Friday, 29 July 2011

Hailee Steinfeld, Elle Fanning and Chloe Moretz cover LOVE magazine

Chloe Moretz cover LOVE magazine

They have a combined age of 41, have numerous hit movies under the belts and two *huge* modelling contracts with key designers, Marc Jacobs and Miu Miu. Hailee Steinfeld, Elle Fanning and Chloe Moretz are not only making some clever and bold film choices in their young careers, they're now becoming the faces of young fashion and beauty. And I love them!

Hailee Steinfeld cover LOVE magazine

They're all so fresh and interesting, and I actually think they can all act, not just stand around looking pretty or being imitation Lolitas (*cough* Megan Fox's early career *cough*). There has been split opinion in the fashion industry about Hailee Steinfeld becoming the face of Miu Miu and Elle Fanning becoming the face of Marc by Marc Jacobs, with some saying that these teenage poster girls are out of step and much younger than their actual customers, while others say that these girls embody the brand, look great and are very loyal to these brands on the red carpet.

Elle Fanning cover LOVE magazine

I personally don't see the difference in using a 14 year old actress or a 15 year old model to front a campaign for a major fashion brand or to cover a magazine, and these girls are having fun with fashion and looking really good (wish I had had a stylist at 13, would have saved a lot of retrospective cringing!).

This issue of LOVE is available from Monday 1st August.


Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Design Your Dream Dress with Oasis and Look Magazine

Design Your Dream Dress with Oasis and Look Magazine

We've all been there; you know EXACTLY the dress you want for a very important party, but can you find it anywhere? Nope! If only you could design your dream dress yourself. Well, it looks like Oasis and Look magazine have solved our problem.

Design Your Dream Dress with Oasis and Look Magazine

They've just launched the 'Design Your Dream Dress' competition, where you can use their very cute and easy to use (if a bit basic) design tools to create the perfect silhouette, style, colour and even the embellishment details of your dream dress. You submit your final design into the competition and if you're the lucky winner, your design will be on sale at Oasis for the Christmas party season (as well as £1,000 and VIP tickets to The LOOK Show).

Above is my 'Dream Dress' (I'm obsessed with orange dresses at the moment!); not quite what I would call my dream, but to have my dream dress I'd have to whip out my pencil and get designing properly!

Enter the Dream Dress competition here.


Friday, 22 July 2011

Look How To Video: The French Plait

I love a good hair tutorial video, and Look magazine do some really good ones (I was a big fan of their soft ponytail video). I constantly look for inspiration for how to style my hair in new and interesting ways, but as my very straight and long hair isn't that easy to style, I sometimes need a little help.

I'm a huge fan of plaits, from beachy plaits to Wang catwalk masterpieces, but I always struggle with the gorgeous and sleek French plait. I recently had my hair French plaited at the Jacques Townhouse event, and loved it. Now all I have to do is try and recreate it myself (without swearing too much or lobbing my brush across the room!).

How to French Plait or Braid Jacques Townhouse


Thursday, 21 July 2011

Shop Spotlight: Topshop

Topshop Spring Summer 2011 Lookbook

I haven't shopped in Topshop in years. Mainly because I can't be bothered to wrestle teenagers and tourists away from the rails, but also because I was fed up of not finding clothes that I really loved or were in my size (yeah, 10 size 6 dresses on the rail, totally reasonable). So I've been rather shocked recently to find myself browsing around Topshop more and more - and liking it!

Let's face it, I'm (sadly) a bit out of Topshop's target market of 16-24 year old students, and with boobs and hips, their clothes aren't usually my friend. But recently I've been amazed that the clothes are fitting, hemlines are below my knees and I can zip things up! Now, don't get carried away, their clothes are still cut on the snug side and some items of clothing should not be worn unless you have model like proportions and are young enough to have an NUS card, but I can see some changes. Even Olivia Palermo has been rocking some Topshop pieces on the red carpet and at couture fashion shows (and rather well, I might add).

Olivia Palermo in Yellow Topshop Dress at Couture Fashion Week

I've actually fallen for quite a few items in the stores at the moment, and OMFrickinG might actually buy something. Here are my top Topshop picks (obviously all dresses, as I have an addiction).

Topshop Dresses
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

What do you think of my picks (and what should I buy)? Are you a Topshop lover or a Topshop fighter?


Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Motilo - Putting the social into online shopping

I love learning about fun and interesting ways to shop online and share looks and style ideas with friends (and my mum), so I was really intrigued when I got approached by Motilo and asked to play around on their brand new social shopping destination, (in beta - so allow for some teething problems).

Launched in April 2011, is an online community where you can shop together in real time with your friends.  Motilo offers an interactive fashion-focused social network fused with a unique e-commerce platform. The Motilo shop contains fashion items from hundreds of international websites, each carefully chosen by our in-house stylists each week. On Motilo, our members can create looks using the pieces in our shop, share these looks with friends, and then buy every item in the outfit. Motilo is updated daily with exciting content presented through the eyes of the Motilo girls, Motilo’s magazine and from users who create and submitting looks.

Obviously, the first thing I did was play around in the 'Create a Look' section, which is seriously addictive and is like dressing a digital paper doll. With a simple and fun layout, I quickly got the hang of it, and was resizing, layering and building my looks like a pro in no time. After some spending perhaps a bit *too* much time on building my look (not quite as addictive as Angry Birds, but still...), I settled on this look, which I've called 'Colour Pop Wedding Guest'- what do you think?

The Motilo Girls are also worth mentioning, with blogging superstar, Bip Ling, and Vogue Ed at Large, Anna Dello Russo, being just two of the style-hungry experts giving their top shopping tips and style ideas.

They're also running a great competition on their facebook page to win a Mulberry bag! The more facebook likes they get, the better the Mulberry bag they'll give away (all the deets are here) - so will it be a Daria, Alexa or a Tillie?

Play and shop on Motilo, or facebook and twitter them up!


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Saturday, 16 July 2011

Carina100 Interior Design and Style - The Bedroom

The one major flaw of mydeco is you build up your own 'Barbie's Dream House', only to remember you don't own the huge house with a swimming pool or orchid outside, or any of the beautiful furniture inside. But it is fun to daydream about it. Moving on from my first dabble with digital interior design and the love affair I'm having with the Green Lounge I created a few weeks ago, I moved onto The Bedroom.

I'm addicted to blue at the moment (must have something to do with my constant desire to be at the seaside), and this tranquil, baroque-meets-modern bedroom is so calming. I love the blue and white striped wallpaper on the alcove wall (Casadeco Wallpaper Stripes) and the different shades of blue in the accessories, like the Mimo cobalt blue lamp, the Megan Quinton Eiffel Tower cushions and the John Lewis royal blue attache trunk.

I'm really enjoying creating these mydeco rooms, but I can't wait to start designing some rooms IRL, but until then, let's move on to the kitchen!


Friday, 15 July 2011

Somewhere over the Rainbow with Christopher Kane Pre-collection SS 12

Seeing this pre-collection SS12 from Christopher Kane has instantly brightened my day. I love how Christopher Kane shakes things up every season, yet has such a distinct style. Acidic rainbows and shimmering, metallic pink pleats? Hell to the yeah! Roll on London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2011.


Thursday, 14 July 2011

The Best of the My-Wardrobe Sale + get an extra 20% off!

I've been trying to avoid sale shopping, but My-wardrobe are making it very difficult for me! There are so many amazing pieces in their Summer Sale, including Mulberry, See by Chloe, Elizabeth and James, Tibi and DVF, at up to 70% off (how's a girl meant to resits that!?). And if that wasn't stupidly tempting enough, there's now an extra 20% off sale price discount code doing the rounds (it's mw20 fyi, valid until midnight on Wednesday).

These are my top picks from the sale, which either have a tran-seasonal, classic element or will work really well for AW 11, especially the beautiful orange Tibi dress which ticks so many AW 11 boxes!


Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Stylestalker: Young Hollywood

stylestalker young hollywood

Stylestalker is one of the hottest new labels to come out of Australia since Seafolly. Launched in 2008 by Sue-Ann San and Rachel Zeilic, self confessed 'style stalkers', they create clothes that just scream 'style'. Mixing a beachy-boho, grungy vibe with edgy separates and killer mini dresses, I pretty much love them. A lot.

Their latest (and best) collection is their SS 11 offering, Young Hollywood. Mixing LA and Australian styles and with a modern, yet retro feel, this collection works so well, but stylestalker's real strength lies in the fact that each item in the collection is a stand-out, key piece in it's own right. The lookbook for Young Hollywood is a little bit awesome, as it should be, it's shot by the oh-so-talented Kimberley Gordon from Wildfox.

stylestalker young hollywood

stylestalker young hollywood

stylestalker young hollywood

stylestalker young hollywood

stylestalker young hollywood

stylestalker young hollywood

stylestalker young hollywood

If I wasn't daydreaming already about running away to LA and living it up in The Château, I am now.

Stylestalker is available at asos.


Monday, 11 July 2011

Carina Covets Couture - Elie Saab Fall 2011

Elie Saab has always been one of my favourite couture designers, and although he rarely mixes up his classic style and distinct couture mixture of lace, embellishment, chiffon, nipped in waists and billowing skirts, you can't help but fall in love with practically every look that so elegantly floats down the catwalk.

Following on from my previous Paris Couture Fall 2011 Fashion Week posts and the out-of-this-world Givenchy collection last week, I had very high hopes for Mr Saab's latest Haute Couture offering. The ombre palette for the collection was simply stunning, from a pale silvery-blue first look, to a deep navy finale, and slimmer gowns mixed in with his synonymous full styles gave the whole collection a fresh yet antiqued feel.



Thursday, 7 July 2011

The White Fairy Tale Love Ball - Best Dressed

The White Fairy Tale Love Ball Natalia Vodianova and Valentino

Following on nicely from yesterday's post about the ethereal Givenchy Couture show during Haute Couture week in Paris, we have the enchanted red carpet looks from the The White Fairy Tale Love Ball. In honour of Natalia Vodianova's charity, the Naked Heart Foundation, and held at Valentino's Château de Wideville in Paris (very nice, too!), the White Fairy Tale Love Ball red carpet was like a couture catwalk in itself, with a fashion guest list to rival Kate Moss' wedding reception!
Being a living-and-breathing Disney Princess, Anne Hathaway had this one in the bag, and was the White Queen to Natalia's Red Queen. I'm in love with the dreamy, rose tinted vibe to the whole event. Couture, Château and Chairty - a winning combination!

The White Fairy Tale Love Ball Anne Hathaway
The White Fairy Tale Love Ball Olivia Palermo
The White Fairy Tale Love Ball Margherita Missoni, Tatiana Santo Domingo and Eugenie Niarchos
The White Fairy Tale Love Ball Anna dello Russo
The White Fairy Tale Love Ball Elena-Perminova


Images: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images Europe

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Carina Covets Couture - Givenchy Fall 2011

As soon as I saw this image of Givenchy's Fall 2011 Couture Collection I tried to take in all the beauty of the intricate looks, but my eyes went straight to the fringed clutch bags. They reminded me straight away of a Fendi bag I have longed for since I watched Carrie parade around with her my bag on the Sex and the City episode 'Lights, Camera, Relationship'. Sigh.

Back to the clothes. While this collection is similar to Riccardo Tisci's last collection for Givenchy Couture, inspired by birds, origami and warriors (which Cate Blanchett, Florence Welch and Liv Tyler were all spotted in), the Fall 2011 collection has such an angelic, gilded, sophisticated edge to it I've completely fallen for it. It's so beautiful and embodies what Haute Couture is truly about. I don't even want to think of the amount of man hours that went into each and every last stitch.

I'll be bringing you more from Paris Couture Fashion Week soon, including the always beautiful Elie Saab collection.



Sunday, 3 July 2011

The Summer of Love (and Wedding Dresses)

Kate Moss' wedding dress - John Galliano

It's well and truly wedding season and in a matter of weeks we've seen amazing celebrity and royal weddings from some of the most influential names in the fashion industry; including the new sell-out-sensation Kate Middleton in Sarah Burton for Mcqueen, THE trend-starter supermodel Kate Moss in John Galliano, vintage darling Lily Allen in Delphine Manivet and the willowy model Abbey Clancy in Giles Deacon.

Kate Middleton's Wedding Dress - Sarah Burton for McQueen

These brides will shape the wedding industry for years to come, as women tear pages from their copies of Grazia (who needs to buy wedding mags when there's a different celeb wedding each week in the fashion mags) and start demandimg elegant, vintage inspired dresses, modest sleeves, traditional ivory shades, delicate lace, undone, relaxed hair styles and make up, and more traditional, country style weddings.

Lily Allen's Wedding Dress - Delphine Manivet

Having worked in the wedding dress industry for over 6 years when I was a student (I have some GREAT bridezilla stories), I like to think I know a few things about THE dress (I can nearly always guess what wedding dress you'll end up buying). This many key fashion influencer and their hugely publicised weddings will have a huge impact on the industry and spawn 100s of copycat styles and see a move towards more traditional, romantic dresses and weddings.

Abbey Clancy's Wedding Dress - Giles Deacon

I know we don't need much of an excuse to look at all this gorgeous couture - we all love looking at pretty dresses, but mark my words, these wedding dress styles will be dominating weddings of late 2011 and for many years to come!


By Carina Sullivan