Fine Finery at the Audi Polo Challenge

Fine Finery at the Audi Polo Challenge

What a fantastic Sunday! Yesterday I spent the afternoon at the Audi Polo Challenge held at Cowarth Park in Ascot for a deliciously stylish event. With champagne on arrival and a quintessentially English afternoon tea, we enjoyed the softest, crustless (dangerously moorish) sandwiches, blueberry tarts and coffee and walnut cake with cream cheese icing. I […]

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IN STYLE: How-to-Wear Military

IN STYLE: How-to-Wear Military

Military is one of the leading stories for spring as you well know, with every shop window, blog and Sunday supplement showing you how to do cadet-styling. The ‘look’ is a perennial favourite because it’s army-cool with pin-ups including Steve McQueen in the Great Escape, Goldie Hawn circa Private Benjamin and the Marc Jacobs S/S […]

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‘China: Through the Looking Glass’ the Met Gala, 2015

‘China: Through the Looking Glass’ the Met Gala, 2015

Last night’s Met Gala saw the beautiful people from the fashion, film and music industries dressed in couture and catwalk designs to the dress-code ‘China: Through the Looking Glass.’ With jade tones, tassell detailing, peek-a-boo sheer-embellished fabrics and Chinese New Year red, the red carpet it proved that it is the most exciting event of […]

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Everyone Loves a ‘Piece of Kate’ > KATE MOSS by Craig McDean | W Magazine, May Issue |

Everyone Loves a ‘Piece of Kate’ > KATE MOSS by Craig McDean | W Magazine, May Issue |

Iconic, sexy, sassy and the most stylish woman in the world; it’s Moss for the May Issue of W Magazine. ‘Piece of Kate’ shot by Craig McDean is elegant, sexy and sassy; Moss delivering her trademark poses, wearing new-season spring garms from Celine, Calvin Klein, Bottega Veneta, Miu Miu, Prada and Valentino against a sugar-pink […]

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In Style: Singing to the Seventies in Flares | 08.04.15

In Style: Singing to the Seventies in Flares | 08.04.15

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Whether your wardrobe likes it or not, 1970s styling is back. Suede, fringing, platforms and bohemian glamour are all part of the story but don’t panic, all you need is the one piece that sings for the 1970s: flares. As a long-standing fan of how flattering flares are, I hoarded my J Brand Love Stories from 2008 and then thought, ‘how do I wear the flare without for 2015, without looking dated?’ From tailored white to off-duty denim, I road-tested some different styles to suss the trend.

First and foremost don’t channel the 1970s too literally, you don’t want to look like a retro throwback or worse, Britney Spears in the early noughties; (we all remember when Britney & Justin did double, double denim.) Flares for 2015 are all about looking sleek and modern, look to Victoria Beckham and Kate Moss for inspiration.

The key to perfecting the kick-out-from-the-knee shape of flares is in balancing your silhouette. Whether you choose a skinny-fit or more relaxed wide-leg flare, keep your top-half structured by choosing a simple tucked-in tee, fitted knit, shirt or jacket and avoiding anything too loose and baggy.

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Double Breasted Jacket: Missoni

Tee: Cos

Jeans: Notify

Platforms: Miu Miu

The easiest way to work flares into your current wardrobe is via a classic, high-waisted denim flare, the iconic style that is both leg-lengthening and universally-flattering. My style advice on finding that perfect pair is as follows:

1. Black or indigo washes are the most slimming and leg-lengthening

2. Make sure they have good stretch and fit snugly on the waist, bottom and thigh and then kick out into a sharp flare

3. When shopping for flares take the shoes you plan to wear with them, so you can test the leg length and get it right (if they are too long you can easily alter at your local dry cleaner)

4. Make sure the hem sits just on the ground, you don’t want it to be swinging or dragging along the street

Such a modern look, why not bring two spring trends together and wear tailored white flares as part of an all-white look? Mix-and-match fabrics and finishes for an expensive look, sharp tailored or denim flares with a sheer blouse, tuxedo jacket and fierce heels will make a sleek and sophisticated evening choice. NB:  Avoid red wine and public transport.

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Jacket: Theyskens Theory

Sleeveless Blouse: Theory

Flared Trousers: Ralph Lauren

Heels: Sergio Rossi

For a more rock ‘n’ roll option, black flares are an easy go-to because they will work with so many pieces in your existing wardrobe: stripes, military khaki, printed silk blouses, blazers and of course your leather jacket. Also a great choice for the evening, style them up with a cropped structured top, red lipstick and statement platform heels.

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Jacket: 3.1 Phillip Lim

Tee: Luella

Flares: J Brand Love Stories

Heels: Topshop

And finally, for the shoes don’t be shy to choose platforms that add to the seventies vibe, these will not push your look into a Bee Gees tribute act! Avoid pointy pumps worn under bootcuts which had their style heyday in the 1990s, where the combination should stay.

How are you feeling about 1970s styling and flares?

In Style: Stylish Workout Gear That Will Make You Look Forward To Hitting The Gym | 30.03.15

In Style: Stylish Workout Gear That Will Make You Look Forward To Hitting The Gym | 30.03.15

I frequently wrestle (not literally) with getting myself to the gym because I am a pathological procrastinator. Excuses range from ‘I can always go tomorrow’ to ‘I must organise my receipts.’ The thing is I know how fantastic I feel after a workout: I love sweating like a pig but feeling like a fox at […]

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Meet Shopa

Meet Shopa

A few weeks ago I went to the launch of SHOPA, a new shopping-meets-social media website at the Ham Yard Hotel (one of my favourite London hotels.) Launching to a room full of fashion fans, writers, bloggers and social media gurus, we talked shopping, summer trends and online-shopping to a DJ set from Pixie Geldof. I mean, it makes […]

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Talking Haircuts, Colour and Mid-Lengths

Talking Haircuts, Colour and Mid-Lengths

With haircut and colour inspiration from Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Bosworth and Diane Kruger, I decide what’s next in the hairdressers chair at John Frieda.

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Fitness, Styling + The Angels

Fitness, Styling + The Angels

As I write this I am shuffling with an aching bum and thighs; this afternoon I was a bit over-adventurous with the weights and squats, which was foolish because I am so unfit. After weeks (okay fine, months) of doing minimal exercise I have now remembered why I love to sweat like a pig, feeling like a fox. […]

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Lights, Camera, Highs + Lows: Talking Careers with The Lifestyle Edit

Lights, Camera, Highs + Lows: Talking Careers with The Lifestyle Edit

Now that The Lifestyle Edit has launched (the online editorial-baby from journalist Naomi Mdudu, previously at the Metro,) I can’t remember any other site that combined lifestyle, sex, careers and fashion. From shooting with Naomi last year, ahead of my turn on the red-carpet at the EE BAFTAs, Naomi emailed me asking if I would […]

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