You’ve probably noticed that every September issue on the stands is heralding the death of print and embellishment this season. The editors agree that Balmainia era clothes – defined by sharp shoulders, sequins, and unforgiving bodycon – were designed primarily to suit the girls who modelled them on the catwalks – fawn-legged six footers who’ve barely finished puberty.
The return of real clothes – comfortable, uncomplicated and (this is the clincher) made for grownup women with boobs, hips and a bum – has been welcomed universally.
I’ve always been fascinated by the way sartorial trends simultaneously equate to a specific fashionable body shape. This season bust-ruffles at Prada have marked the renaissance of our love affair with cleavage. Not 90s Wonderbra cleavage – it’s different and more modern somehow – but something which is possibly just as blatant (Blake Lively’s Preen number caused quite a furore back in July, though I quite liked it myself.)
It’s refreshing to get some respite from what has been a definite legs phase in fashion, though I fear we’ll probably see demand for breast augmentations (already the most popular cosmetic procedure in the UK) skyrocket.
Hmmm…cleavage, are we glad it’s back?
I’ve been wanting this Acne trench coat for months, ever since I started eyeing up the one my old boss Mel and her wife Mary Portas share between the two of them. I figured at £575 I’d have to save up for it for quite some time but then I spotted it in the Matches sale for the much more reasonable price of £288.
Okay it’s still £288 – hardly the absolute bargain of the century – but when an item you’ve been pining after for ages gets significantly cheaper and goes into sale it’s time to seize your very last opportunity to own it.
Acne’s twist on the staple trench is typically cool and quirky (gotta love that Scandinavian touch) with a buttery-soft leather back panel, structured shoulders and delicately-crinkled silk lining which hangs below the hem.
Come the onset of autumn it’ll help to ease the pain of frostier weather. It’s so so so lovely!
I’ve lost count of the number of times conversation has turned to seasonal dressing over the past few weeks. Most people have expressed a leaning towards winter clothes but I fall firmly into the summerwear camp. Partly because I have a rail jammed full of beautiful dresses, but also because I simply get sick and tired of wearing the same old coat week in, week out. At least this year I can pick a Good’un (or maybe several good’uns if I get a bit extravagant with the old Visa card). Top of the list is the shearling jacket – no surprises there then.
Burberry – the absolute ultimate in fluffy, shearling loveliness - is obviously devastatingly out of my price range, but thankfully all the high street brands are (predictably) putting their own spin on the trend. Here are a few that made it onto my radar this week (helloooooo Whistles, Warehouse and M&S).
I was seriously excited after going to the Topshop press day back in April – now the AW10 lookbook is doing the rounds and the styling is top notch. The photos really exemplify how incredible the Topshop design team is, and good news – the cable knit thigh-high socks make an appearance (!), which I’m hoping is a clear indicator that they’ll be available to buy in store soon. Feast your eyes loves…
The new season’s collection goes into Topshop stores from 5th July…happy shopping!