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’!

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….

Metallic Magic

Metallics flooded the runways for SS’14. From Metallic lamé everything at Lanvin, subtle metallic detailing at Saint Laurent to über-contemporary metallics from Isabel Marrant and Stella McCartney, the list goes on. Metallics are bigger than ever, pleated, ruched and oh-so colourful.

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The red carpets of 2014 have glistened like never before with an array of stars rocking the trend; Kate Beckinsale, Mila Kunis, Taylor Swift, Rita Ora and not forgetting Chrissy Teigen in THAT dress at the Grammys! The list is endless but one thing is for sure… metallics are hugeeee this season and if there’s one trend we are loving right now, it’s this one!

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For the most adventurous of Fashionistas think head to toe liquid metal, or for a more chic look pair with a block colour. Metallic accessories can be used as an accent to an otherwise simple look.This season’s wardrobe choices just got an exciting injection of cool!

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Get some Metallic Magic at cricket-fashion.com now!

Best Dressed CFDA Awards

Because you know we ADORE a peek at some red carpet beauties! We’ll let the pictures do the talking…

All images from Vogue.co.uk

Sculpture Culture Vulture

Here at C-Fash HQ we luuuurve anything creative, artistic or down-right marvelous. So when we discover hot new talent we have to see it all! Our latest art addiction comes in the form of amazing celebrity sculptures courtesy of the über-talented local Liverpool artist Anthony Read.

Drawing inspiration from fashion, music and movie icons; Anthony’s incredible talent captures the visual characteristics of his muses, depicting their familiar features using the simplest of tools: masking tape. Yes, masking tape is the key and we know; how on earth can he get it sooo RIGHT? The mind boggles to be sure!

Such capability to manipulate raw materials and create innovative sculptures is surely worth a lot of attention! Take a long look at some of our favourite pieces from his extensive works and drink in all the astounding creativity of art genius Anthony Read!

Follow Anthony on Instagram: @TONY_SPEED_ and Twitter: @Tony_Speed_

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Kardashian Klub

We all wanna be in the Kardashian Klub and with the big Wedding Weekend upon us, we cant help but wonder what the Kardashian gals wore for the big day! The sisters all have their own individual style from androgyny-chic to catwalk glamour, we look over their past looks to get some inspiration for helpful suggestions!

First up is the bride to be! Naturally drawn to low-cut, curve-hugging, bum-enhancing outfits…preferably ones that do all three! Kim has been out and about lately flaunting what her mama gave her (of course) and we think she will have stuck to exactly that. 

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We loved Kourtney’s Oscar tux, and think she should definitely keep to the androgynous-chic look she’s been pulling off ever-so effortlessly! Think monochrome, nude and a beautifully tailored trouser suit, perfect!

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Khloe is one Kardashian who is not afraid of a colour splash or beautiful print. Lately she has been looking stunning out and about and we love her style: bright and fabulous! She will be sure to stand out against all that staple Kardashian monochrome!

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Kendal will bring some fun catwalk glamour to the wedding weekend with her sophisticated style. We think a classic long length dress will look amazing on her! 

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Last but certainly not least…. Kylie! Definitely the most edgy of the Kardashian girls! We’re just lusting over her unique look. She’s so versatile and very unpredictable but we think her edgy style goes best with leather and embellishment! Gorgeous!

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Whatever the girls decide to wear this weekend we’re sure they’ll look drop dead gorgeous and we can’t wait! In the meantime you can shop our fab looks online at Cricket-Fashion.com

Cannes The Best Dressed Please Stand Up?

Cannes has been as dreamy as ever with astounding fashion galore and eye candy to boot! As we can only imagine being one of gorgeous stars getting to attend this super prestigious film festival, we’ll have to settle for choosing our best dressed darlings from the festival so far.

Couture is the only fashion to source for this red carpet soiree!  Sumptuous silks, Hollywood cuts and sense-inducing hues for an indulgent spy on our favourite A-listers. Photo call sessions are all about the flesh-flashing ensembles, androgynous cuts and true Riviera style…swoon-inducing to say the least! From day to evening, these celebs are under pressure to really pull out the big guns and face the Fashion Panels around the world. This year’s contenders are firm Style Stars and wowing us and the world over! Sun, sea, opulence and unequivocal style makes this year’s Cannes Film Festival one to rival all other film festivals. Until the next one that is.