Posted May 16, 2013on:
The circus of Press Days is in full swing at Dressipi HQ when each season the fashion team nip out to visit the brands as they showcase their best of A/W 13 trends. Next season looks set to be a thrilling one and there was no better place to glimpse an array of what’s to come from Arcadia’s myriad of brands.
Topshop pulsated with avant-garde and fashion forward pieces. Gorgeous, vintage, quirky inspired pieces mingled with a grungy London punky vibe:
Wallis oozed a sophisticated sleekness with long flowing lines in body skimming jersey and elegant florals. Khakis, greys and blacks were highlighted with flame and coral tones that looked modern with a scattering of clever jewel inspired details.
Miss Selfridge felt like stepping into a fabulous vintage shop. Their eclectic range of prints and textures promises that next season you can indulge in wealth of stylish pieces that best reflect your personal style.
Evans collection was fun with Clements Ribeiro’s Swan collection featuring an array of heavenly prints. Accessories were spot on with pale stone ankle boots and tote bags with lashings of clinking hardware.
We can’t wait to start recommending the host of lovely pieces spotted at the launch so roll on September when we’re sure some of these goodies will be showing up in your Perfect For You pages. Tara x
It took the King of footwear fantasies Manolo Blahnik to turn what was once an ohhh sooo Essex style staple and an all-American ‘no white shoes after labour day’ rule on its head. Manolo’s BB Pumps (pointed stiletto) have really become the must-have shoe staple of the season. Whilst he does an array of gorgeous colours, his take on what was once a no-go-style-colour-show has become a fashion lust-have. Most of the VOGUE girls tweeted pics their white Manolo stilettos at the recent Vogue Festival and just a few weeks ago when I dropped by the exciting Jaeger Boutique gallery launch party on Regent Street Laura Bailey showed just how to channel white stiletto-chic. She worked her must-have shoes, in patent, with a gorgeous textured pair of soft yellow trousers and baby blue cashmere jumper. All those light pastel shades blended in perfectly with her crisp white heels. Natalie x
If you are feeling a white-wash shoe inspiration here are the best of our bunch at Dressipi:
There are a couple of pieces on the Dressipi site that I have been eyeing up for a while. Even though some brands might not be up there on my top 10 favourites I always like to keep an open mind …because fashion is always about change. Take Jigsaw. For a while it went off my radar as it felt too fussy and too pricey. But as I said, fashion is all about change, and with a new creative director at the helm Barbara Horspool (formerly of New Look) you suddenly start to notice the constant and subtle changes in the product. (Wait for next season for the full blown effect). Take this Jigsaw jacket, £149, which I stumbled across when making a few recommendations for a user yesterday. The fluid relaxed style reminds me very much of the slim fit wool pieces I like to snap up from DVF in the sales when I can. They are almost like a second skin. Consider the cardigan version of a jacket and it is a lot less formal than structured tailoring.
I am a big fan of the “glamour shift by day” trend. Reiss has taken lace and given it a modern slinky feel with this piece, making it perfect for day and night. For this season and the next. And it is available in a chic dark navy or black, £149.
Have you been into AllSaints lately? If you are a fan of Helmut Lang style jersey pieces and McQueen prints, AllSaints has some gorgeous longline printed t-shirts in muted greys that will look fabulous with leggings or skinny jeans. This printed t-shirt dress £75 could double up tunic-style over leggings:
Have you heard of Lucy Choi London? We have her gorgeous shoes on the site as they are sold at My-Wardrobe. She is Jimmy Choo’s niece so knows a thing or two about stylish footwear. For a designer brand you are going to find some timeless classics with a great fashion twist at really good prices, especially by comparison to some of the higher end high street brands. These leather snakeskin print courts £175, have that perfect mid-heel which make them an ideal day shoe (office or weekend): Nataliex
It’s always a good way to start any morning – bright and breezy. And that is exactly what happened this morning at Somerset House thanks to Boden’s autumn/winter collection. There is nothing more that I like than a wild, bold, bright accessory – and this collection certainly turned up the heat with a fabulous array of shoes and accessory to paint the town in – or the country for that matter. It’s worth noting that Boden’s leather bags are really very good: – great quality, nice soft slouchy leather, perfect for storing anything. So I particularly love these little (but not too little that you cannot carry a bean in them) clutches. (Have a look at these clutches from this season’s collection – fabulous really). This wild colour is reflected in the clothing prints and patterns for next season – hot pink cords anyone?? Natalie x
“If possible, can you try wear high street and colours or patterns”…that was my brief for LOOK magazine’s STYLE FILE feature out this week. Ohhhh. My wardrobe is either a lot of little black high street dresses or a lot of wild coloured not-so-high-street numbers. Interesting. The wonderful thing about working just off Oxford Street is that we really do have the pick of the high street bunch here. Best of all most of the shops open really early, so en route to work can take on a whole new style meaning. Which is exactly what it did for me.
I had read on twitter about River Island’s collaboration with Georgia Hardinge for their Design Forum. I loved the muted grey and white printed dress which reminded me of mix between Helmut Lang shapes and McQueen prints and textures. So I popped into River Island pre-work to try on a dress or two. Gorgeous – but not at £60. I love my Topshop really stretchy midi bodycon dresses which are perfect for both work and dinner. So when I saw this particular wild patterned coloured dress at River Island (£35) I knew it was perfect for the shoot…if you want a more toned down shade of this you might like this one.
I reminds me a bit of when I was young and tried to channel those lust-have Gianni Versace prints. I styled this dress with these beyond comfortable black suede leather courts shoes from Zara £59.99...which are a great take on the pointy stiletto championed by Manolo Blahnik, and also come in a gorgeous electric blue. Natalie x