This week saw me starting my first week working at Vogue, as part of the team coordinating this year’s Fashion’s Night Out which is taking place in Manchester on October 10th. After just 1 week working there, I have already found many exciting new designers to delve into, the first of these being Delfina Delettrez.
Delfina Delettrez, owner of her eponymous jewellery label, harks from the Fendi family and so has fashion in her blood. Her jewellery is eclectic; it ranges from delicate, dainty chains with tiny charms, to bejewelled necklaces, skeleton hand bracelets and chunky metal bangles. There’s something for every taste, so long as you’re not averse to colour and life in your adornments. She is a favourite of fellow accessories designer Charlotte Olympia, amongst others. The best piece? The small hoops decorated with gems and pearls. A perfect fusion of femininity and androgyny.
Having recently been introduced to the life-consuming wonder that is Game of Thrones, life has been infiltrated with new inspirations for flowing summer hairstyles. There is only one household to blame for this – House Targaryen. Both Viserys and Daenerys are blessed with hair so blonde it’s almost white, through which runs a beautiful soft wave. Not only that, they have mastered the art of the plait (or the hairstylists on set have).
Viserys undeniably has the cooler hairstyle, sitting just above his shoulders, the kind of hair I would love to work this summer, but alas I do not have a stylist at my disposal day and night to make it look that perfect.
Just a quick tangent whilst on the subject of Danaerys: the costume designer should be congratulated for their (deliberate or not) nod to Alexander Wang in some of her outfits. The outfit below is particularly Wang-esque due to the reptilian material, structure and strap detailing across the chest.
Back to hair though, and the stuff dreams are made of; the ultimate in summer hair goes to Drew Barrymore and her bubblegum pink mane.
Evidently this is not the easiest shade to work, in terms of both the upkeep and limitations to clothing colour. But hey, when your hair looks like that, it’s totally worth it.
Today is a very exciting day indeed. Those kind souls over at H&M have given all women the best possible present on International Women’s Day – the launch of & Other Stories. & Other Stories is the latest shop opened by the company who already gave us the wonder that is Cos, and today is the first day that the clothes, accessories and beauty products are available for purchase in the UK. The new brand started out as a make up line, and grew into what can easily be called the most exciting shop to hit the UK this year. Taking inspiration from street style, the clothes are what modern women want – chic, clean, beautifully made and affordable; think classic cool Scandinavian style, with a smattering of Sandro and a pinch of Céline. They are divided into four clothing collections: industrial, poetic and dandy, feminine and glamorous, and tailored and strong, so that you can mix and match whatever your personal aesthetic. In short, the shop is wonderful and you should all check it out, either in person or online. Just don’t tell anyone else about it, it’s too good to be shared.
Miuccia Prada is a force to be reckoned with. Season after season, she and her team provide us lucky fashion-loving folk with a smorgasbord of covetable clothes to pine over and her latest collection, Autumn/Winter 2013, is no exception. In fact, there are those (cough cough) who might herald it as one of her best seasons of late. If the Spring/Summer 2013 collection seemed a little wacky and not as accessible, this new offering is the antithesis to that; look after look, out came the most wearable, beautiful, classic-yet-modern clothes. Miuccia showed 49 looks (whittled down from an original 70), and, controversially given the recent penchant for them over skirts, there was not a pair of trousers in sight. Classic cocktail dress looks were dressed down by layering a soft jumper underneath them, hems were left looking unfinished and shoulders were bared. The collection was innately Prada, showing the classic oversized bags, platform heels and belted waists seen many times before – it was old school, but made modern with new elements such as the lopsided hems. These hems, coupled with the bedraggled hair and slouchy shoulders, seemed to create the idea of the Prada woman with a ‘devil may care’ attitude. She was slightly undone, yet perfectly put together; a contrast depicted by the mix of fabrics, such as a tweed dress with beaded chiffon draping off it. The great designer described the collection as “a lot of things I really like”; well Miuccia, I think you and I have very similar tastes.
Paris, welcome to the 21st century at long last. As of January 31st, an ancient, and somewhat bizarre, law is no longer in place. Not just any old law, this one banned women in Paris from wearing trousers. The French were lenient though, a Parisian woman could wear her trousers if, and only if, she was “holding a bicycle handlebar or the reins of a horse”. Or if she plucked up the courage to ask the police if she might be allowed to “dress as a man”, i.e. wear trousers, that very unisex item of clothing.
Shocking, no? Parisian women have been wearing trousers apparently illegally for a good while now, but fear not, you no longer need to worry about being locked up should you choose to don your cigarette trousers, palazzo pants or boyfriend jeans and stilettos in the French capital. Thank the sartorial gods for Yves Saint Laurent, who boldly showed a woman wearing a trouser suit in 1966, making trousers unisex, and not something which us ladies need permission to wear.