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Balmain for Less

Balmain has to be one of the most expensive labels out there, they charge way over any reasonable amount to pay for any sort of clothing, we’re talking over £5,000 for a dress and hundreds of pounds just for t-shirts. Making it only affordable to those with more money than sense (Alex Curran) and those who are gifted it (lucky bitches…)

That’s not to say it’s not very nice, it is, it’s one of my favourite labels, but still, I won’t be buying any anytime soon.

But lucky enough, as Balmain is such a distinctive and desirable label, lots of high street shops do pretty convincing replicas. You’ll see their signature statement shoulders, heavily embellished dresses, high hemlines paired with ankle boots and black and gold colour palette absolutely everywhere.

And that’s where Peacocks come in.

They’re currently selling this dress for £40 (with 20% discount):

Which bares more than a passing resemblance to this one from the Balmain 2010 Fall collection:

Here’s hoping Santa knows how good I’ve been this year…

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Clockwise starting in the top left: McHappy Heimer by Vassana M. on Lookbook.nu, American Apparel knee high socks £8, American Apparel thigh high socks £13, New Look Preppy Cricket jumper £19.99, New Look Preppy Knit Cardigan £22.99, River Island Pink Long Sleeve Varsity style cardigan £34.99, Sweetheart by Agnes R. on Lookbook.nu, BaronJon Converse “All Star” High Top Trainers £36.99, Topshop Baseball Bomber Jacket £40, Next Navy Sweat Varsity Jacket £28, Aritzia Varsity Cardigan $85

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In case you haven’t noticed, it’s London Fashion Week!

This basically means lots of flustered, chic fashion people running around London trying to get seats to the latest collections from the world’s biggest designers.

The Look Show is where you get to see the High Street fashion for this A/W, with the usual suspects, New Look, River Island, Next, M&S, Dorothy Perkins, Oasis, Monsoon as well as others all showing what we can expect to see in stores before much longer.

What was great about it is that it included Crystal Renn who was one of the plus sized models I blogged about ages ago who were featured in Glamour magazine, as well as Hayley Morley and Laura Catteral who caused that furore when they walked for Mark Fast a while back. So even if the high end catwalks aren’t taking plus sized shapes into account, at least the high street is embracing them!

Below I’ve picked out a few of my favourite pieces from the show, but it’s so hard to pick out just a few I recommend you head over to The Look Show micro-site where you can watch all of the catwalks and they have links for where you can buy some of the items, annoyingly lots are only available in store though, I always assumed everything went online but apparently not.

One thing I did notice though is that this A/W isn’t that different from last A/W. We were talking about leather (which there was loads of) in shorts and skirts and trousers and dresses last year, and they were prominent again this year. Stilettos and socks I blogged about earlier this year have made a welcome return, thigh high boots made a few appearances like they did last year, sequins are still about and so are fur coats. New trends however included the aviator jacket, camel and caramel hues, fur lined boots and shearling, the A/W maxi dress and a lot more loafers with a square heel as opposed to a stiletto, of which River Island have a very tempting pair of new in this week.


Marks and Spencer Limited Collection Crossover V-Neck Panel Dress £49.50

French Connection Samantha Sequins Dress £160

Dorothy Perkins Cream/black Bow Jumper £28

Next Stripe Shoulder Pad Top £32

Next Patterned Skirt £22

Next Brown Faux Sheepskin Aviator Jacket £75

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