Caped Crusaders: F/W 2010

Chanel f/w 2010

This Fall…the super hero style staple becomes your style super hero in a less-than-action-filled adventure, possibly starring Steven Segal and with a slight – to moderate – chance of cameos by Edna Mode and Chuck Norris. Yes, the Cape is back – on your back – and looking at the weather today (er, good? morning London) I’m wishing I had mine already.

Alexander McQueen f/w 2010

From sleek utility at Chloe and Rag & Bone to imperial extravagance at Alexander McQueen and vampish 20’s glamour-meets-geek cape-come-stoles at Marc Jacobs your day/night/home/work cape dilemmas have all been solved in one fell swoop of a season.

Chloe f/w 2010

Rag & Bone f/w 2010

Some say capes are tricky but (as with most things) the style lies in the balance…

Marc Jacobs f/w 2010

Celine f/w 2010

What you’re aiming for with utility, for example, is a kind of pared-back boho-meets-hobo fusion (think purism, classicism, sleek but with a practical edge a la Chloe/ Celine), not – I repeat, NOT – Glastonbury refugee or Bolshevik bag-lady, so don’t go overboard on your bottom half.  Think skinny trousers (my money’s on leather if you want to nail the mixy-matchy texture angle) and brogues – still trumping pumps as the fashionista’s flat du jour. Or, why not try sweater dresses paired with cable-knit tights and Burberry Prorsum’s fierce shearling-meets-biker boots for an edgier-take on the trend.

Yves Saint Laurent f/w 2010

Images courtesy of Style.com

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Topshop F/W 2010 Lookbook

The ‘season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’ may not quite be upon us and the mere mention of wool-based attire is still enough to cause an outbreak of perspiration and self-fanning, but heat wave or no heat wave there’s no getting away from the fact that Autumn is a’loomin’. So, turn up your desk fans to ‘gale’ and have a snoop at Topshop’s super cosy f/w 2010 collection

Images courtesy of Little Bambi Boots.

Key notes? When it comes to style staples this f/w it’s all about the 3 C’s: camel, cable knits and capes. Think classic pared-down chic (a la Chloe and Celine) given a grungy edge courtesy of the continuing obsession with all things boudoir…

No word on a release date as yet, but keep your eyes peeled. Of course, if you just can’t wait for a fashion fix there’s always the summer sale to satiate those sartorial cravings. x

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Heavenly Holdalls & Luxury Luggage

All that talk of globetrotting in my recent post on tribal traveler chic has got me thinking (and dreaming) of heading off into the sunset on an exotic adventure…of going wild in the African heat (and even wilder I-Kat prints), of coming over all Lawrence of Arabia in a coral and turquoise Kenzo headscarf. Of languidly lounging in a pacific paradise sipping a cocktail in a sexy cutaway Agent Provocateur swimsuit and killer Louboutin’s sneaking a peek at the got-to-be-hot waiter over the top of a pair of Prada’s plexi shades (pink please). Of gliding through a busy Morroccan  market into a shimmering heat haze of spectacular sights and heady smells in an equally shimmery Oscar de la Renta maxi like some kind of exotic princess gone AWOL…

Agent Provocateur Swimwear s/s 2010

Okay, so it may all be fantasy…but reality has to start somewhere (aim for the stars and you might just reach the moon – depending on traffic…and that ruddy volcano). So, whether you’re planning a trip to the stars, taking a city break in Prague, pulling a long-weekender on the continent or just day tripping your nearest shopping mecca the first thing you are DEFINITELY going to need is a bag.

Weekender…

Hermes Birkin in Blue…ahh, the Birkin – holy grail of bag worshipers the world over (enough said?)

Celine Luggage Collection s/s 2010 by Phoebe Philo …with several different designs to choose from – including a blinding pillar box red version – this could be a real Birkin beater…

Erdem for Globe-Trotter 26″ suitcase…there’s just something über chic about an old-school suitcase and I LOVE the taxi cab yellow (and I have to say this is my absolute favourite…kooky Paddington Bear charm plus shout-out-loud statement colour?! Of course I’m sold!)

Day Tripper…

Goyard ‘Saint Louis’ Tote…waterproof Goyard-chevron print canvas, nifty purse attachment and it flat packs. Beach Hero.

Sportmax Cream Canvas and Brown Leather Rucksack

Topshop Tan Leather Rucksack

Yes, I had thought the rucksack would remain consigned to the annals of school yard history, instead they have become THE bag of the season…strangely they seem a lot cooler than I remember…

Urban Outfitters: Something Else Mirror Print Slouch Bag

Kate Moss for Longchamp

All aboard for Bagtopia!

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