Olivia Rubin for Dorothy Perkins sneak preview

The first collection gathered a celebrity following – Una Healy was widely photographed wearing a range of pieces from the range, and now I can bring you a sneak preview of the second collection from Olivia Rubin for Dorothy Perkins. And, in my humble opinion, I think this collection is even better than the first.

There are just so many great things I can say about this collection. I love the fact that Olivia has added very pretty knitwear to the mix, the sort of 1950s style jumpers that look great with pencil skirts or black skinny jeans. I love the way classic Dorothy Perkins styles have been given the Olivia Rubin print treatment, such as the nude dress that Lydia Bright wore last season, which has now been reimagined in soft grey, and fabulous monochrome.  And I love the lock and key motifs that are frankly just too pretty to be anything other than adorable. There is just so much to love about this collection.

Olivia Rubin for Dorothy Perkins (£26) click here to visit Dorothy Perkins

Olivia Rubin for Dorothy Perkins (£45) coming soon. click to visit Dorothy Perkins

olivia rubin for dorothy perkins (£45) coming soon. Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

One of the total highlights of this collectionis the addition of footwear. From electric blue killer heels, to the most gorgeous printed slippers, this is a gorgeous collection that is just full of lust haves. The studded slipper style flats alone are enough to break the bank for, but the Olivia Rubin collection is surprisingly affordable.

 The collection is not in stores yet, so whilst you are waiting, I’ve selected a few of my favourite pieces that are available right now.

Peach embellished maxi dress Price: £150.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Silver sequin 3/4 sleeve cardi Price: £38.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Blue sequin front cardigan Price: £35.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Green lace panel neopreen dress Price: £35.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Blue dogtooth mini soft prom Price: £32.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

 

Click here to visit site and view whole Olivia Rubin collection.

 

It’s here! Olivia Rubin for Dorothy Perkins

She’s the designer beloved of celebrities like Tulisa, The Saturdays, Cheryl Cole and Fearne Cotton. With her range of pretty prints featuring neon, graphic design and bird motifs, Olivia Rubin has established herself as one of the Brightest fashion stars around. And now she has designed an amazing collection for Dorothy Perkins at unbelievable prices.

The ‘Postcards from London‘ collection is truly gorgeous. Full of Holiday themed shell and bird motifs, this is a sorbet pale collection that is given added zing with elements of shocking pink, a favourite of Olivia’s and a trademark of her collections.

This collection is so pretty, it is perfect for your Summer wardrobe – those maxi dresses would look amazing at a summer wedding, and the sizes are pretty generous, going up to a size 18. Some of the dresses use jersey fabric, giving added stretch for curvy ladies.

You won’t believe the quality, style and value of this collection, where the most important piece is just £49.99. A designer piece for less than £50 – just what will you buy?

Key Picks

Pink bird maxi dress Price: £45.00 

Stone wrap pencil dress Price: £39.00 

Black wrap dress Price: £35.00 

Grey bird peplum dress Price: £49.00 

Pink bird peplum top Price: £30.00 

 

To view the complete collection, click here.

 

 

Clothes Show Live – shopping,celebs…and more shopping!

I had my first experience of the Clothes Show Live last week, and I have to say I was quite impressed! Held each December in Birmingham’s LG Arena, the show attracts a mainly female audience who are attracted by the prospect of major shopping bargains from top brands and cult labels, beauty bargains to die for, and cute celebrity men..both models and mere mortals. They were not to be disappointed on any count.

In terms of shopping, there are beauty bargains galore. From Illamasqua selling their fantastic mascaras two for five pounds (yes I did say £5!),great goodie bags from Jelly Pong Pong, Bourjois and Rimmel for less than £10, and online exclusive products like Helene B and Kimberly Wyatt’s new mineral range BM beauty, cosmetic aficionados were truly spoilt for choice. My arms were literally filled with make-up goodie bags, with the amazing packaging of Jelly Pong Pong being a real favourite.

There were also clothing bargains to be found. High Street brand Internationale were selling perfect party wear using a buy one, get one three offer, which could save you pounds, whilst there were real designer bargains from Olivia Rubin and Dahlia, with Dahlia dresses from just £10, and Olivia Rubin styles that have been worn by the likes of Tulisa for less than £50. I also adored the vintage section which was a treasure trove of glorious beaded handbags, fabulous prom dresses and cute and festive Christmas jumpers, all of which were reasonably priced.

As a magpie by nature, I couldn’t resist the Tatty Devine store where I purchased two necklaces for £30, less than a third of the normal retail price. A Mikey stall had a glittering array of bangles for just £10…an incentive if needed to part company with yet more cash.

But the Clothes Show is about much more than shopping. The showpiece fashion show, presented by Grace Woodward and Birmingham’s adopted son George Lamb, was a truly spectacular spectacle. Called ‘A Night at the Department Store’, this was a fashion version of ‘A Night at the Museum’ with the models, aka the store mannequins,coming to life in a magical fashion. Each floor of the department store was represented in the show, and each floor seemed to contain a fair few scantily clad, and rather buff male models, which kept the mainly female audience happy, and quite frankly panting for more.

Floor Six of the Department floor was music, which cleverly tied in with a performance by the extremely tiny, and Gwen Stefani like, ex Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt, with her new band Her Majesty and the Wolves. This was an energetic performance, and meeting Kimberly later I have to say she seems to be a real sweetie!

Kimberly wasn’t the only celebrity around. Arg and Maria from Towie were real crowd pleasers, it was Arg’s birthday and everyone seemed pleased to see him although a security person wicked whispered that he’d been a bit of a naughty boy on the day who kept disappearing!  Jeff Brazier and Lucien Laviscount were also popular.

Of course, the day wasn’t perfect, £8.50 for a cold jacket potato, coleslaw and a bottle of coke was excessive, whilst photo opportunities feel a little bit like cattle markets, but, all in all the LG Arena should be really proud of the Clothes Show Live experience, and I will definitely be penciling in the date for next year.