oxblood fashion
Oxbloodthe colour – has received the fashion industry’s stamp of approval for Autumn/Winter 2012 and, like all good trends, it seems to have started with the Duchess of Cambridge. With Princess Charlene of Monaco showing up to Akris’ Paris Fashion Week show last week in an oxblood sheath, it seems other royal ladies are quickly falling in line. Catherine (ah, let’s just call her Kate Middleton) was most recently spotted in an oxblood-coloured suit by Paule Ka.

Thankfully, you don’t need to rock a title to rock the trend. The trick to wearing the colour is working with rich, heavy fabrics and keeping clear of strong purple tones that will shift the tone into the ‘burgundy’ category.

Get The Look:
Guess Handbags Gerri box satchel
Alexander McQueen leather iPad 2 case
Topshop ribbed pleated skirt
Dune asymmetrical point court
Glint Wisteria earrings
Prancer croc riding boots
Topshop sport bra
Opening Ceremony babydoll coat

volcom dress

That’s right! Out with the old competition and in with the new!

I have a size small (though not tight!), classy “Kanari” dress to give away! Designed by Volcom, the dress has a half pleated skirt detail and gathered top with abox pleat tuck on the neckline. The Kanari Dress is actually part of Volcom’s Autumn/Winter 2011 SEED collection – a project which supports the grass roots of fashion.

In 2009, Volcom approached the London College of Fashion with an open brief: to re-invent a classic piece of Volcom denim. The prize was a six month placement working in the girls design department on a capsule collection which, obviously, was to be known as the SEED line.

In starting the capsule collection, the starting point for the winner – Anju Khusul – was to re-visit some of Volcom’s most popular and key garments. Anju wanted to create a fresh take on these key pieces but not lose the Volcom identity. As she started the research, she became inspired by the traditional art of Origami and wanted to recreate intricate and beautiful origami techniques in fabric.

The colour palette is based around matt and sheen black, estate blue, cinder brown and hints of plum, a colour combination which projects a feminine and sleek look – and with this being a more luxurious line, the fabric choices reflect this accordingly; they include silk yarns, bamboo cotton and a woven Jacquard.

Every detail on every garment has been hand selected and developed by Anju Khusul, and has resulted in a unique and incredible collection – of which you can win a piece from!

To enter:

    • Leave a comment below telling me why you want to win this gorgeous dress!
    • To validate your entry, “Like” my page on Facebook and publicly “Share” the photo in the WIN! A gorgeous “Kanari” album.
    • For extra entries:
      Follow me on Twitter and tweet: 

      I just entered to #win a @volcom dress on www.lelalondon.com! @lelalondon

The contest is open worldwide. You have until January 27th to enter. Please make sure you comment with a valid e-mail address.

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.