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Top of the crops // A crop top for every occasion

We’re drowning in Bank Holidays and the festival season is neigh. Purlease don’t say you’re wearing cutoffs and a baseball tee? And come to think of it, your nine to five shell tops…

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Quiz // What should you buy from the new Kate Moss for Topshop collection?

Kate Moss has been collaborating with Topshop since 2007 and it’s been said that her new collection, available end April, most resembles her current eclectic signature wardrobe. Any self respecting girl with a…

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Spring shoe update // Hot mules rule

So everyone got the memo. TRAINERS are happening. Your mum’s wearing New Balance round Sainsburys, your lil’ sis is sticking gems on skate shoe mid-soles and you’re on some kray box-ticking rotation of…

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Style Bite // Get your coat: Blanket dressing makes everything better

Atrocious weather fashion newsflash: The pre-fall collections have spoken and wearing a blanket as a look is now OFFICIALLY allowed. Of course, behind closed doors this winter it’s been my default uniform anyway. But…

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Style Bite // SS14 couture trends: Why we’re wearing them now

New-school couture is a modern profit-making business. The global market for hyper-luxe nuggets of artisanal brilliance is now more youthful, fast moving and varied than ever. Forget selecting investment pieces for your in-house…

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Style Bite // Our 2014 fashion resolutions

#1 Practise INFORMED sales shopping Hunting out wardrobe classics, ideally with a nod to SS14 trends, means you’ll get real investment from your sale buys. The perfect tuxedo jackets (as seen at Balenciaga…

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Christmas gift ideas 2013 // For the girl who has everything already

Christmas gift ideas for the girl who has everything. Frivolity and fluff. That’s the basic essentials, then. Fake fur coat Something to throw on for an after dinner stroll. £277.55, scotch-soda.com Rudolph clutch…

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Blow out (and about) // Design Museum late nights – Rewind the tape

Last night’s Rewind the tape event at the Design Museum was a nostalgic celebration of 80’s and 90’s subculture across fashion, film and music. In association with District MTV, the after-hours shindig essentially…

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Style Bite // Sasscats, the best cats in fashion

In relative internet years fashcats have been around for an eternity. That’s cats with a fashion ‘tude – sasscats if you will. From accompanying designers, starring in campaigns, generally loving shoes, playing the…

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Hot rocks // The best of jewellery Christmas gifting edit

Regular readers are never short of a (self) gifting idea and sometimes it’s rewarding to look beyond our bookmarked e-comm sites. Think of this as our gift to you –  the Le Blow…

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Fashspiration of the week // Oscar the Grouch and Fendi fluff

Cast your mind back to AW11, Gucci’s 90th anniversary show gave coloured fur a grown-up luxe 70’s vibe. Fast forward to 2013 and statement texture is back on the radar. And although the…

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Style Bite // The modern nostalgia trend

In trend world right now, we’re looking back to go forward. Designers seemingly fatigued by a saturation of colour and futuristic digital print, have moved towards a more romantic, muted palette for AW13….

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Fashspiration of the week // J.Crew’s Jenna Lyons

Fellow shopaholics – HOW exciting is November? Meadham Kirchhoff’s new collection for Topshop is due at the end of the month and Isabel Marant for H&M launches (count the days!) on the 14th….

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Style Bite // Halloween goes Mean Girls

“In Girl World, Halloween is the one night a year when girls can dress like a total slut and no other girls can say anything about it.” Cady, Mean Girls “Why are you…

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Style Bite // Stylish Halloween dressing off the bat

As all good The Craft fans know, Halloween is *debatably* the best festival of the year. Think trick-or-treating, Dead rappers specials, Boom nail art and dancing under a full moon to a mashed-up Bauhaus…

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Style Bite // US movie Halloween parties rule

Gwen Stefani’s frolicking in the pumpkin patch already and Heidi Klum’s had her space monster outfit planned since June. Lets face it, Halloween across the pond is just that tiny bit more awesome…

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Style Bite // Has Instagram killed the street style fashion blog?

Instagram has OFFICIALLY taken over the fashion world. Rihanna has nearly 10 million followers. VB and the Delevingnes are obsessive users. Every angle of fashion month has been shot through the lens of…

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Fashspiration of the week // Prada SS14 vs. Britney

Prada really was the FASH-BOMB of Milan Fashion Week summer 2014. How to experience it in real-time? Fill your mind with colour, texture, sequins, giant faces and glitter. Do few laps round mural-filled…

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Style Bite // London Fashion Week SS14 in a flash

Welcome to London fashion week in a nutshell. What happened? WELL, the whole world decided that from pretty much February next year they’d be wearing *deep breath* bubblegum pink, coy mint, blush, plastic…

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Fashspiration of the week // Aila Wang – three fashion finds inspired by Alexander Wang’s niece

London Fashion Week starts this Friday and industry types are nonchalantly (read: furiously) planning their outfit schedule with meticulous care. Looking like a discerning pro gets harder every season – how to distinguish…

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London Fashion Week SS14 // What to put on your own LFW schedule…

The carb-free countdown to London Fashion Week has begun! On the 13-17th September 2013 London-based and international designers will be showing collections for SS14, with Somerset House again being a hot bed of…

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Fashspiration of the Week // The Hitchcock Heroine

By all accounts, this summer has been a dizzying fashion roller coaster. From 20’s flapper dresses to 60’s mono mini’s and a *WHATEVER everyone’s doing it anyway* rehash of 90’s grunge, there was…

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Fashspiration of the week // Frances Ha’s off-duty dancer fashion

Frances Ha film spoiler alert: It’s a film about friendship, acceptance and growing-up. Amiable girl who can’t afford her rent bumbles between aspirational ballet classes, Brooklyn house parties and boys that are hopelessly…

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Beat summer wardrobe fatigue // Three easy style swaps

Most of us have about three interchangeable summer looks that actually look passable outside the house. Most likely these consist of denim shorts, ubiquitous tea dresses and generic jersey. Take action now if…

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The everything swimsuit // How capsule dressing went micro

It’s now socially acceptable to wear your swimsuit pretty much whenever. Be it day or night, at the beach or at the bus stop. Just checking you got the memo. This week Rihanna went…

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Fashspiration of the week // Kate Bosworth in Blue Crush

Bit of an ironic one this. Kate Bosworth spends most of Blue Crush in a bikini. Does that qualify as an outfit-build? You decide. The point is she is our cute then-symbol for…

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The return of the halter neck top? // For MEN, that is… #LCM

Seeing as the halter neck sits best on a flat chest, it’s a quandary why this hasn’t happened sooner. JW Anderson delighted with some signature gender-bending at London Collections Men this week, by…

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How to do the 90s lip // Le Blow pays lip service to the dark side…

Note: Always try to do this in a mirror unless you want to look like a Girl’s World doll after a sleepover. Try to keep the rest of the face fresh so the…

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Fashspiration of the week // KMiddy Vs Cruella de Vil

The dalmation spot is having an unexpected moment after being worn by Kate Middleton on her final public engagement before the royal birth. The Duchess was spotted (heh) in a £169 dalmatian print…

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Fashspiration of the week // Iggy Azelea meets Malibu Barbie #TrashFash

This week, fashspiration fans, we’re going to take the sun-soaked Aussie rapper-gone-bad, Iggy Azelea and mix her with everyone’s favourite wholesome anti-feminist icon, Malibu Barbie, to get our trash-fash look. Iggy has tracks…

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Time to get off Instagram? // How anonymity sells

In Saint Laurent suits and shiny helmets on the cover of this month’s i:D, Daft Punk sum it up. Mystery trumps reality. From the start, way back in the late 90s, no one…

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Natalie Bulmer, we want your job! // Features Editor at my-wardrobe.com

Natalie Bulmer, Features Editor at my-wardrobe.com Launched in 2006 by founder Sarah Curran, my-wardrobe.com offers its global customer a beautifully simplified lifestyle shopping edit. From wardrobe staples to investment pieces and a pick…

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What’s big in our box // YADi – The Blow (PLUS interview)

Ready for a new sound this summer? Then up-and-coming songstress YADi is just what you’re looking for. British beats, hypnotic vocals and North African cultural influences combine in an evolution of art, style…

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Fashspiration of the week // Jungle is massive

Lions, tigers, top tunes and big hair. After exploring all the current evidence ladies, it looks like we have a micro trend on our hands. Welcome to the Jungle. The anthem? For those…

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Time to smarten up: Books as accessories // AKA the most stylish book club in town

It’s always been protocol to throw literary references round in fashion circles. This is mostly down to an overpriced education or the understandable desire to be perceived as ‘intellectually beyond handbags’. Naming children…

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When fashion and fancy dress collide

Like fashion and art, fashion and fancy dress share sartorial territory. Granted though, it’s a less highbrow, slightly more camp glittery territory. It started this year with Coachella. California festival dressing means cut…

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Martha Hayes, we want your job! // The Entertainment Editor

Martha Hayes, Marie Claire’s Entertainment Editor The career equivalent of being an ‘It girl’ but actually using your brain; being the Entertainment Editor at a glam glossy like Marie Claire combines all the…

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Smart sneaker styles // Top hard working trainers that won’t ruin your 9-5 look

Whether you’re an after-hours ballet pumps, brogues or trainers girl, once the office heels (super high white ones, naturally) are kicked under the desk late afternoon, ANYTHING FLAT, vaguely padded or semi supportive…

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Bit of all white // The enduring appeal of the white pointy shoe

Vogue Editor Alexandra Shulman’s a fan, and Phoebe Philo teams hers with tailoring and an oversized coat. Our love/hate affair with the white stiletto is well-trodden fashion Marmite. Photo: Camille Over the Rainbow…

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Fashspiration of the week // Sunglasses special: 5 iconic shade styles

Spring has finally sprung! And whilst the tights Vs no tights debate still divides the office, cute shades offer an accessible way to acknowledge it’s no longer bloody freezing. But which to wear?…

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Shopping Edit // Modern Punk: 6 pieces for the well-dressed anarchist

DISCLAIMER: PUNK. I mean, is there really anything else to say about the grass roots 70’s explosion, it’s reggae influence, London Vs NY, new wave and everything else that prompted, followed and surrounded…

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Vogue Flashback // Moss as Bowie in 2003

Fashion, like art and music can never exist in isolation. They are synonymous with self-expression, a creative rejection or affirmation of belief. The projection of ‘cool’, the persona we create for ourselves and…

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Fashspiration of the week // Le Blow loves the Blow Up girl: 60′s model Veruschka

Take the futurism trend, mix it with some otherworldly beauty, a whole lot of cult value and some solid 60′s Bohemia. Our Fashspiration this week is no other than legendary German born model and…

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Fashspiration of the week // Mossy on a motorcycle

A model posing suggestively on a motorbike means one of only two things. Either you’ve stumbled upon a Men and Motors cover spread OR you are experiencing a rock ‘n’ roll fashion MOMENT….

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AW13 Style edit // 50 Shades of Blue (well, six actually)

From midnight to baby blue shades, working blue tonally all over is a big story next season. Denim (duh!) is the most obvious entry point and the AW13 shows show us how to work…

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London’s AW13 // Three fashion names to put on your radar right now

Now fashion month is over, the amount of AW fabulousness that needs to be absorbed right now is just TOO much. We’re still working out if we can get away sans tights (following…

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Fashion in motion // What’s new in video

Stylish consumers demand a constant stream of imagery, inspiration and absolute newness in a sprawling landscape of digital growth. The fashion industry is under pressure to deliver. We wanna see some hot shit…

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Fashion week street style edit // Five of the best hat ‘n’ heels combos

Think light with dark, texture verses shine or elegant sportiness. Dressing well is a game of contrasts and if London Fashion Week street style taught us anything  it’s that nonchalant downtown beanies are…

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London Fashion Week: An about town checklist // Trends to tick off as you go

Think steely fashion editors, pre-teen bloggers, coloured fur, tons of leather, neon and huge flashing cameras. London Fashion week is indeed in full swing and passing between shows is a show in itself….

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Saved by the Bell // Subversive student style rules OK

If your elbows were out for JW Anderson’s new collection for Topshop this week, you’ll understand the analogy of it being a bit like playing hockey back at school. All swishy ponytails, slight…

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London Fashion Week // Should the high street hit the highway?

Topshop was the high street flagship with the first most noticeable presence at fashion week. We have had the likes of Jaeger and Diesel showing collections but Topshop commandeered Showspace, a fashion home…

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Fashspiration of the week // Crystal Renn is a fashion forest fairy; we’re nymphomaniacs.

Start burning the incense and stacking some heavy silver now. Our fave jewellery designer, Pamela Love has made her first fashion film starring Crystal Renn as an over-accessorised woodland nymph. The video, to…

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Fashspiration of the week // Corey from Empire Records (*sob* buh-bye, HMV!)

RIP HMV and Blockbuster. The Jesus and Mary Chain T-shirts and Millionaire’s Shortbread ice cream, will never have such a solid foothold on the high street again. Big commercial businesses they may have…

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Fashpiration of the week // Céline Pre-Fall collection 2013: the FASH-BOMB

Beautifully tailored, quietly maximalist and modest to a fault; Phoebe Philo preludes her Autumn Winter 2013 agenda for Céline with what can only be described as a sartorial FASH-BOMB. A new puritan inspired…

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Fashion refresh // How to stay wired for style all January

As we trundle soberly towards mid-January it’s easy to feel a bit over the high street. Same old tired looking clearances and (at first glance) nothing but a sea of humbug monochrome stripes…

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Right here, right now // Trends for 2013 you can see, do and buy into immediately

Karl Lagerfeld has told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: You spend more for what you really want… if you have a new fashion item it cannot wait. This is something we know already….

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Ideas for December dressing // Scrunchies, puffa jackets and furry nails. No, really.

Christmas dressing for the most means rotating roughly three outfits: something sparkly (going out), a gravy stained jumper (staying in) and a questionable onesie (being hungover). Avoid the sartorial festive rut with some pre-Christmas…

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Christmas jumpers // Five of the best festive sweats (not like meat sweats, but you *will* stay toasty)

Sporting a festive knit from now until January is the sartorial equivalent of brussels sprouts; of dubious taste but seasonal necessity. To avoid looking like a friggin’ fun sponge YOU HAVE TO WEAR…

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Fashpiration of the week // Grace Coddington: always in Vogue. Literally.

As Creative Director at US Vogue since the late 80s, Grace reminds us again of her creative genius, career tenacity and serious hair with the release of her memoirs. Why is she the…

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Christmas gift guide // Five things for the girl who likes to surround herself with lots of nice stuff.

Christmas gift guide ‘Never short of a gift idea’ is a quote attributed to me more than once. Not wanting to sound materialistic or anything but I literally want EVERYTHING. When Christmas rolls…

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Le Blow’s fashion forecast // Ombre lips, Bella Freud knits and leopard print (natch)

Wanna know what’s hot now and what’s next in the fickle world of fashion? Sure! See below for Le Blow’s fashion forecast… 90s style geek glasses A newly bobbed Karlie Kloss did 90s…

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Fashspiration of the week // Kurt and Courtney – a glam take on dishevelled 90s grunge

Whatever the haters say about Courtney Love, she can sure shift a few dresses. Her new clothing range of customised vintage pieces, Never the Bride, repackages the shredded glamour of Hole’s sartorial heyday for…

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Frightful fancy dress // Classic horror film inspiration for haute Halloween style

With Halloween creeping up malevolently behind us it’s time to STEP AWAY FROM ALL THE SKELETON STUFF IN TOPSHOP and decide how we are going to look fashionably terrifying for this year’s fright…

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Fashspiration of the week // Memoirs of a Geisha: Turning Japanese? We really think so…

Loosely defined as the influence of Japanese art on the West and more specifically in France, where Japanese wood-block prints inspired European impressionist painters (bear with me) Japonisme is a MAJOR reference buzz…

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Micro-trends: it takes two // AKA double the fashion fun

As a rule of thumb, editors, bloggers and fashion hangers-on all own more stuff than they even know what to do with. In between appointments those troopers are coping with changeable weather, uncomfortable…

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New hair trends in an instant // AKA The Lazy Girl’s Guide to 5 minute hairstyles

Wind, rain and giving yourself five minutes to get out the door can sometimes result in a few 9-5 style fails. For anyone who’s ever winced at their reflection by the time they…

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Step to the beat // London Fashion Week SS13: sounds from the catwalk

The clothes might be fleeting but the tunes are forever. That was the musical message from London Fashion Week’s SS13 shows. From Disco to trash-pop, electro to er… Kate Nash with Cruella de…

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Trend report // That 70s (fashion) show: your new fave decade

I know, I know. Here at Le Blow, we’re always banging on about the 90s. Well how’s this for a new decade to reference? Get the (Abigail’s) party started! The 70s ARE BACK…

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Fashspiration of the week // Natalie Portman in Léon AKA a twelve-year-old girl in the 90s

Obviously at Le Blow, we’re soooo fashion forward, we’re currently all over Spring Summer 2013. Buying this season’s winter coat? Yawn, we did that in August already. The one exception to this rule…

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Fashspiration of the week // The best dressed cartoons. That’s all, folks!

Iconic, ageless with a signature style that’s much imitated but never bettered. Who am I talking about? Minnie Mouse, of course. This forthcoming London Fashion Week, designers including Michael van der Ham, Richard…

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Fashspiration of the week // Miss Havisham: our favourite miserable, chalky faced style icon

With wedding season in full swing, the best jilted bride ever is to be be exhumed (again) for another bitterness-fuelled pop at everlasting love. That’s right Dickens fans – the new trailer for…

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Fashspiration of the week // Juliette Lewis as Mallory in Natural Born Killers

Here at Le Blow we love a dysfunctional 90’s icon so who better for this week’s style inspiration than Juliette Lewis? Granted, Patricia Arquette (Alabama in True Romance) took the kitsch sweetheart-on-the-run crown…

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