19 January 2015

A Coat For The Season - Savvy Sale Shopping

It is currently the time of the season where everyone working in fashion has long forgotten about Autumn Winter 14.  Spring Summer 15 shoots and features are all wrapped up and our focus shifts to Autumn Winter 15 with a sprinkling of attention on Spring Summer 16. Nobody could accuse us of living in the past, although I think most of us have a penchant for vintage glamour and a love for an iconic collection from days gone by. 

However in the retail and shopping world, Autumn Winter 2014 is still on the shop floor and in sale. This is great news for savvy shoppers, like you, who can look think past the trends and focus on statement and classic pieces which will last in your wardrobe much longer than the season you bought them in. 

Take a look below at my edit of winter coats which offer an enduring quality, from colour, shape, texture or pattern. What's more, most are in the sale... so what are you waiting for?!

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11 January 2015

2015 Golden Globes - The Best Dressed List

It's the first red carpet on the awards season calendar and as usual I have scrutinised the celebrities style choices. 

See below for my twelve best dressed attendees and to find out what they are wearing, simply hover your mouse over the photo. For tablet and phone users simply click the image and who wore what will be revealed.

To see all of the red carpet ensembles take a look at my pinterest board below.

5 January 2015

Label to Love - Mother of Pearl


I was first introduced to Mother of Pearl four years ago when I attended the launch of Mother of Pearl's pop-up shop on New Bond Street.  I loved the timeless feel to the collection which was bursting with gorgeous floral and graphic prints interspersed with vibrant colour pieces. 

The label has sustained its effortless and cool aesthetic and for Spring Summer 2015 combines this with a ladylike vibe. The collection fuses its contemporary styling and prints, inspired by painter Chris Moon, alongside in-house prints with intricate embellishment details and a sugary sweet colour palette.

During the Mother of Pearl SS15 show it was clear to see that the although the label has found its own identity and signature style, it is confident to include a more demure attitude while maintaining its sports-luxe edge. 

Mother of Pearl has already proved to be popular amongst the fashion pack and I feel the brand will continue to see further worldwide appeal. 

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1 January 2015

A Faux Fur Feeling - Fabulous Faux Fashion!


The faux-fur trend is in abundance for AW14 and there's still time to show off your take on fashion's latest obsession.  What's more, the trend comes in all kind of colours, the brighter the better. Take a look at some of my faux-fur favourites.

STYLE TIP > Work different textures together to add some depth to your look. Think about contrasts and layer your fluffy faux-fur with leather, knitwear and fringing. 

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Florence Bridge at Wolf and Badger
Dents at Selfridges

8 December 2014

Celebrate the New Year, 2015 in sophisticated style with my NYE Outfit Edit.


It's the time of year to sparkle and shine.  I am lucky that sequins and shiny things are on my daily dress code, however if you prefer to go all out for New Year's Eve and want to dress to impress, take a look at a few of my favourite dresses, perfect for partying in at home or out on the town!

With the pre and post Christmas sales, you might even find a few bargains along the way!

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Percossi Papi at net-a-porter.com

5 December 2014

The Christmas List - A Christmas CARAT*


As a devotee of sparkles and anything that shimmers, the festive season is my favourite time of year, thanks to Carat* London, one of the world's leading luxury fashion jewellers, I have the party season covered!

Whether you are looking for jewellery to accessorise your outfit or perhaps require a little gift direction, browse my festive favourites and add a touch of glamour to your Christmas 2014. 

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27 November 2014

The Christmas List - The Ultimate Fashion, Jewellery and Accessories Gift Inspiration

Whoever you are looking to gift this Christmas, I have found the best selection of perfect presents available from fabulous independent British brands in my ultimate Christmas List, also-known-as my Christmas wishlist! 

I have also included my favourite items available from my go-to luxury e-tailer's, The Gift Library, Selfridges and Liberty. Peruse my selection above and shop the page instantly from the links below. Don't forget with Black Friday sales, you might also have a nice surprise at checkout...Happy Christmas Shopping!

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Page One (L-R)
Lemongrass and Neroli Scented Candle, Wick and Tallow
Veracruz Earring, John and Pearl
Mini Lipstick Trio, Charlotte Tilbury at Selfridges
Dainty Kiss Necklace, Laura Gravestock
Alice Teacup & Saucer, Ali Miller London
SW1 Bangle, Whistle & Bango
Leather iPad Sleeve, Tusting
Check Notebook, Studio Sarah London
Infinity Hand Ring, Jessica de Lotz in collaboration with Louise Androlia
Chelsea Flower Shoes, Yull
Titania 18ct Gold Plated Bubble Friendship Bracelet, Caroline Creba
Woodland Mini Blue Butterfly Watch, Olivia Burton London
Oak Leaf Pendant, Lucy Jade Sylvester
The Eleanor Leather Tote, Grace Gordon
Lavender Eye Mask, Holistic Silk
Leather Jewellery Box, Stow London
Rose Gold Vermeil Labrodorite Stacking Ring, Monica Vinader at Liberty
Jewelled Pump, Boden
White Gold Parfum, House of Thara

Page Two (L-R)
Amarreurs Woven Wrap, Claire Gaudion
Jet Faux Fur Huff, Helen Moore 
Cashmere Blend Poncho, Winser London
Cosmetic Beauty Case, Aspinal of London 
Book Clutch Bag, Bags by M 
Edie Neon Pumps, Jemima Vine 
Pret A Portea Classic Fashion Tea Bags, Donkey Creative 
Pippa Purple Glitter, Lucy Choi London 
Lily of the Valley EDT, Floris London 
Haute House Gift Set, Ciaté London 
1960s Vintage Trifari Faux Pearl Feather Brooch, Susan Caplan 
Mini Wallet, Alexa Jay 
Cashmere Hot Water Bottle Cover, Charlotte & Co 
Fashion Jet Set Briefs, Cheek Frills at Gift Library 
Set of 4 Champagne Saucers, LSA International 
Mirrander Kerr Cake Stand, Royal Albert 

9 October 2014

Savage Beauty At The V&A Preview

Pictures: Courtesy of the V&A

Today I attended the preview of McQueen's Savage Beauty retrospective opening at the V&A Museum, in partnership with Swarovski and supported by American Express and MAC. The exhibition will be the biggest showcase of a designer's work ever. 

The V&A is a fitting venue for this exciting exhibition as Martin Roth, Director of the V&A, confirmed how McQueen "while studying at Central Saint Martins (CSM) spent many many hours in the V&A, in the galleries and in the archives and in the storage."  McQueen said of the V&A in his own words; "The collections at the V&A never fail to intrigue and inspire me. The nation is privileged to have access to such a resource..it's the sort of place I'd like to be shut-in overnight." Savage Beauty at the V&A is a homecoming in its purest form.

The exhibition, which completely sold out in its three month run at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, will open on 14th March 2015 and has already sold 16,000 tickets.  If you haven't already booked tickets, to avoid disappointment. I advise you to buy as soon as you can by clicking here)

The exhibition will be presented in ten sections, the first an addition to the original exhibition, focuses on McQueen's London roots. Lee Alexander McQueen was born and raised in London. He learnt his tailoring skills on Savile Row and based his first collection on the city, while studying for his master's degree in Fashion Design at CSM.

The Details
It will be a third larger than the original exhibition, with 30 additional garments, including pieces lent by the Isabella Blow Foundation and the House of Givenchy.

The show’s centrepiece is entitled 'The Cabinet of Curiosities' where more than 100 garments and accessories will be presented in a double-height gallery, showcasing the collaborations with milliner Philip Treacy and jeweller Shaun Leane. The exhibits will be set against screens showing catwalk footage from McQueen's famously theatrical catwalk shows.

One of my favourite sections is an exhibit devoted to recreating the spectacular 'Pepper's Ghost' which formed an unforgettable finale to the 'Widows of Culloden' collection from AW06. Using nineteenth century technology, a spectral version of London’s supermodel, Kate Moss, will appear nearly life size.

View my photos from the preview on instagram.

The finale of the exhibition is 'Plato's Atlantis' the Spring Summer 2010 collection, remembered most importantly as the last collection McQueen was to see finished. To close this morning's presentation we were invited to watch the finale of this runway show, held in Paris on October 6th 2009.  As I sat watching his limitless creativity flowing through the collection and the models walking in the renowned "armadillos", which quite literally staggered me when I saw them in reality five years ago, I felt a sense of contentment that after all of the campaigning, Savage Beauty was happening; but I also felt we were cheated that his lifetime was cut off too soon.  As Claire Wilcox, Curator of Savage Beauty at the V&A, said; "Plato's Atlantis was widely considered his greatest achievement but who knows what McQueen would possibly have amazed us all with next".

6 October 2014

TWENTY- The #shwishlist - A weekly edit of my favourite items..


Now the Spring Summer show season has come to an end. My focus returns on the current AW14 season. 

Last week, on Buy British Day, I spent a few hours at Best of Britannia. It's an exciting trade show - if you can call it that - as the brands which pop-up are incredibly cool, sophisticated and also happen to be made in Britain. 

It's unlike any trade show you have experienced, there's music, lots of fresh, tasty food, alcohol and good coffee, but the reason Best of Britannia stands out is because this event places the brands in the spotlight and allows us the opportunity to celebrate them.

I could spend ages explaining who I saw and what I loved, as there really was so much to see, however instead, over the next few weeks, I am using my wishlist as a visual introduction to these exciting brands, here at home. 

To allow you a closer view of these irresistible pieces, I have pinned everything I have featured to my #shwishlist pinterest board. If you would like to recommend a brand or item, email: moi@sarahhayleyfreelance.com or tweet me with the hashtag #shwishlist.

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1 October 2014

Spring Summer 2015 Front Row Style


As Fashion Weeks draw to a close I have selected four of the simplest and enduring celebrity looks from the front rows of the Spring Summer 2015 shows.

Lily Donaldson shined at the Burberry show wearing Burberry head-to-toe. This enduring monochrome outfit is one that everyone should have in their wardrobes. Few can go wrong with a luxurious white knit and black mini skirt, layered with a single-breasted longline jacket as a cover-up.

At the Topshop show Poppy Delevnigne sported a Topshop floral printed blouse from the Spring Summer 2015 collection, black J Brand velvet super skinny 485 jeans, accessorised with a House of Holland's furry bag and the most amazing light-up heels by Chanel.  I love how Poppy's look combines contrasting textures, which is a current Autumn Winter 2014 trend. 

Olivia Palermo hardly ever gets it wrong. She's mastered the art of mixing textures, tones and designers to create eclectic, cool and undeniably chic ensembles. This is another example of a perfectly edited look. The pearl adorned leather jacket by Rebecca Minkoff is the stand out piece and Olivia allows it to attract the attention it deserves by pairing it with a light and airy grey knit. The black leather pencil skirt draws the eye down to her well loved, cream, Gianvito Rossi double strap pumps which echo the colour of the pearls. If your eyes are drawn to Rebecca Minkoff's pearl leather jacket, it comes with quite a price tag, currently available on pre-order the jacket is yours for just over £750. An alternative for you to draw the eye the eye down to the shoes is to wear a pearl necklace and keep the jacket alternative with light silver hardware which connects with the grey knit.

Finally my last front row look is from the Queen of shoes, Sarah Jessica Parker. This incredible patent trench by Calvin Klein is sadly unavailable until next year, however the colour is one you can adopt now. The beautiful flash of bright blue is one that can turn heads. I have opted for a similar trench style coat, although for a luxe feel I would swap the coat belt for a leather alternative. Not only will this help you to pull in the silhouette but it will also add another add another texture to enhance the look. Lastly add black accessories, patent high-heel courts and a structured leather clutch.

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Lily Donaldson