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JIGSAW - SPRING SUMMER 16

Jigsaw A-line, S/S16, Wardrobe staplesEmma CarrComment

Last week I was invited to a preview of Jigsaw’s Spring/Summer16 collection at the Manchester Flagship store on King Street. It coincided with International Women’s Day, which turned out to be very appropriate as much of the creative talent responsible for the new collection are women.

Lisa Berridge is Jigsaw’s resident artist and is the creator of all their signature hand-painted prints. One of the Spring Summer 16 collections explores the theme of nature and every single print has been hand-painted onto a canvas first, before being digitally printed. This attention to detail has also been given to all the childrenswear prints too.

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Jigsaw have also collaborated on three collections with New York pigment expert Audrey Louise Reynolds, which includes a limited edition run of 50 pieces featuring hand-dyed prints on soft cotton cashmere and silks, so every piece is unique. Audrey creates all her own pigment with anything from flowers to vegetables. 

New for Spring Summer 16 is The Creators Project which sees Jigsaw collaborating with Independent designers and artisans - starting this season with jeweller Corrie Williamson, milliner Jess Collett and bag designer Anna Pugh who have created bespoke pieces exclusively for Jigsaw.

Spring Summer 16 also sees the A-Line collection return for it’s second season and with every piece designed in-house, the attention to design, cut and fit is clear to see. 

From hand-painted prints to bespoke design and luxury fabrics the quality of Jigsaws products speak for themselves. So if you are looking for design led, high quality pieces that you’ll wear forever, Jigsaw would be a good place to start. 

MIND THE BUMP

Body shape, Expectant mum, Wardrobe staplesEmma CarrComment

With Mothers Day only a week away I thought I would talk about expectant and new mum’s wardrobes, with the first instalment covering maternity wear. 

So many women struggle with how to dress during pregnancy, but just because you’re pregnant doesn’t mean you can’t look and feel great. Gone are the days of tent dresses and unflattering dungarees being your only option. Maternity wear has come on leaps and bounds in recent years and there are now some great maternity lines across both designer and high-street. There are many pieces you can cheat though, so if you shop smart you don’t necessarily need to buy “maternity” wear and can invest in pieces that you’ll be wearing long after baby has arrived. 

First, have a look in your wardrobe to see what you already have that will still work for you during pregnancy (jersey fabrics, drawstring waists, oversized shirts, tunic tops/dresses), then make a list of what new pieces you need to continue wearing them. As with your non-pregnancy wardrobe it’s about having a handful of key pieces that you can mix and match to create as many outfits as possible. First on the list should be maternity denim - these are the one thing you can’t cheat and are a must-have investment when pregnant. With many brands now adapting their lines, there’s lots of great maternity denim to choose from and I would always recommend buying a couple of different styles (one smart and one casual) as these will be the foundation of your pregnancy wardrobe. Finally, when it get’s to that last trimester and comfort is your main priority, look to accessories to add something different to your simple basics. 

The main thing is to stay true to your personal style, just because you’re pregnant doesn’t mean you can’t still look like yourself. You’re growing a new life inside of you, so if anyone deserves to look fabulous, it’s you.

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VELVET CRUSH

A/W15, Velvet, Christmas party wearEmma CarrComment

From sequins to metallic, Christmas party season style is all about texture and sheen. For me, the standout fabric this Christmas is velvet. The high-street has fully embraced this trend with Zara, Topshop and Reiss really hitting the mark. From wide-legged trousers, tuxedo jackets, jumpsuits and skirts in every length and style, there is something to suit all body shapes. If you’re not quite ready to wear the full trend, there are plenty of beautiful velvet accessories and shoes, which will add that touch of luxe to any party outfit too. 

Images: Mango velvet shorts / Oasis velvet trouser / Mango velvet gown / Reiss navy velvet blazer / Zara velvet platform sandal / French Connection Jet velvet jumpsuit/ Topshop premium velvet jacket / Topshop green velvet skirt / Zara velvet bucket bag

 

ACCESSORIES EDIT - FRINGING

A/W15, Accessorising, FootwearEmma CarrComment

The fringing trend has been around for a few seasons now and it’s set to continue this autumn/winter. Accessories are the perfect way to wear this trend and for me it will always be a good addition to your wardrobe. I have a fringed handbag and leather jacket, both of which I’ve had for over five years and they always add that something special to the most basic of outfits. For me, that’s the key to wearing fringing - keep the rest of it simple and let your fringing do the talking. 

Images: Pinterest / fashionedchic.com / fashiongum.com 

 

ACCESSORIES EDIT - THE 80'S TREND

A/W15, AccessorisingEmma CarrComment

Next up on my AW15 Accessories Edit is the 80’s. Now this isn’t necessarily a decade everyone wants to wear head-to-toe, but with the right accessory you can easily pull it off 2015 style. From polka dots to fishnets, sheer tights are back and a great way to add an 80’s vibe to your outfit. Oversized 80’s-insprired belts and statement earrings are also everywhere this autumn/winter. Alternatively add a pair of metallic stilettos or clutch and you’re sure to bring some 80’s sparkle to whatever you’re wearing. 

Main images: vogue.com & product from left to right: Topshop fishnet tights / Mango appliqué elastic belt / Office irresistible point shoe boots / Carvela Kurt Geiger Glow clutch / Topshop double open disc drop earrings / Mango wide leather belt / Topshop Rumour cross-stop sandals / Reiss Kyla cracked leather clutch / Marni resin geometric earrings (available from selfridges.com) / Next tan slouch point boots

 

ACCESSORIES EDIT - ANIMAL PRINT

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Next up on my Accessories Edit is the animal print trend. Personally, I think animal print accessories are a good addition to your wardrobe whatever the season. Head-to-toe black with some leopard print shoes, or a grey t-shirt and jeans with a snake skin belt, are just two of the many ways you can add something special to a simple outfit. From leopard, croc and zebra there are plenty of ways you can add some animal print into your wardrobe and with so much great choice out there right now, this Autumn/Winter is the perfect time to do it. 

1. Kurt Geiger Bailey Snake Clutch / 2. Zara leather high heel shoes / 3. Mango leopard leather cross body bag / 4. Aldo Goods bag / 5. Mint Velvet Sami kitten heel ankle boots / 6. Mango leather fur belt / 7. Topshop leopard print scarf / 8. Etassi knee high boots / 9. Carvela taupe combination heeled boots / 10. John Lewis Collection Weekend Pony Slip On Pumps

 

ACCESSORIES EDIT - THE 60'S TREND

A/W15, AccessorisingEmma CarrComment

Everyone that knows me, knows I love a good accessory. As I said in my blog ‘The Art of Accessorising’ http://www.cravepersonalstyling.com/blog/artofaccessorising they are the finishing touches to any outfit. They are also a great way to buy into the trends each season - not everyone wants to wear head-to-toe 80’s but you may wear a pair of 80’s inspired earrings. So with that in mind, this is the first of my new ‘Accessories Edit’ blogs showing you how you can incorporate the main trends for A/W15 into your wardrobe through accessories.

We’re going to start with the 60’s trend. Retro is huge for A/W15 with the 60’s being one of the decades featured. From patent Mary-Jane’s to leather gloves there are plenty of ways you could add the 60’s into your wardrobe this A/W. 

Images: 1. Topshop Aspen Low Ankle Boots / 2. Zara maxi faux fur stole / 3. Reiss Figaro felt cap / 4. Prada sunglasses / 5. Kurt Geiger Croc London tote.Office / 6. Jane Carr neckerchief / 7. Office Wendy Mary Jane shoes / 8. Kurt Geiger Croc London tote / 9. Dents leather gloves (available from Selfridges)

 

ALL IN THE DETAIL: SCARVES

A/W15, AccessorisingEmma CarrComment

From skinny to neckerchief, summer has been all about the neck scarf and they look set to stay around for autumn/winter. This simple accessory can add that extra bit of cool and sophistication to any outfit. How you choose to wear it will depend on your personal style and body shape. Worn long and loose is great for apple body shapes as it creates a streamline effect down the middle of the body. A neckerchief simply knotted or a longer scarf worn loose to create a v-shape are both great for hourglass body shapes. It’s all about adding detail on top for pear shapes, so the bandana and choker style works well for you. Slim-athletic’s look great in most styles so you can play around and have fun! When it comes to choosing a colour, always remember it’s the colour closest to your face that reflects back up, so if possible try to chose a colour or pattern that compliments your skin tone. Whatever way you wear it, this is an inexpensive and fun way to play around with your look so it’s definitely one worth giving a try.

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THE ART OF ACCESSORISING

AccessorisingEmma CarrComment

I love accessories, they are the finishing touches to any outfit and can take it from zero to hero in seconds. Accessories have an ability of pulling things together and are the perfect way of making a statement, even when wearing the simplest of outfits. Accessories are the pieces that will transform your outfit and are a great and inexpensive way to play around with your look.

Once you’ve mastered the art of accessorising you’ll never wear a dull outfit again, the main thing is to know what accessories work best for your body shape - the right ones can make you look taller and slimmer, but the wrong ones can draw the eye to all the wrong places! It’s all about finding what suits your style personality too, so play around and have fun. Shop at flea markets and vintage stores for one off pieces no one else will have and don’t be afraid to mix textures and colours. With so much great costume jewellery available on the British high-street too, there’s something out there for everyone.

If you would like to learn how best to accessorise for your body shape then please get in touch to see how Crave Personal Styling can assist you. t: 07930 033889 / e: enquiries@cravepersonalstyling.com 

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