Monthly Archives: February 2017

The childhood favourite is anything but juvenile

With summer comes the usual seasonal hairstyles – think tousled beach waves, slick ponytails and breezy braids. But this time round these looks are set to be finished off with perhaps the most stellar of hair accessories: the oversized bow.

If the last time you wore a bow in your hair it cast a flashback to butterfly clips and Velcro shoes, then it’s time to rethink how you dress up your tresses because this look is no longer reserved just for the toddler set.

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Believe it or not this trend isn’t really anything new. Back in 2013 Celine’s Autumn/Winter 2013 ads saw model Daria Werbowy sport an insouciantly tied bow in her dishevelled bun that complimented the oversized feel of the collection.

It was playful, sharp and anything but juvenile.

Fast forward four years and the elaborate use of bows has re-enterted the fashion landscape with Dolce & Gabbana, once again, proving that they do hair accessories better than anyone else.

For Spring/Summer 2017, the fashion house sat a stack of social media stars and millennial influencers front row – Lionel Ritchie’s daughter, Sofia and Jude Law’s son, Rafferty among them. But not even they could outshine the jaw-dropping headpieces that graced the runway.

Gucci’s headband came larger-than-life and crafted from bubblegum pink satin (Rex Features)

Here, hairstylist Guido Palau showcased various types of large hair accessories placed right on top of model’s heads for an old Italy feel.

The most elegant of which was a polka dot silk hairband, twisted up and around a chignon to form an exaggerated bow.

Mini Gingham Headband, £6, topshop.com

Similarly, Gucci’s model’s sported a range of hairstyles but all were dramatically embellished.

A far cry from the demure black ribbon seen elsewhere, the Gucci headband came larger-than-life and crafted from bubblegum pink satin.

Hairband with a Bow, £6.99, hm.com

So, how do you wear a hair bow the grown up way?

The trick here is to consider how you’re styling your locks because while a sleek high bun might verge on ballerina, pairing a bow with bed-head hair perfectly straddles sweet and sultry.

The perfect time to nab that dress

The colossal spending frenzy where big-name retailers slash their prices has officially begun and while it’s a given that most of your favourite stores will join in if you’re going to make the most of it, you need to do your homework.

The perfect time to indulge in some retail therapy and nab that dress you’ve been eyeing up for a while, some brands can be pretty secretive about their discounts, leaving it until the last possible minute before giving anything away.

So, whether you’re one of many brave sale-seekers hitting the high street or you’re staying in and surfing the world-wide-web there are few things to keep in mind.

 

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Firstly, many of these deals are only available for a limited time so keep note of the dates and prioritise your shopping time accordingly.

Similarly, while the temptation to add things to your basket willy-nilly is oh so real, a stack of cheap items soon starts to add up so make a list of things you definitely want or set yourself a realist budget, and stick to it.

Luckily, we’ve saved you a scouring stint and put together a list of the crème de le crème of fashion and beauty bargains you’re not going to want to miss.

Aspinal of London

​If it’s luxury leather goods you’re after pay Aspinal of London a visit either online or in-store and you could save an impressive 60 per cent of selected items including women’s purses, handbags and men’s wallets. Our top pick is The Lottie Purse in cool peppermint green with an impressive 50 per cent off. Now the slimline leather purse can be yours for just £70.

 

Charlotte Olympia

Quirky designer Charlotte Olympia is kicking off with some serious savings of up to 50 per cent on everything from high heels and summer sandals to bags and accessories. For a stand-out pair of platforms that promise to get you noticed pick up the Brazilian Bombshell for £510 and a saving of 60 per cent.

 

Cos Stores

“Our sale is here, but not for long,” warns Cos, so if you’re looking to save up to 50 per cent on their range of super-slick pieces you better be quick. If you’re going to pick up one item we suggest the Wide Belt Shirt Dress with a blue gingham design for just £55 down from £79.

 

Daisy London

Designer of the iconic Chakra range, Daisy London is offering up to 70 per cent of sale items including bracelets, earrings and necklaces. Our sale pick is the sterling silver Vine Necklace that has been reduced to £44.50.

 

Dune London

Summer is the perfect excuse to invest in some new shoes but that doesn’t mean they have to break the bank. Thankfully, Dune London have added further reductions to their sale with up to 50 per cent of both ladies and men’s footwear. Just in time for the heatwave we suggest picking up Steve Madden’s Ruffle Detail Sliders for just £22. Our favourite is pink but they’re also available in black or gold for £26.

 

Harvey Nichols

The luxury department store is offering impressive discounts across womenswear and menswear both online and in-store now, with up to 50 per cent off.

 

Hobbs

Looking to update your summer wardrobe? Then head over to Hobbs where you could save up to 70 per cent on tops, dresses, shoes and accessories. We think this Twitchell dress in yellow is ideal for all your summer events from family barbeques to weddings. What’s more, it only costs £69.

 

Joseph

British-based luxury fashion label has now introduced further reductions to it’s summer sale where you can enjoy up to 60 per cent off the latest spring summer 2017 collection. One for the men here – pick up a pair of versatile Light Cotton Jack Shorts in neutral clay brown for £100, saving yourself an impressive £95.

 

Mango

A brand which has really taken off this year, Mango has up to 50 per cent off womenswear, menswear and kids both online and in-store right now. For a bag that promise to see you through all seasons, we love Mango’s Cross-body Pebbled Bag in Sky Blue for a bargain £9.99.

 

Mulberry

With a sale that started on 12th June, Mulberry’s sale includes discounts of up to 50 per cent on women’s and men’s bags, accessories and womenswear. If you’re looking for a piece that won’t break the bank, we suggest investing in the brand’s Credit Card Slip that has been reduced from £100 to £70.

 

River Island

For the latest fashion trends head over to River Island where you could save up to 50 per cent on womenswear, menswear, girls and boys clothing. Make sure you’re right on trend and pick up River Island’s Pink Floral Embroidered Kimono for £20.

 

Topshop​

Arguably one of the most in-demand sales of the summer, Topshop are constantly adding further lines to their already extensive collection of bargains. Head to your nearest store or visit the website for savings of up to 50 per cent. Step into summer with style and snap up Topshop’s Reena Embroidered Tie Sandals for just £25 down from £52.

 

Urban Outfitters

A favourite for everything from womenwear, menswear and home, you could save an impressive 75 per cent by shopping at Urban Outfitters in-store and online. Still in need of some sunnies for your summer holiday? Well, you’re in luck because you can now get your hands on a pair of Modern Squared-Off Round Sunglasses for just £11.

 

Very Exclusive

Luxury fashion site Very Exclusive has given it’s sale a boost with further reductions up to 60 per cent on designer brands like DKNY, Joseph and Hobbs. If it’s a designer bargain you’re after, we suggest picking up the Karl Lagerfeld Chain Handbag which has been reduced from £285 to £114.

 

Warehouse

It’s time to clear some space in your wardrobe because high street favourite Warehouse has some serious bargains. Right now, you can save up to 70 per cent off denim, skirts, dresses and accessories. Take the hassle out of summer dressing with the Dash Stripe Wrap dress for £25. Wear yours with a pair of slides and cinch at the waist.

Whistles

Now’s the time to bag that dreamy summer dress you’ve had your eye on because Whistles has a sale online and in-store with savings of up to 50 per cent on selected styles. For a piece that will see you through every season invest in the Agnes Biker jacket in cream for £235 down from £330. With a boxy fit and flattering silhouette it promises to go with almost anything in your wardrobe.

The clothes are just irrelevant

A candid interview in which British Vogue’s former fashion director said she was fired from the title has been mysteriously removed from the internet.

Ever since the announcement that long-standing editor Alexandra Shulman was to be replaced by stylist Edward Enninful, it became clear that a new era was dawning at the glossy title. Especially as two other departures swiftly followed: managing editor of 24 years Frances Bentley left on the same day, and fashion director Lucinda Chambers announced that she was to step down four months later.

But now, in an extremely open interview with Vestoj, Chambers has said that she was fired – a decision which she said took bosses just “three minutes” to carry out.

In an article published on the “critical thinking” fashion website, Chambers, 57, said she had been fired six weeks ago by Enninful.

“A month and a half ago I was fired from Vogue,” she says. “It took them three minutes to do it. I didn’t leave. I was fired.”

British Vogue has since responded, saying: “It’s usual for an incoming editor to make some changes to the team,” the publication told The Independent.

“Any changes made are done with the full knowledge of senior management.”

The interview was promptly taken down as soon as it began to gain traction on social media – a move the site says was due to the “sensitive nature” of the article.

But, Vestoj has since re-published it in its entirety with the hopes that it will spark a discussion which might, in the words of Chambers, “lead to a more empowering and useful fashion media.”

Entitled, “Will I Get a Ticket?”, Chambers went on to slam some of the magazine’s decisions – particularly when it came to advertising.

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“The June cover with Alexa Chung in a stupid Michael Kors T-shirt is crap,” she admits.

“He’s a big advertiser so I knew why I had to do it. I knew it was cheesy when I was doing it, and I did it anyway.”

Then, she shed light on the employment of a fashion editor who, according to Chambers, was employed despite being a “terrible stylist”.

 

“In fashion you can go far if you look fantastic and confident — no one wants to be the one to say ‘but they’re crap’.”

But, perhaps the most revealing extract of the entire interview came when Chambers exposed the reality of the publication she had worked for, for 36 years.

Here, she admitted that she hadn’t “read Vogue in years”, slating the clothes as “irrelevant” and “ridiculously expensive”.

“There are very few fashion magazines that make you feel empowered. Most leave you totally anxiety-ridden.

“Truth be told, I haven’t read Vogue in years. The clothes are just irrelevant for most people – so ridiculously expensive.

“I know glossy magazines are meant to be aspirational, but why not be both useful and aspirational? That’s the kind of fashion magazine I’d like to see.”

The clothes are just irrelevant’

A candid interview in which British Vogue’s former fashion director said she was fired from the title has been mysteriously removed from the internet.

Ever since the announcement that long-standing editor Alexandra Shulman was to be replaced by stylist Edward Enninful, it became clear that a new era was dawning at the glossy title. Especially as two other departures swiftly followed: managing editor of 24 years Frances Bentley left on the same day, and fashion director Lucinda Chambers announced that she was to step down four months later.

But now, in an extremely open interview with Vestoj, Chambers has said that she was fired – a decision which she said took bosses just “three minutes” to carry out.

In an article published on the “critical thinking” fashion website, Chambers, 57, said she had been fired six weeks ago by Enninful.

“A month and a half ago I was fired from Vogue,” she says. “It took them three minutes to do it. I didn’t leave. I was fired.”

British Vogue has since responded, saying: “It’s usual for an incoming editor to make some changes to the team,” the publication told The Independent.

“Any changes made are done with the full knowledge of senior management.”

The interview was promptly taken down as soon as it began to gain traction on social media – a move the site says was due to the “sensitive nature” of the article.

But, Vestoj has since re-published it in its entirety with the hopes that it will spark a discussion which might, in the words of Chambers, “lead to a more empowering and useful fashion media.”

Entitled, “Will I Get a Ticket?”, Chambers went on to slam some of the magazine’s decisions – particularly when it came to advertising.

“The June cover with Alexa Chung in a stupid Michael Kors T-shirt is crap,” she admits.

“He’s a big advertiser so I knew why I had to do it. I knew it was cheesy when I was doing it, and I did it anyway.”

Then, she shed light on the employment of a fashion editor who, according to Chambers, was employed despite being a “terrible stylist”.

“In fashion you can go far if you look fantastic and confident — no one wants to be the one to say ‘but they’re crap’.”

But, perhaps the most revealing extract of the entire interview came when Chambers exposed the reality of the publication she had worked for, for 36 years.

Here, she admitted that she hadn’t “read Vogue in years”, slating the clothes as “irrelevant” and “ridiculously expensive”.

“There are very few fashion magazines that make you feel empowered. Most leave you totally anxiety-ridden.

“Truth be told, I haven’t read Vogue in years. The clothes are just irrelevant for most people – so ridiculously expensive.

“I know glossy magazines are meant to be aspirational, but why not be both useful and aspirational? That’s the kind of fashion magazine I’d like to see.”

While classic fabric

While classic fabric staples like cotton, linen and silk will no doubt be on the agenda this summer there is another, somewhat unlikely, textile trending both on and off the runway – tulle.

Traditionally reserved for wedding veils and tutus, the tulle takeover is in full swing. But forget frills and flounce because for 2017, the ballerina staple has had a high fashion makeover.

Across the board, designers interpreted the fabric in two very different ways – romantic and rebellious – pairing the delicate material with everything from oriental florals to sportswear and slogan t-shirts.

Now, to discuss tulle without first acknowledging the so-called Molly Goddard effect would be ludicrous. After all, the young London-based designer has championed the fabric ever since her first show back in Spring/Summer 2014.

Goddard always rises to the occasion and having built a brand on frou-frou party dresses, her latest offering did not disappoint.

Here, she cited New York’s underground club scene as her typically saccharine girls headed for an all-night rave. There were neon tulle dresses worn with t-shirts featuring photography by Nick Waplington, giant fluro-green crinoline skirts and sheer netted gowns cut asymmetrically at both the neck and the hem.

Dior turned what is considered to be one of the most girlish fabrics right on its head (Getty Images for Dior)

But, we all knew Goddard would deliver. What was interesting here was to see how other brands took on tulle.

For her debut at Christian Dior, Maria Grazia Chiuri – the first woman ever to be in charge as creative director – reflected on what it means to be feminine in today’s world. And as such, turned what is considered to be one of the most girlish fabrics right on its

The designer paired floor-sweeping black tulle skirts with faded slogan tees, one of them reading, “We should all be feminists,” while other models appeared wearing their fluffy skirts with masculine padded jackets, skeletal corseting and leather.

Similarly, Marques’ Almeida and Saint Laurent ditched the material’s delicacy proving that tulle need not be confined to typically girlish pieces. For Spring/Summer 2017, Marques’ Almeida presented long tulle sleeves emerging from t-shirts, blooming waistcoats and even a shimmering denim two-piece.

Saint Laurent injected its racy offering with a spin on 1980s revival that saw swathes of tulle draping from the rear of tuxedo dresses and tucked into high waisted leather skirts.

So, how can you wear tulle IRL without looking like a wannabe ballerina? Well, the trick here is to completely ditch all associations with it being a symbol of idealised

Instead, take your cue from the runway and pair your black midi length tulle skirt with a graphic tee, a pair of flat mules or even some classic white tennis shoes.

That being said, saccharine hues aren’t completely off the cards – just make sure to toughen them up by perhaps slipping a bralette underneath a sheer number or wear with another totally unexpected colour.