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All You Need Is Love

” Too much of a good thing is wonderful”

Continuing the Battle of the Boutiques, here is another little gem I found!

Free Love Boutique was created by sisters, Joni and Katie Free, opening its doors in October 2005 on the beautiful island of Guernsey.

Each piece from every collection has been individually selected by the girls, who pride themselves on bringing new and exciting labels to Free Love for their valued and loyal customers to enjoy. So, whether it be that little black dress, gorgeous evening gown, sweet summer’s day frock, must-have clutch bag… or the, ‘can’t bear to walk away from’, dream pair of shoes… Free Love holds that something special just for you.

I’ve selected my favourites below!

 

This gorgeous crochet top and printed skirt are perfect for following the summer trend of pastels and feminine style. Show them off with a plain other half such as white trousers or a colour blocked tee and some ‘of the moment’ summer cork wedges.

Pair with: Tea and crumpets.

Darling Willa Top in Taupe £65, Darling Bridgette skirt in Spring Green £49.95.

As seen above, pair this colour block studded dress with a cropped jacket to add a rougher edge. Try a black biker jacket or brown suede style for a different take on the pretty dress.

Pair with: Vampy, kiss me now lips.

Almost Famous Spray Studded Dress in Orange £116.

With its floaty fabric and dainty ruffles, this LBD is the answer to your summer prayers. Light enough to keep cool and stylish enough to stay hot! Pair with bare legs and dainty heels.

Almost Famous Chiffon Pleated collar Dress in Black £122.

 

This large leopard print shoulder bag with patent trim and handles and gold buckle detail would work well with the above blue ruffle dress to add a hint of colour and pattern to a somewhat plain outfit.

Suzy Smith Iridessa Leopard Print Shoulder Bag £75.

This is my all time favourite item from Free Love due to its simplicity and expensive looking design, you can imagine A-Listers strutting the red carpet in it. The nude maxi encapsulates the feminine trend of summer perfectly with the draped fabric and sweetheart neckline.

Wear with: A single row of pearls or gold drop earings. Nothing more, nothing less.

Jarlo Yolanda Maxi Dress £85.

The nautical trend is still as present as ever and with this Henri Lloyd Elena Cardigan in Navy, £78 , you can follow it on through summer and Autumn too.

Wear with: wide legged jeans and a white ruffle top.

Don’t neglect what you think people wont see! Free Love’s ‘Haylie’ chiffon shoe boots in blush are stunning and will show of a great pedicure and glistening tan wonderfully. The peeptoes with sheer rouched upper, featuring a ruffle down the front, are ideal for updating a simple dress this summer, and are perfect for all the summer weddings people are having!

Chinese Laundry Haylie Chiffon Shoes in Blush £80

 

What The Press Are Saying

“Free Love is a must to visit. They stock fabulous dresses and shoes – in fact, I am wearing some right now!”
Dawn Porter, TV Presenter

“the boutique is awash with pieces to delight customers of all ages, shapes and budgets”
The Guernsey Press

“Joni and Katie travel over from Guernsey together to buy from us and are both very professional as well as being extremely charming. Their choices are always spot on.”
Ben Beeby, managing director of Noli

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Free Love captures a girls dream wardrobe in a few items, from the sheer seduction of the peep toe boots to the elegantly draped maxi dress. Everyone needs a bit of free love in their life. Each item works so well with the next, I’m excited to see what the future holds for the Guernsey girls!

Visit them at

www.freeloveboutique.com

LLLB

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Then Evevee Was Born…

Luxurious. Elegant. Alluring. .Feminine. 

 

  

Evevee is a luxurious online destination for women’s occasional wear. Evevee was founded in June 2010. Eve is a representation of woman, which embraces simplicity and appreciates beauty in a woman through attitude, lifestyle and in fashion. Evevee will dress each woman with beautifully cut garments and subtly reveal her alluring nature with uncomplicated style. Feminality is expressed through elegant dresses and complimenting accessories, that are created for one purpose.

All “Eves” believe the special occasion will be memorable with Evevee. Evevee designs the latest women’s clothing, handbags and accessories for special occasions. Products are devoted to high fashion and seasonal catwalks. We create designs that will give the distinctive, stylish, women a collection of experiences that translates into luxury, timeless grace and glamour to provoke sensuality at every occasion. Products range from stunning cocktail dresses, weekend wear to contemporary formal gowns to beautiful evening clutch bags, formal handbags and accessories. Designs embrace detailed beading, lace materials and embossed gems and crystals on tailored cut garments. Discover your online “wardrobe” with evevee.com. Evevee captures the essence of luxury and desire. “Evevee will be amongst your most memorable moments. Allure yourself with Evevee” Pronounced [eev-vee]

This stunning red colour block dress captivates simplicity beautifully with the luxuriousness of the fabric and elegant cut. Accessorise with matching clutches and dramatic accessories which can all be viewed on her website.

My favourite from the collection is this elegant strapless light gold chiffon maxi dress. With it’s rouche detail on the bust and floaty fabric it is sure to be my summer lust have! Pair with accessories in similar nudes from the collection to keep the focus on the dress.

Triangle Strap Dress £90

 

 

Classic Crystal Gem Dress £140

 

If you’re going to invest in one bag this season invest in the clutch.

Here Evevee presents two stunning clutches in royal eye-catching colours; royal red and vivid blue

If you’re not sure how to wear such bright shades of red and blue then these clutches are prefect for incorporating a splash of colour into your Summer outfit. The twisted elegant designs of layered fabric give another dimension to them, taking them away from boring flat styles of latter day, instead injecting detail and femininity.

But if you are not ready for that colour pop yet, take a look at the other styles on the website. These include cut out, one shouldered and strapless nude numbers in floaty layers or prom style black evening dresses. The red strapless satin dress from the collection (above) and a black twisted front clutch (red version shown above) arrived for me today! The fabric on both clearly shows the brands lavishness and sensuous taste and the fit is like a glove! If it’s good enough for Evevee…

See the range and shop the styles at http://www.evevee.com/

LLLB


Want to be in my garden gang?

Break out into the world of the garden and all things natural.

Take inspiration from River Island…

The range includes floaty lace pieces in pretty peach colours, low-cut floral dresses and tops for the less endowed, high neck 70’s inspired daisy dresses reminiscent of the Twiggy days and Missoni inspired tribal tunics.

Add a floppy hats and your look will ooze money. LLLB



Emporio Armani Woman A/W

THE SPY

 
Inspiration

In the style of a film noir, beauty is concealed behind a pair of dark
glasses and under a hat tilted over the forehead to suggest a hidden
mystery. This enigma is heightened by the perception of a life without
frontiers, according to a plot that follows an aesthetic journey between
different worlds. A precisely defined vision, treated ironically to give an
effortless and contemporary image. A stylish take on international
espionage, travelling through time and distance, referencing the beat of
great nightclubs and the silence of famous hotels.

Total Black

Total black, with a flash of arctic white: a colour combination that
explores the interplay of light, shape and proportion. In this way each
outfit becomes an end in itself, telling a personal story through the matt
density of the cloth, the sheen of the velvet, the light touch of Mongolian
fur and the restraint of eco fur.

Silhouette

Seductive and practical jumpsuits, with full trousers cut as sharp as a
blade to emphasise the long, fluid silhouette. With raw-edge finishes and
sculpted jackets featuring concealed or covered buttons. Just a single
element of colour – the palest pink of bare legs worn without tights, of a
scooped neckline, and of gloveless hands clutching perfectly designed bags.


LLLB


Michael Van Der Ham

For Autumn/Winter 2011 Michael Van Der Ham redefines his unique aesthetic presenting his second standalone show with the coveted New Gen scheme.

The new season sees his diverse collage technique being refined and honed to a focused exploration of the qualities of singular fabrics. In splicing and placing alternating grains of velvet he presents to us an exciting and innovative interpretation of the traditional fabric.

Typical to his individual working practice Van Der Ham is not influenced by a particular framework of reference from popular culture. Instead he fuses a curiosity of silhouettes from past eras with a precise concern for innovative cutting techniques to create paradoxical garments that are both timelessly elegant and startlingly original.

Complementing the dresses Van Der Ham has become renowned for, AW 2011 sees the introduction of knitwear, taking inspiration from archives of vintage floral prints. The prints have been cleverly reworked into fine Italian jacquard knitted dresses, cardigans and tops with highlights of gold and silver Lurex.

An introduction of outerwear to the collection this season sees Van Der Ham’s collage technique applied to sartorial classics. Dusky pink and black mohair coats and jackets are given the Van der Ham treatment with no two sleeves the same on each piece. This twist on conventional outerwear once again emphasises Van der Ham’s distinct signature and asserts his pioneering vision of fusing classic shapes with intellectual, innovative cutting and placement.

Autumn Winter 11 sees Van Der Ham’s work enter a new chapter with a presentation that delivers a more austere, sophisticated edge yet remains faithful to the playful, intelligent charm he is much admired for.

A truly breathtaking show. LLLB


London Fashion Week Presents…

Burberry Prorsum Collection AW11 –

Day 4

The collection

“We are thrilled to be bringing the Burberry show to our widest audience yet in an immersive, interactive and entertaining experience. We have always used digital communication to deepen our connection with the customer and allow people all over the world to experience Burberry no matter where they are. Whether you are at home online, watching in Piccadilly Circus, using a mobile device or in our store in Beijing everyone will be able to feel the energy and attitude of the brand and the excitement of the show.”
Christopher Bailey, Burberry Chief Creative Officer

The Catwalk

The Celebrities

Rachel Bilson wearing Burberry

Kate Bosworth wearing Burberry

Anna Wintour and Samantha Cameron – Where fashion meets politics

Jamie Hince, Alison Mosshart and Alexa Chung

Lily Donaldson wearing Burberry

Ellie Goulding wearing Burberry

And the boys…

Douglas Booth

French/Senegalese Model Sacha M’baye wearing Burberry

Arguably his best collection yet, Christopher Bailey stunned at the Burberry Prorsum Autumn/Winter 2011 Womenswear show yesterday. The polished collection, whose line of celebrity followers were out in force, has been named ‘Shrimpton’ after swinging Brit model and fashion icon Jean Shrimpton.

The collection which was paraded down a snow filled catwalk, consisted of sculptures silhouettes, volumised outerwear in English heritage tweeds, oversized crop cape jackets in hand woven high wool twists, flat front cropped trousers and window cut out dresses with engineered stitching. Detail was key and focs was on cables, leather buttons, leather rope martingales, gathered back pleats, luggage stitching and multi tiered cuffs and so much more!

It seems the celebs took to the iconic Burberry trenchcoat too for the show! His timeless pieces seem to be endless, season after season failing to impress, it doesn’t surprise me he returns with another fabulous collection for AW11.

The show ended with the army of wellie-clad models strutting their stylish selves down the runway. Now if that isn’t entertainment…

And the music: Someone Like You: Adele, You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me, and You Don’t Own Me, Dusty Springfield, It’s A Har dLife, Roger Daltry.

What a show. LLLB


Hollywood Glamour

Let it hang…in draped silky fabrics that is.

Satin is at its most beautiful in dark or earthy demure colours like the ones above. The more layers and folds the better because it’s not the most flattering if tight-fitting! LLLB