Atonement…Extraordinary Style

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Keira Knightly wearing Jacqueline Durran designed Green Dress

 

Having recently seen that Keira Knightly is staring in that new Jack Ryan movie, I decided to have a think back to previous roles. Alongside Pride and Prejudice, my favourite movie she appears in has to be Atonement. When considering this movie, I don’t automatically think of the heartbreaking love story, beautiful settings and ridiculous role of Benedict Cumberbatch as a peadophile, I was absolutely mesmerised by the amazing costume design.

 

I remember the issue of Grazia that featured the original sketches and designs of the costumes by Jacqueline Durran, especially the green dress, and knowing then, that I wanted to someday design something equally as beautiful. 

 

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Heres a few more of my favourites from the film.

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Keira Knightley in Atonement

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Keira Knightley Swimming Costume – Atonement

Amz x

Girl Crush… Rosie Huntington-Whiteley for Autograph

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Rosie for Autograph 2014 – Silk Padded Plunge Bra £25 Silk Brazilian Knickers £12.50 (Antique Rose)

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley has come leaps and bounds since walking for Victoria’s Secret. Needless to say the experience and understanding of the lingerie industry has lead her collaboration with Marks & Spencer.

Since the launch of the Rosie for Autograph line in 2012, stores have sold out nationwide of the beautiful, french inspired lingerie regularly. I’ve always been a fan of Huntington-Whiteley before the line was announced so hearing about it really excited me. I was eager to see if she would go down the Victoria Secret-esque, fun and quirky style or whether to keep it simple and elegant.. I’m very happy she chose the latter.

The first collection highlighted the main styles that would continue to feature throughout the following seasons; Padded balcony bras, all-in-one teddies, brazilian and high-waisted briefs and nighties.

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Rosie for Autograph 2013 Range

Rosie has chosen her colour palettes and materials smartly, she has definitely learnt a lot from her previous lingerie experience. She uses soft colour palettes to compliment the skin tone, and delicate lace and silks to keep the lingerie luxurious and also comfortable. The great thing about this range is that it is an affordable indulgence..which is perfect! Most women lust after this style of lingerie but it always comes with a 3 figure price tag. It’s about time a high street retailer took the initiative to bring what the customer wants, to them. I think it was a perfect move for Marks and Spencer, as it has always been known to offer good quality underwear.

Rosie for Autograph 2014

Rosie for Autograph 2014 – Silk Chiffon Bralet £19.50, Silk Chiffon Shorts £12.50

I feel this collaboration, and the introduction of Belinda Earl as style director, has allowed Marks and Spencer to become one of the leading trendsetting shops on the high street. It has definitely become somewhere I know I can go into and pick up a statement piece/perfect shoe/amazing underwear. So Ladies.. if your lost for something to treat your man to tomorrow, or maybe you fancy treating yourself (We all love to feel sexy, even if nobody sees!), you have to try this underwear. I guarantee you will be back!

(Psst!  M&S love a good 20% lingerie sale every now and again too!)

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Rosie for Autograph – Silk Teddy

Amz x

A Key Autumn 2013 Essential..

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“Fashion is a kind of communication. It’s a language without words. A great hat speaks for itself.”

On getting dressed this morning, I looked in the mirror and thought “A good hat would 100% complete this outfit” 

 

 

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Coral Jumper – (Selected Femme) , Skirt – Vintage (Sorry!)

 

 

I’ve always loved fedoras and a good trilby but never actually invested in one. More so because I never properly took the time to do a bit of research to find a good reasonably priced one. I did come to the conclusion that it is something that is going to serve a long time so I wouldn’t mind spend a bit of cash on it.

So I have compiled a shortlist of hats that i think would add a bit of oomph to any Autumn outfit.

 

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Barbour Dalton Fedora £50 | House of Fraser

 

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Burgundy Felt Fedora Hat £25 | Miss Selfridge

 

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Black Ribbon Trim Fedora Hat £22 | River Island

 

Enjoy, Amz x

Another amazing Campaign from FCUK..

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What an awesome new campaign from the design house FCUK!

‘From Sketch to Store’ is the new AW 13 campaign, shot by Rankin and illustrated/designs by Jo Bird, which continues the theme of edgy and alternative advertising. It’s all a very simple concept with Rankin shooting 3 models in their natural form (Starkers!…fair play.) and then Jo Bird used the original shots to sketch on the new designs. It’s simple, elegant and edgy..

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Known for their effortless style and sartorial designs the sketches are of clean cut, MOD jackets and blouses.

This wasn’t entirely all FCUK however..

Rankin is part of an agency called The Full Service who French Connection approached to materialise the idea.

..and what a great job they did. Its an interesting concept that will have everyone turning their heads which is just what FCUK wanted. I’m absolutely loving this and hope that they get a lot of recognition for it!

Heres the rest!

Amz x

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(This is a gorgeous sketch!)

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