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NOTES ON STYLE | J.CREW SS14 NYFW PRESENTATION

I am an autumn girl through and through. It’s my season. The colours, the clothes, the weather – it’s all me. And then I see the spring/summer collections and I start wishing the days away until I can wear crisp whites and citrusy florals. There’s no pleasing some people.

 

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New York Fashion Week has just drawn to a close, and as usual, there were some spectacular collections presented. One of my favourites was J.Crew, who continue to develop their ‘style over fashion’ collections to produce clothes that women like me REALLY want to wear. Some fashion week collections are pure escapist fantasy. I’d no sooner consider wearing the pieces than I would moving to the Australian outback and farming sheep.

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But J.Crew seem to have found that happy place between clothes I feel I already own, and clothes I feel I could be brave enough to wear (well,maybe not the floral bermuda shorts, I REALLY don’t have the legs). But that coat, above left, heck yes! And the trousers. And the shoes. And the high-low mix in the outfits below? Yes and yes!

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Matchy-matchy bermuda shorts and shoes? Call me crazy, but I’m loving it.

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The outfit below right is pretty much my idea of perfection. In fact I think I’ll be wearing a variation on that theme tomorrow, because spring is just too damn long to wait.

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LFW // TEMPERLEY FALL 2013

I am all over this look like white on rice…

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She’s a modern-day Audrey, with killer heels (ohhhh those heels), subversive gloves and one slick hair do.

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Winter whites? I’m not sure the trousers would survive a London winter, but the knits and jackets? Yes pleases.

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LFW // SASS & BIDE FAll 2013

The colour palette of the Sass & Bide Fall 2013 show would have been enough to catch my attention, but the textures and patterned embellishments make it a serious contender for one of my favourite shows of the season…

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LFW // MULBERRY FALL 2013

Oh Mulberry leather  cape, you will be mine one day, if only in my dreams…

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There were a lot of mis-matched proportions on the runway at Mulberry, giant jumpers that came down to the knees layered over cropped trousers didn’t quite bake my my biscuit, for me, it was all about the leather – skirts, capes, gloves and of course handbags, and the checked coat + yellow handbag combo isn’t too shabby either!

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NYFW // TRINA TURK FALL 2013

This collection has all the hallmarks of the seventies wave that’s heading this way…

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Just love the rich jewel tones and mix of textures and fabrics.

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And the hats, gimme the hats!

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NYFW // OSCAR DE LA RENTA FALL 2013

Oh.

This is the first Oscar de la Renta collection that I haven’t wanted every.single.piece. Oscar’s clothes usually give the impression of women being worshipped and adored, this time it felt more like insouciance.

Wether it was the Galliano influence is hard to tell, but some of the make up looks were very ‘Galliano’, and not in a good way. The close set Marcel waves, with lank locks and dark, greasy make up – not very ODLR, and not very, well, ‘nice’.

But, there were some gems to be found, and I LOVED the hooded capes…

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NYFW // J.CREW FALL 2013

Collections like this almost make me want to skip straight to autumn, spring & summer be damned! In fact, between this J.Crew presentation and the Tory Burch collection, I think we should put our heads together and come up with some time travel solutions now, so that we can skip ahead and get out grubby mitts on it first!

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NYFW // DKNY FALL 2013

I’m made blissfully happy by all the nineties looks rolling off the New York runways for Fall 2013. The beanie hats, dresses over trousers, grungy boots and sk8ter girl looks, it’s quite the trip down memory lane, and I can’t wait to start getting a piece of the action.

The DKNY collection has been the first of my “want it all” moments of the collections so far, which figures, since I already have so many of their dresses that I wear year in and year out – they’re pretty much indispensable…

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Camel + black + white = be still my chicly-beating heart!

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Navy blue is my go to neutral, and 90% of the time it’s far more flattering and elegant than black.

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Loving that more and more designers are tuning to a bright and vibrant coral red rather than a deeper cherry red. So much more energy and zing, just what’s needed when the weather turns.

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love the layering of dresses over trousers and short jackets over long coats…

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And my two favourite looks of the collection…

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NYFW // TORY BURCH FALL 2013

I will give it to you straight, I have never been a Tory Burch girl. I kind of liked the idea of it, but it always felt too ‘Princess of Prep’ for me, too ‘gold buckle loafers and headbands’ and I like my fashion with substance, intelligence and just a little grunge in the mix, a bit of attitude and TB just seemed a bit too innocent for my liking.

But not now. Oh no sir. This collection has completely changed my mind about her clothes. This Tory Burch girl is a bluestocking with ideas above her station, she’s a modern Lady Edith and she’s not afraid to be intelligent and pretty…

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NYFW // MARC BY MARC JACOBS FALL 2013

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I’m having a serious hair and make up moment. The look that the models at Marc by Marc Jacobs were sporting is just sublime. That hair, all soft and bouncy, but still healthy looking, I wanna run my fingers through it! Scratch that, I want mine to look like it and for Eddie Redmayne to run his fingers through it! And the lips + that alabaster skin… serious beauty lust.

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And for those of you pondering how to get the look…

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Two things are key to this look.

1. Make sure that the hair is completely cool before unpinning.

2. Brushing it out at the end is not optional. If you’ve used the right products, you shouldn’t be afraid to really brush through the curls.

And on top of all that, the collection itself was just as fabulous…

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