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Trend Alert: Wordplay

By Olivia Watkins

Let your tee do the talking with this season’s wordy microtrend. Loud logos and shouty slogans have stormed off the catwalk straight into our wardrobes – and we have welcomed them with open arms. Whether you want to get if off your chest or let your accessories get literal, wordplay is as easy as ABC to wear. Dress it down for a relaxed look or go full-on glam – only one thing is certain – the less said the better.

We’ve picked out our favourite wearable wordplay styles…

Say what?

No, really, what? You may be feeling confused but you definitely won’t look it in this on-point outfit. Give a sweater a glitzy makeover with the addition of a glitter slogan, not forgetting to liven up your legwear in these check print skinnies. Quilted Catwalk Collection boots and a matching backpack complete this off-duty biker look.

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Trend Alert: Gridlock

By Olivia Watkins

This season we’ve gone gaga for gridlock – no, not of the miserable, tear-inducing traffic jam kind – we’re talking oversized checks, window pane prints and boxy patterns. With a multitude of colourways and stylish takes on the look to choose from, this hot-off-the-catwalk microtrend is super versatile and easy to wear.

We’ve chosen our top three ways to wear the trend…

Check Mate

Want to work bad girl biker vibes but still look pretty in pink? This simple yet stylish drop waist dress gets an attitude makeover when teamed with our Joe Browns buckled boots and a leather-look jacket.  A statement necklace and slouchy duffle bag makes this the ultimate in casual cool style.

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Micro trend: Tropical prints

Fashion’s gone totally tropical this spring, with paradisiacal prints in lush forest shades blooming all over our new season separates. While we wait patiently for summer to rear its bright yellow head, bring a little sunshine into your spring style with some flamboyant foliage in bold tropical tones. Piña colada anyone?

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Exotic graphics get grown up in this chic bodycon dress from AX Paris. A brand that knows about head-turning fashion, this vibrant number is sure to make a stunning style statement in the lead up to summer. For high-impact Hawaiian glam, we’ve paired it with bright accessories to really make those pretty petals and luscious green leaves pop.

Micro trend: Tropical prints

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Trend Alert: Vanity Fair

With a selective nod to SS14’s primmest, prettiest looks, Vanity Fair takes cues from high society’s finest to deliver a chic, floral infused edit. Cut in soft feminine shapes and painted in saccharine shades, look to ladylike separates, candied pastels and garden variety graphics for this upper-crust get-up. But it’s not all super serious sophistication; add a little fun to the prim parade with conversational prints and unexpected fabrics…

We’ve taken some of our favourite pieces from the Vanity Fair lookbook and styled four gorgeous outfits to see you from spring soiree to high tea!

Sundae girl

In a palette good enough to eat, this ice cream coloured collection gives the ol’ pencil skirt and smart shirt combo a sweet shakeup. A stylish evening look, pair this statement set with a blazer and switch your clutch for a grown up tote for work-worthy in a flash.

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London Fashion Week 2013 Highlights

It’s a wrap for another year – London Fashion Week has once again been full of amazing fashion and has given us lots of inspiration for trends and colours for the next season.

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We’ve scoured the catwalks and picked out our favourite looks and trends from the runway, so we’re here to show you what to look forward to in Spring Summer 2014 (we already can’t wait!) and more importantly give you some tips and inspirations on how you can wear the LFW trends right now!

Powerful Pastels

What do you know; pastels are once again going to be on trend in Spring Summer 14, with pale pinks, sky blue and buttercup yellows being the main colours of the season.

Burberry Prorsum is adorned with pink and purple pastels and take note from Christopher Kane – rocking the mint greens.

Get the look right now with this cute knit jumper in pastel pink and peppermint green – perfect to keep cosy and on-trend this autumn!

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Botanical Beauty

We can’t get enough of florals – we wear them on everything from tops to dresses and of course this year we’ve been living in our floral trousers. We’re happy to state that the floral look is still being backed by the designers for spring/summer 14 but this time they’ve gone for pretty appliqué flowers and classic bold prints to make your spring wardrobe stand out in style.

Some of our favourite looks from this trend included pieces from designers Jonathan Saunders, PPQ and Alice Temperley!

Get the look with this beautiful Magisculpt jersey print dress!

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High Low Hem

Designers such as Erdem and Alice Temperley have been showcasing their mullet dresses at this year’s show with some killer outfits. We adore this sweeping look as we get to show off our legs with some added coverage. Also note the colours are very muted and next year expect to see lots of creams, white and ivory on the high street!

Here’s our version of this trend so take your pick…

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The Frow

It’s not only the designers that have got us talking, oh no, the frowers – all those fashionable celebs lucky enough to sit on the front row have been making a statement too. Celebs such as Laura Whitmore, Sienna Miller and Paloma Faith have been spotted eyeing up the catwalk and working the trends in their very own style. Not forgetting of course the fashionista Alexa Chung seen here wearing this leopard print coat.

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Hot stuff!

Other trends that we haven’t yet mentioned but definitely something to look out for next season is sheer clothing – yes indeed, apparently see-through styles will be tres chic next year alongside denim, and a second revival of the nineties!

Try out the look in our cross studded shirt!

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What trends have you loved wearing this year? xx

Upcoming Fashion Trends 2013

Simply Be attended Pure London at Kensington Olympia a couple of weeks ago. Whilst there we got to see what’s new in fashion and find out about the upcoming fashion trends for Autumn Winter 2013! So with the help of our lovely Simply Be fashion buyer Ross Howard we thought we’d share with you our round up of the trends and give you a taste for what’s to come later on in the year. :)

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WIN a piece of Oriental Grunge!

Are you guys up for another competition? Because we have a brilliant prize giveaway for one lucky person to win a gorgeous piece of clothing from our Simply Be oriental grunge trend. All you have to do is answer this simple question to be in with the chance of winning…

In this video below Justine is wearing a pretty prom dress, but what has she paired it with? 

If you know the answer, then send it to us in the comments below. Don’t worry if your comments don’t appear as we’ll be approving them all, once the competition ends.

The prize: The winner will be able to choose their fave  item that has appeared in this video.

Entry deadline is 25/11/2012 and the winner will be picked at random after this closing date.

Good Luck! xx

Terms and Conditions

1.The promoter of this competition is Candid Collections Limited, trading as Simply Be, Griffin House, 40 Lever Street, Manchester M60 6ES. (“Promoter”)
2. Each entrant taking part in this competition shall be referred to as a “Participant”. Participants will be deemed to have accepted these rules and to agree to be bound by them when entering this competition.
3. The competition is only open to UK residents aged 18 years or above. Employees of the Promoters, their associated companies, their agencies associated with this competition and their immediate families are ineligible to enter.
4. To enter, Participants must submit the following: The answer to the question on the Simply Be Blog page. Only one entry per person.
5. Entries must be submitted via Simply Be Blog page.
6. Entries must be submitted between 14th November 2012 and midnight on the 25th November 2012 (the “Competition Period”). Entries are deemed to be received at the time of receipt into the Promoter’s database. Late entries will not be accepted and the Promoters accept no responsibility for entries which are lost or corrupted during transmission.
7. The winners will be drawn randomly from the Participants. The Winners will be notified via email.
8. There will be only 1 winner.
9. The decision of the Panel is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
10. The overall winners will be decided by a random draw from the Participants.
11. THE PRIZE – one Winner will receive their choice of item from Simply Be that has appeared in this Oriental Grunge trend video above, prize is subject to availability. If not in your size, an alternative will be given subject to stock availability.
12. The Prize is not transferable and there is no cash alternative.
13. If for any reason this competition is not capable of running as planned, whether caused by infection by computer virus, mobile phone failure, line drop out, bugs, tampering, unauthorised intervention, fraud, technical failures or any other cause beyond the control of the Promoter which corrupts or affects the administration, security, fairness or integrity of the competition, the Promoter reserves the right in its sole discretion (subject to any written direction given by a relevant Regulatory Authority) to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the competition.
14. These Terms and Conditions shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of England and Wales.

WIN tickets to the Clothes Show Live!

Simply Be have teamed up with Gossard (check out their gorgeous bras below) to offer you a pair of tickets to the fabulous fashion event that is the Clothes Show Live! Taking place at the NEC in Birmingham, be at the heart of the UK’s largest fashion and beauty event.

  

Gossard have given us a pair of tickets to giveaway for one lucky winner to attend the show with a friend on Saturday 8th December 2012. There will be live music acts, discount shopping, celeb spotting, and you’ll get up to date with the hottest hair, make-up and fashion trends this season!

So ladies, don’t miss out on this fabulous prize! Simply head on over to our twitter page, find our message below, retweet it & follow us to be in with the chance of winning!

RT & Follow @SimplyBeUK for a chance to WIN tickets with Gossard to the Clothes Show Live: http://bit.ly/YvQyUk #SimplyBeGossard

Competition closes: Midnight on Sunday 18th November 2012. A winner will be selected at random from the entries. The chosen winner will be notified via twitter and must be able to make their own way to the show in Birmingham.

Good luck :) xx

    

Terms and Conditions

1.The promoter of this competition is Candid Collections Limited, trading as Simply Be, Griffin House, 40 Lever Street, Manchester M60 6ES. (“Promoter”)
2. Each entrant taking part in this competition shall be referred to as a “Participant”. Participants will be deemed to have accepted these rules and to agree to be bound by them when entering this competition.
3. The competition is only open to UK residents. Employees of the Promoters, their associated companies, their agencies associated with this competition and their immediate families are ineligible to enter.
4. To enter, Participants must tweet the above message or retweet the above message and follow the @SimplyBeUK twitter account.
5. Entries must be submitted via twitter and must include the hashtag #SimplyBeGossard.
6. Entries may be submitted between 5th November 2012 and midnight on the 18th November 2012 (the “Competition Period”). Entries are deemed to be received at the time of receipt into the Promoter’s database. Late entries will not be accepted and the Promoters accept no responsibility for entries which are lost or corrupted during transmission.
7. The winner will be drawn randomly from the Participants. The successful Participants will be notified via twitter and then announced on the Simply Be twitter page.
8. There will be only 1 winner.
9. The decision of the Panel is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
10. The overall winners will be decided by a random draw from the Participants.
11. THE PRIZE – Only one winner will receive two tickets to the Clothes Show Live on the 8th December 2012. Entrants must be able to travel to the event and attend it on this date.
12. The Prize is not transferable and there is no cash alternative.
13. If for any reason this competition is not capable of running as planned, whether caused by infection by computer virus, mobile phone failure, line drop out, bugs, tampering, unauthorised intervention, fraud, technical failures or any other cause beyond the control of the Promoter which corrupts or affects the administration, security, fairness or integrity of the competition, the Promoter reserves the right in its sole discretion (subject to any written direction given by a relevant Regulatory Authority) to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the competition.
14. These Terms and Conditions shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of England and Wales.