coast fashion
Last week I was invited to Coast‘s flagship store on Oxford Street for a little dress-up session with a small and lovely group of fellow bloggers. In addition to a little make-up and hair refresher (they’re the ones to blame for this month’s Braid Takeover), Coast’s in-store personal stylist Marie pulled us all a selection of beautiful dresses before letting us run around the store to tag – or #hashtag – our favourite items.

While I would happily throw 90% of their stock into my wardrobe, the apple of my eye on the day was their Topaz dress, seen above. Unsurprisingly  I was sold on the chunky crystal embellishments scattered around teardrop cut outs. Quintessential Lela. The heels – their Haniba shoes – were designed by Jean Michel Cazabat and come in real JMC style; all chic and strappy platformed goodness.

Want to get in on the action? Until the 18th, Coast have an online promotion which will get you 25% off any full price items – just use the code ‘Style25‘!

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Giambattista Valli Macys

$79


With designer collaborations gaining real traction over the past few years, big, unexpected names like Alber Elbaz and Karl Lagerfeld have jumped on the bandwagon and caused major hysteria in their chosen high street retailers.

The latest (and greatest, in my opinion)? Giambattista Valli for Macy’s. What I love about this collection is the incredibly cohesive runway inspiration – if the tag was cut off, many of the pieces would fool even the most tuned-in label lover.

The collection, from “Impulse“, is heavy in leopard print and cocktail dresses. While leopard may not scream chic appeal for all of us, he created a printed day coat and matching tuxedo pants that I believe could woo the most selective shoppers.

The collection is priced between $50 and $150 and will be available in stores and online starting October 26th. Check out my must-haves in the gallery below!

Valli said,

“This capsule reflects my enduring loves, but is really a celebration of my biggest inspiration of all ‐ the energy and vitality of women themselves. I love dressing them for all their happiest moments, making them feel as special as possible. This collection is a passport into my world and a chance to experience the passion and romance of my house and Paris itself.”

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Temperley Fall winter 2011
In the halls of the British Museum, Alice Temperley took my reservations of Temperley London and turned them to dimensional fandom. While her designs have always been excellent, the one-note themes have kept them contained. Thanks to a bevy of detailed cocktail dresses and red-carpet rulers, these are destined to be award show commodities. There was simply nothing left to be desired. See the top five looks below! View Post

BodyAmr LFW Runway
Any show with some Salt ‘n’ Peppa tuneage gets the Go card from me. Luckily, BodyAmr had much more to rely on impressing us than their musical selection. For London Fashion Week, BodyAmr’s dancing models (including Amber Rose and Daisy Lowe) wore brand-perfect bodycon pieces, crafty cocktail dresses, and a lot of draped detailing. There was something for everyone, with great features like sheer lower skirting and unexpected, billowing sleeves. Amr Ali knows a woman’s body, that’s for sure. View Post

Dennis Basso NYFW Runway
Known for decking out the social set in glamorous fur and evening pieces, Dennis Basso created something for everyone this spring, especially if you have a super-special fancy cocktail party on your calendar. His New York Fashion Week show was filled with beautiful flowy cocktail dresses and gowns in fabrics like taffeta or silk and luxe finishes such as hand-embroidered paillettes which glistened on the runway. For those who never considered fur for spring, there were stunning mink boleros and fine-mesh coats accented with sable or chinchilla silk. Chiffon tank and pink mink jacket? Mine please. View Post