I’m not entirely sure how it happened but suddenly, a pair of blush-pink trousers is looking very appealing. With an easy, slouchy silhouette and simple white or grey coordinates, there’s not a trace of Palm Beach prep in sight…
A pair of black leather trousers from Vanessa Bruno is undoubtedly one of my best-ever fashion purchases, one that has faithfully made an appearance each winter for more than 10 years. This year, I’m liking the simplicity of teaming them with white in an equally tactile fabric, such as a cashmere knit, silk blouse or lace shirt.
I was obsessed with this editorial, which ran in the May 1995 issue of Harper’s Bazaar. Photographed by Craig McDean and featuring the fabulous Kristen McEnemy, Shrink To Fit was an homage to the best 90s denim, from the darkest, skinniest jeans to hardwearing shirts.
Fall 2010 has always been one of my very favourite collections from the wonderful Dries Van Noten. The combination of khaki and leopard, or grey wool with rich tan leather is timeless, while details like crazy embellished heels and military accents add a modern edge. Seven years after it first showed, I’ll still be looking to this particular combination of leather trousers and layered knits as inspiration for this winter.
Images: Dries Van Noten, fall 2010
A.P.C. regularly includes this particular shade of navy in its collections – and for good reason. A crisp and clear blue, it looks as good with denim as it does with black or burgundy. I have one of their Soho handbags in the hue and it’s proven to be incredible versatile and hard-wearing.
Image: The Dreslyn
Critics may have hinted that they found Maria Grazia Chiuri’s all-blue Dior collection for fall 2017 repetitive, but I found it unbelievably chic and inspiring. This selection of navy looks from the show is proof that from morning to night, navy is indeed the new black.
Images: Dior Fall 2017
After a few seasons of wearing lighter wash denim, I’m preparing to resurrect an old pair of Acne ‘Hex DC’ jeans in a dark raw denim. With their narrow, straight leg, they offer one of my favourite silhouettes, but the current length is all wrong, so a trip to the tailor is on the cards. This image from The Line is providing a solid case for a crop that hits approximately two inches about the ankle bone. They’ll look just as good with flats as they do here with
Image: The Line
The popularity of little white blouses and tops in lace, crochet or broderie anglaise shows no sign of abating but it does carry a singular dilemma: which colour accessory is the best match? Black can feel too heavy for this diaphanous look but anything too pale starts to look saccharine. Tan leather may just be the ultimate compromise: tough enough to add an edge, but without weighing things down.
From a March 2016 story by Bloodorange, the model wears: Vanessa Bruno blouse; PB01010 bucket bag.
Leather trousers are a staple on the Isabel Marant runway – over the years, she’s offered them in black, red, even gold –but her latest version looks fresh and new in tan. The cut is a departure from her usual skinny fit, too: with their straight leg that’s cropped to several inches above the ankle, they’re versatile and easy to wear. Styled with a ruffled white blouse and flat sandals, they’re just right for the in-between season that is pre-fall.
Image: Raquel Allegra, spring 2017
Image: Equipment, spring 2017
It’s entirely possible to make leather work in the warmer weather; here are three steps to get started:
1. Keep it light: paler shades such as camel, tan and beige are preferable to heavier black or navy;
2. Keep it brief: flash tanned legs in a mini skirt;
3. Accessorise appropriately: with raffia details and a pair of summer sandals or espadrilles.
From an August 2015 story by Bloodorange, the model wears: Bassike knit; T by Alexander Wang box-pleat leather skirt; A.P.C. pochette; Calada espadrilles.
Christophe Lemaire’s spring 2017 collection for Uniqlo U was a neat little capsule of basics made interesting by unexpected proportions and unusual colours. This terracotta bomber jacket would be as nice a match with denim as it is layered tonally.
The secret to making fashion’s bohemian folk trend look modern: stick to a limited colour palette and balance romantic pieces with more streamlined details.
The combination of a midi skirt and slides looks chic in the city and solves a multitude of summer weekend wardrobe issues. Here are four ways to style it.