21 June 2015
While it's easy to always find pieces one likes from almost every fashion show it is quite rare to like every single thing coming down the runway from beginning to end. And that's exactly what happened to me while I sat at the Calvin Klein show in Milan today.
The collection, as it often does, concentrated on colour with a basic palette of black, white, khaki and light blue washed denim. It stayed true to the brand's minimalist aesthetic but it did so departing from the tougher boxier silhouettes we had been seeing lately. And yet it retained just the perfect dose of structure – especially in the jackets and trousers.
A few key styles really stood out for me. Firstly, this season's ubiquitous denim jacket, which Italo Zucchelli envisioned every so slightly cropped, with a little volume but still fairly slim and presented in its classic light blue wash, the perfect shade of beige-meets-camel and navy.
T-shirts are not usually something I notice much, especially printed ones. However, the brand's palm tree model had this crispness to it that made the fabric fall in a different way making the basic staple more interesting.
Last but most definitely not least, the trousers in two main shapes: A classic suit pant a bit cropped and cuffed. The untraditional fabric makes for a truly versatile piece as they can be worn both as part of a suit and as a casual pant. The second shape takes the first further with cargo pockets also making it a rather interesting proposal as cargo pants are more often than not presented with looser/slouchier fit.
An excellent collection from the first to the last look and proof that consistency and austerity can also be extremely modern and luxe.
10 May 2015
After years of just being something that your middle-aged uncle from Miami would wear short-sleeve floral-printed shirts became a big thing last summer. I posted some of my favourite styles about a year ago on the blog prompted by the success of the ubiquitous Saint Laurent floral shirt. I found myself quite into the idea of including it in my wardrobe but at over £500 a pop it didn't seem like the wisest choice.
Despite it being quite a trendy piece that you might get tired of quickly it can easily become that summer staple piece you throw on with a pair of jeans and a cool pair of sneakers to really stand out. Luckily, the way fashion works means such super trendy pieces will inevitably trickle down to high street shops for us mortals to have a chance at trying them out. And that's exactly what has happened. Uniqlo recently launched a mini collection of floral shirts so evidently inspired by Saint Laurent's styles that you might just think you're wearing the real deal – and it will only set you back £19.90 so you can have more than one style to vary.
You can shop the red style here and the black version here.
26 April 2015
This past week I stopped by the Clarks FW15 preview to have a look at the new styles we will be wearing in six months. I'm a big fan of the brand and proud owner of several pairs so this is always more of an occasion to make my personal wish list ahead of time.
Everyone's all-time favourite are obviously the desert boots, which no one makes like them. The new earthy tones on offer are perfect for the colder months and they're an easy way to add a touch of colour and texture to a look. For FW15, the brand continues to play with new patterns and materials – my personal favourites the navy check print and the suede and wool felt combo.
A personal highlight from the new collection was the style directly below – a very Clarks take on a skater sneaker, which I will definitely be buying in at least a couple of colours.
It's not easy to find good boots but I found at least two brilliant options from Clarks for the coming season. One more formal – a grainy tan leather brogue boot perfectly finished with a leather and rubber sole (you need rubber if you live in a city where it rains) and a more casual and super light option in a maroon leather and a commando sole detail.
If, like me, you can't quite wait a few months to have a few new pairs you can head over to the Clarks website to quench your thirst for shoes. If that is even possible.