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MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) 2014

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

It was best foot forward for a trio of trendy-shoed stars at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards.

Sunday’s star-studded occasion saw Taylor Swift, Beyonce and our very own Ed Sheeran in the limelight at the prestigious awards in California.

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Taylor Swift

The 24-year-old Long Live long-legged singer showed off those pins in a girly pale blue Mary Katrantzou jumpsuit and skyscraper-high burgundy-coloured heels, courtesy of Elie Saab.

Beyonce

Beyonce stole the show as she not only won the night’s top gong, the Michael Jackson Vanguard Award, she belted up a short set of songs from her most famous videos, including XO. The ultimate diva wore a sparkly leotard, fishnet tights and stunning black ankle boots. She played a 15-minute set and received her award from husband Jay Z and their baby girl Blue Ivy.

Ed Sheeran

The 23-year-old Halifax-born Kiss Me star found a willing piggy back from director Emil Nava and beat off Eminem, John Legend and Pharrell to take the male video crown for Sing. He appeared all in black, including a shirt, jeans and classic Air Jordan 5 trainers.
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Taylor Swift: Jordan Strauss/AP/Press Association Images

 

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Beyonce: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP

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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Step into spring fashion

Friday, March 7th, 2014

 

We’re a bit nervous about saying it out loud in case we jinx it, but we think spring may be on its way after what has seemed like a very long winter.

 

A few days of sun and no rain has had us planning our spring wardrobes and we’ve decided that we’ll definitely be snapping up the following items in the coming weeks.

 

Fingers crossed we get a chance to wear them before June!

 

A denim jacket

Jeans have never gone out of fashion and denim shirts have been a must-have item for a few seasons now, but spring 2014 is all about the denim jacket. Top to toe denim was a common sight on the spring/summer runways, with Balmain and Louis Vuitton embracing the trend. For a twist on the classic, look for jackets with embellishments, patchwork details or even painted slogans to really make a statement.

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Anything orange

Orange is truly the new black this spring, with the fiery hue showing up it many designers’ collections. We think the best way to embrace it is by purchasing a bold bright mini dress, but if you want something more subtle, opt for a tangerine bag or even just a slick of orangey lipstick to liven up a monochrome ensemble.

 

These Je T’aime coral heels are another great way to inject some orange into your outfit.

 

Silk joggers

Sports luxe is here to stay and now that the vicious winds have calmed down we can embrace the silk joggers we’ve been lusting after for months. Layer with a slinky t-shirt, leather jacket and heels for a relaxed yet stylish look.

 

Gingham pencil skirt

Girly gingham was all over the catwalk at the spring shows and stars such as Elle Fanning have been rocking the country-inspired checks. For a more grown-up twist on the look, we’ll be hunting for a structured gingham pencil skirt, preferably in blue or red and white. Let us know if you spot one won’t you?

 

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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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See You in Courts

Friday, February 14th, 2014

 

Is there a more reliable shoe than the trusty court? Perfect for work and play, there are few women who don’t have a black pair of courts in their wardrobe somewhere and more likely than not, they’ve got a few pairs in different shades.

 

Courts, or ‘pumps’ as our American pals call them, are basically any shoe with a low cut front and are mostly slip-ons. They cover stilettos, ballet pumps and kitten heels and come in all sorts of colours and materials.  A quick look in our shoe cupboard and yeah, about 70% of them could be described as court shoes.

 

But while courts are now very much a wardrobe staple, they used to be the reserve of the wealthy and were among the most highly coveted shoes in Europe. They followed on from the extremely elaborate high heels favoured by rulers in Renaissance nations and became popular as they were easier to walk and even ride in, while still looking stylish.

 

Their popularity grew among the ruling classes, with French King Louis XIV, even demanding that no one should enter his court without wearing red high heels.

 

During the French revolution, court shoes feel out of favour and flat shoes were en vogue, but after a few decades, fashion conscious women across Europe resurrected the court shoe and they have remained popular to this day. We’re particularly grateful as we don’t know where we’d be without our faithful black courts, not to mention the other ten or so pairs…

 

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Did you know?

Court shoes aren’t just for women. In the Regency period court shoes were popular among men and they are still worn in some formal situations. They are also known as opera slippers.

 

Famous court shoes

- The Duchess of Cambridge is a firm fan of court shoes and is rarely seen out of her favourite nude pair.

- Christian Louboutin designs arguably the most famous court shoes in the world. Victoria Beckham, Mila Kunis and Lady Gaga are all fans of his famous red-soled shoes.

 

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Red carpet roundup

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

 

This week on the red carpet it has been all about monochrome, flirty flapper dresses and of course some amazing shoes. We take a closer look at what the celebs have been wearing at some of this week’s A-list events, including the InStyle The Best of British Talent Party and the premiere of the Lego Movie.

 

Sarah Harding

Sarah Harding showed us how to do head-to-toe prints perfectly at the Instyle event, teaming a black bird-patterned suit with a white shirt featuring a similar print. She added a splash of colour to the monochrome ensemble with a bold slash of red lipstick and a neon orange clutch. We’d have maybe been tempted to ditch the plain black heels in favour of something a bit brighter too…

 

Elizabeth Banks

Elizabeth Banks changed no fewer than four times on Wednesday as she promoted the Lego Movie in New York, but our favourite look was the flirty mini dress she wore to a screening of the film. The periwinkle blue number by David Koma featured a bold, glittering pattern on the top half and a kicked out skirt. She teamed the ensemble with some Jimmy Choo sandals and a Rauwolf clutch.

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From left to right: Naomie, Elizabeth, Mollie, Lily, Sarah

 

Naomie Harris

Naomie Harris brightened up the red carpet at the London Critics’ Circle Film Awards in a stunning pale yellow beaded flapper dress by Naeem Khan. She teamed the Great Gatsby-esque dress with some suitably 20’s-style t-bar silver sandals and a metallic clutch and wore her hair in soft waves to her shoulders.

 

Lily Aldridge

The prize for most dramatic dress of the week goes to Victoria’s Secret model Lily Aldridge who glided into the amfAR Gala in New York in a futuristic white dress by La Marque. The flowing gown featured a daringly low sweetheart neckline and billowing sleeves, with a full floor length skirt. Letting the dress do the talking, she kept accessories simple, adding just an open-ended Marc Alary choker, which we’ll definitely be searching for a high street version of.

 

Mollie King

Mollie King looked the epitome of elegance at the Instyle bash in a black and white lace print satin Dolce and Gabbana dress and black court shoes. She matched the dress with a super sleek up do and some barely there make up for a look that was effortlessly perfect and certainly provoked the green eyed monsters in us here at HQ!

What would you wear on the red carpet? Check out our range of high heels for a little inspiration…

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90s fashion inspired by Elmo

Friday, January 31st, 2014

 

We read somewhere recently that it was Elmo from Sesame Street’s birthday next week. Perhaps it came to us in some sort of nostalgic dream or the little guy is actually turning a year older. From a brief look on Google it seems he would be older than most of us. Yup, our little red furry friend is in his forties! What a trooper.

 

 

Many of us here used to tune in to Sesame Street straight after nursery school without fail. There were very important things that had to be taken care of before viewing commenced though;

1. sandwich made expertly by my Mummy, crusts off of course. (jam or crisp filled were personal faves)

2. Plastic cup of squash in hand

3. Chocolate biscuit for after (Breakaway’s or Blue Ribbons only please)

Three magic steps and the nations childern were ready to tune in for an hour of pure bliss, usually followed by a nap. Man we wish I could go back to that for a day!

Ok, before you think We’ve completely lost the plot, it really did get us here at HQ thinking about how fashion has come right back around. Bold trainers, high waisted jeans, leggings and cropped tees are the reserve of the most fashion focused girls.

Here’s our Sesame Street fashion inspiration that you can wear now…

 

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Celebs in OFFICE: 2013

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

 

When flicking through our favourite monthly and weekly mags or even noticing the odd tweet, there’s really nothing better than spotting a celeb in a pair of our shoes. There have been so many ‘celeb in OFFICE’ sightings over 2013 that we thought we should pick out a couple of our favourites.

First up we have Fearne Cotton. She had a great year, co hosting Children in Need, having a baby and of course being sighted in some fabulous strappy high heels, otherwise known as Reckless.

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Second on our list is Mollie King. As one of the Saturday’s she has glitzy party after another. For one in particular she rolled up in our Reim high heel. We love the peep toe take on a classic court!

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Nicole Scherzinger is our number 3 choice of star celeb in OFFICE picks. She was spotted as she made her way into the Celebrity Juice studios sporting the classic and perfectly formed ‘Risky Business’ heel.

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Number 4 is Miss Pixie Lott. We love her retro look with her 60′s inspired peplum top, shorts and scarf print platform combo at the Radio music live event. Pixie wore the ‘Letterboxplatform heels.

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Last but not least is the country singing pop princess, Taylor Swift. With dozens of awards and famous boyfriends a plenty, she is one of the most glamourous celebs we’ve spotted in 2013 sampling a pair of our own. Here we saw her rocking the ‘Oppose‘ heeled sandal.

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How to take your outfit from day to night

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

 

The festive period really puts some demands on our wardrobes. A single day can see us going from work, to a cocktail bar, the theatre or the office Christmas party, or from lounging around at home, to spending time with family and then dancing the night away.

But there’s no need to factor in four or five outfit changes every day, the trick to looking your best at all the festive events you attend is to master the art of making a few simple tweaks which will take your ensembles from day to night.

 

Tactical layering

If you want to wear your favourite party dress on a night out, but you have to spend the day in the office first, dress your frock down by layering a woolly cardigan or fluffy jumper over the top during the day and teaming it with flat shoes and opaque tights. Then, when the clock strikes five, you can strip off the layers and reveal your glam ensemble.

The same trick will work perfectly on Christmas Day too. Wear a silky top under your festive jumper for opening presents and tucking into the turkey, then ditch the woollies once it’s time for evening cocktails.

 

Add some heels

A pair of skyscraper heels will help dress up any outfit, especially an eye-catching pair like these Jekyll 2 piece heels, or these Ted Baker Torela heels with embellished sparkles on the toes. Team with a simple black dress or trousers and a shirt for a show-stopping look.

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Dress up jeans

If your daytime uniform is jeans and a top, you can make the look work well in the evening too with some quick additions.

A sparkly blazer will smarten up even the plainest of ensembles, while swapping your daytime top for something in a luxe texture such as velvet or silk will give your skinnies a new lease of life.  Metallic shades also work well against denim and are perfect for parties.

 

Accessorise, accessorise, accessorise

Don’t just deck the halls at Christmas, deck yourself out with statement jewellery to liven up your plainer ensembles. Keep some chandelier earrings, some chunky rings and a sparkly necklace in your handbag at all times and you’ll be prepared for an impromptu gathering.

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How to wear nude shoes

Monday, October 14th, 2013

 

Nude shoes have become something of a style staple in recent years.

The Duchess of Cambridge is rarely seen out of hers, and stars such as Jennifer Aniston, Rihanna, Victoria Beckham and Megan Fox have also rocked some nude heels on the red carpet.

Shoe god Christian Louboutin has even taken nude heels one step further with the launch of Les Nudes, a collection comprising five different coloured nude shoes to match various skin tones.

And we can see why they are so popular. Nude heels go with practically any ensemble, but rather than standing out, they blend into the background, making your legs seem longer.

“The shoes are there to give the woman an extra lift, not to take attention away from the legs and what she is wearing. They disappear like magic and become a fluid extension of her legs, as in a sketch, elongating the silhouette,” said Louboutin.

However, if you are going to wear nude heels there are a few style rules….

1 – No black tights. The entire point of nude shoes is that they blend in and create the illusion of longer legs. If you team them with dark tights, you risk making your legs look stumpy.

2 – Don’t wear all nude shades. If you team your pale shoes with a neutral dress or trousers chances are you’ll look washed out and fade into the background.

3 – Match your skin tone to your shoes. Some Louboutins may be out of your price range, but you can still match your shoes as closely to your skin tone as possible. Our Out Of Town nude patent heels are slightly darker than the Rapid Court nude peep toes. If you can’t find an exact match, choose a shade which complements your skin tone.

4 – Be careful of fake tan. Any streaks on your feet will stand out a mile next to pale-coloured shoes.

5 – Keep it simple. If you are wearing nude shoes to lengthen your legs, remember to keep them simple. A subtle platform or peep toe are fine, but complicated designs and embellishments will ensure your footwear has the opposite effect.

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