Benetton look

by Be-Blogger U.K. on: July 1st, 2011

I have a confession. I must have worn the exact style, the crochet knitted top and belt both from Benetton and grey marble effect jersey dress (minus the leopard print socks and shoes) for the past weeks, for the purpose of getting the look photographed for this blog post and failed miserably. Yesterday I succeeded, I literally begged my street style photographer friend who was feeling unwell on the day we met for (supposedly) dinner this evening, has taken some basic snap shots before she headed home. Impressionate.

Personally, I would ditch the flat shoes and settle with a pair of nude Mary Jane shoes. What do you think?

Thanks StyleEast for the outfit photos.

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 Love Socks

by Be-Blogger U.K. on: June 29th, 2011

I first discovered Tabio a quirky Japanese socks and hosiery speciality store on King’s Road nearly 8 years ago, I remember the store covered in abundance of colour, varied sock styles and materials, patterns et al.

As a poor fashion student back then I couldn’t helped but purchase a few of their signature wrap over sockettes and quirky socks, I still have them. They were utterly super expensive (3 times the price of my student daily travel fare) since then onwards I became their regular customer til this day.

Tabio is known for their delicate engineering in design and techniques, it is why they produce the finest quality socks in the world. They are made in Japan unlike other Japanese socks manufacturers have moved productions overseas. No wonder Tabio socks are favoured by celebrities; Helena Bonham Carter, Matt Smith (Dr Who), Tinie Tempah, Eliza Doolittle and many more.

The styles are endless.

 

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 UK Blogs To Watch

by Be-Blogger U.K. on: June 18th, 2011

I have been a fashion blogger of Style Slicker technically for three years (now pretty much full time as I contribute two other blogs) I love the evolution process of my blog which started off as street style to the more concentrated fashion, lifestyle and travel based on my personal perspective and infatuation with fashion.  Thankfully, Style Slicker is steadily growing and it’s all thanks to your support otherwise I wouldn’t be part of United Blogs of Benetton.

I tend to banish into my own little bubble reading hundreds of new blog posts on Bloglovin’ every day with a cup of tea next to my laptop, and would spend hours and hours reading them it’s like an OCD (obsessive compulsory disorder).  We all read the UK phenomenon bloggers which brought the fashion media fever pitch over the past two years or so and we can’t seem to get enough of them still, the rising bloggers with proven success in the likes of Liberty London Girl, Disney Roller Girl, Style Bubble, The Clothes Whisperer, Mademoiselle Robot et al.

Most of the successes comes from the respective region of London where most the opportunities originates. Unfair as it may sound to you but what about smaller fashion bloggers based from outside of London that deserve a shout out and stronger presence? I would be delighted to hear your favourites. I have listed the ones I like and whom I have met in past events, they are like sparkling needles in a haystack it’s all about the quality not quantity.

Clothes, Cameras and Coffee.  Roz, a beautiful photogenic sixteen year old student and blogger living in rolling hills of rural England.  Her blog consists of eloquently spoken words with rich and enticing self style portraits. (photos courtesy of Clothes, Cameras and Coffee)

Pink Bow.  Paula is from Newcastle upon Tyne, amuses us with her love on art, beauty, fashion, food, interior, travel and vintage. (photo courtesy of Pink Bow)

The Scribbler.  Vic Riches is from London and studies fashion at Kingston University.  Her fluid illustrations captures her love of fashion and people.(illustration courtesy of The Scribbler)

Who Is Bobb Parris. Mitchell is a lawyer and street style photographer from Canada and living in London, you’re likely to see her work in the likes of H&M Life, Grazia and NYMAG’s The Cut.  Mitchell’s favourite muse and subject is Marian Kilhogo. (photos courtesy of Who Is Bobb Parris)

Peony Lim.  This striking ‘fashion starlet’ has fast becoming a favourite subject and muse amongst street style photographers.  Her personal taste in fashion is well documented in her beautifully edited style portraits. (photo is courtesy of Peony Lim)

 

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 Somewhere Over The Rainbow

by Be-Blogger U.K. on: June 10th, 2011

Lazy Oaf’s kawaii window display of tropical birds intricately hand crafted by Fred Butler.

Somewhere behind the thick clouds of near disappearing summer, a rainbow glowball led me to a place which in hope that colour would bring London back to life.

I had the pleasure to attend Lazy Oaf’s launch party to celebrate their jewellery collaboration with Fred Buter, better known as the accessory/prop designer who made the iconic orgami telephone hat piece in the Lady Gaga’s ‘Telephone’ music video.  Fred’s collaborative pieces are inspired by her bespoke AW10 collection ‘Dodecahedron Collisions’ transforming her handmade 3D origami pieces into wearable layered perspex jewellery (for the first time) available at an accessible price point…with geo flower hair piece starting at £30.

Left: Tri Dodec necklace £38.  Middle: Peacock necklace £40.  Right: Dedecahedron necklace £45.

Geo flower hair clip £30 as mentioned, and I want it.

A selection of Pomp De Franc enticing cupcakes inspired by the collaborative pieces.

Fred’s mock tatoo of her geo flower hair clip by Inkwear.

The Lazy Oaf x Fred Butler jewellery pieces are available online at http://www.lazyoaf.co.uk and be sure to check out Fred’s colourful blog at http://www.fredbutlerstyle.blogspot.com/

 

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 Graduate Fashion Week

by Be-Blogger U.K. on: June 9th, 2011

It was that crucial time of year again in June for fashion graduates from across UK universities and colleges to showcase their portfolio work in an exhibition space, and fashion shows at the prestigious venue Earl’s Court 2 at Graduate Fashion Week.  Other than that, hand selected graduates judged by the industry panels were able to present their collections at the Gala Show, and awards presentation on the final night in front of the industry professionals, media, celebrities and the like.

Some of the students work from Northumbria University (below)

Graduate Fashion Week is a definitive place for super brands and press to spot the hottest young and design talent, a closer look at their extraordinary skills in craftsmanship, eloquent design and creativity which able to launch their career, the likes of successful British designers such as Stella McCartney, Julien MacDonald, Christopher Bailey and Hussein Chalayan to name but a few.

 

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 Blue Heatwave

by Be-Blogger U.K. on: June 4th, 2011

The weather this (Saturday) afternoon was a frustration one, the prickly heatwave has triggered both of my Sinusitis and Hayfever which usually trigger around the peak season of June and July… sounds chronic but today my mood affected my dress sense hence the awful weather.

I have selected a pair of Benetton loose fit denim shorts for today’s style challenge, I paired theshorts with a basic white t-shirt, a blue and white floral button up ruffled shirt, hem tied to the front (courtesy of Benetton), a white and silver flat studded belt and a pair of super comfortable patent leather brogues.

(Thanks Shini of Park & Cube for the outfit shots)

 

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 Style Challenge

by Be-Blogger U.K. on: May 28th, 2011

I’m setting up a style challenge throughout June to use one of  key pieces (pictured) from the Benetton and Sisley‘s Spring Summer collection, and to pair it with my own clothing in street style shots.  I really hope the Jekyll & Hyde weather in June will be kind to me as at the moment it is absolutely freezing.

 

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 Oh A.N.G.E.L.O!

by United Blogs of Benetton on: July 2nd, 2010

I was in Florence to cover the events at the Pitti tradeshows but that doesn’t mean I was keeping the eye off things for myself. My favourite section isn’t some well groomed menswear dapper label but instead, the vintage section as part of the Pitti Woman fair, a gathering of Italy’s finest vintage dealers showing their wares.

I haven’t had the fortune to visit A.N.G.E.LO. which describes itself as a 3 storey vintage palace in the centre of Lugo in North Italy selling over 80,000 used garments. It was set up over 20 years ago by Angelo Caroli and Mario Gulmanelli and sells everything from valuable designer vintage pieces by the likes of Chanel, Versace, Dior and Alaia to historical vintage dating back to the 18th century which can be hired for film, TV, theatre and editorial purposes.

At Pitti W, A.N.G.E.L.O. were presenting their latest line of recycled vintage wares where they have reused and adapted vintage pieces to give new contemporary life to them. Vintage fur is still a controversial topic as to whether it’s deemed ethical to wear it. On an aesthetic level though, A.N.G.E.L.O. has changed up this fur caplet well adding silk scarf inserts to it or creating unexpected fur sections on a coat



I also love what they have done to this duffel coat, chopping it up into a cape and adding denim accents to it…

For the occasion of Pitti, A.N.G.E.L.O. also set up a Happy Kilo stall where vintage clothes were sold by the kilo for EUR15 each. By Kilo vintage is not really a used concept in London like it is in say Berlin so I was glad to see a haute vintage seller take to this bargain hunting method. I didn’t have time to wade through but on first glance, men could have benefited from some amazing 70s tailoring and women could get hold of some wonderful aged 40s tea dresses…



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 Pretty Palazzo

by United Blogs of Benetton on: June 30th, 2010

Sometimes, you have to pinch yourself a number of times when you find yourself in a surreal situation and as it happens, working in fashion, you just happen to encounter many surreal situations. Actually, correction, when you’re lucky enough to find yourself regularly going to shows, attending events and being thrusted into a certain sector of fashion, then you might keep pinching yourself until your cheeks are a bit bruised.

I didn’t need to pinch anything. Instead, I got bitten by droves of mosquitos in Florence where the S/S 11 Pitti Uomo and Woman show took place. Belgian designer Haider Ackermann was this season’s special guest for Pitti W.

The presentation of Haider Ackermann‘s womenswear precollection and S/S 11 menswear debut was held at the illustrious Palazzo Corsini on the river bank in Florence. The sun was just setting as we arrived and we then entered a palace that had this quality of decay, whilst being simultaneously well preserved. Here’s a pinch moment.

Then we saw this beautiful beautiful Baroque-style fountain in one of the chambers… another pinch moment.

We were then led into a long banquet room where a feast of seasonal fruits and wine had been laid out for us. People started decadently eating fruit, making merry and generally re-enacting a Bacchanalian feast. Cue another pinch moment where I felt like even this was a little bit too over the top.


The show was about to begin and we were in the central courtyard where the sky was just getting dark and so chandeliers were suspended in the middle to light the show. In the middle violinists and a surprise performance from model Jamie Bochart provided the soundtrack as we sat in antique chaise lounges and chairs. We were also being served champagne all the while. Is this as nauseating as it sounds when I type it?


The clothes themselves were as sumptuous as the location – a silk road journey of textiles woven and draped into a loose and easy traveller’s wardrobe for the men and beautifully revealing dresses for the women.




Oh, yes and more champagne at the end. Sometimes you have to keep pinching and NOT get used to events like this lest you one day get jaded at beautifully constructed shows with fruit feasts in Baroque palazzos…

All photos by G. Giannoni

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 Flourishing in Florence

by United Blogs of Benetton on: June 23rd, 2010

This is my second time visiting the Pitti Uomo tradeshow in Florence. I already knew it was a hotbed of dapper menswear style, expressed through immaculate tailoring, subtle details and clever accessorising through blogs such as The Sartorialist, who has always championed the street style at Pitti Uomo.

I’m fully aware of the fact that I personally stick out like a sore thumb because a) I’m a girl, b) I’m not Italian and c) well.. just the fact that my clothes don’t fit in at all.

Case in point, I think I may have took it a step too far when I was going around interrogating well to do menswear brands with their subtle detailing and beautiful fabrics whilst wearing an outfit that someone has titled Sugar Sparkles – here I’m wearing a pleather top, an Emma Cook shirt, some Romance was Born tinsel gym shorts, H&M cycling shorts, my new Nicholas Kirkwood sandals, topped off with a printed Swash rucksack.

In contrast, here are the type of gentlemen that have been walking the grounds of Pitti.



All photos by Tommy Ton for GQ.

Oh well, a major FAIL in terms of trying to blend into the background.

But then you spot gentleman like this one here. I’m not sure what it is he does but he turns up on streestyle blogs quite regularly. I’m sure he gets tagged with eccentric, quirky and eclectic much like my style gets tagged with the same things. I love that he does write his own rules in terms of his style, putting his personality out there through his clothes whilst confining himself to the language that underwrites menswear. Unfortunately, womenswear doesn’t have those boundaries and thus you get crazed ensembles such as my tinsel short outing. Actually, why am I saying Unfortunately… – nay, I maintain that I love the boundary less quality of womenswear… and as menswear shows are beginning now in Milan and Paris, perhaps we see the boundaries being erased one by one anyway.


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