Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Harem Trousers / Hareem Pants

On the Catwalks over the past few years, and heavily on the streets this year. Comfortable, edgy and way funky, this season I'm loving Harem Trousers, or Hareem Pants, whatever you want to call them. Firstly, I must warn you, Hareems are not always a top favourite with the men. This weekend my best mate showed me her gorgeous pair, whilst moaning "I LOVE them but my fiancé hates them!"

Admittedly, they can look a little unflattering on your body, but to me - it's all about how you wear them and what you team these funky little trousers up with. Lets be real, 'Baggy around the butt and crotch' isn't exactly a body flattering shape, but I guarantee you - a gorgeous top and funky shoes will go a long way to making the outfit look super hot... and maybe even change your man's opinion! Also, don't be frightened off if you usually like to play it safe. There are literally TONS of varying degree's of 'bagginess' available, which will be sure to suit most people's body types. Try them out - you might be pleasantly surprised.

Tops that suit: Ok, so being as your bottom is going to have some very loose fabric around it, if you want to retain your feminity and not look overweight - you need to make sure you wear the right top. Opt for more of a figure hugging top or at least something that shows your true shape. Longer tops are a definite NO NO. Sheer, fabrics are great too. If you're going for an edgy, funky look, you can wear a shirt tucked in, with a few of the top buttons undone. Crop tops are also HUGE this summer, it's all about the 80's influence, but if you don't want your stomach on full view, you can still get the stylish look by wearing a contrasting vest underneath or opting for high waisted trousers. Bustier/Boob-tube tops are also great with Hareems, they're undoubtedly figure flattering and feminine, so they will create a street chic look. Put a little waistcoat on to make it more interesting, or wear a pretty necklace if it looks bare. A tucked in Cami looks effortlessly chic and is great for work if the fabric is elegant. A plain ribbed vest is also fantastic for a neat, comfy daytime 'Jennifer Aniston' look.

On your feet: For a funky stye you can team your hareems up with a pair of brogues. Comfy daytime, go with pretty plimsoles or a pair of ballet flats. If you want to glam it up and turn a few heads, you can mix it up with a gorgeous pair of heels or wedges. If you're all about comfort and effortless style - wear a pair of flip-flops or sandals!

Here are a few little looks for inspiration but do search them out on the net to find your own:

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Text: Claire Webb

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Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Rolling with Ebony & Ivory

We all know how important it is to have that key wardrobe accessory that can come in handy at any time, whether it be dressing your favourite outfit up, adding that extra bit of style or simply saving any fashionista’s dressing dilemma.

So you can imagine the excitement in the fashion world when we heard about Ebony & Ivory - the hottest accessory label of the moment dealing in Rock n roll / hippy / romantic /quirky scarves. It is this ironic mix that makes them so special and a must have for both Summer and Winter.

These extra long lovelies are made from a mix of classic Palestinian, Tibetan and Skull scarves with a complimenting colour palette and each with their own handwritten love poetry along the seams, most of which from Oscar Wilde. I love that the scarves are made by a team at the White Raven, a nonprofit group that teaches job skills to the handicapped.

In the words of the Liberty of London store:

"Ebony & Ivory scarves are an amalgamation of influences and textures with each scarf several pieces of material sewn together – expect dyed keffiyehs, Eastern mystical imagery, skulls and Oscar Wilde quotations. Each scarf is completely unique."

Ebony & Ivory designer, Bianca Vaitl (a former German model) has not only ensured a cult celebrity following from the likes of Mischa Barton, Gisele Bundchen and Heidi Klum with her unusual creations but has also established her spot in The Scarf Room at the prestigious Liberty Of London where Creative Consultant, Yasmin Sewell and her team placed the scarves on their ‘Must have’ list for 2009. The gorgeous statement scarfs were also recently featured in Vogue.

Mischa Barton pictured here rocking it up in the classic Skull design.
Even better than appreciating designer Bianca Vaitl's scarves as they are, last week, the fashion pack were given the amazing opportunity to meet and greet Bianca herself at Liberty. The special, one off event allowed people to choose their scarf along with any personal inscription which Bianca will hand wrote then and there. The designer also gave some handy tips on how to style the scarves.

With accessories being the prime player in the industry at the moment, the team behind Ebony & Ivory are certainly keyed up on what the fashion capitals are after this season and next. So whether you are after those unique romantic words of love or just simply a name or image on your chosen scarf for that super present hurry down to Regent’s street finest department store for an authentic accessory which will never run out of style steam.

If however you are not in the UK, don’t panic! You can still purchase Bianca’s normal collection of scarves which are just as divine on the Liberty website, Prices start from £240.
Available at Matches Spy, 87 Marylebone High Street, W1U 4QU (020 7487 5400 or; Liberty, Regent Street, W1B 5AH (020 7734 1234 or
Posted by Katie Powell, London Fashion PR Exec.

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Tuesday, 21 July 2009

Celebrity Street Style spottings this week: Whitney, Posh, Paris, Anne Hathaway + more

'The Hills' & 'The City's' Whitney Port, spotted out at the beach whilst holidaying in Miami. Whitney wears a 20s-style white bikini with Black Polka dots and white rimmed sunglasses.

Nicole Richie, Joel Madden and their 18 month old baby Harlow Madden take a walk through Santa Monica, Calif., after breakfast on Sunday. Nicole looks stunning in an Indian print purple flowy maxi dress, leather sandals and Vintage Sunglasses.

Anne Hathaway and boyfriend Adam Shulman pictured strolling through New York City's East Village on Saturday. Adam wears his support for his lady's recent production of Twelfth Night across his chest along with Blue skinny jeans and converse style sneakers. Anne Hathaway looks casual in a Straw hat, striped dress, big sunnies and ballet flats.

Sienna Miller is pictured Sydney, Australia with latest co-star Channing Tatum (prepare yourself for rumours of romance) where the pair are busy promoting G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra. Sienna steps out in her usual effortless attire, san's accessories wearing a brown floral 40's style button up dress with a collar and completed with the puffball style. Sienna's boho boots are brown leather heeled and pointed ankle boots with featured laces.

Victoria Beckham / aka Posh Spice arrives at Los Angeles's LAX Airport in smart apparel wearing high waisted white trousers, a silver silk shirt with a low cut chest and large black polka dots, a grey oversized hobo bag and large black sunglasses.

Paris Hilton goes for cute Lolita style in pigtails wearing a light blue Denim Pinafore and Cream Mary Jane Heels and white rimmed sunglasses this Thursday at Westfield Mall in Century City, Calif.

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Thursday, 18 June 2009

The Re-Reign of the Gladiator!

You may all remember back in January, I put together a blog of how to update your winter wardrobe using key accessories…so I thought it was only fair to do the same now the summer months are upon us.

I’ve decided to focus on one key accessory as they are by far the most exciting fashion statement of the moment and come in so many interesting styles, making them an option for most occasions. The marvel that I talk of is indeed-The Gladiator Sandal.

Worn by many cultures throughout the early ages, these strap cladded wonders are so versatile and are making a comeback this season. They hit the high street big time in 2007 with style icons such as Kate Moss sporting many different pairs and have been in the shadows ever since. However, with this summer’s fashion really showing us how to mix things up, with clashing prints and any shape goes, the gladiator sandal has once again found itself back on the footwear circuit., like always offers us the best of the best with so much variety in terms of style and cost. One of the combos that we see this time around is a great one; thick leather buckles contrasted against beautiful sequins, studs jewels and stones.

These Blowfish gladiators come in at a very reasonable £49.

Aldo shoes, one of the most popular on the high street, have a whole section named ‘Gladiator Story’ on their website dedicated to this particular style.

Check out their DRYZIN model for fabulous turquoise straps mixed with those chunky stones. Or how about CHISEM for some wrap around animal print leather.

These Carvela wedge heeled gladiators are perfect for that smart summer dress and are the perfect way to tap into the Summer ‘09 Metallic craze.

Gold is a highly flattering colour against most skin tones, Sienna Miller looks chic out and about in New York wearing a pair of Gold flat footed ankle gladiator sandals.

And finally if you’re really brave and have got the legs for them, why not follow in the footsteps of Chanel and try knee high ones. STYLE ALERT!!

Ashlee Olsen loves her pair of Black Chanel High Leg Gladiator Sandals, and showing just how versatile Gladiator Sandals are: Ashlee wears them both with a daytime outfit comprising of denim shorts and a shirt, as well as an evening out in combination with a little black mini-dress with a tassled leather handbag.

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Another pair of super-high Gladiators are these Balenciaga's... Rihanna wears hers with a Matthew Williamson top, I'm not sure about the combo, but with a different outfit - they’re quite hot!

I found these AMAZING knee high blue ones from Anna Sui at At £420, they are at the higher end of the price range, but I think the colour, the stud detail and even the shape make the money more than worth it.

Gladiator rules:

1. Stick to low strap sandals if your ankle conscious.
2. Knee/calf high ones tend to suit taller, boyish figures as they can shape the legs.
3. If choosing a bright coloured pair, don’t match them with an item of clothing of a similar colour. This season is all about clashing with style, for example the Anna Sui blue beauties above would look so on trend with a Zebra print dress.
4. The Gladiator is ever so versatile so feel free to experiement with what you team them with. However, after having a browse on the streets of London: florals look fab with a studded pair, denim shorts look rock and roll with the knee highs, and you can match a jewelled flat pair with just about anything.
5. They can look cool for day or night wear, but if picking them for an evening outfit, be sure to dress the outfit up in other ways using accessories (try some exotic jewellery or a pretty scarf)

Kate Moss in some simple black Steve Madden Gladiator Sandals which would go with any outfit.

Topshop have some great pairs here at the moment, the ‘Haidee-High gladiator’ fit right in with Kate’s fashion fix and they come in coral as well as black…at £25 each it means you don’t have to choose.

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Sarah Jessica Parker, Ashley Olsen and Heidi Montag all been spotted rocking the Blue Balenciaga Gladiator Heels whilst Fergie opts for a fire-engine red pair on a night out which have been the subject of many internet "hot or not" debates.

Check out Beyonce’s multicoloured pair…you can grab yourself almost a complete replica from Aldo with their Rosenberger (here) AND they come in two colour ways which is even better. Maybe Beyonce did get hers from there?!

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Friday, 5 June 2009

This weeks Celebrity Street Style spottings

90210 Actress Jessica Stroup hangs out in L.A, she wears black ripped skinny jeans, a white fedora hat, nautical cardigan, black sandals, big bright white Coach purse and a loose fitting scarf.

Blue Crush Actress Kate Bosworth leaving LAX Airport with Male Model Boyfriend James Rousseau in tow. Kate wears a black mini-skirt, grey t-shirt, light blue denim waistcoat, Louis Vuitton scarf and Mulberry boots. James wears grey jeans, brown leather shoes and ray ban sunnies.

Twilight actress Dakota Fanning is photographed arriving at LAX airport. Dakota wears distressed J Brand jeans, a sunny yellow top, white blazer and purple patent Tory Burch flats.

Cameron Diaz is photographed walking through LAX Airport. Cameron wears a grey vest, white jacket, a long scarf, vintage distressed jeans and metallic gladiator sandals.

Rachel Bilson and Hayden Christensen stroll hand in hand at the French Open on the grounds of Paris's Roland Garros stadium. Rachel wears a black button up 50's Shirt with a beige mini skirt, Chanel handbag and Ray-Ban Sunglasses.

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Nicole Richie carries 16-month-old Harlow Madden in her arms while out for a lunch at the Cheesecake Factory with dad Joel Madden on Sunday in Pasadena, Calif. Pregnant Nicole wears a patterned Cape, distressed denim shorts and brown leather ankle boots.
Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld carries a self-referential tote bag.

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Wife of Tom Cruise, Kate Holmes was spotted arriving at a Los Angeles dance studio. Katie wears a grey cardigan, black trousers and black ballet flats.

Girlfriend of Justin Timberlake, Actress Jessica Biel was spotted out shopping with a friend at Theory in downtown Manhattan on Thursday (June 4). Jessica wears grey jeans, Nike Trainers, a grey T-Shirt, Black Leather Jacket, Beige Handbag and Ray-Ban Sunglasses.

The Grammy Award Winning singer Carrie Underwood is photographed leaving Los Angeles with her dog. Carrie wears a blue Maxstudio sundress and brown leather strappy heels and a huge black handbag.

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Friday, 29 May 2009

This weeks Celebrity Street Style spottings

Gisele Bündchen takes a breezy stroll through Boston this Thursday. Her football-star husband Tom Brady recently denied rumors that Gisele was pregnant. Gisele wears dark blue jeans, a black Leather Jacket, Black vest top, Scarf to accessorise along with a big black leather handbag.
Megan Fox handing in her boots as she makes her way through security at Los Angeles International Airport on Thursday. Megan wears a striped hat, a baggy white T-shirt, jeans and Aviator style Ray-Ban sunglasses.
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Julia Roberts wears a strapless black dress, oversized blue scarf and an eastern style handbag as she runs errands Thursday in Malibu.

Jessica Alba carries her 11-month-old daughter Honor whilst catching up on phone calls walking about in L.A. on Thursday. Jessica wears a pretty peacock style headpiece and Ray-Ban Sunglasses.

After a recent Hawaiian getaway, Cameron Diaz is back in New York – and heads out for the day in SoHo on Thursday casually dressed in a pair of vintage wash jeans, white vest and a brown leather handbag.

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