Instagram – top to bottom, left to right:
1. The caffeine stare that comes with the last day of London Fashion Week.
2. The one and only Christopher Bailey at Fashion Fringe.
3. Tata Naka’s ridiculously perfect pool party.
4. Lusting over the beauty look at Burberry.
5. Just discovered that you can brew your own Costa in Tesco. Technology, do werk.
6. Trying to get used to the change in weather/fashion.
7. iPad handwriting app love!
8. It has been a long week.
9. Somebody loves napping in her daddy’s sweater.
The majority of us – post-recession and all – don’t get the opportunity to splash out on designer gear. Even if we wanted to, it provides somewhat of a social issue to throw a £3,000 jacket on the credit card.
This is why I love sales. Always an advocate for high-end designers, sales provide me with a beautiful bridge between budget and luxury talent. One of my absolute favourite things to buy on the high-end (as mentioned in my book) are mix-and-match pieces. The kind of special pieces that provide somewhat “classic” shapes, have a little je ne sais quoi, yet work in a varied selection of outfits. Cost per wear, and all that jazz.
Thankfully, this designer sale season has a lot of things on offer.
My Personal Style Edit (above):
– It is a rare and wonderful thing to find a Burberry trench coat on sale, considering they are the most fabulous and well-constructed trenches in the world. This one is a steal, and almost a perfect replica of Audrey Hepburn’s (or should I say Holly Golightly’s) coat in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. You can find Burberry at farfetch.com
– Bodycon may be something of a trend, but a dress that nips in your every inch will be a favourite for years to come. The colours make a statement, and a dress like this – with so much detail around the bodice – will even work as a top under business layers. I chose the Herve Leger Scuba dress at Shopbop.
– The kind of jewellery that your great-great-great granddaughters will love to inherit? Pieces like this Oscar de la Renta necklace at The Outnet. Day…night…sleep…shower…I don’t think I could take it off!
– Last but not least, Stella McCartney at Net-a-Porter. Conversation pieces are the classics that no-one can forget.
The concept of “The Collections on IVC 2012” is simply brilliant. Anyone who does anything similar from this day forward will be sidelined by the precedent inspiration of Vogue Italia‘s January 2012 edition.
The spread kicks off with a nonchalant traipse of Alexander McQueen‘s S/S 2012 best and ends with Natasha Poly in Dolce & Gabbana (Poly and Gabbana are like PB&J, to me). QVC-styled by Karl Templer and photographed by Steven Meisel, the model cast is incredible in itself; Daria Strokous, Caroline Trentini, Joan Smalls, Sigrid Agren, Karlie Kloss, Natasha Poly, and Gertrud Hegelund. Mix in some Burberry with Jen Kao, and some Louis Vuitton lemon candy couture? I’m sold. Find me my credit card. View Post
Boom! How bombshell delicious does Kate Winslet look on the cover of Marie Claire France‘s November 2011 issue? As a brunette who’s recently decided to go blonde (and stick to it, for once), she is radiating the confidence I need to go under the bleach with a smile. For her James White-lensed cover and photoshoot, Isabel Dupre was in charge of styling and Renato Campora fixed up her lovely blonde locks.
I should probably buy that Burberry trenchcoat for extra smiles, too. Sorry, bank manager.
Award for the most tech-savvy show of Spring/Summer 2012? Unless someone in Milan or Paris pulls out a teleporation device, it’s going to have to be Burberry. Not only were my favourite Fashion Week travellers in attendance (Kanye West, Sienna Miller, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Anna Wintour, Olivier Theyskens, Rachel Zoe, and Mario Testino), but the rest of the internet seemed to be in attendance too. There was a Tweetwalk, live stream, and instant online shopability for the collection (though the pre-orders won’t be mailed for six months). An excellently digital production.
And then there were the clothes. In reflect, it looks like designer Christopher Bailey was heavily influenced by London’s non-existent summers, as it was the darkest colour palette of the entire week and had a gorgeous abundance of plum and teal trenchcoats that were styled with incredibly detailed, wide belts. Patterns were large, rustic, and that tribal trend definitely found it’s way in.
The key anchor to this collection? Time. Time spent on constructing basket-woven sleeves, raffia hoods and beaded collars. Time spent on perfecting the ideals around pattern-complimentary wedges and oversized handbags. Time that equals justified pricepoint. View Post