Thursday 28 February 2013

The Trend Challenge


With so many trends emerging each season, it can be hard to know which ones to go for or how many to wear without looking like you're trying too hard.  As such, some people therefore chose to ignore them completely which is fine so long as that's not a response based solely on fear (or laziness).

A survey by Groupon indicates that more than 52% of women are stuck in a style rut they'd like to get out of, and by adopting a trend a season is a great way to do this.

Wearing the colour of the moment or the 'in' look can send the message that you are socially aware, adaptable and creative... not to mention stylish!

The other challenge of course - especially if you've got a 'dramatic' style personality - is to not look like a clothes rail by wearing all the trends at once! This season the spectrum of trends goes from pastels to bright neon, volume to structure, and clashing and matching (phew).

But remember, you don't have to start from scratch, start 'shopping your wardrobe' and add a few accessories or make a few simple changes like changing buttons or adding a trim here and there. And why stop there, what can you get from your mum or nan's collection!

Whichever approach you go for - and whether you upcycle or do a complete ravamp - the main thing is to make sure you wear the trends YOU love and the ones that suit you.

For help and advice on what will work for you with a personalised style report for this season call Damson Belle on 07887 643807 or join Mirabelle's Club!

Take the trend challenge!:

Below are several examples of trend combinations. How many trends can you see in the three outfits? - Email me at or comment below, and I'll let you know if you're right! Have Fun, D x

All looks and items listed at

Friday 15 February 2013

A night of Noir and Wildfire!

The Mutsaa Mutsaa Fashion & Beauty Cocktail Party:
Launch of 'Wildfire' and showcasing 'Stephanie Demelza B collection.

This time last week I was 'working' as a stylist/dresser at a fashion show taking place in London, with event
producer and designer Mutsa Mankola of fashion label "Mutsaa Mutsaa", and designer Stephanie Bunt.

Mutsa - The lady herself!

I arrived at the Hilton Courthouse Hotel to a lobby full of models, make-up artists, a hair stylist and photographer for the day, Rico.

Once the room was set up with tables full of make-up and rails full of clothes our first task was to help decide which of Stephanie's outfits the chosen models would wear. All the outfits were black hence the 'noir' of the title and ranged from a short frilled dress to split Alladin-style trousers. Choosing who wore what was about making sure we showed the pieces at their best... the models themselves were well taken care of with the eyeshadows and hair tongs! The most coveted piece (by both the ladies and gents) - in other words, I wanted to wear it! - was a fierce hooded black jacket.

Designer Stephanie, with some of the girls modelling the 'Noir' collection... including my jacket!

We then matched Mutsa's wonderful and vibrant creations from her new "Wildfire" collection to the models, organised accessories and kept everyone energised before Mutsa took everyone through their 'walk' down the runway.

Mutsa Mutsaa style - I'd wear it all!

Despite a few challenges along the way (as expected we needed pins and a sewing kit), the show itself was flawless and went without a hitch ending with clapping that was heard down the hall.

From set up, through watching Cassandra with a blusher brush, to helping the models get dressed in between shows - it was a brilliant experience. Thanks to social media I'll be keeping in touch with everyone, including my fellow stylist Kirsty Tye.

Behind the scenes

So if you need a model, make-up artist, hair-stylist, bespoke outfit or stylist... let me know and I'll connect you!

For all the pictures of the event, like Rico's facebook page:

For more from Mutsa, go to:

For more from Stephanie, go to: