This month sees the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness settle in, making me yearn for the cosy knits of Autumn. JW Anderson and Mulberry have both delivered fun prints on that front, and Orla Kiely ticks two big trends — shearling and oxblood — in a fab coat. Let's not forget party time, though, with a statement collar from Karl Lagerfeld and a metallic Topshop clutch that could have come off the Spring 2013 Fashion Week catwalks. On the beauty front, I'm all about exciting collaborations from MAC, a new Chanel collection, bright eyes courtesy of Benefit, purse-friendly Ted Baker fragrances and an eyelash treat from RapidShield. Take a look right here at what makes my list this October, and tell me your must haves!
This week, I've been inspired by British style across the globe from the likes of Kate Moss, Poppy Delevingne and Florence Welch. Kate worked stylish Autumn separates in a Mulberry peacoat and Isabel Marant boots in London, while Poppy went casual in camouflage at a Berlin store opening, and Florence was her floaty best in Gucci for a gig in Florida. There's plenty more from the best dressed of the week, including Emma Watson, Cara Delevingne and Ashley Madekwe, so click through to see every fashionable moment and tell me who was most fab!
Yesterday in London, Kate Moss gave a lesson in breezy Autumn separates in a leather Mulberry Peacoat from the Spring 2013 collection, a pair of statement Isabel Marant embroidered boots, long sleeve wool sweater and dark blue skinnies. The British model showed how a few key pieces will take you through the new season in style. Shop her look above and let me know what you think of her look!
Plaid is a staple Autumn print ripe for an update, and the Spring 2013 catwalks have certainly done just that. The resurgence of '90s grunge has seen the checkered style in firm favour, but this time with a twist thanks to clever print and fabric pairings. Dries Van Noten's show at Paris Fashion Week teamed plaid with sheer floaty florals, intricate embellishment and punchy metallics. Over at Milan Fashion Week, the Max Mara show teamed the Fall classic with leopard print resulting in a safari vibe, while the sheer styling was taken to the extreme at New York Fashion Week when Jill Stuart showed an ivory plaid three-quarter sleeve fitted dress. Shop my plaid pairings below and tell me how you'll bring a fresh twist to the print!
Alexa Chung took in several shows during New York Fashion Week and London Fashion Week, no doubt getting inspiration for the Spring season to come. On British soil, the fashionista was front and centre for Simone Rocha, Mulberry, Christopher Kane, House of Holland, Moschino Cheap & Chic and Margaret Howell, having watched Proenza Schouler, Anna Sui and Marc Jacobs' offerings at NYFW. I've already selected the key pieces for Kate Middleton's Spring wardrobe, so with that same mindset, take a look at my picks for Alexa's wardrobe from the shows she attended, and let me know which you think she's most likely to wear come Spring!
Last night in London, Emma Watson raised eyebrows in her Christian Dior Couture dress and trousers at the UK premiere of The Perks of Being a Wallflower — love it or leave it? The British actress went with less controversial looks before and after the screening, wearing a statement glitter collar to the afterparty and a Fay coat and skinnies for her trip to Radio 1 earlier in the day. Emma has been taking her film around the world, wearing Giorgio Armani to the LA premiere, Brood in NYC, Erdem at Toronto International Film Festival, Peter Pilotto Resort 2013 for the MTV Video Music Awards, and Tom Ford wedges for Letterman. Take a look at Emma's promo wardrobe here, and let me know which outfit is most fab!
Spring 2013 catwalks have been full of sheer layers, none more so than in Milan where Bottega Veneta and CNC Costume National showed transparent tops, Emilio Pucci focused on trousers, and Alberta Ferretti and Roberto Cavalli went the whole nine yards in dresses and matching separates. The trend was prevalent in London too, from see-through embroidered sheaths at Erdem and dresses with strategic panels at Topshop Unique to maxi skirts at Temperley and barely-there tops at Christopher Kane and House of Holland. Sheer inserts were also big news in New York, with skin-baring details at the midriff at Jason Wu, the décolletage at Victoria Beckham, in cropped blouses at Marc Jacobs and on lace dresses at BCBG Max Azria.
While the trend is easier to incorporate into a hot weather wardrobe, there's no need to wait until Spring to jump on board. Autumn sheer layers benefit from following a few guidelines, like layering up both underneath and on top, and keeping the see-through detail to just one statement top, bottom or dress. Fabrics like chiffon are super versatile through the year, so take a look here at 20 ways to go sheer without the fear!
With attention now on France for Paris Fashion Week, I'm celebrating the most fashionable French females who consistently impress with their sartorial choices. From actresses like Marion Cotillard and Clémence Poésy to models such as Noémie Lenoir and Constance Jablonski, beauties from France have graced red carpets and catwalk shows across the world this year. Take a look at my pick including Eva Green, Audrey Tautou, Carla Bruni, Catherine Deneuve, Juliette Binoche and Carine Roitfeld, and tell me who is most fab!
Cara Delevingne must be looking forward to putting her feet up after walking in dozens of shows during fashion weeks across the globe. The British model has appeared in more than 25 presentations this month, from Jason Wu in New York to Burberry Prorsum in London and Missoni in Milan, and she's still got Paris to come! Take a look at her moves on the catwalk right here, and tell me what you think of the next big name in British modelling!
The street style at Milan Fashion Week is always polished and ladylike, and this season I'm taking inspiration from the fashion set's statement handbags, from Anna Dello Russo's Moschino shine and the pink, gold and blue Paula Cademartori Satin Silvye to a black and gold classic. The metallic arm candy in Italy is an all-eyes-on-me affair, and is a great way to dip your toe (or arm) into the high-shine trend we saw on the Spring 2013 catwalks of London Fashion Week. Shop my picks below, and tell me if your accessories will shine this Autumn!
At London Fashion Weekend, one of the trend shows was all about the brocade craze that will be big this Autumn. The Fall 2012 catwalks were full of embroidery, embellishment and jacquard prints, with Temperley London showing just how luxe this look can be. Last week, Christy Turlington gave a lesson in how to wear the trend without going too outrageous in a Stella McCartney trouser suit at the Conde Nast Traveler Celebration of The Visionaries, while on our side of the pond Olivia Palermo embraced the look in a pair Topshop Paisley Cigarette Trousers (£35) at Unique's Spring 2013 London Fashion Week show. Earlier this month, Kate Garraway combined texture with this season's jewel tones at a premiere. Shop my picks below, and tell me how you'll style your brocade trousers this Autumn!
Last night in Los Angeles, the best of TV talent celebrated the Emmy Awards. British stars did us proud in stunning red carpet numbers, from Cat Deeley's one-shouldered Tadashi Shoji dress to Michelle Dockery's midnight blue Louis Vuitton gown. Michelle was joined by her Downton Abbey costar Joanne Froggatt who was resplendent in Vivienne Westwood, while Kelly Osbourne was on the same fishtail hem page as Cat in a lilac Zac Posen Resort '13 dress. Take a look at their outfits from all angles here, then vote to tell me who was most fab!
At the Philip Treacy Spring 2013 show during London Fashion Week last week, Kelly Brook donned the Issa Cotton-Blend Lace Dress (£660). It was the same number that Gemma Arterton wore front row at the Issa London Autumn/Winter 2012 show at London Fashion Week back in February. British actress Gemma added Christian Louboutin heels and kept the rest of her look simple with barely there makeup and a centre parting, while British model Kelly also teamed the dress with point toe heels, but brought red nails, smoky eyes and gold jewellery to the party. Vote below to tell me who wore it better!
Street style at London Fashion Week brought the usual inspiring mix of bold colours and creative combinations, not least in footwear. Plenty of fashionistas styled their outfits with statement kicks, from the spiked to the sparkled. Blogger Lucie Ehrenbergerova finished off her colourful print outfit with New Look Glitter Zig Zag Wedge Hi-Tops (£34.99), while fashion writer Emily brought a casual edge to her embellished Topshop jumper and vintage leather shorts in her River Island shoes, and Elite Model's Alex Wurfel teamed her studded monochrome pair with tights, Levi shorts and a bright vintage jumper. Shop my pick of pumped-up trainers below, and tell me how you'll style yours this season!
Kate Middleton might have missed London Fashion Week due to her Diamond Jubilee Tour, but plenty of designers showed dresses which would suit the Duchess down to the ground come Spring 2013. Issa London's white fit-and-flare would be ideal for a daytime duty, while Erdem's floral knee-length number would suit a day to night transition, and Temperley's full-length luxe gown would be ideal for a red carpet event. Take a look at my top 10 picks straight from LFW's catwalks, including Mulberry, Burberry, Christopher Kane, Matthew Williamson, Roksanda Ilincic, Preen and Maria Grachvogel, and tell me which you predict we'll see on Kate!
Unsurprisingly, the ankle boot was a firm fixture in the street style of London Fashion Week, but plenty of fashionistas chose to make a feature of what they were wearing inside their booties too. Socks of contrasting shades brought a pop of colour to Fearne Cotton's outfit on Tuesday, when the Radio 1 DJ's pink hosiery peeked out from her buckle tan shoes. The trend extended to the front rows of LFW too, with British model Laura Bailey showing a flash of grey over her black boots at the Christopher Kane show on Monday. More intriguing still was when the look arrived not only in Los Angeles, where temperatures are much warmer than here in the chilly Autumnal UK, but also on the red carpet, on Busy Philipps' ankles at the End of Watch premiere. Tell me: will you be making a feature of your socks this Autumn?
One thing was sure on the catwalks of London Fashion Week — shine is going to big come Spring. Jonathan Saunders brought a rainbow prism effect to his high-shine metallic skirts, tops and jackets, while Christopher Bailey brought a futuristic look to Burberry Prorsum's trench coats with an iridescent finish in shades from magenta to teal, with dresses, swimsuits and skirts all getting the gloss factor too. Mulberry's shiny separates in English garden-inspired floral prints were balanced out with soft leather trousers, Antipodium layered tailored waistcoats over gold dresses, and Topshop Unique also showed how to keep iridescents low-key by teaming silver trousers and skirts with simple white tees and pastel knits. Shop my picks below to bring the look to your Autumn wardrobe, and tell me how you'll wear it!
Kate Middleton finished her Diamond Jubilee Tour at Brisbane Airport today in Project D's Penelope dress and her trusty L.K. Bennett nude pumps, changing into jeans and a printed scarf as she continued her journey home. The Duchess of Cambridge was in more tropical attire in Tuvalu yesterday, adding a grass skirt to her Alice by Temperley Long Beatrice Dress for a tribal dance, after arriving in a pastel lemon number by an independent designer and Stuart Weitzman wedges, which she later accessorised with local accoutrements. The sartorial theme for Kate's whole trip was this combination of British and local designers, having worn Jonathan Saunders, Mulberry, Jenny Packham, Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, Beulah London, Prabal Gurung and Raoul as she made her way through Singapore, Malaysia and the Solomon Islands. Take a closer look here at her outfits, and tell me which was most fab!
Statement collars have been popping up on front rows and street stylers as the accessory de la semaine of London Fashion Week, not least on outerwear. It's perfect to wear right now as we transition into Autumn. Fashion blogger Denni Elias proved that the style needn't be reserved for cold weather, teaming her Topshop parka with Puma shorts. While parkas are the perennial shearling lined favourite, editorial assistant Monica Ainley showed how biker jackets like her Sandro number benefit from the faux fur look too, accessorising her dark outfit with hue of the season oxblood in her Lizzie Disney bag. Stylist Louise went vintage with her blue take, opening up a world of colour choices. Shop my picks below, and tell me how you'll style it!
The three finalists of 2012's Fashion Fringe showed their collections at Somerset House last night, with Christopher Bailey naming Haizhen Wang the winner of this year's prize. The Central Saint Martins graduate set up his label in 2010, after working at MaxMara and All Saints. Bailey helped the finalists in the run up to the London Fashion Week show, and Wang will continue to receive mentoring as well as studio space at Somerset House for the next four seasons. The Burberry chief creative officer told Vogue:
"I was looking for a real rounded talent with vision that he or she knew how to execute. I wanted to see an understanding of how to cut and sew; how to construct clothes; and how to create a business. Having a strong point of view was important too. With Haizhen, he has a talent that hopefully the industry will relate to. It's effortless and in his blood. When you first see his work, it appears to be very graphic and bold, but it's constructed in a very sensual way."
Take a look at the winning collection right here, and tell me what you think!