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Weekly Wish List: 29/03/2013

wish list

 

1) REISS 1971 Ice Blue Crewneck Jumper, £179, click here to buy
2) J Brand 811 Skinny Jeans in Neon Coral, £200, click here to buy
3) Folk light grey Steph boots, £315, click here to buy
4) McQ Pink Razor Blade Scarf, £135, click here to buy
5) LInda Farrow for Charlotte Olympia Feather Sunglasses, £135, click here to buy
6) Whistles Safari Leopard Print Parka, £125, click here to buy
7) Marc by Marc Jacobs Cross Body Bag, £260, click here to buy
8) Charlotte Olympia Miranda Silk Twll & Bamboo Sandals, £545, click here to buy
9) Carven Front Pleat Skirt, £260, click here to buy
10) Carven Textured Double Breasted Jacket, £420, click here to buy

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SS13 Handbag Hot List: High Street Edit

Much as I’d love to be the kind of lucky so-and-so who can treat herself to Mulberry whenever the mood strikes, I’m not, and I suspect not all of you are either. Thankfully there are still a lot of lovely handbag styles around that don’t cost the equivalent of a small car or skiing holiday. Here are a few of my SS13 faves…

SS13 handbags high street

 

Whistles Wooster Tote, £150, click here to buy

It’s big, it’s mint green, it’s Whistles… Obviously I love it. You’re all no doubt painfull aware of my bordering on worrying obsession with the Brit brand run by fashion mastermind (and major life/career/wardrobe idol) Jane Shepardson. Whistles’ clothes been a permanent fixture on my wish lists since I started this blog but for SS13 their handbag offering is better than ever before. This modern mint tote is currently making my heart skip a beat and my bank balance quake.

SS13 handbag high street

 

Janet Drawstring Bucket Bag by Vince Camuto at Kurt Geiger, £115, click here to buy

Kurt Geiger is another of my fave high street labels to have really pulled out all the stops with their accessories this season. For SS13 bucket bags have make a seriously sleek comeback and this luxe lovely is just about perfection.

SS13 handbag high street

 

Topshop pushlock cross body bag, £35, click here to buy

I think it’s safe to say that I have a bit of a “thing” about green. Ever since my teenage Pony Club days when I decked out my pony in emerald shades I’ve been powerless to resist the colour in any of it’s incarnations. This Topshop treat is both roomy enough to fit lots of stuff and structured, therefore avoiding my pet peeve, bag sag.

SS13 handbag high street

 

Cambridge Satchel Company 11″ Lilac Satchel, £105, click here to buy

Every single Spring I indulge in a love affair with pastels. Lemon, spearmint, soft blush, powder blue… You name it, I’ve worn it and am probably digging it out of my wardrobe as we speak in the hope that it ever stops raining. For SS13 I’m particularly loving lilac and this satchel adds to the prep factor nicely.

SS13 handbags high street

Anthropologie Croc Blush Satchel, £178, click here to buy

Yep, more pastels, namely the aformentioned “soft blush” variety. That said I feel the hobo shape and croc effect leather gives this Anthropologie stunner an ever-so-slightly rock n’ roll vibe. Either way, I want it.

SS13 handbag high street

REISS Bronte Zipper Tote Bag, £165, click here to buy

This season I’ve rekindled my love affair with Reiss thanks to their excellent SS13 collection. This bold yet understated tote is a prime example of why the brand beloved by K-Middy has got it going on right now. Modern femininity with a distinctly utilitarian take on elegance.

SS13 handbag high street

& Other Stories Satchel Bag, £45, click here to buy

I don’t know whether you saw my post last week about H&M group’s new premium brand & Other Stories. If you didn’t, click here to read it, or just trust me when I say their stuff is awesome. This bag strikes the perfect balance between prep and edge, a fact that will no doubt make it a favourite among ballet pump and high top wearers alike.

Once again, I struggle to pick a favourite! Which one tops your wish list? And what do you think of these in comparison to my designer edit?

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First Weekly Wish List of SS13!

SS13 may or may not have actually arrived in London and I’ve heard a few rumours of snow this weekend. But it’s MARCH and I’ll be damned if I’m going to purchase one more bloody bobble hat…

wish list SS13

1) Reiss oversized Josh Shirt, £95, click here to buy
2) Reiss Siusi printed frill skirt, £95, click here to buy
3) Chloe Susanna boots, £795, click here to buy
4) Alexander Wang Emilie tote, £813, click here to buy
5) Whistles orchid print silk bomber jacket, £155, click here to buy
6) Diane Von Furstenberg Tonda Printed Hexagon Clutch, £280, click here to buy
7) Anne Bowes Jewellery Turqouise & Green drop cluster necklace, £120, click here to buy
8) Miu Miu degrade sequinned slippers, £515, click here to buy
9) J Brand 901 skinny jeans, £230, click here to buy
10) Michael van der Ham silk & metallic boucle top, £349, click here to buy

 

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London Fashion Week AW13: Day 3

The Sunday of London Fashion Week posed a few scheduling issues due to three of my absolute favourite brands deciding to show at three different venues within the space of an hour and a half. In theory, attempting to attend them all sounds nuts but given that the labels in question were Whistles, Mulberry and Temperley, did I really have any other choice?!

London Fashion Week

I wore… Jacket: Theory, Skirt: Carven, Bag: Mulberry, Shoes: Kurt Geiger, Jumper: Mango, Necklace: Anne Bowes Jewellery

Having managed to tear myself away from Rhi Rhi’s bash the night before (smug moi?) at a relatively reasonable hour, I trotted down to Dover Street with a spring in my step and a steaming Starbucks latte in my hand, excited to see what my beloved Whistles had in store for AW13. Given the ridiculously tight turnaround between that and my next show I felt ever-so-slightly tense but all angst faded as soon as the first look hit the runway. Jane Shepardson never ceases to amaze me with her intuitive knowledge of what women want to wear. Since she took the rains back in 2008 Whistles has gone from forgotton-by-fashion, slightly mumsy brand to purveyor of cutting edge, covetable cool. I felt that this collection, and the fact that the likes of Liberty London Girl risked missing Mulberry to see it, was a testament to the transformation it’s undergone. Camo print is proving to be a major trend for AW13 (more on that later) and the Whistles show opened with a series of army inspired looks boasting sculptural silhouettes and utility detailing. Another next season fashion obsession is leather (probably don’t need to tell you that by know) and Jane’s latest offerings included some of the most stylish skins I’ve spotted in shades of classic black, deepest navy and forest green. There were also marbled prints and chunky knits that will no doubt sell out in seconds while darkly glimmering sparkle reminded us that Whistles also caters for after dark. Overall the collection epitomised the kind of sleek femininity that feels so relevant now and best of all, provided those of us without mega bucks to buy into it.

London Fashion Week

Whistles AW13

So I mentioned in one of my New York posts that the end of a fashion show always heralds an unholy and deeply undignified stampede to leave the venue? In that respect none of those shows had anything on Whistles! The models took their final turn at approximately 10.51am, 9 minutes before Mulberry was due to start. According to my ever helpful Google Maps App the walk to Claridges was around half a mile and would take 11 minutes. While fashion shows generally always start late, this was Mulberry and I didn’t want to take any chances. So I decided to run the entire way, wearing 6 inch heels, possibly not world’s best decision. By the time I arrived (in under the google maps advised time) I was a sweaty mess and in danger of fainting. Naturally the show started almost half an hour behind schedule but hey, at least I didn’t miss it. Mulberry always give excellent FROW and this season’s line up was suitably A List. On one side sat Anna Wintour bedecked in new season Prada, on the other were Alexa Chung, Lana Del Rey and Juno Temple.

London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week

From right: Alexa Chung, Lana del Rey & Juno Temple

I absolutely, unadulteratedly adored Mulberry’s SS13 collection so my hopes were high for this season. Luckily, and not surprisingly, I wasn’t disappointed. Inspired by rural England, Emma Hill offered up botanical prints rich shades of forest green (I spy another trend!) and navy blue. There was a homespun meets high fash air to the collection thanks to iconic checks and thick tweeds incorporated into everything from sparkle trimmed capes to sequin embellished shift dresses. Voluminous leg-of-mutton sleeves upped the catwalk anti while glossy leather skirt suits looked so buttersoft it was all I could do not to touch them. Texture is always perfectly executed at Mulberry and this season was particularly luscious with fur, shearling, angora, silk crepe, organza applique and gleaming brocade all on the table. After Cara Delevigne closed the show (natch) the models all trooped out to the rousing tune of “Rule Brittania”. The sight of HRH Anna Wintour applauding certainly made me proud to be British.

London Fashion Week

Mulberry AW13

We all filed out of the Mulberry show to be greeted by hoards of photographers jostling for a shot of Alexa. Assumedly she must have slipped out the back so they had to make do wit the rest of us. I imagine that Suzy Menkes must have been spitting and the sight of such a sartorial “circus”. Next up was Temperley London at The Dorchester hotel. Queue another mad dash across Mayfair in the direction of Park Lane. Fashion Week has evidently fried my brain because despite having my invitation in hand, I turned up at The Grosvenor hotel, rather than the Dorchester. Once he’d recovered from the initial confusion of my bursting in and blabbering nonsensically about a fashion show, the congierge pointed me in the right direction. I took my seat in the venue’s magnificent ballroom and had a good old gawp at the FROW which included a myriad of major fash eds plus Natalie Massinet and Olivia Palermo. I’m always a sucker for Temperley’s deliciously feminine style and last seasons collection, aptly named, ‘Return to Elegance” left me (almost) speechless. With the AW13 show entitled “Byrds” we expected Hitchcock heroines and as always, what Alice promised, she delivered. Temperley’s latest offerings were the absolute epitome of polished femininity. Cinched waists and classic silhouettes perfectly styled with immaculate chignons, cat eye sunglasses and elbow length gloves. Fine organza, blush hued silk and neat navy ribbon trims exuded a delicate charm while strict tailoring and contrasting cobalt and navy looks hinted at darker side of the Temperley woman. From the figure clinging cashmere polonecks that came tucked into printed midi skirts to the exquisite embellishment tastefully adorning Alice’s evening gowns, everything about this collection was perfectly executed in a palette of delicate cream offset with hits of emerald and gold. I got the sense that while the Temperley woman remains timeless and tirelessly tasteful for AW13, much like the silver screen star who served as this season’s inspiration, she doesn’t take sh*t from anyone.

London Fashion Week

Temperley London AW13

I left The Dorchester exhilerated from what, I’m sure you’ll agree, was a frantic but fantastic morning of shows. During fashion week I find it hard to believe that any sort of normal life or work continues but unfortunately, it does. I had deadlines to meet and about a zillion emailed to go through so decided to head home (via itsu of course) and cram in a few hours hard graft before heading back out later on. Having completed about half of the things on my never-ending “to do” list, watched an episode of Gossip Girl and changed into my new season Whistles leopard jacquard cocktail dress (they were having a party that evening) I headed back over to Somerset House for my last show of the day, Marios Schwab. I know I say this every season but Marios’ was the first show I ever managed to wangle my way into when I attended London Fashion Week for the first time ever back in September 2010. I remember catching a glimpse of Caroline Sieber on the FROW and not being able to believe my luck at attending such a fabulous event. I’m pleased to say that six seasons, three continents and God knows how many shows on, I still have a few “pinch me I’m dreaming” moments every fashion week. This is slightly off topic I know but it’s very easy to start taking the whole thing for granted when actually being there at all is pretty extraordinary, so I just felt it needed to be said. Anyway, enough of my rambling and back to the matter at hand.

London Fashion Week

Marios Schwab AW13

After a start so delayed it put New York to shame, the show opened with a succession of sculpted micro mini shift dresses enhanced with ornate black embroidery and matching ankle length capes. There was an air of the otherworldly to them and an implied complexity, both in terms of design and inspiration. At the same time take away the cape, add a stylish starlet and you could easily imagine spotting one at a fashion party. Indeed it was a collection was full of dualities and the whole thing was slightly odd, but not in a bad way. Embroidered PVC and rich velvets in a palette of pink, burgundy, russet and brown harked back to an earlier age yet were also powerfully futuristic. Fluted sleeves and more caped dresses would have felt almost medieval were they not constructed from complex, high tech fabrics. As always, Marios delivered a few truly jaw dropping, red carpet numbers and the final look – a floor sweeping, nude gown that was almost entirely sheer save for strategically placed glimmers of silver – was nothing short of mesmerizing.

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Weekly Wish List 25/01/2013

weekly wish list

1) Preen Leopard Jacquard Evelyn Dress, £690, click here to buy
2) Alexander Wang Croc and Lizard Effect Sandals, £562, click here to buy
3) Anya Hindmarch Studded Joss Zip Top Pouch, £350, click here to buy
4) Anne Bowes Jewellery Enamel Green Egg Necklace, £90, click here to buy
5) 3.1 Phillip Lim Green Large Pashli Satchel, £830, click here to buy
6) Whistles Caroline Quilted Leather Bomber Jacket, £350, click here to buy
7) Burberry Prorsum Metallic Shoulder Bag, £550, click here to buy
8) Valentino Studded Leather Flats, £530, click here to buy
9) Isabel Marant Etoile Iti Skinny Corduroy Trousers, £145, click here to buy
10) J.Crew Liberty Contrast Merino Wool Sweater, £100, click here to buy

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