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September 05, 2012

A/W12 Trend: Black Leather Is Back

Alongside all of the embellishment and prints this season thanks to Miuccia Prada and Marc Jacobs, black leather had quite the comeback. I know what you're thinking: when did it ever go away but if you cast your mind back to this time last year you'll remember that block colour was still having a moment but black leather is officially back on the agenda this season.

This season was just a lot darker on the whole. Riccardo Tisci, who is undoubtedly the king of all things darkly romantic, was one of its biggest protagonists teaming his equestrian themed collection with those heel-hidden boots that everyone's rightfully raving about right now. Gareth Pugh is someone that always plays with leather and this season it came on more wearable asymmetric jackets with oversized lapels and at Gucci, Frida Giannini incorporated it on outerwear too but on cropped bell shapes instead.

As with everything, this is a trend that you can embrace with varying degrees. If you're not afraid of going full hog, invest in a coat like the ones at Versace or do like Kate Moss and buy a long sleeved bod con dress but beware. If you're going to go that way make sure to invest in quality pieces as they can quickly start to look cheap. For those of you that aren't so bold, opt for a shirt with a leather collar or follow Kanye West and Kate Moss by bagging a pair of leather trousers. That's one piece that you can count on season after season.

Shop my edit of the some of the best black leather pieces after the jump

August 20, 2012

A/W12 Wardobe Staple: The Fun Sweater

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The sweater is one of those wardrobe heroes that everyone needs. It's one of the few pieces that can stand you in good stead whatever the weather and over the past few years, it's hard quite the transformation. In the past, it had a bit of a bad wrap. The styles felt heavy, boardering on frumpy, and the colours didn't tend to extend too far beyond neutrals like black, grey and nude. The more recent variations, though, are really good.

3.1. Phillip Lim's comic-inspired sweaters got everyone excited for S/S12 and while his offerings for fall are a lot more subdued, they're definitely still something to keep an eye out for. Even Burberry experimented with sweaters this season with their fun owl embroidered options.

As far as colours are concerned, Sonia Rykiel, Missoni and Marni have great bright printed styles while Acne continues to lead the pack with their bright block coloured pieces. If you don't want to spend too much, J. Crew is the place to go. The colour ways and print options are extensive and the quality hold out from season to season. The moral of the story is that you don't need to conform this winter. Just as colour and prints have been for summer, there's no reason why you can't continue it for winter on your knitwear. Who knows, it might actually make you smile and with the British weather the way it is, that's going to help.

SHOP THE EDIT: 1. Cashmere blend sweater, £148.75, Thakoon at The Outnet; 2. Zebra print sweater, £35, River Island; 3. Sequin fine knit sweater, £45, J. Crew at The Outnet ; 4. Colour block sweater, £450, Chloe at The Outnet; 5. Merino wool sweater, £139.50, Sonia by Sonia Rykiel at The Outnet; 6. Mohair jumper, £175, Sonia by Sonia Rykiel at My-Wardrobe; 7. Chunky knit wool sweater, £105, Paul & Joe at The Outnet; 8. Lace mohair knit sweater, £220, Vanessa Bruno Athé at My-Wardrobe; 9. Cashmere knit jumper, £169, Paul & Joe Sister at My-Wardrobe; 10. Cotton blend sweater, £124.35, ADAM at The Outnet; 11. Open knit jumper, £190, ACNE at My-Wardrobe

July 27, 2012

Currently Coveting: 3.1. Phillip Lim's Comic Sweaters

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.

Are you a fan?

SHOP THE EDIT: Sweater, £390, 3.1. Phillip Lim; Leather trousers, £605, Acne; Boots, £480, Acne

See more of my picks after the jump

June 18, 2012

Get Excited: The Net-A-Porter Summer Sale Is Here

If there's one sale worth checking out each season, it's Net-A-Porter's. While it's fair to say that the pieces are generally still in the three digit and up range, there are some good bargains to be had especially from the more accessible brands like 3.1. Phillip Lim, Alexander Wang and Derek Lam.

It's not all clothes though, as the sale line-up features great accessories like the highly coveted YSL arty ring, great rings from Kenneth Jane Lane and iPad accessories from Michael Kors and Marc by Marc Jacobs.

Have a look through the gallery to see my picks from the sale. Have you bagged any bargains?

June 10, 2012

Functional But Desirable Summer Essentials At 3.1. Phillip Lim

Phillip Lim was one of the few designers that didn't work with floral prints for S/S12 but the typically spring print appeared throughout his Resort 2013 collection on everything from simple blouses to along the belt line of tailored trousers. It true Lim style, far from being frilly and girly the prints and the collection as a whole was painstakingly cool.

Like the Proenza Schouler resort collection, the pieces were functional but still interesting. Lim offered up the perfect white shirt dress, a pair of black leather dungarees that I'm desperate to get my hands on now, a great summer white blazer and a pair of easy lightweight trousers that are perfect if you want to cover up but keep cool this summer.

See more images after the jump

May 22, 2012

3.1 Phillip Lim Pops Up In Selfridges

If you're loving all things sporty this season, you have 3.1. Phillip Lim to thank because the contemporary brand was one of the major players championing the trend for spring - and it gets better. This morning the designer flew to London to celebrate the launch of his pop-up shop in Selfridges, which features several of the key looks from the S/S12 collection.

Also on offer in the special pop-up is a edited selection of the A/W12 accessories ahead of the launch of the mainline accessories line at the department store in July. Favourites like the 31 Hour bag and the Pashli are still there for fall but come in rich tones like burgundy and fail safe black.

Take a look though the gallery to see my favourite pieces from the S/S12 collection.

February 14, 2012

Things Got Dark At The 3.1 Phillip Lim Show

It was a tailored affair at the 3.1 Phillip Lim show yesterday. Trousers were sharp, as were the jackets and waistcoats, and Lim offered up some killer two piece trouser suits that will slip into your wardrobe with ease.

This season was a big departure from the colour we saw he showed for spring. In there place came mainly monochromatic looks, particularly on those two tone trousers that we fell in love with last season, and also on simple shift dresses styled with opaque tights and chunky knitwear. Towards the end of the collection though, grey jersey knits popped up as well as a green double breasted coat, purple sheer organza skirt and heavyweight outwerwear in brown.

While Lim quoted superheroes as his inspiration this season, it didn't really come through as well as it did with his pre-fall collection with those 'Ka-Pow!' sweaters except on the white cape that he used to open the show and some gold ankle boots.

See the collection after the jump

January 06, 2012

New In: Week's Picks

Clockwise from top left:

Skirt, £93.25, Marni; Dress, £50, Topshop; Ring, £7.50, Topshop; Ring, £155, Bijoux Heart; Sunglasses, £136.35, Linda Farrow Luxe; Top, £50, Math; Shoes, £260, Kat Maconie; Bag, £268, Alexander Wang; Top, £105, 3.1 Phillip Lim.

January 04, 2012

Get Ready To Get Sporty In 2012

2012 is going to be the year of sportswear. This year the Olympics is finally coming to London and to celebrate designing the official kit for team Great Britain, Stella McCartney has several project that are yet to be disclosed in the works. And it doesn't end there.

British Marie Claire took the bold step of casting former British world hepathlon champion, Jessica Ennis, as their February 2012 cover star and designers have been inspired by all things sporty this season as the trend dominated the S/S12 collections, particularly at brands like Isabel Marant, 3.1. Phillip Lim and Alexander Wang.

Will you embrace sportswear this year?

See more after the jump

September 15, 2011

Phillip Lim Presented A Refreshing Collection In More Ways Than One

Phillip Lim's show yesterday is definitely memorable and it's not just because he delivered yet another strong collection. For Spring, he reverted away from all of the bold and sometimes garish prints that we've seen from New York this week and opted for something a lot more subtle and minimalist and it worked.

The collection was clean lined and fresh. Sorbet tones like lilac and a subtle orange appeared amongst muted tones like crisp white, beige and black but don't be fooled, the colours were far from cutesy. Instead, the collection had a real sporty edgy. Proving that style can be comfortable, Lim showed a selection of great silk slouchy trousers and the perfect loose fit racer back tops that will serve you well from season to season. Lightweight knitwear was also a strength and boasted the exposed shoulder style that has cropped up so often this week and a pair of flat ankle strapped sandals have my name all over them.



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