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Archive for September 2012

Looking at the spring/summer 2013 catwalk collections as they ping in from around the fashion capitals of the world, you can’t help but be bowled over by the cacophony of mad colours. And, as mentioned in yesterday’s blog, in addition to the onslaught of the ‘glamour shift’, next season trousers have a staring role to play, think fluid fabrics and a techni-coloured-dream palette. But that’s all next season. And what if you just want to ‘throw together’ an easy, works-everytime look that is both you and fabulous? That’s where this week’s Perfect For You email comes into fashion play. We’ve handpicked a fabulous wardrobe solution – a pair of trousers in black or dark navy which we feel is up there with best of the must-have neutral shades.

Gone are the days of black trousers being relegated to the realms of the tailored work trouser suit. ‘Versatile’ doesn’t have to just mean ‘practical’. This season we’ve gone all touchy-feely with texture being high on the trend agenda. Channel the sumptuous baroque mood with these Zara satin flock trousers. Continue along the textured theme with one of those cool quilted tops from the new designer-collaboraton JW Anderson for Topshop . The top has a square cut and the soft volume balances out the ultra-slim fit of the trousers. Style with a pair of must-have velvet shoes like these Balenciaga wedged brogues  (H&M has some fabulous velvet platform courts) and sling Topshop’s crossbody bag  over your shoulder to complete your outfit for a bit of street style cool!

For more of a lady-who-power lunches and then goes out to dinner, the asymmetric hemline of this Helmut Lang top  forms a stylish contrast to the straight cut, slim fit Elie Tahari trousers . If for example you wanted to inject a bit of curve into your shape this play on proportions creates a fabulous illusion and injects a bit of ‘ooomph’ into a simple straight cut trouser. Glam things up with Sergio Rossi’s vampy stiletto courts, and this last-a-lifetime Anya Hindmarch bag.

A tailored wide-leg trouser performs a fabulous balancing act. For example, for those with wider hip proportions the width in the trouser draws the eye down, whilst for those with broader shoulder proportions the width in the trouser will balance the shoulder area out. Remember to wear separates that complement the shape of your trousers whatever they may be. With a wide leg trouser like these Evans black wide legs add a bit of definition either at the waist with this Wallis ruched front top  or style with a tailored blazer. A wide leg needs a heel to really work those proportions in the most flattering way. Style with a touch of daytime bling in the form of these Dune embellished wedges and complete with a timeless Whistles black tote bag. Natalie x

You can just picture it. Strolling with that sexy sashay in your walk down the cobbled streets of a picturesque town along the Amalfi coast, hot Mediterranean sun beating down, blues skies above and you decked out head-to-toe in Dolce & Gabbana prints or whispery blue Giorgio Armani silks … or those Geisha style Prada platforms that have nothing to do whatsoever with the Amalfi Coast. That’s Milan fashion week for you. A tale of designers who create a  gorgeous fashion tableaux to capture a stylish moment in time … and those who do something completely off-piste. It’s at Milan Fashion Week that textiles speak volumes because nobody knows how to work a print better than those Italians (think Dolce & Gabbana, Etro, Missoni, Marni) and nobody knows quite how to capture that silky, luxe-looking sense of opulence and playfulness (think Gucci, Armani, Ferretti). So hot off the s/s catwalks we’ve picked up on two trends to start our fashion palette’s salivating at the thought of next season. Take those glamour shifts I spoke of when lapping up New York fashion week, and give them a sexy boost of Italian prints…and Miuccia Prada’s take on florals. (pictures: http://www.style.com)

The trouser is taking a star turn next spring/summer – what better way to flash a fluo-inspired shade. Pucci stepped away from the usual array of signature patterns with cool crisp whites. Trouser lengths are flapping somewhere just above the ankle – to balance out these proportions think heels, defined waists, layering or definition up top. Stay tuned for all the heady glamour of Paris Fashion Week. Natalie x

A few weeks back I slipped off to preview the gorgeous new season collection ‘allegra by Allegra Hicks’ for John Lewis. In amongst the hustle and bustle of Soho, I stepped into a little fashion oasis in the basement of Soho House. The collection is made up of a number of easy-to-wear jersey pieces in those signature Allegra Hicks’ prints that are in fabulous retro shades and patterns. Think figure-flattering dresses with cleverly placed soft drapes to flatter tummy areas, skim over and disguise hips or inject a sense of curvy definition – perfect for so many shapes. They are also pieces that will take you from work to a dinner out to a casual weekend look like this tonal grey print dress £89:

I particularly liked the tops – think printed tees and blouses in that fluid mid-weight jersey fabric,  and this drape front boatneck piece £89 with a fitted band at the hips vamped up with leather trousers and striking strappy sandals by Allegra:

So I was very lucky to receive at my desk the other day one of the above tops in one of my favourite colours. I am not usually a separates kind of girl preferring dresses over anything else. But with this piece I have another chic alternative to my jumpers + Zara leggings/waxed trousers or jeans combinations. Natalie x

I don’t know what fashion fairy dust has been sprinkled over Zara headquarters lately but not a day goes by without there being something I would love to buy. They have just got it all so right.  I always stock up on their perfect for me leggings £19.99,  that are made from a fabulous fabric that is much thicker than those regular jersey leggings the rest of the high street does. This means it gives your shape more form and definition without that unattractive, sometimes see through, cling.

This season I have discovered and snapped up their coated trousers £35.99. They look and fit like leather effect jeans. Amazing. If you have skinny legs I would recommend going for a smaller size to avoid ‘wrinkles’. When you try them on aim to get them fitting like a legging – the fabric gives a bit round the knees etc. I have these in black and a dark navy blue. The khaki is brilliant too as it almost looks like a dove grey and if you prefer wearing chocolate browns and neutrals these are ideal. These trousers are ultra sexy. I style mine with a standard grey men’s cashmere v-neck jumper (something neutral for up top) and then add one of the season’s must-have stiletto courts…mine are pink suede – well why not!

I am lucky because I walk past Zara every morning on my way to work. This proved to be ultra lucky because I had a slight wardrobe malfunction last week thanks to a bumpy bus ride and my morning cappuccino. At least that’s the excuse I like to spin to absolve myself from doing a spot of pre-work morning shopping. That and the fact that I have had my eye on this beautiful bell sleeve  Zara dress £45.99 for some time after seeing it on my Dressipi recommendations’ page. As my fabulous black coated Zara trousers and black pussy-bow blouse had been slightly customised by coffee…it was the ideal moment to nip into Zara and snap this up. Which I did. This is a beautiful evening dress, but because I also want to wear it to work I decided to go one size up. It still fits perfectly as there is that flattering waist detail, but by going one size up it falls slightly looser around the hips. A little bit more work appropriate. I also discovered some great H&M black opaque tights . I love my Falke tights which seem to last forever, but in the process of completing my emergency ‘look’ I stumbled across these and I love them. They have a slight shine to them and quite a velvety feel on the skin. Perfect really. Natalie x

Last night I had the pleasure of sitting on not one but two SHOWstudio.com fashion panels for Dolce & Gabbana and Giorgio Armani. To fill you in. This is an ingenious idea by acclaimed British fashion photographer Nick Knight to cover the shows as they happen with a live discussion between four or five industry insiders. It’s the same as if you were chit-chatting through the shows with your friends. Whether you are “ohhhing” and “ahhhing” or “eeeuuuwwwing” and “eerrriing”…it’s all part of the fashion fun and offers great insight into each designer and the industry itself. It’s the type of thing you are never going to read in the pages of a magazine. It’s the first time anyone has thought to turn fashion show commentary into a mini-social-platform. I predict the front row future right here!

It was made all the more fun as the shows are hosted by the ‘hostess with the mostess’ author Camilla Morton. Camilla and I worked together at Russian VOGUE – our first major job in the industry  – and attended some of our first momentous fashion shows together in London, Paris, you name it, as fashion rookies. There was always a drama. Trust me. No taxis in Milan. Being locked out of shows in London. Rained on in Paris. Getting on the wrong train and missing a show you had to write about (these were the days of NO social media, live streaming, etc). No tickets in general. Whew. This was altogether a lot more civilised. Tea. Cake. Champagne. A seat. Warm. Dry. And. You can say what you like. Just watch them and see! However, as democratic as a live panel is, there’s never time to say everything. So I am going to use this blog to settle a teeny-weeny but all important fashion point that one of my ultra-stylish fellow panelists took up with me.

I happened to mention whilst discussing Giorgio Armani that thanks to social media by the time some catwalk looks got to the red carpet they had been seen so many times over. However, it was pointed out by a panelist that red-carpet looks were bespoke to each star so no one had seen them yet. Ummmm. Ok. And then the conversation moved on. And I could not prove my point. To argue or not to argue? But I didn’t have to. Because as we were analysing Giorgio Armani the Emmy’s were unfolding with a dazzling array of red-carpet fashion. And a lot of it not bespoke … but hot off the catwalk. Most notably so on two of the winners Julianne Moore and Claire Danes. Humour me ok! It’s all part of the fashion fun and watch www.showstudio.com it’s the most amazing front row ever. Natalie x

The Dressipi team was at the Stylist Network Event last night! The evening kicked off with canapés and bubbly at The Mayfair Hotel where we met up and mingled with other Stylist networkers. This was followed by an incredible panel of experts sharing their insights on public relations.

Jo Malone was the first to take centre stage. She not only talked about creating a famous luxury fragrance brand and selling it to Estée Lauder Companies, but also discussed the importance of being passionate about your work and starting again if necessary. Her new global brand JO LOVES is a success story and has inspired many entrepreneurs to continue fighting for their business.

Next up was Eimear Lambe, the Small Business Specialist at Twitter. Lambe shared her Twitter wisdom with all networkers present, emphasizing that Twitter is not just a social network, but an interest network. Lambe also highlighted the importance of  investing in your brand’s online communities and conversations, be it on Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook or blogs.

Vikki Chowney, head of community at TMW, answered PR -related questions and presented an informative breakdown of how to approach your company’s PR strategies. Olivia Phillips, the senior fashion assistant at Stylist talked about magazine pitches and brand identity.

Drinks and canapés followed the seminars. We all gathered for the final networking session. Pip represented the Dressipi team and pitched a feature to the Stylist!

After the pitch we mingled for a bit longer and then left the hotel feeling  inspired by all of the ambitious and successful stories shared that night! A massive thank you to the Stylist team for hosting such an incredible evening!

x Natasha

It wouldn’t be fair to round-up the creative hub that was London Fashion Week in terms of trends. Yes, there was the ongoing splash of next season’s wild fluorescent colour palette, not to mention prints, prints and prints galore but it’s not the trends that draw the  international fashion flock to our London catwalks. It’s the originality, sometimes the whacky and the bubbling and boiling cauldron of creativity that we are both famous and infamous for. These last few days did not disappoint. We had spectacle and style all wrapped up in one, from Michael Jackson’s jackets – and that silver glove – at Philip Treacy’s catwalk, to Christopher Bailey’s Liquorice All Sorts metallic wrapper trench coat dream at Burberry Prosrum, to Giles’ Couture fashion fantasy and Christopher Kane’s tough ladies:

It’s the combination of hot talent  like still rising and rising and rising star Mary Katrantzou, who each season manages to re-create, re-work and re-invent her dazzling and technical prints to magic up something completely new, and the every stylish and provocative old guard like the Queen of the Curve Vivienne Westwood that makes it all so very London. And we love it. Natalie x