Monday, 6 April 2020

A/W 20 Colour Trend - Saturated Red

This rich hue has been seen an countless catwalks this season. From Michael Kors and Monse in New York, to Saint Laurent and Balenciaga in Paris - this top choice of colour provided countless show-stopping runway moments. Sequinned evening dresses were seen at Christopher Kane, Marc Jacobs and Bottega Veneta, where Daniel Lee continues to impress with his offerings for the Milanese brand. Tailoring was also an important product category, with striking red power suits seen at McQueen, Burberry and Altuzarra. It looks like workwear will be getting lively next season.  For great layering pieces, look to Iceberg and Roksanda for casual pullover knits. There simply will be no getting away from this sensual yet strong colour for A/W 20.

Phillippa x

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Saturday, 4 April 2020

Felt Craft Idea's

It's been a short while since I posted on my blog...perhaps a classic case of 'creative burnout' as a result of blogging for 10 years. An entire decade - how did that happen? But as the world is a slightly different place right now, I thought 'no time like the present' to get back to it. Let's be honest, most of us have a lot of extra time on our hands at the moment!

It seems that right about now, we are all looking to be a bit more resourceful with how we spend our time and setting our mind to 'creative mode'. So whilst I usually blog about fashion trends and analyse runway collections, I thought now would be the time to share some of my other creative projects with you. 

One of my main creative hobbies is making felt decorations. I find it unbelievably relaxing to set my mind to a creative task and come up with ideas for different decorations. Predominantly using felt, I then add embroidery with coloured thread and beads. Below are some of my own favourite creations:


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Wednesday, 1 April 2020

WFH / Lockdown Music Playlist

I frequently used to update my blog with playlists of music I was 'currently listening to', but i've not done this for some time now. Well now we are all in lockdown, with lack of regular human interaction, music can be a bit of a 'saving grace'. I think we all turn to music to lift our mood and reflect how we are feeling at any given moment. I've put together a new list of the artists / albums I have been listening to...

The National - Albums: High Violet, Trouble Will Find Me, I Am Easy To Find
Mating Ritual - Album: Hot Content
Slowdive - Album: Slowdive
Future Islands - Albums: Singles, The Far Field
Luke Combs - Album: This One's for You
Hurts - Albums: Happiness, Exile, Surrender, Desire
Eddie Vedder - Album: Into The Wild
The Killers - Album: Battle Born
Foals - Album: What Went Down
Oasis - Albums: Heathen Chemistry, (What's The Story) Morning Glory?
Coldplay - Albums: A Head Full of Dreams, X&Y, Ghost Stories, Mylo Xyloto, Vida La Vida
Richard Ashcroft - Album: These People
Twin Shadow - Albums: Caer, Eclipse
Fleetwood Mac - Albums: Tango in the Night, Rumours
Haim - Albums: Something To Tell You, Days Are Gone
Taylor Swift - Albums: Lover, Reputation, 1989, Red, Fearless, Speak Now
Anna Of The North - Album: Lovers
M83 - Album: Saturdays = Youth
Christine and the Queens - Album: Chris
Billie Eilish - Album: When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
Blondie - Album: Best of Blondie


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Monday, 10 February 2020

Outfit of The Month - February

A pop of colour to take away those winter blues, is exactly what I had in mind when it came to styling this outfit. I knew that I wanted to build the look around a piece from one of my current favourite brands, Colville. The brand was the brainchild of the formidable former British Vogue fashion Director, Lucinda Chambers, alongside Marni designers Molly Molloy and Kristin Forss - hence the exquisite use of colour! I was looking to create a super wearable outfit, with an extra added level of interest and I think this Colville knit offers the perfect antidote to dull daytime dressing. I have teamed the top with a classic pair of light-washed, low-rise, jeans from LA based sustainable brand Reformation. For outerwear I opted for a beautifully cut coat from Roksanda, the stone grey lending itself perfectly to the light-washed denim. Completing the look are an iconic pair of mules from Proenza Schouler and a millennial pink tote bag, also from Proenza. Overall, this look would be ideal for me to wear to the office - the heels elevating the look, whilst bold geometric print ensuring the look remains modern and fun.
Phillippa x

Monday, 30 December 2019

S/S 20 Trend - Scarf Dressing

The humble scarf takes on a new lease of life for SS20, fashioned and styled in many different directional ways. It's a classic accessory that is set to become a whole new piece of outerwear apparel, in it's own right. Whether it be: knotted across one-shoulder (Erdem), constructed into a top (Peter Pilotto, Versace), draped as a cape or tied around the waist (Burberry) -  This versatile silk accessory is sure to inspire the fashion elite, and loyal street-style fans,  to experiment with styling techniques.
On a personal level, this trend is music to my ears - I collect silk scarves and used to work for a luxury scarf brand, so I know a thing of two about scarf styling tips and tricks!

Key Designers: Burberry, Erdem, Lanvin, Preen, Peter Pilotto, Versace, Zimmermann


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Monday, 23 December 2019

S/S 20 Trend - Blue Is The Warmest Colour

There's always one standout colour trend each season and this time around it is blue - steel blue being the most popular choice. Making its SS20 fashion week debut at NYFW, this must have colour of choice continued to reign supreme in London, Milan and Paris. The wearability of this colour amps up it's commercial appeal, the grey undertones making it a great lead colour in your wardrobe as it can easily be paired with other muted tones for a more subtle look. In fact, this colour works particularly well with earthy beige and cream (another two key colour trends for SS20).  On the runway this colour was used to create full looks, whether that be one-piece looks or layered separates - it was all there for the taking.
This colour was seen on a whole host of different fabrications: from knitwear to leather, cotton to organza.

Key Designers: Altuzarra, Jason Wu, Bottega Veneta, Andrew GN, Burberry, Lanvin, Nina Ricci, Prabal Gurung, Mugler, Richard Malone, Salvatore Ferragamo, Tods, Staud, Sies Marjan, Tibi, Y/Project, Victoria/Tomas, Tom Ford
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Monday, 16 December 2019

S/S 20 Trend: Map Print

A road well travelled seemed to be the order of the day for S20 - as far as print trends go anyway. The notion of travel is always well explored by designers, taking inspiration from research trips and vacations for their collections, but for SS20 the trend was very literal in its runway interpretation. Designers including, Sacai and Mary Katrantzou printed vintage maps onto dresses. At a glance they almost looked like texture prints, but on closer inspection you could see the finer details. Mary Katrantzou took inspiration from her native Greece, paying homage to her home country in true Katrantzou 'showstopping' style with a map of Athens printed onto an extravagant evening gown. Over at Sacai, the long-flowing dresses were teamed with sandals - for an overall more authentic take on the attire of a seasoned traveller.
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