Pregnant Rebel

There are certain rules for how pregnant women should dress, it’s supposedly prudent to choose dark colours and wear lots of stretch jersey. I have rejected these rules as they are restrictive and boring; Bretton stripes and body-con dresses are just not for me. Just because I’m pregnant, I see no reason why my style should be drab. Also, the thought of tight clothes right now makes me feel a bit sick. This ruffled dress by ASOS does not comply with sartorial conventional wisdom, but I care not. It reminds me of Gucci’s SS17 collection, which I rather like. I’ve paired it with blue velvet boots that I found in my local charity shop.

The new eccentrics

After years of clean minimalism, a mood of vintage inspired romance has swept the new season. Alessandro Michele’s first collection for Gucci led the way for the new nostalgia. In the past, Gucci has been a by word for all things expensive, sexy and polished. Michele’s influence has rippled from the catwalk down the high street. The new poster girl is Margot Tenenbaum, whose appeal is quirky, eccentric and covered up. This look is all about the mix and can be achieved with vintage, high street and heritage designer pieces infused into one glorious muddle.

Early Adopters

The summer sales are still rumbling on, but I for one am bored of SS15; it’s time to look ahead to Autumn. This isn’t to say that I haven’t snapped up a couple of bargains, but I’ve chosen things that will work next season. If you live in a squally city like London, it’s sensible to buy clothes that work all year round. The Pre-Fall and Cruise collections are often as eagerly anticipated as the main event. Pre-fall tends to be more wearable and doesn’t date. This season, classic shapes with a 70’s twist are everywhere.  It’s a more grown up, polished incarnation of summer’s boho. Wear the look now with sandals and bare legs, boots and tights when the mercury drops. Clockwise from top left: blazer by Topshop, coat by Harris Wharf London, dress by Whistles, top by […]

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 […]

The Tropic of Cancer

Summer in London is spluttering to a start with one day of glorious sunshine, then then another of driving rain. When the weather is wet and windy, swimwear shopping seems counterintuitive. However, it’s worth getting in early before all the good stuff is snapped up. This year I’m into bright, tropical inspired bikinis and one-pieces. However, there’s a huge selection on offer. I also like feminine florals and navy, nautical stripes. Feature image

Writer’s Boots

At the moment I am up to my eyes in work; I’m writing a book which is taking up most of my time and energy but I’m determined to keep my blog rumbling along. This being said, I realised that this is my third shopping post this week. Whilst showcasing my favourite things to buy is all fun and good, it’s not what I set out to do here. Hopefully, normal service will resume in the next few weeks. I’m really looking forward to completing the book, anyone who thinks writing involves sitting at a desk, happily tapping away at a keyboard is sorely mistaken. It’s a laborious slog. To quote Ernest Hemingway ‘There’s nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.’ However, I’ve no right to complain; I’m very fortunate to have […]

Gucci SS15: The Age of Aquarius

The Milan Fashion Week runways have been awash with references to the 70’s; from Alberta Ferretti to Prada to Emilio Pucci, it seems that a rebirth of the Age of Aquarius has dawned in Milan. This is good news as far as I’m concerned – the 70’s is one of my favourite eras and I’ve already got a wardrobe full of original vintage frocks from the era. However, this new incarnation of hippy-chic is perilously close to the naff and generally regrettable Boho phase of the mid 00’s. Heaven forfend against a revival of that contrived and over-wrought phase in fashion history. The Gucci show was heartening in it’s interpretation of the look. There were touches of Ali McGraw’s good girl chic, combined with Jimi Hendrix inspired marching band jackets with elaborate prints. The burnt oranges, deep […]

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 […]