Cosmopolitan Fashion Awards 2015 #fashfest

To celebrate everything fashion, Cosmopolitan is hosting its annual #fashfest in September, bringing together stylists, celebrities, high street heroes and industry insiders.

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During this 5 day festival of fashion they will host their Fashion Awards at their Catwalk to Cosmopolitan fashion show on the 17th September and to make things even more exciting OFFICE has is up for the Hot Heels awards, soooo what you waiting for – get voting!!

Voting closes on the 21st August and we need your help to secure our title as the Hottest Heels on the high street.

Plus by entering, you are also in with a chance to win £1000 in fashion vouchers courtesy of Cosmopolitan!

 

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On Form

Its not long before the new term starts and whether its back to school, college, uni or just back to work after the holidays, we have the best of our new in smart styles to get you ready.

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The new school year often brings dread especially after lapping up the sunshine on holiday, but it isn’t all bad. You get new shoes, new stationary and if you are lucky a new bag that isn’t a tote you got free in a magazine.

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Back in the day, shopping for new term shoes was the starter of stressful trips to the town centre and blazing rows with your mother in a busy store, but no more. Pretty much all styles are super cool these days and there is a style to suit every girl, in fact the “geekier” the style, the better it looks. The Clueless style Mary Janes and chunky lace ups are back and whether you are still at school or not, they look great with a tartan kilt, knitted jumper and ankle socks.

A style that dominated school corridors in the early nineties, the Wallabee is sure to be spotted this AW15 and you can get the look with our Vine Lace Up or if you want the original then Clarks is the way to go.

Go a bit grungy with our cleated sole Risk Mary Jane or Vagabond Kenova lace up and pair with a New Balance backpack with plenty of added badges and patches.

Add some prissy preppiness to your uniform with the quilted Cecilia Ballerina or the kiltie tassel Result pump, the girls at school will be quick to copy you.

If you love nothing more than visiting thrift stores in Brick Lane on the weekend then the retro Quaint monk shoe is the style for you and its so smart you will want to rock this out of the classroom with your cute vintage finds.

School has never looked this good and if you have left then you can easily rock these preppy styles this Autumn (and not have to go to class- Bonus!)

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OFFICE HQ #OOTD – Frankie

To give you guys a little insight into what’s hot in OFFICE HQ, we are now starting a weekly #OOTD (outfit of the day) to give you the behind the scenes style from some of our team members. Get some street style inspo from our OFFICE fash pack.

First up in Frankie from our buying team…

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Describe today’s #OOTD in 1 word?

Wavy

What are you wearing?

Hat: Nike

Jacket: Comme Des Garcons

Top: North Face Purple Label

Jeans: Levi’s

Socks: Mood Park

Shoes: Reebok Workout

 What’s your top three shoes this summer?

Vans Vault OG Slip On

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Converse x Comme Des Garcon 70s Chuck

What’s inspiring you this season?

With grime music enjoying what has been undoubtedly its most successful year ever (hesitant to say musically best as I’m not sure anything will top the early – mid 00’s) and this resurgence has not just been in the UK but worldwide (shout out Skepta for a sold out US Tour and deadHYPE radio taking over Amsterdam) And the clothing has come with it – Tracksuits, Air Max 95’s (will always be 110’s to me), Workouts and a £12 curved peak hat are becoming a staple in wardrobes again, brands like Palace are internationally recognised and NYC’s finest are dressing like London road man.

 Fave song at the moment?

Jamie xx feat. Young Thug & Popcaan – I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)

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

Reebok is definitely making a come back and I expect it to really blow for AW15

Timberland is also still going to about in a BIG way, and be ready for some serious Office exclusives!

 

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Pretty Pointed Flats

This summer we have been loving the pointed flat and its fast becoming a smart wardrobe must have that transcends the seasons.

Its fair to say that so far this British “summer” hasn’t been all its cracked up to be and we seem to have had more cold wet weather than blistering sunny days. We are still super excited when we get to wear our sandals but we all need a statement flat that can be worn whatever the weather and the pointed flat is our fave.

Not only does it elongate your pins when worn with a skirt or dress but its an easy way to dress up some boyfriend jeans and a logo tee.

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The pointed flat has that Parisian appeal that makes it appear simple but look premium and is an effortless chic style that will take you through until Autumn.

We all have a summer wardrobe and a winter wardrobe but there are those few capsule items that every girl needs for those inbetween days and the pointed flat is definitely one.

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Coming Soon | adidas Originals x Pharrell Supershell

After the success of his Superstar Supercolor concept that captured the attention of the world, Pharrell Williams’ pioneering work bringing art and expression into the footwear world continues with the adidas Originals Supershell project.

adidas Originals and Pharrell have teamed up with a selection of artists to create a collection of limited edition Superstar’s that featured a unique shell toe design, hence the name Supershell.

Within the collection there are 2 packs, the Artwork pack and the Sculpted pack, in which the designers have made their own individual mark.

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Office will be stocking 3 of the artists from the collection, Pharrell himself, Mr. and Todd James, all of which have something fresh and new to bring to this classic adidas silhouette.

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Mr. is a Japanese contemporary artist based in Japan and works in a wide range of media, including painting, sculpture, and video. Rendered in the anime style, the girls in his paintings incorporate the unique Japanese concept of ‘moe’ to depict a new form of beauty and refracted sexuality of the contemporary age. In 2014, he set his art to music by directing the unique music video for Pharrell Williams’s It Girl.

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Todd James is a celebrated New York artist whose paintings and installations have been exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide. His immediate and insistent works draw influence from Saturday morning cartoons, subway graffiti, American popular culture and world events.

The pack launches on Friday 7th August and will be available online and in store.

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Guest Blog – Rose & Vintage @ British Summer Time

For me, festivals are a compulsory part of summer. After going to Reading for the first time last year, the feeling of being surrounded by close friends and good music for a few days is something I seriously crave during the long winter months. So when I saw British Summer Time festival was taking place in Hyde Park, and could fulfil all my festival needs without the hassle of packing and travelling too far I immediately signed myself up.

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I chose to get the combined ticket package, which meant I got to see The Strokes on Thursday, then Blur on Saturday. Despite only being a day apart, both events were so different – the entire atmosphere shifted depending on which band was playing, which made it feel more like two separate experiences rather than one long concert spread out over two days.

I saw The Strokes after school – my friends and I had a few lessons to go to, last minute changes to our artwork which was going on exhibition at our school that night, then finally we could get the tube down and try and bag ourselves a good spot to see the band. It was so hot and sunny, and upon entering the gates I was shocked at how festival-y it felt. It didn’t feel like Hyde Park, or London for that matter. Music drowned out the drone of nearby traffic, rides and stalls blocked your view of the surrounding buildings and offices and the huge fake trees framing the main stage stood out like silhouettes against the dusk pink sky.

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We were all wearing Hawaiian shirts and making the most of the chance to cover ourselves in glitter; sitting on the grass, listening to warm-up acts, a late afternoon could not have been spent in a more peaceful way. When The Strokes came on, I will admit ‘peaceful’ is not the term I’d use to describe the over-excited teenage crowd, but they played so well that you didn’t really mind being buffeted around a little in exchange for a good place near the stage.

Blur on Saturday was a completely different experience – late after getting stuck in traffic after work, I gave up with trying to get there by road and ended up running across Hyde Park, one hand holding my phone through which my friend was trying to explain where they were in the crowd, and the other clutching my bag and disposable camera. I was luckily in time to see Metronomy, and after my near-miss getting there made sure I really enjoyed (and danced badly to) every single song. I could tell from the offset that the crowd was different to Thursday – most were adults, and that crushing sensation you experience at most gigs was surprisingly absent, and remained so the whole evening. Even during Blur’s best songs, everyone would jump and dance together, in their own spaces, meaning you could enjoy the band so much more as you weren’t also trying to concentrate on your own survival.

The festival was really great, and made me realise that you don’t always have to travel for ages and camp for days on end to achieve the same festival experience. I really enjoyed seeing such great bands, and do think the decision to wear light, cool clothing (it gets hot in the crowds!) and a sturdy pair of Dr Martens each day really helped my enjoyment as I wasn’t worried about anything or uncomfortable in any way. The one problem now, however, is that I just want to keep going to more festivals!

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Blog courtesy of Ellie @ Rose & Vintage

Instagram: @elliecp_

Twitter: @elliecp
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We Love The Midi Heel

This season we are loving the ultimate city heel, the midi. This not-so-high heel has become our go to style when shopping, out with friends for dinner or for occasions when we know we are going to be on our feet all day.

Obviously we still have a big place in our hearts for our trusty skyscraper heels but this summer we can’t get enough of the sensible Midi.

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Our new collection of mid heels cover all the trends this season, with some girly Ghillie lace ups, 70’s style platforms and Kardashian inspired shoeboots.

These heels are perfect for the tall girl who doesn’t like to tower above their friends and also great for the petite girl who loves a little bit of height for everyday.

Dress up some Quincy points with some cigarette pants and a loose fitting white shirt, an ideal look for work and meetings. Wear some leopard print Queen sandals or Quartet ghillie lace up wedge with some ripped straight-leg jeans and an oversized tee.

The great thing about the mid heel is that its super easy to wear and style. It doesn’t have to look too dressy but at the same time can if needed, its a heel that every girl needs to have.

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Converse Chuck II – Launch 28.07.15

Everyone knows and loves the classic Converse All Star, a wardrobe staple for generations. Now for 2015 Converse have updated this iconic shape and created the Chuck II.

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The new model maintains some of its original features including the rubber toe cap, white foxing and All Star patch on the inside panel. However it adds some new technology with a Nike LunarLon insole, offering all round comfort.

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Other features include a padded collar and non-slip tongue for an easy fit. Taking inspiration from the technology that is often use in running shoes, the Chuck II uses a perforated micro-suede liner for breathability and the upper is constructed from a durable Tencel canvas.

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The updates may appear subtle to the untrained eye, but the new and slightly improved Chuck II is definitely one to watch. The original All Star will always remain a classic and the new Chuck II takes all the elements you loved about the original into this new update.

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The Chuck II will launch online and in-store on Tuesday 28th July.

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Lovebox 2015

Last weekend we attended the amazing Lovebox festival in Victoria Park, Hackney, London. The sun was shining and the atmosphere was pumping, we were fully in the festival mood and ready to dance the day away.

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The usual East London scene were there and there were beards and multicoloured hair a plenty. With a wide variety of music acts playing throughout the day, it was clear to see who came to see what,. From the dance loving guys and girls in patterned co-ords and trainers, to the hip- hop fanatics in heavy branded apparel, the crowd was the perfect mix of the London crowd.

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Whilst on our walks round the festival we nabbed a bit of street style to see what was everyone’s fave festival footwear. We saw plenty of classic Vans rocked with jeans, dresses and skate socks and shorts. The easy to wear Authentic and Slip On are the ideal festival companion for a long day on your feet and plus they look great with pretty much anything.  The girls were also loving the summer must have sandal, the ghillie lace up, which perfectly complimented their boho festival style.

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Before the festival we ran a competition with Vans to win a pair of tickets and the lucky winner was @SallyTraffic, who looked like she was having a fab time listening to Jessie Ware on the mainstage.

We had a great day at this year’s Lovebox festival and we cannot wait for next year.

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Nike Cortez | How to Wear

This year has seen the revival of some classic trainers and the girls especially have loved pairing them with smarter looks for a chic sports luxe style.

This season sees the return of the much loved Nike Cortez, made famous for its link to the Oscar winning film Forrest Gump. Of course these days we are less likely to run in the Cortez but instead we pair this streamline trainer with some of our favourite trends.

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Just by glancing at street style it is clear to see that sportswear and logos are dominating the fashion world and people aren’t afraid to dress trainers up or down.

Wear your Cortez with jeans or denim cut off shorts for dress down weekends or smarten up with a full A line skirt or some tailored black trousers for work and parties. This slim silhouette is easy to wear and is a must-have addition to your wardrobe for the season ahead.

 

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