Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Hot trends for the next Autumn Winter Season (LFW AW 2013)

One of London’s most important fashion events has come to an end. For five days, over 200 designers showcased their brand new Autumn/Winter Collections at London Fashion Week showing their vision to the world.

Like every other fashion lover, we watched this event closely (read this preview of the event) and we gathered some highlights of this show. Below, we’ll mention the most common trends from different designers and some of what we think that will be trending on the next Autumn/Winter 2013.

Please note that this post is a personal perspective of the event, written by Irina Quintela. Irina is the founder of Styling Up, a style shop that provides an online fashion styling service for women based on body shape and size.

Prints and Graphic Lines

Autumn/Winter 2013 will be all about prints and graphic lines. Floral prints are becoming a thing of the past, and prints are now more African inspired. Some of the prints that walked the runway were actually pretty wild (in a good way). We love them!

Graphic lines will also be trending and, according to what we saw on the catwalk, geometry is all around several collections. Whether straight or curved lines… this is a trend we really want to wear. For fans of geometry, this is the trend to follow!

Here are a few examples of what we saw on the catwalk:
Geometric lines were all over LFW and they are stunning
Some of the prints we saw on the catwalk

Monochrome inspiration

We saw lots of collections inspired by the monochrome mix. We love the combination between black and white. It provides a great contrast and this can be a really easy combination to pull off.
Below, a few examples of monochrome from the designer’s collections:
Oh yes, monochrome was in almost every collection

Trending colors: Red, Gold / Yellow, Blue, Green

Red, Gold or Yellow, Blue and Green will surely pop out of the catwalk straight to the streets. We saw some awesome combinations and splash of colors. Autumn Winter 2013 will surely be a more colorful season with these vibrant colors. These also look great in accessories, when just wearing a monochrome look.

Examples from the catwalk:
Bright colors will be trending on the next AW 2013

Super long length skirts and dresses

Skirts and dresses have gained a new stylish length. We already knew mini, midi and long skirts… but now, here are the fashionable new super long skirts and dresses. Super long because they’re way longer than the traditional long skirts and they can practically “kiss” the floor. We’re totally embracing this and can’t wait to see this on the streets.

We also noticed that skirts are moving away from mini and embracing the midi and slightly below the knee length. This might be really great news for the ones who were tired of the super miniskirts.
Dresses and Skirts had mid or super long length

Overall, this was a great show and we’re really eager to see these trends on the high street. We also noticed that the trends are heading to a much more “clean” design with clean lines, bright colors and strong & geometric patterns. We can’t wait to see this spreading…

What about you? Have you followed London Fashion Week’s AW 2012? What trends will you surely wear and which ones will you run away from?

Friday, February 15, 2013

Styling Up reviewed by the Stylish London Living

First of all we’d like to thank Micaela, from the Stylish London Living blog for such a wonderful review of our website. Overall it was a great review giving our website a great 4 out of 5 stars.

Reviews are a great way to let us know how to improve our service and we’re always very happy when we receive feedback.

Read the full review: Review: Stylingup.com

Stylish London Living is a great blog that has awesome content about beauty, fashion and lifestyle, and is written by London based lady Micaela. Do take a look at her wonderful blog.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

London Fashion Week AW 2013 | PREVIEW

London Fashion Week starts tomorrow. Here's a preview of what to expect, written by Fi, from the blog "We Heart Colourful".

London fashion week (LFW) is one of the highest-profile fashion events in the world, being among the ‘big four’ international catwalk influencers (the others being New York, Paris and Milan). You can read part one of our London Fashion week preview over at weheartcolourful.com.

So what can we expect from the London leg of this season's fashion circus?

High-street brands

More and more high-street brands have to staging catwalk shows in recent years - this year's London fashion week will see River Island make its debut with its Rihanna collaboration, while upmarket high-street chain Whistles will host a salon show.

Meanwhile H&M, which has previously hosted fashion events with the likes of Versace, is preparing to make its Paris fashion week debut with a show at the Musée Rodin in a couple of weeks' time.

Here in the UK, Topshop's label, Unique, has shown at London fashion week for more than ten years, while American label J Crew has enjoyed huge success at New York fashion week, taking part the shows there for the fourth time next Tuesday.


The fusion of masculine and feminine aesthetics will be a strong theme at this season's London fashion week. The strength and effectiveness of this fashion phenomenon will lie wholly in the subtleties.

Slight references to the opposite gender in outfit cuts, hair - and the occasional bit of understated makeup. However, Very much at play for AW13 will be is shoulder-length hair. 

Mid-length, grungey-but-neat hair, perches neatly between androgyny and masculinity - it's simply up to the viewer to choose which way the look sways. 

Martin Van der Horst’s anti-consumerist influences are the perfect complement of the androgynous.

Designers to watch out for:

Tom Ford
Christopher Kane
Mary Katrantzou 
Fyodor Golan
Moschino Cheap & Chic 

Have you got any LFW must-sees or forecasts? Leave a comment!

★ Fi ★

Fi is one half of fashion, beauty and lifestyle blog, We Heart Colourful. She loves colour clashing, fashion innovation and vintage styling, and is a big jewellery fanatic. Fi really enjoys collaborating with other bloggers and brands she loves, or just hearing what her readers have to say.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Our stylists recommend...

Here's our today's outfit, recommended by our fashion stylist Elena Finn.

We love this because it’s a great outfit for casual, evening, weekend or party. For party events if you don’t want to use flats, just replace them with some platform or pump shoes and you’re ready to go!

Double Leo Green Dress, Criminal Damage, £50 ; Bow Tie Cardi, Bodyflirt, £19.99 ; Patent Studded Ballerinas, Promod, £25 ; Mishumo Bag, Mishumo, £14.36

Would you wear it?

Monday, February 11, 2013

New Partners: Boden, All Sole & My Bag

Boden, Allsole and My Bag have joined the Styling Up family and now you can also find recommendations from our stylists for your body shape and size for the brands available at these top retailers.
Boden is a British retailer that has a collection with awesome quality for price. They offer  a wide variety of tops, dresses, pants and also a large collection of knitwear. Their designs are great for formal-work, evening or weekend occasions and their fabric quality is also great.

All Sole is specialized in footwear. It has several high street and high end brands and a wide variety of all kinds of footwear. You can find all the latest heels, flats, ballerinas, boots, etc, from top brands like Ash, Barbour, Hunter, Melissa, Ted Baker, Ugg, Vans, Vivienne Westwood for Melissa and many others.

My Bag is a retailer that has the latest bags, handbags, from several top high street and high end brands. Their labels include The Cambridge Satchel, Ted Baker, Herschel, Barbour, Ted Baker and many, many more.

We’ve also updated our fashion brands list page.

We are constantly working to find the best brands for you. So, tell us, what brands would you like to see in our website?

Thursday, February 7, 2013

The Secrets of a Fashionista: Easy Ways to Spice Up Your Winter Wardrobe

During these cold winter months it can be really easy to get yourself in a winter rut. Everyone loves themselves a good cozy sweater but after your first three weeks of wearing them, the layer look can tend to get a bit old. You find yourself day dreaming of light cardigans and cute sandals.

Well ladies, since the groundhog hasn’t given us his verdict yet, we have to suck it up and find some new ways to spice up our winter wardrobe. You may rockin’ those sweaters for another two months, might as well get the most out of them!

# Scarves are Your New Best Friend

At times scarves may seem a bit cumbersome and well dorky, but the truth is scarves are super cute!  Although, we are at least half way through the winter season, it’s never too late to search for the perfect scarf. When its super cold and overcast out, a great look is to rock a big oversize sweater with a pair of leggings and cute boots. Throw on your scarf for a pop of color and texture and you got yourself one chic winter look.

# A Long Strand of Pearls

 There’s nothing like a long strand of pearls to add some glamour to your outfit. The problem with winter clothes is that they tend to lend themselves to more darker, mundane colors and thicker fabrics, which can end up looking bland. A great way to add some shimmer and spice up these outfits is with a classic pearl necklace.  No not your Grandma’s old lady pearls, a really cute and trendy pearl necklace! A long 36 inch double strand necklace works perfectly with sweaters. The long layered look of a pearl necklace gives you that elegant feel and helps to lighten your winter load.

# Wear Many Hats

 I remember as a little girl during the winter months my mother would always make me throw on a hat to wear while I waited for the bus. I hated wearing a hat! But now as a mature adult, I’ve come to totally appreciate the glam that comes with a super cute hat. During the summer wearing a hat just isn’t as chic and well let’s be honest, not so practical.  But in the winter a maroon ( or any other style) hat can add some much needed flavor to your layered ensemble, while still keeping you warm as you run to catch the train.

# Pick the Right Kind of Sweaters

 A staple of any winter wardrobe is obviously a bunch of sweaters. But it’s not always so easy. It’s all about getting the right sweaters that work best for your style. A great tip is to look for longer sweaters that are open, more like a longer warmer over-sized cardigan.  These sweaters look great on almost any body type and with almost any kind of style. You can throw these sweaters over a pair of jeans or even a nice skirt for work. Because of the length of these sweaters they end up being more slim fitting and not bulky. Redefine your sweaters and bare this tip in mind!

 Don’t let the winter months get you down. Adapt these tips to your everyday winter wardrobe and you’ll be sure to see an improvement in the way you feel about winter chic.

This post was written by Hannah Toran, a writer for the luxury pearl jewelry company. To follow more of her styling tips and fashion finds, follow Hannah’s work at Pearl & Clasp’s company blog

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

10 Outfit Ideas for Valentine's Day

February 14th is arriving and like all special occasions it’s perfect to wear a stunning outfit. Whether you’re going out or staying at home, having dinner or lunch, this is a great opportunity to show off a stylish outfit.

To help you in that task, our fashion stylists put together 10 outfit ideas for Valentine’s Day, that are available at our style shop. Some are hot dresses, others include pants or even jumpsuits. Just remember that the secret to look stunning is to feel stunning. An extra tip we’d like to give you is that you should ALWAYS shop for your body shape.

Here's the list of all the items, by outfit number:

1. Pepe Jeans Dress from Pepe Jeans, Tweed Spike Jacket from AX Paris, Jefris Suede Platform Shoes from Missguided, Crocodile Skin Clutch from AX Paris, Ring from Bonprix

4. Spock Fitted Long Sleeve Dress from AX Paris, Ria Multi Chain Necklace from Missguided, Twist Clasp Purse from AX Paris, Radin Platform Shoe Boots from Missguided

5. Diamante Detail Dress from Miss Sixty, Lela Spike Bracelet from Missguided, Patent Bar Clutch Bag from Marks and Spencer, All Over Stud Heels from AX Paris

6. Bow Dress from Boden, Leshka Large Jewelled Ring from Missguided, Rebecca Minkof Wallet on a Chain from Rebecca Minkof, Platform Court from Graceland

7. Pearl Chiffon Blouse from Lipsy, Wet Look Leggings from Miss Sixty, Odeolla Studded Suede Peeptoe Heels from Missguided, Animal Print Purse from AX Paris, Belt Look Bracelet from Bonprix Collection, Stainless Steel Droplet Earrings from Bonprix

9.  Jewel Back Dress from South, Leopard Coat from Bonprix, Black Clutch from Graceland, Ring from Bonprix, Diamante Sling Back Heels from AX Paris

Already know what you'll be wearing for Valentine's Day? Leave a comment... we'd love to know.
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