Last week I went to the Arcadia press day and had a grand time perusing the spring summer 2015 collections from all the brands, chatting with other bloggers and making off with free plants.
So what are we going to be wearing next year? One word- CULLOTTES. Around 1993 I LIVED in a pair of black cullottes that I bought in Evans. They were the most comfy and practical thing I owned (I never wore jeans in those days) and wore them until they begged me for retirement. I’m happy to see that come summer, I can relive my student days in an array of fabrics and colours, but maybe without the aztec patterned waistcoat I used to team them with. And the jheri curl.
Apart from cullottes that will be just about everywhere, we will apparently be wearing lots of pastels, white, and seventies style big prints which are all alright by me.
As usual, I spent the most time looking at the Evans collection and while there are always pieces that I like in their main range, this season they have given us extra fashion power with their Cut for Evans and Design Collective ranges. Select pieces from the latter almost reduced a grown woman to tears of appreciation. Honestly.
This is the Evans dress to end all Evans dresses. The standout piece designed by Giles Deacon is truly a sight to behold and a real showstopper. The back is sheer, (you can just about tell from the photo) the fabric is luxurious with a subtle sheen, and the factor is WOW. A real class act which clearly amplifies the fact that I really need to broaden my social horizons as I have absolutely nowhere to where such a glorious creation to. My life revolves around school, church and sewing and this display of splendour is wholly unsuitable for them all.
I have no immediate need for a wedding dress, and if I did plan on getting married I’ve always said I would never wear white as there are too many colours in the rainbow to choose from. However this dress had me rethinking my decision.
A beautifully beaded (and very heavy) heirloom piece with Downton Wedding written all over it. Another showstopper.
I really wish I’d taken better photos of it as its a must for my wardrobe and it rendered me speechless when asked by Evans PR to give my opinion on it. I love the bold camoflage print, the sheer lace panels, the drop waist- it basically ticks all my boxes.
And from Dorothy Perkins…
So that was the preview folks. Now back to reality with the wind, rain, and the current six degree temperature.
GOT. Bought one last week and I’ve worn it pretty much every day. LOVE IT.
Made you look.
No, your dreams haven’t come true. Topshop does not sell size 26 clothes but this is me and my size 26 body trying on clothes in Toppers and get this- they’re too big.
I love it when trends work in my favour. The luxury sportswear look has spawned a newer relaxed loose fit to clothing to the point where I can go into Toppers and try something on. Who’d have thunk it?
Despite not being able to fit anything apart from the accessories I regularly go into Topshop and other straight size stores to see whats available and keep up with the latest looks. The luxe sport trend has seen a flood of jersey clothing hitting the rails and the cut for this particular trend has been very generous- harem pants, jumpsuits etc. Garments have become bigger but this is the first I’ve seen something cut so big that I can actually get into it. It’s a size M/L and makes me wonder what it would look like on someone who was a size 12-14 who it was created for. Would I wear it? NOPE! Its as unflattering as I expected it to be. I only tried it on for the hell of it.
There was also this cardi-
Which is also a size M/L and very loose. Again, I only tried it on for the hell of it but it fits a bit better and I like the feel of it. Its lightweight, 100% viscose with short sleeves that are meant to be ruched up. I thought the sleeves would be too tight because of course its made for someone much smaller, but they were fine. Would I buy it? No, although it looks a helluva lot better than the floral top, I prefer my cardies a bit less balloon shaped even if they are loose. Still, trying them on amused me and the looks I got from the skinny girls as I walked into the fitting room were priceless. 🙂
When it comes to shopping for myself I don’t have a certain “look” that I aim for, I just buy whatever pieces I like and work them into my existing wardrobe without really thinking about making it fit into my own personal “look”. Having said that, one aesthetic I’ve never really been into is hippie chic. I’ve never been into fringed bags, big floppy hats, flared jeans etc but recently I’ve been really warming to it with the help of Ramona from The Vintage Society. I check out her blog quite frequently, see her posts on w_r and really like her 70’s fashion vibe, but never considered her style as something I would wear myself. Then all that changed. It started off with a pair of flared light blue jeans (from Avenue) that I was sent by a cousin in the US and I was like- hmmm…. I’m more of a straight leg girl and definitely more of a dark denim girl but I figured that as I already had them I may as well make good use of them. That’s done it. Now I’m turning into a bit of a noughties hippie myself as I see clothes like the ones shown below and don’t immediately dismiss them.
These looks are definately right up the Vintage Society Girl street and the maxi dress would be something new for me as I’ve never worn anything this length before- hippy chic or otherwise but would definately give it a go.
These pages are taken from the Spring Summer 2009 catalogue by Great Universal and are from the South range, available in sizes 8- 24.
PS- I love the beige and ecru bag in the photo but I like this Topshop one more.
Credit is crunching everybody apart from the super rich. I’ve heard that even the queen is suffering as shes worn the same outfit twice in the past two years(!!!), so even the rich are having to tighten their belts on their budgets and say no to a second holiday home in Malibu. Retailers are feeling the crunch, profits everywhere seem to be falling and whole companies are collapsing. Its all so depressing and I just want to curl up in bed until its all over. I read this article in the guardian last week and it has got me thinking about how the crunch affects fashion. Not high street fashion which has always been price conscious, but designer fashion and the portrayal of fashion by high gloss magazines such as Vogue and W. The piece makes a valid point about high fashion magazines being escapist tools not shopping guides(to the average person anyway), but I know my conscience would be forever niggling if it was my job to promote £3000 coats in these times. In the past a similar argument has been raised to justify the reason you don’t see models who look like the majority of women, that fashion is fantasy and magazines exist to perpetuate the fantasy image of the ultra tall slender woman with perfect skin. Apparently no-one wants to see representations of themselves in all their short, love handled glory. Apparently.
Anyhow, I’m going off on a bit of a tangent here and will resist the temptation to get on my soapbox (although I already had one foot on it). The whole point of todays post was to show you two cheaper pocket friendly alternatives to gorgeous designer items that I’ve found online. We still need to look good, non?
I love every single piece from this oriental bird themed range by Anna Scholz especially this jacket, but alas (turning out pockets) I am too poor. So I will just have to look at it every weekend and sigh. Sigh.