Monday, 30 November 2015

Press Days : River Island Menswear

Last week I had the absolute pleasure of attending the River Island Spring/Summer 16 Menswear Press Day. For Spring/Summer 2016 River Island is continuing to focus on premium cuts, high quality fabrics and clean silhouette - the winning combination that makes up their phenomenal Autumn/Winter collection in-store now. The colour palettes are seasonally fresh, a variety of neutrals complimented with pops of bright colour across chic separates and carefully crafted tailoring. River Island were showcasing their 6 Key Trends for next season at their Oxford Street head office. And what a great selection of trends. My favorite of these had to be 'Spa', utilizing the fine cuts and design of tailoring within a strict neutral colour palette. A mixture of premium tailoring fabrics and sports luxe cloths are remodeled to create a contemporary aesthetic featuring soft greys, sage green and flesh pink. The minimalist vibe really spoke to me, and I had some serious love for the outfit featured on the wall corresponding to the trend - warm grey duster coat with a cream sweat and gray flannel joggers, nailing the luxe track look. There were also some great pieces in the 'Utilitarian' trend, which delivers a fresh take on the modern military trend that continues to remain relevant each and every season. Utility hardware such as Zips, 3D pockets and patch pockets provide authentic detail, giving a military nod to modern wearable pieces. White the clothing was great, it was the accessories that really stood out for me. Sportswear details provided a modern edge to otherwise staple backpacks and belts - my favorites being the silver buckled black leather backpack and a hybrid black leather belt featuring a webbing strap and plastic press fastener. There were also some fantastic sportswear inspired shoes, I'm sure everyone will be wearing the relaxed sliders and slip-ons next season - so easy to wear yet so chic. Within the press day, drinks were available from the cute 'River Island Riviera Hotel Bar', and pizza was served from a pastel colored van. I was even lucky enough to be given a goody bag for attending, which included a fashionable coloring book and pencils, usb stick and a gift card that will be spent on something to be featured in an up-coming blog post I'm sure. Check out my photos from the day below, and I'm sure you'll get just as excited as I am to be shopping River Island next season.

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

His Name Is Heritage

Jumper - Joseph
Shoes - Dr Martens

Oh. My. God. it is so cold! When did the weather become so horrendous?! I think I missed the memo there. The time has, therefore, come to pull out the winter coat. This beaut was a stunning £50 reduced from almost £2000 in the Vivienne Westwood sample sale last year. I think we can all agree it is an absolute bargain and a generally gorgeous winter coat. Now that it's back in use, I wanted to put together bit of a different look to my usual slick and modern style. Inspired by traditional british tailoring, I combined heritagey fabrications to put together something a bit more dapper than I usually go for. Wool military pants paired with a chunky cable knit jumper keep the look warm for practicality and still fashion forward. To change up my Dr Martens shoes a bit, I swapped out the laces for white ones, and wore them with speckled socks that picked up on the yarn of the jumper. I hope my post inspires you to pull out your old winter coat and style it up in a new way.

Sunday, 22 November 2015

His Name Is Geo

Blazer, Jumper and Backpack - c/o Antony Morato
Fedora - Topman

Following on from my last Antony Morato post, I was very kindly loaned a few more pieces which I wore last weekend to have food and visit a few galleries with my housemate. The jumper stood out to me from the first time I saw it as something I really wanted to blog about. I really love the graphic geometric pattern, and the jumper is SUPER soft. Like seriously, so so soft. I decided to smarten up the look in a very Saint Laurent fashion by adding a smart tuxedo jacket over the jumper - also by Antony Morato. The final piece from Antony Morato, and by far the thing I was most excited by is the backpack. How cool is the shape?! It's actually a really big bucket bag that folds over and clips shut. I am truly in love with it. I decided to continue to take inspiration from Saint Laurent with my styling, pairing the aforementioned with classic black skinny jeans and a fedora. I completed the look with my zip front shoes from River Island, which perfectly complimented the zip detail of the backpack. Don't forget you can shop the entire Antony Morato collection here and get some of these beautiful pieces for yourself. P.S. Look - actual photos where I am smiling, it does actually happen sometimes!