PFW

I’m in complete denial about the A/W fashion season being over. The runway fashion, the street style; I’ve been watching with awe for the last four weeks as the best Autumn/Winter collections have been showcased in front of our eyes. The last port of call was Paris – the city of love – and the fashion capital made us fall in love with fashion all over again.

paris fashion week

After some mixed collections in London and Milan, Paris went back to the more wearable winter colours. Balenciaga – with Alexander Wang at the helm – combined darker and heavier fabrics like wool and leather with bright prints and colours such as purple, orange and blue, all very stylish but sensible. We’re still waiting to evaluate Raf Simons’ performance at Christian Dior but his A/W collection was beautiful. This new Dior is so much simpler than it was under John Galliano with none of the theatrics but this runway collection was clean and desirable – mostly black with splashes of colour: perfect for winter.

paris fashion week

The theme of dark colours with splashes of colour was continued throughout other designer showcases such as Stella McCartney. Her collection was a workingwoman’s dream – suits, dresses and knitwear perfect for the office, nights out and pieces that can be worn from day to day. Paris Fashion Week this season was built on the foundation durability and wearable items and most of the designers fit this brief. Saint Laurent had all the makings of a stylish teenage girl’s wardrobe – angsty and unpredictable. With a whopping amount of looks, Slimane’s models donned black eyeliner, frowns and Wednesday Addams-style pinafores and collars. I want pretty much everything in this collection – my wallet is crying at this stage.

parish fashion week

In a different move, Karl Lagerfeld created a supermarket at Chanel’s runway collection. Instead of the dark hues in a lot of other catwalk shows, Chanel showcased some bright, colourful patterns and colours. Everyone from Cara Delevingne to Joan Smalls partook in the grocery shopping wearing candy shades and futuristic looking dresses. Valentino went a little more geometric and graphic with their patterns, using lots of bright red, pinks and greens to make a desirable collection for every occasion. A personal favourite are the Peter Pan collared shift dresses – chic yet easy to wear. Sarah Burton added that little bit of drama into the Alexander McQueen show, using splashes of monochrome, navy and purple to make a theatrical but beautiful catwalk collection, paired with some pretty random cornrows.

parish fashion week

It’s been a mixed bag of a fashion week season. There has been a clashing combination of colours, cuts and fabric – it seems as though there is confusion between seasons. Nonetheless, our favourite designers came up trumps with some fantastic designs and surprisingly wearable outfits. It’s been a fantastic Fashion Week season for models like Kendall Jenner, who – on her debut Fashion Week season – made friends with Anna Wintour, modelled for brands from Chanel to Giles and got her name out there in the fashion world as fellow model Cara Delevingne did the few seasons before that.

paris fashion week

I’m already looking forward to seeing the S/S15 collections – it feels strange to be talking about winter clothes when it hasn’t even hit springtime yet. Until then, check out all the catwalks and the street style and see how you can update your wardrobe for next season! I’ve already started!

This article was first seen on lovetabii.com.

Photos c/o vogue.co.uk, astairwaytofashion.com

Until next time,

Keep styling,

Em

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Androgyny Is The New Femininity

WHEN you hear the word femininity in fashion, this conjures up visions of flowing skirts and dainty blouses in muted and pastel shades. For years now, the feminine label has done exactly what it says in the tin, creating style elitism for women that doesn’t need to be there, snobbery against women who want to wear trousers or a statement colour. But this up-coming season, femininity is getting a well-needed makeover, in the form of androgyny.

Chanel: Photo c/o stylisheve.com

Androgyny isn’t just shaved or spikey haircuts and tomboys but a whole genre offashion that is waiting to be explored! Most think that women wearing trousers and straight cuts can be incredibly masculine at times but this season designers such as Stella McCartney and Chanel championed the androgynous trend, giving women the freedom to play with their fashion. Both designers added just a hint of fun in their catwalk shows, with models sporting items that made them look like children who got into the dressing-up box. The boxy shorts and feminine slender trousers are definitely a trend that women of all shapes and skin tones can fit into their wardrobe.

Stella McCartney: Photo c/o vogue.ru

Wintery, warm textures like tweed and leather were the order of the day and although these fabrics aren’t usually seen as ultra-feminine, with the right cut and shape, they can be womanlier and sexier than the hottest dress you can find! Even the skirts and dresses had a masculine feel about them, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, a shock to the senses if you will.

This trend also applies to the colours used on the catwalks this season. The steely greys, navy and bold colours scream of strength and independence. If there was any pink, it was cerise and maroon, certainly not baby or pastel. Every colour packed a serious punch and disregarded gender, just letting strength, elegance and style shine through! Every design house from Elie Saab to Louis Vuitton are putting a masculine spin on feminine clothing and their colour schemes invited tough, gothic visions inspired by films such as Little Red Riding Hood and Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.

Elie Saab: Photo c/o meltyfashion.fr

Louis Vuitton: Photo c/o gofugyourself.com

Collections from Kenzo to Christian Dior (under new Creative Director Raf Simons) went in a different direction and used 80s throwbacks like flares and gold to create their warped but refreshing version of femininity.

Christian Dior: Photo c/o mydaily.co.uk

Christian Dior: Photo c/o mydaily.co.uk

Kenzo: Photo c/o kenzo.com

Kenzo: Photo c/o kenzo.com

We always say that an up-and-coming trend will be the new black; in the same way androgyny has truly become the new feminine, and it’s about time. No longer are women anxious about wearing trousers or shorts for more formal wear in case they look ‘too boxy or manly’. This Autumn/Winter 2013 season has done the unthinkable – designers have made women reconsider trousers. This may seem like a ridiculous statement to make but I must reluctantly agree with it, as I’m guilty of avoiding trousers myself!

This season, however, we should think big and think different! Don’t worry about what people will think if you’re wearing trousers; find yourself a fabulous tailored pair or some with a bold pattern. Not only will you stand out from the crowd but you’ll also be bang on trend for next season!

The original home of this article is on lovetabii.com.

Keep styling, Em x

The Met Ball 2013

The celebrities were out in drones last night to celebrate the start of fashion season at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The Costume Institute Gala is always the most stunning event of the season and this year was no different. As usual there were some fantastic dresses, some horrendous creations and everything in between. The 2013 theme ‘Punk: Chaos to Couture’ gave the A-list the chance to spread their style wings and come up with something a little different. Therefore, I’ve decided to compile my thoughts on the best and worst dresses of the night. Let me know your thoughts and opinions too!

THE BEST:

I don’t think anyone else could pull this off but Gwen Stefani manages to look absolutely fabulous in a Maison Martin Margiela gown and Fred Leighton jewels on the red carpet. Many didn’t like this as the punk theme was Stefani’s time to shine but in my opinion, Gwen looks beautiful! Gavin Rossdale scrubs up nicely in his tartan suit too!

Emma Watson looks like an absolute babe in a Prabal Gurung cut out gown. This type of gown was popular on the night but the Perks of Being a Wallflower star looked edgy and chic while still giving it that touch of class! Those shoes really give it the finishing touch!

Although Jennifer Lawrence played it safe with yet another Dior dress, I still think this is one of her best looks and love the fine details on the dress. Lawrence paid attention to detail with this outfit, with spiky shoes and the headpiece giving the outfit that little punk edge it needed.

Blake Lively managed to stun everyone in her two-tone Gucci dress. This girl seems to never get it wrong. The only thing missing from this ensemble is her new man candy husband Ryan Reynolds!

As one of the few celebrities that really embraced the punk theme, white hair has never looked so good on anyone as it does on Nicole Richie! Wearing a Topshop white gown, she let her hair and make-up do the talking and created a funky but chic outfit.

Sienna Miller was another celebrity who kept the theme in mind and stole the show in a simple white Burberry gown, covered by a very heavily studded leather jacket and headband. The outfit was risky for an event like this but she really pulled it off, showing that Brit girls are a step ahead when it comes to punk!

To all the ‘Hatha-haters’ out there, this look will stop you in your tracks! Although I’m a fan of Anne Hathaway, I’m not always a fan of her style choices. However, this Valentino dress shows a new racy side to her and the bleach blonde hair is fantastic, giving her a real edge in the style stakes!

Nina Dobrev looks phenomenal in a custom-made sheer Monique Lhuillier gown with a difference! It fits her like a glove and the trousers under the gown is inspired without looking like a bad 90s outfit!

I always love Rita Ora’s style, no matter how out there it is but she excels in this Thakoon number! The white with gold is elegant but the cut gives it a little bit of edge. Teamed with her trademark red lips, this ensemble is one to remember!

Saving the best till last (in my opinion) and another stunning gown from Thakoon. New supermodel on the block Cara Delevingne is everywhere at the moment and she proved that she is truly the belle of the punk ball in this studded number. Not only does it scream punk but its elegant and a true winner in the style stakes!

THE WORST:

There are way too many of these to count. Some people just didn’t get the theme, others just dressed in the dark! In any case, these are my opinions on the worst outfits of the night

I don’t know why, and I’ve tried really hard to, but I can’t like this dress! I don’t know if the Anthony Vacarello number would look better on someone else or not but I can’t get on board with it! Sorry Gisele!

Religious imagery is best left out of these things in my opinion and it certainly doesn’t belong on a dress for the Met Ball. I don’t know what kind of punk Katy Perry was trying to portray but I think this Dolce & Gabbana dress made her look frumpy and ridiculous and don’t get me started on the crown!

I know she is the honorary chair for this year’s Costume Institute Gala committee but I really can’t stand this Givenchy dress. Elements of it are…ok, but altogether I just see a big mess of colours, cuts and patterns. It may have been salvaged if those gloves hadn’t gotten involved but although they match, they add to the madness that is this outfit!

With a Giles Deacon dress, Philip Treacy headpiece and Louis Vuitton boots, there is just WAAAY too much going on in this outfit. Separately, these pieces probably would have worked to adhere to the punk theme but together, they really hurt my eyes. Sarah Jessica Parker is a real style icon in her own right but this look doesn’t work for me!

With all the stories of an imminent breakdown in the Hollywood rumour mill, Miley Cyrus doesn’t help herself when she goes out looking like this! This Marc Jacobs fish net dress does nothing for her and the spiky hair is less punk and more insane asylum!

Apparently Kanye was ’embarrassed’ by Kim’s ensemble, and while he has no right telling her what to wear, I can kinda see why. This Givenchy dress is way too busy for someone with a baby bump and as Kim’s maternity style has been a bit hit and miss, she could have stunned us with a fab outfit. However that wasn’t the case and we’re left grimacing at this awkward style choice!

Ok, so I’ll start by saying that I love this Stella McCartney jumpsuit in theory. In practice, and on Kristen Stewart, not so much! The lines are lovely and this is a gorgeous colour, especially on Kristen. However the boxy shape around the hips and thighs make her look like a very fashionable hexagon and it just doesn’t work for me! Sorry Kristen!

I adore Coco Rocha but her Met Ball choice have been questionable the last two years. The pink and yellow suit/hair thing she was trying to do last year just didn’t work, and this Ungaro outfit is no better. The gold leaf design mixed with leopard skin is disastrous and the ankle boots make it ten times worse!

Credit: madonnaciccone.tumblr.com

Credit: madonnaciccone.tumblr.com

It would take Madonna to ruin a theme and ruin it, she did! Forget the fact that she is way too old to be dressing like this anyway, she took punk way too literally and I imagine Lourdes will be hiding with the shame until next year after seeing this picture! Someone needs to tell Madonna not to go next year!

So these are my opinions on the best and worst dress at the Met Ball in New York last night. There were far more that I both liked and disliked but these were the clear winners and losers for me. Plus, you don’t want me going on anymore! Let me know what your thoughts are on the Costume Institute Gala style!

Keep styling, Em x

Linger Submission November-January 2012/13

Hey guys, I’d forgotten completely to put my Linger submissions up on the blog so if you’re interested in having a look at the articles I’ve been doing the last few months, have a read of these! Also, keep reading my articles on Fashion.ie and The FashionGuise, I’ve been getting great feedback on them and I really appreciate you guys being so loyal and following my work!

Linger Submission November 2012

Submission for November 2012 on dressing for Autumn

Submission for November 2012 on dressing for Autumn

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Linger Submission December 2012. My gorgeous friend Becca is featuring in these photos as a project for both of us and I got some beautiful shots throughout our photo shoot.

Submission for December 2012

Submission for December 2012

Finally, my New Year post on eco fashion, dedicated to a favourite designer of mine, Stella McCartney and I’ve featured Cecilia Roek in the piece that I met in Budapest doing her eco-fashion show!

January Submission for Linger

January Submission for Linger

Hope you enjoy the articles!

Keep styling, Em x

Scrumptious Sunday Seven July 29

I’ve touched down in London, England and I’ll tell you, I’ve never been so delighted to see home. Anyone planning to go inter-railing, make sure you don’t get stressed easily cos I think my nerves are shot! It was an amazing experience though and as I build up my new section ‘Dora and Ellen’s Inter-railing Guide’, I’ll be able to impart my extensive knowledge (in my opinion) of the things to do and not to, best cities to go to and the items you NEED to remember that we may have forgotten (bug spray!).

Olympic-mania is in over-drive here and I love it! I’ve watched so many events and I can’t STAND sports! I’m not looking forward to taking the tube from South London to North London tomorrow though….or going through the airport! But in two days I’m going back to live with Brian for a while which I can’t wait for! Bring on the crazy month of August!

1. Team GB. The uniforms are absolutely fab, well done Stella McCartney! With all the controversy coming from the US contingent’s uniforms, everyone has kept relatively quiet about the British teams but the mixture of the white and gold, instead of just keeping it red, white and blue was inspired and the team look fantastic!

Stella McCartney with the London 2012 GB uniforms

2. MY BIRTHDAY!! I’m so excited about my birthday this year, I’m turning the big 2-1! I know it’s not for another 2 weeks, August 13th to be exact but I’m very excited making plans for my own little festival in my mates house! Drinks, food and my mates, can’t wait! I’m dying to know what my presents are and no-one will tell me but I’m saving up for a Macbook so all donation welcome, and Brian has bought my a Cambridge Leather Satchel bag, which I’m so excited about. I’ve already done a segment on the satchels and wanted one for ages so I’m extremely lucky! All I have to do is find an awesome Macbook case!

My new Macbook case I’m coveting, dedicated to Brian 😛

3. So before I left for London, we did a small bit of a shop in Amsterdam! I know I’d said I’d wait till London, but due to family circumstances the shopping trip had to be put off so I treated myself! I saw this amazing floral peplum top in H&M in Berlin and when I saw it in Amsterdam I HAD to get it. I was a bit apprehensive at the start but when I tried it on, it fit like a dream and I’m delighted with it, can’t wait for an occasion to wear it! In the spirit of this I’m professing my love for peplum tops, every curvy girls best friend!

My fab new peplum top!

4. My Kindle has been my lifesaver for the past month so I’m going to have to sing its praises. If you haven’t got one, GET ONE! I’m crazy about books, always have been and I love the feel of a book in my hand. For this reason I wasn’t sure about the concept and I have been called up about it, but for my crazy travelling lifestyle, a Kindle was the best thing invented for a person like me and having served me well for a month and letting me read about 10 books over the month, I know worship it. What do you think of yours?!

5. Litas litas litas. I love them so so much and I’m finally getting my hands on mine tomorrow. Now, no-one does litas like Jeffrey Campbell and I’m not going to go on, I’m just going to show you my favourites! Now, as a special feature on the blog, if you click any of these three photos, you can buy the product through my blog! Exciting stuff!

JEFFREY CAMPBELL 'Lita' boot

JEFFREY CAMPBELL ‘Lita’ boot (Image credit: Jeffrey Campbell)

Jeffrey Campbell Lita in Beige Lace Tan

Jeffrey Campbell Lita in Beige Lace Tan (Image credit: Jeffrey Campbell)

Jeffrey Campbell Lita Platform Lace Up Boot in...

6. I’ve been searching everywhere for a great bandage dress but I couldn’t find one anywhere really! But having a look through Hervé Leger and Boohoo, there are some lovely ones that are quite similar across different price ranges! If you want to buy, just click!

Paneled stretch-mesh bandage dress

Paneled stretch-mesh bandage dress (Image credit: HERVÉ LÉGER)

Candice Exposed Zip Bandage Bodycon Dress

Candice Exposed Zip Bandage Bodycon Dress (Image credit: Boohoo)

In Line Bandage Dress

In Line Bandage Dress (Image credit: Nasty Gal)

7. And last but not least, some lovely pictures to brighten up my week as well as yours. I’ve pulled a mixture out of everywhere, a real confusion, kinda like my brain at the moment trying to do and think of everything at once so these images really capture me this week!

I hope everyone has a great week, I’ve just found out I’m going to the Stratford Centre in London tomorrow so I’ll get my trip to Victoria’s Secret after all! Very excited and if i get anything nice I’ll write quickly to update you all! This time next week, I’ll be back in Ireland, relaxing in Galway for a couple of weeks, might go exploring for some good photographs. Until then guys, keep reading, commenting and emailing, I’m loving all the feedback and the ratings are going great, all thanks to you all!

Keep styling, Em x

Glamour Women Of the Year Awards 2012

Few and far between are the really glamorous red-carpet events in London. We have various premieres in Leicester Square, some royal events and of course, the BAFTAs every year. But the Glamour Awards that were hosted last night are always a red-carpet event to talk about and the style is always fantastic. I used to read Glamour for a few years and every year I would marvel at the British sophistication and style that was brought to the event and now I’m a fashion journalist, that just makes it even greater! As usual, the fashion was right on point and I’m going to pick out some of my favourite looks from the night…as well as a couple of the ones that should have been avoided! Let me know if I’ve missed anyone spectacular out!

Not too keen on this Stella McCartney gown but kudos to Kylie for looking fantastic!

I both love and hate this flapper dress on Jessie J, i love the concept but it kind of saddens me when she tones it down so much!

I’m not very keen on Kelly Rowland’s dress…but can’t put my finger on why! Maybe its the high neckline…

Willoughby has gotten quite a lot of criticism for this dress but I think it looks fantastic on her and you can rarely go wrong with a LBD!

Michele’s Vivienne Westwood dress makes her shoulders look a small bit broad but its a fantastic dress otherwise with a very en vogue train!

Love Lily Collin’s style, and this dress is absolutely beautiful on her!

This orange dress is perfect for the summer and Eva looks fantastic picking up her ‘Inspiration’ Award

In two minds about Jessica Alba’s dress, I’m loving the skirt but the top is a bit too fluffy or something!

Very on trend and Viola Davis really suits bronze!

Once again I fear, Fearne Cotton is dressing too old for her age!

Sophia Vergara could wear a bin bag and still look hot so no complaints here!

Donatella, you’ve had amazing designs but it’s getting embarrassing at this stage!

Lily Allen looking cute and quintessentially British as usual!

Little Mix looking absolutely adorable and each stylish in their own right!

Katherine Kelly, this dress is amazing, I tip my hat to you!

I’m no fan of Myleene Klass by any stretch but she can certainly wear a dress!

And my favourite, not for fashion but for her amazing writing talents is Caitlin Moran!! A real inspiration to me, love her sarcasm and wit! I’ve been told that I write a bit like her and that’s one of the best compliments I’ve ever had!

Keep styling, Em x

Day 2 of Cannes Film Festival 2012

Some time has passed in Cannes and its time to have another look and see what our favourite stars are wearing on the red carpet. With it only being the second full day, most of the stars that I featured in yesterdays post will feature again today as most other stars haven’t arrived yet. It was a beautiful day in Cannes and it brought the starlets and the red carpet style out in force with some stunning outfit choices. Have a look at what the fashionistas at the Cannes Film Festival had to offer today.

Freida Pinto looking fresh as a daisy in Salvatore Ferragamo…kinda makes you want to go on holiday!

Yet another gorgeous dress for Marion Cotillard, this time a lot more red-carpet worthy as always with Christian Dior

Eva Longoria in yet another beautiful dress, by Emilio Pucci this time. Although its not as show-stopping as her Marchesa gown, she is favouring her whites and metallics this year and looks all the better for it!

Jane Fonda looking ever better than the day before (if that were even possible!) in Stella McCartney

Yes its Freida Pinto again in a fabulous lime green Atelier Versace dress with the latest style accessory, a thigh high slit, the same as her Michael Angel dress.

Diane Kruger (again!) wearing Balmain and rocking those amazing heels

And yet again, Diane Kruger. Clearly her style is high class this year! Posing in a Calvin Klein Collection dress to the Women in Film party

Jessica Chastain looking cute as a button in polka dot Dolce and Gabbana

Jada Pinkett Smith looking fabulous in Versace

That’s all for the second day of Cannes but come back for a look in the next couple of days and see what the first weekend of Cannes has in store for us!

Keep styling, Em x