Wednesday, 13 August 2014 22:57

AFW London 2014 T. T. Dalk

Photo Credit: Trevor Fogah - Griffiths iDeLick Media
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 22:14

AFW London 2014 Zisu

Photo Credit: Trevor Fogah - Griffiths iDeLick Media
The Ije experience...

Ije Shop brought the catwalk come to life with music, dance and can you believe it cultural food such as Yams, peppers, bananas and more. It was inspirational and fun to see the models enjoying the moment and the crowd roaring with laughter.

Well done Ije Shop!
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Photo Credit: Trevor Fogah - Griffiths iDeLick Media
Saturday, 26 July 2014 19:52

Colour me bad!

With a little dab here and a splosh there, fashion has been under siege of an explosive art attack this year. Now, I hate to say it but, but back in London Fashion Week in February 2013 when I first saw Brian Chan's art/ fashion extravaganza at Fashions Finests' show at the Westbury hotel, I did think we would be seeing more of him and, sure enough, I was right as usual!
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Brian's debut show for Fashions finest at the Westbury hotel London Fashion Week February 2013. Photograph: Stoyanov and Jones photography
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Brians' recent show on 'Britain's got talent' Image Bing.com

Who could forget his debut show on Britain's got talent and the mixed reactions he got from the judges! Albeit Simon Cowell wasn't his greatest fan, but Alicia Dixon wasn't seeing red when she complimented Brian on his bright and colourful work and put him through to the semi-finals.

Stating from the outset that he wanted to make fashion an art form, Brian certainly got us thinking about moving art into our wardrobes and talking about whether this was a good or a bad thing. I'm sure that a lot of us were probably too scared to wear Brian's art work and maybe some of you didn't get it but, to me, he was on the money, I did get it. Brian was delivering a very fashion-forward prediction and a much more Avant-garde take on this year's flourishing paint splash trend. To me it was a 'no-brainer', we had to take note and use his art work as inspiration on how to dress this season.

Following on from Brian's ground-breaking fashion show during London fashion week, more art was then in store for us at Paris Fashion week 2013. First we saw bright paint splashed garments from the YSL fashion house and then, Chanel's legendary Karl Lagerfeld showcased yet another memorable art show in his less than shy trademark style!

True to eccentric form, Lagerfeld entertained audiences with his art/ fashion exhibit which even incorporated original artwork adorning the walls to compliment the art work walking down the catwalk and other giant walking pieces of art work such as a giant robot and bottle of Number 5. Clothing wise, as if undecided as to what colour pallet to use, white fabric on key garments displayed a range of paint pallet tester cards in bright hues of primary colours. like the after math of a trip to a DIY store to select bright paints for a teenager's bedroom, the fabric invited you to pick out your favourite colour scheme and choose between a range of contrasting colour schemes thereafter.
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And it worked! I particularly like the playful nature of the fabric and the way your eye gets drawn to your favourite shade and colour panel. For me, the blue and the purples sandwiched between the yellows catch my eye, and I can imagine that this dress could be enjoyed by a variety of different people for a variety of different reasons and visual benefits. The handbag too, being the perfect accessory to provide more paint pallet drama to the rest of the outfit. What was there not to like about this colour extravaganza?
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Above, our crowd pleasing fabric then takes centre stage upon more familiar silhouettes such as the skater skirt, midriff bearing top and skirt set and who could not like the combination of the iconic red box jacket dressing the fifties style striped swim suit?

Moving forwards from last year's geometric pattern clashing trend, we are also introduced to the art of pixel pattern clashing, using the same print but in opposing directions and then style clashing produced by adding unusual components to clothing such as the unexpected lace edgings and ruffles.

And before I finish this write up it must be noted that Lagerfield had not only succeeded in making art from something we would usually dispense with and not see as art but, he has done one thing that no other man has done successfully before and that is to combine the black hi gloss stiletto with white socks!

Now, I'm sure that very few of us can honestly say that a man wearing white socks under sandals would not rouse a giggle or fits of laughter from us but, white socks under stilettos... no problem! We're not laughing here!

Perhaps it was the mild winter or maybe Brian Chan and Lagerfeld sensed that we were growing old too fast and we needed some fun this season. For years now Gaga, Katy Perry and Nicky Minaj have been dazzling us with their bright fashions. Colours we have sported but combinations many of us dared not to endorse. Some side line trends copied by the high street such as Gagas' iconic glasses and bright block coloured separates but never have we had so much colour crammed into single garments as now.

With so many rainbow fashions available right now, we can but not chose to partake in this colour invasion this season and become a walking and work of art. So, dare to be brave this season and colour every day with these beautiful garments I have found for you.
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Dress from Asos.com for a mere £16.00 White dress just $11.95 from Karmaloop.com

Make a Technicolor statement in these Vans £57 Asos.com or bring on the sunshine when it rains with this rainbow jumper Wild fox White Label £100.00 found on Asos market place.

Last but not least, don't out rule this eighties and those iconic primary hues adorning this dress, famously sported by Michelle Keegan during ITVs Lorraine awards, just a mere £25.99 from Zara.

Reserve your seat at the most popular show at the LFW2014. Bloggers, press, photographers, buyers, fashionistas, stylists, magazine and TV - we look forward to seeing you there!

Tuesday, 22 July 2014 21:56

8 summer trends to try

1. Floral Prints
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Window display in Paris (Photo by Eva Fydrych)

Flowers are everywhere this summer. If you are bored with traditional floral dresses, invest in a statement bag or a stylish swimsuit instead.

2. All Shades of Orange
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Window display in Paris (Photo by Eva Fydrych)

Orange is the new red. This energetic colour was present in many Spring/Summer 2014 collections. Don't be afraid of taking it to the next level - with the right accessories it will also look very stylish in the evening.

3. Mixed Patterns
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Window display in Paris (Photo by Eva Fydrych)

Perfect for everyday! Colourful prints & patterns are still in fashion and they will instantly brighten up your mood.

4. Fuchsia
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Bright pink is one of my favourite colours and I was happy to see it on many SS 2014 runways. It looks amazing combined with black and white accessories.

5. Marine Style
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Window display in Paris (Photo by Eva Fydrych)

Marine style is no longer reserved for your sailing vacations.

It looks great in the city too. Easily combined with jeans, shorts or A-line skirts, this look will make you feel young and full of energy!

6. Cartoon Prints
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This look is all about strong vibrant colours and interesting prints. The bigger and bolder, the better.

7. White + Sport Chic
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White doesn't need a special introduction. This season however, try it in a new sport luxe version instead of the usual romantic look. Choose sportswear basics and simple dresses in luxe materials. Go for an all-white look or spice it up with a splash of colour.

8. Oversized Handbags
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Window display in Paris (Photo by Eva Fydrych)

Chic oversized handbags come in a variety of colours and patterns. Good news for women who love carrying their world with them.

Enjoy your summer!
Tuesday, 22 July 2014 14:16

Top 5 Autumn/Winter 2014 Trends

With the summer in full flow it is the perfect time to start thinking about your autumn wardrobe. Yes, the autumn/winter 2014 fashion is coming in thick and fast from some of the most recognised and loved designer names. So what do we have to look forward to some September? We here at Cavells have put together a list of top 5 autumn/winter trends to look out for.
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60s fashion has been slowly coming back into our lives season after season and autumn/winter 2014 is no different. Expect to see plenty of 60s inspired midi-dresses on and off the catwalks. Take a page from the books of Saint Laurent and Miu Miu, but wear your pieces without tights or without a jacket to make the dress more summer-appropriate.

Novelty Prints

Don't worry fun fashion lovers, just because autumn is coming doesn't mean you can forget about having fun with prints. This autumn/winter season is going to be filled with novelty prints, so you can get your fill! Even on the most casual pieces, bright, loud, novelty prints bring looks to life, proven by the likes of Issa or Markus Lupfer. Summer is the perfect starting point, so raise your proverbial voice with colours and graphics that aren't afraid to be seen.

Sportswear

We're not talking about bringing Adidas "poppers" back from the 90s, no; sportswear reefers to quilted mini-dresses and silk shorts, such as the latest pieces by Miu Miu and Fendi show us. In place of jackets or sweatshirts, opt for a tank top or t-shirt – or even make the look somewhat office appropriate by pairing shorts with a button-up blouse.

Gothic

The gothic look is one which crops up very often in autumn/winter fashion, and 2014 is no exception. For those of a darker disposition, just channel the uncompromisingly glamorous Marlene Dietrich and her very real brand of romanticism, by indulging your love for buttery soft black leather, flashes of red, and inky languid silks, as seen at Lanvin, Prada and Givenchy.

Fairy-Tale Inspired

Fairy-tale inspired fashion is thriving in the fashion world. Designers such as Alexander McQueen offer airy fabrics and stunning embroidery, whilst Valentino showcases floor-length sheer styles which are embellished with flowers. Dolce & Gabbana have also turned storytellers with their dark, unctuous take on traditional fairy tales for AW14. Think huge fur hoods, jade green embellished capes and enchanting Little Red Riding Hood thick ruby coats.
Monday, 21 July 2014 19:10

Shake off the Summer Heat

As you're reading this article, chances are you've been hit by the overwhelmingly hot weather which has engulfed Britain this last week. Sticky, humid and with a couple of cracking thunder storms thrown in, the new hot climate has sun blathers reclining in their bikinis while others shy away to a shady spot to keep cool. Whatever your feelings towards the weather, it looks set to stay pretty warm so you should defiantly invest in some of the summers coolest pieces to shake off the heat.

First of all, you should have a good decent pair or shorts. Shorts come in an array of styles and sizes, yet for sweltering weather you should opt for a pair of white linen shorts as they don't absorb heat and will allow your skin to breathe easier. H&M have a great selection, with pastel and khaki colours while for more long lasting pieces, head to Joseph for a pair of tailored perfection. For added comfort, make sure that your desired shorts fall at a reasonable length (are not hot pants basically!) and you are free to move around with ease.

Summer dresses are also a must. Primark, New Look and Bershka always do amazing cotton dresses for this time of year, with light fabrics and cute designs. Halter necks, spaghetti straps or just a simple boob-tube, it really doesn't matter, just as long as it looks and feels good. Try not to choose a dress which will force you to wear a slip of vest top underneath; remember the less layers the better. And New Look currently have a fantastic sale on at the moment, so get shopping!

To shield your eyes from the piercing sun, a good pair of sunglasses are crucial - plus they add glamour to any outfit. It doesn't matter on the shape or design; it could be cats-eye, round or square, just ensure they have protected lenses to stop your eyes being damaged. I like the cute yet costly Max Mara sunglasses range, which has only just hit select luxury department stores, like Selfridges. Defiantly worth checking out.

But the most important thing this summer is that you have a great time and stay safe. Holiday across the country at beachside resorts and enjoying tasty ice creams while relaxing. And if you have time why not treat yourself to some retail therapy!
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Photographer Mert & Marcus for Vogue Paris June 2011.
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Photographer Mert & Marcus for Vogue Paris June 2011.
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Isabeli Fontana wearing a variety of Versace, Prada, Moschino and Emilio Pucci.

Photographer Mert & Marcus for Vogue Paris June 2011. 

Written by Hannah Last 
Cheryl Cole marries Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini, who she has been dating since April.
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Saturday, 12 July 2014 01:02

festival Face.Lace

Some of you may of seen or heard of Face.Lace before, especially if you were recently at Glastonbury where the new festival Face.Lace designs were a genius alternative to hiring an avant garde Make-Up artist and were made to stay on through the mud, sweat and tears. But for those who've not, rest assured as I'm about to tell all on these amazing creations.

So what is Face.Lace and where has it come from?

Face.Lace was founded by the Make-up Artist Phyliss Cohen, famous for her intricate designs and staggeringly bold fashion feats. Phyliss has a huge portfolio including advertisement, magazines and even designed tattoo designs for Jean-Paul Gaultier. She was often asked by many "How can I do make-up like you?" With that in mind, she took her previous illustration background and MA fine art degree along with her passion, talent and drive and produced the incredible brand Face.Lace.

Face.Lace comes in many designs and colours and are vinyl shaped cut out adhesives. They can be applied to anywhere on your body but most commonly on the face for a quick avant garde look looking like you've spent hours perfecting that design or hiring your own personal Make-up Artist. Because they are stick on adhesives they are non-smudge and ready to wear. Your natural look can change in a minute by simply peeling off the designs on the sheet and sticking to your face giving you that mind blowing look in minutes.

There is a large range of designs from the original designs of 'Masks' and 'Demi-Veils' which are designed to cover half of the face or eyes, medium designs names 'Mehndoodles' and smaller 'eye laces and doodles'. For true creatives Face.Lace also do 'play sheets' and 'beauty sparks' which are small shapes of coloured super shiny mirror finished foils. Then there's the new 'brow lace' which Make-Up Artist's love, me being one of them! These designs can be mixed up and added to the other designs to create something really unique and magical.

What's more if you really want to create your own custom design just contact Face.Lace through their website and they will create your own bespoke design.

I simply love Face.Lace and it is always a product that is in my kit. I was very lucky to of met the very talented creator Phyills and her team at this year's IMATS in London. Phyliss then went on to do a presentation on the main stage where hundreds of her fans sat and watched her create her magic.

You can buy or inquire about Face.Lace on their website www.face-lace.com

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Phyliss on stage at IMATS London
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Face.Lace Beauty Sparks and Festival Eyes £4.95 and £9.95
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Face.Lace Rocco Playsheet in white and Eye Lace Swirlyqueue £15.95 each
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Face.Lace Lace brows in Gun Metal Silver and Dappled Gold £4.95 each
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Face.Lace Whiplush Brow Lace and Dresserenity Brow Lace £16.95
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