Hey Mambo, Mambo Italiano

Week three of our fashion marathon and what sights we did behold! Not only is Milan home to the most breathtaking architecture, they also serve up some of the best carbs going! Dripping with it’s characteristic opulence, Italian fashion this season saw the classic, the bold and the down-right fantastic.

Roberto Cavalli’s quintessential detail and must-have animal prints were ever present in his SS’15 show and we couldn’t get enough. Delicate embellishment and sheer fabrics called for a collection too good to forget. Dolce & Gabbana wowed with bold rouge tones, opulent finery and hair to die for. Summer ‘15 is all about Italian beauty. Finally, the one we couldn’t stop talking about was Moschino’s Barbie Style collection. Yep, you guessed it - everything Barbie! What’s not to love? Finally we can re-live our youth without total embarrassment yipeeee!

With all the wonderment of Milan, we could barely contain our excitement for our next stop…Paris, we’re a-comin’ for ya!

Images: Roberto Cavalli Instagram. Dolce&Gabbana Instagram and Moschino Instagram

LFW Designer Focus: Matthew Williamson

London Fashion week saw the second installment of our glorious fash-filled month featuring ample amounts of home-grown talent…ah-mazing. One designer in our particular focus was Matthew Williamson and his fabulous ’70s inspired SS’15 show. His eye-catching collection referred back to the DNA of the label: “I wanted this to be a real,
honest collection. It goes back to our DNA and is a celebration of what we as a brand do with both strength and passion.” Inspired by photographs of Marie Helvin in David Bailey’s book ‘Chasing Rainbows’, Matthew channeled ‘relaxed glamour’ through this beautiful collection, setting the tone for his Spring/Summer ‘15 girl.

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As we stepped into a ’70s time warp (naturally we were immediately de-lighted), we were greeted with billowing silhouettes, signature exotic floor-length dresses and delicate hibiscus summer prints. Much and more came sashaying down the runway, not forgetting the feather-embellished totes and opulent sequined embroidery for must-have luscious textures. A beautiful palette of hot pink, yellow and azure accented with a pop of neon paradise shades where flaunted throughout this gorgeous collection, making us wish Summer would come back! Iconic floras repeatedly flowed gently throughout his collection in a wave style element with added depth by means of peek-a-boo cut-outs and soft, layered textures. Lightweight silks cut a relaxed, delicate figure with a modest nod to the ultimate Boho element embedded within the Matthew Willamson girl (r.e. the stunning FROW stars in attendance- fabulous).

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Matthew had the whole seventies package, with hair and make-up pouring with relaxed ’70s glamour. Charlotte Tilbury took the hibiscus flower as a point of reference and used it to convey the look into a dewy glow with lashing of mascara (ahem trend alert) and neutral shades for a effortless-chic beauty. An ‘undone’ flirtatious bounce gave hair that real 70’s vibe, oozing with an air of Summer; natural waves flowing with ease, mimicking the movement of the silk gowns.

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What with signature style emblazoned with new-season prints, beautiful feminine accents and those modestly risqué flesh-flashing cuts, this has to be Matthew Williamson’s greatest collection yet. Sooooo, how long ‘til Summer again?!

New York, New York

New York Fashion Week has kicked off our September fash-fest and we’re in full throw of lapping up gorgeous shows, models and street stars for a WHOLE month.  This season being Spring/Summer ‘15 (yes, we find it hard to keep up too), we’re thrusting ourselves back into the depths of Summer, dreaming of hazy days wearing these beautiful creations.

Of course our fave was THE Victoria Beckham, doin’ it for the Brits state-side, showcasing her classic silhouettes with her debuting shoe line…amazing! Elizabeth and James hit the beach with surf-ready fashion - palm-prints, relaxed cuts and nonchalant style with maximum effect. Big tick from us! Tibi’s midi lengths were their key feature for SS’15 - skirts and culottes styled with light-weight cotton blouses and crops; Tibi, you have our lunch-date wardrobe sorted!

So with a fabulous start, we’re in the midst of London Fashion Week and loving every moment…stay tuned for our week-by-week updates of fashionable gorgeousness.

Victoria Beckham (Instagram)

Elizabeth and James (Instagram)

Tibi (Instagram)

Bagged it…

There is always that time of year when we make very important decisions…where to holiday, which diet we’ll make our new favourite and what gorgeous arm candy to choose for our next fix. Making that all-important decision depends on style, colour, textile and how much make up we cant fit in; it’s no mean feat I tell you.

Mini shoulder bags have been the rage of the Summer and carry on through the depths of winter. Adorably cute and beautifully chic, choose mini for everyday delicate style with a punch of Street Style sass. The shopper is still a firm fave amongst the Fashionistas, adorned with graphic prints for a hit of urban chic - it’s simply a no-brainer. If you fancy something a little exciting, fuchsia and purple are the only tones to choose for an immediate colour-poppin’ update to your city-girl look.

Let’s make this year’s arm candy choice one that will turn heads and instill just a little bit of healthy jealousy. Ahhhh bliss….

From top: Céline Knot bag, Saint Laurent Monogramme bags, Givenchy Antigona tote and clutch, Jimmy Choo sholder bag, Céline Trio bags, Saint Laurent Bo Monogramme bags, Céline Knot tote, Givenchy Bambi shopper and clutch

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!