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The SS14 Jewellery Trend you can Wear Now!

We are now more than half way through fashion month and from the catwalks to the streets there is one stand out SS14 jewellery trend we have been spotting non stop throughout: the Statement earring. From Cara's dove hoops at Topshop Unique to the bejewelled drop studs at Pamela Roland, large sparkling earrings were favoured above the necklace or the bracelet this season. The good news is that this is a trend you can easily get in on right now and stay one step ahead of the pack. Our new luxe collection is full of gorgeous earrings that are so fabulous, you won't need any other jewellery to add the wow factor to your outfit. Shop our earring collection here.  

Our LFW SS14 Highlights

Fashion Week was a whirlwind of events, shows, presentations, and parties and as well as showcasing our collections at the Handpicked Media suite, which you can read about in this blog post, some of our team were also on hand to capture all of the action at Somerset House and beyond. As a trend led jewellery brand, we love seeing the new season collections on the catwalks first hand and are always especially interested to see how the designers use jewellery within their shows. But as always the trends don't stop at the end of the runway and often the style on the streets is just as intriguing! In this post we thought we would round up some of our LFW highlights, from the street style to our favourite shows to the best celebrity FRows. Enjoy! The Shows... LFW SS14 Show Highlights From Cara Delevigne looking divine in pastels at Burberry to the pug stealing the show at Mulberry, this season the designers certainly gave us plenty to talk about. Some of our personal highlights included the Turkish influences at Bora Aksu, bodycon fringing at Mark Fast, and some serious statement necklaces at Ashish. The Presentations... LFW SS14 Presentation Highlights Often the most creative showcases, presentations can be a great way to see a collection up close and really get an idea of the designers inspiration. We visited a safari like no other at Orla Kiely, the perfect girls night in at Marcus Lupfer and eery childhood memories at Edeline Lee. The Street Style... LFW SS14 Street Style We spotted some seriously stylish folks gracing the Somerset House cobbles and you can see all of the fashionistas we snapped on our Pinterest board but a few of our favourite spots are above, including actress Chiara Wilde and Made in Chelsea's Victoria. The Star studded Front Rows...

LFW SS14 Stars on the FRowPhotos from The Telegraph.co.uk

As well as the usual suspects - Alexa, Pixie, Daisy et al - top front row spots this season included the newly reformed original Sugababes at PPQ, Laura Whitmore at nearly every show and the surprise regular, Mr Harry Styles! And finally - the unexpected accessory of the season - The Umbrella...

LFW SS14 Accessories Photos from The Telegraph.co.uk

After such a long and hot Summer who would have thought that the one accessory everyone would be carrying this season would be the umbrella? But in true British style, the heavens opened on Day 1 and stayed open for day 2 and day 3 and, well, you get the picture. Thankfully the fashion world took it in their stride and the umbrella became the ultimate way of accessorising your outfit! Those were our highlights but what were yours? Follow us on Twitter and let us know! We will be back with more LFW coverage later in the week.  Unless otherwise stated, all photographs by Jaclyn Craig

Anna Lou of London at LFW SS14

This weekend Team ALOL braved the rain and gale force winds, packed up our best collections and wore the most fashionable outfits we could find to hit London Fashion Week SS14! This season we were proud to be a part of the blogger network, Handpicked Media's now legendary LFW events and join them in the stylish suite of One Aldwych to showcase our newest range to the long line of fashion and beauty bloggers who dropped by over the two day event. We set up early on Friday morning as LFW SS14 kicked off alongside the like of Freya Underwear, Superdry, Osiris Eyewear and Bourjois make up in anticipation of the first show-goers that day. The Handpicked Media suite offers bloggers a relaxed and inviting space to chill out in between shows, do a spot of blogging if need be and meet designers and brands first hand. We were showcasing our unique personalisation service and offering bloggers the chance to choose and design their own unique piece of custom made jewellery. We had everything from social tag necklaces to initial charm bracelets to engraved lockets being designed on the day and it was a pleasure to meet so many fans of the brand on the day. We also showcased our new Luxe collection for one of the first times and were so pleased with the terrific reaction we got to it, it seems you all love a bit of bling! [gallery columns="4" ids="1706,1707,1708,1709,1711,1714,1715,1716,1717,1718,1719,1720,1721,1722,1723,1724" orderby="rand"] Thanks to all who came to the event to support us and we look forward to seeing you all in your new jewellery! Don't forget that you can share your pics with us using the hashtag #howtowearannalou. As well as the pics from our event we also recorded some video footage over the two days and had a representative on the cobbles of Somerset House capturing street style so stay tuned for more LFW coverage on the blog very soon.  

Guest Post: Tartan on Trend by Paula Holmes

This week we welcome our first Guest Blogger, Paula Holmes of the fashion blog, the P-Ho Diaries as she discusses one of her favourite trends this season, tartan. As we head into the second week of September, the weather is getting colder and sweaters and boots are top of my shopping list, it really is starting to feel like Autumn has well and truly begun. One of the major trends for Autumn/Winter fashion this year is Tartan which was seen across all the catwalks from designers such as Moschino, Versace, Celine and John Paul-Gaultier. Models wore checked coats, dresses, skirts, scarves, hats, you name it, it was everywhere. The first thing that comes to mind when I think of tartan is a kilt, which you guessed it is a must-have item for this season, but please don’t let that put you off. Pieces also have a punk edge by adding embellishment such as spikes, studs and zips. The Met Ball which took place in May earlier this year in New York, saw celebrities decked out in their finest punk attire. Christina Ricci ditched her goth black attire for a Vivienne Westwood tartan dress and Madonna was seen mixing the two trends together in a tartan jacket with studs and spikes teamed with just a pair of fishnets. However there is an easier way to wear tartan and punk, without going all Madonna and makes it much more accessible to wear. They are some great coats and jackets with tartan checks in stores right now and it really works well as a statement piece. I have chosen a tartan bomber jacket as one of mine and teamed it with some navy blue skinny jeans and a simple black t-shirt. If you are going to go for a statement tartan piece don’t feel like you have to keep the rest of the look simple, as seen on the catwalks the more tartan the better. However I think for this jacket it works well on its own. PhoDiariesTartan The best way to accessorise a bold statement tartan piece would be with some punk style jewellery. Try something like a studded wrap bracelet or metal skull bangle for that extra punk feel. If you are not feeling as bold to wear a statement jacket, then opt for little hints of tartan in scarves, tights or headbands. Whichever you choose you are totally on trend! Will you be joining the tartan army this season? This is a guest post written by Paula Holmes

Introducing our new Luxe Collection

You may have noticed a whole host of new jewellery eye candy on the Anna Lou of London site recently? Well that's because we are so pleased to say that our much anticipated Luxe collection has finally landed! Made in the same signature Anna Lou style, evoking a good dose of wonderfully British elegance but with an added touch of luxury and class, this stand out collection is designed to suit all of your evening-wear needs. All part of our plan to expand the Anna Lou brand, the Luxe collection is just one of the new ranges we will be welcoming this year. We wanted to offer an additional evening-wear range that could sit alongside our main collection, giving you the choice of a host of statement dazzling pieces that can be worn to that black tie event you may have coming up. Nothing says glamour like a giant sparkler of a gemstone hanging from your neck, wrist or earlobes and that's exactly what the Luxe collection is all about. Brighter, bolder and altogether more grown up than our mainline, there is nothing shy and retiring about these items so wear when you want to make a true style statement. The range of necklaces, bracelets and earrings come in a showstopping array of coloured gemstones from emeralds and jades to dark black and ruby red. Perfect for the upcoming party season (yes we said it, Christmas IS on the way) take a look at our new pieces and shop today!  

Who to Follow on Twitter During LFW

A few years ago unless you were a top editor or journalist you would have to wait a good six months before being granted access to what went on at fashion week. But now with the advent of social media, blogging and live streams, even if you can't get a front row seat you can still keep up with the action and see the shows as they unfold by following your favourite models, bloggers, editors and PR's. So if you'd rather enjoy VIP access from the comfort of your bed while drinking a cuppa then these are the 15 Twitter and Instagram accounts you should be following 24/7 to be completely in the know! The Editors... 1. Derek Blasberg of Harpers Bazaar @derekblasberg The ever fashionable Mr Blasberg,  Editor at Large, Harpers Bazaar, founder of MrBlasberg.com, never misses one single second of fashion week from New York to London and Milan. He's also somewhat good at rubbing shoulders with the celebrity elite so for up to minute celeb gossip he is your guy! 2. Lorraine Candy of British ELLE @lorraineELLE For a true British perspective on all things fashion week follow Elle Mags editor Lorraine who not only gives concise news on shows but indulges us in her outfit choices and favourite hotspots. 3. Anna Dello Russo @annadellorusso Everyones favourite fashionista, ADR's twitter feed reads like a fashion magazine all by itself and her iconic style makes it a most interesting one to buy into.   The 'Don't miss a thing' Live News Feeds... 1. London Fashion Week @londonfashionwk Sounds obvious but for up to the minute news on timings, on schedule shows and who is where, follow the official London Fashion Week account. 2. Fashion Scout @fashionscout If you like the quirky off schedule shows as well as the main designers then keep an eye on the twitter feed from the Fashion Scout venue, supporting emerging designers and new kids on the block. Basically the on schedule designers of the future. 3. British Fashion Council @bfc For news on all of your favourite British designers throughout all of the fashion weeks and to hear first hand who wins the coveted Fashion Fringe this season, stay in touch with the BFC over the next few weeks.   The Media... 1. LFW The Daily @thelfwdaily Your ultimate daily read full of street style, news, collections and more condensed into one concise twitter feed - everything you need to know in one place! 2. Vogue @BritishVogue One of fashions most iconic magazines, you can be sure that if anyone will keep you informed on the designers you really need to know about this season it will be Vogue. Follow to impress at coming dinner parties. 3.  Style.com @styledotcom No one can get a show report and pictures up faster than style.com, follow their twitter and download the app to get a first look at any shows you didn't manage to live stream.   The Bloggers... 1. Emily Johnston of Fashion Foie Gras @fashionfoiegras Always a frower, Emily Johnstons unique up to the minute news of LFW is both witty and informed. We like. 2. Suzie Lau of Style Bubble @susiebubble Suzie works with the BFC and writes for LFW The Daily as well as being a superstar blogger so you can be sure she is going to all of the best London shows. Her uniques sense of style and love of all things British also makes her the perfect Twitter companion for LFW. 3. Poppy Dinsey @PoppyD Founder of WIWT and a writer for MSN, Poppy is the queen of a witty retort on Twitter and her front row cheeky tweets are simply hilarious.   The Others... 1. Handpicked Media @handpickedmedia and Founder Krista Madden @beautyandthedirt Well as we are taking part in Handpicked Media's fashion week style suite this season, it would be rude not to right? Not only does their feed and that of their founders Krista Madden give details on the behind the scenes action of the event but they also never miss a thing on the streets either. 2. Illustrator Miss Magpie @miss_magpie_spy For amazingly cute on the spot illustrations of whats going on at Fashion week from the shows to the celebs, take a look at Miss Magpie Spys twitter and instagram accounts. 3. Us of course! @annalouoflondon Well a bit of shameless self promotion never did anyone any harm right? To keep up with what we are doing, seeing and showcasing over fashion week follow us too! Find you on Twitter!

Our Fashion Week Outfit Inspiration

Fashion weeks are upon us once again and with New York in full swing and London less than a few days away our attentions are turning to the dreaded 'What to wear' dilemma. As always in the fashion calendar, it can be easy to get yourself in a bit of a pickle with outfits around this time. We have only just had what appears to be our first proper day of Autumn after a gloriously long Summer but just as we reach for our coats and get ready to don our black opaques again, its time to start getting inspired by Spring Summer 2014! Confusing huh? But when it comes to fashion week there are a few key jewellery essentials that no outfit would be complete without. As they say, 'accessories are the key', so with that in mind we have compiled a little of whats inspiring us ahead of Friday from the NYFW streets and the pieces which will see you through five days of serious style. LFW statement necklaces 1. The Look at Me statement necklaces Throw a statement jewel encrusted necklace onto even the plainest of outfits and your instantly fashion week ready. We are getting inspired by these street stylistas and their amazing neck candy and will definitely be incorporating some of their pizzazz into our LFW outfits. Our new Luxe collection has just landed and its full of statement worthy bejewelled pieces which we will be working come Friday. LFW bling rings 2. The Bling Rings When it comes to fashion week we are never far from our phones, tablets and notepads, ready to record all of the action as it happens and keep our fans up to date on Twitter. Therefore there can be no hiding our hands in gloves or pockets and a bit of bling never goes amiss as these fashionable souls show! LFW arm candy 3. The Arm Candy Its an oldie but a goody. At Anna Lou of London we love stacking our bracelets up as high as they go and showing off some serious arm candy. There is never a better time to do so than at fashion week, so no matter what the outfit, we will be accessorising with at least one set of iconic bracelets. Don't forget that you can create your own arm candy sets at reduced prices from our mix and match section. This season Anna Lou of London will be taking part in the wonderful Handpicked Media's exclusive London Fashion Week style lounge and hosting an event space at One Aldwych where bloggers can pick up pieces to accessorize their fashion week outfits and get a first look at some of our new pieces. We will also have an Anna Lou representative at the shows and pounding the cobbled streets in search of some serious street style so keep an eye out for your pic appearing on this blog in the coming weeks. While all of this does mean this week is even more frantic than usual, we are also really excited to be part of the buzz that surrounds fashion week and play a part in styling the show-goers. Do keep up to date with us over fashion week by following us on Twitter and we look forward to seeing you all there!

Three Steps to the Nautical Trend...

Every season without fail a different version of the nautical trend re-appears in time for Summer. Whether its Breton stripes or deck shoes, anchor necklaces or off the shoulder cardies, you can be sure that donning your best sailor girl outfit will be a must at some point throughout the sunny months. So what if the nearest you get to a yacht is the ferry from Dover to Calais and the only sailing you know how to do is the virtual type on your Wii? Well don’t despair as even if you don’t have true sea legs you can still look the part by adopting a few key accessory rules, taking the nautical trend firmly into your everyday style for that ‘just stepped off a yacht dahling’ look. These are our top tips to achieving the perfect sea-fayring fashion;
  1. Don a chic headscarf – any true sailor knows that those sea winds can play havoc with even the easiest of hairstyles so to avoid a Bridget Jones windswept look and keep knots at bay (no pun intended), it’s best to keep it covered. For inspiration look to ever classic beauty Audrey Hepburn and 60s siren Bridgette Bardot, who both showed just how effortlessly chic wearing a scarf over the head could be.
  2. Stick to the Classics – It sounds obvious but when looking to channel some nautical vibes stick to the classic colours and prints. You don’t necessarily need to go head to toe (in fact it may be best not to) but a little accent of those key red, white and blue colourways will give just the right hint of Summer vacation. A classic Breton strip tee will never go amiss and you can always pair it with jeans, boots and some chunky jewellery if your version of nautical still needs a city edge. How about adding a hint of colour through your bracelets, hair accessories or even shoes?
  3. Anchors away – If you are looking for a really simple way to add a touch of the nautical to an otherwise grounded city outfit, there is no better way than with an anchor. The ultimate sailing icon, anchor charms are more popular than ever right now and can be as subtle or as outlandish as you choose. You will see them adorn boating shoes, stitched into blazers or emblazoned on t-shirts but for a version of the symbol that won’t go out of fashion, why not go for an anchor charm on a necklace or bracelet? At Anna Lou of London you can even get them engraved with your message!
So there you have it, with these three tricks you will be sailing into the sunset before you know it. And whether that’s in real life or on the Wii at least you know you look the part!