Saturday, 8 March 2014

Á La Mod

The Jam are musical legends, firstly because of their ingenious talents of songwriting but secondly because of their legendary style. Paul Weller is nothing short of an icon and catapulted the mod style into the mainstream.

The fashion movement began in the early-mid 60s and has remained a key look for music lovers across the globe, but particularly within the Brit-pop community. To be a mod is to be fashion conscious, but not conscious or care what others think - of your outfit nor your lifestyle. It encompasses an attitude that's care free, suave and smart, and lets not forget - beautifully British.

I'm so happy to see, despite it's strong prevalence in certain areas of the country, it's making a revival. Seemingly gracing the Parisian catwalks first, but it's only a matter of time until it explodes back onto our British pavements. I can't wait until it becomes the norm once again to see a man fully suited-and-booted, along with a classic mod hair-do, groomed pain-stakingly until it reaches the perfect 'just out of bed' look.  

Carven has hit the mod nail on the head at this year's Paris Fashion Week with their women's fashion.

This tweed shift dress is great. The colour is really fresh and perfect for spring 2014 whilst effortlessly paying homage to the 60s.

Both of these designs encompass the mod's fundamental sense of style and sophistication through great tailoring and simple accessories. I love that both are designed in cutesie baby pink, yet they simlutaneously give off a vibe of strong, empowered feminity and a real "don't f*** with me" attitude - true á la mod!

Let your true 60s soul emerge this season, and update your wardrobe by harping back to the dream decade and adding a few pieces á la mod.

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Say Yes to the Dress

So I've just handed in my final honours dissertation and I'm feeling absolutely ecstatic. The cocktails have been flowing since 11am so it's time to power nap in preparation for tonight's celebrations. Writing the 16000 word dissertation was certainly a hard slog, but the decision as to what to wear for the celebratory pictures was possibly even more challenging. Do I go all out or keep it cool yet casual? TRICKY

At least when it comes to the end of year ball, that is a slightly easier decision. Definitely a full-length gown, although considering my almost dwarf-like stature that means shortening any dress I decide on well in advance! It's important to pitch the outfit at the perfect level of class and sophisticated glamour, yet practical enough to allow room for the 3 course meal, drink and ceilidh dancing at the end of the evening. So many things to think about!

This Halston Heritage One-Shoulder Georgette Dress is perfect, and actually very similar to the one I will be wearing on the night of my final ball. It's chic, glamorous and classy yet very wearable and tailored perfectly to allow for a good ol' dance later on in the night.

I'm generally apposed to the classic LBD, always choosing colour in favour of the cliché all-in-black number, although I do think that can look knock-out, but rather wanting to stand out more from the crowd if possible. This colour-block number from TIBI certainly ticks those boxes, whilst still remaining undeniable classic and beautiful with a stunning silhouette and great tailoring.

I always support daring to step out in a bold coloured dress and standing out with a bold, striking number. So why not try something new and go for an eye-catching gown and wow the crowds?