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Topshop Creates Givenchy Runway Jewelry Lookalike

After a four months’ wait, Topshop has come out with a lookalike multi strand chain necklace (with trademark charms of course) to give with Givenchy’s fans with less of a budget than $2k something to claw for.  This piece isn’t gold (the metal isn’t even identified; we’re only given “metal fiber”), but at savings of $1,915 I suppose we shouldn’t complain too loudly.

Topshop Creates Givenchy Runway Jewelry Lookalike



Topshop’s Sale Begins Today
December 26, 2008, 8:57 am
Filed under: 2008, Sales, Stores, Women's Fashion | Tags: , , , , , ,

They aren’t calling it a “boxing” sale, but hey, we’ll [almost] take anything Topshop will give us.  The sale varies from piece to piece, but many good items are at 50% off.  Below are some of my picks for top buys; or check out the entire sale here.

Topshop's Sale Begins Today

From left to right: Can Can Frill Dress ($60; $60% off), Cardigan By Simone Shailes ($300; $210 off), Pencil Skirt by Boutique ($50; $60 off), High Waisted Sequin Trouser ($70; $65 off)

Topshop's Sale Begins Today

From left to right: Print Check Biker Jacket ($50; $60 off), Stripe Double Waistcoat ($30; $35 off), Slashed Velvet Jacket ($140; $120 off), Frill Neck Bomber Jacket ($60; $65 off),



Working In Polka Dots

Work a bit of 50s essence back into your look with polka dots. Various designers are fans including Rei Kawakubo; her collaboration with H&M was a great testament of her enjoyment of the spot!

Dots are a great way to add visual textures to an outfit if you’re trying to stray from stripes and plaids. Try layering different polka dot pieces upon each other, along with solids for a very distinct look. Some bits to keep in mind while considering the spot:

  • Don’t go with fabric patterns of spots that gradually change in shape; this is a tacky and unflattering pattern that must be avoided!
  • Polka dots don’t have to be a dot on a solid color; having spots layered over a textured fabric, or dot patterns that experiment with colors and patterns is a more exotic approach to the old school pattern.
  • Subtle effects are sometimes better; sometimes the effect of having an almost unnoticeable dot is best your spotty piece won’t be the boldest thing you wear.
  • Your dots can be as large (or as tiny) as you see fit. Nobody said your spots had to be comically sized! If you’re not into having large, distinct patterns on your pieces, then opt for the mini version.
  • A cheaper alternative to buying a main piece is getting the tights version! You get more character there, as well.

FOR WOMEN:

Working In Polka Dots

From left to right: Sequin polka bandeau dress ($170; Topshop), Paul Smith polka dot shirt (£132; My Wardrobe), Polka shirt ($35; French Connection), Moschino Cheap & Chic Polka dot pencil skirt ($605; Net-A-Porter), Dapper Danielle capelet ($128; Anthropologie)

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FOR MEN:

Working In Polka Dots

There is no reason why the boys have to be left out of this one; spots are flattering on any gender as long as you have the confidence to pull them off (and a look that suits them, of course!).  Men have the luxury of the spotty accessory; neck ties, bow ties, cuff links and socks are great options to add some flavor to your otherwise solid colored selections.

From left to right: Black spotted polo shirt ($28; Topman), Paul Smith Polka dot tie ($160; eLuxury), Polka dot socks ($6; Topman),  John Hardy Dot Silver cuff links ($250; Neiman Marcus)



Want Of The Day: KEZIA Lace Up Shoe From Topshop
December 3, 2008, 10:26 am
Filed under: 2008, Footwear, Want Of The Day, Women's Fashion | Tags: , , , ,

KEZIA Lace Up Shoe From TopshopThe Keiza shoe from Topshop is like a hybridized version of a loafer and a jazz shoe; the shoe is shaped enough (especially with that point and the minor heel), yet manages to look light and airy enough to still be a dance shoe without thick layers of leather.

The elastic is camouflaged enough against the original patent design that the shoe can get away with it; though I don’t fancy the look of black elastic against the gold leather in the sister version.

At $100, the Keizas will still keep you dancing all the way to the bank (which we all relish nowadays!)



Fashion Crimes: Jean Print Leggings

Jean Print LeggingsHere is an example of one truly unnecessary item. With denim these days being vacuum pack tight, there is no need for hawking a legging in this design! The problems stemming from this piece are numerous; among which they encourage leggings being worn as pants (which is a cardinal legging sin in my book).

At $36 for a piece of viscose and elastine printed to look like a legitimate pair of pants, spend the extra $40 (that’s all it takes to buy a pair of jeans at Topshop anyways) and get a real pair of pants that will cover your butt and not make people cringe when they walk past you. Besides, unless you have a stripper rear that one could bounce quarters off, why the &*#^ would you want to have such a thin layer of fabric covering your butt? That is one of the most unflattering looks for women out there.

The bottom line is this: ignore these pant imposters like they’re the bubonic plague.



Polka Dots Promise To Force Others To Blink While Looking At This Trench

Polka Dots Promise To Force Others To Blink While Looking At This TrenchI’m thinking Topshop took inspiration from the latest H&M collaboration with Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons.  Regardless of where the idea stemmed from, the spotty trench from the Brit clothing hit maker is another golden example of taking a basic design and making it shine.

To me, this is a perfect trench coat specimen; perfectly military like in design, an a-line skirt design for full motion effect while walking and is belted with epaulet detailing! The polka dot pattern only adds to the effect of the jacket; if you walk down the street in this beauty, people will have to do a double take.

The $400 US price tag is quite intimidating, though depending on your financial situation, I say go for it (if only so I can live vicariously through you!)



Lumberjack Check Makes Its Return To Popularity

Plaid has some competition – the check has returned.  It’s not just for enthusiastic hipsters, either; designers from Alexander McQueen to Marc Jacobs have taken the pattern to usages we have not seen since the Nirvana 90s.

Wearing a check does not always have to denote a nod to the grunge era; having a pattered shirt or jacket with a straight cut silk pant, streamlined blazer and extras like a bow around the neck of a collared shirt or a textured leather belt will remove you from the dirty slacker stigma just enough.

Of course if you are going for that type of look; bring out some thin legged jeans with a bit of shredding and some half laced work boots.  Try not to go to overboard with this one, though; nobody likes a pseudo 90s rocker that is trying so very hard to look effortless.

FOR WOMEN:

Lumberjack Check Makes Its Return To Popularity

From left to right: Lumberjack biker jacket ($145; Topshop), Alexander McQueen Checked silk dress ($925; Net-A-Porter), Marc by Marc Jacobs Nix check dress ($227; Net-A-Porter), Elisa check shirt ($35; Delia’s)

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FOR MEN:

Lumberjack Check Makes Its Return To Popularity

From left to right: Black and white check shirt ($60; Topman),  Drykorn check scarf ($65; S|Sense),  ADAM wool blazer ($253; Bluefly), Red Bobby zip up hoody ($60; Topman)