Brits do it best: British Fashion Awards 2011

Posted in Awards by Nneoma Ulu on November 29, 2011

If ever I was given the choice, I would choose to be a Brit girl every time. We just do it better… Here are my faves from the 2011 British Fashion Awards, where Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen scooped up Designer of the Year (duhhhh, who else could’ve won!), Victoria Beckham gave an emotional acceptance speech following the receipt of her award for Best Designer Brand and Alexa Chung beat Kate Middleton to scoop Style Icon of the Year.

Kate Moss and Stella McCartney – my love for Stella continues, the matching jumpsuit and bag ticks all my boxes.

Alexa did not forget to fake tan her legs… but I love that she throws caution to the wind and opts for the flat shoe option almost every time. Such a shame my stumpy legs force me to wear heels.

Oh Giles. Love, love, love the velvet and camouflage combo. Nuff said really.

Marni x H&M: Yes, please

Posted in Collaborations by Nneoma Ulu on November 29, 2011

I have not been that excited about an H&M collaboration for a while. I mean, the collection curated by 10 magazine editor Sophia Neophitou-Apostolou, piqued my interest and Versace completely passed me by. Today that has all changed. H&M has announced they will be collaborating with Marni’s founder Consuelo Castiglioni to create a Spring collection which will hit stores on March 8th, 2012.

This is most definitely more my style. I imagine that the accessories with be amazing, in particular the jewellery and perfect summer sandals. It’s is obvious from the preview video (below), Consuelo will deliver her signature bold prints in classic shapes that suit anyone.

The date is in my diary and this may be the first exception to my ‘I’ll never camp outside a shop for clothes’ rule.

When Editors & Stylists become Cover Stars

Posted in Covers by Nneoma Ulu on November 28, 2011

The model is a dying breed. Whilst this may not be entirely true, when it comes to magazine covers, models are competing against actors and musicians and increasingly magazine editors and stylists. The latest edition of Industrie magazine features fashion heavyweight, Franca Sozzani – Editor of Vogue Italia. The cover, shot by Terry Richardson and styled by Katie Grand, captures the blue-eyed editor with a piercing stare – apparently the result of Richardson photographing her under unflattering lighting and making her look kind of shiny and shell shocked. The fact that covers like this get as much buzz as covers featuring stunning clothes and striking models is a statement in itself – and Franca embodies that in her dominatrix PVC jacket. Fashion editors can shift just as many covers as the traditional cover stars and with editors like Anna Dello Russo, Taylor Tomasi-Hill, Caroline Issa, among others ruling in the personal style fashion stakes, securing a magazine cover seems like the natural evolution.

It is not only fashion editors that are stealing coveted cover spots but also stylists as Nicola Formichetti shows us on the cover of L’Officiel Hommes Korea. Most famous for styling Lady Gaga, Formichetti has become a fashion entity in his won right so it only makes sense that he can score a cover – and a beautiful one at that. I wonder who will be the next cover star?

Images via The CutDesign Scene

OnePiece, Boxpark Shoreditch

Posted in News by Nneoma Ulu on November 28, 2011

Move over Westfield. The first ever pop-up shopping centre, Boxpark, is opening in London’s Shoreditch this week. One of the stores featured in this innovative concept pop-up is OnePiece™, spreading the joy of comfort, style and fun with their first UK store. Keeping with the festive spirit, if you head down to their store in Boxpark and say: ‘I’m spontaneous, not too serious, not too cool. Confident with no worries, so I would like to jump in and join you!’ (just rolls off the tongue, right) – they’ll give you a £20 gift-card for your very own onesie – If you want to get it online, type code 85237 upon checkout on and you’ll get free shipping.

OnePiece Jump in Behind the Scenes from Knut Gresvig on Vimeo.

If you like a bit of celebrity endorsement the following celebs have been spotted rocking their OnePiece – Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Rhianna, Usher, Jayden Smith, Westlife, Kate Moss, Paris & Perez Hilton, Whitney Port, Paramore, Pink, Henry Holland, Agyness Deyn, Pixie Geldof, Nick Grimshaw, Jude Law and Sadie Frost.

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//Sunday Inspiration//

Posted in Inspiration by Nneoma Ulu on November 27, 2011

It’s Christmas party season and in the last two weeks I have been to as many black tie events. I’m hopeless at black tie. I dread the invites so luckily (or not) my work Christmas party has a fancy dress theme this year… However, I couldn’t help but gush over Miranda Kerr in Peter Pilotto at the MoMa 4th Annual Film Benefit. She teamed the stunning dress with Nicholas Kirkwood shoes and a Calvin Klein clutch bag. Absolute perfection. Black tie inspiration for sure.


Sophia Neophitou-Apostolou x H&M

Posted in High Street Fashion by Nneoma Ulu on November 27, 2011

I took a cheeky trip to Selfridges today (I was living the dream – I shop, therefore I am) and I noticed something at the H&M concession – a rail of curated items by Sophia Neophitou-Apostolou, Victoria’s Secret stylist and Editor-in-Chief of fashion bible 10 magazine. I guess in all the Versace for H&M madness, this has slightly slipped through the net… but it shouldn’t go unnoticed. It’s an exclusively designed capsule collection of classic pieces with a palette of black, white and cream only available at the Selfridges H&M concession. It’s minimalist feel means the pieces can easily slot into any winter wardrobe. I’m obsessed with winter whites (on other people) so the textured coat was to die for but I had to walk away… nothing good can come of me + a white coat.

Move over Donatella!

// Sunday Inspiration //

Posted in Inspiration by Nneoma Ulu on November 13, 2011

The colour blocking is so simple but just perfect. The one thing necessary for this look is a flat stomach… I’ve had a weekend of indulgence so this is not only style inspiration but some inspiration to get in the gym this week.

Image via  NobodyKnowsMarc


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An open love letter to Zara

Posted in Autumn/Winter 2011, High Street Fashion by Nneoma Ulu on November 12, 2011

Dear Zara,

How do I love you? Let me count the ways. Every month you give me reasons to spend all of my pay cheque on you. I love that you are able to know what my wardrobe needs before I even know and how you translate the catwalk trends into affordable pieces. You make me want to renounce all the other high street stores and have an exclusive relationship with you in which I know you will be loyal and always deliver what I need.

Your November lookbook is reminiscent of Stella McCartney and Prabal Gurung 2012 Resort and I want it all. The careful styling of the pieces has made it impossible for me to choose individual pieces, I want all the looks. The clashing prints inspire me to take the leap and try it. The denim and lace combos provide me with stimulus for a smart casual work look. The peplum skirt will be the go to for my I-mean-business look. The possibilities are endless and it is you and only you that provides me with this and for that, I thank you Zara. Thank you for pushing me to dress better and be better.

Lots of love,


Battle of the high street collaborations: H&M vs Topshop

Posted in High Street Fashion by Nneoma Ulu on November 9, 2011

This is really simple for me. I will controversially be shunning Versace for H&M when it hits stores next week, with the obligatory queuing from 4am and eBay auctions at 10 times the retail price, and saving my money for Mary Katrantzou for Topshop. I have been loyal to the designer collaborations, particularly those by H&M from the early days – yes, I have a Stella McCartney wrap dress and Karl Lagerfeld denim courtesy of H&M but of late (I’m thinking Jimmy Choo and Lanvin), it seems the bigger the designer, the poorer the quality. Topshop, however, may have cracked it. The below dress will cost £350, and is one of fourteen pieces in the collaboration that will hit stores in February 2012.

Image via Style Bubble

There is no doubt that the Versace for H&M collection will be a hit but I doubt anything will make it into my wardrobe. Check out the catwalk show, that previewed in NYC last night

// Sunday Inspiration //

Posted in Inspiration by Nneoma Ulu on November 6, 2011

According to Paula Abdul, London only has one season – “miserable”, which she unabashedly exclaimed on this week’s episode of X Factor US in response to Simon Cowell after assigning each of the four seasons to a four piece girl band she is mentoring on the show (vom, I know). Paula, let me introduce you to autumn in London as modeled by Apphia Michael. The hot pink accents with tough girl leather and those studded brogues please me in so many ways. I will be channeling this look before the winter cold really sets in. P.S. If you’re not watching X Factor US, you should be, it’s soooo much better than the UK one.

Image via Vanessa Jackman

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