Office Blog Posts in the ‘Fashion’ Category

OFFICE spotted at LFW

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

London Fashion Week plays host to all the press elite and the fab girls from Look Magazine, Stylist and the Daily Express picked their favourite OFFICE styles to take them between shows.

Choosing a mix of pointed heels, chunky ankle boots and delicate flats the girls looked great and showed us how to wear these transitional styles.

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Animal Instinct

Friday, August 15th, 2014

As we are coming out of summer and embracing autumnal colour palettes, its time to take a walk on the wild side and add a touch of animal print to your wardrobe.

Whether you like to go all out with some leopard print or keep it subtle with a flash of python or croc, animal print adds a rebellious streak to a simple outfit.

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Traditional animal prints are perfectly matched with black and white as they stand out against mono tones and for those who like to keep things a bit more understated, a simple croc or python textured heel will give any outfit a premium feel.

Pointed stiletto heels like the Jewel or Galvanize can add a touch of glamour in the office with a crisp white shirt and black pencil skirt, or can easily dress up some ripped boyfriend jeans and oversized t-shirt.

A style to watch for AW14 is the platform heel, with silhouettes taking inspiration from the ’70s disco era. These chunky, block heels like the Strive and Siren pack a punch and with classic python and croc embossed leather uppers they have a vintage vibe that perfectly pairs with a structured skirt or girly dress.

Slip ons are here to stay for AW14 and the metallic snake embossed Kilter and zebra pony effect Kwik Step are easy to wear with jeans, dresses and smart tapered trousers.

 

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His & Hers Style

Monday, August 4th, 2014

Lately it would appear that the girls are borrowing from the boys a lot more and its not just grabbing his t-shirt or jumper every now and then, its taking style inspiration from his classic looks.

Traditionally men’s formal favourites consist of brogues, loafers and Chelsea boots and now the girls are getting in on the action and looking great doing it!

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A classic retro brogue like the men’s Frankie or women’s Temperley looks great with a pair of dark indigo skinny jeans and a collarless granddad shirt, a simple outfit that suits both sexes.

The Mod favourite Chelsea boot is a firm favourite with the likes of Harry Styles and Alexa Chung and is pretty easy to wear in both summer and winter. Girls can rock  the Coolcat Chelsea with a pair of cut off shorts and loose vest or smarten up in a ’60s style shift dress. Men often wear a Chelsea boot like the Sean with a suit in the colder months as its simple and smart but paired with some slim fit black jeans and a simple white t-shirt they can channel their inner Mick Jagger.

The new men’s formal fave is the monk buckle like the hi shine Giovanni that is a sleek alternative to a lace up to match with suits for the office and the odd wedding. Girls can utilise this style a bit more as it looks good with most outfits. The Verity is quite a chunky option and fuses a bit of ’60s and ’90s in its silhouette.

A gentlemans casual classic is the driver like the Sydney, a timeless style that never looks out of place on the streets of Monaco and St Tropez. Men can use this style to smarten up some jeans and a shirt without pushing the boat out and girls can wear with dresses, ripped boyfriend jeans or summer shorts.

 

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Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

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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Modern Metallics

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

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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LCM: Mens Collections & iD presents Moschino Party

Friday, June 20th, 2014

London Collections: Mens (LCM)  has now become a permanent fixture in our fashion calendar twice a year just like its womenswear counterpart LFW and the SS15 shows and presentations didn’t disappoint.

The menswear designers have made their mark and earned their own fashion week to showcase the best of what London has to offer, not to mention some international visitors from the likes of DKNY and Moschino.

From Burberry and Alexander McQueen we saw the classic tailoring they are famous for, slimmed down with ankle grazing trousers, light shades and styled with tennis shoes and runners.

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Things got a bit wild when Moschino hit the catwalk, with bright fizzy drink logos and bleached denim dominating the looks. Since loud and proud designer Jeremy Scott took over as creative director, Moschino has returned as the luxuriously tacky label we loved in the early ’90s and this week was Moschino men’s first ever showing in London.

We at OFFICE HQ were lucky enough to go along to the iD presents Moschino party as Calvin Klein model and style icon Aaron Frew’s date for the night.

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Celebs, bloggers and models were out in full force to support the Jeremy Scott’s first mens collection with Moschino and the party definitely raised the roof. We managed to rub shoulders with the likes of Lindsay Lohan, ASAP Rocky and Jeremy Scott himself, there was great music, a great atmosphere and we had an all round amazing time. Moschino sure know how to throw a party and we cant wait for next season!

Street Style imagery sourced: Guest blogger – Simon Glazin

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Sugar Coated Plimsolls

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

We first got a taste of candy coloured sportswear when it graced Chanel’s  SS14 catwalk in Paris, emphasizing the sports luxe style in pastel perfection.

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Pastels are starting to dominate our summer wardrobe and some cute fondant coloured plimsolls will look great at the beach, on a city trek or at a summer event and these milkshake colours even compliment some tanned pins. Pair some crochet Superga 2750′s with a girly smock dress, silver Air Max 1‘s with some light denim or dress down some tailored coordinates with a pair of mint green Converse .

 

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All in White

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Despite the sudden bursts of rain, summer is well on its way and white shoes are a wardrobe essential. The minimalist all white look requires simple styling and acts as a blank canvas for a crisp and cool look.

The head-to-toe white, sports luxe trend has become a firm favourite for the likes of Alexander Wang, Stella McCartney and Celine with its sharp, clean lines void of colour. This achromatic head to toe style is only emphasized by some stand-out footwear and our range of white mono shoes balances perfectly against some modern tailoring and oversized shapes. Fashion blogger Ivania Carpio dresses only in white, stating “White evokes more of a feeling; fresh, clean, pure, and empty but mostly a feeling of possibilities”. Read her stunning blog Love Aesthetic.

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In all their clinical brilliance, all white shoes make a statement in this stand-out shade. Pair OFFICE Hoxton slider sandals with baggy 501’s and a white cami or some stand-out platform Vagabonds with a Bodycon mini and oversized shirt. The possibilities are endless with this pure shade and the all white wardrobe is sure to dominate your summer look.

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Wedding Dresses 1775-2014 Exhibition at the V&A

Friday, May 16th, 2014

 

With the start of wedding season kicking off, we are starting to try on hats, pick out our outfits and find the best shoes for the occasion.

Here at Office HQ we are firm fans of anything that lets us combine culture and fashion so over the weekend we decided to head to the V&A’s Wedding Dresses 1775-2014 exhibition.

The exhibition combines some of the most glamorous and best known wedding dresses of recent years, including the purple Vivienne Westwood gown Dita Von Teese wore when she married Marilyn Manson, the shimmering John Galliano number Kate Moss wore when she tied the knot and Gwen Stefani’s dip-dyed pink and white wedding dress.

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There were also a number of fabulously frothy creations from top designers including Charles Frederick Worth, Norman Hartnell, Charles James, John Galliano, Christian Lacroix and Vera Wang, showing how wedding trends have altered over the years.

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The 80 dresses on display are all remarkably different, ranging from the sleek sophisticated coat dress worn when the Duchess of Cornwall married the Prince of Wales to Ian Stuart’s Flower Bomb dress with its ruffled skirt and statement train.

There are also accessories galore, including a hat worn by Selina Blow on her wedding day, which resembles the roofs of Sri Lankan buildings.

But the exhibition isn’t just about window shopping for wedding dresses (although we did pick up a few ideas for when it’s our turn to walk down the aisle…).

Curator of textiles and fashion at the V&A, Edwina Ehrman set out to explore the history of the traditional white wedding dress and highlight periods when other colours proved more popular among brides-to-be.

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The exhibition also reflects multi-cultural London and features traditional wedding outfits from other countries, including stunning saris from India and simple cotton dresses from Ghana.

Wedding Dresses 1775-2014 will be on display at the V&A until March next year, so you’ve got plenty of time to visit, whether you’re looking for wedding dress inspiration for your own big day, or just want to learn a bit about fashion history.

It’s recommended that you book in advance, tickets cost £13.50 including a donation.

 

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Best Dressed at the Met Ball

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Fashion’s elite turned out last night for the annual Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala.

This year’s theme, Beyond Fashion, saw attendees showcasing their best designer ball gowns and tuxedos and the overall display had a touch of elegance and classic Hollywood glamour.

Some of the stars, including Rihanna and Cara Delevingne, managed to add a bit of edge to their ensembles,  modelling crop tops showing flashes of their tattoos while others opted for thigh-high skirt splits or mini dresses rather than floor-skimming gowns.

We take a look at some of the best-dressed stars from the night.

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Taylor Swift

 Pop princess Taylor Swift looked the epitome of elegance in a pale silk Oscar de la Renta gown complete with statement train. Before the event the songstress tweeted that her cat had launched an attack on the gown, but luckily the dress appeared to have emerged unscathed.

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Cara Delevingne

Her outfit may have been a simple monochrome affair but that didn’t stop model of the moment Cara Delevingne standing out from the crowd. Rather than wearing a ball gown, she opted for fitted white cigarette trousers and a strappy cutaway top with a plunging neckline, designed by Stella McCartney. Her blonde locks were swept to one side and she accessorised with eye-catching diamond earrings, bracelets and rings.

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Blake Lively

Actress Blake Lively stole the show in a mermaid style slinky metallic gown which oozed Hollywood starlet, echoing 40′s goddess Veronica Lake. The cape-style train and cinched-in waist added a vintage twist to the ensemble. With her hair styled in soft waves and a slick of red lipstick, Blake looked every inch the screen siren.

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Sarah Jessica Parker

We can always rely on SJP to go all out at the Met Ball and this year was no exception. The dramatic black and white Oscar de la Renta gown looked like something her on-screen alter ego Carrie Bradshaw would have worn. Elbow-length white gloves and a dramatic hairstyle added to the over-the-top look and we can only imagine what shoes she was wearing under that full skirt!

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Benedict Cumberbatch

While many male attendees weren’t quite brave enough for white tie, opting for traditional tuxedos instead of tails, Benedict Cumberbatch went all out in a Ralph Lauren black tux tailcoat. Every inch the dashing English gent.

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