Secret Garden Party #OFFICEFestStyle

This weekend, Mill Hill field in Abbots Ripton saw the masses arrive in their thousands for the spectacular Secret Garden Party and some of our OFFICE HQ friends went to check it out.

This unique, independent festival is famed for its relaxed, hippie vibes and visually stunning surroundings with a huge lake, secret waterfalls and decorated stages dotted around the site. With every food you can imagine and people dressed as pixies, animals, butterflies and mythical creatures it is like being transported into Narnia.

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The musical highlights this year were hip hop legends Public Enemy, Subfocus, Foxes and Clean Bandit who managed to get the crowds going wild. An unexpected favourite was Max Raabe and the Palast Orchestra who transported the revellers to the 1920′s with their Great Gatsby style sounds.

This magical wonderland of culture had fireworks, huge bonfires, paint fights and even a secret sunflower field that was accessed by walking through a portaloo, a place most of us dread!

Probably the best festival experience you will encounter as it is like none other and focuses on a lot more than music with so many activities to try and secret escapes to discover, its like being in a dream world.

We will definitely be washing off the glitter for days!

 

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Men’s Leather Sandals – How to Wear

Commonly seen as a fashion faux-pas the leather sandal has always appeared a bit feminine and uncool but this summer it has had a bit of a style revival.

The leather sandal was the usual footwear choice of our awkward dads in summer and more often than not paired with socks, the dreaded combo. They would crack them out on family holidays to everyone’s horror and since then the closest thing to a sandal a guy would put on his feet is a pair of Havaianas.

Recently men aren’t as afraid of a sandal, realising that it is the best way to stay cool in the summer and can be quite easy to style up or down.

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The woven Nero slip on is a great smart choice sandal to match with some cotton twill chino shorts and shirt for those summer evening events.

For the guy who doesn’t want to be too adventurous, the Crixus sandal is a classic flip flop but with premium leather uppers and sole and is easy to wear with anything.

The trend-setters favourite is the slider or footbed like the Birkenstock Arizona 2 Strap or OFFICE Thong sandal. Dress down with jeans, a vest and a loose fitted plaid shirt or smarten up with some chinos and t-shirt.

 

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Lovebox 2014 #OFFICEFestStyle

This weekend some of our OFFICE HQ guys and girls were lucky enough to go along to Lovebox for 2 days of amazing music and got some great snaps of all the fun!

With temperatures soaring to 32 degrees centigrade on Friday and Saturday it felt more like LA than London and everyone’s clothing and footwear definitely reflected this. T-shirts, shorts, crop tops and bikinis were everywhere and sandals, trainers and jelly shoes were the main footwear of choice, with a few in wellies (they clearly didn’t check the weather!)

This humble East London festival has almost doubled in size from last year with 2 huge stages, a Big Top and lots of sponsored stages from the likes of Red Bull, Aperol Spritz and Distrkt. Dotted around the site were giant flowers, trees covered in pom poms, fairground rides and a huge makeshift Manor House where most of the big DJs spent their time on the balcony.

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The highlights of Friday were ASAP Rocky, DJ EZ and Chase and Status who closed the first day with an incredible set that had the crowds going crazy. It may of helped that a huge electrical storm hit as they came on, so in-between lasers and lightening strikes the visuals and atmosphere were incredible.

Saturday had a lot of house DJs and was a bit more chilled with the favourites being Canadian songstress Banks and legendary rapper Nas cracking out some 90′s hip hop classics. MIA closed the festival with a spectacular light show as the entire crowd had handfuls of glow-sticks, but unfortunately her set was cut short due to a power cut which didn’t go down too well with the hyped up crowd.

All in all in was a fantastic festival and we are lucky to have it on our doorstep at OFFICE HQ so we will definitely be back again next year!!

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Power Points: How to Style

 

A pointed toe is one of this season’s hottest shoe trends. Seen gracing the catwalks of SS14, the classic pointed silhouette is one of the most popular heels of choice this summer. Great for lengthening legs, slipping on a pair of points not only elongates your pins making legs look slender, it also adds a sleek and sophisticated feel to just about any outfit.

Team a pointed pump with a pair of vintage light washed boyfriend jeans for a feminine take on a casual look . Alternatively style a classic pointed stiletto heel with a pair of tailored shorts or cropped cigarette trousers – taking you from the boardroom to the bar!

 

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Statement Sandals For Every Suitcase

When packing for a summer holiday, a statement pair of evening sandals is a must. As the sun starts to go down and the air gets cooler, we’ve got just the right sandals that will keep you looking glamorous yet comfortable all through the night.  From a dressy pair of sliders to a platform strappy heel, our range of summer sandals are perfect for cocktail hour or even a sunset stroll on the beach.

 

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#HouseOfVans – The New Home of Creativity

Building upon an unwavering commitment to creative expression, Vans is pleased to announce the opening of House of Vans London; a unique and participative space for all. As a city synonymous with creativity, diversity and opportunity, the project is proud to call London home. Open to all, and always free, this is your house. Following in the footsteps of House of Vans Brooklyn, yet forging a path of its own, the 3,000sqm venue provides a space like no other; a place for creativity. The music venue, gallery, artist labs, café, cinema, bars and skatepark lay beneath London’s Waterloo Station, occupying the infamous Old Vic Tunnels.

We want you to come and join us, so we are giving you the opportunity to win a pair of tickets to the official invite only launch Party on Thursday 7th of Aug.

For your chance to win simply go to Instagram and post a image of your Vans in a creative space and hash tag #showusyourvans

Comp ends on 3rd of Aug  and the winners will be announced on 4th of Aug.

 

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Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week

It’s been a week of runway shows, celeb spotting and chic street style. The Paris Haute Couture Fall-Winter collection thrilled fashion lovers with its mix of outrageous and classic styles. The designers were all out in force with glamorous designs that will be finding their way into the high street this autumn.

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Chanel does neoprene

Chanel’s designer Karl Lagerfield experimented with neoprene -and featured a pregnant model wearing a Baroque-inspired wedding gown made out of the wetsuit material. He also featured neoprene ballroom gowns teamed with flat sandals that wrapped around the models’ ankles.

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Inspired  by both astronauts and 18th-century styles, designer Raf Simons Dior’s collection featured full-skirted gowns with T-back tops and long coats and detailed flapper dressers with resin fringing.

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The Giorgio Armani collection showed off softly tailored suits – so smart that even the shorts wouldn’t look out of place in the office. His models also looked beautifully feminine in paillette-covered tulle gowns.

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Celeb spotting

The stars were out to play in Paris, from Kim Kardashian to Kristen Stewart, every fashionista came out to see what’s hot on the catwalk.

The Kardashian’s sister Kendall Jenner worked the catwalk for Chanel, and also looked hot off the runway. Arriving at the Balmain show with a Roman inspired embossed leather dress featuring pleated flaps, Kendall finished the look with black ankle stiletto boots.

Jennifer Lawrence looked stunning in a sophisticated gown at Dior’s exclusive after-show dinner. Jennifer wore a figure-hugging Dior Bouclé dress with metallic embroidery, paired with silver Dior pumps.

Meanwhile, Emma Watson looked classy in a shaped black trouser suit with nipped in waist and open-toed sandals.

And Kristen Stewart showed off her new short hairstyle, with edgy dyed-red tips. She rocked her new edgy look with a tight white crop top and high- waisted crocheted white trousers – teamed with white Christian Louboutin heels.

But the surprise of the week had to go to Hollywood A-listers Charlize Theron and Sean Penn, who walked into the Christian Dior show holding hands and sat on the front row together. Charlize, who is a brand ambassador for Dior, shone in a gold-fringed cocktail dress and high-heeled strappy nude sandals, while her new man looked cool in a black Dior suit and open-necked white shirt.

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Fancy Charlize or Kendall’s look? Shop Paris fashion style with our collection of heels and sandals.

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Stan Smith Style

First released way back in 1965 in honour of American tennis pro Stan Smith, this classic adidas trainer has been making history on and off the court ever since. Staying true to its original shape it has a sleek and simple design with a full grain white leather upper and a pop of colour on the heel, traditionally fairway green.

After its revival last year, this humble retro sneaker has taken over, dominating sports luxe styling as its minimal design is easily dressed up or down. A recent firm favourite amongst girls, it is easy to wear with pretty much anything and long gone are the dirty Converse we don’t mind looking destroyed in favour of crisp white trainers.

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Pair with black tapered trousers, a white collarless blouse and rose gold jewellery for a smart office look or some acid wash ankle grazing jeans for a slightly more casual style. They look great with a summer skater dress for summer BBQ’s and they graced many a  blogger’s feet alongside their Celine and Acne accessories at London Fashion Week.

The classic Stan Smith is a timeless trainer that is definitely back for good and an absolute must have in your wardrobe as it transcends seasons and time!

 

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Modern Metallics

With the sun beaming down, nothing catches the light like a flash of metallic and in OFFICE HQ we love a statement shoe. Keep it cool and chic with liquid silver tones or warm it up with bronze and gold, a metallic shoe is a fail safe when you cant colour match to an outfit and can match up with your jewellery easily!

In summer we love to add an accessory and whether its a holographic clutch bag, silver sequin top or some rose gold hoops, metallics subtly dazzle and glam up even the simplest of looks.

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Ideal for summer evenings on holiday, a pair of pewter Hades sandals will look great with tanned pins, a patterned kimono and smart white shorts. Or be a boyish bronzed goddess in the Verse loafer, with its fringe detail it is ideal pair for work with light tapered twill trousers and slim fit blouse.

 

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Men’s New In: How to Wear

In the summer months there are plenty of events that seem to fill up our weeks and often we need to go straight after work, making it hard to decide what to wear. We have selected 4 new in, smart-casual styles to transport you from day to night in effortless style. Styled up or down they are easy to wear and more importantly you will be let in the club in them!

1. Stay retro with a simple suede round toe lace up like the Hawk, they look great with a suit for a summer wedding and for everyday with some pin rolled chinos and loose t-shirt or a short sleeve printed shirt.

2. A summer favourite is the boat shoe, our leather Igor is ideal for sandal phobes on the beach and can be smartened up with a shirt and light coloured slim fit trousers for holiday evenings.

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3. Desert style chukka boots are probably the ultimate casual shoe that transcends the seasons. Our Metz Apron Chukka smartens it up slightly with a top stitched apron without losing the rugged aesthetic. Pair with indigo turn up jeans and a white t-shirt for the day or smart twill trousers and black t-shirt when hitting the bar.

4. A gentleman’s wardrobe is not complete without a loafer and our premium Lorenzo from Poste is a classic. Wear with socks and a suit for the office and wear without socks and jeans at the weekend.

 

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