Back To School

September has hit and the weather is on the turn….actually, the weather kicked the bucket around about August 1st - typical. So once the new school year starts we get that nostalgic feeling of new season, new clothes.

Forget about adult fashion, Kidswear just got a serious injection of cool and we actually want to be back in school again! Take a peek at our latest additions for some incredibly suave style from our mini mes! Jealous much?

The Beauty Edit

New shoes, check. Stunning bag, check. Outfit to die forrr… but if you’re going win serious style points this Winter your make-up has to be on trend! We’ve swooned over each and every look cascading down the runway this season but now it’s time for our beauty edit!

Following on from the both traditional and futuristic folk law theme seen on the runway for AW’14, this color palette speaks warm metallics contrasted against the bright and dark. Eyes are metallic gold, cosmic blue and lustrous purple. Sunrise orange and plum lips in a matt finish are a MUST and don’t forget the essential… a galaxy inspired nail!

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If you love a colour pop when it comes to your makeup palette then this next trend is unquestionably for you! Create a smokey eye by layering blue, purple and brown eyeshadows and when it comes to the lip go ombre… pink orange and red blended into one – and high gloss!

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Beauty this season will see an industrial craze from our silver smokey eyes down to that slick of metallic paint we’ll meticulously perfect on our nails; if your going to do it… it has to be right! Oh and of course… don’t forget a blood stained red lip for this trend; contrasting is all about the lips!

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The face for winter is very understated and flawless, think flesh tones, peaches and rose. Let those eyes and lips do the talking!

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Festival Goodness…And Then Some

As we gear up for a blessed Bank Holiday (yesssss), we also prepare for a run-through of long-awaited festivals scattered through the country. Regardless of the fact that we pray night and day for sunshine, the realistic odds are pretty slim. Not that a little rain will dampen our spirits when it comes to attending music/alcohol/fashion-induced said festivals but a little wardrobe inspiration is a must…just in case.

We need to be looking good enough to be mistaken for an A-lister (always happening), so here’s a few pieces we are a little obsessed with for ridiculously cool Festival style. Mini accessories, wellies good enough to wear shopping and denim so comfortable you’ll never want to take it off…you’ll be wishing for mud-laden festivals every weekend of the year.

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BLK DNM jeans, Givenchy Kimono jacket, Saint Laurent Mini Sac de JourÉtoile Isabel Marant sweatshirt, Givenchy rain boots, Elizabeth and James denim shorts, Givenchy Mini shoulder bag, Givenchy dress and Givenchy cuff

And here’s some of our faves….

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Nailed It

Here at C-Fash HQ we are either revving up for holiday joys or deep in our holiday blues *sob*! In true Fashionista style we have, in-between the throws of euphoria and dyer depression, found a brand new fetish and one we are desperate to emulate….the nail game. Finding the most fabulous and unique nail art around, we are a little obsessed with said game. Mainly consisting of ridiculously famous celebrities flaunting their delicious nails on Instagram, we can’t stop staring. Honestly, it’s becoming a bit of a problem.

We love finding this incredible nail art so much we just had to share it with you! Trust us, once you start you can’t stop! Before we know it, our weekends will become filled with (attempting) to decorate our nails in equally elaborate ways, probably with disastrous results. Maybe we should just stick to Insta ogling…

Jet-Set Chic

Wherever you’re jetting off to this summer we’re sure, like us, your main priority is your holiday wardrobe… of course. Yet once the bikinis, kaftans and maxi dresses are packed there’s then the predicament of what to wear on the plane…

In our time of dyer need, we’ve turned to our ultimate style crush Rosie Huntington-Whitely who, we’re sure you’ll agree, has the balance just right when it comes to looking airport chic!

We adore this Stella McCartney bomber teamed with ultra-skinny jeans and the ultimate arm candy in the form of THAT Givenchy Antigona; utterly perfect for carrying all those flight essentials. Of course the sunglasses are a must when the possibility of jet lag looms. Très chic.

Layers are essential when traveling between different climates….as we often do, ahem! We love Miss H-W’s sumptuously oversized scarf - an easy addition for colder destinations. Teamed with off-duty denim cut-offs and necessary arm candy, this ensemble has airport-cool written all over it.

We all know how the gorgeous RHW loves her hats and this fedora puts her top of the style stakes… obsessed. Simply style with an androgynous blazer, loose fit Tee, second skin denim and iconic Marant heeled ankle boots for Parisian city girl style, wherever you’re jetting off to!

Get the ultimate airport-chic picks at Cricket-Fashion.com for unequivocal jet-set style!

AW14 Trends

There’s no harm in planning ahead. Winter will be here sooner than we can say Pina Colada and the time will come to exchange our Jimmy Choo sandals and Missoni kaftans for something a little more season appropriate…*SOB*

We know it’s the last thing that should be on our minds right now, mid-holiday, but preparation is key! With so many new ideas and inspirations pouring off the runways for AW14 we have lots to share… take note!

We think Autumn/Winter, we think rain… Be rain-chic ready with this seasons must have, the waterproof. We’re talking retro anoraks and parka’s reworked in luxurious silks and candy brights… YES PLEASE.

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Swinging sixties meets nineties streetwear, a new trend mix this season features stripes, swirls, motifs, checks and colour pops.

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For evening, go sheer. Floor length gowns adorned with beading, jewels and feathers are this seasons party staple. Team with sleek hair and minimal accessories for the ultimate style statement.

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New-school knits. This season knits are present in a hugeeee way! Picture head to toe knit… Wool sweater, knitted leggings paired with an oversize knit scarf and a knit coat for good measure… We did say there was a lot of knit…image

Folk Tales. There was an enchanted theme running throughout the collections for AW14. Folk influences such as fairy tale and Inuit. It was all very ethereal. A cape is the perfect piece to rock this trend, and up an down the runway they did float.

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There you have it, trends for Autumn/Winter 2014. You can get back to your strawberry daiquiris now. But don’t forget… Shop your AW14 wardrobe at cricket-fashion.com before winter rears its ugly head!

Couture Fall 2014 Collections

I think we can let the pictures do the talking for this one. We’re still trying to compose ourselves after an amazing spectacle of all things couture………

Kendal Jenner walking for Chanel.

Beautiful silhouettes at Dior.

Bejewelled at Maison Martin Margiela.

All about the detaling for Valentino.

Flower power at Giambattista Valli.

Jordan Dunn walking for Versace.

Beautiful embellishment at Elie Saab.

Campaign Trail

Yes, it’s that time of year again and we are lapping up the new season eye candy with fashionable eagerness. With even more celebs fronting our fave designer campaigns, we can’t stop looking at these gorgeous ones! Take a peek, here’s our starting point…

The Boys, The Boys

As Paris Fashion Week: Menswear draws to a close we’re taking a look back over our favorite designers to see what will be flooding our shop floors next spring!

At Saint Laurent bombers, blazers and 70’s rock inspired waistcoats lavished with embellishment were adorned upon long-haired theatrical male models all walking to Hedi Slimane’s “psych-rock’s new rising” beat.

Classic tailoring met athleticism at Balmain, where tailored sportswear was gilded with elaborate patterns. A definitive sports theme ran through the collection and somewhat seems to compliment the spirit of today AND perfect timing part way through The World Cup!

Kenzo combined both American and French influences to showcase a seamless collection. Jumpers em-blazed with the Statue of Liberty and Eiffel Tower flowed down the runway effortlessly. We were awash with parkas, polka dots, stripes and pastels…we loved every second.

The Commes des Garçons army marched down the runway sporting outlandish shoes and with a clear message to deliver. Emblazoned upon one jacket were the words “Soldier of Peace, Love, Empathy.” This is a collection with a message and we’re listening.

Festival Fever

It’s been a whole week and our Glasto blues seem to ONLY JUST be subsiding…sigh. So in true Festival Fairy style, we hold our heads high and count down to the next one!

We can’t decide whether it’s the incredible music, the bouncing atmosphere, the boho-chic festival style or an excuse to wallow in mud guilt free that we love the most, so we think we’ll accept them all! As far as our wardrobe is concerned, we look to our fashionable faves for inspiration. Eclectic ensembles consisting of ragged denim, fluid kimonos and oversize Tees make for a dreamy festival combination. Throw in our trusty wellies and mac-in-a-pack (come on, we all have them…never too cool) and we’re good to go. So roll on Leeds and Bestival because we’re a-comin’!

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Our favourite time of year…SALE!

Yes, it’s that time of year again…our in store SALE has started! With up to 70% off so many gorgeous pieces there is soooooo much to choose from! We couldn’t help but tease with a couple of our fave style steals…so without further ado, we’ll let the pictures do the talking!

Game, Set, Match…

It’s finally arrived and we can almost hear the clink of champagne glasses and smell the deletable scent of strawberries and cream (droooool)….Wimbledon is here!

In the wake of last year’s Wimbledon excitement (ahem first Brit to win since Fred Perry in 1936…no biggie), this year is set to be another nail biter with Murray winning his first match on centre court and the celebs rolling out in the masses for this prestigious British event.

Whether you’re in it for the location, the sport, the fashion or simply the grub; Wimbledon isn’t one to miss this summer and let’s face it, after the World Cup fiasco we need a little rallying of the British morale! Wimbledon, no pressure.

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GO MURRAY!!!

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Prom Queen

It’s that time of year, the end of an era - the sun is setting on what seems like a lifetime of memories. Prom season has arrived and the task on everyone’s minds is, of course, finding the perfect dress!

We know it can be such a difficult job for all you prom divas, but we’re hoping to lend a hand with our prom dress guide… panic over!

The LBD - The fail safe and ALWAYS glamorous! Whether you keep it simple or glam it up, this Tibi number is perfect

Pretty in pink - This Matthew Williamson silk gown is beautiful for bohemian summer vibes and you can totally rock it again for gorgeous jet-set style!

Hello sunshine - Why not try going short to flash a little flesh? In a beautiful buttercup hue, this Stella McCartney dress has just enough glitz and glam for effortless style with maximum impact

Pleats please - Midi is the hottest style around this season and pleats channel classic 1920s style for utterly chic glamour that will make the crowds stop and stare

The show stopper - If you plan to go all-out style Queen for your prom, this Lanvin dress is the one. With it’s on-trend metallic finish, all this piece needs is a stylish sashay down the red carpet and you’ll feel like a Hollywood starlet!

All available at Cricket-Fashion.com

Football Fever

Love it or loath it, there’s no escaping the football fever exploding across the globe…the World Cup has begun!

Brazil’s World Cup plays host to so many matches we can’t keep count, endless partying into the night and an excuse to stay in the local alcohol establishment after hours…sneaky! Showcasing football talent scattered throughout the world, the World Cup pays tribute to sport, culture and celebration. We of course can’t miss the fashion - the opening ceremony being example number one! J Lo in THAT emerald embellished body swooooooon!

So besides the game, the hawwwwwt players and signature carnival partying, Brazil’s World Cup gives us an excuse to plan out some pretty patriotic fashion! So whichever country you are choosing to support (read: got in the work sweepstake), we have ridiculously stylish attire for said team!

Daddy Cool

Father’s day is quickly approaching (Sunday 15th June…THIS SUNDAY!!!) so put it in your diary quick! If like us you’re looking to avoid the last minute sock buying (the classic fail safe), we’ve rounded up a beautiful selection of gifts for the men in your life. Whether it be for your father, father-in-law or your significant other we’re sure with our gift guide you’ll find something special for your loved one!

What do you buy for the man who has everything? Here are a few suggestions we think they’ll love….