Office Blog Posts in the ‘Fashion’ Category

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.

Spaced out

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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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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Images sourced: Pinterest

 

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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!

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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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Perfect in pastels

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

This season, the catwalks were awash with sugary pastel shades and ice-cream colours.

Antonio Berardi, Burberry Prorsum and Jason Wu were just a few of the brands to champion the trend and it looks set to be the summer’s biggest fashion story.

Read on to discover our favourite ways to work the look…

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Accessorise, accessorise, accessorise

If you’re not sure pastels are your thing, dip your toe in the water by adding some pastel accessories to your summer wardrobe. Nude shoes like these patent loafers are sure to put a spring in your step and will look great with jeans. If you’re already thinking about holiday buys, these pale pink wedge JuJus will work just as well on the beach as they will during the evenings.

Add some edge

Pastels don’t have to be pretty; they can be edgy if mixed with the right materials. Rita Ora teamed her powder blue shearling gilet with a black leather jacket and shorts during a recent trip to New York, while Emma Watson’s shimmering metallic pink skirt at the Tribeca Film Festival was more in keeping with her Bling Ring character than Hermione Granger. We say, toughen up the trend with leather or denim in pale pastel shades.

Return to retro

A pastel palette lends itself perfectly to retro styles. Take note of Paloma Faith’s outfit at the Burberry show with a sleek pencil skirt and fitted blouse. We love the addition of her blue overcoat and metallic shoes.

Go all out

As Paloma’s ensemble shows, sometimes the best way to wear pastels is just to go all out. Clash your shades, such as lemon yellow and baby blue, to create a statement look with added sweetness. What’s more, a little extra sugar now and again won’t hurt.

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Jean Paul Gaultier at the Barbican

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

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Celebrating avant-garde design and cutting-edge catwalk collections, the new Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition at the Barbican in London is at the top of our to-do list this weekend.

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier is open now until the 25th August, and is the first major exhibition dedicated to the legendary French fashion designer. It explores the inspiration behind Gaultier’s collections and charts his signature style over the course of his illustrious 40-year career.

The exhibition features no fewer than 165 of Gaultier’s creations, from Madonna’s cone bra and Kylie’s stage outfits to film costumes and iconic catwalk pieces from the 1970s to the present day.

The extensive exhibition mirrors the ground-breaking theatricality of Gaultier’s catwalk shows with mannequins that have been brought to life with video projectors, enabling them to smile and speak to you as you make your way around the space.

What’s more, collaborations with artists such as Miles Aldridge, David LaChapelle and Andy Warhol are on show as well as footage from catwalk presentations, concerts and music videos, making this a must-visit exhibition.

Beat the queues and get your tickets online now!

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Fashion fallouts

Monday, April 7th, 2014

For the most part, the fashion pack seem to get on pretty well with one another and are forever schmoozing at shows and being complimentary of each other’s collections. But every now and again, someone makes a faux pas and there’s an almighty fashion fallout.

The latest row to hit the headlines is between designers Domecico Dolce and Stefan Gabbana and their celeb pal Victoria Beckham, after the pair questioned the former Spice Girl’s talent as a designer.

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Speaking at a recent event, Gabbana said: “She’s a friend. She make a good job but… for us, she don’t make the same way like a fashion designer.

“She become after many, many, many different things. She’s a designer but…”

Dolce twisted the knife in further by comparing VB’s line to high street favourites Zara and H&M.

Victoria has yet to respond but we can imagine she won’t be seen in any D&G designs anytime soon!

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We take a look at some other famous fashion fallouts from recent years.

Karl Lagerfeld vs Azzedine Alaia

Karl Lagerfeld has form when it comes to trading barbs with fellow designers, but the insults he directed at fellow designer Azzedine Alaia were particularly cutting. Speaking about a retrospective of the designer’s work, Lagerfeld said: “If you want to see a retrospective of Azzedine Alaia, just look at what he’s doing now.” Ouch!

Roberto Cavalli vs Giorgio Armani

Cavalli insulted fellow designer Armani by claiming there is an “abyss” between them and saying that the new Armani hotel looked like a psychiatric hospital.

Vivienne Westwood vs Alexander McQueen

There was certainly no love lost between Vivienne Westwood and the late Alexander McQueen, with Ms Westwood saying: “His only usefulness is as a measure of zero talent.” McQueen retorted by saying that Westwood was starting to sound “naff”.

Karl Lagerfeld vs Yves St Laurent

The master of the fashion insult Karl Lagerfeld strikes again! Back in the 1980s he deemed Yves St Laurent to be “very middle-of-the-road French-very pied-noir, very provincial”.

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