In the mood for Lemaire AW22

Suzi De Givenchy in Lemaire AW22

I’m beginning to hate my puffer jacket. I just want to wear something insulating and protective but unrestricting, something like the many wonderful examples of outerwear shown at Lemaire AW22 last month.

Described as “an urban horde of modern-day hunter-gatherers,” the collection nailed Lemaire’s versatile trademarks – trench coats, soft overcoats, deconstructed blazers – for the 24-hour city girl (or boy). Accompanying the utility-luxe silhouettes and layered styling were equally desirable accessories. Cross-body bags to create graphic demarcation, knitted balaclavas (still around for 2022) and bougie leather water bottle holders. (more…)

Where did I put my glasses?

Del'ep glasses holder

What is it with me and small rectangular leather pochettes that go round your neck?

I’m at the stage in life where I’m constantly leaving my glasses in the other room. And now I’ve seen a chic solution. Del’ep is the elegant French company making simple, hand-crafted glasses holders from vegetable-tanned leather. Founded by former model and fashion garconne, Sigrid de l’Epine, the glasses cases are made to order in the Ile-de-France region and delivered within about three weeks. I love how understated and functional they are. There are Del’ep key holders, card holders and phone cases as well. (more…)

Shop the post: Twice as nice

double scarf styling

“There’s no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing.” So said English walker Alfred Wainwright. (Or Billy Connolly, or lots of Norwegians, according to who you listen to.) If you agree and you’re reading this while sheltering from New York’s brutal winter, you have my sympathy. And a novel suggestion for staying warm; doubling up on neck wear.

This is something I used to do a lot, but I kind of forgot about it over the years. Wearing two scarves gives you double insulation as you’re trapping warmth in between the layers. The wider your scarves, the better as you’re then covering your whole neck as well as your ears.

Styling-wise, it gives you all sorts of options for colour, weight and texture play. For example, twist two complementary colours* together, wear a padded nylon scarf with a similar size wool one (above by Jil Sander* and Khaite*), or for minimal bulk, go for lighter-weight knits* (more…)

London Fashion Week: Margaret Howell SS22

Alas, no Margaret Howell SS22 show this LFW season so a showroom visit had to suffice. No great hardship there though, as the showroom is situated at the back of the beautiful Wigmore Street store. I averted my eyes from new season Shetland knits and cotton khakis to focus attention on the new collection. Recent seasons have seen Howell embracing slightly more adventurous proportions and styling cues, as well as more ‘editorial’-style photography. I love it. My top 5 takeaways…

Athletic pieces that take influence from retro gym styling and fabrications. Particularly the dry loopback sweats that can only improve with age (more…)