The Festival Season in Fashion
Those long warm summer evenings from May to September have led to a number of open aired concerts and festivals of live music for everyone to enjoy. The large crowds dancing and enjoying the music is what the festival atmosphere is all about and experiencing something unique.
But let’s face it, the UK’s sunny weather is not guaranteed and sometime your festival experience turns into a public mud-bath and then people aren’t so jealous about your experiences! Everyone wants to be able to say, I saw this band or say I was there when and even did you see me on TV?
What is Festival Style
The filming and photos of festivals always focus’ on people that have their festival style bang on, so what is festival style?
Mostly this means a little bit vintage and unique.
Essentials include sturdy boots or wellington boots, floppy hats, waterproof coat and sunglasses (don’t forget your sun cream!) to cover you for rain or shine.
But if you want to look Festival cool then mixing things up to style is a must.
The floral headband was popular at Glastonbury this year but alternatives can include a bindhi spot and tribal makeup to give you a festival look but obviously not altogether, that’s just too much!
This trilby-esque velvet hat is seventies inspired and classically festival wear along with a fringed kimono it’s very on trend and vintage at the same time, which is hard to achieve! The simple sheer black top and black bikini underneath gives a layered but cool look. Classic denim hot pants and simple jewellery make this a great overall stylish festival look without overdoing it.
A two-piece abstract turquoise palms and monochrome tile print is sure to turn heads when paired with sturdy boots and maybe some chunky tribal bracelets and make up to dress up the whole look.
You can of course just go all out crazy and have fun with your outfit like this lot!
Beach Wear to Suit Your Body Shape?
By Suzanne Bernie – COATHANGER
The summer is fast approaching, as is the holiday season and with many of us heading for sunnier climes to enjoy the sun, the pool and the sandy beaches. Ah Paradise…… then comes that initial thought, just what shape, style and colour will your bikini or swim suit be? Is my body ready for this and which bits do I want to show or hide?
Getting the first day out the way is the most daunting. Putting on your chosen swimsuit over what is probably a very white or previously well hidden body and going out in broad daylight is probably the hardest part. Of course once you have a smattering of a tan its all fine, even the cellulite looks better with a tan!!
It is important to know your shape and work out just how revealing your beachwear should be. How high the legs will be in proportion to your hips. If you want tan lines or are going to fiddle taking down straps once you lay on your sunbed. As well as the boobs…… do you need underwired or not. There’s no right or wrong it’s all down to how much help you need!!
Or is your tummy an issue and are you happier with a little more structure and support?
Athletic or Boy Body Shape:
Make the most of your flat tummy, toned legs and arms by wearing a two piece bikini, if you’ve got it flaunt it. Just be sure to avoid baneau tops that flatten your bust rather than give it lift or shape. The top is important here so a bit of hidden extra shaping with a moulded top will help give your bust a fuller look. A bikini with a colourful pattern or print can work really well or plain with some ruffles or trim around the bust to draw the eye. Rushes at the sides of a one piece will also add the illusion of curves. To make your legs look longer and more shapely, choosing a higher side on the bikini bottoms will elongate the legs and help your already toned body look stunning.
Pear Body Shape:
Make the most of the curves that you have and help draw the eye to your top curves with the clever use of swimwear. Firstly you may have fallen into the trap of thinking short styled bottoms that cover more would look better on your figure, think again. A higher line on the side gives a triangle shape, bares the whole of your thigh making your bottom appear smaller and elongates the legs, you could even try strings at the side. Up top you want a deep v neck with round the neck ties to draw the eye up to the bust.
Apple Body Shape:
Making the most of your legs and bust when you’re apple shaped is just a matter of finding the right choice of swimwear as it can make you feel confident and amazing on the beach. Block colour rather than patterns tends to work better as a rule but it depends where the patterns are placed on the swimwear as chevrons can work really well to add the look of shape where there isn’t any and tiny prints can sometimes work as well as a block colour.
Finding a one piece with clever side panelling can help give the appearance of curves at the torso. A bikini in a block bold colour with heavier bands under the bust and above the waist line will draw the eye and give you shape the look of curves. Rushing is also a great way to flatter your tummy and having the rushes over your tummy rather than flat material makes the tummy appear smaller.
Where Did You Get That Hat?
By Suzanne Bernie – COATHANGER
So Royal Ascot is here again and is known as quite a fashionable event so why is it year in and year out, we see some of the most deranged head wear ever invented? Here are a few of my favourite barmy bonces.
This combines the natural beauty, colour and splendour of a peacock and takes it to an altogether circus look.
International model Eliza Cortez is sporting this oversized traditional English rose hat. Can you imagine the size of the bees?
Flowers, presents and curly bits in bold colours with a trim matching your dress? Sure why not?
Obviously the counterbalance design was not quite working as this race goer seems to be less than hands free but flowers are a nice detail on an otherwise questionable question mark of a hat!
The use of colour blocking here is clever as the theme of sunny yellow is going from top to bottom including golden accessories and mirrored glasses and although the hat is a bit much for Royal Ascot this is a great outfit!
The Summer Coat – Day to Evening
By Suzanne Bernie – COATHANGER
A great look and an important summer staple this season is The Summer Coat, also known as The Duster Coat.
If like me you spend a lot of time walking the shopping streets of London a summer coat will complete your outfit.
Not knowing what our wonderful British weather is going to do literally from one day to the next makes the duster coat a stylish protection against the elements.
It works perfectly over a trouser or skirt suit for work in a plain or muted colour or go for a subtle print and wear with jeans and a blouse for a lunch date or cocktails. Go for either the drop shoulder or the more structured look, either one works.
Adding a bit more glamour going into the evening is the silk heavily patterned kimono style long line jacket. Be careful as to how many colours you wear underneath, but over jeans a vest top, its perfect for any warm evening, a gig or a bar, making the ‘boudoir look’ very ‘street’.
I’m not a great fan of tassels but there’s still a lot on the high street both on clothes, backpacks and cross body bags. They can also be found on most Kimonos and make the complete outfit more Boho Chic.
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London Fashion Week AW14: A Recap
All year round we look forward to the London Fashion Week and the updates that it brings to each season; we know there are also many others that look forward to this update but do not always know how to interpret what they see. On the other hand, some of us may miss parts of the show and therefore we do not obtain the whole picture, but do not fret – here’s a recap of London Fashion Week AW14 from Coathanger.net.
Bringing the Old & New Together
Mulberry have confirmed that they will be collaborating with Cara Delevingne throughout the autumn and winter season on a range of handbags – this could largely be due to Mulberry’s recent dip in sales and the famous face that is Cara Delevingne.
Kim Kardashian is old news; after London Fashion Week we’ve become obsessed with one of the newest faces, Kim’s half-sister Kendall Jenner. Kendall made her UK fashion début on the runway at London Fashion Week as she strutted her stuff for Giles – Kendall was even spotted rubbing elbows with Anna Wintour from Topshop.
An Abundance of Originality and Creativity
Through London Fashion Week we have discovered that more and more of the designers are stepping away from the designs that we usually see and are experimenting with something a little different.
A good example of this would be to take a look at a piece by Helen Lawrence. Many of the pieces designed by Helen Lawrence suggest a casual and comfortable look with an intention of standing out from the crowd; unusual prints and textures suggest that this could be the beginning of a very bright and interesting fashion future.
Some designers have put more originality and thought into their outfits than others have put into their entire collection; an excellent example of this would be Christopher Kane.
Christopher Kane’s first piece was a 3D dress piece in a salmon or nude pink; although the 3D design was quite simple, the spiral design was incredibly flattering – let’s see if the highstreet stores can replicate this one.
One for the Sci-Fi Fans
It would appear that as of AW14 we’ll be seeing more and more printed designs that are focussed on Star Wars; these designs come in a number of forms and styles.
Many Star Wars based outfits utilise recognisable figures and icons, whilst we know that others plan to utilise real stills from the films themselves.
Will they work, or is this the beginning of a fashion faux pas? Only time will tell!
For more information on the latest trends or refreshing your wardrobe in time for the season ahead you can get in touch with us at Coathanger.net. We would be more than happy to satisfy your styling needs or to consult you on creating an outfit that suits you.
Spring Runway 2014
February is always a very special month for everyone. Mainly because we can see an end to winter and of course its Valentines.
However there’s another exciting pull for London’s fashion industry this February and its going to be a hectic and exciting time for showcasing shop windows and getting a taste of how we do fashion here in London.
London Fashion Week starts right on 14 Feb, which gives us the right to talk about the love and affection of all things fashion.
For those who rather think about this Spring season rather than what we’ll be wearing for winter 2014 here are some latest trends to be considered:
SS14 Colour Wheel:
See below a summarized colour wheel showing all the main color trends demonstrated by mainstream designers for SS14:
The Tribal look
There has been huge inspiration coming from Ancient Latin American, African and European civilizations. From Alexander McQueen warrior structures to Givenchy’s tribal black; tribal theme has found its own interpretation.
Edun has brought to us a whole new twist of last year’s monochrome this SS14 expressed in quirky geometry:
Valentino’s inspiration from ancient Maya culture:
The cotton shirtdress!
Will it work for your office attire?
The business casual look is going to be filling the office this spring. Cotton shirt dresses equal suit classics with a sexy twist. If you can, The PJ trouser suits are still being worn (as seen at the end of Winter collections) this maybe too casual for your office however a fabulous chic look for a lunch or cocktail party. ‘Glam up’ the shirtdress or the PJ trouser suit with multiple strings of pearls.
Alexander Wang SS14:
Sporting glam is one of the mainstream trends of SS14. Fine silk fabrics and soft leathers are being used by designers in order to create chic sporty looks and should definitely be combined with stilettos, not sneakers!
Floral V Pop-Art
The SS14 floral designs significantly differ from AW13 floral bloom. The floral prints were inspired by 1960 pop-art abstractions, which were seen a lot in Christopher Kane’s collection. Black is seen a lot as background to the floral’s giving them a sensual look. Very Dolce & Gabbana!
Rochas, Francesco Scognamiglio, Moschino and the others used some very feminine couture floral applications.
Dolce & Gabbana
White tulle is the new white
White as a colour of serenity and meditation is on the throne as usual this season and certainly will be going through into Summer. The designs are sleek and simple. Rochas, Blumarine, Sass & Bide, Balenciaga and some others compliment the clothing with a lot of tulle and some lace details. As well as voiles and mixtures of fabrics.
Trends change every season, however this doesn’t mean your style has to change. Once you’re happy with your image it’s good to tweak it with each new season. Adding new colours will give you an immediate updated and newly inspired wardrobe.
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The Menswear Trend of SS14
January 2014 has been full of events and surprises in the fashion world. It opened the season of Global Fashion Week as well as awards where we have seen thousands of handsome faces (the bodies weren’t bad either!!) marching along runways & red carpets.
Men without doubt care more and more about beauty treatments, fashion and over all appearances, almost if not more than women.
Showing for Men’s Fashion Week:
Bold stripes are one of the dominant trends for this SS14 as an echo of last season’s big squares. And the bolder they are the better. We’ve seen ranges from marine themed block ideas from Wooyoungmi to elegant classy charcoal grey and navy blue from Valentino.
Florals pour hommes
The major floral wave that took over the world in AW13 also left its footprint on menswear collections. We should admit a lot of them were indeed a very creative interpretation of the trend. If Gucci’s head-to-toe floral suit is too ‘over the top’ for you then split the suit and add a block colour as seen below with Prada.
Dries Van Noten:
1950s nostalgia with grey twist
Light grey is a definite hit for SS14 and it was used by many couturiers to create the nostalgic look with a modern interpratation. Although Thomas Maier at Bottega Veneta started his catwalk with the classic grey look it suddenly took a monochrome creative twist. In fact, you won’t be wrong to get inspired by the Wolf of Wall Street boys’ outfits.
Michael Kors alternatively went for a very nice smart casual interpretation using camel yellow, milk chocolate brown, beige, light grey and sky blue.
Tailored tunics and the new dandy concept
The SS14 season has changed the classic concept of the suit. It was paired with a tailored tunic from Z at Zegna, Vivienne Westwood or Spencer Hart. Or if you prefer to stand out maybe you would prefer the edgy metallic red or copper from Roberto Cavalli or Dolce and Gabbana.
You can now feel inspired to match various fabrics and colours that you may not think of combining before seeing Dsquared.
Dolce & Gabbana:
Therefore, be brave and be experimental as the room for manoeuvre is tremendous. Or…stay with the classics.
If you feel you would like to try something new but don’t quite know to or indeed which style is perfect for you – don’t be afraid to ask for help!!
Clothes Show Live – What we’ve Learnt
With the Clothes Show Live in Birmingham now at an end it’s time for us to discuss what we’ve learned and to summarise the event for those who could not attend. However, here at Coathanger.net we like to focus on the fashion and style displayed at an event and how this can affect what we wear during the year to come rather than specific celebrities, brand or scouts that may have been present during the show. So here’s a summary of the latest trends and what we expect you to be wearing in SS14, courtesy of the Clothes Show Live.
As the crowds settled in their seats for the live catwalk show we could feel the tension building; it was just as the noise of the audience swelled that the presenters strutted onto the stage and introduced the show.
The Clothes Show Live launched with a glimpse of the trends that we are currently pursuing; black and tan were amongst some of the most popular colours whilst leather and PVC were the most common textures. Many of the outfits containing leather, PVC or similar materials worked very well together due to the way in which these particular materials complement each other.
With SS14 comes the warmer weather; this calls for lighter textures and materials as well as less layers. Some of the favourite textures displayed at the Clothes Show Live consisted of white chiffon, lace and cotton; a number of headdresses were also seen throughout the SS14 display. Each of these headdresses were creating using softer materials to complement the chiffon and cotton used – these materials included feathers, satin and synthetic materials. Although these headdresses are pretty outrageous and can quite difficult to pull off; even the most elegant models may struggle to work this item.
However flowing dresses and light materials won’t be the only trend of SS14; as the sun sets on spring and summer begins there will be one trend that you simply can’t miss. The metallic effect is back in full force; with various shades of gold and black accessories to accompany and enhance the effect of the gold.
The AW14 section of the clothes how live hints at a particularly large dose of red; especially during the autumnal months. Everything from swimsuits to shoes, coats, jeans and jumpers were spotted in shades of red – leather and PVC also made another appearance.
The work wear of 2014 is largely the same as that of AW13; grey fitted, tight or tailored attire is favoured over loose fitting or baggy clothing. If you’re looking to impress your boss or those working with you; you’re going to need to tone down your working wardrobe with varying shades of grey.
Aside from the patterns, colours and textures that you would expect to see of SS14 and AW14 – there were also some unexpected revivals. Some of the designs that flitted across the cat walk appear to have been taken directly from the 80s and 90s. These designs were sported by some of the best models; others may not have been able to create the same look.
Scouts went wild as the show finished with a presentation of what’s believed to be the future generation of models and supermodels; if we’ve learned anything from the Clothes Show Live it’s that big coats aren’t going anywhere, the next generations proves to be quite promising and any style can be revived if you wait until the right time.
For more information on the latest trends or for some professional advice you can get in touch with us here at Coathanger.net, the experts on image consultancy and personal styling.
Careers and Clothing – What to Wear to the office Christmas Party
So your work Christmas party is coming up, the one you’ve been dreading since the beginning of November; the biggest dilemma, what are you going to wear? What seemed like a good idea back then is often not so as the date gets closer. You’ve changed your mind a million times, spoken with friends.
If you want to be the best dressed without making a mistake that could turn you into the talk of the office – here are a few simple tips and tricks on how to select what to wear for your office Christmas party.
The first step in planning your outfit, do a little research. Find out what the theme is going to be, will there be fancy dress involved? Also take into account the venue, how far you’re going to have to travel. Think shoes; go in flats and change when you arrive. This will be your best decision when going home. Who exactly is on the guest list? If you’re going to be rubbing shoulders with directors and heads of department you may consider toning it down a little from you normal Saturday night outfit, ensuring if alcohol gets the better of you your skirts not too short or your tops not too low.
Remember you do need to go back and face everyone in the New Year!
And don’t forget – Is it really fancy dress or is that just a rumour??? Don’t fall for that old chestnut!!!
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Dressing for Fall and Frost
As the weeks progress we find ourselves closer and closer to the end of fall and the beginning of winter. Although winter does bring mulled wine, mince pies and presents it also brings frost, snow and treacherous conditions; but more importantly, it also poses the question “What can I wear?”
As well as fending off the winter chills and ensuring your own safety; it’s also important that you look good! It’s because of this that we’re guiding you through what you should be wearing throughout the winter of 2013.
Cold? Grab a Coat!
It’s undeniable that the most important aspect of any outdoor outfit is the coat – but how do you know which coat to wear? Often the same styles are repeated each year so you can get away with several styles so long as you cycle them.
Plaid is perfect! You simply cannot go wrong with a luxurious, well-made plaid coat. These coats come in a variety of colours including red, blue grey and purple. Although you can’t go wrong with a plaid pattern coat, you can mess up on when it comes to the colour scheme – winter is all about washed out and worn, it’s about being comfortable. No yellow or orange, and only moderate amounts of green.
Bigger is better. Do you remember when we told you that oversized coats were better than tailored pieces – this rule still applies. Not only will an oversized coat keep you much warmer than a thinner tailored coat, but it‘s the shape of the season and can be worn with many layers underneath.
A Leather jacket or coat is perfect for this winter season but avoid matching leather trousers or a leather skirt. Leather is the best when it comes to keeping out the breeze and to soften the look, as well as make it more feminine, add the all-important accessories. Or silk or cashmere scarf.
Footwear versus Frost
Winter brings poor weather conditions mixed with freezing temperatures – this means enduring frost, ice and snow. Walking in these conditions can be extremely difficult, which means that you need to purchase footwear that will protect your feet from the cold whilst also providing you with a sufficient amount of grip so that you do not fall.
We recommend that you purchase a pair of black or brown biker boots before the first frost hits. Not only are the boots incredibly stylish but they also come with attitude – the thick sole allows for easy walking in the frost or snow and also gives a more rugged feel. Go for the less embellished boot and wear with skinnies, parallels jeans or a maxi skirt.
To be on the safe side also invest in a pair of incredibly useful and now very cool ‘Wellies’. By wearing one of the huge selection of design wellies when it snows or more importantly pours with rain will avoid ruining any of your other shoes or boots.
Take advantage of the cold weather by purchasing a cashmere or woollen scarf. There are plenty of choices on the high street but choose carefully. It needs to go with your coats and jackets and your face. So either go with neutral colours or buy a selection so you have more choice.
Remember a silk scarf can also keep you lovely and warm and can be kept on through the day or evening.
The number of outfits that you could put together whilst including these items are astounding – and the best part is that each of them would look good whilst protecting you from the winter weather. For more information on how to improve or renew your look you can get in touch with us at Coathanger.net for our professional styling services and expert advice.