More on our August Style Council Judges!

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 More on the August Style Council Judges | Photo Credits: Neely Reyes | Blonde Ambition | Jai’me Jan

Next week marks the announcement of the August #StyleBattle winners and so we thought we’d delve into the lives of our Style Council Judges, Neely Reyes, Jai’me Jan and DJ Blonde Ambition to find out just why they made the hit list for our August Style Council!

Neely Reyes – Founder and Director of Sapphires Model Management

Neely Reyes is the founder of the award-winning Sapphires Model Management, an agency that has worked with and provided models for some of the biggest names in the industry. Her client list includes brands such as Vivienne Westwood, Victoria Beckham, Rimmel, Chloé and NARS to name a few.

 

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Find out about her style inspo & what’s got her ticking this season….

What’s on your shopping list this season?

I am looking for a nice pair of high boots!

What do you think is the thing that makes people’s style really stand out?

The right amount of confidence.

What trends, if any are you loving this season?

I really like the tiny trunk handbags and also the modern Victorian trend, as I love lace and unusual sleeving!

Who are your fave designers?

I like so many but my all-time favourites are:

Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen, Valentino, Charlotte Olympia

Best high street brands?

ASOS, H&M, Topshop, Next

Whose style do you admire?

Jessica Biel, Jessica Pare, Jenna Dewan, Jessica Alba

Have you ever had a fashion faux pas?

I am sure I have had a few! I recently found a pic of these awful pointy boots I owned. When I say pointy I mean like sword pointy. I looked like a witch!

What’s your favourite piece in your wardrobe atm?

My Vivienne Westwood Orb Embellished Crocodile Effect Leather Tote and a velvet jacket I purchased from Monsoon. It is so comfortable.

What item could you not live without? Fashion/Beauty item…

My liquid eyeliner for sure!

Most famous person on your twitter/Instagram/in your phone book..

Channing Tatum on my Instagram and I wish he was in my phone book.

What inspires you?

My sisters, my mum, my co-directors Iain and Martin and my friends and colleagues.

 

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Happy Birthday Victoria Beckham!

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Happy Birthday Victoria Beckham! Shopcade salute you and your amazing style. Spice Girl, WAG and now respected designer, you could say VB has accomplished a lot over 40 years. To celebrate this momentous occasion, we have roped in curator (and mega fan) Natalie Corner to chart Victoria’s style evolution over the years. 

Over to you Nat…

nataliecorner“If you grew up in the 90s you were a Spice Girls fan. Period. Even if you didn’t grow up then, you became one in 2007 when the reunion of the five girls who invented ‘girl power’ happened and brought happiness upon the world once again.

Everyone had their favourite ‘Spice’, when I was growing up it was Scary Spice for obvious reasons. But now there’s no denying that my favourite is Victoria Beckham, who has spent many years trying to shed that ‘Posh’ moniker.

Victoria was always known for wearing a lot of black when she was in the Spice Girls, it was her character signature. The most memorable of them was a short ‘Gucci’ mini from the very early days that also appeared in the – bad in a good way – SpiceWorld: The Movie.

In a collaboration with Skype earlier this year Victoria spoke about the look, confessing that in actual fact it was from the high street: ”The first dress that I wore in the Spice Girls, which everybody thought was a little black Gucci dress, was actually from Miss Selfridge – it wasn’t a little back Gucci dress.”

That super mini dress theme continued as she walked the red carpet in gold lame with her fellow Spice’s at the 1997 Billboard Awards and again at the MTV Europe Music Awards in the same year. Not to mention those terrible matching pinstripe suits, canes and cigars(?!) the girls all wore to their film premiere!

When the Spice Girls announced they were parting ways to “pursue solo projects”, Victoria, the one who never really sang, went ahead and launched a bid for that coveted number one spot with her first single ‘Out of Your Mind’ with Dane Bowers and Truesteppers. It was a tough chart battle, getting pipped to the post by Spiller featuring Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s summer anthem Groovejet. The look Victoria went for during her solo career was very interesting(!) working slashed leather, lip rings and the odd few skunk-like extensions.

After being crowned the ‘IT’ couple and nicknamed Posh and Becks, she married successful footballer David Beckham with the wedding exclusively covered by OK! Magazine. She wore an ivory Vera Wang gown, followed by hideous matching purple outfits for the reception.

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The A-Z of 2014 Fashion Trends

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Photo Credit: Fashionising.com

2013 is like sooo last year and so are the trends! It’s time to take a look at the hottest 2014 fashion trends due to hit the high street any day now.

We’ve made it nice and easy in our A-Z of top trends which will see you through the year in style. So sit back, relax and let’s start at the very beginning…

A is for Androgynous: Big in 2013, even bigger in 2014, the boy/girl divide is closing and it seems we are embracing dressing like our other halves. Sharp tailoring, crisp white shirts and the one-off boyfriend jumper thrown in and you’ll be sorted.

B is for Bohemian: Free spirits rejoice! Paisley prints, mixed fabrics and fringed accessories all make up this trend and will start to filter onto the rails in their droves come early spring, so snap up the key pieces early and you’ll be set for festival season in style.

C is for Checks: We teased this as a trend to watch in our SS14 preview last year- checks are set to be the print to watch this season, mark our words! Think loose checks in candy colours as your must buy now and tightly woven checks in darker colours for later on in the year and you can’t go wrong.

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How to Dress Like Victoria Beckham

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Whether you love her, hate her, or would simply like to steal her husband, Victoria Beckham has a gift for provoking opinion among women (and sometimes men) everywhere.  What cannot be denied is she’s one of the most stylish women on Earth, and someone to whom we can all look up to in the style stakes.

Getting the Victoria Look

Forget that the tabloid press says she’s always pouting and miserable looking; the fact is Mrs Beckham’s style brings together everything a girl wants to achieve from fashion; confidence, style, femininity, and even power with the right outfit.

The best thing about Vic is that when you look closely her fashion sense is actually remarkably simple.  Here’s how to get the look.

Keeping it Simple

Timeless, classic, generally dark colours, and above all, simple; there’s a reason why Victoria is never pictured wearing questionable outfits.  Who cares about being called boring by people who don’t know fashion if you get to look that good all of the time?

Her trademark look is the little black dress, which as Karl Lagerfeld famously said means you can never be overdressed nor underdressed.  Easy to throw on with high heels, a handbag, and accessories, this is a Victoria Beckham essential.

When not rocking a LBD, a pencil skirt is another popular choice for Victoria.  Think of the woman herself; black or grey is the direction to head here; resist those colourful and patterned pencil skirts that are widely available!  Match your pencil skirt with a simple blouse, and you’re ready to go.

Denims and formal tailored trousers are always skinny; there’s no other way to do it, and can be worn with blouses, t-shirts, and finished with an oversized coat.

VB Add Ons & Accessories

What about the finishing touches to the Victoria Beckham look?  The two obvious accessories are the sunglasses and the handbag.  Ray Ban Wayfarers or other large lens, face covering glasses are a must, and if you’ve gone for the full look with a Victoria bob haircut your face will be framed beautifully.

For the handbag, you have licence to be creative, as it’s the one area Victoria perhaps doesn’t keep it simple.  Instead, she prefers large handbags, and while she goes for black you can always go for a brighter colour if you wanted to put your own twist on the look and use it as a statement accessory.

Finish With Footwear

The question is the same as we all face; heeled or flat?  The answer depends on what you’re wearing based on the products above.  You can’t wear your LBD with anything other than heels, and the same stands for a pencil skirt, too.  When it comes to denims and tailoring, the choice is yours, but flats are often a good change up if you want the more casual side of Victoria’s style.

Get started and shop her look here:





Ones to Watch: Edie Campbell

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We’ve got a new style crush and her name is Edie Campbell. Feel like you vaguely know the name and recognise the face? Well you’re about to see a whole lot more of her thanks to her triumph on Monday night!

Named Model of the Year earlier at the British Fashion Awards, Edie beat off stiff competition from reigning champ Cara Delevingne to take home the coveted prize.

So why do we lurve Edie so much? Well, the girl rocked up in jeans, brogues and a sparkly cape to the BFAs, whereas every other leading lady went all out with a posh frock.

Granted Edie was sporting Louis Vuitton, so not exactly ‘something she just threw on’ but still- jeans is a pretty bold statement to make when you are in the presence of the crème de la crème of the fashion world!

So what do we know about Edie so far other than she’s a stunner? Well…

1. She speaks her mind: When receiving her gong she quipped “This is nice because models rarely get to speak!” Lol and LOL again.

2. She’s strutted for every major fashion house going: Chanel, Victoria Beckham, Valentino and Givenchy are just some of the power houses she has walked for. Cara who?!

3. She’s pale and interesting: Blue eyes & pale skin = natural beauty. We heart.

4. She has a mullet hair do and STILL looks gorgeous. Nuff said.

Loved Edie’s look at the British Fashion Awards? Steal her style on the high street below…

 





The Goss: Victoria Beckham edits French Vogue

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Victoria Beckham guest edits French Vogue: Is there nothing this woman can’t do?! Seriously we love VB massive amounts at the moment and here’s why… married to the most beautiful man on the planet, has four impossibly well behaved children, creator of a stunning fashion line which has won every award going, and now, well guest editor and chief of French Vogue. The impossibly talented Mrs B worked with magazine’s editor Emmanuelle Alt to create photo shoots featuring her and David, plus cool interviews. Snap up your copy pronto!

Julien Macdonald confirms for London Fashion Weekend: Julien Macdonald has been confirmed for the designer catwalk show schedule as part of the London Fashion Weekend. The fab designer (he of the naked side dresses worn by Beyoncé, Ellie Goulding and Abbey Clancy) will show his stunner of a collection on Saturday 22nd February. Tickets can be bought now to see the AMAZING SS14 range at both 2pm and 6pm. Better be quick, they won’t be around for long!

Cath Kidston comes to Piccadilly: How exciting! Queen of the kitsch rose print is opening a new store in Piccadilly this week! We know, exciting right?! We’re loving her Christmas jumpers,accessories and hot water bottles this festive season, so we’ll certainly be stocking up on these by the bucket load. The first 180 people in the queue for today’s opening will receive a surprise gift card, so start planning your queuing tactic now!

We Heart snowy fashion: It’s December, which means we are hoping and praying for snow. We mean, what is prettier than a snowy wonderland at Christmas? Nothing! Hence why we are loving some cosy snow fashion. Check out this list full of winter warmers here!

blog.image-bubble-daily.goss.2-031213-ukFashion Ed’s pick of the day: It’s time to turn your attention to beauty this festive season… unpolished nails simply won’t do! We love this Nars limited edition arabesque nail polish from House of Fraser, which is understated enough for you to wear to death over Christmas, but won’t look out of place on your nails come 2nd Jan.