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Who likes to be beside the seaside? Mulberry SS12…

It may be winter outside, but in fashion land it’s well and truly springtime. Magazines, blogs, shops… everywhere we look there are bright colours, vibrant patterns and mouthwatering images of glossy-limbed models heralding the arrival of the SS12. You know when you look at a collection and feel as though every single garment was simply made for you? Well that’s exactly how I felt about the delights Mulberry offered us last season and seeing their SS12 fare has only served to confirm my suspicions that Emma Hill designs with me in mind. I suspect I’m probably not the only person who feels this way but isn’t it just the BEST excuse for a splurge?

Mulberry SS12

Mulberry SS12

Mulberry SS12

Mulberry SS12

Like most people who grew up in England, I have bittersweet memories about childhood trips to the seaside. In theory it’s all ice creams, fun fair rides and burying your younger siblings in the sand. In practice it will most probably rain and nowhere in the world kicks off a family arguement quite like a British Beach. But looking at these stunning shots my miserable memories of ice cream-induced car sickness and brawling with my little brother simply fade away. If we all looked as glam as Lindsay Wixen and Frida Gustavsson during our seaside trips they probably would have been a tad more enjoyable, don’t you think?

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Cruise Control: Whistles Launches 2012 Resort Collection

Oh to be a millionaire. Instead of spending the next six weeks (minimum) wrapped up in well-worn winter woolies and scurrying around in the rain you could simply scoop up a selection of the resort collections and make for sunnier climbs. Unfortunately for those of us without a nine figure salary or an oil tycoon Daddy, there is no month more sartorially frustrating than January. Every fash mag is bursting with Spring/Summer delights which the combination of endless sale rails and sub-zero temperatures leave us unable test drive for at least another month. Yep, for those of us who can’t afford to snap up the Chanel Cruise collection and jet off to St Barths, the dismal post-Christmas/pre-Spring period is one with few redeeming features… or at least it was, until now.

Chanel resort 2012
Chanel Resort 2012

This season heralds the release of Whistles’ first full resort collection which has arrived not a second too soon. Featuring zesty brights, spring stripes and immaculate tailoring, this pre-Spring fare is a much more wearable, not to mention affordable, alternative to Karl Lagerfeld’s ultra glamourous offerings. So if the novelty of your Christmas jumper has long since worn off I’d highly recommend skipping the sales and investing in these between-season treats, guaranteed to put a spring in your step or at the very least, your wardrobe.

Whistles resort 2012
Whistles Resort 2012

Shop Whistles’ 2012 Resort Collection here

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Burberry gets steamy for SS12…

Ok, Cara Delevigne is officially the luckiest girl in the world. Not only is she blessed with sickeningly good looks, world’s longest legs and a wardrobe bursting with Burberry, Cara also got to spend an afternoon canoodling (or at least, pretending to canoodle) with the gorgeous Eddie Redmayne. Having watched My Week With Marilyn almost purely for perving purposes (it’s also a really good film btw) I was beyond jealous when I saw these snaps. Partially for obvious Eddie-related reasons but most of all because I NEED that parka in my life!

Burberry SS12, Eddie Redmayne, Cara Delevigne

Burberry SS12, Eddie Redmayne, Cara Delevigne

Burberry SS12, Eddie Redmayne, Cara Delevigne

Burberry SS12, Eddie Redmayne, Cara Delevigne

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BREAKING NEWS!!! Fashion East Announces Line-Up for AW12

What do Holly Fulton, Gareth Pugh, Roksanda Ilincic, Meadham Kirchoff and Jonathan Saunders all have in common? Well aside from bags of talent and legions of loyal fans all of these hotter-than-hot designers began their sartorial career with a helping hand from fashion’s fairy godmother, Lulu Kennedy. Since it’s launch in 2000, Lulu has been running Fashion East, an ingenius initiative which nurtures London’s most exciting young designers through the turbulent early stages of their careers.

Each season the scheme provides a select few with the means to present their work to world on the London Fashion Week catwalk. The designers are chosen by a panel of industry experts including Grazia’s Kay Barron, Vogue’s Francesca Burns and Brix Smith-Start and provided with mentoring, PR and an opportunity to present their collections to top international buyers and journalists. Fashion East’s previous protégés have gone on to become some of the most in-demand designers around and each season the fashion world waits with baited breath to find out who could be the next big thing. Now the time for waiting is over as Lulu and Co have proudly announced that for the first time ever, Fashion East will be supporting the same line-up of designers that showed with them last season; James Long, Marques’Almeida and Maarten Van der Horst. Judging from what these emerging fashion stars delivered for SS12, we should be in for a treat.

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James Long SS12
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Marques’Almeida SS12
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Maarten Van der Horst SS12

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La Petite New Year’s Fasholutions…

Is there anything in life more dull than New Year’s resolutions? I mean, what’s the fun in vowing to go to the gym everyday, give up smoking or spend your free time learning Mandarin instead of watching Gossip Girl? Nope, as far as I’m concerned, coming up with a stylish set of fasholutions is a far better use of your time. And you never know, some of them might actually last beyond the first week of January…

1) Dress to impress. Always

I’m pretty sure I said something similar this time last year and on the whole I’ve stuck to my self-imposed smart-ish dress code. However there have been occasions on which I’ve ventured out into the world wearing a pyjama top or unintentionally distressed denim only to run into someone I know and like or even worse, someone I know and dislike. This will NOT happen during 2012!

2) Don’t re-wear the same outfit to more than 1 event over the course of (minimum) 3 months

In December I found myself tagged wearing the same dress on two occasions, oh the shame…

3) Stop tweeting about the weather

The same applies to Starbucks and what I had for lunch. It’s not big, clever or remotely interesting to anyone but myself. People will start to “unfollow” me if I’m not careful.

4) Never, EVER choose comfort over style

February Fashion Week is a nightmare in this respect. You want to look chic enough to cause a street style snapper stampede but the temperature’s hovering around zero and your extremities are turning blue. Last year I gave in to the weather and wrapped up in the same wool peacoat coat everyday. This time I’ll be damned if I don’t wear my SS12 buys with pride.

5) Invest in Mulberry

Alexa, Tillie, Evalina… Every season I ogle Mulberry’s beautiful bags yet some tedious detail (i.e phone bills, tube travel, my love of Pinot Grigio) always manages to stop me getting my hands on one. This time I will invest in a Mulberry bag of my own even if I have to sacrifice my social life or live on Pot Noodles for six months to do so!

What fasholutions will you be making this year?

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