Statement Necklaces


(Wearing Jacket and Blouse ASOS, shorts Topshop, Boots and jewellery Chanel)
I am blaming the lack of sunshine in my last few outfit post on the fact that I have the complexion of a cadaver, that and the fact that I am pretty much worn out! If anyone needed a holiday and a pot of bronzer it must be me. But hey it is March tomorrow, perhaps I will wake up to blue spring skies – I am ever the optimist!
Anyway this is my latest obsession, my statement necklace, that I wore in the last post too. Erm and yet again you can’t really see it as the photos are so dull! Surely we must get some sunshine soon! It is a smaller version of this runway piece (check out the sideburns on the glasses).
One thing I love about Chanel are the statement necklaces.






Lily Allen dresses up jeans and a sweater with her gorgeous necklace
I go through phases of buying certain things and at the moment it is jewellery, especially rings and necklaces.



Holly Fulton wearing her own designs, YSL star necklace

Next I would like to save up for a really modern piece, I just loved the star necklace by Yves St Laurent – one of those pieces I just wished I had bought at the time! But I really love Holly Fultons modern pieces with their abstract designs and huge gobstopper crystals, so I might choose one of those.


Michelle Obama, Sarah Jessica Parker
What I like most about statement necklaces is that they can just transform a simple outfit into something amazing.


Olivia Palermo



But the absolute best thing about statement necklaces is that you can get them for as little as a few pounds, some of my favourite pieces are from high street shops, eBay and charity shops. You can even layer up simpler necklaces and attache brooches to necklaces for a similar effect. And nothing can cheer you up like bargain jewels!
Have a great week,
Pearl

Statement Necklaces

(Wearing Jacket and Blouse ASOS, shorts Topshop, Boots and jewellery Chanel)
I am blaming the lack of sunshine in my last few outfit post on the fact that I have the complexion of a cadaver, that and the fact that I am pretty much worn out! If anyone needed a holiday and a pot of bronzer it must be me. But hey it is March tomorrow, perhaps I will wake up to blue spring skies – I am ever the optimist!
Anyway this is my latest obsession, my statement necklace, that I wore in the last post too. Erm and yet again you can’t really see it as the photos are so dull! Surely we must get some sunshine soon! It is a smaller version of this runway piece (check out the sideburns on the glasses).
One thing I love about Chanel are the statement necklaces.


Lily Allen dresses up jeans and a sweater with her gorgeous necklace
I go through phases of buying certain things and at the moment it is jewellery, especially rings and necklaces.


Holly Fulton wearing her own designs, YSL star necklace

Next I would like to save up for a really modern piece, I just loved the star necklace by Yves St Laurent – one of those piece I just wished I had bought at the time! But I really love Holly Fultons modern pieces with their abstract designs and huge gobstopper crystals, so I might choose one of those.

Michelle Obama, Sarah Jessica Parker
What I like most about statement necklaces is that they can just transform a simple outfit into something amazing.

Olivia Palermo

But the absolute best thing about statement necklaces is that you can get them for as little as a few pounds, some of my favourite pieces are from high street shops, eBay and charity shops. You can even layer up simpler necklaces and attache brooches to necklaces for a similar effect. And nothing can cheer you up like bargain jewels!
Have a great week,
Pearl

Hervia Bazaar Opening – New Shop, Yay!!

(Wearing: Chanel shoes and necklace, M&S trousers, Vivienne Westwood blazer with feather collar, primark top, Sonia Rykiel for H&M bandou bra) This photo was taken when I got home as you can see I am exhausted this week.

If you haven’t already heard, you’ve either had your head under a rock or perhaps are just not from Manchester! But a new boutique called Hervia Bazaar opened in Manchester’s Spring Gardens earlier this week. From the same ‘Heriva’ that brought us the Hervia Vivienne Westwood and the stand alone Anglomania, but this store will house multiple cutting edge designers! These include House of Holland, CDG, Child of the Jago, JCD Castelbajac, Hannah Martin why I am listing them when you can head over to http://www.herviabazaar.com/ and see for yourself!

The boutique front
This is what I wore to the opening party, I have totally slipped back into my all black phase! I don’t have any photos or inside gossip as I went to this event as me, to support a friend, not as a ‘blogger’. I find it really weird when my ‘me’ and my ‘me as a blogger’ worlds collide, and am not entirely comfortable with it, maybe it takes some getting used to? But having such a boutique really is a fantastic achievement for Manchester fashion so I couldn’t resist telling you about it! What I can show you are some of the publicity shots taken on the night.

Henry Holland and friend


Left: Models showing off the goods, Centre: Designers Hannah Martin & Atlanta Weller, Left: Barnzley & Joe Corre founders of Child of the Jago (and son of Viv) – so funny I just noticed as I was posting this my mum is in the background in the leo scarf! We both totally hide when photographers are on the loose.
Hope you are all having a lovely weekend,
Pearl

Internships available at Vivienne Westwood, Manchester

STUDENT 2010/11 INTERNSHIPS (Reasonable traveling and lunch expenses paid)
Manchester (Head Office)We have a limited number of ongoing internships for undergraduate students wishing to gain basic merchandising, customer service and dispatch, website management, visual merchandising and stock experience within a successful and pressurised designer fashion environment. Internships are available either Full time or Part time (minimum 24 hours weekly), for periods of 3, 6 or 12 months only.

UPDATED 2012:

Hervia Ltd no longer hold the Vivienne Westwood franchises therefore all internships for Vivienne Westwood should go direct through Vivienne Westwood. You can apply online here:

Internship Opportunities

Vivienne Westwood offers a variety of internship opportunities.

An internship is a great way to start your career; it gives you valuable leadership experience and important networking opportunities that can help in a competitive job market.

Look below at the opportunities now available and see if any of them match with your skills.

If there are currently no work placements that match your criteria, you can send your CV for a future application stating:

– department/role you are interested in;
– period and length of availability

Please make sure your CV is formatted in Microsoft Word and does not have embedded images, supporting images should be sent in a separate .pdf document which should not exceed 5mb in file size.

Click here to send an updated copy of your CV and covering letter

For Vivienne Westwood London Head Office internships specific positions available can be viewed and applied for also online here.

Hervia Ltd still have their own independent designer boutiques Hervia and Hervia Bazaar in Manchester as well as Y3 in London. There head office still resides in Manchester and you can find out about and apply for their internships online here.

Debate: Who deserves to show at Fashion Week?

As LFW comes to a close, I thought I would make my last LFW post a bit more interesting. Here I written two reviews for the Jaeger London A/W 10 show. Please read both before making any judgements, my aim was to play devils advocate and see what opinions you all had:
Jaeger London A/W 2001
Review A:
In 2008 Jaeger London made its runway d├®but. At the time the whispers were fairly snobbish in option as to what a high street store; a 125 year old, somewhat frumpy high street store was doing parading itself around London Fashion Week. The critics were soon silenced. The collection was extremely wearable but with enough fashion forward pieces to hold its own on the runway.

Now two years later Jaeger is still going strong, with a collection of very wearable pieces. There was a slightly equestrian feel to the collection with jodhpurs and riding hats, which you might want to leave for the jockeys. But there were also beautifully tailored suits and separates, staples for any girls wardrobe. Eveningwear came in the most luxurious midnight blue velvet pieces, which included a pair of sky scraper stiletto heel boots. I defy anyone not to want to wear this collection.
Amongst these delicious basics there were of course JaegerÔÇÖs famous standout pieces, a moss green laser cut cape, a patchwork jumpsuit in pink and ochre which both have me extremely excited for winter (erm actually I guess it still is, ok next winter). Which reminds me of why I love Jaeger so much, it comes with high street prices. What other collection can you see at Fashion Week and then actually have hopes of wearing? That for me seals the deal; Jaeger really does fly the flag for British fashion.
Review B:
In 2008 Jaeger London made its runway d├®but. At the time the whispers were fairly snobbish in option as to what a high street store; a 125 year old, somewhat frumpy high street store was doing parading itself around London Fashion Week. The critics were silenced though as the slightly 60s/ 70s hippy-luxe collection bridged the gap between high street and high fashion. The collection was extremely wearable but with enough fashion forward pieces to hold its own on the runway. That two-tone Mongolian jacket is now synonymous with the brand, that tan cape was there well before this seasons Chloe. In fact I own two of the beautifully crafted and designed mohair capes. It was exciting for the average woman to be able to afford catwalk pieces.
The following S/S collection had some bright fun and very wearable clothes but was without any high fashion standout pieces. The following A/W lacked direction and the high street quality really showed. S/S 10 again held the same issues, sure there were very wearable pieces, such as the loose white blazers and cropped high waist pants. Pieces I would likely go into Jaeger and buy, but do they have a place on the runway?
For me this A/W 10 collection sealed the deal for me, with a mash up of previously successful designers collections it screamed high street, albeit high end. If you define high street as good quality, affordable pieces influenced by the runway designers. The main theme was equestrian, there were Jodhpur style trousers worn with blazers and riding hats, remind you of Balenciaga, There were snaffle detail belts, floaty shirts and slim pants, Gucci anyone? Then a dash of Chloe with camel, khaki and beige basics for day and tassel belted velvet for evening.
ThatÔÇÖs not to say there was no originality, the patchwork pink and ochre jumpsuit and dress were stunning, the oversized blazers were quite unique and the paper-bag waist pants very flattering. The question is the appropriateness of showing a high street collection at LFW when the schedule is so tight, and to put on a show so expensive. When the brand could save on the expense and passed that on to the consumer in discounted prices, as letÔÇÖs not forget the prices at Jaeger rival many designer brands.

Or do we look at it on the other hand, would you like to see more high street collections on the runway?I snÔÇÖt it time for a shake up?
I would love to hear your opinions on this, but before you do check out this article http://www.graziadaily.co.uk/WardrobeWhispers/archive/2010/02/16/marc-vs-mary-kate.htm .
GraziaÔÇÖs Paula Reed questions the appropriateness of showing ÔÇÿceleb designersÔÇÖ such as Alexa Chung, Victoria Beckham and the OlsenÔÇÖs alongside ÔÇÿtraditionalÔÇÖ designers.
I think both these pose great debate, and yep I am playing DevilÔÇÖs Advocate here, but what do you think?
Should High Street have a place on the catwalk? Are celeb designers ÔÇÿrealÔÇÖ designers worthy of showing at Fashion Week?
Pearl

Ashish Reinvents the Term ‘Basics’

What do you expect from Ashish? Sequins. Lots and lots of sequins, which is of course what he gave. What was totally unexpected was a grunge revival worthy of Marc Jacobs. The most fabulous, detailed sequin pieces were paired with finger-less gloves, beanies, over coats and baggy cardigans in sombre colours. It would appear that the designer is trying to put some fun back into our wardrobes. I mean if you think about what you have been wearing this winter, I will bet it is a similar combination of practical and warm clothes. But add a dash of sequins and it transforms the outfit into something rather fabulous.
I will have to pass on the sequin PJÔÇÖs and the polka dot and teddy bear pants, but when you look at the pieces in detail there really some lust worthy things. A simple pale pink blouse is not at first what it seems, as on closer inspection it is embroidered with thousands of shimmering sequins. A vibrant tribal print skirt had the most intricate sequin pattern, whilst a tiny flash of multicoloured sequins peeped over a waistband. The most impressive pieces were those mimicking basics such as cable knit jumpers and flannel shirts, again it was only up close or when the light caught them that you realised they too were made from sequins!

You never really know what to expect from Ashish Gupta, from his Ghetto chic S/S 09 to his club Tropicana meets punk S/S10. What can be guaranteed, however is that it will be fabulous with a capital F.


(All images londonfashionweek.co.uk)

Check out Jill’s post for some front row action shots:

Burberry get all Sci-Fi

Burberry A/W 2010

A star studded front row…


Including Mary Kate Olsen…

The only brand you will want to buy your next winter coat from…

Include work blazer in there too…

Don’t forget a new bag and boots…
Evening wear too…

And don’t forget the boys…

You would think Christopher Bailey would be rather happy with that, but he didn’t stop there. Bailey also made the show available to everyone by livestreaming it, if you missed it watch here:
What more could you want? How about buying the pieces you loved right off the runway?
Click here and you can be wearing one of those amazing aviator jackets and one of the fabulous bags within 8 weeks!
But be quick you can only order till the 26th Feb.
Happy shopping!

(Photo credits: londonfashionweek, graziadaily, olsensannonymous)

LFW: The future’s bright for Osman

ÔÇÿThe futureÔÇÖs so bright I gotta wear shadesÔÇÖ could describe the career of Osman Yousefzada but it was also the first thing that came to mind on seeing his A/W 10 collection. The designer has favoured minimalism for the last three collections, which is echoed here but he also brings back the more luxurious and exotic flavour from his earlier work. The effect is mind blowing. In fact Osman breaks all the fashion rules with this collection. Would you wear a cocoon coat with wide leg trousers? Would you clash bright purple with hot pink? MetallicÔÇÖs with checks? A pale pastel dress with khaki suede knee boots? Bejewelled clogs? You want to say no, but to see it you want to scream oh yes!

The whole collection had a futuristic edge, but each piece could stand alone in even the most conservative of wardrobes. The cocoon shape is predominant in the form of huge bubble shaped coats, you really could just snuggle up inside one. Or if you prefer a sleeker silhouette the funnel necked parkers were equally appealing.
The models were wearing bug eyed sunglasses but the effect was more Audrey Hepburn, Givenchy clad in How to Steal a Million than Willy Wonker, they gave a fresh edge when worn with sleek slinky aubergine dresses and grey tights.


Huge shimmering jewels were used to edge pockets and cover an entire jacket, making sumptuous evening wear or a fabulous trophy jacket you could pair with jeans, and why stop there? Gorgeous as the wedge boots were, the bejewelled clogs stole the show. Yep, I told you Osman breaks all the rules!
The mixing of pastel pinks and purples with deeper shades of plum, grey, khaki and silver crossed the boundaries of traditional summer and winter colours, yet rather than looking out of place it was refreshingly modern. Personally, anyone championing ways to get more wear from your summer pieces is a recessionistaÔÇÖs hero.

Pearl

Christopher Kane & Erdem: some kind of conspiracy?

It seems to me that Erdem and Kane are involved in some kind of conspiracy to get us all wearing floral embroidery, teamed with a bit of leather and lace.

Erdem A/W 2010

Christopher Kane A/W 2010


Christopher Kane A/W 2010

At first I thought, oh no, absolutely not. But now my subconscious is hankering after that black biker jacket with the furry collar and yep all that floral embroidery. This is definitely a plot!

All hail Queen Viv

(1. All Westwood except Topshop shorts, 2. All Westwood, 3. All Westwood except Zara boots and J. Maskrey glove worn as sleeve)
Hello, its me Pearl! I bet you’ve forgotten what I look like with all this Fashion Week posting. So, here I am in some of my Westwood to illustate the point I make in the the review below.

Vivienne Westwood Red Label A/W10
YouÔÇÖve got to love Vivienne Westwood; she isnÔÇÖt just a fashion designer but an ambassador for the Earth. Her collections are famous for having an underlying message, this time it is ÔÇÿLoyalty 2 GaiaÔÇÖ to raise climate change awareness.

There are other reasons to love her, she uses none super-model models, such as Pixie Geldof, without making any fuss about it (yes, that means you Fast). She has created some of the worldÔÇÖs most outlandish fashion over the years, and yet she is still able to send them down the runway alongside the most exquisitely tailored suits you will ever see.
ThatÔÇÖs why I personally love Viv, she can dress me in a sharp suit for work, and I can throw on one of her blazers over jeans and be instantly chic. But for play time the rules can be broken, I can rock a bit of off the wall Viv and whilst I have long ago stopped dressing like an extra on Pirates of the Caribbean, I can still be something of an extrovert. For evening, Viv has it nailed too, from the most amazing corseted ball gowns to funky party dresses. Oh and did I mention the shoes? Those buckled high heeled, pure sex screaming shoes, those low heeled perfect for work Mary Janes, and those rubber waterproof little wellies.

I also like the fact that all her pieces are timeless, her designs have continuity. I could recreate similar looks to the catwalk from my own wardrobe. I know that when my corset belt wears thin, I wonÔÇÖt have to wait too long to find a replacement, and I know that my favourite drape dress will appear again in other colours and fabrics. With Viv when you find something you love, you can stick with it, and watch it evolve.


(I have the exact jacket as the 3rd photo in grey, I’ve had it for about 4 years)


I have just one question left, when is she going to be called Queen Viv?