Thursday, 30 July 2015 14:36

Interview With Designer Denise Mahmud

We speak to our London Fashion Week solo designer Denise Mahmud.

Published in Exclusive Interviews

If only summer can be around January to December!! We would all love that, but the reality is summer is only 3 months of the year. Pretty soon we will be in August and saying goodbye to the summer. So it’s best to start start adding key autumn pieces to your wardrobe now to make the summer- autumn transition that much easier.

Cardigans

Soft knits are perfect for those chilly summer evenings. Keep it casual with a light knit

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Freeman T.Porter Soft Cardigan paired with t-shirt and Freeman T.Porter jeans
Available @ www.laredoute.co.uk

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As a light layer, for a bit of extra warmth on those cooler rainy days. Soft grey cardigan @ www.laredoute.co.uk

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Add drama to you look with a printed cardigan invest in this soft Grey Aztec print cardigan @ www.laredoute.co.uk

Ankle Boots

Suede is a nice fabric to go for when it comes to ankle boots but if you want a sleeker look go for leather.

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Ankle boots with strap fastening with Les Petists Prix dress @ www.laredoute.co.uk
Studded Anine Bing Charlie Boots with western-style top stitching on the toe, contrast suede side panels and eye catching pin studding Available @ www.question-air.com

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Chain detail ankle boot @ www.very.co.uk

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Scarfs

While the weather is still sunny accessorize with a scarf that is not so thick and heavy, so that it does not leave you sweating but still keeps you warm on cooler days.

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Scarfs are a perfect way to jazz up a drab outfit as it adds a pop of colour to your outfit.

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Hats

A hat makes for a great accessory no matter the season but are more prominent during autumn. While the weather is still hot and sunny you can wear it to protect your hair from sun damage or to hide a bad hair day.

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Fedora Hat with Leopard print Blouse and black A-line skirt @ Next – www.next.co.uk

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Black fedora hat, with pussy bow blouse and black crepe midi skirt @ Miss Selfridge www.missselfridge.com

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Fedora hat with Cape Blazer, fringe kimono and shorts @ www.primark.com

Whether you add these pieces bit by bit because you are not ready to let go off the summer. Think of it as layering and as the weather slowly changes you add one piece at a time and then another layer and before you know it, you will be fully dressed for autumn.

Published in Lizelle Joseph
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 12:07

luxury fitness brand Charli Cohen

‘Contemporary active wear, combining high perfomance functionality with innovative design.’

Published in Trends
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 09:30

Fetish Fashion

Fetish is a fashion brand for casual designer clothes, shoes and accessories for independent women in an urban environment.

The brand was founded in 2011 in order to spread our passion and craft fashion on an exclusive scale for other women around the world that are aiming to be different from the masses.

The Fetish-style is influenced by different urban subcultures, like hip hop-related street-style or the dark-romantic tattooing-culture. It’s an expression of self-confident femininity, sometimes paired with a hint of a grungy rock-star-attitude.

Fetish is a brand for strong women that don’t blindly follow trends, but want to set trends themselves. Thus wearing Fetish is like making a statement for a self-determined, cutting-edge, dynamic life-style.

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WEARING PINK

Pink, reminds me of being a little girl and as an adult the last thing you want is to look like a little princess when you are wearing it. Here are a few hints and tips on how to wear pink like a woman and not like a little girl.

You just love pink but as a strong career women you do not want to seem to girly. Wearing pink in an office setting, opt for a fitted shift dress or a power suit in the shade that complements your colouring. Stay clear of girlish fabrics like lace, chiffon instead go for silk, cotton or linen.

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If you are going for a brighter pink shades, can be a bit much in one outfit. So rather go for a splash especially if you are wearing muted colours, that hint of pink will liven it up.

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Mixing pink printed pieces are great way to spice up the colour. Add elements like contrasting accessories to break the colour.

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Contrasting textures are a great way, to be less pink Barbie, so pair a cute pink dress with a leather biker jacket for a more edgy look.

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Keep your look stylish by colour blocking your pinks with neutral colours and complementing bold colours.

Published in Lizelle Joseph
Wednesday, 08 July 2015 08:13

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STYLE

The Top Knot

From super slicked back, to loose and dishevelled, the top knot is still a favourite for work, party or just hanging out.

Placement is key when creating a top knot, it should sit flat on the top of your head and not too far back on your head and the hair in the back must be completely smooth.

Once your hair is up in a ponytail backcomb the ponytail for fluffiness and then twist the hair around your elastic band and secure with hair pins. Use hairspray to hold it all in place.

Look Taller, short girls, wearing your hair in a top knot gives the impression that you are taller as it creates a vertical line and adds inches to your size.

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Pair it with statement earrings

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Change it up by placing it further forward with a side twist

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Published in Lizelle Joseph
Wednesday, 24 June 2015 15:08

Mimpikita

The Zulkifli sisters, mira zulkifli, syera zulkifli, nurul zulkifli launched Mimpikita in 2009 and have since transformed the company into an international fashion house with bridal and ready-to-wear collections.

Known for combining the highest quality materials and impeccable craftsmanship with a modern design sensibility.

Creating cosmopolitan yet functional designs, their ready-to-wear collections blend traditional infuses, exquisite detailing and beautifully embellished fabrics with a modern interpretation.

Sold in their flagship store in Bangsar and on Malaysian e-tailer FashionValet the Mimpikita brand will officially launch in the UK in September 2015 at London Fashion Week.

Bound by passion and a constant pursuit of excellence, the Zulkifli sisters are three women with one aim, to ensure that when you become the Mimpikita woman, your dream becomes ‘our dream’.

The Mimpikita woman is the creative entrepreneur in Shoreditch London, the fashionista in Bangsar KL, the ‘it’ girl in Paris and the artist in Greenwich Village New York. She is worldly and always on the move, with a lifestyle that is dynamic and refreshingly fun. As a lady who knows what she wants, the Mimpikita woman is refined, on-trend and seeks affordable luxury clothing. The ‘M’ Woman is the new millennial; technologically savvy, globally minded and Fashion forward.

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Published in Designers
Wednesday, 24 June 2015 07:55

How to pack for a sun holiday

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“We are going on a summer holiday, la, la, la!!! “ Yes!! That exciting summer holiday is looming, time for some valuable “you time”.
The only snag is deciding what to pack. You have your suitcase ready and all your favorite holiday pieces from last year along with the new stuff you bought, is laid out on the bed and you are trying to figure out how on earth are you going to get it all into one suitcase.
I sense that there is a bit of panic, but there is no need to panic. All you need is a bit of skilful organizing and voila!!

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Here is some basic tips for you to follow;

1. Make a list, write down each day of your trip and what you have planned to do on that day, lunch, sightseeing, sport or just lying on the beach or next to the pool. Now for each of these activities jot down what you want to wear, as this will show you what you can wear, for example the same pair of trouser, dress or skirt, can you wear it at least twice during your holiday. This will leaves more space in your suitcase.

2. Now with your list, lay out all your pieces and see how each pieces co-ordinates with another pieces. Do not take any pieces that does not match any of the items that you have picked and laid out. For example do not take that bright green top if you are not taking anything that matches with it.

3. Mixing colours is perfect for summer but you do not need to take all the colours in your wardrobe, just pack the key pieces that you know you can mix and match.

4. Keep your trousers and jackets in neutral shades like white, cream, navy and denim as it make is easier to match your tops.
5. Economise on space by putting items like shower gel into smaller containers or folding/rolling clothes neatly, as you might need space for items that you bought on your holidays.

6. Pack your shoes, like 1 pair of heels, sandals and flip flops, at the bottom of your suitcase and use the corners of your suitcase for small items like underwear.

7. Take at least one or two scarves, as you can wear it as a mini skirt over your bikini or as a turban to protect your hair from sun damage
Now that your suitcase is packed, all that is left, is for you to start counting down the days to your sun holiday.

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Published in Lizelle Joseph
Monday, 22 June 2015 19:22

Black is Beautiful

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Black is mysterious, it’s elegant and sophisticated.

Putting on a black suit can make you feel in control as it hides all fear, and a LBD makes you feel sexy.
Black is slimming as it blurs out any and all lines and leaves no shadows, as it absorbs rather than reflects light, thus creating a balanced, sleek and slimmed down appearance.

Although is not really considered a colour, it is and has always been the number one go to colour for most women.
In the famous words of Coco Chanel “A women needs just three things; a black dress, a black sweater, and, on her arm a man she loves”

Chanel simplified women’s fashion during 1926 when Vogue magazine published a drawing by her of a simple Black dress. The LBD then lived on through the designs of Versace, YSL and the most famous LBD worn by Audrey Hepburn in 1961, designed by Givenchy for the movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

“Black is Beautiful” wear it proudly!!!

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Here are so tips, if black is your go to colour

Make sure it’s the right fit, when wearing black on black, the fit of your pieces are important. Remember black is slimming so your pieces can be more fitting rather than shapeless.

Stay clear of clingy shiny fabrics like lycra, sequins or satin as it will creates shadow and reflection that will highlight any lumps and bumps that you want to hide.

Pair different textures and fabrics

Wearing black of black creates a straight vertical line

When wearing black in summer, choose pieces that are season appropriate, like chiffon, silk and linen and heavier fabrics like wool for winter.

Spice it up with bold accessories, like jewellery, and we all know a red lip or leopard print shoe always looks good against black

Switch between day and night by making little changes, like lipstick colour, when wearing a LBD from work to after work cocktails. Try a bold deep red for night and a nude lip stain for day

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Published in Lizelle Joseph
Saturday, 20 June 2015 14:59

Givenchy Pre Summer 2016

Ricardo Tisci used the bustling city of London as his backdrop for Givenchy’s pre spring/summer 2016 collection, and what a collection it is!

Published in Trends
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