Thursday, 28 October 2010

The Way To Wear It: Country

And to the second of my Britain's Next Top Model trends; Country Chic.

The high street has gone mad for this trend! Its wearable with the main influences being country pursuits. It's easy and it's practical but should be worn with a ladylike/glamorous twist. It's okay to look like you have been inspired by the queen out for a ride but you don't want to look like you're heading to Badminton horse trials.

The colour palate include shades greys, browns, greens and dark reds. If you are a print lover stick to florals or horse related ones in autumnal colours. The key pieces for this look are the Aviator Jacket, the most famous one being the Burberry but there are loads on the high street. Other items to invest in would be chunky knits and tan boots; they'll add to the look this season and are likely be pulled out of the wardrobe for next winter.

The Way To Wear It; On The Catwalk

Make your body-warmer work by styling it with something other than bootcut jeans. Make sure it's fitted and a dark colour like this one seen at Dries van Noten.
People may ask where your horse is but Ralph Lauren makes Jodphurs work by teaming them some heels and jewellery.
That famous Burberry aviator. It's warm and it's stylish; a great alternative to our leather jackets. Wear with Jeans during the day and then throw over a dress at night. Be brave and step away from black, some of the best aviator jackets out there are in greens and browns.
Wear the look to work. Stick to the colour theme but choose smart trousers and a well tailored coat, as seen here at Gucci
The weather has really turned over the last few weeks and everyone is dying to get into a chunky knit. This look seen at D&G would be made wearable and perfect for cold winter conditions if worn with some skinny jeans.
The Way To Wear It; Next Season
Hermes take inspiration from Horse Riding every season (they make great saddles, hats and whips). Through in a bit of African Safari inspiration and the look has evolved for next season.
At 3.1 Philip Lim, he put his models in white wedges, made the knits thinner and bared there legs to make the look more appropriate for summer.
The Way To Wear It, Inspiration: The Royal Family meets Country Pursuits.

The Way to Wear It At BNTM LIVE

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

The Way To Wear It; LadyLike.

Last weekend I spoke at Britain's Next Top Model Live. The title of my presentation was 'Wear The Trend Your Way' where I spoke about key trends of the season and how to incorporate them into your own wardrobe so as to stay on trend while adapting the looks to your own personal style.
As promised on 'Style Spotter Fashion Blogger' (where I posted a general overview of BNTM Live) I am updating 'The Way To Wear It' with the looks I discussed.

Phew... anyway, for the first look: 'Ladylike'.

This Autumn/Winter fashion took inspiration from the women of the past and we have begun to want to start to look like women again! We stopped burning our bras a long time ago and have realised that sometimes it feels nice to take our jeans off (even if they are very comfortable) and wear soft fabrics and flattering feminine shapes.

With inspiration from so many eras of women there is a look for everyone; you can be an Audrey, a Dita, a Marilyn or a Victoria Beckham; each one of their looks embraces femininity in many different ways!

The Way To Wear It; On The Catwalk
Victoria Beckham knows what she as a woman wants to wear; flattering shapes and killer heels. The waiting list for these dresses proves that Victoria's Breakfast At Tiffany's style dresses are what women have been waiting for.

At Louis Vuitton Marc Jacobs showed us there is a clearly a vintage inspiration. The gloves, the prints, the dress shapes. This show was aimed for women who are proud of their femininity.
Prada showed how classic shapes can be better for curvier girls. Think clinched waist, think Mad Men.
At Chloe we saw that femininity is not always about wearing a skirt. The right fabrics can make trousers and a sweater become feminine. Opt for silks and cashmere.

The Way To Wear It; For Next Season
Bring the trend forward to next Season. Bright/Pop colours are going to be huge. Miuccia showed us how to make them ladylike at Miu Miu.
Alber loves to dress women. The fabrics, the jewels, the elegance. In Spring 2010, he wanted to show how much he adored a woman with natural elegance and beauty.
At Valentino there were great shapes, soft fabrics and bow details.

The Way To Wear It, Inspiration: female icons both past and present.

The Way To Wear It; The look spotted around BNTM Live

How to make your leather shorts lady like: team with a soft blouse a wide brimmed hat and some lippy. A 70's inspired feminine look.

Pearl Earrings and Glossy Hair = an instantly sophisticated and elegant look.

This Girl shows us how to make the ladylike look young. This dress has got great detailing but teamed with a relaxed bag and ankle boots she makes it less prim and more cute.

Saturday, 23 October 2010