Get turned on by Chaos’s super sexy tech-accessories

Something big is happening on Instagram. From Kendall Jenner and Hailey Baldwin toand Hailey Baldwin to GQ Style’s Fashion Director Elgar Johnson and shoe king Patrick Cox, everyone who’s anyone in the world of fashion is being snapped (or snapping themselves) with a leather personalised phone case by luxury accessories start-up Chaos.

The brainchild of fashion editors and super-stylists Charlotte Stockdale and Katie Lyall, Chaos may only be a mere three months old – but it’s moving up from the inside fast. As is the way with the vast majority of successful start-ups, the project was conceived out of practical need. Stockdale and Lyall, who have worked together for the past 15 years and have a CV that reads like an issue of our magazine (they’ve worked with everyone from Fendi – they style the runway shows – to Gucci and Louis Vuitton, plus numerous stints at titles including Vogue, i-D and their current gig at Garage), realised that there was a gaping hole in the market for fun, luxury phone accessories.

It all started with the zip – with what Stockdale calls “our desire to be hands-free” and the all-to-familiar First World menace of “putting your phone down somewhere you’re not going to pick it up again”. When they turned their attention to the handsets themselves, the pair realised that “there was nothing out there that we wanted…nothing in the middle” that hit the sweet spot in between extortionately expensive alligator accessories and fun, near-novelty cases that tend not to last too long. Fast forward to the present, and as well as personalisable deerskin cases – which come in a kaleidoscope of colours and feature bold, pop-arty graphics – accessories and charms, Chaos is making luggage accessories and soon-to-be-released silk tracksuits, as seen on best buds Margot Robbie and Cara Delevingne at the Suicide Squad premiere after-party.

That’s the thing about Chaos – it feels conspiratorial. From the telling use of the world “club” – you’ll find Chaos at http://www.chaos.club – to the millennial marketing tactics the brand has so wonderfully deployed to get the products seen on the right people, the #ChaosClub is like an inner circle of fashion’s biggest influencers. The supermodel squad came out in force for the brand’s promo video, which Lyall calls “the funnest two days of shooting I’ve ever had”, where Taylor Hill, Stella Maxwell, Barbara Palvin, Karlie Kloss, Edie Campbell and Jasmine Saunders – to name just a handful of the models involved – cover one another in kisses, cuddle giant teddy bears (which are actually part of Chaos’s product line, by the way) and seductively unzip their tracksuit tops, all while showing off the bold, ballsy phone cases and luggage tags.

The branding is nothing short of genius. It’s loud, it’s lurid, it’s in-your-face-fun and it taps into the the obsessions in fashion for technology, for customisation and ultimately, for being a part of a cool and cutting-edge collective. Like any good lifestyle brand, Chaos is about more than the products it sells: “it’s all about working and having fun and looking good,” says Stockdale. And it’s the chaos itself that makes it so attractive, from the mishmash of merchandise Stockdale and Lyall are producing to the glorious union of fashion and function that defines the accessories themselves.

On the subject of whether Chaos will expand into menswear, both women stay relatively tight-lipped. There’s talk of “gently rolling out on both sides [accessories and clothes]” and “a few more very specific clothing categories”, but “it will never be a full collection” says Lyall. For now, it’s the phone cases that seem to be grabbing the most attention. The cases aren’t gendered, “girls go bonkers over the bright colours, but there are a lot of men buying them too,” according to Lyall. Both women are quick to point out that well-made, fun phone cases for men were few and far between before Chaos, and based on the popularity of Chaos among guys already, it clearly wasn’t for a lack of want.

For the gentleman that leans towards the sartorially serious, a pop-luxe tech accessory is a way to add humour and personality to a professional wardrobe. While you might assume that the personalised cases would prove to be the most popular among men, Lyall explains that actually, “guys love the broken hearts and the pills”, with Stockdale adding that where a lot of men “have gone for those two designs, lots of women have gone for the ‘blah!’ and the ‘ergh!’”. Read into that what you will.

The vortex of fun and disorder from which Chaos was born is now it’s very essence. True to its name, the brand’s trajectory is ruled by the Chaos Theory – underneath the seemingly random (“it might seem like a real leap from a phone case to a silk tracksuit,” says Stockdale, “but not for us”) there’s still a pattern, a purpose. “Because at the moment our categories appear quite disparate and we’re building our brand image, we have to go quite carefully into places and make sure that we’re presented in the right way for people to understand and for the brand message not to get lost,” Stockdale explains.

They may only just be in the first round of securing investment (the project has so far been self-funded), but brand expansion has been carefully thought through, with huge importance given to pop-ups after the success of Chaos at Selfridges and at Dover Street Market. Lyall sums the future of Chaos up succinctly, when she says “as we pop up in different places around the world, we’ll continue to tweak the way we look and it won’t always be the same. It will always be recognised as Chaos, but you won’t know what to expect.”

This piece was originally published on GQ.co.uk

We Need to Talk About Frills

In any given sartorial scenario, even the very mention of the word ‘frills’ has always been enough to send me running for the hills. When I think frill, frills or, even worse, frilly, I think cloyingly cutesie, horrendously fussy and ridiculously flouncy. When I see an overtly ruffled dress, I immediately imagine one of those knitted doll toilet roll covers old people with pink porcelain bathroom fixtures rely on not only for decorative purposes, but to hide the bog roll’s modesty, obvs.  Quite simply, frills feel cliche. They’re just so blatantly girly.

That’s not to say I’m not all for the overtly feminine. Give me a bodycon dress, a butterfly motif or something sheer and pink and I’m all over it. However, to my mind frills either scream ‘little girl’ or ‘granny’, and don’t do much else for the self-respecting woman in between. That said, this season, I’ve been proven wrong by one glorious, sophisticated, summery and sexy frilled style in particular: the off the shoulder top and or dress.

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This Bardot inspired look, as seen in every high street store worth it’s salt, is one I can get on board with. I think it’s the baring of the shoulders that does it for me; this look is low key and makes me feel anything but trussed up. One of my favourite writers, stylists and all-round-envy-inducing insta queens is The Sunday Times Style section’s Pandora Sykes, and it was she who got me first thinking about the possibility of the frill. Sure, she’s tall, blonde and skinny, but it was the effortless ease with which she wore numerous off the shoulder frill pieces that made me realise: this is a look I can work around. So off I went to potter around the shops, and much to my delight I happened upon this lovely number in Zara.

This light blue and white, subtly (vertically) striped cotton dress has been one of my favourite items of the summer. It worked fantastically on holiday, either as a breathable ‘cover up’ to throw on during the day or a pretty evening dress jazzed up with some strappy heeled sandals. I love this dress precisely because of the frill, which enables you channel your inner romantic without being swathing ones self in layer upon layer of fabric.

My boyfriend’s comment was that it was sweet, although he would like it more if it was a little tighter. Well, c’est la vie, I like the sackish vibe here. This is definitely a look ‘for the girls’ as opposed to a man pleaser, which is precisely what makes it so brilliant. The horrendously girlish can also be chicly feminine. If, like me, you decide to take the plunge and invest (mostly emotionally) in something – shock horror – frilly, then there are three necessary things worth remembering.

Rule 1: It must be one frill and one frill only. Layered frills are reminiscent of layered cake or, as per my previous point, fancy toilet roll covers. In the same vein, remember to keep things simple. Print can work, but any extra adornments such as bows or beading is very unlikely to.

Rule 2: Be aware of colour here. White, pastels, or even a bold hue such as a vibrant red can all work wonderfully. But do not go for a garish pink under any circumstance, unless your purposefully attempting the “it’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to” look.

Rule 3: Remember to bare in mind your frame and frill accordingly. If you’re petite, then a giant frill will swamp you and make you look like a present. You want to go for gypsy girl, not gift wrapped.

Aside from Zara, River Island, Topshop and ASOS (Lavish Alice do a great dress with an asymmetrical hem) to name just a few have all done impressive things with the off the shoulder frill, whether in dress form or as sweet little tops, perfect for pairing with denim shorts or a nice skirt. If all of this still doesn’t have you convinced, then remember, as well as allowing your armpits to breathe, this merciful style also covers them up. Pretty and practical, these pieces are perfect for those summer days when you haven’t quite had time to get round to shaving. Nuff said.

Dress: Zara
Sparkly slip ons: Office
Twisted body chain: ASOS

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The Embroidery Edit

Embroidered denim is everywhere this year. From Gucci’s amazing Pre-Fall 2016 embroidered denim trucker (above) to Valentino’s super cute jacket and shorts combo, there’s no doubt that patchwork style pieces are all the rage RN.

Unfortunately, the big designer offerings are, admittedly, out of most people’s price range, with said Gucci jacket going for £2,950. A girl can always dream, but for now I’ve compiled a list of more purse friendly pieces that will still satisfy your inner flower child.

Expect lots of adorable, whimsical motifs and plenty of colour. A pretty, more personalised and on-point update to your standard dull denim pieces, these items are just a little bit different. Incidentally, a lot of them are in the sales too! Get ready to celebrate stitching in all it’s floral glory…

 

Topshop MOTO Dark Embroidered Mom Jeans £58

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Miss Selfridge Floral Embroidered Denim Shorts (£17 reduced from £35)

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Glamorous Embroidered Denim Dress £35

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Marc Jacobs Embellished Appliquéd Denim Mini Skirt (£188 reduced from £375)

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Levi’s Embroidered Patch Denim Jacket £110

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French Connection Dionne Denim Embroidered Dungarees £110

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House of Holland Embroidered Denim Jacket £142.50 (reduced from £285)

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House of Holland Embroidered Denim Rouched Dress £150 (reduced from £250)

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Glamorous Embroidered Jeans  £15 (reduced from £30)

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River Island Black Embellished Festival Cropped Jacket £70 (who doesn’t love a co-ord!?)

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Matching River Island Embellished Festival Skirt £50

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Guess Jeans Oversize Floral Shirt £49.50 (down from £99)- FYI there’s a parrot embroidered onto the back of this!

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Zara Cropped Embroidered Jeans  £39.99

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Topshop MOTO Embroidered Denim Jacket £30 (reduced from £50)

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Topshop TEMP Patches Slip on Shoes  £26

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Festival Fashion Guide 2016

Packing for a festival is a demon that most of us must face. Beyond trying to squeeze as much booze into your rucksack as humanly possible, as Brits, we also have to bear in mind that any attempt to look even vaguely stylish may result in pneumonia.

Beyond the whims of the weather, festival fashion is about nailing summer trends, despite the fact that you probably won’t have showered nor looked in the mirror for days. There are now some looks that are so out-dated you’d be forgiven for thinking festival sites have become time warps. You can pretty much bet your last bottle of mixer that at any festival in the UK, you’ll see flocks of young women adorned in floral headbands. The summer nymph look is inoffensive, sure, but it certainly won’t win you any praise from the fashion powers that be.

I’ve established the top fuss-free festival trends for 2016, together with some handy advice on how to embrace practicality whilst looking the part.

Do…

  • Turn to Coachella for inspiration, as the stars at this American extravaganza set festival trends for the year. See the next point.
  • Incorporate fringing. Ideally in the style of festival bag of the moment: the tan crossover Hudson by Chloé. Ditto two pieces or anything crochet.
  • Pack shoes that will keep your feet dry. It’s tempting to bring sandals, yes. But don’t. Even if the weather verges on the miraculous, your toes will thank you when they’re not being trodden on at every step.
  • Bring wellies. Hunters may have been around for years, but they’re still the ultimate festy footwear.
  • Pack a good pair of sunglasses. But not so good that when lost to a squelching mud pit you’re left feeling as though you’ve just been made bankrupt.
  • Remember your waterproof jacket. The puffa, as seen everywhere during fashion week, is very in this year. As is the bomber jacket. Be warned, if you don’t pack a coat, you may well end up wearing a bin bag as a poncho. Just saying.

Don’t…

  • Wear any expensive jewellery or your posh watch. Crawling around on the floor in a dark tent filled with hundreds of people is not something you want to be doing. Embrace cheap and cheerful costume jewellery as an easy way to spice up an outfit. If you (ladies) want to be on trend, you can’t go wrong with a choker or a body chain.
  • Dismiss fancy dress completely. As much as you probably won’t feel like ‘going all out’ when you’re battling a three-day hangover having slept in a field, fancy dress can have its uses. Take inspiration from Miss Kylie Jenner and wear a wig, it’s a great way to cover up unwashed hair. Chaps: some face paint, glitter or even an ostentatious hat will do the job nicely.
  • Risk a Native American style headdress. Sure, they look cool, but now they’re just plain tired and predictable. Plus, wearers have previously been blasted for cultural appropriation. Just steer clear.
  • Wear a onesie. The preserve of drunken male festival-goers everywhere, avoid at all costs if you’d prefer not to look like a giant baby.

Follow these golden rules, and you’ll spend the weekend channelling your inner Kate Moss or Idris Elba. And you never know, if you do play your sartorial cards right, you may even get featured in a promotional video for a cider with a name you can’t pronounce.

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Originally published in BN1 Magazine, June edition.

Summer Kicks Wish List

A decent pair of trainers are the ultimate wardrobe essential. Gone are the days of drab, practical kicks worn only to the gym…this is the era of stylish, colourful and fashionable footwear. Trends like ‘Athleisure’ and ‘Sports Chic’ are here to stay, as proven by the launch of Beyonce’s Ivy Park in April, which was so popular it crashed the Topshop website. If you don’t feel quite ready to rock a leotard à la Queen Bee, then a cute pair of trainers is a great way to channel your inner gym bunny on a day-to-day basis.

I’ve compiled a selection of my favourite summer trainers that will brighten up your day and get you dreaming of the holiday season, even if in reality you’ll only be stomping up and down the pavement at home.

Not only with all of these cool creps add a Sports Luxe edge to any outfit, but they’re bloody comfortable too! What’s not to love?!

Nike Air Max in Paradise Island Green (£115)

Nike Air Max in Paris Island Green £115

Adidas Originals Court Vantage White Perforated Trainers (£85)

Adidas Originals Court Vantage White Perforated Trainers £85

New Balance Lilac Trainers (£65)

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Nike Airforce in Noble Red (79.99)- coz they look like Strawberries!

Nike Air Force Noble Red £79.99

Superga Flatforms (£55)

Superga Flatform £55

Nike Cortez in Cherry Blossom (£71.99)

Nike Cortez Cherry Blossom £71.99

Puma Suede Classics in ‘Holiday’ (£55)

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Mango Slip On Snake Effect Trainers (£35.99)

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Adidas Stan Smith in Sun Glow (£64.99)

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Nintendo Princess Peach Vans (£52)

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Nike Air Force in Radiant Emerald Multi (£120)

Airforce in Radiant Emerald Multi £120

Lacoste Carnaby Evo Rose Gold Trainers (£70)

Lacoste Carnaby Evo Rose Gold Trainers £70

Stan Smiths in Clear Sky Tortoise Suede (£76.99)

Clear Sky Stan SmithsReebok Trainers in Stunning Green (£60)
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Nike Roshe Run in Cherry Blossom (£71.99)

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Calvin Klein High Tops (£75)

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The Met Gala 2016: Best Dressed

Celebrities from far and wide flocked to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York last night for the biggest fashion party of the year, the Met Gala. The annual event is chaired by fashion’s fairy god mother Anna Wintour (Taylor Swift, Idris Elba and Apple’s Chief Design Officer Johnathon Ive co-hosted this year) and it is she who is responsible for setting the theme. The theme for 2016 was Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology,  a relevant and thought-provoking choice given the increasingly central role tech is playing in the creation of clothes.

The Met Gala celebrates fashion as a form of art; the red carpet becomes a kind of exhibition space where designers their most innovative, intricate and breathtakingly beautiful pieces, curated especially for this all-important evening. True to the theme, almost all of the dresses gestured towards the evolution of design processes, featuring elements both hand finished and computer created. Cutting edge technology such as 3-D printing is changing what it means for a piece to be ‘hand-made’, blurring the lines between couture and ready-to-wear. This evolution within fashion is often referred to as ‘wearable tech’, a notion encapsulated in arguably THE stand out look of the night, Claire Danes’ Zac Posen gown.

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The stunning dress (above) looked relatively conventional until pictured in the dark, when 30 hidden battery packs lit up to make the very fabric of the gown glow, transforming Danes into a princess from a futuristic fairytale.

Similarly, Karolina Kurvkova’s dress incorporated LED lights (one-hundred and fifty of them, all hand placed to be precise!) which also utilised smart technology in order to react to social media in real time. The dress was a collaborative effort, designed by Marchesa and IBM Watson. The latter did copious amounts of Marchesea archival research and data analysis, so that the LED lit flowers could change colour in accordance with the emotions expressed about in on social media. If that isn’t a smart dress, I don’t know what is!

Speaking of Marchesa, for me the duo Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig were the stand out designers of the evening, dressing Nina Dobrev and Poppy Deleveigne as well as Kurkova. Delevigne’s look was probably my favourite of the whole evening as the entire ensemble was styled to perfection. Dark lipstick and poker straight, side-parted bleach blonde hair offset the plunging tiered dress wonderfully. Both Dobrev and Delevigne’s dresses oozed old school Hollywood glamour whilst showcasing a modern intricacy of design. The dresses also ticked two of the major boxes that the evening’s theme alluded to: embellishment and metallics.

Mirrors, feathers and sequins were also in plentiful supply last night, as were unusual fabrics (see Beyonce’s unbelievably amazing latex Givenchy dress), as designers attempted to outdo one another in the creative – and technologically enhanced- stakes. However, the futuristic vibe didn’t necessarily work for everyone, as the weird robo-cop style metal arm armour worn by Zayn Malik over his suit made clear. The same goes for Madonna, who literally showed her derrière in a sheer Givenchy lace number, Solange Knowles whose yellow ensemble looked more comical than cutting-edge and finally Lady Gaga, who seemed to have forgotten the bottom half of her outfit.

As per usual, there was also some impressive train action. Zoe Saldana’s Dolce & Gabanna feathered train (almost) rivalled Rihanna’s canary yellow extravaganza from last year and Stella Maxwell looked amazing in a slinky Topshop gown. As is the norm for any A-lister event,there was also a lot of Balmain, with Jordan Dunn, Cindy Crawford, Kylie Jenner, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West all dressed in Olivier Rousteing’s shimmering signature styles.

Beyond the gowns themselves, there was also some futuristic beauty styling on show, from metallic eye shadows to Lupita Nyong’o’s wild hair-do. Everyone is talking about the actress’s gravity-defying hair style – which whilst rather mad – actually looked incredibly on-brief and really rather chic. Whilst Nyong’o’s look has been compared in the press to a resident Dr Suess’s ‘Whoville’ (not altogether unfairly), this adventurous style certainly made her stand out from the crowd at a night where individuality is key.

Given that tickets to the gala reportedly cost upwards of £17k, the closest the vast majority of us will ever get to that red carpet is through pictures. So, in the spirit of inclusion, so that we might all feel a little more involved in this exclusive soiree, I have put together a slide show of my twenty favourite looks from last night. This way you can – at the very least – know who wore what and how good they looked in it , whilst day dreaming about one day owning a piece of futuristic fashion of your very own.

*All image copyright: Getty

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Wearable Shelter

In the past year, the worst humanitarian emergency in decades has taken centre stage in the British media, and we’ve woken up to the extent of refugee suffering (as embodied in that infamous picture of little Aylan Kurdi). We are now all too aware of the harrowing conditions refugees are facing on boats and in camps like the Calais Jungle, never mind during the long and dangerous journey by foot they face before and after arriving into Europe.

People are finding new and imaginative ways to tackle the problem and help in some way, like the Royal College of Art’s Textile and Interior Design students, who’ve collaborated on developing ‘wearable habitations’ for refugees.

Clothing and interior design are often dismissed as ‘fun’ luxuries far removed from real global altruism, and yet this talented group of students have demonstrated how these spheres can be forces for good. Created in direct response to the Syrian refugee crisis, the resulting coat – which resembles a three-quarter-length puffer jacket and transforms into a sleeping bag or tent – acknowledges the significance of the journey as a desperate struggle for survival. As we know all to well, the weather in Europe can be dismal, and shelter could make all the difference to an unforgiving journey. This coat has the potential to save thousands of lives.

The students used information provided by Médecins Sans Frontières when developing the coat to ensure that it met the needs of refugees. The waterproof pockets on the inside provide a place for passports, important documents, photos and other valuables to be kept safe. The prototype is made from Tyvek, a lightweight and waterproof but very strong fabric often used on aircrafts, and is lined with Mylar; a polyester insulator that is used in emergency blankets, tents, space suits and houses.

The students raised money via Kickstarter and are hoping to deploy the coat as early as this summer via refugee agencies. Author of the project brief, Dr Harriet Harris, says:

‘This project demonstrates the keenness of students to use their design talent to make a difference where it matters’.

I must admit, I’m totally inspired by this practical approach. Whilst this coat is not going to solve the refugee crisis, it encourages us to each think about how we can use our skills to be a part of the solution.

Over a million people arrived into Europe last year and despite the new EU deal that’s sending people back to Turkey, as the war rages on in Syria, the enormous flow of humanity across borders shows no signs of stopping. If there was ever a time to be proactive, it’s now.

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Photo source: Royal College of Art

The Choker Edit

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probs noticed that the choker is currently EVERYWHERE. From Kim K’s diamond ‘Saint’ choker to Danielle Bernstein’s (author of the We Wore What blog) seemingly never ending supply of chic plain fabric ones, neck hugging bands are the current must have item.

If you’re on a major budget, you can DIY by simply using ribbon. I often save bits from Christmas and Birthday gifts and then repurpose them, it works like a charm! However, if you haven’t got the time or if you’d like to go for something a little less basic, I’ve rounded up 10 of my cheap and cheerful favourites for you to choose from! Whether you wanna rock a 90’s style fabric choker, a simply chain or something all together more exciting (think ultimate festival jewellery), I’ve got you covered.

  1. black velvet Basic Black Velvet Choker, ASOS £5.00

 

 

 

 

2. Gold Chain Choker, River Island £8.00

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3. Fabric Cut Out Choker, Topshop £10     topshop leather

 

 

 

 

 

4. Delicate Gold Choker, Not on the High St £35

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5. ALDO Multirow Chokers, ASOS £10ALDO

 

 

 

 

 

6. river island decorativeStatement Choker, River Island £35

 

 

 

 

 

7.  Suzywan Choker, ASOS £17.50chocker flower asos

 

 

 

 

 

8. Engraved Coin Choker, Topshop £12.50coin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9. Lace Choker, Urban Outfitters £8
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10. Jet Stone Choker, Accessorize £6
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Sister Act: The Little Sisters Slaying the Fashion Game

Fashion is increasingly becoming a family affair. From Ruth and May Bell to the Delevingnes and the Jaggers, to all three of the sisters of male model of the moment Lucky Blue Smith, there’s no denying that the industry is saturated with siblings.

Four of the hottest names in fashion right now are actually the younger sisters of even bigger names. After all, good genes are good genes, and who doesn’t look up to their older siblings? From the relatively unknown Lottie Moss to established superstar Kylie Jenner, these are the four celebrity little sisters who are smashing 2016.

1. Bella Hadid
Age: 19
Insta Followers: 3.2m


Younger sister of super-star model Gigi Hadid and daughter of reality TV star/ model Yolanda Foster, Bella Hadid is one of the hottest faces in fashion right now. Bella signed with IMG Models in 2014 and has since risen through the ranks to emerge as ‘Model of the Year’ at Daily Front Row Awards a merefew days ago. She walked in numerous shows over fashion month, from Chanel to MiuMiu to Givenchy and Versace, is currently the face of the Joe Jeans campain and has been featured in editorial spreads for almost every magazine under the sun. As if all of this wasn’t enough, Bella is also one half of one of the world’s most enviable couples…She’s been dating the Weekend for a year, even following her older sister’s example by starring and one of his music videos. Her body is legit out of this world, check the Love Advent Calender and you’ll see what I mean. Bella is my number one girl crush of the moment, and definetly one to watch, as she’s only going to get bigger.

2. Lottie Moss
Age:18
Insta Followers: 51k

The younger half-sister of legendary model Kate Moss has just finished school and is now pursuing modelling full time. Whilst Lottie has stated on several occasions that she absolutely will not answer any ‘Kate questions’, the similarities between the sisters are inescapable. Like Kate, Lottie has been signed to Storm Models and, like Kate, at only 5’5” she is unconventionally short for a model. The blonde sisters both have elfin features and a heart shaped face, and last year Lottie followed in Kate’s footsteps by starring in a Calvin Klein campaign. In January little Mossy landed her first major deal and was signed as the face of handbag brand Botkier New York, asserting her status as a rising star. She has starred in shoots for Teen Vogue and Dazed (Kate’s baby daddy’s mag), but has only very recently bagged her first cover, for the March issue of L’Officiel Netherlands. Seemingly determined to step out from her sister’s shadow, Lottie told the magazine that it’s now ‘my turn to tell my own story’.

3. Kylie Jenner
Age: 18
Insta Followers: 55m (FYI that’s 3mil MORE than Kendall, #justsayin)


Ok, so whilst you’d have to literally have been living under a rock not to have heard of the littlest ‘Kardashian’ sister, Kylie is only very recently emerging as a fashion force to be reckoned with. Prior to 2016, big sister Kendall’s stratospheric rise to model-of-the-moment eclipsed anything Kylie could have achieved, despite the fact that she did model for both Yeezy Season 1 & 2. Her first high fashion moment was shared with her pro big sister, as the Jenners both starred in the Balmain campaign for Fall 2015 (as did the Hadids and Joan Smalls and her little sister). However, despite sharing a number of fashion lines with big sis Kendall, Kylie’s focusing on going solo this year, and has so far graced covers from Elle (February issue) to Wonderland (Spring issue). Beyond magazines, and the fact that she made Time’s Most Influential Teens of 2015 list, Kylie’s big fashion coup has to be her deal with Puma, who have taken her on as both a model and a ‘brand advocate’. Oh, and in case all of this still doesn’t have you convinced, I’ll just leave you with the fact that Kylie’s app is the most popular of all the Kardashians. And yes, that includes Kim’s.

4. Imogen Waterhouse
Age: 20
Insta followers: 73k

Imogen (or Immy to her social media following) Waterhouse is the younger sister of Brit supermodel Suki Waterhouse (most famous for her Burberry campaigns and for an ill-fated romance with Bradley Cooper). Whilst Suki’s look is very much ‘old school glamour’, Imogen has more of a golden Californian girl vibe, as her recent Hilfiger Denim campaign with Hayley Baldwin showcases so wonderfully. Imogen is hot on the heels of her older sister, having recently posed for Urban Outfitters and Coast, and is even starring in a video campaign for Emporio Armani shot by Rankin. This new-found status as one of fashion’s darlings du jour was further cemented last month during London Fashion Week, as Imogen sat on the frow nestled between her sister and industry favourite Olivia Palermo. Immy might be fairly new to the scene, but she’s been welcomed with open arms. L’Officiel Netherlands calls her the ‘Br(it) girl’, and she is also the cover star of the March issue of Tatler, with the headline “fashion falls in love with Imogen Waterhouse”. Place your bets ASAP, as the Waterhouse sisters are sure to bag a huge ‘double trouble’ style ad campaign imminently.

*Incidentally, three of the four sisters (Kylie, Bella, Lottie) featured here recently appeared together in a Vogue video, which only confirms my assertion that this year will 100% prove to be the year of the mini-me! (See featured image at the top!)

 

Trend Watch: The Bomber Jacket

The bomber jacket is everywhere this season. Magazines have been reporting on this for the last few months and now, armed with my new ‘Light After Dark’ olive green bomber, I think it’s only appropriate to write an ode to one of my favourite jacket styles here on the blog.

Go into any high street store and you’ll see that they are literally inescapable; Topshop alone is doing 29 (yes, TWENTY NINE) different versions.

The reason I love a bomber is because they are so god damn versatile. I’ve got a thin, jaquard print navy blue beauty that is my go to summer jacket. It really is ideal for when you need a light even jacket, or better yet, when your jetting off on a summer holiday and you need something for whilst your in dreary Britain, but you also want to shove it in your bag the minute you step off the plane. The beauty of the bomber is that whilst a classic shape, it has been updated in every which way imaginable, from pink sequined to fur-lined and from thick to thin, every shop and designer worth their salt have sold both men’s and women’s versions of this versatile classic.

Secondly, they always seem  to be in style and never look dated. The navy blue one I just mentioned is like, 6 years old, and still looks just as chic as when I bought it. However, fast forward to this season and EVERYONE seems to have remembered how amazing they are.

A quick look at the Daily Mail (research purposes only I swear!) will tell you that everyone from Cara Delevigne to Naomi Cambell have recently been spotted rocking a bomber.

This popularity is evident in the shops, with every brand, from Miss Selfridge to Chloé offering their own take on the bomber, so I’ve compiled an ultimate wish list- for men as well as women- of the very best on offer.

1.
This is the bomber I have recently bought, made by Urban Outfitter‘s own Scandinavian label, Light Before Dark.  It also comes in black, navy and pink.
£59
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2.
Quilted leather Chloé bomber
£2,535chloe
3.
Tommy Hilfiger Tencel Bomber Jacket (also comes in white with striped arms).
Available from House of Fraser.
£120
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4.
Jaded London Festival Sequin Bomber Jacket
available on ASOS
£100
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5.
ALICE + OLIVIA Felisa Embellished Silk Jacket
available from Selfridges
£660ao
6.
Love Moschino Archive Print Satin Bomber
available via ASOS
£310moschino
7.
Two-In-One Reversible Sateen Bomber Jacket (Inside is blue and silver)
£85topshop
8.
Floral-intarsia stretch-knit bomber jacket
Alexander McQueen
Available via Net-a-porter
£1,585mcqueenjacket
9.
Padded Black Bomber
was £35.00, now £17.00misguided
10.
Dark Blue Flamingo Print Bomber Jacket
H! by Henry Holland
available from Debenhams
£40henry
Now onto menswear, where the bomber seems even more ubiquitous! (To put it into perspective, ASOS currently have 555 styles of bomber for men, compared to ‘only’ 103 for women). Here’s my top 5:
1. Hawaii Print Souvenir Jacket
£,1325valentino
It may be for men, but I want this for myself, desperately! In fact I want all of the Valentino Souvenir jackets, especially the pink one in the featured image of this blog. They are everything anyone could ever hope for in a bomber.

2.
Bryant Jacket (comes in navy/black/green)
Carhartt
was £140 now £70

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Sidenote: I got my bf this for xmas and he loves it! I- and he- would definitely recommend!

3.
Fred Perry Tramline Bomber Jacket
available via House of Fraser
£135fred

4.
Lacoste Live Bomber Jacket in Navy
available via ASOS
£170lacoste

5.
Ecru casual contrast neck bomber jacket
River Island
also comes in green/navy/black/dark green
£30-£48 depending on colourri