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:
SS15 is showing a lot of love for yellow this season, both on the high street and in the luxury market, giving a welcome pop of colour in a typically spring pastel palette. But with so many shades, from buttercup to daffodil, mustard to flaxen and golden to acid the options are infinite. We help to focus your search with our handy guide to yellow.
Have you had your colours done? Do you know what shades work best for your complexion? No? Right first step, find your colour season.
Bees & Taylor uses a basic 4-season theory (spring, summer, autumn, winter) to help you consider the role of colour in your wardrobe and when making any purchase. The right colours have the power to make you look noticeably younger and your skin brighter – dark lines and shadows will visibly fade. Depending on whether you have a warm (spring or autumn) or cool (summer or winter) skin tone, different shades of any one colour can give you an instant face-lift and point you to a palette that better suits your complexion.
NB. whilst this can be useful, don’t be limited by colour; instead wear shades that suit higher on your neck and those that don’t lower on your body and away from your face.
Which seasonal type you are depends on two basic variables:
* the undertone of your skin, hair and eyes
* your overall colouring
In short, if you are ‘warm’ you are either spring or autumn and your overall colouring has a distinctive warm undertone to it, a golden glow if you like. However, if you are ‘cool’ you belong to summer or winter and your overall colouring has an underlying cool quality to it.
Complexion: you are pale and delicate colored with warm tones to your skin which turns a peachy colour when you blush.
Hair: your hair is golden blonde, or was, and is now mid brown. Perhaps even strawberry blonde. You have golden or red undertones. If you choose to lighten your hair, you should use warm highlights and not platinum.
Eyes: clear blue, turquoise, green, hazel or light brown.
Accessories: your accessories should be gold and not silver.
In summary: you look great in bright cheerful tones like coral, turquoise, and primary red. You should never wear pure black or white against your face. Your coloring will be enhanced by clothing with a bit of ‘sunshine’ in your colours. Think warm and bright when selecting your wardrobe.
How to wear yellow: if you are a spring then golden yellow can look fabulous on you. It will also bring out the golden highlights in your hair.
Complexion: you have medium to dark warm toned skin with a golden undertone. Rich overall colouring and low contrast between skin, hair and eyes.
Hair: mid brown to black or medium to deep red. You look best if you dont lighten your hair, but it looks great if you darken it. Be sure to use warm tones when doing this.
Eyes: hazel, medium to black/ brown, olive or warm green.
Accessories: your accessories should be gold.
In summary: you look good in darker, warm colours like olive green, rust, and chocolate brown – you will glow in harmonious environmental colours. Avoid clear bright shades, pure white and black which will make you look tired and faded. Also, avoid true pastel colors which will look cold against your complexion, giving you a pale and sickly appearance.
How to wear yellow: mustard yellow is a wonderful colour on the golden, bronze skin tone of the autumn so wear it in abundance.
Complexion: you have pale skin and a tendancy to redness. With an overall cool undertone and low contrast between hair and skin.
Hair: your hair ranges from ash brown to dirty blonde with cool ashy undertones. If you lighten your hair, use platinum, not golden higlights.
Eyes: blue, grey/ blue, cool green, grey/ brown, slate.
Accessories: your accessories should be silver and not gold.
In summary: you look best in pastel colors with no warm tones in them. Look for soft, toned-down, subdued colours eg. powder blue, mint green, dusty pink or soft white. You should never dress in vivid or saturated colors, for they will disrupt the serenity that summer needs in her look.
How to wear yellow: if you have the cool skin tone of summer, yellow is more tricky to wear due to your blue/pink skin base. However, pastel yellow can look very pretty on pale summer skins.
Complexion: cool or olive undertones, with a high contrast between skin, hair and eyes. A deep overall colouring.
Hair: your hair color is dark and cool in tone. You should never try to lighten it, but it looks great if you darken it. Be sure to use cool tones when doing this.
Eyes: mid-brown to black/ brown, grey/ blue, clear blue, cool green.
Accessories: your accessories should be silver.
Summary: if you’re a winter, you look your best in dark, intense colors like midnight blue, emerald green and royal purple. Because you have a lot of visual contrast you can pull off deep, rich colours accented with jewel tones and even bright white or true black. Your dynamic colouring ensures you look great in vibrant colours but avoid earth tones which can make you look sallow and muted or powdery colors which can make you look shadowed.
How to wear yellow: a strong bold acid yellow can look very striking on a cool winter complexion.
Paris, the last leg in the AW15 fashion diary and one of the most important. This last week the city of chic played host to some of the most influential FROW go’ers and of course the unforgettable return of Derek Zoolander and Hansel at Valentino – blue steel is back.
A multitude of layers make this trend winter appropriate. Use clever layering of pieces, texture and colour to give a look your own unique stamp.
The mini-size waistcoat is here; another indicator of the 70’s era we are seeing right now. Wear over chiffon blouses and dresses to bring this trend into AW15.
Spotted! Dungarees in soft leather and 70’s corduroy. Will you be wearing this trend come autumn?
Tartans, gingham and checks are a regular in the winter season – and this season is no different. Channel the Queen of tartan, Vivienne Westwood, and go big on checks.
The biggest story for next season? The roll neck. The funnel neck. The polo neck. The turtle neck. This old classic has just become the new must-have monopolising the catwalks.
Tops are layered long over loose trousers and maxi skirts. Lengthen your body-line and experiment with your proportions.
Not a usual for the colder months, pastels take a wintery turn on the catwalk. Shades of sugary pink, mint green and duck egg blue will be a big hit in the next season.
The culotte has been replaced by the ankle grazer trouser. Cropped is the length of choice even in the colder months.
An off-beat addition to the catwalks for AW15.
This trend takes its inspiration from the Victorian era. With high neck ruffles and leg of mutton sleeves, the look is both prim and modern.
The smart girls cover up of choice. Ultra wearable, capes, cloaks and ponchos were a unanimous favourite on the catwalk; from dark tailoring at Saint Laurent to the flowing hooded knitted cape at Vivienne Westwood this is one trend you should buy into.
Fashion has a fringe moment. Tasseled hemlines, trims and boots danced down the catwalk – it’s playful and flirty. Time to get your swing on.
The 70’s have been making a reappearance and are now looking stronger than ever. Bring out your inner hippy and look out for boho chic, loose silhouettes, suede, roll necks, 70’s prints and square sunglasses.
The scarf – always a winter staple and yet we’ve never seen it so stylish. The chunky knitted scarf is cosy and oversize for AW15.
Fashions go off-shoulder so bare some sexy skin and work the drop shoulder trend.
More is most definitely more when it comes to print this AW15. Throw together patchwork fabrics, checks and clashing prints for effortless glamour.
Clash your textures – in fact, the more texture the better! Fashion gets fluffy, fuzzy and feathery on the catwalk.
Teddy bear chic. Fur is no longer restricted to outerwear. We saw fur trims, hems, arms and bags – anything goes when it comes to fur for AW15.
Inject some colour into your winter wardrobe with a pop of faux fur. Oversize, longer length and stripes get the thumbs up from the fashion pack.
Provocative, fun and flirty, the thigh high slit gives a sexy glimpse of leg. Dresses and skirts showed off slits and splits – I guess the only question, how high will you dare?
GET KNOTTED Feminine neck ties – the answer to lady-like elegance. So button-up and tie yourself in bows for autumn.
Florals are not just for summer as winter blossoms with distinctive and colourful motifs and embellishment.
Girly, tiered and frothy, tulle makes a big entrance for next season. Do like Saint Laurent and pair with a tweed blazer for princess come punk.