Posts Tagged ‘Accessories’
Keira Knightley rocked a perfect off-duty look in a chic navy shirt dress with vintage sunnies and tan leather accessories
One of the best things about glittery A-list events such as the annual Venice Film Festival is that we get to drool over all the stars’ red carpet outfits – and their off duty ones too. We were particularly taken with a snap we saw of Keira Knightley in a sweet, smart-casual navy blue shirt dress – oh so chic and ladylike. We love love love.
The 40s-style dress worked perfectly with Keira’s slender figure and cropped wavy bob. She looked like an old Hollywood star out on her way to lunch somewhere glamorous. The star teamed the classic, full-skirted shirt dress with leather accessories for an understated look, cinching the dress in at the waist with a skinny tan belt and fringed brown leather loafer heels by way of chic footwear. Rounding off the look was a simple gold necklace and some vintage-look sunglasses. Perfection!
We had a sly little looksie for pieces on the high street that you can find to copy Keira’s style – we’re completely in love with Jaeger’s quirky umbrella-print shirt dress which has a similar classic, ladylike vibe to Keira’s dress. We were also pleased to find a pair of tan loafer heels at River Island that are almost identical to the actress’ – get to the gallery above right now and check it out.
I feel like Autumn/Winter 2011 is my lucky season as it draws inspiration from all of the fashion eras I should have been around for – especially the sixties, where on the runway we saw a curious blend of super-sexy fabrics such as leather and silk, but used in ladylike, prim 60s shapes for a sex-siren effect. For anyone who hasn’t tried the vintage look before, the devil is in the detail and a few classic accessories are invaluable.
You don’t need a whole new wardrobe to make this look work for you – if you’ve got a classic trench coat or a pea coat and a shift dress, to turn it into an on-trend look team the two with a simple contrasting leather handbag, a beehive and demure court shoes. Et voila, fashion magic is happening.
We’re a little obsessed at the moment with Fiorelli’s handbag designs for Dorothy Perkins, especially their beautifully simple square handbag in contrasting nude and black leather – it’s exactly like the kind of “best” handbag that my grandmother used to horde back in the day (and my grandma always looked impeccable). Forget big totes or horribly fussy OTT clutches, as the sixties purse is going to be your new best friend from now on.
Check out the gallery above to see all of our favourite sixties-inspired accessories.
The bonkers designer Zandra Rhodes, who is currently working on a new accessories range with Adele Marie, says that she could never be without jewellery or accessories. We know you couldn’t, Zandra, we’ve seen you!
Zandra’s new collection was designed in accordance with her own personal love for trinkets and beads. She said: “Firstly, I never go out without jewellery, ever! When I saw what Adele Marie did I knew that this was jewellery that I could be wearing. As a designer you have to want to wear what you are putting out. I like to get away and take inspiration from the kind of things I want to be wearing. With collaborations it’s different – we merge our ideas and visions together.”
Mama Rhodes’ new collection, basically, is for women like her who aren’t too scared to make a few brave choices about their look.
She told Marie Claire: “It’s for women who just want to wear a unique piece of jewellery. They’re very strong pieces, which emulate me. It’s not shy jewellery; it’s for women who want to make a statement.”
80s girl-rap group Salt-N-Pepa are our jewellery icons this season - it's all gotta be gold, tacky and huge
If you have a soft spot for cheesy, tacky 80s and 90s fashion, which thanks to the likes of Ungaro and Henry Holland is now acceptable to admit to liking (any still from the Fresh Prince could easily be part of a lookbook now) then you’ll be all “OMG” over the upcoming jewellery trend, which is all about tackiness and over-the-top bling a la Salt-N-Pepa. S-s-s-s-s-Salt and Pepa’s here!
Last year you had to trek to the middle of a market in South London to buy jewellery like this but now the high street is cottoning on to it as well and replicating the retro styles of eighties jewellery – but if you enjoy the hunt, it’s worth digging through charity shops and vintage stores for the real thing.
This is not a trend for the shy and the meek – if you’re going to wear jewellery like this you have to wear it LOUD, and with the attitude to back it up. I’m going to go and practise my swagger right now while you guys check out the best ghetto-girl earrings you can get online in the gallery above.
Marc Jacobs included hard pill-box hats for vintage mystery in his Autumn/Winter 2011 show
If you’re looking forward to planning your new A/W wardrobe then buying a few new accessories is a great place to start – and Mr. Marc Jacobs’ recent Autumn/Winter ’11 with it’s prim skirt-suits and 194os pillbox hats have got us coming over all wistful for an era we were never in. Luckily stores are already cottoning on to wartime-style fashions, so it’s time to get nostalgic with some vintage inspired headgear.
Hats are a huge part of this year’s Autumn/Winter dressing, as the season’s fashion heroine is a mysterious femme fatale who knows her stuff about tailoring – a good dramatic hat can add mystery and old Hollywood glamour to any outfit.
There are a few good pillbox-style pieces already available on the high street, though we reckon there will be more to come. If you can’t find a style at the moment that tickles your fancy you could also opt for a fascinator headband – lots of high street stores such as Lipsy and RockNRose are already making bands complete with large flower detailing and veils.
Check out the gallery above for our favourite pillbox hats and fascinators.
Pink Max C Satchel Bag
We’re already halfway through the summer holidays now, and while that might not mean much to those of you working a job all the year round, it means that Autumn is just a few weeks away – and that means that back-to-school feeling of new tights, new coats and smart new bags.
I’m starting my degree in London in a month’s time and I’ve decided to blue a bit of my student loan on a beautiful new satchel to keep all of my drawing bits and sketchbooks in. You should think about a new bag for yourself too – who doesn’t crave that new-term, new-things feeling that comes with the change of seasons?
Luckily you don’t need to go straight to Mulberry with your life savings for a good satchel (though of course it is tempting), as nearly all the high-street stores are still producing high-quality affordable bags in the Alexa style.
Shiny’s personal favourite? The dusky rose-coloured satchel from Fashion Union, which will go with pretty much everything I own and hopefully integrate perfectly into the new Autumn/Winter outfit I can’t afford to buy myself. Check out the gallery above for our top 5 satchels on the high street.
The ‘Cry Me Out’ hitmaker feels uncomfortable if she hasn’t teamed her outfit with large amounts of jewellery or flowers in her hair.
She said: “My fashion mantra is make it your own. You can take a simple dress and put personality into it by adding your own little touches.
“I won’t leave home without accessorising. I don’t feel right without rings on every finger, an armful of bangles or flowers in my hair.
“My jewellery box is full of Disney Couture, Rock ‘N Rose, Tiffany & Co and trinkets that belong to my gran.”
Pixie has vowed to expand her wardrobe for the summer by experimenting with different colours.
She told Now magazine: “My summer style resolution is to inject more colour into my wardrobe.
“This season is all about bold colour blocking and clashing brights, so I’ve just bought a pair of colour pop blue wedges. I have more fun with fashion when the sun’s out.”
The 30-year-old actress – who was romantically linked with Ryan Gosling, who played her husband in the film – enjoys keeping mementoes from her movie sets to remind her of experiences when she returns to her normal life.
She said: “It’s nice to keep mementoes when you’re back in your home life, where it’s all about cooking and laundry.
“(The wedding ring) is on the windowsill, in front of where I was the dishes. I like these little things that only I know about.”
Michelle – who has a five-year-old daughter Matilda with her former fiance, late actor Heath Ledger – also revealed she starts preparing for movie roles as early as possible as everything she does in her life seems to take longer for her than other people.
She added in an interview with Culture magazine: “Everything in my life takes more time than it takes other people. A 30-minute recipe for working mums takes me two hours. I have to wake up really early to feel I’m properly awake.
“That’s a long way of saying I need time to prepare for a film so I don’t feel like a phoney.”
By Emily Borrett.
You may remember that a while back we looked at the boutique online jewellers Chelsea Doll, whose speciality was a charming blend of quirkiness, with a few of the current trends mixed in for good measure. Well, it’s been a while since we had a look at their site, and we have to say that this is a boutique who has only gone from strength to strength since we were last there. Once selling a limited selection of their sweet designs, now they have absolutely masses to choose from – and there’s something for everybody.
If it’s cutesy, ironic kitsch that you’re after, as seen in the past few seasons at Louis Vuitton and and Miu Miu, then Chelsea Doll is the place to look. Birds, insects, vintage homewares and flowers – all key themes in Chelsea Doll design which will add a cute twist to any outfit.
Our absolute favourite piece is the frankly adorable “Birdsong” necklace, which is a row of tiny sparkling birds on a silver chain. How very Miu Miu! Or if you want to go further down the opposite route to toughen up your outfit, there’s a great series of skull jewellery which will add a great twist to a party dress or girlie outfit – we absolutely love their scarlet crystal-studded skull earrings.
By Emily Borrett.
Woven Sandal Wedges
With stars such as Rachel Bilson, Daisy Lowe and Nicole Richie firmly flying the flag for 1970s casualwear, 70s supermodel icon Jerry Hall having her own mini-beauty Georgia Jagger follow in her footsteps and fashion houses such as Marc Jacobs showing collections filled with luxurious fabrics and fringing, it’s never been so hot to have a little blast from the past. Whether it’s full-on Studio 54 disco glamour that you want or grown-up hippy chic, there’s a piece on the high street for you to rock the trend. It’s a nod to the bohemian, louche look that both Kate Moss and Sienna Miller have made so desirable – and you don’t have to be a model or impossibly beautiful actress to try it.
The beauty about the trend is it’s accessibility for women of all shapes and sizes. Self-conscious about your pre-summer tummy? A slouchy maxi or jumpsuit can hide a multitude of sins if you choose the right fabric. Want to look taller, or emphasize your long legs? Wide-legged and flared trousers don’t just make you appear longer, but are also a beautifully stylish alternative to the unforgiving skinny jean. We’re predicting that the wide-legged look will catch on just as much as skinny jeans, if not more.
When looking for pieces to work the 1970′s look, you have to keep an eye out for key elements that will keep it on-trend. Kaftan-style minidresses made out of floaty fabrics, statement chunky jewellery, tan coloured platform heels and retro sunglasses will make your 70s style absolutely perfect come spring/summer. When it comes to colour, opt for metallics if it’s glamour that you want, but if you want to go a bit more low-key look out for white broderie anglaise and tan colours. Check out the gallery for our favourite pieces.
Heart print dress
Show your love this Valentines day with this heart print dress from Asos
By Emily Borrett.
Diamante Bow Clutch
Three days to go until Christmas Eve – festive decadence is in full swing, and I’m finding it very difficult to not look for every excuse under the sun to spend money on party outfits. If, like me, you’ve got a bit of a shopping itch from buying for other people, and not for yourself, then you might be in need of a little sparkly something to perk you up. Doctor Shiny prescribes a little clutch purse that will breathe new life into any tired old party outfit and perk you up – any of our recommended top 10 (above) will put a fashion spring in your step.