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Jumper – Topshop / Skirt – Topshop / Shirt (underneath) – Zara / Socks – Topshop / Bag – Mulberry / Boots – Topshop 

Just like Cher Horowitz from Clueless, I often find solace in a mall (ahem, shopping centre).  Ahead of my first week starting my Masters in Media and Journalism and after seeing off the boyf as he moves to Dubai, I was definitely in need of a little – read, huge – bit of retail therapy.  My preferred treatment is a trip to Topshop and on this occasion I discovered that the perfect medicine for a bruised heart is definitely fluffy jumpers, tartan skirts and pony skin boots!  As if! 

I wore this outfit to an induction day at Uni and then to a pub dinner with my grandma – old people are so sweet – and my mum, who is a total Betty.  Although I could tell a few people were giving me strange looks throughout the day and would have probably classed me as a fashion victim – or ensembly challenged – I lovedddd recreating the Clueless vibe.

Now I just need a real life Dionne to join me!  Any takers?

P.S. camera quality is awful!  Relying on Santa for a new one!

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My fascination with the Knowles family does not just start and end with Beyonce but stretches to her younger, lesser known but no less stylish sister, Solange.

Just like her older sister, Solange has many strings to her bow, with the titles of DJ, mother, singer, model, actress and universal fashion icon all gracing her CV it’s hard to see where she gets the time.

An obvious penchant for bright and often clashing colours and prints has meant that Solange has become known as a true fashion maverick and someone who isn’t afraid to stretch and break the rules.  She’s become a regular feature on Opening Ceremony’s blog and Vogue has profiled her too many times to count.  Hers is a wardrobe I would love to rift through.  

Solange’s self titled ‘Afro Punk’ outfit to the 2013 MET Gala is one of my favourite Knowles sister moments and perfectly encompasses her passion for print.  Her custom Kenzo dress and Diana Ross inspired hairdo wowed the fashion critics and in my opinion, trumped Beyonce’s Givenchy gown, an impressive feat.  

Late last year, Solange released True, an eclectic dance EP featuring the amazing single, ‘Losing You‘ which has already been sampled by music’s current ‘It’ boy, Cyril Hahn.  Her third studio album which will feature such bigwigs as Justin Timberlake and Pharrell Williams will be released later this year under her own start up record label, Saint Records, while she’s set to promote her new music on the stage at Glasto later this month so there is plenty more Solange to come.  

If all this wasn’t enough, girl has her own tumblr where she chronicles her latest fashion forays, music making, some gorgeous photos of her son and an array of nostalgic holiday snaps from far away destinations.  Just to make me a little bit more jealous.

Move over Beyonce, 2013 is Solange’s year.  

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With this year’s theme for the MET Gala being Punk: Chaos to Couture, I was more than a little intrigued to see what some of the fashion crop would be wearing to the fashion event of the year.  While some seemed to perfectly grasp the theme, others (ahem, Katie Holmes) seemed to had never heard of Sid and Nancy.  The ball is a costume gala, so it allows for those lucky enough to be invited to go all out and really stretch their fashion muscles, often with varying amounts of success!  This year’s ball came with plenty of pleasant surprises and a few off the mark ensembles, making it all the more exciting to watch unfold!

Here’s a look at some of my favourite looks from the night:

Miley Cyrus was perhaps one of the most appropriately dressed of the night in a netted Marc Jacobs dress which gave her Courtney Love vibes however, her spiked hairdo teetered her ensemble into the explicitly ‘obvious’ category from the night, but I still love watching Miley progress and experiment with different designers and styles.  This was Miley’s first MET Gala and her stellar debut has proved she is certainly a one to watch in future years.  Christina Ricci and Lily Cole flew the flag for the most appropriate designer of the night, Vivienne Westwood, who is the fashion figurehead of the British punk movement.  Meshing Vivienne’s signature ruching with punk inspired makeup made Cole and Ricci two of the most on point dressers of the night.

Model of the moment, Cara Delevinge wore a studded Burberry gown, which with her bushy eyebrows and kohl liner provided a perfectly punk goes couture moment, whilst her best friend Rita Ora wore an ethereal white Thakoon gown with her statement ruby red lips; dare I say I was hoping for more from her?  Sienna Miller also wore Burberry, perpetuating rumours that she’s soon to shoot a campaign for the fashion house.  My favourite part of her outfit was the studded leather jacket which harked back to the hardware embellished jackets worn by such bands as The Clash whilst retaining an element of high brow fashion.

Katy Perry wore a decadent Dolce & Gabbana midi dress which featured an image of Joan Of Arc, she accessorised with a crown and some huge jewel earrings.  The references to Joan, one of the most anarchist and punk rock historical figures ever (can I say that?) is perhaps also a reference to Katy’s upcoming fragrance, titled Killer Queen.  Are we witnessing some subtle, but shameless self promotion here?  Regardless, I like Katy’s outlandish look as it’s completely different to anything else seen on the night and provided a different but contextual outlook on the theme.

Polish model Anja Rubik and actress January Jones both provided extra lashings of sartorial hellion by wearing red leather Anthony Vaccarello and sequined Chanel respectively.  Anja’s leather get-up definitely wowed the most out of these two in my opinion.  Although her Vaccarello would have looked out of place at most events, this was the perfect moment for the red leather ensemble, while Jones’ eye makeup has perplexed me a little as did Ginnifer Goodwin’s! 

Jourdan Dunn, Chloe Green, Julianne Hough, Nicole Richie and Jaime King all wore my high street favourite, Topshop to the gala.  Jourdan’s dress was probably my favourite out of this lot, but I loved Nicole’s daring white hair and heavily beaded gown.  Another triumph for the highstreet giant and UK fashion!  SJP also championed a UK designer by wearing a Giles Deacon dress and an amazing mohawk-esque Philip Treacy headpiece.  The headpiece and her tartan Louboutin boots amalgamated two elements of the punk subculture and provided another on point fashion moment for SJP, similar to the 2006 MET gala when she wore Alexander McQueen.

Both Jennifer Lawrence and Lena Dunham disappointed on the night for me.  J-Law, who everyone knows is my latest girl crush, wore a 1950s inspired Christian Dior dress which made her look like she’d got the wrong directions for the prom. The only saving grace of the ensemble was the Jennifer Behr headpiece with a net veil, however even this seemed like an afterthought.  While my disappointment with Dunham perhaps stems from my love of her Girls character Hannah.  I imagined Dunham would turn up in a netted vest top (no bra) and a tutu (a la Season 2 Episode 3), however, I guess life does not always imitate art and regardless, her Erdem gown was beautiful if not a little bit boring and predictable for the occasion.

Anne Hathaway provided one of the biggest and best surprises of the night.  The usually conservative dresser wore a sheer Valentino gown paired with an unexpected platinum dyed crop which begs the question, has she been taking hair advice off Miley?!  This was the perfect moment for Hathaway to vamp it up a little and hopefully this will mark a departure from her traditionally demure style!

Givenchy was definitely the outright winner of the night.  The fashion house dressed Beyonce, Rooney Mara, Madonna, Amanda Seyfried and Kim Kardashian and although Kim has been lambasted for her choice of wear, I have to say I’m a bit of a fan (minus the matching gloves).  Many have criticised the floral print of the gown paired with Kim’s bump, and although it is perhaps not the most punk ensemble of the night, her slicked back ponytail and dark lips gave her an edge.  A feat I admire from Kim who traditionally can get stuck in style ruts (remember the asymmetrical dress phase?)

Rooney Mara however, takes the crown.  Rooney is one of the co-chairs for the upcoming Punk: Chaos to Couture exhibition at the MET and so was dressed perfectly for the prestigious occasion.  Although I have criticised both Rita Ora and Katie Holmes for wearing white gowns, Rooney’s lace dress with shoulder pads and zip details was offset with her black lips and slicked back hair (same formula as Kim) which gave her a perfect punk edge whilst still retaining the glamour of couture.  

Another year, another MET Ball.  

What was your favourite dress from the night?

JKA x

It is no secret to my friends back in Guernsey that I love Miley Cyrus. From watching reruns of Hannah Montana religiously (yes, I probably am older than the targeted demographic) to championing the saying ‘she’s just being Miley‘, I am what you could call, a super fan.

As Miley began to rebel against her sweeter than sweet Disney persona, I couldn’t help but be curious with what she would come up with next and this set of highly sexualised but stunning photographs from the upcoming V magazine styled by Carlyne Cerf De Dudzeele and shot by Mario Testino are certainly another step in Miley’s Disney emancipation.

It’s almost been clear from the beginning that Miley was perhaps not the clean cut Disney princess that the large multinational was hoping for.  With a penchant for older men, a leaked salvia scandal and a series of self portraits that perhaps weren’t meant to be seen by the general public, Miley has always been a bit of a maverick and these photos of her flashing some toned bum and boob while wearing some men’s Y fronts certainly embody that spirit. Rather than surprise me they seem to a natural progression for the star who is taking her look and sound to a whole new level.  Hannah Montana would be weeping if she saw these. 

The fast talking Southerner is now preparing to release another album, which has been produced by all round triple threat Pharrell Williams, throwing up questions of what genre the music will fit into, country hip-hop anyone?  With rumours that Wiz Khalifa and Tyler the Creator will be making guest appearances, it’s not hard to predict that this album will definitely not harken back to her The Climb days. Sorry tweens.

I will definitely be picking up a copy of this edition of V to learn more about her upcoming projects, but if you’re curious for more Miley news in the meantime, check out the magazine’s website here now for an exclusive joint interview with Pharrell!


JKA x


When I think of style icons, it’s almost too easy to picture one of the bevy of young bright things who are up and coming models, actresses or singers but sometimes it’s the people who don’t meet this profile that really capture my imagination.

Let me introduce you to Iris Apfel.

At 91 years young, Iris is perhaps not who you’d expect to be the toted as the ultimate fashion maverick, however, her eclectic outfits have captured the hearts of many in the biz, leading to a jewellery collaboration with the brand HSN, a makeup line with MAC and her own successful handbag collection titled ‘Extinctions by Iris Apfel’.

Iris was not always a member of fashion royalty; 7 years ago the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art launched an exhibition about Iris’ ability to mix couture and flea market purchases to make a pitch perfect ensemble.  It was the Met’s first exhibition of a living woman and quickly launched her into the style stratosphere! Giving us all hope, that even in our OAP years we can get our extended 15 minutes of fashion fame!

Of course, every style icon needs a trademark and Iris’ is without a doubt, her oversized oval glasses which perfectly encompass her style motto of more is more.  Iris’ best accessory is of course her husband, Carl, who shares her penchant for large glasses and fine dressing, it’s not often you won’t see him in a smart suit or paisley patterned trousers walking behind his glamorous wife of 64 years.

If you’re doing it the Iris way, don’t be afraid of acid bright colours and endless layering of both clothes and jewellery.  Ditch your sky high heels for some out there flats and pair with a bright matte lip (preferably from MAC).  

Iris is the perfect lesson in gutsy and offbeat dressing and a true indicator that fashion has no age limit.

Perhaps I’ll gift my gran some oversized glasses for Christmas this year…

JKA x


Hong Kong actress Hilary Tsui has long been a trendsetter in the HK fashion scene and after recently discovering her, I will certainly be taking inspiration from her eclectic style.

She effortlessly switches between edgy sportswear accessorised with decadent jewellery to evening wear chic, making her a true fashion chameleon.  And as well as being inspiration to many, she’s a Chanel darling with her own cutting edge boutique, named Liger in the city which stocks everyone from Christopher Raeburn to Emma Cook.

With a wardrobe that includes palazzo pants printed with wild horses and a futurstic Pushbutton metallic jacket to an array of Kenzo caps and a collection of Nike Air Max 90’s which would have my boyfriend green with envy, Hilary is forever daring to push the boundaries.

A penchant for mixing trends, fabrics and prints and a love of pink, Hilary makes fashion fun and looking at pictures of her reminds me that breaking from the status quo is exciting!  So next time I’m in a bit of a fashion rut, I’ll definitely be looking to Hong Kong for a pinch of Tsui style.

JKA x