There’s a funny thing about this time of year; it’s still too cold to start buying spring items but it’s too late in the season to invest in another knitted jumper. It’s the same with make-up; there’s no way the cold weather is conducive to a bare-faced look and a deep red lipstick in March seems a little passé.But before you start fretting that this between-season’s nothingness is a huge waste of your time, rejoice in the knowledge that is actually the perfect time of year to prepare yourself for the impending spring / summer season!Now is the time to soft launch that summer diet, think about what colour you’re going to go with your hair and crack out the gradual tanner in preparation for the main event!So to get you all excited about what is on offer in terms of beauty trends for this year, we revisited the SS14 shows and rounded-up some of our favorite looks – which ones will you be trying out?
Barely there make up seen at Thakoon, Balmain and Proenza Schouler SS14Barefaced BeautyThe bare-faced look is as predictable for spring / summer as floral print is so none of us were exactly surprised to see a bevy of beautiful models taking on the SS14 catwalks with a fresh faced looks.For SS14 make-up artists paired back the natural beauty look to the extremes; Balmain, Philip Lim and Dolce & Gabbana all did bare faced beauty to absolute perfection.Make sure to note that it’s called ‘barely-there make-up’; not to be confused with not wearing any make-up at all, the results can be dramatically different, and probably not as desirable.There is a fine art to this look but it’s worth perfecting as, when done well, the barefaced look is a thing of beauty. The trick is all in the preparation; you need to be drinking at least two litres of water to keep skin clear and bright, invest in a brilliant primer or BB cream and a natural looking mascara (none of this ‘false lash effect’ mascara here ladies).This look is all about clear skin and a vibrant dewy complexion so steer clear of heavy foundations and only apply a very minimal dusting of bronzer or blush to finish. Think of the money that you’ll save not buying your usual foundations and bronzers and spend the money instead on a really great day cream or CC cream.We love the Benefit ‘That Gal’ brightening primer which has rosy pigments which lends the complexion a really healthy glow. Gold detailing from Raf Simons for Dior SS14Everything that Glitters
Despite the majority of SS14 looks being natural and ‘raw’ there was also a swathe of fun gilded looks, Pat McGrath’s looks for Christian Dior’s SS14 show was particularly eye-catching and dramatic with bold gold brows.If golden brows are a little too dramatic a day-time look then fear not as the trend is open to interpretation. We love the idea of rose-gold dusted lids for a really pretty spring look paired with a hint of a tan.
Glitter and gilding as seen at Chanel SS14Alternatively you can channel Chanel’s SS14 make-up looks which would work perfectly for a sophisticated take on festival style. If you’re keen to recreate this look there is a fantastic tutorial video by model and photographer Hanneli Mustaparta for Vogue.com which you can watch here - http://bit.ly/1ngRmrG Marc by Marc Jacobs SS14 and left, Badgley Mischka SS14
SS14 saw an incredibly sophisticated take on a shade that is usually reserved for tweens and 80s throw-backs. Blue eye shadow was seen everywhere from Marc Jacobs to Badgley Mischka, the trick to keeping this look fresh is to keep the rest of your makeup relatively paired back.There was everything from cobalt to azure and powder blue tones to suit almost any skin tone so this is a really easy one to try out.Both Barry M and NARS have an extensive range of colours including some really cool blue hues so make sure to check them out if you’re looking to recreate these looks.Orange LipsOn the other end of the make-up spectrum from the bare-faced look is a fun pop of colour from the likes of Rag & Bone, Altuzarra and Prabal Gurung who all sent their models down the runways with vibrant tangerine hued lips.This is a great trend if you’re looking for a summery replacement to your winter crimson shade and looks great with a hearty tan. Keep the rest of your make-up minimal to avoid looking like Pat Butcher’s younger sister.L’Oreal’s colour riche lipstick in Magnetic Coral is great but more muted corals are a great option too if you’re feeling like orange is a little bit too bright for you!
Pastels make an appearance every spring, usually showing up in the girliest of ways. But this year is a little different. Lilac, sugar pink, mint and buttercup are back, but they’ve developed a definite edge. They’ve left behind their usual territory, florals, and instead started to crop up on statement leather pieces. Sporty details on gym shorts and sweatshirts give even the girliest colours a new-found coolness, and stop it all from looking too cute. These are my favourite pieces for spring: some are affordable, some definitely aren’t, but they all make summer feel a little closer.1. Faux leather jacket, ZaraSpring/Summer 2014 has only just started, but Zara’s duck egg faux leather jacket is already a high street hit. The biker shape, the quilted details at the shoulder and wrist, the unexpected colour…this is the spring jacket to really fall for.2. Sunglasses, TOMS BeachmasterThe ultimate feel-good sunnies, these come in a pretty pink shade and their purchase will help TOMS support eye doctors all over the world, as they offer care to those who can’t afford it.3. Earrings, Mode MusthavesWith a cluster of gems in sugar-sweet pink and silver, these earrings are a more elegant take on pastels. But their size stops them from looking too demure or girly, and means you can pair them with graphic windowpane checks or athletic-inspired pieces.4. Watch, New LookThis lilac watch is an easy way to dip your toe into the trend. The colour will pop against Spring/Summer’s minimalist white pieces, and it has a definite sport luxe feel.5. Gingham crop sweat, Jaded LondonAvailable from Topshop, this crop top takes two potentially saccharing trends (gingham and pastels) and somehow makes them feel cool again. Wear it with a white skort or a pair of wide-legged culottes for new-season style.6. Zip top clutch, FossilA soft spearmint colour, combined with minimalist details and textured leather makes this Fossil clutch a Spring/Summer staple.7. Wool sweater, Sister by SiblingUntil the warm weather properly arrives, this lightweight sweater will brighten greyish days. Christopher Kane showed similar pieces in his Spring/Summer 2014 show, emblazoning ‘Petal’ in lace letters across a mint-toned sweatshirt.8. Leather drawstring shorts, GivenchyThese pale pink leather shorts just made it onto my mental wishlist for spring. If you can justify the price tag, wear them with simple monochrome pieces and a pair of slip-on trainers.9. Assorted nail polishes, TopshopTopshop are all over the pastels trend, right down to the details. Try working them together in a nail art design – I like these Easter stripes but some overblown florals (think Christopher Kane again) would work too.10. Shoulder bag, ValentinoAnother one for the wishlist, Valentino is continuing its ‘Rockstud’ theme with this chain shoulder bag. Oversized studs run across the top, adding a grunge edge to baby pink leather.11. Lace-ups, VansDoubling up on the pastels, these classic lace ups will look great with a pair of torn-up boyfriend jeans.
Well Fiona Disegni might just be your new best friend. The young French entrepreneur has come up with an idea that could potentially solve all your sartorial woes. Her fledgling start up Rentez-Vous allows individuals to access to fantastic designer clothing that they otherwise couldn’t afford.The idea is based around the idea of collaborative consumption and aims to revolutionise the way that women shop and see fashion forever.The concept behind Rentez-Vous a simple one, lending your rarely worn but much loved clothes to fellow fashion lovers, on a weekly basis for a reasonable fee. Every month an event is held where 40 to 50 people attend, you can bring clothes to rent or simply browse. Each person is charged a small entrance fee and if they wish to rent an item then they are charged 15% of the original price of the garment. Rentez-Vous takes a 20% cut every time a garment is hired.Fledgling designers also have the opportunity to directly reach the consumer by hiring a stall at the events and renting out their designs. Rentez-Vous then takes a 30% cut followed by a further 20% if the item is then bought.Because the idea of the company isn’t to stop people buying clothes, it is simply to avoid the waste that buying clothes that you don’t wear can produce. Disegni explains; ‘Women spend over £1,000 a year on their wardrobe but don’t wear 70% of their clothes’. She adds ‘There’s (an estimated) £1.6 billion of clothes in women’s wardrobes in the UK that they don’t wear but don’t want to throw out. These are exactly the type of clothes we want to target’.Disegni notes ‘It was always our decision to create a community first – for such a new concept you need the trust of people… they are now becoming our ambassadors.’
What do you think of the idea of renting someone else’s clothes? Would you trust strangers to look after your designer wears?
It’s been just over a year since Jennifer Lawrence graced the pages of fashion magazines across the globe for her first Dior campaign. And now, just in time for the Oscars, the actresses captivating gaze stares out from her now third consecutive campaign for the French fashion house.The adverts have been released a mere week before the 86th Academy Awards, where she is hotly tipped to win her second Oscar, for best supporting actress in American Hustle, at the impressively tender age of 23.Looking bare-faced and wind swept, Lawrence clutches the chain strapped Miss Dior bag, wearing only a blazer with nothing underneath creating a sultry androgynous aesthetic.Shot by the acclaimed fashion photographer, Patrick Demarchelier, the campaign is accompanied by a simple video of the actress talking about her trip to Dior’s ateliers where she chose the dress that she will wear for the Oscars on Sunday.As she looks into the camera she explains ‘I get the haute couture thing now, it’s a big deal.’ Lawrence has been notably laissez faire in her attitude to fashion but is renowned for barely putting a foot wrong when it comes to her red carpet selections.Dior’s creative director Raf Simons spoke of his decision to work with Lawrence back in 2012 explaining that he was captivated by her ‘youth and her classic beauty, but also her force of character and the complexity she’s capable of embodying at such a young age.’Rumours have been doing the rounds this month that the actress is set to sign another three year (and multi-million dollar) contract with the fashion house, meaning that she will continue to only wear Dior gowns on the red carpet. Both sides have declined to comment on the rumours but would you be surprised if Lawrence did sign another contract? You wouldn’t have to pay me much to wear beautiful Dior gowns all of the time!
We can’t wait to see what award winning star will wear to this year’s Oscars, but if it is anything like last year’s we’re getting our hopes up for something truly spectacular.
Serial shoppers could browse TheOutnet on built-in iPads, or shop exclusive designer discounts from some of the biggest names in fashion. Lulu Guinness, Clements Ribeiro, Farhi by Nicole Farhi and Maria Francesca Pepe were all up for grabs. There was a room full of gorgeous, wear-forever coats from Joseph, as well Viktor & Rolf handbags and Vivienne Westwood dresses that had been cinched in at the waist.Those with more of an eye on industry trends could attend one of the talks in the Vodaphone Lounge. On Thursday alone there was Hilary Alexander OBE (renowned British fashion journalist), Lulu Guinness and a presentation by Toni & Guy, explaining how they develop their key looks for the catwalk.There were catwalk shows throughout the day, every day, showcasing designers such as Amanda Wakeley and Julien Macdonald, or illustrating the hottest trends for Spring/Summer 2014. Styled by TheOutnet, these trend shows focused on metallics, florals, lace and sports luxe, using labels like Alexander Wang and Peter Pilotto. We managed to grab a few pictures:
As the lights dimmed after the final show, guests picked up their Julien Macdonald tote bag and wandered out through the arches, stopping for one last photo against the Somerset House backdrop. But if you missed out this time it will be back next season, just like Fashion Week.
If you weren’t lucky enough to get your hands on one of the coveted tickets to last year’s Vogue Festival then don’t be too dismayed! The time has rolled around again to rub shoulders with some of the most iconic and influential names in the fashion industry.This year celebrates the third annual Vogue festival on the weekend of the 29th and 30th of March and will be partnering with the iconic British department store Harrods.Director of consumer relationship management at Harrods, Chiara Varese, spoke of the current state of the industry; ‘the fashion world is artistic, inspirational, innovative and sophisticated but most of all it’s exciting and fun…This natural partnership between our two brands will bring together in an innovative way the world’s leading influencers, designers and fashion savvy crowd in a luxury style.’
Held at the Southbank’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, this year is set to be even bigger than its predecessors. 2013’s festival saw talks and workshops from the likes of Victoria Beckham, Donatella Versace and Mario Testino to name a few and this year’s line-up is set to be a veritable feast of fashion.Expect to see everyone from models Karlie Kloss and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley discussing what it’s really like to be a model, to a talk on personal style from Alexa Chung and Vogue's own Lucinda Chambers. Our favourite talk includes the ironically cool designer Phoebe Philo, who will be speaking about her career philosophy and how she put her own spin on Céline, turning it into one of the most influential brands of our time.Each of the talks and workshops is £40 to attend and there will be much more going on including make-overs and live performances. The Vogue Festival really is a special treat for any fashion lover; tickets went on sale this morning and are guaranteed to sell out fast so make sure you get in their quick!Get Tickets here - http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/node/36889/
Ashish is the reigning champion of quirky, over-the-top cool. Known for coating everything in sequins, he can make even the grungiest checked sweatshirt into a sparkly statement piece.But it was the accessories that really caught everyone’s attention at the label’s Spring/Summer 2014 show: plastic shopping bags, reimagined in the most iridescent way, were casually swinging from the models’ hands, as if they were carrying their shopping down the runway.Some had classic blue or pink stripes – a riff on the essential laundry bag – but it was the tongue-in-cheek logos that really stood out. M&S has been reimaged as S&M, Tesco has become Disco and Coca-Cola has been provocatively replaced with Coke.
Not since Anya Hindmarch’s infamous ‘I am not a plastic bag’ tote for Sainsbury’s, back in 2007, have we wanted a supermarket carrier bag so badly. If you love Brian Lichtenberg’s cheeky logo sweatshirts, or Untitled & Co’s viral slogans, this could be your accessory of the year.
The clothes themselves were dusted with all-over sequins too (a classic Ashish move). Even the jeans, which were torn at the knee, were covered in them. But somehow they still looked fluid, and moved like real fabric, rather than becoming stiff and unwearable: that’s the difference between Ashish and sequinned pieces on the high street.Unfortunately his label is slightly on the expensive side for most of us, so I’ve done my best to find the affordable alternatives. If none of them will do, check out Milkteef for some amazing photos from the Ashish show, both backstage and on the runway.
This sequinned clutch from ASOS is a brilliant alternative to the Ashish shoppers, and it’s even on sale at the moment. The check pattern is pure 90s, but the all-over embellishment brings it bang up to date.Kenzo has so many irreverent accessories, almost all of them embellished with print, that we’ve practically lost count. But this palm tree clutch is our favourite, with textured faux leather and a zip across the top. Its simple design balances out that busy print, and it’s just big enough for all your essentials.This Ted Baker tote is a clever cheat: it’s covered in a sequin print, but not actually encrusted with them. The rainbow mix of colour looks like an underwater jewellery box, guaranteed to make people look twice. Especially when everyone else is carrying a plain cotton tote that they picked up for free somewhere.Marc by Marc Jacobs is riding the wave of quirky accessories. First it was his plush phone cases, and now tote bags are getting the same treatment. This graphic bulldog print, on a psychedelic cityscape background, is our pick.This cat print shopper from NW3 by Hobbs might look like it was designed for older generations to tote their shopping in, but style it the right way and it could lift your entire look. Just keep kitsch to a minimum where the rest of your accessories are concerned.
When it comes to handbags I’m very particular. I’m very much a tote bag kind of girl, I guess you can call me a bag snob that loves 'it’ bag.I tend to go for bigger bags because it’s so easy to carry all my most prized possessions where make-up bags and i pad's fit in just nicely.One bag style I have never paid to much attention to is a cross body bag. I've always thought that they were to small and never really knew how to style them properly. This has all changed and cross body bags are now my new found friends which will be making there way into my outfits for seasons to come.
A cross body bag is a real hero piece because it can help to define a stunning fashion forward look. It’s a style of bag that you can team with most off duty looks. This bag is a easy and comfortable style to opt for as it lays across the shoulder allowing the weight to be distributed evenly across the body.The cross body number is a real spectacular because its versatile enough to team with many different ensembles. This piece looks great with skirts, dresses, shorts and trousers. Investing in a statement cross body will always elevate a look to the most stylish.Cross body bags have everything to offer when it comes to day to day styling of a look. When I’m on the hunt for a new bag I always consider how well a bag transitions in between seasons and from day to night. This piece works well for the office as well as after work drinks at the bar.A bag is one of the most used accessories so its worth while investing a piece that is durable and well made. With so many new season offerings I’ve picked out the top 10 designer style picks. Any of these styles will take your look into a new fashion forward dimension...
One: Stella McCartney- www.farfetch.comTwo: Mulberry-www.selfridges.comThree: Zac Posen-www.shopbop.comFour: Emilio Pucci- www.home.emiliopucci.comSeven: DKNY- www.dkny.comEight: Dolce & Gabanna- www.dolcegabbana.com
Nine: Marni- www.thecorner.comTen: Moschino- www.luisaviaroma.com
These Celine mules (top image) come second only to Chanel's sneakers in terms of how much hype already surrounds them. Supple leather leans on geometric frame or sphere heel, for a mule that we couldn’t have imagined six months ago. Now we don’t want to imagine life without them, but we know that Celine only exists way out of our price range. Hopefully Zara will come up with something similar, because right now we can’t find anything to fill the void.We’ve already posted about Chanel’s haute couture sneakers, but there was no way we were going to leave them off this list. After lighting up Twitter and Instagram with instant hype, our excitement was instantly dampened by the announcement that not only do they cost €3000, but you need to buy the whole couture outfit to go with them. Luckily Philipp Plein has some incredible high tops (right image) with just as much embellishment. They’re still expensive, but compared to the Chanel ones you can sort of justify their cost-per-wear.Christopher Kane’s silver shoes made us fall for metallics all over again. The stiletto heel, the super-shiny gleam and holographic colour brings futuristic style into the here and now. These peter shoes from Guess might not have quite the same luxurious feel, but we still like the subtle cut-outs at the side. Hopefully we’ll see some more dramatic interpretations soon.
Minimalist flats at Margaret Howell and J.W. Anderson set the tone for cool (and wearable!) sandals that will lend your summer wardrobe a bit of an edge. Luckily this is an easier style to mimic, and the high street has already caught on. Topshop’s Hi Pool Slide Sandals are a dead ringer if you’re on a tight budget, and will look seriously cool with a pair of shorts this summer.They might not have garnered quite as much as attention when they strode down the runway, but we would do anything to get our hands on these Naeem Khan shoes. A completely different take on the metallic trend to the one we saw at Christopher Kane, these are like fluid gold. And in some kind of footwear-based miracle, Kurt Geiger have come up with a pair that we like just as much, if not slightly more! The skinny heel looks almost dangerous against the etched pattern on the heel, and the matte toe strap is effortlessly modern.