London Fashion Week may have just ended, Milan Fashion Week is only just kicking off, with our favourite designers from Prada to Fendi, Armani to Versace showing their spring/summer 20 collections.
We’ll be bringing the best moments, on and off the catwalk, so you don’t miss out. Here’s what’s happened so far, and scroll down for our favourite looks from each collection…
Furla introduced a new logo and see-now buy-now collection
It’s all change over at Furla. The brand unveiled a chic new logo, designed to represent an archway – a door that leads to the new Furla world of openness, inclusivity and joy. Most if its SS20 presentation, which included paired-back styles in pastel shades as well as statement pieces in chain and floral prints, was also available to buy now.
Founder Giovanna Furlanetto told me, ‘When you see something you like, you want it immediately. In probably 24 hours, people will have seen that we have a new logo and look for the bags in their nearest store. We want to have at least part of the collection for immediate delivery every season, for our customers who want it now. Everything is changing, and we are keeping up with it.’
Prada went back to basics
Miuccia Prada kicked off Milan Fashion Week with a collection that had both style and substance, as the designer not only wanted to focus on timeless and sustainable pieces, but also on simplicity and ‘personal style’. Stand-out looks included knitted pencil skirts, 70s style suits and bucket hats which appeared to have been made with off-cuts from the collection – fitting for a brand that has recently pledged to be more sustainable.
I’m a self-confessed shoe addict, and there’s nothing I get more excited about than a new pair of shoes (I’ve stopped counting how many I own, so has my husband). And as a fashion editor, I’m lucky enough (my bank account less so) to discover new brands every day. Instagram is also the perfect space for a bit of shoe-spiration.
So I thought I’d share with you some of the shoe brands I’m excited about for autumn/winter 2019. Credit cards at the ready.
Studio Amelia is fairly new to the fashion scene, having introduced her minimal sandal designs for spring/summer 2019. Her concept is simple: high quality minimal flats that are also comfortable to wear. The first collection included just four flat styles in four different tones: beige, red, black and white. For AW19 though she’s introducing some pretty perfect heels and a range of handbags too.
Founded by Turkish sisters Beste and Merve Manastir, Manu Atelier isn’t a new brand, however it’s the first time it’s branched out into shoes, having started off with designer handbags. Much like the bags, the shoes are a modern twist on vintage designs, and are made with the same leather as the bags. Look out for the duck boots, which I predict will be a sell-out.
For its SS19 trends presentation, Net-A-Porter highlighted this new shoe brand and for good reason. Julien Martinez’ hand-woven designs are inspired by a trip to Alicante, where he was introduced to traditional hand lacing. That doesn’t mean his designs aren’t modern though. Expect classic silhouettes, tonal colours and signature metallic pin heels.
Although Scandi brand Flattered first launched in 2013, it’s still relatively new to the UK scene. As you might expect, the designs have a minimal aesthetic and super comfortable too. Their heeled sandals collaboration with influencer Jessie Bush sold out super quickly this summer, and I’m into the contemporary price point too.
Clothing label The Fold will launch its first shoe collection in September. The ‘8-till-late’ line will include a variety of classic loafers, pumps and heels that will take you from desk-to-dinner. Expect chic designs and materials and more importantly, comfort.
Created in LA in 2014, this cool shoe brand isn’t exactly new, however it’s been all over my Instagram feed lately. It injects a bit of that California style to all its designs, be it minimal sandals or cowgirl boots.
Maximalists, this one’s for you. Rihanna is a fan, and that’s seal of approval enough for me. Designer Amina, who grew up between Jordan, Italy and Romania, is all about over the top glamour and unexpected silhouettes. Expect feathers, jewels and satin galore.
Australian brand ESSEN is my new go-to for simple and timeless designs. I love the fact that they work with local, family-run factories in Italy, Portugal and Spain to make sure that each shoe is beautifully made.
Although it was created in 2016 so not exactly new, By Far, founded by Valentina, Sabina and Denitsa, has gone from strength to strength in the past few months. I’m in love with the fun 70s and 80s inspired designs.
Again, Dear Frances isn’t new, but has been coming up on my Instagram feed so much that I had to mention it. Launched in the UK by Frances in 2016, it focuses on timeless pieces with just a little bit of a trendy twist.
In fact Vestiaire Collective confirms there’s no better time than now to buy an it bag that will stand the test of time, ‘We’ve seen 90s styles such as the Dior Saddle and the Fendi Baguette making a huge comeback, enforcing that now is the perfect time to invest in an iconic ‘IT’ bag. Vestiaire Collective crunches the data to reveal the top pieces to invest in now, disclosing what’s trending, which pieces are increasing in value and which are tagged to hold their value long into the future.’
Investment handbags 2019
Vestiaire takes a look at the top trending bags over the last 6 months (Jan – June 19) to give you a run down on the lastest bags impacting the resale market. Favourites such as the Dior Saddle has seen its average selling price increase by 191% yoy and the Fendi Baguette by 178% yoy. Newcomers such as the Louis Vuitton Pochette Accessoire increased its sales on Vestiaire by 57% yoy and the Gucci Marmont has seen an increase in new submissions by 66% yoy. A look into brand new styles such as the Burberry Tb bag shows Vestiaire has already seen submissions and sales since it’s recent release in February 19.
Virginia Feacey, UK Country Manager at second hand designer fashion site Rebelle, says, ‘Whilst very high-end and exclusive styles – take the Birkin for example – are forecasted to double in value in the next 10 years, it’s not just Hermes or Chanel that are holding their value.’
And there’s no better time than the present to invest. ‘With price increases predicted at anything up to 14.2 percent each year; now really is the time to invest,’ she says.
Vestiaire adds, ‘Forever bags, such as the Hermes Birken 35, the Mulberry Bayswater or Classic Celine, we consider to be long standing iconic styles, with strong track records of retaining their value and interest. They appear in our top 20 bag models for 2018 & 19 and will be appreciated long into the future. The Hermes Birken 35 continues to be popular within the resale market, with an increase of 71% yoy of new submissions to Vestaire. The Classic Celine sales increased by a steady 12% yoy alongside the Mulberry Bayswater which increased by 11% yoy, showing that despite all the newcomers, these iconic styles continue to be favourites among consumers.’
Louis Vuitton is always a good choice – fact. Louis Vuitton is one of the most valuable, luxury brands and has been listed as one of the most profitable accessories brands in the world. This is also true for the secondary market where prices for second hand Louis Vuitton pieces are rising inexorably. The ‘Speedy Monogram Canvas bag’ is a popular option amongst young women due to the low price in comparison to other Louis Vuitton bags. Retail prices start from £635 and a pre-loved version of this model still resells for approximately £515, dependent on the condition. Investors need to be quick though, as many of the most pursued pieces sell out in a matter of minutes!
Chanel Boy Bag
While the classic Chanel Flap is a wardrobe staple, with the value of the 2.55 bag having increased by over 70 per cent in just six years, another bag to consider for investment is the Chanel Boy Bag. Introduced in 2011, it is already a mainstay and joining the ranks of the more classic styles. Five years ago the bag started at £2,000. Today the Chanel boy bag starts at £5,000 and typically retains at least 90% of its resale value. Black is classic, but all neutral colours are a great choice; if you want to use the bag season after season, make sure to buy the bag in a basic colour. Something to remember, no matter the brand!
Hermès Kelly Bag
Another classic Hermès bag is the Kelly Bag, named after Grace Kelly. The hard to come by Kelly has one handle and a shoulder strap compared to the Birkin’s two handles. Back in the 1950s, before Grace Kelly was pictured with the bag that would later bear her name, a new Kelly bag from Hermès would have cost just under $1,000. Today, the most basic Kelly costs around $10,000 (10 times as much as it cost in the 50s). Hermès generally increase the prices between 5% and 10% annually for a new bag, so now is definitely the time to buy.
Gucci Jackie Bag
Since the appointment of Alessandro Michele in 2015, a revived Gucci has become one of the most desirable on the market, with handbag sales rising by 7% since January 2016. The Jackie bag is a style which is constantly reinvented; the Italian fashion house renamed the 1950s Constance bag after Jackie Onassis when she was regularly seen spotted with the Gucci bag throughout the 1960s. The bag was reinvented again in 2009 with a modern deconstructed design – but it still took over eight hours to make each one. We have a waiting list of customers wanting to buy the Jackie soft-suede hobo, which could earn anything up to £1,400 on second hand retail value.
Celine Luggage Phantom Bag
Finally, this one is a beautiful, structured and classic bag for anyone looking for something with a bit more of an edge. Although what may be a classic design in appearance, this Celine bag was created in 2010 and wasn’t immediately a huge hit. Fortunately, its McQueen-esque shape made it a mainstay with four varying sizes available and in recent years it has been a firm favourite with regular waiting lists. The price has also increased steadily, with the last increase in 2014, so I would definitely recommend the investment. Retail prices start from £1,750 for a micro sized version and resale value starts from £1,400, depending on condition of the bag.
Do we think the mortgage guy might take a handbag instead of a bank statement?
The anklet is back. In a big way. Originally a trend of the early 2000s, it enjoyed a resurrection last summer, thanks to everyone’s love affair with shell jewellery.
There wasn’t a single fashion insider who went on holiday without her trusted pukka shell anklet, and soon it became an everyday staple too, even in winter, paired with trainers or mules.
This season, whilst shells are still around, the anklet has been given a decidedly more luxe makeover. If you love layering gold necklaces, you’ll be happy to hear it’s all about layering gold anklets now.
Designers like Alighieri and Anissa Kermiche are taking the delicate approach with delicate gold chains adorned with roman coins or pearls for that wanderlust factor.
Speaking of pearls, they are going nowhere this season, and whether you’re after a single delicate one or a pearl chain, then anyone can pull off this trend.
However, if your tastes veer more towards the classics, oversized chains have also made a comeback. And don’t let my love for all things gold fool you, there are plenty of great silver options out there, for example by Maria Black or Cornelia Webb.
As for how to style them, there are no rules. Fans of symmetry can happily wear the same anklet on each side, though I myself love mixing and matching. At the moment I’m layering a fine pearl Anni Lu anklet with an Alighieri gold coin one, though as long as you’re mixing textures and sizes then anything goes.
Shop my edit of the best anklets for all budgets below.
Whilst my trysts with trends may be fleeting (hello tie dye, goodbye neon), there is one constant love in my life, that transcends the seasons: gold necklaces. The kind you can layer and layer and never get tired of.
The beauty of gold necklaces is that they make everything look expensive, instantly, whether that’s a plain white shirt or a silk slip dress. And there is a plethora of ways to wear them. Sometimes, I feel like just wearing single gold chain, other times, especially this summer, I like to layer.
My collection is extensive, but I often revert to the same core styles: a gold coin pendant, a single pearl dangling off a very delicate chain, shells and anything with my initials on.
Layering necklaces is a way to make your style unique, and constantly reinvent yourself depending on your mood. Therefore, in my book, a gold necklace is a piece of jewellery that is well worth investing in.
‘I think it’s a great opportunity to layer all kinds of necklaces, from beads to fine gold chains and chunkier statement pieces. Summer is great as we aren’t bundled up in jumpers so our décolletage is always on show! Adding beads allows you to add some colour! Our personalisation pieces are brilliant to layer, and ideally you’d want a few size options to layer (so they don’t get tangled). All in all, it’s about having some fun, mixing and matching – textures and golds,’ she says.
Meanwhile, Rosh of Alighieri recommends mixing and matching different textures, ‘I always wear four to five necklaces, all with different chains that can elevate a t-shirt and jeans, and really allow you to tell a unique story. The more different the chains, the better. At the moment, I’m wearing lots of gold charms and pearls.’
With that in mind, shop my edit of the best gold necklaces you can buy now, whether to be worn alone or layered.
ICYMI, there is a heatwave going on, and whilst it would be quite lovely to walk around in nothing more than a bikini, that might raise a few HR complaints.
So the next best thing is something lightweight such as a breezy summer dress, and the key is in the fabric. Pick your fabric well, and you can even get away with a suit if your job requires it.
You want something that will let your skin breath and as natural as possible, to minimise those sweat patches. In other words, denim and polyester are absolutely a no go.
Linen: Top of the desirable fabrics list for summer is linen of course. It’s super natural, doesn’t cling to your body, is highly absorbant and dries quickly, meaning that if you do sweat, it’s not a big deal.
Cotton: Another great natural fabric to opt for is cotton, even better if it’s organic. It’s lightweight and lets skin breath, however it does stain quickly with sweat patches, so opt for white or black so it won’t show up as much.
Silk: You can’t beat a silk slip dress in the heat, and there’s a reason why. Silk is super light so does feel like you’re wearing next to nothing. Do go up a size though as silk isn’t as breathable and will stick uncomfortably to sweaty skin.
I’ll admit I’m the first to spend a ridiculous amount of clothes in the run-up to a holiday, I just get caught up in the excitement and all those opportunities to wear lovely clothes you’d never really get away with in a city setting. However I find that the older I get, the more I want to invest in a capsule holiday wardrobe that will last me forever rather than this season only.
Lucia: I love a white dress on holiday, groundbreaking right! Throw in some broderie anglaise and it really never goes out of style. I wore a Innika Choo style which annoyingly seems to be out of stock, recently on a trip to Dubai but the high street is full of their take on the trend. With a tent like, tiered silhouette shape it was the perfect piece to wear over a long lunch! I love this similar style from new brand 31 Chapel Lane, all made in Ireland.
Penny: The LWD is often overlooked for the LBD, but there is something equally timeless and sexy about a white dress for summer. I’m particularly loving linen styles this season, and I’ve worn this Zara dress to death already.
Monikh: On my most recent holiday, the accessories were the winner for me. My white lace up’s were the same, a shoe I grabbed every evening, dressy enough for a posh dinner but laid back and chic – it’s rare for me to do a heel on holiday!
Simonetta: When I wear my flip flops I know it truly is Summer. Just a reminder to enjoy my favourite season.
Katherine: On holiday, I dress my outfits up and down thanks to sandals. I’m obsessed with the Saint Laurent tribute flats and The Row bare sandals.
Catarina: The rope slides by Nomadic State of Mind in camel – I love how chunky, low key, comfortable and inexpensive they are. It’s just so easy to wear them with everything and anything.
Lucia: I gravitate towards gold jewellery and always layer up all the jewels in real life and on holiday its no different, this recently caught my eye in the fashion cupboard. Obsessed with their stuff.
Penny: I am a sucker for gold jewellery, and tend to layer it even more on holiday as it really dresses up a simple slip dress. I always pack several necklaces. At the moment, I’m obsessed with shell jewellery and anklets.
Lucia: Feels like every swimwear designer out there is embracing the sustainability angle but this new brand based in Barcelona caught my eye recently, because not only does it tick the ocean friendly box but also look at the chicness! I love a plain black swimsuit and this square neck detail will be so flattering on every body shape.
Penny: I used to be all about the bikinis, but as I’ve gotten older, I’ve fallen in love with the one-piece, which is just a little bit chicer and more flattering. I’ve invested in good quality styles from the likes of Hunza G and Marysia.
Lindsey: I’ve worn Peony Swimwear for the last 4 years and they’re my favourite bikini’s. I love this cornflower blue triangle.
Penny: Whilst I love a swimsuit, a bikini is still the way to go to get a good tan, I’ve just learnt to spend a bit more on styles that have thicker materials and are more flattering. Matteau do an excellent classic black triangle bikini, and I love Solid & Striped too.
Penny: I’ve recently become obsessed with straw hats, they add that ultimate Riviera-chic touch to your pool-side look and keep those harmful UV rays at bay. I own a ridiculously large hat from ASOS which is great for the ‘gram, but not the most practical, so I’ll be investing in a more timeless hat for my next holiday. I’m obsessed with SensiStudio.
Simonetta Lein: Lastly a big cute hat to protect from UV rays and yet making a statement while having it on. Her favorite hat says “out of office”.
Monikh: My straw hat was either on my head or tied around my neck, not only was it a lifesaver from the intense sun, but it also really made my outfits.
Lucia: A PJ style shirt as a beach cover up is essential for me, this style from Honna London would be right up my street. Plus the added benefits of it being 100% cotton would be dreamy in the heat on holiday, lounging around the pool teamed with my black one piece below… done!
Catarina: I adore this Asceno one which I’ve been wearing time and time again. I mostly wear it open with a bikini and I don’t even mind when it gets wrinkly.
Lindsey: For at the beach or during the daytime, I’ve always got my Asceno linen shirt with me.
Catarina: Flared white trousers – I just love wearing flowy fabrics, especially after a day at the beach. Wide leg flared trousers have stolen my heart. The bigger the better, I say. Mango has a great pair at the moment.
Penny: I’ve been on the lookout for a flared white linen trouser for a while now, and have now found the perfect one at Selfridges, by Faithfull the Brand. It’s so versatile as it can be worn with a crop top, or over a one-piece swimsuit on holiday.
See all the action from the Spring 2018 Haute Couture shows in Paris.
There is simply nothing like Paris Couture Week to witness gowns so dreamy that even the dress-averse would have a change of heart. Couture dresses are the pinnacle of the Paris art of savoir faire (translation: incredibly, unbelievably impossible feats of sewing to the rest of us), which normally translate into lots of tulle in impossible colours, delicate embroidery and many, many sequins.
True to form, the Autumn 2019/20 shows that are currently underway in Paris, have brought all of the drama. All eyes were of course on Clare Waight Keller’s show for Givenchy (as they always will be to be honest after that Meghan Markle wedding dress). Suffice to say, she hasn’t lost her magic touch. Cool elegance was the ordre du jour, with a collection themed around ‘noblesse radicale’, literally putting a radical spin on royal fashion.
There were the more classic pieces: houndstooth prints, high necks and lace in a monochrome palette, but it was the jazzier pieces that stole the show, namely the pink caped column dress, and the green marabou feather look as seen on Kaia Gerber. Only Clare could make us want to dress like a Christmas tree.
Over at Giorgio Armani Prive, the vibe was more soft pastels, ruffles, mixed in with some sharp tailoring. Next up, Chanel. Karl Lagerfeld didn’t shy away from grand statements, and Virginie Viard’s new collection was perhaps a little more modest than usual, but was a perfect tribute to both Karl and Coco thanks to its black and white tweed suits and fit ‘n’ flare silhouettes.
On the FROW, Céline Dion, Nicole Kidman and Zendaya have been weighing up the options for their next tour/speech/Oscar win* delete as appropriate.
What will Dior be bringing this season? Stay tuned…meanwhile, marvel at the razzle dazzle, beauty and drama of the best couture dresses so far in our gallery below…
Your mum probably wore this trend loads on holiday in the late 80s, and I bet you thought it wasn’t very cool, but it’s making a sexy comeback (again) for summer 2019 and I am 100% there for it. In case you hadn’t guessed, I am referring to the linen trend.
Last year it slowly but surely took over my Instagram, with fellow editors and fashion influencers such as Monikh, Hannah Crosskey and Anna Vitiello turning to the natural fabric for a fresh and paired back take on summer dressing (call it maximalist fatigue maybe).
On the catwalk, Rejina Pyo, Alexa Chung and Loewe led the way, giving the once un-cool fabric a sexy twist with clean shapes like pencil skirts and military jackets, and opting for earthy hues of beige and khaki.
Off the catwalk, the high street – Warehouse, Mango and French Connection – have served up sell-out options including a button down-dress and oversized suit. If your budget allows it, look to STAUD, Nanushka and Three Graces for some great investment standout pieces with a vintage twist.
This really is a minimalist trend, so do opt for neutral tones and few accessories – it works especially well with a coin necklace or gold hoop. I like a linen blazer thrown over a silk slip dress, paired with a tan flat sandal and beaded bag. I’m also a big fan of the shorts suit which is the perfect office-appropriate outfit during a heatwave.
If you’re into colour, then there are some great retro tropical prints around, and SS19 also allows for muted pastel hues and colour blocking, which will look great with a tan.
For the holidays, opt for a simple white dress with a basket bag and wedges. Mara Hoffman has some great options in the sale right now. Shop my edit of the best linen buys below.