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Matteo Lamandini

Posted in Accessories, Fashion, Menswear, Shoes, Stylist, Travel, Trend with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 21, 2016 by Cheeky Poppins

Milan fashion week saw not only the long established designers from around the world but also The Fashion Hub showcased designers who have produced collections exceptional the industry. One such designer is Matteo Lamandini.

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His menswear collection saw the return of corduroy. His blend of AW16/17 colour palate was demure and cool, much like the personality of the designer himself.

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His collection is masculine and adventurous. Bold but wearable. The juxtaposition of fabrics makes it edgy, he has collars of contrasting colour, different to the shell. Blazers with the pattern split in varying prints.

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The colour palate plays into the earth / military tones found in the AW16 colour palate but by no means does he play it safe.

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Wearing his collection in addition to a cool demeanour he is courteous and informative at the show.

For a high-street fix collections such as Topman can sooth your shopping desires right now.

Matteo Lamandini is  winner of 2014’s Designer of Tomorrow award, he has made a beautiful contribution to Aw16.


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High-Street Promos and Sales

Posted in Accessories, Fashion, Menswear, Shoes, Stylist, Trend with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 12, 2016 by Cheeky Poppins



As previously highlighted, Spring 2016 launched in January this year. Those first drops of newness have since been marked down in addition to leftover stock from AU15.

Temperatures will remain pretty chill for the next couple months, so a light transitional piece would be ideal. Also, with global warming concerns reaching an all time Oscar high, this summer is set to be a scorcher. So pick yourself up a few key pieces from wherever you can to top up those staples which get you through each season with style and ease.

Look at this steal from Outlet as ASOS. Boohoo Cream knitted dress with high collar.

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Here is another from Topman. Rogues of London, Black faux fur collar coat.

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What about this on Pretaportobello. PPB White faux croc skin long waistcoat, gorgeous.

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There are extra discounts off clearance as well as new drops of Spring goodness. Go treat yourself for Easter. Go crazy, go shopping.


Fashion Sees Red

Posted in Accessories, Fashion, Shoes, Stylist, Travel, Trend with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 8, 2016 by Cheeky Poppins



Red, also known as Fiesta is one of the big colours for Spring 16, as if you didn’t already know.
Whether you are a minor red hair accessory kind of girl. The guy that wears the red power tie or even the person who enjoys the sneaky peak of a bright red sock peakibooing under trousers, this Spring 2016 is your season.
With the likes of Armani popping accents of red all over the Spring collection, you’ll be a fool to ignore it. Red has never been my colour, but back in November I entered a Stylist competition – stage one was to showcase our interpretation of red.
Here was my entry. Unfortunately I didn’t win, but I still love my entry. The cardigan is a retro vintage piece from Greenwich. The beading detail is incredible, pure lambswool and lined inside to prevent any wool intolerance reactions occurring.  I love it. I’m also wearing my shoe clips from my website Cheeky Poppins, a touch of fur.
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Here are some pieces from Armani showcasing possibly the most powerful colour in the spectrum. So says the power tie philosophy.
Here is a dress on Pretaportobello by Liquorish At Marketplace. Taking the colour block Fiesta to an extreme but why not? Otherwise you can tone it down with accessories – all found on the site.
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Whatever your feelings on the colour, there ain’t no party like a Fiesta.  So jump on board.



Get to grips with fashion

Posted in Accessories, Fashion, Stylist, Travel with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 4, 2016 by Cheeky Poppins

Hats, gloves, and scarves are as essential as underwear in these temperatures which rarely go above a solid 10 degrees Celsius. Primavera or spring is can still get pretty chilly, I keep it cosy with accessories.

Scarves, blanket scarves, fur collars or tippets are ideal accessories for your neck.

Beanies, berets, flat caps, trilby’s, caps and fedoras are great head pieces for warmth and style.

Gloves, mittens and muffs are ideal at keeping your phalanges from freezing, tips to wrists. However, whilst trying to pay for your coffee, get out your travel card and more importantly use your phone, in traditional gloves this process is unmanageable, especially with the prevalence of smart phone touch screen mobile phones.

Therefore, touchscreen gloves are one of the most appropriate inventions using tech in the fashion industry incorporating fashion and function. In a world where you can’t go 5 minutes without picking up your phone and checking your Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, let alone the rest – you can do it all comfortably in the 6 degree Celsius weather with your gloves on.

Apart from staying appropriately warm enough for the weather, many would put fashion over function. A phrase I have said myself in the past until I saw a monstrosity of cumulative trends in one ensemble which is very uncomplimentary, I saw the error in this phrase. I now stand corrected, this phrase has been abused. For me it is 100% Style over Substance.

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Men and women alike. I recommend Marks and Spencer.  Affordable, eco-friendly factories and a British company. I have had mine for possibly too long, from London to Milan they have kept me toasty answering my phone, tapping on my tablet and writing in overly air-conditioned cafes, the lot!

For the guys, Topman gloves provide comfort, style and functionality. Like I always say, why fashion over function, style over substance – and touchscreen definitely brings it to the table.

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The bespoke option for touchscreen will have to be gloves by glove.ly – prices start from $20 and go over $120. Their range is pretty extensive and has a large range of fabrications, styles and colours for all your needs.

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Milan Fashion Week – Grinko

Posted in Accessories, Fashion, Stylist, Travel with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 28, 2016 by Cheeky Poppins



Milan Fashion Week, kicks off with the Sergei Grinko show. The opening catwalk by the humble, dressed in black designer was filled with wonder. Foliage on entrance, white walls and secret scrolls. There were men and women alike, frow and beyond with a very strong sense of self and an exceptional sense of style.

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The show consisted of branded oversized beanies, branded oversized sleeves, and decorative structured backpacks. The goth chic ensembles were the memorable pieces or me.

I was particularly in support of the mixed prints and textures, velvet and natural fibers. The FROW sat in agreement and the round of applause confirmed his success.

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The models did a great job showcasing the new designs, which I’m sure will contribute to the inspiration on many a shop floor come AW16/17.

For the debut show of Milano Moda Donna AW16/17, it was everything you hoped it would be. It was fashion. It was fabulous.