SS09: Summer Brights!

Summer is all about bright, sunny colours, even if the weather doesn’t match. I’m not giving up on it just yet, so Autumn/Winter will have to wait!! If you are going on holiday this month, make sure that you pack some tropical colours to be bang on trend this season. From blocks to prints, there’s a lot in stores at the moment, so even if you’re not jetting off somewhere hot, treat yourself anyway and bring a touch of the exotic into your office. Here’s the lowdown on this season’s hottest colours:

Pink

Bright pinks such as fuchsia are perfect for a little pick-me-up. It’s feminine but also powerful. See Matthew Williamson and Versace for their take on the trend.

Orange

Orange is another FABULOUS colour for Spring/Summer 2009. Designers have gone all out this summer making light, bright clothes to brighten up your day in this economic climate. Here are just some of the offerings guaranteed to put a smile on your face whatever the occasion.

Yellow

Yellow was all over the catwalks this season and it’s naturally the perfect colour for summer. Check out these runway shots for inspiration to bring a little sunshine into your life.

Blue

Bright blues are vibrant, exciting and reminiscent of the ocean and tropical paradise. Check out Aquascutum’s coat collection for a few ideas.


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SS09: Beach Style


When it comes to dressing to impress on the beach, keep it simple and let colours and prints do the talking. Do not over-accessorise! It looks fabulously stylish in the magazines, yes, but when you are over-heating and dying for a dip in the pool, you don’t need to be taking five minutes to remove all of your statement jewellery. And think of the tan lines! Keep those extra special items for the evening.


SS09 is about tribal prints, nautical styles and bright colours. Check out these catwalk shots for inspiration:

A big beach bag is a must to carry all of your essentials. This summer, try a big straw bag that will weather beach conditions and comfortably hold a towel, sunscreen and a million other little bits and pieces whilst still looking effortlessly chic. See Blake Lively’s cute bag below.

Speaking of beach towels, have you tried a KIKOI? It’s a sarong and a towel in one, meaning there’s more room in your bag for magazines and that book you’ve been meaning to read all year!

Sunglasses for SS09 still follow one simple rule: The bigger, the better! A colourful and embellished pair bring a fun element to your look whilst a simple, darker look is timeless and stylish.

Shoe-wise, a simple pair of gladiators or pair of Havaianas will suffice. Do not attempt Louboutins on the sand!

Hats are a great way to cover up messy hair and look oh-so-fabulous. They are also perfect for protecting yourself in hot weather. This season we still love the fedora, the straw trilby and the Panama hat. For the super-cool, try a visor. Check out Cameron Diaz below for inspiration.

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Kiribati: A New Luxury Swimwear Line

Kiribati is a brand new luxury swimwear line from London. The designs are sleek and supportive combining contemporary science with timeless elegance.

Kiribati was founded on the belief that confidence and comfort should never be compromised. The cuts are flattering and supportive to ensure that not only can you feel assured in what your wearing, but also effortlessly elegant.

The line suits those who prefer a traditionally glamourous holiday, as the styles are reminiscent of the pin-up glamour of the 1950s with the added bonus of modern technology and clever design to suit the contemporary woman. They come at a price, however. This is a luxury brand made with temperature resistant fabrics sourced from the finest mills in Italy that are styled with nickel-free accessories.

The Martha Bandeau bikini, for example, will set you back £125, but it may be worth the price tag. Its combination of practicality for swimming with the shaping and almost undetectable structuring that maintains your figure is just one of the reasons for purchasing. The simple navy and white colours are reminiscent of the French Riviera and for those days where you’re not feeling 100%, you can fold the flap on the bikini bottoms up to provide a more flattering shape and then turn it down for a better tan.

The Clemency swimsuit is another great addition to the line. The suit boasts simple, on-trend asymmetric lines to flatter your figure, whilst providing the necessary support for beach activities. The small gold bangle on the strap is a beautiful touch that was designed exclusively for the company. If you want to look stylish whilst still being sporty, this may be the suit for you!

The sizing is a little different to the average bikini website. It operates on the European set sizes: 1,2,3 and 4 (explained on website here). Usefully, if you’re not sure which size is perfect for you, the site recommends that you order several sizes to try on, as you can return them at no extra cost to you.

To shop Kiribati online, go to www.kiribati-london.com

SS09: Trend Alert! Nude Heels

This summer a new trend has become very apparent. Nude heels make your legs look longer and go with almost every outfit!


Teamed with a black dress, the look is a favourite of Angelina Jolie.
Here is how other celebrities have been interpreting the trend:

Polyvore: "Crack for fashionistas"!

Launched in February 2007, Polyvore is not just another social networking site, it is a highly addictive “vibrant community of creative and stylish people”.

Polyvore has been described as “crack for fashionistas”. Whilst it has not yet taken quite such a hold on me, I can see the appeal. You can make mood board-style sets, which are like collages of photos and pictures of real products from real brands on pretty backgrounds for various reasons. These vary from needing a colour scheme for a room or outfit to planning your entire wedding!

One of the main uses of Polyvore is to generate collaged images for blogs. You will very rarely come a across a fashion and lifestyle blog that hasn’t used Polyvore at least once! As a dedicated blogger myself, I have used it to create a Parisian summer outfit, a Whitney Port-style mood board to celebrate the success of The City and to source various on-trend items, such as one-shouldered dresses for SS09. It has an easy drag and drop function, which makes creating sets simple and quick.


The social features of the site also form a platform for user-generated advertising. That means that it is also a powerful tool for merchants to add their products to the site, where users can employ them in a set, whether it is for a website/blog image or for personal use and putting together an outfit for a special occasion.

This service is absolutely free and highly entertaining. It has around 800,000 registered users and around 3 million unique visitors per month. If you haven’t already tried it, it’s definitely worth a go.

BrightestYoungThings.com put it so well: “At its core, Polyvore is World of Warcraft for the fashion set - a magical place where skill is measured in personal aesthetic and your closet knows no bounds…You are Cher Horowitz [from the movie Clueless] using the computer to get dressed, and don’t even try to tell me that is not your eighth-grade dream realized.” How did they know we all wanted to do that?

This article was recently published on Running in Heels.

SS09: One-Shoulder


Spring Summer 2009 has been the season of the one-shouldered dress. Here is a selection that I found on Polyvore. The prices range from £7 to well over £1000! Enjoy! x

I’m still doing some research on Polyvore. So, if you have anything you’d like to tell me about your experiences of the site – let me know via email or in the comment box below!

Summer 2009 Denim Trends

FINALLY! Here’s a trend that we all already own, have always kind of liked and are pretty pleased to see making a comeback! No matter how tall you are, for dressing up or down, you can always have denim to fall back on.  


The denim jacket is a classic. My personal preference is the denim blazer. I bought one from Oasis when I was 15 and I’m excited that, not only do I still fit into it, but that I can wear it with confidence this summer! HOWEVER, I am still not a fan of jeans AND denim jackets together, so I’m not recommending pairing the two comeback trends together, but definitely give both a go separately! 

There are nevertheless many different ways to wear the denim jacket this summer. A stonewash crop seems to be the most cutting edge, yet check out these pics to see how the stars are rocking the trend. Even a pregnant Nicole Richie looks fab!

If it’s too hot for a whole jacket (unlikely in the UK, but we are keeping out fingers crossed that current temperatures do not drop any lower!), then the denim waistcoat is the style savvy way to dress up any t-shirt. See modelesque Gossip Girl Blake Lively rock her on trend cover-up!

Distressed denim is also back in a big way. 5’9” actress Cameron Diaz has been pictured countless times in her distressed jeans.

White jeans are perfect for the summer months and everyone from celebs to royals have been pictured embracing the trend. Look how 5’10” Kate Middleton pulls of her casual look. The high street is FULL of tall options too, which is fantastic! Try Topshop, Dorothy Perkins, Urban Outfitters, River Island and French Connection for starters. I managed to snap up a pair from New Look for just £12! I can even wear heels with them without looking ridiculous!!

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Andrés Sardá

Catalan designer Andrés Sardá has one of the best swimwear collections for Spring/Summer 2009. From a nautical one-piece to a hot red bikini, there is something for everybody.

With a family history in the textile industry, Andrés Sardá started out in Barcelona and worked up to Jackie Kennedy on a major magazine cover in the USA wearing one of his pieces. This season, you’ll find the more high fashion pieces in the Andrés Sardá signature line and his other lines, Risk and University, offer easy-to-wear bikinis in the latest trends from nautical to bright prints.

The first thing that springs to mind when you see Andrés Sardá’s SS09 swimwear collection is that there is such a variety of options that everybody will find something to suit them. There are strapless and halterneck bikinis and one-pieces as well as stylish beach cover-ups in a variety of colours. You will be spoilt for choice with floral and butterfly designs, fringing and feathers, block colours and leopard and tribal prints.

However, despite such a wide selection it remains a cohesive and stylish collection. Most importantly, the key to Andrés Sardá is a commitment to wearability for women across the globe, meaning that you can dive into the pool with confidence!

For more information or to find out where to buy Andrés Sardá products go to http://www.andressarda.com/ 

This article was recently published on Running in Heels.

SS09: The Panama Hat

The Panama hat has been a firm beachwear favourite amongst fashionistas for a while, yet it would seem that it’s reappearance back on the catwalks (Gucci, Emanual Ungaro) this season not only confirms that it is here to stay, but that it may replace the cowboy hat as the perfect beach cover-up. 
The Panama is not only useful on the beach, it’s a cool, stylish statement to make in summer in the city too. Definitely worth an investment!

photo credits: handbagcritics.blogspot.com, thebaglady.tv

SS09: Denim Jackets are BACK!

FINALLY! Here’s a trend that we all already own, have always kind of liked and are pretty pleased to see making a comeback! The denim jacket is a classic. My personal preference is the denim blazer. I bought it from Oasis when I was 15 and I’m excited that, not only do I still fit into it, but that I can wear it with confidence this summer!
There are however, many different ways to wear the denim jacket this summer. A stonewash crop seems to be the most cutting edge, yet check out these pics to see how the stars are rocking the trend. Even a pregnant Nicole Richie looks fab!

photo credits: denimology.com, sugarscape.com, theinsider.com