Friday Fashion – What’s New In Stores

If you are now truly sick and tired of trawling the sales and want to see something new, then this post is just the medicine you need. We are now at my favourite point of the sales, where discounts are up to 70% off, but this can also mean lots of rails of damaged clothing, in no particular order, where mess is the order of the day, and this is certainly not for everyone.

But we are now starting to see some new season pieces in store, along with new pieces that are still perfect for the cold Wintry weather we will have for at least another six weeks or so. Today I am concentrating on a few brands. First is Topshop. I was at an event in the Birmingham Bullring store last night and fell in love with the bright and beautiful new knits that would frankly brighten the dull, foggy days we seem to be stuck with at the moment. Some of the jumpers have a hint of the knitting my nan used to do when I was a child, and this only makes me love them more.

Next is a definite pointer to Spring with the gorgeous Chi Chi London Delicate Dream collection. This is a gorgeous range that incorporates lace, florals and springlike pastels, and is sure to be a celebrity favourite so get in there first.

Speaking of celebrity, I have a great get the look of Meghan Markle’s engagement outfit from New Look, and the style picks from Next from Big Brother’s Emma Willis, who has curated a collection called Emma Loves. It is safe to say that this Emma loves it too.

Happy Shopping!

Topshop New Season Knitwear

Super Soft Blouson Sleeve Jumper
£32.00 Click to visit Topshop

Space Dye Jumper
£36.00 Click to visit Topshop

Cashmere Off Shoulder Cropped Jumper
£36.00 click to visit Topshop

Neppy Popcorn Jumper
£34.00 Click to visit Topshop

Cable Knit Jumper
£39.00 Click to visit Topshop

Plait Detail Jumper
£36.00 Click to visit Topshop

To view all Topshop Knitwear, click here.

Delicate Dream Collection at Chi Chi London

Chi Chi Lennox Dress
£75.00 Click to visit Chi Chi London

Chi Chi Elya Dress
£70.00 Click to visit Chi Chi London

Chi Chi Tinah Dress
£70.00 Click to visit Chi Chi London

Chi Chi Maya Dress
£65.00 Click to visit Chi Chi London

Chi Chi Verina Dress
£85.00 Click to visit Chi Chi London

Meghan Markle Get the Look at New Look

Cream Layered Collar Belted Coat
£49.99 Click to visit New Look

Nude Patent Cross Strap Pointed Court Shoes
£19.99 Click to visit New Look

Emma Loves Edit at Next


Navy Neppy Trousers £42 Stripy Shirt £30 Click to visit Next

Grey Pom Pom Sweater £30 Click to visit Next

Terracotta Sharkskin Single Breasted Jacket £60 Casual Shirt £22 Sharkskin Taper Trousers £35 Click to visit Next

Leather Biker Jacket £180 Click to visit Next

Casino fashions that influenced the runway with glamour and sparkle

When people think about casinos, it is safe to assume that glitz, glamour and good times won’t be too far from the brain. Picture James Bond; martini in hand, muscular-figure hugging tux and a rising stars of the modelling world on his arm. Then there’s Monte Carlo, the favourite playground of the rich and famous.

Moschino gambles on Las Vegas

The fashion and casino industries are bonding, Moschino presented a splashy Las Vegas-themed collection in LA in early 2017 and several other designers were expected to follow suite.

Miranda Kerr, Hailey Baldwin and Stella Maxwell were among the world-famous models strutting their stuff on the catwalk amid an assault on the senses of bright neon signs. The setting was completed by the sound of slot machines echoing distantly in the background before Elvis burst into ‘Viva Las Vegas’

The show consisted of everything from pin-up girl chic to very tight men’s Speedos, the sequin covered juggernaut came crashing into the casino capital of the world in style. There were dresses and designer Jeremy Scott said: ‘It’s the idea of a showgirl off-duty kind of going home from the casino. She may be just in her jeans, but still has part of her costume on and she’s running, maybe to go get something to eat between shows. I kind of wanted to play with this idea and it’s all with a little bit of glamour and love.’

‘There’s sequins and there’s laces and there’s leathers. A little bit of everything a showgirl in Vegas would need. Even a couple of feather headdresses thrown in for good measure,’ Scott added.

Vanessa Hudgens, Joe Jonas, Lars Ulrich from Metallica and singer Fergie, were all among the well-known celebrities to attend the event; with Fergie saying: ‘We are all driving to Vegas and we’re all getting cowboy hats and we’re gonna have a fun time on a road trip!’


Chanel bets on the runway

Back in 2015, designer Karl Lagerfeld looked to the casino floor for inspiration, setting an entire fashion show inside a constructed casino within the Grand Palais.

Celebrity guests, didn’t just take their seats in the front row; instead they opened the show by walking in and trying their hands at the Chanel-branded casino tables, which took centre stage in the middle of the runway.

Slot machines lined the walls of the space where models mingled and paparazzi pried.

The image of A-listers including Kristen Stewart, Julianne Moore and Lara Stone trying their luck at casino tables in immaculate Chanel couture really captured the essence of Bond in Monte Carlo; showing casinos a desirable place to be.

Although we don’t know if any of the celebs had any luck at the gaming table or if they were using any tips from Casinopedia’s online casino strategies.

Speaking about the show, Lagerfeld said: ‘I like that elegant moment of beautiful people going into a casino wearing jewellery. It’s like a fantasy.’

The celebrities were enlisted to model the 1932 Collection of Chanel jewellery based on vintage designs, with Moore wearing a necklace that glittered with diamonds down towards her emerald gown.

Models were wearing cocktail versions of the famous Chanel suit, complete with ribbons and clasps of pearls.

Although, it has to be said, most of the attention was on the runway guests and their poker face or ability to know whether to stick or twist.


Keeping it stylish: Casino dress codes

Dress code at land-based casinos varies from casino to casino, with some preferring to keep things casual, encouraging players from all walks of life and levels of society.

However, some still say tradition is a virtue and that on keeping up the strict adherence to glamour and style.

Chief amongst them is Monte Carlo, which has an infamously strict dress code.

To go along with its history, legendary décor and full range of casino tables, the wearing of ripped or stonewashed jeans is not allowed.

Sleeveless T-shirts, tracksuits, sports clothes and beachwear are all similarly forbidden. That’s not to say you have to wear a tux like Bond to get in, but you do have to make an effort.

Whether you’re dressed to kill in haute couture or keeping things comfortable, the real focus of your attention should be on the table.

That’s where the real magic happens. The style, glamour and sparkle of the casino adds to the appeal but the real reason you’re there is to win, and win big; or at least to try and win big anyway!

A Guide To Christmas Occasion Dressing

Christmas calls for the best your wardrobe has to offer. If you’re lucky, you will get to go to lots of different events and occasions that call for many different styles of dress. For some, this can be a minefield – what do you wear?

Luckily, there are some fail safe pieces that always work this time of year, classic fabrics, prints and styles that you will be able to call on this Christmas, and pretty much every Christmas after that. These are pieces that I have in my wardrobe, not strictly fashion, but wearable, and workable for a whole host of Christmas occasions.

A Red Dress

I have a whole host of red dresses that I wear over the Christmas period. Red is, of course, synonymous with Christmas, from Santa’s suit, to Rudolph’s nose, to the berries on the holly wreaths that we hang on our doors. A red dress is a great choice for Christmas Day, to wear if you are going to a panto, and also for a family Christmas meal. I wore this dress last year for a trip to the theatre, and will be pulling it out the wardrobe again soon.

Juna Rose High Neck Red Spot Dress £50 Click to visit Simply Be

Simply Be Ruched Sleeve Skater Dress £35 Click to visit Simply Be

Red Shirred Bardot Bodycon Dress
£25.00 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

*Tall Berry Red Velvet Knot Front Skater Dress
£25.00 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Something Christmas Themed

Obviously, Christmas jumper day calls for a Christmas themed top or sweater, but your Christmas themed clothing doesn’t have to just be a jumper. Contrado is a fashion company that focuses on allowing you to create your own clothes by using your own prints or photographs to create designs that can then be printed on anything from a dress or a top to a skirt or a bag.

As a lover of all things Christmas I decided to design my own skirt using photographs from Christmas past. The skirt could come in two lengths, so I chose the longer skater length rather than a mini skirt, and you can also chose whether you want your images in colour, black and white or, as I chose, sepia. Photographs can be rotated and cropped, they can be arranged in a variety of ways, and you can have a follow on pattern, or different images on the front and back.

The finished product only takes a few days before it is with you and ready to wear, and I think it is the perfect item for a trip to a Christmas Market, a Boxing Day turkey buffet, or a shopping trip before Christmas – it will certainly get you in the Christmas spirit.


For me, velvet is the fabric for Christmas. I know that it is a marmite choice, some people just hating the feel of it, but velvet speaks of warmth and luxury, and yes, Christmas. You could chose a velvet accessory if you are not so happy to go all out velvet or just go for it. Perfect for any Christmas evening occasion.

M&S Collection
Velvet Sparkle Bodycon Midi Dress
£55 Click to visit M&S

M&S Collection
Velvet Pleated A-Line Midi Skirt £35 Click to visit M&S

Velvet Plisse Round Neck Long Sleeve Blouse £39.50 Click to visit M&S

Sparkle and Sequins

And finally we have sparkle and sequins, aka what to wear on New Year’s Eve. The only rule of New Year’s Eve is that you should sparkle brighter than the tree!

PREMIUM Sequin Embellished One Shoulder Bodycon Dress
Was £69.00 Now £48.30 Click to visit Miss Selfridge

PREMIUM Black Sequin Trousers
£75.00 Click to visit Miss Selfridge

Dark Iridescent Sequin Skirt
Was £35.00 Now £24.50 Click to visit Miss Selfridge