Balmain SS12
Though it is unrealistic to expect that we all will be able to afford the pieces presented, Balmain for Spring/Summer 2012 is going to give fresh, worldwide inspiration to many a fashionista.

Olivier Rousteing had a lot on stake this season. It was the young (and hot, ahem) designer’s first season at the reigns of the label after working under Christophe Decarnin for two years, and he certainly impressed. With not a raised brow in the room, Balmain’s ferocious rock and roll edge took not a step out of line.

With Rousteing’s MO being to mix the tailoring of Mexico and the glamour of Vegas without watering Balmain down, he turned out a brilliant, refined collection. With chrome, gold, black and icy white literally sparkling it’s way into view from backstage, we all experienced insta-love over second skin style dresses, beautifully embellished and fringed jackets, as well as enough leather and studs to please the baddest ‘bad girl’ around. View Post

Versace SS12
If The Little Mermaid (aka my homegirl Ariel) were a fashion designer with extreme talent, I have a feeling her pieces would look very similar to the Spring/Summer 2012 collection from Versace.

The Italian label chose to go on a seafaring adventure much unlike the iconic designs that are rumoured to have been compiled for the brand’s upcoming collaboration with H&M. Not that a fresh take on things is a negative. The plissé, seahorses, lucite, starfish, and studs sold a story of sexy, luminescent, underwater rock and roll. Also, the bountiful and supernaturally bouncy blow-outs – courtesy of Guido Palau – were the best of any show so far. It was trademark Donatella with a twist. View Post

Breakfast at Tiffanys
Fred, darling! Let us celebrate a film that has captured hearts for over fifty years with this edition of Look for Less, shall we? Wing out your eyeliner and settle down with your Audrey Hepburn poster for a Breakfast at Tiffany’s look that will make anyone believe you had been making several trips to the powder room.

  First things first, the LBD (little black dress). This simple LBD from Target for £17 is the perfect piece to kick things off! Structure, quality…bargain.

  One of Holly Golightly‘s many trademarks – kitten heels! <a href=”Styluxe’s Pointed Toe Kitten Heel is on sale for£8.

  As Miss Golightly would say, “You could always tell what kind of a person a man thinks you are by the earrings he gives you. I must say, the mind reels.” These Classic Black Cubic Zirconium Studs say style and savvy, obviously, as they are only £7!

  With a black-based look, it’s all about the statement jewellery! This multi-strand of black beads and pearls packs a glamourous punch and is only going to set you back £8.

Shoe Competition
Coming up to a year of blogging, I felt it was time to give a little back to my ever-glorious online family in the form of a never-before-seen competition! Nothing felt more appropriate than a shoe giveaway; everyone wants free shoes, right?

Prizes:

Five pairs of shoes tailored to your personal style!

That’s right, whether you’re always ultra-femme in flats or have a penchant for patent platforms and studs, I am using my stylist expertise to compile a dream shoe collection for one lucky subscriber. It could be you!

Competition Rules:

+ Subscribe to Lela London’s Mailing List (you can do so by filling out this form).
+ After subscribing, you will be sent to a page where you can fill out your shoe size and shoe style! Anything goes – be as detailed and creative as you wish, this is how I will be choosing your dream shoe collection!
+ Two extra entries will be given for liking Lela London on Facebook and following Lela London on Twitter!
+ Competition entries will be accepted until 29th May, 2011.
+ Open worldwide.

Make sure to get permission from the parentals if you’re under their roof, and good luck!

This competition is now closed! To be the first notified of future competitions, join the mailing list, and become a fan on Facebook and Twitter!

Jeremy Scott Runway NYFW
Jeremy Scott – in a week when many traditionally edgy designers toned down their crazy (see Rodarte) – flew his freak flag proudly at New York Fashion Week. Dresses fashioned from the detritus of New York life — to-go bags, crushed beer cans, meat products — were followed by studs in leather bondage gear and a bride strapped into a white leather straight jacket.

Fortunately, even those of us not appearing on Rolling Stone covers had looks to like: a punk princess black dress with beaded safety pins, technicolor prints on deconstructed tees, and accessories that bring art to the everyday (I loved the envelope clutch of those orange-and-white “Sorry, we’re closed” signs). Sure, tough times call for more practical fare, but they also call for a healthy dose of fun. And this collection certainly turned a front row of practiced frowns upside down. View Post