THREE TRENDS TO TRY FROM THE 2015 OSCARS

Posted on February 23, 2015

Last night, while half the celebrity world was immersed in the London Fashion Week whirlwind, the other half were taking shelter from the torrential rain stateside for the 87th Academy Awards. There were dresses and diamonds galore (obvs), a British win (congrats Eddie Redmayne!) and a whole lot of red carpet couple action (looking at you Jennifer and Justin). But if you’re not heading to a fancy awards ceremony anytime soon, here’s how you can try out this year’s red carpet trends at home.

1. PEARLY QUEEN

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Lupita Nyongo, best actress winner Julianne Moore and Felicity Jones all went for outfits dripping top-to-toe in pearls. Mega beautiful, yes, but a little on the heavy side. If you’re after something a little more subtle, limit your pearl use to accessories only: Ear cuffs, chokers and body chains are fresh options, or try a top with pearl embellishment on the hem or collar.

2. NEXT LEVEL NECKLINES

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There were plunging Vs and cold shoulders all across the red carpet, Emma Stone went for a slash neck beaded number, but it was Sienna Miller’s slick square neckline we were really crushing on. Style it ’90s this season and layer ribbed crop tops and dresses over a tee or polo neck.

3. LADY IN RED

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A brave choice considering the colour of the carpet, but Fifty Shades’ Dakota Johnson, Rosamund Pike and Victoria’s Secret model Behati Prinsloo all went for traffic-stopping scarlet. Try a simple slip dress under a leather jacket or, if all over colour isn’t your thing, go for a super bright lip shade instead.

Need more style inspiration? See the street style looks we’re loving this season.

IT’S ALL GONE TROPICAL

Posted on February 4, 2015

Feeling cold? Winter may be dragging on with snow and sub zero temperatures, but we’ve noticed a trend emerging for all things tropical. From palm leaf prints to dreamy music and a new craze for Hawaiian food, follow our guide and you’ll feel transported to sunnier shores in no time – even if you can’t afford that trip to the Bahamas.

THE TROPICAL PRINT’S ARE ARRIVING

Tropical references were everywhere on the catwalks – from Erdem’s jungle-themed show to orchid prints at Matthew Williamson. And we want to wear them now.  Go for our graphic palm print trousers with a bright knit or our jungle-style pussy bow blouse with black skinnies and boots. Who said winter dressing has to be all black and grey?

MUSIC’S GONE BEACHY

The best way to escape winter blues? Plug in to some of our favourite new artists with tropical sounds. James Vincent McMorrow‘s latest album has been compared to a ‘warm sonic blanket’, while Mac DeMarco‘s dreamy ‘Salad Days’ track will get you looking forward to a sun-filled day at Field Day festival – where it’s just been announced he’ll play this May.

HAWAIIAN FOOD IS IN

Everyone’s talking about POND, a new Hawaain restaurant opened up in London’s Dalston. With a super-slick interior complete with private booths and a cool exposed ceiling, this place is far from any tacky Tiki bar. Cocktail-wise we got in the Hawaain spirit with Dashboard Hulas (like a G+T with lemongrass), plus Lil’ Island Ice Teas made with homemade cola. And the food? As well as delicacies from the island like barbeque smoked pork belly and lake-caught catfish, the menu is packed with Hawaiian speciality spam (yup, spam) – but don’t be put off – we guarantee spam fries will rock your world.

Inspired you to get away? Shop bikinis and swimwear for your next holiday >

LET’S GET ’70s (IRL)

Posted on January 23, 2015

In case you hadn’t noticed, ’70s style is having a bit of a moment. Our SS15 collection is packed with key throwback pieces, from psychedelic floral prints, to pussybow blouses and flares. But, we’re not just feeling the far-out vibes when it comes to fashion – ’70s is having a major moment in culture too. So, if you’re ready to take the retro love in next-level, here’s three totally groovy things to do:

1. WATCH: INHERENT VICE

Boogie Nights director Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest on-screen masterpiece is a groovy (a favourite word of the cast) flashback of the ‘60s/’70s, full of dreamy fashion that’s guaranteed to inspire our festival wardrobes this season. Based in California Beach, the film follows private detective Larry “Doc” Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix) as he embarks on a mission to find his ex-lover Shasta (Katherine Waterson) when she mysteriously vanishes. While we’re still daydreaming about Katherine Waterson’s orange crochet dress and Reese Witherspoon’s cute co-ords – the mutton chops comeback is still questionable…

In cinemas from 30 January 2015. Watch the trailer here

c.1976, © Venetia Porter. Thea Porter’s London shop.

2. GO: THEA PORTER: BOHEMIAN CHIC, AT THE FASHION AND TEXTILE MUSEUM
If there was ever a pioneer of ’70s style,  it was Thea Porter. Known for the innovative fashion and interior design sold at her famous Greek street store, her fans ranged from The Beatles to Elizabeth Taylor and Faye Dunaway. Spend a day immersed in her eclectic world in a new retrospective spanning her creations, career and travels.

 Running from 6 February – 3 May, 2015. Head here for more info

3. PIN: FARRAH FAWCETT
The 2nd February marks what would have been the 68th birthday of original Charlie’s Angel and ’70s icon Farrah Fawcett AKA your new pinspiration. Think old school sportswear, fanned out hair and some strong flare wearing game.

Still can’t get enough of the dream decade? Shop ’70s style here.

 

THREE OF THE BEST LONDON NYE PARTIES

Posted on December 29, 2014

No plans for New Year’s Eve? Head to the big smoke for our pick of the best NYE parties in London.

The fancy dress party - PROHIBITION PARTY, BLOOMSBURY BALLROOM

It’s time to party Great Gatsby style. Head back to the ’20s for this Prohibition era-themed shindig, with jazz bands, Charleston dancers, gambling tables, silent movie screenings and a piano bar, all taking place at the grand Bloomsbury Ballroom. And remember to read our party rules for inspiration on what to wear…

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The swanky supper – 5 COURSE DINNER @ BEAGLE

Fancy a five course feast but can’t face cooking? The Beagle will lay it on for you. Found under Hoxton station, this restaurant is equal parts swish and cool, with high arched ceilings, exposed brick walls, and food that’s out of this world. The NYE menu kicks off with a charcuterie platter, followed by crab tortellini, steak and treacle tart to finish. Yum.

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The club night – FOUND PARTY @ CORONET THEATRE 

London party pros Found are taking over the Coronet Theatre for NYE, with six rooms and ten hours of house and techno fun. Want special treatment? A VIP ticket gives you access to a private tropical cocktail bar, VIP toilets and queue-jump into the venue.

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OH HEY, HOZIER

Posted on December 2, 2014

If you haven’t heard of Hozier yet, you’re about to: The Irish musician burst onto our radios earlier this year with his epic single (and equally intense video) Take Me To Church and has since been quietly becoming one of the biggest names of 2014. Tonight he plays the huge Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show at Earls Court alongside Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran, kind of a big deal, no? We caught up with him to talk inspiration, famous fans and how he plans to keep focused on that runway…

How would you describe your sound?

I was raised with music all around me, there was always blues music playing in my house. Nina Simone, Tom Waits and Aretha Franklin were all big influences. It’s a Southern gothic sound, there’s an artist called Cold Specks who describes the sound as ‘Doom Soul’, I think that’s a really cool way of putting it.

What’s been the highlight of 2014 so far? 

Doing Jools Holland was a dream come true, I’d always wanted to do that. We played Saturday Night Live which was a big deal, Bill Hader and Kristen Wig were presenting.

You’ve recently been touring America, how did you find it?

I’ve been very lucky with very energetic, giving crowds and I try to keep the sound on stage as natural as possible. I spent a lot of time in the desert shooting my new video, From Eden. It was great, but we all went home filthy dirty and I did walk into a cactus at some stage – there were a lot of new experiences!

Are you looking forward to playing the Victoria’s Secret show? 

Yes! I’ve never played anything like it, it should be interesting. Admittedly I don’t know any of the Angels by name, I’m terrible with fashion. They’re going to be passing me by on the catwalk so I have to try and keep focused…

What’s been your most starstruck moment so far?

Some of the people you meet is so surreal. Colin Farrell came to a show in LA which was super cool, he was really, really nice. Taylor Swift has come to a show, and Adele. That was one of the biggest shocks, it’s one of the most rewarding feelings when people like that come to your shows because they’re the people that inspire you to do what you do.

Are there any artists you’re really excited about at the minute?

Yeah, I’m a big, big admirer of George The Poet, he’s so unique. Jack Garrett is one to watch too, he plays percussion and piano with a guitar around his neck and a loop pedal and he sings. Seeing him live is mind blowing.

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