I'm not usually one for motifs, or colour in fact, but that's starting to change and 3.1. Phillip is responsible. Ever since Elin Kling sported his 'Ka-Pow' sweater during New York Fashion Week, I've been sold and so how everyone by the sounds of it. Both that style and his 'Break-Up' sweater have been seen on just about everyone and have been selling like hot cakes since hitting stores.
You can tackle the style in one of two ways. If, like me, you're still new to the whole statement prints and motifs game, make the sweater the statement and keep everything else muted. Alternatively you can go full-hog and team it with a statement block coloured skirt or pair of the printed trousers that we all can't get enough of this season.
This week team ACNE descended on New York to open their new store at 33 Greene Street. To mark the occasion the brand brought Sweden to New York by marking the occasion with a traditional Swedish Midsummer celebration at a private dinner at Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria.
'When I am in New York, I really feel that historical references are very visible so when designing the new store I wanted to take a very Swedish slant on history and environment,' Jonny Johannson, the brand's creative director, said in a statement. 'I was inspired by the Gustavian period of Swedish design, its cleanness and purity, and I wanted to re-interpret that in a modern way.
As you would expect, the opening drew an impressive crowd. Everyone from Glenda Bailey and Hamish Bowles to Elin Kling and Hanneli Mustaparta attended.
Just when we thought that pyjama dressing was the only unlikely trend of the season, you can add peplum to that list too. The silhouette isn't something new but for some reason or other, many women avoid it like the plague but this season things have changed. The style has made a serious comeback and everyone seems to being embracing it.
Everyone from Jason Wu and Giambattista Valli to Alexander McQueen and Givenchy paid homage to the style back in September and it's not hard to understand why. As someone that has suffered with finding clothes to fit around my typically South African pear shape, the waist skimming effect is perfect. As Beyoncé and Kim Kardashian show, it accentuates a tiny waist whilst skimming your hips and celebrating curves. Even for those that are more straightly shaped, peplums help create the illusion of curves like it did for Emma Watson and Emma Stone recently.
When Michelle Williams sported that beautiful statement red Louis Vuitton peplum gown it became clear that everyone was converted and unsurprisingly, the high street has picked up on it too. Not all are good but Zara has created some great styles that are sculptural and structured without the fuss that made many people avoid them in the first place.
If you aren't quite ready for your summer holiday yet, I come baring good news. The Net-A-Porter team have devoted a large section of the site to help you get ready for your big trip away.
In this week's magazine, the team interviewed everyone from Elin Kling to model Jessica Hart to get their packing tips but that;s not all. The team have also shown the key pieces you need to create a capsule vacation wardobe whether you're going on a beach retreat or an urban escape and a round-up is also available showing the top 50 pieces available on the site that will see you through your holiday.
Today, brands aren't scared of working with bloggers to promote their wares. If they're not sitting front row at the big shows - laptops and Blackberry's on hand - they're sporting designer clobber in their personal style blogs. But no brand has gone quite as far as H&M. Today the high street retailer announced that they've teamed up with Swedish blogger Elin Kling on a collection.
Kling, who started her site back in 2007, is reportedly a big hit in Sweden so the collection will only be available in 10 stores there from February 3 with 10% of the proceeds going to UNICEF. The collection is comprised of two accessories and nine items of clothing and is quickly getting good reviews.