Posts Tagged ‘high street’

Features, Gallery

Gallery: Lighten up with the best spring jackets

By Lauren Bravo on April 6th, 2010

It’s that time-old dilemma. As Buddy Holly (nearly) sang: the sun is out, the sky is blue, there’s not a cloud to spoil the view, but it’s Britain… and it might turn crap.

It’s quite a momentous decision, every year, the first time you leave the big winter coat at home and venture out unprotected. Will the heavens suddenly open? Will everybody look at you in the street with admiration, you the poster girl for carefree summer style, or will they be thinking “you’re not in Florida love, put a jumper on”?

Then there’s the confidence issue. Many women confess to hating our upper arms (the day designers learn to recognise that little pocket of armpit flab that oozes out of strappy dresses will be a day to celebrate), and with few spring/summer clothes giving us that sacred gift, the sleeve, we end up forced into myriad of cardigans and cover-ups that make us feel like Lorraine Kelly at a wedding.

No more. This season, the spring jacket has really come into its own, with a variety of gorgeous fabrics, shapes and colours that say “fashion statement” rather than “I’m hiding my visible bra straps”. There’s last year’s biker jacket, revamped from traditional black into soft pinks and creamy ice cream shades. Then there’s a continuation of the underwear-as-outerwear trend with lacy, silky, bed jackety affairs (aim for 30s boudoir rather than Sybill Fawlty’s sickbed), and some fantastic floral pieces to team with plain separates and let do all the talking.

Keep the shape cropped, the colours breezy and the fit trim. Oh, and don’t forget an umbrella… there’s not a cagoule in sight.

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Features, Gallery, Trend Alert

Short and sweet: the best shorts and playsuits on the high street

By Lauren Bravo on March 20th, 2010

Shorts get a bad press. Despite a resurgence last year, lots of us still harbour deep-seated (or shallow-seated, depending on how high waisted you choose to go) fears about getting our pins out in a pair. Go too tight and you look like Daisy Duke, too long and you look like a lady explorer, too short and you’re veering into dangerous street-corner territory…

But done right, shorts will be a wardrobe winner this year. The spring/summer catwalks were a veritable leg parade, with everybody from Stella McCartney to Balmain showcasing shorts for all occasions. At Chloe they were high-waisted leather, at Marc by Marc Jacobs they were vintage-inspired satin hotpants, while Cynthia Rowley and Fendi both showed loose, tailored ‘tap pant’ styles reminiscent of a ’30s schoolboy on a boating holiday. There were city shorts, beachy shorts and countless knickerbocker styles to choose from.

On the high street, meanwhile, shorts are sneaking onto the radar by pretending to be skirts, in an array of cutsey prints and sorbet shades. For the most flattering approach, try teaming a high-waisted, mid-thigh pair with opaque tights, a simple vest, boyfriend blazer and chunky heels. We’re also gleefully welcoming back last summer’s staple, the playsuit. Opt for muted colours and fitted shapes for a look that’s more pin-up, less Playdays presenter.

Here’s a round-up of our favourites for your delectation. Go shorty…

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Fashion News

News just in: Jonathan Saunders is Target’s newest GO designer

By Kimberley Foster on May 22nd, 2008

jonathansaunderstargetannouncement.jpgIs Jonathan Saunders on the path to world domination?

Firstly he is given the job of creative director at Pollini and now we hear that the British designer is Target’s newest GO International designer – as we speculated way back in January.

In creating a range for Target, Saunders joins the likes of Erin Fetherston, Jovovich-Hawk, Proenza Schouler, and more recently Richard Chai and Rogan Gregory.

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Celebrity Style

First look at Jovovich-Hawk for Target

By Andrea Thatcher on February 4th, 2008


Target may not associate with bloggers but that won’t stop Catwalk Queen from talking about Jovovich-Hawk’s new diffusion range for the retailer. After all, they – and we – adore Milla Jovovich! Come to think of it, a lot of these dress look like they could have come from our favorite Milla movie – Dazed and Confused! The first pics from the collection have been unveiled and they have the designers’ folksy stamp all over it. Those light smock dresses and vintage-style prints are ideal for the warmer months.

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Celebrity Style, Designer Fashions, Fashion News, Models, New Fashions, Retail News

Kate Moss for TopShop: the sequel

By Andrea Thatcher on September 6th, 2007

Following the consumer success of Kate Moss’ line for TopShop, the model that entered the stratosphere will design a second collection for the high street shop. Available September 7, 2007, in three hundred stores across the UK and online, this new collection is said to be more professional and braver than her previous one. Moss dares to break away from re-designing her own wardrobe, creating truly unique pieces this time around. The clothing takes inspiration from a range of sources including 1920s flappers, grunge, and Ali McGraw in Love Story. The pieces range in price from £12 to £150.

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