Month: August 2012

Psyche celebrates 30 years

Premium British department store Psyche is gearing up to celebrate its thirtieth anniversary. The store, located in Middlesbrough, North East England, was established in 1982 and has evolved over the decades into an iconic shopping destination packed with the best and most accessible designer brands for men, women and children. The store itself was a finalist in the Drapers Fashion Awards 2011 for the Department Store of the Year Award, and the website has earned praise as well. Recognition and praise on the international stage has earned Psyche nods from designers as far flung as Tokyo and New York. Naturally, British brands feature prominently in the store and on its award winning website; labels like Alexander McQueen and Burberry Brit are among the top offered. But the selection doesn’t stop there, with labels like French Connection, Hugo Boss, Ugg, Gucci, Juicy Couture, and Diesel also stocked on the shelves. Psyche stocks a total of over 150 of the world’s most famous designer brands, but they’re hardly cramped for space: the store itself covers 35,000 square feet. In preparation for the store’s thirtieth anniversary, Psyche underwent major renovations, relocating the ladies’ and children’s departments onto a totally new area that now boasts the largest shoe and bag display outside of London. Psyche also boasts one of the largest tailoring departments in North England, with alterations in house and made to...

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Fall 2012 modern wedding dress trends

Fall is right around the corner and with that comes pumpkin spice lattes as well as the changing of once green leaves to warm colorful tones of brown and orange. As for wedding season, fall is a beautiful background setting for a glamorous and chic wedding and there are a lot of great trends in wedding dress fashion. Instead of opting for the traditional white wedding dress for your autumn nuptials, say your “I do’s” in a colored dress like this champagne White by Vera Wang style from David’s Bridal. This dress is more than fashionable with its on trend asymmetrical peplum design and pleated draped bodice which recreates popular red carpet fashion looks. The dress creates an enviable silhouette from back to front that is classical, sophisticated and has a touch of Hollywood glam. While this dress shown has a grosgrain sash that resembles an autumnal flower, it is removable, thus allowing you to add a personal touch to your look. Compliment the champagne color with a velvety brown sash to create a more vintage and autumnal look or add rich colors such as teal or royal purple to create a more vibrant and modern look. For the more modest brides, the dress is also available in your traditional ivory, but will especially stand out amongst the leaves and cool air in bubbly champagne color. Other popular shades...

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Little Mix reveals their fashion inspirations

If you’ve been following British girl band Little Mix through their win on ‘The X Factor’, then you know that all four of the girls have a very unique fashion sense. Now, some of the girls have revealed their fashion inspirations and they aren’t who you might think! Jade has been compared to Cheryl Cole and has said that both Cole and Beyonce Knowles are her idols. However, it appears that she prefers the opposite sex when it comes to fashion inspiration, stating that she looks to English rapper Labrinth as her fashion muse. Meanwhile, Leigh-Ann says she loves American actor and rapper Will Smith’s style: “People call me the Fresh Princess of Bel Air,” she said, in reference to the TV show ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel Air’ that initially made a young Smith famous. She continued, “I’m obsessed with his style!” Jesy stated that her fashion idol was American musician Gwen Stefani, appropriate given Little Mix’s funky style. In a new edgy fashion shoot for ‘iD’ magazine, Little Mix sports some very interesting and unusual fashions. In one shot, Perrie teams a black and white printed jumpsuit with black platform boots, while Jade wears a striped crop top, skinny jeans, and wedges. Leigh-Ann sports a mini and wedge shoes while Jesy wears unusual black and white printed pants, a printed tee shirt, and platform combat boots. In...

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Fashion inspiration from Kate Beckinsale’s ‘Total Recall’ promo run in London

British beauty Kate Beckinsale has been showing off a bevy of fantastic fashions during her global press jaunt for ‘Total Recall’, her newest action film which is finally coming to her native UK. Beckinsale wowed in a strapless, floor length crimson Donna Karan number for the premiere in Dublin, then changed into a navy Andrew Gn sheath with a leather criss cross halter neck for the after party. She was also spotted in Ireland in a melon tank from H&M, paired with a blue Diane Von Furstenberg skirt. In Berlin, she wore a navy Zac Posen long-sleeved sheath with bright blue Christian Louboutin platform pumps, then changed into an embroidered long sleeved cream Naeem Khan number for the premiere. In Los Angeles, she opted for a nude Christian Dior sleeveless sheath and red pumps. But it’s been Beckinsale’s looks as she hits London to promote ‘Total Recall’ that are getting the most fashion buzz. At the London premiere, Beckinsale dressed to thrill in a black Donna Karan dress with a sequined panel, a large bow, and a thigh high slit. She paired it with towered black satin Ferragamo heels, dark nails, refined waves, and glowy makeup. And Beckinsale isn’t slouching off the red carpet as she jaunts about London. She was spotted out and about in a neon green mini and white pumps with statement earrings, as well as...

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The newest fashion craze: hair chalking

Fashion is, by default, a colorful affair. But the latest fashion craze take the love of color and standout style to a new height: hair chalking is taking the fashion world by storm, and the look has moved from the catwalk to the sidewalk. Fashion savvy celebs have been stepping out with brightly colored hair for some time now; Nicki Minaj, Lauren Conrad, and Pixie Lott are all fans of the colored hair trend, frequently sporting pink stripes or tints. Couture designers have also been embracing the trend for some time, with Chanel and Marc Jacobs both employing the trend in their runway shows earlier this year. Karl Lagerfield showed a Chanel collection themed around the French queen Marie Antoinette, complete with models with pastel colored hair. Now, the trend has moved from the upper echelon of runway and celeb salons to the high street. The way for mere mortals to recreate these brightly colored looks, without permanence or fear of a ghastly mistake? Hair chalk. Hair chalk can be used to add allover color, streaks, or an ombre fade, in a variety of wild colors like pink, purple, or blue. The chalk washes out after a few shampoos, making it perfect for a wild weekend look or a special occasion like a festival; when you’re ready to return to a more conventional social setting, like work or school,...

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