Over the years our little black book of key contacts has developed as we cultivate and refine our ‘can’t live without’. There is not much over the years that we have not been asked to source, fix or create and now we want to pass on some of our style secrets to you lovely folk. Here we bring you our most useful style tips and favourite tricks – a fashion stylist’s secret weapon if you like.
MacCulloch & Wallis (25-26 Poland Street, London W1F 8QN)
Suppliers of fabrics and trimmings in the heart of central London, this gem has been around since 1902.
Bringing luxury leather goods, bags and shoes back to life. Today’s message, restore and reuse those old favourites.
Barnett Lawson (16-17 Little Portland Street, London W1W 8NE)
A treasure trove of trimmings and crafts. This haberdashery is brimming with buttons and beads to feathers and fringes.
The Invisible Mending Service (32 Thayer Street, London W1U 2QT)
For those of you that have torn a hole in a favourite silk shirt or discovered moths have dined out on your best cashmere jumper, these guys are the miracle workers you have been seeking.
Angels Fancy Dress (TBC new Soho store / 1 Garrick Road, London NW9 6AA)
Since 1840 Angels have been providing garments for West End shows, TV and film. With a wide collection of costumes to hire this is your fancy dress go-to.
Blanc Dry Cleaning (stores in South Ken, White City, Chelsea, Notting Hill, Marylebone)
The eco-friendly dry cleaners you need to know. No toxic chemicals, just biodegradable healthy detergents. Even better, they offer a pick up/ drop off service, plus alterations and repairs.
Morplan (56 Great Titchfield Street, London W1W 7DF)
The mecca for all things fashion and retail. Organising your wardrobe? Morplan has you covered.
Jason Markk (32 Carnaby Street, London W1F 7DW)
The World’s First Drop Off Sneaker Care Service – dry cleaning for your kicks. They’ll scrub up like new!
Encouraging the art of pre-loved buying and selling. This is the smart and sustainable way to shop (and maybe earn some pennies in the process!).
The Clothes Doctor (63 Charterhouse Street, London EC1M 6HJ)
To help you love your clothes for longer. They will care for your wardrobe in line with a more sustainable future.
Fifth Avenue Shoe Repairs (41 Goodge Street, London W1T 2PY)
This tiny cobblers is the best in the business for shoe repairs.
The Button Queen (47 Berwick Street, London W1F 8SJ)
A button for every occasion. Add a personal touch to pieces in your wardrobe – it’s in the details.
This season is showing some new themes amongst the more classic trends for autumn winter. With the likes of Giselle Norman walking a total of 41 times at fashion month and grunge being spoken of from NY to Paris, Autumn Winter 2019 is set to be strong, bold with a twist of 90’s nostalgia.
Most importantly, this season marked Karl Lagerfeld’s final Chanel show; the show that stole the month and the finale all would remember. Cara Delevingne opened the show with a host of fellow supermodels and famous faces looking on. Set in an alpine wonderland, Chalet Gardenia was the magical scene for an emotional farewell featuring signature tweeds paired with fair isle knits and shearling boots.
Some noticeable themes have been seen across New York, London, Milan and Paris – from ladylike to show stopping frothy layers you can take your pick and wear it your way. Here I walk you through my top 10 themes; as they say 3’s a trend: GRUNGE REINVENTED
Designers took on a grungier feel for autumn winter playing up heavy boots, mixing prints, or pairing flannel with tulle or satin for the more elegant non-conformists out there.
Leather was big news with an influx of leather looks sweeping the season. From tailored pieces at Tom Ford, to Tibi’s coloured leather, it was full length leather outerwear that stole the show (see Rejina Pyo).
Think less the quiet feminine florals of summer, more a brash new floral. Whether you choose 3D florals Balmain style or a more vibrant print spotted at Erdem this is one trend you can’t miss.
Nipped in waists was suiting’s big news. Cinched waists shaped soft tailoring for an altogether more feminine silhouette. But belting doesn’t stop there – you will be waisting everything from knits to coats.
SHIMMER & SHINE
The party season is always heavy on the sequins and this winter is going all out. There was glitter and shimmer aplenty on the catwalk. More is more so drape yourself in crystal embellishment, diamanté fringing and lavish lame.
For the defiant rebel, conventional fashion rules don’t apply. Pair romantic ruffles with a fierce studded leather jacket or add a touch of punk with biker boots and multi chains – it’s time to shake things up.
Shoulder lines were exaggerated with stretched lines and puff details. Supersize your shoulders and power your way into the new season.
Designers have gone big on ruffles. Subtlety is not an option. It’s maximum drama with layers of ruffles on ruffles. On ruffles.
An army of tartan and plaid walked the catwalk from Balenciaga to Christian Dior. Mix up your tartans as seen at Marta Jukubowski for extra satorial points.
Couture details were seen across the season, not least when it came to this season’s feathery creations. Time to kick your heels up in Giambattista Valli’s feathered sandals or do full on plumage a la Mary Katrantzou.
And to end, just a couple of key items to get your wardrobe winter 19 ready:
JUST ADD TIGHTS
The return of the tight is much more than functional – copy the catwalks and match your coloured tights to your shoe. For those who can’t get on board with tights, layer a dress over a wide leg trouser.
With a flair for the dramatic the cape is not just for super-hero’s. From short capelets to floor sweeping numbers and everything in-between.
Dresses will be bigger and fluffier than before. Swathes of tulle, taffeta and tutu tiers in eye popping brights might not be your thing but dresses will be playful and bold – it’s time to make a statement.
Thigh skimming boots are stepping into the spotlight. Stretch peep toe boots at Victoria Beckham, printed florals at Zimmerman and slouchy leather at Isabel Marant, it’s a full leg feast of options.
ALL TIED UP IN BOWS
Go big, go statement. Give the giant neck bow a whirl – feminine and romantic with a touch of showy. But if you prefer more subtlety try a hair bow aka Chanel.
The new season has snuck up on us again and we’re looking to Spring Summer 18 collections. And the warmer weather to come. With every change of season we see new trends, shapes, styles and colours to mark the transition.
Last September the catwalk gave us a glimpse of what to expect, and now we begin to see these replicated on the high street. But with such a wide variety of trends pick the ones that work for YOU; you might see others donning the latest micro sunglasses, a bum bag or even a pair of cycling shorts but don’t be a slave to fashion – create your own style and your own unique way of wearing trends.
Here are just some of our favourite trends – 3’s a trend and all:
We’re talking trends. SS17 trends to be precise. Whilst the catwalks are the perfect way to recognise the trends to come, and of course a model can wear anything well, for us mere mortals it is a case of picking and choosing the right trends to dip into, whether that be to wear at your desk, for a night out or on the school run. Perhaps the sheer tutu is not to your taste, but maybe this season’s stripe is an excellent way to give your look that seasonal touch.
We outline a few of our favourite, and more wearable, trends:
The brighter the better, it was a primary colour eye fest on the catwalk this season. Stand out from the usual pastels with a strong blue, vivid yellow or flashy red.
BACK TO THE 80’S:
Beware, overkill this trend and you will err on fancy dress. Easy ways to add a touch of 80’s include lame, giant belts, big shoulders… or even a scrunchie – but not all at once unless you are channeling Dynasty at its best.
This is the new floral, bold and brassy in colour, scale, and mood. Take your lead from the catwalk with head-to-toe print or accessorise with a bag or a shoe for a subtle touch of spring.
PICK ‘N MIX:
Inspired by Gucci and the like, this is an everyday kind of eccentricity so mix and match as much (or as little) as you like; when it comes to print, the more the merrier. Just remember, we’re talking eclecticism not eye-sore!
There has been a movement to the peekaboo for a few seasons, but if baring all under a diaphanous dress is not for you then save your modesty and layer up.
A NEW MINIMALISM:
This is minimalism but with a fresh new face. It’s in the subtle details, a cardigan, a cut-out, a fold or a pocket – our wardrobe basics but with this seasons twist.
Stripes; a no-brainer for spring summer. Choose from that collegiate stripe knit, a side stripe trouser or for the more adventurous, go top-to-toe directional stripe.
We spotted camo print, khaki cottons and functional styles a plenty. Practical and stylish, it’s time to embrace the boiler suit, starched collars and functional fastenings (toggles, and lots of them!).
PRETTY IN PINK
This seasons favourite colour, the shops are awash with pink; time to think pink girls. From blushing rose to bright fuchsia and everything in-between, this is the hot new hue for summer.
The sleeve is still going strong this season with designers from Simone Rocha to Michael Kors giving some serious sleeve game. From leg of mutton, bubble or overly long this is one trend you will want to buy into.
With references to the 80’s trend, oversize shoulders and voluminous proportions are set to be big, or perhaps I should say supersize. Balance the power shoulder with a skinny trouser or mini for this seasons silhouette.
Give it some shoulder. Just the one mind you.
The cinched waist is here to stay, but this season introducing the corset belt.
We see whimsical ruffles a plenty for spring. But if you’re not sold on a full body ruffle fest, take it slow and instead look for a ruffle sleeve detail or a single ruffle skirt hem. There is something for everyone.
Not just for Christmas. Metals are shimmering for spring with shiny finishes and polished lame.
Take a walk on the wild side with this seasons main attraction, zebra print. Whilst you will still see signs of leopard and snake they will taking a step back and making way for this latest newcomer.
SS16 strutted down the catwalk last September and is now emerging on the high street and in-store as we wave farewell to Autumn Winter collections. We spot some of the key trends and take a look at pieces spotted from New York to Paris. How will you wear your new season wardrobe?
Slip dresses and lingerie inspired wear for a sexy take on summer.
Net mesh for a subtle flash of skin or the ultimate reveal.
Frothy frills and tulle tiers, this season is a ruffle-a-plenty zone. Frou frou is the name of this seasons game.
TIED UP IN BOWS
Knotted, tied or girlie, bows are big business for SS16.
Fashion goes off-shoulder so bare some sexy skin and work the drop shoulder trend.
Give your wardrobe some Spanish style a la Oscar de la Renta or Proenza Schouler to name just two.
THE NEW ROMANTIC
An altogether lighter version of last season’s Victoriana trend. Think high necklines, delicate ruffling and blush tones.
X MARKS THE TOP
High on the neck and cold on the shoulder for this seasons latest update on showing some sexy shoulder.
Fashion goes holey, shredded and frayed for a spring makeover.
Ring a ding, the sleeve is big news this spring. Make yours bell shaped.
THE WHITE SHIRT
The white shirt gets some edge and goes from classic to cool in one easy step.
For a change from muted spring pastels give vivid orange a whirl and brighten up your wardrobe.
Give your sleeves some volume and wear them big.
CHECK IT OUT
Checks get a summer revamp. Lightweight and easy wear.
Go neon or go home. Wear colour bold and flashy and stand out from the crowd.
Florals take a decidedly English turn – blooms go all country garden.
THE NEW STRIPE
Graphic and fashion forward the stripe gets a brazen new look.
For the romantics out there. A decidedly feminine look with provocative undertones.
For all you shiny happy people. It’s time to shimmy into summer with a touch of metal.
Practical fashion at its best. It’s time to fish out that backpack and take to the streets.
The catwalk got creative with neck ties and chokers – time to be inspired.
A major trend this season, we saw chains decorate shoes, bags and clothing.
ON THE FRINGE
Yup more fringing. Tasseled hemlines, trims and boots danced down the catwalk – it’s playful and flirty.
Tulle is not just for kids. Look out for net-a-plenty.
Belted, knotted and tied, rope has it’s moment in the spotlight.
If they don’t hit your shoulder they are not enough. Go big aka Pat Butcher style.
The new way to layer; knot a shirt or knit around your waist for this seasons newest look.