Coquettish Charm in Tuxedo Gold

Coquettish Charm in Tuxedo Gold

River Island black cocktail dress
$25 – riverisland.com

Gold pumps
$200 – celebboutique.com

Bangle bracelet
lorisshoes.com

Versace post earrings
luisaviaroma.com

Clear glasses
shopzerouv.com

Lips makeup
lordandtaylor.com

Topshop nail polish
$9.93 – topshop.com
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A lot inspired this set in particular, one of the main influences being the Tuxedo dress. I’ve always had a thing for suits in particular the slim fit kind worn by the menfolk (maybe I’ll be a menswear designer one day, who knows). I keep saying that I’m going to wear one to the next wedding I go to… which may be why I haven’t been invited to one in so long. Not that I’m complaining!
This Tuxedo dress is almost an exact replica of the original Alexander McQueen one and for that reason asides from the fact that it looks so good, I purchased it from River Island as soon as I was  able to. Sadly they only had it in the size above and that didn’t fit well at all so I had to sell it.(Sad but I still made a 100% profit – Business has always more or less been my forte). I also have a huge love for face veils, some may say that they arouse an air of morbidity as they’re often worn at funerals but I think there’s something undeniably chic about them. That veil worked into an undo with the cats eye glasses would create a vision of 1960’s glamour which I feel needs to make a comeback pronto!
I kept the jewellery simple for this set as the Versace earrings paired with anything other than the minimal thin Gold bangles would, to me, look gaudy. Aren’t the heels amazing as well? The Gold  ankle cuff link detail complements the inclusion of the jewellery and the minimal beauty which I envisioned as a simple liquid eyeliner and rouge lips and nails look completes the ensemble.
I’ve been listening to a lot of Lana Del Rey lately and feeling the need to dress up at odd moments so as to encompass her sound in a more material form. Hopefully I’ll have some looks up soon to show y’all my LDR style! 🙂
Hope everyone’s having a great week! Bjs **
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BANK #SS14 Collections & Trends

Yesterday I attended my first press day and was lucky enough to preview BANK’s new collection for their in-house brands; Ribbon and Blonde + Blonde as well as their two new and exclusive for SS14 brands; Pink Soda and Fenchurch (pour femme this time!)

Pink Soda for SS14 is the epitome of femininity! The collection’s colour palette features mainly pastels with bold embellishments, articulate beadwork and lots and lots of sequins. The dresses are drop dead gorgeous and so sweet and girly looking, it’s almost like they’ve been dipped in sugar. Take a look for yourself!

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I do love the inclusion of the bright oranges and splashed white in all it’s lacey and intricately embellished beauty. One of BANK’s key trends ‘Spice Trail’ resides within the Pink Soda brand and the design team have taken inspiration from the far and middle east, embodying the influences in the forms of statement jackets and jewelled accessories (which I forgot to take pictures of, sorry guys!)

The second newly established collection is Fenchurch’s exclusive collection for women and that collection, take my word for it, is amazing. I am in love with most of the pieces from the capsule collection! The muse for Fenchurch’s womenswear line is the notion of ‘girls wearing guys clothing’ and also the apparent influx of such from celebrity pop culture i.e. Rihanna, Rihanna, Rihanna. It’s a wonderful collection and I honestly couldn’t stop myself from reaching out to it from amongst the rest of the beautiful clothing/trends, maybe it’s cause I’m secretly hood? Or just very, very into fierce street style looks which this collection embodies well. The American baseball shirts/vests/Varsity style shirts/appliqued bomber jackets are all given an androgynous edge when worn by females and I like that Fenchurch’s collection for women upholds the same base template as the original menswear collection did (which attracted women to buy Fenchurch’s mens clothing in the first place! At least before this collection was created.) Teamed with chunky jewellery, edgy accessories such as see through fanny pack bags and controversial marijuana leaf prints, this collection is fun and fierce (forever linking this word to Beyonce!) and assertive in its right to be seen and heard. And I for one cannot wait to get my hands on it!

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(How very Versace! This shirt needs to be mine ASAP!)

Two other exciting trends present in BANK’s in-house brand Ribbon are Geo Mod and Botanical Garden. Bold gorgeous floral prints and patterns for S/S14 but with 60’s inspired silhouettes and digital and depth adding grid-like prints on skater and shift dresses, need I say more? I’m starting to wonder whether it’s not too early to start shopping for Spring/Summer…

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Also, how bad are these shoes begging to be bought by you?

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(The futuristic looking and neon green clutch have stolen my heart!)

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(The two toned neon block heels<3)

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The block heeled monochrome boot was probably my favourite from shoe wear, and that was definitely a hard decision to make from so many uber cool shoes (flatforms, sandals, heels you name it) to choose from.

I’m already excited for S/S14 and it’s not even here yet! It’s definitely tempting to max out your credit card or spend your newly acquired pay check on the new trends and collections that BANK has to offer, so maybe it’s a good thing that they don’t get released for a few more months? Maybe, talvez, peut-être…