2016 RESORT TRENDS



Here are 10 key trends for next year to take note of:

- A latin vibe
Stella McCartney offered a lot of Latin flair this season with her Cuban styles. Blooms were also seen everywhere from Proenza Schouler to Marc Jacobs.

- Pleating
Topping the charts for feminine charm was the return of pleats, a trend which I personally am excited to see again! Delicate pleats were shown at Christopher Kane and Oscar de la Renta's Peter Copping.

- Flares
As culotte’s have been sporting the runways a lot recently, it comes as no surprise that flares are not far off for the next new trend! The cropped flare is the new thing; tight at the top and kicked out at the end, all 3/4 leg length.  

- Ruffles
Think over-sized, cascading, and even in fabrics you wouldn’t imagine them in such as leather!

- The Winter coat
As far away as basic as you can think of, this season’s coat is sheer luxe with interesting graphics, amplified colours and lots of fur.

- Black and White
Previously the blue and white nautical look was the classic, but the new ‘new’ is more of a contemporary take with black and white - particularly stripes - being shown everywhere from Calvin Klein's Francisco Costa to Thakoon Panichgul.

- Blush
My new favourite colour for some time now, the Blush shade has been named “the new white” by Donatella herself. While Versace is not typically associated with pastel colours, this time round the brand had lots of the pink hue sweeping their runway.

- Rainbow colours
Why wear one shade when you can wear them all? As seen at Sonia Rykiel, Red Valentino, Tomas Maier, J.W. Anderson and  Thom Browne.

- Shoulder show-off
Sexy in a way without having to bare too much skin, the neckline of the season was off-the-shoulder a la the clean-cuts as seen at Christopher Kane or draped as seen at Givenchy's Riccardo Tisci.

- Pink
Aside from the blush shade being hot off the catwalks, surprisingly brighter shades of pink were also on there too.

By Molly Edwards - Fashion Writer for A-SHU.CO.UK.



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HOW BEST TO WEAR OXFORD SHOES



Oxford shoes to me are like every girls best friend. This stylish footwear choice mixes fashion and style with intellect, beauty, chic, feminine and modish impression.

Originally from Ireland and Scotland, this shoe style started off with a masculine history, becoming an essential part of men’s wardrobes.

In recent years however, it’s also become almost a staple in a woman’s wardrobe with modernised styles emerging and the style becoming available in an array of colours.

Previously, most women did not consider an Oxford shoe to be compatible with the rest of their wardrobe or their style of dressing, but with masculine trends becoming acceptable for women to wear as well, the style has seen rocket sales and now its become a point of which woman doesn’t own a pair of these gorgeous and comfortable shoes?!

There are lots of ways to wear these shoes and lots of fab accessories that you can pair them with. I’ve covered some of the key styles and dressing combinations to consider:

-    For A/W, wear fringed Oxford shoes with layered clothing and chunky knit socks over tights. It will give a glimpse of modish fashion.
-    Pair your Oxford shoes with leggings and a large over-sized sweater or jumper and acquire one of the popular casual styles.
-    Combine Oxford shoes with your favourite denim shorts, an over-sized scarf and a wide brimmed hat and trench coat.
-    Achieve a relaxed vibe in any season by combining your favourite jeans, a blazer and a dressy top.
-    One of the most popular styles with Oxford shoes is wearing your thigh length high socks, a skater skirt and a cardigan.
-    Oxford shoes give a flattering appearance when paired with coloured tights. This style will transit your look to a trendy preppy one.

By Anna Riad - Fashion Writer for A-SHU.CO.UK.



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AUTUMN / WINTER 2015-6 STYLING



Defined looks with premium fabrics are at the forefront of styling for A/W this year. Think of contemporary style but in a timeless way. Vintage inspiration has faded to make way for modernised looks and tailoring. Even the lines between work-wear and play-wear have faded, to create pieces that are simple.

A/W nods in the direction of Parisian styling that will not deflect style. Think power dressing of the 1970’s; sharp, tailored pieces that go together seamlessly.

Items based on their colour tone are key to capturing the easy elegance look. Think of mineral colours and layer them up head-to-toe for a look that is alluring and effortless.

Rich burgundies and red tones as well as dark navy blue and bleached neutrals create a clean colour palette. Add dusky rust hues and camel shades to add a touch of romance.

Textured jacquards as well as wool and faux fur will add interest and create statements looks. There is also a focus on leathers, layered suede fabrics and shearling.

In terms of silhouettes, the emphasis is on proportion, with unconstructed silhouettes taking lead. Dropped shoulders and over-sized outerwear shapes are feminine when pinned in at the waist with tie up belts. Sleek trousers and mini-length skirts are key styling pieces and will balance the look.

For the festive season, think fine sequins, tangible fringing and metallic accents. Velvets, lace and silk will all steal the spotlight.

By Molly Edwards - Fashion Writer for A-SHU.CO.UK.



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HOW THE HERMES BIRKIN HANDBAG WAS INVENTED



Probably voted the worlds most infamous handbag, the Hermes Birkin bag is known and lusted by us all. It was named after the British actress and singer Jane Birkin in 1981.

Hermès's then-chief executive Jean-Louis Dumas was on a flight to London with Jane and had sketched out a handbag design on an Air France sick bag.

Jane had commented on the design, saying that she needed a bag with pockets. Her wish was granted and Jean-Louis turned her handbag needs into a symbol for luxury now recognised all over the world.

For use of her name, Jane still receives around £30,000 a year From Hermes in royalties, most of which she donates to charity.

The brand has gone from strength to strength, and over the last 10 years, the value of the Birkin bag has risen by an average of 8 per cent a year!

I think I’ll be waiting a lifetime (and then some) to be able to afford one! But for a designer style bag I can afford, I always have my favourite picks at A-SHU!

By Anna Riad - Fashion Writer for A-SHU.CO.UK.



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WHAT IS THE WORLD'S MOST EXPENSIVE HANDBAG?



What do you imagine the world’s most expensive handbag might look like? I’m thinking hand made, encrusted with diamonds, gold-plated, monogrammed… Well all of these have indeed been used by luxury brands to drive up the price of a bag, but what is actually the worlds most expensive bag might take you by surprise!

Recently sold at auction, a Hermès Birkin bag which was made only in 2014 became most expensive ever sold at auction, costing an incredible £146,000! The bid came in from an anonymous phone bidder at Christie's in Hong Kong. But here’s the most astonishing part - it was Barbie hot pink, crocodile skin, and encrusted in diamonds! Certainly not to everyone’s taste I imagine.

Unbelievably, however, this is still not actually the world's most expensive handbag. The title goes to a bespoke-made Himalayan Nilo crocodile Hermes Birkin bag, made for a private customer for £197,000! The bag encompasses a total of 8.2 carats, crocodile skin rendered creamy white by an intricate hand-dyeing process meant to evoke the Himalayan mountains. The current value of this bag is now worth approximately £98,000 more.  The concept of "getting your money's worth" on an “handbag investment” has never been so true!

By Anna Riad - Fashion Writer for A-SHU.CO.UK.



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CANNES FILM FESTIVAL 2015: BEST DRESSED



The annual red carpet fest has to be none other than the Cannes Film Festival in the French Riviera, with jurors on the panel including Sienna Miller, Jake Gyllenhaal, Guillermo Del Toro, Rossy De Parma and Sophie Marceau.

The opening night of the 68th annual film festival and the premiere of ‘Standing Tall’ saw Lupita Nyong'o, Julianne Moore, Natalie Portman, Naomi Watts and Karlie Kloss setting high stakes. But Charlize Theron wowed on the second night in a yellow Dior gown for her premier of ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’.

More world famous actresses graced the red carpet from Cate Blanchett to Diane Kruger. The fashion pack were there too, with Poppy Delevingne attending the ‘Carol’ premiere and Cheryl making her Cannes 2015 debut in a bridal Ralph & Russo gown.

In terms of fashion, crop tops seemed to be trending, with the likes of Kendall Jenner walking the red carpet in an Alaia two-piece, then making a wow entrance to the amfAR Gala in a Calvin Klein two-piece.

Check out some of the best pics from Cannes Film Festival 2015!

By Molly Edwards - Fashion Writer for A-SHU.CO.UK.



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JENNIFER LOPEZ NEW 'MUM' HAIR DO



One always thinks of the beautiful Jennifer lopez as having long, lustrous hair to go with her always glamorous looks. Well, it seems she’s finally had enough after many years of long locks, and was recently spotted having taken the chop and sporting a very sensible new hair cut.

Short hair most definitely seems to be the trend in hair cuts over the last few months, with countless A-List celebrities having chopped off inches and revealing a new bob hair do.

Personally, I love it, and am soon to follow suit!

By Misha Brown - Fashion Blogger for A-SHU.CO.UK.



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KIM KARDASHIAN NO LONGER THE SELFIE QUEEN!



As we all know, Kim Kardashian has a love of sharing her selfies on Twitter and Instagram and its no wonder, with her 66 odd million followers! Her pastime has actually also managed to get her an entire book deal dedicated to her fav snaps of all time!

From lying in bikinis, to sharing her latest designer accessory purchases, to makeup tips and tricks, she just can’t get enough of posting her snaps across social media.

However it seems another celebrity has taken note and indeed wanting to take the crown for themselves; even going as far as breaking world records in an attempt to do so!

Bet you’d never guess who though. And it isn’t even a Queen but a King of new selfies!

Well, ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians’ star Kim can move over and make room for Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, who has now officially been crowned the King of the selfie after breaking the Guiness World Record for the most selfies taken in just three minutes!

This achievement took place last week at the London premiere of The Rock's latest film ‘San Andreas’ where the actor posed for 105 selfies with fans in the carefully timed 180 second period!

By Anna Riad - Fashion Writer for A-SHU.CO.UK.



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AUTUMN / WINTER 2015 TRENDS - PART 1 of 6



Get ahead of the crowd with a quick read lowdown on 6 of the hottest trends coming our way this Autumn / Winter 2015, starting with the ‘magpie’ trend!

- Magpie -

For winter, more is more (in the ‘keeping warm’ sense not the glitz and glamour sense!) Everything mixed and matched goes. Think diverse and free-spirited. Thick chunky materials piled on top of layered, textured pieces, and all in various prints and colours. This funky trend was spotted on the catwalks with the likes of Alessandro Michele at Gucci and John Galliano at Maison Margiela.



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AUTUMN / WINTER 2015 TRENDS - PART 2 of 6



- The Gothic girl -

Moving over to the dark side is going to be easier done than ever before with this trend. Head-to-toe black looks were seen from designers in London, Milan and Paris.
From Thom Browne's funereal finery to Sarah Burton's brand of Victoriana at Alexander McQueen.

This look all started from Alexander Wang’s visionary in the early days of New York fashion week.

Personally, I think this trend is great in the sense that you can choose how dark to go with your look. You can even romance it up with chiffon, ruffles and frills in black - it really is all about how you play with it.



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