A fashionable friendship

You may or may not know, but the 90s are back.  For anyone who lived through the decade, the high-street’s recent store windows will have brought back a rash of memories –Topshop’s grunge (all flannel check shirts & chunky boots), Zara’s minimalist clean lines, and the sporty crop tops and bright hoodies of American Apparel.  There is also another retro throwback that has seen a resurgence in the last few seasons – the friendship bracelet.  At last week’s press days I saw no less than three different companies championing the knotted wristpiece – one supporting the makers in Thailand, another a £10 macramé number as seen on Rita Ora, Heidi Klum and Beyonce and the third by one of the originators of the fashion friendship bracelet, Links of London.

Stylitz - Links of London at Trace SS14 Press Day

A selection of friendship bracelets by Links of London (as seen at Trace PR SS14 press day)

Not to be confused with the humble knotted lengths of my youth, the Fashion Friendship Bracelet (or FFB) often retails upwards of £50 and when worn in multiples, has become quite a style statement. The trend was started by Links of London’s sterling silver and fabric accessories and gathered momentum with the Indian charm pieces beloved by travelling fashionistas.  Blame Ibiza ravers or a longing for a misspent youth – whatever the reason this fad shows no sign of abating.

And so to the brands making these pieces…  The first, by Gina Stewart Cox, are durable cord bracelets that incorporate precious metal charms.  The label produces ethical pieces (all made in Thailand) that support the Elephant Conservation Network and ensure a fair price for the makers in the surrounding Thai villages.  These retail for £40-£65 and have been worn by Jessie J, Cheryl Cole and The Saturdays.


Rose gold coin tassle bracelet, £55, by Gina Stewart Cox


Silver skull rope bracelet, £50, by Gina Stewart Cox

The second comes from Italian lace-makers Cruciani.  After a commemorative four-leaf clover bracelet sparked massive demand in 2011, the label launched several macramé wrist-pieces in a range of colours and styles, which have since been spotted on the likes of Rita Ora, fashion doyenne Anna Dello Russo and the fabulous Beyonce (as seen in main holding image above).   The absolute confirmation of the trend happened about one month ago when Beyonce Instagrammed a picture of her wrist full of our bracelets that she bought in the Capri boutique,” said Cruciani founder, Luca Caprai. Costing just £10, and available at Urban Outiftters, Fenwicks and Harvey Nichols, these are the ones to load up in multiple colourways.

 Stylitz - Cruciani at MLPR SS14 Press Day

Cruciani bracelets in an array of colours at MLPR SS14 Press Day

Stylitz - Clover - £10 - www.crucianibracelets.co.uk

Clover bracelet, £10, as worn by Beyonce, from Cruciani

The final is Links of London who can perhaps be credited with initiating the revival, with the launch of their Original Friendship Bracelet in 2006.  The iconic Friendship collection sees colourful cord woven through sterling silver and is a firm fashion favourite. These pieces are far more hardy than a simple knotted braid, a fact reflected in the higher prices, with items starting at £65 and going up to £4000(!) for the 18ct gold woven bracelet.

Stylitz - Links of London friendship bracelet red and gold glitter panel £150

Red and gold glitter bracelet, £150, by Links of London

Stylitz - Links of London Hot Pink Friendship Bracelet -£140

Hot pink Friendship bracelet, £140, by Links of London

Stylitz - Links of London Woven Cuff  BltTurquoise-Pink - £225

Turquoise and pink woven cuff bracelet, £225, by Links of London

Stylitz - Links of London men at Trace SS14 Press Day

Selection of men’s bracelets to celebrate next month’s Movember (with colours to match your hair type), by Links of London

This trend harks back to days of youth, when you wore your heart on your sleeve and your friendships on your wrist.  If you’re not already a devotee, then add one of these pretty knotted numbers to your collection pronto.  Or better still make one yourself.

Main holding image features Beyonce, Rita Ora, Dita Von Teese and Heidi Klum in Cruciani Bracelets.  For more info and to purchase online go to: www.crucianibracelets.co.uk

For Gina Stewart Cox visit www.ginastewartcox.com and for Links of London: www.linksoflondon.com/gb-en/online-shop/collections/friendship

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Red carpet blush

No, I’m not referring to the cheek warming mistakes of this week’s Emmy Awards worst dressed (step up Lena Dunham), but to the dominant colour trend… a flesh toned pinky-blush as seen on January Jones, Rose Byrne and Claire Danes.

Stylitz - Claire Danes in Armani Prive - Getty Images

Claire Danes in Armani Prive (Getty Images)

Stylitz - January Jones in custom Givenchy with Cartier - Getty Images

January Jones in custom Givenchy with Cartier (Getty Images)

Stylitz - Rose Byrne in Calvin Klein Collection - Getty Images

Rose Byrne in Calvin Klein Collection (Getty Images)

Claire was the clear winner in both the style stakes and the Awards themselves with her gorgeous embellished Armani Prive shoestring strap backless gown, complimented by a faux bob and pretty make-up.  January worked a clean silhouette cut from lace – custom made by Givenchy – and Rose channelled early 90s Kate Moss in her simple chic Calvin Klein Collection dress.

Stylitz - Michelle Dockery in Prada with Fred Leighton jewels - Getty Images

Michelle Dockery in Prada (Getty images)

Stylitz - Allison Williams in Ralph Lauren with Fred Leighton jewels - Getty Images

Allison Williams in Ralph Lauren with Fred Leighton jewels (Getty Images)

However, the palette wasn’t limited to nude.  Colour was injected by the likes of Downton Abbey’s Michelle Dockery who has exactly the right amount of elegance to pull off a red halterneck full-skirted Prada gown.  The lack of embellishment and a simple strap stiletto balanced the full skirt to perfection. Likewise simplicity ruled with Girls star Allison Williams, who opted for a classic cobalt Ralph Lauren gown that was quite simply stunning.  Black and white also made an appearance, sometimes together as per this chic ensemble worn by Homelands Morgan Saylor, or alone as seen with Robin Wright’s cap-sleeved high-neck black Ralph Lauren column.

Stylitz - Morgan Saylor in Honor & Kwiat jewellery - Getty Images

Morgan Saylor in Honor and Kwiat Jewellery (Getty Images)

Stylitz - Robin Wright in Ralph Lauren - Getty Images

Robin Wright in Ralph Lauren (Getty Images)

Stylitz - Kate Mara in J. Mendel - Getty Images

Kate Mara in J. Mendel (Getty Images)

Stylitz - Julianna Margulies in Reed Krakoff with Fred Leighton jewels - Getty Images

Julianna Margulies in Reed Krakoff with Fred Leighton jewels (Getty Images)

The most successful red carpet looks were those that took this season’s prevailing minimalism trend as their inspiration.  By selecting clean lines or simple strapless shapes and a lack of frou-frou, the likes of Julianna Margulies and Padma Lakshmi made others look like wedding dress meringues.  Also of note was the lack of ostentatious jewels, as this year the A-list opted for understated earrings as opposed to dramatic décolletage enhancing necklaces.

Stylitz - Padma Lakshmi in Kaufmanfranco with Robert Lee Morris jewels - Getty Images

 Padma Lakshmi in Kaufmanfranco with Robert Lee Morris jewels (Getty Images)

Of course if you’re young it pays to go off centre and Mad Men’s gorgeous Kiernan Shipka looked both fantastic and fashion forward in her cute Delpozo dress – a floral triumph.

Stylitz - Kiernan Shipka 2 in Delpozo - Getty Images

Kiernan Shipka in Delpozo (Getty Images)

This being the red carpet, there are also outfits that split the crowd. Girls star Zosia Mamet nearly got it right in this custom made dress by Honor. The inky smudgy floral print and interesting neckline were superb, but the leather bralette insert was just too overpowering and dominated the overall look.  Such a shame!  Also co-star Lena Dunham’s Prada frock was a brave choice for a red carpet venture.  The bold print and huge shape, whilst gorgeous in other circumstances, engulfed Lena and looked plain wrong amongst all the simple column silhouettes and soft hues.

Zosia Mamet in Honor - Getty Images

Zosia Mamet in Honor (Getty Images)

Stylitz - Lena Dunham in Prada - Getty Images

Lena Dunham in Prada (Getty Images)

Stylitz - Aubrey Plaza in Marios Schwab - Getty Images

Aubrey Plaza in Marios Schwab (Getty Images)

Likewise comedian Aubrey Plaza split the critics with her demure lacy Marios Schwab gown.  I’m a fan, but let me know your thoughts on this and all the other looks.  Any disputes or any stunners I’ve missed?  Or are these simply not your favourite outfits from the night.  Comments welcome.

More information on winners go to http://www.emmys.com/

Main holding image – Claire Danes in Armani Prive (Steve Granitz/Wire Image)

Think pink

Ah pink! The colour of rose petals and sunsets and healthy flushed cheeks, and traditionally, the colour most associated with young girls. Furthermore, as decreed by Vogue’s AW13 trend guide (aka the fashion bible) head-to-toe pink is this season’s top trend, with Lanvin, Celine, Mulberry and Dior all opting for rosy hues in their catwalk collections.


Vogue Autumn/Winter 2013 catwalk edit (August issue)

Supremely feminine and particularly striking on blondes, this season’s top garments include oversized outerwear, 60s inspired skirt suits and slinky silk dresses. The high street has been quick to pick up on the trend with Oasis, Jaeger and Marks & Spencer all producing baby pink cocoon coats ready for the autumn chill.

Pink Jaeger shot AW13

Jaeger AW13 press day


Dress, £42, Topshop; Fake fur stole, Warehouse; Pearls, vintage.

Tying in with the theme are 2 personal items:- my shoot for this month’s Country & Town House magazine (aptly titled Pretty in Pink) featuring a Roberto Cavalli SS13 pale pink leather lace dress & floral garland hairpiece; and my outfit for a forthcoming 20s inspired wedding party (see above). My friend Danielle – who dons pink on many an occasion and is not shy of declaring it her favourite colour – will be most pleased. This one’s for you hun…

Pretty in pink, shot for Country & Town House Magazine. Photography: © Clara Copley. Styling: Alicja Jasnikowska. Beauty Editor: Nathalie Eleni. Hair: Laura Lawson. Model: Fifi Newberry

Pastel palette

It’s not often that I partake in a nail trend (my grooming routine is particularly low maintenance), but as the sun is planning to show it’s beautiful face this weekend I am going to share my current obsession – pastel nails. Chalky hues are a big trend for Spring 2013 – on one occasion I noted a game of nail varnish snap with two rocking fashionistas both touting a very chic baby blue.

Part 80s Miami beach, part fun-time Barbie this trend can be both pretty and punky. Initiated by 2009’s obsession with the now famous Chanel Jade green, the trend has since spread across the pastel colour spectrum to include lemon yellow, powder pink, sky blue and my current fave-lavender. If you’re usual go-to is red or coral, then give it a try. Like a sugar rush for your nails, you’ll be converted to these candy colours in minutes.