Oscar Worthy

Today saw the passing of a true icon and fashion legend, Oscar de la Renta.  His genius celebrated the female form with each garment showing off her beautiful silhouette.  Here are my favourite dresses which have been owned by their wearers on the red carpet.

DESIGNER LOOK: Christopher Raeburn

Last night, Brit fashion designer, Christopher Raeburn gave an intimate workshop at the pop-up Shinebright Studio in the Loading Bay of the Old Truman Brewery.  

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A/W14 Collection referencing the Arctic landscape and the first female polar explorers – sheepskin Siberian Officer coats, merino jumpers, jumper dresses and polar bears!

Raeburn offered an inspiring insight into his world of creativity, not trend-driven but relevant to today’s ever-changing landscape.  The evening itself was an ideal platform for his impending S/S15 offering due to close the first day of collections at London Fashion Week next Friday.

Of course, what makes this artist stand out as a main stayer, is his resourcefulness and ability to stay true to his ‘RE-MADE’ ethos in which he uses only sustainable militarian fabrics.  It is clear to see his definitive style from one collection to the next – desirability in being functional and fun in being prepared.

In the space of eight years, Raeburn has evolved from a part-time pattern cutter who first experimented with a used parachute in a free warehouse space in Luton above a J Cloth factory, to an emerging talent with 60 or more stockists worldwide and collaborations with fellow pioneers in outerwear including Moncler, Victorinox (of which he is Artistic Director) and more recently Barbour.

What remains a constant throughout Raeburn’s foray into fashion, from his humble beginnings to his now cult status, are his efforts to poke fun at the seriousness of it all.  With animal mascots as exclusive gifts he is still very much the boy from Kent.

Autumn Embrace

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The thought of trying on heavy blanket coats and thick shearling jackets during the Summer is always less than inspiring but with bouts of rain and a drop in temperature, I have finally embraced the idea of shopping for the new season and ultimately the inevitable Autumn chill.  Now I can’t wait to get my hands on some of the ripe pickings from the A/W14 collections.

Transitional pieces and clever layering to suit the changeable weather are a must and classic staples are key investments which will get their wear and warrant the price tag. From a fitted white shirt and knee high boots to a long lasting leather handbag suitable for both work and after hours.

My top finds cover all of these and also give a nod to some of the key autumn trends including grid and animal prints, dark florals, shirt dresses, metallics, wrap coats and backpacks.

WEDDING EDIT: Something Old, Something New

 

Something borrowed, something blue!  It’s wedding season and even though it’s not your special day you still want to look your best, but it doesn’t necessarily mean you have to pay the Bride’s hefty price tag.

Below are my favourite picks to suit different budgets.  From lace inserts and sheer panels to prints and pleats, these mini to midi dresses are not only on trend but classic staples that will see you through the rest of the summer and even save you the hassle of finding something for next year’s invite!  If it’s a different crowd then who will know you’ve worn it already!

L to R: & OTHER STORIES Graphic Steamer Dress £95, TOPSHOP Lace Applique A-line Dress £40, THREE FLOOR Pleats And Thank You Dress £126, ASOS Swing Dress In Pleated Stripe £75, WAREHOUSE Mesh Lace Bodice Pleat Skirt Dress £80, WHISTLES Cora Lace Dress £225

 

I wore a Whistles blue lace dress with pleats at the weekend that I first debuted to a wedding last year and nobody knew (until now obviously)!

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The Chanel Effect

The fashion ‘frowers’ were en masse for the Chanel Haute Couture A/W14 Collection at Paris Couture Fashion Week.

The Grand Palais saw a fantastical display of clean lines mixed with Chanel’s traditional wools and the occasional tartan thrown in for good measure.  

Embellished necklines were aplenty with cross body bags and clever use of layering – peekaboo shorts under a bell shaped skirt.

The 80s made an appearance through the punk inspired hairstyles which were a welcome balance to the more feminine style reminiscent of the 18th Century.

Chanel Haute Couture A/W14: Clean lines, embellished necklines, clever layering, punky hairstyles and cross body bags

Chanel Haute Couture A/W14: Clean lines, embellished necklines, clever layering, punky hairstyles and cross body bags

Be ahead of the pack and ease some of the key concepts from the collection into your summer wardrobe thanks to Cos.

COS: Chambray dress £69, Dress with folded pleat £89, Long layered dress £69 cosstores.com/gb/

COS: Chambray dress £69, Dress with folded pleat £89, Long layered dress £69

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