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It Started at Celine…

Let’s be honest, the “it” in question could be any number of things. Frankly it would be far easier to name the trends, garments and general fashion moods not in some way influenced by or deliberately pilfered from French arbiter of all things chic, Céline. Low key luxe (duh), wide leg trousers, socks with sandals, label free it bags, double denim, summer leather… Whether you’re shopping at Armani or Primarni, I guarantee that the genius of Phoebe Philo has reached you in some way, shape or form. This time around the taste making move in question appears not to be a trend or far reaching aesthetic (although Céline continues to kickstart those too) but a specific garment. Namely, the pink coat. Roughly this time last year Philo sent two coats down the catwalk both of which were predictably and exquisitely understated in their immaculately crafted simplicity, save for the colour. The first was a dusky pink oversized mohair creation, the second a glossy fuscia pelt. In-your-face pink is not necessarily a shade usually associated with Céline but yet it seemed so right. The pared back, modern elegance and mannish silhouettes of the garments provided the perfect foil for their deliciously bright, shamelessly pretty hues.

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Céline AW12

Whatever your shade of choice may be – candyfloss, powder, baby, magenta – the colour pink itself is nothing new. What struck me, and has evidently struck the rest of the fashion world too, was its place within an otherwise frill-free collection. The message was clear, pink isn’t just for girly girls and summer frocks, it can be grown up and serious too. I might be wrong (not a rare occurence) but thinking back over my shopping experiences these past few winters, there seems to have been a dirth of pink outerwear. Khaki, olive, navy, burgundy, tweed, camel, black and even scarlet all get a look in but pink coats, or at least ones that can legitimately be worn over the age of six, have been few and far between. Well, not any more. Not since Empress of all that is cool, Phoebe Philo decreed it. During AW13 fashion month pink coats cropped up on the catwalk at Jonathan Saunders, Roksanda Ilincic, John Rocha and Topshop Unique… And that was just in London! Across the pond in Paris, purveyors of Scandi minimalism Acne Studios delivered an incredible sculpted number and Guillaume Henry’s candy hued confections made him the talk of fashion week. Naturally it was Philo herself who delivered the ultimate take on the trend she kickstarted last year.

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From left: Jonathan Saunders, Roksanda Ilincic, Carven & Céline AW13

While I probably won’t be snapping up the Céline version or even one of Carven’s snuggly coverups (sob!) their solid presence on the AW13 runways will no doubt mean that pink coats will be all over the high street next season. Whatever your preconceptions about Barbie’s favourite hue I highly recommend trying this trend come autumn, but do avoid venturing into toddler territory by giving the pie crust collars a miss.

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Lets talk about SEX baby…

I apologise in advance if the title of this post is a smidge misleading. I’m not actually about to reinvent myself as a London based version of the original petite anglaise (who I hadn’t heard of when I named my site, just FYI) and start blogging about bedroom antics. The subject of this post is, of course, fashion. I think it’s fair to say that in recent years, dressing fashionably and dressing seductively haven’t always gone hand in hand. Flatforms, midi skirts, Peter Pan collar blouses, cocoon coats, paisley print pyjama bottoms… All recent uber trends that didn’t exactly scream S-E-X. Since the world began to tire of bodycon some time around 2005 (I think?) more and more designers, especially those of the contemporary, independant variety, seem to have opted for androgyny, minimalism, power prints and other less obviously saucy styles instead of in-your-face raunchiness. This season however seems to have ushered in a new appreciation of shameless yet stylish sexiness and no collection conveyed it better than Jonathan Saunders’. For AW13 the talented Scot looked to “pin up girls and porn from the 1950′s” to deliver an array of PVC confections with enough cleavage on display to make more prudish FROW-ers blush. Of course Saunders combined his cinched waists and low necklines with masterful craftsmanship, painstakingly handcrafted fabrics and a healthy dose of cutting edge cool but still the message was clear, sex appeal is back on the sartorial menu. And it wasn’t just Jonathan who vamped things for autumn, in fact far from it. As you may have spotted in my London Fashion Week day 4 diary, one of the boldest hits of kink came from none other than Christopher Bailey who re-imagined the iconic Burberry trench coat in latex of all things! In New York I saw an endless array of short skirts, sheer panelling, peek-a-boo lace and lashings of leather while Prabal Gurung’s military inspired collection had a distinct Miss Whiplash air about it.

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From left: Burberry, Prabal Gurung, Jonathan Saunders & Jason Wu AW13

In theory, I’m not the biggest fan of such attire. You’ve no doubt noticed my penchant for all thing blouse related and let’s be honest, frilly pop socks and ditsy floral prints (two of my other favourite things) are probably about as unsexy as it gets. But as is so often the case in life and in fashion, my preconceived notions about what I do and don’t like went straight out the window when I saw on the aformentioned shows. After all, ANTIPODIUM managed to work skater dresses, collars and cardigans into their “Sex, Lies and CCTV” collection! While I’m probably not going to be rocking a high shine corset anytime soon (but hey, never say never) I suspect I’ll be adding a few PVC pieces to my wardrobe come autumn… Will you?

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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Unexpected Trend: Supersize Me AW12

Supersize Me AW12 trend

Fashion is a fickle friend, one minute bodycon dresses are de rigeur but by the time we’ve paid our gym subscriptions, svelte silhouettes are long forgotton and it’s all about the oversized. Ok, that’s a bit of an exaggeration, thankfully anatomically tight fitting lycra numbers haven’t been in vogue for many a season now. We can usually expect a bit of directional proportion play from the likes of Jil Sander and Nicholas Ghesquiere for Balenciaga but for AW12 supersized silhouettes ruled the runway… Or at the very least, cropped up rather more frequently than usual.

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Unexpected Trend: Trouser Suits AW12

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While the gothic luxe trend may not exactly be a shocker for Autumn/Winter, I challenge anyone to claim that they seriously expected to see trouser suits returning to the fashion fore during their lifetime. I don’t know about you, but until recently the phrase “trouser suit” conjured up of ill-fitting nylon, sloppy tailoring and sludgy greys. Well, after spending God know how many seasons banished to bargain bins and middle management, they’re back on the sartorial menu.

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