The festive spirit has sprinkled itself across the country in the anticipated lead up to Christmas and New Year. Stores are bursting with beautiful sparkling decorations and lights adding that lovely touch of magic that brings the nation together for the exciting holiday ahead. Preparing for these most glamorous days in our social calendar is necessary for the party season so make sure your wardrobe has some hidden wonders that will be sure to dazzle fellow guests.
With an abundance of styles to rock this festive season, our favourite shopping hotspots have totally spoilt us but who are we to complain? From deep rich hues to statement embellishments and gothic romance to vintage dressing you’ll be the ultimate style Queen no matter what the party. Dramatic maxis and Gatsby inspired designs along with rock chic worthy separates are top of the trend list too.
Textured pieces such as faux fur, feathers, brocade and lace exude luxury as well as beautiful sequins for ultimate decadence. Play around with various combinations as well as different lengths to create red carpet ready elegance - feminine and glam. Glitz and sparkle touches like gold and bejewelled accents are lovely touches to look out for too.
If a dress is not your style there are plenty of other festive looks you can try. The midi skirt is proving it’s got major fashion credentials this season so just team yours with a matching top for ladylike chic and voila! Plus although gold, silver and red are the colours normally associated with Christmas dressing, you could always surprise people and opt for an unexpected hue like pink.
This is the only time of the year really when you can let your hair down and go all-out with your clothing choices so embrace OTT jewels and extravagant designs for exciting fashion. Now with the right pair of killer heels and a matching clutch at your disposal you’ll be ready to hit all those festive parties you’ve got lined up!
Per Una Dress, £150.00 from M&S
Invitation Damask Dress, £179.00 from Hobbs
Black Embellished Shell Top, £50.00 from River Island
Gold Sequin A-Line Midi Skirt, £40.00 from River Island
Bonded Crepe Laser Cut Skater Dress, £120.00 from ASOS.com
Bead Body Maxi Dress, £89.00 from Miss Selfridge
V Feather Fluff Dress, £50.00 from Topshop
Winter is well and truly here. The temperature has dropped right down and with whispers of the arrival of snow making an appearance, wrapping up warm is on everyone’s list of priorities!
Having a selection of super chic accessories on standby will help you beat the chill so from the top of your head all the way down to your toes you’ll feel snug, comfortable and of course; incredibly stylish. High-end luxury brands such as Beaumont Organic and Madeleine Thompson offer a range of beautiful pieces from cute gloves to festive inspired scarves and bright fabulous designs that will make sure you stand out during dull drab days.
Think of these winter warmers as fashionable investments as we all know, British weather can be rather unpredictable any time of the year, but especially during the winter months you don’t want to be caught out in the cold. They’ll spruce up winter outfits allowing you to feel on-trend even if the weather is dark and miserable.
Madeleine Thompson’s exclusively designed range of neon accessories, which include a beanie, scarf and arm warmers, for designer online hotspot Net-a-Porter will provide a much needed burst of vibrancy. These are not for the colour shy! Made from super soft cashmere, they’ll look fabulous worn with a black coat to really make an impact this season. Team all three pieces in one look for undeniable style. The arm warmers are particularly impressive as they are perfect for layering under a cape or jacket, keeping your hands lovely and toasty whilst enabling you to use your phone or carry on with other daily duties with no fuss.
Madeleine Thompson Waever Neon Cashmere Beanie, £95.00 from Net-a-Porter
Madeleine Thompson Neon Cashmere Scarf, £115.00 from Net-a-Porter
Madeleine Thompson Neon Cashmere Arm Warmers, £95.00 from Net-a-Porter
Classic designs can be seen in Beaumont Organic’s collection of winter must-haves such as the Kiva scarf featuring a beautiful baroque print in rich red and blue tones which can be worn several ways to add interest to looks. The Maddy luxury tan mittens boast a faux fur cuff and cosy lining for understated elegance giving you the opportunity to wear them on a number of occasions.
Kiva Luxury 100% Alpaca Wool Vintage Stitch Knitted Scarf, £149.00 from Beaumont Organic
Maddy Fur Cuff Mittens in Tan, £95.00 from Beaumont Organic
So now it’s just a case of sitting back with a big cup of hot chocolate topped with all the delicious trimmings whilst showcasing your new top notch accessories!
Earlier in the year it was announced that designer brand Alexander McQueen was teaming up with the artist Damien Hirst to celebrate the British label’s 10th year anniversary of the iconic skull scarf by launching an exclusive scarf collection. The eagerly awaited accessories are now available to buy and let me tell you this; fans will not be disappointed!
The skull scarf became an instant hit with celebrities and style enthusiasts across the globe with it first being seen in the SS03 Irere collection. Since then, the signature accessory has been adapted in various prints and colours in the following seasons never leaving our fashion radar, thankfully, so it was no surprise that the designer brand wanted to do something rather special to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the beloved skull piece.
The shared aesthetic vision of Alexander McQueen and Damien Hirst is what brought this interesting collaboration into reality as both share an interest in symmetrical design combined with strong references to the natural world. The scarf collection consists of 30 one-off designs and each has been adapted from Hirst’s Entomology series. Butterflies, bugs, spiders and other insects have been worked to form kaleidoscopic geometric shapes, laid out to create the signature McQueen skull motif. The finished pieces are incredibly powerful. The underlying dark side mixed with the beauty of the natural world create an intriguing balance.
For the launch of the Alexander McQueen and Damien Hirst exclusive scarf collection, photographer Sølve Sundsbø created a series of images and a short film. If you have yet to check it out then head over to the Alexander McQueen website to watch it. It’s mesmerizingly beautiful and truly captivating!
These scarves will no doubt turn into collector’s items and are available in Chiffon, Pongé, Twill and Cashmere with prices ranging from £315.00 to £715.00. All 30 designs are limited and available at Alexander McQueen stores worldwide and from the scarf boutique of AlexanderMcqueen.com.
The gorgeous Kardashian sisters seem to be making their fashion mark in the UK! They first released a range with Dorothy Perkins and not long ago set their sights on a new project taking things up a style notch. Kim, Kourtney and Khloe have now teamed up with another high street giant, recently launching their debut Kardashian Kollection for Lipsy.
Ever since the rumours started that the super glam reality TV stars were designing a range for the popular British brand, women across the country have been kept in suspense, ready and waiting to get their hands on the clothing and accessories. Now with the wait finally over the coveted collection designed by Kourtney, Kim and Khloe Kardashian is already a smash hit. By 4pm GMT on the day the range went on sale, Lipsy.co.uk had set a new record for its single biggest online shopping day to-date!
The sisters have injected each of their individual styles into the range and, taking on-board that women have curves, have included various sexy figure hugging separates and dresses to bring out our inner glamour. Kourtney’s eclectic mix, Kim’s glam elegance and Khloé‘s rock chic look ensure there is something special for every style fan. There is even a handful of versatile jewellery and lust-worthy handbags to accompany women to a host of occasions.
Premium, trend driven designs focus on hero pieces such as a modern sequinned biker jacket, tribal caviar embellished crop tops, a lace jumpsuit and a chic full feather coat. Prints, colours and fabrics that are signature to the Kardashians’ wardrobe have also been incorporated into the collection including bold leopard print, statement red, vintage lace and luxe faux leather. These pieces have been created to be styled and taken in various directions to suit the wearer and cover a wide mix of trends inspired by the girls’ own wardrobe.
Sleek, powerful and sultry, this Kardashian Kollection for Lipsy not only evokes the famous sisters true style but it is also intone with the British brand’s aesthetic. If you’re struggling for Christmas and New Year fashion inspiration then look no further!
Posted by Jamie Nicholson on Mon 18th November 2013 at 08:05 AM, Filed in Trends
Jewellery brand Sweetlime was founded by Elspeth J. Walker who aims to create collections which deliver something fresh and original, taking a different direction from what we normally see on the high street. For the Autumn/Winter 2013 Nomad range inspiration was drawn from the jewellery of the Tuareg people, a North African tribe, to create stunning iconic decorative pieces.
Taking a break from colour this season, the Nomad collection features shades of black and ivory with the emphases on neutrals which accentuates the designs for a bold visual statement. All the pieces, including necklaces, earrings and bracelets, are handmade and combine different materials, shapes and sizes to develop well-balanced pieces which women can introduce into their wardrobe for a subtle take on the texture trend.
Metallic geometric shapes and etching, a traditional technique, has been used for added detail. Linear designs intricately etched into the metal although ancient in origin, still feels contemporary especially when combined with clean simple chains or silk woven ribbon ties seen in modern silhouettes. Materials such as metals, old and new, bone, resin, glass and fabrics are mixed for contrasting graphic beauty.
A collection inspired by a history of a tribe, the AW13 Nomad jewellery fuses traditional with the modern to create clean distinct profiles in a neutral palette highlighted by textured detailing. Christmas present perhaps? Definitely something to keep in mind for a fashionista who has a keen interest in unusual style.
True Talisman Necklace, WAS £350.00 NOW £280.00
Tassel Cluster Cord Necklace, WAS £89.00 NOW £71.20
Ebony and Ivory Earrings, WAS £65.00 NOW £52.00
Flower Disc Metal Drop Earrings, WAS £70.00 NOW £56.00
Chevron Friendship Bracelet Set, WAS £95.00 NOW £76.00