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/ Spring Summer 2019

Feminists wear Frills

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We don’t need to be gorgeous any more. But if we feel like it, we can. We can wear clothes so luscious and feminine that they exaggerate the power of the person underneath. Frills and feathers and fondant colours galore decorated the catwalks for SS19, but served up with a healthy dose of subversion: flounces look best with hiking sandals, and sheer millefeuille layers pair best with black leather and a glare å la Alexander McQueen.
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Two Become One

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If you buy one thing this season, make it two things. Suits are back, but with a fresh new look. The time-honoured professional tradition of suit-wearing has adapted to for the modern millennial flexible co-worker. Which means a blouse with flares, a logo knitted cardigan with a matching skirt, a loud printed tracksuit with heels. Wear them together for maximum impact, but the separates will keep you going long after you’ve secured your next big project.
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Nouveau Naked

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How to look good naked? It’s all about the way you feel. This season, shades of nude, beige and toffee prevailed, creating a trompe l’oueil nude effect on the catwalks. To keep it modern remember texture is key: from Jil Sander’s butter-soft suede cycling shorts to Burberry’s slippery satin trench, choose second-skin summer textures that feel as good as they look.
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/ Autumn Winter 2018

Bad Girls Do It Well

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Wanna be in her gang? Then it’s time to toughen up. This season’s muse is a little rough-around-the-edges, so stay on the inside with micro mini skirts, lashings of leather and shoulder shrugging jackets. Make like Miu Miu’s ultra-mods with glowering black eyeliner and caught-in-a-scuffle hair, or do a little schoolgirl delinquency courtesy of Versace’s tartans. Make it your own with sporty accents and boom, you’re untouchable.
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The Gentlewoman

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Though your diary may be busy, your wardrobe doesn’t have to be. Create the perfect 16-hour capsule with the cream of this season’s easy, fluid pieces in shades of caramel, charcoal and the right balance of black. Go seamlessly from day into night and work into play in streamlined utility outerwear, second skin layers and minimalist tailoring with the kind of subtle twists your fellow intelligentsia will appreciate.
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Wear Protection

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The upsurge in extreme weather patterns across the world means that we need wardrobes that can handle flooded commutes and frozen streets. We need warmth. We need protection. But we still want to look good while we’re at it. Fashion has answered our prayers with its most performance-enhanced collection of weatherproof garments ever. It’s time to take arms against a sea of troubles and by opposing, end them.
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Ain't nothing but mammals

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Let's do it like they do on the discovery channel. Big cat prints come out to play almost every Autumn, and this season is no different with leopards and tigers vying for top cat position: do you go for Valentino’s roaring fluoro tigers or Saint Laurent’s classic purring leopard? Even a little snarl of it on your sneakers or your bag strap will add bite to your new-season look – whoever said leopard was a neutral?
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Saturation Point

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The one advantage to the onset of longer nights? Winter brights. Pop a pill of mood enhancing colour and hit the streets in hyper pigmentation. From Prada’s acid layers to Delpozo’s rainbow-brites; not only will you elevate your own serotonin levels, you’ll jump-start everyone else’s too.
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Pretty Woman Power

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More legs. More shoulder. More swagger. Why wait until Autumn to make the most of AW18’s 80’s Revenge Strut dresses? Vengeance comes in the form of a zapped-in waist and miles of leg, and it doesn’t wait around; those micro minis and power shapes are poised to slay your hot summer nights right here, right now. With all the brazen attitude of Vivian in Pretty Woman, just add heels and go cause some problems.
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/ Spring Summer 2018

New Floral Tribe

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The feeling of raving in a field until dawn is evoked in this season’s fragrant floral dresses paired with hyper-techno trainers. Freedom, simplicity, and a willingness to dance like nobody’s watching are your season essentials, making even the most luxurious floral dresses feel like something you just slipped on before you ran out to join the party.

Going Logo

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IIt was logomania the first time around. But it’s not the nineties anymore, and this time brand logos come with a pinch of salt. From Balenciaga to Loewe, designers went back to the archives and spun off new, insta-iconic pieces that are so loud and proud they’re actually tongue in cheek. Show that you’re in on the fashion joke by choosing your tribe and shouting it proud.

Forward Folds

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Right at the sweet spot where oddness meets elegance, this season designers explored draping; creating folds and cascading fabrics to skim the form in new and unexpected ways. Put away your body con and embrace the new abundance of fabric – the fascination that lies within its pins and tucks will ensure your most idiosyncratic style statement yet.

The Power of Now

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Power dressing is no longer about appropriating men’s clothing and trussing it up in curves. This season’s power is all woman. Loose, utilitarian, flattering, competent. Useful clothes that get the modern woman to where she needs to be. Now. It’s a commanding blazer that brings purpose to jeans or ballgowns. It’s a wider cut on the shoulder to add strut to fluid suiting. It’s hair pulled back and minimal make-up because you don’t need to put on a show. You’ve already got all you need.

Flapper 2.0

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It’s only two years to go ‘til we reach the Twenties, and designers are predetermining a Roaring time with an abundance of feathers, fringing and fun to let loose in this spring. Add a little Josephine Baker vigour to every step with bouncing ostrich feathers and swaying lengths of silken fringe made modern with asymmetric cuts and offbeat pairings. It’s sensuous, frivolous and downright fabulous.

Nothing to hide

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This season there’s strength in allowing vulnerability to show. Get happy in a half naked state, with whispers of barely-there silk and smacks of techy plastic worn to reveal and conceal what lies beneath. Whether it’s big knickers, your favourite jeans or freed nipples, this season’s transparencies act as a layering tool to highlight rather than cover up. This is not a blushing game of peekaboo, it’s a self confident step into your summer uncovered.