Whistles SS13 Preview at LFW

This afternoon I am unfortunately going to lose all facade at ‘cool’ (not sure I ever did that all that well anyway,) that my LFW coverage may have reflected upon me and go a little bit fan-girl on you all. I’m going to give you all a sneak peek inside my trip to The Savoy to preview the Whistles SS13 collection.

Those of you who read Florence Finds will know that I am a huge Whistles fan. I buy consistently from their collections each season, throughout the season and have been doing since round about the time that Jane Sheperdson, Whistles CEO took over and turned the brand around in 2008. Many a time you guys ask where something I’m wearing is from and rather embarrassingly, the answer is often the same, Whistles.


Whistles Jane Sheperdson wearing a leather sweatshirt from the SS13 collection

I suppose now would be a good time to explain why I’m so passionate about the brand then? I love fashion and I like to work the trends but I have a life to live. I’m a GP and part of that involves dressing smartly, professionally but not appearing intimidating to the patients that visit me from all walks of life, with all manner of problems. For work, in Whistles I feel quietly put-together, comfortable that I am not selling out on my own style, but also not frightening any old ladies! The cut fits me perfectly, right through from the dresses to the trousers and the quality is remarkable. I’ve never had a Whistles item lose its shape, fray, had embellishments fall off or the garment feel flimsy. And when it comes to out of work, the pieces are equally at home amongst the in-laws on a family day as out with the girls to be cooed over and stroked as they should be.

So, given my obcession with the brand, you can imagine how excited I was to preview the SS13 collection. And if I told you that (removing all fan girl behaviour and looking objectively on,) it was in my humble opinion the best collection yet would you be intrigued?

There were 5 rails of clothing hung in the showroom of the Whistles suite at The Savoy and I immediately made a bee-line for a rail that seemed like Florence Finds in clothing form, with neon piped edging, a water-colour neon brights print on a fine broderie anglaise and a coral lace formed the bulk of the pieces, contrasted with tougher leather including a pair of leather dungarees.

As an aside, leather featured heavily throughout Fashion Week, if you have ever doubted the longevity of a leather purchase, now is the time to fill your wardrobe – you’ll be wearing it all season!

As I made my way around the rails, each collection of designs had 2 or three items that I wanted, no, needed in my wardrobe. Joking aside, that elusive perfect lace skirt? I’ll take the electric blue thank you. An updated Geometric print? The navy on white lattice felt modern and fresh.

Your summer events wardrobe? Of course Whistles has the usual selection of signature dress shapes, but I was sold on this tangerine maxi with layered top detail. And a statement piece that works with everything? You couldn’t go wrong with a laser cut white leather shell top. (Also seen in dress form on Virgina here, below right.)

Whistles have also extended their bags collection and have a new range including up to the minute pouches, flat clutches, shoulder bags and bigger satchel style bags perfect for work or play. All the bags are named after famous roads.

And did you know Whistles now do shoes? A Capsule collection for AW12 is available now featuring basic items every shoe wardrobe needs with the classic Whistles twist of on-trend style that has many a wardrobe mile in it. Look for the classic stilleto and the block heel boots, both making their way towards my wardrobe this season I feel. Whistles will launch the full shoe collection in SS13.

So what do you think readers? Are you in-lust already? I’m thinking that we could just skip Autumn/Winter and just start wearing Whistles SS13 already?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

*Thank you to Virginia, Chinazo and Kyley for arranging my invitation and showing me around the collections, and to Jane for allowing me to take her picture.

Burberry SS13 and Mulberry SS13

I’m going in with the big hitters this morning for your viewing pleasure, 2 of the shows I looked forward to the most, Burberry and Mulberry.

The Burberry invite was amongst the most talked about with it’s iconic London skyline laser-cut pop up, highlighting the brands heritage. You couldn’t help but wonder what they had in store at the show itself…


Images via London Fashion Week, by Catwalking.com.

This is one of the few shows I have watched live – Grazia streamed the show (you can watch most of the shows at London Fashion Week but don’t get the full effect as the music is overlaid with something akin to elevator music.) It was a full audio-visual treat then to see the models walking the catwalk in time to the haunting yet stirring music. (Can anybody tell me who sings the opening track?) I’ve chosen a few key pieces here but would encourage you to head on over to Grazia and watch the full show. It’s mesmerising.


The Burberry SS13 finale, Image: The Daily Mail

With typical wit and English eccentricity, Mulberry put on their show in an English garden complete with pastel layered cakes and gnomes for decor. The collection was heavy on the leather with unusual shapes lending structure to shell tops, over sized (or as Mulberry call it, ‘Borrowed from the Boys’) car coats and motorcycle jackets. There were 2 beautiful prints – one oriental looking blossom print and another lizard print. As you would expect from a heritage brand, the whole collection exuded luxe appeal.


Images via London Fashion Week, by Catwalking.com.

Almost the star of the show was the new introduction to the Mulberry family – Willow. A tote bag in thee sizes with a clutch bag that is zippered to the front and completely removable, it fast went to the top of my lust-have list in expensive shades of tan and cream leather. Join the queue ladies!


The ‘Willow’ – Image credit: Mulberry blog. Watch the catwalk show here.

So ladies, what do you think – any favourites here? Have you seen the collections or shows and if you had to pick a giant fashion icon from these two for SS13 which would you choose?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

London Fashion Week Street Style: My Favourites

For my final LFW street style post, I’m sharing the outfits I loved. I go through phases of reading style blogs but when I’m short on inspiration it’s always good to see how other people are wearing things. You’ll notice that a lot of these looks are more casual, low key, or not even that trend-led and I guess thats why I found them inspiring or interesting to look at.

What do you think? Are these the kind of looks you can see yourself wearing?

A favourite... Love the metallics, the tee, the oversized necklace, and so refreshing to see a smile!


Another favourite, just effortless again and totally achievable.


Just lovely, tulle, floral prints, pastels and a hint of edge from the sunglasses...


I LOVE this outfit - The skirt was H&M and the polka dot top and leather just make the whole look perfect. My favourite.


Amongst the best dressed ladies I saw were the AMEX girls (LFW sponsors,) in Roksanda Ilinic.


Spotted! Jodie Kidd looking fabulous in neons and mirrored shades.


Particularly loved the girl on the left here, but the leopard panelled jacket was fab too.

Click through to the gallery to see more and don’t forget to come back and tell me your favourites!

Love,
Rebecca
xo

PS – Spotted yourself here? Send me an email and I’ll add in a link/name.

Jasper Conran, Sass & Bide and Issa SS13

This morning I’m bringing you my favourite collections from the first 2 days of fashion week, Jasper Conran, sass & bide and Issa SS13. These are the collections that grabbed my attention and if I was ever lucky enough, could see myself wearing. They are the images I’ll be using for inspiration when it comes to dressing for SS13. I hope you enjoy them!

Jasper Conran

Images via London Fashion Week, by Catwalking.com.

  • Preppy, nautical off-duty tailoring.
  • Denim and patchwork
  • A summer rainbow of saturated sorbet shades with sequinned panels.

sass & bide

Images via London Fashion Week, by Catwalking.com.

  • A grown up, elegant, sophisticated collection.
  • Almost all monochrome with some metallics.
  • Lots of cut out details with a space-age edge.

Issa

Images via London Fashion Week, by Catwalking.com.

  • A kaleidoscope of colours.
  • Beautifully draped and twisted signature jersey.
  • Emphasis on the waist and maxi styles.

Any favourites readers?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

What to Wear: To London Fashion Week

What to Wear for London fashion Week
Coat, Zara // Marks and Spencer printed trousers // Shoes Marks and Spencer // Hot Fuchsia Bayswater, Mulberry

This morning I feel a bit of a fraud. I know the question that has been uppermost in many of your minds since I announced that I would be attending London fashion week was ‘What to Wear’? Believe me, it wasn’t far from mine either but as soon as I spotted this gorgeous round stud sleeve coat in Zara a few weeks back, I knew, not only was it my winter coat of choice (ALWAYS buy them early readers!) but that it would take me to LFW. In the event, not only was it too hot to wear in the glorious indian summer weather, but I also managed to feel deeply unfashionable amongst the great and the good (and the not-so good) of the fashion world.

What to Wear at London Fashion Week

However, I persisted in taking some snaps, mainly because I couldn’t physically wait any longer to share the coat with you. It’s my favourite winter neutral, navy and both sleeves are covered in soft small rounded studs, in a gunmetal shade. The funnel neck will be perfect for snuggling into when the weather turns chilly and the shape (with pockets) is just the right side of the masculine silhouette that this seasons coats are leaning towards.


I paired it with my winter floral trousers from M&S, and of course my Mulberry, which perfectly picks out the purple and pink shades in the trouser print. Trusty patent courts and I was sorted, if not a little warm 😉

I hope you like it readers. Have you got your eye on any winter coats yet this season? Do share…

Love,
Rebecca
xo

London Fashion Week Street Style: The Cool Hunters

Edit 13.32: Apologies for the downtime readers! I’ve had some issues with my hosting and site database this morning that resulted in the site being taken down whilst the situation was addressed. As a result, I’m scheduling this afternoons post later at 14.30 and then will push back this mornings post to tomorrow. Thanks for your patience! – Rebecca.

Today’s London Fashion Week street style focuses on the cool-hunters, my way of describing the people I spotted who looked great, but I couldn’t in a million years pull off a similar outfit. If you can look beyond the full-on fashion factor however, there is inspiration to be had in dissecting the outfits and taking away single elements of the look. Anything you like here?

Something told me this girl worked for Vivienne Westwood…

Too much black here for me personally, but these girls were embracing the spikes and studs and looking fierce.

Just brilliant. The bag is Kate Spade.

I’m not a guy, hence why I can’t pull this look off, but he just looked cool…

Loved the shorts, loved the brights, loved the lipstick. All grounded with neutrals.

Click through to the gallery to see more!

Love,
Rebecca
xo

PS – Spotted yourself here? Send me an email and I’ll add in a link/name.

The best #LFW invites…

I thought I would do a little round up of the London Fashion Week invites this afternoon. Always a stationery geek and because they hint at the colours, patterns and prints for the coming season it’s been fascinating (for me at least) to watch the invites appear on Twitter over the last week or so. The day one of these drops on my door mat I will feel like I have made it! This year, one of the most talked about was Burberry’s laser cut pop up London skyline invite, with the House of Holland iPhone case cover a close second, (both below.) You’ll have to scroll down however to see my favourite.


House of Holland via @CocosTeaParty


Matthew Williamson via @FashionFoisGras


Bora Aksu invite via @StyleColumn // Clements Ribero via @HayleyLeaver // Burberry via @TheLFWDaily // Moschino colour blocking via @Jess_Forbes // Issa London via @IssaLondon


Sass and Bide via @Jo_Greasley


Faster Pass by @MarkFastKnit

And my absolute favourite? The gorgeous Mulberry invite… The show is tomorrow and I would practically give my right arm to be there… well, maybe. 😉 I wonder if this means we’ll see more painterly prints and lots of pink and green?


Painting via @Mulberry_Editor

You can read more about the collaboration between Winsor and Newton and Mulberry to create the invitations here.

What do you think readers? Have I missed any you thought were particularly cool?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

PS More London Fashion week invites here on Stylist.

London Fashion Week Street Style: The Weird & The Wonderful

Todays London Fashion Week street style snaps are dedicated to the hardcore fans of ‘fashion’ – but not as you or I know it. I was expecting LFW to have some amazing examples of fashion as inspirational style, like the editors and celebrities I’ve seen snapped in the magazines and online in seasons gone by. In fact it was way more extreme than that, with personal style taking centre stage and a lot of people dressing to be photographed. This is my selection of the most outrageous outfits I saw over the weekend – let me know what you think!

I’d never wear this but I love it – How much fun do those pom poms look?

Yes, that is a veil and yes, those are massive cartoon sequinned eyes on the front.


I first clocked this girl giving an impassioned monologue to a camera about how much she loves gold, ‘…I love gold, I just can’t understand how there can be any other colour, everything should be gold…’ – you get the idea.

These two win my award for dedication and commitment to the cause that is fashion… I mean, just the hair?

Extreme style. Particularly for a guy.

These guys were joking about being the latest boy band ‘Plastic‘. I still haven’t figured out if they were joking… Edit 18/9/12 Apparently not!

Click through to the gallery below if you’d like to see more!

Love,
Rebecca
xo

PS – Spotted yourself here? Send me an email and I’ll add in a link/name.

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