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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ATTENTION! March Out this Summer in Utility

Chloe s/s 2010

It is an indisputable fact that there will be a point (or many points) this season when the saccharine romance of whimsical ruffles, floaty tulle and wholesome pastels just doesn’t cut it. Enter the slick workaday styling of  new urban utility: practical shapes, seriously smart design, rough-hewn simplicity – it’s edgy, versatile and smacks of rampant glamazonian independence. Military? Sports? Right across the s/s trendosphere, utility works to rework the ordinary into something altogether extraordinary and effortlessly cool. It’s time to join the new style army.

Look for Spartan-chic a la Chloe with constructed shirting and practical detailing; skinny leather belts are all the rage – try buying too large and knot rather than buckle as seen at Stella McCartney – for a streamlined martial look par excellance.

Chloe s/s 2010

Olive, khaki, camo, sage, sand, fawn – look to the front-line for colour inspiration – drab has never been so desirable. Alternatively, offer a salute to the super-stylish Balmain and work Gladiatorial-glam in glittering bronze and gold (tarnished please).

Balmain s/s 2010

For a sporty take on the trend look to Alexander Wang’s reworked all-American sportswear for inspiration: oversized raglan-cut grey sweatshirts, varsity jackets, extended-shoulders (taking epaulettes to the minimal max) and those strangely covetable cut-away-calf knee-high socks, make for effortless undone simplicity – keep it feminine and work-ready with peep-toe wedges and leather accessories.

Alexander Wang s/s 2010

Alexander Wang s/s 2010

More inspiration? Check out the Warehouse Utility Collection at InStyle UK

Heads-up Fashionistas!

Check out Time Out London’s sample sale calendar – Chloe, Valentino, Philip Lim, Vivienne Westwood, Prada, Reiss and more… – dates, times and map-links for this summers hottest sample sales in the Capital. Show your diary some love. ♥

Nude: barefaced chic is this season’s must-have neutral

Rose-bud blush, peach, buff, ecru, biscuit, beige: be it shirts, shorts, shoes, bags – or anything else you can throw-on, slip-into or drape yourself in – nude is the buzz-word for spring. Seen everywhere, from flushed pinks at Fendi and Luella to soft creams and taupe at Isabel Marant and Chloe, even nails have been having a nude moment.

If, like the models over at Isabel Marant, you are lucky enough to come with a glowing tan as standard, rejoice! The neutral palette is your sartorial oyster – go forth, go beige, go greige, go and claim your place in the halls of new-nude infamy.

For those (like me) who have been blessed instead with a fairer complexion (pale and interesting is my preferred epithet) nude becomes slightly more tricky – but not impossible…and totally worth it!) Think English-rose or peaches and cream and head for the warmer end of the nude/neutral spectrum to avoid looking washed out.

How to wear?

A big feature in all the major s/s trends, work nudes with leather (tan works a treat for a neat daytime look), try statement black shoe-boots a la D&G for a tougher finish, or slip into utility with slouchy structure and neutral layers (as seen at Chloe). Or take on the trend in nude footwear – totally now and gives the illusion of longer legs (could you really ask for more?)

Tip: Layers and drapes are also ideal for disguising any pesky problem areas, they also make sheers less daunting (and takes them from X-rated bedroom-wear to a more street-friendly PG).

Here are a few of my favourite ‘high street nudes’…

Topshop

Mango

New Look