Office Blog Posts in the ‘Trend’ Category

What’s your heel type?

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

Statement heels are a major trend this AW, and not just for stilettos, all the designers from Prada to Acne are playing with new, sculpted silhouettes. We’ve selected our favourite styles below.



This year the seventies trend dominated the runway, every major designer and high street brand were influenced by the quirky decade. With no signs of it disappearing our collection of retro inspired flared heels is ever growing, for the party season our Token Flare Heels go perfect with a culotte jumpsuit or for a feminine approach try the mid heeled Quazer in black patent.


Christian Dior’s perspex heeled, spray on boots had everyone from Kylie Jenner to Rihanna drooling this year. For 60’s styling and dip dye effect heel try our Illinois Cylindrical Perspex boots, wear with a leather mini and simple turtle neck.


For a sleek, refined silhouette opt for a cone heel. Our strappy Tainted Cone Heels in black leather are versatile and comfortable, wear with a fitted dress or for an edgier look add fishnet tights. For the ultimate 80’s throw back wear our suede Invoke Cone heel Boots  with tight jeans and a biker jacket.


Givenchy and Isabel Marant  famously covet the cylindrical heel, a directional style that looks good in various heights and widths. Our Ida Cylindrical Boots come in 70’s tan, glamorous snake and classic black, making the transition from day to night that bit easier. For a more everyday boot, Ingot Back Zip is a mid heeled, chelsea style that looks best with black tights or frayed jeans.



Sneak Peak | AW15 Trend: Upper East Side

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

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.


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.



Sneak Peak | AW15 Trend: New York Grunge

Friday, August 7th, 2015

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.


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!




Power Points: How to Style

Friday, July 18th, 2014


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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Be inspired by TV style icons

Thursday, October 10th, 2013


If you’re stumped about what to wear over the autumn/winter season look no further than your TV for some style inspiration. 

There’s a host of great shows on the schedule over the coming months, with some rather dapper leading men. So you can be planning what you are wearing on nights out even on a rare night in front of the box…

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Agents of Shield

If you need a new suit for the festive season, look no further than new sci-fi show Agents of Shield for inspiration. Agent Coulson’s sharp suit looks good even as he’s battling bad guys.

To get the look, stick to a crisp white shirt with a black or navy suit and a dark tie. Sunglasses optional.



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Dr Who

Matt Smith was arguably the first hipster Dr Who. He burst onto the scene with his trademark tweedy jacket, bowtie, boots and floppy hair, replacing the long coat and Converse trainers rocked by David Tennant.

The new Dr’s signature style got the thumbs up from Esquire magazine, which described it as a “cross between rookie geography teacher and Hoxton clubkid”.

Next month we’ll see Matt in action as Dr Who in the 50th anniversary special. If you want to copy his look, we suggest hunting around vintage shops for the perfect tweed jacket and pairing with some Ask the Missus Keaton Brogue Boots.




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The long-awaited next series of Sherlock is rumoured to be hitting our screens before winter is over and it’s likely there won’t be a deerstalker in sight.

Benedict Cumberbatch will however be rocking his character’s signature Belstaff coat, probably with a scarf, some leather gloves and his trademark brogues.

The exact coat is no longer available to buy, however, there is a wide range of long wool coats on the high street after Versace, Gucci and Prada sent them down the autumn/winter 2013 catwalks.




Trends you’ve got to be brave to try

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013


Now that the dust has settled on Fashion Month, we’ve stopped gushing about our favourite collections for long enough to take a real look at some of the more unusual trends for spring/summer 14 and there are some it will be hard to rock if you’re not Cara Delevingne…

Are you brave enough to try any of these?



The 90s are here to stay. And while we can just about cope with another season of crop tops, it’s going to be harder to pull off that other 90s staple trying to make a comeback – the overall.

Overalls popped up on a number of catwalks during Fashion Month, with DKNY, Rag and Bone and Mark McNairy New Amsterdam all sending models down the runway in a pair. And while we’ll admit they did exude effortless style, anyone with even the smallest curves is going to have to treat them with caution.

If you want to give overalls a go, team with high heels for an evening out or some colourful Nike trainers for a relaxed daytime look.


Neon colours

Neon colours as seen at Ralph Lauren and Roksanda Ilinic are not for everyone. If you hate standing out from the crowd, you might be best opting for a more subtle hue. However, if you want to give the trend a try, it’s all about choosing the right neon shade to match your skin tone. Pale and interesting types suits bright greens and bold blues, while if you have medium skin, coral, orange and yellow are the colours for you.

If you are rocking a summer tan or have naturally dark skin, try fuchsia, purple and neon blue.
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Puffy dresses

The puffy skirts and dresses seen at Mary Katrantzou were a style triumph, but be warned, it’s a tough trend to replicate on the high street.

The prints Katrantzou opted for and the placement of the chains and buckles which adorned the dresses were carefully selected to flatter the wearer and create a stunning silhouette. However, there is the potential for dresses in this style to look tent-like if not designed properly, so make sure you try before you buy.


Rainbow makeup

Chanel is known for sending models down the catwalk with dramatic makeup and this season was no exception. The rainbow eyes sported by Cara Delevingne and Miranda Kerr certainly created an impression on the runway, but will be hard to copy at home.

To pay homage to Karl Lagerfeld, why not try rocking just one bold eyeshadow at a time, for a more toned down but still stylish look?

Acid green, bubblegum green and bright turquoise are all good options.





Are flats the new footwear of choice?

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Vivienne Westwood Catwalk - London Fashion Week 2013In a Fashion Month which saw activists crashing the Nina Ricci show and Naomi Campbell making a rare catwalk appearance, it was the number of flat shoes on the runway that caused the biggest shockwaves.

In London, New York, Milan and Paris, we found our eyes drifting down to the models’ ankles as they strutted past in patent booties at Roksanda Ilincic, pointy-toed Mary Janes at Vivienne Westwood and silver loafers at Rodarte.

And in the front rows, it seemed those with their finger on the fashion pulse were also favouring footwear which offered comfort and style. Suki Waterhouse, Sienna Miller and Alexa Chung were all spotted in flatties, opting for pointy-toed pumps, and velvet slippers

However, we shouldn’t have been surprised. The signs have been coming for a while. Earlier this year, stylist and self-confessed ‘fashion geek’ Sally Lyndley posted on Facebook saying that flats are the only shoes that feel modern at the moment and even high-heel devotee Victoria Beckham has been seen out and about looking a few inches shorter on several occasions.


Heels vs flats

But while a (big) part of us is gleefully looking forward to giving our feet a break from sky-scraper heels (and stocking up on ballet shoes, brogues and loafers), are we really ready to ditch heels completely? After all, most of us don’t have endless legs like Alexa, Suki and co.

Flats are undeniably more comfortable than heels, and with such a variety available on the high street, they can take you from day to night just as easily as a pair of classic black heels. As Alexa Chung said recently when questioned about her preference for flatties: “Limping home to find the plasters when I could be out dancing all night sounds like a s***** way to end the evening.”

However, there’s just something about heels which means we won’t be slinging our platforms and stilettos just yet. High heels elongate the legs, making them look slimmer and for many women give them the extra confidence boost they need before walking into an important meeting or heading out for the evening.

And there’s even research to back that up, with a study showing that British women wear higher heels than their counterparts in Germany, Spain and France, and are also more confident and assertive.

In the words of Manolo Blahnik: “You put high heels on and you change.”

PS – If you can’t wait until next spring/summer to embrace flats, jump on the trend early by snapping up some flat ankle boots this autumn.

New York Fashion Week 2013 - Rodarte Catwalk


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