Preen Spring Summer 2012

Preen Spring Summer 2012
Now I know we are all focusing, for a couple more weeks anyway, on Autumn Winter 2012 but I just wanted to show off the beauty of the Preen Spring Summer 2012 collection. The collection has a feminine mood with soft colours and sculpted shapes combining to create a ladylike yet daring look. Pastels and prints were the think for the catwalk last season, which has also been key to Autumn Winters runways. The mix of pastels and hand drawn patterns is completely original.
Preen Spring Summer 2012
For all the uniqueness there are a few historical allusions – Thornton and Bregazzi were inspired by The Bloomsbury set, an English group of intellectuals that included Virginia Woolf and E.M. Forster. Rather than making their literary reference overt, they let the artistic spirit of that group’s dynamic influence things subtly. As we all know, Preen is a thinking woman’s fashion line, as pretty as things get on the runway it is the substance and skillful technique found in each piece that keeps fans coming back for more.
Preen Spring Summer 2012

Preen S/S 2012

Designer Inspiration Part 2!

PPQ designer Amy Molyneaux describes how the five key shapes of Spring Summer 2013 are inspired by varying degrees of triangles and triangles inverted; from a A line trapeze, to floor length gown. Their desire was to create a dress for all occasion’s with out any reference to the age bracket the customers might be in. They also threw in some psychedelic 60’s prints and colours to end up with a massive fashion “party”!
John Rocha took inspiration from light and time that he spent at a vineyard near Aix en Provence. Describing his collection as Happy! Love it everyone should be Happy.
Eudon Choi
Took his inspiration partly from Stanley Kubrick’s seminal movie 2001: A Space Odyssey which was made in 1968- when 2001 and seemed like along way away. Inspiration was also taken from the 1966 film Blown Up starring model Veruschka. The collection has been exclusively snapped up by Selfridges so it must be ok.
Three very different starting points in terms of inspiration and overall three different collection. However you can see similarities in terms of colour palette and silhouette.

A Little Treat

Seeing that Summer has finally arrived and the Olympics has finally started we thought it was a bit of a shame that the Summer Sale ended. So were extending our sale, were not giving you 5% or 10% off not even 15% were giving you a massive 20% discount on everything we have in our boutique, just head over too
So go and have a rummage around and find what treasure you can find for you summer holidays, night outs or just because you want to and you can! =D.
To take advantage just enter GoTeamGB discount code!
Oh and GO TEAM GB at the Olympics!

This Weeks Must Have…. Crochet!

I am loving Crochet at the moment, it is perfect for Summer, Festivals and it can be dressed up or down. It is also a great way to add a feminine touch to your outfit, if you pick the right piece you could end up adding a sexy twist.
This Crochet Skirt is stunning! It perfect for all occasions and I love it paired with a printed cropped top.
Massimo Rebecchi featured Crochet in his Spring Summer 2012 collection, they styled it with bright colours and clashing prints and it looks great! Let’s go and get our Crochet on!

I shall be wearing mine oversized, white, in vest top silhouette, with frayed vintage denim shorts and bright wedge block coloured sandals. All topped off with a Summer tan! Fingers crossed.

Blooming Marvelous….

Birmingham’s Entry at Chelsea Flowers Show 2012

Not only is the sun shining and everyone is smiling but Chelsea Flower show is in full swing. A big trend for spring summer 2012 are floral prints, from tee’s to trousers all the way back to Hawaiian Shirts, florals are huge. If you like to stand out from the crowd then don’t hold back and go head to toe, if your looking for something a bit more understated then a pretty dress or discreet top would work well.

Here are some styling ideas..

For a simple and elegant look this dress works wonders, it has a beautiful discreet floral strip print and mid length. I love it.

If you are feeling more daring this floral cropped jacket is perfect, its eye catching, colourful and perfect for summer.

This black floral dress is a smart casual dress suitable for work and the pub. With its double breasted fastening it is flattering and comfortable… Perfect.

This bold floral short sleeved dress is eye catching and pefect if you want to be noticed. Its also fun and very flattering.

The Hippy Dream

I was chatting with my mum the other day about the fun thing I remember from growing up; the house always being full of people and animals, building a tent that took over my whole room- using my mums airing horse, all the pegs and a good proportion of sheets as well, going on holiday to Norfolk managing to fit 5 kids and 2 adults into a tiny 2 bedroom house, getting trapped in one of the bedrooms of that house with 2 of my cousins and shouting HELP HELP HELP for literally hours before either my mum or auntie came and helped us. And it dawned on me I come from a family of Hippies!

At secondary school I would have classed myself as more of a tomboy than Hippie but looking back I stand corrected. I am always being told I am very laid back and I’ll give anything a go once. I do find it strange going into a house where there is empty shelves and even stranger if the cupboard under the stairs is…. empty! Why waste that valuable space. If you were to walk into my house you would think that a family of 5 lives there, not two =D. To further confirm my suspicions of my Hippie nature, and family, I decided that I wanted to do a Jubilee inspired cover story for my vintage boutique, so I went upstairs and casually pulled out a Union Jack flag dress, al la Geri from The Spice Girls, from 1 wardrobe I then went to another wardrobe ( an insight into just how much stuff is actually in my house) and pulled out a brand new Union Jack flag, with out even having to look for it. No surely this isn’t the case in everyone’s house, if it is in yours please let me know, So I have accepted that I am a Hippie, so I am going to show you some of my favourite Hippie inspired outfits for this season.

A common misconception of Hippie style is maxi dresses, fringing and cowboy boots. Don’t worry this is not the case… Read on…
Woodstock Fashion
Ashley Olsen
Tie Dye Maxi Dress.
Hippie Street Style

Key Features:
Oversized tops and dropped arm holes.
Loose fitting shilouettes.
Denim Shorts, frayed, studded, dark or light denim anything goes
Emblished tops, sequins and studs, even better if you can have both.
Tie Dye- Anything really LOVING tie dye.
Bright colours pinks and blues.
Fringing on the bottom of tops and waistcoats.
Layering thin layers of clothing and layer on the long necklaces and bracelets, friendship bracelets are great.

Festival Fashion

With summer in the air and the hum on lawn mowers everywhere I can almost smell the summers festivals. There is nothing better than standing in a field and watching your fav DJ’S and bands play your fav tunes! Love it! There are soooo many great festivals on as well all over Europe were really spoilt. Here are my favs and some budget outfits, who want to spend a fortune on an outfit anyway =).
Hideout Festival Croatia-
29th June- 1st July 2012

High Lights-
Chase & Status
Annie Mac
Sub Focus
Erol Alkan
Andy C
1 week of Sun and awesome music in a stunning location and if that wasn’t enough the tickets only cost £99 FOR THE WHOLE EVENT!! BARGAIN!! Not surprisingly then that they have all sold out.
For a effortlessly cool laid back festival like this I’d keep clothing low key, denim shorts, bikinis, cute over-sized tees or a dropped armhole if you can find one.

This stunning beaded top has a scooped neckline on the front and back, its cool and quirky with out looking like you have tired to hard, and its only £24.99!

Sonar Festival- Spain-
14th June- 16th June

Hight Lights-
Lana Del Ray
An electronic festival which has day events which is focused on looking for new talent and a night event which is all about established acts, and how electronic music interacts and works with other genres.
I went a few years ago and saw Blondie, The Verve and Kings of Leon, and amazing festival which is getting more and more popular.

This bright pink shirt is great for festivals, its eye catching and will go with anything! Wear with denim shorts, the frayed the better, and cute gladiator sandals. The best thing is its only £14.99!

Bestival Festival- UK-
6th Sept- 9th Sept

Stevie Wonder
Emeli Saunde
Scratch Perverts
A fantastic mash of all thing creative, music, art, fashion…. This is the hippie festival of the 21st Century, be as cool as you want or as crazy wacky out there full fancy dress as your imagination will let you. There’s no limits and the music line up is AWESOME!!!! Ah just so good I’m getting goose bumps thinking about it!

What happens at Bestival stays at Bestival, well and on facebook! Part of the appeal and fun at this festival is fancy dress, let you imagination run free, this sequined dress is sure to catch an eye or two. It will look great worn with ankle wellies, glow stick necklaces and face paint galore.
Ahhh I’m sooooooooo excited!!!

I can be called Boxed, Inverted or Knife….. What am I?

Yes you got, or did you ;), I am talking about Pleats, the Spring Summer trend thats not going away! From Box, Inverted or Knife style pleats they are everywhere and in any shade from neon to pastel to printed designs. If you haven’t fallen for them already, whats wrong with you?;), then its about time to. They are great for wearing day or night and look effortlessly stylish, wear with flats, heels or even wellies at this summers festival! Here are a selection of my favs and ideas on how to style them.
So are you convinced yet?

Art or Fashion.. Part 2

I thought I’d share with you some more Art inspired fashion.

One of the trends for this summer is “White Wedding” with “experts” claiming that the 2012 Olympics, Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the European Cup will act as a cultural aphrodisiacs, resulting in more marriages and births. With different designers taking the trend in different directions we have a selection of tomboy tailored separates from Paul Smith and Givenchy, Louis Vuitton took us back to the swinging 60’s and Rei Kawakubo at Comme des Garcon took us to the cake shop……. yes you read that right, the Cake Shop. With a series of multi-tiered dresses that resemble giant wedding cakes, teamed with frothy shoulder capes and sculptural headwear this  real is extreme Bridal wear.

The modern 4 tier wedding cake.
The traditional 3 tier wedding cake
The simple understated cake
The designer cake
The art deco cake
The chocolate profiterole topped cake
The caped crusader cake
The chocolate and vanilla cake
The highly decorative Dollie inspired cake
The princess cake
The diet cake
The Ghost Buster cake
The Veil cake

Now these ensembles are probably not what most brides will be thinking about when they are choosing their wedding dresses, and I can’t really see them working down your local high street either. They are how ever a great accolade to Rei Kawakubo and Comme des Garcon who really let their imaginations run wild! With collections like these I always love looking at them and trying to find out the inspiration and thoughts behind them. Which makes me think that the fine line between art and fashion is becoming thinner and thinner.

Photos- Yannis Viamos/