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


BOXY MACS.
The Mackintosh short rubberised anoraks with oversized welt pockets. I love Mackintosh’s own outerwear, but these are a looser silhouette that allows for more layers to be worn underneath, an important consideration for our cold, damp spring season


TWISTED SCARVES.
Margaret Howell’s silk twill neckerchiefs are the stuff of legend. This season there’s a new twist – literally – in how they’re styled. YouTube tutorial needed…


BRIDLE LEATHER ACCESSORIES.
 
The best edit yet of SLGs (small leather goods); sturdy leather key holders, boxy camera bags and the most perfect trouser belts you’ll ever find. Plus, you’re nobody if you haven’t included a leather neck pouch or five in your collection.


VINTAGE-STYLE KNITS.
Utilitarian knits are a Margaret Howell mainstay. These are rugged and romantic with colours inspired by the natural UK landscape.

Margaret Howell SS22






WORDS: Disneyrollergirl / Navaz Batliwalla
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I seriously need to up my sun hat game



Arket seersucker sun hat

Here in the UK we’re quite deluded about sun care. Being deprived of bright sun for nine months of the year, we go a bit mad in the other three. And thus convince ourselves that sun protection doesn’t matter as it’s never strong enough. Or something.

This year though I need to get out of that mindset. One way is to get acquainted with the better sun care creams. But equally important is to try to cover up a bit more, stay out of direct sun, wear good sunglasses and invest in some decent headgear. Top of my wish list is this Arket seersucker sun hat* (above) but there are plenty of other inexpensive but versatile hats around in cotton, straw, linen and raffia.

I rate these from Jigsaw*, & Other Stories* and H&M*. Plus, for a bit more money, these from Toast, Dries*, Loewe* and Burberry*. (more…)



Style du Monde: My kinda street style



Paris Fashion Week street style by Style du Monde

These Paris Fashion Week street style pictures feel much more natural then the usual pre-pandemic performative circus ones. Acielle (aka Style du Monde) is one of my favourite street style photographers and for Vogue.com she captured off-duty models, the odd show-goer (not sure how many audience-facing shows actually took place tbh) and many regular Parisians going about their day.

Things to notice: walkable shoes, hands-free bags, lots of denim… (more…)



Ideas to steal from the Prada menswear AW21 show



Prada menswear aw21 set design

It’s men’s digital fashion month and couture week at the moment, so I’m trying to keep up with all the content. What I notice is that without the physical shows, it’s really all on the brands to keep the content coming on their various platforms. I missed the Prada menswear Live transmission, so I watched it on IG catch up instead. It was the first Raf-ccia joint menswear collection for Prada, following the womenswear debut last October. (more…)