Posted by Jamie Nicholson on Fri 21st March 2014 at 08:00 AM, Filed in Styling TipsTrends

If you’re not into floral prints then look to spots and stripes as your perfect pattern alternatives.  Seen all over the SS14 designer catwalks, such as Burberry Prorsum, these slightly retro prints have been reworked in cool fun ways to ensure your wardrobe is far from drab this season.

Fashion has been overtaken by polka dots in numerous colours and size variations appearing on not only flirty dresses but on cute separates.  They are great for creating quirky looks and the subtle femininity of the print gives a kooky option for women who don’t want to dress head-to-toe in florals.  Dotty covered garments can be just as pretty and thanks to the host of sugary sweet hues you’ll feel wonderfully chic and on-trend.

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Dress, £34.99 from H&M

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Luxe Blue Spot Top, £25.00 from Dorothy Perkins

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Spot Silk Skirt, £150.00 from Jaeger

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Trousers, £34.99 from H&M

Never falling too far off our style radar are sensational stripe prints which for spring/Summer 2014 have gone gorgeously graphic.  These designs have many practical aspects to them plus are an achievable and fashionable way of showing your appreciation for monochrome.  There are plenty of colourful options too for brightening up your wardrobe.  From the thinnest stripes to the bold, they can be worn to the office for an alternative work wear option or can be taken in a more creative route for a dramatic statement.  Layering up your stripes will take the style in a modern direction and intensify the look!

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Play On Stripes Tunic, £48.00 from Yumi

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Bold Stripe Knit Tee, £59.00 from Mint Velvet

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Top, £24.99 from H&M

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Moto Stripe Denim Skirt, £32.00 from Topshop

Posted by Jamie Nicholson on Wed 19th March 2014 at 08:00 AM, Filed in Styling TipsTrends

No matter what season it is, a cover-up is essential so to keep on top of chilly spring days invest in a delightful lightweight coat.  Embrace beautiful prints, pretty hues and modern silhouettes that will compliment your latest buys and keep you on-trend for the months ahead.

You may have spotted a host of winning styles on the SS14 catwalks so check out the high street’s star designs that will keep you fashionable but your bank account safe.  Biker jackets remain hero wardrobe staples for women and each season we are treated to many wonderful variations to keep intone with the latest trends.  No longer do we have to settle for black or brown designs, but instead are kept on our fashion toes with gorgeous fabrics and feminine colours for an instant spring update.

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Biba Neon Biker Jacket, £125.00 from House of Fraser

Duster coats are elegant practical and look effortlessly chic.  An ideal option for warmer weather, it has the fashion mileage to dress up anything from boyfriend jeans to day dresses thanks to its understated luxe appeal.

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Duster Coat, £60.00 from ASOS.com

Collarless cover-ups are fast becoming a style beacon for women who are after a classic shaped coat.  The no-collar feature gives a subtle nod to the 60s plus the minimalistic silhouette and countless colour and print designs have given the garment a fresh feminine update.

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Lurex Tweed Coat, £229.00 from Jaeger

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Posted by Jamie Nicholson on Mon 17th March 2014 at 08:00 AM, Filed in Industry NewsLatest Celebrity Fashion

Cara Delevingne isn’t the only British model that’s making her mark in the fashion industry.  Make way for beauty Jourdan Dunn who has become the face of Next’s brand new sister website LABEL!

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This dedicated brand and site publication will stock brands featured on Next Directory such as Warehouse, Oasis, Lipsy, French Connection and Adidas in a clean, fresh editorial style layout to bring women a one stop shop for fashion and sportswear.  Embrace key Spring/Summer 2014 styles so your wardrobe is ready for any occasion whether you’re searching for workwear updates, casual pieces or statement garments for upcoming events.

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The supermodel from London looks gorgeous in a serious of exclusive images showcasing a handful of looks from featured high street retailers as LABEL has been designed to help users channel this season’s hottest looks.  Jourdan highlights wearable trends such as sports luxe by showing how paired down tailoring and casualwear separates can be mixed with sportswear.  From a coral top teamed with black pattern trousers and sports bra to a gorgeous bright exotic print shift dress worn with trainers; you’ll be inspired to create your own new season looks.

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LABEL has launched just in time for the beautiful spring weather and features an abundance of clothing, shoes and accessories for fashion forward dressing.  Head over to the website now to check out the new seasonal offerings for a wardrobe reinvention!

Posted by Jamie Nicholson on Fri 14th March 2014 at 08:00 AM, Filed in Styling TipsTrends

Finally Britain is being treated to beautiful warm and sunny spring days, which means we can actually leave the house without wearing a winter coat – rejoice!  Women can now start to enjoy the new season’s exciting style offerings including folklore inspired fashion which is perfect for sunshine dressing.

Boho is a reoccurring trend which seems to get tweaked and updated every spring/summer so pieces remain fresh and current for our wardrobe needs.  This style really is a fun way to express your creativity as it’s all about the print and detailing.  Pretty florals, cute cami tops, relaxed jersey and fringed items will take you in the right direction for putting together winning looks that will work perfectly for the countless festivals ahead this year.

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Tunic with Tassels, £69.99 from H&M

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Twill Tunic, £34.99 from H&M

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Fringed Top, £179.99 from H&M

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Floral Utility Trousers, £38.00 from Topshop

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Posted by Jamie Nicholson on Wed 12th March 2014 at 08:00 AM, Filed in Fashion Designers

H&M presented its first catwalk show at Paris Fashion Week last year and was an instant success, fitting in nonchalantly alongside top designers and is now set to be a regular seasonal occurrence at the event.  The brand’s in-house team once again showcased their incredible design talent in the city of love under the new name H&M Studio for its unveiling of the Autumn/Winter 2014 collection.

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The catwalk show took place at the historical Grand Palais which was transformed into an abstract cityscape, with graphic architectural lines and billboards punctuating the space.  Miranda Kerr, Jessica Alba and Solange Knowles were just a few celebrities who flocked to see the host of seasonal key pieces which combine the hottest trends and statement items that brings a touch of high-end style to the brand.

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