It Appeal: Retro Rendezvous

Stella McCartney had New York in the Seventies on her mind for prefall 2015, with a collection that toyed with an autumnal palette fused with a quiet Uptown timelessness, courtesy of voluminous silhouettes, shaggy textures, opulent prints and metallic adornments.

Wool felt berets and ribbed knits offered the season a Love Story nostalgia, while undone tuxedos, strapless tops, flared pants and bow motifs also spoke of the retro era. At Stella McCartney sustainability is always in season and this collection featured Patagonia sustainable wool, organic fabrics, biodegradable rubber soles and eco alter nappa. Metal elements  also came into play as brass rings finished a black cady tunic worn with utility trousers and earrings that mirrored the same shapes.  To finish serrated rubber soles completed sporty lace-ups or the monk strap derby, while the Noma bag’s soft shape was edged with a luxe double braided gold chain strap.


Trending: Winter Highs

It’s that time of year when the idea of donning yet another grey jumper and jeans is less than inspiring, so we decided to take inspiration from the recent haute couture shows where clearly anything goes. Anna Dello Russo brought her duvet to work, while Susie Lau spread a little luminosity. Even if it’s just a day-glow boot or a statement sweater, individuality is always worth celebrating, and especially so at this time of year when it is all too easy to reach for the basic black.

Beauty Insider: Chanel’s light touch

When it comes to forthcoming hair and beauty trends from the haute couture shows, all eyes are inevitably on Chanel. The trickle down effect is always immense from the perfect rouge lip hue to a white highlighted eye. Here, beauty’s role is to provide an everyday elegance to balance the ornate detail of the clothes. And as a result for the Spring/Summer 2015 season, Karl Lagerfeld encrusted the humble beanie with Lesage embroideries before his girls where given simple, low slung prairie plaits. We’ll be needing some length for the latter, but the nostalgic flower toggle ties still served to transport us right but to primary school. Bless.

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Spy: Pucci launches its new sunglasses collection in Paris

It may have been dark outside, but inside it was perfectly fashionable to wear shades at the launch of Emilio Pucci and Marcolin Group’s new eyewear collection in Paris. Fittingly, the gala dinner and following cocktail party was held at Paris’ Ambassade d’Italie, where the Italian brand’s creative director Peter Dundas held court along with his former Pucci bride Poppy Delevingne, and model friends Natasha Poly and Elena Perminova. Other well robed guests included Moda Operandi‘s Lauren Santo Domingo, Garage magazine editor-in-chief Dasha Zhukova, jeweller Eugénie Niarchos and stylist Fiona Scarry who were right at home in the venue’s grand surrounds.