Growing up in the nighties, I only remember too well the Spaghetti Strap. A tiny, thin, round strap, most commonly seen on camisoles, which made wearing underwear hard and had a habit of slipping off your shoulder. This summer the spaghetti strap has become THE strap of the season. Flash back to Kate Moss back in her party era of the nighties. We will all remember that slinky metallic see-through dress she wore; accompanied by a broken strap. This season the high-street have taken that as inspiration and given us a fantastic range of 90′s flashback pieces.
My favourites come from Whistles, who showed us a beautiful collection of slinky, paper-thin, metallic dresses and camis. All beautifully made interesting with seam work, and of course, that spaghetti strap.
At Topshop we saw back in September mosaic printed, spaghetti strap, patchwork dresses at the Unique SS14 show. This has trickled down to their core line – as this week we see a great selection of cute summer spaghetti strap camis, in prints and silks. Works perfectly with a pair of skinny jeans and pool sliders.
Also on the high-street this week – &otherstories gives us fabulous straight column dresses, both printed and plain, with the strap doing the talking, and wonderful double strap silk camis that work perfectly with any bottom.
So the Resort SS15 shows have now begun. As usual florals seem to be a strong contender for Spring, however this season we see florals taken back to the 70′s. Strong, bold prints which remind me a wallpaper and vintage fabrics.
At Chanel, we see simple hand drawn florals, that look they’ve come straight out of a 70′s illustrated book. Florals are patch-worked Into trapeze shape coats, and are layered up – playing on textures. Floral knitwear over dresses over trousers – all displaying the same floral design and colours. Magical. Bellowing chiffon pants add fun volume and knitwear teamed over dresses adds a slight kitsch to the show.
At Louis Vuitton, again this strong Retro-Floral with a nod towards the 70′s is seen. Strong bold floral prints are seen, again so simple that they appear to have been drawn. Vuitton has created even more of a 70′s vibe with yellow-glass sunglasses and fit-and-flare tailoring. Florals are seen head-to-toe on suits – perhaps a little too retro for some. However teaming florals with black leather – Vuitton has successfully created something modern and fun that I certainly would want to wear. My favourite look; a gorgeous zip front dress in a beautiful dark floral print, finished off with what appears to be a snake embossed leather peplum. 70s Retro at its best.
Being a designer myself I absolutely love a great Moodboard. The meaning of a Moodboard is in its name – to create a mood or a feeling, ie: a trend. To give that sense of direction and to get across a strong message. A great Moodboard to me is full of beautiful strong imagery. Clearly getting its point across, but in a sense that makes you think.
Whistles have this season realised it SS14 Design board to the public. A fabulous strong message. I see 90s, I see sheer, I see pink (and lots of it!), I see feathers, I see wovens, I see animal… A strong image. Even more excited to see what Whistles has in store for us. Better get saving!
I myself feeling naked if I leave the house without my daily usual three silver rings. They have become part of me. There have been times when I’ve arrived at work and realised that I’m ring less and have resorted to tying a ribbon round my finger to feel slightly normal. Rings have become my obsession.
From finding this image on Pinterest I felt the need to raid my jewellery box for every statement ring I own and stack them finger-tip high. What a perfect Jewellery statement. My style tip would be; team with something extremely simple and basic. For example; a grey marl t-shirt and a pair of jeans. Resist from wearing any other piece of Jewellery and keep your nails a fresh neutral colour.
There’s something rather beautiful about the colour white. It’s crisp, it’s clean, it’s simple. Yet, it has it’s own rather brave statement. I’ve never been one for wearing much colour. My wardrobe tends to be a mixture of black, grey, white and navy. People often say white is not a colour. However we tend to forget that White is in fact all the colours combined.
Dressing head to toe in White is daring none-the-less. Not everyone can pull it off, but when it works it really works. COS and &otherstories prove to be the best on the highstreet for this top-to-toe white chic look. My top tip when wearing white….keep it simple. The colour does the talking. Accessorise to the minimum, and play with different textures of white: team white knitwear with cotton trousers, or a crisp white shirt with white denim jeans. Sheer white layering mixed with heavier bases also works a treat. To help finish off a white look, team in with a minimal amount of black or silver. Whether it’s your nail polish, a pair of black sandals or a silver belt, this will help tie the entire look together.
Tonight’s the night I’ve been waiting for ever since I got over the end of Season 3. Love it of hate it, Game of Thrones is back on our screens tonight (tomorrow for us British). No doubt it will be trending online tonight.
Ok, the show may be full of dragons, sexiest views of women, an unnecessary amount of sex and crazy family’s, but this hasn’t stopped us falling for it, neither has it stopped the fashion world grasping onto it. I look back to the Vanity Fair spread…Game of Thrones on the cover of a fashion magazine…and the wonderful shoot with Emilia Clark for Vogue back in November.
The big sandal of SS14 is undoubtably the Birkenstock. A sandal classic. Since the likes of Marni and Celine showed their take on the classic in their SS14 shows, the fashion industry has been going wild for a pair, putting this German brand back on the fashion it-list.
Founded in 1774, Birkenstock have always been known for there good quality, hard wearing sandals, with there contoured cork and rubber foot beds that actually conform to the shape of the wearers feet. Practical sandals.
My early memories of these were “Yuck”. They were the kind of sandals your Mum wore and which tourists matched with a pair of sports socks, long shorts, a beige vest top and of course the bum bag. So to see girls running up to them in Topshop and Urban Outfitters, arguing over what colour each of them is going to buy, just goes to show how quickly a brand image can change.
For me; I’m all for the Birkenstock. As soon as it comes acceptable I swop the majority of my shoes for my summer sandal buy. However after many blister filled Summer seasons from thin soles and gladiator straps, it comes as a sigh of relief that practical and comfy sandals can now be apart of daily like again.
The Birkenstock might not be to everyone’s taste, but not to fear as the high-street giants have all had there take on the style. Giving us yet more choice. Here’s my pick of the bunch
(From left to right)
Top Row: Arizona Sandals
Birkenstock (Available at Topshop)
Fancie Double Buckle Sandals
Fang Double Buckle Flatforms
Middle Row: Limited Maya Gladiator Footbed
Leather Sandal with Buckles
Maite Geometric Printed Slide Flat Sandals
Calvin Klein (Available on ASOS.com)
Bottom Row: Ida IV Indigo Stingray Footbed Flat Sandals
Senso (Available on ASOS.com)
Frankie Razor Sole Sandals
Far Out Man Leather Sliders
Today’s OOTD takes inspiration from Celine’s AW 14/15 collection. Gingham is hot for spring…team this cropped blouse from Topshop with a classic midi and a pair of strappy flat forms (see Whistles amazing pony skin’s in pale pastel pink).