Thursday, 12 December 2013

Festive Frock Foundations




Look 1 - Vivienne Westwood. 
With Look 1, Wear Chantelle Merci Demi bra for maximum impact

It's officially the party season!!!









Invites ready and rsvp'd, oufits hung and pressed in the wardrobe, just make sure that you have the appropriate undergarments that will work and enhance your figure, so as not to ruin the final look. The Style Eye has identified 4 party outfits taken from this season's catwalk, one from the high street and one all time classic cocktail outfit and paired them with perfectly working and matching lingerie from French specialist, Chantelle. Looks 1 and 2 are both taken from Vivienne Westwood's AW13 Red Label collection. They are perfect for a work-to-party option or for a posh Christmas lunch.
Ditch the fail safe LBD this christmas and choose a cocktail dress with a dash of sparkle and colour, like the Isabel Marant for H&M seen below here. The easy drape top of this dress allows for a less structured undergarment on top, like C Magnifique. Chantelle's Hausmann, is a T-shirt bra with luxury styling details found and inspired by Tuxedo dinner jackets. Wear this bra with a YSL Le Smoking with the satin edging peeping out of the collar rever.
All lingerie is available at www.chantelle.com 
Purple plunge works best with Westwood's work-to-party look. 
Look 2, Vivienne Westwood - Perfect for a work-to-party date.
Classic Cocktail dress by Isabel Marant for H&M 
Works well with a Chantelle C Magnifique underneath 







The Hausmann bra echoes and highlights the detailing of a traditional evening tux jacket (above) 

Thursday, 17 October 2013

AW13 Beauty - Plump For Plum


What's not to love about autumn? Who can resist the look and underfoot feel of crisp, fallen leaves  on the pavements & the vibrant shades of red foliage that is still to fall, and after having spent warm summer nights sitting on stiff garden furniture, reclaiming your comfy sofa, sipping a nice glass of red? Autumn is here and that means red wine is back on the menu & the lips!
Bottega Veneta AW13
And it just so has it that fashion is very approving of a Bordeaux stained lip to complement this time of year.  From Bottega Veneta to Dolce e Gabbana- the beauty message could well be 'guzzle as much Sassicaia as you can handle/afford - for it will only add to the intensity of this season's dramatic lipstick led look'
Dolce & Gabbana AW13
Although, my savvy Style Eye readers, I'm sure you'd rather be spending your euros on fashion & beauty than v. expensive rare vintage Tuscan reds.
So how to achieve plum lips without getting blotto & breaking the bank?
Hourglass Rouge Liquid Lipstick
Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope
How about Hourglass Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Icon? A true plummy red that stays put for hours. Packaged like a gloss complete with soft sponge applicator, it actually has the consistency of a velvet finish lipstick. Or for a really luxurious treat go for
Lipstick Queen's Velvet Rope in Black Tie. It's a pinkier hue of plum packaged in a dynamic gold art deco-esque case, to make a bold statement in the powder room. Balance vibrant plum lips with velvet skin - prepare with a dusting of Houglass Ambient Lighting Powder over your usual foundation base & add just a hint of blush - let your lips do all the talking with this beauty look.
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder
Nars Blush in Oasis
A great compliment to a bold, Bordeaux lip is Nars blush in Oasis. Eyes work best in swiftly shaded in bronze, but if you want a totally high octane 'Guy Bourdin' style look, then layer autumnal brown eyeshadow hues below a swish of gold.

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Best Beauty Buys - Summer 2013

This week, readers, I would like to share with you an edited round-up of my personal favourite beauty products that have saved my make-up from melting and the ones that have put a summer smile on my face.
In very hot heat, it only takes a short walk to the station and a stuffy tube ride to have all your make-up artistry end up on your chin. Not a good look. Stop this from happening with a little before and after preparation. I was introduced to Elemis Pro-Radiance Flash Balm via Red Magazine's gift giveaway this summer. Applied before your usual foundation, it gives a glowing base that stays put all day long, for added staying power swipe over Chantecaille's Protection Naturelle to set your make-up. Mid- afternoon touch-ups with this handy brush tube will keep you looking fresh and glowing until evening. Looking for an eye-pencil that doesn't smudge and never ends up anywhere else apart from where you applied it? Then Nars Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner is the one for you.
I believe every season one should always treat themselves to a luxury beauty product - why? Because you are worth it. This summer, Tom Ford's Neroli Portofino Body Oil was what I treated myself to. After spending a hot day by the pool, it's the perfect 2-1 product after a cooling shower. The luxurious quality oil moisturises, whilst the summer fragrance, reminiscent of hot sunny days and nights in the Italian Riviera, lightly scents the skin without any need for spritzing a fragrance which can feel heavy on a hot day.
Nars Larger Than Life Eyeliner 

Monday, 8 July 2013

You've Been Asking....

Campana Brothers x Melissa
From celebrity hairdresser's girlfriends to polite people on the early morning train, many of you have been asking about this bag. So here's a heads up on my Campana Brothers for Melissa white basket.
I was given it in 2005 by a friend who owned a fashion boutique in East London. He stocked the matching shoes, and he gave me the bag as I believe he had a few given to him for promotional purposes.
I decided to revive it from the top of the wardrobe late last summer as it seemed the perfect bag for a day trip to Whitstable, as you can throw in purse bags, clutches, make-up pochettes and Institut Esthederm sun protection with ease. The plastic irregular lattice work allows for hanging extra bits, like a Pucci visor and sunglasses, as seen here. The lattice work reminds me of Humberto & Fernando Campana's iconic Blow Up fruit basket which is produced in Italy by Alessi. The shape of size of the bag, are not commuter compliant by any means, but then neither is Chanel's SS13 Hula Hoop bag, yet they have been spotted in fashionable towns and cities too.
Baskets seem so right for now, and this one in a modern plastic from a pair of cult designer brothers gets no better. Search the web, you never know if someone is willing to part with theirs, although they'd be silly if they did. In my opinion this bag is a modern classic.




Monday, 10 June 2013

The Stand- Out Pieces - Autumn/Winter 2013

Whether you need a new woolly for the weekend or an ultra glam dress fit for the red carpet (or perhaps more like the Christmas party) The Style Eye identifies the new and interesting key pieces for next Winter 2013.
Everyone needs a new woolly jumper to at the start of the Winter season. The Style Eye is particularly fond of this fuzzy cocoon shaped number from Alexander Wang. The perfect  item to pair with a full circle skirt to balance a chic daytime look.
Alexander Wang AW13
Who really needs a pair of totally impractical sharp stiletto heeled suede thigh high boots? Not many I suspect will need them, although I can imagine many will lust and covet. Just as we do. Top of The Style Eye's wishlist are Pucci's AW13 catwalk boots.
Emilio Pucci - Look 2
An LBD will always be an essential to any wardrobe. Bottega Veneta's belted slim fit front slit wool version will stand up to any occasion, just style to match the mood.

Bottega Veneta
Brighten up fancy festive parties and smart winter nights out with Acne's silk satin sage gown. Glamourous yet edgy keeps it real if you happen to grace the red carpet.
Acne AW2013

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

A/W 13 Scarf Styling

Early in 2013, we witnessed what seemed to be one of the coldest and cruelest winters in living memory. Getting dressed to any sort of stylish standard was the last thing on most people's mind. So, imagine then what it must be like for the legions of fashion superstars who attended the international collections, having to make more than an effort to look good in the driving snow and sub-zero temperatures. Most, if not all, I gather from the street style images, adhered to the ' Seventy per cent of body heat leaves through your head rule' and about ninety percent of those outside the shows popped on a knitted beanie or bobble hat variation.


Giovanna Battaglia
Miroslava Dumas
The other, roughly, ten per cent of popular fashion heroines, including Miroslava Dumas and Giovanna Battaglia opted for an old school classic - a printed silk square folded on the bias covering the head and tied at the chin. This look was inspiring as an alternative way to stop the snow from falling directly on to the head and to keep the warmth in, without being fashioned from wool or such like. Although, on the catwalk, the prize for one of the best uses of wool most certainly goes to Dries Van Noten and his university striped scarves. Tied at the neck in a feminine half bow, this look is the quirky and cool way to wear woolly scarves next Autumn/Winter 2013.


Dries Van Noten

Monday, 22 April 2013

Copper, Camel & Tan - A/W 13's Favourite Catwalk Colours

Bottega Veneta
Copper-brown is the key 'neutral' shade for next autumn/winter. Like the 90s phenomenon that saw brown as the new black and all that blah blah blah, camels, mustards, tans and flashes of yellow are also added to the palette complementing this autumn 2013's main colour story. To be on trend, subtly include a piece or two to next season's outfits as many shades of copper are going to be the new.. err, black?
Emilio Pucci

Topshop Unique

Bottega Veneta
 The Style Eye would love to create new autumn outfits with a pair of Emilio Pucci thigh high softest suede boots and a burnt copper knee length pleated 'A' line skirt by Bottega Veneta ( although not worn together - well, not this season) What should you wear with this colour then, if not going head to toe like Bottega Veneta?



Rue Du Mail


Veronique Branquinho

Rue Du Mail
Pair camel tones with a flash of neon yellow or Chartreuse as seen at Veronique Branquinho or with classic pieces in basic black like this simple trouser at Bottega Veneta. Martine Sitbon's Rue Du Mail sent down copper furs flashing coral belts and shorts underneath to create a modern look. Topshop Unique encourages the new full circle skirt silhouette by showing it in a desirable shade of orangey-tan.