Undeniably the colour of Autumn/ Winter 10 has to be camel, whether it be softer neutral tones, warm caramel hues or sandy desert shades, everyone needs to invest in a camel number this season.

Coats, dress suits, dresses and camel separates like skirts and city-shorts are the perfect staple items for any camel inspired wardrobe. However even if you are not used to wearing these colours do not fear camel is easier to bring into your A/W wardrobe and work with your individual style than you think.

Depending on which camel piece you invest in will alter how you wear it. If you opt for a camel skirt or pair of shorts wear them with a plain black top and cardigan, statement gold jewellery or pearls. To add more colour to your outfit team with a printed blouse in a cream or emerald-green. If you prefer a camel suit, dress or coat remember to match with similar colours for under tops and shoes, but add contrast with accessories like scarves and jewellery. Again it is best to wear camel with black opaque tights for a simple look but a printed pair can work if you want to stand out from the crowd. Flats or statement heels will also work depending on the occasion. However mesh your palette – do not clash, this trend is about looking effortlessly chic. And if you are still not converted then try a camel scarf or bag to work into your new season wardrobe, there really is something for everyone with this trend, from the daring to cautious everyone can look stylish and up-to-date in camel.

Here are my top three camel pieces from the high-street:

1) Topshop Camel Pleat Front Cupro Shorts, £32

2) Oasis Pale Camel Lace Insert Cardigan, £35

3) ASOS Camel Belted Wool Coat, £85


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This morning I travelled all the way from my small town on the South Coast to the Zandra Rhodes Salon in London for an exclusive preview of her S/S 11 collection. Here are some pictures from my trip…

*I was given permissions to take and use these pictures so please do not use or copy any of these images as all rights are owned by myself and Zandra et al. For the full feature on her new collection please see this week.




This is just a little update to firstly apologise for my lack in posts in the last couple of weeks – I have been working two jobs and balancing a uni post-grad application form. I have also just accepted a fashion internship with for three months where I will be covering September London Fashion Week 10 (I am already invited to cover the Zandra Rhodes exhibition on Monday), writing trend updates/ favourite purchases and ‘get the look pieces’, attending events, shows, exhibitions and parties on behalf of the website, and while I work out my notice period at Oasis, complete my application form and start this internship things are going to be busier than ever. However even when my application form is sent, and I am working one job (I start 3/4 full-time at M Butterfly after I finish working for Oasis), I will be writing for my internship Monday – Fridays so things will still be very busy, and I predict a halt in posts. Instead please check out my pieces on as of Monday the 20th – listed under the name Faye Craig. You can also follow at You can also email me at for anything myfashionlife related.



As September 2010 is finally upon us, it will be Christmas before we know it and thus we must put aside our winter blues and embrace our last deep breath of summer air before our current summer is over. After all even though we are entering A/W territory, September Fashion Week gives us the first look at the spring/ summer 2011 trends.

However we should at first pay homage to Copenhagen and Stockholm fashion week (both took place in August) which saw a new and exciting surge of talent exploding from Denmark and Sweden – one which has bubbled for the last couple of seasons. Scandinavia has quite correctly been dubbed as the ‘one-to-watch’ on the fashion front, with Copenhagen and Stockholm fighting for their place as the next fashion capital.

My favourite designer from the North of the globe…

Malene Birger

‘By Malene Birger’ is not a new label per say but this year did see Malene open her first Boutique store in London. Her career started back in 1989 after she graduated with a design degree from a prestigious Danish design school. Ms. Birger then went straight into work for Jackpot by Carli Gry, and Marc O’ Polo in Stockholm before starting up her first company Day Birger et Mikkelsen and winning the Danish Design Award. By Malene Birger was then founded in 2003 and has grown in strength season after season in the last few years, slowly spreading its wings over Europe, and even stretching to Dubai, winning award after award.

Malene is also strongly committed to charity work, and has been an ambassador for UNICEF Denmark since 2004. Every season she designs a special T-shirt with all proceeds going to children in need in the world, so far the label has donated 2.3 million DKK.

The S/S 11 collection epitomizes cool and classic city chic at its best, with effortlessly pure cuts and drapes, and elegant and light-weight tailoring – taking you from the city to the pool or lake side (let’s hit the Hamptons now). There is also a hint of fun with nautical stripes and anchor prints, headscarves and trilbys – true Riviera style. While chunky, tribal jewellery is mixed-up with leather and stud detailing, without forgetting some sophisticated embellishment to add some sparkle.

Here are some of my favourite pieces from the S/S 11 collection…expect an array of crisp whites, soft neutrals to dirty khakis, golden yellows, and black – grey with a sprinkle of sequins. Also take note of the diamond encrusted strappy sandals – I heart big time.

*Closet Charms Favourite.

*Closet Charms Favourite.

Photographer: Copenhagen Fashion Week®

To see the full catwalk show, and to keep up to date with all the new Scandinavian talent please visit

For more on Malene Birger please go to


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Prada, and Alexander Wang fall/ winter 2010 ad campaigns = lots of love, and bags of sex appeal…I can’t decide which one I prefer. Which one is your favourite? Or is there another film which beats these two, let me know.




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Snake and Bead Tunic Top £65 by Topshop

Destroy Hotpants £25 by Topshop

Black 80 Denier Opaque Tights £6 by Topshop

Formal Tumbled Dita Handbag in Red £35 by Oasis

Knot Studs £6 by Topshop

Chunky Ethnic Style Studded Bangle was £10 now £7 by ASOS

Womens Courts Shoes £320 by Kurt Geiger America 

Rouge Dior Replenishing Lipcolor in Celebrity Red £21.50 by Christian Dior

Black Liquid Eyeliner £4.50 by Barry M

Dior 2 Couleurs 8 Colour High – Contrast Eyeshadow £27 by Christian Dior

Raspberry Nail Paint £3 by Barry M

Diorshow Black Out Spectacular Volume Mascara £21.50 by Christian Dior


1. Red

2. Embellishment

3. Glam – Grunge Make Up

– Mix and match with sandals, flats and heels depending on the occasion, and wear with or without tights depending on the weather.


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Those of you who know me well will know that I am in love with smokey eyes – blue, grey, eyeliner and lots of mascara for a night out (a little more sedate for the daytime). Not being a huge foundation girl – even though I praise my primer and tinted moisturiser my eyes are probably the one area I spend the most time on (bar the hair).

I am therefore a little bit in love with the new Giorgio Armani Night Shades ‘Nocturnal’ collection for fall 2010, with deep berry purples, crimson reds, midnight blues, cocoa browns, moonlight silver, neon pinks and the classic and sophisticated noir. Awaken your inner rock-chick, and party-girl goddess, and set free some starry-eyed romance with a new eye shade, mascara or lipstick this coming season.

The collection is inspired by the beauty of the night sky and city skyline, and is guaranteed to add some mystery to your make-up bag this fall.


NIGHT QUEEN BLUSH – two-tone rose-pink and raspberry.

NIGHT QUEEN PALETTE – Deep sea blue, cocoa, ice and moonlight silver.

EYES TO KILL PALETTE – Twilight Hues – Pure mauve, ink black, and aubergine purple.


ROUGE D’ARMANI SILK LIPSTICKS – No. 604 – Deep Ruby, No. 602 – Soft Pink, No. 603 – Black Purple.

LIP SKIN SHIMMERS – No. 1 – Black Purple, No. 2 – Lavish Red, No. 3 – Sharp Pink, No. 4 – Nude Rose.

NAIL POLISH – Blue (on first image).

Here are some more promo images of the collection…

Please visit for more information.

High street lovers (and those of us who cannot afford a designer lifestyle – just yet I hope) should look for items in similar shades on popular cosmetic stands found in department stores, Boots and Superdrug to work this glam-grunge and edgy but elegant palette into our wardrobes over the coming months.

More from Giorgio Armani…Fall/ Winter 2010/ 2011 Womenswear Full Fashion Show:

Part 1

Part 2

*Please note that this blog still does not condone the use of real fur on the runway.




I have struggled to think of a summer topic recently as a few early autumn/ winter trends have overshadowed my summer wardrobe – but with the weather switching from hot to cool why can’t we prepare ourselves for the winter ahead?

If there was one main thing I look forward too in the winter it would be ‘winter fashion’ – I am in love with metallics – gold and silver, lace, embellishment, and all types of hosiery. However at heart I am a summer baby, born in the middle of June, who cannot stand the wind, rain or any sort of cold weather. I moan about the weather most of the year except for those very few sunny days, and the snow and icy spell we had earlier this year was my version of a nightmare. This though is my first free week of no plans, and time off work since I finished uni, and I seem to have fallen into a rather cosy mentality. Applying for work experience and internships under my duvet, tea in hand (and I am not even a big tea drinker), watching episode after episode of Sex and the City and Breakfast at Tiffany’s on rerun. In fact the rain and wind outside has never seemed so comforting, a pleasurable break from the sunny and hot weather, and a welcome excuse to put my feet up and just do ‘nothing’ – a well-earned, and much-needed rest.

However despite having a lack of funds I now have a huge desire to be whisked away to the fashion capitals of Paris and New York in the height of winter, and true to my new winter fairytale these new trends not only boast city chic, but are sure to keep us toasty in the coming months (when we will probably be wishing it was summer all over again).


My perfect summer – autumn/ winter crossover outfits – these images have been taken from {this is glamorous}.

Embellishment and hosiery…

Emily Blunt for ELLE UK the September 2010 issue.

Lace and hosiery…


The perfect winter coat…

Faux fur made an appearance last year and seems to have returned this year. I have always been rather dubious of the use of fur on the runway because of my strong feelings for animal rights, and real fur is something I doubt I will ever condone, but faux is something very different. These are my two favourite faux fur coats from Topshop, one of which I hope will make a lovely Christmas present…

Topshop Grey Faux Textured Fur Car Coat £95.00

Topshop Petite Leopard Fur Coat £98.00 – 100% Modacrylic

Capes and wool mix coats in neutral shades such as camel, cream and chocolate are also beginning to make an appearance, while the trench coat always proves to be a popular choice for every season – warm but lightweight and waterproof (think Audrey Hepburn).

Oasis Ruffle Neck Trench Coat in Chocolate Brown £45.00

Every winter wardrobe needs a bit of sparkle…

Every autumn/ winter outfit needs a bit of sparkle – jewellery, shoes, jackets, dresses, skirts or tops. Embellishment is always perfect for the party season and can be worn anyway, every way. For a night out go all out with an embellished – beaded, studded or sequined dress (but remember to tone down on the accessories), or add a bit of sparkle with a top or skirt for a day to bar look. From high fashion to the high street, and vintage to DIY, this is a simple trend for any wardrobe.

Oasis Fan Embellished Vest – was £70.00 now £35.00

Oasis Black Studded Crop Top – was £35.00 now £20.00

Oasis Zip-Through Sequin Mini Skirt at ASOS – was £80.00 now £24.00

Wheels & Dollbaby at ASOS Sequin Rock Jacket – was £320.00 now £160.00

*Closetcharms favourite.

Lace and hosiery…

The underwear as outerwear trend has been huge this year and seems to have the staying power to last the next season. Lace is a key player with this look and again varies from vintage inspired dresses to jumpers and tops – making it easy for us to find that lace fix. Hosiery also works with this look with lace stockings, leggings and tights, but why stop there? There is a wealth of patterned tights now available with polka-dot to bows, hearts and seam-back tights to funky and colourful prints for the sophisticated, sexy, flirty and playful.

Oasis Pale Camel Lace Neck Top £40.00

*Closetcharms favourite.

Oasis Black Victoriana Lace Shell Top £40.00

Yumi at ASOS Lace Dress with Metallic Detail £55.00

ASOS Lace Top Hold Ups £8.00

ASOS Black Solid Lace Tights £10.00

Red comes back for more…

Red is another big winner for the season (as it was last year), again varying from pillar-box to cherry and scarlett. It has been used as the base colour for dresses, skirts, tops and handbags as well as scarves and shoes – making it easy for any of us to find our perfect shade.

My two favourite pieces…

Oasis Mid Red 60s Bow Shift £50.00’s-Bow-Shift/Dresses/oasis/fcp-product/4470069636

Oasis Formal Tumbled Dita Bag £35.00


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Working in retail is hugely helpful for shopping (not so good for the credit card and overdraft though) but if we can’t buy it? We can still window shop it right? So here are a couple of my new favourite trends I have spotted out and about in the last few weeks…


I first saw some of these last year at the Benicassim music festival 09 in Spain and was unsure if they would catch on. A year later I am at the London Clothes Show with my mum and she takes me over to the espadrille stand to tell me all about the espadrilles she had when she was 14 – I genuinely had no idea they had even been around for that long (blushes in embarrassment), and it seems they are just as popular today as they were back in the day.

Originating from the Pyrenees the shoe is defined by an upper canvas or cotton fabric sewn to a sole made of rope, and was once used as peasant footwear. However they have come along way since then, with high fashion and high street stores now selling their own versions of the shoe, while celebrities such as Kate Bosworth and Alexa Chung, to name but two, have invested in pairs – is it too early to call them a classic?

Varying from flat, platform, flip-flop or wedged heels the espadrille seems to suit any occasion, just add shorts and a t.shirt or vest top with a flat pair and dress to impress with some wedged espadrilles with a summery skirt or dress – making them perfect for any festival, beach, and days out to the bar in the evening. The variety of colours also means you can find the ideal colour or pattern to suit your personality, mood, wardrobe, or favourite outfit.

To snap up a traditional pair visit or if you fancy something with a twist try something new from the high street…

Topshop Vanilla Lace Print Espadrilles £15.00

Topshop Vandal Splash Espadrilles £15.00

SCHUH Pale Pink Womens Espadrilles £12.99

KG by Kurt Geiger various

DUNE Sugarloaf Wedges £75.00

Tie Dye

Another trend I have warmed too recently is the return of tie dye prints. This is a perfect trend for the remaining summer months and cross-over into autumn because it works well with all kinds of denim – jeans to shorts, and neutral colours such as black and white for layering. It also comes in lots of variations from skirts, leggings, t.shirts, vests, crop tops, smock tops, and swimwear/ cover-ups, which can easily take you from season to season. Again both high fashion and the high street have infiltrated these prints into their collections recently making it the right time to get out that vintage piece we had from years ago, or grab that new item from our favourite store before it is too late.

However the key with this trend is to get the look right to avoid resembling a gypsy living in a caravan. In this way put aside colourful hearts and peace signs and embrace black, grey, blue, bold and even pastel colours, and pair with a neutral base such as denim jeans or shorts for a top, and a plain vest for leggings to let the print do all the talking. The trend also epitomizes the raw and edgy popular rock groupie look, think skinny jeans, ripped shorts, bleached/ distressed fabrics, and statement heels. Layer a baggy tie dye t.shirt or vest over some skinny jeans or shorts, and add heels, pumps or sandals (depending on the weather) with your favourite accessories for a day to bar look. If you are daring enough invest in a tie dye maxi or smock dress for a real tribal or exotic statement before the sunshine hides itself for another year.

Still not converted? Why not try a ‘splash/ splatter print’ piece which looks similar to tie dye but has a slightly modern edge. Alternatively why not try out a traditional nautical print with vertical tie dye stripes for mixing two looks together. And for those of you on a budget have a look through eBay or buy a plain cotton white t.shirt, vest, or pair of leggings and some fabric dyes and get creative – fold the item and bind it with string or rubber bands in your desired pattern.

As always here are my favourite pieces from the high street…

Karen Millen Skinny Tie Dye Jeans from ASOS were £99.00, now £64.00

Rare Shoulder Pad Tie Dye Dress from ASOS £28.00

Cheap Monday Tie Dye Drape Skirt from ASOS £23.00

Selected Femme Silk Tie Dye Harem Trousers from ASOS were £90.00, now £36.00

ASOS Tie Dye Trapeze Vest Sundress was £30.00, now £21.00

Topshop Tie Dye Tee £45.00

Topshop Tie Dye Maxi Dress £35.00

Topshop Tie Dye Denim Leggings £22.00

Topshop Tie Dye Triangle Bikini £25.00

Boohoo Erin Splash Print Maxi Skirt £18.00

For more inspiration please visit which is full of hippy chic trimmings.


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I turned 21 last month and graduated earlier this week, so it is official I am no longer of student status, I am a post-graduate – a rather scary thought (no more student discount either), time goes too quickly sometimes, but what should I do with all my extra free time?

While my friends and coursemates have decided to go straight into journo related work, I have my eyes peeled on some further study in the future to help build contacts, and focus on my specific area of interest. However I do have a few plans in the pipeline for the next year or two to keep me busy. With my ever diminishing bank account it is important that I keep on the move so I will be keeping my four hours at Oasis in Portsmouth, as well as working part-time at M Butterfly in Chichester (just started and on a one month trial). There is also freelance and temping work which I would like to look into, and I already have a placement lined up at my local lifestyle magazine Etc. I might even be able to return to previous publications to do some volunteering (or paid work if I am lucky and ask nicely) as well. I would love to get another week on the fashion pages of a national magazine or in the press departments of high street stores like Topshop or Oasis (or perhaps high fashion), so that is something else to work towards. An internship would also be a great way to get some long-term work experience, and I am hoping that I can update this blog with at the very least one post a week – so no excuses for sitting on Facebook all day.

Here are a few snaps from my graduation…


Greg James from Radio 1.

*Dress is by Pixie Lott for Lipsy £65, shoes are by Brenda J from ZigZag in Chichester £29.99, clutch bag by Accessorize from 5 years ago, and pearl earrings from Freedom at Topshop 2 years ago, bangles Collette at Oasis price unknown.


BA (hons) Journalism class of 2010…

*Dress is by Helene Berman London, picked up at ELLE Fashion Weekend September 09.

Professional ball photograph is by ‘think photography’ and permissions have been given to use it, the other images are all my own or my friends – please do not copy for personal usage.