Sunday, 9 February 2014

Citadel















                               Phs: Cian Scanlon

Seizing the first opportunity to escape London's hubbub, Becky headed to Windsor to explore the largest occupied castle in the world. A Royal home and fortress for over 900 years, the Castle remains a working palace to this day with over 500 inhabitants. Windsor Castle is where the Queen weekends so we figured it must be worth a look see!

Here the Queen hosts 'dine and sleep' events for guests, State Visits from overseas monarchs and presidents and attends the service of the Order of the Garter & the Royal Ascot race meeting. It is also the venue for the traditional State Banquet held in St George's Hall (55.5m long and 9m wide), with a SINGLE table seating up to 160 guests. Table settings are laid out using a ruler. Oh how we wish we were flies on those walls!

The present-day castle was created during a sequence of phased building projects and occupies a large site of more than thirteen acres. In essence it is a Georgian and Victorian design based on a medieval structure, with Gothic features reinvented in a modern style. Each monarch has left their unique mark on the series of spectacular State Apartments but unfortunately photography is not permitted inside. However, its picturesque grounds provided the backdrop for our styling challenge. 

This month Concrete Collar had the pleasure of collaborating with Boohoo on their latest #OWNIT campaign. This new season range  experiments with new shapes and street style trends. We were asked to choose one key piece from their latest lookbook and style it two different ways.  Becky chose a classic shirt dress to play with. It's a versatile piece that's easily transformed for a day to night look. We like it best as a cover-up worn with distressed jeans and heels. Details of each look can be found below. 

Check back tomorrow for Ciana's post - styling another of our season favourites - culottes.


Look 1:
Diana maxi belted shirt dress 
Lisa extreme ripped mid-blue distressed jeans 
Lara roll neck short sleeved top 
Jane skinny belt 
Verity ring stack
Naomie riveted collar necklace
Lily clasp fasten clutch bag 
Cady suedette strappy slim heels 

Look 2:
Jennie long sleeve V neck bodysuit 
Edie woven tailored skirt 
Tina rib slouch beanie 
Jenny tassel trim rucksack
Annie embossed ring stack
Hannah spike necklace
Lottie gold buckle cut out flat boot

All clothes available at boohoo.com

Special thanks to Boohoo.com and to Cian for playing photographer for the afternoon.

B+C

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