why i do what I do.....

I am now Fashion Director at Glamour magazine but following on from the success of my weekly column in the Sunday Times Style magazine I thought I would bring this page to life every week and also give you the chance to comment. This page is not for me to dictate what you should be wearing but to offer ideas on how to put wearable outfits together. Its not what you wear it's how you wear it!

Sunday, 25 November 2012

My Week With Rihanna, 777 Tour.....

Thanks so tour sponsors River Island I became one of the few people in the world to board the 777 boeing private jet and go to 7 countries in 7 days.  Starting in LA we flew to Mexico City, Toronto, Stockholm, Paris, Berlin, London and New York.  The week was a roller coaster of events an experience I will never forget!  follow the full week through the InStyle diary I compiled but these are my highlights and what I wore on the trip!

This became the outfit of the week I wanted to wear something comfortable but still with a modern rock n roll edge and these leather trousers were perfect for the job worn with my trusted boots that never came off day or night they add a grungy glam feel to the look and go with everything much needed when you dont have time to work out outfits! I have thrown a loose grey marl vest over the top to play with the silver/ grey tones and the silver origami inspired bag lifts each outfit even though is clashes with the gold of the boots try metallics to lift your look
leather trousers by acne
boots by balenciaga
silver bag by issey miyake
grey vest american apparel

Black jeans were another firm favourite on the trip but have added my printed jumper to add some colour to the outfit as its easy just to stick to black or neutral colours these tones are a f=great match with basics
jumper and boots by balenciaga
jeans by topshop

Another piece from my wardrobe you have seen but the silk bomber jacket seemed to be the jacket of choice for other members of Rihannas team it is padded and so easy to fold into bags bit also good for warmth find your perfect one and add it to everything for an instant update this season!
jacket by horiyoshi the third

My scarf choice for the trip was a detachable wool hood great for warmth but also gives jumpers a more street look make sure your hair is tied back and add it to anything I have worn it with my galaxy jumper and jeans and again my boots give this a tougher look
PS.  I am inside Rihannas dressing room
jumper by christopher kane
hood by alexander wang
boots and jeans as before

Finally the most important thing to pack was what I would travel in when sleeping on the plane became a major part of the trip!  For this I decided to travel all in grey (being my new black) and cashmere was the way forward as it doesn't sag when scrunched up in a small space and keeps you warm at all times.  I have added a printed scarf to give detail to a plain look good tip for travelling stick to simple pieces but add cool accessories
matching cashmere jumper and trousers by whistles
scarf by christopher kane
boots and bag as before

My favourite Rihanna look was her outfit she wore in Paris head to toe Givenchy mens silk tee and thigh boots.  Rihanna's stylist Mel Ottenberg and her hair stylist Yusef both say that she finds her clothing inspiration through mens fashion magazines, a girl after my own heart!

The song set .....

The following videos are part of my favourite memories of the trip!
Video 1: sing a long on the plane with the band
Video 2: Rihanna hands out ace of spades champagne on our first leg of the trip en route to mexico city
Video 3: Landing in Toronto Rihanna even waits with us for her luggage at baggage reclaim

With Rihanna's Guitarist Nuno (aka Nuno from the band Extreme....More than Words fame!)

And DJ Reflex (far left), DJ Congorocks (middle) and Brett his manager with me in their dressing room in Berlin before they start to warm up the crowd!

And finally special thanks to Rihanna and Arieta (River Island) .... sisters from another mother!  (and me!)

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Purple Reign.....

There is always a colour of the season and for me purple reigns this winter try it in pastel versions or stronger textures be it print or metallic its a great colour that can be worn for day or night!  This week I am giving away this amazing brand new TIMEX watch from the second look!  I am in love with this watch and feel that the wooden face makes this the perfect watch to go with all trends.  Just tell me how you would wear the watch leave a comment below or tweet me @nataliehartley for your chance to win!  
Competition closes Friday 16th November...Good Luck!

TIP...print is still going strong but why don't you give it a boyish twist and layer over a buttoned up blouse and jumper layered over play with shades of the colour and wear with jeans for a good neutral base to balance these colours and prints
jacket by next
jumper by jonathan saunders at urban outfitters
shirt by asos
jeans by levis
shoes by sportmax

TIP...a good cardigan is perfect for winter dressing and this shade of purple is near perfect for me I have layered a rollneck underneath for a retro sporty twist and matched it with these leather trousers this whole outfit has shades of purple throughout just break it up with prints so its not too full on with one colour!
roll neck by uniqlo
cardigan and trousers by christopher kane
shoes by guiseppe zanotti
watch by timex
sunglasses by prism

TIP...dress down a metallic dress layer it over a roll neck this is also a key layering style tip for winter and wear with loose pants the boots toughen it up 
dress by jean pierre braganza
roll neck as before
trousers by american apparel
boots by all saints
hat by river island