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London Fashion Week 2014 – Day 1

Friday, February 14th, 2014

 

Roses (noses) are red; violets (lips) are blue, matching the pastel pouts and rosy cheeks of the fashion elite on a blustery Valentines morning – it was clear that pastels and pinks were a rip-roaring success to kick of the 2014 London Fashion Week. Whilst we couldn’t have predicted sunnier skies, Office appears to have nailed the fashion forecast promising bright things for the upcoming range (we’re already excited!). As the heavens opened and the fashionistas battled with their brolleys, we were transported to a balmy summer’s day as the crowds braved the bitter weather.

Whether it was cotton candy or fondant fancy, pastel power reigned supreme and accessories looked good enough to eat from head to toe. Even the fashion foodies were whipping up sweet treats wearing psychedelic prints that could have easily been plucked of the catwalks at SS14.

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Our faves from AW13 have been re-crafted in crayon colours for high summer, whilst paying attention to cult cut-out styles. Jazz up our ‘On Top’s with destroyed denim and a plain white tee to blag that blogger look, or covet cool Scandi style in our edgy new season ankle boots.

As the paps were snapping, you only had to look up to see chunky soles keeping the leggy London ladies towering above the rest. In buttery leather, buckled and heeled to perfection, OFFICE certainly isn’t giving this style the boot for high summer 14.

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For those who chose comfort over couture, our Kilter slip ons were the go-to for those on the go! Paired with denim shorts and a retro rucksack, these fashion favourites are set to sprint into summer without a second thought.

 

So whether you’re kicking it in slip ons, styling it up in pointed courts or keeping it playful in tasty pastels, Office has high summer sorted. Watch this space.

 

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How to wear pencil skirts

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

 

Pencil skirts have made the transition from summer to winter, with everyone from Kim Kardashian and Miley Cyrus to Miranda Kerr rocking the super-tight skirts in recent weeks.

If you want to get a few more months’ wear out of your pencil skirts, here are our favourite ways of styling them.

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Pencil skirts take their inspiration from the feminine silhouettes of the 1950s, but the modern day version packs an exciting punch with the addition of graphic prints to bring this figure hugging form to life.

Why not make a statement with this season’s hottest tartan and floral prints? Not only are prints a great way to add interest, they bring a welcome splash of colour to dreary winter wardrobes.

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 Top of the crops

For a night out on the town we like to pair our pencil skirts with a crop top for a look that is bang on trend. High-waisted skirts are particularly good for this. It’s sometimes nice to leave a couple of inches between the skirt and top to help define the form too.

A loose cropped t-shirt can also work well with a pencil skirt. Pair with some high-heeled ankle boots like this pair from Poste Mistress and a chunky chain necklace for a more edgy look.

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Dress down with a slouchy jumper

The statement sweaters which are huge this autumn/winter are perfect paired with a pencil skirt for a casual, relaxed look.

Team with some woolly tights, these buckle detail black boots and an oversized scarf.

Embrace the midi

Pencil skirts come in all different lengths, but this autumn/winter, it’s definitely all about the midi. We love the Burberry Lace detailed version for SS14, perfection in a pencil which can be cosied up for these colder months.

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Be tickled pink by pastel coats

Monday, October 28th, 2013

The fashion rulebook has been thrown out. Rather than the dark shades which normally dominate our wardrobes at this time of year, pastels are reigning supreme as the hottest colours for Autumn/Winter 13. The most fashion forward among us are thinking pink, in particular the pink coats seen at the likes of Celine and Carven, which are one of the must-have items of the season.

Everyone from Kim Kardashian to Holly Willoughby has been spotted looking great in a candy floss coloured coat. Here’s our top tips for working one into your winter wardrobe.

Choose the right shade

First you need to choose the right shade of pink to compliment your skin tone. People with dark hair and olive skin can get away with sugary pale shades, but those with blonde hair or paler skin may want to go for a slightly darker rosy hue. Experiment with a few different shades before buying, the perfect pink for you is out there somewhere!

Go monochrome

Teaming your pink coat with a sophisticated monochrome ensemble will ensure you scream ‘preened’ rather than ‘pre-teen’. Plus the pink will really pop against the black and white.

Toughen it up

Pink doesn’t have to mean princess. Why not try adding some edge to your pastel coat. Toughen it up with leather and metal detailing and accessories. Skin-tight leather leggings or a pair of buckle detail boots like this Boy Front Zip pair will do the job perfectly.

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Go for a mannish shape

Over-sized masculine-inspired coats are another hot trend this Autumn/Winter and the two work perfectly together. A feminine pink shade softens structured shoulders and boxy shapes while an androgynous style brings a pink coat to just the right side of girly.

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Five pairs of shoes every woman should own

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

One of our ladies buyers read somewhere recently that the average woman owns 20 pairs of shoes. It really sparked a conversation between us all, how many shoes are enough? The article made it seem like 20 was stretching it…our first thought was “only 20?”. Granted we are biased as we are surrounded by shoes all day (and get the occasional sample sale) but seriously, only 20?

Despite owning upwards of 500 pairs of shoes (and counting) between us, there are a few pairs which we come back to again and again, the ones we have a long-standing love affair with rather than a fashion fling.

Here’s our guide to the five pair of shoes every woman should own.                                                                                                           

Black heels

Even if you have heels in every other colour, there are some occasions when only a black pair will do. Whether you need to add some confidence to your stride for an important work meeting or need to glam up for a night on the town, you’ll find yourself reaching for your trusty HBH (high black heels – we’re coining a new phrase) over and over again.

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 Converse

Even if your idea of exercise is trotting around the shops on a Saturday, you need a pair of trainers in your life. At HQ we all seem to own a pair classic Converse. They’ll ensure you look on-trend even on the most casual of dress-down days.

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Gladiator sandals

We know it’s not exactly the weather for them now, but as soon as the sun returns next spring it’s a safe bet we’ll be reaching for our trusty gladiator sandals. Even just looking at them in the wardrobe has us dreaming of festivals and BBQs…

Ankle boots

Now, it certainly is the weather for ankle boots. This season’s most stylish pairs have a low chunky heel, buckle or cut-out detailing.

Flats

Flat shoes are back in favour with the fashion crowd at the moment, but they’ve never been anything but a must-have for us mere mortals without private chauffeurs.

Brogues, loafers, pumps, slippers, there’s space for all of them in our shoe collections. But having done a quick count, its ballerina pumps we’ve got the most of. Paired with skinny jeans and a blazer, they’re an essential part of our weekend uniform.

But don’t worry if you think you don’t have any of the above in your collection, it’s a great excuse to go shopping…

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4 ways to rejuvenate your wardrobe

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

We’ve all looked at a wardrobe bursting with clothes and thought ‘ I’ve got nothing to wear’. If you’re in a style rut follow our top tips to help you make the best of what you’ve got in your wardrobe.

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Have a clear out

We know, we know, it’s hard to part with any items from your wardrobe, after all, what if they come back into fashion just a few months after you’ve brutally discarded them? But, if you’ve got too many clothes, you may be forgetting all about some hidden gems which are languishing underneath a pile of tatty t-shirts or behind your coats from the last three winters. Drag everything out and separate it into three piles; keep, toss and store. Getting rid of anything that doesn’t fit, those jumpers from your mum you’ll never wear and even your favourite cardigan which has one too many holes in it will give you a clearer idea of what you’ve got.

Swap shop

We all have days where we’re just sick and tired of everything in our wardrobes but have no cash to splash. So, why not organise a swap shop? Invite your friends round and tell them to bring up to five pieces of clothing they’d happily part with. Pour some wine, set out some nibbles and you can swap your items until you each have a whole new wardrobe. Learn from our experiences though, you might need to set some ground rules if you don’t want to be stuck with a Towie-esque velour trackie while your mate dances off with your 7 For All Mankind jeans.

Accessorise, accessorise, accessorise

It’s amazing how accessories can completely transform an outfit – and they don’t really count as shopping, right? The perfect pair of shoes can make a boring black dress seem impossibly stylish while the right jewellery can bring even a simple t-shirt and jeans right up to date.

This season it’s all about chandelier earrings, chunky chains and statement crosses.

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Buy one key piece

If you really can’t resist the lure of the high street, treat yourself to one key piece which will update your look. For Autumn/Winter 13 that might be some great ankle boots, a fur-trimmed coat, anything tartan or a statement trouser suit.

Or if you are anything like us, all of them…

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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.

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Festival Culture – Our Forecast

Monday, May 13th, 2013

One of the most famous festivals to take place was the Woodstock festival of 1969. Also known as ‘Three days of peace and music’ the 2 day concert was initially planned as a ‘one off’ so four young chaps could invest their money to build a recording studio.

After finding a large, unused area that would home 50,000 revellers, the event attracted 500,000. Sex, drugs and rock and roll, the prolonged event caused uproar but huge media attention and has given the World festival culture.

The Black Boot

With the military and boyfriend trends still dominating the cat walks and a favourite for celebrities, the black boot is on our festival hit list.

We love the versatility of this staple, looking great with vibrant prints, teamed simply with a pretty, pastel dress or even layered with denim cut offs and a jumper as Diana Vickers sports.

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When the mud is nowhere to be seen, give your feet the freedom they deserve with sandals and flats. Cut out detailing and bold buckles are key this season so opt for a neutral colour like Heidi Range, and let your clothes do the talking. Works great with floral prints!

The Classic Essential

When we mention festivals we usually think of mud and that means ‘wellies’. Even super models like Kate Moss make staying in the mud chic. But don’t wait for the rain, as we’ve seen on the catwalk, festival styling this year means wellies are in. They’re perfect for light layering and great with shorts.

Plus, if the mud takes over, why not make a ‘Welly Henge’ like they do at Glastonbury with all of the abandoned wellies.

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Blogger’s Edit: LFW Special

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

About Anouska

We asked blogger, Anouska Proetta Brandon, to tell us all about a day in the life of a blogger at London Fashion Week. Anouska’s been fashion blogging for two years, during that time she has racked up a serious following and travelled all over the world perusing her love of fashion. Her advice to any budding bloggers? ‘Be original. Express yourself honestly, and most importantly don’t give up because there are very few over-night sensations in the blogging world!’

Check out what Anouska did, saw and wore here.

60 Seconds with Anouska

If I was a shoe, I would be…. A biker boot with a comfortable high heel

If I wasn’t a blogger, I would love to be…  Photographer

My fashion muse is…  Mary Kate Olsen. She always looks great.

My most prized pair of shoes are…. Any of my Office shoes of course!

My favourite blog  is: … This is a hard one, there are many I love but my favourites right now are GaryPepperVintage.com because her photos always blow me away as well as her eclectic style, and Adenorah.com because she has that effortless Parisian style that I just can’t get enough of.

My most embarrassing fashion moment was … Anytime between the age of 12-15! The ”goth” years were not good to me.

My top tips for dressing at LFW are:

1.       Make sure you feel confident in what you are wearing

2.       Don’t over-think it

3.       Have fun!

Anouska’s Day at LFW

London Fashion week is always a magical experience for me after attending for the past two seasons. It’s only after you have spent an entire 12 hours straight at shows, presentations, parties, and other weird and wonderful events that you can breathe and really take it all in.

I have to admit that one of my favourite things about being in London is people-watching. I simply adore the rapidly evolving bohemian London style that’s absolutely everywhere. Wearing a graphic print bodycon dress, blazer, faux leather cap, and a pair of Undoing cut out leather ankle boots from OFFICE, I made my way to centre of LFW; Somerset House. To say that once inside you are transported into an alternative universe populated only by the ultra-fashionable would not be an exaggeration by any means. The sheer outrageousness of it all can be quite intimidating at first, but underneath the exceptionally well-dressed exteriors lie some of the nicest people I’ve met. It really is such a joy catch up with all of my old friends from previous seasons, and of course, meeting new ones.

My highlights from London Fashion Week AW13 so far have ranged from the beautifully structured simplicity of Zoe Jordan, to the sleek futuristic visions I saw walking at David Koma. I can also safely say that the Topshop Unique show blew me away, at least in terms of sheer wear-ability. I must also mention that each day that I have ventured to Somerset House, I have had the greatest of pleasures to meet so many of my readers! Overall, this has been my favourite London Fashion Week so far, and I’m already counting down the days until next season.

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OFFICE LFW Diary: Jodie Nellist

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013


Acting Senior Fashion Editor at Marie Claire magazine, Jodie Nellist has given OFFICE an exclusive insight into a day in her shoes at London Fashion Week. Find out her top tips for LFW dressing, what emerging trends she spotted and where the Marie Claire fashion girls partied!

Would you love to work at one of the glossiest, global fashion magazines like Jodie? Her advice for any aspiring stylists is ‘always be super keen and helpful, don’t expect too much too soon. Everybody has to put in their cupboard time.’

60 Seconds with Jodie
If I was a shoe… I would be loafer
When I was younger, I dreamt of being … a ballerina
My one fashion rule to live by… would be always wear navy
My most prized item of clothing is…  my Chanel ballet shoes
The one thing in my handbag I couldn’t live without… are my earphones
If I could be any designer it would be… Phoebe Philo because I LOVE CELINE

My top 3 tips for dressing at LFW are;
1. Pre iron everything! Late nights and early mornings do not leave time for ironing.
2. Keep heels as low as possible
3. Don’t go for something you wouldn’t usually wear. It is more important that you wear something that you feel comfortable in.

My London Fashion Week Diary
My outfit choice for the day was my favourite Cos jumper, Marks and Spencer shirt, French Connection skirt, classic Topshop trench, Chloe bag and my fave multi-strap ankle boots from OFFICE. It was all about layering up today – we are out and about all day running from one show to another so it’s important to be warm!

I started the day with the Whistles show, high street at its best in my opinion. I had total sweater love and I’ve got a feeling there’s going to be a micro-trend for green leather after watching. Next up was the Mulberry show at Claridges. The place was swamped with giant flowers, breakfast muffins and fresh juices in old fashioned bottles. On the catwalk, we saw floral and check prints and of course, the legendary mulberry poodles. Alexa Chung and Lana Del Rey were on the front row where we saw lots of floral prints and luxurious looking leather.

After that it was a quick dash to The Dorchester hotel for the Temperley show. They had a bit of a maxi moment, the show was full of statement floor sweeping skirts and dresses. Very Kate Middleton autumn/winter wardrobe we thought!

Then it was time for a quick pit stop at Pret for lunch before we were off again. We then made our way to Vivienne Westwood where make-up artist extraordinaire Val Garland created models that were painted like dolls, very surreal but Westwood all over. Meg Mathews and her daughter Anais were spotted on the front row.

On to Mary Katranzou where we saw a move away from her usual bold colours and gone for more understated monochrome landscape prints. Models walked on what appeared to be an infinite runway to haunting, eerie music.

Time to head south of the river to Topshop Unique at The Tank in the Tate Modern next. This was my fave collection yet – total want for the oversized pink coat. Models of the moment, Cara Delevingne and Jourdan Dunn walked the catwalk. Time for another food pit stop, Mishkins in Covent Garden for macaroni cheese with the rest of the Marie Claire fashion team. Much needed energy food.

Nearly the end of the day…next up was the Richard Nicoll show. Models sashayed down the runway with slick back hair in oversized, masculine shapes. I loved the biker jackets and super shiny skirts. Here, we saw even more pink- its official, it’s a trend.

Then it was back to the British Fashion Council tents for last show of the day at 9pm, Marios Schwab. It medieval inspired structured mini dresses with intricate lace detailing and velvet. Once the last show had finished, it was onto the Whistles party for champagne and more macaroni cheese. Then the Marie Claire crew hit jewellery designer, Dominic Jones’ party at The Box. I didn’t get to bed until 2am, just enough sleep to do it all over again on Sunday!

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Look Book SS13

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

Office SS13 Lookbook Behind the Scenes
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With SS13 underway, we couldn’t resist sharing some sneak peeks from our latest Look Book shoot, to give you a little inspiration for the new season. Fresh, exciting, and classic with a twist, this season we promise a collection you will fall in love with.

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