Stripes and by the way where did the sun go?!??!

I am very unimpressed by this abrupt backward turn in the weather…do you realise that it is exactly a month until the longest day?

What is going on?

Should we do away with all thoughts of buying a summer wardrobe and just opt for an all year round winter one?

For the eternal optimists amongst us, who are still looking to invest in summer items, stripes could be your go- to, fail safe trend.

(Also they can live on into autumn/ winter quite nicely too!)

In stripe world anything goes… regatta, patchworked, shirting, wide, narrow, vertical or horizontal, take your pick.

Here’s a look at how they appeared on the S/S ’13 catwalks.

I love the Paul & Joe combo!

For the high street, stripes are a godsend and an easy sell, there should be no shortage of them at a more reasonable price point.

Here are some of my high street favourites.

Whistles- Stina Stripe Dress,  £165

Whistles– Stina Stripe Dress, £165

Maison Scotch- Silky Stripe Top, £98 reduced to £45

Maison Scotch– Silky Stripe Top, £98 reduced to £45

Yippee, this was on one of my Lust Lists…I shall be bagging myself one!!

By Marlene Birger- Suave Stripe Skirt, £145

By Marlene Birger– Suave Stripe Skirt, £145

Crew Clothing - Blossom Vest, £48

Crew Clothing – Blossom Vest, £48

Gap- Harbour jersey rolled sleeved striped dress, £34.95 reduced to £24.99

Gap- Harbour jersey rolled sleeved striped dress, £34.95 reduced to £24.99

& Other Stories- Striped Blazer, £79

& Other Stories– Striped Blazer, £79

Comptoir des Cotonniers- Linen T- Shirt, £55

Comptoir des Cotonniers– Linen T- Shirt, £55

Suffice to say that there is a bountiful stripe selection out there…now all we need is a bit of sun to go with them!!

Until next time….

The Fashion Circus Comes To Town.

Aside from our mental cat costing £100 in vets bills due to fighting, this week has been uneventful.

The crazy cat managed to splatter blood ‘Jackson Pollock’ style, up the walls and all over my unwashable, sisal carpet, (don’t ever get one, they look great but seriously they can’t be cleaned!)

Anyway, onto more interesting stuff…

London Fashion Week is now in full swing, so here are my favourites thus far; with a New York highlight  from the previous week, thrown in for good measure.

The show that everyone was talking about at the tail end of NYFW was Oscar de la RentaJohn Galliano has taken up residency with the fashion house following his dismissal from Dior in 2011, so this show was much-anticipated. It didn’t disappoint. An ultra glamorous and feminine collection, crammed full of strong silhouettes, vivid colours, opulent fabric and textures, cinched, belted waists and drama. It is pure speculation as to whether Galliano had a hand in this collection but there were telltale signs throughout. LOVE IT!!

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First up for London is Clements Ribeiro –  Large florals, brocades, lace and tartan were all mixed together, creating the eclectic mix of print and pattern that Clements Ribeiro are so known for. The range had a ‘punkier’, less bohemian feel to it than past seasons, and the use of a predominantly red and black colour palette backed up this harder, edgier look. I love their trademark knit pieces and they were there in abundance.

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I have a slight obesession with all things Mulberry so this collection is a no brainer and must be blogged about. Sticking to Mulberry’s English heritage, Emma Hill used plaids, tweeds, leather and traditional fabrics but added a playful twist; mixing them with fur trims, prints of woodland creatures and autumnal floral. Sleeve details and skirts worn over trouser were big news, (incidentally, skirts over trousers are cropping up a fair bit). The use of deep, autumnal colours all worked to create a sophisticated collection with a hint of humour.

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Temperley London– A favourite of the Duchess of Cambridge, this is a brand with a very feminine handwriting. Known for it’s occasionwear, A/W’13 retained its full length gowns but added a more daywear feel to the range. Inspired by Tippi Hedren the outfits had a retro theme to them. Structured dresses, and skirts boxy jacket, and stylish coats were sent down the catwalk in a dark colour palette, highlighted with emerald green. I totally want this collection!!!

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Finally Rhianna for River Island – Not a particular favourite but this has been a much hyped collaboration. so I was interested to see what delights Rhianna and her co designer Adam Selman had conjured up. They describe the collection as “urban- inspired, unfussy with a hint of uptown” targeted at “cool hip girls who aren’t super thin” Definitely not for me but then I’m definitely not a “cool hip girl”, probably spot on for the River Island target customer.

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So there we have it, so far… Any of these collection ticking the box?

I’d love to hear your thoughts.

More of LFW in my next post.

Until next time…

Spring/ Summer ’13 Key Pieces.

Here we are, my final post about S/S ’13 trends, and this time it’s all about the ‘must have’ pieces for the season.

Granted, I haven’t included all of them, we would be here for a very long time, but I have pulled together items that will instantly freshen up your wardrobe, and bring it bang up to date!

The first key item is…

The Cropped Trouser – This length of trouser  has been doing the rounds for a few seasons, but it was very clearly here to stay and strutting its stuff for S/S ’13 fashion weeks. Anything goes, slim leg, wide leg, plain, printed or embellished. They look amazing with a heel, and anything from a tee- shirt to a blazer can be mixed with them. I love cropped trousers!!

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From left to right – Blumarine, Barbara Bui, Isabel Marant

From the cropped trouser to…

The Short – Maybe not for everyone, but the short is definitely making its presence felt again. They appeared in abundance, as occasionwear, daywear, casualwear, and also taking on the traits of sportswear. The hot pant can strike fear in the heart of anyone over the age of 30, (except Kylie) but the city short is a far more acceptable option…Thank the Lord!!

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Left to right – Oscar de la Renta, DKNY, Chloe

Now for…

The Pencil Skirt – This particular style of skirt hasn’t really been on trend for a while, but it is actually one of the most flattering shapes of skirt around, with most body shapes managing to pull it off. Incredibly feminine and sexy, you can’t go far wrong. Lets hope it sticks around for a while!

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Left to right – Burberry, Erdem, Roland Mouret

My next key piece can definitely turn a seemingly simple, unexciting outfit into something ‘wow’.

The Item Coat or Jacket – These little beauties were showing up left, right and centre. Cropped, oversized, printed, embellished, sheer or full length; the one thing these eye-catching necessities have in common is their ability to make the ordinary, extra ordinary. I for one will be looking to get my hands on one or two of them!!

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Left to right – Isabel Marant, Dries Van Noten, Paul and Joe

You may be wondering where the dresses are? Fear not, here comes the key dress shape for the summer.

The Shift Dress – Yes, I think you would be hard pushed to find a designer who didn’t feature a shift dress somewhere in their collection. This classic shape was working hard. Belted, sleeved, sleeveless, patchwork, sheer, print or plain. I challenge you not to be able to find the right one for you.

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Left to right – Antonio Berardi, Prada, Calvin Klein Collection

My final key item is brought to you through gritted teeth. This is mainly because I am far too old, and not as toned as is required to pull the trend off! Oh how I wish I was 18! More of that in my next post.

Not so much a ‘key item’, more a ‘key area’. I’m sure this will be music to your ears, it’s …

The Midriff – Yay, so happy about that! I will be avoiding this like the plague. I think you have to know when to accept defeat, and I’m hold my hands up I’m well and truly defeated! Amazing as these models look, I think there are very few of us past teenage years, who can really rock a bare midriff. I’m very happy to be proved wrong though!!

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Left to right – Balmain, Jonathan Saunders, Edun

So there it is, S/S ’13 more or less wrapped up.

What will you and won’t you be wearing?

Until next time…