone in the opposite direction, going back to traditional styles throughout the eras that have been. If you're unconvinced just take a trip down to the high street right now and you'll see a whole range of different types of flares. Flares, the iconic pant of the 70s disco scene, were considered a thing of the past, something we thought would never re-enter our lives, but no they're back from the 70s and itching their way back into the wardrobe (even though they're one of the most annoying trip hazards, that if there was some kind of insurance I think I'd take it). 



The designer brands of S/S 2015 Fashion Week had their fair share of updated looks from the different eras. Valentino embraced the maxi dress with busy patterns which are both iconic of the 70s fashion. Go 10 years backwards and you can see that Prada have taken a huge amount of inspiration from the 60s with the A line dresses, single-breasted camel coats and high necklines. Fancy going back another 10 years to the 50s then take a look at Michael Kors collection. The garments have clear signs of the Christian Dior “New look” with the full circular skirts full of body in material.

J.W Anderson however, took more the smaller details into account rather than the initial shapes. His S/S 2015 collection showed the essence of a 1910/1920-menswear suit. We already know that fashion is becoming more unisex and gender friendly, and Anderson proved this further by creating a women’s wear from menswear. From the chains hanging off the waistcoat to the ruffles and ties sculpted equally down the dresses, these tiny finishes make the difference between an ordinary plain suite to an outstanding transformation of a lost era. It’s a smart move from Anderson as this kind of garment could be worn out casual, to work or for eveningwear. Take your pick.

They say we live in a circle of life, and maybe and most probably we live in a circle of fashions. Styles are constantly being rotated around and being a shaken up for a modern touch before being launched down the catwalk. Yes metallic and new technology in fashion (in ways of printing the fabric to gadget components) are a new trend in the fashion industry but that doesn’t mean the traditional shapes and styles are going anywhere soon. We need the past to make the future. We need the trench coat, we need the parka, we need the leather jacket, we need… oh you get the picture! 

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Valentine's day gift guide

Frame, cup and cards: Paperchase...Notebook: Chroma Stationary...Marie cat: Disney store...Necklace: Tiffany and co... Perfumes...The perfume shop.  
Whether you're single or not single, Valentine's Day is of course a little bit cringe. But no matter what we think of it we always celebrate it each year with a heart shaped box of chocolates, a bunch of roses (probably a few quid from Tesco) and a heart warming/heart cringing card.
Why not break the stereotypical Valentine's Day gifts and buy something your partner would actually want, something they can keep and remind them of you. Sounds like a better plan yes?

BE MINE 

One of the best and most personal gifts you could offer to give this year could be a Chroma Stationary book. Not only can you personalise it with your name, but can also engrave an image as well. You could pick anything you'd like, the possibilities are endless.

I decided to order one myself and since I'm obsessing over Lord of the Rings 24/7 lately I thought a reference to that would be worth while. For a partner this personalisation could be something special. Your partners a keen baker? Engrave a drawing of a cake. Your partner has their own business? Engrave their logo. Who said Valentine's Day had to be all lovey dovey roses that spend a whole week wilting away in a corner of a room.

With the Moria door delicately sculpted into the notebook and the quote "speak friend and enter" I thought I'd come up with the most creative and quirky entry to a notebook going, that if there was some kind of notebook award I would be up for first place. With lots of colours to choose from it was an almost impossible task to pick from all the different styles, I took it as though it was a life or death scenario even though at the end of the day it was only a little notebook. But no it was more than that. Not only do you have choice with the colour but the paper can be lined, plain or squared, that however was thankfully an easier choice than picking the colour.

After days of constantly checking the mail and spending half my time thinking when it would be delivered, when it finally came the wrapping resembled a work of art I felt desperate to open but at the same time felt guilty due to the beauty of the packaging. After a tear of the tissue paper the rest was history and behold my masterpiece underneath! With a glossy texture and a beautiful design the notebook was finally mine. Mine, mine mine.

Not only is it a perfect size for my bag so I can write whenever I need to, but it's a beautiful gift to myself. Happy Valentines to me from me.

Visit http://www.chromastationery.co.uk to order your creations.