It there is one thing that you should add to your winter wardrobe right now is a pop of fuchsia or red. A combo of the two will send you to fashion stratosphere; it is the magic recipe for spring and summer 2018.
If you are a fashion beginner: Brighten up your everyday black and grey wardrobe with a bag – like this one from Chanel or add a pop for funky sunnies.
For the more advanced a trench in fuschia like this Burberry one will easily transition you from winter to spring. A pantsuit in red will stand out in the sea of boring blues and blacks in the office and get you noticed.
If you feel a bit “je ne sais quoi”, try a 50s skirt and jumper in these delicious hues. If it is a wedding you need to attend, why not wear something in ripe berry?
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Iris Van Herpen – AW2018
I started my blog and styling gig in 2006 – when the internet was not saturated by bloggers, vloggers, style influencers and the whole lot of “fashion influencers”. My blog were for people who were looking for inspiration and were over 35. My writing was and still is an outlet for my feelings about fashion and style: it is not all over after 35. One can still be stylish, cool and relevant at any age and at any budget.
My every-day job has not been in fashion – fashion for me if something I do because I love what it does to people (famous or not): it gives you an identity, it allows you to show your feelings, albeit different ones every day, it helps you express your personality without words. It can help you make every day mini-revolutions. As a woman in makes you feel relevant, part of the game –whatever this means to one- it gives one’s often mundane urban life colour and a purpose to go out.
Fashion is a bit cruel if one if over 35, as it is focuses on young girls, youth, a specific kind of beauty: willowy, ethereal, alien-like. The one thing that fashion magazines don’t tell you right-out is that all of this gets harder to emulate as one grows older. Fashion as widely promoted by the big fashion retailers and designers is for the young, the ones that are discovering life now, the ones that want to be noticed. Older folks better stay invisible: after all their prime is over.
THIS IS SOMETHING I WANTED TO CHANGE WITH MY BLOG. Back in 2006, women were meant to be invisible especially after partnering with someone and having kids. I was not going to let this happen to me and I would not let that happen to people who were around me who sought after my advice in how to dress to express themselves and feel better altogether.
Fast forward a few years and I’m finally seeing things to shift. The fashion industry (after so much pressure) has opened a tiny door to add diversity in shape, size, colour, gender and age. People like Lynn aka the Accidental Icon prove it every day. I wish in the future people express themselves more freely like her and some others (including me). You don’t always need a huge budget – even if I wish I could afford some of Lynn’s one of a kind designer pieces- you need to know who you are and embrace it.
Here is a great video from Accidental Icon’s social media. Enjoy!
I was browsing through the 2017 men’s fashion shows images and there was one thing that kept coming to my mind: why don’t men dress like men anymore? And I don’t mean the jeans with black jacket & ‘trendy trainers’ that every other man in London is sporting, nor the greige chinos and light blue button down that you see most of the bankers’ lot wearing as a weekend uniform. I am not even going to the UK high street shop male consumer, who on average may be dressing sensibly, but yet so boring!
But what can one do, if designer brands are beyond one’s means? This afternoon I was running errands in Bloomsbury and walked in this incredible shop: Thomas Farthing. Wow! Finally a shop where men can dress like men in classic UK brands, made in the UK. The shops offers everything you need as far as getting a well cut suit is concerned, paired with great accessories such as hats, ties, belts and suspenders, and scarves. They also carry curiosities from vintage leather footballs and rugby boots, to ornaments for your office or library, wonderful grooming sets and yummy smelling toiletries. It is located just around the corner from the British Museum; head to 40 Museum Street, London, WC1A 1LU. The shop assistants who are all smartly dressed but also hip will get you sorted.
Anna Sui’s AW2017 collection is a medley of everything I love: lush velvets in claret and dark green, 70s influence with 30s insouciance, jazz notes, sexy boots worn under midi dresses and amazing hair and makeup to tie everything in. Once more Anna you managed to get me excited about winter dressing. See the whole collection here
What can one say more about Michelle Obama, lawyer, writer and for 10 years the First Lady of the USA. She was just brilliant; inspirational, super smart, warm, a role model to many of us. One more thing that she can now add on her phenomenal CV is fashion role model and influencer. Goodbye Michelle – we shall miss you so much, but we will always have the fashion.