Straight afterwards I headed to the store where I'm hoping to work...full of beautiful vintage and designer dresses, perfumes, frilly knickers and jewellary (aka heaven). I spotted a blue 1950s shift dress that I'm desperate to have for my boyfriend's Summer Ball at uni on June 20th, ahh!
Matthew describes the collection as ‘bohemian, free spirited,’ glowing colours and confidence in my opinion.
Sequin Cuff Peacock Dress, £49.99
This dress definitely brings back the Sixties for me. After completing a recent fashion project on the era I can easily link it to this amazing dress. The shape incorporates the typical Sixties shift dress, and its use of bold, bright colours definitely ties in too. I am in love with the peacock designs Williamson has used on a variety of his designs, so visual and filled with energy. The glittery cuffs add that extra individuality to an already beautiful piece. An absolute bargain at just £50, how can you say no!
Multi-Coloured Tiger Ruffle Dress, £199.99
This is easily my favourite outfit, a little pricier than the others but still so worth it. The maxi dress is perfect for summer, teamed with some gladiator sandals and a cropped jacket, and Williamson has produced this one to perfection. The use of colour throughout the collection is beautiful, but this piece blows the others away with just how many its managed to fit in. The pattern is so detailed, and I love the ruffle, layered detailing. If I can get my hands on it first, and believe me I will fight for it, this will definitely be a wardrobe staple for me this summer.
This outstanding collaboration has been well worth the wait. Matthew Williamson is one amazing designer who just keeps on giving, and I for one am incredibly grateful.
My key summer item will be my new Grecian style dress from H&M; strapless and pale green in colour with a white swirling design around the neck. It is fairly short, best worn with leggings until the sun starts to shine I think! At fifteen pounds, it was an absolute bargain, something we all need in this current economic climate! It was a spontaneous buy, heading out to buy a party dress I saw it hanging on the rail, the last one and in my size; what are the chances?
I have recently been teaming it with black leggings, waist belt, blazer and boots to keep me nice and warm but still looking fashionable. As a textiles student who is interested in taking fashion journalism on as a career, I had to make sure it fit in with current trends. Lucky for me the gladiator sandal has once again ticked the box for key pieces, matching perfectly with my overall Roman / Greek outfit theme for summer.
I am just itching to get my hands on some of River Island’s ‘stud gladiator sandal,’ a perfect summer staple at just £34.99, could they be any more enticing? As Style.com, the online home of Vogue, so nicely points out one key trend is, ‘Goddess Worship,’ as ‘Grecian draping made waves on the runways. In addition, this month’s Company magazine includes a page dedicated to gladiator sandals, suggesting my beautiful, simplistic Grecian dress is bang on trend.
It would appear I am a little ahead of the fashion curve, having bought the dress just before the Spring/Summer Report came out, what a confidence boost! I like that my dress represents my own style take on the Grecian based ‘Goddess dress’ trend, usually known to be floor length, my dress is quite the opposite. It had to be suitable for my holiday in Turkey where the weather will be very hot, so I have gone for a floaty, summer dress feel, rather than the typical long, formal style.
I cannot wait to walk around in the summer sun with it on, teamed with nothing but sunglasses, gladiator sandals and perhaps a long cardigan in case it’s breezy, (although the length may insist upon the dress being teamed with some denim shorts!).
Here are some of my favourites:
'Ambition Killed The Cat' £46.00
'Stone Jungle' £65.00
'Frida's Garden' £70.00
'Wee Gallery Garden' £30.00
'Wee Gallery Giraffe' £28.00
And so many more, I have about another six I'd love to add.
Perfect for a house re-haul.
What do you think?? Which are your favourites??
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This beautiful bohemian girl originates from America but has lived in Europe for most of her life, mainly Spain, where her family are now whilst she studies at Durham University, England. Hoping to take on fashion journalism at Central St. Martins or London College of Fashion once she has completed her English degree, Audrey hopes to write for a magazine for a few years before starting one of her own – a dream that she has had since she was just twelve-years-old! With her incredibly well-written blog and unique fashion style it’ll be interesting to see where she gets to in the next few years; she’s one to watch for sure. As well as her blog, she is also the ‘style editor’ of Durham’s University Paper –‘The Sanctuary,’ working her way up the fashion career ladder and getting as much experience as she can.
Lucky enough to be invited to London Fashion Week, using journalism work she has built up over the years as credentials and applying to the British Fashion Council, Audrey gave me her point of view of the prestigious event...
‘It was an amazing experience, an absolute dream- William Tempest or Betty Jackson were probably my favourite shows, while seeing Lilly Cole close up was a defining moment: I loveee that girl! Fashion Week was probably one of the best times of my life and definitely re-affirmed my goals to work in fashion.’
Audrey definitely sounds like a very busy lady, and determined to get her dream she has applied to ‘Glamour’ magazine for an internship, managing to acquire an interview which she attended in December, fingers crossed she gets it! She is hoping for some work experience with a t-shirt designer, after setting up ‘Frassy Rags,’ which sells edgy, fashion conscious t-shirts, as well as doing some courses at the next London Fashion Week...busy doesn’t even cover it. The work and effort Audrey has been putting into her dream (whilst doing her degree too!) is incredibly inspiring to young women, showing you that if you really are determined you can achieve anything.
For the final part of my research into the intriguing Miss. Rogers I asked her about her own personal style, here’s what she said:
‘I am very much a London girl when it comes to British Fashion. I love Sienna, Agyness and I adore ‘outrageous’. In a sea of Abercrombie and Jack Wills, I stand out a lot- people don't like difference so I have to continually deal with strange looks and the occasional sharp comment. But hey, fashion is truly what I love and I refuse to let what other people think interfere with my passions.’
As I said before, Audrey is truly inspiring, she is a real-life example that peer pressure can be ignored and the most important thing is that you like what you wear, she has achieved so much by being herself and ignoring those ‘strange looks’ - A girl after my own heart.