Thursday, August 26, 2010

The lady is a vamp


This H&M dress covers two trends in one: leather and embellishment.

OK, it's faux-leather but, as Stella McCartney has proven, it doesn't have to be real to look good - plus, it makes for a far more affordable buy (£34.99 actually).

The soft, faux-leather discs are the size of a 1p coin and cover the entire front of this knitted vest dress, shimmying away rather like mermaid's scales. Don't worry, it's realms away from any Splash or Mermaids connotations. In fact, the figure-hugging knit of the dress teamed with the tough-edged 'leather' makes it slightly S&M and a whole lot sexy. One to team with the New Look clogs or autumn/winter's high-heeled hiking boots (both offer far more attitude than a pair of stilettos).

Talking of Stella, giant sequins were her embellishment of choice for her a/w collection. But, as the faux-leather paillettes on the H&M dress show, trimmings don't have to sparkle and shine to adorn a garment - texture is just as important. At COS, this has been interpreted with round fluttery discs semi-punched out of sheer organza to create an elegant, whimsical top. Likewise, at River Island, a chiffon vest top receives similar treatment, taking the shape of big fat petal-like teardrops for paillettes.

So, how to wear embellishment? Softer pieces like the COS and River Island tops will work well with the new season's trousers and the ladylike trend, while head-turners like this H&M dress are best saved for nightfall.

8 comments:

  1. Defiantly not a day dress I agree, very sexy and vampish though, long live the high street!

    Ellie Rose xxx

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  2. You are in the new Asos magazine (came in the post yesterday) - have you seen it?

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  3. Asos magazine, you say? Please, tell me more. I haven't seen or heard about this... v excited!

    Bargainista Fashionista x x x

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  4. Love this, also liked the cardigan and top with same 'scales' on it -

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  5. Hi,

    Asos have their own glossy magazine, which they send by post to their customers. They mention BF in their September issue. I don't know whether you can order it - you might want to contact their customer service (they are on Twitter).

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  6. Thanks Anna Maria. Am going to track down a copy now! That's great news. Thanks so much for alerting me. It's really appreciated as I probably would have missed it otherwise.

    Bargainista Fashionista x x x

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  7. Glad you're all loving the vampy dress. And Deborah P, thanks for reminding me about the cardigan and top :) I forgot to mention those in the blog.

    Btw, H&M goes online from 16th September so you can shop from your sofa!

    Bargainista Fashionista x x x

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