Spring/Summer 2015 Whistles

WHAT better way to cement your reputation as the working woman’s go-to brand than to stage your spring/summer 2015 fashion show in an entrance tunnel to Kings Cross tube station? The novel idea came from Whistles, who in doing so cleverly took their customer off the catwalk and put her into context: on-the-go and always looking good. The tight edit of sleeveless jumpsuits, cutout dresses, tactile knits and statement jackets in a limited colour palette of white, black, peach and the palest of blue all emanated the brand’s progressive-but-pared-back mix and will no doubt fly off the shelves when they hit the shop floor next year. A very stylish commute beckons.

 

 


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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Spring/Summer 2015 Giorgio Armani

THE money shot at this morning’s Giorgio Armani show was the finale look: a shimmering, shining bejewelled being complete with a bob of beads. She encapsulated the glamour of Armani and the designer’s inspiration this season: the sea, the sand and the landscapes they shape.

He started proceedings with a short film directed by the Oscar-winning Paolo Sorrentino and in it, we saw a mystery couple lying on the beach, hand in hand, with only rope to protect their modesty. Had they come from the deep blue sea? Were they from this world of Armani that Sorrentino was introducing? Were they simply on a nice beach day out?

Regardless, when we did get into that Armani water world, the designer took his theme and ran with it – to create multiple dresses that riffed on jellyfish proportions, shapes and movement. Pronounced short skirts splayed over sheer trousers (still an idea that might need some time to catch on) to perfectly replicate the entity in clothes. Fringes trailed from long skirts to reincarnate fish tails and scales and trousers came with pleats that looked like sand ripples – just as though the tide had come in.

The trousers here were mostly cropped and tapered, jackets languid and loose – a series of white suits were particularly beautiful – and shoes flat throughout. This style note helped to keep the collection feeling fresh and youthful too – those glistening dresses somehow seeming less obvious as obligatory eveningwear.

Armani isn’t the only designer diving deep this season – Philipp Plein made his own splash in Milan last night while back in London Ryan Lo took the plunge in his own irreverent way.

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Spring/Summer 2015 Burberry Prorsum

 

CHRISTOPHER BAILEY loves to riff on a topper. In previous seasons he’s reimagined the biker, the aviation jacket, the gritty parka, the trench – of course – and this season, he turned his hand to the indigo denim jacket, that forever young wardrobe staple that’s imbued with good times and optimism.

Serenaded with a live performance by James Bay, Malaika Firth opened the show (fellow Burberry girls, Kate Moss and Cara Delevingne sat front row, alongside Mario Testino) in a fitted wasp-waisted jean jacket with white sheepskin erupting out from under its little peplum.

Varying versions were in never-ending supply. Some were lined in sprouting white ostrich feathers, others were fiercely cropped, another was clad in dusty pink mink, or rendered in grass green suede with a glossy plastic collar and breast pockets. You’ll be spoilt for choice. It wasn’t only those jackets that conveyed a young-at-heart appeal, every luxury house seemingly has a hit sneaker right now and Christopher Bailey debuted Burberry’s all-white style, the “field” sneaker with a bright striped foamy sole.

Under those jackets were tulle dresses as light as candy floss that were whipped around bodies in sensual swathes of bandaged twists or pleats.

The British countryside comes alive in spring and there were nods to that feeling, which arrive with the first signs of summer, rooted in this collection. From those fluffy soft lambswool accents, to that particular shade of grass green, to the oversized butterfly prints and enlarged and abstracted bumble bee motifs and slogans that screamed “insects,” “flower,” and “sun” plastered over trench coats and printed dresses, and yes, all further enhanced by Bay’s The Clocks Go Forward, and the sunlight streaming through the Burberry tent in Hyde Park – as though right on cue.

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