Thursday, 30 October 2008

Socks and Heels

I'll take you back to the 2004 Autumn Winter Collection where Socks and Heels were worn on the Cacharel, Marni and Dior Runways. We were told back then by 'Vogue' that this style was going to be a massive hit! I'm not sure about you, but I hadn't seen anybody in person donning the 'short sock' with heels look over the past few years until very recently. Yes people have been wearing 'over the knee socks' for a while, but short socks? Not so much.

Everybody has a their own unique style nowadays, street fashion quite simply isn't as structured and regimented as it used to be and I love that. People aren't afraid to be quirky and experiment with different genre's of dress such as Vintage, Retro, Brick Lane, Punk, Festival, Rock n Roll, ... (I could go on for a while). Perhaps this is why Socks and Heels fit in so well now in 2008 as opposed to 2004. Or perhaps it's just another case of designers doing their job rather well and foreseeing the trend waaay ahead of us mere mortals.

So, how to wear it on the Street?

Wearing socks and heels with a dress or something pretty can look kind of 'bobby-sock' Lolita cute as Peaches Geldof does it. Don't be too afraid though, the 'Lolita look' is totally in at the moment with the likes of Alexa Chung confessing that Lolita is one of her favourite icons and stating she loves dressing like a child: 'I'm dressed like a five-year-old' she said in her interview with the Telegraph .
If cute is definitely not your thing, then you can do as Chloe Sevigny does here and team socks and heels up with a bit of Vintage, Rock or Retro gear producing a quirky yet undoubtedly stylish look.

As with any trend, you need to adapt it to your own individual style to get a result that you feel comfortable with. There aren't many boundaries as to which style shoe you can wear with socks - though I personally wouldn't wear the pointed court shoe with socks. This is a great day or night time look, so I say go to town with it (try different colour socks and outfits), don't analyze it too much, as long as you feel comfortable and confident I'm sure you'll look great!

Cacharel, Marni and Dior runway 2004

Marilyn Manson's flame and beauty Evan Rachel Wood looks gorgeous in socks and heels

Adventurous Agyness wears her socks with Oxfords, though I'm sure I'd have been able to find a photo somewhere with Agy wearing heels and socks!

Taylor Momsen (Gossip Girls) looks stunning pictured here with Polka Dot Socks and cute Red Heels. The stylists imagination pulled off here!

Thursday, 23 October 2008

The Shoe Boot

Right now I'm loving the 'Shoe Boot': Comfy, stylish & warm! The shoe boot is nothing new, they're actually very old-fashioned, but they've slowly crept back into fashion over the past couple of years.

I love them because they're edgy and a little bit different to the usual ankle boots - which is what makes them so stylish. They're also great if you want to tone down a dress giving it a bit more of an effortless, carefree look. Add a cardigan and you've got a great casual daytime look! You can take this style to whatever extreme you like depending on what you team them up with. I like to wear mine with a pair of very skinny jeans and a cape. Skirts and dresses and with tights look fab with shoe boots too! Kiera Knightly, Sienna Miller and Alexa Chung below wear the shoe boot well in these pics.

Thankfully, you can buy shoe boots in various interpretations pretty much anywhere at the moment. I've picked out a few of my favourites.

Fantasizing is free of course, but if you've cleverly been saving up those pennies for the new season, you could always choose from some of Christian Louboutin's beautiful designs.

I love these Christian Louboutin C'est Moi Shoe boots (£430 / around $860) - they also have them in Pink.

I simply adore these lace ups designed by Kenneth Cole.

Jimmy Choo has produced a gorgeous little pair of tribal influenced Shoe boots complete with the peep toe (hotly tipped to be very in this season!). These are retailing at £550 (around $1100). Oh If only!

Rupert Sanderson's Kit Kat shoe boots (£615 / $1230) have an interesting twist at the front. Love it. The contrasting white heel is gorgeous too.
Ever so slightly more affordable, the talented Marc Jacobs has come up with a patent navy shoe boot to die for. How does he do it? Simply beautiful.

Another beautful Marc Jacobs creation, it so wouldn't be Marc Jacobs if it didn't have an innovative heel!
I simply adore the shape of French Connections 'Jennifer boot' retailing at £135 (around $270)

Love these gorgeous boots from La Redoute, encompassing a bit of the 'gladiator' look. Long length tongue adds an extra style twist. These are currently selling at £55 (around $110).

These black leather hidden platform shoe boots from New look are stylish too, would look great with skinny jeans and a cape, currently retailing at £40 (around $80).

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Found a cute pair at Dorothy Perkins, really like the low front and runched leather. These are fab for daytime as the heel is small.

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Friday, 17 October 2008

The Chanel 2.55

With Christmas not too long away now, its time to start writing your Christmas wishlist…and top of mine is a quilted Chanel 2.55 bag!

The bag is named 2.55, as it was created in February 1955. This long standing Accessory is still a huge fashion 'must have' today, and is frequently seen decorating the arms of countless celebrities. The bag is versatile enough to be adapted to many different styles from day casual to career and evening wear. Here Alexa Chung looks stunning wearing hers combined with a 'typical Alexa' black satin bow dress.

Back in 1955 it was Coco Chanel herself with the bag on her arm, and nowdays it's no less than the beautiful Polish model Daria Werbowy who models the timeless Chanel 2.55. Yes it's all about iconic fashion!

Mischa Barton, Mary-Kate Olsen and Victoria Beckham are all devotee's of the quilted bag, and as you can see, it's not just black that makes a statement. The bag is also available in white, Gold, silver and red.

Sienna Miller and Lindsay Lohan both love their Chanel 2.55 handbag.

If you are interested in picking up one for yourself, then you will have to visit one of the boutiques as you cant get them online. It will be worth the journey though for the quality of service and gift-wrapping!

The bags retail in the early thousands, so if this is slightly out of your price range then you can always borrow one. Yes, you read right, you can now borrow designer bags from online sites such as You can pick up a Chanel 2.55 for around £70 a month.

Of course, if this is still a little out of your price range then the High Street has a number of interpretations available.

Not always an obvious choice but Dorothy Perkins are so on trend this season, especially with this patent Chanel inspired quilted bag for just £12!

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I really love this little number from ASOS, the lining of this offer is beautiful and really compliments this gorgeous patent oversized clutch, £39.

Topshop have also taken inspiration from the fashion house that invented the Little Black Dress with this Chanel inspired quilted bag

If you love Chanel as much as I do and you happen to live in the UK, then may I suggest you take a trip to Primark this week, they have a gorgeous tweed Chanel inspired jacket selling at £17 and beautiful quilted pumps in cream and black that just scream Coco! Just team with a plain white tee and your favourite pair of skinny jeans for a fantastic street look.

Post by Alexa Gilbert
London College of Fashion

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Wednesday, 8 October 2008

I'm with the band!

This season is going to see the return of bands such as Led Zepplin, AC\DC and The Police. No, no they’re not doing a ‘Take That’ and reforming, they’re appearing across the chests of stars such as Kylie, Lindsey Lohan and Carmen Electra.

Stars have adopted the look with the likes of Kylie supporting 'The Police' and Lindsay supporting 'Iron Maiden' with their retro Tee's.

As for wear to buy them, vintage is always best. Beyond Retro and Rokit are both great shops to pick up a vintage band tee, but be prepared to pay a little more for the truly retro bands.

If rummaging through racks of Vintage clothes isn’t your thing, the Internet is always a good place to start. is a great website where you can buy vintage t-shirts and they come in both men’s and women’s (Men’s t-shirts are easily adaptable and can give you a cool oversized look).

I love this Sex Pistols t-shirt, with diamantes to add a little femininity to the look, for £35.

And of course, ASOS is not far behind with a wide range of Junk Food t-shirts. (which pay homage to not just bands but to superheroes too!) including
this AC/DC t-shirt (£40)

Or you can follow in Kylie’s footsteps and pick up this Police offering

If you are still unsure on how to wear this trend, here are my 5 Band Tee rules:

1) Retro is best: Make sure you stick to old bands rather than contemporary ones. If your Tee looks too new then you’ve got the style wrong.

2) Don’t wear it too tight. Why not go a size or two bigger? For an evening look tuck into a high-waisted pencil skirt or with super skinny jeans and killer heels.

3) For a day look, team with a pair of converse or ripped denim shorts, tights and pumps. If you’re a little more adventurous, why not follow in Aggy’s footsteps and team with a pair of tailored trousers and braces.

4) If you can’t find the exact style you like, you can always customise! Slash the neck line for a truly 80’s look (set to be big this season!)

5) Finally and most importantly, keep it simple and relaxed. To avoid looking contrived keep hair and make up to a minimum but perhaps add some gothic dark nails.

Post written by Alexa Gilbert
London College of Fashion