Thursday, 21 February 2013

From New York to London, We Love Fashion Week!

From New York to London, Fashion week has made its way across the pond, creating quite a stir on the British fashion circuit. We’ve seen many photos featuring some of the finest celebrities, from socialites to singers to actresses, all gracing the ‘Frow’ in eager anticipation of the fashion royalty ready to take the catwalks by storm. 

Last week it was New York’s turn to showcase the best of the best in American fashion designers, meaning it was the turn of two of my favourite American designers, Michael Kors and Marc Jacobs

I am completely in awe of Michael Kors latest collection, with his bold display of distinctive colours including cobalt, yellows and orange, bottling up a little summer essence and saving it for those cold autumn/winter days.  Zips and heavy detailing were also a must, with masculine shapes and structures teamed with unzipped pencil skirts to flash some leg for a contrasting feminine edge. I loved this combination of square cuts and terminator style shades, very much portraying the aspirational and confident woman, ready to take on the world. 

With these exciting new trends and colours fresh in my mind, it seems only right to turn the spotlight onto some of our new Michael Kors watches with these A/W13 inspirations firmly set into their designs. This striking gold-plated and orange strap watch reflects the catwalk perfectly, with it’s eye-catching strap combined with the warming tones of the gold face and bezel. This makes for a truly unique style with a minimalistic twist. So ditch the fake tan this Winter and achieve a little sun-kissed look with this warming orange timepiece with a hint of NYC charm.

This gold-plated stone set watch complete with a cobalt blue strap is also the perfect way to bring some of the style from the catwalk straight to your wrist. The vibrant blue strap paired with the crystal embellishment and gold-plated face is ideal for any fashion forward woman; that striking blue sneaking out the end of a chunky knit this is sure to turn heads this A/W, and turn ordinary streets into your very own MK-inspired catwalk. 

Next it was the turn of Marc Jacobs, where we saw belted coats, forties and fifties inspired fur coats, pyjama-like silk shirts and teeny tiny high waisted,belted knickers. His collection remained extremely chic and sophisticated, with the colours remaining relatively heavy with metallics, blacks and only a flash of colour on some of the oversized fur coats. These deep and shimmering colours gave an almost dark feel to the collection, but the feminine designs and lots of bare legs made sure that the Marc Jacobs woman is more sultry than sinister.

With this in mind, i turn my attention to our Marc by Marc Jacobs timepieces which each have a mystic of their own. With metalics being a must, this sleek stainless steel bracelet watch reflects this trend and will compliment the dark palettes perfectly. The minimalistic style also demonstrates a little A/W edge, as simplistic style is definitely in. The stone set dial also adds a dash of contemporary glamour, sure to carry you through from day to night.

On Friday Fashion week hopped on a plane and landed in London, ready to showcase the best of British in the fashion world. I cannot get enough of the uniquely wonderful designs from Vivienne Westwood’s Red Label collection and Burberry’s Prorsum collection.

Burberry’s Prorsum A/W’13 collection showed us classic romantic styles of sheer materials and pretty hearts, combined with wild prints and statement collars. Belts definitely put a new spin on the traditional Burberry style, and one I personally cannot get enough of. One of my favourite outfits has to be one worn by Cara Delevingne, made up of a leopard print top combined with a sheer, caramel pencil skirt, revealing cutesy heart print high-waisted knickers to give this staple, conservative style a cheeky edge. 

With this look as my inspiration, I’d add a little Burberry chic with this traditional style of gold-plated bracelet watch. Boasting a feminine design combined with the warming hues of gold, this watch is sure to suit Delevigne’s catwalk attire, with its contemporary twist on a classic A/W outfit. Combined with one of the statement Prorsum trench coats, this watch is sure to add practicality to your style.

Vivienne Westwood’s LFW show also failed to disappoint. Staying true to her uniquely wild style, her models were all sporting almost clown like make up and her designs ranged from colourful striped coats to her signature corseted dresses. We also saw some simplistic designs featuring jumpers teamed with skirts - but they were each given the Westwood quirk with clashing coloured tights and bold, patterned handbags. 
This Vivienne Westwood ladies’ grey watch with red and purple stripes is the ideal way to embrace the A/W’13 trends that will sure enough translate from the catwalks to the high street. This watch stays true to the striking nature of Vivienne Westwood with the bold and energetic strap, sure to brighten up those cold Autumn/Winter days.  

With Fashion week still in full swing, I can’t wait to see what has in store for us. From Milan to Paris, i’m eager to see what the next couple of weeks have in store. Watch this space. 

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Friday, 8 February 2013

The Colour of Love.

With Valentine’s Day upon us, it seems only right to pay homage to the colour of love itself, red. Often associated with love, passion and beauty, red is not only the colour of Valentine’s Day, but also a colour of fashion. Red is always a staple shade in our wardrobes, especially for Spring/Summer when we often see the nautical trend revisit our favourite shops with red spots and strips on anything from dresses to bags. If you’re looking to add a little splash of love to your look this Valentine’s Day, here at Ernest Jones we have a great range of jewellery and watches sure to tickle your fancy.

Rose gold has been a firm favourite amongst the fashion world and shows no sign of slowing down. With its pink hues, this contemporary twist on the traditional gold instantly warms up the skin and provides a splash of colour to your look.

We are lusting over this statement DKNY ring. With a rose gold plating and stone set edging, the rounded design is perfect for adding a touch of this summer trend to your look. Team with a neutral palette and let this ring do all the talking.

If you’re more of a watch kind of gal, then this Project D London rose gold-plated watch, is spot on for adding contemporary chic to your look. I have not been able to stop thinking about this beautiful watch since our Project D London launch in October and am determined to someday have this stunning timepiece on my wrist. With a rose gold bracelet, mother of pearl face, exposed workings and a stone set bezel, this watch oozes glamour and is certainly not one to be missed.

If you’re looking for more of a traditional red palette to add to your jewellery box, then opting for a more traditional stone, such as Ruby, is the perfect way to add this statement colour to your look.

I’m a big fan of the vintage look at the moment and must say I get rather excited about the prospect of watching Mr Selfridge every week! This 9ct white gold, created ruby and diamond ring is the perfect way to mix contemporary chic with timeless vintage glamour. This ring is the ideal accessory to make your style pop from daytime through to evening.

If you have something of a sweet tooth, then step into the indulgent world of Le Vian®, where the chocolate is completely calorie free! We love this vintage inspired 14ct Strawberry gold® and RaspberryRhodalite® pendant, complete with those divine chocolate diamonds. This delectable diamond pendant is every inch the luxury, and with the radiant tones of the Raspberry Rhodalite®, it’s sure to give the red style a unique twist.

And who said the red trend was only for women? Bring this sumptuous colour into your man’s look with a little rose gold detailing on a bold watch. This classic Rotary Men’s chronograph watch complete with a black leather strap and rose gold bezel is a subtle way of adding the warming hue of rose to his look, offering a refreshing change from the traditional gold, whilst still staying true to the classic nature of Rotary

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Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Fashionista Valentine's Day Style

Ok, so we are all guilty of this when it comes to gift buying; leaving it until the last minute. With Valentine’s Day less than 2 weeks away it’s easy to pop into your local supermarket on the way home from work and pick up that ever pleasing bouquet of roses, that indulgent box of chocolates, or even the adorable teddy bear you know she’ll love - although secretly you know it will take up more space on the bed than you do! So, with this in mind, I thought our latest blog post should be one for the men who are starting to feel a little bit too tempted to go for those easy Valentine’s Day fail safes! 

If the special lady in your life is a little bit of a fashionista and enjoys keeping up with the latest trends, then sit back and take a read, we’ve got some treats that are sure to score you some extra brownie points this Valentine’s Day.

Whether you’re looking for contemporary or a vintage inspired piece of jewellery, Swarovski is always certain to tick all of the boxes. From eyelids adorned in Swarovski crystals to the beautiful designs scattered in Swarovski crystals on the S/S13 catwalks and that memorable Downton Abbey wedding, Swarovski is an ever growing trend of fashion royalty. We love having a touch of Swarovski to accessorise our favourite outfits from day to night, as after all, every girl loves to sparkle. 

We can’t get enough of these Swarovski Alana heart earrings. With subtle pink and white tones these are perfect not only for flaunting the pastel trend of S/S13, but also as a great way to incorporate some Swarovski glamour into her look. 

For understated chic, this Hot Diamonds open heart Angel pendant is the ideal way to add a little modern elegance to her look. I’m a big fan of the geek-chic trend that is sweeping across the high street at the moment, with top buttons, collars, jumpers and not forgetting a little embellishment! This pendant would look perfect sitting neatly to the collar whilst still flashing a little diamond radiance. Alternatively, if you have a romantic meal planned, this necklace would compliment her evening dress wonderfully.

With spring/summer ‘13 almost in our grasp, we can’t wait to embrace the trends that come with it. Layering bracelets as well as that all important statement watch is key for any fashion-conscious woman. 

Tresor Paris has been an ever growing trend amongst celebrities in the last couple of years and it has now made its way to the high street in a whole range of styles and colours. Whether you’re looking for standalone style or a bracelet perfect for layering, Tresor Paris is the ideal buy for any fashion-loving woman.
This gold heart and black cord bracelet is effortlessly chic and simplistic, with a little sparkle thrown into the mix for instant glamour. (And if you’re feeling extra generous, it even has the earrings to match!)

If you’re thinking that maybe a watch is more of her thing, then why not opt for a statement fashion watch, sure to make her eyes light up as soon as she opens the box. 

I’m a huge watch fan and never leave the house without mine and with me it’s always bolder is better! Michael Kors offer a huge range of contemporary watches, perfect for both daytime and evening wear. This exclusive rose gold bracelet watch is sure to make the ideal gift this Valentine’s Day. With its subtle pink hues and statement design, this timepiece is sure to make a fashion statement and warm up her wardrobe ready for summer!

So now we’ve given you some inspiration to ensure you receive The Best Partner award this Valentine’s Day, put down the chocolates, walk away from the big bear, and be sure to pick a gift from Ernest Jones to make her heart race.

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Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Valentine's gifts for him

With less than two weeks to go before Valentine’s Day, it seems only necessary to put together a gift guide for men with a little romantic inspiration. With a range of prestige and fashion watches as well as a selection of gifts to choose from, there is certain to be something for every man at Ernest Jones this Valentine’s Day. 

For the ultimate gadget inspired timepiece, the Tissot T-Touch range is sure to make the ideal gift with its combination of style and innovation. This Tissot T-Touch men’s bracelet watch oozes masculine appeal, combining sleek contemporary style with its touch screen functionality, making it the ideal gift for the tech-savvy man. 

With their prestige performance and iconic reputation, Tag Heuer is certainly a brand to look out for when thinking of a Valentine’s gift for the special man in your life. This automatic Tag Carrera watch complete with a black dial, date function, chronograph and tachymeter is perfectly finished with a stylish black leather strap, ideal for wearing from day through to night. 

Fancy more of a fashion inspired watch? Then why not go for Emporio Armani. The statement designs are perfect for adding contemporary bold style, whether you’re looking for a classic stainless steel bracelet watch, or more of a edgy look with their Ceramica range available in white, black and grey. 

This stainless steel bracelet watch complete with a navy blue face, is effortlessly timeless and sure to compliment any outfit with its sophisticated yet modern design. 

If you’re searching for a classic watch with a contemporary twist, this Michael Kors’ two colour stainless steel watch would make the ideal evening watch. Teamed with his favourite shirt and jeans, it is sure to become his very own staple fashion accessory. 

For more of a casual approach to Valentine ’s Day, check out our stylish gift options instead.

For most guys, it has to be said, they are extremely attached to their gadgets; so why not give him something to keep his utmost prized possession safe? This contemporary leather tablet case embossed with the Ted Baker logo does just the job, and with all the iconic Ted Baker simplicity and style.

Maybe you have a romantic meal planned for your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day?  Then opt for the perfect gift with these Simon Carter stainless steel cufflinks. With a subtle yet chic faceted edge, these are sure to add some simple sophistication to his suited dinner look.

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