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Here we list our top five trends to help you kick-start the summer season in style.

Short swim shorts

Short swim shorts are the perfect way to show off those muscles after long hours in the gym. Great workout results need to be presented in style, and this season we’re moving towards shorts that are noticeably longer or shorter than we’ve been used to. Gone is the stigma attached to tighter swim briefs and trunk shorts. This season is all about slim-fitting swim shorts (similar to your tailored shorts). They are dominated by colourful, mosaic patterns and floral, foliage prints (Dolce & Gabbana). But patterns are not the only trend this season for shorts. Neutrals, yellow, lilac, green and blue are also ruling high street stores, such as H&M this season.

Mens Swimwear Shorts

Immortal stripes

Motifs and patterns are long gone; some of them are coming back with the blast this season. Stripes! This summer season, stripes are present in the marine style, based on the three colours: white, navy and red to give men this characteristic elegance with a bit of funk. This style is present in numerous collections of some of the greatest designer giants. Fashionbeans lists some of the most spectacular sleek collections by Gucci and Diesel Black Gold, perfect for hunks seeking elegance and well-tailored stripy options. Moreover, Diesel Black Gold doesn’t hesitate to mix a traditional black 3-piece suit with the popular bomber jacket trend this season for a bit more subtle touch. We think it’s awe-inspiring!

Bomber jackets

They are back! Born out of military styles they are now widely adapted in the popular culture. This year bomber jackets form a baseball-bomber hybrid. The jacket has a characteristic classic bomber cut with a round collar, which can be seen in any aviator movie like Top Gun.

Patterns also play a big role in the SS13 men’s style. The more camouflage, the better! Military patterns and paisley are the combo number 1 for bomber jackets this season. Wear it with a plain white tee and a pair of slim jeans with some leather boots.

Desert storm

So we’re saying ‘goodbye’ to the sporty chic and we’re going back to Safari and African deserts. This year an elegant traveller style rules this season’s catwalks and high street stores. Dries Van Noten, amongst the wide range of earth colours, proposes a panther pattern – ideal for camouflage. Most popular are different shades of beige, caramel and chocolate brown (Bottega Veneta). If you’re looking for a way to gently ease yourself into this one, you can’t go wrong with a pair of Lyle & Scott desert boots in a light sandy tone.

lyle and scott desert boots

High polish

Trend doesn’t always mean colour. It also means fabrics and this season everything must shine, even suits! Robert Cavalli’s brave collection is perfect for those who are not afraid to stand out from the crowd and those who want to show off their bodies. Mandatory colours this season are gold and silver, however, some designers are promoting other colours, too (Burberry Prorsum).

As you can see, trends in SS13 fashion bring various different clothing options for men. Which trends do you think most appeal to you and inspire you? Which ones are you going to try out yourself? Or perhaps you haven’t decided yet?


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Indulge your passion for fashion by booking a holiday of a lifetime and stay in a hotel associated with your favourite designer. Read on to discover more about five sumptuously designed hotels with links with some of the biggest names in the fashion industry.

Armani Hotel, Milan

Opened in November 2012, this luxurious hotel is situated on Via Manzoni, in the heart of Milan, and Giorgio Armani designed every aspect of the 95 sophisticated guest rooms and suites.

The Armani Hotel Milano provides guests with a truly multi-sensual experience. As soon you walk into the hotel, you’ll able to smell the Armani scent the fills the lobby. Your taste buds will be tantalised in the hotel’s restaurant, whilst the views across the city from the Armani / Bamboo Bar are a feast for the eyes.

The Round Hill Resort, Jamaica

The Round Hill Hotel and Villas Resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica, has been popular with celebrities looking for an idyllic holiday destination since it opened in 1953. Guests over the years have included everyone from Grace Kelly to Heath Ledger, as well as fashion industry stalwarts like Anna Wintour, Tommy Hilfiger and Michel Kors.

This beautiful seaside resort consists of a hotel, Pineapple House, and 27 villas, one of which is owned by Ralph Lauren. Lauren has redesigned much of the property, including each of Pineapple House’s 36 guest rooms, creating a light, airy, contemporary take on traditional Caribbean décor.

Claridge’s Hotel, London

Claridge’s Hotel, in the fashionable London district of Mayfair, is often thought of as the epitome of British style and is a favourite with fashionistas. It’s known for its Art Deco features, particularly those in the elegant lobby area, some of which are original and some of which were restored from old photographs during a major renovation in 1996.

However, the hotel’s design also includes more contemporary design features, including twenty rooms and suites which were designed by Diane Von Furstenburg in 2010. In recent years, Claridge’s has also commissioned famous names to design its Christmas trees, including Alber Elbaz and John Galliano.

Palazzo Versace, Australia

For a fashion-themed, fun-filled luxury break down under, head to the Southport Spit on Australia’s Gold Coast and stay at Palazzo Versace. Opened in 2000, this opulent hotel was created by the House of Versace and the Sunland Group, and is designed in a distinctly Italian style.

You’ll need deep pockets to be able to afford a stay here – but splash out and you can soak up the spirit of Gianni Versace in style at this elegant 200 room hotel, which even has its own private marina.

Schlosshotel, Berlin

A stay at the Schlosshotel im Grunewald is a must for Karl Lagerfeld fans. This beautiful mansion in Berlin was constructed in 1912 for Kaiser Wilhelm II’s personal advisor but later became a hotel.

Lagerfeld was commissioned to redesign the hotel’s décor in the 1990s and, although some of his more vibrant flourishes have since been removed by later owners, if you stay in the lavish Grunewald Suite, with its chic red and gold furnishings, you’ll be able to get a real sense of his design skills.

Whichever of these stunning hotels you choose to stay in, you’re sure to have a holiday experience to remember – just make sure you’re dressed to impress when you walk through the doors.

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Frankie is a travel and fashion blogger who loves to combine both interests in her writing.

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She’s a gorgeous Brazilian bombshell with a fantastic figure and a net worth many models can only dream of, and now the beautiful Alessandra Ambrosio has added a new venture to her already stellar career, creating her very own fashion line. The Victoria’s Secret Angel is spreading her wings and following the example set by fellow lingerie models Gisele Bundchen, Tyra Banks and Heidi Klum, all of whom have tried their hand at creating designer clothing.

Alessandra Ambrosio is currently collaborating with long-established US fashion brand Cherokee to produce a collection of formal and casual wear for women, titled Alé by Alessandra. The brand is due to make its debut in Spring 2014, and will reportedly include items like designer jeans, blouses and maxi dresses – all reflecting Alessandra’s elegantly bohemian personal style.

Beauty and Brains

Alessandra enrolled in modelling classes at the age of twelve and was modelling professionally by age 15. Since then, she’s appeared in campaigns for Revlon, Guess and Dior, modelled on the runway for Chanel and Prada, and appeared on the covers of innumerable glossy fashion magazines. She takes her career very seriously, and this latest venture is no different. “This is not a hobby for me” says Alessandra Ambrosio. “I’ve been a fashion model for 15 years and designing is just an extension of my career… this is a business transition that I plan to have around for a long time”.

While she does plan to focus on the business side of fashion in the years to come, Alessandra has made it clear that she will also continue to model lingerie for Victoria’s Secret. She’s been one of the brand’s most iconic models since 2004, modelling a selection of memorable creations at the annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show over the years. Among these are the gemstone-and-diamond-encrusted Floral Fantasy Bra and a gorgeous lingerie ensemble crafted entirely from candy. Alessandra Ambrosio is also known as the first ambassador for the Victoria’s Secret PINK Collection.

Passion and Experience

Alessandra will be putting a great deal of love into her upcoming fashion line. “I know what I like and what I want to see” she says. “I want to be satisfied just as much as the next customer. I’m creating a brand that’s everything I am passionate about and have experience in”. The 31-year-old mother of two is widely regarded as one of the world’s most beautiful women, and as an ambassador for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, it seems the lovely Alessandra Ambrosio has a beautiful heart as well. This is one Angel that’s sure to soar to great heights for years to come.

Nicky Warner is a London fashion blogger with a growing designer dress collection; she looks forward to adding one of Alessandra Ambrosio’s designs to her wardrobe.

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Asia has an amazing potential in the design industry. There are a growing number of unique and talented designers that are taking the fashion world by storm. Asian models don the catwalks of the world each season, wearing the latest in fall, winter, spring, and summer fashions. The fashion community turns their eyes to this region of the world to look for inspiration for and trends in the fashions of tomorrow.

Younger Impact

Asian fashion is inspired by the trends and popular culture of its younger generations. In japan, for example, the loose garments and unique hairstyles that are worn by adolescents and young adults are inspiring a worldwide movement. Now, European youths are sporting the trends inspired by the Eastern world.

Delicate Shades

Asian shirts come in a wide variety of styles and colors. What makes them cohesive is the delicateness with which they are created. Dresses and skirts for women are made in baby doll styles with sweet and simple embellishments like pearls. Usually these are crafted in shades of light pink or blue. Denim shorts are worn short but are coupled with soft and flowing white tops that give an almost ethereal appeal. The most popular demonstration of this delicate Asian fashion may just be the Lolita style that comes from Japan. This fashion mixes an innocence of the baby doll style in a fun and overtly flirtatious way. Shinjuku, Shibuya, and Harajuka styles are other examples of the innocent meets harsh clothing style coming from Asian fashion houses as well.

No Asian fashion look is completed with just the clothing alone. Instead, the make-up used plays a crucial role in completing the overall appeal of the style. Much like with the clothing, make-up combines sweet with sassy. False eyelashes are added making the eyes really pop with eye shadow shades being light and fresh. Soft pinks contrast against the harsh lash line.


Asian women’s fashion utilizes fun accessories to complete looks as well. Large necklaces with funky pendants like teddy bears and hearts are worn around the neck and headbands are placed in the hair that has the same large embellishment style. Earrings tend to be on the softer side with a more delicate stud opted for over large hoops or dangling styles.

Hairstyles are an important accessory in and of themselves. The popular Lolita look is coupled with messy up-do’s that bring the contrast in harsh and delicate once again. Men, in contrast, tend to cut their hair thin on the sides with length extending in the back. This male hairstyle demonstrates that the contrast approach of fashion extends beyond female clothing options to Asian men’s fashion as well

This article was written by Kate B., one of the most experienced fashion blog writer and style contributor at

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Jean Paul Gaultier rocked Paris Fashion Week with his Rajasthani couture collection. By far the most eclectic designs to appear on the runway, his extravagant use of colour, embroidery, and pattern were a breath of fresh air after Eli Saab’s somewhat demure display earlier in the day. It’s official, Gaultier has added some much needed punch to the cultural infusions that are part and parcel of the artisan-based tradition of couture and its presentation.

Gaultier Gives Paris Gypsies

Sinewy models took to the catwalk with heavy kohl-lined eyes, beehive hair, oversized jewellery and towering platforms. All were ensconced in a string of bright embroidered ensembles. Bulbous stripes led the way on dresses, with both off-the-shoulder and asymmetric styles featured. These were followed by gorgeous super-cinched tulle gowns, held together by big gold belts. Standing out from the rest of his collection, Jean Paul Gaultier’s orange patchwork halter dresses, worn with airy pink shawls and a selection of twirly tiered skirts, were a fashion frock-fest! His fancily-frilled maxi skirts were also a highlight. All came together as a portrait of India’s heady landscape – the spicy undertones a welcome arrival.

Perhaps it was the care-free sauciness of gypsy culture that Jean Paul Gaultier so fashionably inhabited considering his French roots, but this show was unlike any other the haute couture designer has put on in the past. It was a glimmering display of vibrant colours and extravagant needlework that took us all to the heart of his Rajasthani fantasy.

For the finale, Gaultier sent out the “white elephant” of his collection – a vast full-skirted embroidered wedding dress. A dramatic recreation of any Bollywood extravaganza, the dress was a compelling end to a decadent showcase.

Jean Paul Gaultier certainly didn’t hold back in terms of the actual fashion show either. Audiences were treated to a catwalk surrounded by swirling translucent veils and the exotic sounds of sitars in the background. With an added touch of humour, Gaultier seated his guests in sections named after Indian dishes.

The French designer’s front row was later described by fashion bloggers as a “reality show waiting to happen,” with Catherine Deneuve; Spanish actress Paz Vega and Rossy de Palma all sandwiched together. Other notables in attendance were Amanda Lear (the former Salvador Dali muse-turned-disco-diva), French comic Florence Foresti and Abel Ferrara.

The Moroccan Sunset of Haute Couture

Last year Jean Paul Gaultier paid tribute to Amy Winehouse in an edgy fashion show that showcased the late singer’s diva style. It seemed impossible that he would be able to deliver such a provocative collection a second time round. The glamour, drama and sartorial narration present throughout his Spring/Summer 2013 designs were proof that Gaultier’s inspiration has not run dry- and neither has his overwhelming talent.

Bella Gray is a fashion blogger who loves to write about the fashion scene. From men’s dinner suits to the latest runway collections, Gray is the perfect go-to-gal for all your style trends and gossip.

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There are many marks in urban fashion that have made it what it is – street style clothing that reflects on the wearer’s personality. The art of urban fashion is flooded with icons and colourful characters that have lead the way, and as far as blending art with entertainment and clothing, the urban clothing market continues to set trends with forward thinking fashion that makes real statements.

Beyond the likes of Jay-Z, Beyonce and P-Diddy who own their own fashion labels, there are many historic and iconic marks that have lead the urban fashion scene into where it is now. Urban fashion, street wear, skate clothing and surf wear was started far from the celebrity world of Los Angeles, however those celebrities have done extremely well by jumping on the fashion band wagon and increasing their own brands. That said, some of the founders of urban, street, skate and surf fashion have become celebrities in their own right, and have turned the world of fashion on its head. Urban fashion is fun, its exciting, its iconic and its inspirational.

We thought noting what makes urban fashion special, and highlighting today’s fashion icons would be rather interesting. Although we know its not just the people that wear urban trends that are essential to its success, its important to know where it began and you can read about that in our other pieces. But, as well as where it all started many of our readers like to know a little more about urban wear and where its inspiration comes from.

Just how art and fashion has been combined and how it was inspired by the pioneers of the urban styles available today is fascinating. People in the urban community do inspire the designers of the leading catwalks and fashion showcased on the red carpet.

Just visiting your nearest shopping centre will give you an insight into just how the hip-hop world influences today’s fashion. Much of what can be viewed on the high street has been inspired by celebrities and fashionistas all over the world.

Take American rappers like Kanye West, P Diddy and Jay Z and the models, singers and dancers that adorn their arms. Much of what you see in the shops is modelled on their wardrobes and you will probably reflect some of their personal style in your own clothing collections.

Signature styles are statement styles that make us what we what to present. By using fashion, you can make exude the personality that you want to. In terms of today’s fashion styles, the icons that wear them each have very individual signature styles. We can take ideas from icons and use them cleverly in our personal wardrobe collections. In terms of the clothing that is seen across urban fashion lines, it has taken us through decades of the entertainment and arts world and is set to continue taking inspiration from 21st century fashion icons across the world. It’s great to see trends evolving and returning after decades because they are, and were, so able to present ideal signature styling – no matter whether you like to wear formal or relaxed trends.

Urban fashion stems from important icons in the worlds history and movements in the fashion industry in years gone by. Whether it’s a little black dress, a glossy white pair of skate shoes or a bling bit of apparel you are looking at, no doubt it has taken inspiration from real people, fashionistas, icons.

In fact, call them what you want – we know that by blending art, entertainment and fashion seamlessly – the urban fashion community has created timeless style that can be customised as time passes by. So long as there are followers of street fashion, there will be urban, street and skate styles to enjoy.

Louisa loves the urban, street and fashion industry and regularly writes content surrounding these subjects. She also works for Clubnet Search Marketing as a professional copywriter.

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The Northern Quarter is one of the most interesting areas of Manchester, with many fun and quirky places for the traveller to explore.

Most visitors to Manchester are too busy viewing the popular tourist attractions to discover the Northern Quarter, a funky and alternative neighbourhood with a fun and lively character. Don’t make that same mistake, because this creative corner of the city is definitely worth checking out. It was actually voted the Best Neighbourhood in the UK, and is the ultimate hangout for the arty, the trendy, the creative, and those who enjoy thinking outside the box.

The Northern Quarter can be found just north of Manchester city centre. As soon as you walk into this part of town, you feel a different atmosphere in the air and the streets become filled with small, independent shops with cute and quirky treasures inside. If you are looking for a vintage record, a pair of punk-style leather boots, a cool place to get a tattoo, or some handmade jewellery, the Northern Quarter is the place. In this neighbourhood you will find designer shops, tons of vintage gear, and welcoming one of a kind coffee shops, restaurants and bars playing late night jazz music.

If you are heading out to explore the kitschy and fascinating wonderland that is Manchester’s Northern Quarter, here are a few tips:

•    Start the day off with breakfast at Koffee Pot. This kind of grungy, earthy coffee shop has a real down to earth feeling, and you will be fully satisfied by their delicious fried breakfasts. The Northern Quarter is filled with comfortable, friendly independent eateries with food that tastes just like your mother made it.

•    Do you feel more attracted to the styles of yesteryear? Do some serious vintage shopping on Oldham Street, which has some of the best vintage clothing stores in the city.

•    Mp3s? What are those? Everything sounds better on a record player and analogue speakers, so search for that elusive album to add to your vinyl collection at Piccadilly Records, Beatin’ Rhythm or the Vinyl Exchange.

•    The best place to shop in the Northern Quarter is Affleck’s Palace. This is a massive shopping arcade made from a five-story Victorian era building. It is an alternative marketplace, filled with over 50 unique stalls selling everything from bright pink leggings to studded bracelets to silk corsets. The styles cater to the Goth, punk and indie crowd, but no matter what your personal taste is you are sure to find something cool at Affleck’s Palace.

•    If it is a sunny day, grab a drink at KRO Piccadilly which is an upscale Danish bar right at the centre of the action in Piccadilly Gardens. The outdoor patio is a great place to sit and people watch.

•    Later in the evening when you want to catch some sweet live music, the place to go is the Night and Day Café. This tiny hole in the wall venue was where bands like Oasis and Badly Drawn Boy played before they made it big.

With major international airlines now offering flights to Manchester the world is set to take notice of this hot fashion city. Have fun exploring the alternative and quirky side of Manchester, in the super-cool Northern Quarter!

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Abu Dhabi is a shopper’s dream, with plenty of excellent malls featuring a wide variety of popular shops.

When you head to Abu Dhabi, UAE, make sure to leave extra room in your suitcases because the shopping in this city is so much fun that you will find lots of great souvenirs to bring home!

Shopping is a popular pastime in the city and the choices of shops are endless, from chic modern shopping malls to traditional-style souks with local handicrafts. Whether you want to treat yourself to a designer outfit or haggle for a bargain on a watch in the marketplace, a brand new home entertainment system or an antique Arabian bracelet, you have come to the right place.

Prices in Abu Dhabi are usually quite affordable, especially for products such as textiles, carpets and gold, and compared to other cities abroad. If you have good negotiating skills, you can get even cheaper prices from the merchants at some of the souks and bazaars. However, bargaining is only acceptable with the merchants in the markets or the independent shops and antique dealers so don’t try to haggle the price down at Marks and Spencers or Dunkin Donuts!

Shopping Malls

There are several excellent shopping malls within the city, where you will find popular chain stores and designer fashion outlets. Here are some of the most popular locations:

  • Abui Dhabi Mall – this three story shopping centre is located next to the Beach Rotana Hotel, in the Tourist Club Area.
  • The Marina Mall – Located in the Water Breaker Area right next to the stunning Emirates Palace, this shopping centre contains a Carrefour hypermarket, musical fountain, and even thunder and rain inside the building!
  • Al Wahda Mall – This brand new modern mall was only opened back in 2007, and it has many high end designer shops as well as an extensive food court and an enormous LuLu Hypermarket in the basement.

Al Meena

If you want to experience the hustle and bustle of a traditional Arabic souk, head down to the Al Meena area of the city. This is where many traditional souks can be found, and it is a great place for shopping for local produce at reasonable prices. You will find beautiful carpets, antiques, spices, jewelry, and so much more. This is the place to practice your haggling skills, so don’t be shy. The first price that the vendor offers you will usually be twice as much as it should be, so you can be firm but polite and suggest a lower price. If they refuse to budge, simply say no and walk away and you will be surprised how many times they will accept your lower offer to keep your interest.

With it now being able to opt to fly to Abu Dhabi as an choice when taking flights to the UAE, there is no barrier to enjoying the shopping in the city that is an adventure in itself, so get out there and enjoy all of the beautiful shops and boutiques that the city has to offer!

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the worlds of fashion and high finance rarely overlap. This however is one incident where they did, and the results are nothing if not surprising.

As a designer Louise Goldin has caught a lot of eyes as her career has developed. Not least of these were those of the panel of judges for the coveted Coutts Fashion Forward Award. To mark the receipt of this Goldin was commissioned to make a very special dress – entirely out of paper.

The symbolism of making a dress from paper in this context is powerful. On the one hand the material, paper, reflects the work of the sponsor. Wealth management is paper shuffling, and for the most part the material stuff of this craft is paper, it is gilts and bonds. And then we come to the creative aspect.

Paper as a medium is where all designers start – perhaps the primitive childish joy in making paper clothes for dolls, creating beauty from the basest elements. There is a certain atavistic passion that this evokes, along with a celebration of all that goes with it.

Coutts and Co. are a private bank specialising in such activities as capital investment.

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