Trompe l'oeil is the trick of the trade for spring

By Jan Shure, February 4, 2010

It is probably not going to seize the fashion world by its illusory lapels this season or any other — but the trend for trompe l’oeil is definitely having a moment. Last season, Dolce & Gabanna, Alexander McQueen, Antonio Berardi and Vivienne Westwood used trompe l’oeil in their collections.This spring it is popping up at all points on the fashion spectrum, from the high street to Chanel, whose ludicrously priced stick-on tattoos reinforce the trend.


Spring? We’ve got it covered

By Jan Shure, January 28, 2010

As we pull on our fur-lined Uggs and zip up our Moncler padded coat against the Arctic chills we must, nevertheless, turn our minds to our key spring fashion needs or risk missing out on the most desirable and essential pieces. You can bet your bottle of Chanel jade nail polish that if you don’t grab them now they will be gone forever, because in this credit-crunched climate, brands and retailers are not prepared to risk over-producing.


Pregnant? Bump up the volume

By Jan Shure, January 21, 2010

It really is possible to look fabulous when you are an expectant mum, even though you may feel elephantine and uncomfortable. And it isn’t necessary to spend the earth either, which is good news because if you are about to give up work or have already given up, you won’t want to splash vast amounts of cash on clothes which are strictly for maternity.


Finding the ‘wow’ factor right now

By Jan Shure, January 14, 2010

This time of year is the calendar equivalent of that 1960s song lyric, “Too old for toys, too young for boys” — we are profoundly over winter clothes, but it is way too soon to get into spring ones.

It is the time of year when fashion-savvy females experience a sense of deep ennui at the cold-weather wardrobe they have worn, more or less continually, since October — but tougher still, they know they will probably have to keep wearing it until at least late March if they don’t want to suffer acute hypothermia.


Time to rock that catwalk in the sky

By Jan Shure, January 7, 2010

Today, thanks to the regular arrival of technically advanced fabrics, looking gorgeous on the slopes doesn’t preclude comfort and warmth. Which is fortunate because there is nothing especially glamorous about focusing on fashion at the expense of practicality and ending up looking more like a drowned (or frozen) rabbit than yummy bunny.


No, Israel doesn't just mean Gottex

By Jan Shure, December 29, 2009

Israel’s fashion industry may once have been best known for stunning swimwear but today the country’s designers are making much more creative contributions to the world of fashion.


Wild about sales? Control the beast

By Jan Shure, December 22, 2009

Ever since Primark and its wannabe high street rivals started offering popular items at laughably low prices, the thrill of picking up a bargain has diminished. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t compelling reasons for some savvy shopping as the mark-downs begin, with top designer brands and high street prices slashed by up to 50 per cent.


What's hot for the winter sun

By Jan Shure, December 17, 2009

It may seem perverse to have swimwear and beachwear on these pages in December — and apologies if all the bare flesh has brought on an acute case of goosebumps. But we are fast approaching that time of year when many less credit-crunched readers will be heading off to Eluthera, Eilat or the Indian Ocean for a spot of winter sun and will be anxious to know where they can top up their stock of bikinis, one-pieces and poolside cover-ups.


It's time to toe the party line

By Jan Shure, December 10, 2009

When you need to seriously raise the glamour quotient of a plain dress or a pair of on-trend trousers and top, the season’s hottest accessories are the instant way to do it.


Frocks that rock (or whisper)

By Jan Shure, December 3, 2009

Ok, we may not celebrate Christmas, but we do have Chanucah and New Year’s Eve (and, potentially, an office Christmas do), so we are far from exempt from the pressure of finding the fabulous frock for that December soirée or cocktail party.