Monthly Archives: November 2009

Get inspired: Kate Moss rugs up in fur

Real or faux, there has been a definite influx of celebrities rugging up in fur lately, especially after seeing it all over the catwalks as a major trend for Autumn/Winter.  Kate Moss is one such culprit – although we’re willing to be that’s not faux fur she’s wearing! – but, despite this, we can’t help but feel there is something so cosy-looking, so chic about a bit of fuzzy-wuzzy fur.  Or faux fur, if you prefer.

With a variety of shaggy, fluffy and feathered styles to choose from – simply throw on a jacket, coat or vest with jeans, leggings or an evening dress for that added bit of winter warmth.

We realize not everyone is in agreement on the fur issue, which is why we’ve given you a selection of real and faux jackets to choose from… products details below:

Monsoon Carrington faux fur coat, £120
Oasis shaggy fur jacket, £90
Lipsy faux fur jacket, £75
Miu Miu goat fur jacket, £1353.60 from MyTheresa
Juicy Couture cropped faux fur jacket, £240 from Net-a-Porter

[Images: Getty]

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Editor’s Pick of the Day: Squid London colour-changing umbrella

Shop this Squid London umbrella

Britain is apparently set for  the biggest storm of the year this weekend.   So right now, we’ve decided we’ll probably be getting snug in our lovely lounge-lazing clothes and watching a DVD or three while the rain lashes on outside.  However, sometimes going out in such miserable conditions is unavoidable, so a darn good brolly might be needed!

We are absolutely smitten with this colour-changing beauty by Squid London – the black and white skyline suddenly turns multicolour when exposed to water.  Brilliant.  At least if we’re going to get drenched, we might as well have some fun doing so!  It’s £30 from Farfetch and you can pick one up here.

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Jimmy Choo for H&M – in stores tomorrow!

Click here to shop for Jimmy Choo main collection

The day is nearly upon us.  If you’re a Jimmy Choo fan, love a good high street-designer collaboration or indeed just worship fashion, we probably don’t even need to remind you that Jimmy Choo for H&M lands in store tomorrow – we’re guessing, like us, you probably noted that one in your diary a long time ago!

The collection, which features footwear, bags, jewellery and womenswear, is priced at just a fraction of the cost the main line designs normally go for.  We’ve heard the shoes and bags will be priced between €40 and €200 – a steal really, when you consider they are usually priced at £500 and upwards.

There is bound to be mass hysteria and crazy queues (especially as it’s launching on a Saturday), so if you are dead set on snagging yourself something from the collection, we’d advise you to get there early – and get those elbows at the ready!

The Oxford Circus flagship store will be issuing the first 160 people in the queue with wristbands, which will allow the lucky holders to spend 10 minutes in a VIP area of the store, picking out your favourite pieces.  The rest may not be so lucky!

If you’d rather avoid the stampede and shop the current season main collection online, then shop Jimmy Choo now!

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Everyone’s wearing: Velvet

Velvet wearers Jessica Alba, Emma Watson, Diane Kruger and Alexa Chung

Velvet is just one of those fabrics which feels so right for the colder months.  It’s festive, it’s luxe and we love that there is something quite rock n roll about it too!  Velvet definitely made it’s presence felt on the runways for Autumn/Winter 09-10 at shows including Christopher Kane, Fendi, Prada and Stella McCartney.  Stylistas everywhere (including the fashion-forward celeb crowd) have been jumping on it before we’ve even hit the heart of winter – so we expect much more to come!

A dress a la Jessica Alba, Emma Watson or Alexa Chung is a rather obvious way to wear velvet – be it a full velvet frock or simply with velvet accents or piping.  Wear with opaque tights and ankle boots on those chilly days and consider mixing textures and adding some more rocker glamour by covering up with a leather motorcycle jacket.

Diane Kruger manages to go where not many would dare to follow in this Chloe velvet all-in-one… if you’re not feeling quite so brave, then try teaming some velvet carrot leg trousers with a crisp white shirt, or a loose velvet top tucked into a pencil skirt.

We’ve included some of our favourite velvet pieces below…

Our favourite velvet product picks

Christopher Kane Hanna silk and velvet dress, £1,485 from Net-a-Porter
Derek Lam velvet trim chiffon t-shirt, £455 from Net-a-Porter
La Petite S***** asymmetric velvet dress, £495 from Net-a-Porter
Chloe gathered velvet skirt, £945 from Net-a-Porter
Monsoon Fusion Beethoven velvet dress, £60
Jigsaw Velvet Bloom top, £89
Milly velvet dot dress, £182 from TheOutnet
Jigsaw silk velvet tie bow skirt, £89

[Images: Getty]

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Must have of the season: The camel coat

Click here to shop for camel coat styles

What is the *one* thing you should really be wanting to scout for this season?  Answer: The camel coat.

The ultimate investment piece, a camel coat is a sophisticated addition to any outfit, be it for casual day wear or throwing on over your cocktail dress for evening.  You can’t go too far wrong with one of these classics sitting pretty in your wardrobe.

This season, camel coats are all about being classic but with a twist – think zippers, belts, exaggerated shoulders, asymmetrical and draped cuts and interesting buttons and embellishments.

You can shop for your must-have camel coat here.

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Are you following Empora Style Spy on Twitter and Facebook?

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Do you love fashion?  Do you want all the latest fashion news, celebrity looks, trends, style advice and tip-offs about discount codes and sales being fed right into your hand?

Then we’d suggest you follow Empora Style Spy on Twitter ( and become a fan on Facebook ( for all of the above and more!

We’ll be running special offers and giveaways from time to time, and will keep you informed on the very latest happenings in the world of fashion, as well as showing you the newest and best finds from your favourite high street retailers and designer names.

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Kristen Stewart wears Proenza Schouler at ‘New Moon’ London fan event

Taylor Lautner, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson at the London premiere for Twilight: New Moon

The jury is still out on on the sartorial choices of Twilight trio Taylor Lautner, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, who were out in London last night celebrating the second installment in the series, New Moon.  We know Kristen and R-Patz love to dress down as much as possible in hoodies and jeans, so the fact that they’ve got shiny shoes on at all is indeed a plus *wink*

Kristen defied her usual penchant for wearing black and instead went for this colourful Spring 2010 dress by Proenza Schouler, an interesting look for the actress and one which actually works quite well against her dark hair and pale complexion.  However, it’s her Sergio Rossi heels which are getting a lukewarm reception from many in the fashion and blogging world today – would you agree they’re a bit “blah”?

She was flanked by her dashing co-stars: Robert going for a fairly undone sort of look, with a open neck shirt worn under a casual grey coat, and Taylor (who is rumoured to be dating singer Taylor Swift), wearing a smart charcoal suit with an unconventional plaid tie.

What’s your verdict on their red carpet fashion choices?

[Image: Getty]


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