Balenciaga 3.1 Phillip Lim Givenchy Celine Jenni Kayne Pringle of Scotland Chanel 10 Crosby Derek Lam Derek Lam Elizabeth & James Dear World, do you love the resort collections? I do. They’re a peek...Read More →
Dear World, do you love the resort collections? I do. They’re a peek into the future and a heads up on what to start wearing now. Yah, it’s elitist and confusing but it’s also grounded and totally aspirational. Why wear what’s in the magazines now when you can start dressing like resort 13? The thing that’s standing out most to me from the presentations are the proportions. Clever layering is being used to create a new silhouette. I like it, a lot.
I also like the colour palette. It’s earthy and taupe. Taupe. That’s right. Let your clothes be taupe – give your personality the chance to be colorful.
Above you’ll find some of my favorite looks from some of my favorite designers. I loved the little cliche plastic bag at 10 Crosby and the magenta dress worn over a white shirt with sandals at Elizabeth & James. There are so many good looks. My favourites are the ones that feel a little awkward but are beautiful for their strangeness. There’s a traveling foreign vibe trickling into the collections which I love. Personally I’ve always felt a bit like a global gypsy… just give me some gold hoops and a silk scarf to tie on my head and I’ll read your fortune. Seriously.
Hope you love the resort collections as much as I do. Sending my love to you always and forever. xx
All images from style.com
There’s nothing I love more than being swept off to a far away city…
Errr, I say that from my sofa where I’ve spent the last four days sitting on my tush nibbling on random bits of chocolate bunnies and staring at a TV. Did anyone else fall for the wonderfulness that is where me keys? Please, tell me I’m not alone. The most exciting thing I’d planned for this long holiday weekend was painting my nails and I haven’t even managed to get that done. I promise, I’m not always quite this useless. The weather went all wintery a couple of day ago and I had no choice but to throw myself head-first into hibernation mode as soon as snow starting falling.
A couple of weeks ago I went to Paris to help celebrate the 20th anniversary of Disneyland Paris. As a total Disney nut I naturally jumped at the opportunity. Vienna International Hotels were the most wonderful hosts and I was super excited to go because my husband got to come along for the ride and Shini also came from London. We all stayed at the Dream Castle Hotel and, when we weren’t spinning around on the teacups, saw a cabaret show, watched the Eiffel Tower glitter at midnight and spent a morning at Chateau Fontainebleau jumping on Marie Antoinette’s bed (just kidding.. it was roped off). We got in earlier than anyone else and before lunch I managed to sneak in a run, a swim and spent half an hour in the sauna.
At Chateau Fontainebleau I just about keeled over – incredible beauty burst out of every bit of the building. The rooms were the epitome of anti-minimalism. Decadence and lavish embellishment were in mighty abundance… my white walls look grossly inadequate now.
This outfit is basically what I’ve been wearing non-stop recently. It has all my favorite things: Patouf jumper, 7 for all Mankind jeans, Mykita sunglasses, white Converse, Muriee cashmere scarf and Shini’s leather hat (that I snuck out of her suitcase). Although leather baseball hats are currently all the rage, I’d just like to say that are actually really stupid. If it’s hot the last thing you want to wear is a black freaking leather hat… when I stood in the sun my head was boiling. England, this trend was made for you.
I’ve never been that drawn to France but after this trip I’m aching to go back, even if it’s just to visit L’ATMO again for lunch…
Massive thank you to Sabine and Vienna International Hotels for inviting me on the best press trip ever.
p.s. view more photos over on Facebook.
Brace yourself, we’re about to embark on a journey of epic time travel.
Flash back to Day 3 of LFW: it was early and I was tired. I’d just arrived at Somerset House and was in a bit of a daze. The sun was really bright and, of course, I had forgotten my sunglasses. Up comes a bloke who asks to take my photo. ‘I just love your coat,’ he says. ‘The fabric is incredible. The sleeves look awesome – you don’t tend to see this colour coat with leather very often.’ Did he even, possibly, reach out and touch my shoulder? What can I say – the leather, it’s irresistible. I can’t remember. He’d made an impression though by pointing out exactly what I loved about the inky coloured coat from Charlie May’s AW12 collection. I agreed, it was freaking awesome. Please.snap.away.sir.
Flash forward to the last day of LFW: it’s pouring with rain and I’m standing under a black umbrella watching a men’s show on the screen outside the BFC tent, waiting for Louisa to exit an exhibition. ‘Would you mind if I took a photo of your sweater and clutch?’ I look over. It’s the same guy from a few days earlier. ‘Yeah, of course.’ Again, it seems to be the texture and colour that has lured him in… like a moth to flame.
We start talking: ‘Are you American?’ We both are. ‘Are you on Twitter?’ Of course. ‘What’s your name?’ I ask. ‘@Le21ème,’ he replies… ‘Wait, as in Le 21ème Arrondissement blog!?’… ‘You’ve heard of it?’ So begins the time-tested conversation where I try to convey how much I freaking love his work only to have him continue to act shocked that I’d ever seen it. Ummm… yeah I’d seen it. It’s only one of my favorite street style blogs ever.
Fast forward two weeks: we’re now in Paris. It’s fashion week. Outside every show I bump into my new friend, Adam. Like most people, Paris is the last leg of his mammoth fashion month adventure – it’s the only thing standing in the way of going home to New York and his girlfriend. I find out he shoots for all sorts of snazzy publications and brands: Elle US, Grazia IT, Marie Claire and Vogue Russia – to name just a few.
Adam is also really nice. The sort of nice that makes you want to bundle him up into a little package and force him into being your best friend. He’s got a heck-of-a-lotta ambition too but doesn’t want to do anything that would suck the fun out of what he’s doing. I can relate. Keep it light, keep it frothy… that’s what I always like to say. The thing I love about Adam’s blog, Le 21ème Arrondissement, is that he focuses on incredible details and unique off-the-radar people. Adam’s aesthetic is seriously kick butt: it’s fierce and often goes against the grain. Whenever I see his photos I feel a little challenged. He sees things differently and I like that… I never feel like I’m looking at ‘just another street style blog.’
Alright, now flash forward five months- right past summer and all that jazz: it’s September 2012 and you’re starting to think about your fall wardrobe. Oh, you’re into supporting new talent? You like embracing young British designers? You want something original and fresh that everyone else won’t be wearing? A-ha! Behold, I have the answer to what you’ve been looking for: Charlie May.
Charlie’s collection is stuffed full of wearable basics. There were a pair of wide legged super soft high-waisted cord trousers that have my name written all over them. Do you know when I last wore corduroy trousers?! It was a long freaking time ago. There are also amazing silk separates – long dresses and shirts with gorgeous flowing wrist details. Oooo, and the leather. I’ve already started saving up for one of Charlie’s leather jackets. They. are. stunning. I love the colour palette, the simple silhouettes and the delicate unexpected details that make all the difference. Cue incessant swooning.
Wearining: Outfit 1 – DAGMAR Pre-Fall AW12 cardigan (Varg), American Apparel tri-blend T-shirt, LiLiFi leopard clutch, Muriee cashmere scarf. Outfit 2 – Charlie May AW12 coat and silk shirt, Tibi leather front top (My Wardrobe), Maison Scotch clutch, 7FAM jeans, and Balenciaga boots.
Topshop Unique AW12
The allure of the Topshop show is bizarre. Surely, there should be the least amount of excitement around it. It is, after all, a collection that will be sold on your very own high street. So the pieces that come floating down the runway need to be wearable and relatively inexpensive to produce. The margin for error is huge. Throw enough money at a collection and it’s bound to be incredible but will anyone be able to afford it? When you have to make clothes that you can produce on mass scale… well, that’s where it gets interesting.
There is always a huge amount of buzz around the Topshop show. First of all, the venue is ‘off campus’ (if we’re referring to Somerset House as campus, that is) so it’s more difficult to access. If you don’t have a ticket there’s no point in showing up. The security is intense and the organization runs like clock work. Have a seated ticket? You’re quids in. You’ll be enjoying the most delicious nibbles and sipping on juice while watching the hottest of celebrities walk in – through a separate entrance no less (a genius move as it eliminates a paparazzi frenzy outside). Lucky enough to nab a standing ticket? It’s still worth showing up, just make sure you get there early. If you’re at the front of the line then you’re likely to get in. This is a show that starts on time and treats its guests well.
PHOTOS: Poppy Delveigne being photographed inside pre-show. Carrie Harwood outside the venue with a cute bunny ring and Oliva Palermo getting struck by the paparazzi.
Let’s be honest though. While organization and the way a PR team treats its show-goers is undeniably important – the true success of any collection is judged on what we’re all really interested in… the clothes.
As soon as the show ended I let out a giant sigh and said to the person sitting next to me, ‘It’s like Burberry and Alexander Wang had a baby!’ A few minutes later when I regrouped with Shini and Susie by the door Sandra came walking over… ‘Oooo, something felt very Burberry about it’ one girl said. ‘Yeah, but Burberry mixed with Wang!’ cooed Sandra. Huh? Major déjà vu moment… clearly we were all on the same page.
It did feel reminiscent of Burberry (the colour palette) and Wang (the cool – ‘I want to be her’ – models off duty vibe) but in an amazing way. It felt grown up and sophisticated like the Topshop girl had just entered her late twenties. Maybe that’s why it spoke to me so much – I felt like the collection was designed for me. Every winter I struggle with outerwear… I don’t want to wear another cocoon shaped coat or a plain parka. With this collection Topshop has single handedly made the ankle grazing coat wearable again.
Not only that. The prints were delectable and understated – the little two-tone patterns with x’s were my favorite. The knits were big and chunky but flattering – the sort of items you could throw on with a pair of skinny jeans (or slouchy jeans, or pencil skirt, or anything) and look effortlessly put together. There was a navy one that looked exactly like what I’ve been missing from my wardrobe plus an army green one that resembled animal skin (how did they even do that?). A velvet jumpsuit, leather dungarees, crossed back fastenings (I am all about back details right now) and oversized bags that resembled Phillips Lim’s pashli (which I’ve been dreaming about for about 2 years) worn just tucked under the arm as an oversized clutch.
If I had to pick a single favorite item it would have to be the red and black checked dress with black harness layered over top.
Sure, there were a few pieces that weren’t quite to my taste. I can’t imagine, for example, wearing a pair of knee length wide shorts or a dress with the side cut out. Who’s to say I won’t change my mind by next autumn? It’s always good to have your boundaries pushed. To those who say it doesn’t quite fit with the ‘Topshop clientele’ – well, the show closed with a slew of little barely-there dresses. You know, the type you’d be likely to spot at clubs across the country on 16-24 year old girls. At first I thought they weren’t for me, but actually… layer a long sleeved t-shirt underneath and pair with those to-the-knee boots (ohhhh, those boots… Topshop if you don’t make those on mass scale I will actually die of sadness) and it’s far more fashion focused. This collection will be successful and not least because there’s something in it for everyone, from your gran right down to 12 your old niece.
Massive thank you to Liz and Susie at Topshop for inviting me along. I had a blast. xx
p.s. all my photos from the show are now on Facebook. Complete with psycho musings on each look. Enjoy.