You’ve Got The Power To Know: You’re Indestructible.

The search for the perfect white shirt is never an easy one.  I found this gorgeous Klara buttondown at Anthropologie at the start of the year and I haven’t stopped wearing it since.  Made from oh-so-sheer silk it has a fabulous feel and a wonderful flow along the asymmetric hem.  Recently I’ve been styling it with the front tied together but I’m usually wearing it loose and untucked, as I did for London Fashion Weekend, here.

I can tell I am reacting to the floral explosion this spring since I’m craving monochrome lately.  But my recent monochrome comes dressed with metal (you’ll surely see this theme develop on the blog over the next few months).  Case in point – I’m utterly obsessed with these Wing High Sandals from the Unique collection at Topshop.

One of my purchases from February’s trip to London, I agonised over the practicality of these shoes in store (the thought process: “so, these are sandals but really they seem like a boot.  They seem like a boot but they are a boot with a peep toe. Hmm.  And cutouts. But really they are sandals and I do like them.  Hmm. I don’t need them, but hey everyone can live without fashion.  I like them. A LOT.“)

The point, Blog Reader, is not actually one related to practicality.  The point, Blog Reader, is that I feel like Wonder Woman. And that’s reason enough for me.

With their gold metallic heels and winged detail they are a truly unique design.  Available in black leather/gold or off white/gold I’m off to a flying start (Could. Not. Resist) wearing a motif which was a huge for fall 2012. I’d say this was a small stepping stone (again, could not resist) along the way to me being head to toe in gold come the Christmas parties – anyone want to buy me this gorgeous Ralph Lauren gown?

Wearing: Legging jean from GAP; Wing High Sandals, Topshop.  Klara shirt from the Liefsdottir collection at Anthropologie. Clutch from ASOS (closest matches here).

How are you wearing your metallics Blog Reader?  (Alternatively – do you own any superhero-themed-clothing? Do share!)

Photos: Lydia Hudgens.

London Fashion Week: Topshop Unique

I’m sad to be missing London Fashion Week, therefore very happy to have this guest feature for StyleOnTheCouch written by my friend and fellow fashion blogger Anna of South Molton Street Style on the new collection from Topshop:

Topshop Unique

I’m very excited to be writing this post for Sarah, who has been a true support for me as a new blogger this year.  This is my first fashion week as a fully fledged blogster and despite the overwhelming amount of outfits, shows and content to look at – it’s very, very exciting.  One of the most stylish shows so far has to be the clever guys at Topshop, launching their Unique range for SS12

 The show took place at the former Eurostar (London to Paris train) terminal in Waterloo, which was a perfect choice – combining the tradition of the Topshop name with the modern, edgy and bold Unique range. The guests flooded in via an escalator into the venue, Topshop is a big name both sides of the Atlantic.  The F-Row said it all; Naomi Campbell decked out in McQueen, Anna Wintour in Erdem and Olivia Palermo working her ‘frail but feisty’ look as only she can do so well.

Images from InsideOut, Topshop’s blog

Inspiration for this range?  Elizabeth Taylor in Cleopatra.  Karen Bonser, Creative Director, took the opulence and glamour of the Egyptian Queen and imagined her in urban London. (I also think they presumed she’d be into the hip-hop scene too, judging by the visors and sportsluxe pieces).  The result?  Fabulous.

The brand seemed to lean on three central trends; bondage, sportsluxe and metallics – with hints of romance and Grecian thrown in.  Oversize sweats, visors and sweat pants in vibrant prints ticked the ‘Sportsluxe box,’ – various bodycon pieces and leotards did the same for bondage and pretty much every look, including the make up had something gold and shiny in it. 

Overall, Topshop Unique is retro, powerful and magnetic.  If Cleopatra bred with the Fresh Prince – their offspring’s look would have mirrored some of the outfits worn by the models at the show…  Fantastically brilliant, and even more amazing – its high street.  Prices start from £25.  Hooray!

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