Monday, 19 December 2011

Voodoo Childs

Jordan Jnr. Amy Childs has brought an alternative edge to Essex in the sultry, striking editorial for TOPMAN Generation. Dazed and Confused photographer Micheal Hemy and stylist Melissa Thompson worked their magic and.... Vajazzle! Amy was transformed into a voodoo child in 70s inspired vintage jumpsuit, fur gilet, chunky rings and wide brimmed hat.

The foxy lady has her fingers in all the fashion pies, with her ever popular AW11 line Amy Childs Collection causing online crashes as her fans flocked to take her skater skirts, tailored trimmed pieces and Stella McCartney inspired 'Dotty'dress as well as featuring in fashion bible,Vogue in toned down tan and 90s inspired monochrome shots.

From high end to high street, it seems 2012 will be All About Amy.

Friday, 9 December 2011

Winter Wonderland: Topshop

Having adored the last two collections from TOPSHOP Unique's creative team, Haute-fly was waiting with baited breath for the AW11 showcase. Creative Director Karen Bonser described the brand as ' Always fun and playful' and the upcoming fall collection is certainly what it states on the collar. Think DeVil meets Dalmatians and The Great Depression. Art Deco designs printed on lemons and uniform navy's whilst Pongo and Perdeta sit embellished on conservative creams with cropped trousers. Box jackets, hot pants, burlesque basques, sailor jumpsuits and faux fur coats create a unique and ever fun collection. An intelligent and playful ensemble of pieces which are cosy, cuddly and classic... and which certainly won't have you on PETA's most wanted list. This AW11, Haute-fly is wondering how many of us will be asking ' How much is that doggy in the window?'...

Deco Grunge

2012 may be being referenced heavily to the 1930s both in the economy, politics and fashion, but there is still plenty of things for us to smile about!  In the look  Deco Grunge  free-spirited festive - flappers meet grunge glam. So ladies -   invest in key pieces this season and be set to strike a pose in satin slips and fluffy feather capes!

                                                                                               Ivory Pleated Midi Slip £46.00

Cream Embellished Shorts £60.00

                                                            Premium Stand Out Tux Blazer £75.00

Midnight Angel
From dusk till dawn, this NYE strike a statement silhouette as the clock strikes midnight. Choose from a selection of  skins and take the rough with the smooth, mixing and matching  silk and chiffon's with  obligatory studded slippers and high gloss leggings.

Stud Leopard Corset Dress £150.00

                                                                                                  Silk Chiffon Sleeve Shirt £45.00

Vecra3 Studded Slippers £28.00

Take it back to the traditional, designing an outfit arrangement that takes note from European folk art this AW. Customise and tweak your tired wardrobe with floral flecks, which will not only give you an authentic look to be treasured but will also make you look blooming marvellous!

Vintage Floral Floppy Tunic £34.00


                                                                                                  Trilby £25.00

Dark Rose Scarf £16.00

Deco Grunge AW11

Midnight Angel AW11

Bavaria AW11

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Winter Wonderland: Miss Selfridge

For AW11 Miss Selfridge seems to have graduated  into grown up glamour with Mulberry inspired metallic midi skirts and embellished Balmain shift dresses ( as well as  a little Alexander McQueen influenced diamante skull clutch). It seems like Miss S took a crack of the whip from PPQ and Giles too, following suit in the fetish forward parade.  Disco Diva or Little Minx this season?

                                                       Split Front Maxi Dress £45.00

                                                  Bronze Cut Out Maxi Dress £55.00

                                                         Wetlook 1 Maxi Dress £50.00

                                                        Bronze Sequin Maxi Dress £99.00

Bree Mirror Print Dress £42.00

AW11 Knitwear comes in a variety of block rocking colours. Miss Selfridge is clashing brights for a casual cool style, dipping from the palettes of  Jil Sander,Stella McCartney and Christopher Kane's neon SS11 shade. Yet some pieces take a new spin on the term 'power jumper' and should not be worn by the faint hearted...

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Winter Wonderland: Ralph Lauren

Mr. Lauren is back with a little slice of his luxury lifestyle brand.  It is all exquisite, exotic elegance with classic, clean lines and a chinoiserie decorative influence. Sweeping silk gowns, attention to Art Deco detailing  and nods to 1930s glamour  create a  sophisticated and sleek collection.  Livingston Broadcloth shirts and tailored tweed show that Ralph is upkeeping the heritage with a beautiful blend of East meets West. Construct your very own eclectic and elegant pieces this season...

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Winter Wonderland: New Look

It's that time of year again with the showcase of  the New Look AW11 collection. 450 fashion bloggers, freelancers and feature writers flocked to view the hot picks for this season!

Senior Designer, Charlotte Gray revealed, "We have got the Baroque Gypsy trend which is inspired by the Balmain collection and we also have Wild Thing! which is all animals markings." Her personal favourite? "I quite like the 60s Story with all the colours! It's very pretty and girly and quite sophisticated all at the same time."

Fash pack favourites Hilary Alexander and Caryn Franklin were spotted in the showroom. Ms. Franklin sais of the collection, "The detail, the embellishment, there are some really good touches which make the clothes look a lot more expensive than they are."  It seems the pefect pick for both the winter forecast and economic expense this season...

Designer Giles Deacon brought the high end straight to the high street with fantastic results. He said of the collection,"These are great pieces you are going to get noticed in!" and fashionistas couldn't give enough praise to the pieces.

Christina McDowell of GMTV gave the final verdict, " I loved it!this cannot be on the high street! It's designer worthy!"

Haute-fly is definatley going to be getting a new look this season!

AW11 Cocktail Hour
Inspired by the roaring '20s, Art Deco and the Jazz Age,  think Strictly Come Dancing meets Coco Chanel with beaded shugs and flap pocket tailored chinos. If the charlston gets you in a flap then strike a languid pose with bobbed hair and a sheer beaded overdress. So will it be a martini, mojito or manhatten this cocktail hour? Just remember.... Keep dancing!

Parasian Belted Flare Dress £24.99

                                                                                           Mink Frill Sleeve Jumpsuit £32.99

                                                                                               Beaded Mesh Camisole £22.99

Beaded Shrug £20.00

AW11 Fabulous Forties
Vintage is all part of the fashion vernacular, so what's new? Mulberry inspired midiskirts, tulip paperbag skirts, boxy tailored blazers and beautiful belted and buttoned shorts! Try prim and trim or a retro red lip with this lovely look this season!

Pleated Midi Skirt £24.99

Split Chiffon Maxi Skirt £24.99

Monday, 5 December 2011

Winter Wonderland: High Street, Hot Steps

With all these short days and long nights are you having a little seasonal lag? Are you more like (The Lion) the Witch and the Wardrobe in the early morning or can't you wait for the Christmas creep? To keep up the warm front this season we have created High Street, Hot Steps where you can hand pick your haute picks for AW11!

Sunday, 4 December 2011

London Ink

Amy Winehouse paved the way for fellow London girl Adele, being the millennium mod and taking notes from the 50s,60s,70s and 80s trends to create her own signature style. A little bit soul, a little bit skinhead, from her trademark tees and tats to beautiful beehive, Amy's androgynous style made her a true classic - The original Landan girl.

In collaboration with the Fred Perry brand, the SS12 capsule collection reveals some hidden treasures from the lioness herself.

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Pixie Party

Perfect pop soul, Pixie Lott is back and showcasing her fourth range with fresh fashion brand, Lipsy London. Previous collaborations have revealed Pixie Festival and Pixie Rocks, yet for AW11 it seems it's 'all about tonight' and that Pixie is ready to party!

So what can we expect from the collection? The designer doll revealed, "There are party dresses, day wear and it also has special dresses for New Years and Christmas, so lots of sequins and diamante dresses... so hope you enjoy them!"

At the launch party, celebrity clients had nothing but praise for Ms.Pixie. Presenter Sarah Jane Crawford let slip a little love towards Lott and the Lipsy brand, " I think it's fun and think it's nice for young girls. Pixie is a great ambassador for the brand, it's really cute!".

Wearing lashings of leather in her new video 'What do you take me for?', Lott touched on all the trends from ruffle prints, pretty peter pan collars, sheer silk shirts, heritage tweed and a little fleck of fetish!Cute collection, with the Brentwood babe proving again that the only way is Essex!

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

A Quick Commercial Break

About a Girl

Looking into the lens, you learn that Frances Bean Cobain did not only just inherit her father's estate. The striking shots capture her crossover into rock royalty lineage, with the grunge genetics showcasing her resemblance to both Courtney and Cobain.

Journalist and author of  'Heavier than Heaven', Charles R.Cross once noted of Kurt that, " He was the last great rock star and that is why there remains so much fascination still surrounding him". 2011 marks the 20th anniversary of the release of  Nevermind and Dior Homme's Hedi Slimone's style shoot has no alternative edge, just an authentic, thoughtful and timeless aesthetic.

Whilst Frances might be revelling in her new found celebrity skin, now that she is in the spotlight - without any scent of her teen spirit - is she in danger of  losing her religion or have found her true state of nirvana?

Saturday, 5 November 2011

Rihannaissance Woman

Pop princess Rihanna is fast becoming the only girl in the world - and industry - being named as the youngest artist to achieve 11 number 1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 list today. She has a man down, beating Stevie Wonder, yet Ri-Ri still has contenders in Madonna and top-selling artists Mariah Carey and The Beatles.

Mentor and Manager Jay-Z once famously stated: "I don't sign songs, I sign artists," and it is clear that since her 2006 debut she has come a long way from selling street stall clothes. The Bajan beauty was more beach babe back in the day, channeling weaves and waves before maintaining a more masculine and tailored look.

The good-girl-gone-bad star showed she had the power with 80s inspired suits and shoulder pads, before toying with loud and often R-rated outfit choices (we all remember her getting frisky in the farmer's field!). From Chanel SS10 to Christian Dior couture and gracing the cover of fashion bible Vogue, Haute-Fly looks at all of Ri-Ri's right moves.

Her sixth studio album, Talk that Talk is released this month.