Kate - Nothing New, Only Borrowed Project 2

Kate - Nothing New, Only Borrowed Project 2

Kate - Nothing New, Only Borrowed Project 2

Kate - Nothing New, Only Borrowed Project 2

Kate - Nothing New, Only Borrowed Project 2

Kate - Nothing New, Only Borrowed Project 2

Kate - Nothing New, Only Borrowed Project 2

Kate - Nothing New, Only Borrowed Project 2

It’s a bit late, but finally here is October’s Nothing New, Only Borrowed Project 2: Velvet. I teamed up with my friend and fashion photographer Ryan Blackwell for this shoot. (1,2 and 3 Velvet top; Motel, Trousers; Zara, 4 and 5. Lace and Velvet Top; M&s, Mom Jeans; Stradivarius, 6. Velvet Dress; Motel, Jacket; Ryan’s own, 7 and 8. Velvet Top; Zara, Black dress; Topshop – Accessories and shoes my own)

Photographer: Ryan Blackwell, Model: Kate D’Aloia, Styled: by me Freya Pelissier


Seeing Slogans

January 29, 2014

Slogan tees have been around for the last two seasons or more, I think we all remember the green Kenzo jumper right? Well since then the trend seems to have escalated. Originating from street style, and of course band t shirts, for Spring/Summer 2014 they have been re worked for high end fashion collections such as Alexander Wang – with their replicas returning to the streets as I speak. I can’t say I’m a huge fan though. One I’m just definitely not grungy or ‘cool’ enough and two I am pretty sure in a years time the meaningfulness behind the words on my t shirt will just dissolve into nothingness! Saying that I do like the off duty casual vibe they give out – great for a lazy day when you don’t feel like making much effort. Let me know what you think!



When we hear about fashion accessories, certain things tend to come to mind: namely, shoes, boots, belts, handbags, and jewellery. Indeed, these are the extra items that enhance our wardrobes and compliment our clothing styles, and just like garments they feature designs that cycle in and out of fashion as the seasons and years go by. But within these broad categories of accessories, sometimes it’s the tiniest features and littlest props that really seem to stand out and define fashion. So here’s a look at 5 “props” we’re seeing in fashion this fall and winter.

1. Ornate Cloth Cuffs

It’s almost like a winter twist on a bangle bracelet, though of course it’s made of fabric rather than metal. Still, an ornate cloth cuff is a great way to add a subtle accent that can make all the difference to your outfit. Metro notes a gorgeous example in a £69 gothic-inspired cuff from Hobbs that we could see being worn with just about any outfit this season.

2. Gemstones

As mentioned, you’ll hear a lot about jewellery trends if you look up fashion accessories for the autumn/winter season, but or the most part they’ll revolve around the overall styles of pieces. Within these styles, gemstones are noteworthy ornaments for the season, and are serving to add a touch of colour to autumn/winter fashion.

3. Flowers

You’ll see plenty in the way of fake flowers this season, perhaps most notably as decorative attachments to oversized winter hats. However, real flowers can provide an unexpected and tastefully chic addition to the right winter outfits. M&S online is a nice place to start your search, not to buy an individual flower but to get an idea for what the best seasonal selections are. You’ll find bouquets tailor made for the autumn and winter, and can gain an idea of which flowers you may be able to find fresh to complement your outfits.


4. Fur Linings

Fur may be more of a texture than a prop, and is commonly associated with winter fashion in the form of outerwear, and even accessories like scarves and warm boots. However, this season, fur is worth considering in smaller accessories such as handbags and shoe ornaments. Daily Women Talks online shows some beautiful accessory options incorporating fur.

5. Animal Pins

Animals are always prominent in winter fashion, primarily in the form of leopard patterns but also in furs, in skins, and various other themes. Even the traditional winter “camel coat” uses an animal name in its title! But this season, there’s a more subtle way to bring animal fashion into the fold – through decorative pins. Combine this with the gemstone trend for a spectacular little piece. Anything from a jeweled ladybug brooch to a simple ornamental pin in the image of any animal can make a lovely fashion prop.

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Jason Wu – NYFW S/S 2014

September 15, 2013

It is hard to believe that yet another fashion week has come and  gone! I was struck instantly by Jason Wu’s collection for its simplicity and delicacy. The collection really points towards geometric shapes and sharp precision, with a very luxe safari feel. It is definitely a very sexy collection as well as appearing slightly androgynous. Here are few of my favourite looks from the collection.






The Glory of Coats

September 1, 2013

I was about to start this post with – ‘it’s all about the coat for me this winter’, then I realised Autumn/Winter  is always and should always be about the coat. A coat, whether you buy one once every 3 years, every year or every season, is a wardrobe staple that, if properly looked after, will stay with you for the rest of your life. In terms of shapes and proportions this winter everything is over-sized and slightly androgynous. I rather like it. There’s something satisfying in the idea that you can be all cosy and warm, while at the same time turning heads in your woolen wonder! Just like a pair of shoes, the style of coat you choose defines you and says something about you. You can be flirty and feminine in a fitted dress style coat, fierce in a military coat, smoldering in an over sized black coat or utterly glamorous in a camel coat.


Coat Max Mara

MaxMara A/W 2013/14

Although we are coming out of the winter months designers have not abandoned the colour wagon completely. In fact we are being encouraged to embrace bright oranges, yellows and blues as alternate hues to the traditional black, camel or navy. Would you brave such colours? I would definitely try a white/cream or red coat matched with an all black ensemble. But I’m a traditionalist and always embrace the darkness that defines winter fashion.

Coat Bottega Veneta

Bottega Veneta A/W 2013/14

Coat Jil Sander

Jil Sander A/W 2013/14

Not typically a coat but the woolen gilet or sleeveless coat is definitely something to invest in this season. Perfect for layering in the winter and summer and simply stylish! I personally love this one from Zara £149.00.

Coat Zara


Spring/Summer 2013 Trends

March 17, 2013

Here are some of the trends circling this season. Which one is your favourite?

1. Monochrome/Contrast (Marc Jacobs)

2. Sheer Fabric (Rochas)

3. Layering of pattern and texture (Preen)

4. Ruffles (Balenciaga)

5. Far East/Oriental (Etro)

6. The Power Suit (Jonathan Saunders)


60’s Chic

February 1, 2013

Did you hear? The 60’s are back. Flower Power prints and bright citrus hues dominated the SS13 runways, bringing back in style shift dresses, mohair separates and sunny floral motifs with a fresh and tasteful twist. It seems that both high-end designers and high-street retailers are all jumping on this bandwagon. Creating ranges and collections to provide us Fashionista’s with plentiful of bright options when it comes to looking our very best this Spring/Summer.

The good thing about embracing fashion trends from by gone eras is that designers can pick and choose what they liked from the past whilst adding a modern twist to the picture. Take Moschino’s SS13 Resort Collection for example, showcasing the typical 60’s vivid floral prints whilst applying contemporary geometric cuts to the range.

Though the times have changed and so many trends these days come and go so quickly, it’s clear that the influence of the 60’s chic look will continue to inspire designers and Fashionista’s alike endlessly.

So it’s official then, it’s time to take the 60’s fashion trend, out of the style archives and bring the craze back into our lives. Swing into a sunshine state of mind during the warmer seasons to come and sport your best modern Brigitte Bardot look. And while we are on the topic of iconic 60’s fashion icons, let’s not forget we have this by gone era to thank for bringing us Twiggy and Eddie Sedgwick. It seems for those reasons alone, we are eternally grateful.

Embellished Shift Dress by Miu Miu from My Theresa – £2,420.00 | NJWA Tote in Beige and Neon Yellow from – £210.00 | Gogo Philip Oversized Peace Drop Earrings from ASOS – £13.00 | Crystal and Resin Tile Necklace by J.Crew from Net-A-Porter – £90.00 | Flower Power Platform Shoes from Nasty Gal – £157.46

Written by Pauline Skewes from Style in View – a new UK fashion search engine which hosts a huge range of the latest dresses, shoes and menswear from leading UK retailers. 

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Autumn/Winter 2012

August 30, 2012

My first ever post for this blog was about how much I love Winter fashion and anticipate its arrival. While I, along with many other women, love the dark colours of winter, I will be embracing the pops of colour that we can carry through from summer. A new pair of shoes and a coat are on my wish list this year, but I am really interested in timeless pieces at the moment. Garments that can be worn year after year and never look old, this involves a lot of saving though – unfortunately the most classic pieces are most expensive. Though I will allow myself one extravagant buy from my list of the Autumn/Winter trends below.


Waiting for Winter

My first blog post conveniently ties in with the start of my favourite season: Autumn/Winter, but also the start of the Spring/Summer catwalks. I can’t help but feel relief when there is a need to start wearing more clothes! Everything about the summer season screams fake tans and bare midriffs, both of which I cannot wait to do without. Going abroad provides the ideal opportunity to dig out the bright sparks in your wardrobe, splash on the tanning lotion and preen ourselves from head to toe, as those Mediterranean seas perfectly complement the summer colours.

But what if this isn’t the case for everyone? Facing a summer in your hometown in England is not always promising. I was lucky to wear one dress, a skirt and a pair of shorts over the summer.

For me, wrapping up in a wool winter coat or snuggling up on the sofa in a big knit jumper is much more alluring than their summer counterparts. Equally winter shoes excite me so much more with their endless shapes and styles. They are so much more versatile and a black pair of boots can go a long way!


Dolce and Gabbana produced some of the most exotic and opulent dresses that I have seen for this Summer, I just love the intricate details and twists of colours and patterns, very Hermes like! There is a perfect mix of long and short dresses for evening and day wear. This video shows the trends featured in their catwalk show and some gorgeous behind the scenes shots!


Spring Awakening

February 24, 2012

Just in case you have forgotten the Spring/Summer trends shown  last September, here is a summary for you. The weather is certainly turning and the new high street stock is in. So if you want the best buys, hit those shops now! Keep it simple and choose one trend to work into your everyday style, that way you can keep it unique to you and your tastes. I am loving the 1920’s, so the flapper dress will be the one statement piece I would love to buy. Just to let you know white is always in for Spring/Summer – a timeless classic.

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