Fashion From Afar

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This post is my contribution to Fashion from Afar, an initiative from Smartling to get fashion bloggers involved in their new travel and translation app. I thought I would imagine my dream outfit for my dream night out abroad, and here’s what I came up with!

 

 

 

 

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ECA Fashion Show

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A little late, but hectic ol’ life has got in the way! I have been dying to write up my notes on the ECA (Edinburgh College of Art) fashion show I attended last week. Originally the aim was just to snap pictures of my friend modelling but I couldn’t resist the temptation of the other amazing collections from a very talented bunch of graduates too. The few photos I did manage to sneakily capture over the heads of two very tall FROW-ers are shockingly bad quality but my camera decided to die on me so it was a 2 year old iPhone job.

I think the best part of the show was the costume section towards the end, mainly consisting of group projects and collaborations. Some of the creations were outstanding; things you might imagine on a Broadway musical or a high-budget fantasy film. The highlight was an enormous ‘granny’ costume complete with walking sticks and full head mask, featuring Tunnock’s caramels, boiled sweets and every colour under the sun. Here’s a picture below!
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There were almost too many fantastic designers to mention! The stand-outs for me were Sarah Innes, Briony Campbell-Ross, Lisa Murray and Sarah Kilkenny. Sarah’s brave use of neon yellow and turquoise adorned with dollar signs, chains and oversized urban accessories created to an incredible streetwear collection. Briony’s designs were characterised by red and gold, using oriental prints and some fabulous hand-customised flat shoes. Lisa had a fun, quirky set of dark, Disney-inspired designs, reminiscent of aliens and monsters and full of crazy prints.

The show was a result of months of hard work, talent and dedication from everyone involved. I admired the professionalism of the amateur models, especially as they had to repeat the performance over 3 days. It was a fantastic evening over at the grand McEwan hall and one I definitely hope to be repeating next season.

#83 New Year, New Style

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Happy New Year! January is depressing, but lets brighten it up with some new-season looks. Pastels are going nowhere and with spring just around the corner (well…ish) it’s time to invest in baby pink and duck egg blue- the ultimate 2014 colour combination. And banish those bulky bib necklace (so last year, cmon) to make room for delicate jewels. How gorgeous is this satin skort from Topshop? I am currently reviewing my ‘No shopping in January’ resolution….

Top: Miss Selfridge, Necklaces: Juicy Couture, Skort: Topshop, Shoes: Topshop, Clutch: Jenny Packham

#82 Jennifer Lawrence

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I don’t think I could love Jennifer Lawrence any more. She is so relatable, inspiring, talented, beautiful AMAZING. I adored this snap of her in a gorgeous lace dress from a fashion shoot. Here are my top six 3/4 sleeve lace dresses inspired by this icon. They are fab for any formal occasion and flattering for all shapes and sizes. Style them up with statement accessories or let the colour pop lace speak for itself. What’s not to love?

1. Topshop 2. Bonprix, 3. Debenhams, 4. Topshop, 5. Fashion Union, 6. Nelly

#81 Textured Lace

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Summer may be far behind us (and long to come, cry), but I think nude lace is really seasonably versatile, as well as being a never-date classic on the catwalks all year round. I find it works particularly well with fur and suede, as I love to add more than 1 texture to a look. The neutral tones but interesting shape and feel to this outfit will really make it stand out this winter.

Dress: Debenhams, Bag: Vintage, Boots: Steve Madden. Coat: H&M, Earrings: M&Co

#80 Poppy Day

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11/11 11am every year we have two minutes of silence in remembrance of those that have fought and died in every conflict around the world. We wear the striking red poppy, be it pinned to a jacket or work with pride on a t-shirt; what matters is the effort to show our respect and help fundraise for the poppy appeal. Why not channel this deserving cause into your wardrobe, using poppy prints and brushes of red? This gorgeous shift dress works perfectly with pointy courts and a mini satchel –  great for an easy office-to-party look.

Dress: Dorothy Perkins, Bag: New Look, Shoes: Zara,

#79 Alpine Slopes

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I would like to say this photo was taken by me on my most recent ski trip to Switzerland with my hot Swiss boyfriend Sven. But life is cruel.

Anyway, this look is inspired by those beautiful snowy alpine slopes: tis the season to be layering knitwear! I have recently fallen in love with wooly hats and this one surely does the trick for hiding bad hair days. Denim skirts go perfectly with cable knits, and teamed with a fur-lined coat is an ideal winter combination (it may not be ideal for skiing but hey ho, we’ll just drink hot chocolate in the chalet…)

Jumper: J crew, Skirt: Monki, Boots: Asos, Earrings: Claires, Coat: Topshop, Hat: H&M