Top 5: Prada + geometric print trousers

Miuccia Prada is responsible for so many wearable trends that have translated brilliantly onto the high street in recent years. And this coming season is no exception as shoppers clamour to get their hands on flattering cropped trousers with a distinctive geometric print.

A natural successor to the pyjama pant and the art deco trend, the head-to-toe print look appeared fairly daunting on the catwalk, but do not be deceived, we reckon it would be your new best friend for the office.

While daring fashionistas can rock the whole match-matchy printed shebang, consider a printed geometric trouser with a tailored white skirt and plain jacket to let the trousers do the talking! Luckily you’re spoilt for choice and by matching some work wear staples with a new pair of trousers, could get a distinctly on-trend new season look for less than £50.

Here are our Top 5 favourites. Happy shopping!

The real deal

Tile Print Skinny Trousers from Topshop £40

Styling idea from Warehouse. Trousers £45

Party trous! Jacquard loom trousers £39.99 from Zara

ASOS Premium cropped trousers £40

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Discovery Monday: Simeon Farrar for ASOS

Illustrator Simeon Farrar’s hugely successful Kate Mouse tshirt is back again, this time as part of an exclusive collection for ASOS. Of course a t-shirt makes up part of a super easy outfit for summer, making a statement t-shirt a solid investment.

There are 12 designs in Farrar’s collection for ASOS and all feature woodland animals – a big trend for this Autumn. We still adore the Kate Moss tee, which has sold out before so you better move fast!

It’s back! Simeon Farrar Kate Mouse T-Shirt £55 from ASOS

SO cute! ‘We’re so in love’ tee

Simeon Farrar Bunny Face with Bow Tie T-Shirt £55

Whistles to launch Limited Edition collection

Wouldn’t it be nice not to worry about turning up to a party and wearing the same dress as someone else? Well, a new Limited Edition collection from Whistles landing next month could lower the chances of such a sartorial stuff-up.

The luxe high street retailer is launching a beautiful collection of 70 pieces produced in editions of just 20 to 50 and they are sure to be in demand.

The pieces will be contemporary and luxurious (of course) and not just limited to party dresses. In fact, we’re especially excited to see the day and outerwear which will feature hot fabrics of the season such as leather, cashmere, jacquards and silk crepe *swoon*. Expect minimalist sportswear shapes, leather tees, cashmere tracksuits and pyjama-style separates as well as structured baroque-print and full-on beaded dresses for night time glamour.

Whistles CEO, Jane Shepherdson, told The Telegraph: “We decided to stretch our creative wings this year and allow ourselves the luxury of designing a small tightly edited collection of what we consider to be the most covetable pieces of the season…When we had created it, we realised that we couldn’t do without it and it became our Limited Edition…It is the epitome of what Whistles is all about -effortless luxury.”

The collection will only be stocked in a handful of top-notch Whistles stores and Harvey Nichols, Harrods plus key international department stores. But you can shop it online too. Good luck!

Pic: The Telegraph.

Miu Miu’s new shoes: Are we over glitter yet?

You know how much we LOVED Miu Miu’s glitter boots of last year and those Wizard of Oz-esque court shoes? Well now their Mary Jane shoes have got some spangle too. The question is have we had enough yet or is there no such thing as too much sparkle?

Pics: Miu Miu via Nylon.

Discovery Monday: M&S Jeggings

Marks & Spencer’s has been trying to lure younger generations of women through its doors in recent years with celebrity campaigns and some of the world’s top models showcasing its Autograph range. But Autograph aside (and underwear and sarnies, obviously) we don’t think M&S gets enough praise. A case in point is its denim.

Sure there are styles there that you probably wouldn’t consider but amongst the bootcut there is an amazing selection of bright and statement print skinny jeans that are the bargain of the century. M&S has inexplicably called these jeggings, but they are in fact really great quality skinny jeans in a range of lengths, rainbow of colours and super soft denim…all for around £25.We love the cute swallow print jeggings for that tricky summer/autumn transition period and they really are the bargain of the century. Or you could splash out on some metallic floral print statement trous for £35.

Better still, being M&S and rather sensible, the cut is super flattering with a high-ish waist that will banish any trace of a dreaded muffin-top.

Have you got any top tips and surprising secret recommendations from Britain’s biggest retailers?

Your new BFF. Perfect colour, great texture and flattering fit all for £25

These look so much more expensive than £35 and tap into the baroque, statement trouser, metallic and almost-brocade trend without trying too hard

Garance Doré for Kate Spade

Collaboration crush alert! One of our favourite style bloggers Garance Doré has teamed up with super chic and playful label Kate Spade and it’s a match made in heaven.

The collection features her adorable illustrations (chic Parisian scenes such as women sipping cocktails) on a selection of Kate Spade dresses, blouses and *squee* accessories. The cutesiness of the prints is matched by fun slogan tops that will improve your French as well as boost your style credentials. Perfect outfits for summer, non?

Garance told The Telegraph: “This collaboration has made me want to explore fashion a bit more. Kate Spade really know what they are doing and helped me pick the characters for the prints and how to position them – it’s harder than it looks.”

Interestingly she brushed the prospect of her own line aside for now and says she prefers to focus on her current loves, including her blog – phew!

Reminds us a little of Moschino?

More!

Great idea! We love the Kate Spade shop in Covent Garden

Pics: Us + The Telegraph

Game on! Condé Nast launches fashion video game

Fashion super publisher Condé Nast has dipped its foot in the gaming app market with a fun first offering called ‘Fashion Hazard’.

Teens and young women (with lengthy commutes and a bit of time on their manicured hands) can immerse themselves in the world of Ellie Redburn, a “Kansas-bred novice in the world of high fashion and at the bottom of Fashion Week’s totem pole”.

Ellie must navigate NYC and make it through Fashion Week down the catwalk before time runs out…without tripping over like these newbies and professionals.

Walk the walk

Life is made more complicated or exiting as players also have to help Ellie dodge hazardous low-flying handbags, fight off over-zealous paparazzi and swap jewels for super powers. Life’s tough.

As the levels get harder, she travels to London, Milan and Paris (natch) and when the catwalk season is over, the player gets a new model.

Sure it’s kinda cheesy, the graphics won’t win awards and there might be some criticism for giving kiddies skinny model aspirations, but for 69p we reckon it’s a great bit of fun from one of the world’s best publishing houses. Well, if it’s good enough for Vogue, Glamour, Vanity Fair et al…

Will you be playing?

Snatcha Satchel

From battered boho festival favourites to practical luxe cases and neon fashion fads, the satchel never dies. We’re big fans of Brit brand The Cambridge Satchel Company and would readily covet a high end Proenza Schouler PS1…or anything of Rebecca Minkoff’s sexy studded satchel range. But for the budget (and style) conscious, Gap is doing beautifully soft leather mini satchels in teal, mustard and hot pink…for just £39.99. Crazy right?

Gap bargain!

Classic. Fred Perry Laurel Wreath Satchel Bag £110

Beautiful Vanessa Bruno Athe Blue Fabric Satchel Bag £297

Boden satchel £99

HOT pink!

The ultimate. Love you Proenza

Camridge Satchel in matte pink £100

Beloved natural PS1…The Coveteur has soooo many

Alexa Chung is working on her own clothing line!

It had to happen. Alexa Chung, the world’s most stylish 28 year-old (non?) has told the press that she’s working on her own clothing line. And why not as so many people are influenced by her inimitable style?

The model/presenter/DJ/designer/everything else told Numero magazine that she has ‘nothing to lose’ by going for it (and she’s already designed a line with Madewell so kinda knows what it takes).

Hair crush!

She reportedly said: “In this current era of celebrity no one believes you actually design the stuff anyway, even though I sketch everything myself. So if it sucks I can say I had nothing to do with it, and if it’s really good I can say ‘Here are the drawings, it’s all my own work!'”

Maybe she has a point- just look at Victoria Beckham and there’s no doubting Alexa’s fashion credentials (BFA British Style Icon, BFC Young Style Ambassador and Mulberry muse…) Are you excited?

One of my fav shoots (for Elle)

Chanel’s Little Black Jacket Exhibition will land in London!

Get excited! Following massive success in Tokyo, New York, Taipei and Hong Kong, Chanel’s Little Black Jacket exhibition is coming to London!

We’ve read our fair share of articles over the years claiming that Chanel jacket is a wardrobe essential (if you can afford one) and it’s one of those classic lust-have pieces. But recently we’ve been rather taken with the work of various bloggers and fashion journalists who have religiously worn the Chanel jacket and styled it in different ways to prove its versatility and timelessness. If you wore it every day for the next decade it could prove to be affordable on a buy-per-wear calculation…(that’s what we’re telling ourselves).

Of course the project began as a super stylish coffee table book of various models, actors, designers and musos wearing the jacket their way. When the idea is from Karl Lagerfeld and Vogue Paris editor Carine Roitfeld you know it’s a good one and even better when Karl takes all 113 photos himself.

You can get your fashionable mitts on the book this Autumn and visit the exhibition from 12-28 October at The Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Road, London, SW3 4RY. Admission is free so there’s no excuse – put it in your diary!

For real Chanel anoraks (or should that be LBJs) there will also be some beautiful window displays in Chanel’s Bond Street, Sloane Square and Brompton Cross boutiques. Get more here including an amazing video about the making of the jacket.

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