Sunday, September 15, 2013

SS14 London Fashion Week (LFW) Highlights: Day 2

ZoĆ« Jordan starts the second day of Fashion week sending graffiti covered garments down the runway. Adhering to the season’s colour palette of pastel pink and grey, she also decides to throw in a bright red at the end of her show to leave a lasting impression.

Girls just wanna have fun and Sister by Sibling knows how to give a girl just that through her clothing and this collection doesn’t disappoint. They provide everything in this collection from the slogan sweaters, peak a boo dresses and flower sandals.


My favourite element of Antipodium’s collection had to be the peak a boo metallic skirts and dresses Geoffrey J. Finch made for this collection, I could have seen a whole collection with that fabric.


At the Orla Kiely theatrical show the models walked through a safari camp stopping at different stations along the way and carrying props. Orla is famed for her prints; her famous leaf print makes an appearance along with a graphic giraffe.


Some of Holly Fulton’s wonderful prints look to be inspired by Ishihara colour test (colour blindness test) but as always Holly Fulton sends a variety of prints down the catwalk so we were just spoilt for choice.


John Rocha also went for the peak a boo look for his collection. He creates layers using the sheer fabric, he throws in some  embellishment and ruffles and what we are left with is a collection which keeps making me think ‘kinky my fair lady’.


The collection everyone was waiting for was Julien McDonald’s and there would be no unhappy faces in the audience. Julian produced what everyone would expect from him which was bling and glamour. His sexy dresses wrap around the models like a second skin and float so beautifully to the floor they look like glitzy angels.


With David Koma we want structure and impeccable tailoring and what the people want the people get. His sharp asymmetric black and white dresses were to die for, every woman no matter what your shape would look fantastic in any of these.


It’s a good thing that J W Anderson is now designing womenswear because he’s good at it. You can see that he loves to play with fabric and textures, this collection looks like it was his sand box and he just got the green light to go wild.


This collection by Ashish is so cool and not just because it uses one of the most coolest brands out there, the styling is on point especially the iconic shopping bags that are synonymous with the British High street.


Another show people couldn’t wait for was House of Holland, Henry Holland’s collection. He had all the colours of the season included, check, stripe and floral prints, even the Virgin Mary got a chance to shine.


Now let’s not forget the fashionistas who make LFW what it is. Take Vanessa Feltz, bless her she does try and that dress is a pretty good choice for her so give her a round of applause, oh wait look down at her feet and a sigh leaves my lips and my head is shaking, she was so close but what on earth are the shoes she is wearing?????? Front row at Julian McDonald consisted of wag Abbey Crouch, Anna Kendrick, Paloma Faith and Eliza Doolittle who coincidently also took this opportunity to have a bit of fun with the wardrobe wearing a cut out body suit, which isn’t anything new for her and some very questionable trousers. These are people you are supposed to look towards for inspiration but ladies don’t look for your sakes it’s best to look away.



This post was written by Louise Blaize. Louise is a fashion stylist at stylingup.com. Her style is mainly colourful and edgy and she loves art, travelling, food and cocktails.


MORE LFW SS14 SPECIAL POSTS:
SS14 London Fashion Week Highlights - Day One
Spring Summer 14: Wear the Trends (Body Shape Tips)

Saturday, September 14, 2013

SS14 London Fashion Week (LFW) Highlights: Day 1

Day 1 of London Fashion Week starts off with Bora Aksu sending down the catwalk an array of beautiful outfits comprising of intricate fabric manipulations and textures.


Fyodor Golan a Latvia and Israeli born duo ease the audience in gently with softer tones of white, nude and sky blue only to dazzle them with a colour that could be described as golden neon yellow.



Felder Felder, the twin sisters who studied at Central Saint Martin’s. Their ideal client is a woman who is at ease with herself and the world. Felder Felder women are young at heart but a little wild. This show proves they haven’t lost touch with the customer.


Ostwald Helgason threw colour and prints at everyone at Fashion Week, proving to those in doubt its ok to mix and match your prints and still look really cool. I bet no one missed the cheeky balloon animals on the T-shirt.



J JS Lee a Korean born talent who’s pattern cutting is superior, minimalist and modern. Sending down the catwalk a mixture of miniskirts and cigarette trousers.


The duo that is Pearce Fionda sent down the catwalk a series of evening wear outfits which are a testament to their talent. Any woman will feel like a million pounds as she enters the room in any one of these outfits. Beautifully cut and masterfully sculpting the female figure with such precision.


Daks went for a check print, which features throughout. The orange and tan colour brings life to all the outfits, I love everything in this collection, what do you think?


Christopher Raeburn need I say more. The mens and womenswear designer who always comes up with the goods. I can’t decide if my favourite piece is the metallic silver dress (beautiful and very forgiving) or the cool quilted blue metallic jacket with the jersey sleeves. Both are on my wish list I think.


Jean Pierre born in Canada and studied at Central Saint Martin’s, this man knows a thing or two about prints. With a somewhat oriental vibe mixed with modern art, his collection is edgy, daring and dark.


Well Jasper Conran definitely wanted to mesmerise the audience, firstly with the set which was covered with monochromatic patterns on the walls and floor. Then to top that the clothing seemed to have emerged from the background and come to life right in front of the audience. By far the most graphic collection so far of London Fashion Week.



The last show of the day was PPQ and they didn’t disappoint. Bringing the tropics to rainy London, bright sunshine yellow bodices, crop tops, colour blocking and fitted skirts with ruffled hems. I didn’t expect anything less but fun and frivolity from this duo.


That’s it for the first day but I couldn’t let you go without seeing what the fashionista’s were wearing to London’s most fashionable event. #On the Streets


What the fashionista's were wearing to London's most fashionable event

This post was written by Louise Blaize. Louise is a fashion stylist at stylingup.com. Her style is mainly colourful and edgy and she loves art, travelling, food and cocktails.


MORE LFW SS14 SPECIAL POSTS:
SS14 London Fashion Week Highlights - Day Two
Spring Summer 14: Wear the Trends (Body Shape Tips)

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Spring Summer 14: Wear the Trends (Body Shape Tips)

Even though it’s raining outside I feel warm inside after taking a quick look at the Spring Summer 14 Resort collections where I see prints, colour and short skirts. I can’t wait, can you?

London Fashion Week (LFW) is starting tomorrow, so I gathered information regarding trends and what to expect for the upcoming Spring Summer 14 Season. You can also find a few tips on how to pull off these fashion trends to flatter your body shape.

Whether you're pear, oval, inverted triangle, hourglass, diamond or straight shaped (calculate your shape), below you'll find a few hints on how to choose the best trends for your shape, regarding colour, patterns and stripes.


Trend #1: Club Tropicana (Tropical Prints)


Don’t just think of Florals next spring; bring the tropics to this island in the form of tropical prints.
Prints are great although they can make or break an outfit, here’s how to wear this style according to your body shape.

Prints are always a great trend, but choose them wisely according to your body shape

Straight body ladies – You can wear any print you like, you just need to think about creating shape. Great examples for you are the outfits from Reed Krakoff and Fausto Puglisi. Both fantastic designers and one of the most important elements in their outfits you have to look at is the belt, It creates instant shape.

Pear ladies – Prints can also act as camouflage, take the Kenzo outfit. This print is so striking and bold no one will even notice your hips and if you’re brave enough to wear a crop top this is also a trend for SS14.

Hourglass lovelies – You don’t want to lose your shape under a load of palm trees, with you less is more.  You can be bold with your prints and colours but try to keep them on the top half of your body. The trick is to mix and match with plain staples so you won’t look like an Hawaiian tourist.

Inverted triangles - Don’t think that you have to miss out on this trend, you can wear the boldest patterns with the brightest colours, the only rule you have to abide by is only wear them on your bottom half.

Oval lasses – Patterns are your friend so this trend should be too. Be careful though and opt for a darker print especially around your mid section so you don’t highlight this area. Try wearing an empire line or belt to create a waistline.

Diamond women – Go for smaller prints, large prints will overwhelm you. If you can try and keep darker patterns around your waist and go for bold colours around your neckline and lower body creating an hourglass illusion.


Trend #2: Smooth Suede (Fabric Trend)


Suede comes in all shapes, sizes and colours, and that’s the most important aspect of this fabric trend, colour. Any body shape can pull off this trend; just make sure you compliment your figure. If you want to be bold you don’t have to stick to a suede jacket, see Emilio Pucci’s purple suede shorts, for all you inverted triangles out there.

Suede is the Spring Summer 14 fabric trend to have


Trend #3: The ship hasn’t sailed (Nautical Stripes)


As always the nautical trend is back but unlike previous years you don’t have to be too garish, just a little blue, red and white stripe here and there and that’s really all that’s required. Now some of you ladies are afraid of stripes but don’t be.

Nautical  Blue Stripes will be back on the next Spring

Straight shapes can wear horizontal stripes, if you can try and get irregular striped clothing, this serves as an illusion which if positioned in the right place can create shape.

Pear ladies must avoid horizontal stripes around the hips because it will only widen them. Keep stripes on your top half and stick to thin stripes.

Hourglass women have to make sure you don’t hide your curves, vertical stripes are the best for you because they won’t widen your body.

Inverted triangles should wear stripes on your their bottom half. Nice pin stripe trousers will make a really nice outfit, flares are good for you so you might want to stick to the nautical colours and if you want to be bolder choose a horizontal striped skirt.

Oval shapes would be great in vertical stripes of any thickness because they draw the eye up and down and not side to side.

Diamond ladies don’t think that stripes should be a no go, even vertical ones if used correctly could make you look like a million pounds. If you wear stripes of varying widths and use the colours of this trend to your advantage by keeping navy and black stripes around your mid section, no white here ladies that will have the opposite effect to what you want. Vary the size of the stripes the further you get from your waist and you can introduce white and red too. If that just sounds too scary try stripes that go in multiple directions again with varying colours.


Trend #4: Lighter side of denim (Light Denim)


Denim comes in all colours but in SS14 the only shade you need worry about is light. And don’t just think that denim is only for the weekends, see Altuzarra taking the tone of denim and using it for this smart skirt and blazer combo.
Anyone can wear this trend, even if you don’t want to be head to toe in light denim mix darker tones and different textures to really spice up your outfit.


Light Denim is a major trend for Spring Summer 14


Trend #5: The Only Way is Up (Mini Skirts)


Your skirts hemline that is, be prepared to show off your legs in SS14. After a blistery winter it’s only natural we want to get our pins out so they can breathe a little.

This trend is for everyone, the trick is not to go too high or you might head into dangerous/unflattering territory. For those with a bit or a lot of hips make sure you wear fabric that has a bit of give in it or vents so your skirt doesn’t start looking like a stretched elastic band.

The trend isn’t about frilly or flared skirts, think simplicity not milk maid.


Show off your legs with Mini Skirts

Now do tell us... which trends are you dying to wear?


This post was written by Louise Blaize. Louise is a fashion stylist at stylingup.com. Her style is mainly colourful and edgy and she loves art, travelling, food and cocktails.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Top 10 Glam Heels

Every woman needs a pair of glamorous heels! Whether going to a night out with friends, a formal dinner with colleagues, a party or a cocktail, heels have the awesome strength to make or break an outfit. And we all know that perfect shoes (combined with a great bag / clutch and great accessories) can really revamp an outfit and elevate it to another level.

High Street Brands usually have lots of heels on their collections… however, not all of them are suited for more formal night events, parties and cocktails. So, with the help from our fashion stylists, we gathered a few pairs (in different styles and colours) that caught our eyes attention and that we think that will look perfect for a special glam night or day.

So, here's the list of our top 10 glam heels. This list is based on what we saw on the high street. The prices range from 25 to 168£, including items on sale, and are from the following brands: Carvela, Monsoon, Ravel, AX Paris, Lovel Label, French Connection, Miss Kg, Dorothy Perkins and Fearne Cotton.



1- Black Studded Sandals, CARVELA, £168 | 2- Champagne Strappy Sandal, DOROTHY PERKINS, £52 (SALE) | 3- All Over Stud Heels, AX Paris, £47.99 | 4- Chunky Glitter Court Shoes, Black, MISS KG | 5- Goodwin Slingback Shoes, Nude, LOVE LABEL, £44 | 6- Tahiti Shoe Blue, MONSOON, £25 (SALE) | 7- Lavina Studded Platform Court Shoes, RAVEL, £45 | 8- Studded Gold Court Shoes, CARVELA, £71 (SALE) | 9- Nicky T-Bar Heels, FRENCH CONNECTION, £95 |  10- Kebbel Studded Black Court Shoes, FEARNE COTTON, £55

Thursday, September 5, 2013

LFW AW Trends: From the catwalk to the streets

Summer is slowly departing after a short visit, the stores are gearing up for Autumn and the countdown to London Fashion Week (LFW) has started, ready to show us what delights await us in Spring/Summer 2014.

Let’s recap on what we saw back in February for the Autumn Winter 13 (AW13) trends strutting down the catwalk. Below, you'll find not only the trends for the upcoming AW season but also some tips on how to pull off these trends shopping from high street retailers and wear them on a daily basis.


Trend #1: Monochrome


Monochrome has had a mini makeover this AW13, it’s all about bold black & white prints in tailored work wear to elaborate evening ensembles.


Any body shape can pull off this trend; just remember one word ‘sophistication’. The below outfit is perfect for a pear shape. The white blazer draws the eye to the smallest part of your body, the geometric patterned top adds detail and has an asymmetric hem line skimming the hips, the panel trousers elongate the legs and the bag and shoes complete the monochrome look with a tiny bit of colour thrown in for those that can’t go without.

The greatest thing about this trend is it will always be in fashion, mix and match to create your signature style.

Trousers from Simply Be; Jacket from French Connection; Satchel from Fiorelli London; Mesh Top from Boohoo; Wedges from Dorothy Perkins


Trend #2: Masculinity


Another trend this season is masculinity, but before you ditch your silhouette completely there are a few rules. Try to keep a little femininity whether it’s a bow on your blouse, a splash of colour from a belt and don’t forget the tailoring. You can stretch the masculine look with an oversized coat later in the season.


See the outfit below, the star of this outfit are the denim trousers, the crease down the front helps to elongate your legs and still looks smart enough to wear to work. Double breasted blazers are smarter than single so this outfit is a total mix of casual and smart. The pop of colour comes from this really cool red studded handbag, even though there’s a masculine trend you should still look like a women. And lastly for those women who can’t tolerate high heels you don’t have to feel left out this season, with the masculine trend comes flat shoes. This patent slipper pump is perfect and comfortable.

Bow Blouse from French Connection; Slim Leg Trousers from M&S; Jacket from French Connection; Handbag from Missguided; Pumps from Simply Be


Trend #3: Sparkle Impact


Last but not least with all that monochrome and masculinity during the day a girl’s got to feel like a girl in the evening so it’s time to frost yourself with crystals and diamonds (if you're that lucky), if not sequins and glitter will do the job just fine.


Below this outfit is sure to impress and it’s all about the dress. With its asymmetric hem line showing off your stunning pins and all over sequins dazzling everyone that looks your way, its maximum impact with very little effort.

Bodycon Sequin Dress from Love Label; Envelope Clutch from New Look; Gold Heels from Love Label; Tassel Earrings from AX Paris


This post was written by Louise Blaize. Louise is a fashion stylist at stylingup.com. Her style is mainly colourful and edgy and she loves art, travelling, food and cocktails.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Perfect dress for your body type [INFOGRAPHIC]

You asked us and we heard you. After we published a post about the perfect dress for your body shape, some of you asked us for an infographic version of it.

So... here it is!! We compiled all the stylists tips for all body shapes (pear, straight, hourglass, inverted triangle, oval and diamond) in one only infographic image for you to share away as you'd like. You can find the image here.
The perfect dress for your body shape
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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Best shorts for all body shapes

As summer is slowly going, it's time to buy your last pair of shorts to enjoy the last few days of sun. Here are six different types of shorts for all six body shapes: Straight, Pear, Hourglass, Inverted Triangle, Oval and Diamond. See which type of shorts you like and start shopping!!

Note: If you don’t know your body type, use this online shape calculator (insert your bust, waist and hip measurements in inches or cm)


Straight body shape


Hotpants from Missguided
The best feature on a straight body shape are your legs. To enhance this feature, wearing hot pant shorts will help give your legs length so you look taller. There are a variety of different types of hot pants that the straight body type can pull off. You have denim hot pants, disco hot pants or high waist hot pants. Denim hot pants are the most popular so I'm going to tell you a few styles with denim hot pants. With denim you can style it with anything you like, crop tops, blouses, t-shirts, baggy t-shirts and even jumpers if there's a chill in the evening. For the straight body shape, a crop top would look great with a pair of denim hot pants, paired with either boots if you want to look more of a urban or masculine feel or wear a pair of gladiator sandals if your hitting the beach or shops for the day.




Pear body shape

Denim Shorts from Missguided

There are so many denim shorts that are being sold in high street stores so why not go for something unusual that will go with anything. Acid wash denim shorts are a great statement that can be worn by the pear body shape with any coloured top or blouse. Add a pair of trainers and you have a casual sports look. If you don't fancy acid wash how about some print shorts, floral, block colour or even just a pair of bright coloured shorts to make your statement. No-one could miss you in the crowd with bright yellow, green, pink, blue, purple or orange shorts matched with a plain crop top and some gladiator sandals. Two great summer styles for denim shorts.


Hourglass body shape


Leather Shorts from Missguided
Even though summer is hot, a pair of leather shorts with a nice white crop top or blouse would create a great urban look for the hourglass body shape. It's an amazing look but it is all the range. Even when summer is over, leather shorts could be worn in the winter when you're heading out and about in the evening. Match your leather shorts with white to give you a monochrome style this summer. If you fancy something more rock chic, add boots, a baggy t-shirt and a hat to give you a diverse look.










Inverted Triangle body shape

High waist shorts from Missguided

High waisted shorts have been in fashion for years and this summer is no exception. For the inverted triangle body shape this will help to define your waist more and take your eyes off your broad shoulders. By matching the shorts with sleeveless tops and tank tops this will help to reduce your broad shoulders and focus more on your waist. There’s a variety of different types of high waisted denim shorts in different colours and patterns so team your shorts with your favour tops and shoes to create a great summer look.







Oval body shape


Floral Shorts from Missguided
For the oval body shape, flappy or loose shorts can help hide the lumps and bumps you don't like and bring out your confidence. These shorts are very comfortable as they are lose on your body so they won't hug your body too much except the waist band. The waistband can help to enhance your waist, add a belt and you can make your waist the main feature of your look. With the shorts add a fitted yet comfortable blouse that can be tucked into the shorts to complete the look. This look is ready for summer, day or night.









Diamond body shape


Denim short Dungarees from Missguided
As a diamond body shape your best features are your arms. We all remember wearing dungarees back in the 90's but now they have made a massive comeback and are more fashionable than ever. Dungarees can have a childish look to them but with the right style and look you can make it look casual chic. Short dungarees are a much better look than the long style dungarees. With the short style, pair it with a tank top or a sleeveless blouse to show off your best feature which is your arms. Add colour to the outfit by wearing a bright coloured tank top with the dungarees along with some flip flops or sandals so you can hit the beach or go out for the day. If you feel that you want to cover up more, pair the dungarees with a t-shirt that makes you feel more comfortable along with a statement necklace and some flats so that you don't look too childish in the dungarees but much more casual chic.



This post was written by Sabrina Woolley. Sabrina is a fashion stylist at Styling Up. She’s been working in editorial styling for 2 years and her style is mainly urban and creative chic.
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