50 shades lingerie
Excuse me while I pour a glass of Veuve Clicquot and cheers it with my next glass, but I feel like waxing lyrical about lingerie. It seems that while I have treated most after-effects of 50 Shades of Grey like a bullett to the head (because ‘Shades’ is to literature what Pop Tarts are to gourmet food), the book has done great things for the lingerie industry.

Earlier this week I previewed the Spring/Summer 2013 collections from five luxury independent lingerie brands (Playful Promises, Maison Close, What Katie Did, Kiss me Deadly and Paolita) and fell in lust with the variety of styles and creativity they are able to retail in comparison to previous years. Maison Close – who’s most risque and expensive collection, Belle de Nuit, happens to be their best seller – have become a real champion for body suits and underwear as fashion pieces of their own while Playful Promises have built a flirty and extensive collection of beautiful pieces that extend all the way into womenswear. While What Katie Did are the one-stop-shop for corsets, Kiss me Deadly have the vintage thing down to an art, and Paolita know swimwear like the back of their hand, each brand has something for everyone.

I can’t wait to see how the industry continues to develop.

nelly shoes

No, I haven’t jetted off to Sweden…Nelly.com has finally launched in the UK!

For those of you who don’t know, Nelly is the number one online fashion retailer in the Nordic region (an ASOS-esque e-tailer), and has over 10 million visits per month internationally. Hundreds of womenswear and menswear must-haves are uploaded to the site each day from over 800 external brands and 30+ in-house labels, meaning the UK now has a lot of new fashion to enjoy!

My first (of many) purchases? Some faux pearl Logan earrings (complete with Katniss braid, below), the Henrietta double ring, and – the kicker – Nelly’s Davidina fluoro heels. View Post

Emily Blunt Harpers Bazaar Cover Tom Ford
Harper’s Bazaar have managed to slide Emily Blunt into an embroidered silk dress from Tom Ford‘s very exclusive new line of womenswear for their January 2011 cover. This is a great moment for talented photographer Paola Kudacki, and the very savvy stylist Vanessa Coyle.

Tom Ford Womenswear Vogue
As the year comes to it’s editorial end, Tom Ford previews his six-years-late return to womenswear in “Mr. Ford Returns”. The Vogue spread was photographed by Steven Meisel and styled by the empowering Edward Enninful. The beauties are all big-time, with the likes of Karen Elson, Stella Tennant, Amber Valletta, Joan Smalls, Anja Rubik, Carolyn Murphy, and Edita Vilkeviciute in the gorgeous garments. View Post