The Great British High Street is ready to deliver for Spring/Summer 2013, mon cheres. Last week, I made a pit stop at the SS13 press day for M&S and was very pleasantly surprised. With micro collections dubbed under a range of monikers from ‘Doll’s House’ (which looks, endearingly, like Mad Men mixed with a sweet shop) to ‘Print Fusion’ to ‘Urban Utility’, the high street giant have compiled an extensively trend-led compilation of affordable pieces.
Standout pieces include a pair of must-have nude plexi heels (see below) as well as a bevy of vintage-inspired lingerie paired with modern garment technology, including Rosie Huntington’s super successful lingerie collaboration. Lust.
Earlier in the week, I went to a Fashion Show of peculiar sorts. Instead of the typical 6-foot goddesses, a bevy of 21 inch models twirled around a runway a mere one metre long; this was, of course, River Island’s design collaboration with crafts range Harumika. The unlikely collaboration has brought the worlds of toys and fashion together to create the World’s Smallest Catwalk and showcase the latest trends from everyone’s favourite stop on the high street, River Island.
The pieces themselves were upcoming looks from River Island’s Autumn/Winter 2012 Chelsea Girl collection that had been interpreted for Harumika by 22-year-old emerging designer Christina Ruby Walton – in under two weeks (!) – while keeping all of them fabrics and colourways of the full sized collection. Even the sparkling satchel. The budding fashionistas of the world definitely didn’t have this sort of thing in our yesteryear!
When this collaboration between Swatch and accessories designer Fred Butler fell into my inbox, my sartorial thoughts began to race with rainbow-hued escapism. The perfect blend of utility and Butler’s synonymous wearable sculptures, her limited edition time-piece is a multicoloured must-have and will only be sold to 777 individuals worldwide. The watch, retailing at £178, will be available later this month.
Get The Look:
Supre multi-animal printed chiffon split cardigan (though there are plenty of suitable options on their women’s tops page)
Simmi Shoes blue Fiona wedged trainers (They are a whopping £350 cheaper than their chunkier Isabel Marant counterpart)
Oasap multicoloured chiffon interlaced handbag
Versace for H&M
This week, the Versace x H&M
lookbook was finally released. Thankfully, it did not disappoint in any way! The 50-piece collection
, skirts, leggings
, scarves, handbags, shoes, belts, menswear
, jewelry, and even homeware. Impressively, many of the prints, products and palettes seem to have been drawn almost straight from the archives
. Value for money, in my eyes!
That said, it isn’t going to translate as ‘value‘ if we go out and buy everything at once (…note to self). Above, I have compiled some of my favourite pieces that I believe will work both alltogether and also add something special to many outfits when separated. Characteristic Versace: on the cheap (I can’t wait)!
What’s all that, you ask? That is Kipling‘s brilliant collaboration with Silver Spoon Attire. Today, your friendly neighbourhood fashion blogger (…that’s me) went down to Selfridges to get one of Kipling’s new college-friendly bags customised in the best Vintage Americana embellishments you could think of.
After leaving my red “Erasto” in the talented hands of Damian Collins, I head back roughly 30 minutes later to the beauty below. My spacious carry-all was now donned with a pom-pom, two L’s in a Letterman-esque blue, tassles, star tacs, buttons and circle hoops! The “Erasto” has enough space for my stylist essentials and can even fit my netbook. Practical, and full of personality. Way to go, you two!