The Classics: Catwalk Blues

Indigo is once again stealing the casualwear spotlight for spring as designers from Frida Giannini at Gucci to Christopher Bailey at Burberry Prorsum gave the classic clothing archetype a ready-to-wear spin.

At the latter, the denim jacket was cropped and teamed with tiered party skirts. At Bottega Veneta, dark denim was cut into cocktail dresses with sequinned appliqué flowers added as corsages to shirt waister styles. Knitwear even got the indigo treatment at Gucci and Chloe – where faded jumpers had a lived-in, relaxed feel.

So what makes it different this season? The celebration of denim’s classical features – the flat-felled seams, the metal buttons, defined external pockets – there is something authentic, rather than Japanese minimalism, about the way designers are embracing the fabrication for Spring/Summer 2015.

Trending: Flare Play

For season’s now pant legs have been either super skinny or cropped at the ankle. Even the slightest boot-cut leg felt like an unwanted Nineties flash back. The spring/summer 2015 runways have however changed all that with super flared tailoring led by Tom Ford, Acne Studios and Emilio Pucci. Slipping into the season’s Seventies mood, platforms are back in addition to skin skimming jackets, and body shirts that are updating evening and workwear suiting.

Spy: Hat Party

When it comes to buying a winter hat, there is no better place in the world than Maison Michel. Its felt hats – often in two colour tones or with a contrasting band – have long been the treasure at the end of a winter accessories hunt given that they are only stocked in limited styles and colours at independent retailers. However, the French, Chanel-owned milliner has finally opened its second store outside of Paris in London’s historic 19th century mall, the Burlington Arcade.

In store you’ll find signature Maison Michel styles including the Virginie, the Andre, and the Henrietta in addition to rabbit fur felt, beaver and hand-stitched straw designs. The space itself resembles its Rue Cambon sibling with bright walls lined with Maison Michel hat boxes and taxidermy animals from Paris’ famous Deyrolle.