Fashion Texture
I have found something pretty cool to share with you guys! There’s no hiding my love for online shopping (see sidebar of e-tailer obsessions!), and I have found something new and unique in the cluttered world of online retail: Farfetch. Farfetch is a shopping platform-cum-community that unites influential and forward-thinking independent boutiques on one URL.

With an enormous hub of over 1000 designer labels (for womens and mens fashion), the fashion available is absolutely incredible. I am lusting after the designer dresses especially. The best perk? No matter where each boutique is, it will be delivered wherever you are in the world through one checkout system and offer free returns on every item.

Inspired by the range of choices and everyone’s hectic Fashion Week outfit planning, I put together this “Texture With a Tan” look that can transition by climate and also work for any show:

  • Lela Rose‘s metallic tweed dress(from Coplon‘s in North Carolina) – Metallic tweed dress in silver. This sleeveless dress features a round neck with ribbon and jewel embellishment, a pleated skirt, and a concealed back zip fastening. Is fully lined.
  • Yves Saint Laurent’s snakeskin print tights (from Liska in Vienna) – Brown snakeskin print tights featuring snakeskin print from mid-thigh to toe.
  • D&G‘s Lily Bag (from Francis Ferent in Brussels) – Camel leather ‘Lily’ bag from D&G featuring top handles, shoulder strap, four silver tone top zips, lock detail and luggage label.
  • Manzoni 42‘s fur poncho (from Dolci Trame in Siena) – Beige poncho featuring horizontal panels of lamb skin and fur, a rolled neck, a concealed fastening to one side and a lined interior.
  • Cesare Paciotti ankle boots (from Biondini in Paris) – Grey suede and python skin ankle boots featuring a round toe in suede, python skin on the front and round the ankle with contrasting suede buckle, a grey platform and stiletto heel, with a red snakeskin printed sole.

Though I mostly post shoe-related things to my shoe blog, I had to show all you Fashion Masters and Fashionistas my latest obsession.

These Buffalo booties/ankle boots from Zalando are essentially perfect. As I don’t exactly tower over people at the five-feet-and-one-inch level, I absolutely adore a skyscraper heel. At the same time, working as a stylist and writer means my days are spent running around like a headless – and hopefully sartorially sound – chicken. Stilettos just aren’t practical. When I saw these babies on discount, I had no chance of leaving the browser empty-handed. The wedge and platform gives me the boost I love while keeping me comfortable. Proof: you don’t need to suffer to pack a stylish punch!

With the ‘comfy mindframe’ engaged, I also basketed these Tamaris heeled sandals with leg shaft (quality product down from £44.95 to £13!), a Korres Mango lip balm (not only the smoothest balm on the market, but a reminder of Thailand!), and coconut bath salts from Lavera (again…Thailand!).

Amazingly, all four items still totalled under £100. I definitely had to stop myself from breaking my set budget; Zalando has a selection of items that many other e-tailer’s don’t seem to invest in. The range was high and the temptation…mighty.

If I thought Beyonce had gone anywhere, this post would start with a hearty “Beyonce is Back!”. Last night, her long-awaited music video for “Run the World (Girls)” debuted with more fashion glory than a September day at Somerset House. So, what did she wear?

1. A red Alexander McQueen Fall/Winter 2010 dress with embroidered gold detail and thigh-high, gold-heeled Alexander McQueen Grinling Gibbons, same collection.

2. She dances – like never before – in a black Norma Kamali fringed garment with golden harness and black bustier, continuing the fringe down to some Alexander Wang heels.

3. A brief appearance by the white Givenchy Spring/Summer 2011 Couture gown. The gown designed for fierceness.

4. Cue the slo-mo water and cue the dark Jean Paul Gaultier Spring/Summer 2011 Couture outfit with a tailcoat and heavy cut-outs.

5. Be still, style heart. Unaware of the car in flames behind her, Warrior Beyonce gets into an ultra mini Gareth Pugh Fall/Winter 2011 turtleneck dress and gold-mirrored Gareth Pugh ankle boots.

6. Dance break = outfit change. This time it’s a gold-embroidered Emilio Pucci Spring/Summer 2010 yellow dress paired with studded and feathered Sergio Rossi Gladiator boots.

7. Emilio Pucci number two; a long-sleeved goddess gown in green with a thigh-high split and sequined sleeve from Fall/Winter 2011.
Beyonce Run The World Fashion
Beyonce Run The World Fashion

Leighton Meester People's Choice Awards
Two gorgeous Leighton Meester looks in one post; how lucky are you? Firstly we have her at the People’s Choice Awards yesterday wearing a Vionnet floral embroidered dress from their Spring/Summer 2011 line, with some go-to Brian Atwood pumps.
Leighton Meester Herbal Essences
On the 4th of January, Meester was ice skating-slash-fulfilling her role as global ambassador for Herbal Essences while working her position as the new face of Missoni. She wore a printed dress with matching jacket by Missoni (obviously), plus her favorite Azzedine Alaïa lace-up ankle boots and a Proenza Schouler PS1 Keep All bag. In the accessory department, we’re spotting a Cathy Waterman yellow-gold and diamond Love ring, and two Bulgari rings, one of which benefits Save the Children (another sponsor of the event). Busy fashion for a busy starlet.

Mary Kate and Ashley Pop Up Shop
Fashion designers Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen (also known as Michelle Tanner) plan to work the cash registers for part of the September 10th launch of their pop-up store in New York City. During New York Fashion Week, the two are opening a pop-up branch of their brand Elizabeth and James in the West Village. They even plan to ring up customers themselves from 7-8pm!

Elizabeth and James is one of the Olsen’s three labels, the other two being The Row and Olsenboye. Elizabeth and James is named after the twins’ brother and sister and contains pure Olsen style; ankle boots, oversized shirts, and belted waistlines galore.