J.W. Anderson’s latest Uniqlo collab is a total beauty

J.W. Anderson’s latest Uniqlo collab is a total beauty


And just what your summer needs

J.W. Anderson‘s latest collection for Uniqlo has just dropped and it is just what your summer needs, nay, deserves. For this second drop, Anderson is revisiting British classics again, but with a twist.

Last season was all about the reversible tartan trench coat, and this time around we’ve also got a hero piece in the form of a tartan ruffle sleeve blouse.

Said shirt is dying to be worn with a pair of straight leg jeans, or even better, a matching skirt for days like today when it’s hot and sunny.

For the more minimalist among you, there are white blouses, striped tees and shirts galore.

Last time around, the collection sold out quite quickly, and I imagine it’ll be the same here, so be quick if you don’t want to be disappointed. Here are my top picks.

Shop now: WOMEN J.W.ANDERSON SEERSUCKER RUFFLE LONG SLEEVE BLOUSE for £34.90 from Uniqlo

Shop now: WOMEN J.W.ANDERSON EXTRA FINE COTTON STRIPED SHIRT DRESS for £49.90 from Uniqlo

Shop now: WOMEN J.W.ANDERSON 100% COTTON STRIPED RUFFLE T-SHIRT for £19.90 from Uniqlo

Shop now: WOMEN J.W.ANDERSON HIGH WAIST FLARE SKIRT for £49.90 from Uniqlo

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We’ve finally been given a glimpse of Meghan Markle’s wedding dress

We’ve finally been given a glimpse of Meghan Markle’s wedding dress


And it’s just dreamy

With only a month before the Royal wedding and everyone guessing who the designer will be, we’ve finally been given a glimpse of Meghan Markle’s wedding dress. Well kind of.

Her Suits character Rachel Zane is finally walking down the aisle to marry her on-screen fiancé Mike (Patrick J. Adams) in the season finale, and a teaser of the episode has been released.

In it, she can be seen exchanging vows in the most gorgeous beaded ballgown by Anne Barge, which eagle-eyed viewers will remember as the one she wore the first time she was meant to marry him, before he turned himself in for being a fake lawyer and got arrested. Drama.

The gown features a beaded bodice with a cascading tulle skirt, and in the episode, Meghan accessorises it with a simple black belt.

The wedding will air in a two-part season finale before she exists the show to get married IRL to Prince Harry and officially start her role as a Royal.

In the teaser, Mike tells her ‘I’ve wanted to marry you from the second I met you.’

‘You are the husband I’ve always wanted,’ she replies, with him answering: ‘I love you, and always will.’

Now with a little imagination, we could just believe it’s Harry saying those words. Roll on 19th May.

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Next season’s cult bag is already on every fashion editor’s wishlist

Next season’s cult bag is already on every fashion editor’s wishlist


Launching on Net-A-Porter soon

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There was the Cult Gaia Ark bamboo bag, then the STAUD Moreau and Shirley bags of last season. Now next season’s cult bag has just been unveiled by Net-A-Porter, and it’s already top of every fashion editor’s wishlist, including mine.

It comes courtesy of Trademark, a New York accessories brand from Tory Burch’s step-daughters Pookie and Louisa Burch, and ticks two major trends for AW18: vintage and faux croc.

The bucket bag style features a chic stamp croc finish and comes in a glossy brown, which is another big trend forecast by NAP for next season.

Lisa Aiken, Fashion Director at Net-A-Porter, explains, ‘It’s the faux croc effect, it’s vintage with a contemporary twist. We had the STAUD croc bag which sold out within 5 days, and we firmly believe that this Trademark one is the next it bag.’

The brand has actually been on the site for two seasons, but thanks to a lower ‘mid-range designer’ price point, it’s about to attract a new cult following, joining ranks with the likes of STAUD, Rixo, Ganni and other contemporary brands.

And this bag is going to seal the deal for sure when it launches in August, it will retail at £325. Keep the date in your diary, because this one won’t be around for long.

 

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Meghan Markle’s £171 bag is about to fly off the shelves

Meghan Markle’s £171 bag is about to fly off the shelves


Shop it before it goes

‘Meghan Mania’ is officially in full swing, causing any piece of clothing the future Royal wears to sell out immediately (see Missoma ring and M&S jumper), so it’s quite a rarity when you can get your hands on said item before it goes – especially if it’s a bargain.

As luck would have it, Meghan Markle was spotted in London today with a super chic bag by Australian brand Oroton, which is still available to buy if you’re quick.

Retailing at just £171, it’s a relatively good bargain if you want to emulate her style, and thanks to its navy and white striped design, will go with most of your summer wardrobe.

Shop now: Avalon Zip Top Crossbody for £171 from Oroton

Attending a Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting with Prince Harry, the bride-to-be teamed hers with a striped button-down Altuzarra dress, which is also still available, albeit at a slightly higher price point of £1,450.

 

Shop now: ALTUZARRA Audrey striped dress for £1,450 from my theresa.com

She covered up with a tailored navy blazer, resulting in the perfect work outfit for summer. Dreamy.

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Here’s why Meghan Markle chose to wear a sheer dress in her engagement photos

Here’s why Meghan Markle chose to wear a sheer dress in her engagement photos


According to Alexi Lubomirski…

Announcing their engagement last year, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are set to wed next month on May 19th at St. George’s Chapel, in Windsor castle.

With a month to go until the big day, wedding updates are still coming in thick and fast, from who is in charge of the flowers to Prince Harry’s best man – according to reports, he has only just asked his brother, William.

Just last week, the royal couple announced their latest update confirming their official wedding photographer as Alexi Lubomirski, the same photographer behind their iconic engagement portraits.

‘Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle have selected Alexi Lubomirski to take the official photographs at Windsor Castle following their wedding at St George’s Chapel on 19th May,’ Kensington Palace announced on Twitter.

The now iconic photographer has spoken out about his experience taking the engagement portraits recently, even going on to talk about THAT dress – the £56,000 Ralph & Russo sheer number that surprised the public, breaking royal protocol.

‘[I was] very shocked with the reaction,’ the photographer explained to Entertainment Tonight at The Daily Front Row Fashion Awards over the weekend. ‘To be honest, we tried on a couple of different things and that was just one that she felt comfortable in, so we weren’t really thinking, “Is it nude?” Or anything. We just thought, “Feel comfortable and let’s make some nice pictures”’

‘It was a very surreal end to the year because it came out of nowhere,’ he explained in an earlier interview. ‘I think one of Megan’s friends saw on Instagram that I was in England during the announcement of the engagement and I was told later that this person said to her, “You should meet Alexi. He’s great, you’d love him” and that was it.’

Going on to explain the shoot, he stated: ‘It was one of the easiest, most joyful jobs because they were so deliciously in love,’ with the photographer even going on to recall that all he had to do was to tell the couple to be themselves.

Judging by Alexi’s official photos, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding photos are set to be the most millennial to date – and we cannot wait.

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H&M x Moschino is the designer collab you’re going to want to queue for

H&M x Moschino is the designer collab you’re going to want to queue for


Everything we know so far

Not wanting to rest on its Erdem collection laurels, H&M has announced its latest designer collaboration, and it’s very different to say the least.

The announcement was made on Instagram live at Coachella (SO 2018) by Gigi Hadid, who introduced MOSCHINO, in a phone call to her friend Jeremy Scott, for the new partnership.

Naturally, Jeremy and Gigi were dressed in the first looks from the MOSCHINO [tv] H&M collection, which will be ‘full of the vitality, playfulness and humour that has made the label one of the most beloved in fashion today’. It will consist of collections for both women and men, as well as a full range of accessories and some extra surprises too. We are SO there for those phone cases.

‘I am so excited about MOSCHINO [tv] H&M. My life’s work has been to connect with people through fashion, and with this collaboration I’ll be able to reach more of my fans than I’ve ever had the ability to do.,’ says Scott.

Meanwhile Ann-Sofie Johansson, Creative Advisor, H&M said, ‘MOSCHINO [tv] H&M is the perfect collaboration for fashion right now, mixing together pop, street culture, logos and also glamour. Jeremy Scott is amazing – he knows how to have fun with fashion, and to connect with his fans around the world.’

The collection, MOSCHINO [tv] H&M, will be available online and in select H&M stores worldwide from 8th November. We’ll update you with a first look once we know more.

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M&S Curve launches for summer

M&S Curve launches for summer


Dying for some spring/summer wardrobe newness – and not just the ones that look good on a size 8? Hurrah for the brand-new M&S Curve collection! Shop our favourite pieces and get some hot styling tips from Marie Claire’s resident curvaceous columnist Hayley Hasslehoff.

M&S CURVE

So long Beast-From-The East, the sunshine is out and Spring is finally in sight. And if your wardrobe is in need of a refresh, and you’re also not a typical size 10, there’s some seriously hot fashion news heading your way. It’s called M&S’ newly-launched Curve collection. Thoughtfully designed for curvy figures in sizes 18 to 32, the collection has been developed using insights from more than 2000 customers and offers styles that are trend-led and super-flattering for dressing your curves come summer.

Marie Claire’s resident columnist Hayley Hasselhoff has tried out the best of the collection, testing out their new season style offerings. Sitting alongside some of the best trench coats and the best jewellery, the M&S Curve collection goes major on vibrant colours, cute tailoring touches and classic staples.

As Hayley tells us, “Right now, it’s all about bringing in a pop of colour, diving into embellishment and reinventing the trusty trench. Luckily, Marks & Spencer’s first ever Curve range ticks all these boxes – I’m adding so many versatile pieces from the collection to my wish list!”

“The Cobalt blue dress is my day-to-evening staple. To make a block-coloured dress stand out, layer up multicoloured necklaces.”

Double Layer Bodycon Midi Dress, £59

Jelly Petal Collar Necklace, £15

Rectangle Collar Necklace, £17.50

“This chic navy trench is a key buy, and the white blouse brings casual sophistication to the jeans.”

Belted Trench Coat in Navy, £69

Cotton Rich Long Sleeve Shirt, £27.50

360 Contour High Waist Straight Jeans, £29.50

Faux Leather Circle Handle Cross Body Bag, £39.50

Woven Striped Visor Hat, £12.50

M&S Curve

“Team a yellow blouse with navy satin trousers for an easy elegant vibe. Then throw on a cool cape for extra style points.”

Satin Wide Leg Trousers, £39.50

V-Neck Longline Camisole Top, £25

Shop More of our Top M&S Curve Picks

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Belted Trench Coat, £69

M&S CURVE

Longline Long Sleeve Shirt, £35

M&S CURVE

Cotton Rich Longline Trench Coat, £69

M&S CURVE

Pleated Front Wrap Jumpsuit, £65

M&S CURVE

Floral Print ¾ Sleeve Wrap Midi Dress, £45

M&S CURVE

 V-Neck Ruffle Sleeve Blouse, £29.50

M&S CURVE

Linen Rich Wide Leg Trousers, £29.50

M&S CURVE

Front Knot Half Sleeve Maxi Dress, £65

Simple, elegant, and right in line with our Summer Fashion Trends, these versatile M&S Curve pieces will transition your wardrobe straight into the summer season ahead…

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This is why Zara’s shop windows are empty right now

This is why Zara’s shop windows are empty right now


It’s going to change the way you shop

Have you walked past your favourite Zara and noticed the window displays are completely empty? No mannequins, no clothes, nothing? Well there’s a good reason for it. You see, Zara is targeting millennials by introducing Augmented Reality shopping.

The high-street chain is encouraging shoppers to download the Zara AR app, and point their smartphones to the shop windows. Models Léa Julian and Fran Summers will then magically appear on their screens, talking and moving around, modelling the latest Studio collection.

Think of it as mannequins brought to life, albeit in a very realistic way (it took 68 cameras to capture 12 sequences on a set of 170 square metres, one of the largest of its kind in the world).

You can also enjoy the virtual experience at ‘podiums in store, using delivery boxes for online purchases and through dedicated images on zara.com.’

Then, if you like what you see, you can shop the items on the app in one click, or directly in-store.

This has been rolled out in 120 stores worldwide, with selected stores in London, Liverpool, Manchester and Dublin taking part.

Plus, if you fancy, you can share your experience online by ‘sharing the experience on social media, encouraging users to take and submit photos of the holograms, establishing a virtual connection that appears remarkably real.’

 

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This £56 Urban Outfitters dress is having a bit of a moment

This £56 Urban Outfitters dress is having a bit of a moment


Snap it up before the heatwave

Blame Spring’s late arrival (it’s actually meant to be 21C and sunny this week), but an Urban Outfitters dress is proving to be a big hit this season, with ‘outstanding sales’.

In fact, it’s the fastest selling item the high-street store has at the moment, with a 200% hike in sales the past couple of weeks, and it’s easy to see why.

The Amber dress, with its button down front and flattering nipped-in waist is beautifully understated, plus it comes in a blue and white stripe, rust red, yellow and pale blue so there is a colour to suit every taste.

Shop now: Amber dress for £56 from Urban Outfitters

It’s also versatile enough to be worn in any way you like. You could opt for white sunglasses and trainers to match, or dress it up with some heeled sandals.

Or, if you’re heading to a festival this summer, team it with a white cowboy boot, another of this season’s biggest hits – and it doubles up as a pretty beach cover-up too.

Need I say more?

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This latest clue might reveal who Meghan Markle’s wedding dress designer is

This latest clue might reveal who Meghan Markle’s wedding dress designer is


‘they are staffing up ahead of a big announcement’

Rumours about Meghan Markle’s wedding dress designer have been rife ever since the engagement was announced, and with the Royal wedding a mere month away (who else is excited?!), a new clue may reveal who she’s chosen for the task.

It was previously thought it might be Ralph & Russo, the British brand behind her engagement portrait dress. However now the fashion industry is leaning more towards Erdem.

Why? Well first off, the fashion house has just taken its PR in-house, and hired a new PR manager, leading to believe they might have lots of announcements to make soon. Like maybe revealing they’ve designed THE wedding dress of the century, no biggie.

According to People, it’s ‘leading several royal watchers to wonder if they are staffing up ahead of a big announcement’.

Secondly, by choosing Erdem to design her dress, Meghan would be paying homage to two countries close to her heart. The UK, as it’s a British-based brand also favoured by her sister-in-law Kate Middleton, and Canada where she’s been based to film Suits for the past few years, as the designer Erdem Moralıoğlu is Canadian.

If that’s not a perfect fit we don’t know what is. That said, we won’t know for sure until the day of the actual wedding (19th May ICYMI), so all bets are off.

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