Class of ’85


My usual Monday morning routine is to head over to the gym first thing before work. I spent the weekend lazing around in my Mum’s garden and you would think my body would be so rested that my workout would be easy. Not so. Despite the air-con and the fan directed straight at me whilst running on the treadmill, it still felt like really hard work. So to stop myself from thinking about the run I tuned into one of the MTV screens. It was the ‘Class of…’ program and today it was 1985. I was firstly cringing at Elaine Paige and Barbara Dixon’s hair, and then transfixed by the youthful and beautiful Madonna dancing all over the screen (already I had forgotten that I was running).

That is when I spotted the similarity between her look back then and the current fashion season. So this week my muse is the 1980’s Madonna.

Madonna in Borderline video

It is a very grainy image but she is actually wearing neon green socks under yellow high heeled sandals!

Christopher Kane dress sale price £348 Matches

A huge saving on this dress, 80% off in fact!

River Island printed denim skirt £30

Cropped black top also River Island £16

Madonna in Desperately Seeking Susan

Thomas Sabo pendant £119

Diamante cross necklace New Look £4.99


Reiss sandals £169

Ray-Ban Wayfarer £120

If only I looked as fresh faced as I did back then!

Belt up!


I always use belts to change the look of an outfit. Whether it is to pick up an accent colour or change the fit of a dress.

Massimo Dutti £29.90

This is cute, it could make a simple shift dress look a little more quirky, over a crisp white shirt would look great too.

Topshop £18

Really great belt would go excellently with yesterdays Marks and Spencer dress.

Esprit £29

Wear this belt over your spring jackets to cinch in your waist.

Add a splash of brightness to your outfit with a bright skinny, like this one.

Esprit £15

If money is no object then check out Azzedine Alaia at Matches belts. Very nice.

Azzedine Alaia £900

Let’s be optimistic


And hit the mid-season sales, I swear I just saw a break in those rain clouds.

Yves Saint Laurent £226 Matches

Stella McCartney £198 Matches

Sandals Wallis £15

Espadrille Jigsaw £39

Any of these fab sale bargains would look great with this thrifty New Look dress.

Midi dress £22.99

Oh, false alarm, it’s just started raining again. Still, this dress would look great with those edgy wedges and a trench coat!

Carven is cool


Established in 1945 in Paris, Carven was the hollywood movie stars favourite label. Now they are just as popular with the rich and famous, and to be honest this seasons collection is just plain cool. Yesterday news broke that they had poached YSL’s special projects manager Cyril Cabellos, so I thought I would check out their Spring Summer collection.

Very young and exciting I think. I love that black dress, I can imagine the 1940’s screen sirens wearing something similar! Net-a-Porter and Matches have some great Carven pieces. Of course the price tag is high in this economic crisis but with some pieces it is definitely worth the investment. Here are the items I think are worth the splurge.

Jersey dress £182 from Matches

Map print skirt £211 from Matches

Platform sandal £410 Net-a-Porter

Carven at Net-a-Porter shirt £180

Spend your bonus on a couple of these pieces and I think they will be useful in your wardrobe well into 2013.

Take inspiration


I love Italian designer MSGM, I have blogged about the fabulous Cruise and Spring/Summer collections before. Well now that the Spring/Summer stock is well established in the stores I can show you some amazing little pieces to put together.

Cruise collection MSGM

Cruise MSGM

Spring/Summer MSGM

Matches have some great MSGM items and I think some pieces are well worth spending the extra on. This belt is great for updating your current wardrobe.

MSGM belt £60

Put this belt over a tunic like this one from H&M.

Dress £12.99

You could copy the MSGM outfit completely by adding a maxi-skirt and heels or just reference the over all look by wearing this tunic and belt with some tropical print shorts just peeking out below. If you have a bit of extra cash to spend and want to buy something that you will wear well into 2013 here are my tips.

Houndstooth jacket MSGM £488

Polka dot blouse £218

Just look what I found in Next…

Jubilee collection

Mix these great High Street finds with graphic prints or neon brights to emulate the MSGM style.

Cool in Milan


Massimo Giorgetti is a very cool guy. He is the designer behind the brand MSGM. He says he takes inspiration from his love of Indie music and art. MSGM and Giorgetti were voted as one of the best revelations of 2010 by Italian Vogue.

The ladies Cruise collection is now available in Matches.

I love this look, the hounds-tooth  print is reminiscent of the ’80’s but it looks very new here. A very young look, but the jacket would work easily with bright skinny jeans.

Another lovely outfit from the Cruise collection.

The Spring collection looks very exciting though and I look forward to seeing in stores soon.

Eye pop


How brilliant is this as a clutch bag? I know it’s a laptop case but…..

DVF Laptop case £56 Matches

Sugar sweet pastels


Pastel colours featured heavily on the SS12 catwalks. The last time I remember pastel colours taking a front seat was in the early eighties.

Louis Vuitton SS12

Philip Lim SS12

Surprisingly you can make these sweet shades look edgy. The easiest way of course would be to wear pastel coloured jeans. The high street is full of them for every budget.





Topshop have some fabulous skinny pastel jeans, these Moto high waisted jeans are only £40.

Topshop jeans







Isabel Marant Jeans







These Isabel Marant jeans are fab and available from Matches.

I love the boxy shape of the Philip Lim tops and I would team the jeans with layering a box shaped top over a longer vest. Or give a nod to the prim Vuitton looks and add this blouse from Oasis £35.

Oasis T-shirt



Alice Cicolini


I can’t believe the beauty in Alice Cicolini’s jewellery. I first heard of her in 2010 when she was a guest designer for British jewellery house Annoushka. The collections are all different, but all are inspired by the architecture and patterns of the silk route. If I could ask for only one gift off my husband for the whole of 2012, it would be a ring from the Tile Collection inspired from the roof tiles from the temples in Uzbekistan.

Tile collection ring










Here are some of her Designers Guild pieces.

Having amazing pieces of jewellery such as these transform an outfit and you should wear them with everything showing a sense of style that everyone will notice.

Matches have a Spring/Summer collection. Prices start from £1,300.




Bright accessories


Colour is a big story for Spring/Summer 2012, Pastels or Neon-brights. But for some it is a bit too much. So make a less scary fashion statement by adding a few touches of brightness here and there.

Freywille  – not normally the kind of thing I like but I think the bangles they have produced feel very ‘now’. I like their Klimt collection.

Feywille 'Hommage Rings'

Whistles have a great skinny belt adding colour but not too much!

Jenina Belt £38

Matches is always a great store for little cute accessories.

Max Mara Bridge Leather Belt £68

Mercy Delta Cashmere Neon Scarf £218

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