Monday 13 July 2020

A/W 20 Fashion Trend - Fringing

Fringing is the gift that keeps on giving - lending itself seamlessly to many a trend or theme, think: Western style, the 70's and the glittering 1920's. It's all there for the taking, and open to interpretation, and that is exactly what we saw for A/W 20. It's a highly interesting trend, which exudes fun regardless of it's styling.

Fashioned into classic 20's 'flapper dresses' was the takeaway thought at Alberta Ferretti, whose delicate fringed dresses wouldn't have looked out of place in the Great Gatsby. Taming the fringed details, Boss and Prada oped for belted dresses adding a hint of structure to the otherwise flyaway fringing.

Celebrating the notion of the free-spirited seventies, Dior created nonchalant dip-dyed lurex fringed dresses. Complete with stacks of jewellery and bandana's, the whole Dior look was a lesson in high-fashion festival dressing.

And now onto my favourite incarnation of this trend: Western. Gabriela Hearst showcased scarf style dresses with fringing trailing from the seams. Alongside this we saw suede outerwear, with layers of fringing transcending from pockets and hems. My idea of heaven!

Fabric is key to the desired interpretation of this trend. For eveningwear look to sparkling silks or beaded fringing, whereas for the 'Western Wonder' feel opt for suede or knit. Choice of fabric will reflect in the overall movement of the garment, but rest assured you'll be swaying along the street wearing this trend.

Key Designers: Jil Sander, Stella McCartney, Bottega Veneta, Christian Dior, Boss, Gabriela Hearst, Roksanda, Burberry, Prada, Alberta Ferretti
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Monday 6 July 2020

Outfit of The Month - July

Ok so it's July, we're still in lockdown (who would have thought it?) but that doesn't mean you still need to be wearing your old trackpants and hoodie. One of the things I have found with being in lockdown, is that 'making an effort' with what I'm wearing really helps to make me feel more positive. With that in mind, for this outfit of the month, I have decided to style-up some easy wearing separates - a classic plain tee and a pair of comfy denim jeans.

Such basic items, can easily be worn around the house, but dressed up for a trip outside. An oatmeal shade blazer has been on my wishlist for quite some time now, and is the perfect layering piece for a summer's evening. These neutral shades are a big trend at present, but are classic enough to last you for several years to come. We all know a blazer effortlessly 'dresses up' an outfit, so this is a great piece to wear over your, otherwise, simple apparel.

Now for accessories. It goes without saying that i'm a huge fan of both Isabel Marant and cowboy boots - so this white leather pair, with cone heel, are a winner for me. What I love the most, is the sunset shade embroidered detail. Such colours remind me somewhat of the colours seen at the Grand Canyon national park and they just add a pop of colour to the overall outfit. Earrings come courtesy of London-based jewellery brand Coup De Coeur. Known for their statement pieces, often in heavy metals, this unisex and non-seasonal label has been worn by the likes of Lupita Nyong'o and model Peyton Knight. Completing the look is a classic black belt from Black & Brown, and a white leather bag with metal hardware from Pinko.
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Monday 29 June 2020

A/W 20 Moodboard - Western Wonder

This is one trend that could not me more 'me' if it tried. Ever since my West Coast USA road trip last year, i've become increasingly more interested in all things 'western wonder' fashion - cue this AW20 trend. If I wasn't already dreaming of living a nomadic lifestyle, in the Californian desert, I am now...

For apparel, this trend delves deep into the use of texture. With fabrications ranging from jacquard to organza, intarsia knits to the all important suede. Silhouettes tend to be loose, but will often be belted for aesthetic purposes. To add yet more texture to the overall trend, we regularly see design features such as fringing and dense embroidery.

Accessories really help to bring the trend to life: from the wide brimmed hats, to cowboy buckle belts and not forgetting the all important neck scarf (usually fashioned as a classic neckerchief). Such items, are a great way to add a nod to the trend into your current wardrobe, without needing to invest too heavily in the more statement apparel pieces.

Colours are quite muted, think desert sunset shades including warm taupes and khaki green. The use of white, also means this trends carries through from Autumn to Summer.

Key Designers: Zimmermann, Etro, Isabel Marant
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Monday 22 June 2020

Seasonal Wishlist - Young British Brands

One of the takeaway thoughts from the current global situation, is that the post coronavirus consumer landscape may look somewhat different.  Many shoppers may shun larger retailers in favour of supporting small and local businesses. Of course, this is purely speculative, but with us all putting a focus on 'community' at the moment it is easy to see that this shift is completely plausible. 
With this in mind, I wanted to shine some light on some of my favourite 'young' and 'emerging' British brands - should you wish to take a step in this direction.
1. Hayley Menzies - Cardigan £430
In 2011, designer Hayley Menzies set up a stall in Portobello market selling vintage pieces. From here, Menzies conceptualised her contemporary womenswear brand. Synonymous with a 'hunter-gatherer' style aesthetic, perfect for the modern woman loves to travel and who is a maximalist at heart. Signature pieces include knitted cardigans. Stockists include Liberty and Harrods.

2. Needle & Thread - 'Alaska' Dress £360
Founded in 2013, London based brand, Needle & Thread is synonymous with feminine daywear and evening dresses. With a focus on delicate hand embellishment and romantic prints, in ultra feminine colour palettes, Needle & Thread is the brand we all need to brighten up our wardrobe. A firm favourite of the Duchess of Cambridge, Sarah Jessica Parker and Drew Barrymore.

3. Orwell & Austen - Intarsia 'LOVE' Knit £215
Specialising in knitwear, all Orwell & Austen pieces are made in Nepal. The brand has a focus on creating ethically produced pieces, with a big emphasis on sustainability.

4. Les Girls Les Boys - Bralet £35
Les Girls Les Boys was founded in London by Agent Provocateur founder, Serena Rees. The brands' loungewear and streetwear is gender fluid. They have also recently launched swimwear.

5. Kitty Joseph - Top £135
After graduating from the Royal College of Art in 2011, Kitty Joseph founded her namesake label. Known as being a colour and print focused womenswear brand, and worn by celebrities including Kylie Minogue and Lady Gaga. Garments are made in the UK.

6. Hades - Intarsia 'JOY DIVISION' Knit £220
Founded in 2015, Hades knitwear is handcrafted in Hawick, Scotland. Most notably known for their band name and alphabet intarsia knits. The collections are made from lambswool and are only produced in small quantities. This enables the brand to support local manufacturing partners. Fans include Alexa Chung.

7. Fan Club - 'Lust for Life' T-Shirt £35
Coming in to fruition in 2015, Fan Club clothing is the brainchild of sisters Felicity and Johanna. Born from a love of the 60's and 70's, along with punk music. Best known for super wearable slogan tee's and a very affordable price point.

8. Serena Bute London - Trackpants £345
Having worked in the fashion industry for thirty years, Serena Bute founded her latest brand only a few years ago. The aim of the brand is to create wardrobe staples, which include their iconic wide leg silk joggers. Worn and loved by Rita Ora and Adwoa Aboah.

9. Deborah Lyons - Blazer £540
Having previously worked in New York and Italy, Lyons returned home to London and founded her own brand in 2016. Using her background in tailoring, the brand is known for empowered femininity and high quality tailored pieces.

Phillippa x
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Monday 15 June 2020

A/W 20 Colour Trend - Sorbet

Unexpected sorbet shades, made for a welcome appearance on the A/W 20 runway. Not your typical autumnal colour palette, these refreshing pastel hues added an injection of frivolity to proceedings. In previous seasons we have seen ice-cream pastels, often with multiple pastel colours used harmoniously together within one outfit. This has been perhaps in print form or in the guise of layered separates, but for A/W 20 designers were preoccupied with block colours. 

Classic silhouettes are key to nailing this trend. Take cue from Miu Miu, who presented peach melba and parma violet wool coats. These tailored pieces add a simply touch of on-trend elegance to your winter wardrobe. Classic enough to wear year after year, all whilst brightening up a dull winters day. Miu Miu also added a further nod to the trend by use of accessories. Gloves, in contrasting colours, served up a welcome addition of a second pop of colour.

Marc Jacobs and Prabal Gurung both also played heavily with this trend. A lesson in red-carpet worthy evening wear from Gurung, complete with ostrich feathers. With Jacobs it was a focus on creating statement looks with subtle colours - lycra tights and OTT teddy coats. One would expect no less from Jacobs.
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Monday 8 June 2020

A/W 20 Moodboard - Spanish Flair

So I'm sure i'm not the only one currently dreaming of their next holiday? (you know, for when this whole things is over...whenever that may be). Whilst in the process of looking at the A/W 20 catwalks, I noticed a distinct nod to Spanish culture. Well this just further fuelled my desire for my next holiday.

Louis Vuitton payed homage to Spanish Matadors, with their opulent take on the traditional bullfighter uniform, better known as the 'traje de luces'. Traditionally with gold and silver thread, the French fashion house opted for a similar style cropped jacket with heavy embellishment. In a further nod to Spanish culture, the blue and yellow colour palette was reminiscent of the coloured tiles seen at Park Guell in Barcelona.

Over in New York, Tory Burch also opted for a refreshing blue/yellow colour palette. Strapless dresses, with asymmetric hems and trims of shimmery paillettes and feathers, cascaded down the runway. Blue floral prints were delicately hand painted, similar to organic tile patterns found in picturesque Spanish towns. We can also take a look back at the LaDoubleJ SS20 collection, for which the Milanese brand presented zesty lemon prints with ostrich feather hems.

So, where will your next holiday be?

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Monday 1 June 2020

Outfit of The Month - June

If I could wear just one brand, it would be Chloe - cue this top which was the starting point for this 'outfit of the month'. I'm all for a quality slogan tee, and whilst I wouldn't usually opt for heavy logo branding i'll happily make the exception for Chloe. Overall I wanted the feel of this look to be somewhat utilitarian - a classic a-line skirt from Junya Watanabe does the job perfectly. The seatbelt style belt and pockets, add to the military feel. For me, khaki colours are the next best wardrobe staple colours, after black and white. Such colours can seamlessly be incorporated into many an outfit, their neutral tones sitting well next to many other pops of colour. I've thrown in an oversized tie-dye denim jacket for good measure. Tie-dye need not be all rainbow colours, I love the muted dark tones on this one from Palm Angels.

For footwear, so called 'combat boots' are having quite the moment in the spotlight right now. Bottega Veneta have brought the world the coveted lug sole boot (check out Rosie Huntington-Whiteley's outfit posts on Instagram for reference). The aforementioned Bottega boot is black leather, but for this look I wanted something more in keeping with the khaki colour palette. I have opted for a pair of similar lug sole boots from Parisian vegan accessory brand - Rombaut.

For accessories, I knew I wanted to further toughen up this outfit with some statement accessories. First stop was a signature chain bracelet from Alyx. If Alyx is not on your fashion radar yet, then it really ought to be. Founded in 2015 by Matthew Williams (Lady Gaga's former creative director and Kanye West collaborator), Alyx is fast becoming one of the most coveted brands, known for luxury pieces but with a streetwear affinity. Most notably, Williams recently worked for Kim Jones (Dior men) to redesign the brands' hardware. If you are on the lookout for future classic jewellery, it's worth investing now in their signature chain jewellery.

Completing the look, is a pair of top bar metal sunglasses from Givenchy, with smoke lens and acetate tips. In addition to this, I've added a practical cross-body bag, in neutral colours, from Stella McCartney.
What is your favourite piece in this outfit?

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