Sunday, 2 October 2011

New Home

Due to internet problems and trying to juggle several blogs at once, please find the new home of The Fashion Lover at http://thefashionloverblogging.wordpress.com. See you on the other side, and keep following!

We're Watching You


I literally love this so much! Trust River Island to make something quirky and cute. Buy it for £16 and wear with skinny jeans and a blazer. Nothing can beat a masculine theme with this Tee because it just screams style. I'm so in love I can't write anymore, I just have to get it.

Saturday, 1 October 2011

The Last Summer Burst

Who else roasted their little socks off today? So, to celebrate this last flare of summer, I had a rummage in Warehouse's sale stock. Okay, so you might not wear them until next summer, but for £12, how can you resist a cute pair of floral shorts!? I'm seeing white top and gladiator flats. Go on, you know you want to. Don't give up on the sun just yet!

Add Some Glam

No one quite does glamorous on the highstreet like French Connection. So, for this post, who else could I choose!? I saw this in the window of one of their shops and instantly fell in love. It feels a little Grecian and a lot bling. Go super-simple everywhere else because the embellished neckline is more than enough. It's a little more expensive than usual - £220 - but that's French Connection for you, and I can guarantee they make their clothes worth every penny.

Thursday, 29 September 2011

Coming up Roses


How cute are these jeans!? Courtesy of Asos.com, you can get these Motel jeans for £48. Wear just like the model - plain black top and black court shoes, and make them your statement piece. Remember, the higher the heel, the thinner the leg looks... although no one looks good falling over their own feet. Wear with confidence, and people will be looking for the right reasons. 

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Masculine Edge


When Autumn sets in, nothing beats crisp lines with a masculine feel to stay smart whilst wrapping up. Try these New Look trousers, £24.99, with a sheer blouse, tailored blazer and some brogues. If you're feeling extra adventurous, add a bowler hat tilted back on your head and a slick of red lips. Keep jewellery to a minimum, and if you can find a chunky watch, even better.

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Animal Magnetism



So, after my seemingly innocent comment on Facebook about my leopard print boots, I have been inundated with requests to see them. In true style, I will never let that many requests go unnoticed, and so here they are, my New Look leopard print ankle boots. They were £29.99, but snaffle them now for £19.99 and feel as smug as I do.


Monday, 26 September 2011

Topshop Win



Okay, so Topshop just keep producing beauties. How are these for amazing? Thank you to my Irish fashion guru for posting a picture of her pair on Facebook and making me completely smitten. I think we should have a whole army of fashion fabulous people wearing these - try them on for size for £75!

Sunday, 25 September 2011

The Vintage Touch



Whilst still basking in the fashion feast that was LFW, and greedily picking at Milan Fashion Week like a box of chocolates after Christmas dinner, why not indulge in something a little more highstreet? Every now and then, Limited Edition highstreet collections will produce a gem of something, and Topshop is no different. The minute I saw this dress, I wanted it. I literally have no idea what to wear it to, so it might just be a loafers-and-handbag-to-the-shops outfit for a quirky vintage feel, but for £150, I might just have to put on a party as an excuse to wear it! It's so beautiful, it almost deserves its own runway.

Saturday, 24 September 2011

Milan Fashion Week

So who has been sneaking a peek at what our Italians have to offer for SS'12? Well, in case you missed anything, here's a few treats...

Gucci opened Milan Fashion Week in 1920's-inspired style (left), whilst celebrating their 90th anniversary. Not to be outdone, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, sent down the runway a veritable feast of colours and patterns for their last secondary collection, D&G (right). I suppose that's one way to go out with a bang!

For more Milan Fashion Week snippets, following @vogue_london - tweeting from the front row.

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

LFW SS12: Day Six: Menswear

Not to leave anyone out, the menswear designers put on quite a show for the last day of London Fashion Week. Lou Dalton kept it simple (left), and I think his collection was exactly what I want to see on Britain's streets this coming Spring! Topman Design - much like its sister - loves to play with fabrics and patterns as well as colours. This collection had a real tribal theme to it, with purples and blues and yellows dominating the prints. Lots of luxe fabrics added texture to the collection.

And so, the men finished LFW. I will admit, there was nothing spectacular about it, but it was definitely wearable. This week has been all about wearable collections, with simple contours and the expression in the fabric and colours. Once again, my favourites had to be the likes of Erdem and Mulberry, but I think that some of the newcomers sharpened their teeth this week, and next LFW we'll really see them flexing their fashion chops.

I can't wait already!

LFW: Day Six: Who's Who and Who's Where


09:00
The Portico Rooms
09:45
BFC Show Space
10:00 - 14:00
Navy Board Rooms
10:30
TM Venue
11:30
The Portico Rooms
12:30
TM Venue
13:00 - 17:00
East Wing
13:30
WC2
14:30
BFC Show Space
15:30
WC2
16:00 - 18:00
WC2
16:30
BFC Show Space
17:15
W1
18:00
W1
18:15,19:15
The Portico Rooms
19:00
W1

It's one for the boys today - check back for the latest menswear!

www.londonfashionweek.co.uk

LFW SS12: Day Five

Now, who remembers David Koma? Yes, he was the one that designed THAT dress for Cheryl Cole on the X-Factor. Well, if you think he slipped off the radar, Day Five of LFW proves that there is no fear of doing that. In a slight derivation from most of the collections this week, Koma has dared to go dark (left). Mixed in with eye-watering bright blue and pink, and eye-catching white cut-out dresses, Koma collection proves he's fast becoming a big-hitter. Think Mulberry blended with Giles Deacon, and you might be a little way there. Koma describes his signature designs as "sculptural shapes, heavy embellishment and perfect fit", and who can argue? The Georgian-born designer certainly knows his fit - and this season was inspired by aboriginal culture, femininity and lines. Koma is my top up-and-coming designer and I think that this collection proves why.

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

LFW: Day Five: Who's Who and Who's Where


09:00
TS Venue
10:00
SW1
11:00 - 13:00
The Portico Rooms
11:00
SW1
11:00 - 13:00
W1
12:00
BFC Show Space
13:00
TBC
14:00
TS Venue
15:00 - 19:00
The Portico Rooms
15:00
BFC Show Space
16:00
TS Venue
17:00
BFC Show Space
18:30
BFC Show Space

www.londonfashionweek.co.uk

LFW SS12: Day Four



Well, the three designers I mentioned to look for went for three very different themes for their collections. From Erdem's super-simple-elegance (left) to Giles Deacon's super-luxe (right) and Christopher Kane's super-edgy, I think these three epitomise the beauty of London Fashion Week. Where else can you have cut-out dresses with triangle edging shown in almost the same breath as a swan headdress!  'Nuff said. My favourite day out of this LFW by far...

Monday, 19 September 2011

LFW SS12: Day Three

Ah, Mulberry. From covetable bags to covetable, well... everything. In fact, I have nothing more to say about this collection, I'm just going to post my favourite outfits! Mulberry, je t'aime...

LFW: Day Four: Who's Who and Who's Where


09:00
TS Venue
10:00
SE1
10:15,11:15
The Portico Rooms
11:00
WC1
12:00
EC4
13:00
TS Venue
14:00
WC2
14:00 - 18:00
The Portico Rooms
14:30 - 16:30
The Terrace
15:00
BFC Show Space
16:00
tbc
17:00
TS Venue
17:30
TS Venue
18:30
BFC Show Space
19:30
WC2
20:30
WC1

Last LFW I reported on, Erdem, Christopher Kane and Giles were in the top designers of the season... can they do it again this year?
And, don't forget, it's www.londonfashionweek.co.uk!

Sunday, 18 September 2011

LFW: Day Three: Who's Who and Who's Where


09:00
W1
09:30,10:30
The Portico Rooms
10:00
W1
11:00
SW1
11:30
W1
12:00
W1
13:00
SW1
13:30,14:30
The Portico Rooms
14:00
BFC Show Space
15:00
TS Venue
15:30,16:30
WC1
16:00
BFC Show Space
17:00
SW1
17:30 - 19:30
The Portico Rooms
18:00
SW1
19:15
SE1
20:30
WC2


As always, keep up with the fash-pack at www.londonfashionweek.co.uk...

LFW SS12: Day Two

As expected! Day Two favourite was Welsh-born Julian Macdonald for me. His edgy blend of masculine tailoring, bright, popping colours and figure-hugging contours makes his collection one of the most wearable to walk down the runway. This collection saw a blend of Asian glamour brocading and sharp forms - reflected with those fierce heels and concubine-red lips!
Another favourite was Daks, with their Burberry-esque patterns, yet with a unique Daks-only twist. I love the matching bag (right). The simple lines from Daks are definitely a one to watch next year, I'm seeing them everywhere! Keeping to basic colours, Daks made a chic and another very wearable collection. I think that our designers are making this upcoming season the most easy to imitate from the highstreet, with basic styles and colours making the keys trends and keeping the tailoring simple.
When it comes to hair and beauty, Day Two winner has to be Vivienne Westwood's Red Label collection. Just check out the Addams-family hair do's! The bright primary-coloured eyes add to Viv's rocky and rebellious side, accentuating the colours in the outfits - yes, I do believe that matching your beauty to your fashion could be back in for next Spring!