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Philip Lim Pre-fall 2012 anyone?


I spy – Fall 2012 Trends at Topshop NOW

Fancy yourself a smart shopper? OMB! have been raiding through all the pre-fall collections 2012 and low an behold it seems Topshop were a little ahead of themselves. Check out these bargain beauties that should prove to be keepers for Fall 2012!

Gucci pre-fall 2012 / Topshop NOW £18

The Row pre-fall 2012 / Topshop NOW £15

Valentino pre-fall 2012 / Topshop NOW £15 

Alexander McQueen pre-fall 2012 / Topshop NOW £25

Top tips – Red and burgundy are tipped to be the big colours of the season. Wintery florals by day and baroque detailing by night. Leather and lace are still going strong, as are the boxy shapes and simple lines seen last season.

Today I’m Wearing “Black and Blue”

“Black and Blue”

Silk dress, Full Circle | Jacket, Forever 21 | Leather Boots, Dune | Bag, Vintage Chloe

 Oksana OMB!

OMB! Special – Vintage 101 by Guest Blogger Molli Edwards

Our New Guest Blogger – Molli Edwards

OMB! is extremely excited to introduce our very first guest blogger – Molli Edwards. Molli is a savvy shopper who effortlessly blends vintage finds with high street fashions to create her own unique yet chic style.  However, not all of us are blessed with this ability to work vintage so Molli has written a ‘How to Guide’ to inspire vintage virgins to flock to their nearest Oxfam.

As the great philosopher, Dolly Parton once said ‘it is amazing how much it costs to look this cheap’ but in the world of the charity shop and vintage store, the opposite holds true. If you know where to look and what to look for, any wardrobe can be given a new lease of life by an item that has seen many more before yours. Trawling the shelves of your average vintage emporium or charity shop however differs greatly from browsing the high street, so here is a ‘how to guide’ for finding yourself some pre-loved bargains.

First things first, it is a good idea to have a mental picture of the kind of item that you are looking before you embark upon your second-hand scavenging. Don’t get me wrong, it can be great fun to wander round with no clue what you are looking for, but you are far more likely to be successful if you have a goal in mind. Whether it be the hunt for a roughed-up leather jacket or a new dress to wear out on the town, know what you want before you start looking. Having said this, it is equally important to keep an open mind. If you see a skirt in a fabric that you adore but at a length that you just don’t think you can pull off, don’t dismiss the item immediately. Consider how much effort it would really take to turn it into the perfect piece. If it will only take a couple of snips and stitches and it costs a mere few pennies, then why not put the effort in?

Molli’s Vintage Wedding Outfit

Talking of effort, charity and vintage shopping takes a lot of it. Unlike high street or designer stores, items are not organised according to style, and sometimes not even divided into item type. You have to hunt and forage like there is no tomorrow if you want to find a gem. When you do find this gem though, don’t think the journey is over! With second hand clothing, whether it be from a charity shop or a vintage store, it is important to check the quality and the price. You may find, especially in the vintage shops, that an item in relatively poor condition may be being sold for quite a hefty sum and it is in cases like this that you need to be careful. More often than not however, the opposite will hold true and you will find unique items at incredibly affordable prices, particularly in the knitwear and accessories departments. If there is one thing that second hand shops do well I tell you, it is knitwear!

Rocking a Vintage Jumper and  Sheepskin Jacket

Finally, enjoy it! Shopping for ‘old’ clothing can be great fun and a good trip will invariably provide you with some hideous shirt to laugh at while you root around for diamonds in the scruff

The melody still lingers. Jean-Paul Gaultier Couture Spring 2012, a tribute to Amy Winehouse

This spring, the infamous beehive walked the catwalk. The collection took inspiration from the late singer’s signature 50s style and included pencil skirts and corset dresses.

Why the new muse? “Amy Winehouse was a true style icon,” Gaultier told reporters backstage. “What she stands for above all, is uniqueness. Both in music and the way she dressed, she mixed a great many influences.”  Amy Winehouse has certainly left her mark, and only the future will tell how widespread and lasting her legacy is on the fashion world.

It starts with an idea – MIC star Caggie Dunlop releases preview of new clothing line

This teaser was released yesterday on ISWAI’s Facebook page. The brand promises to keep fashion fun, exciting and ‘give people an opportunity for some exposure in what is a very competitive industry’ – over here at OMB! we are suckers for new talent and those that shine a light on them, so we are 100% loving Ms Dunlop’s idea.

500 T-Shirts will be going on sale preliminarily… on your marks…

T-Shirt Tea Break

Oui T-Shirt 
French Connection £27 

All rise, for Aldo Rise.

It’s all about new and exciting talent (mega bucks not required) and that’s why Aldo Rise deserves a standing ovation.

On the eve of Versace for H&M’s Spring/Summer Collection release, Aldo Rise is the high street and designer collaboration that everyone’s talking about. Why? US brand Aldo has created an affordable but impressive collection by putting heads together with the hottest names of fashion future-land: J.W.Anderson, Mark Fast and Preen masterminds, Justin Thornton and Thea Bragazzi (learn all these names!).

Prices range between £125-£135, and the designs will be available at Selfridges only for the next month and at ASOS from February 22.

Mark Fast Cregger cut–out courts £125

Mark Fast Cregger cut–out courts £125

Preen Paider open–front sandals £125

JW Anderson Weatherbee eyelet courts £125

P.S. Take a look at Preen’s SS12 Ready-to-wear collection here. Classic looks we’ll be seeing filtering down through to the high street this season (our earlier post on Primark is a good example!)

Guilty pleasure – Hi-top Wedges

As seen on Beyonce, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Anne Hathaway.

Isabel Marant £430

Ash £189

Aldo £80 (also available in black)

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

Fishtails and Feathers at the Golden Globes 2012

Well, we always knew Spring/Summer 2012 was going to be a fishy one! But in all seriousness, last night’s Golden Globes showcased two of the big trends for the coming season: Feathers and Mermaid Silhouettes.

Feathers were seen on the catwalk at Louis Vuitton, Jason Wu and Ralph Lauren. Will you be ruffling some feathers this season? Or is this trend a no-go outside of the red carpet?

Michael Kors / Gucci / Vera Wang

Nina Ricci / Roberto Cavalli / Monique Lhuillier

Louis Vuitton, Paris Fashion Week