Big Cats

Leopard print is an enduring classic which is always in style. However, there are some seasons when animal print is more in vogue, and this fall it’s everywhere. I love a bit of leopard, but it can easily look a little Bet Lynch – which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. As Diana Vreeland once said, too much good taste can be boring. I like to wear it with simple accessories and minimal makeup – just a slash of kitten-flick eyeliner. But I also like it when leopard is mixed with other clashing prints, or bright jewel colours.  

Eternal Classics

I’m not usually one for investing in classic pieces, I can’t resist the lure of the new and flamboyant. However, I bought this coat from French Connection (similar here) six years ago and I dig it out every Autumn. I’ve worn it with a ribbed roll neck by Teatum Jones, boots from Carvella and a skirt by Lily and Lionel.

2016: Annus Horribilis?

2016 isn’t over yet and it has already been a tumultuous and frightening year. The world of European and American of politics have been dominated by Brexit and the US elections. Donald Trump’s performances in the Presidential Debates were inept and petulant. His claim that the election is being rigged by the media is the snivelling cry of a spoilt brat. The suggestion that if he is to lose, he’ll refuse to accept the result, shows his profound lack of respect for the democratic process. The sexual assault claims suggest that Trump may have been hoisted by his own, misogynistic, sticky fingered petard. However, it’s not over until it’s over and he still could get in. Over the last few months, the fires of discrimination and xenophobia have been stoked by Trump and Nigel Farage. Some of Trump’s supporters, and UK citizens who voted to leave the EU, […]

Velvet Underground

Years ago, I saw a beautiful 1930s vintage, midnight blue velvet dress on Ebay. I lost the ensuing bidding war, much to my disappointment. Since then, I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect velvet dress, and at last I’ve found it. This frock by Katya Dobryakova is from The Place London, a brilliant boutique on Connaught Street. I love the classic Stevie Nicks vibe, and the sumptuous fabric is very comfortable. I’ve styled the look with a vintage belt and an old pair of boots from Topshop (similar here and here). The Place London is my favourite new shop, I’ll be writing more about this later in the week.

Wishy Washy

I like to make recommendations on this blog, and I would have happily endorsed this dress from Topshop. However, it shrank in the washing machine; the instructions said to wash at 40°C, I washed it at 30°C. This was a shame, as I loved the ruffles and the gold thread running through the fabric. The folks at Topshop refunded my money without question and apologised for the inconvenience. The dress is featured in their AW16 campaign and it’s already sold out. To anyone who owns this frock, I suggest hand-washing in tepid water with a delicate detergent.

Words with Friends

I recently went out for dinner with a group of friends, we had a brilliant night and I laughed till I cried. However, during a light-hearted conversation, the word ‘slut’ was bandied around. I was among people who are used to my outspoken tendencies, and they didn’t bat an eye when I protested that using ‘slut’ to describe a sexually active woman was unacceptable. Even if I’d been in less forgiving company, I would have piped up anyway, because I have come to understand the intense importance of words. The words we use shape our attitude to the world around us. The desperate souls fleeing death and persecution in the Middle East and North Africa are now called ‘migrants’, instead of the more accurate term, ‘refugees’. The vast difference between a refugee and a migrant is […]

Ekaterina Kukhareva SS17: Nereids

Ethereal lightness and sports-luxe aren’t adjectives that often sit together, however Ekaterina Kukhareva’s latest collection married the two aesthetics to a lovely effect. The presentation was set against the art deco background of the Bronte Restaurant, which reminded me of a 1930s cruise liner. Entitled ‘Nereids’, after Greek mythological sea nymphs, Kukhareva’s delicate ruffles suggested undulating coral and drifting jelly fish. The pastel colour palette was punctuated with olive green and splashes of squid-ink black, which added balance to the sugary prettiness.  The tailoring was slouchy and relaxed; whether it was the luxe pyjamas or the full length gowns, the collection had all the breezy whimsy of a sunny day by the seaside. The sea will be a huge trend come spring next year, and many designers made oceanic references in their collections. However, Ekaterina’s spin on the trend was unique to her elaborate, yet wearable look.  

Happy Feet

I’ve always been fond of a good boot, this season there’s a plethora of great ones to choose from. The jazzy ankle boot is a huge trend for AW16 and it’s a simple way to update a classic outfit. My personal favourite are the opulent, floral brocade beauties that are abundant right now. Feature image: TheNewPotato.com  

Budget Frumps

There’s nothing quite like the pleasure of a finding bargain, this 70s vintage dress was £10 on Ebay and I’m thrilled  with it. I like clothes that are just on the right side of frumpy; I love the pie-crust collar and the feather print. I’ve worn it with a pair of Mary Janes by Joanne Stoker.    

The Basic Self

I’ve been a fan of Self-Portrait since its launch in 2013; in three short years the label’s popularity has grown exponentially. Self-Portrait is now stocked at Selfridges, Net-a-Porter, Matches and ASOS, to name but a few. I’ve heard women who like Self-Portrait branded as ‘basic bitches’ by other people who work in fashion; I take umbrage with this assertion. ‘Basic bitch’ is a pejorative, sexist term which describes a female conformist who loves all things bland, including Ugg Boots, Taylor Swift and Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Lattes. The ‘basic bitch’ is a girl who is dismissed and objectified because of her taste for the popular and generic. It’s an insidious phrase which has slipped in through the back door and become a part of contemporary lingo. Although it’s often used in light hearted banter, ‘basic’ is a horrible expression and should fall into obsolescence. It’s also dripping in unintentional irony, as […]