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Category: Trends

Oh the rain.

A fashion blog in this English ‘summer’ has become nigh on impossible. We seemed to have completely missed out the Spring/Summer12 season and gone straight to Autumn/Winter.

Yes, England now has a monsoon season which has stretched from June until the present day and prevented most from leaving their house – let alone write about one’s floaty, pastely summer wardrobe.

Rain coats, thermal socks, wellies and umbrellas. That has been my 2012 summer look, and that is depressing. The ever falling rain has quite literally dampened my soul and fashion spirit. Pun very much intended. Today is a fair day: grey skies with a small chance of rain so I am taking my chances and bringing out my flatforms, bought early in the summer and not yet worn for fear of their drowning! Flatforms = my new love, even if they do make me walk a bit like a geisha!

1. They go with everything. 2 They are mega on trend. 3. They are surprisingly comfortable. They do, however, come with a warning… Don’t get drunk while wearing them or you may will fall off of them! And that is NOT cool or graceful!

Flatforms: River Island, Trousers: ASOS, Shirt: M&S, Necklace: Lulu Guinness


Crazy for collars

I love a collar, there’s no funner accessory at the moment, and that’s no word of a lie. Traditionally belonging to the masculine wardrobe, Marc Jacobs reclaimed it in his Louis Vuitton S/S12 show and made the collar ultra-feminine through his use of pastel colours and broderie anglaise. It is ‘dolly girl androgyny’ at its finest.

Collar from Louis Vuitton S/S12

Collars are the new game changers. They add instant style and personality to an outfit. Their versatility is a key reason for their popularity: sequined peter pan collars serve to smarten up a plain tee, whilst a studded angular one will toughen up a summer knit. Recently I caught sight of the most beautiful feathered collar over at The Sartorialist, and have been itching to create my own.

One H and M gold necklace, one glue gun and one string of feathers later and I have the most fabulously opulent addition to my collection of collars.

Who doesn’t enjoy sartorial maths?


This is an ode to Acne . The minimalist Swedish fashion house and one stop shop for all your my sartorial needs, who have rescued me from work induced depression. Jonny Johansson, Creative Director (and owner of one of the best alliterative names in the world) has delved into the Acne archives and reworked their very best creations in stark white. The 20 piece capsule collection is just perfect for the coming months. Oh the denim, oh the leather! The pulse-racing pieces are the boxy denim skirt, the leather tee and the oversized silk shirt.

Photographs: Acne Studios

Want. Need. MUST HAVE. Overdraft you are worth it.

full on pastel lust

Rain is not my friend. Wind is not my friend. The elements are keeping me prisoner in my winter wardrobe, when all I want to do is frolic in my Louis Vuitton/Jil Sander/Preen/Prada induced, sorbet coloured spring time one!

I am stuck in wardrobe-limbo waiting for the sun to shine so I can start wearing my deee-liciously saccharine colour palette.

Oh well I shall merely gaze and sigh in wonderment, and wait for the rain to stop..

Clockwise from top left brogues: Topshop, trousers: Tibi, shirt: H & M, dress: Vionnet, sunglasses: ASOS, blazer: French Connection, necklace: Tom Binns

all i want to wear

Printed trousers are everywhere. You could say they are having a ‘fashion moment.’ For good reason too, they are the perfect piece to put you in the springtime mood and there is a pair for every SS12 trend – florals, havana, pastel, futuristic…the list goes on.

They are instantly chic with a plain tee, or make like Mary (Katrantzou, obviously!) and clash your prints for ‘fun-time-on-trend-print-on-print-dressing’.

Mary Katrantzou's latest collection for Topshop featured clashing prints

The holy grail of statement trousers come from Stella MccCartney’s 2012 cruise collection and I am completely and utterly in love with them. These silk trousers are 24 hour printed perfection: dressed down with a simple tee and black boots for off-duty cool and for the evening pair with heels and a luxe tux.

I. Just. Want. Them.

Stella McCartney Christine hawaiian print trouser picture Liberty London

Unfortunately, at £665 methinks these trousers will be in my dreams, rather than my wardrobe! My much more reasonably priced tropical fix came from River Island and are the perfect thing to brighten up anyone’s morning.

trousers: River Island; tee: Acne; tux jacket: ASOS; boots: Topshop

Who doesn’t enjoy a good print? Olivia Palermo certainly does – for more printed love check out her blog:

dreaming in a sea of shoes.

I’m sure I am not the only female who finds themselves from time to time in what I like to call ‘shoe reverie.’ My most recent one involved an array of feet treats all of which I yearn for! The Acne ‘Alice’ shoes have been spotted bringing joy to the feet at fashion weeks the world over. I myself have indulged in the lemon Zara courts, with their on trend metal toe cap – oh hello bargain Louis Vuitton SS12! I also have my eyes, and heart, set on the swoonworthy pixelated beauties from Preen for Aldo Rise. Sigh, a girl can wish..

Lust away my friends. Lust away.

Clockwise from top left: Acne, Zara, Topshop Premium, Nicholas Kirkwood, Preen for Aldo Rise, ASOS

London Fashion Week 2012

HURRAH it’s here again! Fashionistas and FROWers are descending as designers showcase what we will all be wearing come September; its only day three and already there is many-a-new trend emerging from runways dotted all over the capital.

Caramel Hues  From Bora Aksu showcasing power peplums in delicious mocha, to Sass and Bide’s futuristic champagne body con dresses; creamy caramel colours were seen everywhere and topping the bunch were Mulberry. Throughout their collection we saw this burnt sugar palette. Set against these colours, textures contrasted, as buttery leather skirts were paired with long-haired goat fur. The standout piece being this utterly shag-tastic Mongolian fur coat. Oh it’s just perfect.

From Mulberry A/W12 photos: Vladimir Potop

The Lady is a Vamp  Marios Schwab created the ultimate femme-fatale for A/W12 by looking back to Hollywood icon Marlene Dietrich. Sent down the runway – with cloche hats a plenty – were figure hugging day dresses, elbow length gloves and streamlined silhouettes, which Schwab made provocative through his use of daring lace inserts. His show culminated with dresses which revealed and concealed, encapsulating the collection. His tantalisingly jewelled and ultra sheer ball gowns fit to grace many a red carpet.

From the Marios Schwab Fall12 Runway photos: European Pressphoto Agency and Telegraph

Tsarina  At Issa and Temperley, it was all about the Russian princess, sumptuous colours, extreme jewels and decadent swathes of materials. Temperley’s runway featured jacquard, velvet and luxurious embellished evening gowns mingled with plainer silk Lanvin-ish gowns  – think Catherine the Great style opulence. Issa’s ‘Trans-Siberian Express’ show was more seasonable as cossack fur hats, dramatic capes and cashmere military coats ruled the runway.

From the Temperley runway A/W12 photos: AP/ EPA/ AFP

Electric Lips   Moschino you absolute beaut, this is possibly the funnest thing I’ve seen since Friday! Behold the ‘Glitter Kiss’. Amazing? Yes. Wearable? Not so much. Dubbed the ‘fajazzle’, oh how I wish I coined this phrase, it is THE new way to wear glitter!

A Micro-Trend from Moschino

Halfway through London Fashion Week, and the best is still to come – hello Peter Pilotto, Christopher Kane, Erdem, Burberry Prorsum, Mary Katrantzou, Roksanda Ilincic and Holly Fulton! GET EXCITED

love sophie xxx

Haute Couture is here again

The couture show at Christian Dior is always one of the most hotly anticipated collections, and post Galliano is no different. This Spring/Summer12 collection is the most wearable couture collections for a long time, due to its nostalgic nod to the very beginning of Dior.

Following his ill-fated first couture show for Dior, after the departure of Creative Director John Galliano; Bill Gaytten has returned to the past. Showcasing structured pencil skirts, beautiful day dresses and stunning waist cinching organza Bar jackets – all of which could have been straight from the ‘New Look’ of 1947. It was as if Christian Dior, himself, was at the helm.

The idea behind this collection was “It’s meant to be x-ray Dior,” Gaytten said afterward. “All the structure of iconic Dior, thanks to lots of fittings, but all of it see-through.” The ateliers used chiffon and gauze set against leather to prevent the collection becoming too feminine and providing a brief acknowledgment the current trend for fetishism.

X-Rated Dior - image: Getty Images

The luxurious, elegant and sculptured silhouette of early Dior has been toughened up and brought straight into 2012 with my favourite piece of the show – a drop-shouldered, half-sleeved Bar jacket in taupe croc-stamped leather, worn with leather elbow length gloves and patent court shoes. There are no words…

From Christian Dior's spring/summer 2012 couture collection - image: APF

The Bar Jacket from the 1947 Corolle collection

This show was completely gorgeous, but far too understated in terms of couture. Couture is the fantastical, the whimsical, the ridiculous, the impractical and the extraordinary.

It is Galliano – this collection was not.

love sophie xxx

A new wardrobe for 2012? Not quite so fast…

Another year here again and another new set of trends to integrate into an already over-stuffed wardrobe! But fear not for many of the ‘new’ trends are recycled from a/w11 and there are a fair few key pieces which will take you well into the new year.

1. The Peter-Pan collar – the trusted Peter pan collar is still very much on trend – sequined to take you from day to night and faux fur à la Miu Miu to keep away the January blues.

From the queen of collars: Gemma Lister

2. The Tuxedo Jacket  – Smoking has never been cooler. One of Yves Saint Laurent’s greatest gifts to womenkind was the tux. Beautifully tailored, iconic, and as beautiful as it first was in 1966, there is nothing more powerful than a woman in a le smoking. A Little Black Suit may well be your 2012 go to evening wear.

A Tuxedo for 2012?

3. Metallics – All the glitz and glamour of a/w isnt going anywhere  anytime soon. Think cool, pearlescent and aquatic colours. Deep sea greens and blues, with glittering scales of paillettes were seen at Givenchy, Versace and Chanel.

Mermaid Metallics from the S/S12 Runways at Givenchy, Versace and Chanel

This metallic trend is also a big beauty trend for the spring – high impact pewter eyes, silver highighter and even featuring gold leaf plastered across the eyes at Fendi.

4. Coloured Jeans – J Brand ruled the coloured jean trend last year and that is set to remain in 2012. Rather than the acid brights, it is all about fresh and clean pastel coloured denim.

The Pastel Palette does not, however, end with jeans. All over the runway designers were embracing their softer sides from Louis Vuitton to Preen to Prada all showcasing the paler end of the colour spectrum.

Palatable Pastels from Louis Vuitton, Preen and Prada

Another big S/S trend is the 1920’s – There was a nod to days gone by as fringed fabulous flappers paraded down the catwalk inspired by the forthcoming ‘Great Gatsby’ adaptation and the success of the silent film ‘The Artist’. Dropped waists are to be the silhouette of the year shown at Ralph Lauren, Etro and Gucci. So make like Daisy Buchanan, for this look oozes glamour, sophistication and easy elegance with billowing  fabrics and soft lines.

Fabulous Flappers from Ralph Lauren, Etro and Gucci

The 1920’s trend is as much about the clothes as it is the accessories; add a stole, a cloche hat, mary-janes and a berry lip and you could have wafted straight out of the Jazz age!

love sophie xx