Posted by Chantelle on Tue 17th June 2014 at 10:47 PM, Filed in Tried and Tested

As a stylist I’m constantly being introduced to new labels - LIKE!!

With summer in full swing and holidays looming our moods are beginning to change from highly stressed to chilled out and relaxed. And of course now is the time to address lighter, looser and lesser clothing to accommodate this glorious weather we’ve been having.

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Posted by Jamie Nicholson on Thu 1st May 2014 at 08:00 AM, Filed in Fashion DesignersHot News

Designer and high street collaborations are becoming a regular occurrence with the likes of Topshop, River Island and H&M churning out sell out collections, but now it’s time for another label to take the fashion spotlight.  Feast your eyes on this latest exciting hook-up between British fashion designer Giles Deacon and Ann Summers with the range offering an eclectic mix of four key lingerie and erotic ranges and fashion-forward ‘sexcessories.’

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This collaborative collection marks a first for Ann Summers as the brand makes a move towards extending its offering and widening its appeal to take on other high street stores.  Combining sexy lingerie with a touch of wit, grandeur and playfulness, this fusing of two British fashion heritages in one seductive range will have women’s confidence soaring.

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Giles Deacon said about the collaboration:

“It has been exciting to work with Ann Summers on the Giles for Ann Summers capsule collection – Ann Summers is an iconic brand recognised and loved by so many and which occupies a unique and successful position on the British high street.

I knew at the start when designing the collection that I wanted it to combine great shapes, thoughtful details and to be of the highest quality that would enable the pieces to be aspirational yet affordable. I also thought about different women who might be buying these pieces when designing the collection, with different aspects to their personalities whether that’s flirtation, dominance or playfulness - the finished collection enables them to pick and choose and have some fun with all of the ranges as a collection of lingerie that can be the foundation for any outfit or occasion.”

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Incorporating hand-drawn laces and prints designed exclusively by Giles for Ann Summers, the diverse mix of beautiful and sensual lingerie pieces are complimented with a hosiery range featuring unique prints and patterns.  From babydoll dresses to plunging corsets and intricately detailed garlands and bra and knicker sets, the enticing designs have been created to draw focus and captivate those who dare to steal a peek.  Fashion-forward ‘sexcessories’ include a rose gold intertwined necklace and cuffs, lurex lace eye masks and a feather tickler for women wanting to go for the full attire.

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The premium collection does come with a higher price tag than what you would normally expect from Ann Summers, but all the pieces have been crafted using quality luxe fabrics and bespoke patterns which are completed with a premium finish.  The hotly anticipated Giles Deacon for Ann Summers Spring/Summer 2014 Collection launches exclusively in stores and online today.

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Posted by Jamie Nicholson on Mon 28th April 2014 at 08:00 AM, Filed in Trends

There has been a flounder of ‘it’ prints lately, from stripes to arty abstracts, but now that the sun is shining we should turn our gaze to the next gathering which is causing a style frenzy.  It’s clash of the prints this season as tropical paradise takes on retro paisley.  But which one will reign supreme in your wardrobe this summer?

Women’s love for retro garments is apparent this season as the overlooked paisley print has been thrown into the fashion spotlight, being reinterpreted in contemporary ways and moving away from its hippie roots.  The distinctive intricate pattern of curved feather-shaped figures, based on an Indian pine-cone design, is featured in hot explosive colours and adorns modern shapes and cuts for cool on-trend dressing.  Meet the rising stars of retro style!

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Innra Paisley Print Shift Dress, £24.99 from Missguided.co.uk

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Eshani Skater Dress in Paisley Print, £14.99 from Missguided.co.uk

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Paisley Print Silk Blouse, £180.00 from Jaeger

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Posted by Jamie Nicholson on Fri 25th April 2014 at 08:00 AM, Filed in Hot NewsTrends

Festival season always brings a horde of the usual trends, so it’s refreshingly exciting when a cool new style hits the scene and this year it comes in the form of an unexpected beauty accessory.  Get decorative with the new SS14 festival inspired ready-to-wear, easy-to-apply makeup designs from Face Lace that will unleash your inner wild child!

These unique beauty creations, alongside bejewelled bindis that Kendall Jenner was seen rocking at Coachella, are the next step in festival accessory evolution.  The challenge of applying a full face of makeup in the midst of music gatherings will be a thing of the past!  Inspired by nature and invoking the spirit of Woodstock, this chic range from Face Lace has been created in hues representing the shades of the sea, sky and rainbows for beautiful colourful combinations letting your eyes sparkle and dazzle.

Perfect for an adventurous beauty addict, the angelic intricate designs simply peel off, stick on and are ready to show off – it’s really that easy!  Keep the rest of your makeup minimal to let your decorated eyes do all the talking and achieve beautiful makeup in just a few minutes so you don’t miss out on all the festival fun this summer.

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Festival Face Lace, £9.95 Each

Available from Face-Lace.com and individual boutiques

Photography courtesy of Matthew Shave

Posted by Chantelle on Wed 23rd April 2014 at 06:59 PM, Filed in Hot News

Lets face it who doesn’t love wearing a new piece of arm candy. For those that haven’t yet come across TK Maxx it’s well worth a visit to discover some fabulous handbag brands. I love my new ‘spring’ addition. If you’re not scared to rummage and you like unique pieces you’ll love hunting out some great styles.

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