Minimalistic. Trainers. Monochrome. Duster Coats. Leather. Co Ords. Knitwear. Dr Martens. Denim. Boyfriend Jackets. Boyfriend Jeans. If it’s oversized, I want it. And when it comes to colour: black, beige, grey and more black.
J J.S LEE
Jackie Lee was born in Seoul, Korea and spent five years working as a Senior Pattern Cutter in Seoul and two years at KISA London as Master Pattern Cutter. In March 2010, she launched her label, J. JS LEE. For her first collection after college, she received NEWGEN sponsorship for SS11 in the exhibition space alongside many established London labels.
Stripes are timeless and these pieces are flawless. I’ve always turned to this pattern for a more dressed down look but J J.S Lee has demonstrated a light and effortless elegance in her collection.
London based Turkish designer Bora Aksu graduated from Central St Martin’s MA in 2002. Aksu was hailed as ‘the star of the show’ by The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and The Independent, and also attracted the eye of Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabanna who purchased pieces to use as inspiration.
These two dresses alone exemplify why Bora Aksu held such high recognition amongst national papers and other designs. The detail and structure of these pieces are to die for and exude strength and power.
Fyodor Podgorny & Golan Frydman come from a fine arts background. Their SS16 collection is bold and beautiful, experimenting with geometrical silhouettes and sportswear aesthetics creating striking modern womenswear.
I love this collection, it’s so playful and unapologetic. The collaboration of fabrics, loud prints and manipulated 3D structures brings the clothes to life and epitomises the crossover from adolescence to adulthood. Described perfectly in the LFW website’s bio as ‘seductive, fragile and fearless’.
So, it would seem that I somehow managed to jinx myself in my last post – I wrote about breakups and that’s exactly what’s happened. Now as the natural order goes, I will be doing some serious retail therapy and thankfully I have two wonderful excuses to do so (aside from the aforementioned event). After a year of working in recruitment for communications and pining after the jobs I was recruiting for, I’ve landed myself a place in a globally renowned PR firm – which I am insanely excited for. Secondly, I’m off to Berlin for a weekend break with my friend Aysha, it’s our first time there and we’re busy planning the sights we want to see and doing some serious speculation on how we’ll get through the infamous doors of the Berghain.
Now as the new season is creeping in, the temperature is on the rise which kind of leaves us in the in horrific stages of ‘coat on too hot’ ‘coat off too cold’. Although, after researching Berlin’s weather forecast, it looks like London is hotter so some jumpers won’t be going to waste on this trip. Now, over the past few months I’ve been trying to organise my wardrobe and buy items wisely, sticking to a similar colour palette so I can throw things together easily. This has been working so well for work, when all my washing is done and placed in my wardrobe and not the floor, it takes me two seconds to throw together an outfit that works. I mainly stick to black/navy and white/beige, but there are some blue and mustard yellow splashes in there too. Here’s whats on my to buy list this weekend, all from Topshop as I feel I’ve been neglecting an old time favourite for too long – and Topshop always feels like a treat doesn’t it.
So as you can probably see, I’ve tried to mix it up with some of the new season trends which have come in such as the Shirt Dress, Stripy Crop Top and Utility Detailed Skirt, the rest are just simple basics to make it easy to wear for the everyday.
New York Fashion week is currently at the forefront of every Google search and magazine headline right now and I’m writhing with jealously, as of late, in admiration of the collections and A-List appearances. It’s seen some firsts, such as Jamie Brewer’s participation in Carrie Hammer’s ‘Role Models not Runway Models’ campaign, making her the first lady with Down Syndrome to walk in New York Fashion Week. Which is an incredible step forward for the fashion world. In other news, Kanye West’s show with Adidas saw the most star studded front row so far with Alexander Wang, Rihanna, Jay Z, Beyonce, Kim Kardashian and Anna Wintour. Impressive.
But, the clothes. What are the trends which are making the most noise on the runway for SS15?
The 70’s are back people. It’s a style I have shyed away from as I think my afro hairstyle just takes the trend to a new level, you want it to look chic and not like a flashback from Saturday Night Fever. The runway has seen many a flared and fluted trouser for this years Spring Collection, in particular from Karen Walker, Diane von Furstenburg and Coach.
Karen Walker SS15
Diane von Furstenburg SS15
Shirts and Shirt Dresses.
The simplistic white shirt has returned, I am so happy to announce this. Not only does this mean minimalist fashion is in it also means more choice for work attire, which at the moment is proving a struggle. So the shirt is back in all shapes and sizes, to be worn boxy, sleeveless or underneath dresses. I love this arrival, particularly the shirt dresses.
Marc by Marc Jacobs SS15
Michael Kors SS15
Diane von Furstenburg SS15
Here is a style I was not expecting and one that frankly reminds me of either my primary school uniform or Dolly Parton. Essentially, it has arrived from nowhere but has wowed the industry and you can expect to see it everywhere in SS15 and is incredibly popular across collections right now. Cutouts, harsh lines and colour blocking give it a modern twist on the country girl chic you’re picturing or to add sex appeal there are more sheer fabrics to choose from.
Diane von Furstenburg
Lela Rose SS15
The Colour Palette.
So the colour palette game this year is strong. It’s all about being bold and making a statement. Monochrome as ever, is a popular colour pairing, one that is loved by just about everyone, particularly me. Aside from the wonders of black and white, designers were indulging in their Reds, Greens, Blues and Yellows for this Spring, in colour blocking and in statement prints. Pair a splash of any of these colours with all white and you’re on point for this Spring.
3.1 Phillip Lim SS15
Victoria Beckham SS15
Michael Kors SS15
Stripes dominated the runway this year and I’m so happy to see my childhood favourite come flying into 2015, who cares if the horizontal stripes mythologically make you look ‘larger’, this is all I want to be wearing in Spring. Multi-coloured, black and white, vertical, squared, stripes on stripes – anyway you put it, it works.
Victoria Beckham SS15
Alexander Wang SS15
Peter Som SS15
The last key trend for the upcoming season is texture. We’re expecting tactile layers upon tactile layers here – I’m talking Faux Fur, Suede, Leather, Mesh, Perforations, Lattice, Lace, Fringing and the list goes on. Fur in particular may not have been expected for Spring but this gives a playful kick to your wardrobe and makes you more or less festival ready for summertime, I’d say.
Oscar de la Renta SS15
Proenza Schouler SS15
So there you have it, my lil breakdown of the key trends to watch this Spring. What am I most excited for? I guess the stripes, monochrome, splashes of canary yellow and fringing are real stand outs for me, it’s easy to keep minimalist but still managing to stay in the present. I try not to buy over flamboyant pieces and stick to key items which will pair well with the rest of my wardrobe. Happy shopping.
Aysha Bhimji | 22 | Assistant Property Surveyor
I’ve known my girl Aysha for 3 years now, we’ve remained close friends since meeting at University in our second year where we bonded over both our love of pulling all nighters and for bed ridden weekends of film marathons. Aysha’s style has always been one that I’ve admired, always managing to combine effortlessly cool with totally polished- something I’ve never quite mastered due to my messy afro mop and slightly more tomboyish ways. So for the above reasons, Aysha is the first feature of what I’m calling a ‘style snippet’ to give you a glimpse of her wardrobe and personal style with some insight into how she puts outfits together and what her favourite items are of right now.
Coat: Topshop | Boots: Zara | Bag: Osprey, London | Top & Skirt: American Apparel
Favourite designers/places to shop?
For work, probably, Zara. Recently I’ve been really favouring American Apparel as well, but I do think there’s only so much you can buy from there because it’s all very similar. Their styles do not really change but it’s great for basics as it’s all so simplistic which is what I love. It’s hard to think, I actually don’t think there’s that many great shops that stand out to me right now. I used to shop on ASOS a lot but now the site is way to big and there is too much choice.
Jacket: Zara | Jeans: Topshop | T-Shirt: Zara | Bag: Louis Vuitton | Boots: Dr.Martens
What do you find yourself incorporating into your day to day look?
To be honest, these days I always stick with the same kind of outfits, so jeans and a t-shirt. I try not to go too fancy, just keep it simple and something I feel comfortable in. I like to pair ‘boyish’ items with something girly. I remember reading once in a magazine they said for every one girly thing you should wear it with two things boyish – but for me that can get a little tomboy like so, one on one is good. My friend, Emma, is one of the people who most influences my style for this reason – she’ll always wear really baggy jeans and a barely there crop top. I’ve stopped following lots of fashion accounts on Instagram now, I feel it’s important to understand what works for others may not work for you, so it’s best to avoid copying and wear what you feel comfortable in.
Favourite item right now?
This new pair of jeans I got from Topshop, they’re ripped down the front and fit really well – not too high-waisted and just sit on my midriff. I have such a problem with jeans – because I’m so short – I usually find that with Topshop Petite Jeans they can sometimes be like ankle bashers, making you look shorter than you are but feel like I found a great pair in these.
What’s your preference in what to wear on a night out?
I have this thing, I go through transitions in what I like to wear. The outfit we shot just now, I really like that because it’s sexy but understated – the fact it hangs loosely just avoids it looking too tartish. What I don’t like are the tight little numbers and tiny crop tops, that’s something I’m trying to get away from as I don’t think that’s stylish at all.
I used to be very much into my heels as I was always very conscious of my height but now I’m really loving flats. I love my Dr.Martens and have recently been thinking about Timberlands but feel they may be too clumpy. The maroon buckle heels I have on in this shoot are great but now I really try to stick to black. I really enjoy wearing black and white as it’s so easy to pull outfits together and get away with wearing repeat things on repeat!
I love when two greats come together, like when Pizza Express jumped on the 241 bandwagon with Orange, Idris Elba doing a cameo in the US Office, Sweet AND Salty popcorn, well Sweet and Salty anything really. But H&M really got it right with their collaboration with Alexander Wang, the perfect combination of sultry tones and sporty chic – and they threw in a coord. I applaud you H&M.
Another interesting side project of H&M is their Design Award which is an annual event in it’s fourth year, they give students at selected design schools around the world the opportunity to produce a collection and showcase their talent to a panel of judges, springboarding their career into fashion. The winner takes home 50000 Euros and their collection is awarded a place in Stockholm Fashion Week. There was some insane looks this year, I’m all about oversized clothes and boyfriend fit so there were some real stand outs for me, I loved Andrea Jiapei Li and Ximon Lee’s Collections. Here’s a glimpse of the final 8’s collections, see more at the website here.
Leonard Kocic – Xinom Lee
James Kelly – Andrea Jiapei Li
Graham Fan – Andreas Eklöf
Fiona O’Neil – Magdelena Brozda
In the past, tall boots have never been my thing. I felt that they looked out-dated, frumpy and that people only really wore them when they dressing up as Julia Roberts from Pretty Woman (who, for those of you haven’t seen it, played a prostitute). But now I just can’t get enough! Worn with dark jeans and an oversized winter knitwear these look gorgeous. Or paired with a boyfriend denim shirt looks effortlessly cool. As done by Kylie Jenner, who I have to say is dressing impeccably these days. From top to bottom: ASOS £55, Acnee Studios £855, Topshop £89, Aldo £120.
I love nude palletes this winter, camel & greys being my absolute favourite. The weather has just turned and I am in crazy need for a new coat. I work full time so the majority of my wear out of it will be paired with office clothes, so I’m looking for something smart but is still on trend. When I was younger I used to believe coats ruined every outfit but now I love them, they can be such a statement and speaks volumes about your personality. There is truly a coat for every occasion so I couldn’t care less if I buy a new coat each year and end up with a wardrobe full of them, I look forward to them every single summer.