City Girl – Editorial

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Model: Weronika Sądej-Myskena Studio

Photography: Natalia Realite

Style: Natalia Realite  www.realite-blog.blogspot.com  (@by_realite)

Gold dress - Vintage; Grey shoes - Deichmann; Black blouse - Reserved; Gold skirt - Vero Moda; Gold necklace - New Yorker; Black shoes - New Look; Hat - Deichmann; Body - New Yorker; Vest - Moodo; Shorts - High Use; Boots - Puccetti; Feather necklace - H&M; Earrings - handmade; Zip bracelet - by_Realite; Dress - Moodo; Necklaces - New Yorker; Pink dress - Mojito; Pink bag - Pepco; Hat - Biedronka; Earrings - Orsay; Bracelet - House.

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

#INSPIRED Ice Queen

Oooh! Stylist Natalia Ferviu looks rather chic! I’m loving the Frozen-inspired wintry colour palette and the contrasting proportions of her cropped top and wide-leg Bimba Y Lola trousers. Ice Queen!

I’m always on the look-out for leg-lengthening wide leg pants, and a graphic pinstripe like these will give even Giselle’s pins a run for their money. These ones come in at just under £200, and are also available in collegiate red with black stripes. If, like me, the pinstripe vibe is a bit too formal for you and you want something a bit more relaxed, Zara have a fantastic alternative – pyjama-style trousers (PJs you can LEGITIMATELY wear out in public! They even have a stretchy waistband!! My life is now complete!) The bold sports luxe stripes keep them well within the realms of style, but man I can’t wait to slip into these babies and throw on a sweatshirt and still be able to claim to be cool.

This is the second time I’ve chosen a street styler rocking a cropped top, which is odd, considering I put my midriff-bearing years behind me a looong time ago. Nevertheless, she has a lovely little waist to show off, so why the hell not? I love the thicker fabric with the high neckline and cropped sleeves. It’s not too flashy and retains all that cool that’s trying to ooze out of her. ASOS’s Petite range has this lovely embellished design in a loose fitting boxy cut and that gorgeous pale blue shade. Alternatively, the ASOS WHITE range features this beautiful navy crop with more voluminous shaped long sleeves, and a high neckline, giving a more sophisticated, streamlined finish. Conveniently enough, it would go perfectly with my soon-to-be new pyjama pants! I’ll layer it over a grey ribbed vest in order to protect my modesty.

As always, the secret to giving a quirky spin on a look is in the accessories. Natalia’s white sunglasses give a stark graphic pop to the look, and highlight the white on her printed bag and in the pinstripes. I found this pair of Linda Farrow sunglasses, in my favourite cat-eye shape, on theoutnet.com with a massive 65% off the retail price. Her red lips and matching nails clash beautifully with the whole outfit injecting a bold splash of colour. Fabulous darling!

Kerryn

Peter’s Lane – Where Catwalk Styles Come To Life

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Where catwalk styles come to life

If you want to ensure you are ahead in the style stakes this Winter then look no further than Peter’s Lane at Liverpool ONE. This is where you will find premium designer brands, together with the latest catwalk looks.

With personal shoppers at hand to find that perfect outfit, whether it is a Christmas party number, statement winter coat or the latest must have accessory, you are guaranteed to find ultimate satisfaction and luxury with the Peter’s Lane shopping experience.

Home to top name brands including, Ted Baker London, Hobbs, Reiss, Karen Millen, Cadenzza and Michael Kors, Peter’s Lane at Liverpool ONE is anchored by the UK’s only Beauty Bazaar, Harvey Nichols.

There are lots of designer brands too with the likes of Tessuti and Flannels including the famous Jimmy Choo, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Paul Smith and Moncler. If your outfit isn’t quite the fit you are looking for there is even an on-site tailor to cater for all of your needs.

Take a break from the atmosphere of Peter’s Lane with a coffee break at Home Coffee or Hotel Chocolat and then continue your shopping experience at the Beauty Bazaar, Harvey Nichols where you will find all of your favourite beauty brands from MAC and Bobbi Brown to ESPA and Jo Malone. The WOW Bar within Harvey Nichols provides the ultimate in relaxation and you can even enjoy a glass of champagne while being pampered with a manicure or make-over. Not forgetting Electric Hair Salon on the second floor, which has expert stylists at hand to cater for your every need, whether it is a simple blow dry, a new style or party hair which will turn heads!

No matter what your fashion needs are, Peter’s Lane at Liverpool ONE is the must-visit destination for the latest catwalk looks, luxury beauty and your favourite designer brands.

www.liverpool-one.com

Celebration of Style, Liverpool

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Last weekend saw the fashion extravaganza, Celebration of Style, hit the city of Liverpool. Organised by Cricket co-owner, Justine Mills, and managing director of SK Events, Denise Harris, in association with Matalan, Celebration of Style brought together some of the biggest fashion hitters in the industry to “inspire, motivate and mentor future talent”.

Manchester-born Matthew Williamson hosted an intimate dinner at Knowsley Hall, fellow Northern boy fashion designer and illustrator, David Longshaw, did a book signing for his latest publication, and Cricket co-ordinated a high glamour, high fashion catwalk to showcase the latest collections of the likes of Stella McCartney, Givenchy, Kenzo and Balenciaga.

The beautiful Abbey Clancy attended the press launch on Thursday in the Liver Building to give us all a sneaky peak at her latest collection for Matalan, and fashion photographer Tim Bret Day had an exhibition of his work displayed in the building for the duration the event. He also hosted a seminar on the Friday with Rosanna Falconer, head of digital at Matthew Williamson, and Stephen Shaw, marketing opportunities director at Blippar, debating the changing face of fashion, and discussing how digital technology has changed fashion marketing.

Other seminars at Friday’s expo included a session with British hair stylist, Andrew Collinge, make-up artist, Cassie Lomax and celebrity stylist, Lorraine McCulloch, who talked about turning their passion for fashion and style into high-flying careers. Shelley Whalley and David Mellett from Matalan, Caroline Hertz, the principal fashion design lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University, and Cricket’s Justine Mills discussed the realities of working in fashion, and gave tips and advice on how to succeed in the industry.

Throw in some exclusive previews of the new collections by Oasis, Nails Inc. and Illamasqua, in store events with the likes of Boodles jewellers, personal hair consultations with Andrew Collinge, make-overs and style advice, and you have the perfect recipe for a refreshingly high octane fashion blow out. #INSPO’s personal highlight? Stealing a moment with Matthew Williamson to give him a copy of our first issue of the magazine! (Then finding ourselves in the lift with him, swearing down we’re not stalkers!)

FRAction / New York Fashion Week

I love this look on Alexa Chung at the Marc by Marc Jacobs show for so many reasons. She makes a polka dot blouse and baby pink pencil skirt look edgy rather than Stepford Wivesy (a bit of PVC will do that for you), she’s maintained her subtle sex-appeal by being so beautifully covered up with just flashes of skin – see the rolled up shirt sleeves, the undone top buttons and the demure midi length skirt – but I think most of all, I love the dog collar. Because I had an almost exact matching one when I was a grungy teen. Alexa proves I was cool. She also just looks happy, she has lovely glowing tanned skin, she’s rocking her signature undone hair and she’s smiling. Doesn’t that just warm your heart?

Well isn’t Kate Bosworth just the most ethereal beauty here at the Boss show in New York? She always looks so serene and composed, and this is no exception. The hint of leg through the sheer midi length skirt and the high neckline is all very chaste, but underneath you can see the micro mini length of the dress giving a bit of coy sex-appeal. I love this pale aqua colour against her skin tone, and it looks perfect with the coral lip colour and her luminescent skin. She keeps the overall look modern with her minimalist monochrome heels and her side-parted slicked hair making sure she is at the top of her fashion game.

Oh Dakota Fanning, don’t you just look cute as a button here? I’m a sucker for a good print, and this graphic palm tree design is right up my street, and perfect for the Opening Ceremony show. The short flippy skirt is fun and youthful, and I love the panelled top with the little cut-out detail and structured composition. The coolest part of her look, to me, is minimal use of accessories, natural make-up, and the lovely way her hair is coming loose from her do. I’m not going to lie, though, I’m not loving the shoes… A chunky design is always a winner in my eyes, but these would be so much cooler if they showed a little more foot. I do, however, love the wraparound ankle straps, and the pastel blue is a nice, unexpected curve ball!

Kerryn