Collections: Whistles Autumn Winter 2014

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whistles_womens_aw14_look14Shot on location at The Barbican, the creative heartbeat of London’s financial district, Whistles Autumn Winter 2014 collection is full of minimalistic elegance with comforting textural accents (leather, faux fur, sequins, knits). You may even be welcoming the end of summer when you glance upon the full range (savvy shoppers will already have placed their orders – whilst they are not fast fashion, Whistles don’t seem to do huge runs of any styles, so don’t be caught out!)

With a beautiful colour palette close to my own heart: black, navy, and pale lavender, a collection of streamlined yet drape-y jumpsuits, skirts and tops (one is also reminded of the aesthetic of Ellery here,) furry coats and cocktail party dresses is waiting for you.

Lilac is a colour that was really important – it has such connotations of twinset and pearls so making it modern feels exciting. Oversized coats were the perfect shape, as if borrowed from your boyfriend. We love the contrast between the volume of a coat like this and a party dress worn underneath… {It is} A playful collection, shaking off sculptural silhouettes and embracing fluid pieces and fabrics that move. Confidence, comfort and chic come together here – we think you’ll find it’s a desirable combination.”

Whistles is one of those brands who provide middle market store offerings but place an emphasis on real, ‘high’ fashion.  From what I remember as being quite a whimsical, girly offering in my younger years, Whistles appears to be growing into an interesting and contemporary brand.  Cool not conventional is how I prefer you, Whistles, and I’m sending you much love for your stunning AW14 line.

To see more of Whistles AW14 click HERE.

Fleet Ilya Corset Belt: Still The Dark Side Of The Force

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FleetIlya-leatherbelt-4I love a mix of hard and soft textures within an outfit.  A crisp white shirt and a soft, flowing leather jacket; a fluffy cropped Angora sweater and a sharp cashmere blend A line skirt (and so on, and so forth.)  If you haven’t got the right mixture of fabrics and textures to complete this type of look, I suggest turning to your accessories to mix things up a little.

I have several Fleet Ilya pieces in my wardrobe, with this large point cut out corset belt being my newest accessory from the brand.  A wonderfully webbed show piece – reminiscent of the armour of Batman with a modern Spiderman aesthetic – it’s a very slim fitting, waist nipping style I’ve worn in many different ways.  In summer, when wearing black, navy, or entirely ‘dark’ colours is typically frowned upon (for more of my thoughts on this topic, see here) I’ll still be aligned with the dark side of the force, but I will roll out the lighter fabrics.  Here I thought the combination of the corset belt and this flowing summer dress was a great dichotomy between textures.

Wearing: Heels, Zara. Belt: Fleet Ilya.  Dress: Bought in NYC (unknown Soho boutique, if I ever find it again I will tell you!). Nude slip: Flexees.

Photos: Beth Morton Photography

The Shoulders Have It: Rodarte for Opening Ceremony

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OpeningCeremony-Rodarte-1The ‘shoulder’ tends to re-surface now and then as fashion trend.  Dropped shoulders, off the shoulder, ‘boob tube’ – I’m personally a little partial to the hint of clavicle and bare shoulders.  It reminds me of a carefree summer, the warmth of a hot beach vacation and sultry evenings in mediterranean towns.

In an interview with women about the body parts of males they most loved, the shoulder topped the list.  Well-defined, broad shoulders are adored because they are a sign of strength and masculinity.  For us women, after a day of carrying around bags and books and children, a kiss in between the shoulder blades, perhaps one of the less likely erogenous zones, is a wonderful appreciation of ourselves (and our day) and a lot of loving attention from a very small action.

This dress is a true favourite. I think all fashion blogs should showcase their favourite pieces again and again: this dress already two years old and it comes out every summer.  With just a hint of shoulder, I love the layering in this piece.  I just need the vacation plan to match it :)

Wearing: Dress, Rodarte for Opening Ceremony.  Heels: Kurt Geiger.  Photos: Beth Morton Photography. For more photos of this dress in NYC, click HERE.