So it’s a little bit difficult to think about cold weather clothes when the sun is shining but Cerre‘s collection for AW14 is really beautiful, with lots of staples that can be mixed into your wardrobe anytime of the year, like the leather jackets for example, and their blanket coat would make a lovely addition to a day-to-night outfit on a chilly summer’s eve.
I was looking for an incredible long wool coat back in January but alas it was not meant to be back then. However, this one by Cerre is just right, especially with the tie belt around the waist, who would say no to a snug coat to keep out the wind whilst looking chic.
Whether you’re wearing your sports socks with sandals or own a neoprene sweatshirt, have embraced the sports bra into your daily wardrobe or need your Stan Smiths surgically removed, it’s likely you’ve been bitten by the Sports Luxe bug. Also known as Athletic Chic and Sports Chic; it’s not a new trend but one that has snowballed since its appearance on the catwalk back in 2012, with designers Gareth Pugh, Alexander Wang and Balenciaga pioneering this new direction. It’s a trend that has had a huge impact on the fabric industry; it’s been suggested that Alexander Wang developed almost 90% of the fabrics in his SS12 collection.
The cotton pieces, stripes and light colours in this editorial by L’Officiel Paris make it feel so fresh. Masculine items are styled and worn in a more feminine way; there are suits of flowing fabric, tops unbuttoned reveal a toned stomach and wide-leg trousers are cut to flatter the female form. Although unfelt by the viewer, fabric takes centre-stage in this gorgeous editorial.
And how beautiful is model, Jordan van der Vyver’s hair, loose sun-kissed waves, urgh I’m so jealous!
I struggle to know what to do with my hair when I’m on holiday, I usually wear it loose but in the sun that can be a little too hot. I’ve pulled together some summer holiday hair inspiration in preparation for my upcoming trip to the Dordogne. I think I’ll be wearing the loose bun mostly as it looks the easiest. I’ve also included some of my haircare recommendations for protecting your hair in the sun.
In my opinion a denim shirt is one of those pieces that you can never own too many of. This one is by Edwin, a Japanese denim brand founded back in 1947. Mr Tsunemi who founded the brand started by importing used denim from America, mending and selling it on. It wasn’t until 1961 that he created his first pair of jeans with Japanese denim. Two years later, he created the world’s heaviest ringspun denim jean (16oz), which featured the three-colour rainbow selvedge. And, in 1981 Edwin developed ‘stone-washing’ a technique used by many denim brands today. Edwin truly revolutionised the denim industry, helping to bring Japan to the forefront of denim production. So if you’re going to buy a denim shirt this would be a good choice.
I mentioned recently that I’m quite the fan of Vanessa Traina and I’ve tracked down another beautiful shoot styled by the one and only for her website, The Line. It features super cool Jamie Bochert, model, musician and assistant to Marc Jacobs in gorgeous clothes by Christophe Lemaire, JW Anderson, Protagonist and Vince. Traina gives a lesson in capsule wardrobe creation with this editorial mix of just 13 pieces in shades of blue and cream. Bochert proves that after over a decade in the industry she is an extraordinary model and her Patti Smith-esque look is still very much on trend.
The sales can be pretty daunting at the best of times but if done well they’re an opportunity to invest in some essentials at a reasonable price. Like lots of you, I’ve been busy buying new pieces for my wardrobe both in-store and online (I’ll share more of these with you later).
I saw this black leather clutch in & Other Stories a little while back, so when I popped in the other day and saw that it was on sale it was an easy decision; it’s not left my shoulder since. It’s made from a soft black calf leather, the shoulder strap is detachable and it’s the perfect size for fitting all my handbag essentials in.
Helmut Lang have delivered another wonderful collection for the upcoming season. For AW14 there’s a focus on over-sized, soft, warm pieces in classic colours. They’ve been a little braver than usual with their palette, including a fiery red alongside camel, cream and black; and textures have been explored to great affect as well as pattern. As usual, it’s the simple pieces that I’ve fallen in love with, the tailored coats, over-sized mohair knits and (of course) the leather; Helmut Lang do such glorious things with leather. The funnel neck coats and the enveloping black fluffy coat look perfect for combating the effects of dire winter days.
A simple styling tip to take away from their show: wear your scarf backwards, letting the loose ends hang down your back.