The Classics: Gap Girl

Blue jeans, a navy jumper and a pea coat now equals c’est chic..? Since when did ‘normal’ become the nonchalant short hand for effortless cool? That covetable Parisian je ne sais quoi seems to come down to the most basic of basics if French Vogue editor-in-chief Emmanuelle Alt was anything to go by at the recent collection shows. This Normcore backlash is certainly the result of the past few years of multiple outfit changes and endless preening, but isn’t it also a breathe of fresh air to not be beholden to our dry cleaners? Even if it may only be for a season…

It Appeal: My Baguette

Fendi is taking the colouring book concept to the next level with the launch of their first app that allows fans to design their own virtual Baguette bag. Available for download from iTunes, designs created on the artsy app will then be judged monthly by Silvia Venturini Fendi who will announce the best Baguette editions on the house’s social media platforms.

“The Baguette was conceived as a clever little bag, with minimalist lines but a whole lot of imagination,” explained Silvia Venturini Fendi. “Created in over 1,000 versions since its creation, including the customisable canvas versions, I am delighted that the digital crowd will now also have the opportunity to make their own Baguette bag which I can’t wait to see!”

The online concept follows in the footsteps of Fendi’s ‘Painter’s Toile’ – a kit that can be purchased from their boutiques and includes a white cotton bag, coloured paints and brushes, with which to mastermind your own creation. Unfortunately, at this point, the app’s designs will remain in the prototype phase, but a girl can dream right?

Inspired By: Hats Off

With most of us reaching for a straw panama or a floppy cloche hat for our upcoming beach holidays, we’ll also soon be faced with all matter of forwarding thinking headwear as Autumn/Winter 2014 begins to drop in store.

At the recent collections it was often hard to get a good view of the runway, there were that many high hatted front row fashionplates. Giovanna sported a brushed wool pink version, while the Man Repeller took to olive felt. The only rules: go for structure and keep brims facing downwards, Dallas-style turn-ups need not apply here.

Trending: Chanel Sneaks

Inspired by the hyper-hued contents of A/W 2014’s Chanel Shopping Centre, Karl Lagerfeld certainly hasn’t held back the colour wheel when it comes to his ‘everyday’ sneakers that are now running off the catwalk.

Designed to don from day to night, the low or high boots (the latter are laced to the knee), come in twenty material combinations, ranging from tweed bouclé to chevron, crackled leather and suede.

As the house’s creative director explained:  “Freedom is the spirit of the collection”. The CC logo is therefore smartly branded onto the sole.

They jog into stores internationally this September.