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Petal Perfection

There is something about flowers. I know they are synonymous with Spring; but I am happy {more than happy – ecstatic even} to wear them all year round. Four seasons of flowers = sign me up.

Flowers do have power. While seemingly these pretty petals are girly and fragile, there is something about a beautiful floral print that could quite literally stop you in your tracks.  Why you may ask? Florals are a print classic. They join the likes of a Benetton stripe or a spot in the category of timeless perfection. So when a floral print is done well – with charisma, with charm, with elegance – it can be an extraordinary moment.

Florals can be bold and enchanting; moody and romantic; light and airy – the myriad of prints available can be matched to your every mood and manner. There is a petal for every personal taste. A bloom for every occasion.

So think freshly cut flowers. Think Carrie Bradshaw’s beautiful blossom brooch. Think the secret garden. Be inspired by the new and invigorating ways designers interpreted florals for the upcoming season. Their green thumbs growing a garden of botanical delights…

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The Peplum Returns

From Chanel to Proenza Schouler, Marc Jacobs, Alexander McQueen, Jason Wu and more, the Peplum silhouette is back with an ultra chic vengeance.

Lady-like, elegant and seductively chic, the peplum silhouette draws attention to the waist and accentuates feminine curves.

Flaunt your curves with elegant panache in the peplum. This whittled-in-at-the-waist silhouette is often teamed with a conservative hemline and is decidedly charming. Always appearing polished and feminine, the sculptural embellishment creates subtle volume around the hips for a flattering shape.

A peplum is essentially the embellishment or ruffle which is incorporated into the waistline of pencil skirts, jackets or dresses. Restrained in silhouette in comparison to the popular 80’s peplum; it still evokes a classic retro aesthetic while appearing effortlessly fashion forward.

When wearing a peplum silhouette, keep your look streamlined and chic with a fitted blouse and heels. Add a thin belt just above the waistline for further definition. Most popular in neutral shades, the peplum also made a runway splash in bold jewel tones (a la Giambatista Valli). Best of all, the peplum is flattering to most body shapes – lending curves to a boyish frame or flaunting the tiny waist of an hourglass figure.

Will you incorporate a peplum silhouette into your wardrobe? xx

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Golden Globe Styling

If I were to wish upon a fashion star and be attending the Golden Globes tomorrow, here are just a few of the gowns I would love to see on the red carpet…

With many of the world’s most beautiful women in attendance & wearing some truly dazzling gowns… this certainly could be an iconic red carpet moment to remember.

From Alexander McQueen’s extraordinary Spring / Summer 2012 vision to Giambattista Valli’s first couture collection; the red carpet options are looking exceptionally bright.

Choosing glistening subtle neutral shades, vivid colour or classic black; from lace embellishment to streamlined chic – what will the stars wear on this grand occasion? Be sure to see tomorrow’s Espresso Shot Of Fashion News for full details.

Pictured above: Alexander McQueen, Valentino, Oscar de la Renta, Azzedine Alaïa, Chanel, Elie Saab, Elie Saab, Marchesa & Giambattista Valli

Who are you most looking forward to see walk the red carpet tomorrow? xx

Photos from style.com

 

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