Tag Archives: Spring Summer 2011

Interview with Tui from POP magazine

2 Apr

This time last week, Elle and I were lucky enough to grab an interview with Tui, who is the junior fashion editor at POP magazine.

We made our way down to the POP magazine headquarters, which is situated just around the corner from Regent Street, on a beautiful Friday afternoon.

As soon as we walked into the plush building, myself and Elle looked at each other as if to say “WOW, I can’t believe we’re actually here!” Once we had signed in with the receptionist, we headed for the lift and made our way to the third floor of the building, where we waited outside the offices to meet Tui.

After about 10 minutes of waiting nervously, she finally appeared from the office with a big smile on her face. We shook hands, introduced ourselves, and made our way back outside the offices to sit in the park which is located just outside the offices on Hanover Square.

We set up our audio equipment, and jumped right into the interview. She was such a pleasure to chat to, and she really was an inspiration to both of us. She spoke about fashion in a completely different way to what we first imagined. Instead of relating fashion to the whole designer catwalk scene, she told us that fashion should relate to your own personality rather than copying everyone else’s style. And we couldn’t agree more! She’s made us look at the fashion industry in a completely different light.

We managed to ask her a whole range of questions relating to her role in the magazine and her opinions on fashion.

Make sure you check this interview out…  I’m sure it will give you a huge insight into what the magazine is about and Tui’s view on the fashion industry!

Interview by Shani Wortley. Recorded and edited by Elle Douglas.

BAGS Galore

24 Mar

Not quite sure what accessories you need to finish off the look of your new outfit?

Well, look no further. All you need is a cute summer handbag!

Bags are THE most important item this season. They are a very popular item with most women, as they can quickly make a simple outfit stand out. If you’re not confident with some of the new trends that are out this season, then don’t panic. Take a look at the following suggestions for handbags this summer, and you will be able to give off a trendy look without having to wear an outfit you’re not quite sure about.

Oversized bags.

Statements are really important this season. So what could be better than an oversized bag?

But why do we love them so much? Well, these are big bags (hence the name ‘OVERSIZED’), so it means that we can fit all of our stuff in them. I mean, c’mon, us women have a LOT of our own essentials. With a big bag, you don’t have the worry of cramming everything into a tiny little space. You can carry around everything you need with no worries!

If you’re feeling adventurous, choose a bag with an exotic print to make you stand out from the crowd. They help to give that extra ‘WOW’ factor to any plain looking outfit. However, make sure you match the prints accordingly… You don’t want to end up looking like your nan’s old curtains!


Black Floral Print Bag

£44.99

River Island

Warehouse Buckle Satchel

£40

asos.com

 

Black Monochrome Day Bag

£35

Miss Selfridge

Colours.

This season, you will be witnessing a lot of bright colours. If you really want to get noticed (in a good way of course!), pick a bright coloured bag. This is a great tip if you’re not confident with buying a bright item of clothing. Block colours are going to be very popular. If you don’t want to buy those neon trousers just for the sake of looking fashionable, then just grab a neon bag instead!

Again, making a statement is really important this summer, and a bright coloured bag can help you do just that. As must of us know, 70’s revival is going to be huge this summer, and this is exactly what bright coloured bags are inspired by.

Electric blue and bright orange are going to be massive colours for this particular season. And any other neon colours. But you can splash out with whatever colour you like… Pink, Orange, Green, Yellow… You name it, there will probably be a bag for it! Again, just make sure you match the colours accordingly. Looking like someone has just thrown random paint colours at you is NOT a good look.

Orange Contrast Leather Pushlock Satchel

£50

Topshop

Blue Crocodile Oversized Clutch

£34.99

River Island

River Island Vintage Across Body Bag

£25

asos.com

Clutch bags.

Even though big bags are in this summer, clutches are equally important. They are the perfect accessory for your summer party wear! Lets face it, you don’t want to be lugging around a huge bag all night. Personally, I think clutch bags are one of the cutest styles around. As well as looking cute, they’re just about big enough to fit in all your party essentials!

Frills and tassels seem to be making a big impact on clutch bags this summer, as well as all of our bright colours and patterned prints. The envelope bag is a popular style this season, and they come in a range of colours and styles. Animal print is going to be making its way back into the fashion world this summer, so you could grab a leopard print clutch bag to help bring out the ‘animal’ in you at night. So, go out there, grab yourself a pretty little clutch bag and get your dancing shoes on!

Twist Lock Clutch

£25

Topshop

Blue Floral Envelope Clutch

£15

Dorothy Perkins

Mock Snakeskin Envelope Clutch

£15.99

New Look

Shoulder/body bags.

These little numbers are another item that has been inspired by 70’s revival. The great thing about shoulder bags is that they look great in the day time, AND in the evening. It’s quite obvious from the name what these bags were made for… You wear them on your shoulders to help free up your hands. For example, wearing a shoulder bag when out on a long shopping trip means that you will have an extra bag to carry your shopping back. Result!

You can’t really go wrong with a shoulder or body bag – there are so many different styles out there that will suit everyone. They also come in different shapes and sizes. An oversized shoulder bag will probably be better for the day time, as it means that you can fit all of your essentials in one bag. Think back to this seasons idea of making a statement. With an oversized shoulder bag, you can do just that, as well as making it comfy to carry. However, elegant body bags are probably best with evening wear. Unlike clutches, you don’t have to constantly carry it in your hand for the whole night. Just sling it over your shoulder and voila! You can now party in comfort!

Woven Duffle Shoulder Bag

£34.99

New Look

Orange Leather Lock Cross Body Bag

£32

Topshop

ASOS Floral Metal Keeper Detail Satchet

£15

asos.com


So, what style handbag will you choose this summer? Well… Why not have one of each?

Go on, treat yourself!


High street trend spotter: Best bargains for Spring ’11

22 Mar

Yes! It’s  finally time to say goodbye to your fur coats and woolly hats, spring has arrived! This month, high street shops made room for this years great collection of clothes, shoes and swim-wear at affordable prices. Colour collisions, mad cap prints and 70’s chick that burst from the London catwalks to your local high street couldn’t be hotter.

This week, I have raided high street stores to check out the seasons latest trends and best buys that will guarantee to put you in the fashion limelight. No need to add to your credit card, all clothes, shoes and bags I have specifically picked out are under £50.00!

Here’s how to get the look!

Back to the 70s

£40.00
River Island

Mid wash denim chelsea girl pinny dress.

Tip: Denim playsuits, dungarees and cowgirl chic  got a 2011 update on the D&G catwalk. Mix with ginghams, tan accessories and cowboy boots or sandals to create a look from the runway!

 

 

£29.99
H&M

Imitaton leather strappy sandals with       platform.

Colours available: Coral (pictured), green,           cognac brown.

 

 

Print and boho vibe

£34.99
River Island

Orange ditsy print palazzo pants.

Palazzo pants are this seasons must have! Perfect for English spring weather!

Tip: Wear with a plain top to show off statement trousers, teamed with glasses and accessories.

Or…. If you want the full fashion vibe, follow 214 magazines advice:  “wear lots of  ditzy prints at once to give delicate a new meaning.”

 

 

£28.00 Set
Topshop
Navy vintage floral print bikini
Removable pads for sizes 6 to 16.

This is a personal favourite. The set replicas Australian swimwear brand ‘Seafolly’, and their range English rose. Costing over £100.00, this £28.00 set is a bargain!

Topshop also offer the same style bikini set without print and in colours such as red and black, take a look!

 

 

A rainbow of COLOUR.

£45.00
Asos.com
ASOS Epaulette skater dress

ASOS is not a high street shop, but the online clothes and fashion website is spot on with key trends, fast(and free) delivery worldwide and won’t break the bank!

Tip: Chanel’s fall 2010 and spring 2011               collection prove that you can make a bold statement by mixing bright colours. Key colours to mix: Orange and purple.

 

Trend Alert!!!
As seen at London Fashion Week.

£18.00
Dorothy Perkins
Green chain cross body bag.

Colours availables: Green(pictures), camel, ochre, berry.


Other trends to watch out for:  Denim, stripes and Swedish lace.

All of the clothes, shoes and bags above are available in the shops and online right now! So grab yourself a bargain and get into this seasons trends! Don’t forget to show your student ID at the tills of most outlets mentioned above (excluding H&M and River Island) to get 10% off!

Fearne Cotton’s new Spring/Summer Collection at Very.co.uk is launched

21 Mar

Last week, Radio 1 DJ Fearne Cotton celebrated the launch of her new clothing range at online store Very.

Fearne has decided to go 60’s chick in her new clothing range, and the collection includes a range of vintage style dressed to help suit most peoples style. And plus, most of the outfits are easily affordable for us students!

At the launch of the Spring/Summer collection, she wore this mod style Peter Pan collar silk dress, teamed up with orange platform heels. Graduated cream and orange help to give off that perfect dreamy summer vibe that everyone will be wearing this season. The orange colour on the shoes match this dress perfectly and it really helps to finish off the whole look. This has to be one of the cutest outfits in her collection, and she works it perfectly with cute ringlets.

This dip dye Vintage silk dress costs £55, and a pair of these orange platforms cost £38. Be sure to add them to your wishlist!

 

Another one of my favourite items from Fearne’s new collection are these black and white wedge sandals. These little numbers have summer written all over them! They also give off that 60’s feel that Fearne has been aiming for with her collection, which will be uber stylish as soon as summer approaches us. And because these shoes are in black and white, you will be able to pair them up with almost any other outfit.

These little beauties will cost you £38 to buy. Perfect to show off your summer tanned legs with!

 

And finally, this black lace T-shirt is a must have for every girls summer wardrobe. Lace was a popular style last year, and it looks like it will be very much in trend this summer. Team this t-shirt with a cream colour for a very sophisticated look. Fearne is shown wearing this with a cream polka dot pleated skirt that helps to complete the look and give off that natural girly vibe, and will look perfect with a summer tan!

Purchase it for your own for only £35. Complete the look with Fearne’s pleated skirt, which will cost you £25.

If none of these items have managed to catch your interest, make sure you visit the website and check out the collection for yourself. She has such a wide range of clothes that are bound appeal to all girly fashionistas!

All images have been taken from the Very website.