It Appeal: Washed Away

Somewhere in the world it’s warm and sunny! But for those of us spending our holidays somewhere where it’s not, next spring’s fancy for natural textures and sun bleached hues offers a welcomed day dream. From JW Anderson’s Loewe debut that saw taupe open knits teamed with canvas bootleg pants and an array of peeling, patchworked suede pieces to Stella McCartney’s cut-out sweater dresses, there’s call of the wild coming for spring that’s taking us right back to nature. Raw canvas and linen fabrications have been thrown into the mix depicting a new minimalism, while washed out tones were seen everywhere from Victoria Beckham to The Row and Marni. Moral to this story? We’re revisiting that pared-back Nineties aesthetic, but this time around, it’s imbued with an avant-garde design persuasion that speaks only of luxury.

It Appeal: Towel Dressing

Who doesn’t love a toweling apres pool cover up (Hermès have done some genius ones for next summer), or even a terry toweling track suit (Juicy Couture’s legacy lives on), but Acne Studio’s took the cozy concept a step further for S/S 2015. Their Paris runway was awash with toweling dress that will wrap up the question of what to wear each day rather quickly. The boarder printed bathroom attire was teamed with mules and megawatt gold jewellery – just in case anyone thought you’d dashed out the door directly from the shower. Let’s just hope the designer version says up better than the domestic variety.

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Spy: Need to Know Barrie

The Scottish knitwear house owned by Chanel has just opened its first London store within the prestigious Burlington Arcade. The brand’s debut global boutique opened its doors on Paris’ rue Saint-Honoré over summer, with the goal of refreshing cashmere’s classic codes.

The historical manufacturer was established in the Scottish Borders in 1903, but with design now headed by Odile Massuger, its modern remit is the finest quality cashmere knitted with an avant-garde edge.  And to encapsulate this vision the house has cast Lily Collins, shot by Karl Lagerfeld, to be the face of its first ready-to-wear collection – launched for autumn/winter 2014-15 and in-store now.

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It Appeal: Céline Chandeliers

Nicolas Ghesquière’s first A/W 2014-15 collection for Louis Vuitton green-lit the return of the chandelier earring; even if he preferred his girls to don just the one. Come resort, Phoebe Philo formally sanctioned their swinging return. Céline’s diamante duo come coated in toy-like plastic just in time for the party season. This NYE we’ll be dancing with oversized ear bling, just like we’re back in the early noughties.

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