It is the Autumn/Winter Press Day season, meaning all fashion editors, journalists, writers and stylists can see what will be in the coming season; up close and personal.
Friday was a busy day (a good time, I thought, to break in my sexy new ACNE Star Boots, yes, they are much more comfortable thank you.)
Emily and I (you will hear a lot about Emily in the coming months, she is my stylist other-half who I am setting up a personal-styling company with, called Bees & Taylor, more on this soon #watchTHISspace)
Key words for the season ahead from Village:
purples, plums & mauves
sequins (what Ashish do best, of course)
Then we went across town to the Trace Publicity press day, which was all so elegancy presented. Firstly, there was a pop-up coffee shop on their ground floor, fresh TeaPigs tea and delicious wraps and nibbles. My great friends Rob, Leanne and Frankie represent London Fashion Week labels Fyodor Golan and Jean-Pierre Braganza, plus shoe-fan-favourite Steve Madden and jewellery super-brand Georg Jensen.
Key words for the season ahead from Trace:
luxe-leather biker jackets
texture blocking with velvet, leather and patent detailing
soft tonal greys
killer spikes on killer heels
And then finally we vistied the BROWNS Press Day, who showed us exactly what we want to wear now, and for the season ahead.
BROWNS is the South Molton Street mecca of beautiful clothes, shoes and jewellery, with supertstar fashion buyer Rebecca Osei -Baidoo giving the BROWNS client exactly what they want. From established brands like Burberry and Azzedine Alaia to newer labels like LFW favourites Simone Rocha and Christopher Kane, plus the new-to-BROWNS fur label Mr & Mrs Fur and fashion indusrty footwear favourite, Laurence Dacade (these ‘Pete’ glitter ankle boots are simply amazing.)
I love autumn, especially it has been a well-deserved hot summer, and you are excited to wrap and layer up again. Please PLEASE let it be a hot summer!
The season ahead looks like a hot-mix of different looks, lots of which will really translate well onto the high-street. I love the clash of prints, for Autumn there are references to heritage tweeds and classic tailoring, and also whimsical animal and nature themed prints, which works so well with London as the backdrop. Colour will be key, with lots of red and brilliant cobalt and cornflower blue, as well as purples, plums and mauves for a moody autumn palette. Prints and colours aside, I am most excited to see how I wear the white-on-white-all-white trend this and next season. I love its cool, clean and modern appeal, black jeans with a crisp white shirt and well-structured blazer, now that sounds exciting.
Seriously though. Please PLEASE let it be a hot summer, I haven’t even worn my spring pieces yet and we are ALREADY talking about autumn.
F**king British weather.