Thursday, 22 September 2011

Basso and Brooke: editorial film

Basso & Brooke SS12
We love nothing more than a good fashion editorial film here on Chic & Cheerful and this whimsical delight from Basso and Brooke is right up our street. The design duo, who were top of our ones to watch at LFW released this meadow walk film directed by Thiago Jenne earlier today. The busy digital print fabrics and structured garment designs are perfectly juxtaposed against the video's countryside setting and model Laura Paine's childlike beauty.

Missed Basso and Brooke's SS12 show? 
Watch the video below (via MyDaily) for next season's flowing maxi dresses showcasing tropical colours, asymmetric prints and bursts of floral.

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Who to watch at London Fashion Week S/S12: Day 3, 18/09/11

Day three of London Fashion Week is upon us - who will you be watching? Try Chic & Cheerful's recommendations for shows from our favourite big names guaranteed to wow.

Part of the Mulberry SS12 pre-collection
Mulberry, 10am
The look: Mulberry kicked off AW11 with a Fantastic Mr Fox inspired show of very English ready to wear garments -and carried on this British heritage trend with their seaside inspired nostalgic SS12 pre-collection. As they celebrate their 40th year, it seems clear that this coveted label should be expected to reveal plenty of classic, long lasting designs to add to the Mulberry archives
What to expect: Easy ready to wear, a quirky set and statement handbags.
Watch it for: A look at the best in very British design from fashionista's favourite Mulberry.

Holly Fulton AW11
Holly Fulton, 2pm (Watch live here)
The look: Holly Fulton has risen to success with her art deco styling and bright geometric prints. Her inspirations lie in "art deco; pop intense qualities, aboriginal art; jewelery in many forms; collections - I am shocking hoarder and collect many things including 60s clocks, Swedish glass, books of any sort and objects shaped like hands." (
What to expect: Looks for the cool girl on the street.
Watch it for: Modern design pushing the boundaries.

From catwalk to carrier bag: AW11's dalmatian boots
Topshop Unique, 3pm (Watch live here)
The look: I am totally enamoured by Topshop, if I'm honest with you dear reader, and could not live without it willingly. It's consistently edgy, totally on-trend and mixes high fashion design with high street wear-ability. 
What to expect: AW11 was all about 1930s dalmatians so who knows what this season's inspirations will be. One thing we do know for sure is that there will be some fantastic styling (remember those spotty nails by Sophy Robson?) and excellent ready to wear design from Topshop's in-house designers.
Watch it for: A sneak peek of next summer's high street wardrobe.


Tom Ford is on the LFW schedule! After imposing reporting embargoes on his collections in previous years, the famous designer has secured a place in the schedule at 6pm. As a non-follower of Mr Ford's work (and due to the serious lack of information available to hand), I'm a bit wary to say what to expect with this one. Nevertheless, we can all hope for a big show from this renowned designer.

Saturday, 17 September 2011

Kimono: the perfect autumn cover up

Saviour thy name is kimono. Sure, you may have been a big trend last season but all that means is that you're already lurking in the back of our wardrobes, clamouring to be worn again.

With all this up and down weather we're having in old Blighty, kimonos are the best way to cover up without lugging round a chunky cardi all day. If you haven't discovered the beauty of these Japanese-esque garments (the ones on the high street are a bit far flung from the traditional garb of Japan) then take a look at these style suggestions.

1. Work rock chick cool with this paisley stripe from Band of Gypsies 
2. Laid back lace in warm grey makes for a versatile jacket by O&O 
3. Opt for traditional patterns with this soft floral print 
(River Island at Asos, £23)
4. This abstract feather design is perfect for 70s styling 
5. Inky blues and pinks on black smarten this work-friendly garment 
6. This cute butterfly print will transition well into the summer months 
7. This fantastic mixed print will add a touch of glamour to any outfit 
8. A more traditional shape with 3/4 sleeves works the vintage vibe 
(River Island, £30)
9. Mix trends with this aztec chiffon jacket from New Look 
(New Look, £16.99)

Images (c) Asos, Urban Outfitters, Bank fashion, Miss Selfridge, River Island, New Look

Who to watch at London Fashion Week S/S12: Day 2, 17/09/11

We've moved onto day two of our ones to watch at London Fashion Week. Take a look at this guide for designers guaranteed to put on a show for S/S12. Watch the live streams, follow the tweets - do whatever you can to make sure you don't miss these essential shows.
The look: I've written before about my rocky relationship with House of Holland designs - sure, Holland's Debenhams collection provides great separates (albeit for a younger audience) but his runway inspirations are always a bit too out there for me: grannies and bingo? Really? But my opinions are worth naught when it comes to the selling power of Holland's work. Loved on the high street and by his celebrity friends and followers, Henry's designs are for the young, funny and fashionable.
What to expect: Holland's hynoptic pre-collection featured bright stripes and day of the dead insignia - a total opposite to the knitted blankets on the back of your Grandma's sofa - so it really would be difficult to guess where Henry is going to take his SS12 work. It's safe to say, however, that colourful, kitsch and cheeky will no doubt be on the cards.
Watch for: A show as full of surprises as the front row will be of celebrities.

Kate Middleton in that Issa dress
Issa London, 8pm (Watch online here)
The look: Issa London became the label on everyone's lips earlier this year when Kate Middleton wore that gorgeous blue dress in her engagement photographs, prompting a flurry of high street copies. Brazilian Daniella Helayel creates classic dresses which make women feel 'comfortable, confident and chic' which are adored the world over.
What to expect: The collection is said to go back to Helayel's Brazilian roots. It has to be said that how she manages to reconcile the traditionally bright and playful Rio look with classic Issa style (reminiscent of icons Audrey Hepburn and Wallace Simpson) will make for a very interesting display of design prowess indeed.
Watch for: A preview of the Duchess of Cambridge's Spring wardrobe.

Fashion Fringe, 8.45pm
Showcasing the best in new design talent, Fashion Fringe is back for its eighth year with Fyodor Golan, Heidi Leung and Nabil El-Nayal.

Fyodor Golan: International design duo Fyodor Podgorny and Golan Frydman are fast becoming known for their high fashion design and McQueen-esque dresses. Their A/W11 collection rocked an elegant tribal theme in the Fashion Scout show prompting great things to be expected on the Fyodor Golan S/S12 runway.

Heidi Leung:  Heidi has worked not only worked with the likes of Alexander McQueen and Christopher Kane but was also the designer behind one of the most talked about graduate collections at Central Saint Martins last year. Taking inspiration from the Luc Besson woman, the aptly named 'Joan' was designed for women with a tough exterior and a loving core.

Nabil El-Nayal: Nabil was born to be a designer: he made his first dress from his mother's net curtains as a child and went from strength, even winning the British Fashion Council MA scholarship. He has worked with high street favourite River Island and designed exclusive pieces for Harrods.

Who are your must-sees? Leave a comment and let me know!

Friday, 16 September 2011

Who to watch at London Fashion Week S/S12: Day 1, 16/09/11

Felder Felder AW11
If you're not attending the London Fashion Week shows and struggling to figure out who to keep an eye on from afar, never fear! Chic and Cheerful is here to help you decide who to watch from the comfort of your living room (or sneakily from your office desk as the case may be). Every day of the fashion week we'll be scouring the schedule and posting a daily shortlist of designer shows not to be missed.

Day one: 16th September 2011

Felder Felder, 5pm (Watch online here)
The look: The Felder twins traditionally do effortless cools in a small palette of dark colours (A/W11 predominantly featured midnight blacks and inky blues), referencing the rock star elite with plenty of leather clad models strutting down the runway.
What you can expect: Rock'n'roll style for the wild at heart.
Watch for: Low key glamour that you'll be clamouring to get into your wardrobe.

Basso & Brooke AW11
Basso & Brooke, 6pm (Watch online here)
The look: Basso and Brooke's role in the fashion world is best summed up with this quote from's Tim Blanks: "Bruno Basso and Christopher Brooke are the Pixar of clothes". Renowned for their pioneering electronic print techniques, the duo are among the best in the business when it comes to contrast.
What you can expect: Digital prints abundant in colour and texture.
Watch for: Relatively simple design brought to life with patterned colour juxtaposition.

Check back tomorrow for our day 2 shortlist!

Who are your ones to watch? Leave a comment and let us know!

Sunday, 11 September 2011

Going polka dotty: how to wear polka dots

Polka dots are not only a timeless pattern but also a key trend for Autumn/Winter. If you've never tried going dotty (or even if you have), we've selected some of the best lasting pieces available on the high street now to update your wardrobe.

1. Laundry room shift dress, £32, ASOS
2. Spot peg jersey trousers, £25, ASOS
3. Spot cardigan, £14, ASOS
4. Pepe jeans tulip skirt, £25, ASOS
6. Wide leg trousers, £45, Topshop
7. Spot print skirt, £45, Oasis
8. Wire wrap bracelet, £5, Topshop
9. Jacket, £65, Warehouse
11. Susanna spot dress, £50, Monsoon

Images courtesy of ASOS, Topshop, Warehouse, Oasis and Monsoon.

Friday, 9 September 2011

Pearl Lowe for Peacocks out now!

Pearl Lowe for Peacocks A/W11
If you're searching for bargain high street pieces for A/W11 then look no further than Peacocks. Pearl Lowe's latest collection for the shop encompasses two key trends: folk and 40s.

With prices ranging between £35-£45, this collection is a mixture of highs and lows. Out of the seven dresses listed on their website, I have to say I only really  like the three pictured above and wouldn't even glance at the others in store. That being said, I really do like those three and, given the timelessness of the chosen styles, know they would work well into spring/summer.

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Seven of the best: sparkly shoes!

Hailee Steinfeld in Miu Miu's A/W11 campaign
Glitter shoes always remind of Christmas party season when I was a kid. Back in the days when staple fashion for 8 year olds was like something from a cheap debutant ball (think velvet midi dresses with full skirts and puffy sleeves), glitter shoes were strictly forbidden in my house. It was all about sensible patent leather mary jane flats. There were no heels for little girls in the 90s (unless you were clomping around in your mum's) so the most fashionable footwear was usually covered in sparkles and bows.

So when I saw Miu Miu's glitter shoe boots strutting down the catwalk, my heart stopped. Grown up glitter shoes! Perfect party footwear which were sure to inspire an affordable high street knock off for my tootsies. And that they have!

1. Miss KG Harajuku sparkly platform strappy sandal, £48,
2. Red or Dead Shirley glitter high heels, £65, Schuh
3. Pretty glitter heel courts, £65, Schuh
4. Hysteric glitter platform high sandals, £40,
5. Miu Miu glitter and suede peep-toe ankle boots £555,
6. Charlotte block heel round toe shoe, £45.00, Oasis
7. Gosford multi glitter mary janes, £40, Topshop

Images from,,, and

Monday, 5 September 2011

Forget world domination: Chanel has conquered Harrods!

Image (c)
The internet has been buzzing with excitement today as Chanel unveiled its beautiful installation at Harrods in London. And, after spending a large part of my afternoon scouring websites for more information - ahem, I mean, after finishing all my work like a good girl, I spent a few minutes or so looking (yes, that was it), and stumbled upon a must-see slideshow of the fashion exhibition on Wallpaper*'s site. 

If like me you're not going to make it to the capital before the collaboration is taken down, you really must take a look at these magical pictures.

Image (c)
Mr Lagerfeld, you have surpassed yourself again.
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