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).
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?
Of course Hollywood starlets and Brit IT girls flocked to couture week. We were particularly taken with classic tailoring (well it was France and a Chanel show) but also has a soft spot for demure daytime sequins and a high fashion double denim (almost) moment.
Alexa is doing what she does best- looking amazing and slightly brooding in a 1960s way. These amazing shots by Glen Luchford (down a Metro station in Paris) remind me of a Rolling Stones cover and are rather different to Alexa’s recent bright and breezy Superga campaign.
Maje said: “Elegant yet edgy, her attitude reflects a personality that is both glamorous and rock ‘n’ roll.”
We say: “We agree and we love it.”
Pics: Glen Luchford via The Telegraph
The fash pack descended on The Royal Academy of Art’s Summer Exhibition and so we picked our three favourite outfits…and no surprise readers, we liked Alexa Chung‘s summery simplicity best. While you might not get to sip champers with the celebs, if you’re an art fan or just fancy an interesting afternoon, the exhibitions are always wonderful and make us want to pick up a pencil or paintbrush!
All pics from The Telegraph.
Hello sunshine (at last) we can now wear 50s summer dresses and all those pastels we’ve been hoarding – hurray! And what better thing to team it with than pointy shoes and super cute retro cat’s eyes sunglasses a la Prada. Enjoy x
Sometimes it is exhausting keeping up with trends and fashion angst can set in – print clashing is a perfect example of a tricky trend. We always hear fashion editors banging on about wardrobe staples – a good pair of jeans, white shirt etc etc and while we love individual style, we also adore handy items of clothing you can thrown on with a favourite pair of jeans and still look chic whatever the season…which is why we love Breton stripes.
So this fashion blogger diligently did some research (ahem Wikipedia) and it confirmed that Breton does indeed come from Brittany France (they even have a stripy flag) but is also a breed of horse (not stripy) and a type of crepe– who knew?!
The stripy shirt we all know and love made its first appearance just after the 1858 Act of France which meant that all guys in the French navy in Brittany wore this most stylish of uniforms, although it was called a marinière and had 21 stripes for each of Napoleon’s victories (my equivalent from H&M does not!)
Unsurprisingly folks around the area realised how effortlessly dashing these sailors looked and adopted the Breton top for themselves…as have plenty of fishermen and sailors since. Aptly I believe the real McCoys have a ‘boat’ neckline!
Coco Chanel made Breton chic again in her nautical collection of 1917 and posh folk holidaying on the French Riviera couldn’t get enough of it – women were still cramming themselves into corsets, which are not so handy on the beach so you can see why! Apparently Coco’s Breton top was designed to be worn with long flared trousers and in the 1930s women updated the look teaming their stripes with a natty blazer and shorts.
Onto 1950s Hollywood now and Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn were big fans. Apparently it first popped up in Marlon Brando’s film The Wild Ones, but was more famously worn by eyecandy of the day James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause and Cary Grant in To Catch a Thief.
I have been a Breton devotee through the nineties, noughties and now…and will never give it up! It is so rare that you find a pattern that never lets you down and is truly effortless – skinny jeans, ballet pumps, Breton top and trench coat – done. Current obsessions include: Cos’ bright Breton tees, Alexa Chung’s Breton addiction, Kurt Cobain’s indie take and forever the work of Jean Paul Gaultier. How do you wear yours?
Info: Wikipedia and WikiFashion
Mulberry’s exclusive dinners are fast becoming one of the best ways to see the hottest celebs of the day and some of Mulberry’s up-and-coming handbags.
The brand’s creative director Emma Hill threw a dinner party in honour of the artists of Frieze Projects (a charitable scheme to commission art for outdoor spaces) and in the process outed a new handbag – ‘the double handled Lily in Flame Exotic Tweed’ – like it?
Pics: Mulberry blog