Saturday, 29 March 2014

Shoe Trend 2014. Pony Hair Shoes.

Dune London liberal collection

It’s the Chinese year of the horse and most designers have at least one equestrian-inspired piece as their key style in their 2014 collections. Even our feet will experience this trend this year, as pony hair shoes are the hottest must-have this season.

The combination of soft leather and delicate pony hair is an absolute on-trend style, which is best to wear in summer and autumn. Designers have released gorgeous handbag collections and shoes, which are reflected in Dune's Liberal collection. The High Street retailer has proven to have a great eye for fashion trends, as the range was already released in October 2013. I've only just found out about the Liberal collection when I came across a post on another fashion blog. I absolutely love the designs and searched for some time where to get my hands on a pair, as it is mostly sold out.

Pony hair Liberal Collection Dune fashion

The collection retailed at £75 at Dune, Debenhams, House of Fraser and John Lewis and if you are lucky, you’ll find the shoes reduced to £30-37 in the current spring sale online.

I’ve also spotted a tweet from The Times Fashion (26/03/2014) revealing a sneak preview of Penelope Chilvers AW14 collection which will sell pony hair shoes. With this in mind, it is fair to say that the pony hair trend will be around for a while.

For the summer you should check out the new shoe brand Taschka, which has beautiful flats, loafers and ballerinas available.

Taschka pony hair shoes
Cheetah flats Taschka pony hair
Pony Hair Taschka shoes

These gorgeous shoes are made of finest Italian leather, rich suede and pony hair with an amazing signature Taschka sole. I fell in love with those ORY Onyx Cheetah ballerinas which are available to buy online at a price of £125. I got the pair for Easter and I was impressed by the rich details of the shoes. The sole is stunning and the heart-shaped pony hair feature to die for. However, the shoes' sizes fall out very small, so even a size 8 feels extremely tiny and I would rather say it is a big size 6 than an 8. This is a shame really, as the shoes are lovely and of high quality but they do not widen a bit and I get regular blisters. It's even worse in the summer when my feet swell up, so sadly I will have to say Good-Bye to them soon.

Thanks so much for reading and till next time, 
Carolin

*Pictures have been provided by Taschka. Words and opinion are my own.
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Sunday, 23 March 2014

Birmingham International Fashion Week (End)

Birmingham Fashion Week

Earlier this month, I went to Birmingham International Fashion Week and sat in the famous front row. I've finally found some time to write the post so here it comes. Note: this is a loooooooooong post.

It was the second Birmingham International Fashion Week at the Banqueting Suite in Birmingham City and I went to see it. It was held on a Friday and Saturday night and it was my very first time attending an actual fashion show. With absolutely no clue what to expect, I got very excited and the evening was packed with different shows, networking sessions and competitions. Left with so many impressions, it is hard to leave out details so I won’t spare you from any! Also if you're interested, this was my outfit for the evening. 


6pm: Opening Champagne Reception At The Banqueting Suite Birmingham City


I arrived shortly after 6pm and alongside with a glass of champagne I received a ‘gold’ gift bag, filled with some beauty products, a fizzy drink called ‘Skinny’ and a red leather phone case by beyzacases, which is, unfortunately, too small for my Nexus, but I’ll keep it as a reminder of the event. The main hall at the Banqueting Suite was transformed into a runway. It was absolutely amazing, having a catwalk in the middle of a baroque-style hall with those delicate chandeliers hanging from an elaborate ceiling. It was a very beautiful and stunning setting which left me impressed. My excitement would further rise when I took my seat in between other fashionistas (90% were females) and fashion bloggers at the famous front row, which was surrounded by photographers.

The entire event was presented by the lovely Frankie McCamley, who wore a black leather skater dress crafted by one of the showcasing designers.

Birmingham Fashion Week 2014

7:00 – 7:15pm: First Fashion Show Rad Fashion


Rad Fashion, a new fashion label, opened the evening. Six models presented the small collection of dresses, which I found ok, but not massively overwhelming. I was more impressed by the camera flashes and turning heads that followed every step of the model on the catwalk. Just when I focused on the designs again, the show was over. A bit too short for my taste, but I’ve never been to a fashion show before so maybe that’s how it is ?!?

7:15 - 8:00pm: MLA London (Make-Up London Academy) And Second Fashion Show Chatea Boutique


After the first show, a make-up demonstration followed. Two beauty artists from MLA London presented their techniques on how to create the perfect Smokey Eyes look in a few minutes.

The second show, by the Newcastle UponTyne-based label Chateau Boutique, brought more glamour and glitz onto the catwalk. I liked the clothes more than Rad Fashion, but, as before, the collection was limited to only a few outfits and finished after just eight designs. The models were the same as before, and one nearly fell over. I particularly liked this glittery, silver dress and the last outfit, a short, sexy but sophisticated dotted dress.

Chateau Butique Fashion Show

8:00 - 8:45pm Face of the World And Third Fashion Show Khloe Nova


This modelling competition brought all the national and international models on stage that made it to the final round. It took nearly 40 minutes to present all the finalists and to move on with the next fashion show. The designer came on stage and chatted briefly with Frankie about her new collection. Afterwards, some outfits - mostly lacy inspired - were presented on the catwalk.

Khloe Nova Fashion Show Birmingham
Fashion Show Birmingham

8:45 - 9:15pm Networking Event


Time for some networking and I went to have my picture taken with Miss Birmingham Rachel who is a charming and wonderful lady.

Miss Birmingham Rachel Barker
Fashion Networking event at the Birmingham Fashion Week event

9:15 - 9:30pm Fourth Fashion Show Sofia Dourvari


Greek designer Sofia presented her collection of wedding inspired dresses. Sofia was very cute when she came on stage and chatted to Frankie. Frankie's leather skater dress with an embellished belt was designed by Sofia.

Sofia Dourvari fashion show
Fashion show Birmingham
Sofia Dourvari fashion show at Birmingham Fashion Week

9:30 - 10:15 pm Face of the World And Fifth Fashion Show House of Borgezie


The model competition announced the winners. The Birmingham-based label House of Borgezie presented its Kate collection (named after the Duchess of Cambridge) with elaborate jewellery on the catwalk.

House of Borgezie fashion jewellery show
Jewellery fashion show at Birmingham
Jewellery designs at Birmingham Fashion Week

10:15 - 10:30pm Ending


The event finished with a raffle draw. I was a lucky girl that evening and won a voucher for my next hairdressing with Francesco's and the most stylish Birmingham Fashion Week visitor was selected.

Birmingham Fashion Week Goody bag

I had a great time and will definitely come back next year. Have you been to a fashion show before?

Thanks so much for reading and till next time, 
Carolin
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Thursday, 13 March 2014

Birmingham's Fashion Icon. The Bull Part 2

The Bull Birmingham Christmas jumper

Following up on my introductory post about Birmingham's Fashion icon The Bull, I'd like to find out in today's post who is the designer behind his gorgeous outfits. Someone as famous and well known as the Bull can’t just quickly drop into the Bullring for shopping and ignore fans and admirers from all over the world.

Totally understandable, that the bull has his own stylist for custom-made clothes. Did you know that a winter jumper, knitted by Stitches and Hos, was made from 14kg of wool and 12 people were involved in putting the jumper on him?

I was curious and interviewed talented designer Kate Unwin, who created the recent Christmas wear and several other styles for the bull. Here’s the full interview.

Q: What was your reaction when you were asked to design an outfit for the bull?

K: I was initially asked to come and interview for the outfit before the Christmas bull and was offered the job. They mentioned in the interview that the Christmas bull was also on the cards. I was really excited to be creating an outfit for such an icon but aware it would be challenging!

Q: How different is it to design an outfit for a 6-tonne sculpture in contrast to dressing people?

K: I do a lot of jobs like this which involve lots of problem-solving and designing from scratch with no prior specific experience.

I began by taking a lot of measurements and photos, I used these to make a calico toile and did my first fitting on the bull. This was then cut, pinned and marked to get the fit perfect. I used this edited toile as a pattern for the final garment with the chosen fabrics. I then did two more fittings to make sure the fit and placing of details was right.

It was very difficult! He is a very odd shape! Also both sides are very different and he is just very large. When I made him a faux leather jacket it was very heavy and difficult to manoeuvre through the machine. Also the materials and processes need to endure the elements and still look good three weeks after I've installed them.

All fittings needed to take place before 7 a.m. and as it was winter it was very cold and a couple of times raining heavily. I have to take a ladder to reach his head and get the garments over the top of him. Also there are people who want to talk to you at 5 a.m. in the morning that you'd prefer left one alone!

The Bull Birmingham wearing a leather jacket

Q: Have you had different designs in mind for the bull?

K: The brief from the Bullring shopping centre was a Christmas jumper. I thought of what you might wear with your Christmas jumper on Christmas Day and thought of jeans and a paper hat out of a cracker. I sketched it out and emailed it over to the client. They were happy so I went ahead.

Q:  Do you see the bull as a fashion icon for Birmingham?

K: I think he might have started on a fashion journey... I think the Christmas bull is the first outfit which is referencing current trends and reflecting the shoppers who use the Bullring.

Q: What do you think would suit him and what sort of style would you like to see him in?

K: I think he looks good in jackets, the leather jacket suited him very well. Skintight trousers look pretty good as well. He is a strong, powerful figure and I'd like the opportunity to emphasise his best qualities.

I hope you've enjoyed the interview with Kate. Have you met the bull yet or have you seen him in any of his outfits?

Thanks so much for reading and till next time,
Carolin
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Saturday, 8 March 2014

Accessory Trend 2014. Coin Necklaces

Coin Necklaces Fashion in the magazines

Money will literally become our main fashion companion in 2014. As seen in Madame magazine recently, Dolce & Gabbana are bringing back Greek style this season and envision coins as THE fashion accessory of 2014. Coins will no longer hide in our wallets and pockets but will be worn as hair jewellery, golden arm candy or sparkle as shiny necklaces around our necks.

I'm delighted to see that coins as an exclusive luxury item at the designer fashion shows will soon become available to the High Street. Taking a closer look at our shops, I spotted the following fashion items:

Simple and Cheap: Primark Coin Necklace £5


Primark Coin necklace


Chunky and Statement Forever 21 Coin Necklace £14.90


Forever 21 coin necklace


New Look, £5.99 and Reborn £7.99


New Look coin necklace
Reborn coin necklace


Freedom At Topshop £13


Freedom at Topshop coin necklace

What do you think of coin necklaces? Love or hate and which one would you get from the High Street?

Thanks so much for reading and till next time,
Carolin
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Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Birmingham's Fashion Icon. The Bull Part 1

The Bull at the Bullring Fashiob

This month will be focused on Birmingham as a fashion destination. I'm very busy writing up the blog post for the Birmingham International Fashion Week (end), so in the meantime, I'd like to introduce you to Birmingham's fashion model No 1: the Bull at the Bullring. Enjoy and feel free to leave me a comment in the section below the post.

The Bull at the main gateway to the Bullring in Rotunda Square is not only the UK's largest animal statute and the city's mascot; to me, ‘he’ is also the secret fashion icon of the West Midlands. Whether ‘naked’ or ‘dressed’ the Bull always makes an impression.

This picture was taken last summer (2013) and shows the Bull in his own little flower garden. The year before he supported Team GB.

The Bull in Birmingham with his Team GB dress

Ever since its introduction in September 2003 by designer Laurence Broderick, the Bull has been known for having his own wardrobe filled with designer clothes and handmade garments. From woolly jumpers to stylish leather jackets he has sported a number of outfits, which have all been very popular with visitors. Whenever I go shopping at the Bullring, there are always people posing and taking photographs with him. Everyone wants a picture with a famous fashion icon!

 I'm wearing:

T-shirt: Zara T-shirt (season 2009/2010)
Pencil skirt: Mango (season 2011/2012 via ASOS)
Ballerinas: New Look £16 (season 2008/2009)

For someone, who is 2.2. meters high, 4.5 meters long and weights six and a half tonnes, it must be a nightmare to go shopping. I can totally understand that the bull has his own personal designer, but I still find it very mysterious how he gets dressed in the middle of Birmingham's busy city centre. Time for me to get some research done to find out. If you'd like to find out who's behind the bull's wardrobe, please read on in my second part of Birmingham's Fashion Icon The Bull.

Thanks so much for reading and till next time,
Carolin
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Saturday, 1 March 2014

Getting Ready For Tonight's Birmingham Fashion Week #OOTD

Fashion OOTD for Birmingham Fashion Week

There are just a few hours left and then I'm going to make my way over to Birmingham for the Birmingham International Fashion Week event.

I'm so excited as I've got a ticket to sit in the famous front row. Not too bad for a first time Fashion Week experience, don't you think?

I've been planning my outfit for the last couple of days and I've finally decided to take out my Michael Kors satchel, alongside some classic chic Jane Norman heels and a midnight blue dress from Joy with my favourite Topshop necklace. From the moment I saw this gorgeous midnight blue dress displayed in the window  I had to have it and I'm so happy to take it out tonight for the first time.

Louche Pristyle Dress from Joy £55 (current season 2014)
Topshop Necklace £13 (summer 2013)
Michael Kors Satchel £99
Jane Norman High Heels £25 (current season 2014)

I'll also be wearing my favourite Nails Inc colour, a dark burgundy shade red called Victoria (£13). I'm soooooo excited! More pictures will follow tonight on Twitter and tomorrow.

Have you ever been to a fashion show? What are your plans tonight?

Thank you so much for reading and till next time,
Carolin
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