London Street Style

Whether inspired by pin up beauties, 1960’s movie stars, ethnic cultures, fashion shows or even celebs – head wraps are so hot right now! I’m seeing so many beautiful sexy edgy styles of this trend in London that I have declared it the next street trend! Who copied it from who I have no idea. And it doesn’t really matter does it?  Celebs got some inspiration from edgy nonchalant street trendsetters and we get courage and ideas from the rich and famous! However it may be, the head wrap holds within it  countless styling ways depending on personal touch, mood, choice of color, accessories, outfit, way of wrapping it… You can go as an elegant Audrey Hepburn, an edgy Solange Knowels or a boho – gypsy Nicole Richie. After all it is said to be her that brought back the head scarves, isn’t it?

Brigitte Bardot 1960

Brigitte Bardot 1960

Solange Knowles in Los Angeles

Solange Knowles in Los Angeles

Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn

Nicole Richie

Nicole Richie

For a 1940’s pinup look or a Rihanna or Beyonce (in ‘Why Don’t You Love Me’ video) wrap the scarf around your head and tie it up in a knot. Depending on the look you’re going for, throw in some big statement earrings, maybe a bright (go for Red) lipstick or cat yes. Or give it a punk or rock twist with an urban outfit!

London Street Style

London Street Style

Rihanna

Rihanna

London Street Style

London Street Style

London Street Style

London Street Style

London Street Style

London Street Style

Cher Lloyd Head Scarf

Cher Lloyd Head Scarf

Cher Lloyd Head Scarf

Cher Lloyd Head Scarf

For a boho-romantic-gypsy look wrap it around your head and tie it in the back, leaving its endings flow. Need inspiration? Peek into the styles of Nicole Richie or Blake Lively. Many of those fashion editorials out there come in helpful as well, especially now as we’re approaching summer. This look is mostly a huge comeback in the hot season. A colorful sexy wrapped scarf can be just the look for a beach day or exotic vacation, don’t you think?

Blake Lively

Blake Lively

Gypsy Style Head Scarf

Gypsy Style Head Scarf

Lindsay Lohan Head Scarf

Lindsay Lohan Head Scarf

Nicole Richie Head Scarf

Nicole Richie Head Scarf

Nicole Richie Head Scarf

Nicole Richie Head Scarf

For an exotic, tribal, sultry, sexy vibe let yourself be inspired by the amazing ethnic cultures and wrap a long colored, printed scarf around your head. Besides the various styling options, this is simply a brilliant, effortlessly and cool way of escaping a bad hair day. Plus looking so hot and trendy on top of it. Take you inspirations from: Jennifer Lopez or India Arie. She showed up in a white suite, heels and a white head wrap on the red carpet – and stole the camera flashes away!

London Street Style

London Street Style

India Arie at Grammy Awards

India Arie at Grammy Awards

India Arie at Grammy Awards

India Arie at Grammy Awards

Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez

London Street Style

London Street Style

Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez

London Street Style

London Street Style



Paris Kate Spade Chocolate-bar Bag

Have you noticed what always seems to catch your eye in an outfit or a person you see passing by on the street? It’s her bag. Her ring. Her bracelet. Nail polish. Necklace. Lipstick. Shoes. It’s always the details that make us turn heads. Or turn our heads. And why not, ’cause in the end no matter what you wear, regardless of brand or price tag when you add just the right piece – it makes all the difference. Sure we add our little, cost efficient items (but still so amazing) – while celebs and VIPs relish on (sometimes inappropriate) opulence and luxury. Anyway affording it or not I do love to peek and give a critique look at some… perhaps too spicy priced items lavishly hanging in celebs hands. I guess we’ve all got our guilty pleasures haven’t we?

A while ago I came across some pictures of photographer Phil Oh, taken at 2012 FW on the streets of either New York, Paris, Milan,, London or Tokyo. They are fabulous and capture the exact essence of that world. Luxurious. Dramatically expensive. Refined. Urban, edgy, trendy, original. Beautiful & ugly altogether. Shallow yet alluring.

Alexander Wang Heels and Ferragamo Bag

Alexander Wang Heels and Ferragamo Bag

Christian Dior Bag

Christian Dior Bag

Charlotte Olympia Shoes

Charlotte Olympia Shoes

Dolce and Gababana Coat

Dolce and Gababana Coat

Alexander Wang Heels, Dries Van Noten Trousers, Celine Trousers

Alexander Wang Heels, Dries Van Noten Trousers, Celine Trousers

Celine Bag

Celine Bag

J. W. Andreson Trousers

J. W. Andreson Trousers

Simone Rocha Shoes

Simone Rocha Shoes

Proenza Schouler Top

Proenza Schouler Top

Olympia Le-Tan Clutch

Olympia Le-Tan Clutch

Tangerine Bag

Tangerine Bag

Green Bag

Green Bag

Niels Peeraer Bag and Cuffs

Niels Peeraer Bag and Cuffs

Paris Kate Spade Chocolate-bar Bag

Kate Spade Chocolate-bar Bag

Black Leather Gloves

Black Leather Gloves and Tangerine Leather Top

Tommy Hilfiger Sweater, Chanel Bag

Tommy Hilfiger Sweater, Chanel Bag

Pink Clutch

Pink Clutch

Zippers and White Gloves

Zippers and White Gloves

Bag

Bag

Phillip Lim Trousers; Burberry Boots

Phillip Lim Trousers; Burberry Boots

Prada Clutch

Prada Clutch

Reed Krakoff Bags

Reed Krakoff Bags

SS 2012 Shoes

What can make and break an outfit? Shoes that’s for sure! In 2012 Summer you’ll keep your head down, not for shame or shyness – but for spotting the feet fashion on the streets. From flats to sky high heels, from glitter to wood & canvas, from nudes to brights, mules to mary janes – it’s all out there. Just go on now… get your pick and run the streets like Carrie Bradshaw in her Jimmy Choos or Manolo Blahniks.

What I love about this summer’s shoes is that there’s lots of color and texture. And floral prints are not just for the clothes – designers such as Christian Louboutin & Burberry adorned their 2012 Summer Shoes Collections in prints and colors that just make me crave for those shoes as if I’ve never seen a prettier sight.

I love that wedges and platforms are so hot this season in the craziest designs, colors, beads & prints. Oh… and the ankle strap is a new thing this spring as if we’re the 70’s French girls partying our youth away in St. Tropez. That is the feeling & mood I get this summer. And I love it!

And there’s more…

Sleek Sultry Moods in sky high heels & glitter (yes they will never fall out of trend)! Comfy sexy Audrey Hepburn’ish Style in flats. Or edgy androgynous look in the latest animal print Louboutin flats.

Burberry Prorsum Comfort Shoes SS 2012

Burberry Prorsum Comfort Shoes SS 2012

Burberry Prorsum Shoes SS 2012

Burberry Prorsum Shoes SS 2012

Christian Louboutin Pik Boat Flat SS 2012

Christian Louboutin Pik Boat Flat SS 2012

Christian Louboutin No Limit Men’s Shoes

Christian Louboutin No Limit Men’s Shoes

Diego Dolcini SS 2012 Shoes

Diego Dolcini SS 2012 Shoes

Jimmy Choo SS 2012 Shoe Collection

Jimmy Choo SS 2012 Shoe Collection

Diane Von Furstenberg Metallic & Patent Leather Color Block Ballet Flats

Diane Von Furstenberg Metallic & Patent Leather Color Block Ballet Flats

Missoni SS 2012 Shoes

Missoni SS 2012 Shoes

Missoni SS 2012 Shoes

Missoni SS 2012 Shoes

SS 2012 Shoes

SS 2012 Shoes

Burberry Prorsum SS 2012 Shoe Trends

Burberry Prorsum SS 2012 Shoe Trends

Zara SS 2012 Shoes Collection

Zara SS 2012 Shoes Collection

I’m sure you all remember your moms in the the ’80’s wearing floral print trousers. My mom looked fabulous in them. In the ’90’s I hated all our fashion legacy. Floral prints? How cheesy and kitsch. But you know what? Now 20 years later they are leading the runways and the streets… and I love them! As I always say there is nothing new to fashion, just reinvented, nipped and tucked… As if that’s so wrong!

2012 Spring Fashion Weeks all plunged into a garden of Eden and delivered us explosions of floral prints. Dolce & Gabbana’s show still remains my fave with sexy, floral Sophia Loren’s look-a-likes invading the runway. Salvatore Ferragamo’s floral print silky jumpsuit can turn any fashion ignorant into a real fashionista. And the list goes on with Cavalli, Thakoon, Mary Katranzou, Osman, Isabel Marant, J. Krew or Alaexander Wang. They all go back to sensual femininity. The true style & fashion that was so well mastered by our dearest mothers and grandmothers.

And everyone wants a piece of all this old school glamour and sex appeal that is the new 2012 spring fashion trend. Celebrities and non-VIP’s such as myself relish on the floral print trousers. In converses or heeled Louboutins, with jumpers or blazers they sure make us look so effortlessly cool. A bit like Olivia Palermo & Jessica Alba perhaps, but in high street fashion. Yep ZARA, H&M, Topshop can come quite in handy to us common people… We can’t all  relish on Dolce & Gabbanas now, can we? Well at least not just yet.

This week London streets seemed to have exploded with floral print trousers. They are everywhere. In a million colors & styles.Such a spring cliche, I know… but can’t help myself to love’em.

2012 London Street Spring Trend -  Floral Print Trousers

2012 London Street Spring Trend - Floral Print Trousers

2012 London Street Spring Trend -  Floral Print Trousers

2012 London Street Spring Trend - Floral Print Trousers

2012 London Street Spring Trend -  Floral Print Trousers

2012 London Street Spring Trend - Floral Print Trousers

London-Milan 2012 Street Trend - Floral Print Trousers

London-Milan 2012 Street Trend - Floral Print Trousers

Olivia Palermo in Floral Print Trousers - 2012 Spring Trend

Olivia Palermo in Floral Print Trousers - 2012 Spring Trend

Jessie J in Print Trousers - 2012 Spring Trend

Jessie J in Print Trousers - 2012 Spring Trend

Jessica Alba in Floral Print Trousers - 2012 Spring Trend

Jessica Alba in Floral Print Trousers - 2012 Spring Trend

Nicole Richie in Floral Print Trousers - 2012 Spring Trend

Nicole Richie in Floral Print Trousers - 2012 Spring Trend

Zoe Saldana in Floral Print Trousers - 2012 Spring Trend

Zoe Saldana in Floral Print Trousers - 2012 Spring Trend

Dolce & Gabbana at Milan 2012 Spring Fashion Week - Floral Food Prints

Dolce & Gabbana at Milan 2012 Spring Fashion Week - Floral Food Prints

Osman - 2012 Spring Fashion Week

Osman - 2012 Spring Fashion Week

Salvatore Ferragamo - 2012 Spring Fashion Week

Salvatore Ferragamo - 2012 Spring Fashion Week

Roberto Cavalli - 2012 Spring Fashion Week

Roberto Cavalli - 2012 Spring Fashion Week

Alexander Wang - 2012 Spring Fashion Week

Alexander Wang - 2012 Spring Fashion Week

J. Crew - 2012 Spring Fashion Week

J. Crew - 2012 Spring Fashion Week

Thakoon - 2012 Spring Fashion Week

Thakoon - 2012 Spring Fashion Week

Isabel Marant - 2012 Spring Fashion Week

Isabel Marant - 2012 Spring Fashion Week

Ilanka in Fashion Editorial Wearing Cropped Floral Print Trousers from H&M

Ilanka in Fashion Editorial Wearing Cropped Floral Print Trousers from H&M

ZARA £39.99 Floral Trousers

ZARA £39.99 Floral Trousers

TOPSHOP £40.00 Lime Tropical Cigarette Trousers

TOPSHOP £40.00 Lime Tropical Cigarette Trousers

Dorothy Perkins £31.50 Ditsy Floral Jumpsuit

Dorothy Perkins £31.50 Ditsy Floral Jumpsuit

H&M £12.99 Floral Print Trousers

H&M £12.99 Floral Print Trousers

When Renee Zellwegger wore a red trench coat for a dress on the red carpet in 2011 America’s fashion critiques were at a loss: praise or blast her. A reaction that must have resembled society after WWII, because it must have been more than their practicality that had all the post war ladies steal these smart and effortlessly chic looking coats from their husbands.

Renee Zellweger in Red Carpet Dress Trench Coat

Renee Zellweger in Red Carpet Dress Trench Coat

post WWII Ladies in Trench Coats

post WWII Ladies in Trench Coats

The trench coat designed somewhere between 1850 and 1901 by Burberry and Aquascutum was to become the world’s most sought after, trendy, classic piece. Since then designers have tried to reinvent it, nip it and tuck it on every runway show for the past 60 years. Yet its inventors still dominate the trench coat style a century later.

To our relief, with insignificant exceptions sometimes irritating (true!), the world still goes for the classic chic look. Double breasted, tan, shoulder strapped and belted trench coat. We have to give all the generations though, credit for dressing up or down a trench coat. It’s a delight to see a lady in a Burberry classic trench coat go to a fancy luxurious party with the same poise and attitude as a girl who puts her own spin on one with trainers or flats, on her Sunday stroll for coffee with friends.

Cheap or expensive, brand or not – a well sewed simple trench coat is a winning ticket.
1981 Burberry Trench Coat

1981 Burberry Trench Coat

Aquascutum Trench Coat

Aquascutum Trench Coat

Burberry Trench Coat

Burberry Trench Coat

Emma Watson in Burberry Trench Coat

Emma Watson in Burberry Trench Coat

Blake Lively in Burberry Green Trench Coat

Blake Lively in Burberry Green Trench Coat

Lady Gaga in Green Leather Trench Coat

Lady Gaga in Green Leather Trench Coat

Rihanna in Black Trench Coat

Rihanna in Black Trench Coat

Trench Coat on runway

Trench Coat on runway

For a hundred years we’ve been forgetting and discovering it with the help of film stars who like us picked it and loved it for the same reasons. After Casablanca in 1945 every man was Humphrey Bogart and later in the 60’s we were all Audrey Hepburns. We almost lost it there for a bit in the 80’s and 90’s in heavy metal Goth fashion copying Brandon Lee and Matrix personas (thank God 20 years fly so fast!) but kudos to Rosie Huntington-Whitely, Gossip Girl and Kate Middleton for bringing it back. After so many decades it seems we’ve learned our lesson as to what a simple and classic cut does for us. Elongates, styles, gives edge and class. But don’t hold your breath ladies, in fashion it comes and goes.

Casablanca, Trench Coat

Casablanca, Trench Coat

Audrey Hepburn, Trench Coat

Audrey Hepburn, Trench Coat

Audrey Hepburn, Trench Coat

Audrey Hepburn, Trench Coat

Brandon Lee, The Crow, Trench Coat

Brandon Lee, The Crow, Trench Coat

Keanu Reeves, Matrix, Trench Coat

Keanu Reeves, Matrix, Trench Coat

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Burberry Trench Coat

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Burberry Trench Coat

Leighton Meester in Diane von Furstanberg Trench Coat

Leighton Meester in Diane von Furstanberg Trench Coat

Kate Middleton in Burberry Trench Coat

Kate Middleton in Burberry Trench Coat