Thursday, 8 October 2015

Style: Paris Fashion Week SS16

Just a taste of the show-stopping collections at Paris Fashion Week.

I can only beg forgiveness for the various and flagrant sins against fashion I'm committing by narrowing Paris Fashion Week down to only five shows. Paris is always magnificent, a giant among fashion cities, so steeped in heritage and so important to each coming season, but here are five little shows that really delighted me this week.


If you don't know, The Row is the oh-so-stylish creation of those ever-young Olsen sisters. If you do, then you'll already be lusting after the effortlessly stylish and drool-worthy incarnations seen on the SS16 catwalk. Billowing shirts and capes, mannish, pleated trousers and the most glamorous flats you ever saw all pulled together and made the collection absolutely dreamy.

Key piece: start with the basics with a pair of roomy, pleated trousers to ensure louche elegance wherever you go.

I am just in awe of how Karl Lagerfeld keeps reinventing this classic label. With each new season of Chanel, I expect repeats, or staid tropes, but no, everything is fresh, every season. Spring summer's clean, chic lines and clear, crisp colours are no less than lovely, and come next season, everyone from exec to hipster will be sporting these looks.

Key piece: I'm tempted to go with the cap, perfect for styling a bad hair day, end of day hair, or indeed any kind of hair. Will go one of two ways.

A calm, optimistic sporty elegance pervaded the Stella McCartney show this season. From snug sporty separates, to Issey Miyake-esque pleated everything, through oversize draped shirts and airtex-ish dresses, it was all lovely. Colourful, interesting, lovely, and utterly wearable.  

Key piece: definitely a pleated tank. A wonderfully stylish piece that will outlast seasons.

Shiatzy Chen was a delight. Bringing together completely unexpected prints and patterns with colours and fabrics, made this collection fresh and exciting, while the cuts and styling kept it all very accessible. Who'd have thought we'd be considering apple green satin trousers for spring summer?

Key piece: anything you like as long as it's floral and bright - it's spring, remember!

Dries van Noten once again served up a smorgasbord of texture, colour, and print. The master of the unexpected combo is an unending source of inspiration, not only for new season shopping, but for wonderful new ways to wear your existing wardrobe. 

Key piece: see your wardrobe in a fresh light, with some spring summer inspiration from Dries.

A x

Monday, 5 October 2015

Style: Silver Shoes

R thinks it's time to put on your dancing shoes.

Clarks Bizzy Beat// Isabella Carla// Clarks Empress Lo// Gucci // Nike QuickStrike AirForce1

The change of season brings with it a necessary change of coat, footwear and beauty regime. But I think it needs to go a step further, I think autumn's arrival announces a need for a pair of dancing shoes. Now, whether they're for dancing or just the daily commute the need for a pair of indulgently joyful shoes remains the same. 

For me, anything shiny and sparkly counts as a dancing shoe and while I might not buy them all, the above are all on my wish list. 

R x 

Friday, 2 October 2015

Life: E's Freelance Kit List

The things no freelancer should have to live without.

As I recently shared that I'd gone freelance - in my previous freelance postI thought it was only fair to share with you some essential items that get me through each day.

Here's just a few things that as a freelancer you should definitely have on your kit list, if you don't already:

- A nice mug - and lots of tea, earl grey is personal favourite!

- A floral chair, for those much needed tea breaks.

- Colourful pens & a pretty notebook - for creative list writing, note taking and meetings.

- The trusty macbook for editing into the night.

- A green plant - to keep the air in your room clean and your creativity flowing!

- A hard drive - to avoid any of those nightmares about loosing work!

- A fruit bowl - for healthy and guilt-free snacking.

- Find a local coffee shop - for the cabin fever days.

- Pretty clutter - to keep your office space/ room inspiring and colourful.

Let me know what your working essentials are, so I can add them to my list!

E x

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Style: Milan Fashion Week SS16

A will be buying most of SS16 from Milan Fashion Week (in her dreams) and is willing to bet you will be too.

There is a special place in my heart for Milan. It doesn't inspire the hushed reverence of Paris but it is home to some of my all-time favourite designers.

These are the shows I couldn't ignore.

Antonio Marras usually slips under my radar, but this season's lavish mish-mash of floral prints, metallics and you-name-it spoke to me. All held together in a ravished, folkloric kind of a way, this crazy, girly mix worked a treat.

Key piece: any old floral dress, worn in an end-of-the-world romantic fashion.

Marni never fails to show a strong collection, but this season, a certain loucheness, dare I say it, a relaxed feel has snuck into the collection. The well-loved Marni tropes - block colours, bold prints - are there, but reimagined in primary colours and less structured shapes.

Key piece: I challenge you to resist that shiny red belted mac.

That infamous pair, Dolce and Gabbana, have gone and produced another triumphant collection. A holiday in Italy was the story, and with inspiration from favourite Italian destinations, to tourists, shopping bags and retro sundresses, this collection was a riot of colour and fun. Difficult to resist.

Key piece: you're nowhere without your matching floral pyjamas. Just pair with a jewelled headband and sandals and you're cocktail bar ready!

Giorgio Armani produced what was one of the most simply beautiful and utterly wearable collections I think Milan has ever seen. Tea dresses, simply tailored trousers and jackets made up the majority of the show, which was topped off with a few well-chosen gowns.

Key piece: don a boxy cropped jacket in a simple red or navy for ultra sophistication this spring summer.

Moschino gets me every time. Jeremy Scott perfectly encapsulates the brand's heritage of picking fun at fashion, itself and everything around it. This season's collection is an unlikely melding of the construction and fashion industries, with models wrapped in caution tape and even dressed as fluffy carwash pillars.

Key piece: keep it wearable with a irreverent sweater for ultimate understated cool.

It would seem it's the season for the 'real' girl. For a city renowned for glitz and glamour, this is certainly a change! The designers have very generously created collections that will at once inspire and fit seamlessly into our wardrobes. 

Get pinning. Get shopping. Roll on spring summer!

A x