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Blackheart Epic Coloured Faux Fur Coat
Fashion-lovers, there’s an incredibly soft and snuggly winter ahead of us as this season it’s going to be all about making like a wild beast and swathing yourself in layers of the softest, shaggiest fur you can find.
Plenty of designers took inspiration from animals this season, from confusing yet pretty fur strips among round iridescent sequins at Prada, while the Olsen girls used The Fantastic Mr Fox as a source of inspiration for their wild-looking draped furs which were teamed with crisp autumnal colours and stark make-up. Fur (faux, of course) always has and always will be an impossibly glamorous way to keep warm during the winter, but this season fur has a darker, moodier edge – think of coats that look like musky old animal skins and mythical creatures for this season.
Long distressed fur is one of our absolute favourite textures for this season, so if you find the perfect shaggy coat or bag, don’t walk past it. These heavy, animalistic textures are all about making a big statement, so just one piece will give your stark winter wardrobe an automatic update. We’re a huge fan of Blackheart’s coats, which you can find at Asos and in the gallery above – especially their deep plum-coloured fur coat that would look amazing with a simple black dress and dark makeup for a dramatic winter look.
If you’re keen on making a bold statement you should consider spurning realistic faux furs for something a little brighter for a dramatic, unusual look – we are absolutely in love with Ana Konda’s designs for Asos, which include some amazing bright scarlet furs. Check them out – they’d look incredible with bright lipstick.
If you’re hesitant to go all-out and deck yourself out like a wild animal, however, you can still channel the trend with a furry accessory or a piece with a simple fur trim without needing to go the whole hog. River Island is brilliant for fur collars, bags and shoes – we seriously recommend that you stop by their site to see what they’ve got.
To see our favourite fur pieces on the high street, check out the gallery above.
Marlene Birger Cropped Burgundy Sweater
Yay, that time of the week has rolled around again when I get to do my absolute favourite post – my weekly wishlist of dream fashion buys. This week I’m focusing mainly on Autumn/Winter essentials for those pieces that will make your wardrobe perfect for the new season.
What I want most in the world right now is the perfect jumper for this season – something in a jewel colour in a soft, snuggly fabric that I can wear with absolutely everything. I was lucky enough to come across Marlene Birger’s cropped burgundy sweater, which just looks so soft and fluffy that I want to rub my cheek against it. It’s expensive, at over a hundred pounds, but maybe the perfect jumper is enough of a classic to make the investment a smart one.
Another item very very high on my wishlist is Oasis’ leather skater skirt, which is just so perfect I could die. It will go with pretty much everything, whether you want to wear a T-shirt and flats or a pretty blouse with heels. If I get it I’m just going to have to remember to not overdo the sex-pot look with the rest of my outfit – the last time I wore double leather I found myself attracting a lot of trouble.
The piece that has to get the hot top-spot this week, however, has to be Asos’ fur collar coat in a leopard print. I’m totally loving the girlish look of collared coats at the moment, especially with a smidge of faux fur to add extra glamour. After all, no-one wants to look drab in the winter time, do they? That would be just terrible.
If you wanna see what’s on Shiny’s fashion wishlist this week, check out the gallery above.
A double-breasted trench coat in a caper green that hits the spot.
Even though it’s only the end of August, it’s getting colder in the UK and all of my lazy-student instincts are telling me to go and get under the covers and sleep until winter is over.
I have to say, I hate the cold weather, with a passion – I am definitely a summer girl. So one of my little pick-me-ups when summer is over is to start planning new, fashionable ways to wrap up warm, and nothing can update or transform an outfit like a pair of great fashion tights or socks.
Marc Jacobs used a lot of polka dot hosiery in his Autumn/Winter collection, something that the high street has picked up on and copied. For a girlish Minnie Mouse look, team a pastel-coloured midi skirt with Asos’ nude polka-dotted ankle socks with a pair of high heels in the milder months – when it gets colder, go for a pair of polka-dot tights instead.
Another sexy hosiery trend is the sex-siren look that we saw on the fetish-inspired catwalk of Louis Vuitton, where it was all about peekaboo black underwear with tight corsetry, fur and terrifying heels. Asos have an amazing pair of 40s-style seamed stocking with tiny sparkle details on them for a pin-up feel. Just wear them with a leather skirt and a prim blouse and you’ve got a sizzling hot fashion look to go.
Or if you just want to keep your tootsies warm during the evenings, try a cute pair of statement socks – we absolutely adore Urban Outfitter’s lace mohair ankle socks, which are just so pretty and feminine.
Check out the gallery above to see our favourite tights and socks for this Autumn.
Black Check Tweed Mini Circle Skirt
It’s time to get on board with one of this season’s snuggliest and most wearable trends: tartan. No, you don’t have to start dressing like Princess Anne, don’t worry..
Tartan and check fabrics were all over the catwalks for the Autumn/Winter shows, from tough and masculine grey check twin-sets at Yves Saint Laurent to sixties-style checked military coats at Burberry Prorsum and blanket skirts at Rag & Bone.
We’re desperately keeping our eye out for a plaid maxi-skirt that we can wear with tough boots and a simple white T-shirt for for a laid-back 90s grunge look, but no joy yet. However, the high street is already working with this trend well. We love Topshop’s leather and check bomber jacket, which would look so so good with a pair of cigarette pants. Meanwhile at Asos they’re already selling bold tartan capes in eye-catching colours – the chicest way to wrap up warm this winter.
The best variety of tartan fashion, however, is at River Island. Their high-waisted 1940s style trousers worn with a silk blouse would be European perfection. Our top buy though is the checked pair of navy blue lace-up shoes with bow detailing – just put those bad boys on with a tea dress and you’re good to go with a quirky, British look.
Check out the gallery above for our favourite tartan pieces on the high street.
Pins and Needles Faux Leather Collar Coat
One of the up-sides is having to say goodbye to summer is picking out a cool new toasty coat to keep you warm when winter shows up. Luckily, this Autumn/Winter was all about coats so there are loads of different outerwear trends to dip your toes into. One of our favourite coat styles, thanks to Dolce & Gabbana, is the androgynoustrend – and if you want to try this trend out with any conviction then you’re gonna want a boyfriend coat.
I completely love the slouchy, wide-shouldered style of the boyfriend coat because it gives a knowing nod to the sexy power-dressing era of the 80s. If you want to completely do it like a dude then team your sexy new coat with a pair of super-skinny jeans and brothel creepers with slicked-back hair – or if dressing like an eighties male pin-up isn’t your bag, the boyfriend coat will work just as well with a pretty minidress and heels for a cool masculine/feminine balance.
Our absolute favourite coat is the Pins and Needles coat from Urban Outfitters, which is dark wool with a leather collar for a nasty hard edge. All you need is a crisp high-necked shirt and a pencil skirt for an outfit that is both edgy and wearable at the same time.
Check out the gallery above for our top 5 boyfriend coats.
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.
Jessie J wore a quirky lilac-fringed bodysuit for her performance at V Festival
If you’re sad that summer is pretty much over now and you’d like to cling on to your louche, festival-style outfits as much longer as possible, it’s worth taking note of the summer’s fringing trend which will happily still be wearable when winter comes. We spotted more than a couple of artists rocking the trend at V Festival over the weekend, as Jessie J wore a quirky eighties-inspired bodysuit with purple fringed sleeves for a dramatic take on dancewear and Katy B teamed black skinny jeans and a band T-shirt with her fringed black cardigan for a 70s hard rock look.
Wild West-influenced styles are huge for this Autumn/Winter, a look that fringing and tasselled pieces will fit into nicely. For wrapping up warm you could try Urban Outfitter’s amazing plaid hooded cape with tassels (checks and tartan are massive this season too) and team with a little dress and opaque tights for a snug and chic back-to-school look. Or if you want to go a bit more down the evening-wear route try a showgirl-style fringed dress like the amazingly sexy dip-dyed red one that we found at Rare – big earrings and some simple high-heeled sandals will make you look like a glamorous heiress.
Of course, if you’re tentative when it comes to the idea of head-to-toe fringing and can’t get the image of Dolly Parton out of your head, a simple fringed bag or accessory can add a touch of laidback bohemian cool to an outfit. We love ASOS’ black fringed hoop earrings – so Edie Sedgwick.
Check out the gallery for our favourite fringed pieces on the high street.
Rihanna showed off her shaggy new 70s brunette 'do with a sexy waist-tied deniim shirt and leather hot-pants
Was I the only person in the world to have not gone to V Festival this weekend? It’s certainly been the only thing anyone on my Facebook has been writing about anyway.
It looks like the line-up this year was absolutely amazing for pop-lovers, with the likes of Rihanna at the top of the billing. Ri-Ri herself was every bit the Bajan vision she normally is in a sexy tie-waist denim shirt and a pair of figure-hugging leather shorts. We couldn’t help noticing that her scarlet hair is gone all of a sudden in exchange for a shaggy, honey-brunette ‘do, which looks great but we’re unsure as to which we prefer..
Jessie J looked radiant and excited to be performing despite her broken leg in a mental Lets Get Physical style panelled bodysuit, with long lilac fringing trailing along the sleeves to compliment her new purple hair. Jessie wasn’t the only one to rock fringed outfits for the festival either, as Katy B performed in a cool black shredded jacket and Noisettes singer Shingai Shoniwa wore a scarlet bodysuit with fringed details..
The festival’s biggest fashion surprise, however, was N-Dubz’ Tulisa in a Jeremy Scott-style one-shouldered dress in a bold animal print. Long gone are the days of baby pink trackies onstage for our new favourite X Factor judge – Tulisa clearly knows that now is the time to have a little bit more fun with her look. Yabbadabbadoo!
To see photos of the performers we’ve mentioned plus many more, check out the gallery above.
Colour is always a daunting aspect of fashion for me – as an ex-goth I still find myself dressing head to toe in black out of comfort, too scared to try anything more adventurous. But this season I think I might be able to get on board with colour. In the spring, thanks to Jil Sander it was all about eye-watering bright, almost fluorescent colour – no thanks, not for me – but this season all the designers are working with rich, sultry jewel colours of emerald, blue, turquoise, purple and ruby red. Mmm. There’s just enough dark glamour in this trend to give me the confidence to try it out..
This is one of the biggest trends this season, as opulent jewel colours were literally everywhere. Diane Von Fustenberg, Gucci, Ralph Lauren, Pucci.. all the big names’ collections were showcasing these colours. I’m particularly interested in how DVF presented the trend – the models wore contrasting jewel tones of green and blue head to toe for a dramatic, glamorous and vintage look.
There is quite a retro feel about these colours, whether you want to be a 70s siren or a 1940s beauty. A good way to work the trend is a deep, bold pair of wide-legged trousers in dark red or green – team with a slippery silk shirt and red lipstick and you’ve got yourself one strong look already.
The high street is totally behind the jewel trend already – hooray! Check out the gallery above to see our favourite pieces.
At Givenchy, there were a lot of granny-chic sweaters and jumpers with eye-catching designs. One of the best collections we saw at Fashion Week
It’s almost time to start wrapping up warm again (as I write this the house is cold and it’s raining outside, guh) – I am always sad to see summer go, because it’s my favourite season, but I always manage to cheer myself with the thought that colder weather means NEW JUMPERS.
Luckily, jumpers and pullovers are one of the key pieces that you’ll need this A/W if you want to keep in with the current trends. Thanks to Givenchy’s mental, luxurious take on grandma-wear which included shiny sweatshirts with prints of naked pin-up girls and wild animals on them, it’s all about silly, kitsch and often quite tacky knitwear.
The more stuff crammed into a jumper design, the better. If it makes your eyes water a little bit when you look at it, it’s probably perfect for this season. If you want to find something quite as spectacularly kitsch as the designs we’ve seen at Givenchy then you’re best off looking in vintage and charity shops, or having a quick flick through your mail-order catalogues. Or, if you just want a statement jumper there are also some cute pieces on the high street.
Check out the gallery above for our favourite statement jumpers.
White Print Fur Coat
There’s nothing that gets me in the mood for Autumn’s arrival than a brand spanking new snuggly, warm coat – luckily the coat is a key piece this season for channelling the Autumn/Winter trends.
On the Burberry Prorsum catwalk it was all about cute duffel coats in cheerfully bright shades of orange, blue, red and yellow, with leather detailing – luckily Topshop has already released a postbox-red coat that’s really similar to the ones seen at Burberry. Just team with a sixties miniskirt and a Breton top and you’ve got a classic look that’s good to go. Another colourful favourite was Asos’ bright and shiny blue rainmac, which is both chic and practical – it’ll look adorable with tights, a tea dress and some retro ankle boots.
Other designers went for a more mad, all-over-the-place approach to mixing textiles and print this season – if you want to get in on this season’s incredibly chic “mad bag lady” look (one I’ve been rocking for years now, I might add) then a tactile or patterned coat is a good place to start. At River Island we loved their white animal-printed fur coat, which could look cool clashing with floral or other animal prints, while at Asos it was all about their thrift-style Aztec printed coat.
If it’s the slick and sensual dominatrix look that you’re after, however, as seen at Louis Vuitton, then try out Topshop for their amazing belted mac. Clever Toppers have updated a classic by adding a leather collar and sleeves for a fetish feel. Wear with a simple black dress and patent heels for a look that’s good to go.
Check out our top 5 Autumn/Winter coats in the gallery above.
Brothel creepers were all over the catwalk this season
They used to solely be the footwear of Camden goths and cyber-clubbers, but bizarrely brothel-creepers are the only shoe to be seen in this season if you’re a close follower of hipster fashion. We’ve seen quirky London girls Pixie Geldof and Agyness Deyn wearing them – and now even Katy Perry is getting in on the act, as she’s been spotted in a posh pair of punk-style creepers by Jeffrey Campbell.
Dolce & Gabbana’s excellently slick androgynous trend has had us all suddenly getting complete shoe-lust for creeper styles. It seems now that girly, delicate styles are out, and masculine, tough footwear is in. In the past brothel-creepers have been dauntingly unwearable, unless you’re a fifteen year-old girl in a tutu and a Marilyn Manson T-shirt. but now designers are teaming the shoe with long, tailored cigarette pants and sharp-collared blouses. They’re not all decorated with cobwebs and spiders anymore either, thanks to the likes of Asos who have created the “Monroe” creeper which comes in both patent pink and silver metallic. J’adore!
The bravest of the brave have been wearing these shoes with absolutely everything, to mixed receptions, but we think there is definitely an easy way to rock this shoe. All you need is a sharp pair of creepers (plain black ones are classic if you’re not feeling brave) with tapered trousers, a high-necked blouse and an elegant draped blazer. Just add some muted makeup with slicked-back hair and you’ve got a look fit for Fashion Week.
Check out our favourite brothel creeper shoes in the gallery above.
Nishe Jewel Pussybow Blouse
One of the absolute staples that you will definitely need this autumn is one of my favourites: the blouse. Pussybow, sheer, printed or oversized – they’re absolutely key for your Autumn/Winter wardrobe. Pick the right one and it’ll see you the whole way through to the next year.
Marc Jacobs, Jean-Paul Gaultier and Jonathan Saunders all included feminine, old-fashioned blouses that walked the line between austere and sexy in their collections. We were especially big fans of Jonathan Saunders’ jewel-coloured silk high-necked blouses, which, teamed with a skinny pencil skirt and heels, were glorious. If you want to kill two trends with one stone then opt for one in an unusual, quirky print, as pattern and shape are the two absolute key words for this season.
Our favourites? Personally, I’m a big fan of American Apparel’s illustration-print blouses and Topshop’s quirky 60s pastel-pink blouse with a peter pan collar (you know how I’m a sucker for anything disgustingly retro). Check out the gallery for our favourite blouses from the high street.