Let’s face it – the way our British summers are shaping up it now seems that leather is a legitimate choice for our summer wardrobes! And if you’re going to wear leather then make it the sumptuously soft navy and black pieces by Barbara Bui. I loved the simplicity of this collection. The boxy, sleeveless jackets worn as dresses or as tunics over trousers may well be my summer silhouette. It feels effortlessly cool, although summer leather may incidentally be the complete opposite! I’m almost wishing for a bad summer next year so that this luxe laid back look can be worn without a fainting episode on the underground!
The first lady in fashion (at least in my eyes) returned again to all things American with her S/S13 collection. Hawaiian flower prints, rhinestone denim and scandalously low slung flares all point to one man and one man only, that’s right Elvis is alive and kicking. While the hula print didn’t really get me all shook up (see what I did there!) the loose paisley looks and the fraying flares were totally up my street. So many designers have turned to white this season but I like the way Marant breaks her pieces up with light paisley motifs or rhinestone to give them a grungier, edgier feel. Elvis is back in the building!
YSL may have changed its name to the shorter, more convenient (Ahem!) Saint Laurent but the ethos and the essence of the brand was thankfully not trampled by new designer Heidi Slimane. With a background in menswear (previously with Dior) Slimane showed elegant, super slim-line tailoring with a rock and roll edge. The wide brimmed fedoras, the paired down embellished jackets and flowing prairie style dresses marked a fresher, younger movement in the fashion house. It’s easy to imagine the likes of Kate Moss and Lou Doillon in these creations effortlessness elegance redefined!