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It sounds too good to be true, the power-house french label, Lanvin collaborating with H&M. There have been some collaborations in recent years but none so spine-tinglingly exciting.

The 48 piece collection focuses on cocktail hour clothing with dresses, jackets, jewellery and shoes, yes shoes!

Now you can own a little slice of designer heaven for a fraction of the price. Normally one would expect to pay substantially more for Lanvin’s fun and flirty designs but on the 23rd November fans can afford to indulge.

The maximum you will pay for a dress is £149.00.

The acid bright chandelier earrings that have an almost punky feel to them are a steal at £14.99.

Smoke net dress, £149.99, image from Fashionista.com

The Scoop

Grazia magazine, who got a sneak preview of the whole collection, spoke to creative director Alber Elbaz about the clothes. He revealed his need for everything to be happy and joyful;

‘The range is all about colours, shapes, flowers and happy clothes, inspired by creations from Lanvin’s recent past. It is very much about melodrama…and also full of humour.’

The colour palette is a blend of bright and youthful pinks and reds combined with some neutrals such as taupe and dark gold.

The standout pieces

One favourite item that will surely fly off the hangers is a seemingly strapless smoke net dress (seen above). It features the finest of nude meshes on top, a truly Elbaz touch, which is attached to a sweetheart bust in smoky grey net.

With its ribbon tie waist and full net skirt this dress is dainty and delicate whilst also being show-stopping, it also comes in fiery red.

Some of the other party dresses, frankly, couldn’t have landed sooner. The yellow asymmetric mini dress with ruffle neckline and black contrast waist band is a Grazia favourite.

Meanwhile the black evening jacket made from light-as-air tulle would sit beautifully over any cocktail dress adding sophistication and a note of Parisian elegance.

Round it all off with a pair of Lanvin for H&M heels, leopard print with ribbon ankle ties, and you are set to go for the winter party season.

See the must-have pieces HERE


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Central Hall, Westminster, a glamourous location for an exciting occasion. On Friday 15th October it was the stage for established and new African musicians at the African Music Awards 2010.

The AMA’s offer a platform for Africa’s rich culture and musicianship to be experienced in the UK.

It also draws UK and American acts and this year 10% of the proceeds from the ceremony will go towards supporting UNICEF.

In attendance were the K3 brothers, 18 year old Kwame, 15 year old Kofi and 10 year old Kwesi.

From LA the boys are best-known from Nickelodeon and for their roles in  “Entourage”, “Punk’d”, “All of Us” and “Everybody Hates Chris”.

Skillz from Big Brovaz performed with a whole host of dancers as did vocal group Perpetium Jazzile and to top it all off Jermaine Jackson gave an award.

So what does one wear to such a star-studded event?

A fearless fashion pack were out and set to stun with bright colours, jewels and embellishments. Also of notable mention were the earrings created by Melissa of Ghanian Princess UK.

This jewellery designer was sporting a pair of silver earrings from her own line carved in the shape of the African Continent.

Josephine and Melissa from Ghana

The ladies were in custom-made dresses, which as you will see was a running theme for the evening.

The women we spoke to had all taken a great amount of care to find outfits that stood out from the crowd.

Colour, bold prints, cut-outs and sparkle were the must-have essentials for the evening. Everyone was so friendly and keen to talk about their looks.

Ruwaydah from Twickenham pairs her eye-catching jumpsuit with some on trend court shoe

This outfit is perfectly balanced, Ruwaydah gives a nod to the kitten heel court trend seen in all the fashion glossies but the main event of her look is the colourful hand-made jumpsuit.

She keeps everything else simple.

The men did not disappoint either in a stunning array of crisp white suits, black tuxedo jackets, beading, and coloured accessories.

Kwame Boateng, Catherine Llewellyn, Kofi Siriboe, Natalie MacDonald

18 year old Kwame Boateng opted for a velvet pin-stripe suit that was quite frankly beautiful.

Guests didn’t forgo the high-street completely; Pamela from Nigeria told us her design was from H&M.

Pamela from Nigeria

The dress is minimal in colour but in texture and structure it packs a punch. With ruching down the bodice from the sweetheart neckline and then a few tiers of ruffles at the hip.

The evening was fun filled and lively with an atmosphere to rival any of the bigger award ceremonies.

Even though there was no red carpet the guests used the whole venue as their own personal runway.

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High-fashion designer trends are becoming increasingly accessible to the stylish masses thanks to the great British high street.

Now more than ever shops such as Topshop, Urban Outfitters, Jaeger, H&M, Monsoon, and Warehouse are offering fashion-forward pieces at affordable prices. This can only mean one thing, the playing field is leveling. No matter what your situation –   fantastic and individual looks are within reach.

For 2010, the designers have laid their cards on the table. In a stunning array of catwalk shows the looks were set for the autumn/winter season. All that remains to be seen is how you will translate them?

Will Louis Vuitton’s ‘50s ladylike innocence reign supreme? Or is 3.1 Phillip Lim’s ‘70s vibe what everyone will be channeling this winter?

The following 3 women have opened up their wardrobes to me so that I can find out just that…

Christa Bloom, 22, Writer

1) “Gothic”
Cape- Illustrated People
Pleather skirt- H&M
Tights- Accessorize
Boots- really cheap shoe shop!
Bag- Zara
Necklaces/bracelets- various

Worn to go shopping on Oxford St on a chilly day, cape is made from sweatshirt material so keeps it more casual against the chunky boots and lace-embroidered tights.

2) Evening maxi dress
Dress- vintage
Belt- Primark
Hairband- Topshop
Earrings- New Look
Platforms- New Look

Worn for a dinner at a fancy resturant, the platforms give me height to wear the dress and a 70s kick to it, but still feels very Gothic glam and thus more a/w.

3) Lace/shift/’60s-esque

Rabbit felt hat- vintage
Dress- Maya
Jacket- H&M
Fascinator worn as brooch- Chapau Claudette
Socks- New Look
Shoe boots- vintage
Bag- vintage

Dressing down the lace shift dress for a quiet evening at the pub with frilly socks and a camel trench- two of the seasons biggest trends. Hat and bag are more Mad Man-esque.

Christa’s style indicates a clear avoidance of just copying the trends set by designers, she informed me that she likes to minimise her time spent on the high-street so that she can hunt for one-off unique pieces off the beaten track.

Part 2 – See next post.

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