This is all probably a bit fanciful and I should just get on with writing about what people actually care about (i.e clothes) but first I do have a couple of very exciting pieces of news to share with you:
I am interning at ALEXANDER MCQUEEN! Starting from next next monday I will be giving you the low down on what I wear, what I do, who I meet, and if the McQueen Old Street HQ is actually as terrifying as it seems. When I went for my interview I don’t know what I was more intimidated by, the enormous stuffed Polar Bear standing guard at reception (yes really) or the fact that every employee I spied was so unbelievably well-dressed they may as well have just stepped off the catwalk. Secondly, this morning I found out that I’ve been accredited by The British Fashion Council to cover LONDON FASHION WEEK! So I’ll be blogging about the shows, exhibitions and general goings on at Somerset House.
Anyway, enough about me. It seems that everyone is caught up in a love affair with the amazing selection of looks on offer for fall/winter 2010. Nowhere is this more plain to see than on the streets of London. Here are some of my favourite real life takes on the hottest new season trends…
Ladylike looks are B-I-G news this season and where seen on the catwalks at Louis Vuitton, Dries Van Noten, Prada and Loewe to name but a few…
Louis Vuitton RTW Fall/Winter 2010
Whilst I can’t see myself coming over all ‘mad men’ in full, 50′s skirts and kitten heels, I’m definitely planning on embracing my sophisticated side and channelling the ladylike look. Fashion’s more elegant, feminine new mood is a breath of fresh air after the grungey, rock chic styles that have dominated the past few seasons.
Loewe Fall/Winter 2010
I spied this cutie (below) strolling in Regents Park avec latte (a girl after my own heart) and just HAD to get a picture of her outfit. From the shoes to the makeup to her poker straight, super glossy hair, everything about this look is polished perfection. The overall effect is beautifully chic and pulled-together. I especially love how she’s gone for minimal accessories and black basics to keep the focus on her gorgeous Chanel-esque jacket. Trend-wise, she is right on the money, but she doesn’t look remotely forced or as though she’s trying too hard to be fashionable. Sticking to your personal style whilst working new trends can be tricky, but I think it’s all about picking and choosing those that suit you. You don’t have to try them all, just go for you think looks and feels right.
Later on my travels I spotted another fashionista who had taken the retro-chic look a step further…
Extravagant hat, elbow length gloves, delicate kitten-heels… This outfit basically reads as a ‘what’s hot’ list for fall/winter 2010 accessories. But there’s something about this woman’s bold ensemble and general attitude that makes me think that it’s sheer on-trendness is incidental… And the fact that she’s rocking her own unique style is just that bit chicer than looking like a catwalk carbon copy.
I’m sure you’re probably already aware of my love for the simple and luxurious styles that were EVERYWHERE during fall/winter 2010 fashion week.
|Stella McCartney Fall/Winter 2010|
It’s not that I don’t appreciate those extravagant pieces that could practically double-up as art installations. I am as awe-struck by Gareth Pugh’s surreal designs as the next fashion obsessive. But there’s just something so refreshing about clean cut, beautifully made, good-quality garments… And as designers from Stella McCartney to Chloe and Celine showed an endless array of classic, minimal looks, I can’t see anything wrong with wanting to wear something a little more classic this season.
|Chloe fall/winter 2010|
I can’t believe that despite having so many sickeningly stylish friends, it has never really occurred to me to feature them before. At the very least, doing so would have reduced the amount of times I have approached random civilians and asked to photograph their outfits only to end up feeling more than a little embarrassed when they look at me like a madwoman before making a hasty get-away.
This is what my pal Charlotte was wearing when I met her for a pre-shopping lunch date last week. I thought her take on this seasons minimal-chic was rather lovely and definitely deserved a mention in this post.
You can’t go far wrong with the perennial style staple that is the classic trench coat (God knows I bang on about this enough!). Char is working the simple-luxe look to perfection: neutral tones, minimal accessories and simple ballet flats. Stella McCartney would be proud! The structured, ladylike handbag is SO fall/winter 2010 as seen at Marni, Loewe, Gucci and many, many more… I think a trip to Selfridges to invest in my own might be in order…
When I spotted my mum (who’s wardrobe I will DEFINITELY be raiding over the next few weeks) leaving the house in this ensemble I couldn’t resist taking a quick snap. She found this delicious Paul and Joe wool coat at their St Germain boutique whilst visiting me in Paris and I seriously regret not getting there first. Cigarette pants are top of my wish list right now and this pair is just perfect for those hot-and-cold early Autumn days. I love how she’s added a bit of colour-pop with these patent pumps. In case you didn’t know, red is THE hottest colour around right now. So put your trusty LBD’s away ladies, because this season it’s going to be all about braving the little red dress.
Well, I’m off to spend the next few days manically planning my wardrobe for Alexander McQueen and LFW. The competition may have been stiff in Paris but it will be nothing compared to the intensive wardrobe workout of the next few weeks! Wish me luck…
Love Ella. X