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Capsule Wardrobe Item: Arty Shoes

June 8th, 2014 by How to Look Good Team
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Neeway, £115, Sizes 3-8, Nine West

Art influences were both subtly visible and firmly on display on many of the catwalks this season and extended from a variety of references – from tribal art work to street artwork to art noveau. At Alexander McQueen, dresses were transformed into Mondrian-esque works of art.

Add you own artistic reference to your own outfit with these sandals from Nine West with their soft colour blocking and sculptural heels. By showing your fashion at your feet is also a great way to tap into a trend with jumping in head first.

Team with your jumpsuit and statement necklace for an instant easy way to inject some extra oomph to your look.

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Capsule Wardrobe Item: Biker Jacket

June 8th, 2014 by How to Look Good Team
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Signature Leather Biker Jacket, £399, Sizes 6-16, Karen Millen

This summer the black rock chic biker is taking some time out while her more serene sister get’s her turn. Yes we’re talking biker jackets in softer summer pastel shades as seen at Antonio Berardi, Vanessa Bruno, Richard Nicoll and Versace.

Pastels are a hit again this summer and we love this biker jacket from Karen Millen which is perfect if you take your fashion afters a little less sickly sweet, giving edge to your summer looks while being perfectly playable for Winter.

Team with this season’s capsule wardrobe floral skirt, white shirt and arty heels for a chic summer look. Go for a androgynous take with last spring/summer’s blue trousers, printed shell top and geometric hues. In fact this jacket will work with any look – slung over a summer dress to teamed with your favourite jeans and sandals.

Come winter this jacket will perfectly complement the greyish tones in your autumn winter 2013/14 capsule wardrobe.

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We’ve got an eye on Isa Arfen

March 18th, 2014 by How to Look Good Team
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Art is a huge influence for spring/summer 2014 – from Chanel’s epic art gallery, Miucca Prada’s muralists who emblazoned fronts of dresses with bold female faces, to Mondrian-esque work of art at Alexander McQueen, tribal African Art at Givenchy and Graffiti at Celine.

It is therefore a great time to be introduced to London-based womenswear label Isa Arfen, a fledgling brand, which was founded in 2011 by Serafina Sama. Spring/Summer 2014 sees Serafina introduce the first ever print to her collections via an multi-hued illustration of an open eye done by Marcela Gutiérrez, an illustrator who she attended Central Saint Martins with.

The resulting statement printed skirt is a show-stopper that can be dressed up for a glitzy occasion or simply worn on a relaxed day. That is the appeal of Isa Arfen – the separates are supremely wearable (you can live your life in them, they fit nicely and feel good), elegant and appealingly simple yet they combine to give a sophisticated feel.

Other highlights of her Spring/Summer 2014 collection include white bias-cut dresses with asymmetrical seams, a voluminous full skirt and coat done in organza cloque and in a lemon sorbet colour as well as signature embellishment. These integrate well with more straightforward looks like an anorak in duchesse satin and basics in a range of rich purples, neutrals and fluoro-bright neons to give the wearer an easy effortlessly put-together nonchalance.

Isa Arfen was founded after Serafina created a small collection of dresses that were sold exclusively through private sales and the enthusiastic response let the designer to develop these initial themes into a broader collection. The collection is stocked in Opening Ceremony and The Corner and you’ll find clean and feminine designs in unexpected silhouettes and unusual fabrics.

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Capsule Wardrobe Item: The White Shirt

March 15th, 2014 by How to Look Good Team
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Madelyn Shirt, £129, Sizes 8-18, Hobbs

The white shirt is a classic items that should be a staple piece for any wardrobe.

It may have many-a- Fashion Editor rolling their eyes at it’s lack of wow factor but, on the contrary, this season, rather than just being a foundation piece of your wardrobe, the white shirt is taking centre stage for Spring all with a bit of a twist – think new interpretations with asymmetric cuts, ingenious panelling, necktie detailing and embellishment.

Examples of such can be seen at Victoria Beckham, Paul & Joe, Preen, Valentino, Theyskens’ Theory and Tods.

This shirt from Hobbs gives a clean, contemporary aesthetic offset by detailed embroidered eyelets and rolled sleeves.

Team with the skirt to perfectly offset the florals and keep the look modern and fresh. It’ll also work stylishly with tailored ensembles or more dressed-down jeans looks.

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Capsule Wardrobe Item: Skirt (florals, pleats and longer length)

March 15th, 2014 by How to Look Good Team
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Betty Jackson.Black Pink Pleated Border Skirt, £60, Sizes 8-20, Debenhams

Welcome to your new Spring/Summer 2014 capsule wardrobe which we’ve started in true Spring style with florals!

There would certainly be something amiss if we had Spring without some florals so in true Spring/Summer fashion beautiful blooms are back for 2014. As banal as flowers in Spring might sound – there were plenty of novel interpretations to mix up the bunch.

With science-book dissected florals at Christopher Kane, 3D appliqué flowers at Mary Katrantzou and Dolce & Gabbana and hothouse blooms at Dior, flowers are more than just flowers this season.

The key to give florals a Spring 2014 spin is to team with a bit of an edge and off-beat styling such as pairing this floral skirt from Betty Jackson at Debenhams with the clean, contemporary white shirt that we have selected as your other capsule wardrobe item this month.

This skirt is one of those items that is ticking off a number of trends yet still has a classicity that will serve you for many years to come. You’ll be able to update with seasonal accessories to give it a fresh spin.

The blown-up, colour-injected floral print taps into this season’s artwork trend as well as that more edgy non-obvious floral feel of the season. The longer length skirt trend is also here to stay. What is more, pink remains a favourite in fashion’s colour palette and tight pleats were all over dresses, skirts and even accessories. This skirt is certainly a fashion all-rounder.

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