Sping/Summer fashion corner
2 Stylish sportswear
This season has brought sportswear to the street-style fashion scene – sports has gone super luxe with this hot athletic trend. Simple sporty shapes with a couture twist can be seen all over the high-street (and the gym!) – made from luxurious fabrics, and teamed with sporty details this is a fashion must that you cannot miss! This trend is so popular that even Topshop have collaborated with Addidas originals to bring us heritage classics with an ultra-trendy twist. Team this trend with pretty pastels and chic pieces to add a slight feminine and girly touch.
We check out the top three hottest trends for S/S ’14…
As the world of couture settles down after a long haul of fabulous fashion weeks – it’s time to reflect on some of this season’s biggest trends. While it seems like it’s taken forever for the Spring/Summer 2014 collections to hit the stores – the wait is finally over. As stock fills the shelves of our favourite high-street stores, we’re already starting to obsess over the countless micro-trends that are set to dominate the streets this season.
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3 monochrome tones
I know what you’re thinking, florals for Spring/Summer isn’t exactly revolutionary – but this season, florals have had a major makeover. Forget the ditzy prints and dainty dresses – this year it’s all about the 3D embellished blossoms, bold prints and supercharged posies. Wear this floral twist trend with head-to-toe matching ensembles or clashed to the max with alternative bold prints.
From freaky florals, monochrome tones to stylish sportswear – these are the trends that will become a staple in your closet this season. So are you ready to switch up your style? We’re about to give you the low-down on this season’s hottest trends – and where you’ll find them on the high-street!
1 3D FLORALS
Once again the classic black and white palette reserves its style status for another season – with a fresh, modern makeover. Monochrome pieces have taken on a 90s minimalistic feel with pretty posey prints and striking geometric patterns. Team a black textured skirt with a structured white shirt for a fashion luminary staple look. £45, RIVER ISLAND £5, PRIMARK
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the distressed denim look We’ve all got those old pair of jeans that we’re too embarrassed to wear shoved in the back of our closet. Well, it’s time to dig them out and create a cute pair of denim shorts - that will complete your Spring/Summer staple look.
We show you how to turn a fashion faux pas into a fashion voilà…
Re-worked clothing is really in style this season- so take advantage of it. Customising your old, worn-out clothes is a great way to keep up with the trends, save money and make a state ment - what more could you want?
Make it: 1. Try on your old jeans and decide how short you want them , and make a little mark so you don’t forget! Remember to leave around an inch of extra length for fraying.
The crop knot tee
Raw cut tee’s are everywhere this season and there is nothing more DIY-able than a simple cut and tie top. The crop top is also back in fashion this S/S so we’ve combined the two trends to create an ultra-stylish ensemble that will save you a fortune!
2. Starting from the outside in - cut both of the legs off (this is the scary part!) at a slight angle. 3. Start distressing the shorts with scissors by dragging the blade along the leg-hole – this will add a nice frayed effect.
You will need: A plain top (Any style or colour you want!) and scissors.
Make it: 1.Start by cutting both sides of the shirt to your desired length 2.Flip the top over, fold the material upwards and cut it off, then give the ends a good stretch to achieve a worn-in look 3.Turn the shirt back over to its front and cut both corners off (it’s okay if they’re not perfect – but try to make them equal), then you should be left with a triangle shape 4.Cut through the middle of the triangle until it meets the length of the back – and once again, stretch the edges out 5.Finally, take the two ends and tie into a double knot – and there you have it, a cute crop knot tee!
Photos: Dreamstime stock images and Kirsty Prowse
On a budget and can’t find anything to wear? We’ve all been there, although it may seem like you’re having a fashion disaster - you don’t have to be rich to look hip. Whether you’re a student, or working part-time there are many ways that you can vamp up your wardrobe without having to break the bank - or your parents!
You will need: an old pair of jeans, ~scissors and sand-paper.
4. Make a couple of slice cuts with scissors near the base of the pockets to look like worn holes. 5. Rub sand-paper over the denim in all of the places you want a little extra wear – we did it on the waist band, pockets and flies. 6. For the perfect finish wash and dry your new shorts in the machine – and voilá, you’ve got yourself a perfect pair of shorts for pennies!
Summer’s nearly here, and you know what that means – sun, sand and music festivals! So why not complete your festival threads with a DIY floral crown – a perfect addition to that Boho beach look you’ll be donning at all summer long. Teamed with a cute fishtail braid, or even soft, romantic waves, your locks will be the talk of the town! After all let’s face it – flower crowns are pretty, versatile and not to mention fun to make. You will need: Fake flowers, 3 long pieces of suede lace, a marker pen, scissors and super glue. Make it: 1.Start by measuring the lace around your head and cut off any excess for the perfect fit. 2.Tie the three bits of lace
into a knot and one end and begin braiding – just like you would your locks! When you’re done tie it at the end . 3.Cut the stems off of your flowers – we chose pink and white flowers but you can choose any colour you like! 4.Decide where you would like
the flowers to sit on the headband and make a little mark. 5.Once you’re happy with the
position of your flowers, stick them on using super glue – and you now have a unique floral crown, how easy was that!
Beauty sos We’ve tackled those pesky skin problems to save your pre-summer skin…
Cleanse your skin with Avene Extremely Sensitive Cleanser - an antiirritable product that works to soothe and calm your irritated skin. Free from all the usual nasties such as fragrances, parabens and colouring agents – this wonder product will remove your make-up off without a rash in sight!
With summer on its way in – it’s imperative that our skin is prepped ready for the new season. We’ve discovered the must-have skincare products that will help banish those cosmetic horrors that we loath so much, and leave your skin looking fresh and flawless.
A moisturiser (and lots of it!) is key to keeping your skin hydrated. We recommend La Roche-Posay’s Cicaplast Baume B5 to soothe and banish dry, chapped skin – this miracle moisturiser also doubles up as a perfect primer!
Photos: Aesop, Avene, Brian Ingram, Loreal and Estee Lauder
Summer is all about fresh,hydrated skin – flawless enough to wear minimal makeup. So we’ve found some pretty great products to smooth out those scales we’ve been suffering with all winter.
If your skin needs an extra surge of moisture slather on Avene’s Soothing Moisture Masque for 10-15 minutes to restore suppleness and leave your skin feeling silky smooth. These products will be sure to transform your scorched skin to soft in seconds!
For extra relief, moisturise your skin with La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Pro Recovery – a perfect product that protects your irritated/dry skin and reduces itchy, or tight sensations. We’re loving these wonder products – especially with allergy season coming up!
zap those zits
Scorched skin A good exfoliator is key to getting rid of those winter flakeys - we’re loving Vichy’s Purete Thermale Softening Exfoliating Cream. Enriched with thermal spa water and vitamin E – this miracle cream scrub sloughs off dead skin and leaves your skin feeling hydrated, fresh and velvety.
Avéne’s (again with Avéne!) Thermal Water Spray is a staple product for sensitive skin – its naturally soothing properties provide instant relief for dry, red and itchy skin leaving your face feeling calm, refreshed and hydrated. It also works well to set your make-up!
All those harsh products we use to preen ourselves can really take its toll on your skin. We hate the feeling of a tight, dry and itchy face – and luckily with these products you don’t need to suffer with irritation any longer!
We all shudder at the sight of a fresh spot in the mirror – but that doesn’t mean we have to put up with it! Our three fave products for banishing those pesky blemishes are an absolute life-saver.
to your problem areas to banish those blemishes for good. This stuff is the bomb for drying out your pimples overnight without leaving your skin feeling dry and tight!
Cleanse your skin daily with Origins Zero Oil Cleanser to reduce excess oil and deeply refine your pores – this stuff is loaded with salicylic acid, aloe vera and other essential oils to help prevent break-outs and leave your skin feeling calm and soothed.
If you need an extra pick me up slap on Aesops’s Chamomile Concentrate Anti Blemish Masque and leave on for 10 minutes or overnight if your spots are extra stubborn. It may be a bit pricey - but its ability to treat those dreaded eruptions make it well worth the money. Follow these three steps - and you’ll have spot free skin in no time!
Apply La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo twice a day
Prep n Prime A good primer is essential to achieve a flawless finish. Prep and prime your skin to fill in every crease and crevice before applying your foundation – this helps to create a smooth canvas and stop the make-up sliding off your face through-out the day!
We’d all love to have perfect skin like Cara Delevingne, but sadly we can’t change our genes – it’s not all doom and gloom though, we’ve found the best beauty bits out there to get you looking flawless without the fuss.
Benefit “that gal”, £22.50 Not only does this silky pink primer provide you with smooth and plump skin – its light reflecting pigments help to brighten your complexion for a healthy, natural glow!
Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer, £25.00 This oil-free primer will keep your make-up in place all day and leave your skin feeling silky smooth - reducing any fine lines and pores for a flawless finish.
Photos: Benefit Cosmetics, Bourjois, Estee Lauder, LF Beauty, Matthew Kenrick and Loreal
We show you how to get the natural look with a flawless finish…
Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream, £7.99 If a foundation still isn’t for you – this BB cream will be! The highly hydrating formula is light enough to let your natural skin show through but good enough to blur all of your imperfections – giving you a natural healthy glow. With an oil-free base and a SPF of 30 this is the perfect little wonder cream for long summer days!
Conceal-it If you suffer with problem skin – don’t fret! You can still get a natural, flawless finish – you just need a little extra help. Concealer will be sure to hide all of your little insecurities, from blemishes to under eye circles – we’ve got this covered.
Foundation isn’t for everyone – but it doesn’t have to be thick and cakey. A light coverage base will have your skin looking flawless in a matter of seconds, covering up your imperfections to reveal a natural-looking clear complexion.
Mac Pro Longwear Concealer, £15.50 This stuff is perfect for hiding your pimples all day long – with a natural matte finish that lasts up to 15 hours. Just dab on your problem areas and voilá pimples be gone!
Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation, £9.99 This fab foundation is the epitome of perfect skin in a bottle. Enriched with a fruit therapy formula this will be sure to leave your skin feeling hydrated- and looking radiant, gorgeous and glowing!
Collection 2000 concealer, £4.19 If you don’t feel like splashing the cash – this magic wand is a perfect dupe for a high-end concealer. It seamlessly covers all imperfections, and works a treat on dark circles. At this steal price you’d be mad not to stock-up!
breaking Bands In desperate need of a playlist update? We’ve uncovered three bands that are taking over the festival scene this summer – and are set to become the bands to beat in 2014…
HAIM Nu-folk meets 90’s R&B with The Powerpuff Girls of the American rock scene
BASTILLE The lowdown: The indie-rock four piece are named after Bastille Day (a celebration of French culture - which falls on frontman Dan’s birthday) and influenced by the likes of Bat for Lashes, Regina Spektor and The Fugees. Born in London the band began as a solo project by singer-songwriter Dan Smith, which quickly escalated into a four-man experimental band consisting of lead vocalist Dan Smith, William Farquarson, Chris Wood and Kyle Simmons. They’ve been on the music scene for a while – but in just over a year Bastille have become increasingly popular with their release of several EP’s and mix-tapes (containing some awesome covers of 90s club classics!) - And their number one charting album ‘Bad Blood.’ The sound: A mix between Arcade Fire’s classically influenced melodies and The Killers panoramic, borderline-cinematic tunes. Their experimental rhythmic melodies consist of percussions and keyboards, coupled with Dan Smith’s emotive vocals and enchanting lyrics – creating an atmospheric soundscape that no other indie band can beat. The tracks to download: Pompeii, Of The Night and Oblivion.
Photos: University of Nottingham, Danielle McNiven and Anna Hanks
British indie band with an abundance of feelings, synth and falsetto injections
The lowdown: A trio of LA born sisters made up of lead vocalist Danielle Haim, Este Haim, Alan Haim and one mister – Dash Hutton on the drums have created a genre clash fusing R&B and folk for a unique twist on modern rock music (talk about girl power!) Influenced by the likes of 90’s girl groups TLC and Destiny’s Child Haim are also comparable to ‘70s soft-rock legends Fleetwood Mac (not a bad comparison to say the least!) With the recent release of their three song EP titled ‘Forever’ and their debut album ‘Days Are Gone’, these girls on a mission have a full summer of festival gigs lined up – including Coachella (jel!) The sound: Irresistible folk-rock tunes with a hint of R&B/hip-hop vocals thrown into to the mix. With a serious amount of hooks and percussion – it’s impossible not to sing along to Haim’s undeniably unique tracks. The tracks to download: Falling, Don’t Save Me and Send Me Down.
Three-piece electro-pop band that will dominate your summer soundtrack The lowdown: This electronic trio are becoming increasingly more popular after getting an insane amount of online buzz. Born in Scotland – CHVRCHES consists of lead vocalist Lauren Mayberry, Iain Cook and Doherty, together they combine their synthesizing skills and vocals to create super-fun pop beats which has hit the music scene by storm. Influenced by the likes of Prince, Robyn and the Cocteau Twins – they’re reinventing dance tracks for the modern era (not bad, considering they came out of no-where!) With the release of their EP ‘Recover’ and debut album ‘The Bones of What You Believe – CHVRCHES have been named one of Britain’s most promising new music talents. The sound: Warm electro-pop beats combining 80’s style synths with Lauren Mayberry’s high-pitched organic vocals. With touching lyrics and The XX style scientific backing tracks – this boy/ boy/girl electro-trio are sure to get your feet tapping at a festival. The tracks to download: The Mother We Share, Recover and Gun.