Guess! was thrown into the super league in the early Eighties with the launch of it’s ‘3 zip Marilyn’ jean – the sexiest pair of jeans ever to hit New York and the entire collection sold out within hours. From a sassy pair of jeans, an international brand was built.
The company headed up by French siblings, the Marciano brothers, combine an all American style with a dash of European flair which has become the blueprint for every offering the label serves up.
Watches are dear to the Guess! label being one of the first products the company sold way back in 1984, and in 2004 Guess! celebrated the twentieth year of it’s watch collection by issuing a special addition watch. The same year the company expanded it’s accessories portfolio considerably. In line with their glamorous outlook, the Guess! watch collection is as eye-catching and as playful as the world has come to expect.
In the dim and distant past the majority of the range was made of steel... not so now. The introduction of gold, silver and diamonds has created a dazzling aura around the watches and boosted their retail price somewhat too! A number of Guess! watches retail in their thousands as the company battles it out with labels such as D&G and Fendi at the top end of the market. However luckily for the less fortunate among us, Guess! haven’t lost the common touch and are able to combine style with affordability to offer us a stunning range at around the hundred mark, which’ll keep even the sourest of pusses gleeful and certainly the ugliest of wrists beautiful!
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The CC Skye collection is definitely the jewellery brand of the moment and the ultimate if you want to be seen wearing what the ‘A’ Listers are adorning. The CC Skye collection based in Malibu, was launched in 2004 and brand are renowned for creating pieces which are funky and edgy, yet elegant and sophisticated.
CC Skye’s hand-made designs perfectly combine boho style with glam rock and have thus attracted a host of fashion forward fans celebrity fans including Nicole Ritchie, Daryl Hannah, Courtney Love and Paris Hilton as well as being featured on popular television shows. The new CC Skye jewellery range includes a gorgeous selection of bangles, bracelets, rings and necklaces, many incorporating beautiful gold designs with leather and jewel detail. Miley Cyrus perfectly demonstrated what a cool and fresh brand this is whilst wearing a CC Skye bracelet at the premiere of her film ‘Bolt’. Made from Italian leather and 18K gold, the double wrap luggage bracelet is one of the most popular pieces within the collection and absolutely makes a style statement looking uber cool with casual jeans or dressed up. The range is geared towards a trend focused crowd and the rings certainly have an element of bling whilst remaining boho!
CC Skye is perfect for the summer and would look fantastic teamed with either a simple sundress for a cool daytime look or a little black dress for evening glamour. The brand is popular among the most hardcore of fashionistas but as it is carefully handcrafted, the pieces are excellent quality and will remain staple pieces for years to come. Definitely the jewellery brand to invest and be seen in this summer!
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Black Dice has developed a cult following within the urban community and celebrities are trail-blazing the way. Straddling the gap between music, design and urban living, it was only right that a company such as Black Dice ‘represented’ at the 2008 MOBO awards, the industry’s celebration of music of black origin. Celebrities and musicians clamoured to get their hands on Black Dice’s contemporary watch pieces and those seen leaving the party flashing their wrist swashbuckle included Aleesha Dixon, Pop Idol’s JLS, Radio One DJ Reggie Yates, Sinitta and Mica Paris.
Black Dice is a homegrown affair, developed, born and launched in London in the summer of 2006. Guiseppe Zuccarello, the brains behind the operation, created the company after noticing a gaping hole in the market for a streetwear led watch design rather than sports and high fashion influenced designs. And so Black Dice was born. The company pride themselves on using only the highest quality materials and presentation and design are unrivalled. There are no cosmetic or gimmicky design elements to dazzle the wearer, every feature on every watch has a purpose and a motive, no aspect is unintentional. All models come with the highest quality Miyota movements and are encased in stainless steel with a water resistance of 50 metres.
Black Dice design for both sexes and the range is extraordinary. The men’s collection is extensive and although the majority of pieces are meaty, there’s oodles of style throughout. Watch faces come in every size and shape and straps range from, rubber and ceramic to stainless steel and leather. Colour choice is rather classic, however there are flashes of gold for those who crave a little bling. The Women’s range is slightly less diverse, but no less interesting. Reflecting urban cool, these pieces are not for the timid with most erring on the feminine side of chunky.
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DKNY jewellery is most renowned for its strong dimensions and edgy appeal. The pieces truly portray New York living – an urban feel with a chic twist that never seems to go out of fashion. In fact, New York is where the various designs and styles take inspiration from – the skyscrapers, energy and raw appeal of the city is perfectly represented in the sexy and sleek jewellery range.
Bracelets and rings are the primary focus and all feature a striking steel finish in both silver and gold. One piece which stands out in particular is the twin ring secured by padlock charms. The fantastic and versatile element of this is that the rings can be detached and worn separately. The charm also injects a girly, youthful feel. All the pieces are defined in architectural shapes and detailed and embellished with diamantes which make for an uber glamorous look. The high polished ion plated steel ring is adorned with beautiful diamantes and is the ultimate if you are looking to add glitz and glamour – and let’s face it, who isn’t!
DKNY have struck the balance perfectly and have created a versatile range which is sophisticated yet modern with funky features such as charms and of course, the famous DKNY logo. The logo, symbols and diamante stones featured on the jewellery again reflects the essence of New York and the collection is designed to be feminine, sexy and elegant. It comes as no surprise that celebrities such as Victoria Beckham, Madonna and Rachel Bilson are all fans of this ever trendy jewellery range!
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Anyone who keeps a beady eye on our blogs will know we’re not averse to blowing Ray Ban’s trumpet now and again. But hold the press, the Wayfarer’s younger brother has reared it’s meddling head to divide your affections. Known simply as the ‘Clubmaster’, this cool model features a 1950’s brow line bar and was Ray Ban’s homage to to the stars of the Fifties and Sixties. First released in 1986, the Clubmaster proved an instant hit as America’s burgeoning hip-hop and pop culture embraced it greedily.
Following the massively successful re-release of the Wayfarer in 2006 and it’s continuing popularity, Ray Ban got smart and produced another ace with the re-launch of their equally iconic Clubmaster model. The original came only in black and tortoiseshell, however lucky Noughties kids can choose from 7 new colours.
As fitting a much-loved star, it’s relaunch was held with grand aplomb at The Bowery Ballroom in New York in December ‘08, with more celebrities in attendance than you could shake a stick at. Taking inspiration from their Fifties and Sixties theme, Ray Ban hired a host of hip American musicians, including The Black Kids, to perform re-worked popular tunes from the vintage era. The guest list read like a promoter’s dream with everyone’s favourite Gossip Girl stars; Blake Lively, Penn Badgley, Chace Crawford and Ed Westwick working the red carpet, alongside Hollywood sweethearts Diane Kruger and Joshua Jackson and even the elusive Kevin Bacon put in a rare appearance, perhaps tempted by the retro Eighties Clubmaster and nostalgic for his ‘Footloose’ days?!!
Of course now all the stars have their mitts on these toptastic shades, Ray Ban can rest on their laurels; surely the only way is up. And as for which style to go for… we say a little indulgence never hurt anyone, go on buy a pair of each!
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Since founded in 1978 by Italian designer Renzo Rosso, Diesel has become one of the most fashionable, urban, cool and desirable brands out there. The label originally manufactured jeans but as the popularity grew, it branched into the word of accessories and jewellery; creating unique and dynamic pieces that are hugely popular among the most fashionable trend setters.
If you are looking to find a piece of jewellery that has statement style written all over it (quite literally), look no further than the Diesel range. The collection is mainly unisex so I wouldn’t describe the pieces as……feminine – the styles tend to be a little more street and urban style and guaranteed to get noticed. The Diesel rings are popular with a stainless steel band with the brand logo wrapped around – very funky indeed! The Diesel dog tag necklaces completely depict urban style and create an edgy look to the plainest of outfits.
Diesel has managed to establish itself in the fashion market as a high end, desirable brand appealing to those people with a taste for high fashion, but the price also reflects it is attainable to everyone. Many of the jewellery pieces are of a reasonable price but you still know that you are investing in something extremely cool that will never go out of fashion. Diesel is one of those classic brands that sets its own trends as opposed to following in the footsteps of others. Buy a Diesel cuff bracelet today and the chances are it will still be adorning your wrist and receiving compliments in 5 years time.
Diesel Jewellery is fast becoming one of the coolest jewellery brands around and portrays ultimate self confidence in your style. If you’re looking for an unusual eye catching piece, Diesel Jewellery items are certainly the must have and best of all, most of the pieces are for both men and women so you can even steal it from your other half and still look stylish!
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Those fickle fashion designers and trend setters that dictate our yearly flings and love affairs with countless styles of sunglasses are to blame. We enter a new year and our much prized glasses from the previous season are cast aside, just as in years gone by, as we clamour to see what we should be buying in 2009 to keep up with the fashion crowd and stay one step ahead of the girl next door.
2008 was a colourful year for sunglasses, quite literally. British style was optimised by Lily Allen and her plethora of rainbow hued shades, just as Paris Hilton paved the way for our compatriots in the USA with enormous white rimmed sunnies. It was a year of kiddie style, joke glasses, that when worn amongst other trend followers seemed acceptable, yet worn in the wrong situation or within an ill-informed crowd, elicited sniggers and strange glances. These sunglasses were accepted, expected and rife throughout the long summer of festivals and frivolity, but like all fun trends were forgotten by the end of the year.
In the same year Ray Ban’s Wayfarers showed no sign of lagging as the Eighties trend held strong. Similarly Oakley’s limited release of their iconic frogskins filled a gap in the market and were embraced by celebrities and fashion followers alike. And who can forget Kanye West’s ’shutter shades’, which spawned a host of copycat disciples and ran away with the prize for the most ridiculous glasses of the year, despite a strong field of contenders.
2009 looks set to become a vintage year. Along with the re-emergence of bygone styles, those in the know are cautioning you to hold on to your ray bans and aviators as these classic styles are set to continue their steady growth. The big news though is ’round’ mod-like sunglasses. Yes you heard me correctly and no, this time we’re not channelling John Lennon. Think Jackie O and Audrey but smaller. These beauties were crawling all over the Spring/Summer 09 runways, leading the way were big hitters Ralph Lauren and Lanvin. Of course the celeb’s are hot on the designer’s heels and both Mary-Kate Olsen and Lily Allen have both been papped wearing them. Another surprising trend is classic horn-rimmed styles, which Chanel were sporting in their new season’s collection. Colour wise it’s all about tortoiseshell this season, which is a welcome change to those who felt left out in the cold by last years crayola colour shades.
And there you have it. Your definitive guide to this years coolest sunglasses. It’s a bit of an odd-ball mix and there’s some howlers in there, but wouldn’t fashion be dull if we didn’t shake it up a bit and look silly occasionally?!
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Ray Ban is an all American brand that completely depicts the essence of American trend. The look of the range of sunglasses is classic yet fresh, and chic but fun. Originally designed in 1937, Ray Ban sunglasses were intended solely for the purpose of protecting the eyes of those in the military forces. They soon became quite the fashion accessory however, especially during the Second World War.
Ray Ban sunglasses are all about attitude yet are one of the most functional brands available by providing the ultimate in eye protection. In the earlier days, they became particularly popular following being featured in a selection of Hollywood films. Indeed, we may remember the likes of Will Smith sporting them in ‘Men in Black’ and Dan Aykroyd in the hit movie ‘The Blues Brothers’ but the glasses were actually also seen in early classics such ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ in 1961. Tom Cruise was partly responsible for making Ray Bans popular with the younger market after wearing them in his first movie ‘Risky Business’.
The Wayfarers are one of the most recent and renowned styles but Ray Ban aviators and the classic wire styles are also immensely cool and chic and have a rather effortless retro look. The most recent fashion forward public figure to be seen wearing the brand as none other than the ultra trendy Barack Obama. The Jonas Brothers are also fans.
Ray Ban is a unisex brand – they really do look fantastic on both males and females. With such a distinct history and so many styles and colours to choose from today, Ray Ban certainly has a long and fashionable life ahead!
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With the Eighties revival seemingly never-ending, now is as good a time as any to embrace the trend and bag yourself an iconic pair of Oakley limited addition Frogskin sunglasses. Worn by a host of younger, on-trend celebrities, who were born years after the original Frogskin model was launched in 1985, these retro shades have seen their star rise again as the likes of Hero’s actress Hayden Panettierre, songstress Rhianna, Scarlett Johanson and Nicole Richie have been papped out and about sporting them.
Following the successful release of Ray Ban’s Wayfarer, Oakley re-released one of it’s best-selling designs and the one that turned the company into a major brand. Each pair of Frogskin shades are made from the exact same mould used in the mid-eighties and although this means the design has not been modified or improved upon, it does mean you can own a limited edition, exact replica of this classic style.
Disco dollies and fans of crazy coloured eyewear will be delighted with the new range available. Oakley have bypassed classic sunglass hues and opted for patterns like Dalmatian print, two tone shades of ‘wild berry and milk grey’, black frames with fluorescent yellow fire lenses and the celebrity eyewear of choice, the iconic white framed sunnies with bronze iridium lenses. These are just a few of the outrageous rainbow colours available, however the Frogskin is on limited release and once they’re gone, they’re gone forever… So net yourself a retro classic whilst they’re still up for grabs.
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