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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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

The New Lace

Lace has been around for ages, and frankly, I’m bored of it. It all looks the same and you can guarantee that at any wedding you attend this summer, there are bound to be throngs of women dressed just like this (incidentally, nude dress, hat, bag and shoes is not a good look):

Been there, done that, got the picture quite a few years ago now. Although it is the trend that will not go away, there are some designers and shops savvy enough to rework it into a fresh look. They have revived lace and made it exciting and stylish again, not passé and predictable. Preen, for example, have the Ingrid pencil dress, featuring the standard lace you see everywhere but in metallic blue over an orange silk background. Unexpected and refreshing. The flashes of orange at the neck, waistline and knee break it up perfectly.

Stella McCartney as always is way ahead of the game and has taken the lace look to a whole new level by printing it onto silk. This is a completely new and exciting idea which I certainly haven’t seen before. The silk print is used for trousers, a t-shirt, a shirt and a dress.

Unfortunately, such ideas haven’t made it onto the high street yet but there are still different ways to work lace out there. Richard Nicholl’s bridal collection for Topshop features lace in a different way, not the usual flowery type we are now used to seeing everywhere. The lace on the dress below reminds me of a something a child produces when they have just discovered pencils and paper.

Hopefully more designers will start to realise that many of us are over the lace dresses that have been around for years, and will follow suit to bring about a new era for this delicate fabric.

Inspiration: Chelsea Flower Show

Here are some of the best floral looks around, inspired by sights like this

and this

seen on a recent visit to Sloane Square during the Chelsea Flower Show.

Erdem, the King of anything floral:

Christopher Kane, for a modern take on a floral dress:

A tropical feel from MSGM:

Graphic prints from Whistles:

Metallics and acid brights by Topshop:

And the final touch by Giuseppe Zanotti:

When wearing floral prints, it’s best to keep everything else simple (unless you’re feeling brave enough to clash your prints). So if you choose floral trousers or a skirt, pair them with a neutral top and simple accessories. Pair a dress with plain shoes in a complimenting colour, as demonstrated in the MSGM look. Floral shoes can make an outfit pop. For more inspiration, get down to Chelsea and see the amazing floral displays!

This is how I style my H&M floral print trousers. I paired them with a simple Zara shirt and River Island shoes.