J.W. Anderson

London Collections: Men AW13 Day 3

If I was being totally accurate the title of this post would read “J.W. Anderson AW13 show and a bit of mincing” because that was basically all I did on day 3 of London Collections Men. Admittedly I probably could have spent the rest of my day doing something more productive than dragging my boyfriend around the shops but we were shopping for him (in theory anyway) so technically it was menswear related.

London Collections Men

I wore… Coat: A.P.C, Skirt: American Apparel, Shirt: Whistles, Jumper & Boots: Massimo Dutti, Bag: Mulberry, Hat: Topshop.

Fashion shows last under 10 minues so if you’re going to get all dressed up for just the one it had better be a biggie. Given that the lone show on my day 3 schedule was J.W. Anderson, fash pack obsession and Christopher Kane’s replacement at Versace, I wasn’t even the tiniest bit tempted to skip it. As expected at such a hot ticket show, the FROW was strictly A List with everyone from David Gandy and Tallulah Harlech to Net-a-Porter founder Natalie Massinet in attendance. The press release promised “an examination of bourgeois kinkyness and boudoir perversity” which left me both slightly confused and extremely excited about what the Irish designer had in store for the boys next season. J.W. Anderson’s skillful boy/girl interplay has always been one of his work’s most enticing qualitites but this time around he took it to new levels, challenging concepts about anatomy and gender opening with an array of extremely short, frill-hemmed short-suits and closing with a crotch skimming grey leather tunic. Now I know that description makes his designs sound like something camp and frilly but I assure you, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Anderson’s sculptural, seamless wool creations were a masterclass in fabric manipulation and, in my opinion, a show of serious sartorial bravery. His neat knits sell like hot cakes but rather than resting on his laurels, Jonathan Anderson continues to push the boundaries. Pintstriped trousers came adorned with external, draping pockets while slicked back hair, razor sharp cuts and minimal embellishment resulted in a collection that felt simultaneously stark and playful. Of course Anderson’s no fool so alongside the shockers came cute motif knits and contrast coloured overcoats but I have to say, there were rather less commerce-friendly looks than you’d expect in a Ready-to-Wear collection.

London Collections Men

J.W. Anderson AW13

Unusual though many of them they may be, J.W Anderson’s latest offerings are exquisitely crafted and utterly original. Admittedly it would take a very brave boy to rock the strapless number and I can’t wait to see who dares to wear it in September!

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Weekly Wish List: Boxing Day Sales Edit

My one rule for sale shopping is buy classics. Think timeless, qood quality pieces not last seasons’ uber trends. I know this sounds like a no brainer but on more than one occasion I’ve given in to the attraction of FINALLY being able to afford that seasonal statement piece I’d lusted after since August and regretted it later. I’m a totally militant shopper, something to which many of my friends (and several post-shopping trip ex friends) can attest. But determined and single minded though my retail habits may be, I have never braved the Boxing Day sales. By the time Christmas is over I usually find myself lolling around in a state of bloated, pickled laziness and the idea of queueing outside Selfridges and then entering a scrum so hectic I’ll most likely leave with something utterly bizarre just doesn’t appeal. No, when it comes to the end of season sales online shopping is where it’s at. With this in mind I’ve spent the morning browsing the best Matches, Net-a-Porter, My-Wardrobe and Avenue 32 have to offer to bring you my own personal edit of the Boxing Day bonanza… Happy shopping!

Boxing Day Sales

1) J.W Anderson Waffle Knit Sweater, was £496 now £249, click here to buy
2) J Brand Denim 811 Coated Skinny Jeans, were £260 now £182, click here to buy
3) Church’s Burwood Studded Brogues, were £350 now £245, click here to buy
4) Mulberry Snake Effect Bayswater Bag, was £1100 now £770, click here to buy
5) Christopher Kane Cashmere Leopard Print Scarf, was £650 now £325, click here to buy
6) Smythson Leather Heart Keyring, was £50 now £35, click here to buy
7) Theory Yaisa Leather Sleeve Jacket, was £360 now £252, click here to buy
8) Burberry Wool & Cashmere Blend Beanie, was £150 now £105, click here to buy
9) Diane Von Furstenberg Large Tonda Clutch, was £293 now £146, click here to buy
10) Carven Bow Detail Suede Pumps, were £320 now £160, click here to buy
11) Yigal Azrouel Evergreen Leather Skirt, was £555 now £389, click here to buy
12) Equipment Brett Silk Shirt, was £211 now £105, click here to buy

Love Ella. X

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Unexpected Trend: Varsity Jackets AW12

Varsity Jackets

After SS12′s fixation with all things sportif, the current fashion-world-wide varsity jacket obsession shouldn’t really have come as a surprise. Maybe it was wishful thinking on my part as, not being the biggest fan of athletic chic, I was more than ready to wave it goodbye come August. But even if somewhere at the back of my mind was an inkling that track ready touches wouldn’t be disappearing anytime soon, much more shocking than the prevalence of varsity jackets for AW12 was the fact that, despite myself, I rather like them.

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Weekly Wish List, August 25th

Another week, another weekly wish list. For a couple of weeks now I been OVER summer and at last the weather in London is agreeing with me! Bye bye pastels, florals and broderie anglaise. Hello tonal hues, supple leathers and cosy knits. Apologies to anyone who’s less than thrilled by this weekends’ autumnal weather conditions but given the gorgeousness of this new season fare, I’m sure you’ll get over it…

Weekly Wish List

1) 3.1 Phillip Lim Ka-Pow Print T-Shirt, £160, click here to buy
2) J.W. Anderson Caged Neoprene Skirt, £220, click here to buy
3) Charlotte Olympia Polly Haircalf & Patent Leather Pumps, £695, click here to buy
4) Stella McCartney Fallabella Boucle Bag, £790, click here to buy
5) Swagga and Soul Isabel Biker Jacket, £225, click here to buy
6) Miu Miu Croc Effect iPhone Sleeve, £85, click here to buy
7) Mulberry Tiger Beanie, £150, click here to buy
8) Alexander McQueen Water Molded Snake Clutch, £1,165, click here to buy
9) Marni Patent Leather Loafers, £410, click here to buy
10) A.P.C Denim Skirt, £140, click here to buy
11) Chinti and Parker Heart Pocket Cashmere Cardigan, £295, click here to buy

Love Ella. X

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