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Lightweight knits for Spring

What to wear when it’s spring, sunny but chilly in the shade? I default to merino knits that are lightweight but warm and don’t pill up like fluffy cashmere. And denim of course, but I’m looking beyond just jeans to all the clever shapes that have emerged in stiff deep indigo, or gentle chambray blue.

Some of my best merino wool finds come from the men’s department, especially Reiss, whose menswear is brilliant right now, while Paul Smith menswear has lovely extra fine merinos is gorgeous colour palettes. J.W. Anderson is another find, and Vivienne Westwood’s knits are all-year perennials. I can’t not mention my favourite Sibling sweater right now, featuring Madonna in the ‘Borderline’ days. Hell yes please to that.

Denim-wise, Joseph is killing it with its structured shapes in classic sky blue – a bit offbeat but still very wearable. And MIH Jeans just gets better and better – I’m still obsessed with this kimono jacket

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IMAGE: Bruce Weber

Buy it now: Joseph AW14

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In terms of sheer lust, Joseph is one of the shows I most look forward to at London Fashion Week. It’s the combination of easy, wearable silhouettes, plus inventive styling and perfect casting that results in a memorable show where you genuinely want to buy everything, not just admire from afar.

Joseph’s heritage lies in generously proportioned knitwear and 80s-90s layers, but modern Joseph is much more of a 90s-00s minimalist-masculine mash-up. (more…)

London Fashion Week SS15 highlights: Day 2

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London designers are known for their youthful experimentation but they’ve becoming equally adept at delivering polished wearability. Day two’s highlights included Lucas Nascimento’s sheer, precision-cut layers (above and below), Joseph’s serene sportswear and Whistles’ luxe leather separates.

Even J.W Anderson surprised with extreme commerciality on his catwalk (combined with clever creativity of course), giving us that spring perennial ‘nautical chic’ his way, involving strategic cut-outs and rope details all accessorised with fetishy floppy leather hats. (more…)

VIDEO: My spring edit for McArthurGlen

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Did I mention my love of outlet shopping? Not just any old outlet but one with a good mix of the classic brands that I wear on a regular basis. Like, you know, Gap,Lacoste, Joseph, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren… And oh look, here they all are at Cheshire Oaks! AKA one of the vast McArthurGlen designer outlets and one I’ve never been to – until now.

McArthurGlen invited me up one sunny Saturday to discover the outlet and work on a video edit of my seasonal fashion picks. (more…)

Brompton Cross: the revival

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All of a sudden, Brompton Cross is back on my radar. The Conran Shop is flourishing again (seriously, you can do all your holiday shopping there in one mammoth swoop), Joseph is getting better and better and there’s an influx of international fashion arriving.

Acne and Jil Sander Navy appeared rather quietly not long ago, J Crew’s upper-end collections have recently arrived in Draycott Avenue (somewhat overshadowed by the pizzazz of Regent Street) and Carven opened the same week. (more…)

First look at Joseph SS14

2014 will be a big year for Joseph. Having just celebrated its 40th anniversary, next year will mark its returns to the LFW catwalk. I have extremely high hopes. Having just seen the SS14 look book and collection, I can promise a return to the fashioned-up basics and utilitarian tailoring that Joseph is loved for.

The styling here is great, and very reminiscent of Joseph’s 90s heyday. We’ve all seen this look imitated lately by Celine, Stella et al, but Joseph did it the first time around, along with Helmut and Jil. Right down to the too-short pants (Joseph always cut a mean trouser), pool slides (styled by Jane How) and grunge-luxe make-up (shoutout to my girl Shinobu). Judge for yourself…

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Buy it now: Cos curved shoulder coat

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I have a version of this Cos coat from two winters ago with thick black and navy stripes and (actually fake*) slit pockets. It’s the one thing I own that gets commented on every time I wear it. (*Ok the pockets aren’t fake, thank you to my lovely commenter for pointing that out.)

The cut is faultless and the quality is great – it frequently gets mistaken for Prada/Marni/Jil Sander. So if you’re a fan of a bracelet-sleeved cocoon coat, then get in quick cos (lol) these aren’t going to stick around long. (more…)