Boss in Blue

boss spring 2016

Boss’s Spring/Summer 2016 collection boasted beautiful hues of blue in the form of a two tone cocoon coat, blue animal print tailored suits and collared dresses. This pastel shade is a classic and my favorite Spring/Summer shade, particularly styled in this way with black shoes and accessories to create a chic and smart look. Here I have found a few powder blue pieces to throw into your wardrobe to nail this future trend before the rest!
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Platforms are a hit at the moment, particularly with the 70’s trends which are key for Summer 2015 and can be found in all the highstreet shops and department stores. I love these Zara Leather Platform Heels £49.99 as they have a suede finish (another on point trend) and the chunky heel makes them so much easier to strut in. Wear them with some black highwaisted shorts and a flowy tucked in blouse for a pretty summer look.

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High neck jumpers were commonly found in the collection and would be a fab way of making use of this shade. This comfy and relaxed French Connection Spring Mozart high neck Jumper for £69, will create a relaxed look paired with some skinny ankle grazing black jeans and some black and white patent flats (like Boss styling) and a cute matching mini tote bag.

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Cocoon coats are going to be big this fall with designers such as Max Mara using them in shows over 1950’s style pencil skirts and knit jumpers. This coat is a huge bargain and perfect to grab now while it’s on sale ready for the autumn and perfect for when it gets a little chilly on summer nights. This Missguided Lena Oversized Cocoon Coat Powder Blue for £20 would look fab for casual looks of jeans and jumpers or to be worn to drinks in the city over a mini dress.

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This is a very simple piece, but from the looks of it mini skirts are very much a stylish piece at the moment and would be worth grabbing to wear on nights out or casually with an oversized jumper and some Nike trainers. This Pretty Little Thing Emilia Powder Blue Crepe Mini Skirt is only £6 and a basic staple piece for your wardrobe this summer.

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Max Mara – Milan Fashion Week

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The Max Mara fashion show was a collection of feminine elegance inspired by the 1950’s beauty Marilyn Monroe, set to a backdrop of swashing waves on the shore, creating a chilled and comfy walk along the beach vibe. The designs were filled with snuggly oversized knits over cashmere pencil skirts in understated tones of camel, greys and pinky browns. The 50’s theme was created through the use of retro patterns of black and white gingham, check and subtle animal print in heavy, long coats. One of the coolest looks on the runway was the use of quilted fabrics used for skirts, jumpers and dresses in metallic colours such blue steel, gold, silver and bronze. An amazing show highlighting classic chic trends for outerwear.

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Peter Pilotto – London Fashion Week

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The Peter Pilotto runway was a vibrant collection of colours and patterns on beautifully crafted clothing. The use of applique threadwork on dresses and coats created a playful look with fun curved shapes to create a fluid and quirky look to the outfits. The use of contrast in colour and fabrics really added to this bright and fun runway, with shades of white combined with flashes of neon blues, greens, yellows and orange. Two of my favourite looks came from the designers coats, the first was the appliqued pink fur coat in white and the second was the fab bright blue belted coat with a fur collar, which really lit up the space. Not only were the colours and patterns quirky, but so were the shapes of the clothing, with side split skirts, oversized collars and shape created through the neon detail. A definite inspiring collection from Peter Pilotto at LFW.

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Jean Paul Gaultier Couture – Spring/Summer ’15

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Jean Paul Gaultier impressed with his fabulous wedding themed runway show, complete with a Billy Idol White Wedding soundtrack and usual eccentric quirks such as a beehive head dress and towers of hair in rollers. Many unique and fabulous looks were presented at the show including a running theme of 2 in 1 looks in which he incorporated masculine and feminine styles into one. Gaultier amazingly put together professional and clean cut tailored looks on one side with feminine and fun dresses on the other, incorporating not only the outfit into this but also the hairstyles with one side slicked back and the other wild and untamed on some models. Key trends could be found on the runway such as off the shoulder tops, low cut plunging neck lines and beautiful sheer materials, not only on dresses but in tailoring as well. The colour theme was mainly black and white for the tailored jackets and suits with some red leathers and green taffeta skirts. A key look which I particularly loved was the long floor length coats, which could be seen regularly creating a dramatic and eye catching piece which wowed and which will hopefully be a trend to hit the highstreets.

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Zing in yellow!

Zing in yellow!
It’s been a while since I last posted on here so bare with me! I recently caught up with the glamour of the Golden Globes and couldn’t get over the lovely zingy yellow and lemon colour dresses on the red carpet, beautifully illustarted by Leslie Mann (wearing Kaufman Franco), Naomi Watts (wearing Gucci) and my personal fav Jenna Dewan (wearing Carolina Herrera). As my first post this year I thought I would attempt at making some cute outfits which incorporate the fresh Spring season shade into casual looks. The first outfit uses the beautiful yellow coat as a statement piece to the casual and predictable jeans and heel look. The yellow coat would look great with a dark top, funky shades and some killer heels like these burgundy Topshop ones, for only £58! The second outfit is cute and fun with the yellow mini skirt and sheer shirt, I did try and look for a fun gingham or check shirt which would also look amazing with this simple skirt. Stripes are also a great look with the yellow and blue really highlights the colour perfectly! Match your bag to your shoes and you will look on point.

MANGO white shirt
johnlewis.com

Warehouse yellow coat
houseoffraser.co.uk

Jimmy Choo blue pumps
£300 – shop-hers.com

Express purse
£26 – express.com

Opening Ceremony sunglasses
£33 – openingceremony.us

Vintage sewing pattern skirt

I recently handmade this skirt from a Butterick sewing pattern from the 60’s! I’m still very much a beginner at sewing and am self taught, so was pretty proud of this little garment especially as it only took a couple of hours to make as my first attempt 🙂 Scroll down for my handmade croptops and search Retro Rose Fashion on Facebook and @retrorosefashion94 on Instagram to see more creations!

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