Monday, 23 September 2013

New York fashion week: Floral print trends

Florals, like animal prints, are a catwalk staple, particularly in the Spring/Summer season. In the SS14 New York collections, 3 different floral trends seem to have emerged. The first was a surprising move towards darker florals, generally epitomizing autumn/winter, painterly florals in deep colour combinations have seeped into Spring. Sally Lapointe did an amazing job of working this trnd into her collection with aged looking watercolour style florals reminiscient of the painting style of Michelangelo and the Renaissance masters.

The second floral trend that caught my attention was the stencil style floral. A simple cutout floral silhouette on a block base colour, effortless but effective. A potential move on for the 90's grunge daisy we have been seeing so much of lately?(

Dark florals, Stencil florals, floral pattern overlay,Michael Kors, Creatures of Comfort, Ralph Lauren, Suno, Clover Canyon
1.Delpozo, 2.Alice+Olivia, 3.Creatures of Comfort, 4.Zimmermann, 5.Sally Lapointe, 6.Pam&Gela, 7.Michael Kors, 8.Suno, 9.Michael Kors, 10.Ralph Lauren, 11.Timo Weiland, 12.Oscar De La Renta, 13.Nicole Miller, 14.Rebecca Minkoff, 15.Clover Canyon, 16.Clover Canyon, 17.Richard Chai love.
The final floral trend from New York I want to focus on is the overlaying of florals on patterned, usually geometric, backgrounds.Polka dots at Oscar De La Renta, stripes at Nicole Miller and the popular grid print at Rebecca Minkoff. My favourite, however, has got to be Clover Canyon, with its striped/geometric shape backgrounds, transparent overlays and floral motifs it is the perfect combination of 3 of the most popular SS14 trends.

New York fashion week: Animal prints, typography and novelty prints!

Animal print is a fashion staple, it is constantly being re-worked and so always seems to be on trend! After Kenzo's fluoro spot animal prints and the high street imitations that followed, a love for leopard has become a global animal print pandemic.

 Although there was still a lot of leopard print at New York fashion week, new animal prints are being introduced and gaining catwalk popularity. Striking monochromatic zebra prints were shown in the collections of Alexandre Herchcovitch, Escada and Diane Von Furstenberg and tonal grey snake prints were prominent at Zac Posen, J.Mendel and Elie Tahari.

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1.Tome, 2.Diane Von Furstenberg, 3.Zac Posen, 4.Elie Tahari, 5.J Mendel, 6.Crosby, 7.Adam Lippes, 8.Kenneth Cole, 9.Betsey Johnson,10.Rachel Roy, 11.Diane Von Furstenberg, 12.Veronica Beard, 13.Milly, 14.Escada, 15.Rachel Zoe, 16.,Alexandre Herchcovitch 17.Diane Von Furstenberg, 18.Escada, 19.Jeremy Scott.

I love the fact that designers are breaking away from more traditional spot-like animal prints and experimenting with reptilian inspired patterns. 

I was surprised to see that there weren't very many typographic prints and slogan garments on the SS14 catwalks. I managed to scrape a few together but was quite disappointed in the lack of variety!This being said I did like the Libertine Love typography and the way the eye was used in place of an 'o'.

1.A Detacher, 2.BLK DNM, 3.Libertine, 4.Parsons, 5.Alexander Wang, 6.DKNY, 7.DKNY, 8.Jeremy Scott, 9.Kenneth Cole.

This post is kind of a compilation of leftover trends that didn't quite fit alongside the others. In this spirit here is a random collection of novelty images from the New York catwalks. There are several humorous and inspirational pieces here, the Libertine crab and cocktail print(No.3) being one of my favourites. Nothing, however can beat Ostwald Helgason's humping balloon poodles- vulgar but hilarious. 

1.Libertine, 2.Catherine Malan, 3.Libertine, 4.Assembly, 5.Jeremy Scott, 6.Suno, 7.Mara Hoffman, 8.Red Valentino, 9.Diane Von Furstenberg, 10.Ostwald Helgason, 11.Ostwald Helgason.

I love Helgason's poodle prints so much that I just had to show you a close up of them...Whether or not this design will actually sell is questionable, but bonus points go out to Helgason for having the audacity to use sexualised animals in printed jumpers.

Ostwald Helgason, poodle prints, poodle balloon, pom pom poodle, balloon animal

New York fashion week: Geometric prints, lines and polka dots!

Earlier this month, after a work shopping trip around London, I identified the popularity of the geometric trend. This has continued in New York fashion week with designers such as Tess Giberson and Jonathan Simkhai championing the juxtaposition of geometric shapes and lines. 

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1.Tess Giberson, 2.Jonathan Simkhai, 3.Louise Goldin, 4.Louise Goldin, 5.Tibi, 6.Custo Barcelona, 7.Lela Rose, 8.Donna Karan, 9.Mara Hoffman, 10.Parsons, 11.Nicole Miller, 12. Herve Leger.

Another extremely popular trend at New York fashion week was the usage of structural lines. This falls into place perfectly with Stylesight's 'creed' trend for SS14 ( which was characterized by linear graphics, infinite lines and transparent layers.
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1.Carolina Herrera, 2.Marc Jacobs, 3.Yigal Azrouel, 4.Ohne Titel, 5.Carolina Herrera, 6.Bibhu Mohapatra, 7.Ohne Titel, 8.Ohne Titel, 9.Clover Canyon,10.Dion Lee

Polka dot prints provided a softer print option to the linear and abstract geometric shape trends at New York. Varying in size, the most popular polka prints were in monochrome tones. Libertine and Oscar De La Renta have definitely worked this trend best,. They have both taken the traditional spot print and updated it by layering brightly coloured florals over the top. As you will see in my floral trend board, layering floral imagery over other prints was another popular catwalk trend.

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1.Reem Acra, 2.Libertine, 3.Maki Oh, 4.Oscar De La Renta, 5.Charlotte Ronson, 6.Oscar De La Renta, 7.Diesel Black&Gold, 8.Zimmermann, 9.Sachin&Babi, 10.Wes Gordan, 11.Creatures of Comfort, 12.Maki Oh

Friday, 20 September 2013

New York fashion week: Tartan/Grid print trend

I recently did an AW13 trend post about red tartan and its increasing popularity, it was all over the AW13 catwalks back in January and sure enough is now extremely popular on the high street. I was, and still am, extremely excited to see whether catwalk designers have done a spring take on this trend or abandoned it altogether.

1.A Detahcer, 2.Tadashi Shoji, 3.Kaelen, 4.Richard Chai Love, 5.Jen Kao, 6.The Elder Statesmen, 7.Araks, 8.Tadashi  Shoji, 9.Tess Giberson.

There were only a few designers at New York fashion week who used brightened up tartans in their collections(Richard Chai and A Detacher to name just a few). This being said there was an abundance of grid prints resembling tartans, possible move on?

1.Cristiano Siriano, 2.Suno, 3.Timo Weiland, 4.Dion Lee, 5.Carolina Herrera, 6.Rachel Comey, 7. A Detacher, 8.Jenny Packham,9 10.L.A.M.B, 11.Carolina Herrera, 12.Derek Lam, 13.Sally Lapointe, 14.Rodarte, 15.L.A.M.B, 16.Kaelen

Kaelen and L.A.M.B were my favourite grid print designers, both using large scale grid prints in striking black and white. It will be extremely interesting to see whether any of the British designers at London fashion week are advocating this tartan/grid pint trend.

Thursday, 19 September 2013

New York fashion week print report:abstract prints.

Fashion trends tend to react to one another in a similar way to art movements. We seem to enjoy rebelling against the most recent trends and this is the nature of fashion. The Art Deco movement with its minimalist angular shapes is a perfect example of a movement in reaction to its predecessor-Art Nouveau's which was characterised by curved lines and floral tendrils. The punk subculture with its starched mohicans and studded clothing was a reaction to the hippies. 

Punk vs Hippie

I believe print design works in a similar way and that this abstract trend embracing curved lines and lacking in obvious form is a reaction to the structured grid/ geometric prints that have recently controlled the catwalk.

For SS14, designers seem to have gone incredibly abstract with their choice of prints. I  have categorized these abstract prints as abstract agate prints,made up of curvilinear shapes and colour bands resembling mineral formations and agate rocks and painterly abstract print is which use blurred imagery and obvious brushstrokes. 

If we look at the stylesight trend predictions for SS14 (posted here: we can see that this trend fits perfectly with the 'rational' trend prediction and it's 'mineral geometric structures'. This was the trend I was most looking forward to seeing interpreted on the catwalk and I'm extremely happy that this is the direction so many designers are going  for in SS14.

I have always found Agate rocks extremely beautiful with their tonal coloured bands and crystallized centres, and after recently visiting the Natural history museum and seeing their agate and precious stones collection found myself wondering why these natural formations have never inspired catwalk fashion.

1.Philip Lim, 2.Robert Rodriguez, 3.Philip Lim, 4.Jeremy Laing, 5.Clover Canyon, 6.Rachel Comey, 7.Philip Lim, 8.ICB, 9.Peter Som, 10.Rachel Comey, 11.Peter Som.

In my opinion the designers which champion this trend are Peter Som with his liquefied blue colour bands and Robert Rodriguez who has combined the curved abstract lines with a very structured garment- I love the contrast!


Alongside the agate inspired band abstract trend is the painterly abstract designs. Ink wash fabric, tie dye and unrecognizable blurred shapes are the main aspects of this branch of the abstract trend. Embodying colours adopted by romanticism; greys, pale blues and pastel pinks, and the electric brights of tie dye, there is so much scope for creative interpretation with this trend.

1.Lela Rose, 2.Y-3, 3.Josie Natori, 4.Mara Hoffman, 5.Monique Lhuillier, 6.Diane Von Furstenberg, 7.Libertine, 8.Zero and Maria Cornejo, 9.Cakka,10.Misha Nonoo, 11.Adeam, 12.Marissa Webb, 13.Creatures of Comfort, 14.BCBG Max Azria, 15.Kaelen, 16.Honor.

 Josie Natori with her vibrant digital ink ombre fabric champions the bright side of this trend and Misha Nonoo exudes femenine romanticism in her collection. Another designer that falls into this trend is Zimmermann, although his collection wasn't my favourite, I just want to draw your attention to one of his print designs which is abstract yet figurative and still extremely romantic.

Saturday, 14 September 2013

New York Fashion week: The colour post!

I have decided that, instead of waiting until the fashion weeks are over and then doing a mass blog post on the emerging trends, this season I am going to do a blog post for each fashion week and then do an overall trend summary when fashion week has finished.

I also might have to break these posts up a little to avoid them getting too lengthy. So here is the first part of New York fashion week: the colour post!

Judging by its huge presence in almost every catwalk collection, the monochrome trend is here to stay for another season. As a huge lover of colour, I was almost disappointed when Black and white took over the SS catwalk in 2012. A season that usually guarantees bursts of colour was 'taken over' by an army of black and white. Despite my initial opposition to black and white, I am now in complete support of this trend and I simply love the graphic print designs that have come to characterize it.  The monochromatic colour palette seems to lend itself perfectly to extremely linear and geometric designs, grids prints being a favourite(Kaelen, Sass&Bide,Vivienne Tam).

1.Kaelen, 2.Sass&Bide, 3.Zero+Maria Cornejo, 4.Reem Acra, 5.Rachel Roy, 6.Yigal Azrouel, 7.Suno, 8.10 Crosby Derek Lam, 9.Kate Spade, 10.Vivienne Tam, 11.Herve Leger, 12.Oscar De La Renta, 13.10 Crosby Derek Lam, 14.Proenza Schoeler, 15.Escada, 16.Cristiano Siriano, 17.Nicole Miller, 18.Edun.

I particularly love how the New York SS14 collections have begun to introduce this colour scheme into spring/summer florals. Gone is the naivety of the pastel, watercolour spring floral we have grown to expect, this new floral is strong,bold and screaming out for attention. 
1.Oscar De La Renta, 2.Tracy Reese, 3.Tibi, 4.Vivienne Tam, 5.Cushnie et Ochs, 6. Oscar De La Renta, 7.Dennis Basso, 8.Peter Som, 9.Dennis Basso, 10.Suno, 11.Ruffian.

In my opinion this trend is done best in linear form by Yigal Azrouel with his chaotic linear clusters which resemble scribbles; in grid form by Kaelen with their inverted white on black grids next to black on white grids;and in floral form by Dennis Basso with his huge stencil style florals.

Aside from the continuation of the black and white trend, designers at New York fashion week seemed to have centred their collections around bold primary colours. The catwalk collections had an abundance of yellow- a colour feared by most women,unless you have completely flawless olive skin, look like Naomi Campbell or have the complexion of snow white(none of which I posses). This dreaded colour has clambered back into the Spring/Summer collections. I, personally have no problem with yellow as a colour, but it is very difficult to wear well. 

1.Tocca, 2.Bibhu Mohapatra, 3.Veronica Beard, 4.Nanette Lepore, 5.Escada, 6.Tia Cibani, 7.Vera Wang, 8.Prabal Gurung, 9.Creatures of the Wind, 10.Cristiano Siriano, 11.Sally LaPointe, 12.Zac Posen, 13.Tracy Reese, 14.Sachin and Babi, 15.Band of Outsiders.

Although the majority of catwalk designers seemed to have gone down the yellow colour blocking route, I think Prabal Gurung absolutely nails this colour trend by breaking it up with a black and white floral print. Tia Cibani also demonstrates that yellow can be diluted down into a wearable colour trend by introducing strips of yellow into one of her jackets, maybe there is some hope for spring yellows.

The next colour that caught my attention was the introduction of green. Although not present in every designers collection, there was still a fair amount of it in a variety of shades- emerald green at ICB, forest green at Tess Giberson and paler tones at Calla.

1.Philosophy, 2.Band of Outsiders, 3.J.Mendel, 4.Rodebjer, 5.Maki Oh, 6.Tess Giberson, 7.Tibi, 8.Maison Martin Margiela, 9.ICB, 10.Prabal Gurung, 11.Richard Chai, 12.Sachin and Babi, 13.Kenneth Cole.

Sticking with the primary colours theme, red was another colour that featured in almost every collection. The red tones which were present at both the SS and AW catwalks of 2013 have continued through to SS14 but have taken on a new tone. Where before it was crimson,the colour has evolved into scarlet and red tones are now bordering on fiery orange.

1.Ostwald Helgerson, 2.Libertine, 3.Ralph Rucci, 4.Tommy Hilfiger, 5.Suno, 6.Brandon Sun, 7.Vera Wang, 8.Kaufmanfranco, 9.Jeremy Scott, 10.Victoria Beckham, 11.Reem Acra, 12.Nanette Lepore, 13.Tracy Reese, 14.L.A.M.B, 15.Tibi 16.Vivienne Tam

An unexpected offshoot of the primary colour trend is the blue+red/orange colour combination which I absolutely love! Exaggerated by Diane Von Furstenberg and Tracy Reese and toned down by Trina Turk and Lela Rose- either way, it works!

1.Milly, 2. Tracy Reese, 3.Nanette Lepore, 4.Tommy HIlfiger, 5.Diane Von Furstenberg, 6.Lela Rose, 7.Trina Turk, 8.Ostwald Helgerson, 9.Bibhu Mohapatra, 10.Suno, 11.Dennis Basso, 12.Catherine Malan, 13.Whit.

For AW13 jewel tones of royal blue and cobalt were the 'in' shades of blue, for SS14 blue has taken on a lighter, brighter feel with icy blue and cerulean shades. An odd decision for Spring as these colours are often thought of as wintery, but contemporary designers seem to love rebelling against our expectations of seasonal fashion.

1.Tocca, 2.Jil Sander, 3.Tracy Reese, 4.Prabal Gurung, 5.Jeremy Scott, 6.Calla, 7.Marc Jacobs, 8.Sophie Theallet, 9.Rag&Bone, 10.Creatures of the Wind, 11.Josie Natori, 12.Nanette Lepore, 13.Tommy Hilfiger, 14.Whit, 15.Costello Tagliapietra, 16.Bibhu Mohapatra,17.Ohne Titel, 18.Rachel Zoe.

Metallic!Metallic!Metallic!Not exactly a colour, but it's popularity on the New York fashion scene is incomparable. With practically every designer featuring at least one garment with a metallic edge to it, this will undoubtedly be a trend that receives acclamation from the high street. 

1.Suno, 2.Thakoon, 3.Jason Wu, 4.Altuzarra, 5.Josie Natori, 6.Proenza Schoeler, 7.Reem Acra, 8.Tory Burch, 9.Marc Joacbs, 10.Tadashi Shoji, 11.Zero+Maria Cornejo, 12.Rodejber, 13.Alexandre Herchcovitch, 14.Richard Chai, 15.Cristiano Siriano, 16.Assembly, 17.Kaufmanfranco, 18.Ralph Rucci, 19.Libertine, 20. Diane Von Furstenberg.

Appearing in a variety of different colours from the safe bronze and silver to more experimental shades of purple and blue. Designers have used a variety of different ways to create the furtutirstic metallic look in their collections, whether this be through fabrication, embellishment or foiling.

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Stylesight's trend predictions SS14

Below are some boards I have put together using images from stylesight's predicted trends for SS14. They're pretty self explanatory. The trend I'm looking forward to seeing interpreted on the catwalk most is the 'rational' trend. I am really interested to see which of these 3 trends make it to the catwalks over the next few weeks!

CREED trend Spring/Summer2014

EDEN trend Spring/Summer2014

RATIONAL trend Spring/Summer2014

I have also started collating the images from New York fashion week into emerging trends and will post them on here before the weekend. I can't post them quite yet until all of the shows have finished.

V&A trip, insta obsession and Markus Lupfer

On Sunday I decided to give myself an overdue gallery/museum fix and went on a visit to the V&A. I absolutely love it there and have been waiting for ages for them to get their Fashion and Textiles section back up and running. It seemed a perfect time to go and visit as it's literally right next door to my church in South Kensington.

Not only are the exhibits in the museum amazing, I also love the interior architecture  the carved stone arches and the decorative ceiling domes. The carved patterns in the stonework are so inspirational and I could see them being easily interpreted into repeat fabric prints.

It seems that on every trip to the V&A something new catches my attention and, although I am predominantly a textile/fashion designer, it was the detailed architectural sketches made up of tiny lines and the curling wrought iron that caught my attention the most. 

The keys in the iron section of the museum were of particular interest to me and I was amazed by how intricate the handles were, definitely puts our dull minimalist style keys to shame.

I got a little bit carried away instagramming while I was there - I have only just discovered the instagram app and am now completely hooked. It's such a great way to record everything from image research to memories and I love the different filters you can add to your photos. Anyway, If any wants to follow me on instagram I've put the link below so you can see all of the above images and the information that goes with them:

Markus Lupfer is a London based designer whose designs were recently brought to my attention at work. His collection of sequin trims on knitted jumpers are a great way to interpret print into knitwear. I have really enjoyed experimenting with this technique at work and can't wait to see what the samples look like! 

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Tartan takeover!

As it is now September, Autumn is looming, promising the return of layered clothing, cosy jumpers and ridiculous amounts of hot chocolate. With the new season comes a variety of new trends the most prominent being the tartan takeover. This shouldn't come as a surprise following the popular fad for anything 90's related as it is an accepted fact that 90's grunge fashion has strong associations with checked shirts and plaid designs. What came as a surprise was the magnitude of designers championing this trend.

Almost every designer's Autumn/Winter 2013 collection featured tartan in some way, there were many different check sizes and colour variatons but the red check emerged as the most popular. 

Tartan, Tartan trend, Plaid trend, plaid, checked trend, traditional,chanel, tracy reese, corrie nielson, thornton bregazzi, moschino, fausto puglisi, vivienne westwood, gaultier, yves saintlaurent, clements ribeiro, ashish
Top row left to right: Chanel, Tracy Reese, Corrie Nielson, Thornton Bregazzi, Moschino, Fausto Puglisi.
Bottom row left to right: Vivienne Westwood Anglomania, Gaultier, Yves Saint Laurent, Clements Ribeiro, Ashish.
Although I love the way tartan is used in so many of the garments featured above, Givenchy's new take on tartan by combining it with a dark roccoco winter floral completely won me over. The rigid geometry of the tartan works amazingly against the softness of the florals without looking disparate.

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Givenchy AW 13.


Zara, ever the master of catwalk print interpretations, has translated the tartan floral mix perfectly into its current collection. Printed on lightweight sheer fabrics the garments look delicate and feminine while retaining the edginess of 90's grunge.


Although tartan has strong associations with the 90's grunge movement, this fabric is the widely recognized uniform of the Punk movement a traditionally British fabric to represent a subculture of British origin.

1970's punk sub-culture.
Emerging in the mid 1970's, Punk aimed to cause unease and outrage with its non-conformist, anti-establishment and often anarchical views. This 'anti' approach was consistent throughout the movement, particularly in relation to fashion. The whole point of Punk fashion was to be 'anti-fashion'- safety pins, DIY studding and drainpipe jeans(any of these trends sounding familiar?) were all trademark features of this look, not forgetting to mention the starched and stained mohawks they sported(a direct reaction/retaliation to the hippies dangling tresses)Championed by prolific designers such as Vivienne Westwood and Zandra Rhodes, punk was, and still is, a strong subculture and ironically their 'anti-fashion' became such a popular fashion trend that it is still being repeated in 2013, 30 years later.

Left to right: Zandra Rhodes and on of her dresses, Vivienne Westwood's previous work and the designer herself..

So why the emergence of Punk now?

I refuse to accept that fashion is simply based on aesthetics and believe that if we acknowledge that fashion is an industry which responds to social and political atmosphere, it is possible to predict what trends are going to gain popularity. 

The world, the UK in particular, is currently experiencing a great deal of change, controversy and rebellion, this is the perfect social atmosphere for punk, a style embracing and actively encouraging rebellion, to re-emerge. Although most of the current catastrophes are focussed away from home, it is our reaction to these circumstances which allows Punk and similar rebellious fashion styles to creep back in. It is a psychological certainty that in times of turmoil we refer back to what we know, and the return to Punk styling is a perfect example of this.

The recent 'Punk:Chaos to Couture' exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum in New York(which ended in August)featured work from designers such as Versace, Galliano and Christopher Kane amongst many other renowned names. It attempted to harness the Punk spirit and draw parallels between contemporary fashion and vintage punk(see images below).

According to Andrew Bolton(Curator at the Metropolitan Museum),

"Since its origins, punk has had an incendiary influence on fashion, Although punk’s democracy stands in opposition to fashion’s autocracy, designers continue to appropriate punk’s aesthetic vocabulary to capture its youthful rebelliousness and aggressive forcefulness."

It is this 'youthful rebellion' and 'aggressive forcefulness' that ensures that Punk will continue to re-emerge whenever there is a social atmosphere of unrest.

Anyway, on a more aesthetic note, below are my picks from the high street stores. Personally I think that Topshop with its variation of tartan colour ways and Forever21 with its experimentation of tartan applique(love jumper and cross knee leggings) have interpreted this trend best.




River Island.


Onto the online brands!An amazing variety of tartan garments, styles and colour variations- this is why I am such a huge fan of shopping online!I think my favourite 3 picks from online boutiques would have to be the tartan print ASOS shoes(shown below), the cute dark tartan pinafore from Glamorous and the floor length monochrome tartan shirt cape by Missguided.






Primark Spree and new shoes!

I have finally booked my London fashion week tickets!!!Well London fashion weekend anyway, which I'm sure will be just as exciting!

I can't wait to wander around looking at the stores and I'm also looking forward to seeing the trend catwalks- after the vast magnitude of printed garments in the recent fashion weeks, I'm extremely excited to see what next year has in store....This does however mean I need to choose an outfit...which also means I get to buy a new a response to this I decided t go on a mini spree, which actually didn't damage my bank balance too much as it was only to Primark. This being said, I was extremely impressed with their current range and bought some absolute beauts...

primark, hnm, h&m, fringed bag, abstract pattern, geometric pattern, cami top, cutout boots, cut-out, aztec necklace, costume jewellery
Primark: Tops both £5.00, Necklace £8.00, Cut-out boots £18.00, H&M fringed bag £14.99.
Cheeky selfie of me enjoying my new purchases!

I find that whenever I tell people that I work in fashion they seem to quickly assume that as a female who works in this industry I own a lot of shoes...which I don' not wanting to disappoint people I have decided that I probably need to buy some more(what a shame!) 

I had a lengthy browse online for some relatively cheap flatforms seeing as I seem to have a little bit of an obsession with featuring them in my style posts. I came across these beauties on and they reminded me of some I saw in New Look a few months ago which I desperately wanted but couldn't get as they didn't have my shoe size- the downfall of being a massive shortie with size 3 feet!

'Glamorous' shoes only £7.00!!!!!

Anyway I test drove them to work today and they were so comfortable and easy to walk in and I didn't even stumble/stub my toe/fall spread eagled on the floor a single time, which is a rarity for me regardless of heel size.

Another amazing thing about these shoes is that they were only £7.00 and with a cheeky online promotion code that I found I got them for the bargain price of £5.60- absolute steal!

While online window shopping(is that even a thing?) I came across these perspex clutch bags on the Topshop and River Island sites. I have previously blogged about the perspex bag trend and these clutches embody this trend perfectly, I think I might have to attempt to make one for London fashion weekend.

Topshop £40.00,River Island £35.00.