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All the latest Fashion & Style News from Lulu Williams.

My new favourite place is Friends of Ham in Leeds.

Leeds has always been my second home. My mum’s from Leeds so since I was a baby we’ve been commuting from London to Leeds and back.

Recently I’ve been going up to see a very good friend of mine, Kel and her gorgeous babies. Last time we had a girl’s night out we discovered a luscious little haven of wine, cheese and board games, hidden in a very handsome basement. Since discovering Friends of Ham we now go every time we are up in Leeds. We love to drink handsome man wine and play the strange shuffle push game, or eat the Yorkshire cheese and drink mulled cider whilst reading their books.

Every time we go we adore it and look forward to the next. It really is worth a visit if you’re up in Leeds.

Lulu’s loving her Nike Air Max

Oops I did it again! I bought some damn fine trainers! No trainer can beat an Air Max! They are bouncy and have hardcore swagger. So now (fingers crossed) I have hardcore swagger too.

I have had a love affair with Nike Air Max trainers since I was allowed to choose my own shoes for school. Ok, since the second time I was allowed to. The first was a choice I thought I’d never regret and actually proved really quite cool at the time…although looking back – they were luminous yellow all over including sole and tongue. I now realise why my dad was so hesitant to buy me these £15 bad boys from the North End Road . They were fluorescent and they were baaaad (in a good way) I promise you. People were even borrowing them! We used to have netball matches and people would say ‘please swap my Filas for your yellows.’

The good old yellows. They got me nuff street cred at school.

But back to Nike Air Max and why I love them. Since I have been wearing these I have received many ‘street cred approval’ looks. I am more in love with my trainers every day. I love Nike Air Max. I love Nike.

Dogtooth capes, yellow shoes and jazz clubs

Here are my beautiful yellow suede peep toes from Clarks. Here are my feet on Saturday evening on the way to Dover Street Jazz Club. These are my favourite shoes because they are yellow, peep toed and pretty. They also look incredible with my dogtooth cape.

Louise Gray S/S RTW 2013

Louise Gray has officially won my heart once again. Just look at what she has created!

CONTRAST CONTRAST CONTRAST

Zig Zagging pastels and contrasting fabrics create tribal combinations. I love the drawn on angular eyebrows and shaggy beehives, which together compose the ideal ‘mix and match’ of perfection.

The patterned tights were really beautiful, especially as they were slipped in to pretty printed shoes.

MAKE UP MAKE UP MAKE UP! 

Beauty spots and tangerine lipstick…yum yum yum!

She is a modern Zandra Rhodes and I love every second of it!

Bora Aksu S/S 2013 @ London Fashion Week

I wanted to start inviting guest bloggers to use my page to share their love of …well, everything really!

I would like to introduce an old friend of mine Miss Hansy Hobs of www.bowdreamnation.com

I adore Bora Aksu but unfortunately couldn’t make the show yesterday. Miss Hansy Hobbs has done a delicious review of the Bora Aksu S/S 2013 collection:

Is it possible for a designer collection to become more beautiful, more elegant and more enchanting each season? In the case of Bora Aksu a big resounding yes! Yesterday afternoon the Turkish, London-based designer delivered his SS13 collection to rapturous applause. In a continuation from his AW12 collection this season saw models saunter down the runway in opulent dresses and skirts offset by statement prints and big, frizzy beehives. Whilst the pastel blues and greys remained understated big pops of primary colours such as yellow and red really made this a statement collection. The regal theme was inspired by Marie, the granddaughter of Queen Victoria who later went on to become Queen of Romania and each model wore a magnificent knitted crown with drop down hair braiding acting as the perfect accessory. Every piece was beautiful yet whilst the entire collection was bold, decadent and contained a strong regal theme the delicate organza silk of the gowns and fitted shapes of the jackets remained feminine and wearable. This Modern Queen collection really is just that!

  

Fashion Moments of Louise Gray (flashbacks)

It’s that time of year again (London Fashion Week) and Louise Gray has me quaking in my Dr. Marten boots. It’s her time to shine at 3pm on Monday, I just can’t wait to see what tricks she’ll whip out of her hat this time.

As my mind is buzzing with excitement I wanted to take a few minutes to reflect on why Louise Gray stands as my favourite designer.

Let the Fashion Moments begin….

1. Autumn/Winter 2011

2. Spring/Summer 2012

This is the dress that I think of every morning when I wake up. This is the dress I think of every time I reach in to my colourfully jumbled sock drawer and ruminate on what to wear that day. This is the dress I want to get married in.

I adore this dress because it looks like a Ghost dress that got in to a fight with a box of Crayolas. Like a SW13,  London girl spending the night with a bunch of punks. Pretty as an embellished magic box full of tricks.

Excited for Autumn – Reason #1: Margaret Howell A/W 2012

So summer 2012 never came. All through the summer I have been clad in a weird assortment of knitwear, espadrilles and summer dresses. Although this style of dressing is messy and not always my preferred taste, I’m not going to say it hasn’t been fun!

Autumn is my second favourite season (summer taking first place). The reason being – I love layering! Scarves, duffels, sweaters, shirts, leather gloves, boots, socks, hats and vests – such FUN!

Margaret Howell has always been one of my favourite designers, and not it’s because of her collaboration with Blighty label Baracuta. Have a minny peek here at the G3 Harrington…a classic/a must! http://news.margarethowell.co.uk/baracuta-collaboration/  It’s because her collections are always so versatile and stylish!

What else can I say? The girls got style!

 

My lovely old/new Raleigh bicycle!

This gorgeous baby pink delight is my 1970s Raleigh done up totally from scratch. It’s a sad story because she is a rescue bicycle…I found her in a rain storm chucked against some old recycling bins. Her saddle was ripped and filled with water, her body covered in rust. When I went home that evening my fella marched me straight back to those bins and carried her all the way home.

I won’t lie and say I had anything to do with her rejuvenation – apart from the artistic direction for the lil pink beaut, E did all the work. I will reward him with lots of beer soon.

She’s easy on the eyes and very nearly done – apart from white 1970s Raleigh wheels; which I’m hunting for at the moment. So far she is a combination of things I liked the idea of:

1 gold bicycle bell.

1 huge wicker basket that can my dog can sit in.

White wheels

1 large tan saddle.

She isn’t officially named yet – I will ruminate this week.

Below – E changing the brakes

Below – Me representing the Barnes Massive and my new/vintage pink bicycle!

Tassel loafers for the dandies.

Tassel loafers…the à la mode of a gentleman’s shoe collection – have always held a place in my heart. If you’re a reader of my blog then you’ll already know that I favour men’s fashion over womens. The reason being men’s is all about style, whereas women’s fashion allows ladies to dress horrendously nowadays.

If you’re a fella looking for a fresh pair of creps; may I recommend Jane Shilton’s Classic Penny Loafer. These traditional smart/casual penny loafers are cut from high quality polished leather, which means they look great and are built for durability. Dandies should  wear these with coloured trousers or fitted jeans turned up an inch to show off coloured socks or even bare ankles! For a more formal style wear them with slim-fit suit trousers and a classic oxford button down.

(For inspiration click on the images below – chaps in assorted designer tassel loafers.)

AS-Perth Mens Classic Penny Loafer

For more information please visit www.janeshilton.co.uk