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.  

Changing Spots

In recent years I’ve become less bothered about trends; I know what suits me and I stick to it. If my look happens to be fashionable, then fine, but I certainly don’t bend my style around a flippant, passing trend. That being said, leopard print is a key look this season, but it’s also is a perennial classic that I’ve loved for years. I’m rather fond of this top by Y.A.S, although my husband thinks it looks like part of a Cirque du Soleil costume. I see what he’s saying, but I like it and that’s what counts. I’ve styled it with an old skirt from Zara (similar here) and even older boots from Carvela (similar here).    

Golden Girls

I often like to dress like an old lady; pussy bows, long sleeved vintage dresses and demure skirts in loud colours are right up my street. I think that when I hit my golden years, my style will really come into its own. I love the brazen flamboyance of style mavens like Iris Apfel, and the other venerable birds of paradise featured on Advanced Style, which is one of my favourite blogs. The influence of Alessandro Michelle at Gucci means that Granny Chic is having a bit of a moment, but I’ll be wearing this look long after the trend dissipates. I bought the blouse from Reformation last year (similar here), the skirt is 50s vintage from Etsy, and my shoes are by Joanne Stoker.

Vegans in Vogue

Vegans have become a hot topic in the last couple of years. The popularity of ‘clean’, plant based food, promoted by the likes of Ella Woodward, and some high profile vegans including Beyoncé, Natalie Portman and Ellie Goulding, has made the vegan lifestyle trendy. The argument for a diet with no animal products is compelling, however when something becomes fashionable, there’s a danger that it will eventually fall out of favour. I’m not a vegan, but I see the validity of the argument. The fashion industry has a lot of answer for in terms of harming the environment and fur was over the AW16 collections. A staunch advocate of ethical fashion is Stella McCartney who never uses fur, feathers or leather in her clothes. She’s admitted that designing without leather is challenging, but McCartney’s brand has […]

The simple Slip

After the festive hullabaloo has died away, it’s refreshing to look forward to the coming season. One of the key trends for SS16 is the slip dress, which isn’t particularly new. 90s inspired, slinky frocks have been knocking around in one form or another for a while. It’s not an easy look to master, especially for those with a generous bust. However, I think they looks great layered over a marl grey t-shirt or a lacy long sleeved top. When shopping for a slip dress, look for something with a little structure and try to avoid any material that’s too static. A slinky dress clinging to you like an amorous shower curtain is not a good look. I have a black one from Whistles that I picked up in the January sales last year, I’ll wear it with a classic […]

Happy New Year

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a lovely, restful holiday. In the past I’ve started wearing spring trends by the 2nd January. Inevitably I’ve ended up cold, grumpy and desperate for a cardigan. This year I’m going to do my best to dress appropriately and not give myself frostbite for the sake of being ahead of the game. However, patience has never been a virtue of mine and the lure of the new may well get the better of me. I’m trying to perfect the art of trans-seasonal dressing, incorporating the new with the practical. This dress is from Girls on Film and I’ve layered it over an old jersey dress from Topshop. My boots are from Miista.

C is for Cookie

Fashion often takes itself altogether too seriously; however once in a while a trend comes along that is as tongue-in-cheek as it is desirable. Cozy faux fur will be everywhere this fall; there are of course more tasteful adaptations of the trend but I’ll be wearing the most velutinous coat I can find. So far as I’m concerned faux fur should look like a skinned muppet and I’ve got my eye on a couple of corkers. I used to have an exuberant blue, fuzzy jacket that I found in Camden Market. My husband called it my Cookie Monster Coat and whenever I put it on he’d burst into song with a rendition of ‘C is for Cookie’. Sadly, I lost my Cookie Monster Coat in a bar, but since then I can’t look at […]

Feeling Blue

There is a curious seasonal displacement that comes from working in fashion. I find myself continually fixated on the next season and not wanting to wear clothes appropriate for the climate. However there are some trends that work all year round. Cobalt blue was all over the A/W14 collections, it looks great with knitwear but it’s also the business worn in the sun. I’ll be wearing cobalt with orange and black, however it goes nicely well with neutrals. Feature image courtesy of wallpapersfreedesktop.com  

These Boots are Made for Walking

As much as I love my home town of London, there are times when the city and it’s people grate on my last nerve.  There’s nothing quite like commuting in morning rush hour to bring out the my inner misanthrope.  As I teetered my way to work in 4 inch stilettos, I hopped onto the tube only to manhandled into the personal space of a rather disagreeable, middle aged woman. The lady in question was highly aggrieved that she was forced into in an intimately compromising position with me; I should add that I wasn’t enjoying be up close and personal with her.  She got even crosser when I stumbled into her every time the train jerked and jolted – unsteady on my chic but perilous heels.  She expressed her seething rage by […]