Monday, 9 December 2019

S/S 20 Trend - Polka Dot

The humble polka dot...known in the textile industry as a 'non-print'. It's non descriptive, easy to wear and highly versatile, as it can be applied to pretty much any apparel surface. So evident, was the versatility of this print trend, that on the runway we saw it on everything from crop tops to evening dresses. Ok so it's not exactly anything new, but in a way that's one of the best things about it. It might be on trend for next season, but it is classic enough in it's simplicity to see you right for years to come. Gucci offered a more directional take on the trend, by opting for a solid grass green colour update, but other than that designers stayed true to the prints' black and white origins.

Key Designers: Gucci, Celine, Balmain, Sacai, Haider Ackermann, Altuzarra, Carolina Herrera, Max Mara, Noon by Noor, Tory Burch, Erdem, Michael Kors, Dries Van Noten
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Monday, 2 December 2019

Outfit of The Month - December

This one i'm appropriately calling 'That 70s Show'. In my mind, 70's fashion has never really gone out of style, I mean not a day goes by when I don't have at least a subtle nod to the seventies somewhere in my outfit. Many key style callouts of 70's fashion, really suit my body shape: high-waisted trousers and turtlenecks...to name a couple. Cue this outfit. 
I've long been lusting after the infamous Bella Freud '1970' turtleneck, so it had to be the starting point from which I built the rest of the outfit around. After years of being a loyal skinny jean kinda girl, i'm currently embracing the classic 70s kick flare. Get the fit right, and team with the perfect cone heeled boot, and you've created the illusion of an elongated silhouette (and who wouldn't want that?). This pair are from Re/Done and come in the most gorgeous mustard corduroy - and in terms of fabric, corduroy is about as seventies as it gets. But i'm not stopping there with the textured fabric, i've added an oversized shearling jacket into the mix. 'Teddy' fabrics are big news at the moment, so definitely worth the investment if you are looking to add some on-trend elements to your winter wardrobe. 
For the accessories, I had to opt for a pair of aviators. Oversized 70s sunglasses were a huge callout from the SS20 collections and aviators, in particular, were a staple accessory of pretty much every musician and Hollywood actor in the 1970's. This pair are from Chloe, the top bar detailing further elevates this style. Rustic / earthy colours are also key elements for nailing seventies style, so I kept this in mind when selecting my footwear and handbag - I'm all about faux croc and snakeskin!

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Monday, 25 November 2019

S/S 20 Colour Trend - Mint

As predicted by trend forecasting site, WGSN, 'Neo Mint' (as it has been coined) was a huge hit on the S/S 20 runway. Neo Mint is seen as a new directional colour and is described as "an oxygenating, fresh tone that aligns science and technology with nature".
On the catwalk we saw variants of this colour, ranging from soft neutrals to acidic brights - meaning there is a shade to compliment every skin tone.  The key to nailing this trend is to go head-to-toe mint, whether that be in power dressing tailored suits or ruffle hem dresses.

Key Designers: Agnona, Alice & Olivia, Balenciaga, Christian Siriano, Givenchy, Giambattista Valli,  J.W. Anderson, Jonathan Simkhai, Louis Vuitton, Miu Miu, Mary Katrantzou, Rochas,  Y/Project. 
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Monday, 18 November 2019

S/S 20 Eyewear Trend - 70's Sunglasses

The 70's aka my favourite fashion era. So imagine how happy I was when this trend crossed over into eyewear for S/S 20 (which if you didn't know, i'm an avid collector of). 

Aviators - The humble aviator is undeniably the most globally recognised eyewear shape and for S/S 20 this style came in upscaled proportions. Kate Spade, Alberta Ferretti and Zimmermann took the lead with oversized acetate frame aviators in honey torts and soft gradient lenses. Keeping proceedings super classic, French powerhouse Celine delivered one of the most commercial styles of the season - a core shape flat lens aviator. Minimalist wire frames are also a key eyewear trend for S/S 20, so if you invest in one designer frame this season, make it this one! 
70's icon references: Debbie Harry, Farrah Fawcett, Goldie Hawn.

Oversized Retro Frames - Unashamedly 70's in their styling, oversized tortoiseshell frames were widely seen on the runway. They come in an array of different shapes, with variations of: round, square and butterfly frames. As with the aviators, soft tinted lenses provide an easy fashion update for 2020. Key Designers: Fendi, Victoria Beckham, Courreges, Alberta Ferretti
70's icon references: Bianca Jagger, Jane Birkin.

Navigators - Another classic 70's frame, for S/S 20 this style was modernised by the likes of Givenchy with an oversized frame and two-tone sunset tinted lens. 
70's icon reference: Francoise Hardy
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Monday, 11 November 2019

S/S 20 Trend - Two-Tone Earthy Colours

Easily one of my favourite trends of the S/S 20 season - two-tone earthy colours. We typically see pairings of brighter colours (red/pink, orange/pink) for Spring, so it makes for a wonderful contrast to see such muted shades paired together this season. On the runway these colours came as either: separate garments or the second colour was added in the form of accessories. Due to the organic nature of such colours, they translate well onto soft tailoring. It was oversized boyish blazers at Agnona, inventive draping at Burberry, and loose knots at Givenchy. Oatmeal emerged as the key colour, sitting alongside pewter grey and sage green.

Key Designers: Agnona, Burberry, Chloe, Fendi, Givenchy, Prada, Proenza Schouler, Roland Mouret, Sacai, Tods
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Monday, 4 November 2019

Outfit of The Month - November

After years of being a loyal fan of the mini skirt, i'm venturing into new territory...the midi skirt. This particular style, from Anine Bing, is a perfect mix of both feminine and masculine style elements. The silk fabric allows the skirt to skim your body, accentuating your figure, whilst the terracotta/black colour combo adds depth to the look. But for me, what I love the most about this skirt, is the distressed zebra print. It toughens up this otherwise feminine silhouette and adds that all important 'edge' that I like to create with my outfits. 
I wanted the overall outfit to continue with the notion of a juxtaposition between feminine and masculine. To achieve this, I have paired the skirt with a beautiful chunky knit, with exaggerated bell sleeves, from Temperley. Known more so for print, Temperley always delivers great seasonal knitwear in an array of pleasing colours. This soft lilac works well to offset against the Autumnal terracotta skirt. Adding a touch of 'Keanu Reeves in The Matrix circa 1999' to the outfit, is a full length leather coat from Altuzarra. Again, here I was playing with masculinity.
Accessories - This Chloe bag, with metal chain hardware, is a perfect everyday bag. For me this style is ideal for work or leisure - it looks the part but is also practical. A simple black leather boot, from Office, works well to not overcomplicate the ensemble but as always it has a surprise design element in the form of a tortoiseshell heel. Completing the look, I opted for Spring coloured jewel earrings from Roxanne Assoulin. The colours perfectly match that of the sweater - and who says just because it's November you can't wear pastels?
Brands: Temperley, Anine Bing, Altuzarra, Office, Chloe, Roxanne Assoulin
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Monday, 28 October 2019

S/S 20 Print Trend - Ink

A beautiful, nondescript, print trend emerged from the S/S 20 runway - Ink. The free nature of such a print, allows for endless possibilities in terms of scale and texture. It also harks back to the traditional mark marking techniques often taught at art college.

At Off-White, the ink print in question was large in scale and could almost be mistaken for a hybrid between an ink print and cow print. It was the perfect print for the sporty / athleisure feel of the collection (like a more modern camouflage). At J.W.Anderson the ink prints looked more like your typical ink droplets, similar to those seen when a pen leaks (many a school memory coming back to me now). This could also be interpreted as a more unique take on the polka dot trend. And by the two aforementioned examples, you can already see how this simple print trend can come in many guises and really bring a different feel and aesthetic to a collection depending on the unique nature of the mark making itself. Over at Burberry, the more linear ink lines reminded me of the work of the American artist Mark Harrington. This take on the trend, felt the most structured of all the examples we saw on the runway. 
Christian Dior and Isabel Marant both opted for faded ink stains, almost like marks you would expect to see on paint overalls. Both these designers also injected colour into some of their ink print, although not seen in this edit. Moving away from an 'all over' print, Tods inserted bleached ink panels onto leather jackets - instantly elevating the overall look of the garment.

Key Designers: Burberry, Christian Dior, Isabel Marant, J.W. Anderson, Off-White, Tods
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