Blau von T from Blaubushka and The Hostess Handbook here. Blaubushka; an edgy scrapblog of fashion, style and beauty. The Hostess Handbook; a parlour of delicate beauty, a lounge of wit and the obscure, a kitchen of the kitsch and all things tempting.
It’s about this time every year that I start to get excited about my new AW look. I don’t shop much for the summer months but then let lose come August, call me practical but the Irish weather seldom lets you get your value for money on summer threads. Autumn and winter; well that’s what this country was made for! Macs and trenches help staved off the rain and that ‘coat of the season’ keeps the chills at bay every day! So whats that coat to be and what are you going be wearing with it? Get your notebook out and I’ll whisper in your ear….
That stylish new trench of yours may well come in a clear PVC version! This season is obsessed with sex and nobody embodied the spirit of the sexually empowered woman better than Louis Vuitton. The side-zipped platform heeled rubber wellies and handcuff chained handbags may not be for everyone but hints of subversion are easily obtained through leather Peter Pan collars, bondage straps, sheer panels, patent shoes, laced up boots or even a laced up corset over your crisp white shirt. This is one trend that’s begging to be dominated. Show it who’s boss.
For bonus trending; infuse with Victorian darkness, laser cut patterns or strategically placed polka dots.
The stolen boyfriend shirt has been upgraded to a the stolen teddy boy shirt. Think sixties male mod meets the Amish hipster. Straight line tailoring, sharp cuts and stolen Saville Row perfectly frame the female form as seen at Stella McCartney, Celine and Balenciaga. This is tailored minimalism offset with quirky quiffs and slightly scuffed brogues. If you must steal one thing from the boyfriends side of the bedroom then raid his sock drawer for authentic detailing.
For bonus trending; wear tailored pieces on the heritage tones of plaid, tartan and tweed or opt for the androgyny of monochrome.
I’m happy to report that for those of you who invested in SS11’s stock of colour blocking; your money is save. Fashion its prolonging its love affair with primary colours and adding print into the mix. Digital clashing, pattern overload and photographic print add depth to clothes as seen at Jonathan Saunders, Erdem and Mary Katrantzou. There is no handbook to this trend only; experiment and embrace. If you would like to take my advice then clash pink and red to add warmth against the Irish complexion in winter.
For bonus trending; style your colours in a seventies vibe or handcrafted fabrics.