Friday, 19 July 2013

July 2013: Sharlene's Top London Fashion Hot Spots!

London never fails to amaze me and leave me in absolute awe, not only at the sheer majesty of the city itself, but also at the variety and level of fashions that pepper its every corner. This hot spots list has been compiled from seventeen years of living in the city, but perfecting it is a distant dream, as finding new hot spots is almost a daily activity in a diverse city such as London.

Spitalfields Market, Spitalfields, E1

It is easy to lose yourself in the vintage rarities, the treasure trove of antiques and the continental street food on offer at Spitalfields Market. Spitalfields has something for everyone, whether it is a taste of new cultures, or fine dining, handmade jewellery or one-of-a-kind headpieces, which is what makes it an absolute must for anyone visiting the East End of London.



Brick Lane, Tower Hamlets, E1

Just down the street from Spitalfields Market is the heart of alternative fashion, Brick Lane. With vintage shops and pop ups gracing the whole street and surrounding area, Brick Lane is a must for anyone looking for an escape from conventional, high street fashion. I am known to spend countless hours in Blitz London, on Hanbury Street, the biggest vintage shop in London, which stands arm-in-arm with a coffee shop where several parties (wine for all!) are held throughout the year.


House of Hackney, 131 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6JE

Having recently come to the conclusion that style is not purely about what you wear, I have taken a liking towards interior design, for which House of Hackney, in the increasingly popular neighbourhood of Shoreditch, is a gem. A recent opening, the House Of Hackney prints are unique and daring, and for those who like these qualities but are afraid to venture into furniture of the bodacious kind, there is a clothing line featuring the same prints.



Pop-Up Shops around London

Pop-ups are a popular new trend amongst designers, both new and established, because they give consumers a little taste of the brand, thus leaving them wanting more. As one of the fashion capitals of the world, London is in high demand for up-and-coming designers, who are always setting up pop-ups throughout the city. The main places to look out for pop-ups are Covent Garden, Brick Lane, Mayfair, and Carnaby Street. Alternatively, you can visit Boxpark in Shoreditch, the first pop-up mall in the UK, where up-and-coming brands rub shoulders with the global names in fashion.


Topshop, 36-38 Great Castle Street, Oxford CircusWest EndW1W 8LG

Topshop is a fabulously eccentric British brand that caters to a wide variety of fashion needs, and through this quality of theirs, have left a mark on the global stage, with stores in Los Angeles and Hong Kong. Topshop in Oxford Circus is a fashion lovers’ paradise, with four floors of clothing, make-up, bags, jewellery and even a handy cafĂ© for those who have literally shopped till they have dropped.



Sloane Square/ Brompton Road/ King’s Road, Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, SW1

The three roads listed above are the epitome of class and sophisticated shopping, with American and European brands assembling in this stunning borough. In the vicinity also are Harrods and Harvey Nichols, two globally recognised but quintessentially British department stores. Searching for dresses for occasions, for weddings and even for leisure is a piece of cake, as shoppers are spoilt for choice. A personal favourite of mine is the Brandy Melville store, a Los Angeles based brand that has recently opened up in King’s Road, bringing with it a little of the LA sunshine.



The Westfields (White City and Stratford)

Two of the biggest shopping malls in Europe reside in London, and missing out on either one of these would be an absolute travesty. The beauty of the Westfield shopping centers is their ability to cater to everybody’s needs - alongside the generic British and European high street companies are globally recognised designer brands. A fond memory of mine has to be the inexplicable atmosphere in the Stratford Westfield during the Olympics, one which made congestion almost bearable.


It is highly unlikely that you will be planning on spending your trip to London purely shopping. I would just advise you don’t get seduced by the shopping experiences offered all over the capital, for that is the fatal flaw of fashionistas! What are your favourite places to shop in London? What bargains/treasures have you found whilst shopping in the gems of the fabulous city? Let us know in the comments below, and tweet us: @TREND__FASHION.

Written by Sharlene Ghandi, you can tweet her and follow her: @Sharlene_Gandhi.

Thursday, 18 July 2013

July 2013: TREND Report: Autumn/Winter 2013-14

One of the great things about fashion is that it always changes, and there's always something fresh about it. Whether it's new TRENDS, a new up and coming designer, the opening of a new high street store or a new fashion magazine spiraling new ideas and fresh themes for it's monthly limelight, a new season is always so exciting! And so we begin  to look at a new and fresh take on those ideas from the fabulous designers that send those fabulous new designs down the catwalks for us to admire over. And so here it is, five TRENDS to look out for in Autumn/Winter 2013, and that I'm lusting over already!


Boy Meets Girl

Think about raiding your man's wardrobe for this TREND, but add all the best accessories from your own for a feminine twist so you're ready to take on a man's world! Look to designers Emporio Armani, Stella McCartney and Dries Van Noten for inspiration.

Dries Van Noten
Dries Van Noten


Emporio Armani
Emporio Armani


Stella McCartney
Stella McCartney



























































The Revival Of The Rebel

Be rebelious with this TREND, It's all about the punk look. Think tartans and leather, blacks and reds, whips and chains, there's nothing girly about it. Check out designers Moschino, Versace and Fendi for inspiration.


Fendi
Fendi


Moschino
Moschino


Moschino
Moschino





















































                         
                  Spotlight On The Skirt

This seasons key piece is the skirt. It's longer, it's flared, it's pleated, it's however you want it to be, but requires a slight rethink of your shoe department in your wardrobe. Make a statement with your looks and give it lots of love and attention. Look to designers Celine, Prada and Jil Sander for inspiration.

Celine
Celine


Jil Sander
Jil Sander


Prada
Prada
























































      


                        The Rise Of The Oversize Coat

Now I know size doesn't usually matter, but in this case, the bigger, the better! Texture it, colour it, make it stand out and a statement piece, because your coat is the ultimate statement piece for Autumn/Winter 2013. Look to designers Peter Pilotto, Stella McCartney and Max Mara for inspiration.


Max Mara
Max Mara


Peter Pilotto
Peter Pilotto


Stella McCartney
Stella McCartney






































                                                              
                                          Furtastic

Fur here, fur there, fur EVERYWHERE, and it makes its comeback in it's rightful home of Autumn/Winter, and what a fabulous statement piece it is. Wear it everywhere, on your collar, on your cuff, on your head all at once if you're daring (just make sure it's faux). Look to designers Alexander Wang, Fendi and Roberto Cavalli for inspiration.

Alexander Wang
Alexander Wang


Fendi
Fendi


Roberto Cavalli
Roberto Cavalli




























































So what do you think of Autumn/Winter 2013? And what other TRENDS are you looking forward to seeing for the new season? Let us know in the comments below or tweet us: @TREND__FASHION. You can also check out what we've been pinning on Pinterest from the high street!

*Images courtesy of Vogue.co.uk

Sunday, 7 July 2013

July 2013: Cover Story: Miley Cyrus


She's fun, she's fearless, she's stylish and she's taken on a whole new Miley, a grown up and more sophisticated, stylish girl who couldn't be more further from the little girl with long, straight, blonde hair who we all knew once as Hannah Montana.

Around seven years ago Hannah Montana first emerged on our Disney Channel screens, alongside the amazing shows that made up my childhood, which were That's So Raven and Lizzie McGuire. Now, I have to be honest, I really am not a big fan of Disney Channel celebrities, especially from the newer Disney Channel shows of today, with me having quiet a hate for them and their stars, because of the bad acting, bad sets and unrealistic laughing from the fake audiences. At first, I had this hate towards the show, as it was one of the first shows of the new Disney Channel to replace the classics. Now no longer being shown on Disney Channel, I have a different view on Miley. She has done really well for herself, having released a movie and getting a recording contract to release some pretty catchy tunes (Party In The U.S.A always makes me get on the dance floor) but I don't mind having to admit that I was wrong, and that I have fell in love with her, not just for her style and fashion sense, but for her ability to try something different, it caused a shit load of controversy when it went global (but most people loved it anyway) I'm talking of course about her new hairstyle and all round style which is the exact reason I HAD to put the first non British star we've had in a long time on the cover for August.

She's effortlessly beautiful, with the kind of face and figure that can pull off pretty much any style and look, but I'm loving her 1990's homage she's styling at the moment, with her blonde spiky hair, double denim and stilettos, it's just so cool, to the point where you think 'I need to channel these looks', especially with the 1990's making a massive comeback for Spring/Summer 2013. She's featured quiet often on E's Fashion Police too, with all the guys loving her style, which coming from Joan Rivers is a massive compliment (we all know how honest Joan can be), but my favourite look I've seen her do so far has to be the Long sleeved Marc Jacobs mesh gown she wore to the Met Gala this year, teamed with Prada shoes and themed 'Punk', she showed that wearing something so simple and classic as a Marc Jacobs mesh dress against the kind of outfits that Sarah Jessica Parker, Katy Perry (although I loved Katy's Dolce & Gabbana dress too)  and Madonna wore can be even more of a killer ensemble and entrance and also proved that this girl knows her shit, when it comes to style, fashion and how to dress for herself and her figure.


What do you think of Miley Cyrus and her style? Leave us a comment below and don't forget to tweet us! (We love to hear your comments) @TREND__FASHION
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