Monday, 17 September 2012

ELLE at London fashion week...

Bag: Phillip Lim
Skirt: Alexander Wang
Bootis: Calvin Klein
Socks: H&M
Jumper: Uniqlo
Sunglasses: H&M

London Fashion week has been so crazy this year, the shows have been amazing (Preen have completely upped their game. I was breathless!) 
The street style has gotten even more eccentric- I actually saw a shoe worn as a hat... a. shoe. worn .as. a. hat.
Gaga has a lot to answer for! 
I wore heels for the first day and have been subjected to flats ever since (I have a blister the size of China on my heel!)
And I finally got to take my new Wang skirt out for a spin, wins all round!
Autumnal tones have been my pallet of choice (if you can't beat 'em, join 'em!) with yummy maroons, Olives and a pop of yellow thrown in for good measure! 
It was all going well until I decided to wear a Polo neck on day two and it turned out to be 22 degrees (I had to pretend that sweating unceremoniously was part of my "look")
One more day and then I'm away for two weeks *smug 'booked my holiday after everyone else' face*
ELLEuk are doing amazing coverage of all the shows, partys and streetstyle along with our very own "ELLE assistants blog" check it all out here.

You can also follow me on instagram @madeleienbowden22 and Twitter @madeleinebowden to see my instant updates from the shows and street!
See you on the other side!

Tuesday, 11 September 2012


Denim smock dress: Topshop
Denim shirt:vintage
Necklace: accessorize
Shoes: ASOS
Bag: Valentino

There comes a time in every girls life when she is looking for a smock.
I know this is a sweeping statement to make, but I urge any lady, of the sartorially inclined, to defy that she has once, or currently is, on the market for a good old fashioned smock dress.
They're so perfect in their form; versatile, chic and just so darn cute.
I have been on obsessed with the perfect denim smock ever since my twelve-year-old self took a permenant marker to my favourite dungadress that bared an uncanny resemblance to that Stella McCartney denim romper.  
For me, what makes the smock so chic is the details that accompany it...
 Too little and you become a sort of uncomfortable, adult looking child.
Too much, and you're verging on try hard/ overkill territory.
I found double denim (a firm favourite) neck jewels and a discrafully perfect Valentino bag to be my perfect balance.
The hem line needs taking up an inch, but we will ignore that for now and just focus on the details.

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Dont let the sun go down on me...

Sunglasses: H&M
Top: French Connection
Skirt: Zara
Bag: Milan

The last of the summer sun is upon us so I felt it quite appropriate to bring out he sunshine skirt.
This skirt has taken me through many a season for more reasons that I can explain but if I have to; it is A line, slight neoprene/ cotton highbred and a pop of colour always takes an outfit to new levels of chic in my eyes.
Probably it's final tryst on the cobbles before she gets tucked away for another year... Next up expect cobalt blue, olive green and neon rasberry hues.
Winter, I'm ready for yah!