I love this, mainly because the amount of selfies I take on a night out is getting ridiculous. But when there’s hours of fun to be had with filters that have become like friends, then I say you have to respect the power of the simple but effective selfie.

I’m glad Selfridges agree – this selfie slogan makeup bag is one for every selfie-snapping girl’s Christmas list:

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London Fashion Weekend takes place straight after London Fashion Week at Somerset House and what a setting it is for an event. Overlooking the Thames, it was a perfectly sunny day when I attended and the building looked magnificent in the winter sun.

Somerset House makes the perfect venue for London Fashion Weekend

We arrived quite late on into Friday morning’s session which meant no queues by the time we turned up but a general lack of common sense by the event staff meant we missed the start of the Elle beauty presentation we were looking forward to.

An event ‘helper’ told us we couldn’t enter via what I know as the main entrance (the one that faces the Thames) and so we were directed to walk round the building to the other side so we could collect our pre-booked tickets. Why there was an issue entering via this door I have no clue. It seemed to me like it was closest to the ticket collection area but maybe that’s just me…

The silver spaceship-esque trailers you can see in my photo above were where we collected the tickets, with some difficulty. Bearing in mind that no one else was around, we walked up to one of the windows and were told that window was for ‘silver and gold tickets only. The bronze window was the one beside him. In the same cabin. Where his friend was stood. So we had to make the ridiculous side shuffle to the left and wait for his friend opening said window…

There may be a need for that level of ‘organisation’ (or more like segregation) if there was a hint of a queue but really, there was no need for the robotic response we got from the event staff.

Anyway, enough complaining about the rules and regs, once we were finally inside the event it was fashion overload.

The Vodafone Lounge at London Fashion Weekend

The Vodafone Lounge appeared to be where all the action was happening so we headed inside and fought our way (really, we did) to the front of the queue to see the Elle magazine beauty presentation. ELLE’s beauty director Sophie Beresiner and fashion TV presenter Antonia O’Brien talked us through the must-have makeup and hair looks for SS14, even the ones we’re never likely to attempt – I’ll only ever be rocking the wet-look, slicked back hair trend for five minutes after my morning shower, thanks.

ELLE’s beauty director Sophie Beresiner explains why the sidesweep is a hot hair trend for SS14

Inspired by our beauty masterclass we headed back into the main part of the Vodafone Lounge where Maybelline had set up a stall packed full of SS14 colours. My only disappointment was that other cosmetics brands hadn’t done the same – it was all very nice and looked appealing but there was no real incentive to buy the products on offer, no free samples and no makeovers on offer. Yes I’m living up to my blogger/blagger tag here but you do expect to get something for your entry fee (and a bit more than the cheap Julien Macdonald-designed tote we got).

The Maybelline stall had stacks of lipsticks in SS14 shades

In truth the Vodafone Lounge was way too small for the amount of designer stalls setup inside and it was an endless stream of people bumping into us so we ventured into the main building to see what was on offer there.

I got most excited by the Prosecco bar but swiftly disappointed when there wasn’t even one free drink to be had. As great as it was to have a nosey at all the designer goods on offer (with some brands claiming to have discounts on the items) nothing caught my eye. Lots of designers were showing off their wares – Lulu Guinness, Radley, Muubaa, Amanda Wakeley, French Sole, Kat Maconie – but the price tags were still mighty high for an exclusive shopping event.

My look for London Fashion Weekend – Topshop Selma sunglasses// Topshop lipstick in Rio Rio// Warehouse Leopard Print Dress

I’ll be back in September but I don’t think I can say it will be for the shopping – the best part of the event was the Elle beauty presentation as that’s the sort of thing that makes you remember why you love the fashion industry and all its glamour.  And it will be silver or gold tickets next time – our bronze tickets got us an empty tote bag and no admittance to any of the designer/trend shows, which I think would’ve made the day all the more exciting.

Overall it was an enjoyable experience but organisers take note – more access to exclusive shows, more samples included for our ticket price and a bit more common sense would make it an event to remember for the right reasons.

For more information visit http://www.londonfashionweekend.co.uk 

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You could almost hear the gasps of every front row fashionista when the dollar dropped that this was Kate’s first campaign for the late great (Lee) Alexander McQueen.

Her first campaign since turning 40 this month and her first-ever for the eponymous fashion label, Kate Moss for Alexander McQueen is just as dark and edgy as you’d expect it to be.

Dressed in an ensemble from Sarah Burton’s uniform-inspired SS14 collection for McQueen, Kate assumes the role of leather-clad urban warrior against a dystopian background.

The film for the campaign is eerily black, with the occasional flash of light catching those famed cheekbones, accentuated by the handiwork of make-up extraordinaire Val Garland.

A luminous yellow pixie-crop wig almost transforms the model into Stella Tennant-style etherealism, so much so that I had to do a double-take the first time I saw the campaign.

And where do you get those mini-me Kate Moss toy soldiers, complete with elfin haircut and tartan kilt?!

There’s a bit of Blair Witch about the ending of the film, but the rest of it sees Kate slowly stomping her gladiator sandals through a deserted building to meet her fate… whatever that may be.

Worth a watch, but maybe with the lights on…

Images and film: Steven Klein

www.alexandermcqueen.com

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It’s a happy fashion new year and that means it’s time to forget all about pastel pink coats (surely?!) and turn our attention to florals, fondants and futuristic metallics.

Here’s a few of my 2014 fashion resolutions, which I’m hoping to stick to for more than the standard ten days…

1 BANISH THE BALLETS

Given that I live in Scotland and eleven months out of twelve seem to feature torrential rain and grey skies, it might be time to accept that my ballet shoes are only suitable for indoor wear. Last year I’m sure I was on the verge of trench foot after spending many a day and night skipping through puddles in my soaking wet ballet shoes. Enough already! I got these River Island boots in the sale recently for £30, total steal.

River Island Curb Chain Trim Chelsea Boot

2 SAVE FOR CHANEL

The amount of quilted faux leather bags with chain straps I own is frightening. Just as I have an exact taste in men, I seem to have developed an exact taste in handbags. The Chanel classic flap bag is clearly the object of my desire so I should stop dreaming and start saving. Or keep buying those Euromillions tickets.

Chanel classic flap bag

3 INVEST IN SUNGLASSES

I love sunglasses and buy as many pairs as I lose in any given year but this year I’m going to treat myself to a designer pair in the hope I’ll take better care of them. A classic pair of Marc by Marc Jacobs cat eye sunglasses have been on my wish list for a while and although they’re pricier than my standard 3 for £10 styles I regularly buy every time I visit Portobello Road, they’re not in the tragically expensive category. Here’s hoping I keep them safe so that by the time we’ve moved on from winter to summer sun I’ll have some chic sunnies to hide behind.

Marc by Marc Jacobs Cat Eye Sunglasses

4 EMBRACE THE MONDAY BLUES

I can’t be the only one that always looks less than polished on a Monday. It really does take me until Tuesday to pull myself together and find something that remotely resembles an outfit for work. I blame the combination of too much thinking over the weekend’s party outfits and a general lack of enthusiasm that the working week has begun, but this year I need to make an effort to change this tired pattern. If you can’t feel good on a Monday you can at least try to look good right? I’ll start with steering clear of sombre head to toe black and embracing colour…

Alexander McQueen Tailored Crepe Jacket

Chloe Marcie hardware flap leather shoulder bag
Topshop Black Gathered Circle Skirt

Karen Millen Signature Suede Mid Heel Court Shoe

Oasis Leopard Silk Square Scarf

5 START WEARING EARRINGS AGAIN

With so much focus on the statement necklace last year every other item of jewellery I own has been banished to the bottom of my trinket box. Once upon a time I would feel majorly underdressed if I left the house for a night out without a pair of earrings so it’s amazing that I now can’t remember the last time I wore a pair. This year I’m bringing them back!
River Island Pink Semi Precious Earrings
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River Island Black Double Buckle Wedge Boots

This month’s Elle magazine has an amazing 25% OFF discount card for River Island so I decided to go on a bit of a shopping spree and take advantage.

When it comes to boots I usually swear by Topshop but I haven’t seen any in months that take my fancy.

I was surprised by how many shoe styles River Island has – and I’m pleased to say there are modest heel heights for those of us that squirm at the sight of skyscraping platforms!

These black and gold wedges were my favourites though and now that I’ve worn them a few times I can safely say that they are one of the comfiest pair of boots I’ve owned. Hopefully they’ll last the season as any pair of wedge boots I’ve had have a tendency to shed the platform sole faster than I’d like.

The gold trim toe cap and ankle buckle detail latches on to this season’s punk trend so I’ll be wearing them all winter long, most likely with my leather biker jacket and a flash of leopard or tartan.

River Island Black Double Buckle Wedge Ankle Boots, £45, www.riverisland.com

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antwerp

As the ’90s fashion moment continues I’ve become slightly obsessed with Antwerp. The Belgian city may have arrived on the fashion map via the ’80s designer collective known as ‘The Antwerp Six’, but its cutting edge minimalism is very much a look I associate with the early ’90s.

The Antwerp Fashion Academy graduates – Walter Van Beirendonck, Dries van Noten, Dirk van Saene, Dirk Bikkembergs, Marina Yee, Ann Demeulemeester and later Martin Margiela – placed themselves in the style spotlight when they hired a van and crossed the channel to show in London.

 
The avant garde nature of the their collections changed the fashion landscape and although individually the designers’ styles varied, collectively they made their mark with directional, futuristic and theatrical styles that challenged the notion of what fashion was at the time.
 
And here was me thinking that Belgium’s most famous export was Hercule Poirot – no mon ami!
 
Topshop, always on the ball with a trend, have seized this fashion moment with the aptly-named ‘90s Antwerp collection, featuring plenty of luxe minimal pieces that capture the look perfectly.
 
Also launching this week in the UK is Belgian label Essentiel Antwerp. The simple styling of the brand is an extension of their history, which they sum up in one line –  what started out as a basic T-shirt collection in 1999 grew into a colorful Ready-to-Wear collection for men and women. ‘Nuff said.
 

Essentiel Antwerp is available to buy in the UK from Fenwick, Anthropologie, Harvey Nichols, Asos, Zalando and Atterley Road.

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The OC

Remember when Mischa Barton was relevant and a whole new holiday was invented?

It’s another reason to feel incredibly old but one of my favourite TV shows, The OC, was launched ten years ago yesterday.

I remember being at college mourning the downward spiral and eventual death of Dawson’s Creek, wondering what would replace that T4-shaped hole in my Sunday hangover TV viewing schedule.

Then along came The OC, all shiny and slick, with polished blowdrys and boho cool replacing the middle sheds and middle of the road outfits favoured by Dawson and Co.

Where Dawson took an entire series to finally make his elaborate point with overdrawn movie metaphors, the OC’s cool kids kept us entertained with snappy, sarcastic one-liners. The immortal ‘Welcome to the OC, bitch’ line, uttered by the eventually-loveable Luke just before he punched Ryan during a beachside brawl in the series premiere, will go down in TV history.

Inevitably, the series tailed off when Mischa’s character Marissa Cooper met a grim end in Season 3. Presumably so she had more time off-screen to sort out her troubled friendships and party lifestyle with the then-cool Hollywood stars Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie.

But I’ll always remember her fondly as Coop, a blonde beach babe with a weakness for tequila and troubled but gorgeous bad boys. A girl after my own heart!

Marissa Cooper’s walk-in wardrobe did have a few fashion hits. Among the hoodies and bootcut denims lay an enviable collection of Chanel bags and pearls, waiting to be teamed with one of her many Diane von Furstenburg dresses or preppy Lacoste polos. Actually I’m feeling a revival of the Coop look:

 

Rachel Bilson is the only star of the show that has managed to stay positively in the limelight since the series ended in 2007, if only for her adorable sense of style.

But whatever happened to Seth Cohen (Adam Brody) and Ryan Atwood (Benjamin McKenzie) after they left the scenic shores of Newport Beach? I never quite got the geek chic attraction with Seth but I’d be more than happy to let Ryan, otherwise known as Chino’s most-wanted, sleep in my poolhouse (oh, okay, glorified garage).

Here’s to The OC, then, for giving us Chrismukkah, California and a reason to surface on a Sunday. I’m off to dig out my box sets…

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