The 70s are back at M&S

March 2nd, 2015

It gives me so much pleasure to type these words, Spring/Summer 2015 is the season when the 70s return. And, as a fan of all things Bowie, Kate Bush, Life on Mars and glam rock, these are words that just make me happy. To be fair though, the fashion that I’ve been lusting over is less about the flared jeans and Afghan coats, and more about the sumptuous prints, 70s style takes on tea and shirt dresses, and the gorgeous tea cloth, crochet and lace that makes this season one that is worth indulging in.

M&S are taking their cues from the catwalk and the celebrities by creating a very stylish and wearable collection of 70s style apparel. Forget Olive from On the Buses and the group ‘Sweet’, and think instead more of Cybil Shepherd in Taxi driver, Angelica Huston and Lauren Hutton,  the cast of Shampoo and that ever classic, The Eyes of Laura Mars’. There are dresses and skirts that you will be able to wear now, and pieces that will be just perfect when you start to pack for your summer holiday.

Once derided as the decade that style forgot, the 70s creativity, as exemplified by Bill Gibb and Zandra Rhodes, is now getting the plaudits it so rightfully deserves.

70s style inspiration

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Cybil Shepherd 1970s

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Angelica Huston with Halston

 

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The tan boots and midi skirt – textbook 70s

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Olivia Palermo

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Fearne in 70s does 40s tea dress

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This maxi could be 70s era Biba

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Another 70s style print dress

My mom had wallpaper like this print, which is probably why I love it.

My mom had wallpaper like this print, which is probably why I love it.

Paloma's look is just soooo 70s.

Paloma’s look is just soooo 70s.

Matthew Williamson A/W 2015

Matthew Williamson A/W 2015

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Reviewed – F&F Duster Jacket

March 2nd, 2015

One of the most versatile pieces you can add to your wardrobe now Spring is here (ahem – yes it is snowing outside the window as I write this – but it’s March, and that means Spring to me.) is a duster jacket. Lightweight, but so elegant and stylish, a duster jacket is a great with jeans and flat shoes for a casual look,  but can also be worn, 1960s style, over a shift dress for a more dressy, or evening look.

One of the best value duster jackets around at the moment is the F&F version that comes in a very pretty and springlike dusky pink shade. With mid sleeves, two deep pockets, and a soft, unstructured shape, this is a very easy piece to wear and add into your current wardrobe. F&F very kindly sent me this jacket, and I have been having a lot of fun wearing it for different occasions – a sports event, for Sunday lunch, and for an afternoon at the park. I think these three, different events, both indoor and outdoor, show that the jacket is a multi-use piece that could be worn for many different occasions, and would always work.

F&F Crepe Duster Jacket £25.00 click to visit F&F

F&F Crepe Duster Jacket
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Look 1 – Sporting occasion

Worn with a fluffy jumper, skinny jeans and flat ballerina pumps for the Sainsbury’s Indoor Grand Prix. Love the baby shade of pink teamed with soft, off white and denim.

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Look 2 – Off to the park

Two different, but similar looks for the park. As you can see, I really like cream or off white with this shade of pink, it is a pretty contrast. In the bottom look I changed the jeans for bootcut, and the flats for brogues. I also added a great statement necklace from Primark with yet another shade of pink added to the mix.

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Brogues (Similar here) Bag DKNY (Click here to view DKNY bags)

 

Look 3 – Sunday Lunch

I love the combination of pink and navy, so this look, for Sunday lunch, combined a 1960s style navy shift dress from M&S, with Mary Janes from Clarks. I think this is a slightly retro look, and that the jacket works well and shows it to be something other than a casual piece.

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Dress M&S (Similar here) shoes Clarks (view here)

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What are your thoughts on duster jackets – do you plan to add one to your wardrobe this season?

*With thanks to F&F and Maverick Pr for the fabulous jacket. As you can see, I love it and will be wearing it all Spring/Summer.

Raised By Wolves – Wolverhampton Cineworld Preview

March 1st, 2015

On Tuesday I took part in a very special coach trip, with Caitlin and Caroline Moran and the cast of ‘Raised by Wolves’, their new television series that is coming to Channel 4 very soon. (You’ve probably seen the adverts by now ‘…I’m talking cystitis Germaine…’), As I previously mentioned, the coach trip came to an end at Cineworld, Bentley Bridge, where we were treated to a preview of a couple of episodes from the series, and then a Q&A session with the writers, and the stars of the show Helen Monks and Alexa Davies, who play Germaine and Aretha respectively. Raised by Wolves: Caitlin Moran and her sister with the girls who are portraying them From the previews, the series is going to be a real hoot. An hilarious, warm and wry look at a childhood lived at a distance from the norm, with young adults learning their lessons through real life adventures, rather than from any formal sort of education, led by a mother based on Clint Eastwood (the marvellous Rebekah Staton). The girls are based on Caitlin (Germaine) and Caroline (Aretha), and couldn’t be more different, with Germaine an hormone raging 15 year old desperately in love lust with bad boy Lee, and Aretha, a shy, budding intellectual seriously despairing of her older sibling, but protective of her all the same. 10430917_723283694436401_5136395901370946451_n   The series has been likened to a female ‘Inbetweeners’, and I think this is a good comparison. Let’s face it, girls can be as badly behaved as teenage boys when they put their mind to it, and these girls (Germaine in particular), put their mind to it on a regular basis. Add in younger sister Yoko, played with wide eyed fright by the fabulous Molly Risker, and the babies (pronounced Bab not babe), Wyatt, Mariah and Cher, and you have all the makings of a super funny comedy that will totally address the problem that  ‘Telly never has any smart, amusing intellectuals living on a council estate.’ http://youtu.be/-2LTnTnIoRM After the preview I was able to have a quick chat with Helen Monks and Alexa Davies, who said that the most important thing to them was that the series was recognisable and seemed authentic, that these were characters you would feel like you knew in some way, and also that the characters were likeable, you were laughing with them, not at them. 10408992_853977004644065_3994520720440624515_n I think Raised By Wolves has achieved this in spades!