Autumn/Winter 2015-16 Ralph Lauren

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When the talk of New York fashion week isn’t revolving around the brutal weather front, then it’s chat about newest latest happenings. That week, it had only been about one thing: the Polo Bar restaurant – Ralph Lauren’s latest opening, a cozy, dimly lit den serving the best steak in town, a stone’s throw away from the new Ralph Lauren Polo Fifth Avenue store. Woody Allen has already been, so too half of the fashion fraternity. It’s a roaring success.

What to wear there? Well, Ralph Lauren of course. In fact, any piece from his collection this morning in 50 shades of brown would fit right in to the equestrian clubhouse feel. Take ‘Truffle cashmere’ for example – it conjures good things doesn’t it? Rich, expensive-looking deliciousness, in which to pour oneself come autumn. This was a classic RL collection; from the layered knitted ensembles, reined in with a low-slung saddle leather belt, to the two-tone wool and suede ponchos, shearling coats and oatmeal flannel trousers.

Celebrity stylists would be wise to put a call in now to request that sublime black strapless gown, devastatingly beautiful in its restraint and simplicity. The woman in that dress can’t not but feel good about life.

This is exactly the sort of collection that his legions of women will shop at his Madison Avenue flagship in New York – and anywhere else in the world for that matter.

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Paris Fashion Week

During Paris Fashion Week I was invited back by Joseph to help the wholesale team in their showroom. The position that I have is ultimately acting as the link between the buyers, the wholesale team, the dressers and the models. It means that I have to be extremely organised, understand the collection inside-out and back-to-front and work every minute of the day running around making sure that I am available to everyone everywhere.

Exhausting but I loved it.

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The pre-AW15 collection sees the Joseph woman borrowing from every corner of her boyfriend’s wardrobe. She covets his oversized, heirloom knitwear and masculine tailored looks that evoke the cut and elegance of his old Etonian uniform (but they always fit her a size too big). Her tomboy attitude and slouch breathe a new lease of life into British menswear classics.

There is a sense of ease to the collection. Layers are built on layers, secured with various ties and wraps. It’s a play on proportion, volume, and longevity, focusing on the idea that luxury clothes, especially borrowed ones, get better with age. The fabrics, too are noble and traditional; glove leather, cashmere, lambswools, and felt textures; military felt, corduroy and flannel blend on the body with ease.

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Lucky for me I was able to have the weekend off from all of the chaos and manic running around as my friend Grace was coming to visit me. She really couldn’t have picked a better weekend to come, with the sun shining beautifully everyday and celebrities here there and everywhere from all the fashion excitement we were two tourists running around Paris trying to make the most of everything.

I of course took here on my little tour of the city bumping into all sorts of fashionistas such as Bryan Boy wearing knee high golden Chanel sandles and We Wore Whats Danielle Bernstein looking as glamorous as ever. We stopped at all my favourite cafes along the way such as the beautiful Cafe Carette and the delicious Angelinas as well as eating at all the best places. L’Avenue on Saturday was particularly exciting as Kim Kardashian was munching away at the same time as we were!

The most perfect and beautiful weekend during Paris Fashion Week.

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