Kimono Love from F&F Clothing

In recent years, the Kimono has become an essential part of our summer wardrobes. This versatile item is beloved of festival fans who love the boho vibe it gives an outfit, while kimono’s also prove to be a great way of accessorising beach wear, looking fabulous when worn with a floppy hat and simple black bikini. I have a quite a few kimono’s in my wardrobe, which I usually wear layered over jeans and vest tops to make casual daytime looks a little more special.

A couple of my favourite Kimonos

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375149_530866660288436_473569414_nNow, I wear kimono jackets a lot, I love the beautiful printed versions and the slight touch of the oriental they bring to my wardrobe. But I have to admit I don’t really think outside the box when it comes to styling them – it is always a case of jeans, jeans and more jeans. So, when the lovely folks at Maverick PR sent me an exquisite lace and fringed Kimono jacket from the latest F&F True range, I set myself a challenge – could I style the jacket in a way that didn’t involve jeans?

F&F True Fringed Lace Plus Size Kimono £28.00 click to visit F&F

F&F True Fringed Lace Plus Size Kimono
£28.00 click to visit F&F

The F&F True fringed lace kimono is from the plus size range at F&F, and comes in a slightly longer length than many kimono jackets, covering the bottom and hips. It has a style that gives hints at both retro, using a vintage style lace pattern, and also boho, with the long fringing on the hem. I wore this jacket in size 18 and felt that the sizing was generous. I chose to style the jacket two ways, with block colour, and with a dress that would tie in with the boho style to give this a 1970s look.

Look 1 – Block Colour

The first way I decided to style the kimono was with a simple, block colour dress in a lovely, jeweled jade shade. It was a super hot day, so the kimono provided a little coverage for the shoulders. I loved the effect of the jade popping through the black lace, and this look got a lot of positive comments, which is always a nice thing when you’re wearing an old dress!

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Look 2 – 70s Boho Style

The second look was influenced by 70s boho style, by Talitha Getty and Marakesh, and by Kate Bush and Stevie Nicks. 70s style Clarks sandals, a sundress picked up at a now defunct Welsh boutique, and my much-loved straw basket were combined with the kimono to give an eclectic mix of patterns, fabrics and prints. I absolutely love this outfit and can’t wait to wear it again.

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DSCN8413[1]F&F has a great range of Kimonos, both in the True range and the regular range. Click here to view the current range.

Family Fever

Pearl Lowe continues to bring that Vintage feel to Peacocks.

I was recently lucky enough to have a Twitter conversation with Pearl Lowe, where I was able to tell her how much I loved her feminine, vintage inspired designs for Peacocks. I explained that I was a curvy girl who had virtually lived in one of her designs over the summer, and that I couldn’t believe just how flattering the designs were for those with fuller figures. Pearl explained that she designs dresses that she could wear herself, and so they are made to suit, and indeed enhance girls with curves!

Pearl Lowe mix and match print dress £45

So I am over the moon to bring you the story and looks from Pearl’s latest collection for Peacocks, which amazingly, is collection number 7. Again fusing Pearl’s two favourite decades, the 1940s and 1970s, this is another collection of beautiful, vintage inspired dresses that are designed to be flattering. Whether using the ultra comfortable stretch jersey fabric, or the choice of teadress style, these dresses just create that hourglass physique. They cinch in waistlines, have v necklines to enhance cleavage, and come in plain and printed designs. I want each and every one!

Pear Lowe Lace Print Dress £45

 

The inspiration for the new collection is those rock chick heroines of the 1970s, Janis Joplin, Stevie Nicks and Joni Mitchell. It fuses  two of Pearl’s cherished fashion era’s,  the 40’s and 70’s. 1940s style vintage dresses are mixed with 70’s retro prints inspired by printed head scarves worn by her rock and roll heroes. (such a fantastic inspirational start part).

Pearl Lowe V Neck Jersey Dress £35 

Pearl says: “My Autumn Winter collection is inspired by my all time favourite singer Stevie Nicks. The collection boasts a mixture of 60’s and 70’s prints which I’ve combined with my trademark lace and silhouettes to create the perfect eclectic outfit for women of all shapes and sizes.”

pearl lowe crochet collar dress £40

Beautiful dresses, wonderfully modelled as ever by Pearl’s oh-so-stylish daughter Daisy, and with no price above £45, I think every wardrobe deserves a Pearl Lowe for Peacocks dress in it.

Pearl Lowe Tile Print Dress £40

Pearl Lowe V Neck Jersey Dress £35

Kate Moss’s amazing Rock n Roll wedding!

She finally did it..and she did it her way! Kate Moss, the eternal bachelor girl, finally tied the knot yesterday with her rocker, and she looked  absolutely amazing.

Kate wore a beautiful vintage style dress by her troubled friend John Galliano for the wedding. This had a real 1920s feel, which tied in with Kate’s obsession with all things ‘beautiful and damned’. It was sleeveless and bias cut, rather like a decadent evening dress, and the hemline shimmered with rhinestones and gold leaves. There was a small train, and the veil and headpiece was reminiscent of that worn by The Queen Mother for her wedding to The Duke of Young in 1923,  which seems to be a bit of a theme at the moment,  as Lily Allen’s was also in this style.

Jamie was suited and booted in a pale blue suit that was rumoured to be YSL, and wore the obligatory rock star shades.

There are so many things to love about this wedding.  I love the  fact that Kate was very naturally styled, with her hair loose and flowing,  and frankly, a little bit dishevelled! I love the natural make-up, the 15 bridesmaids!!!!The fact that Manolo Blahnik designed shoes with the something blue lining. I love that Kate remained loyal to John Galliano, despite his recent troubles. And I love the fact that the night before the wedding Kate turned up dressed as Stevie Nicks and posed with her man!

 

The full  wedding will be published in the all-important September issue of US Vogue (Anna Wintour was a guest yesterday…would that still have been the case if Federer was still in at Wimbledon?). We may then get a glimpse of the evening dresses designed by friend Stella McCartney. But for now we can enjoy these lovely, happy shots of a Kate who seems to have put the past behind her.