the girl who lives to shop

After some hard-ish graft, and more than a few needle related injuries, I have finally finished my Equipment-a-like crystal embellished shirt – and I am in love. Usually I don’t play favourites with my clothes, but I may have to make an exception with this shirt! It is SO beautiful (even if I do say so myself!!) I’m thinking of pairing it with black during the day to channel monochrome cool; and with a statement trouser for on trend evening wear. Hope you like it as much as I do!

love sophie xxx

All for the bargain price of £35 rather than £305

My shiny new shirt

The inspirational Equipment shirt


London Fashion Week 2012

HURRAH it’s here again! Fashionistas and FROWers are descending as designers showcase what we will all be wearing come September; its only day three and already there is many-a-new trend emerging from runways dotted all over the capital.

Caramel Hues  From Bora Aksu showcasing power peplums in delicious mocha, to Sass and Bide’s futuristic champagne body con dresses; creamy caramel colours were seen everywhere and topping the bunch were Mulberry. Throughout their collection we saw this burnt sugar palette. Set against these colours, textures contrasted, as buttery leather skirts were paired with long-haired goat fur. The standout piece being this utterly shag-tastic Mongolian fur coat. Oh it’s just perfect.

From Mulberry A/W12 photos: Vladimir Potop

The Lady is a Vamp  Marios Schwab created the ultimate femme-fatale for A/W12 by looking back to Hollywood icon Marlene Dietrich. Sent down the runway – with cloche hats a plenty – were figure hugging day dresses, elbow length gloves and streamlined silhouettes, which Schwab made provocative through his use of daring lace inserts. His show culminated with dresses which revealed and concealed, encapsulating the collection. His tantalisingly jewelled and ultra sheer ball gowns fit to grace many a red carpet.

From the Marios Schwab Fall12 Runway photos: European Pressphoto Agency and Telegraph

Tsarina  At Issa and Temperley, it was all about the Russian princess, sumptuous colours, extreme jewels and decadent swathes of materials. Temperley’s runway featured jacquard, velvet and luxurious embellished evening gowns mingled with plainer silk Lanvin-ish gowns  – think Catherine the Great style opulence. Issa’s ‘Trans-Siberian Express’ show was more seasonable as cossack fur hats, dramatic capes and cashmere military coats ruled the runway.

From the Temperley runway A/W12 photos: AP/ EPA/ AFP

Electric Lips   Moschino you absolute beaut, this is possibly the funnest thing I’ve seen since Friday! Behold the ‘Glitter Kiss’. Amazing? Yes. Wearable? Not so much. Dubbed the ‘fajazzle’, oh how I wish I coined this phrase, it is THE new way to wear glitter!

A Micro-Trend from Moschino

Halfway through London Fashion Week, and the best is still to come – hello Peter Pilotto, Christopher Kane, Erdem, Burberry Prorsum, Mary Katrantzou, Roksanda Ilincic and Holly Fulton! GET EXCITED

love sophie xxx


Carelessness in dressing is moral suicide.

Honoré de Balzac

Photos by Mark Segal from Louis Vuitton’s 2012 Cruise collection catalogue

love sophie xx

All Hail Jonathan Saunders

The winner of the highly coveted Vogue/British Fashion Council Designer Fashion Fund Award 2012 was announced yesterday as Scottish designer Jonathan Saunders.

The £200,000 fund is awarded to up and coming designers to help develop their label and enhance their reputations.  He was up against the likes of Mary Katrantzou, Richard Nicoll, Peter Pilotto, Roksanda llincic, Nicholas Kirkwood, Marios Schwab and Meadham Kirchhoff – and you don’t get bigger or better rising stars than those.

Saunders' Avery and Renton Silk Printed Dresses from

Saunders is known for using traditional silk screen printing to create unique and distinctive designs, and for having a vibrant and modern take on femininity. From through his pre-collection on, the Avery and Renton dresses epitomise the relaxed glamour that is so synonymous with Jonathan Saunders; who graduated from the illustrious Central St Martin’s and went on to work alongside Alexander McQueen, Christian Lacroix at Pucci and Phoebe Philo at Chloé.

The prize has previously been awarded to Erdem Moralioglu and Christopher Kane, who since winning have both gone on to become global fashion superstars – hopefully the same will happen to Saunders because he thoroughly deserves it.

hello new shoes

I know I’m not the only girl in this world who would love a new pair of designer shoes, yet who has the budget of a student! Being presented with this predicament, I decided that I was not going to let my lack of cash hinder me in my quest for a pair of glittering, gleaming and gorgeous heels.

So taking inspiration from all that is wonderful about Thakoon’s mirrored mary-jane’s and Giuseppe Zanotti’s incredible sandals; and leaving the painful £700 price tag behind – I made my own pair.

Inspiration from Giuseppe Zanotti and Thakoon


Simply take:

– One pair of wedges, heels, or pumps of your choosing

– One Glue gun or some strong adhesive

– One pair of scissors

– About 5 to 10 old cd’s, I used my forgotten 90’s singles which had an ink design on them as if they’re foiled (like all rewritable CDs) the foil will go everywhere when you cut them up as I discovered on my first attempt!

and that’s it… just cut up your CDs into triangles, squares, polygons whatever you desire; and then arrange them on your shoes like a mosaic. After you have your desired look, glue your pieces of CD on to your shoes…





love sophie xxx

Haute Couture is here again

The couture show at Christian Dior is always one of the most hotly anticipated collections, and post Galliano is no different. This Spring/Summer12 collection is the most wearable couture collections for a long time, due to its nostalgic nod to the very beginning of Dior.

Following his ill-fated first couture show for Dior, after the departure of Creative Director John Galliano; Bill Gaytten has returned to the past. Showcasing structured pencil skirts, beautiful day dresses and stunning waist cinching organza Bar jackets – all of which could have been straight from the ‘New Look’ of 1947. It was as if Christian Dior, himself, was at the helm.

The idea behind this collection was “It’s meant to be x-ray Dior,” Gaytten said afterward. “All the structure of iconic Dior, thanks to lots of fittings, but all of it see-through.” The ateliers used chiffon and gauze set against leather to prevent the collection becoming too feminine and providing a brief acknowledgment the current trend for fetishism.

X-Rated Dior - image: Getty Images

The luxurious, elegant and sculptured silhouette of early Dior has been toughened up and brought straight into 2012 with my favourite piece of the show – a drop-shouldered, half-sleeved Bar jacket in taupe croc-stamped leather, worn with leather elbow length gloves and patent court shoes. There are no words…

From Christian Dior's spring/summer 2012 couture collection - image: APF

The Bar Jacket from the 1947 Corolle collection

This show was completely gorgeous, but far too understated in terms of couture. Couture is the fantastical, the whimsical, the ridiculous, the impractical and the extraordinary.

It is Galliano – this collection was not.

love sophie xxx

i spy a diy…

Oh how I lust over Equipment shirts. Strolling around London one fine winters’ day, I happened upon this beauty. Behold the wonder of this shirt

Equipment embellished Daddy shirt

Needless to say, all the shirts from Serge Azaria’s recently relaunched French brand make me weak in the knees, with their insouciance which says ‘yeah I look effortlessly cool in what is essentially just a silk shirt…’

Surely even I can do this

But this one in particular had my heart beating faster than usual, with its decadent jewelled collar – making it The Perfect Transitional Piece to take you from day to night. Alas, who actually has £305 to spend on a white silk shirt; one which will, inevitably, have red wine spilt down it?

And so emulating the stunning crystal embellishment on this collar will be my new project for the dark January nights that lie ahead! I have a white shirt, I have some crystals and soon I shall have a brand new bejeweled, and achingly chic shirt. I for one am VERY excited! Wish me luck

love sophie xx

A new wardrobe for 2012? Not quite so fast…

Another year here again and another new set of trends to integrate into an already over-stuffed wardrobe! But fear not for many of the ‘new’ trends are recycled from a/w11 and there are a fair few key pieces which will take you well into the new year.

1. The Peter-Pan collar – the trusted Peter pan collar is still very much on trend – sequined to take you from day to night and faux fur à la Miu Miu to keep away the January blues.

From the queen of collars: Gemma Lister

2. The Tuxedo Jacket  – Smoking has never been cooler. One of Yves Saint Laurent’s greatest gifts to womenkind was the tux. Beautifully tailored, iconic, and as beautiful as it first was in 1966, there is nothing more powerful than a woman in a le smoking. A Little Black Suit may well be your 2012 go to evening wear.

A Tuxedo for 2012?

3. Metallics – All the glitz and glamour of a/w isnt going anywhere  anytime soon. Think cool, pearlescent and aquatic colours. Deep sea greens and blues, with glittering scales of paillettes were seen at Givenchy, Versace and Chanel.

Mermaid Metallics from the S/S12 Runways at Givenchy, Versace and Chanel

This metallic trend is also a big beauty trend for the spring – high impact pewter eyes, silver highighter and even featuring gold leaf plastered across the eyes at Fendi.

4. Coloured Jeans – J Brand ruled the coloured jean trend last year and that is set to remain in 2012. Rather than the acid brights, it is all about fresh and clean pastel coloured denim.

The Pastel Palette does not, however, end with jeans. All over the runway designers were embracing their softer sides from Louis Vuitton to Preen to Prada all showcasing the paler end of the colour spectrum.

Palatable Pastels from Louis Vuitton, Preen and Prada

Another big S/S trend is the 1920’s – There was a nod to days gone by as fringed fabulous flappers paraded down the catwalk inspired by the forthcoming ‘Great Gatsby’ adaptation and the success of the silent film ‘The Artist’. Dropped waists are to be the silhouette of the year shown at Ralph Lauren, Etro and Gucci. So make like Daisy Buchanan, for this look oozes glamour, sophistication and easy elegance with billowing  fabrics and soft lines.

Fabulous Flappers from Ralph Lauren, Etro and Gucci

The 1920’s trend is as much about the clothes as it is the accessories; add a stole, a cloche hat, mary-janes and a berry lip and you could have wafted straight out of the Jazz age!

love sophie xx