Glastonbury has been and gone for another year and if the number of tents flooded (or lack thereof) is any indication, then 2008 was a roaring success. With the sun out and shining for most of the weekend, festival fashion was really able to take centre stage…
Welsh singer Duffy hit the stage on Saturday in this adorable little ensemble, consisting of a striped Lacoste vest top tucked into high-waisted cuffed shorts. I love the heart earrings and envelope necklace for a final cutesy touch.
Even though I agree with the BBC presenter who said her kooky stage get-up looked like the multi-colour strip curtains you see in a takeaway shop, I thought Alison Goldfrapp, as always, looked a treat. And it has to be said, Amy Winehouse looked pretty darn fantastic in a sparkly blue strapless mini dress and sky high heels, topping off the look with cocktail umbrellas in her ‘hive.
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With the catwalks full of weird and wonderful prints of every incarnation the high street was quick to follow producing some key trends, from the art school inspired paint splashes we saw in Paris, to the naughties latest take on tie-dye seen everywhere from New York to London.
The only rule to remember with print is a little bit goes a long way. Clashing prints is a real art form so stick with one you like and keep the rest of your outfit simple – with just a few key accessories. And of course try something new, print works for everyone because it’s about fabric not form.
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Multi colored paint splashes blazoned across everything are not going to flatter everyone, no matter how on trend they are. So nod to this season’s most fashion forward look in this black dress from Oasis, with delicate crayon scribbles in flattering monochrome tones. It’s so versatile it will work for all shapes and sizes. Layer a cardi over if you don’t want to expose your arms, or a fine knit underneath. Team with heels for a special occasion or cute ballet flats for day. This season it was all about the print, but with this gently tailored dress there is still some form flattering structure too
Highstreet print style
Tie die was one of the standout prints from the international collections and there is no escaping it this spring. However, this traditional seaside look can be hard to pull off for the office. If anything says summer city chic though, it’s this skirt from Warehouse. The length and shape will flatter any figure and can be dressed up or down depending on where you want to go. It works equally well with a vest or cardi for the weekend with a pair of flat sandals, as it will with a short jacket for the office. Just remember to keep everything else you team it with simple, in solid colours. Clashing tie-die prints is not the way to wear this trend.
Highstreet print style
This floral dress from Warehouse strikes the perfect hippy, 1970’s vibe for spring – without looking like something you would find at Glastonbury. Catwalk florals screamed flower power for 2008 but to make them work in off the runway, the addition of a solid colour waistcoat and waist defining belt keeps this dress looking smart and chic and just the right side of laid back without being grungy. The ankle length is also perfect for hiding winter-ravaged legs before they are summer ready. Team with flats if you are tall enough or wedges if you want some height.
Highstreet print style
Tribal and ethnic patterns were the most bohemian of all the prints we saw on the catwalk – and are best kept for the weekend this summer, when you can really do them justice. This versatile dress from Jaeger will carry you through from March – worn over jeans and boots as a tunic, right up to late summer when simply teamed with some gold sandals and a stack of wooden bangles it will be the perfect beach to cocktails summer holiday look. (It also looks super chic over lightweight wide leg summer trousers if you don’t want to go short off the beach). Tribal looks call for bold accessories too, so layer on beads, bangles, headbands and a great pair of gladiator sandals
Fashion and style
The latest way to spruce up your coif? Adorn locks with some pretty flowers.
What the experts say: According to the February 2008 issue of Allure magazine, floral hair accessories are in, uh, full bloom. Hair stylist Bob Recine says depending on how you style, the flowers in your hair will make you in . . . or out. Don’t arrange the hair around the flower- that’s what a hairdresser would do. When you perfect beauty, you sacrifice charm? Stylist Orlando Pita adds, “You can play with color and can get away with things you cant get away with in bows and ribbons. Plus, flowers can soften pulled-back, severe hair and make long, loose hair even more romantic?”
What we say: With all the gloomy weather lately, this trend seems a little premature, but once the spring enters the picture flowers will be a welcome change from those itchy wool hats. An easy way to don a faux flower is to place one in French twist—but, please, abstain from matching your flower to your clothes or you’ll look like you’re ready for Kindergarten.
Summer and fashion! Nothing epitomizes summer more than a vintage-style floral tea dress. Easy to wear, versatile and flattering, this feminine dress is a hot summer look. Earl Grey, anyone?
With the onset of summer, everywhere you look there are tea dresses flooding the rails of the high-street shops. This most feminine of garments is elegant enough to take you from work to wedding, with just a change of shoes.
A tea dress is safe! Flowery and feminine, demure and chic! There is hardly any other dress which, “can honestly be said to suit (nearly) all women, (nearly) all the time,” says Hilary Alexander in the Telegraph’s article “Anyone for Tea Dress?”
Whether you are a waif-like teen or a generously-proportioned 40-something, the chances are you’ll find a tea dress that is both practical and flattering for your figure. Unleash the little girl in you, or high-society lady, taking afternoon tea on the lawn. Enter cucumber sandwiches and a pot of Earl Grey!
What is a Tea Dress?
It’s a feminine, girly and floaty dress that would look at home for high tea at the Ritz Hotel, or at a garden party. The dress is so called due to its aptness for being worn to afternoon tea or ladies’ lunches. Often brightly colored, it is a cute and feminine dress that can be worn to brunch, picnic, high-tea, a summer fete or bridal shower. Its elegance lies in the vintage styling and delicate prints.
The tea dress has weathered almost every runway trend. Immune to fashion, it has filtered down through the years as one of those oddities which has no specific meaning. The traditional floral tea dress is chiffonny and cinched at the waist. It can be worn with a slip and, in more traditional circles, a corsage. Collars can vary, from scoop necks to V-neck, Peter Pan to sweetheart. This year we see length variations, in addition to the classic cut, ending at the calf-muscle. Tea dresses 2008-style mean shorter-lengths and accentuated waists! Continue reading
There are exciting new trends in shoe accessories for the summer 2008. You will see a glut of attractive shoe designs at affordable high st. prices.
Here are some examples of shoe accessories you might find when shopping. Start by choosing Gladiator sandals or platform shoes with Grecian ankle straps. Alternatively, buy designer look, cut out wedge heels, vivid bold brightly coloured shoes or floral, patterned and animal print footwear. You could also choose from contrast piped shoes, two tone heels and toe caps, suede, patent and laser cut out lace leather pumps. Or, put on the glitz and opt for jewel gemstone stud effects and colourful bead button fastenings.
For summer 2008
the high street shoe
shops have a treat in store for women as they add their latest shoe fashion trends. Look for outrageous heights in heels, interesting wedge styles and eye popping shots of colour. To sum up – there is shoe fashion trend choice, and more choice, with classic styles, lower heels, and absolute flats.
These three shoe accessories are just a sample of the many designs available for Spring and Summer 2008
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You don’t have to work in the world of fashion though to look great in what the high street has to offer for spring summer 2008. Every shape, size and figure is catered for today.
Safari – High Street Fashion Trend 2008
A perennial summer fashion look, Safari appeared in various forms at the international collections and was brought right up to date with utility touches. This equalled real and wearable looks for all, not just all in one, khaki trouser suits. Even a safari belted jacket over your old jeans will nod to the trend and get your wardrobe right up to date – and the high street is heaving with them.
Utility was the freshest incarnation of safari chic for spring summer 2008. Be inspired by the catwalks and go for utilitarian details on easy to wear summer pieces like this dress from Marks and Spencer. So versatile it’s the ultimate day to night piece – simply swap flat sandals for strappy heels. Layer fine knits and t-shirts underneath when the weather still snaps or if you want to sport the look without revealing upper arms. The key to this look is understated simplicity, so keep accessories to a minimum; a tan leather satchel, or one or two stacked bangles is all this dress needs.
Proenza Schouler’s sleeveless military dress was a standout look from New York fashion week and the fashion editor’s favorite from the minute it marched down the catwalk. This Mango dress strikes all the same notes, but the longer hemline deems it even more practical for everyday. There is also a little bit of structure to this dress which means it’s super flattering and the belted waist creates shape and curves in all the right places. The sleeveless look is key for the new season and an easy way to look fresh now.
New Trend of 2008: ’60s Big Hair
Summer’s here and it’s time for a hairstyle tune-up!
Each new season bring lots of fabulous hairstyles that can catch your attention and make you consider trying them out and get yourself a makeover.
As you could see, short(er) haircuts took the pole position of trends in tresses, but also mid-length and longer manes are top favorites on the runway, celebrities and these are also worn by lots of fabuleux ladies out there!
Big hair with tons of volume is back this year. Create yourself a voluminous ‘60s coiff that will make you look as if you had been vacationing in the south of France and lounging on the beach all day.
How to Get the Hairstyle
Start by spritzing volumizing spray all over damp hair, focusing on the roots. Blow-dry hair in two-inch sections, wrapping them around a large round brush to give shine and volume.
Fluid flares, draped dresses, skinny belts and something see-through” is “What you’ll be wearing next summer”, according to Charlotte Sanders of Marie Clarie, January 2008 UK edition, in their article of the same name.
With Spring fashions now currently flooding into our stores, Sanders gives us a taster of what to expect further down the line.
If the average working woman is going to spend hard-earned cash on upgrading her wardrobe, then one of the biggest questions she should ask herself is:
* “Are any of these trends really wearable”?
Surprisingly, if Sander’s predictions are correct, then the answer is yes.
Not only are the majority of summer trends actually wearable, but as skinny styles and ultra minis give way to more fluid flares and flowing dresses, there is probably more to tempt the average, down-to-earth woman next season than there has been in a long time.
In her article, “Fashion Addict In Milan”, of 10 January 2008, Liz Jones of the Daily Mail asked herself two questions when she was reviewing the recent Italian fashion shows:
* “Can I wear this to work?”
* “Would I wear this on a date?”
As hot new fashion items hit the high street stores, these are key questions which would help any lady evaluate the practicality of her potential purchases.
What’s Hot for Summer 2008
There are a number of summer trends that would score highly in the office and dating department.
1. Fluid Flares
It is almost here! The bikini season for 2008, and along with it… the bikini trends for 2008! This year, it is not about how much skin you can show. Bikini trends for 2008 are all about the parts of your skin that you do not show.
Styles and trends for 2008 swimsuits and swimwear. The 2008 swimsuits trends in bathing suits and swimwear. The basic styles and trends of swimwear. This year 2008 swimwear is all about colors and shades of white, black, brown, gray and of course shades of blue and bright colors. The styles that are catching evryones eyes are ruffles on the bottoms, one pieces that show a little but of skin, bandeau bikinis and one pieces, stripes, and ethnic looks. Look for styles that have two tones, decorative sides in bikini bottoms and exotic designs. Continue reading
Teenage girls present a larger challenge when it comes to shopping for teens swimsuits. Spring is when a young girl’s fancy turns to thoughts of brand new swimwear. Last year’s bathing suits are so yesterday, so the search for this year’s perfect teens swimsuits begins anew every spring. Will it be a tankini, a bikini, a one piece or girl’s board shorts? The possibilities are endless, and the shopping can be too.
Now thinking about getting new swimwear is one thing, but actually shopping for it is another. Any parent who’s ever been dragged from one end of the mall to the other knows just how difficult the task can be. But there is a very convenient alternative at hand.
Why not save the mileage on your car and your feet by letting your teen do the shopping online this season? There are hundreds of top designer swimsuit stores on the internet, as well as moderately priced swimsuits from places like Target and Lands’ End. With literally thousands of choices to be had, shopping online can be a great alternative to the mall crawl.
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