Have designers been watching too many cartoons? I'm noticing a trend, starting at the big end of town, but before you know it these cartoon-style bags will be on the shelves of Zara, H&M, topshop et al.... The offerings below are from Hermes - the new Kelly bag as well as Prada in Velvet. Wall flowers need not apply!
Stripes are always in. Summer or winter they always look fabulous. If you're not sure how to wear them without looking like a "Where's Wally" character, take some inspiration from these stripy looks below.
I have to admit red is not my favourite colour - but every now and then you see something in red from a shoe, bag or jacket to something more subtle as a red lip or nail polish and it turns a look into a perfectly styled ensemble and adds that WOW factor!
Part 2 - whether you choose classic beige, camel, khaki, navy or black - the Mac is back!
Your wardrobe isn't complete without a fabulous trench coat. Worn all year round, the trench is always in style. These images need no further discussion.
Lately I've been loving pops of colour - more out of the box colours like pink & mustard, kelly green & orange or peach & burnt orange. Yes, it sounds like a pantone colour wheel, but it's more about adding some fun and depth to your look. Take Balenciaga's floral booties for example, they have been a huge hit amongst the fashion obsessed. These colour combo's add a something extra to our normal black on black with a touch of denim.
What to wear on a daily basis? A fabulous blazer and a pair of jeans. And yes, these days you can pretty much wear them to the office too!
The sock-shoe trend has been around for a couple of seasons now but it's well and truly at the forefront of fashion footwear (say that three times!) this current winter. The sock heel or sneaker is fun and comfy and adds a cool conversation piece to your outfit. Wear with long skirts/dresses, culottes, skinny trousers or long shorts. Below are images from Nicholas Kirkwood, Fendi and Tony Bianco.
Fashion's best muse is the street. Get inspired by these fabulous images. From oversized jackets in denim and leather, to little details such as a tie front denim shirt and safety pin earrings...
For those of you thinking about making a Closette appointment for a styling/shopping session or a wardrobe clean-out, perhaps these testimonials will help you make that phone call or send me that contact form. Go ahead. What are you waiting for???
Winter is well and truely here. Building the perfect winter wardrobe takes time and requires some good solid pieces - coats, boots and top notch accessories. The must-have winter coat this season is the fur - faux or real if that's the way you want to go. An explosion of colour or animal print. Pair it back with jeans and a simple knit or t-shirt.
And here's Gwyneth Paltrow from Hollywood A-Lister to Lifestyle Guru, she always looks on point.
There are some Hollywood stars who just get it right when it comes to fashion - no matter if they are walking the red carpet, racing through an airport or out and about grabbing a coffee. Here are a few looks from the fabulous Kate Bosworth that are worth taking inspiration from.
Fashion is always working ahead of time or is it? Everything has been done before, it's just a new, fresh take on an old trend. In Australia we view trends in a different way as we are behind in the seasons, although the trends simply get translated into the current season - take Gingham for example. A very summery fabric, but can also be worn in a shirt with a puffer or leather jacket during winter. Below are three trends that are hot right now (in the northern Summer) - besides Gingham, it's all about the Chino or Khaki's and Basket Bags a la Jane Birkin.
It's all about Frills at the moment. Wear a ruffled shirt with jeans or a frilled wrap-around skirt with a simple t-shirt. Wear stripes, a pastel or gingham.
Sometimes the easiest thing to wear day or night is a great pair of jeans. But how do you make them more fabulous? Dress them up with fabulous accessories.
The dress over pants is back. It's not a new look, it was popular back in the early 90's, but it's back again in a slightly new look/new way. Take inspiration from these images below from Net-a-porter, Leandra Cohen, Solange Knowles, Gilda Ambrosio and Christine Centenera.
If there is one fabric that is having a major comeback at the moment - it's Gingham. The perfect summer fabric, but it can also be worn in the colder months layered under a leather jacket or a cashmere sweater. Touches of gingham look fabulous see below in a ribbon tie heel, bag and blouse.
There is something about the little details that really make an outfit pop. By that I mean give your personal style that extra edge. Nothing helps more than hot accessories. Spend less on the actual clothes and more on special touches like bags, shoes, jewellery. These are pieces that you can pull out time and time again and elevate your whole look. At the moment I'm loving....
Summer has well and truely gone. Now it's time to pull out those winter coats, blouses, pants et al and rug up. Here are some looks to inspire you for the colder days ahead.