Gearing up your festive wardrobe takes its toll, and that’s why weekdays are supposed to be a relaxed affair in casual, yet stylish pieces. Leave all the glitter, sequins and metallic fashion drama for the weekend. Take note and play it uber-laid-back-but-painfully-stylish à la Karen Gillan, with refined, casual separates at Oxygen Boutique. We love the burgundy bottoms!
Last night, London’s luxury Savoy Hotel was abuzz with fashion’s major movers and shakers, as this year’s British Fashion Awards went underway. There were major wins for big names in the industry, but more to the point, we were concerned about what everyone would turn up in.
Considering the theme was fashion, it could only the best, of course. Alexa Chung, pictured below with Christopher Kane – The New Establishment Award – stole the show in a Kane embellished mini; forever being adored by the camera lenses as she accepted the style icon gong for the second year running – even beating Kate Middleton to it – in all her awkward tomboy glory.
Home-grown talent, Victoria Beckham, looked a delightful vision in a Gothic-inspired, backless floor length gown as she picked up the award for Designer Brand of the Year, while Alexander McQueen’s Sarah Burton, unsurprisingly, took home Designer of the Year.
Recreate some of our favourite looks from the night with select pieces from Oxygen Boutique, and don’t forget to check out major wins from the night, below.
Go Gothic à la Mrs. VB – We just loved how nonchalantly Victoria Beckham pulled of this Morticia Adams-inspired look last night. Recreate her look with this Alice + Olivia Rumor open back maxi dress. Just add a low-slung bun and lashings of liner.
Go for a nude hue with a Twenties-inspired twist in the style of style Georgia May Jagger – The gap-toothed beauty exudes unflappable cool in this flapper-style, Julian Macdonald dress. Channel Georgia’s vintage look with this nude Gryphon Flutter dress. Just add modellic charm and soft, unruly curls.
The No-no – SHOCK HORROR! We just can’t bring ourselves to fault Stella McCartney’s style acumen, but her contribution to the jumpsuit society last night wasn’t so flawless. We loved the chequered print, but the overall unflattering fit made for some rather unshapely viewing. If we had received a golden invite, we’d opt for the Sea NY Silk and Lace jumpsuit.
We commend Kate Moss’s brave choice: a fetish-rock inspired fishnet dress, worn casually over a long nude slip with her trademark scarlet lip; and another style note to emerge from the night: maxi dresses are here for good, so say Poppy Delevigne, Victoria Beckham and Kate Moss!
2011 British Fashion Awards
Emerging Talent Award — Ready-to-Wear – Mary Katrantzou
Emerging Talent Award — Accessories: Tabitha Simmons
Emerging Talent Award — Menswear: Christopher Raeburn
Model: Stella Tennant
Designer Brand: Victoria Beckham
Menswear Designer: Kim Jones
British Style Award: Alexa Chung
Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator: Sam Gainsbury
Red Carpet Award: Stella McCartney
BFC Outstanding Achievement in Fashion: Sir Paul Smith
Accessory Designer: Charlotte Olympia
New Establishment: Christopher Kane
Designer of the Year: Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen
Statement jewellery made headlines on the catwalks this season, from patent fetish flirtations at Louis Vuitton, to comical symbols at Dolce & Gabbana. Accessories are a focal point for the fashion pack, in fact, accessories are the definite outfit transformers that ‘make’ or ‘break’ your look.
Accessorising with an item of statement jewellery takes away the need for your outfit to do the talking. Oxygen Boutique has a stunning round up of on-point, noticeable pieces that won’t fail in announcing your arrival at the most stylish soirées this season.
The love affair with stars started back during the S/S 2011 shows, when Mrs Prada made for some seriously galactic eye candy as she sent fantastically brash Walk of Fame star prints down the catwalk at Miu Miu. Put simply, we were star struck.
Then, for A/W 2011, Dolce & Gabbana fed our obsession for far away galaxies by deliciously placing stars, large and small, on demure knee length and long billowy dresses, jacket lapels, skinny pants and knee length skirts.
But garish prints and large motifs aren’t to everyone’s taste, and for those fearful of resembling Patrick Star Oxygen Boutique have the perfect selection to add a sufficient dose of stardust to your everyday.
As temperatures plummet outside, there’s no reason not to turn it up a notch in your wardrobe with these cosy winter want-nows. Oxygen Boutique has the staple pieces you’ll need to make your winter wardrobe upgrade a super-success.
Forget blustery weather predictions and think wool, cable knits and all things chunky – throw in some fabulous print and colour to brighten up dull mornings and early nights.
Get these cold-clime conquerors, now!
The season of merriment is upon us, and as much as this is an excuse to overindulge on almost everything remotely good for you, it helps to keep in mind that you still have to fit into your Christmas/New Year party dress. But how about a dress that works in both the am and the pm? One that requires only a few accessory additions to it in order to have you dance floor ready in around 0.5 seconds?
Oxygen Boutique is on hand to banish wardrobe woes, as we bring you the Sea NY Navy Lace Dress. After sequins, lace is the ultimate definer of evening glam, and every fashion conscious party-goers sworn-by staple.
The navy blue colour makes this beautiful dress city-appropriate, whilst the lace carries some serious soiree appeal. Take a lesson in style recycling from our very own future Queen, Kate Middleton, and pair with Alice + Olivia Amelia Drape Lapel Jacket and House of Harlow Shoes Ava black wedges for a city-chic, day look.
Bend the rules for the evening and throw out the jacket and wedges, opting for OTT embellishment on your feet with Jeffrey Campbell’s Lita Spike black boots, teamed with Rebecca Minkoff’s Red Affair quilted stud bag in a garish scarlet hue to perfectly complement the studded boots and add a bright dash of colour.
So Rihanna’s X Factor performance last night was quite the antithesis to her raunchy routine during last year’s show.
Ensuring to tone it down enough to trap shut critics’ mouths, this Good Girl Gone Bad still decided to cause a stir as she detoured from the beaten path of the well-behaved once again, and complemented her McQ Alexander McQueen Tartan wool puffball mini dress with creepers covered in profanities!
Want to emulate RiRi’s wayward-school girl take on school-appropriate gear? We’ve got just the kit at Oxygen Boutique – minus the profanities, as we’re not sure Mr.Cook in R.E. would approve.
Just add a white detachable collar (or sleeveless shirt), laddered stockings and a riotous school-girl outlook for top marks.