28 Nov 2012

british fashion awards 2012

Last night London's style savvy descended upon The Savoy Hotel to celebrate this year's British Fashion Awards.
Naturally the red carpet was graced by some of fashions elite; from the likes of top models Jourdan Dunn and Cara Delevingne to talented designers Erdem and Valentino.

All that aside, it comes as no surprise that Stella McCartney would steal the evening's limelight to be awarded not one but two major gongs. Looking effortlessly chic in a black structured jumpsuit with embellished panelling from her own collection and signature scraped back hair, the quintessential designer was awarded 'Designer Brand of the Year' as well as the pièce de résistance 'Designer of the Year'.

Alexa Chung looked every bit the style icon; wearing a simple but still beautiful Simone Rocha black lace skater dress paired with statement boots by Nicholas Kirkwood and an Anya Hindmarch bag whilst also taking home the accolade for 'British Style Icon' for the third year running.

'Model of the Year' was awarded to none other than über cool and quirky model Cara Delevingne. Looking stunning in a green metallic Burberry mini; it's no wonder after walking every catwalk of every fashion week this autumn she scooped up the coveted prize.

Verity: Cara is my model of the hour; so much so that we now have the same eyebrows. She represents a new kind of supermodel; a sort of 21st century Kate.

Couture hats were taken off many a time to congratulate each winner; one in particular being that of Jonathan Anderson who claimed the award for 'Emerging Talent - Ready to Wear' for his brand J.W.Anderson.

Scarlett: Jonathan Anderson is an immensely talented and upcoming designer. Each year his collections inspire and I was overly pleased when he decided to collaborate with Topshop.

Other guests who we thought looked simply delectable were that of model Jourdan Dunn in customised Topshop, Gemma Arterton in designer of the night Stella McCartney, Edie Campbell in a gorgeous pink Christopher Kane dress and super 'it' couple Jamie Campbell Bower & Lilly Collins both in Mulberry.

20 Nov 2012

blanc classique.

| Scarlett - Urban Outfitters Hat | Topshop Linen Shirt | Silk Cigarette Trousers | American Apparel Clutch | 

| Scarlett - J.W. Anderson x Topshop Cotton Shirt Dress |

| Verity - Zara Cotton Shirt | Topshop Silk Pinafore Jumpsuit | 

Nothing compares to a crisp white shirt.

A must have item for every woman's wardrobe, dressed up or down, it never fails. For a modern twist on a classic look we played up the textures and silhouettes; adding leather and silk cut off at the ankle instead of the 'play it safe' cotton black trousers. Finished off with a splash of seductive red.

Who says the white shirt has to stop at the waist? 

Scarlett: This J.W. Anderson dress is my favourite from the collection. It has a feminine feel and a high fashion edge. 

Homme ou une femme?

Verity: Scarlett and I favour an androgynous style to our everyday outfits. The shirt paired with this jumpsuit is perfect as the shape has a masculine edge whereas the silk adds softness. 

Whether vintage, high street or designer it's a timeless piece. 


14 Nov 2012

mmm x h&m

Tomorrow sees the arrival of H&M's eagerly anticipated collaboration with Belgian born designer Martin Margiela. By far our favourite collaboration to date.

Oversized peacoat.

The A-line shape of the coat proves flattering to all figures; a change from the traditional peacoat into a modern classic. Simple but still exciting, we find this to be a key piece within the collection and a worthy investment. 

Oversized turtleneck jumper.

A modern take on a 70's classic, the extreme oversizing adds a playful twist on the standard turtleneck.

Scarlett: I would style the cream version with contrasting colours and texture. Perhaps a simple pair of leather trousers.

Verity: Team the navy coloured turtleneck with a high denier tight and some strappy, wooden platform sandals for an effortless, chic look. 

Horizontally worn dress.

The aesthetics of this dress appeal to both day and night. We prefer the black version as an exaggerated take on the LBD.


Mould effect belt, Hand painted belt, Extended belt

Each belt provides the perfect statement piece to chop and change the oversized silhouette of the garments in the collection. 

Verity: The Extended belt would provide an androgynous feel to an otherwise feminine look. 

| Collection in store & online 15th November 2012 | 


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