Posted on 02 September 2012 by Fran
Coming back in to fashion favour, black leather is the perfect trend for Autumn/Winter 2012; think classy, cool and edgy. Dress glamourously gothic for the colder months and combine rich and warm autumnal colours, like burgundy and plum, with glossy black leather. Catwalks have been packed full of it, in all different shades and from high sheen to soft buttery textures, including designs from Richard Nicoll, Dior and Valentino, Yves Saint Laurent and Alexander McQueen. As fashion always does, filtered down in to the high street stores we know and love, you can find some fabulous faux leather skirts and jackets, including many pieces reflecting a new trend for mixing fabrics. Slouchy, casual knits and military style jackets are given skinny leather sleeves, and leather jackets are embellished with fur trims and linings: leather really is taken to another level this season. Also, look out for leather dresses, a deliberate step away from what we’ve previously been limited to with just jackets and separates. To master this look, take a peek at these gems:
Black long sleeve, longline biker jacket with leather look sleeves, zip fastening and pockets. River Island
Cover up in this red fallaway biker jacket with leather look sleeves. River Island
This faux leather skirt has a flippy full finish and a cinched in waist band. OASIS
This faux leather sleeveless top features a peplum waist with a contrast fabric on reverse. OASIS
Miniskirt with faux leather panel and asymmetric zip at front and stretch jersey fabric at back. Mango
Leggings with leather effect front panels and decorative seam at knees. Mango
Pu and ponte panelled ankle legging. missselfridge.com
One of the most challenging trends to wear this season is the black leather leggings (or skin tight leather jeans if you can find a good pair); you may be under the illusion that it won’t look flattering on you because you’ve been told time and time again what this shape can wear, what this shape can’t and so on and so on, but contemporary fashion is all about trying something new, re-inventing the classic, re-working it to suit you and feeling confident about how you’re wearing it so be positive and at least give it a go. After all, if you don’t feel good, you won’t look good.
Happy leather adventures!
Fran Wright (liquorice-blog.blogspot)
Posted on 15 August 2012 by Fran
(Thoughts on starting uni, is it an excuse for a whole new wardrobe!)
You may just have received your A Level results last week, or returned from your gap year travels or be working solidly to raise money for your fees but University is looming on the horizon. Freshers week is but a blink away, moving day is sooner than you think, and the first term will be over before you know it…! But with all this potentially stressful change comes something we can all enjoy; shopping. From spatulas for your self catering accommodation to dresses and heels for those big (most likely drunken) nights out that help you get to know your new acquaintances and surroundings!
The great thing about starting University is that it is another of those huge precipices in life where you really get a chance to choose who you are and what your future will hold; the way you dress is just one simple way to enhance your confidence during this time and embody this bright future. Whether you feel that appearances aren’t important, or you wouldn’t dare consider leaving the house without heels you can appreciate the way good clothes make you feel! A friend who is going in to her third year this September said that going to University didn’t change her but really gave her a sense of style because you can’t help but be drawn in to the youth culture and fashion of the city you are exploring.
You may also be excited by the prospect of your grants and student loan but be careful! What you have left over after fees needs to be budgeted for food, travel and nights out (and make sure you save some for at least one amazing summer trip), if you can do this then you will have more money to spend on clothes and accessories throughout the year, so you won’t be caught in the same outfit twice when you’re trying to impress! If you do spend a bit too much but need your fashion fix try vintage and charity shops, where you can often find a bargain, or even have a go at altering clothes you already have; customise, dip dye some denim or one of your shirts, embellish a collar or sleeve, turn a dress in to a top…get creative and lend your own designers eye to an outfit.
The most basic tip I can give you for the first week of your higher education experience is; go to every event you can, meet as many people as possible, and say hello to all your neighbours.
Having a fabulous wardrobe doesn’t mean anything if you have nowhere to wear it!
Fran Wright www.liquorice-blog.blogspot.co.uk