SUPERHERO FASHION

Some of you may not know this, but I’m a bit of a superhero geek. I grew up loving the Saturday morning Spider-Man, Thor and Captain America cartoons (and all the rest – Captain Planet, anyone??), I always had a soft spot for The Incredible Hulk, and one of my first TV crushes was (oh goodness, am I actually going put this out there…??), Burt Ward, AKA the1960s Batman sidekick, Robin. Ahem.

Well, my tastes have changed slightly (I’m much more of a Thor girl these days), but I am loving the expanding and spiralling Marvel Universe that is playing out in front of us on the big screen, and on Netflix (Dare Devil was binge watched over three days). Last week I went to see the midnight screening of Avengers: Age of Ultron. No don’t click away, this isn’t a film review (this IS a fashion post, after all), but boy it was exciting! And it has inspired this post, looking at what the film’s starlets wore on the red carpet at the UK and LA premiers (I got there in the end!)…

What a fabulous frock, truly fit for a superhero! And the perfect design for Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch, in flowing black jersey with a touch of caped glamour. Rocking head-to-toe Saint Laurent, Olsen is a gothic little sex siren with the mini cut and gorgeous studded platforms, which tie in with that amazing chain, sequin and crystal-embellished yoke. With detailing like that, there’s no need for any other accessories, so it’s good to see her keeping things simple with just a box clutch, a low, pulled back do with a dramatic side parting, and just a hint of eyeliner. You’ll all be pleased to know, that you can buy this dress for yourself, for a measly £2,390 (this might be why Elizabeth skipped the jewels – her budget was blown on the dress and shoes!). Lavish Alice have a far more affordable version on ASOS.com, just throw on some statement jewels to jazz up the neckline, and you’ll be red carpet-ready for a fraction of the price.

Doesn’t Scarlett Johansson look phenomenal?! The hair, the lips, that flurry of colour on that Balmain jumpsuit… I’ve always veered from totally getting ‘it’ (everyone’s love and lust for her), and just not getting it. Now I get it! Girl crush in action as we speak. Her multicoloured get up is just a joy to behold, teasing us with ideas of summer, and a complete contrast to her Black Widow character. I’m not usually a fan of racer straps, but these are perfectly cut to avoid any squidgy overspill (what, just me?), and the black cinched in waistband enhances her teeny waist. This bold green patterned jumpsuit by Michael Michael Kors is a beautiful and affordable way to indulge in this look. This is a fabulous beachy design, perfect for long summer days in the Med (oh if only), but it’s easily dressed up with a waist belt and a slim fitting longline blazer. The lower neckline means you can up the ante with some chunky jewelled drop earrings or a statement necklace.

Kerryn Grady

 

Australian Fashion Week

Ooh, Australian Fashion Week! Wouldn’t that be a lovely destination to surround yourself by the fabulousness of fashion shows, followed by a little excursion to the beach or an evening at the Sydney Opera House? Tax-deductible work trip to Oz anyone…?

This boho look takes me back! All the way to the mid-naughties, when Sienna Miller made gypsy skirts and big, leather, coin-studded, low-slung belts THE coolest summer attire. This girl is the 2015 equivalent. The studs are a bit smaller, but nonetheless, she’s rocking virtually all-over body coverage in a paisley print, yet still looks pretty awesome. Okay, so there’s some pretty expansive mid-riff action happening, so no, she’s not a nun, but I love how that balances out the high neckline, full-length sleeves and floor-skimming maxi skirt.

Mango has everything you need this season for some summer boho. If you love prints but the maxi style swamps you, try this cute mini smock design. If you’re a maxi girl but not so into loud prints, then how about this black number with a sexy thigh split and 70s-inspired blouson sleeves? And, as we’re looking at Australian Fashion Week, it would just be rude not to focus on any Australian brands, so how about this for a bit of studded leather goodness… I love the gorgeous fringed detailing on this Sass & Bide cross body bag, perfect for the festival vibe, and just smart enough for fancy evenings out, too.

Who doesn’t love a good co-ord? Okay, well they might not be to everyone’s taste, but I’m a massive fan, and I’m loving this two-piece by Aussie brand Lottie Hall. The clashing patterns are batiked for a cool twist on traditional graphic prints, and the tonal oversized H&M shirt is a great way to break up such bold, statement pieces.

I know this one isn’t printed, but this cotton-silk mix jacket and trousers set from ASOS WHITE is so beautiful, and would look fabulous with a bolder, printed piece underneath. If you do want something a bit more eye-catching, then this jacket and pants combo from Zara are for you.

Yep, there’s no shying away from this baby! Like our blogger in Oz, pair with something in a tonal colour to tie everything in together – for summer I’d go for a slouchy white V-neck tee, then switch it for a navy shirt or fine-knit jumper in the cooler months.

Kerryn Grady

70s Fashion

Unless you’ve been living under a rock (or just not reading fashion magazines) for the past few months, you’ll be well aware the ‘70s trend is a pretty ‘big thing’ right now. I’m not going to lie, this isn’t my favourite trend of the moment, but I find TV presenter Martha Ward’s more subtle approach rather favourable.

The light, bright wash (also known as Dream Wash) of her denim A-line MIH skirt with the button down front is the big nod to ‘70s styling. I’ve never been a big fan of denim skirts, but this is a super flattering cut and length, skimming over curves, and revealing the slimmest part of the leg (essential points for a curvy girl like myself). If curves aren’t your issue, the fuller A-line cut will give a boyish figure a bit more shape. This particular skirt retails for a whopping £235. If you’re not that much of a die-hard denim fan but want to dip your toe into the look, then head over to Zara (like you even needed an excuse) and check out their range of denim skirts. This one is the perfect alternative to the MIH design, but they also have full length and mini cuts to choose from.

I love a good jumper. In fact, all I do when I’m shopping these days is head straight for the knitwear. So what if summer is just poking its head around the corner, I love me some cosy knits. So I’m completely on board with this lovely little fisherman-style jumper. Lighter weight than its traditional winter counterpart, its fitted, shorter cut is perfect for spring (and, let’s be honest, parts of the British summer). I love this jumper from BZR at ASOS.com, which is currently in the sale for a nifty £47. If you are after some out of season knitwear, now is the perfect time before everyone switches to full on summer mode – check out online sales while there’s still some good’uns left!

How gorgeous is that little satchel?? I love the bright, contrasting colours, which work beautiful with the whole look, and the neat little boxy shape. I’ve always loved Sophie Hulme for the chunky metal hardware embellishments on her bags, but I’ve absolutely fallen in love with her bold, tropical S/S15 range, with palm leaf block coloured appliqué and laser cut designs, in juicy yellow and jewel-toned blue and turquoise. However, as is often the case with beautiful to-die-for luxury leather, Sophie Hulme designs are just a tad out of my budget. Lucky for you lot, The Leather Satchel Company have a massive selection of – you guessed it – satchels! My favourites are the Pixie bags, which come in three sizes (Small, Medium and large), and make a great alternative to a clutch bag for evening. I love this Medium Pixie in Coral Reef  , that perfect colour for summer.  As well as their existing designs online, you can custom order any style in any of their colours, so if two-tone is your thing drop them an e-mail and see what they can do for you.

Kerryn Grady

Tokyo Fashion Week

It might not be the biggest event in the fashion calendar, but you can guarantee the cool kids of Japan will be out in force for Tokyo Fashion Week, showing us how you really pull an outfit together!

How adorably petulant does this duo look? Quirky dye jobs, thrown together styling and perfectly grumpy little pouts, all present and correct. Both dressed in a mish-mash of vintage and thrift store finds, each girl is rocking her own distinctive style. On the left we’ve got a glam grunge vibe going on, which I absolutely love. I’m a sucker for some good layering, and this combination of the oversized boyfriend tee layered over the sheer lace maxi skirt with that lovely fluted hem, and the faded camo bomber is perfection. Carhartt are the kings of utility wear, and this floral print jacket has a lovely feminine twist on a traditional camouflage print, without being too overtly girly. Buy it a size up for a boyfriend fit. Pair with this gorgeous DKNY delicate lace skirt. Not cheap, but not quite bank-breaking in the grand scheme of designer wear, this skirt can be kept casual with biker boots or converse with a V-neck cotton t-shirt tucked in at the waist, or dressed up to the max with a silk cami and strappy sandals. It’s a real fashion all-rounder – this, my friends, is what you call an investment piece…

Missy on the right here has gone a bit more prim in an oh-so-demure knee-length pencil skirt and blouse combo, adding some clashing colour with her sequinned bomber, and a cutesy edge with her Chloe Sevigny booties. I’ve had this tinsel-embellished bomber sitting in my Saved list for weeks, and it’s currently reduced on ASOS.com to a bargainous £22.50. If you’re a die-hard sequin fanatic then this mermaid effect design by Jaded London will have you swooning like a 13-year-old at a One Direction concert. This houndstooth pencil skirt is a little gem from Baum Und Pferdgarten at ASOS, featuring the classic print with a lovely new graphic element. Follow this stylista’s lead by styling with a simple silk blouse, like this beauty by Vince , or throw an extra print in the mix with this stunning top by Proenza Schouler, whose long-line design will work perfectly with the fitted pencil skirt. Wearing the same tonal colours will prevent the look being too garish, although the clashing bomber will give an edge our little street styler would be proud of.

Kerryn Grady

 

London Fashion Week Street Style

London Fashion Week is, without a doubt, the best of all the fashion weeks, with regards to street style. Everyone is desperate to get snapped by the photographers, and you only need to linger around Somerset House for a matter of minutes before you see some of the most amazingly put together outfits you could imagine. Some are, admittedly, a bit whacky, but I believe that’s what fashion is about, expressing yourself and having fun.

Oh my giddy aunt! Remember when I found those Zara trousers that were like PJ pants? This is even better! Lane Crawford fashion buyer, and fashion week regular Tiffany Hsu, has just shown that’s fine to go out in full-on sleepwear, including dressing gown/superhero cape, as long as you throw on a pair of heels. She is living my dream! Just dig out a pair of men’s silk pyjamas (Lily Silk) have a gorgeous selection of luxury designs – mix and match the slouchy trousers with the short sleeved shirts), throw on your most killer killer heels (you don’t want to be too comfortable, that would just be lazy), and a heavy contrast-coloured full length wool coat for a daring but edgy fashion week-inspired look.

These Givenchy boots are what footwear dreams are made of! I always think these are the style that will make my chunky monkey legs slightly less chunky-looking. Unfortunately, I don’t think my bank balance will ever let me find this out. I’m loving the oversized boots with the voluminous cape and just that flash of slim, streamlined leg giving a lovely silhouette to the whole outfit. I’m not crazy about tartan capes, but the block of solid colour at the neckline, highlighted in the stripes, breaks up the traditional design, and I love the oversized pompom adding a little playful twist. This classy burgundy version by Pied a Terre at House of Fraser is my perfect style and colour, and it is currently on sale, which is even better.

So, I normally write about women’s streetstyle, but stylist and blogger Arian Humirang is rocking this look so hard, I want it all for myself! I’m all about clashing prints and quirky accessories (silver brogues anyone?), so this guy is right up my street. And he’s high-streeted up to the max in an ASOS suit, Topshop top and Zara accessories. Such an accessible look, despite perhaps not being for the faint hearted. If you want to do something similar and inject some designer glam into the look, check out my latest shoe discovery for some metallic footwear – Luke Grant-Muller. Just how fabulous are the brogues? In an ideal world, along with my Givenchy boots, I’d have a pair in chrome AND holographic! I’ll just keep dreaming shall I…?

Kerryn Grady

Chiara Ferragni at New York Fashion Week

It’s heere! Fashion month is officially upon us, and as always we’ve got a plethora of fun and fabulous street stylers to ogle. We start in chilly New York, where the mercury is hanging seriously low…

Layering is the order of the day, and The Blonde Salad blogger, Chiara Ferragni, shows that you can keep warm and still look cool at New York Fashion Week (oh don’t roll your eyes, I’ve got hundreds of them!). I love her classy floor length camel coat (ASOS do a beautiful soft textured wool duster coat) paired with her chic black roll neck and bleached skinny jeans. So far so good. But mixing in that cropped camo puffer jacket (a style I usually wouldn’t touch with a bargepole), and some quite dramatic ski goggles (well I’ve heard it can get a bit snowy in the Big Apple) adds a cosy, quirky twist to an otherwise sophisticated look. If you’re not so keen on the traditionally outdoorsy jacket, try switching in another design, just make sure to keep your top layer cropped so you have some definition to your lengths. Shrimps do gorgeous brushed felt biker jackets with colourful faux fur collars – this bright contrasting one from Net-A-Porter will add a playful element to your look, or you could keep things simple and chic with this fab denim kimono jacket from MIH Jeans . For a lighter cover-up, why not try a sleeveless design that will take you through to Spring? This  Zara parka will look great over the neutral duster coat, as well as a simple striped Breton jumper when it gets warmer.

I’m giving Ms Ferragni a double bill today, as she’s just too fab. Here she is rocking the cropped skinnies and black roll neck again, but this time adding a kitsch slogan jumper and fun furry jacket. Who said fashion was stoic? This girl demonstrates fashion’s cheeky side. Markus Lupfer is famous for his quirky sequinned tees and jumpers, and currently has an exclusive city collection for Net-A-Porter. This Paris design is my fave! When it comes to fur, the high street is awash with brilliant faux versions, there’s absolutely no need to go for the real deal. Check out all the usual suspects – ASOS, Topshop, Primark et al – for a style to suit you (aaaaand hopping off my soap box now). In this instance I love the cropped cut of the jacket with the longer length jumper and streamlined pants. When going for something so bulky it’s always more flattering to keep the rest of your silhouette sleek, as demonstrated here. Continuing to mix those proportions, I’m loving the massive mittens and the teeny tiny (albeit totally useless) cross body bag. Designers are loving the miniature bag phenomenon. To be honest, it’s not something I’m totally on board with as the price tag doesn’t really correlate with the size. However, Mulberry’s Small Delphie does give you a little bit more bag for your buck with their flip design (you can flip it over to reveal a contrasting leather for a whole different look. No, I couldn’t picture how it works either, so check out the little demo on their website). I still don’t think it justifies the £700-plus price tag, but if you’ve mastered the art of packing light you’ll love it.

Kerryn Grady

Super Bowl Fashion

While Katy Perry was entertaining the crowd in loud, theatrical outfits and riding giant model lions on stage at the Super Bowl, the audience went for a more casual sartorial approach, and double denim was the order of the day.

Sports Illustrated model, Chrissy Teigen, looks rather fabulous in those teensy ripped cut-offs (c’mon, with legs like that, you would too!), paired with her oversized denim shirt. By mixing those proportions the look is quite respectable, and I’m loving the little black booties. These Callie Shorts by Paige in a light wash are a great premium option, with lovely detailing, such as the striped pocket lining exposed through the distressed front. If spending £100-plus on a scrap of fabric isn’t so much to your taste, as always, it’s ASOS to the rescue! I love these little denim shorts, and not just because I’m a stinge-bag, I actually prefer this darker wash, particularly when pairing with another denim item. And while we’re browsing through the ASOS superstore, this is the perfect boyfriend shirt to wear with your itsy bitsy hot pants. Oversized, soft, and a medium-to-light wash, it would also look great with some dark skinnies, and a leather pencil skirt. For a mere £25 this could be your most diverse wardrobe addition.

Model and actress (who got people in a frenzy for doing a burger advert at the Super Bowl), Charlotte McKinney also got in on the double denim action with this two tone little number. It’s a bit more… body friendly, shall we say? Again, loving the oversized shirt, this time paired up with white skinnies and dressed up with those little nude strappy sandals. Tres chic, non?

So we know ASOS have a great sloppy shirt on offer, and to be honest, I don’t think it’s necessary to spend a fortune on a denim shirt as the high street has such a brilliant selection. However, if you’re going white with skinny jeans, you might want to spend a bit more to get the most flattering cut and fit. We all know it, white is not the most forgiving colour. Selfridges denim studio has a price range to fit everyone, stocking denim from the likes of Warehouse through to Roland Mouret (okay, so the Roland Mouret’s are leather, but they’re still in the department!), so it’s a bit of a one-stop shop, and the ideal pace to find your perfect pair. The Maria Skinny High Rise jeans by J Brand look fabulous, and perfectly match Charlotte’s little number. MIH Jeans Paris design are also a lovely option if you prefer your cut cropped at the ankle. And if the skinny cut just isn’t going to work for you, their Phoebe Slim Boyfriend jean has a little bit more give, and will still work with the oversized shirt (definitely the option I’d go for – no one wants to see me squeezed into tight, white pants on any day of the week!).

Kerryn Grady

#INSPIRED Party Princess

American singer/song writer, Aubrey O’Day, looks like a glamorous little gothic fairy, or a total party princess. You just can’t go wrong in a tulle midi skirt, and this black number is perfect for the Christmas party season. Topshop’s offering has a lovely mix of the demure midi-length, with the sexy sheer layers exposing a bit of leg for a fun, youthful feel. If you’re more of a print girl, then head over to ASOS for this gorgeous floral design.

The rich tone is perfect for partying all through the winter, and the mixed up florals will look great with a simple plain tee in the summer. This is the definition of an all round investment piece (and it’s a snip at just £65!).

The Northerner in me just loves a good sequin. I’m a magpie for all things shiny, and I’m currently obsessing over this Alice + Olivia sequinned top . Yes, we’ve established I’m not a fan of cropped tops, but paired with a high waisted skirt I might just be able to get away with baring the tiniest slivers of skin. The bracelet sleeves and slash neckline give enough coverage to compensate for the cropped length, and the fitted shape will work perfectly with the fuller tulle skirt. If you’re saving your pennies for Christmas presents and can’t justify spending so much on yourself, ASOS, as always, is here to save the day. If you like to keep your multi-textured looks streamlined, then stick to the same colour palette throughout and go for this beautiful black matt sequinned top.

As Aubrey demonstrates, the pointed court is the most perfect shoe to go with such a statement skirt. But simple doesn’t mean boring – let your footwear shine! Go bold with these neon and black Jimmy Choos , or sparkle in my faves, these gorgeous rose gold textured leather Isabel Marant hotties with cute bow detail.

Kerryn Grady