Swan by Clements Ribeiro for Evans Pt 2 – It’s almost here!

Last week, I was invited to Arcadia HQ to enjoy a very special preview event of the new Swan by Clements Ribeiro for Evans collection. As I was a real fan of the last collection, this was something I definitely did not want to miss. A whole host of lovely bloggers had been invited along for a chance of having a girlie gossip, enjoying a glass of fizz, and, most importantly, getting the chance to try the new pieces on for themselves.

with fellow Brummie Blogge Diane wearing the Swan collection

I truly loved the last collection, which had the theme of pin-ups, and was very Mad Men inspired. This time around, there was a very Art Nouveau feel to the collection, most notably the sketches of Aubrey Beardsley. There are beautifully printed dresses in the sort of stretch jersey fabrics that make them wonderfully comfortable to wear (whilst avoiding the ironing at all costs – hurray!). There are also pieces that have one eye looking towards the festive season, with sequins, sparkling thread and lace all making a welcome appearance. My favourite dress was a stunning beaded 1920s dress that I wouldn’t normally consider wearing due to its shapes (weren’t all flappers built like boys???), but this dress, with echoes of Gatsby and Downton Abbey was surprisingly easy to wear and quite flattering, so much so that I didn’t really want to take it off.

The showstopper of the collection is a wonderful black lace dress that is based on the design Clements Ribeiro produced for Adele to wear when performing at the Grammy awards. Slightly modified – the skirt is slimmer – this is sure to be the standout and sellout when this part of the  collection hits stores in October.

The Adele dress - Love!

The collection officially launches tomorrow, click here to read more about the collection and for email sign -ups, and watch out for a launch post tomorrow.

Boden looks back to the 1960s for its new season looks

Boden are looking to the new A/W season with influence firmly rooted in the past. The High street style destination has produced a collection that owes more than passing nod to the styles, shapes and colours of the swinging sixties. With brightly coloured trousers cropped above the ankle, pretty tops and blouses with Peter Pan collars, and funnel neck jumpers, Boden is full of pieces that hark back to the days of Twiggy, Jean Shrimpton and Julie Christie.

And then there are the fabulous dresses. Simple shift styles in warm fabrics like placket cord and stretch Ponte Roma style, in muted shades and gorgeous patterns, these dresses are timeless and elegant, yet retaining an element of fun that we have come to expect from Boden.


Bistro Crop Trouser £59.00 click to visit Boden

Sixties Jumper £49.00 click to visit Boden

Ravello Top £49.00 click to visit Boden

Peter Pan Top £49.00 click to visit Boden

Notch Neck Shift £99.00 click to visit Boden

Placket Cord Dress £79.00 click to visit Boden

LouLou Dress £69.00 click to visit Boden

Boden in the Bullring!

If you are in Birmingham this weekend, you must go and check out the Boden pop-up shop that is opening in the Bullring. The grand launch is 1st September, but the store is actually opening TODAY,  so this will be well worth a visit.

Offer: 20% Off selected styles
Code: DDAF
Live: Monday 03rd September 2012
Expires:Thursday 06th September 2012

Click here to view offer

Duchess of Cambridge shines in gold at the Parlympics opening ceremony

It was a case of going for gold for Duchess Kate at the Olympics opening ceremony when she opted for a glorious brocade/lace coat in the subtlest of gold shades. Perhaps giving her support for another gold rush for Team GB, Kate wore a beautiful coat/dress from Day Birger et Mikkelson that she had worn as long ago as 2006, and has recycled almost every year since. But you can’t really blame her for this – it is a stunning piece, the perfect colour for the occasion, and also bang on trend for the next influx of brocade and lace that was so part of the A/W 2012 collections.

Kate is a huge fan of lace/brocade styles, and you can find this sort of look on the High Street and online for the new season. One of my favourite pieces is the gorgeous lace coat from Topshop that comes in a vintage colour that is delightfully described as tea stained! La Redoute also has a shorter brocade coat that is currently reduced. I think this is a great buy for the new season – a really cute vintage style cover up that has a 1960s feel to it.

Scalloped Hem Lace Coat Price:

Brocade-Style Coat £49.50

If you prefer a dress, then you could still channel the brocade style, or go for lace, a style the Duchess often opts for. There are still some gorgeous champagne and gold lace dresses available in the late Summer sales, or you could choose a new season style or colour.

Brocade Dress with 3/4 Sleeves

Vivi Boutique Lace dress

Warehouse Lace bodice soft midi dress

Kate teamed her beautiful coat with a lovely clutch bag from Wilbur & Gussie that has a very familiar look to it. Both Kate and sister Pippa are fans of this company, who create the sort of perfect evening bags that take you from all events, from weddings to black tie affairs. Exquisitely beaded, these are statements bags that again have a vintage air to them. You can currently find a whole range of Wilbur & Gussie clutches at House of Fraser. I have picked out a few of my favourites for you.

Wilbur & Gussie Glitter envelope clutch

Wilbur & Gussie Lace print envelope clutch

Wilbur & Gussie Chain print envelope clutch