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Dare to bare for summer’s hottest Bardot look


Striped Bardot top, �45; trousers, �85; hat, �45. All at Hobbs.
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The shoulders are having more than a moment in the sun as tops and dresses that allow them to be decorously (or sometimes not so decorously) displayed fly off the shelves for summer.

These are Bardot tops, named after the French dancer, model and actress who became an international icon in the fifties and sixties with films such as And God Created Women and Contempt.

This is presumably because Bardot wore such a style of top at least once during her film stars days, perhaps at Cannes or in Paris, although I have been quite unable to find one we can use here. Still, you get the idea. Off-the-shoulder tops, as worn and popularised by Brigitte Bardot. Plenty of other films stars of the fifties, sixties and seventies wore them too, of course (I’m thinking Grace Kelly, in Rear Window, pairing a V-neck black wide shoulder top with a full Dior skirt) but Bardot gets the accolade and the name (and I bet she wishes she could capitalise on it somehow, to benefit her animal charity work).

We could all learn a thing or two, still, from Brigitte Bardot, especially if we would like to become a style icon. Kate Moss has certainly picked up quite a few tips. Rule number 1: Create a signature hair and make-up look (preferably tousled long blonde-ish locks, heavy black eyeliner and nude lips) and keep returning to it, always and forever.

There are tips too for daring to bare your collarbones and shoulder blades in a Bardot top. Most of the High Street and online stores have dozens and dozens of styles to choose from, ranging from boho peasant smock tops to sleek body-conscious pieces.

The seventies’ inspired boho versions are perhaps the easiest to wear, ideal for weekends and holidays with jeans, and simple to dress up at night.

Be careful, however, with the Bardot at the office. There is quite a lot of flesh on display, which can be alarming and distracting for onlookers and chilly for you, if you have air conditioning.

However, many of the season’s Bardot tops are designed so that they can be worn on the shoulder too, especially if they have smocked elastic or a drawstring around the neckline, and these make for a perfectly acceptable summer office top, perhaps with a tailored skirt or trousers, for a smart but easy take on a summer trend.

Team tight-fitting Bardots with wide-leg culottes or full midi skirts, to keep the proportions flattering and pleasing.

Bardot herself always kept it simple, pairing her off-the-shoulder tops with with everything from full midi skirts to cropped pencil trousers pants with ballet flats – a classic look, as fresh today as it was in the 1950s.

If you don’t want to do full-on shoulder-baring Bardot, try a style that has slim shoulder straps – very effective at slimming the shoulders and adding structure to the neckline and upper body. There are wider shoulder straps too, although these tend to be on more Lycra-infused, body-conscious styles.

Contouring can work wonders on collarbones that refuse to stand fashionably proud. Simply take your bronzer and sweep it across them, adding a pop of highlighter across the boniest top part, so they glisten and attract the eye.

There are quite a few Bardots that feature a deep flat fronted frill all around the neckline, and quite often, wide fluted sleeves. These really do need trying on before you commit to them. The sleeves get everywhere (they are impossible to cook in) and you might feel obliged to hold your arms away from your sides or place your hands on your hips all the time, because the amount of fabric furling about your middle can feel and look a little overwhelming. So strike a pose.Read more at:marieaustralia


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Meet Adwoa Aboah, Fashion's Inspiring New Voice


Her unconventional beauty has made her the new face of Gap and sealed her a place among the top modelling ranks. Half-British, half-Ghanian model and fashion activist Adwoa Aboah is garnering a cult online following. We take a look at her positive vibes that are making ripples in the fashion industry.

For Aboah the Bridging the Gap film, in which she appears sporting bleached brows and hoop earrings by Bonheur jewelry, is all about "making space for the next generation, looking at things without judgment and unifying women." The former face of H&M stars alongside a diverse cast that includes Indian star Priyanka Chopra, American rapper Wiz Khalifa, American actress Yara Shahidi, and original supermodel Christie Brinkley.

Gracious, grateful and inspiring, via Instagram, Aboah openly thanked her biggest supporters -- Gap, and Edward Enniful, the man who is poised to become the new Editor of British Vogue, and who directed the ad campaign video for Gap.

More than just an 'it Brit,' the 25-year-old who features in a recent campaign for Versace's Versus is a true game changer and wears several hats: millennial fashion's new muse (note the red buzzcut, freckles and perfect pout), Cara Delevingne's bestie, and founder of Gurls Talk, an online platform that she launched last

Gurls Talk not only carries videos by Aboah, an advice-uploading space and a shop selling t-shirts, it aims to offer millennials -- whatever their class, race, sexual preferences or background -- a "trusting and loving" chatroom like space in which to speak out in all honesty.

Female identity, mental illness, addiction, sexuality and racial diversity are some of the hot topics up for debate on her community-powered domain. Subjects which resonate with Aboah's personal experience and troubled coming of age. Her early twenties were colored by self-loathing and deep depression, a frank interview with the Guardian reveals this week.

Aboah now has more than 200k Instagram followers. A proponent of authenticity, her latest tweets include virtual hugs, and feel-good messages to the masses, such as "difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations," and "I don't want a perfect life. I want a happy life."Read more at:formal dresses adelaide | bridesmaid dresses


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SmartFocus Launches New People’s Choice Award For Graduate Fashion Week


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SmartFocus will launch the new People’s Choice Award at the Graduate Fashion Week Gala Show tonight (June 7th) and will run the complete campaign. The winning designer will be announced over the summer and his or her work will be showcased at a Graduate Fashion Week event at the Houses of Parliament in October.

Sarah Taylor, SmartFocus’s CMO, says: ”We are delighted to be part of Graduate Fashion Week. This is a hugly important investment in the future of our industry and something we take very seriously. All of us at SmartFocus look forward to developing the charity’s ambition to grow their audience and engagement.”

SmartFocus will provide Graduate Fashion Week with its industry leading Message Cloud marketing platform to run the launch of the new award, and support the great work the charity does engaging the best of design talent from across the world.

Martyn Roberts, Creative & Managing Director from Graduate Fashion Week, says: ”The People’s Choice Award and our partnership with SmartFocus will be central to our drive to engage and encourage greater numbers of young talent to join the Graduate Fashion Week family.”

Graduate Fashion Week 2017 takes place from the 4th-7th June at the Old Truman Brewery in East London. The event will feature exhibitions and catwalk presentations from schools, including University of East London, University of Salford, Istituto Marangoni, Kingston University, Manchester School of Art and Edinburgh College of Art, among others. This year’s event culminates in the globally prestigious Graduate Fashion Week Gala Awards Show on the 7th June at The Truman Brewery, 1 Hanbury Street, London, E1 6Q.

Graduate Fashion Week is a charity organisation founded in 1991 to unify both UK and International universities and create a stronghold for the creative industries. Showcasing the work of over 1,000 of the very best students and graduates from the most influential and inspiring universities around the world, Graduate Fashion Week represents the future of creative design talent.Read more at:formal dresses perth


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