Coat Season

I’ve been enjoying the indian summer here in London – the sun to still be shining in October is a shot of meteorological prozak. Nonetheless, I’m ready for the brisk chill of Autumn, the smell of bonfires and the leaves morphing to shades of amber, gold and garnet. There’s nothing quite like a cosy coat to celebrate the dawn of Autumn and my favourite style is the oversized cocoon. They were everywhere last season, but this time round the details are more interesting. A broad lapel here, an oversized button there and graceful sloping shoulders make this fall’s crop of coats chic and alluring. There are lots of lovely colours to choose from; I’m currently in the throes of an obsession with pastel shades, particularly lilac. However, there are some stonking primary colours around right now,which will look lovely in autumn […]

Hounds of Love

I’ve got a bee in my bonnet for monochrome. The classic charm of black and white is perfect for transitioning between seasons. This houndstooth beauty is by Harithand from Rtister. It works nicely on its own but layered with fine black knitwear, a leather jacket plus killer over-the-knee boots, would make a lovely cold weather look. Houndstooth begs for a red lip, but a bold look like this needs no accessories. Keeping everything simple allows the print and the lipstick to shine.

Black and Blue

There is a well established school of thought that black and navy should never be worn together. It is an erroneous and arbitrary paradigm that scuppers many a potentially chic look. I’m ready to start wearing darker, more subdued colours in preparation for a refined autumn. This is rather reserved compared to my usual lurid fare, however it’s nice to indulge in a transeasonal palette cleanser. There are certain brands that I find myself circling back to time and time again. I would like to break out of my tried and tested habits but there are some retailers that just work for me. Whistles is one of them – this skirt is from their A/W14 collection and I picked up this top in the summer sale. My jacket is by Self Portrait, another label that I […]

Self Portrait A/W14

Self Portrait is a brand whose collections I obsess about. The alluring combination of feminine fabrics and sporty tailoring make for compulsive coveting. This season is no different and SP’s status as threads for cool girls is set in stone. Despite the mid-range price point, SP punches way above its weight with designer details and luxe fabrics. My favourite pieces are the black and white zig-zag coordinating skirt and bomber jacket, which have a pleasing Proenza Schouler vibe. Previously exclusively available online, Self Portrait is debuting in Selfridges tonight, the launch party is in store from 7.

These boots are made for walking

No Autumn wardrobe is complete without a smashing pair of boots. This season, knee-high and over-the-knee boots will be everywhere. I’ll be investing in some high-heeled, OTK boots in chocolate brown. They look great with everything from midi-skirts to shift dresses to skinny jeans, just make sure they are comfortable enough to walk in. They are the bedrock of the fall wardrobe and they need to be user friendly. Feature image fromthe virgostyle.blogspot.co.uk

That’s a Wrap

I’m incurably scatty – to organise my daily personal admin is a Herculean effort. I usually skid above the chaotic detritus of my life, just about keeping my head above the bedlam. However, if there’s one area where I’m on the money it’s pre-season planning. Capes and wrap coats will be everywhere this fall and I’ve already scored a couple of killer bargains on Ebay. One of my favourites of the season was by Valentino – slate grey and embellished with iridescent butterflies that appeared to be briefly resting upon the billowing cashmere before they took flight. Alas, I don’t think I’ll find a Valentino equivalent on Ebay, but I’ve struck gold with a vintage tweed cape that’s not a million miles away from the Saint Laurent that will fit the bill nicely. This trend comes in […]

Super Furry Animals

It may seem like madness to talk about winter coats in the midst of a heatwave (London is like a dusty sauna at the moment). But when the fall collections drop in a few weeks, it will prudent to get ahead of the game. By September the fashionistas will have swooped in like patient vultures circling their prey and all the good stuff will have been snapped up. A key trend for A/W14 is the shaggy coat. Fluffy outerwear ambled its way down the runways in a variety of breeds. Some designers focused on cozy, flocculent sheepskin. One of my favourites was the dove grey Mongolian lambswool from Eudon Choi. Other designers trimmed collar and cuffs with brightly hued, fuzzy shearling, while others went the full sasquatch. I loved Prada’s brilliant scarlet, long haired coat – if it were […]

Scarf Play

I’ve borrowed styling from the A/W14 Burberry Prorsum collection for this look. Belting a scarf over a top adds interest to a relatively simple look. I like to clash prints and textures, the trick is keep the colours vaguely in the same family. The greens and blues in this Weston Scarf are similar to the print in the skirt – a Topshop find from last year. Imaginative styling is a handy way to breathe life into an existing wardrobe without spending money on new things.

Taste the rainbow

I’m in love with bright colours, ever since I was a little girl I’ve loved to dress like a set of crayons. Sometimes I veer dangerously close to clown territory, but it’s a price I’m prepared to pay. There’s a palpable mood lift that comes from wearing beautiful shades – I know that if I’m feeling rubbish, wearing beautiful hues lifts me out of my funk. The A/W14 collections were aglow – from the biggest design houses to fashion’s up-and-comers, everyone indulged in glorious colour. One of my favourites was the Dior show, Raf Simons set clashing colours against each other to dazzling effect.   Feature image courtesy of www.carbonated.com.

Fairytale Folk

There’s a trend shift ahead. The last few seasons have focused on streamlined, 90’s inspired looks. Key designers have made moves towards folksy, whimsical looks. The Dolce + Gabbana collection was focused on rather literal interpretations of children’s fairy tales. Burberry Prorsum was inspired by the Bloomsbury group: classic trenches and bags were daubed with bold, painterly brush strokes. Fashion has had a knowing smirk on its face for a number of years. The Hoxton hipsters wearing ‘ironic’ t-shirts and designers trotting out tongue-in-chic clothes that imply the wearer understands a set  of convoluted, supposedly witty references. This season’s folksy look is all about  homespun charm and unabashed prettiness. It’s not the most edgy trends on the horizon this fall, but it’s one of my favourites. It’s a look that easily translates to the high-street and vintage […]