Cherries!

Viviene Westwood Anglomania + Melissa Cherry lady Dragon shoes

You know after all the searching for sensible shoes, I am a heels girl at heart! As these are made from plastic they are very soft and squidgy so are comfy for pointy shoes, I’ve been waiting to wear these for ages, come on spring!

Is there anything you have stashed waiting for some warmer weather?

Pearl

Make me the Fashionista Extrordinaire

As you all know by now I am a Style Councillor for the Shopping Forecast (we predict the seasons hottest items, you guys vote on who chose best). So once again the time has come when my competitive nature emerges, the Chanel bag and Topshop blazer are my two items closest to winning in their category so PLEASE take just a minute to click on the two items pictures below and vote 5/5 for me – it will only take a minute, and you can remain anonymous (just click what you like in the drop down boxes) or you can also become a member of the site (you get to enter to win clothes on the site).
A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who has been voting for me, but I do need a few more votes!

THANK YOU! Oh and if you have entered the competitions, just leave me your set link and I will vote for you too,

Pearl

Shoe Saturday: Siena’s Lace-Ups

I have noticed Sienna Miller has a super sleek collection of flat lace up shoes. It is not a style I have really considered before but Sienna looks so comfortable and chic I think I want to give it a go!
Petite Mendigote ‘Sasha’ – I love the little tassle on the heel


A Herchovich for Melissa ‘Joy’– the two tone effect makes these really stand out


Maloles ‘Dorothy’ – the patent maroon makes these pretty special

So what do you guys think?

Pearl

Images courtest of Spartoo

Blogger Event: Affiliate Marketing Talk in Manchester

Manchester Fashion Network
The Affiliate Marketing Talk
When: Monday 28th February
Doors 6:00 pm / Talk 6:30 pm / Networking 8 pm
Where: The Castle Hotel, Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LE
RSVP: ┬ú10 – book online or reserve your place – [email protected]m

Panel:
Paul Hurst – Online Marketing Manager – boohoo.com
Justine Goldstraw – Affiliate Account Manager – R.O.EYE Ltd
Vicki Day – Owner – fashionablemaven.co.uk

An opportunity for brands, bloggers and PR’s to some together to learn more about affiliate marketing and who it benefits.

We’ll look at:
ÔÇóWhat is affiliate marketing
ÔÇóWho can use it
ÔÇóCreating content that works
ÔÇóGetting the best out of bloggers
ÔÇóWhy bloggers should get involved
ÔÇóHow do marketing teams use it
ÔÇóHow can PR’s get involved
ÔÇóGenerating online sales through content
ÔÇóHow bloggers can make money through their sites
ÔÇóIncreasing sales and exposure through blogs

I have been to the MFN talks before, one on ‘trending’ was especially good. I will be going to this (so long as I feel ok) so if anyone else is let me know and we can meet up!
Pearl x

A Bit More LFW, A Bit More Ranting

Being a bit selfish I have only been reporting on the trends and designers I particularily liked at LFW, don’t worry I will do a full trends round up when we have seen Paris and Milan because well, we all like to plan ahead, but it is nice to have a closer look at things.


Softness
It is no secret that I am not a florals girls, in fact I would seriously struggle to dig anything floral out of my wardrobe. Yet, there is a slowly creeping softening to my look and I suddenly have florals on my radar. I have been noticing florals appearing in a different way, at Jonathan Saunders and Erdem the floral were interspersed with colour blocking and had a bold, richness about them. Matthew Williamson paired a floral dress with a chubby mongolian gilet, creating a softness far from girly. Kinder Aggugini broke up the soft florals with strips of striking black, whilst Henry Holland added striped stockings, again girly but with a real quirk. Acne not going floral but still managed a subtle softness with pastel leather.



Jonathan Saunders, Erdem, Acne


Matthew Williamson, Kinder Aggugini, House of Holland

Structure

On the other end of the spectrum were the firm, moulded, structured silhouettes. From padded skirts at Clements Ribeiro, to colour block voluminous trousers at Betty Jackson. Jaeger used shape and colour to create imposing head to toe looks, both colour and texture stacked like puzzle pieces.



Clements Ribeiro, Betty Jackson, Betty Jackson



Jaeger, Jaeger, Clements Ribeiro


Biker Jackets
Biker jackets yes, but not as you know them. From unusual fabrics and colours, to patchwork effects the biker jacket is far from over.
House of Holland, Christopher Kane, Antonio Berardi



Matthew Williamson, Matthew Williamson, House of Holland

Matthew Williamson

I have always had a soft spot for Matthew Williamson, not just because he is from Manchester, nor because some of his designs make up the most treasured things in my closet. Mainly because his collections always leave me with a smile on my face. They are never dying hard to be edgy, they are never falling over themselves to be the latest trend. What each collection is, is a reflection of Williamson, his life, his experiences and his feelings. They are always a ray of sunshine, like Williamson himself. I saw this collection and thought there is a man who knows who he is, he knows his own brand and it is being shown by a man at the top of his game. There will always be that Ibiza, India, long summer vibe, yet each season it is tilted in a new direction. Williamson also loves a biker chick, an Aspen bunny and a city girl, I defy anyone not to find a piece for themselves. This season I personally liked the fluffy scarves over simple trousers and jumpers, I always like to see a scarf as after all it was scarves that launched his career, yet this way of layering looked fresh, a sharp yet inviting look. There were beautiful knitted dresses for day, and striking marabou trimmed dress for night, huge blanket coats and biker jackets. There was as always colour, beautiful jewels of blazers and trousers. These are clothes for wearing, clothes to live your life in, but clothes that you will do so with a smile on your face and the wind in your hair.



I wrote the above before heading back to style.com to purloin a few more images, it was then I noticed their review had appeared. I don’t know why all the style.com reviewers seem to be chewing wasps this season but here is another venomous snippet:


Matthew Williamson cited his inspiration as Francisco Infante-Arana, the Russian artist who photographs mirrored sculptures in various landscapes, creating a fun-house version of the natural world. That gave you all those oddly hued sharp geometric prints played off beaded and ombr├® Mongolian lamb chubbies. And it was echoed in that patchworked blanket wool, toughened up with black leather and a goth Fair Isle sweater dress that came uncomfortably close to last Fall’s Givenchy.

It always seems like Williamson is looking for ways to wrap his soft bohemian reputation in a tougher and artier skin. While no one wants to see an Ibizan rehash, he often seems to stumble over this goal. (See those dresses sprouting curves of marabou from shoulder to hip.) But there was a detectable change for the better here, a streamlining, a lightness. Consider the lovely simplicity in that lipstick red shift on Ajak Deng with a beaded collar, and even in the ensemble of a red sliced-lapel jacket worn over a nude sheer blouse and sequin and feather skirt.

At a preview, the designer mentioned he wasn’t using a stylist for his Fall collection, the first time in 14 years. “I couldn’t be happier,” he said. Whether that’s the reason is anyone’s guess. At any rate, a stylist might have found chicer shoes.

Meenal Mistry

1. The dress was nothing like Givenchy other than the fact it was a sweater dress in a similar colour pallet. 2. I dare say biker leathers and sharp tailoring have been a successful ‘toughening’. 3. Peeptoes and suiting, chunky heels and knitwear, how is that not chic???

The Good, The Bad and TheUgly
The bit where we have a look at the more interesting things going on at fashion week


Christopher Kane

Our boy Kane is surely the Goodie here. Every time I read an interview with him I fall a little bit more in love. His sequin dresses were inspired by the bubbly goodness of SodaStreams; and the liquid filled edging a recreation of ice-pops and pencil cases (children of the 80’s will remember all this fondly). He is a dreamer for sure, a wonderful dream-weaver forever inspired by his own world and sometimes it feels as if he lets us in.

The Bad

Always the bad boy, that cheeky chappie Henry Holland is back, this time with a hand-slang jumper declaring ‘let’s fuck’!!

The Ugly
Ok maybe ugly is too harsh a word, but I like the theme!! I will say it now so as not to let you be swayed by my influence, I am not a fan of cow print, Dalmatian print, or any other print which can be rendered in animation! Topshop started it all off sending out little girls dressed as Dalmatians (the ones with the black button noses and ‘ears’ bunches) and Cruella’s (those just wearing the Dalmatians I guess). Anyway the clothes might be very nice but that film gave me nightmares, even though all the puppies were alright in the end, every time I watched it as a child I feared the end would change and there is nothing worse than people being mean to puppies! Disclaimer: for some reason I really do like the spotty shoes, but don’t tell.


Topshop Unique


Then good old Burberry hits me up again with the crazy animal prints, best of all the cow-print flat caps. I declared my hatred with Mrs Bossa on Twitter, somewhere along the line the tweets got confused with Mrs B’s wardrobe clear out and MakedoStyle’s declaration of ‘you don’t like any of it, are you hormonal?’ was took by me to refer to my Burberry hating and not as it was intended to to with Mrs B deciding she hated all her clothes!

Anyway confusion averted Mrs Fab pops up to tell us she would love a cow hat, I picture Mrs Fab in said cow hat and have to admit she would look tremendous in one actually. And that my friends is that!

Pearl

(Images Style.com; Londonfashionweek.com)

A Bit More LFW, A Bit More Ranting

Being a bit selfish I have only been reporting on the trends and designers I particularily liked at LFW, don’t worry I will do a full trends round up when we have seen Paris and Milan because well, we all like to plan ahead, but it is nice to have a closer look at things.


Softness
It is no secret that I am not a florals girls, in fact I would seriously struggle to dig anything floral out of my wardrobe. Yet, there is a slowly creeping softening to my look and I suddenly have florals on my radar. I have been noticing florals appearing in a different way, at Jonathan Saunders and Erdem the floral were interspersed with colour blocking and had a bold, richness about them. Matthew Williamson paired a floral dress with a chubby mongolian gilet, creating a softness far from girly. Kinder Aggugini broke up the soft florals with strips of striking black, whilst Henry Holland added striped stockings, again girly but with a real quirk. Acne not going floral but still managed a subtle softness with pastel leather.



Jonathan Saunders, Erdem, Acne


Matthew Williamson, Kinder Aggugini, House of Holland

Structure

On the other end of the spectrum were the firm, moulded, structured silhouettes. From padded skirts at Clements Ribeiro, to colour block voluminous trousers at Betty Jackson. Jaeger used shape and colour to create imposing head to toe looks, both colour and texture stacked like puzzle pieces.



Clements Ribeiro, Betty Jackson, Betty Jackson



Jaeger, Jaeger, Clements Ribeiro


Biker Jackets
Biker jackets yes, but not as you know them. From unusual fabrics and colours, to patchwork effects the biker jacket is far from over.
House of Holland, Christopher Kane, Antonio Berardi



Matthew Williamson, Matthew Williamson, House of Holland

Matthew Williamson

I have always had a soft spot for Matthew Williamson, not just because he is from Manchester, nor because some of his designs make up the most treasured things in my closet. Mainly because his collections always leave me with a smile on my face. They are never dieing hard to be edgy, they are never falling over themselves to be the latest trend. What each collection is, is a reflection of Williamson, his life, his experiences and his feelings. They are always a ray of sunshine, like Williamson himself. I saw this collection and thought there is a man who knows who he is, he knows his own brand and it is being shown by a man at the top of his game. There will always be that Ibiza, India, long summer vibe, yet each season it is tilted in a new direction. Williamson also loves a biker chick, an Aspen bunny and a city girl, I defy anyone not to find a piece for themselves. This season I personally liked the fluffy scarves over simple trousers and jumpers, I always like to see a scarf as after all it was scarves that launched his career, yet this way of layering looked fresh, a sharp yet inviting look. There were beautiful knitted dresses for day, and striking marabou trimmed dress for night, huge blanket coats and biker jackets. There was as always colour, beautiful jewels of blazers and trousers. These are clothes for wearing, clothes to live your life in, but clothes that you will do so with a smile on your face and the wind in your hair.



I wrote the above before heading back to style.com to purloin a few more images, it was then I noticed their review had appeared. I don’t know why all the style.com reviewers seem to be chewing wasps this season but here is another venomous snippet:


Matthew Williamson cited his inspiration as Francisco Infante-Arana, the Russian artist who photographs mirrored sculptures in various landscapes, creating a fun-house version of the natural world. That gave you all those oddly hued sharp geometric prints played off beaded and ombr├® Mongolian lamb chubbies. And it was echoed in that patchworked blanket wool, toughened up with black leather and a goth Fair Isle sweater dress that came uncomfortably close to last Fall’s Givenchy.

It always seems like Williamson is looking for ways to wrap his soft bohemian reputation in a tougher and artier skin. While no one wants to see an Ibizan rehash, he often seems to stumble over this goal. (See those dresses sprouting curves of marabou from shoulder to hip.) But there was a detectable change for the better here, a streamlining, a lightness. Consider the lovely simplicity in that lipstick red shift on Ajak Deng with a beaded collar, and even in the ensemble of a red sliced-lapel jacket worn over a nude sheer blouse and sequin and feather skirt.

At a preview, the designer mentioned he wasn’t using a stylist for his Fall collection, the first time in 14 years. “I couldn’t be happier,” he said. Whether that’s the reason is anyone’s guess. At any rate, a stylist might have found chicer shoes.

Meenal Mistry

1. The dress was nothing like Givenchy other than the fact it was a sweater dress in a similar colour pallet. 2. I dare say biker leathers and sharp tailoring have been a successful ‘toughening’. 3. Peeptoes and suiting, chunky heels and knitwear, how is that not chic???

The Good, The Bad and TheUgly
The bit where we have a look at the more interesting things going on at fashion week


Christopher Kane

Our boy Kane is surely the Goodie here. Every time I read an interview with him I fall a little bit more in love. His sequin dresses were inspired by the bubbly goodness of SodaStreams; and the liquid filled edging a recreation of ice-pops and pencil cases (children of the 80’s will remember all this fondly). He is a dreamer for sure, a wonderful dream-weaver forever inspired by his own world and sometimes it feels as if he lets us in.

The Bad

Always the bad boy, that cheeky chappie Henry Holland is back, this time with a hand-slang jumper declaring ‘let’s fuck’!!

The Ugly
Ok maybe ugly is too harsh a word, but I like the theme!! I will say it now so as not to let you be swayed by my influence, I am not a fan of cow print, Dalmatian print, or any other print which can be rendered in animation! Topshop started it all off sending out little girls dressed as Dalmatians (the ones with the black button noses and ‘ears’ bunches) and Cruella’s (those just wearing the Dalmatians I guess). Anyway the clothes might be very nice but that film gave me nightmares, even though all the puppies were alright in the end, every time I watched it as a child I feared the end would change and there is nothing worse than people being mean to puppies! Disclaimer: for some reason I really do like the spotty shoes, but don’t tell.


Topshop Unique


Then good old Burberry hits me up again with the crazy animal prints, best of all the cow-print flat caps. I declared my hatred with Mrs Bossa on Twitter, somewhere along the line the tweets got confused with Mrs B’s wardrobe clear out and MakedoStyle’s declaration of ‘you don’t like any of it, are you hormonal?’ was took by me to refer to my Burberry hating and not as it was intended to to with Mrs B deciding she hated all her clothes!

Anyway confusion averted Mrs Fab pops up to tell us she would love a cow hat, I picture Mrs Fab in said cow hat and have to admit she would look tremendous in one actually. And that my friends is that!

Pearl

(Images Style.com; Londonfashionweek.com)

Luella Forever!!!!!!!!

Those of you who know Florrie will know how much she loves Luella, sadly the brand folded last year but if you are lucky enough to hunt for them her clothes can still be found. Here we are in TK Maxx wearing an array of Luella S/S 2009. Which is both Florrie and my favourite collection all floral prints, tweed jackets and pearls. Now of course you all know that I do not wear the following things: florals, pink, any thing girly, well I hate to say it but I may have been wrong about that, under Florries influence here we are all dress up in Luella, girly, very girly and I like it!

Due to illness and other things we weren’t at London Fashion Week this season, but thank you to TK Maxx for letting Florrie, Emma and I stage our own runway show in their changing rooms (rather involuntarily I have to confess).

I have never suited empire line dressed but this one was beautifully corseted inside, it even had pockets!! I am in love with it, unfortunately I didn’t buy it, it was ┬ú550 reduced to ┬ú169 a bargain but still rather dear – I am not having one of those arguments in my head trying to justify buying it!

You can also read more about it on Florrie’s blog HERE, Florrie did buy a little something, can you guess what?
This is just the Luella we have a lot more piccies to come. It was so nice to see my dear friends especially when feeling down having been so ill. I can’t actually raise my arms this morning and my legs feel like jelly, but it was worth every minute. To everyone else with RA or any other illness, much love.
Pearl

Maybe I am Biased Rant: Vivienne Westwood AW 11

Excuse me whilst I work my way up to a rant:

If Paris is the place for the showman, New York sets the scene for the city girls, Milan of course has the glamour but in London you will always find the unusual creative edge not seen elsewhere. There are some you might take influence from, some you might admire from afar, some that just aren’t you. Aside from the Haute Couture many shows are now geared towards a more commercial slant, understandable in these hard times. There are some shows which I look forwards to, no matter if I would wear the clothes or not, no matter if they are at all practical. But what truly excites me are the shows within my grasp, the ones where I can reach out and touch them, know that in a few months time I will be wearing that. This doesn’t happen very often, runway clothes don’t come cheap, but they are worth the investment. I would rather have one special piece than a thousand high street copies. In fact many runway pieces don’t have the price tags you might expect, you can spend ┬ú50- ┬ú50,000.

Anyway I am going off the point, which is the fact I adore Vivienne Westwood, but you knew that already. The point is that I can watch a Westwood show and know I can buy something should I wish, be it a dress or a pair of socks. I have built up a collection of Westwood and the allure is not just the clothes but the unique styling. The pinning of brooches and badges, the layering of necklaces, the sock and tights combos. With Westwood there is a look, it is usually fairly off the wall.
But I always thought surely anyone could see that if you strip back the drama of the layers, make-up and crazy hair you have some of the most beautifully tailored clothes you will ever see. Dame Vivienne has built up her reputation as eccentric, yes, but also as an inventor (punk), an activist (save the rainforests, liberty) and first and foremost a wonderfully talented tailor. If anyone can cut a suit to perfectly flatter the male or female figure it is she, you only need to look to the red carpet to see a myriad of stars in the most beautiful dresses, cut to enhance the waist and bust. Even quirky Carrie Bradshaw chose Westwood for the most important day of her life.
Basically what I am saying is that Westwood clothes are special, but they are not only special because they are well made, they are special because Westwood takes the fine tailoring and turns it on its head, and that is a bloody hard skill to master.

Westwood clothes are never in fashion, (is it me or are you sick of the sight of aviator jackets) so that they are never out of fashion either. If you should have a spare few grand you could buy a Dior dress, but really when would you wear that? You can buy a Westwood dress and wear it to work, to a party, to Tesco. You can not bother ironing it if you so wish, no one would know. That is another reason why I adore Westwood, is that her clothes are wearable.

So it came as a bit of a slap in the face to read the following style.com review:

There were, as usual, too many of Westwood’s overworked garments here, like a weirdly bunched button-down minidress in broadcloth blue, with ungainly pleating at the shoulder [Second row down, centre]. Westwood’s big eccentricities, like those confetti feathers, are winning; her little ones often feel like contrivances. That said, there were a number of clever, wearable garments: Westwood came up with a great abstract print for her silk taffetas this season, which she twisted and tailored into a bunch of fine cocktail looks, and her awkwardly cut suits in velvet and check had a nice dandyish feel. She also sent out one of this season’s really good pieces of outerwear: a simple wool coat set askew, as though someone had buttoned it the wrong way and decided she liked the rakish look. There was a lot to like, in fact, if you were willing to dig for it. In that way, the collection really did feel like a day at Portobello.

Maya Singer, Style.com



Of course each to their own opinion, I understand Westwood is not to every ones taste. But Dame Vivienne has built up her career, she has earnt her dues and I would have thought, a lot more respect than given here.

Actually there were a few looks, stripped back and elegant:

Simply beautiful of course, but imaging a whole Westwood show this pared down? Just wouldn’t be the same would it. Here are some of my favourite looks, the ungainly blue dress included!


One last thing, I keep forgetting to mention is that Vivienne Westwood has designed this years Comic Relief t-shirts. Also seen on the runway, you can get yours from TK Maxx in store and online. I’ve got mine!
Pearl

(Photos courtesy of Style.com; viviennewestwood.com)

Comfort Blanket

(Wearing: Vivienne Westwood Red Label cape, VW Anglomania jumper, VW brooch and belt, Topshop jeans)
I really love this cape, it is like walking around with a blanket. My mum bought it for me after I kept trying to steel hers and it is perfect for travelling. This cape has survived many trips including being slept in on an all night train journey through Egypt, which I don’t think I would have survived without it. It has taken such a beating, I have no idea how many times I have ran it over with my suitcase whilst navigating airports, train stations and bus depots. Yet is still looks like new, I guess that is good old Scottish tweed for you.

Thanks to everyone who has been asking how I am, I had a really bad reaction to the new medication and have ended up feeling ten times worse! It is really frustrating as I had actually started to feel better joints-wise. Having been taking them for 2 weeks the joint pain had started to ease up – I only noticed how much when I had no anti-inflamatories in my system! This weekend left me back to square one, my body is a wreck, on top of the joint pain I have entire body pain. It is kind of like when you have the flu really bad. Oh well have started an alternative drug now so fingers crossed this will be better.
In answer to a few questions I haven’t been well enough to make it to LFW. But here’s hoping for next season and also just to say thank you for those who invited me to their shows and events, even though I couldn’t make it.

I though this was a fitting post to share this clip with you, Vivienne Westwood talking about sustainable fashion, she is mad, I love her. Watch out for her tips on washing clothes and what to wear to the discotheque!


Pearl

London Fashion Week: On My Wish List Already

We are only 2 days into LFW but already I have a wish list as long as my arm! One trend I am seeing continued from NYFW is that I keep forgetting this is A/W as so many of the looks could work equally for S/S. Here are just a few things I have fallen in love with, and want to be wearing come fall.


Cat ear hats and ruffled shoes at PPQ, Cobalt blue at Felder Felder and particularly that hairy jacket.


Soft, ombre trousers at Aminaka Wilmont; printed, layered trousers at Jena Theo; chiffon topped putty coloured trousers contrasted with brilliant orange at Krysof Stoyna.



There was nothing I didn’t love at Eun Jeong, the entire collection was a celebration of perfect layering and simple, classic cuts.



Lots of mini-trends always crop up during fashion week, here is one that is so simple yet extremely striking – little furry or feathered collars, as seen at Aminaka Wilmont, Felder Felder and Maria Grachvogel.
Pearl
(Images style.com, londonfashionweek.co.uk)