Fashion, Showbiz

10 Times Harper Beckham was Adorable in Yellow

Those of you who follow me on Twitter will know that I’m all about the strong female and the ostensible pop culture queen of female empowerment, Victoria Beckham is my guiding star. Girl power, etc. If you do follow me, then you will also be aware of my endless love and adulation for her adorable two-year-old daughter, Harper Seven, who I truly believe to be the cutest child in the history of existence. In and amongst my dedication to superlatives resides a little(?) obsession with the whole Beckham family and Harper is fast becoming my favourite female family member – Vicky, you’ve got some comp, bbz. So if you ever need a reminder that the world is a beautiful and enchanting place, here are 10 instances of Harper, looking impossibly-cute in a variety of yellow hues. Everyone smile and coo in equal measure.

1. Moody look into the distance with Daddy being v. tanned:

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2. Well someone’s gotta smile in this family!

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3. That time when Harper was moody:

4. That time when Harper walked:

5. Becoming the diva I was born to be:

6. Not much, just loving my life!

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6. Kisses for his princess: 

7. Harper not being able to cope with her life. Loves it, do you love it?

8. Yes, overlap with 7, but does that matter when you’re this cute?

9. Repeated image, but LOOK, she is walking!

10. Literally too glam to give a damn. Over and out. 

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Fashion, Men's Fashion

Key Menswear Trends for A/W13

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Climatically speaking, winter brings Amazonian levels of rainfall and misery to our fair isles, but if there’s one palliative aspect to the ferocious elements, it comes from the comforting warmth of the A/W collections. Here’s a look at how some of the season’s biggest trends can keep you safe from Mother Nature’s icy bite.

Turtle Necks

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Raf Simons, Pringle of Scotland and Lanvin were just some of the labels that sent models down the catwalk swathed in turtle necks and the trend is one of AW13’s most versatile. The perfect base for layering, a turtle neck is a guy’s go-to item for achieving the perfect juxtaposition between style and toasty comfort. Replace your shirt with one of these bad boys and wear with a suit and some classic brogues for an of-the-minute nod to the trend or throw it over some smart trousers and pair with a denim aviator jacket for a rule breaking, yet winning ensemble.

Sports Luxe

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This is one of my favourite trends for AW13 because it allows you to fly in the face of convention by combining the relaxed aspect of sportswear with the more sophisticated nature of occasion dressing. A pair of dress trousers rolled up at the ankles grappling for limelight against some vintage trainers looks so on-point this season. It’s contradictive and bold and it works so well. Ultimate AW13 outfit: some black trousers, maroon Nike kicks, a classic white tee and a black bomber jacket.

The Coat

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As always, The Winter Coat is a staple, but this season, the hue to be seen in is that word that shan’t dare be mentioned in the fashion world – beige. Yes, the colour that’s perpenially hated upon by fashion’s cognoscenti is emerging triumphantly from its own oppressive reputation.  Austin Reed, J Crew, DSquared2 and of course, Burberry Prorsurm are championing the beige coat for AW13 and it’s a must-have item for any style-conscious guy. If you’re feeling brave, why not try a Margiela-esque beige cape and team it with head-to-toe black to play into another of autumn/winter’s biggest trends – volume Vs. structure. Want a classic? Then the camel coat is your friend!

Orange

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Perhaps the trend I’m most happy about is the mood-enhancing abundance of orange for AW13. It’s my favourite colour! London Collections: Men was brimming at the seams with the vibrant hue and it has appeared in nearly every high street store since! Be as subtle or as bold as you like with orange this season – introduce it with some quirky socks to pay homage to the trend or go for a cable knit jumper from the likes of Topman or River Island. The Orange Dream this season is definitely Topman Design’s (now famous) pea coat.

Tartan

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Everyone from Nick Wooster to Eddie Redmayne has been spotted in a tartan suit recently and the prominence of tartan in both women and menswear for AW13 is unavoidable. Head-to-toe tartan can be hard to pull off, but when it’s done correctly, it looks oh-so slick. The likes of Moncler Gamme Bleu and Jill Sander pretty much perfected their tartan ensembles for AW13 and it’s a look I can’t wait to tap into. The dark green and navy tartan print is definitely a more subtle option than the traditional red one and I’m currently coveting a pair of trousers in said print. Keep the rest of your outfit refined and unfussy for a sophisticated tartan moment!

Originally penned for HelpMyStyle.ie.

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Fashion, Lifestyle

Currently obsessed with: Linda Rodin

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I am prone to extremes, I’ll give you that and Linda Rodin is my idée fixe du jour. I think it was sometime last year when I was flicking through a Sunday supplement that I discovered Rodin in a Karen Walker eyewear campaign and it has been obsession ever since.

The former fashion editor of Harper’s Bazaar and the founder of skincare company Rodin Olio Lusso is a largely unheard of gem in the fashion world. Graciously-elegant, self-deprecating and a treat to all the senses, dare I say that Linda Rodin has all the magnetic traction that made Grace Coddington such a loveable household name?!

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Fashion, Lifestyle, Men's Fashion

The Virtues of the Trench Coat

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If you ask me, the word ‘timeless’ is bandied around far too freely in the fashion world. The term is overused and all-too-readily applied to any garment that has an indefinable quality or an undeniable allure. Very few items deserve or merit the immortality that is so willingly placed upon them, but I don’t think I’m bestowing superfluous or hyperbolic praise on the Trench Coat, when I say that it is one of the few items of clothing that can truly be referred to as ‘timeless’.

The origins of the Trench Coat date back to the late 1800s, with both Burberry and Aquascutum laying claim to its genesis. Undoubtedly, hundreds of years later, it is the former of these brands that has become synonymous with the Trench Coat and while its initial inception was merely borne out of militarian function, the Trench has become one of fashion’s most recreated and loved items, with designer offerings existing alongside more affordable high-street versions. Originally constructed for soldiers, the Trench Coat has permeated popular culture and become a fully-fledged go-to item for millions of men and women all over the world.

Today, the Trench Coat isn’t the reserve of the front-line or even Wall-Street businessmen, but an all-encompassing fashion must-have that looks good on any guy, regardless of age. Amazingly, the design of the Trench Coat has changed very little since its days as part of a functional uniform, with the classic, ten-buttoned, double-breasted coat still being the style’s most prominent example.

The beauty of the Trench Coat really does lay in its versatility and I can’t think of many items that can make an outfit look better than a trench can. Wear with a suit for the ultimate lesson in power-dressing or pair it with a more casual ensemble of jeans and a shirt to let your Trench Coat do all the talking. The devil is in the detailing and Burberry have it covered with their impeccably-designed trenches, with the epaulettes, throat latch, hook and bar, back rain shield and the D-ring on the belt all harking back to the pre-War aesthetic. The Trench Coat is one that was intended for battle and with one of these bad boys on your back, nobody is going to mess with you!

Check out some alternative options to the Burberry Trench below:

Topman Online – £75

Reiss – €340

River Island – €94

Diesel (ASOS) – €338

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