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October kicks off with Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and to help raise awareness and funds for the Breakthrough Breast Cancer charity, designers and high street favourites alike have created limited edition pink products for sale, proceeds of which go towards helping aid cancer research and patient care. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK, with around 50,000 women and around 400 men diagnosed each year. This month, fashion favourites such as Stella & Dot, Stella McCartney, GHD, Warehouse and plenty more give you the chance to help and support this very worthwhile cause. Get a sneak peek at what’s in store this month…

Kate Moss Breakthrough Breast CancerKate Moss for Stella McCartney

October Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Clockwise from top right: Stella McCartney Gemma Bra £50, Stella McCartney Gemma Briefs £27, Stella & Dot Hope necklace £32, Stella & Dot Inspire Bracelet £35GHD Pink Coral Styler £129, Warehouse Hairy Pom Pom Jumper £38, Kat & Bee Flore 14ct Gold Ring £205Avon Lip Gloss in Pink Watermelon £3.50Laura Ashley Darcey Cosmetic Bag £15

For more information on Breast Cancer Awareness Month, visit the official website here.

Images source: Kate Moss – stellamccartney.com

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A few weeks ago, I reflected on how the fashion industry had taken a shine to skate culture and the recent surge in designer slip-on style trainers, originally made popular by skate/surf/lifestyle brand, Vans and their die-hard fans. From trainers and slogan tees to backpacks and beanies, I was naive to think fashion’s crush on all things skate would stop there.

Cue the latest development to come out of this season’s love of skate culture, as Selfridges opened their doors this week to an 18,500 square foot pop-up indoor skatepark. Sponsored by HTC One, the old Selfridges hotel has been transformed into a replica skatepark complete with rails, banks, half pipes and benches for boarders to indulge in all its contrived glory. It’s a good amount of terrain with clever retail-themed props for skateboarders to grind, ollie and flip to their heart’s content as the skatepark is completely free.

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In addition, as part of the six-week long campaign, Board Games (27 March – 19 April) will see Selfridges stock a collection of world exclusive skate decks and skate art by designers which include Peter Pilotto, Stella McCartney, Erdem and Phillip Lim, along with skateboard accessories and Go-Pro cameras. Slam City Skate have also taken up residence and is on hand to get decks set up with trucks and wheels for those who want to take their new designer boards for a roll.

Designer Skateboards at Selfridges

Fashionistas and regular Selfridges customers will most likely see these designer boards as works of collectable art or a pop culture novelty, while skateboarders and skate enthusiasts might see this as a confusing commercial ploy. There’s no doubt that there are some covet-worthy prints on hand, but these decks don’t live up to the likes of tried and tested skateboard brands such as Toy Machine, Girl and Zero. I also personally fail to see the correlation between a brand like Diesel and skateboarding.

While I spend most of my time on a longboard, skateboarding’s answer for when you want to travel distances and simply prefer to cruise, I’m rather on the fence to this big budget attraction. I adore fashion and all its surprises, but not at the expense of losing the essence of what skateboarding is, something that is a lifestyle for many.

Having spoken to a few friends who are longtime skaters, and visiting the skatepark myself, I have to admit it’s a great space designed to support this culture, which I guess isn’t a too bad thing, I’m just going to look the other way on the designer decks…

HTC One Skatepark

Images source (Skatepark photography): thedailystreet.co.uk, Instagram Photography: Blogger’s Own

The metallics trend is never too far away, and SS14 happily champions this shining staple yet again. From foil prints, molten metal finishes to frosted pigments and holographic hues, metallics have a way of being rather season-less, working as a standalone statement or as an accent to an existing trend. No matter how you want to embrace it, the good news is what ever piece you invest in now, know that it will be a keeper.

A Touch Of Tonal
Opt for barely there metallics for a frosted, feminine flair.

Rose Gold MetallicsClockwise from leftStella McCartney Silver Foil Jumper £725Clinique “Goldspun” Long Last Glosswear £16Too Faced Teddy Bear Hair Brush Set $65Coast Rex Cuff £35Charlotte Olympia Gummi Bear Clutch £945J.Crew Metallic Bobby Pins £14.50

Mermaid Magic
Tin Man-meets-90s Club Kid, this metallic palette is all about fun.

Mermaid Metallics

Clockwise from leftMiista Zoe Iridescent Silver Brogues £145American Apparel Hologram Leather Skirt £140ASOS Round Sunglasses £12Bex Rox Rainbow Collar £640Vivienne Westwood Cote D’Azur Bag £639Essie “For The Twill Of It” Nail Polish £10.95

Deep Space
Silver tones rule in this minimalist offering, while sparkling black metallics will have you seeing stars.

Galactic Metallics

Clockwise from leftAlexander Wang Rockie Leather Bag £730Shu Uemura Black 995 Pressed Eyeshadow £11Next Metallic Shell Top £14DKNY Soho Silver Watch £89Anya Hindmarch Crisp Packet Clutch £995ASOS Sterling Silver Star Earrings £20