Sade English – Skin 14 – Press Day

SADE ENGLISH – SKIN 14

“Designing garments that are not built to suit society”.
Sade English

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Me having a mini photoshoot with the models.

On attending Sade English’s presentation for her striking new collection SKIN, I was blown away by how deeply dramatic and innovative her designs were – not to mention how fabulous the monochrome leather looked! I need to put my order in for one of her fabulous leather jackets – pronto!

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Sade’s vow is to never conform. Her aim is to open the eyes of the public, by exploring body deformities and disabilities and then challenging what is seen as the ‘normal’ body form. She incorporates striking shapes and patterns on her leather pieces, using inspiration from ‘unsightly’ insects. (The massive, gathered, uneven sleeves remind me of insects’ mandibles!) Sade English brings us SKIN, as art in the form of fashion and WOW is it stunning!!

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Sade has removed all gender ideas in clothing by making this collection unisex:
“All the pieces are unisex as I wanted to throw away any concept of ‘menswear’ or ‘womanswear’ out of the window, and that meant pulling away from stereotypical ‘gender’ shapes like the hourglass”.
Sade English on SKIN

In my opinion, Sade has achieved this, because if you were to blank out the faces of the models, they look truly androgynous.

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The raw and edgy visuals of SKIN challenge the traditional ideas of what is seen as beautiful and I think gives us a powerful message – that we should all be comfortable in our own skin – no matter how we look, as we are all beautiful!
SUCCESS!!

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 So there you have it, the fabulous Sade English!!

Thank you for reading!!

Love Serena

xxx

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Floral frenzy

Floral Frenzy

So its cold, wet, windy and pretty horrible outside at the moment, but I have the answer to these bleak days and thought I’d cheer you all up with a tonne of fabulous, vibrant and easy on the eye, floral beauties – because flowers are great aren’t they!! Lets pretend we’re living the Summer dream, don some cool dude shades and sport some on trend flowery numbers. Be it some ankle glamming, frilly socks or a stunning sequin bomber, it’s going to be floraltastic and you’re going to feel like a florally goddess. Say goodbye to the drab weather blues and hello to Floralmania!!

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Mary Katrantzou Spring/Summer Catwalk 2014

For this week’s feature, I’ve picked pieces for a variety of budgets. I hope you enjoy them. Now lets go back to nature and let the flower show begin…

The Coat

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 Michelle Coat – £299 @ Hobbs

On trend and fabulously neutral this Hobbs coat will go with everything!

Make this a key piece in your wardrobe.

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Floral Leopard Print Oversized Jacket – £45 @ River Island

Jazzy Jeff eat your heart out. This is Floral mania at its finest!! Wear this funky number with pride and lap up the compliments.

The Bomber Jacket

SOS Premium Zip Through Jacket with Floral Embellishment

Premium Zip Through Jacket With Floral Embellishment

– Was £150 now £90 @ ASOS

Fantastically floral, this sweet jacket will take you from day to night.

Team with a gorgeous black skater skirt, loafers and frilly socks and look as cute as a button.

Gap Floral bomber jacket

Blue Floral Bomber Jacket – £59.95 @ GAP

The Bomber jacket is huge right now. This GAP version has a great feminine touch with its blue floral print and nails two trends in one…WINNER!

Easy to glam up and down. Just swap your heels for high tops.

The Dress

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Bright Floral Print Dress – £169 @ Ted Baker

This dress will liven up the dreariest of work days. Glam it up with some black and gold stilettos or toughen it up with some ankle boots. Floral royalty here we come!!

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Green Floral Print Shift Dress – £32 @ River Island

Style this charming little shift dress with a statement-jewelled necklace and enjoy the envious glances.

 

The Trousers

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Floral Millbank Trousers – £44.50 @ Jack Wills

Groove up your legs with these Floral Millbank trousers from Jack Wills They add pizzazz to any daytime casual look.

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Lettie Vintage Floral Print Trousers – £255 @ LK Bennett

Team these glam floral print trousers with some wonderful pink, metallic sling backs and enjoy working a chic 50s’ vibe.

The Bag

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Aubrey Rose Backpack £45 @ Cath Kidston

Sling on this pretty backpack for an instant and simple wardrobe update.

Mini floral satchel from River islandFloral print mini satchel – £20 @ River Island

Flower power here we come with this stunning satchel.  This bag will give any outfit the wow factor.

 

The Skirt

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Quilted A-Line Skirt In Hawaiian Print –  £30 @ ASOS

It’s all about the floral print skirt. Daydream of sunnier climes in this quilted beauty. Rock it with simple separates and a nice big gold chain. You’re so style savvy it hurts!!

The Cami 

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Hawaiian Floral Cami – £26 @ Topshop

Add some zsa zsa woo to your average cami combo look with this little sweetheart. Team with a plain pencil skirt and bomber jacket and you will look like the belle of the ball.

 

The Co-ords

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 Peplum Top and Skirt in Blue China Print. Top – £35 Skirt – £30 @ ASOS

They won’t be able to take their eyes offa you…in this (how to get noticed) snazzy peplum number. This combo is to die for!!

The Floral Socks

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Yellow Floral Rose Lace Trim Ankle Socks – £3.50 @ Topshop

 These adorable frilly socks will look great with a plain pair of masculine brogues.

So there you go, the fabulous floral frenzy.

I’m dreaming of sun, sea and sand already.

Thank you for reading you fabulous fashionistas. Now, be inspired, go wild and get flowery 🙂

Love Serena xx

For more about Serena’s Fashion Styling please check out her website: serenaaldredstyling.4ormat.com

Monochrome Safari

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Monochrome was seen all over the Spring/Summer catwalk for 2014 and in my opinion is the easiest way (if you’re anything like me) to solve a daily clothes… ‘what do I wear??’ crisis.

It’s so crisp and classic and you can totally channel your inner Coco Chanel with the following looks. Just don’t forget the pearls!!

So, get your binoculars at the ready ladies and gents, we’re off to find the ‘monochrome trend’….

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Chanel Cruise Collection 2014

Monochrome. Fresh and structured – you can style it to suit a classic, tailored style or the minimalist 90s. Trust me, you will be very impressed at how sophisticated and chic you look, so lets get monochroming, fashionistas!

Monochrome Staple Looks:

The Co-ords

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Jacket and Circle Skirt – £14.99 each @ H&M

 Team this beautiful combo with a silky black cami or black sheer shirt.

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Then maybe dabble in a few gorgeous jewels from River Island – like the vibrant necklace from River Island below. Finishing touches: black tights and some fab, heeled ankle boots. New look have a fabulous and very kind to your bank balance selection.

Statement necklace to rock with your monochrome outfits…

 

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Coral 3D Flower Short Statement Necklace – £15 @ River Island

It’s not monochrome, but rock this with the monochrome suit above and you’ll also be working the new floral trend. Two trends at once – très fashionable dahling!

The Dress

Monochrome dress OLIVE

Tweed Check Combination Dress – £96 @ Olive

This dress is a statement on its own. Sling on an in season, oversized boyfriend coat with this beauty and you’re ready to take the world by storm.

The Trouser Look

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 Wide leg trousers in satin – £35 @ ASOS

From sophisticated office wear to glam after work drinks. This outfit takes you there.

Find a gorgeous white cami (as seen above) or even a sheer white shirt in any high street shop. Or try teaming with the fun River Island shirt below.

The Shirt

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White polka dot shirt – £30 @ River Island

This pretty polka dot shirt will happily see you all the way through to summer. A playful take on the monochrome look – happy days!

The Shorts

Monchrome shorts outfit Asos - £30 (White high waisted shorts)

White high waisted textured shorts – £30 @ ASOS

Ok so it’s still pretty chilly for shorts – but team them with your staple black tights and you’re working a funky 90s style, monochrome extravaganza!! It’s all very simple but it works.

Team with the fabulous Whistles Fedora hat (below) and you’re the Cotswolds’ next fashion icon!

The Fedora

Whistles Fedora Hat

 Fedora Hat – £55 @ Whistles

Add an on trend Fedora to your look for an instant update.

 

The Finishing Touches…

 

The Heels

Monochrome shoes

 

Monochrome Block Heel Ankle Strap Heels – £19.99 @ New Look

Adorn your fabulous feet with these babies and you’re laughing.

 

The Brogues

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White Hampton fringed brogues – £139 (were £199) @ Hobbs

Shoe lust alert – just saying!

 

The Backpack

Topshop Smart Back pack

Smart Backpack – £38 @ Topshop

This bag will be your staple for years to come – instant wardrobe update with this sassy bag candy.

So there we have it – ways to wear the monochrome trend – in a nutshell. I hope you’re feeling inspired?

The greatest thing about the monochrome trend is that it’s timeless. You can wear it forever and you will always look so chic and on trend.

It’s Monochrometastic on a budget!!!! We’re all winners here.

Thank you for reading – now go forth and monochrome 🙂

Faux Fur Freeeeezing….


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Faux Fur Freeeezing…

It’s getting chilly guys and those winter days and nights are upon us.

This time of year is great for fashion as its all about layering and feeling snug as a bug – but this year, I want to be snug and looking glamorous too and what better way to rock the glam look than with a bit of faux fur??? Am I righhhtttttt?? Prrrrrrrrrfect.

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From left: Two looks from Ryan Lo’s fall 2013 collection and one from Simone Rocha.

Again there’s so many impressive, furry steals on the Internet and the high street.

Check out these cheeky bundles of joy for a quick and glam wardrobe update:

The Coat

Fury Teddy Coaat

Teddy Fur Pea Coat – £79 @ Topshop

Team with a big blinging brooch, big earrings, a nice knitted jumper and pencil skirt or skinny jeans.

The Collar

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Multi Faux Fur Lapel Collar – £24.00 @ ASOS

Winter wardrobe essential alert!!! This comes in 3 colours: the above, blue and pink.Add to any coat or jacket for an instant glam attack.

The Jumper

Fury Green Jumper

Knitted Fluffy Cropped Jumper – £36.00 @ Topshop

Rock this with a lovely black leather skater skirt and team with a chunky necklace for a cool 90’s vibe.

The Skirt

Black Fury Skirt

Faux Fur Pencil Skirt – £30.00 @ River Island

You’ll never have chilly legs again in this saucy number.

The Hat

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Bright Blue Faux Fur Beanie Hat – £20.00 @ River Island

Never a dull winter moment in this furry beauty. I recommend if you want to get noticed.

The Bag

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Faux Fur Clutch bag – £24.99 @ New Look

Gorgeous luxe. This bag can take you from day to night. Its pprrrfect..

The Gloves

Fury MITTENS

Faux Fur Finger Warmers – £12.00 @ ASOS

Jazz up those hands ladies. So cute and toasty.

The greatest thing about faux fur is that you can dress it up and down. Personally, I’ll be wearing my faux fur lapel collar 24/7 just because its sooo lovely and soft. I would wear it jogging if I could!! You can go wild with the bright blue hat and faux fur pencil skirt or keep it chilled with the bag and gloves. I’ve got all angles covered for you here ladies.

So we now have the faux fur sorted. Final touches? You know me I love the bling.

Throw on some big sparkly rings, necklaces and earrings and you’re good to go.

Topshop and River Island have the high street jewels nailed at the mo, WINNER!!

1950’s luxe eat your heart out and glamtastic on a budget – great winter treats all round 🙂

Many thanks to you wonderful people for checking out my blog again. You rock!!

Stay tuned for my next instalment.

Ciao for now!!