Just when I’m starting to feel a bit smug that I haven’t bought anything new this month – I’m one pair of shoes away from a divorce on the grounds of ‘unreasonable amount of clothes’ – Topshop goes and ruins it all.
The high-street store has just served up a super cute beaded bag called the Mykonos tote and it’s giving me all the holiday feels.
I spotted it on Instagram by way of a few of my fashion editor friends, and now it’s taking off with the influencer crowd too.
It comes in two block colours, black and yellow, and then two multi-coloured versions, one in pastel tones of white and pink, and the other in green, black and white – my personal favourite.
The schooling comes courtesy of Donatella Versace herself, who released a short video tutorial on Instagram as part of her AW18 campaign.
In the clip, she and models tease, ‘It’s Versace not Versachee’. Still confused? If you say it phonetically, it should be ‘Versatch-eh’ rather than the ‘Versatch-ee’ we’ve all been saying.
Schooling aside, the AW18 campaign stands out in its own right, as it’s the longest ever ad image, and we mean that literally, as it features 54 models posing next to each other.
‘This image made up of 54 models is a true representation of clans that embody everything Versace stands for – diversity expressed together with innovation in the fearless representation of what it means to be daring’ one image read.
They added, ‘The longest Versace line up is made up of a mega mix of personalities – from super models to young new talent in looks that are all about confidence’.
Now the FLOTUS has landed in the UK with Donald Trump, and for her first evening here, she donned a ballgown as she was welcomed at Blenheim Palace by Theresa May and her husband Philip May.
Melania chose a caped gown by French designer J Mendel, from his spring/summer 2018 collection.
But whilst the gown originally came in green, Melania’s stylist, Herve Pierre, requested it be changed to a pale yellow colour for her.
According to WWD, Pierre said the choice of pale yellow was intentional and was meant to ‘pay homage’ to the Queen as it’s one of her favourite colours. Wherever possible, her sartorial choices pay homage to the country she is visiting, and earlier in the day, she wore a dress by British designer Roland Mouret.
Unfortunately, probably around the same time the couple were enjoying their dinner, a story in The Sun broke, in which Mr Trump said May’s Brexit plan would ‘probably kill’ any trade deal with the US.
It might take a little more than a dress to smooth things over after this.
You don’t have to sugar coat it for me, it’s not been a good week. Brexit negotiations are going to s**t, England lost the World Cup and Trump is now on UK soil. So I’m getting my joy where I can, and today Zara is giving me lots of it.
Because this morning I received an email telling me there was a new section in the Zara sale, poetically called ‘over fifty %’. Yep, you can now have your Zara fix and not feel guilty about it, because over 50% off is basically free, amiright (and here are some extra Zala sale hacks to make it even sweeter)?
The section includes basically everything, from dresses to shoes and bags, and even some coats if you’re planning ahead for AW18, and you can also shop menswear and kidswear.
Here are five things I’m buying to salvage what’s left of the week.
Whether you’re a fashion forward dresser or a relaxed, fuss-free bride-to-be…
From Emily Ratajkowski’s mustard Zara wedding suit through to Angelina Jolie’s tulle train embroidered with her children’s drawings, more brides are turning away from traditional white gowns in favour of the unconventional. While we’re always going to have a soft spot for traditional lace wedding dresses, we love a style queen who’s willing to make a major fashion statement on her big day and we’ve found a few options that might just fit the bill.
No matter your budget, we’ve done the digging and curated our favourite styles whether you’re keen to channel a menswear vibe, going full rainbow with a colourful wedding dress or want to flash a little leg with a shorter frock.
Luxury designers like Roksanda, Alessandra Rich and Safiyaa are a great shout for modern brides who want to push the envelope, while Halfpenny London, Rime Arodaky and Ellery’s unfussy designs are definitely steered more towards those with a minimal aesthetic. Romantics should shoot for vintage-inspired pieces from the likes of Needle & Thread and Reem Acra or bring the drama in a sweeping Marchesa ball gown or bold Oscar de la Renta.
Working with a budget? ASOS, Monsoon and No. 1 Jenny Packham have beautiful pieces that still look expensive, but thankfully keep your bank account out of the red.
Check it all out below and get ready to break out the Pinterest boards…
If you’re dreading the idea of dragging a heavy dress around all day, a wedding jumpsuit is the ultimate cool girl outfit. We’ve gone for a clean minimal look with this Stella McCartney one piece with a tie-waist detail, which would look a dream with a pair of cobalt blue BALENCIAGA blade heels (which you can peep in our best wedding shoes gallery).
Destination weddings are becoming more common and for those of you heading off for some sun and sand – you’ll want something chic, light and that’ll move beautifully with the seabreeze – a strappy silky dress is always a great idea and it’s an utterly timeless piece for the minimal bride.
Although we have a soft spot for a long lace wedding gown, there’s something to be said for a fun and flirty dress (especially on a swelteringly hot day). Stray away from cocktail dress territory by choosing a more structured piece like this Zimmermann, which features organza puffy sleeves and a daring cut out back detail that we’re obsessed with. (The buttons on the neckline make all the difference.)
While red might not be what you’d usually expect from a traditional Western wedding, it’s actually a really popular colour for Chinese weddings as the colour signifies good fortune, happiness and prosperity – all things you’d wish for in a great marriage. A crimson gown is a bold choice, but one that’ll definitely set you apart if you’re down to break the mould with a colourful wedding dress. This dramatic Elie Saab cape dress has some serious Solange vibes about it and is guaranteed to turn heads.
Not one for floaty white dresses? Go for the exact opposite with a structured black gown. Whether you’re serving gothic Queen of the Night realness or channeling a modern fashion-forward vibe, it’s a strong choice that’ll make for some striking photographs. (We’re obsessed with the idea of a black wedding gown against a string of white bridesmaids dresses.)
Cult LA brand STAUD needs no introduction. It’s the brand behind the It bag all the fashion editors were wearing at Fashion Week, has a hardcore Insta following and countless celebrity fans (think Alexa Chung and Emily Ratajkowski).
Founded in downtown Los Angeles in 2015 by Sarah Staudinger and George Augusto, it has created unique and innovative pieces that have literally flown off the digital shelves.
But whilst we could shop it to our heart’s content online on Net-A-Porter and the likes, there was not bricks and mortar store… until now.
The brand has launched its first UK pop-up shop, in Selfridges no less. The 250 square foot space offers ready-to-wear and handbags, including its bestselling items such as the Alice Dress, Moreau and Shirley bags – perfect if your dream item sold out online before you could by it.
‘This is the first time we’ve ever done a pop-up,’ says Sarah Staudinger, co-founder and co-creative director of the brand. ‘We are so excited to see our retail concept within a store—and Selfridges at that!’
Now the only catch is that it’s closing on the 15th July, so you’ll have to be quick if you want to snap something up, but it’ll be worth it, as we can’t see this it-girl favourite going away anytime soon.
We’ve all gone to questionable lengths to get that perfect pic for the ‘gram, like standing on chairs to get a good avo-on-toast pic or stopping traffic during rush hour for that perfect casually walking across the road #ootd shot.
But one influencer took it a step too far by putting herself in danger. Katarina Zarutskie was holidaying in the Bahamas with her boyfriend and thought it would be cute to take a picture swimming with nurse sharks (if you’re a bit squirmish, stop reading now).
They are usually friendly so she thought it would be no problem to swim amongst them and capture the magical moment, even though her boyfriend’s family warned her against it.
She went in and it was all going well until a local told her to pose while floating on her back, which is when a shark bit her arm and tried to drag her under the water.
Her boyfriend’s dad captured the awkward moment, but thankfully after a few seconds, Katarina managed to yank her arm free and swim to safety.
She told the BBC, ‘I’ve seen countless photos of people with them on Instagram.’
Photo: Katarina Zarutskie
The influencer shared the series of pictures on Instagram, and at first glance, you wouldn’t think anything was amiss, until you realise that in one shot she is being bitten by a shark, and in another she is holding her arm above her head to stop the bleeding.
She received backlash on Instagram, with accusing her of being ‘self-obsessed’ and a ‘stupid Instagram model’.
Despite needing stitches and antibiotics, she said it didn’t put her off, although she would be more cautious next time.
‘I think anyone that goes and swims with nurse sharks needs to realise it is an uncontrollable situation. You can’t even predict how another human is going to react to situations, let alone an animal. I definitely will be thinking twice but it won’t be scaring me away!’ she said.
With so many fashion brands popping up on Instagram every day, it’s hard to know whether to get excited or not. But let me tell you that the hype around De La Vali is very much to be believed.
You might not have heard the name yet, but you’ve definitely seen the gorgeous summer dresses on your feed, because fashion editors, influencers and celebrities just can’t get enough of it.
The likes of Kate Moss, Adwoa Aboah and Clara Paget are all fans, while I’ve also spotted Hannah Almassi of WhoWhatWear.co.uk and Millie Mackintosh wearing the brand’s most popular frock: the white and red polka dot style.
De La Vali are becoming known for their Ibizan heritage and beautiful silk summer dresses, perfect for occasion wear, weddings, and parties, and their mid-range designer prices make it fairly accessible.
But that doesn’t mean they can’t be worn everyday either, with some of my favourite styles being dressed down with white sneakers and ankle boots.
It was founded by friends Jana Sascha and Laura Castro, who grew up in Ibiza and were inspired by this bohemian lifestyle for their designs, which are crafted from high quality silks sourced from Goa, India.
De La Vali only launched in 2017 but thanks to a loyal following, it’s now stocked at Browns, Harvey Nichols, Farfetch and Luisa Via Roma, with more stockists lined up to launch soon.
The Royals were out in force to mark 100 years of the RAF at Westminster Abbey yesterday, and while Meghan looked chic in a black Dior dress, you might have missed the fact that she was missing one detail: the brooch that everyone else was wearing.
Kate Middleton looked elegant in a pale blue Alexander McQueen coat, which she adorned with the Dacre brooch, a large oval adorned with jewels, which is the highest award a female cadet can achieve.
While of course, the Duchess isn’t a cadet, she received the brooch as a gift following her appointment as Honorary Air Commandant of the organisation.
And she wasn’t the only one with the accessory, as the Queen, the Duchess of Cornwall and even the Duchess of Wessex all wore a brooch on their left breast, while Meghan wore no accessories or jewellery, and there’s a reason behind it.
She has simply not been a Royal long enough to be made an honorary member of an RAF base.
The Queen wore the Jardine Star Brooch, which is shaped like a star and surrounded by diamonds, though this is more of a family heirloom than a symbol of the RAF.
However, the Duchess of Cornwall did wear her RAF brooch (she is Honorary Air Commodore of RAF Halton), and Princess Anne wore a gold version of it (she’s an Honorary Air Commodore of Royal Air Force Brize Norto), whilst the Duchess of Wessex wore a gold and diamond brooch (as the Honorary Air Commodore Royal Air Force Wittering).
So it’s just a matter of time before Meghan is bestowed with a similar honour, especially as her husband Prince Harry has served in the military for almost a decade.
There’s no denying Queen Elizabeth is a creature of habit. She wears these shoes regularly, is hardly ever seen without her favourite handbag by Launer (she apparently has around 200 of them) and always travels with the same luggage.
So it’s hardly surprising that she always wears the same necklace when she’s out and about on official duties, though we’ll admit we never realised.
Apparently, she loves the three-strand pearl necklace so much that it is now officially part of her uniform.
However, and this is where it gets interesting, she actually has three identical (more or less) styles that she interchanges.
According to Leslie Field, author of The Queen’s Jewels, the first necklace was a gift from her her grandfather, George V, for his Silver Jubilee in 1935. He gave her a three-strand necklace of even-sized pearls, while Margaret received a double-strand of pearls.
The second necklace is apparently the one she wears the most, and she had it made in 1952 after she came to the throne, from cream family pearls which graduate in size, and fastened by a small diamond clasp.
Lastly, her third necklace came courtesy of the Emir of Qatar, who gave her the necklace as a coronation present in 1953. This one was said to have an ornate pearl and diamond clasp, and was slightly bigger and longer, making it perfect for evening occasions.
Now that we know this, we won’t be able to see her without noticing her necklace.