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The warning signs have been here for a while thanks to those east-London ‘early-adopters’, and it’s definitely made a headline or two among fashion press, but who can believe that this spring’s flat footwear of choice is set to be the aptly named, ugly sandal?

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A couple ‘ugly sandal’ contenders – Christian Louboutin (top) and Isabel Marant (bottom)
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Updates on the classic Birkenstock style sandal – Givenchy (top) and Marni (bottom)

I do understand the attraction of course! Comfort footwear needs no explanation, and the stories we’ve heard of women saving their favourite Birkenstocks for indoor-use-only, almost makes me happy that they can finally venture out in public wearing their most practical pair of summer shoes. Plus the old ad campaign with Kate Moss and Corrine Day is so good it may well fool you into thinking a crop top, crop jeans, and pair of Birkenstocks will make you look as hot as they do…

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Corrine Day

However, the fact that all is disclosed in the name, and there is absolutely no confusion about how you should identify this spring’s hottest shoe, does make us laugh a little bit. Just the thought of going out to buy some ‘ugly’ sandals seems like a bizarre mission to embark on, especially considering our more common understanding of the term to mean, step away and do not purchase anything that has been called that by your friend, family, or anyone with a sense of style.

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The Olsen twins are often spotted in a well-loved pair of Birkenstocks

So if you’re prone to obediently following the latest seasonal advice, be warned that this trend could well cause some confusion, end up with you re-defining words you thought you always knew, and potentially owning a seriously ugly pair of shoes that you’re supposed to love.

Is it a trend you’re going to be influenced by in 2014? We’re keen to hear what the rest of you think and whether you’ll be buying some ugly sandals this season…

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Models wearing sandals by Marni (left) and Christopher Kane (right)
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The Balenciaga (left) and Chirstian Louboutin (right) sandals being modelled for Spring

Christopher Kane’s collections are always a highlight of London Fashion Week for us and for this season he’s given us a new take on camouflage – a pattern that has for too long reminded us of unflattering cargo pants and Scary Spice.  Of course Rihanna has rocked the print but seeing as it’s winter and cropped tops are chilly, we love the more sensible take on the print.

The good news is that the high street has tapped into Kane’s aesthetic (no baggy trousers here) and Zara’s cropped jumper is to die for, while Whistles has made once-dodgy camo print suitable for the office – a non-military one at that.

Team will fierce shoes and mission accomplished. Camouflage print is saved.

A trio of Kane camo confections Pic: Coco's Tea Party
A trio of Kane camo confections Pic: Coco’s Tea Party
THE sweatshirt on the highstreet - this week at least - and it's just £29.99 from Zara
THE sweatshirt on the highstreet – this week at least – and it’s just £29.99 from Zara
Amazing look from the runway Pic: moda Operandi
Amazing look from the runway Pic: moda Operandi
Totes 'maze parker from Whistles £225
Totes ‘maze parker from Whistles £225
Christopher Kane's a genius. Pic: Tim Barber for Oyster via umblr
Christopher Kane’s a genius. Pic: Tim Barber for Oyster via umblr
Perfect almost-pemcil skirt in jacquard £125 from Whistles
Perfect almost-pemcil skirt in jacquard £125 from Whistles
Easy-to-wear dress form Zara, £45.99
Easy-to-wear dress form Zara, £45.99

Every season Christopher Kane’s collections are among the most innovative without resorting to gimmicks and SS14 is no different.

The designer drew inspiration from biology textbooks with annotated scientific drawings of buttercups, orchids and carnations to put a totally fresh spin on spring florals. The suggestive diagrams appeared on pleated skirts, embroidered luxe sweatshirts (the trend lives on) and contrasted with the ethereal shiny dresses.

I love a bit of shininess (infinitely preferable to sparkles) so hello hologram leather sandals and shiny dresses. The brocade skirts were beautiful and cut-out separates subtlety sexy, but the fluffed spray-painted effect t-shirts and dresses were my favourite.

Christopher Kane has a bit of a thing for playful fastenings (remember the nuts and bolts of last season?) and this time round he chose crocodile clips to hold beautiful silk dresses in place – as well as clusters of crystal flowers.

We can’t wait for Christopher Kane’s new shop to open on Mayfair’s Mount Street so we can swoon at the collection up close.

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All pics: Tumblr

So it’s that time of year again – the Cannes Film Festival is in town … well, Cannes to be specific. There have been so many red carpet moments, but how about we pick our favourite some more casual-ish looks for a change?

Casual might be over-stating it a little … after all there are some killer heels and dresses that you really wouldn’t want to spill your dinner on … but no frou frou frills or intricate lace trains here. Enjoy x

P.S. have you entered our Rihanna competition yet? If not click here!

Emma Watson wears Christopher Kane
Emma Watson wears Christopher Kane
Naomi Watts wows in Dolce & Gabbana
Naomi Watts wows in Dolce & Gabbana
Carey Mulligan looks cute in Chloe
Carey Mulligan looks cute in Chloe
Zoe Saldana and Marion Cotillard looks happy wearing Emmanuel Ungaro and Antonio Berardi
Zoe Saldana and Marion Cotillard looks happy wearing Emmanuel Ungaro and Antonio Berardi
I adore Kirsten Dunst's Michael Van Der Ham dress
I adore Kirsten Dunst’s Michael Van Der Ham dress
Sofia Coppola always looks amazing. This time one of my style icons wears Louis Vuitton
Sofia Coppola always looks amazing. This time one of my style icons wears Louis Vuitton
And one super glam one because Cara looks incredible in Burberry!
And one super glam one because Cara looks incredible in Burberry!

All pics via Vogue.com

On day 4 I went to the Hushan Zhang presentation (separate blog coming up) and it was one of my favourite collections of LFW for many reasons, which I will gush about later. But for now, here’s some amazing looks from Day 4.

  • Peter Pilotto’s Spanish style boxy bolero jackets – the embroidery was influenced by the works of Spanish renaissance artists.
  • The fabulous capes of Antonio Berardi. On my wish-list (or at least something similar – try using www.SnapFashion.co.uk to find yours!)
  • Erdem’s sexy boucle and lace combos and of course his delicious wintery florals – violet and lemon – yum.

    Three very different looks. That’s what LFW’s all about.

Burberry’s transparent trench coats and cute heart prints were super alongside luxe camel and leather with lots of eyelet detailing. It’s love!

Burberry: Cara and details

I couldn’t wear it but I adored Tom Ford’s glam, maximalist colour and print clashing – a real departure from his last collection. Maybe the craziness of London has rubbed off on him.

J.W. Anderson’s masterful mixing of women’s and menswear was plain to see. He’s also joined the dress/skirt with trousers club and I detect a bit of nineties influence in the collection.

Giles’ golden lazer-cut pieces and other-worldly flowing dresses were impressive but I didn’t like the beauty look – effective and brooding yes, but I thought it made the models look tired!

Tom Ford, J.W. Anderson and Giles

Christopher Kane’s kilts and floral appliqué pieces were some of my favourites of this season (so far!) I enjoyed the glam take on camouflage print, leather fastening details, beautiful silk maxi skirts with super soft knits and so much more. If I had the cash, I’d snap up a lot of this collection!

Michael van der Ham made holey knackered material into an art form, but I loved his patterned more polished pieces in rich blues and mossy greens.

A van der Ham Sandwich! (Christopher Kane on either side)

Pics: Vogue

The British Fashion Awards are a big deal –for the awards recognising the fashion industry’s movers and shakers- and for the outfits. You can always spot next season’s hottest trends and designer lust-haves, early.

So without further ado, here are our top five…you can scroll down for the winners!

Cara Delevingne dazzles in SS13 Burberry
Victoria Pendleton wears AW12 Stella McCartney
Rita Ora vamps it up in Vivienne Westwood
Pastel princess Edie Campbell wears next season Christopher Kane
Roksanda Ilincic wears her own design – well, wouldn’t you?
  • Designer of the Year: Stella McCartney
  • Designer Brand: Stella McCartney
  • New Establishment: Erdem
  • Menswear Designer: Kim Jones for Louis Vuitton
  • Emerging Talent Award – Ready-To-Wear: JW Anderson
  • Emerging Talent Award – Accessories: Sophie Hulme
  • Emerging Talent Award – Menswear: Jonathan Saunders
  • Accessory Designer: Nicholas Kirkwood
  • Red Carpet Award: Roksanda Ilincic
  • Model: Cara Delevingne
  • Outstanding Achievement in Fashion: Manolo Blahnik CBE
  • Special Recognition: Harold Tillman CBE
  • Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator: Louise Wilson OBE
  • British Style brought to you by Vodafone: Alexa Chung

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Pics: Vogue.

We are recovering from Fashion Night Out and what a night it was. We were lucky to be invited to Vogue and Mulberry’s amazing private party and yes there were celebs, designers, delicious cocktails, cute crowns and a chance to see the new AW12 collection, including the luscious Lana bag. I was completely star struck to meet Christopher Kane and Vogue’s Editor Alexandra Shulman, who are two of my fashion heroes. It was also lovely to chat to some of our favourite bloggers and tell them about our impending launch…it’s tomorrow, so if you have an iPhone get seriously excited!

While mingling with fashion’s great and the good, it was amazing to see how far our little team has come in the first year of its existence. Our app and website is about to launch and change the way people shop, we’ve won awards and got investment and we’ve met some of our fashion idols. We feel incredibly lucky and excited about the future. It’s such a cliché but the past year has been such an adventure and an incredible journey (without the lost cats and dogs).

So, this FNO was a little different to last year where we tested the majority of Bond Street’s FNO cocktails and ran around like crazy! But of course we had lots of fun. Our lovely PR queen Izzy was chief celeb spotter and raved about the pomegranate cocktails at Tiffanys, our CEO Jenny took some great pics of new Mulberry products and demoed our app to some amazing people, I discovered Bubble Tea (I think) at Louis Vuitton and shook Christopher Kane’s hand. I might not wash again – kidding.

Have you got any good FNO stories to share?

Snap Fashion’s Izzy and Jenny
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Eddie Campbell and Pixie Geldof at Mulberry
Bag crush

Pics: Us and Vogue

Fearne Cotton has jumped on the oriental bandwagon for her latest Very clothing collection. We saw oriental-styled details all over the AW12 catwalks, perhaps most notably at Proenza Schouler, while Christopher Kane’s cool minimalist aesthetic was our favourite. But Fearne’s take on the trend is bolder and brighter.

While the presenter’s personal sense of style that we love is still evident, this is a pretty bold look. Are you a fan?

Pics: Very via The Daily Mail + Coco’s tea Party for the amazing inspiration board- Read Ella’s take on the trend here.

It’s another grey weekend in London and what better way to brighten things up than with neon lace? The best bit is that you can channel Christopher Kane’s laser-cut lace detail skirts and dresses in the Topshop sale…albeit with real ‘lace’. Dazzling.

Neon Lace Flippy Dress at Topshop now £20 from £46
The original and best! (pic: Coco’s Tea Party)
Love this! Pleated lace prom skirt £20 from £46
Neon Lace Flippy Dress also from Topshop but not in the sale – boo!