Office Blog Posts Tagged ‘2014’

AW14 Shoot: Behind the Scenes

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

To coincide with the launch of our Autumn/Winter 14 collection we had 3 great days shooting the campaign in an East London studio, close to OFFICE HQ.

We had 2 great models, Emma and Charlie, stylists, hair and make up team, photographers and even a cute pooch called Stanley running around, keeping us all thoroughly entertained.

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With rails of clothes in an array of autumnal colours and racks of all our latest shoes it was like diving into Aladdin’s cave surrounded by new season treasures. This season has some style classics like Chelsea boots, patent knee high boots, loafers and brogues with some stand out metallic high heels for the girls.

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Key looks that stood out for the girls were ’70′s styling,  boxy and masculine tailoring and muted colours. The boys have more of a rugged gentleman look with loose tailoring, oversized outerwear and flashes of heritage tweeds.

With so many great looks, inspiring footwear and ideas on how to wear, Autumn/Winter 14 has got us super excited and as much as we aren’t too keen on the winter weather, it does mean we can invest in a new season wardrobe!

 

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WAG Style: Then and Now #officebrazil

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

As Brazil gears up for the much anticipated World Cup, we thought we would take a trip down memory lane to when the WAGS were allowed to come and support their footballer spouses, before most were banned as too much of a distraction to our players.

The year that showed the WAGs in all their glam glory was the 2006 World Cup, held in Germany. It was all Von Dutch trucker hats, hot-pants and waist belts back then, fashions we may choose to forget but cannot deny we followed. We obsessed over the blossoming friendship of the WAG queen bee Victoria Beckham and Cheryl Cole, with their matching Ray Ban aviators and highlighted extensions. Back then the wives and girlfriends demanded more attention than the footballers themselves and we loved following every minute of their overindulgent existence.

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The girls have come a long way since then, with Victoria Beckham an established fashion designer who never looks less than perfect. Long gone are the denim Daisy Dukes in favour of tailored trouser suits and pointed power courts. Abigail Clancy has transformed from wannabe model to chic TV presenter and Strictly champion and as the current first lady of the World Cup, Alex Curran has ditched her Liverpool boutiques for Balenciaga and Valentino.

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We at OFFICE HQ cant help loving some WAG style, why not wear heels everyday and be the ultimate glamour goddess!

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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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Things we are looking forward to in 2014

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

 

With just over a week of 2013 remaining, we take a quick peek into our crystal balls at what 2014 has in store for us all…

 

Nicholas Ghesquière’s first collection for Louis Vuitton

We were sad to see Marc Jacobs leave LV, but now we just can’t wait to see what his successor Nicholas Ghesquière does for his debut spring/summer collection. Those in the know suggest statement shoes will be a big focus; so he’s likely to be in our good books from day one!

 

Commonwealth Games

The Olympics turned us into fitness fanatics so we hope that seeing Jess Ennis and co in action at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow will encourage us to pull on our trainers a bit more regularly.

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Movie sequels

2014 is the year of movie sequels. X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, 300: Rise of an Empire and Horrible Bosses 2 will all hit cinemas next year, re-introducing us to some of our favourite film characters. Plus the next instalments of The Hunger Games and The Hobbit will be on the silver screen.

 

Glastonbury

The act announcements have already started with both Arcade Fire and Lily Allen confirming they will be taking to the stage. With two more headliners still to be announced, we’ll be keeping our eyes and ears peeled for any clues and we should really start hunting for the perfect pair of wellies now…

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The Big Reunion 2

We’re a bit embarrassed to admit this (ok really embarrassed!) but the Big Reunion was definitely our TV guilty pleasure of 2013. We can’t wait to see what dodgy 90s and 00s bands they reunite for the second series.

 

A new Florence + the Machine album

It’s been two years since chart-topping album Ceremonials, but we’ve heard rumours Florence and her machine are back in the studio working on a third offering. Let’s hope it hits shelves in time to be our album of the summer.

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The World Cup

Even if you’re not a football fan, a summer of World Cup-themed BBQs and afternoons in the beer garden sounds pretty good to us. Start planning your get together for England’s first fixture against Italy on June 14.

 

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Trends we won’t miss in 2014

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

 

2013 was a great year for fashion, but as always, there was room for a few errors. We take a look at some of the faux pas we hope won’t be returning in 2014.

Mum jeans

There’s room in our wardrobes for skinny jeans, bootleg, boyfriend, cropped and even jeggings, but we draw the line at mum jeans. With their high waist, tapered legs and baggy thighs, was there ever a more unflattering way to wear denim?

 

Too much flesh

We are all for flashing a bit of toned tummy in a crop top, or for some artfully placed sheer panelling in a LBD, but 2013 saw some people daring to bare far too much. Bikini tops and hot pants are for the beach, not the red carpet. We’re looking at you Miley Cyrus.

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OTT flatforms

Now we love a statement shoe, but some of the crazy flatforms being sold were too much even for us. Plus they are actually really hard to walk in, give us some four inch heels or flat pumps any day.

 

Mullet skirts

Much like the hair-do they take their name from, mullet skirts with a short front and a trailing back have had their day. In 2014, pick either mini, midi or maxi and stick with it.

 

All over matching prints

Head to toe matching prints is always too much, instead, break up your outfit with some neutrals, or opt for a mixture of clashing prints in complementary colours.

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Overalls

Jumpsuits and playsuits can look very stylish, onesies are fine in the privacy of your own home, but there’s no place in our wardrobes for overalls, unless you are doing some DIY.

 

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Fashion New Year’s resolutions

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

 

It’s time to welcome the New Year and here at OFFICE HQ we’ve been thinking long and hard about our New Year’s resolutions over the past few days.

As well as the usual; cutting down on wine, going for a daily run and saving money rather than splurging in the sales, we’ve been thinking about some fashion-related pledges.

If you fancy doing the same, take a look at some of our suggestions below.

 

Try something new

If you always gravitate towards the same styles and have three versions of the same dress in your wardrobe, you might want to embrace something new in 2014. Scour the fashion magazines for items which are outside your comfort zone but look like they would suit your shape and take a friend you can rely on to be honest shopping with you.

 

Clear out your wardrobe

If your wardrobe is starting to resemble a bottomless pit and you can’t squeeze your most recent purchases in, it may be time to have a clear out. Set aside a full day and take every single item out of the cupboard and carefully scrutinise them before either allowing them back in the wardrobe or adding to a charity pile. Once your wardrobe is clear you’ll actually be able to see what clothes you have and you may re-discover some forgotten gems.

 

Don’t blindly follow trends

It’s great to keep an eye on what’s en vogue, but there’s no point modelling a high-fashion ensemble if it simply doesn’t suit your body shape or colouring. There’s so much going on each season, there’s bound to be something that’s both on trend and perfect for you, it’s just a question of finding it, and trust us, it’ll be worth it when you do!

 

Buy great basics

There are some items you wear again and again, so it’s worth buying a slightly pricier version rather than a cheap one which will need replacing within months. A black t-shirt, blue jeans and a great blazer will all last years, if you buy the right one.

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Five ways to spend New Year’s Eve

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

 

It’s not just Christmas that’s round the corner. As well as doing your festive shopping, it’s time to think about how you’re going to spend New Year’s Eve, otherwise you risk ending up at home in front of Jools Holland.

Here’s our guide to some of the best ways to bring in 2014.

Hit a club

New Year’s Eve is undisputedly the biggest clubbing night of the year and clubs all over the country will be hosting special events. In London, highlights include the Blitz-themed shindig at Great Suffolk Street Warehouse, a glam Great Gatsby bash at Mansion Bar and a return to Studio 54 at Drink, Shop & Do.

Further north, there’s a Hacienda-themed event at Manchester’s newest venue, Albert Square, and a 24-hour 20’s-style party at The Liquor Store, also in Manchester.

Cruise the Thames

Rather than watching the fireworks over London from the crowded streets, why not float under them on a river cruise? Most packages include food and drink and live entertainment as well as an amazing view of the festivities.

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Jet off

It may be too late to plan a New Year celebration in New York or Sydney, but if you fancy celebrating overseas, look for a last minute trip within Europe. Amsterdam goes all out for NYE with live shows and beer tents in Dam Square before the city is illuminated with a pyrotechnic light show, while Barcelona is jam-packed with super-cool clubs for you to dance the night away in.

One of the biggest and best parties in Europe takes place in Berlin, between Brandenburg Gate and the Victory Column, with over a million people gathering to see live music, light shows and of course the famous fireworks.

Head to Hogmanay

No one does New Year, or should we say Hogmanay, quite like the Scots. Join the 80,000 revellers who head to Edinburgh each year for a huge street party. This year’s festivities include performances by The Pet Shop Boys and Django, Django as well as a huge ceilidh and fireworks display at midnight. The next day you can tackle your hangover with a dip in the freezing River Forth as part of the annual Loony Dook event.

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Cosy up in a cottage

If you want a slightly quieter New Year, you don’t have to stay at home in front of the TV. Why not head to the countryside for a rural retreat? Get a group of friends together to share the cost of a cottage and cosy up in front of a log fire with some good food and drink to welcome in 2014.

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