Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Tom Ford's Spring 2011 Womenswear Show by Terry Richardson

These images were leaked today by Fashionologie from the January 2011 issue of Harpers Bazaar (out on 6th December) of Tom Ford's magnificent return to womenswear, shot exclusively by Terry Richardson. These tantalising images are actually from Ford's show during New York Fashion Week in September, but have been kept super duper hush hush and were only released today!

The models and the fashion VIP front row were strictly A list, with Beyonce and veteran super models, like Lauren Hutton, modelling in the show. Luxe is the only word to describe this rich bitch collection. The fringed black and white dress modelled by Liya Kebede is my favourite.

What do you think of Tom Ford's first womenswear collection in six years?


Ila Spa Glowing Radiance Collection

I don't think I've ever been to such a tranquil, relaxing event as the Ila Spa launch for their new Glowing Radiance collection. I know I don't normally cover beauty, but this was so good I just had to share it with you (and it's good to mix things up)!

After being personally talked through the new collection and the overall brand ethos by Ila founder and everyone's new favourite person on earth, Denise (everyone fell in love with her), we were one big bunch of organic-converted, chilled out Londoners.

Not only does this company call itself 'Beyond Organic', it clearly means it too. I'm always slightly cynical of some organic companies that use organic 'loosely' and as a USP (unique selling point) to increase sales, rather than a deeply rooted brand ethos. Ila is definitely the latter of the two, with a fantastic and detailed grasp of every aspect of their products. From the farm, culture and even to the specific people who grow or produce each ingredient, Ila is involved every step of the way, to insure an organic with a capital 'O' product every time.

The holistic effects and uses of these at 'home or spa' products are an added bonus to a skincare routine that not only leaves you feeling wonderful (I've tested all the products they gave us from the Glowing Radiance Collection and can say I'm a convert), looks pretty on your shelf, but most importantly stands up for what it believes in. Ila take their time to give you something so organic you can feel the time, effort and love with every use.

For more details on Ila, skincare, spa treatments and their organic approach, click here.

FYI, I've booked my mum in for a Ila massage treatment at the Bristol Lido after Denise personally recommended it (just in case you're stuck for Christmas present ideas). 


Monday, 29 November 2010

Karl Lagerfeld to launch collection with Macy's

The H&M website servers have barely recovered from the Lanvin for H&M collection stampede this week and the much awaited Valentino for Gap collection launched this Saturday, but we've already had a new Designer/Highstreet collaboration announced. Karl Lagerfeld has confirmed that he is doing a capsule collection for Macy's.

There have been too many collaborations to count recently, with Jimmy Choo, Viktor and Rolf and Madonna all with their own H&M collections, Giles and New Look, Mulberry and Target, and Karl Lagerfeld's own H&M collection, being just some of the partnerships over the past few years.

So will Karl Lagerfeld for Macy's be worth a trip across the pond? We'll have to wait until September next year to find out!

Are you loving Designer highstreet collaborations or are you over it?


Saturday, 27 November 2010

Feeding my Watch Addiction at Time² Bloggers event

The last time I went to an event at Time2, it started a quite serious watch addiction for me and a Michael Kors watch shaped hole in my boyfriends wallet. So naturally, we were both apprehensive about what would happen this time. It was as we feared, I left the event in love with about 10 watches at Time2, most of which are now on my Christmas list. Whoops.

After a fantastic trend talk with the Time2 fashion watch buyer, Keira Payne-Gibbs, we were let loose in the Covent Garden store to rummage through the main trends, from ceramic to military, and try on the top picks for Christmas presents.

As always, the Michael Kors watches were some of my favourites (especially the coloured styles). I was also loving the neon Toy watches and classic DKNY watches. From big and bold, military themed, candy colours and sparkle, there was a watch for every possible occasion and taste.

Hope Santa gets the hint!


Thursday, 25 November 2010

Gogo Philip Vintage Bijoux

I like my jewellery big, bold and with a vintage feel, so when the delectable Amy from Wolfwhistle said she was working with Gogo Philip and had some samples to send out to bloggers, how could I say no?!

These rich bitch statement pieces, including thick gold chains and snake bracelets, from Italian jewellery designer Gogo Philip, have a vintage/art deco meets 80s power dressing feel (which I love). Aside from being gorgeous, the whole collection is really affordable with everything under £40 and you can get your mitts on the collection at Topshop.

I was lucky enough to be sent these beautiful gold earrings with a textured, lattice pattern. I absolutely love them and suddenly feel the need to start power dressing!


Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Mysuelly is My Bag Brand Du Jour

Thanks to last weeks Grazia, I have a new bag obsession, Mysuelly. After reading about the brand favoured by the Parisian fashion pack, I've cast aside poor Mulberry and taken a French mistress.

Mysuelly make the most beautiful vintage style bags in classic, boxy styles that have a gorgeous understated quality. Mysuelly was created by two fashionistas, Geraldine Cohen and Adelaide Salvi, and embodies Parisian style. The use of fabric and colour is also amazing, with a mix wool and leather, neutral colours and primary plaids, these bags are completely on trend and have a French meets Nordic vibe.

There aren't many stockists in the UK, Urban Outfitters in the main Mysuelly stockist online in the UK (but only have 4 styles), and Labour of Love and Paul and Joe in London also stock some of the range. If you want a larger selection, try these sites Placedestendances.com, MateMonSac.com, or GaleriesLafayette.com. With prices generally around £300-400, it's a definite luxury, but also a lot less than other designer bags. 

I *really* want one, but have no idea how to pick just one? C'est impossible!


Monday, 22 November 2010

Rihanna is the Red Queen at the American Music Awards 2010

Rihanna really is Rated R - from the hair, to the dress, to the carpet she's standing on, there's no missing Miss R, the (extreme) lady in red at the American Music Awards 2010. I love this Elie Saab sheer lace dress on Rihanna, it's so elegant yet sexy. With a deep V back and va-va-voom colour, the understated full skirt and delicate details, like the wide trim on the hem, creates a simply stunning red carpet look.

I'm still completely in love with the red hair trend that Rihanna first championed back in July, and the corkscrew curls are perfect with the softness of the dress, as a stiff up do would have made it too formal for what was a very 'fashion' music event. Top marks for a very upmarket (and tricky to pull off) Jessica Rabbit look.

Will you be copying Rihanna's red, red and MORE red look?


By Carina Sullivan

Credit: Getty

Wildfox Black and White Winter 2010 Lookbook

Models: Kiana Reeves and Toree Arntz
Photos: Kimberley Gordon
Styling: Emily Faulstich, Kimberley Gordon (aka The Wildfox Girls)

This latest Wildfox collection, Black and White,  is due in store any day now, and I love the simplicity of this great lookbook shoot. Don't know how keen I'll be on cutting up a £60 t-shirt, but I do love this 'back to basics' collection that showcases simple, monochrome boyfriend fit tees that are slightly more subdued than previous collections. The LOVE and globe tees are a must!


Friday, 19 November 2010

Taylor Swift - Style Queen

Ok, it's time to come clean. I love Taylor Swift. Not her music so much, although I have been known to sing along when drunk or when I think I'm alone, but mainly I just love her style. She dresses with such elegance and always to suit her body type (an attribute I also love about Lea Michele).

Taylor's classic (and sometimes prim) style is, as Cheryl Cole would say, 'right up my street'. She mixes 'princess couture' with 40s and 50s inspired vintage looks, that always make sure she stands out. A modern day country-pop-princess version of Grace Kelly.

You rarely see this girl out of a dress, she isn't afraid of colour, she's a combination of nerdy and siren, loves red lipstick, and her hair is the stuff of childhood Barbie obsessions - what's not to love?!

She is also this months cover girl of Allure Magazine and looks a-maz-ing. Proving she can do Haute Couture just as well as Princess Couture.

I know I'm not the only one with a Taylor crush, who's going to fess up?


By Carina Sullivan

Thursday, 18 November 2010

Peace, Love & Juicy Couture Fragrance Advert

I seem to have gone slightly perfume crazy after attending the L'oreal Prestige & Collections Christmas Fragrance Event earlier this week, and although I'm not usually a fan of Juicy Couture (the brand name, those tracksuits, velour in general...), I am in love with their advert for the new perfume, Peace, Love & Juicy Couture. It's beautiful, surreal video ad has a Marie Antoinette, fairytale, Alice in Wonderland feel and I've watched it about 4 times now. Don't really care what it smells like, that bouffant pink hair is a winner!



Wednesday, 17 November 2010

L'oreal Prestige & Collections Christmas Fragrance Event

Last night I attended my first Handpicked Media bloggers event as one of their new fashion bloggers, and what an event to start with! L'oreal hosted their first fragrance bloggers event at the gorgeous Black and White room at The Soho Hotel, where we got to spritz and sniff our hearts out with fragrances from Maison Martin Margiela, Viktor & Rolf, Ralph Lauren, Stella Mccartney, Giorgio Armani and Diesel.

The favourites of the night were clear to see, with Viktor & Rolf's Flowerbomb and (untitled) by Maison Martin Margiela (a unisex scent) gathering crowds. The beautiful bust display stand for Flowerbomb will definitely see it become a Christmas gift favourite this year (what girl wouldn't want that on her dressing table). The beautiful simplicity of the (untitled) bottle and the intense, seductive scent was also a great combination and will definitely be going on my Christmas wish list.

After being shown around all the men's and women's fragrances by the *fantastic* L'oreal PRs and getting some great insider tips (Diesel's 'Only the Brave' was the best selling men's fragrance last year), I settled down at the gorgeous bar area for canap├ęs and champagne with 2 lovely bloggers, Amy from Wolfwhistle and Sarah from The Enchanted Hunters where we drank too much champagne and talked about travel, hair and Forever 21.

The gorgeous and Christmasy location was a great choice (I have a soft spot for The Soho Hotel after holding an Alice in Wonderland event there during fashion week), and the huge Christmas tree decorated with baubles and perfume bottles and fairy lights made my day (who said it was too early for decorations).

What's your favourite scent?


Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Best of the Red Carpet - MOCA's Annual Gala - The Artist's Museum Happening

You can almost guarantee a fabulous red carpet display when an event is co-hosted by Chanel, and the MOCA's Annual Gala - "The Artist's Museum Happening" in LA had a catwalk-worthy red carpet turnout. A list red carpet big hitters, like Rachel Bilson, Kirsten Dunst, Rachel Zoe, Kate Bosworth, Chloe Sevigny, Gavin Rossdale and Gwen Stefani all looked fantastic in monochrome tones.

Ginnifer Goodwin, Malin Akerman, Mila Kunis and Rose McGowan also wowed at the event, in lust-worthy dresses. One thing I loved about these red carpet lovelies, was the perfect mix of full length and shorter, cocktail style dresses, no one looked under or over dressed in either style. Red, berry lips and sleek hair complimented the beautiful dresses, giving the whole evening a 'Great Gatsby' vibe.

Who was looking at the art on the wall when the guests looked this good!


Friday, 12 November 2010

Let's all dance with Aldo!

I'm a firm believer in the 'Dance like no one's watching' ethos, and have been known to break into dance and song in the middle of Topshop if a good tune comes on (I blame my mother for introducing me to Roger & Hammerstein musicals at a young age and my Glee obsession). I'm also a huge fan of gorgeous footwear, and have also been know to share my shoe fantasies. So when I heard about shoe emporium, Aldo, and their a-maz-ing new contest, Let's Dance, I just had to share it with you.

First off, this seems like just another brand trying to 'go viral' with a vlogging UGC contest plugging and dancing about in their product, but no! Obviously they want people talking about their brand, but to enter you don't have to have ever shopped at Aldo, you can wear any brand of shoes (or no shoes) in the video and you can win £1,500.

Best of all, I love their tag line 'Videos can be all about the dancing or all about having fun, there is no wrong way to move with Aldo'. So you can upload your own video, vote on other peoples or just watch some people having fun! Here are a couple of videos to get you feeling foot loose and fancy free (I love the blogger's video, Gemma's my fave! And the male model in the promo - he's a super star).

Visit www.aldo-dance.com for more details.


Thursday, 11 November 2010

US Highstreet Favourite Forever 21 comes to the UK

Well this is exciting - this week US highstreet giant, Forever 21, is opening in the UK in Birmingham. If you've never heard of Forever 21, I assume you haven't been to America recently, or if you have, perhaps you didn't go shopping (if you didn't, why not?! What a waste!). Forever 21 is a highstreet staple in the US now, with shops everywhere you look.

The best way to describe Forever 21 (and to match it up with our own highstreet offering) would be a mash up of h&m, Topshop, asos, New Look and Primark. Low price points, trend lead pieces with lots of basics. But, and here's the but, what Forever 21 does well is reinvent key catwalk and seasonal trends, but with a distinct hand writing (Topshop, asos), but with competitive, low prices (h&m, Primark, New Look). There are also several 'brands within brands' at Forever 21, with diffusion lines including Heritage 1981, Love 21 Contemporary and Twelve by Twelve. The clothes are young, playful and designed for the fashion forward, which is why Amber Le Bon is such a great fit for the UK face of the brand,

As with any highstreet fast fashion model, there is always the general, basic pieces that don't really stand out, but with Forever 21, there are generally some great pieces that will allow you to wear one or two of this seasons biggest trends without having to splurge on designer items.

I'm a big fan on the US store, but after seeing pictures of the UK launch event, I'm a little worried about the buy for the UK market. Fingers crossed it was just a bad catwalk show and the offering is every bit as addictive as the US.

Forever 21 launches in the UK online and in Birmingham on the 12th November, and in Dublin on the 13th November.


Friday, 5 November 2010

SS 2011 Press Days - Dust PR and Fashion Press Week

On Wednesday I had a *full* day of press days, including Dust PR and the fantastic Fashion Press Week. I laughed in the face of TFL and their tube strikes and after numerous buses, dodging tourists on Oxford Street and running (a lot) made it to all my appointments (pats self on back).

First up was Dust PR, where I got to look through the SS 2011 collections for LNA, Wildfox, Irregular Choice and Rebecca Minkoff. Wildfox was, as ever, fantastic, with a clever use of luxe embellishment to complement the Marie Antoinette candy coloured collection with a clever military twist.

LNA injected some gorgeous colour after it's AW 2010 collection that was entirely monochrome, and played with proportion and draping, which I love.

Irregular choice was as good as ever with a colourful collection, but my stand out favourites were the winged metallic court shoes.

Rebecca Minkoff's beautiful muted bronze and gold colour palette mixed with nudes was so pretty, and such amazing quality. The wedges with cut out detailing were my favourites.

My next stop of the day was the new concept, Fashion Press Week, which was held at the very beautiful Saatchi Gallery. This genius idea was put together to allow press to attend multiple brands press days and events in one go, in one central London location. There was a huge selections of brands involved, and the entire operation was slick, professional and beautifully displayed and organised. Click here to view the full list of brands that attended. I sadly didn't manage to get around the entire event, but I did manage to see and speak to White Stuff, Fat Face, Mikey, Anonymous Ross + Bute and Superdry.

Superdry put on an amazing display at the event and had the largest and most prominent pitch on the ground floor. Loved the layout and interactive displays (especially the rusted old pick up truck).

Mikey had their typical large and statement making pieces of jewellery, but also had a selection of delicate charm necklaces and friendship bracelets that I feel head over heels for. The PR on the stand was also so lovely and asked permission to add me to the mailing list - very impressed!

The collection and brand that stole my heart on the day was the knitwear brand, Anonymous Ross + Bute. It caught my eye immediately and I was smitten with the sailor theme that ran throughout the collection. This season they expanded their selection and have introduced more dresses. It had a whimsical, almost doll like feel to it and I am now a huge fan!

Finally, here's a look at my a-maz-ing messy bun, as created by the very lovely Fadi from Lockonego, during my pamper session in the Pandora suite. Think I deserved a bit of pampering after all that!