Paris, c’est chic!

The Haute Couture collections at Paris Fashion Week came to a close last week.

Sheer is here to stay and super bold clean lines defining the power woman at her best were ever present throughout.  Jean Paul Gaultier, Alexandre Vauthier and Christian Dior all keen pursuers of this trend.

Adding touches of femininity there was attention to detail from designers such as Giambattista Valli and Maison Martin Margiela, with their fairytale influences, bright florals, pretty patchworks, yet more sheer layers and artistic interpretations through Van Gogh’s ‘Irises’.

Fur stoles and feathers acted as clever layering at Chanel and Armani Prive, with a multitude of textures all mixed together with heavy embellishment conveying both opulence and desirability.

Haute Picks: Alexandre Vauthier, Christian Dior, Chanel, Giambattista Valli, Valentino

Haute Picks: SHEER BRILLIANCE – Alexandre Vauthier, POWER WOMAN – Christian Dior, EMBELLISHED OPULENCE – Chanel, TEXTURE OVERLOAD – Giambattista Valli, CLEAN LINES – Valentino

It’s OK to Crochet

For many the word ‘crochet’ means knitted tea cosies and jumpers your Granny made you.  When it comes to thinking of crochet as stylish, you may then be quick to regard it as anything but.  

The intricate craftmanship however can make for a covetable piece, think Missoni and you know where I’m going with this. Whether you favour designer brands or the high street (or like me a bit of both!), you will see various takes on crochet for your upcoming holidays and festival season, whether it be Melissa Odabash’s beachwear or Toms’ slip on pumps.

Looking ahead to the Autumn with some transitional pieces as crochet takes on a thicker wool, you need look no further than Topshop’s colourful patchworks which maintain the boho style but veer away from the pretty pastels associated with the Summer.  Here are some of my top picks…

Clockwise L-R: Crochet shell top £25, topshop.com; Betty crochet detail shirt SALE NOW £45, reiss.com; Crochet patch dress £60, topshop.com; Giselle short crochet dress £228 odabash.com; Baltic dip dyed women's crochet classics £41.99 toms.co.uk; Tory Burch portofino crocheted cotton shorts £130 net-a-porter.com; Missoni metallic crochet-knit bikini £280 net-a-porter.com; Loving crochet flared dress SALE NOW £52 frenchconnection.com

Clockwise L-R: TOPSHOP Crochet shell top £25, REISS Betty crochet detail shirt SALE NOW £45, TOPSHOP Crochet patch dress £60, MELISSA ODABASH Giselle short crochet dress £228, TOMS Baltic dip dyed women’s crochet classics £41.99, TORY BURCH portofino crocheted cotton shorts £130, MISSONI metallic crochet-knit bikini £280, FRENCH CONNECTION Loving crochet flared dress SALE NOW £52

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