9 Fashion Tips To Help Define Your Trans-seasonal Style

How to fashion yourself now... For most, September is the hardest month to dress oneself. Of course this makes sense – it’s the time of uncertainty for dandies and fashion concerned clothes wearers. We have been so busy honing and compiling our summer wardrobes, taking to Pinterest and Tumblr for street style inspiration and then shopping accordingly, that we haven’t even given much thought to the 2014-15 autumn/winter catwalk shows that we watched back in February. I personally feel like, just as I truly got into the swing of my fashioned summer self – lots of shorts, printed trousers, Birkenstocks, camisole tops and a general laid back Celine inspired approach - were the shops displaying winter garb too warm to wear and the magazines discussing new coat trends far too early to invest in. Yet, in London, August just gone, it was far too chilly to be sporting shorts and camisole tops, however, not quite the season for tights and boots. And, here...
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Only Anna Dello Russo – Fashion Week A/W2014

Anna Dello Russo is queen of the zeitgeist. She is my go to street style superstar when trying to gauge the key trends of the coming season. She might be extreme and conspicuous with her fashion, but that's what makes the trends so easy to decipher. So, if like myself, the coming of Spring and the glorious freak weather we're having in London is making you start to ponder your new Spring wardrobe, use Anna Dello Russo's Autumn Winter Fashion Week 2014 street style looks inspire you. And just look at how much fun she makes fashion look! Be Charmed, Stay Inspired! x...
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The One – Oscar Winner Matthew McConaughey

Matthew McConaughey most certainly is the One ('...and only true gentlemen'- in the words of Dolce and Gabbana) this year. With his incredible performance in Jean Marc Vallee's Dallas Buyers club, an incredible award season has followed and rightly so. Having already won the Golden Globe's Best Actor, the SAG and Critic's Choice Award for his portrayal of character Ron Woodroof, the sexy southern actor is now the proud owner of that ultimate gold statue. Last night Matthew McConaughey won an Oscar for Actor in a Leading Role, in a very tough category, up against the likes of Wolf of Wall Street's Leonardo di Caprio, American Hustle's Christian Bale, 12 Year's a Slave's Chiwetol Eljifior and Nebraska's Bruce Dern. And of course, the Dolce and Gabbana gentlemen accepted his Oscar dressed head to toe in Dolce and Gabbana, from the New Bond Street Dolce and Gabbana boutique concept store in London. This was McConaughey's first Oscar nomination and his first win,...
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Dolce and Gabbana Milan Fashion Week AW 2014

Once Upon a Time in Sicily... There's only one way to describe Dolce and Gabbana's A/W 2014 collection and that is a beautifully told fairy story. With such a decadent and indulgent colour pallet, a beautiful mixture of fabrics and textures, bejeweled, embroidered and adorned, with lots and lots of brocade looking - royal in gold and refined in black, you wouldn't be wrong to assume yourself thumbing through the illustrated pages of a giant fairy tale book. Maid Marion meets Little Red Riding Hood immediately comes to mind as you imagine outer -wear made spectacular embellished with giant golden skeleton keys and sumptuous hoods made from velvet and fur, in that ever so striking blood red or the deep and sensual purple. For those a little less intense, billowing floor length dresses that fluttered were dreamy, sheer midi length corseted dresses were ever so damsel in distress and chic shift dresses were toughened up with metal boots of armour. How could we help but...
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London Collections Men’s: 2014 – 15 in Pictures

Frequent Charms of a Dandizette readers will be shocked to see that I am covering the London Collections Men's fashion week - as I have never thus far. Admittedly this can be an event that can pretty much go unnoticed for me, but as my partner kicked off the week at the Dolce and Gabbana London Collections event on Sunday night and gave me a firsthand run down of the events that took place the following day, how could I couldn't not cover it? So here are my favourite looks of the people at the parties and on the FROW's of the London Collections 2014-15, needless to say there's a fair few of Mr David Gandy. But I'd like to take my hat off to Wretch 32. What a dandy he looks in that heritage check suit ensemble, with the floral shirt collar and those oxblood shoes - Perfection! Naturally, there were some bloggers there too... A closer look at the Dolce...
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Sicily, Dolce and Gabbana and Papini

Sicily, Dolce and Gabbana and Papini

The 2013 Winter Visit to Catania, Sicilia If there's one thing I know fashion lovers absolutely adore, as well as everyone else, it's the opportunity to travel. So I am going to deviate from my usual fashion writing to share with you some memorable moments from my recent trip to Sicily. Needless to say, my four days in Sicily was not completely void of fashion and fabulousness - how can it be when in Italy? My partner and I went back to Sicily last week to celebrate his birthday with his family and friends - frequent readers of Charms of a Dandizette will know that my partner is Sicilian and I have been travelling to and from Catania, Sicily for the past eight years. No matter where in the world I travel, no matter how inspired and rejuvenated I feel on my escape and on my return, there is something very special about the way I feel when I am in and have returned from...
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COAD Loves i-D Magazine’s A to Z Guide of WINK

i-D Magazine's A to Z Guide of WINK... If you've seen i-D Magazine's  A to Z Guide of WINK.... Being witness to the works of creative genius and talent is always an extraordinary moment. It's like hearing our favourite X-Factor contender sing for the first time, then seeing the camera pan around to confirm that the nation feels exactly the same as we do, because not only is the entire audience on their feet and teary eyed, but as are Gary, Nicole, Louis and Sharon. It's that moment when you know you've stumbled upon something brilliant. Within a few very short seconds we get that familiar chill, followed by the goosebumps that raise the hairs on our arms. Then we grow warm with pleasure, we start to feel ourselves glow. A sensation of electricity confirms we're still so alive and that inward smile beams outwards. We feel proud that the human race, our being, is capable of such a feat. We feel perplexed...
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An Ode to the Givenchy Bambi Sweatshirt?

Charms of a Dandizette takes a look at what the Givenchy Bambi sweatshirt says about its wearer... The sweatshirt gained its advancement from gym garb to key wardrobe piece in 2011, emerging as a simple grey sweatshirt. In 2012 the sweatshirt was still trending, however it became bolder and braver, establishing itself as a refined and investment worthy piece of vesture, hence the Kenzo Tiger sweatshirt. Everyone that was anyone was either coveting this tiger headed sweatshirt or were pounding the fashion week pavements adorned in said sweatshirt with the bold Kenzo letters emblazoned across their chests.  Now the world is coveting the Givenchy neoprene Bambi print sweatshirt. The 'It' sweatshirt of the moment, with a price tag of £750, worn by the likes of Beyonce, Milan street style queen Anna Dello Russo and Lilly Collins. You know you're a member of the privileged fashion community if you already own or personally know anyone that owns the Givenchy Bambi sweatshirt, the t-shirt, the...
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An Ode to Anna Dello Russo – The Queen of Street Style

An Ode to Anna Dello Russo – The Queen of Street Style

So, we are in the midst of Milan Fashion week! And whilst the fashionites, like Anna Dello Russo and BFF and fashion partner in crime Giovanna Battaglia flit around the Milan attending runway shows to seek out the emerging trends for spring/ summer 2014 - Anna Dello Russo wowing street style fashion photographers with her ever so 'a la mode' ensembles, the rest of us are still trying to style our way into winter 2013/14. For the fashion concerned functional girl or guy about town, the change of the season leaves us hanging momentarily in style limbo. The pages of Vogue are covered in winter coats and boots and all things in deep and dark hues - too soon to be worn just yet, models strut the runway adorned in floatier, lighter, brighter materials for the summer season, whilst we are left pounding the pavements in a combination of last year's winter wardrobe and this year's summer trends - still trying...
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