Your Five – fashion and beauty at Bullring

Your Five is a special fashion and beauty showcase and preview organised by the Bullring shopping centre twice yearly. The idea is a personalised, one to one appointment where you are able to talk about the key trends for the season, and are shown a range of pieces that fit the trend and are available from Bullring stores. The items chosen scan a range of budgets and stores, with Ted Baker, Oasis, New Look, Reiss and Miss Selfridge all represented this time around.  You can choose your favourites from each catagory and they are photographed and then sent to your email address, with stockist details and prices so that you can always shop for them at a later date.

I was feeling very ropey this weekend, suffering from a cold and streaming eyes, but I made my way to look at the key season trends that Bullring had selected. With Winter clearly in mind, coats were a big talking point, and I loved so many of those selected, with beautiful wool coats in soft shades from both Reiss and Ted Baker, but my favourite was the Crombie style coat in animal print from New Look – definitely added to my shopping list. Ankle boots were the shoe focus, with metallics being very popular, but I was more drawn to the coloured suede versions from Clarks and New Look.

The trouser trend is moving away from skinny fits and into stylish wide leg styles that evoke the 1930s and 1970s. I loved the Topshop bottle green cropped versions that I think would look stunning worn Jane Fonda ‘Klute’ style, with a skinny polo neck and knee high boots. The skirt selection was also just stunning, with pleats, net, tulle, leather and metallics all available in beautiful abundance. I love that so many of the skirts are knee and midi length, and just loved the elegance of the full skirted variety.

As well as fashion, Your 5 also looks at beauty, with a focus on a red lip. This is something I tend not to wear as I never think red suits me – as much as I love it. However, I was really pleased with the colour chosen for me, red with a more coral tint from Chanel (148 I think) and it certainly made me look again at my aversion to lip pencil and red lips.

Your Five Fashion

dscn3873

 SAFIERA Long wrap wool coat £329 Click to visit Ted Baker

SAFIERA Long wrap wool coat £329 Click to visit Ted Baker

dscn3874

 ELIAS COLLARLESS COAT Oatmeal £350 Click to visit Reiss

ELIAS COLLARLESS COAT Oatmeal £350 Click to visit Reiss

dscn3877

Brown Leopard Print Coat £49.99 Click to visit New Look

dscn3878

Oasis Knitwear

dscn3879

 BEALI Checked roll neck jumper £119 Click to visit Ted Baker

BEALI Checked roll neck jumper £119 Click to visit Ted Baker

dscn3880

 Zip Front Cropped Wide Leg Trousers £40.00 Click to visit Topshop


Zip Front Cropped Wide Leg Trousers £40.00 Click to visit Topshop

dscn3881

Black Wrap Tie Waist Sleeveless Jumpsuit £24.99 Click to visit New Look

Black Wrap Tie Waist Sleeveless Jumpsuit  £24.99 Click to visit New Look

dscn3882

 ONDRA Juxtapose Rose tutu skirt £199 Click to visit Ted Baker

ONDRA Juxtapose Rose tutu skirt £199 Click to visit Ted Baker

dscn3884

TALL Metallic Pleat Skirt £68.00 Click to visit Topshop

TALL Metallic Pleat Skirt £68.00 Click to visit Topshop

dscn3887

Cutabout Stripe Midi Skirt £50.00 Click to visit Topshop

Cutabout Stripe Midi Skirt £50.00 Click to visit Topshop

Oasis Skirt

Oasis Skirt

dscn3889

dscn3891

My Choices

dscn3894

Your Beauty

dscn3895

dscn3896

Vintage 50s style…without the mothballs

As a lover of vintage clothes, I love nothing more than a trawl around Charity and second hand shops, jumble sales and car boot sales, in order to uncover an original bargain. But I know this is not the case for everyone. Many people are put off by the idea of rumaging through old clothing, especially if it is unwashed, whilst others just don’t like the idea of wearing something that once belonged to a stranger. Luckily, these days, you can get the retro look without actually having to wear vintage pieces.

Retro fashion has become a big fashion story in recent years, with brands like Chi Chi London selling luxurious, full skirted dresses that look like they comes direct from Grace Kelly’s wardrobe. Other brands, like Vivien of Holloway, offer everything from retro wedding attire, to kitsch 50s looks that just require a jukebox and a milk bar to transport you back to 1955. Even brands that seem to concentrate on looks that are very ‘now’ can sometimes surprise with their marketing and d campaigns, which seem to come from a very different era. A case in point is the latest Ted Baker collection, where the model clad in beautiful floral designs looks like she is sitting in a French Riviera hotel in the 1950s, it is just so chic and elegant.

Whether you want to go all out in your vintage 1950s styling, with Marilyn Monroe tresses and a beauty spot, or just want to add a vintage touch in the form of a retro bag or accessories, the High Street and online ranges mean that this is something you can do without setting foot in a Charity or Vintage shop. This is vintage styling, but without a mothball in sight.

What are your thoughts on vintage clothing, does it have to be original to be authentic?

Chi Chi London

 

Chi Chi Beatrice Dress £57.99 Click to visit Chi Chi London

                                                Chi Chi Beatrice Dress
                                  £57.99 Click to visit Chi Chi London

Chi Chi Rhiannon Dress £66.99 Click to visit Chi Chi London

            Chi Chi Rhiannon Dress £66.99 Click to visit Chi Chi London

Chi Chi Nora Dress £59.99 Click to visit Chi Chi London

                                               Chi Chi Nora Dress
                              £59.99 Click to visit Chi Chi London

Chi Chi Nala Dress £64.99 Click to visit Chi Chi London

                                                Chi Chi Nala Dress
                               £64.99 Click to visit Chi Chi London

Vivien of Holloway

1950s Halterneck Dark Green Duchess Dress £99 Click to visit Vivien of Holloway

1950s Halterneck Dark Green Duchess Dress £99 Click to visit Vivien of    Holloway

 Grace Petrol Duchess £110.00 Click to visit Vivien of Holloway

                                                    Grace Petrol Duchess
                                   £110.00 Click to visit Vivien of Holloway

 1950s Halterneck Wild Rose Royal Dress £89.00 Click to visit Vivien of Holloway

                                 1950s Halterneck Wild Rose Royal Dress
                                  £89.00 Click to visit Vivien of Holloway

Ted Baker Spring Summer 16

sekE5kXFO@kNW$JAdh5k$ZI7qnQj

 

 CARSYN Ethereal Posie midi dress     £299 Click to visit Ted Baker


                                           CARSYN Ethereal Posie midi dress
                                                 £299 Click to visit Ted Baker

 EMMALIN Secret Trellis midi skirt     £149 Click to visit Ted Baker


                                         EMMALIN Secret Trellis midi skirt
                                              £149 Click to visit Ted Baker

 LEVANA Embroidered mesh full skirt dress     £299 Click to visit Ted Baker


                             LEVANA Embroidered mesh full skirt dress
                                       £299 Click to visit Ted Baker

 

 

Ahead of The Baftas – A focus on men’s tailoring

Sunday night we see the glossiest, most glamorous night of the year in television. Yes, it is the Bafta television awards,and this year the ceremony has been sponsored by House of Fraser. In honour of the ceremony, this post is dedicated to some of the best in red carpet dressing, with a focus on some of the best looks in menswear.

It is hard for men to shine on the red carpet when we are faced with a series of show stopping looks from the ladies. But it has to be said, a sharp suit or tuxedo can make a real impact, especially when worn by a celebrity better known for more casual styling. House of Fraser will be dressing nominees, so we are sure to see some really suave looks on the night.

Men on the red carpet

Game-Thrones-star-Kit-Harington-smoldered-Emmys-red-carpet

Kit Harrington

angelina_jolie_brad_pitt_Oscar_red_carpet_2009

Brad Pitt

showbiz-18th-critics-choice-movie-awards-red-carpet-4

Matthew Mcconaughey

Jeremy Renner

Jeremy Renner

 

My favourite red carpet dresser is gorgeous George himself. Mr Clooney is never less than perfect, the epitome of an old school matinee idol. He sticks to traditional red carpet formal dressing, but it works and he often outshines every other man in the vicinity.

Red Carpet – George Clooney Style

George+Clooney+Men+Stare+Goats+Red+Carpet+nwxFNo6o08Zl

george-clooney-amal

Get the George Look

 Howick Tailored Powell Evening Tuxedo With Satin Tipping Product code: powelldinnersuit_Black £348.00 click to visit House of Fraser

Howick Tailored Powell Evening Tuxedo With Satin Tipping
£348.00 click to visit House of Fraser

 Paul Costelloe Stud dress shirt £69 click to visit House of Fraser


Paul Costelloe Stud dress shirt
£69 click to visit House of Fraser

 Skopes Dermot trouser £39.95 click to visit House of Fraser


Skopes Dermot trouser
£39.95 click to visit House of Fraser

 Paul Costelloe Black bow tie £25 click to visit House of Fraser


Paul Costelloe Black bow tie
£25 click to visit House of Fraser

Of course, for us mere mortals, walking a red carpet is not something that we have that much opportunity to do. But formal pieces can be added to more casual looks to smarten them up, either for an evening out at the theatre or a restaurant, even just a trip to the pub.

We were sent a formal shirt from House of Fraser’s extensive range with the objective of using the piece to add finesse to a casual outfit. We chose a fabulous black shirt from the Ted Baker collection. This has a tapered back and is a semi fitted style, with a particularly lovely pattern on the lining. The shirt is classic fit, single cuff style and is most definitely a formal shirt, one which would look fabulous worn under a suit, or with a waistcoat over the top. So how would it look with smart jeans – smart enough for a night at the theatre maybe?

Ted Baker Jacapo Plain Regular Fit Shirt £60 click to visit House of Fraser

Ted Baker Jacapo Plain Regular Fit Shirt £60 click to visit House of Fraser

I think that this shirt works really well for a smart, but not overly formal look. The regular collar can be left open to add a more casual feel, but you know that this would be great with a tie too. Jeans and desert boots keep the mood casual, but the versatility of this shirt means you could add formal trousers and shoes and this would also work.

DSCN6921[1]

DSCN6924[1]

Love the pattern in the collar.

DSCN6919[1]

DSCN6932[2]

A night at the theatre

The Bafta television awards take place on Sunday 10th May. It will be interesting to see the looks on display.



Post Comment Love