Wedding Season is here…

Yep, that means getting out those dusty dresses from last year’s season of love, joy and happiness only to find you have nothing suitable for this season. But The Clothes Line have had so many amazing donations this week that we’ve been able to pick out some of the best dresses that we know are perfect for turning you into the perfect wedding guest…

The versatile one

ted baker

First up is this 100% silk dress from Ted Baker. It’s soft purple colour is flattering on most skin tones, and its strapless style makes it ideal for day-to-night glamour. All you need is a cover up for the day in case the weather isn’t great and a clutch bag for instant party-feel come evening. Plus, it’s perfect for way more than just a wedding. We’re thinking a day at the races, formal garden party and even your sister/brother/cousin’s graduation.

Heading to our Henley-upon-Thames shop this week for £20

The understated one

coast

It’s your work colleagues wedding. You don’t know her too well (despite spending most of everyday with her), and you’re not entirely sure what sort of ‘do’ it is. This is the answer. Understated glamour from Coast in this classic orange number, you’re not going to step on anyone’s toes by dressing up too much, but you’ll still turn heads in this fabulous colour. It’s conservative neckline mean it’s suitable for just about any event (dinner with the in-laws?), but the beautiful draping means it’s interesting and super flattering too.

Heading to our Hale shop on Tuesday for £18

The vintage one

charles creed vintage

We all know the feeling, you show up to a party and someone else has the same outfit on. You spend the whole time wondering who looks better in it, and avoiding standing in the same photos. But a classic vintage dress usually leaves you safe in the knowledge that you’ll be the only person in the room wearing it, and leaves way more time for enjoying yourself, which can only be a good thing. This structured dress from Charles Creed is the right amount of party (thanks to it’s metallic gold colour), wow factor (due to it’s unusual print and vintage history), and sensibility (comfortable and flattering) so we think it makes the perfect “I’m important today, but not as important as the bride”. Mothers, we’re talking about you. Pair with a black hat or fascinator for the ultimate ensemble (yes, it’s OK to accessorize with black at wedding. In fact, it’s pretty cool).

This is being sent to our vintage shop in Summertown, Oxford for just £15

The summery one

paisley silk

This dress has summer written all over it. Silk, tick. Paisley print, tick. Bright colours, tick. This wrap dress is not only ideal for that high summer, English heatwave type wedding (some people get lucky), but it’s also perfect for taking on holiday too. Dress up for the wedding with bright orange or pink court shoes and a fascinator, and then dress down with tan leather sandals for balmy summer nights. Not sure about the low neckline either? No problem, a simple stitch will solve that, or layer it up with a colourful camisole underneath.

We’re sending this gorgeous dress to our shop in Wilmslow on Tuesday for £20

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Hunting for Tatler Treasure…

treasurehuntlandscape

Last year, Tatler – one of the UK’s most prestigious fashion titles – teamed up with charity Cancer Research UK to sell some prized designer possessions in it’s stores for bargain prices. I know, we’re upset we missed out too. But, the initiative is back for spring and on Monday, 59 designer items went on sale across the country. Here’s the tricky bit – neither company is letting on where they are though. So the hunt (and race) is on; these items are sure to fly as soon as any lucky customers stumble upon them in store!

The Clothes Line loves this idea, raising the standard of donations to charity shops to get the best possible price is exactly the sort of thing we do too. We get amazing designer pieces donated to us on a regular basis, and send them out to our shops across the country. The only difference being; we have far less shops stocking The Clothes Line product (six to be precise), so your chances are far higher at finding a designer gem. Plus, we let you know as much as we can where these items will be heading! So there’s really no excuse – get down to your nearest Blue Cross shop now!

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Chanel’s Supermarket Sweep

This morning, on the penultimate day of Paris Fashion Week, something amazing happened at the Grand Palais. The grand space used year on year for Karl Lagerfeld to showcase his hotly anticipated collections for Chanel, was transformed into a Chanel Supermarket. It’s not clear just how long this transformation would’ve taken, or the price for it, but the space was a work of art in it’s own right. Every product displayed on shelves was branded with the Chanel ‘C’ logo, from Hi-Vis vests to cans of ‘Coco Carbone’ petrol, and ‘Tweed Wine’.

Chanel

So no surprise then that the collection itself, (once editors, bloggers and celebrities alike had calmed down enough to take their seats), was beautiful. As always tweed two pieces of jackets, skirts and dresses stole the limelight, but this season there was more layering, embellishment and all round playfulness – fitting nicely with the supermarket sweep theme. Bags followed suit too; the classic quilted numbers were vacuum-packed like prime steaks being worn proudly home from the store by their owner/devour-er. And then of course, the trainers. After Chanel couture, the trainers were all anybody could talk about, and whilst we’re still coveting those at least there are some new variations to cast our eyes on for AW14. The sport-luxe of this collection was distinctly played down, however. Despite obvious sporty shapes and key leggings, joggers and trainers on display, Largerfeld kept the ‘luxe’ very much the focus. Knee-high trainers teamed with classic tweet skirt suits and gorgeous looking buttery, fine leather separates, this was a collection with truly something for everyone.

Chanel

 

Chanel

Moschino: was it cheap or chic?

Last night in Milan, American designer Jeremy Scott debuted his first collection for cult label Moschino, after being appointed Creative Director in October. And what a stir the collection caused? The designer, renowned for his typically motif-laden and pop culture inspired designs, brought his personality and a bit of the US to the Italian brand; yet still incorporated it with the classic ‘blingy’ nature of the Moschino we all know and love. Firstly, the show started late, 45 minutes late, due to two in particular stars who had been flown in from London to see the show. Rita Ora and Katy Perry, after partying at the previous night’s Brit Awards, arrived showcasing pieces from their friend’s AW14 collection, and took to their front row seats via the catwalk – a little preview perhaps?

Moschino

McDonalds and the cartoon Spongebob Squarepants were the focus, possibly encompassing America more than anything else on this planet. Scott used the brazen red and yellow colour combination, combined with a take on the McDonalds ‘golden arches’ to play on the Moschino logo, and placed it on bags (one even shaped like a take-away cup from the fast-food chain), sweatshirts, shoes and a visor. Models walked down the runway in otherwise sophisticated outfits, Chanel-style jackets, shirt dress and belted robes, if it weren’t for the McDonalds link, of course.

Moschino

But then came the bit of Moschino we were expecting (sort of). The chunky, gold block lettering, hardening up denim and leather in an array of skin tight mini dresses, Bomber jackets and hotpants. It was more risque than we’ve seen before, an ode to the street-style culture we’ve seen appearing in ‘real life’ and on major catwalks over the last few seasons; but no quicker than we could reminisce or contemplate the street-wear we were seeing before us, out came Spongebob. Less subtle than the McDonalds tribute (well slightly), the yellow character’s unmistakable face was emblazoned on t shirts, dresses and bags, and was accompanied by huge black on yellow polka dot designs. The finale showed ball gowns in prints of – again classic American – snacks, such as cheese biscuits chocolate milk and Poptarts. But a wedding dress, largely printed in nutritional information tables came last, followed by the designer himself, who wore a t-shirt with the words “I Don;t speak Italian but I do speak Moschino”.

Moschino

So what do you think, cheap or chic? Whichever you decide, there’s no doubting that this is a collection that will be remembered for a long time, and will surely be the focus of many a high-street replica come next season (those Mcdonalds chips phone cases especially…). So does the fact that it can be copied cheapen the brand, or simply reinforce it’s cult status worldwide? In the case of Moschino, its never positioned itself as a completely exclusive label, just a cool one. So we’re inclined to go with the later.

Brit Awards 2014

Last night was the Brits. The award ceremony that is usually the most controversial, and therefore the most exciting; with a reputation for cultivating rebellious behaviour within it’s Brit School audience, and the celebrities who attend (who can forget the Justin/Kylie bum-grab or the moment Adele’s acceptance speech got cut off..?). This year it’ll be remembered for that PR stunt gone wrong… Mastercard’s #PricelessSurprises. but as well as the raucous goings-on that we’ll probably never really know about, there’s always the anticipation of who will wear what. Here’s The Clothes Line’s pick of the best dressed…

Lily Allen

Lily Allen opted for House of Holland while she presented an award. The singer had two outfits for the night, this playful sequin number a sleek vintage Norrell gown to contrast (both went very well with her new neon-ombre hair – no easy feat).

Haim

The Haim girls opted for understated monochrome, all choosing to wear Saint Laurent, and looking amazing. The polished look was played down with the sisters opting for simple, tousled hair and flat booties.

Daisy Lowe

Brit model Daisy Lowe kept things chic in all black – but still wowed – choosing a Sister By Sibling gown with a dramatic thigh split and cobweb detailing. The Gothic look she’s working brilliantly paired with a huge smile and subtle, feminine hair and make-up.

Ellie Goulding

Ellie Goulding can be proud of two things from last night; winning the British Female Solo Artist award, and choosing to wear Vivienne Westwood. The Brit winner looked a mix of girly and glamorous in the nude and cream gown, and her loose side plait completed the look.

RosieHW

Rosie HW (the model currently taking Britain’s underwear drawers by storm thanks to her very successful collab with M&S), looked every inch a model, flaunting her extremely long legs in Saint Laurent last night. The red sequin dress had a tuxedo look about it with the bow detailing, and was accessorised with simple black courts.

Rita Ora

Here was one star that was getting into the spirit of summer (it’s just around the corner remember…), in a canary yellow Prada gown. Rita Ora’s polished look was slightly different to some of the outfits we’ve seen her in, but this is definitely our favourite.

Photos: ElleUK.com

LFW finale: Simone Rocha

There are still a few more shows to go on the last day of London Fashion Week, but we’re betting that most of the fashion circus came for Simon Rocha, and once they saw her today, are making their way to Milan as we speak. Having only graduated from Central Saint martins in 2010, Simone Rocha is already up there with the big players, making waves in the fashion world. Her work is brilliant, well presented, and bang on trend (wasn’t it she who debut pink coats last year, only for them to have exploded into the mainstream?).

Simone Rocha

This season for AW 2014-15, the young designer’s collection is just as memorable. Her take on Elizabethan decadence and regalia is demonstrated throughout the collection, with the key accent to this era being her silhouette; the hip. Accentuated skirts and dresses mimic outfits from centuries past, and so too do the ruffles and pleats she’s so well known for, adorning sleeves, necklines and trouser pockets. The beaded peal trimming flows throughout the collection too; so that even on her tartan two pieces, red grid-lined chiffon midi-dress and python printed leather, that Elizabethan styling shone through. There was even a nod to the pastel pink trend we know is sure to stay (and for definite too, now that Simone has acknowledged it again), on a simple yet striking sheer chiffon dress, which she replicated in postbox red and in nude with gold embroidered crosses; another tell-tale sign of her inspiration. But Simone makes her collection accessible still, with everyday luxury in the form of those peal beaded trims on wonderful dresses, and the sleek pointed brogues and chunky Mary-Janes she accessorised each outfit with. We love.

Simone Rocha

Simone Rocha

Simone Rocha

LFW: A very British affair

Today is the final day of London Fashion Week, but definitely not one to skip, with designers Simon Rocha, Meadham Kirchhoff, Anya Hindmarch and Fashion East all showing. But for now, it’s still all about yesterday’s penultimate shows; Burberry Prorsum – possibly one of the most iconic British labels this country has – and Christopher Kane, always a notoriously exclusive show from this Scottish born, London based designer. These two shows couldn’t have been more different, and yet were two of the most memorable from the day, each one giving us a reason to be proud of the British fashion industry.

Christopher kane

Firstly, it was the turn of designer Christopher Kane in the morning, who showed at 180 The Strand. His somewhat mix-matched collection of origami inspired paper-thin chiffon layered dresses, ribbon-armed structured shifts, cropped tailoring and patent bomber jackets was inspiring, and represented the obvious twists and turns the designer’s thought process took. But instead of refining his inspiration, what resulted was a beautifully presented collection of lots of individually exquisite pieces; with just the right amount of biker-toughness from the collection’s black, sharp edges, and strong femininity through the pastel pinks and soft neon greens. Not only did this collection showcase a myriad of work, with pieces we could be picking for different occasions all winter long, it also debut Kane’s first foray into a handbag line. The bags were mainly cute, miniature even, and in luxurious structured leathers; with detailing alluding to his debut clothing collection back in 2007 with those neon belt clasps that we hadn’t forgotten about.

Christopher kane

Then came Burberry, Christopher Bailey showing his Burberry Prorsum range on the brands usual high calibre model line-up, but this year’s show read like the who’s-who of it girls of the moment. Joining Cara Delevingne were Suki Waterhouse, Jourdan Dunn, Sam Rollinson, Malaika Firth and Edie Campbell. This season, different to Bailey’s usual strict, structured array of trenches and cover-ups, AW14-15 was all about loose, flowing and languid lines in watercolour pastel brush strokes and scarves loosely belting draped coats. Sheepskin of course featured in the way of two short jackets; belted at the waist and painted with those watercolour florals, updated for a new take on the classic shearling flying jacket. Out first were the watercolours that reflected London’s scity skape skyline, but a turn in the collection showed colours becoming darker, more vibrant, and featured teal, warm reds and decadent golden orange, almost making us think of a Turkish Bazaar. This led the collection on to more draped outerwear, but heavier this time; and the only length to wear was clearly midi, with coats in long lengths, belted over sheer lace midi skirts and dresses – so keep that midi skirt in your wardrobe all year round – you’ll be needing it!

Burberry Prorsum

Burberry Prorsum