Outfit: Uniqlo Heattech + 100 Giveaways

 (Wearing Uniqlo HEATTECH polo-neck and leggings, Marc Jacobs jumper, Vivienne Westwood skirt, Guess shoes, Fendi Clutch, vintage belt, Roberto Cavalli H&M ring)

Because the folk at Uniqlo are very nice and also because they believe in their product so much they have decided to giveaway 100, yes 100 items of HEATTECH clothing away to my readers!

If you have no idea what HEATTECH is well it’s a really great concept, clothes which retain the heat but without the bulky layers of traditional thermals. The designs are also really on trend and fun, ranging from lace trim leggings to vibrant print bobble hats. You can take a closer look online to see the full range and learn about how HEATTECH works. So, does it work? I hear you ask, well in a word yes. I’ve been living in these leggings which are so comfy paired with Keds and an old baggy plaid shirt. I layered up this outfit here to purposely show you just how fine the HEATTECH is, you could invisibly wear the leggings under trousers when it gets really cold. What else I was impressed about was that if you get hot the HEATTECH doesn’t cling or go all sweaty, it really breathes, leaving you comfortable at all times. What can I say I’m sold.

So if you would like to try out HEATTECH four yourself, for FREE no is your chance! All yo have to do is send me an email to:

fashionpearlsofwisdom at googglemail dot com

and the first 100 will receive a code which they can take into Uniqlo and exchange for a free item! Easy as that. There are a few T&C’s which are outlined below. The main thing to note is that they code can only be used in the Oxford Street, London store by the 18th Nov 2012 – so if you can’t make it down there by then please don’t take a code which someone else could use.

You can also interact on Twitter with the #HEATTECH tag and on their Facebook Page

Enjoy!

Giveaway T&C’s
1. codes issued are redeemable at Uniqlo 311 Oxford Street ONLY
2. Each code entitles the participant to one item of HEATTECH clothing only.
3. Codes can be redeemed until 18th November 2012 ONLY.
4. Offer only valid until stocks last.
5. Uniqlo (UK) Ltd maintain the right to withdraw this offer at any time for any reason without notice.
6. Uniqlo HEATTECH clothing will be distributed randomly based on size and gender of successful campaign participant. Participant’ HEATTECH samples can only be redeemed from valid in store redemption points. Participants cannot swap their given item with any stock on the shop floor, and cannot exchange their sample once redemption in compete. Nor can the sample be refunded for any monetary value in any Uniqlo (UK) Ltd store.

Have you tried HEATTECH before? What do you think of the concept?

Marc Jacob’s New Look


(Wearing: Whistles top and skirt, Topshop shoes, Fendi clutch, vintage belt)


(With Matthew Williamson for H&M leather jacket)


(Quartz, brass and leather vintage belt by Jutra’s)

In my opinion there is nothing quite like wearing a big full skirt complete with petti-coat, it makes you feel very ladylike. I have this in red too, bought from Whistles outlet last year. The skirt also has pockets, which I LOVE. If I were a deigner I would make sure everything had pockets! I wore this stunning vintage belt to clash up the outfit a bit, I usually wear it with my big brown Vivienne Westwood belt. I had forgotten about this belt, but was reminded when Judy at Atlantis Home posted about her rock crystal belt and some new ones she had for her store. So, thanks Judy it is nice to be reunited!!

In 1947 Christian Dior set the world on fire when he introduced the ‘New Look’ as Carmel Snow termed it, nipped in waist, below knee hems, full skirt and full bust.

(Dior’s New Look)

Marc Jacobs did the same for A/W 2010 Louis Vuitton, once again embracing the female form. Even on the runway, however this was a tricky look to pull off, but done right it looks sensational. For the launch of the new Flagship London boutique the starlets were out, embracing the collection. But who got it right?


Alexa Chung and Kirsten Dunst, both tall and willowy have no problem pulling off the look. Whilst I think Kirsten does it to absolute perfection, Alexa looks slightly to bottom heavey, to her pettite top and waist.

Pixie Geldoff and Daisy Lowe are both curvey, the body shape this look was made for, but the cleavage it just too trashy for me.

I adore Gemma Arterton, but wish she had worn a lower neck and shorter sleeve, this look can make a big chest look too big and out of proportion. I think she should have switched outfits with Alexa. Pixie would have suited Kirsten’s dress better too, whilst Kirsten, with out the big bust, would have made Pixie’s dress look chic.

For me the star of the night was Jerry Hall, leaving the trends for the youngsters she showed true style sticking to a classic look she knows works for her.

Will you be trying out this look?

Pearl

Key Trends & Pieces A/W 10/11

Just because fashion week is over doesn’t mean you can for get all the A/W 10 shows just yet. I always keep in mind the trends I have seen and pick out all the elements I like, as during the warmer months is the perfect time to snap up winter bargains. Think mid-season sales and eBay bargains – buying out of season is always cheaper. You can also start to assess what you already have in your wardrobe, to wear in different ways or what you need to add to keep your look fresh.
Red
Ann Demulemeester, Givenchy, Alexander Wang
Pastels

Osman, Balenciaga, Roland Mouret
Grey

Stella McCartney, Roland Mouret, Chloe

Denim

Philip Lim, Chloe, Isabel Marant

Aviator Jackets

Burberry, House of Holland, Christopher Kane
Big Furry Coats

Gucci, Burberry, Chanel
Capes

Alexander Wang, Chris Benz, Gareth Pugh

Midi Full Skirts

Dries van Noten, Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs
Huge Mittens

J Mendel, Givenchy, Maxmara

Unusual Tailoring


Vivienne Westwood Red Lable, Roland Mouret, Miu Miu

Oriental


Etro, Chanel pre-fall, Etro
Have a great weekend,
Pearl
P.S Dont forget the Reebok EasyTone giveaway ends tomorrow. See:
to enter!!

Fashion Forecast AW 2010

Its that time of year again Fashion Week! I am stuck working so I cant attend but thanks to loads of live streaming and Style.com I feel like I am there anyway. So with NY fashion week down and London just getting started I thought I would post my fashion forecast for the A/W collections. To be honest with the weather as it is I would much rather contemplate next A/W looks than this S/S! At the moment there are two stand out trends Prim-Luxe and Trans-seasonal (I hate the magazine trend definitions gothic, graphic they are the same every year), so these are my own terms. Remember you heard it hear first!

Prim-Luxe

Marc Jacobs, Proenza Schouler, Vena Cava


Marc Jacobs, Proenza Schouler, Proenza Schouler

Chris Benz, Marc Jacobs, Marc Jacobs

Prim-Luxe is all about the straight cut smart suit, the librarian chic dress, the school uniform kilt, brogues and socks but mixed up with luxurious additions. Throw on some fur, leather, sequins and shimmering fabrics, its geek chic gone glam.

Carry on Summer


The feel for this trend is carrying over your summer wardrobe into winter.
Add winter accessories such as last years velvet boots, fur gloves and caplets.

Alexander Wang, Chris Benz, Marc Jacobs

Then there is the new layering. Team you summer staples with your winter ones in ways you never would have thought would work, OTK boots with safari shorts, camel capes with slick grey trousers.

3.1 Philip Lim, Alexander Wang

Or more simply just add a coat! Be a switch from summer blazer to thicker jacket or the addition of kit wear you will get more wear out of your summer peg leg trousers. Or if you’ve been working the double denim last years camel coat will winter it up.

Acne, Acne, 3.1 Philip Lim

Layer up summer dresses, again adding a coat or sweater or just adding socks and a furry bag.

Marc Jacobs, Marc Jacobs, Proenza Schouler

Trans-seasonal
‘Trans-seasonal’ is definitely the key word for A/W 2010, the boundaries between S/S and A/W are being blurred, which is perfect for the extreme weather conditions we are seeing. It is also perfect for these economic climate with many of us not able to afford new wardrobes every season. It seems the fashion world is catching on, we like to re-wear our clothes!

This trans-season dressing really started filtering through last season with Hannah MacGibbon at Chloe adding summer black, and carrying on the capes introduced in the A/W collection. Phoebie Philo championed summer leather.

Chloe, Chloe, Celine S/S 10

Chloe A/W 09

This summers soft tailoring can be ‘wintered up’ adding boots and a fur scarf, as can the pretty pastel dress adding brogues and a coat.
Chloe, Burberry S/S 10
Last A/W saw the introduction of velvet, leather and fur again (faux please) in a less in more approach, but this A/W sees them all clashed together in a real melting pot of styles.

Fendi, Balenciaga, Matthew Williamson A/W

It comes as no surprise that the designers championing these trans-seasonal trends are those who design classic staple pieces we ladies want to wear. Much as I would love to wear a wardrobe akin to that of Daphnie Guiness full of runway McQueen and Dior, most of us couldn’t turn up to work in that! So Philo, MacGibbon, McCartney all modern working women are giving us what we need, fresh smart looks and ‘keeper’ pieces we can wear for years not seasons. Looks we can easily interpret with the high street and our existing wardrobes. Perhaps with a dash of the extreme with a statement McQueen clutch or Balenciaga heels.
I can’t wait to see what London, Milan and Paris Fashion Weeks bring to the mix!
Pearl