WHY EACH AND EVERY WINNER AT THE FASHION AWARDS 2016 WAS PERFECT

This year the Fashion Awards dropped the ‘British’ in its attempt to become a truly global celebration of the worldwide fashion industry. With this came the promise of an ultra-glamourous Oscar style Award show housed at London’s very own Royal Albert Hall. Although, this lavish extravaganza may not have achieved the Academy Award status it wished, it was a night not to be missed. Each and every winner was perfectly suited to the award they were presented with and I am going to show you just why that is.

British emerging talent – Molly Goddard

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Goddard’s vibrant fun-frilled designs have been making waves within the fashion industry since 2013, when her collaboration with ASOS sold out in seconds. Since then the West London designer has been on the rise and Goddard’s brand continues to question the status quo of the fashion industry. This year the designer invited us to an interactive exhibition, in which visitors could channel their inner-designer by decorating seven-metre long tulle dresses.  Goddard’s designs have caught the eye of top models, with the likes of Adwoa Aboah likely to be found draped in a bright frilly Goddard piece. As such, it should not come as a shock that this rising star was awarded the British Emerging Talent Award.

Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator – Bruce Weber

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Bruce Weber’s creative eye has had a significant impact on the fashion industry over the years and is responsible for capturing some of the industry’s most iconic campaigns. His most notable works include the infamous photograph of Olympic athlete Tom Hintnaus in white briefs for Calvin Klein and his shots for Ralph Lauren’s winter 2006 Collection. Constantly working with big brands and names clearly rubbed off on Weber, in 2003 he revealed his own fashion label Weberbilt. Weber’s career has clearly had a tremendous impact upon the fashion industry and therefore it makes perfect sense that he be awarded the Isabella Blow Award to honour his outstanding contribution to the industry.

Special Recognition: Celebrating 100 Years of British Vogue –  Alexandra Shulman

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The British fashion bible’s centenary year has certainly been eventful. We saw the Duchess of Cambridge grace the centenary issue, a two-part BBC documentary, an exhibition housed in the National Portrait Gallery and the publication of the memoir of the Editor-in-Chief, Alexandra Shulman. Thus, it seems fitting that the publication and its impact on the industry be recognised formally at the Fashion Awards 2016.

International Accessories Designer – Alessandro Michele

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Since being appointed Creative Director of the Italian fashion powerhouse, Gucci, Alessandro Michele has become a leading figure within the industry. Under his reign Gucci’s sales have risen dramatically and continue to do so as he redefines the brand with his unique vintage inspired designs. Michele’s quirky style is also evident within his accessories line, often featuring exotic beasts mixed with traditional Gucci patterns and customs. It is of no surprise that Michele’s role in shaping the fashion industry was acknowledged by this award.

International Urban Luxury Brand – Vetements

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If 2016 has been any brands year, it’s got to be Vetements. The brand has come a long way since the release of its first collection in 2014 and has since been featured on the cover of Vogue and is likely to be found in department stores amongst the works of well-established fashion houses. This edgy, grungy brand was bound to win this award leaving no room for competitors.

International Model of the Year – Gigi Hadid

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Over the last few years Gigi Hadid has taken the fashion world by storm and has become a household name. The supermodel has bagged herself sixteen Vogue covers worldwide, she has been the face of numerous high-profile campaigns and has collaborated with the American fashion house, Tommy Hilfiger, to produce the Tommy X Gigi Collection. Gigi’s domination of the industry is sure to continue and she is likely to go down in history as a fashion icon. This award credits her influence beyond the catwalk and her reign over the industry.

British Menswear Designer – Craig Green

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Green’s impact upon menswear has been pivotal over recent years. In 2012 his namesake label was born and since, British menswear has never been the same. Green’s emotive and dramatic shows often highlight the beauty of his subtle signature pieces and act as a juxtaposition. The iconic worker jacket, which constantly remerges, is a clear example of this. Ultimately, it is right that Green’s distinctive approach and vision be recognised through this award.

Swarovski Award for Positive Change – Franca Sozzani

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Franca Sozzani is by far one of the most influential women within the fashion industry. She has achieved plenty in her career, overcoming numerous hurdles and braking down barriers within the industry by constantly questioning the status quo. The Editor-in-Chief of Italian Vogue helped create the phenomenon that is the ‘supermodel’, dedicated an entire issue of the renowned publication to the beauty of black women and in 2011 launched Vogue Curvy celebrating plus-sized figures within the industry.  It was necessary that such an influential woman and her efforts towards positive change be acknowledged.

British Womenswear Designer – Simone Rocha

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This Irish born designer has come a long way since her London Fashion Week debut in 2010. Since then she opened her flagship store in London in 2015 and now the likes of Rihanna are to be found in a Rocha original piece. It comes as no surprise that she inherited her father’s (British designer, John Rocha) keen eye for style and raw talent. It seems appropriate that her sheer skill and talent be recognised through receiving this award.

International Business Leader – Gucci’s Marco Bizzarri

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Whilst Michele’s quirky redefinition of the biggest Italian fashion house has had a crucial role to play in the reprise of the brand, credit must also be given to the brands CEO, Marco Bizzarri. Since he began his role in January 2015 and since Michele provided the visionary turnaround the brand was in desperate need of, Gucci’s sales have climbed by 17%. The redevelopment of the brand has been a clear success and it is necessary that those responsible be credited for such a dramatic turnaround.

New Fashion Icons Award – Jaden and Willow Smith

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The choice of recipients of this award saw the rise of the millennials. Jaden and Willow Smith’s attitude to fashion embodies the modern views challenging societies established norms. Jaden has long been an advocate of gender fluidity and drew attention to the cause when he was made the new face of Louis Vuitton’s SS16 Womenswear line, wearing a knee-length kilt. His younger sister, Willow, was also crowned Chanel’s brand ambassador at the age of 15. Both of the Smith children have had a pivotal impact upon the industry and have achieved more than most adults trying to break into the fashion world.

International Ready-To-Wear Designer – Balenciaga’s Demna Gvasalia

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Gvasalia’s vision has changed how we perceive the 97-year-old fashion house, Balenciaga, completely. Like the brands founder, Gvasalia is not afraid to push the boundaries. But since Gvasalia was appointed Creative Director in October 2015, the brand has been intensely redefined by Gvasalia’s unique style, merging urban street wear and high fashion couture. 2016 has been sure to welcome this with open arms. This redirection under Gvasalia, along with the Vetements movement, has had a crucial impact on the industry, challenging and pressuring established fashion house to break free from their norms.

British Brand – Alexander McQueen collected by creative director Sarah Burton

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Since the brand was born in 1992, British fashion has never been the same. Under the rule of its founder, the late Alexander McQueen, and his successor, Sarah Burton, the brand continues to create lavish, unconventional pieces that do not fail to inspire the masses. It is therefore, no surprise that this brand which represents true British talent, with a Northern Creative Director and a founder with Scottish-heritage, was presented with such a prestigious award.

Outstanding Achievement – Ralph Lauren

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Ralph Lauren has not only had a tremendous impact upon the American fashion industry, but has had remarkable impact across the industry globally. At 28 years-old, Lauren established the brand, which has since maintained its position as a leading global corporation and maintained its impeccable reputation and distinctive style. Under his fashion empire, Lauren has launched over seventeen brands and has over four-hundred-and-nighty stores worldwide. It was only right that Ralph Lauren’s significant contribution to the global industry be recognised through receiving this award.
 

 

CHRISTMAS COMES EARLY FOR FASHION LOVERS

Last week was fun filled and fashion packed with The Fashion Awards 2016, the airing of the Victoria’s Secret runway show, the revelation of Chanel’s Pre-Fall RTW 2017 Collection at the Ritz Paris and the 75th anniversary celebrations of the American brand, Coach.

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The conscious decision of the current Creative Director, Karl Lagerfeld, to pick The Ritz, Paris, to house this year’s annual Métiers d’Art collection goes to the heart of the brand and indulges in its rich history. The ever-chic founder of the Parisian fashion house, Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel, was no stranger to the hotel and adored the lavish lodgings so much that she moved into a three-bed apartment within the facility and as Coco once stated “The Ritz is my home”. Therefore, it was perfectly fitting that this year’s show saw the brand return to its true home and heritage. Chanel’s signature tweed jacket accompanied by pedal pushers, flower crowns which rival any found on snapchat and glittering gold gowns were perfectly complemented by the luxurious interior of The Ritz. The sense of homecoming did not end with The Ritz, it also extended to the models as we saw the long-awaited return to the catwalk of Chanel-muse and British-beauty, Cara Delevingne. Whilst homage was paid to the brands past, we also saw into its future, with the likes of rising-Chanel star Lily-Rose Depp and Sofia Richie making their catwalk debut. Overall, Karl’s 2016 Métiers d’Art show was the perfect regeneration the brand needed after a year of suffering sales, paying tribute to the brands history and giving us a sense of what the future has to offer.

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Coach 75th Anniversary – Men’s and Women’s Pre-Fall 2017

Coach ended its 75th year with a star-studded runway show in the brands hometown, New York City. The epic show was housed in a large warehouse at Manhattan’s Pier 94, that was transformed into a façade of a small American town. The 70s inspired collection with a subtle colour palette of mustard, brown and red perfectly juxtaposed the vibrant flashy lights bearing tributes to American culture. Creative Director Stuart Vevers attempted to bring back the sense of hopefulness, optimism and the American Dream into a deflated and divided Country following the recent electoral results.

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ALL ABOARD WES ANDERSON’S H&M LINES WINTER EXPRESS

Two years on from when the tantalising visual delight The Grand Budapest Hotel first hit the big screen mesmerising viewers, Wes Anderson is back. Anderson has made his return onto the small screen with this heart-warming festive short for the Swedish retail powerhouse, H&M.

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In recent years Christmas adverts have come to be of pivotal importance, attracting a huge amount of public anticipation and can often have a huge effect on sales. This has brought with it a demand for distinctive and individualist adverts sending corporations advertising and marketing teams into a frenzy leading up to the holiday season. This year John Lewis introduced us to Buster the Boxer and Aldi presented Kevin the Carrot, which was a clever parody of the well-known Christmas movie series, Home Alone. Whilst big names have made appearances in Christmas adverts before, H&M have upped their game by bagging the visionary Wes Anderson to direct the talented Adrian Brody in this year’s festive advert. Anderson is known for his unique and stylish approach to filmography changing the landscape of the film industry and pushing artistic boundaries. Yet, the film industry is not the only industry to be profoundly affected by Anderson’s distinctive style, it has also had a significant impact upon the fashion industry. It therefore makes perfect sense that Anderson was chosen to direct the Christmas advert for this leading fashion brand. Well-known cinematographic techniques used by the director and his traditional use of a limited colour palette perfectly complements the fabulous festive attire on display. The artistic approach does not undermine the touching Christmas message, “Come together”, implying that even when all does not go to plan we must ensure that no one should have to spend the holidays alone. Overall, Come Together is by far one of the most original and touching Christmas adverts to grace the small screen this holiday season.

10 OF THE MOST NOTABLE LOOKS FROM WES ANDERSON MOVIES

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Photo Credit – H&M http://www2.hm.com/en_gb/free-form-campaigns-s03/7va-come-together.html, Dazed Digital http://www.dazeddigital.com/fashion/article/25987/1/what-s-wes-anderson-s-most-fashionable-film 

CHRISTMAS AT CHATSWORTH

The beauty of Chatsworth House has caught the eye of visionary Alessandro Michele, for the latest Gucci Garden campaign and Joe Wright, Director of the 2005 movie-adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. Now Chatsworth has caught the eye of American Vogue’s European editor-at-large and master of style, Hamish Bowles, who is to curate the fashion galore that is House Style: Five Centuries of Fashion At Chatsworth. But whilst we may have to wait until March 2017 for this fashion extravaganza, that will be full of 500 years’ worth of fashion from notable names, do not feel the need to wait until then to visit the extravagant house and its glorious grounds. For Chatsworth is full of delights all year round. Whilst the Christmas Markets may be coming to an abrupt end (30th of November), the Christmas at Chatsworth exhibition will remain until January 3rd 2017. This winter wonderland is not to be missed, with 2016’s display paying homage to the timeless Christmas classic, The Nutcracker. Chatsworth House is a sight to behold at any time of the year, but a trip leading up to Christmas is bound to be especially magical.

CHRISTMAS AT CHATSWORTH 2014 – THEME – ALICE IN WONDERLAND

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A PEEK AT CHRISTMAS AT CHATSWORTH 2016

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OH! I DO LIKE TO BE BESIDES THE SEASIDE

I think it’s safe to say that we are all in need of a sweet escape after all that 2016 has thrown at us. You will be sure to find me running around the house when the clock strikes midnight this New Year’s Eve carrying a piece of coal, some bread, money and greenery because after this roller-coaster of a year I think we need all the luck we can get. But in the meantime, the best way to prepare for the new year is by planning its jaunts. I don’t know about you but holiday plans are just about the only thing that gets me through mundane day-to-day life. So it’s time to get planning your perfect summer escape! There’s no need to leave the British Isles when you can find seas just as crystal clear as a Mediterranean island at the stunning Cornwall coast. I’ll admit they may not share the same climate but with breath taking beaches, mouth-watering fresh seafood cuisine and cider that even the Royals have a taste for; I can assure you after spending some time there this summer a trip to Cornwall will not disappoint. From Polruan to Padstow, or as some refer to it – Padstein, there’s plenty for you to explore across this vast diverse coast-line. Cornwall is the perfect summer getaway for those looking for a bit of relaxation and exploration.

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Lantic Bay and Lanteglos

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PURPLE REIGN

And to all the little girls who are watching this, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams. – Hilary Clinton

There she stood; the woman who to many was a symbol of hope, the woman who to many deserved to be the first female president of the world’s leading superpower, the woman who was meant to break the glass ceiling once and for all.

Many are disheartened by Hilary Clinton’s defeat by the Republican’s misogynistic and racist candidate, Donald Trump. But Hilary, in her concession speech, reminded the world yesterday that we must not lose hope, we must fight on united and stronger than ever. I believe that many young women like myself will find hope in her conscious decision to show the world that she’s not done fighting for women’s rights, evident not only in her inspiring words but through the colours she chose to wear. There she stood this beaming beacon of hope in a Ralph Lauren pantsuit with a bright purple lapels partnered with a silk purple blouse. Her husband, Bill Clinton, also coordinated with his wife wearing a vibrant purple tie. The Clinton’s choice to wear purple was no coincidence. Firstly, if you combine the colours red (Republicans) and blue (Democrats) you get purple. Here, Hilary can be seen as promoting a sense of unity among the American people. Secondly, the colour purple was used by the global suffrage movement in the late 19th and early 20th century as a symbol of dignity. In this Hilary is sending a message to all women, across the globe, not just American women by using this symbol of the universal suffrage movement.

What Hilary went through yesterday is what women across the world experience daily. Everyday highly qualified women and members of other minority groups lose out to educated males in employment and the likes. And if they are successful they are often seen merely as a tick in the box of diversity, a necessity to meet a diversity quota.

In this time of uncertainty, we must not let fear consume us. We must remember how much we have achieved as women and what other minorities have also achieved. We must be ready to face the challenges ahead. We must remember that love trumps hate. Hilary and the efforts of women and public figures of other minority groups have made a crack in the glass ceiling. They have given us the tools to break it and when we do let’s make sure it shatters.

 

 

THE NEW ACCESSORY LINE THAT’S BOUND TO BE YOUR NEW BFF

Pop and Suki bags are the latest accessory trend to take the fashion industry by storm. My Instagram feed has been littered with celebrities endorsing the adorable little camera bags, which come in an array of cotton candy pink, noir and cognac and can have a personalised base. These dreamy bags are designed by model-gone-actress-gone-singer, Suki Waterhouse, and her entrepreneur BFF, Poppy Jamie. Although neither of the girls are designers by trade they seem to know how to do so and how to do it right; making waves in the fashion industry with these delights. Since their release the bags have featured in high-fashion publications such as Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. These cute camera bags are not the only available item from the brand, with more bags, add-ons and jewellery on offer.

 

 

Whilst I cannot deny I would love to have a pastel pink Pop and Suki camera bag swung over my shoulder, I do have my criticisms of the brand. The brand’s website and further publications have deemed these bags as “affordable”, with the website explicitly stating that they aim to provide “higher quality things at lower prices”. The rather small camera bags from the range cost $195, the Shopper Tote costs $255, add-ons such as extra straps are $50 and for a necklace complete with a charm you are looking at spending $160. If you are wishing to personalise any of your items that’s an extra $40. On top of all that there’s about £40 shipping fee with tax for UK orders! To me none of this screams affordable. It is cheaper than some of the other high-end brands yet I do not feel it succeeds in its aim and to me affordable amounts to high-street price ranges. Whilst these bags seemed to be a hit among the stars we must not forget that the majority have been sent these bags free-of-charge, a well-known marketing ploy to encourage the general public to go out and buy the items on offer. We are yet to see whether this seasons new accessory trend is to be a hit amongst the public or whether the price tag will put many off, like myself. Despite my criticisms I can’t deny I have been put under some sort of Pop and Suki spell and I would love to be the owner of a personalised cotton candy pink camera bag from the range but as a mere student I can’t justify spending hundreds on such a dainty yet adorably cute little bag.

Camera Bag in Cognac, Noir and Cotton Candy – $195

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Shopper Tote in Cognac, Noir and Cotton Candy – $255

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Backpack Strap in Cognac, Noir and Cotton Candy – $50

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Short Strap in Cognac, Noir, Cotton Candy – $20

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Wide Strap in Cognac, Noir and Cotton Candy – $35

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Fanny Strap in Cognac, Noir and Cotton Candy – $25

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BFF Heart in Noir – $45

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Luggage Tag in Cognac, Noir and Cotton Candy – $20

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Long Tassel in Cognac, Noir and Cotton Candy – $35

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Short Tassel in Cognac, Noir and Cotton Candy – $25

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Paperclip Chain – $120

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Charms – $30-$50

Gold_bar_front_large.jpgAll available online at https://www.popandsuki.com

 

Photo Credit – https://www.popandsuki.com and @popandsuki and @ninadobrev on Instagram

 

MEESKA-MOOSKA MICKEY MOUSE!

We got ears, say cheers!

Lazy Oaf’s final instalment of its colab collection with Disney sees the arrival of everyone’s favourite mouse, Mickey! The incorporation of Disney’s most recognisable character into the collection is a fitting finale to a fabulous and fun collection. Mickey’s well-known silhouette can be found in each and every item, full of mouse-ears, frills and vibrant red, white and black oversized jumpers and dresses. This unique and quirky collection is unlike the average bob-standard Mickey themed apparel that can be found in numerous high-street stores. This super cute nostalgic final chapter is bound to be the most popular of the three as it is the only chapter which caters for both of the genders. You will need to act even faster than before if you want to ensure you bag any of these adorable pieces! Act fast, if the other chapters have taught us anything it’s that once they’re gone they’re gone!

DISNEY X LAZY OAF MICKEY MOUSE BABY RIB STRIPE T-SHIRT – £38

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DISNEY X LAZY OAF MICKEY MOUSE COLLEGE CARDIGAN – £80

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DISNEY X LAZY OAF MICKEY MOUSE PINAFORE – £85

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DISNEY X LAZY OAF MICKEY MOUSE BOMBER JACKET – £150

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DISNEY X LAZY OAF MINNIE MOUSE DENIM SHIRT – £80

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DISNEY X LAZY OAF MICKEY MOUSE CORD TROUSERS – £80

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DISNEY X LAZY OAF MICKEY MOUSE SWEATER DRESS – SOLD OUT

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DISNEY X LAZY OAF  MICKEY MOUSE DENIM DRESS – £90

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DISNEY X LAZY OAF MICKEY MOUSE SLOGAN T-SHIRT – £42

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DISNEY X LAZY OAF MICKEY MOUSE BERET – £25

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DISNEY X LAZY OAF MICKEY MOUSE FUR BACKPACK – £65

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DISNEY X LAZY OAF MICKEY MOUSE WAITING IN LINE T-SHIRT – £38

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DISNEY X LAZY OAF MICKEY MOUSE MIRROR LONG T-SHIRT – £50

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DISNEY X LAZY OAF ORIGINAL MICKEY MOUSE SWEATSHIRT – £70

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DISNEY X LAZY OAF ORIGINAL MICKEY MOUSE CAP – £25

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THE COLLECTION CAN BE FOUND IN-STORE OR ONLINE AT http://www.lazyoaf.com

Photo credit – http://www.lazyoaf.com

45 NEVER LOOKED SO GOOD

2016 has been an exciting year for actress and fashion icon, Winona Ryder. This year saw her return to the screen along with her 45th birthday. For 45 years the queen of the 90s has provided some of the best fashion combos on and off screen. Her contrasting tom-boy street style with her classic girly yet gothic red carpet look has intrigued and inspired many for years and continues to do so. To celebrate this momentous birthday I am going to share with you some of my favourite Winona looks!

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IF SHE DOESN’T SCARE YOU NO EVIL THING WILL

Cruella, Cruella De Vil

The second chapter of Lazy Oaf’s magical collaboration with Disney allows you to channel your inner Cruella De Vil, she may be evil but you can’t deny she’s got style! Bursting with faux-fur (which cruel Cruella would not approve of) and of course the signature black spots, which is what makes the Dalmatian’s look so unique! This super glamourous monochrome chapter is more versatile and wearable than the last and if it is to be as popular it is sure to fly off the virtual and literal shelves hours after release (even minutes for some pieces). If the last chapter has taught us anything it’s that you’ve got to be quick if you want to bag any of these adorable pieces! If you snooze you lose!

DISNEY X LAZY OAF 101 DALMATIANS CRUELLA FUR COAT – £160 – SOLD OUT

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DISNEY X LAZY OAF 101 DALMATIANS SHIRT – £72

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DISNEY X LAZY OAF 101 DALMATIANS PUPPY DRESS – £75 – SOLD OUT

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DISNEY X LAZY OAF 101 DALMATIANS PUPPY LOVE SWEATSHIRT – £65 -SOLD OUT

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DISNEY X LAZY OAF 101 DALMATIANS SOCKS – £10

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DISNEY X LAZY OAF 101 DALMATIANS CRUELLA T-SHIRT – £45

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DISNEY X LAZY OAF 101 DALMATIANS HEART BAG – £20

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BUY NOW IN-STORE OR ONLINE AT http://www.lazyoaf.com

Photo credit – Lazy Oaf http://www.lazyoaf.com

ALEXA CHUNG’S WINTER ARCHIVE COLLECTION IS FINALLY REVEALED

Winter is coming…

With a week to go until Alexa’s second colab with M&S hits stores, each and every piece from this highly anticipated collection was finally unveiled yesterday and can be found below! This collection is full to the brim with satin, fur and exotic animal prints – which seems to be a prevailing trend this season as wild animalistic prints can also be found in KENZO’s colab with H&M. With a hint of a 70’s retro vibe; this collection embodies the best trends this decade (and beyond) has to offer. Whilst I do not favour this collection as much as her last there are pieces that really do stand out; such as the PVC black mini-skirt, floral satin black shirt and the plush white faux-fur coat! I’m intrigued to see if this collection will be as successful as her last and what the pieces will look like in the flesh!

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10 OF RICHARD NICOLL’S BEST LOOKS

The fashion industry was saddened by the unexpected passing of a true talent yesterday, 39 year old English-Australian designer, Richard Nicoll. Nicoll passed away of a suspected heart attack in the early hours of the morning in the Australian city of Sydney. Nicoll contributed enormously to the British Fashion Industry. He adopted London as his home away from home after studying and graduating with an MA from Central Saint Martins. His works were on display at numerous London Fashion Weeks and were subject to much praise and acclaim. The late designer, who was known for producing versatile and practical collections, was also favoured among the stars; with the likes of Keira Knightley and Anne Hathaway gracing the red carpet in Nicoll’s pieces. As well as establishing his own brand, Nicoll has worked with the likes of Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton. He contributed to high street brands such as Jack Wills and Topshop, and he was also set to become the creative director of Adidas in Germany. It is heartbreaking when the world loses such a talent at such a young age, but Nicoll’s legacy is sure to live on.

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