OFFICE HQ #OOTD – Tassy

This weeks style star is our Ladies Assistant Buyer, Tassy who is a keen animal petter, Britney Spears fan and a lover of all things denim.

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Describe today’s OOTD in 1 word?

Clean (I think)

 

What are you wearing?

Shoes: OFFICE Feline ankle boot

Jewellery/ Belt: Vintage

Top: Topshop

Jeans: Urban Outfitters

 

What are your top three shoes this month?

Indigo Platform Ankle Boot

Toga Pulla Ankle Boots (available in our sister store Poste Mistress)

Converse All Star Hi

 

What’s inspiring you this season?

I have an extremely short attention span so my inspirations change daily, but right now; Dennis Wilson circa ‘Pacific Ocean Blue’, the idea of being self sustaining, every single one of my friends, anyone living their dream, and Robert M.Pirsig.

 

Fave song at the moment?

What a cruel question! Can I have two? Dinosaur Jr ‘Freak Scene’ and Creedence Clearwater Revival ‘Bad Moon rising.’

 

What shoes/trends are going to be big in AW15?

The 70’s goes 90’s – A hybrid of two of the biggest fashion resurgences of the last few years, and really easy way to incorporate two trends in one look.

Goth is also going sexy this winter, think premium and feature materials, lacing, and super stretch ankle boots.

 

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The 70’s Platform Heel

A trend that has carried over from Summer is the return of the sassy Seventies.

This summer we saw lots of boho blouses, peasant dresses, tassels and ghille lace up gladiator sandals, but this Autumn the trend has taken on more of a Studio 54 vibe.

Smarter and sophisticated this 70’s update will see a huge focus on possibly the most famous footwear from the era, the platform heel. Whether its a boot, a sandal or a wedge, the platform heel is a definite must for the Autumn season.

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We have selected some of favourite new in styles to get you ready for the injection of Autumnal colours into your wardrobe and to keep you towering above everyone.

Platforms are generally the more comfortable heel shape as even though you are pretty high up, your foot is slightly more balanced with the addition of a platform sole. If you really want to elongate your legs and stand tall then the Twin platform heel in patent moc croc leather and the Taller Super Wedge in burnt orange suede are your go to styles. Wear with straight leg ankle grazer jeans and a tight high neck tee or jumper.

Keep things a little lower with the Vagabond Tyra ankle boot or Question Loafer and pair with a cute pinafore dress and long sleeved stripy tee.

If you want a true nod to the glam 70’s, the high leg Indigo ankle boot and Tilly Platform sandal in leopard pony will look fab with some ankle flared blue jeans and a tied up flannel shirt.

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OFFICE HQ #OOTD – Nick

Our #OOTD this week is our Lead Graphic Designer Nick, a keen surfer and illustrator, Nick pulls off an effortlessly cool look with 2 tone denim and a pair of classic desert boots, James Dean style.

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Describe today’s OOTD in 1 word?

SLACK

 

What are you wearing? (where is it from)

Denim Shirt from Bershka

Topman Tee

H&M chinos

OFFICE Cookie Desert Boots

 

What’s been your top three shoes this summer?

 Vans  Classic Slip-on in all black

Converse All Star Low

Nike Roshe Run in a mono colourway

 

What’s inspiring you this season?

Layers and Longline

 

Fave song at the moment?

Anything by Wolfmother

 

What shoes/trends are going to be big in AW15?

I think chunky mid tops like Kickers or Dr Martens will be an essential this winter.

 

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New Brand | Cortica

We always love welcoming a new brand into the OFFICE family and we are super excited to introduce you to Cortica.

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This small British brand is famed for its “progressive hybrid footwear” and champions the lightweight, sporty style. Super sleek and easy to wear, these minimal silhouettes are a great transitional style to take you from summer until early Autumn.

The two styles we have focused on are the women’s Epic and the men’s Infinity Lace, which both feature a foot hugging neoprene upper and moulded sole unit. The Epic also comes in men’s sizes and has cut out detail to the sides and front foot as well as a mesh heel and thermoplastic heel cap and tongue label. The Infinity lace up is very similar minus the cut outs and features a minimalist lace up system.

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How to Wear

This style is effortlessly feminine and an easy way to add some sports luxe styling into your everyday wardrobe. Whether your pairing them with a shirt dress for casual days or some tailored trousers and a blouse for the office, the Epic is the perfect in-between style to dress up or down.

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The Infinity Lace Up

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How to Wear

The guys have been on the sportswear smart look long before the girls caught on and the Insanity Lace Up bridges that gap between smart/casual. Keep your outfit monochrome and pair these with some good fitting black jeans and a long woven t-shirt, for a straight off the catwalk look.

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OFFICE HQ #OOTD – Becky

Our little style star this week is our lovely Junior Graphic Designer Becky, who shows us how to work a babydoll dress with some cute Radar lace ups, one of the fave back to school styles.

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Describe today’s OOTD in 1 word?

Cutsie

What are you wearing?

Dress: ASOS Babydoll dress

Shoes: OFFICE Radar Chunky (black suede)

What’s your top three shoes this summer?

Teva Hurricane

Saltwater Originals

Nike SB Stefan Janoski’s

What’s inspiring you this season?

Comfort

Fave song at the moment?

Mura Masa – Firefly

What shoes/trends are going to be big in AW15?

Definitely ankle boots they’re a winner every AW and a wardrobe must-have.

I’ve invested in a pair of Minnetonka tramper ankle boots.  Absolutely love them

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Sneak Peak | AW15 Trend: Upper East Side

While we bit farewell to what is left of the summer holidays, there is one thing we can get a bit excited about and that’s our new AW15 wardrobe. Its a shame that the weather will be cold but it gives an easy excuse to wear more layers and fully show off our new looks for the season.

New York is a huge fashion reference this Autumn and we thought we would give you a sneak peak at another trend you will be seeing on the streets very soon. Moving away from the downtown grungy style that we looked at previously, this trend takes us uptown to the Upper East Side. Time to rewatch Cruel Intentions, Gossip Girl and Devil Wears Prada  and uses as a key style influence for this look.

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It is a bit prissy and girlie with an edge of Seventies, Studio 54 glamour. The skirts are high waisted and A line, the trousers are flared and the tops are draped and feminine.

Footwear definitely nods to the 70’s with detailed loafers, slim, block heeled knee boots and platform Mary Janes. The colour palette is a lot of earthy browns and tans mixed with black, burgundy, cream and dusky pink. Fabrics for this trend are suede, corduroy, thick knit and leather and the footwear will see elements of moc croc, pony effect and embossed leather.

The great thing about this trend is that you can use elements of your summer wardrobe and rework them for Autumn. The Seventies was a huge hit this summer and we all have a suede skirt or boho blouse that we can style with thick tights and some knee boots on colder days. The look is smarter and less hippie chick but the foundations are already there from this season to take you through until next. Often its the shoes and the accessories that make the difference and help transition your look.

 

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Film Premiere of We Are Your Friends @ The Ritzy, Brixton

Last night we had the exciting opportunity to go to the premiere of Zac Efron’s new film, We Are Your Friends at The Ritzy in Brixton, London. The new film is directed by Max Joseph, who many will know from the MTV ultimate guilty pleasure show, Catfish.

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The red carpet was laid out (and we were lucky enough to walk down it) surrounded by Zac Efron mega fans who were braving the rain to wait for the main man.

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Around half 7, the man of the hour arrived with and his stunningly beautiful co-star Emily Ratajkowski who wowed in a sequin David Koma gown and the director Max Joseph.

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We sat down in the retro cinema, cameras at the ready to capture the gorgeous stars when they came to introduce the film to us all, who seemed really honoured that we were there to view the final cut for the first time ever.

The film was a great coming of age story about a boy from humble beginnings trying to make his mark as a world famous DJ. All in all it was a nice story about friends and music and the soundtrack is truly amazing, we wanted to get up and dance for the whole film.

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To make the evening even better there was an after-party across the road at Electric, where we were treated to cocktails and great music.

Make sure you head to the cinema to see it when it comes on general release on August 27th and keep your eyes peeled for a possible competition @officeshoes.
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Guest Blog | Jess Shanahan @ BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend

This year BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend landed in Norwich, which is quite a big deal when you consider how out of the way we are. When the news hit that we would be hosting this outdoor event, everyone was getting excited about Taylor Swift on the Sunday. I might be rock to the core but I can’t say no to a bit of Swifty.

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That being said, I only managed to secure tickets for the Saturday and what a stroke of luck that was. Snoop Dogg, Muse, Fall Out Boy and some great new bands on the Introducing stage. It was the Introducing stage we found ourselves at as Kill it Kid was playing. What a fantastic way to start the day, I’ve found a new band to add to my road trip playlist!

After this, we headed to the In New Music We Trust tent to prepare for Snoop. The thought of Snoop Dogg in Norwich was a little too much to handle for some people and I’m still not sure it was real. The crowd erupted when the rapper walked onto stage but I’ve never seen such a show of collective realisation as when we all noticed that he was wearing a Norwich City shirt. It was a surreal thing to behold and I think I was so baffled and yet full of glee that I didn’t really pay attention to the first few songs. I think Snoop Dogg was well aware that no one in Norwich was going to recognise some of his more obscure music so he played the hits then moved onto some fantastic covers that had us jumping, singing and dancing.

We caught the end of Ella Eyre too and I was fully prepared to not know any of her music but I was captivated by a shiny catsuit and glittery face paint.

From this point onwards I was getting excited because the bands and artists to come were some of my favourites. Next up was Fall Out Boy, a band I know I like but not necessarily a band I’ve heard lots of. I was wrong; I was singing and dancing along to every song! A quick stop for some food (the mighty Bullitt Burgers were there so it made the decision easy) and then it was back to the main stage for David Guetta where I had my own mini rave.

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Florence and The Machine was one of the acts I was really looking forward to seeing and Florence herself hobbled on with a broken foot, meaning she had to sit down for the whole set. Not a problem, though, her voice is amazing, the music fantastic and I had goosebumps the whole time. It’s a pity we couldn’t see her jump around on stage (which is how she sustained the injury) but it was a pleasure to experience Florence and The Machine. We had a choice at that point to either hang around to get a good position for the mighty Muse (or Moooos as we say here in Norfolk) or to head off to see Rudimental. Eventually we decided to hang out for Muse as it was a nightmare trying to wade through people to the other stage. I’m a little sad to have missed Rudimental but it was worth it for the near-front central position we found ourselves in.

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All in all, Saturday at The Big Weekend in Norwich was a surreal experience. Muse, Fall Out Boy, David Guetta, Ruidmental, The Vaccines, Ella Eyre, Ben Howard and Snoop Dogg (in a Norwich City shirt) all in our Fine City was a great experience and I’m so glad I had the chance to go.

Jess Shanahan is a fashion blogger, television presenter and motoring journalist. Her music tastes vary from glittering glam rock all the way through to bone-shaking Dubstep. Follow her on Twitter @Jetlbomb.

Pictures by: Jess Shanahan

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Coming Soon | Nike New York City Collection

Following on from LA Glow, the New York City pack is the second instalment from Nike’s “Tale of Two Cities” collection.

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Showcasing 5 classic Nike silhouettes, the Air Max 1, Air Huarache, Air Pegasus 83, Air Force 1 Hi & Air Force ’07 PRM, the pack is inspired by a glistening New York street after an evening rain storm.

Featuring a black base, each style has brushed, metallic silver panels, giving a subtle nod to a wet, New York evening.

We often associate dark colours and metal with the Big Apple, because of its iconic towering skyscrapers, metal subway trains and bustling city vibes.

With it being the city that never sleeps, most of the action happens after dark and this pack is testament to that downtown NYC style.

The Nike New York City pack will launch this month, follow us @officeshoes for updates.

 

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Sneak Peak | AW15 Trend: New York Grunge

With the new season fast approaching we thought we would give you a little insight into some of the trends that will be hitting the streets in Autumn.

First up is the New York grunge trend that reminds us of Harmony Korine films, Juergen Teller photography and 90’s supermodels. Utilising the dark colours your associate with the big city and  the colder months.

Think dark washed denim, chunky 90’s lace ups, oversized jumpers and embossed leathers. This dark and moody trend is effortless cool and makes boyish silhouettes look ultra chic and feminine.

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The trend embraces that NYC Downtown appeal and mixes it with a touch of 90’s rebellion, bringing back flat-form soles, creepers, box leathers and muted metallics.

Its easy to wear and easy to achieve as it mixes monochrome pieces, flashes of gunmetal metallics and the odd colour drenched item.

To get the look, make sure your wardrobe includes some black skinnies, a stripy tee, some pointed ankle boots and some chunky lace ups or slip ons.

Get ready for heavy soles, mesh panelling, block heels and boyish silhouettes from our new AW15 collection, coming soon!

 

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