Trending: new modes of transparency

Where once the term ‘see-through’ alluded to layers of transparent organza or silk chiffon solely conceived to float towards a gala black tie function. Lately, our affection for baring skin is recurring with increased creativity and casualty.

Airtex is now on side to offer up a sportif, techno feel, just as delicate embroideries such as this dreamy Issa dress (centre) are taking us down the modern romantic’s garden path.  See-through seems to have no limits, and has even infiltrated our tailoring equation to the most modern effect (see the Man Repeller’s Christian Dior sleeveless jacket and ‘fruit net’ transparent skirt).  The rules? There plainly are none, it’s all about mixing sheer knitwear with wovens, or transparent tailoring and flou.

Spy: designer voyeurism

As Coco Chanel once said, “Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.” Mademoiselle Chanel’s Parisian apartment was the essence of that world, and the subject of a new Chanel exhibition titled ‘Second Floor’.

Photographed by artist and filmmaker Sam Taylor-Johnson, the paintery series of 34 haunting images is on display at London’s Saatchi Gallery from tomorrow, capturing the style icon’s lavish, 4-room apartment at 31 Rue Cambon.

“Shooting at Coco Chanel’s apartment was an unexpectedly absorbing experience,’ says Taylor-Johnson, who attended tonight’s London opening. ‘The essence of Chanel is firmly rooted there in all of her possessions and I truly believe that her spirit and soul still inhabits the second floor.” Remaining untouched since Chanel’s death in 1971, her entertainment quarters fully embody the designer’s ethos of modern living – in fact so modern that she kept her bedchamber at the nearby Paris Ritz hotel. Wouldn’t you?

‘Second Floor’ opens at London’s Saatchi Gallery on Friday 12 September 2014 and runs until Monday 22 September, 2014.  A tome by the same name, published by 7L, is available from the Saatchi Gallery bookshop.

It Appeal: zig-zag training

Not quite sure that Dior’s futuristic sneaks are quite on par with your style setting? Converse has debuted its latest ‘First String’ collaboration with Missoni, offering a more subtle fashion twist on their classic trainers.

The Milanese house’s signature zig-zags are back in business in a range of pastel and monochrome colourways, this season jazzing up the trainer brand’s iconic Chuck Tailor All Star and Chuck Tailor All Star Fancy styles. Pair back with ripped, blue denim or this autumn’s khaki cargo redux for effortless weekend cool.

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Trending: Three-quarter hemlines

We’re entirely rethinking three-quarter skirt hemlines this week, with so many Couture show fashionplate’s giving us calf envy over the summer. Who doesn’t like to flash a little leg, but as temps drop, we’re seriously contemplating the post war midi.

Thankfully, this time around designers are reworking it with a high waistband, which means that it also works proportionally with the season’s flat wardrobe (even trainers). So whether our figures calls for an extended skater skirt (perfect for pears), lady-like pencils (think hourglass) or asymmetric (best for boyish), this look evokes pure femininity.