Wedding Belles

Every girl loves a wedding dress, whether she admits it or not. It is quite possibly the most important item she’ll ever own, which seems a bit ridiculous seeing as she will only wear it for roughly 3 hours and it is likely to cost more than any other item she owns. Even so, we love ’em. So here are some of the best from the big (and small) screen:

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Stud Obsession

Without noticing it, I have recently added more and more studded items to my wardrobe. It is an unconscious action that occurs when I go shopping, leaving me with clothes, shoes and bags covered in metal embellishments. I realised this after my last shopping trip when I came home, surveyed my purchases and found that I had bought a Topshop cardigan with studded shoulders and a clutch from Urban Outfitters with little gold studs on the sides (pictured below). Studs are everywhere now (luckily for me) and even better, they are elegant and understated, rather than in-your-face and gothic like they used to be. The best way to incorporate them into an outfit is with a small detail, for example, a studded shoulder or shoe. This way you avoid looking like you’ve crawled home from a grungy night in Camden. Whereas studs and leather used to be considered a match made in heaven, they now look best juxtaposed on silk or wool. They also work best with neutral colours, although royal blue and gold stud details are a winner. Here are some of the best items on the high street at the minute:

Where the love affair began, all those years ago – Alexander Wang Coco Duffel

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Fashion(Ed) In London’s Olympic Round-Up

The past two weeks have been possibly the best that London and Britain have ever seen. There is so much British Pride in the air right now it is slightly overwhelming. In honour of the amazing spectacle that was the London 2012 Olympic Games, here is my compilation of some of the best (looking) bits.

Top 5 Olympic Hunks

Tom Daley – British Diver and Olympic Medallist 

Camille Lacourt – French Swimmer

Louis Smith – British Gymnast and Olympic Medallist

Ryan Bailey – American Sprinter and Olympic Medallist

Steve Lewis – British Pole Vaulter

Best Opening Ceremony Outfit

Mexico take the gold in this category due to their fun and colourful representation of their country and culture. They stand out from all the other countries and really make an entrance. Good work, Mexico!

Best Olympic Hair

There’s no competition, American sprinter Sanya Richards-Ross wins hands down for her beautifully flowing locks.

Best Accessory

US high jumper Erik Kynard wins this category for his patriotic socks. 

Most Fashionable Event

Who knew that synchronised swimmers were so fashion-conscious? Spain and Canada wowed with their costumes which looked as though they were inspired by Gareth Pugh and Meadham Kirchhoff respectively. We can even forgive the awful make up as their outfits were so unexpectedly amazing.

The Canadian team

Meadham Kirchhoff

The Spanish team

Gareth Pugh

Best Fashlympic Moment

The Fashion World wept with joy last night as 9 British models showcased the creations of 8 of Britain’s most celebrated designers last night. Each piece was specially created for the September Issue of British Vogue and was then showcased again at the closing ceremony.

L-R: Lily Cole in Erdem, Stella Tennant in Christopher Kane, Karen Elson in Burberry, Kate Moss in Alexander McQueen, Lily Donaldson in Vivienne Westwood, Naomi Campbell in Alexander McQueen, Georgia-May Jagger in Victoria Beckham and Jourdan Dunn in Jonathan Saunders and Stephen Jones

David Gandy in Paul Smith, with Jourdan Dunn

Best Kit

There is no doubt that Team GB had the best kit of the games. Stella McCartney did a stellar job as always and made British Olympians the envy of all. The US came a close second though with their athletic kit.

London 2012, you exceeded all expectations and did us all proud.

6 Shades of Gray

Images of Louise Gray’s collaboration with Topshop have been released and they do not disappoint! The 6 piece collection has been designed to accompany her make up collection for the high street brand and will be in selected stores and online on August 23rd. Not for the faint-hearted, this capsule collection incorporates everything that this particular blogger loves: sequins, pattern and lots of colour. The stand out pieces for me have to be the trousers and the purple and blue dress with stars (below). Here it is in full, enjoy!

Louise Gray SS10

images from vogue.co.uk

Mankles, Mankles, Go Away, Please Don’t Say You’re Here To Stay

Mankles, they’re all around us. From the catwalk at Margaret Howell, to celebrities like Jude Law, Mankles remain firmly in the fashion spectrum. But should they? I often find that the lack of sock required for the Mankle leaves the wearer looking as though he was in a rush in the morning and forgot to get dressed properly. There is something luxurious about a proper shoe/sock combination that gives a man a gentlemanly air. With so many possible sock choices available, it leaves the Mankle seeming unimaginative and dull. Let us compare a  photo of a well dressed man flashing his Mankles with that of one sporting socks with his chic cropped, skinny trousers.

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How I’d Style It: Kate Middleton

I feel as though I’m missing a gene – the love of Kate Middleton’s style gene. I simply cannot fathom how she has managed to secure the top spot in so many ‘Best Dressed’ lists. She dresses like someone 10 years her senior and when she does wear a stylish dress, the allure is always ruined by her accessories. It has been said before on this blog and it will be said again – nude shoes are awful at the best of times, and when patent (like Kate’s LK Bennett Sledges) are possibly the most unflattering shoe there is. They do not go with everything, so dearest Duchess, please stop pairing them with everything. I know this is a contentious issue and there are many people who disagree, but there are also many who, like me, find it infuriating that Kate pips true style queens like Miranda Kerr and Diane Kruger to the top spot in style ranks. It is obviously not the Duchess of Cambridge’s role to be a trend-setting fashion icon, but she is a very prominent figure in the public eye and scrutiny of her appearance goes with the territory.

Were I the stylist of Kate, I would continue to push her to wear British brands (something she does often) but I would give her the more exciting, colourful, vibrant and less drab outfits. According to a recent Daily Mail colour chart, Kate wears grey 16% of the time, white 10% and cream 6%. She is also, thankfully, a fan of royal blue, one of the key colours for AW 12, so we know she does have some taste for a pop of colour in her wardrobe.

So here is a compiled list of clothes I would put Kate in from the AW12 collections. All are by British designers and all are appropriate for someone of the Duchess’ position.

Alexander McQueen – In keeping with Kate’s penchant for green.

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