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Summer Style Trends

29 May

Words by Rahsian Parris

Judging by the current weather it’s looking like it might be a typically British summer, but you can always brighten up your day with some on trend summer looks. The SS11 catwalk saw some of our favourite collections to date, with fruity, floral prints, stripes and neons being our favourite eye-catchers of the batch. So before you write off the season completely, check out these summer sizzlers, sure to make you stand out when the skies are grey.

NEONS – no longer just for the dance floor

Everyone from Gwen Stefani to Thandie Newton and Amanda Seyfried have been diggin Prada’s striped neon dress. It’s the must-have frock of the season; dressed up or dressed down, it rocks. If you’ve already blown your wages on one of the lush clutch bags from the same collection, have no fear, high street favs Oasis have a copycat that’s purse friendly.

The Clutch

Next Best Thing









TIP: Team neon striped clothing with a plane clutch for maximum effect. Avoid over striping.


FRUITY PRINTS – say goodbye to your table cloth

A tricky one to master, the fruit prints look lush when done right. Think big and bold; the more you try to tone it down, the more you’ll risk looking like a retro tea towel. Stella McCartney rocked the Spring/Summer catwalk with zesty prints and celebs have been eating it up. Jo Whiley shows off this Stella dress straight from the catwalk, but OSoYou take a little inspiration with this Black Fruit Print Dress, which costs a fraction of the price.

         The Stella Dress                                     Next Best Thing











TIP: Avoid being an actual fruit basket a’la Katy Perry. Keep your prints 2D unless you want to be attacked by seagulls.










Blocks, Dots and Spots – Colour made easy

Jil Sander never disappoints when it comes to bringing colour to the catwalk and SS11 was no different. The queen of colour blocking shows how to set off you rsummer style with brights, neons and a few muted shades, perfect for those of you who avoid prints like the plague, but still want to stand out in the crowd. Add some pops or blocks of colour with whole colour accessories or bright skinnies (always a winner and works for the boys too). 

Guys Do Colour Blocking Too


…And for the girls

If fruits and florals aren’t taking your fancy, jump on the Stella bandwagon and ditch your stripes for spots. You can mix and match trends here, i.e pops of colour and spots, neon spots, colour blocking with stripes etc. Whatever you do, have fun, that’s what summer fashion is about; bright, bold and beautiful come rain or shine.

TIP:  When all else fails channel trends through your nails (sorry that rhymed – *Facepalm*)

YSL does colour blocking

Nails Inc. does neons


Bags, Boys and Bow Ties: The Marcs That We All Need in Our Lives

20 Dec



Words by Rahsian Parris

Really and truly, choices suck don’t they? We might complain that there aren’t enough fish in the sea, when really, it’s that we don’t know whether we prefer rainbow trout or pink salmon (salmon a bit camp?). Then we complain that we have nothing to wear, when really it’s about having too much to wear and not being able to decide. We are plagued with choices every day and all this decision making is taking it’s toll.

With the New Year around the corner, new job aspirations in tow, here comes the biggest decision of them all (not quite on the level of ‘for war or not for war’, but with personally devastating consequences all the same, if not thought out)… What bag to wear to (insert: new job, interview, wedding here). Queue nightmarish trawl through HouseofFrasers, Harvery Nichols, anywhere else that makes good bags accessible to those of us that feel blasphemous gracing the carpets of Louis Vuitton in heels from Clarke’s.

Well forget that! We’re not fond of nightmares or the embarrassing ‘why am I even in here, my credit card has maxed out just window shopping’ revelation. So fear not! With the help of a few of my favourite boys, Marc, Marc and Mark, here’s my fav’ Work Wear bags for the new job, new you, new year, whatever. Note: None of them come with the self gratification of being checked out by the gorgeous model-come-sales-assistant sporting the bow tie at the door, however, bag booty on arm, there’s no reason to not strut past on the pre-work coffee run.

Lily Shifty Barrel Bag – Marc by Marc Jacobs: £315














Small Sophie Satchel – Marc by Marc Jacobs: £425














Lou Lou Large Satchel – Marc by Marc Jacobs: £490














Hillier Leather Hobo – Marc by Marc Jacobs: £350















Natasha Cross body – Marc by Marc Jacobs: £290














Hillier Hobo – Blue














Ukita Leather Hobo – Marc by Marc Jacobs: £360

Notes on Work Wear Hand Bags:

1: Blues, Creams and Blacks are faultless, fail safe and they never go out of style. Browns are good too, but choose your outfit wisely.

2: You want a bag that says you are classy and hard working (otherwise how could you afford such bag…), however, remember it’s for work: Think practicality, too small for a File-o-Fax and Parker pen? Probably not good for work then.

3: DO NOT use a glossy coated leather bag as a work bag. (The shiny ones you can see your face in). On the dance floor they look sexy, in the office they scream hooker

4: The right bag will look good with any office look, if it’s not working, ditch the bag not the outfit. A lines might be mandatory, but minging bags are not

5: Think minimalistic. Your PB bag with the scribble design on it may be cute on Saturday’s but it’ll be totally tacky during the 9-5 week day.

A few more Mark’s we wish we could take to work, take home…

Mark Owen (in his Marks and Spencer’s get up of course). We wonder when it will be ‘take your pop star crush to work’ day *sigh*










Mark Whalberg – His brother is in New Kids on the Block, ’nuff said















Mark Zuckerberg (Slightly cheating, this is actually Jesse Eisenberg who played Mark Zuckerberg in ‘The Social Network’… however… he made facebook in the movie, thus, he is a God)

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