Trend report: Margaret Howell SS23



Margaret Howell SS23 Collection

The Margaret Howell SS23 look book is in and I can honestly say it’s the best ever.

It’s giving post-punk-meets-90s-Vogue-Italia vibes, with an air of Stella Tennant tomboy in the best possible way. I think a big part is the hair and casting, aided and abetted by the very off-piste styling (by Beat Bollinger).

Margaret Howell has pushed the styling envelope in recent years but not quite this far. On the hanger, these pieces are likely rather straight laced and classic (which I love) but the suggestion of more interesting ways to wear them elevates them to high fashion status.


Margaret Howell SS23 Collection

Margaret Howell
Margaret Howell
Margaret Howell SS23 Collection

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IMAGES: Margaret Howell SS23/ Mark Kean
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Perfect pairing: watch and bangle



Jennifer Alfano watch

A single chunky chain bracelet or slim bangle with a steel sports watch make a perfect pairing.

Rather than a stack of Love/Juste un Clou bracelets, or Van Cleef Alhambras, I prefer a less identifiable bangle from Le Gramme or a chain from Sophie Buhai* or Jennifer Alfano. It’s a good fall-back look for adding a suggestion of glam to plain sweaters or shirts, as demonstrated in this Jennifer Alfano profile, (above).

Alternatively, how about a watch with a chain strap? The Hermès Nantucket on a weighty silver chain is looking good to me, or even better, a Miles Davis-style curb chain with a teeny square watch face (below). If you’re lucky enough to locate one, that is (Foundwell sometimes has similar).

Foundwell watch
Miles Davis watch

Meanwhile, this rare Hermès nautical link bracelet fitted with a Jaeger-LeCoultre watch (below) was spotted on a guest at Simon Jacquemus’s wedding a couple of weeks ago. Added to basket Pinterest immediately.
Hermes Jaeger-LeCoultre watch

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IMAGES: Jennifer Alfano; Foundwell; Miles Davis; Dimepiece
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The culture of fashion: Gold by Yves Saint Laurent exhibition



Loulou de la Falaise - Gold by Yves Saint Laurent exhibition

The Yves Saint Laurent Museum in avenue Marceau is fast becoming an essential part of the Paris Fashion Week itinerary. To coincide with this season’s shows, October 10th sees the opening of “Gold by Yves Saint Laurent“, a celebration of the ‘magical’ colour he used from his very first collection in 1962.

Alongside opulent sequin and lamé couture pieces, gilded accessories and objects, will be more than 300 pieces of jewellery designed by Saint Laurent muse and garconne icon, Loulou de la Falaise (above). Other highlights include rare perfume bottles, signature gold buttons (below) and surrealist finger jewellery by Claude Lalanne (below).

Gold Buttons - Yves Saint Laurent
Yves Saint Laurent Finger jewellery by Claude Lalanne

Yves Saint Laurent was an early adopter in recognising the archival value of his collections. By 1974, as part of a patrimonialization policy, he was already marking with an ‘M’ the key pieces that he wanted to be included in his museum. Now of course, every luxury house has a culture division and regular schedule of exhibitions and global shows.

Book tickets for the Gold by Yves Saint Laurent exhibition here.

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IMAGES: Loulou de la Falaise; Gold buttons; Finger jewellery by Claude Lalanne
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Dorothy Wilding, royal photographer



The Queen by Dorothy Wilding

I meant to post this yesterday but I was so exhausted from watching the royal funeral (all that slow marching and heavy lifting!) that I had to leave it another day. Apologies if you’re over all the coverage (entirely understandable) but I couldn’t let it pass without a small mention of this fabulous 1952 portrait of the Queen.

If it looks vaguely familiar, it’s because it’s by the same photographer as the UK stamp portrait session – British photographer Dorothy Wilding. I’m embarrassed to say I’d never heard of her until last week. Wilding was a self-taught portrait photographer with studios in Bond Street and New York and had been the Official Royal Photographer since the 1937 Coronation.

Her portraits of the young Queen were deliberately glamorous compared to the stately images of her predecessors. Post-war, it was decided that the new Queen would represent a new era of hope and possibility. I think we can agree both photographer and subject understood the assignment. It’s certainly going to be interesting to watch the next new era of royalty emerge before our eyes…

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IMAGE: Dorothy Wilding
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