Blue Velvet

I really into velvet right now, it can be tricky but when styled right, it’s perfect for winter parties. Givenchy, Alexander Wang,  and Christopher Kane used velvet in their AW15 collections. I love the old school opulence and glamour associated with the luxurious fabric, the key to keeping it modern and chic is to choose clean shapes and great tailoring. I fancy wearing a velvet skirt during the day, paired with a sporty T or a denim shirt, but that’s just me. Feature image Christopher Kane AW15, courtesy of cnn.com  

New Classics

For a few seasons chunky, somewhat ugly sandals have been trending; thick straps and even soles thicker were everywhere. The trend for heavy-set sandals is still going strong, however this summer there is a shift back to more classic footwear in the form of gladiator sandals, clogs and espadrilles. Whilst I’ve enjoyed the foot-cushioning charms of a fugly sandal, the timeless charm of espadrilles is refreshing. Originating from 14th century Spain, you can’t get more classic than the humble espadrille. Their roughhewn quality speaks of carefree, summer days in continental Europe. However, the massive breadth of colours, prints and shapes means espadrilles can work anywhere. Heavy-weight designer brands including Gucci, Valentino and Dolce + Gabbana have brought out their version of the summer staple. They’re also all over the high street, making the trend accessible to all. I’ll be wearing mine […]

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 […]

Blood Orange

One of the big beauty trends for spring summer this year is orange lipstick, which I’m somewhat obsessed with. Orange lips were all over the runways; from Prabal Gurung to Dolce and Gabbana, the makeup artists were working an orange lip. I dutifully trundled down to Mac to pick up an orange shade but proper orange shades, such as Morange or Saigon Summer, make me look jaundiced. Instead I plumped for So Chaud, which is more of a tomato orange. The pictures, however, have come out looking very red indeed so it rather renders this post null and void. I promise that, in the flesh, this is more of an orange shade but I think it’s important to modify trends so that they work for you anyway. There’s no point in wearing something […]