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Karen Millen Spring Summer 2013 Preview

Karen Millen Spring Summer 2013 is all about casual tailoring, clean lines, bold prints and interesting textures.

The collection includes structured shift dresses, sleek biker jackets, slim trousers in graphic and floral prints, washed leather jackets and sheer shirts with embellished collars.  The structured dresses are ideal for keeping cool and looking smart.

One of my favourites is a Balenciaga-esque polka dot zip-front jacquard dress with a bubble-shaped skirt.  I also love the simple white lace and bead-covered v-neck dress, which would be perfect for sundown cocktails in the summer.

The sharp jackets can go from day to night and the embellished collars instantly add an interesting touch to an outfit.

The accessories collection features simple, structured, well-made bags in soft leather, suede, pony and mock ostrich.  The mock ostrich iPhone covers in black, tan and vibrant yellow are sophisticated and would make a great gift.

Pointed toe court shoes with slim heels are the shape of the season and I am absolutely in love with the black and white pony heels…and the two-tone cream and black shoes.

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Fashion Targets Breast Cancer

Remember that Sex and the City episode when Samantha goes off on one about that breast cancer cookie donated for the goodie bags?

Well, Fashion Targets Breast Cancer have really stepped up this year and have teamed up with some of the most popular designers and retailers to create a range of covetable womenswear and accessories, with an ultra-feminine campaign featuring Sienna Miller, Claudia Schiffer and Kylie Minogue, shot by the legendary Mario Testino.

The ‘target’ tees have become truly iconic, with last year’s campaign including the likes of Sasha Pivovarova, Daria Werbowy and Lily Donaldson looking all fresh faced in their target polo shirts.  This time, FTBC has chosen to drape the lovely naked trinity of Sienna, Kylie and Claudia in target covered silk sheets and M&S have given the tees a new ‘bling’ make-over.

The Fashion Targets Breast Cancer range is understated, chic and perfect for the summer, with beachwear by Melissa Odabash, cocktail dresses by Olivia Rubin and Coast, a limited edition vest by TOPSHOP, a Superdry hoodie and monochrome striped tops courtesy of WHISTLES and Warehouse.

There’s also the original target logo which now comes on a cool, knotted charm bracelet, for just £2.

And of course, M&S are showing their continual support with a special capsule collection including limited edition target t-shirts, an Autograph sequined stripe top, swimwear and lingerie (with post-surgery versions), pyjamas and homeware.

A substantial 30% of all purchase goes to Fashion Targets Breast Cancer and the designers have kept the association low-key and subtle, hopefully attracting more customers.  I’m sure that many shoppers will agree that there is nothing more offensive than labels that cover their products with a charity’s logo, capitalise on the promotion and then donate a paltry 5%.

Fashion Targets Breast Cancer have found just the right balance between everyday and luxury pieces that are sure to make everyone get their purses out and I can’t wait to see what they’ll come up with next.

To see the full collection and behind-the-scene campaign video, visit

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French Connection go ‘ooh la la’ for Spring!

Alluring, coquettish, enigmatic and knowingly seductive – this is the new French Connection woman.  Paying homage to their name, French Connection have reinterpreted their image with a chic new campaign for Spring/Summer 10, inspired by French New Wave cinema.

The provocative FCUK logos that were so synonymous with the brash 90s have been replaced by a demure, intelligent advert with a typically French sense of humour.

The irreverent short film presents a critical study of ‘The Man’ and ‘The Woman’ and builds a story around their emotions, quirks and contradictions.  It references the stylish absurdity of French New Wave cinema and French Connection’s Anglo-French heritage with a little bit of ‘franglais’.

French Connection’s philosophy is that it is the woman or man wearing the clothes that gives them life and a unique personality. Their style DNA is based on well-made classics with a fashion-forward edge and as the film suggests, the quality of the clothes speaks for itself.

French Connection has always been about affordable luxury, with feminine tailoring, the perfect LBD and well-cut jeans being the foundation of any wardrobe.  They have established their bestsellers and reintroduce them each season, building up a collection of French Connection ‘classics’.

But lets not forget about ‘The Man’!  Monsieur is the stereotypical French belle-bête, complete with beard, furrowed brow and philosophical air, modelled on Serge G