Month: July 2012

3 key pieces from Karl Lagerfeld’s Olympics inspired collection

Even if you haven’t got tickets to the 2012 summer Olympics in London, you can still look like a champion thanks to Karl Lagerfield’s new Olympic-inspired capsule collection, which launched at UK department store Selfridges this past week. Lagerfield himself attended the launch party in London, even arriving with a mock Olympic torch, and celebrities like Rosario Dawson and Daphne Guinness arrived to enjoy the launch party. Created in honor of the summer Olympics, the line features embellished t-shirts, tote bags, biker jackets, and skinny jeans. Obviously, gold, silver, and bronze feature prominently in the collection. You can buy t-shirts embellished with medals in all three colors (though why you wouldn’t choose gold is a mystery!). Other shirts are emblazoned with an Olympic torch or cartoons of a discus-throwing Lagerfield. So, in a collection themed around a single sporting event, what are the most wearable pieces to snatch up? Look for… – The gold-spattered white biker jackets. So mod, so hip, and they’ll be wearable even once Olympics fever has died down. And don’t fret: since it’s no longer taboo to wear graphic white past the summer season, you can wear your jacket well into the fall, paired with a cozy scarf and gloves. – The gold-spattered skinny jeans. “Unconventional” is the name of the denim game this season, and these gold-splattered skinnies certainly fit that mood. They’d be...

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The Duchess shows us how to wear a coat dress at the Olympic opening ceremony

Of course, the 2012 summer Olympics are about sports but they’re about fashion, too, if the blogosphere is to be believed! And of course, nothing generated more buzz than what everyone’s favorite duchess wore to the opening ceremony. Here are tips on how to copy her look. Fittingly, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (formerly Kate Middleton) opted for a UK designer for the opening ceremony. Her pale blue satin fitted coat dress was custom-designed by Scottish born designer Christopher Kane; she paired it with a grey suede clutch and her diamond earrings that she first sported back at the Jubilee Concert in June. She reportedly finished the outfit with nude heels. Kate illustrates an important rule for wearing satin: make it tailored, not tight! Her coat dress skims the body and doesn’t billow out in that unflattering prom dress silhouette. Yet it isn’t skin tight and doesn’t tug or pull. A coat dress is a hot item for fall 2012, so Kate is right on-trend with this frock. The ice blue color looks stunning on her complexion, but if you’re looking for something more winter appropriate, try a non shiny fabric in a color like oxblood. And since satin is best left to dressy occasions, you might prefer a fabric like wool or cotton-blend. Now, on to her accessories! The dress features a belt to define her waist; you could...

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British women wear the highest heels in Europe

A new survey by foot care brand Compeed has revealed that British women wear the highest heels in Europe, topping even Spain and France. However, the average heel height in the UK probably isn’t what you think: it’s just 3.3 inches. Some of Britain’s most famous celebrities are known for their staggeringly high heels fashionista Victoria Beckham is known for wearing six-inch heels, even for jaunts through the airport or trips to a sports arena. She even once famously boasted that she couldn’t think in flats! But while Ms. Beckham and her celebrity peers might opt for six-inch (or higher) heels in the name of fashion, the survey shows that many British women may have a more ambitious reason for their choice in footwear. Speaking to the Daily Express, psychologist Emma Kenny explains, “Research has suggested that a tall woman is considered more assertive…and even more intelligent than her shorter peers.” So do those high heels actually help you get ahead at work? “The British woman is an ambitious breed, and if putting on a pair of six-inch heels increases her career prospects, rightly or wrongly, the savvy individual will do so.” The high heel rule seems to be working for Victoria Beckham, so it’s certainly worth a shot! In any case, the British certainly ought to know heels: British fashion houses like Alexander McQueen and Stella McCartney are...

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Four hot autumn/winter 2012 trends you must try

We hate to see summer go but the change in seasons means a new flood of fashion, so it can’t be all bad, right? Autumn/winter 2012 fashion is less about revolutionary new trends and more about easing from the spring/summer fashions into more ladylike, reserved styles. If you were wearing a moto jacket all summer, try a bomber jacket. Whether quilted, cropped, leather, or in a vegan friendly material, bomber jackets have edged out motorcycle jackets as the new cool-girl topper. Wear one with skinnies and studded heels or use it to toughen up a sweet party frock. A lined, warm style will see you through the winter months without resorting to a parka. If you were all about the textures of lace and suede, get your hands on something made of velvet. Burberry and Unique are just two of the designers resurrecting this fabric for autumn/winter 2012. Keep it grown-up with heels, not flats, and delicate jewelry nothing chunky or costumey. And make sure your hair and makeup are sleek and modern this isn’t the time for a retro flashback! If you hate to abandon the bright hues of summer just because the days are growing cooler, find yourself something violet. Actually, all shades of purple from lavender to lilac to a deep royal hue are popular this fall, but if you really want to take the cake,...

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How to copy Keira Knightley’s chic chino look from the set of her latest film

It’s hard not to love Keira Knightley’s style no matter what she’s wearing, she manages to look effortlessly chic and stylish. Snaps from the set of her latest film show the star looks just as stylish when she’s dressed down as when she’s all dolled up for the red carpet—here’s how to copy her easy-breezy look! Keira has been in the U.S. to film scenes for her upcoming movie, ‘Can a Song Change Your Life?’. On the streets of New York City, where the temperature has been soaring, she was spotted in chinos, loafers, and a loose sleeveless top. Her look is a cute combination of menswear and feminine details, and it’s easy to emulate. You can start with straight-leg chinos, rolled up a bit to show the ankle. The cut should be loose but not too slouchy. Loafers or brogues so hot this fall are a perfect flat shoe that offers a bit of menswear detailing while also being quite comfortable for walking. Since you’re wearing somewhat casual trousers, you’ll want a silky sleeveless top. Tuck it in and add a slim belt to define your waist important when you’re wearing loose clothing. Keira made sure to add a feminine touch to this casual outfit with a couple of slim chain necklaces, but otherwise, you don’t want to add a ton of jewelry. Statement earrings and oversize bracelets...

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