Cut for Evans Returns in style

October 29th, 2014

In recent seasons, Evans  has been a trail blazer when it comes to plus size design. Moving away from the ubiquitous tunics, tent style dresses and (shudder) all those butterfly designs that seem to flood the plus size market, Evans have instead offered a premium designer collection with Clements Ribeiro, and have also helped to uncover new talent in the form of the ‘Cut for Evans’ collection – the first of which was launched February this year. And now the second collection is being launched, and is offering form-fitting styles, beautiful prints and a palette of blues and purples that both clash and match perfectly.

AW_PRINT_SHOT_02_154The Cut for Evans collection this time has unearthed two new, fantastic design talents from the University of Nottingham Trent and Kingston. Eve Turley (Kingston University) and Ellie Northway (Nottingham Trent) were chosen from a huge number of entrants as this years winners, after their collections were judged to be perfect for the Evans ethos for Autumn/Winter 2014.

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Ellie’s collection is concerned with vibrant prints. She used portraits of inspirational women throughout history to create a kaleidoscope of colour that breathes life into a range of contemporary pieces. I love the jumpsuit that I think is versatile enough to be worn as an everyday piece, or with heels for a sexy, evening outfit.

AW_KNIT_SHOT_02_014Eve’s collection is eminently wearable for the upcoming season has it features slinky, stylish knitwear influenced by vintage designs. Form-fitting dresses and pencil style skirts are not the usual chunky knit that dominates in Winter, and again, these designs will easily take you from day to knit with just a change of shoes and accessories.

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Evans Head of Design Rebecca Vann Reicher who briefed the students before they were tasked to design the 6 piece collections says:
“CUT for EVANS is an exciting opportunity for students to learn and develop as designers and challenges what they have been taught. It pushes them to create something that can be bold yet beautiful, regardless of size that empowers and delights all at once and ultimately changes attitudes about plus size and its fashion credentials.”

I’m sure you will agree that, with their collections, Eve and Ellie are certainly showing creativity that challenges the conception of what plus sized women can wear, and want to wear.

The Cut for Evans collection launches in selected Evans stores and online across the UK and US from 29th October 2014.
and Europe in October 2014.

Get the celebrity look featuring Duchess Kate, Poppy Delavingne and Sai Bennett

October 27th, 2014

It’s time for another round-up of some of the hottest celebrity looks that have been appearing in gossip columns and fashion pages over the past month. This month’s post has a bias towards some of the first ladies of television, with High Street looks from breakfast television stars Charlotte Dawson and Laura Tobin, along with some pretty Topshop accessories worn by Mr Selfridge star Sai Bennett.

We also have a little bit of a British classic label, Jaeger, with pieces from the latest collection being worn by Donna Air and model Jasmine Guinness as a new flagship store was launched. Another model, the newly wed Poppy Delavingne, looks just gorgeous in a pure silk shirt from Topshop Unique.

Sparkle is provided in this post by the ever lovely Claudia Winkleman, who is currently doing a sterling job presenting ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ with Tess Daly, and is showing why the High Street favourite French Connection should be at the top of every list if you are looking for a fabulous Christmas party frock. Her shimmering blue sequined number is my favourite piece from this blogpost – it is amazing!

Finally, we have the return of Duchess Kate, who has been feeling poorly during the early stages of her second pregnancy. Kate had three engagements last week, and I hope to go into these in more detail at a later date. In the meantime, I am focusing on her Temperley London black gown which had beautiful panel detailing, and offering a couple of looks for those who wish to get a similar look.

Laura Tobin wears M&Co

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Knot neck top Details http://www.mandco.com/knot-neck-top-citrine/116904105550010.html Product Number: 116904105550010 Colour: CITRINE £24.00 click to visit M&Co

Knot neck top
£24.00 click to visit M&Co

Charlotte Dawson wears Seraphine

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Séraphine Jolene Maternity Dress, Claret £49 click to visit John Lewis

Séraphine Jolene Maternity Dress, Claret £49 click to visit John Lewis

Claudia Winkleman wears French Connection

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 Sirius Sequinned Dress £175.00 click to visit French Connection

Sirius Sequinned Dress
£175.00
click to visit French Connection

Celebs wearing Jaeger

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Jasmine Guinness

Jaeger Store Re-Launch

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 Jaeger Drop Shoulder Coat, Camel£324 click to visit John Lewis Product information This exquisite coat combines two of the key trends for AW14: a draped construction and double-faced wool fabric. The most elegant way to brave the colder weather, this design features a waterfall front and interest drop shoulder. It will look as stylish with jeans as it does with smart work outfits.   Centre Back Length 90cm. Brand     Jaeger Coat Length     Mid  Material     100% Wool  Neckline     Collar  Outerwear Product Type     Coat  Sleeve     Long Sleeve  Washing Instructions     Dry clean  Delivery Click & collect Free Click & collect from John Lewis or Waitrose shops for collection Tuesday from 2pm 347 participating John Lewis and Waitrose shops     Free  Standard delivery     Free  Next or named day delivery     £6.95  Next or named morning delivery     £9.95  International delivery available     Europe (Non EU) - £7.50     Europe (EU) - £7.50     Rest of World - £25.00 Provided by JL Delivery Ltd - more about international delivery     From  £7.50  Collect+ from a local shop from Tuesday - postcode exclusions apply for Collect+ deliveries 5000+ participating Collect+ shops     £3.00  Returns We want you to be happy with your purchase. If you're not, just return the products to us or to one of our shops. Unless faulty, we'd like this to be within 90 days of purchase. Exceptions apply to certain products - find out more about our refund policy. Depending on the type of product, you can make free returns via our shops, Royal Mail (or courier collection for large or heavy items), Collect+ or via MyHermes. Find out more about returning products Ratings & Reviews Write a review write a review There are no reviews for this product. Be the first to write a review. write a review Fashion advice service Fashion advice service     Save £75 until 26.11.2014 - price includes saving £324.00


Jaeger Drop Shoulder Coat, Camel £324 click to visit John Lewis

Jaeger Wool Abstract Trousers, Black / White £199 click to visit John Lewis

Jaeger Wool Abstract Trousers, Black / White £199 click to visit John Lewis

Jaeger Blurred Dogtooth Blouse, Black / Red £125 click to visit John Lewis

Jaeger Blurred Dogtooth Blouse, Black / Red £125 click to visit John Lewis

Sai Bennett wears Topshop

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Faux Fur Roll-Top Clutch     Price: £32.00 click to visit Topshop

Faux Fur Roll-Top Clutch
Price: £32.00 click to visit Topshop

RABBIT Faux Fur Fluffy Sandals     Price: £58.00 click to visit Topshop

RABBIT Faux Fur Fluffy Sandals
Price: £58.00 click to visit Topshop

Poppy Delavingne in Topshop Unique

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**Silk Contrast Print Shirt by Unique     Price: £95.00 click to visit Topshop

**Silk Contrast Print Shirt by Unique
Price: £95.00 click to visit Topshop

The Duchess of Cambridge wears Temperley London

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Get the look

Louanna Lace Dress £150.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Louanna Lace Dress
£150.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Cara Lace Dress £55.00 Was £110.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Cara Lace Dress
£55.00 Was £110.00 click to visit Phase Eight

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Treating your mom with Bonmarche

October 26th, 2014

I was recently approached to see if I would be interested in a blogger project with a difference. I often take part in style challenges, and have also had the opportunity to review products for both the hubby and my little boy Joe, but this one was all about treating the extra special lady in my life, my lovely mom Diane.

Bonmarche is a brand that seems to go from strength to strength, with recent collections from David Emanuel and Ann Harvey both adding a cachet of designer glamour to the usual, every day wear. My mom is a huge fan of Bonmarche, there is a rather large branch of the store in West Bromwich quite close to where she lives, and the David Emanuel collection in particular, is a real favourite. So when I was asked to choose something that my mom would love, in order to style her for my blog, the real difficulty was in choosing just one thing!

David Emanuel Textured Yarn Cardigan With Metallic Trim £26.00 click to visit Bon Marche

David Emanuel Textured Yarn Cardigan With Metallic Trim
£26.00
click to visit Bonmarche

The textured yarn cardigan with the metallic trim was an obvious choice for my mom. Like me, my mom has a little magpie streak going through her that makes anything glittery immediately attractive, and this cardigan has a lovely golden thread running through it that makes it shine with movement, and when it catches the light. The hook and eye neck fastening gives this a jacket effect, so it is a great evening cover-up for a little black dress. But this is a really versatile item that would also be great to dress up jeans or black peg trousers, and I think it is a piece that you will literally live in over the festive period. A total winner.

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My mom had a special night at the theatre planned, so we decided to use the cardigan rather than a jacket over a little black dress. With all the other parts of the outfit in black, the jacket added a contrast of colour and sparkle that kept the outfit looking classic and elegant.

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DSCN9815[1]An elegant black dress looked just lovely with the cardigan. Add in a black patent court shoe in a classic style (this pair by Perlato are very similar) and a clutch bag with some gold studs that draw out the gold thread of the cardigan, and you have one fantastic outfit.

I think my mom looks fabulous!

*I chose an item for my mom from Bonmarche for the purpose of this review.