Welcome to the Friday Fashion Fix, your one stop shop for the places, the faces and the styles you need to know to be ahead of the fashion curve.
Friday 21st April 2017
The Who: Aleali May Proves Girls Can Be Sneaker Heads Too
You might be fooled into thinking that athleisure is on the way out and that trainers aren't fashion's big business anymore, but don't fall foul of this 'fake news.' Sportswear and especially streetwear is going nowhere - the daily queues around the block to Supreme (whilst I battle to get to Wasabi) are proof of that, with must-have pieces going for top dollar.
Never has the term 'sneaker head' been more rife when I look down at said Supreme queue with the stragglers repping everything from Yeezy's to Jordans, Dunks to LeBrons (tries to hide her scruffy Stans), trainers aren't just for walking these shoes mean business.
Enter Aleali May, pronounced Uh-Lay-Lee, the half Filipino half African-America stylist, blogger, model (and every other millennial tag) who as well as styling the the likes of Kendrick Lamar and Wiz Kalifa, has amassed a clut following of her own, due to her insane trainer collection.
Working the high low mix to her advantage, Aleali's style is that of street style gold: giant Balenciaga puffer jacket, slinky high street slip dress and the latest kicks adorning her feet. You can see the likes rolling in. If ever you needed some comfy footwear inspo and some street cred this is your girl.
The What: The Brand Behind The Most Pinned Wedding Dress Has Come To London
When a wedding dress gets pinned over 2 million times, it's a sure fire sign that you have nailed bridal dressing. The brand behind said dress is Australian label, Grace Loves Lace, has finally opened a London boutique in Shoreditch. Budding brides or people that just like obscenely pretty white dresses, rejoice!
Hold that rejoice in just a little though because with 400 appointments already booked in you wont be having the Instagram moment of your dreams until June (at the earliest) but trust us, it will be worth the wait. Styling themselves out as 'Unique French Lace Wedding Dresses' Grace Loves Lace has everything from a beautiful off the shoulder, to a backless slip dress and pretty much everything in between. Get on that list, now.
The Update: Danse Lente Is The New Bag Brand You Can Afford To Invest In
Meaning 'slow dance' in French, Danse Lente, is the contemporary bag brand that is about to launch online, constructed with sharp lines, angular shapes and modern architecture these hand made bags will whip up your modest outfit from 'kind of a mess' to 'kick ass boss lady' in one swoop of a crossbody.
Launching next Thursday (did someone say payday?) here, a Danse Lente could be yours from as little as £320. Act fast we predict a pre weekend sell out.
The How Do I Get My Hands On This: Palmer//Harding Are Solving All Your Beach Issues
A beach shirt is fast becoming the chicest getaway cover up. And by beach shirt I don't mean your dad's old moth bitten Ralph number from 2003. I am talking wafer like linen in Aegean sea blue, languid white cotton shirts as thin as Bible paper, THAT is a beach shirt. Whether you're kaftan girl, a beach playsuit girl or even a throw back sarong girl, it is a truth universally known that a beach shirt is a for everyone.
Who better to equip you with your beach uniform than the shirting masters themselves Palmer//Harding, who have teamed up with Matchesfashion.com for a capsule beach shirt collection. Turning their own classics into lightweight, breeze-worthy pieces, including the standout Beach Poncho Shirt, in a spectrum of blues, it seems all we need now is a beach.
The Beach Shirt Project is available to shop week 2nd May pieces starting from £300.
Friday 7th April 2017
The Who: Kelly Harrington
Kelly Harrington is a senior print designer and trend forecaster at H&M and has one of the most envied denim wardrobes in London.
When not designing for H&M, Kelly collects denim (because stamps are so 1992), in particular Japanese indigo and vintage pieces - the Rose Bowl in LA being her favourite denim spot.
If you ever needed inspiration injected into your denim wardrobe, here is where to find it. From double denim, denim accessories and the holy grail of triple denim, Kelly is the indigo master to help you on your journey.
The What Episode 1: Made in Kenya
The second instalment of the collaboration between ASOS and SOKO Kenya has dropped online and the collection may just have solved all our transitional dressing woes as well as helping an incredibly good cause.
SOKO Kenya have worked with ASOS since 2010, producing collections that reflect both the surroundings of Kenyan life - the animal, the foliage, colours, the spirit and also the classic must-have-in-my-wardrobe-now ASOS aesthetic. SOKO Kenya are a Kenyan clothing manufacturer that provides fair and safe employment for some of the most vulnerable communities int he country.
The success of the ASOS collaboration has been paramount to the growth of the business and the important work that SOKO Kenya undergo transforming the business from 4 people to 50 as it stands today.
From palm printed dresses (the perfect wedding guest gettup) to upcycled denim SOKO Kenya is fashion with a conscious.
The What Episode 2: The Spanish Brands Taking Over Your Closet
Fitting with the reappearance of the sun this week (finally), we're looking back at our favourite brand from 080 Barcelona Fashion Week earlier in the year, Escorpion. Fluted sleeves and a fresh colour palette guarantee the success of Escorpion in your spring summer wardrobe. Need layers? They have got you covered with lightweight knits. Need sin-hiding comfort? Their wide legged trousers and oversized dresses are where it is at.
Prices range from £70-£300, register on the Escoripon website for access to their online shop.
The Update: Welcome Acne Studios Blå Konst
Can't say it either? Don't worry just say 'Blue Art in Swedish' and super continental. Acne Studios have remastered their denim, which was the foundation of their house into their own line: Acne Studios Blå Konst. Under the revamped name, the new denim line will be home the all the Acne classics that have been elevated to cult status as well as incorporating varying seasonal collections. The perennial collection with include three styles: baggy, straight and skinny for both men and women with the seasonal collection playing host new fabrications, finishing touches and washes.
The denim-dedicated store naturally will be based in Tokyo but the ranges will be rolled out across all Acne Studios stores. Get in there quick.
The How Do I Get My Hands On This: Ray-Ban #Reloaded
The sun is shining, the Pimms is flowing and now for the final finesse - the sunglasses. 'When I say sunnies, you say Ray-Ban!' It goes together like Christmas and drunk. As part of Ray-Ban's reloaded programme, which brings past collection back to life, Ray-Ban are launcing 'The Meteor' the style made famous by Julia Roberts. And who doesn't want to look like Julia Roberts?
The Meteor has a distinctive 60s vibe to the frame with it's angular edges and pronounced bridge the retro twist on the classic Wayfarer shape is an easy way to update your summer style. The super exclusive collection comes in three colour ways and will be available from April 10th - April 15th at Ray-Ban.com
Don't miss your moment to be a real life Pretty Woman.
Friday 31st March 2017
The Who: Selah Marley
Selah has walked a Chanel show, been part of Yeezy's line up, posed in an iconic Calvin Klein ad all whilst standing a shy 5ft 3 inches. But when your mum is Lauryn Hill and your grandfather is Bob Marley, it doesn't matter about your height because you will always be the coolest in the class.
At just 18, Selah is only just beginning to make her mark on the fashion industry but with her frank honesty about self love issues and uniquely beautiful look she has been fast tracked to the meteoric rise trajectory.
The What Epsiode 1:
Sk8er Boi Vans x Urban Outfitters
With the skate obsession going absolutely nowhere, I mean have you seen the Supreme queue? I was tempted to join it today but then I realised I was wearing ankle boots and jeans so there was no way I was going to make the queue cut.
However if you don't want to camp for your cool kid kit over night head to Urban Outfitters,who have teamed up with Vans for a killer capsule collection fronted by girl of the moment, Sasha Lane. The collection which features apparel, accessories and footwear ranges from £35-£150 and will be available in from Monday 3rd April select Urban Outfitters stores throughout Europe.
The What Epsiode 2:
Chanel Teaches Us The Places You Should Hide Your Jewellery From Your Boyfriend
Meet Coco Crush, Chanel's latest jewellery collection that will have you buying and hiding. You know that old chestnut investing in your dream pieces and then realising you need to stash the receipts, the bags and the evidence because you were supposed to be saving for adulthood (snore). In white, yellow or beige gold the rings come with or without diamonds but if you going to splash the cash we advise going whole hog and then hide them in the sweet jar, your secret is safe with us.
The Update: The Fenty Puma Slides Your Feet Are Going To Thank You For
Ri Ri knows how to make a fashion scene. First came the Fenty Puma creepers, then came the fuzzy sliders and this season Queen Ri brings us the satin bow sandal.
Pulling on the big theme of knots and bows for SS17 the slinky finish to the new season must-have is a sure fire winner. Pair yours with a white cotton dress and gold hoops for finishing finesse. Available to buy here now.
The How Do I Get My Hands On This: Cos Celebrates Ten Years On Top
The Cos aesthetic is infinitely cool. Classic lines, shapes, shades and textures mixed in a modern way make for an addictive collection.
Question: I have been searching for a navy roll-neck for months where did you get yours from? Answer: Cos
Question: I need a white shirt to end all white shirts, suggestions? Answer: Cos
Question: Do you know where I can get a grey cashmere jumper that says 'I'm warm and comfortable but also says I'm a super luxe boujis b*tch that has exceptional taste'? Answer: Cos, duh.
The high street hero has transformed the way working women dress, and this year marks the tenth year anniversary of their very first store. The same store that I bought the perfect black oversized roll neck from for my very first fashion week. (It was so good I bought three. Full price.)
If you want to look like you know what you're doing with your life, invest in their limited ten piece collection, aptly named '10' a joyous celebration of Cos' inventive style and craftsmanship. Shop the collection here.
Friday 24th March 2017
The Who: Gia Seo
New York based stylist and model, Gia Seo is a first-generation American hailing from Korea. The Alaskan native has an impressive CV behind her: Jeffrey's, Opening Ceremony and most recently a buyer at The Webster (Google has convinced me all of these places are v cool) before exploring a solo career in styling.
Scrolling through Gia's Instagram is a mood board of how to have fun with fashion from socks and shoes to inspired denim.
If you are bored of your wardrobe, grab the glue gun, the maribou feathers and head on over to her gram in a lesson on couture crafting.
The What: Net-A-Porter x Sacai
Sacai is, to its roots invariably cool. The house has championed the movement of sport luxe long before anyone uttered the word athleisure. Creative Director, Chitose Abe, trained at Comme De Garcons for eight years before launching her own incredibly successful line in 1999. Sacai previously teamed up with Nike Lab for a collection so hot it sold out before you could say 'what's Yeezy?', and for this collab she has turned her sporting hand to Net-A-Porter producing an exclusive 16 piece capsule collection with the e-commerce giants. Shop the collection here.
Championing this season's hero piece: the hoodie, Sacai have neatly transformed this once slob-loved piece into a sophisticated wardrobe essential through luxe fabrics and sharp lines. Think drawstring-tied pencil skirts, wide-leg sporty striped trousers, sweatshirts with lace collars and voila you have Sacai saving your athleisure wardrobe from bobbled leggings and see through bra tops.
The Update: The 'it' bag has been dethroned, move over Gucci
You know the Dionysus, and no I don't mean the Greek God of the grape harvest, he of libatious living. I mean the Gucci Dionysus the bag seen on every fashion editor, every stylist, every insta-star and every well groomed woman down Old Bond Street, THE bag of 2016 that came in two sizes, multiple embroidery variations, a vast array or colours and prints but with one universal clasp of a double-headed snake. All those saved Instagrams have come flooding back, right?
Well move over, there's a new 'it' bag in town thanks to Gabriela Hearst and her Nina bag who have taught us the three successful steps to creating an 'it' bag: 1. Don't sell it in store 2. Don't sell it online 3. Make a limited run in number and colours that fashion set descend into hysterical sweats
And that is how you create a stampede of orders, because if you want a Nina get in line, and by line I mean a 1000 long waiting list. The secret is out, it queen bee status if your goal, this is the only way you are getting it - via a smallish, top-hand bag with fold-over closure.
The How Do I Get My Hands On This: John Lewis Launch Does Cool Denim
British high street hero John Lewis has teamed up with LA denim specialisits to launch their first in-house denim brand, AND/OR. The 90 piece line that includes every cut going: straight, skinny, boyfriend, cropped, wide leg as well as a cross section of colours. The collection inspired by an LA lifestyle, AND/OR also plays host to a number of fashion forward pieces with piping along the seems, a rolled up hem and spliced denim. True to form John Lewis have created this line with an affordable price in mind. Piece are available from selected stores and online with prices ranging from £85-£120.
Friday 17th March 2017
The Who: Alexandra Carl
The super stylist and Fashion Director for bi-annual RIKA magazine is our latest girl crush. Serving up stellar street style, iconc fashion moments and fresh FROW moments on the gram, Alex Carl is bringing fresh life to the feed.
Styling campaigns like Tom Ford, & Other Stories and Self Portrait, Carl is fast becoming fashion's new powerhouse. That coupled with the occasional Ab Fab throw back she is proving social media gold.
Episode 1: 90s Mania
The 90s resurgence is alive and kicking thanks to the revival of Juicy Couture, slip dresses, street wear brands and of course Craig David. Italian accessories brand Furla have hit the 90s nail on the head with their 90th birthday collection. And if the 90s doesn't take your fancy (rude) they have all decades covered with their 60s vinyl bag, 50s Duke Box bag and 80s punk inspired design. Grab your 90s bag, sling on your Kappa tracksuit and get humming the Fresh Prince of Bel air song.
Episode 2: Rykiel Forever
French house Sonia Rykiel have released the capsule collection to end all capsule collections in an iconic tribute the to the heart of the house, the late Madame Rykiel. The 13 piece collection features their signature knitwear and striped pieces by Artistic Director, Julie de Libran. The hooded Saint Germain knit is the wardrobe addition you never knew you needed. Available now on style.com
The Update: Gold Hoops
Remember those gold hoop earrings you used to buy in packets of 5 from Claire's Accessories? The ones you had dash to the shops to grab before your big night of VK Oranges and bad Destiny's Child mash ups – because your outfit just wouldn't be complete? The same ones you never came home wearing because why would you need to, you had four more pairs to go. Well, dig them out because the gold hoop has just become the hero of 2017. We all have our defining outfit. The one you pull out when you can't be bothered to think beyond what's clean and what's been stashed in the laundry bin for well over a week. For me it's jeans, a roll neck and white trainers a la Steve Jobs. It was working a treat for 2016 and now we are well in to 2017 and it feels a little tired. Faced with either finding a new style icon and getting a new look I took to Instagram for inspiration. Divine intervention struck when I realised almost every picture was garnished with a beautiful gold hoop. I took note and after a year-long earring hiatus the compliments came rolling in. From the simple thin gold halo to the latest in structural hoops, this isn't just for the magpies. Wear with a slick of red lipstick and the knowledge that you've just been let in on the secret.
The How Do I Get My Hands On This: Good American Jeans
Good American, the denim brand launched by Khloe Kardashian and Emma Grede that in the first day of sales cashed in over $1million has landed in the UK. The denim offering which focusses on fitting the curves of your body rather than the outdated idea of straight up and down bodies is taking centre stage at London's Selfridges.
Selfridges, in a body positive move, have taken on the full range of sizes 00-24, meaning for the first time ever the iconic store are stocking plus sizes. Using premium quality denim with a fashion forward deisgn aesthetic shopping for jeans regardless of shape or size just went from daunting to exciting.
Welcome to the land of the free and the home of the brave.
Friday 10th March 2017
The Who: Model Aleece Wilson AKA Odd Freckles
You know when you see a girl who is just so extraordinary looking that try all you might, you just can't take your eyes off her? Welcome, Aleece Wilson whose red hair, freckled face and zingy personality have won her a slew of shows this season – including Yeezy, Marc Jacobs and Alexander – not to mention, she's won plenty of fans *raises fan hand*.
Aged 18-years-old, Canadian born Aleece threw caution to the wind and jumped on a train to Toronto with just $20 in her pocket the gamble paid off when she was signed by Elite on the spot. When you know a killer face, you know a killer face.
Friday 10th March 2017
Episode 1: Red Meets Pink Meets Red Meets Pink
There are colour combinations that you are told to stay away from: brown and black, blue and green (should never be seen without a colour in-between), and the big 'no no' red and pink (very much told this does not make the boys wink). But you were told wrong! Pink and red is THE colour combo to trump all other colour combos as told by Celine, Balenciaga, Valentino.
It comes with its trickery though, don't be fooled by how easy I have just made this sound: it requires textures, lengths and layering. Whether you decide to dedicate your lewk to pink and red alone, or feel more comfortable throwing in another shade these are the two pieces guaranteed to elevate you to fashun status.
The What Episode 2: Beauty and the Beast Mania
The countdown until the most anticipated movie of the year is on and there are many questions to be answered: Does that yellow dress still make you pine for your fancy dress box? Is real life Beast going to be as weirdly hot as cartoon Beast? Do we still know every word to Tale As Old As Time? (Pretty sure that one is in the bag).
The rest of the world has been swept up into Disney hysteria too with brands throwing their own spin on the classic from Asics through to Alex Monroe – these are the collabs about to take you back to 1991. Swarovski Atelier: The crystal powerhouse have designed and created the glass bell jar on the film, provided 2,160 crystals to create the film's opening scene, and delivered this rose fest for film fans. Prices from £49 at atelierswarovski.com
Alex Monroe: The jeweller has teamed up with Disney to bring you candelabra earrings, 'show me the Beast' mirror pendant, a Mrs. Potts necklace and much more. Dainty Disney designs as their best. Prices from £150 available 15th March at alexmonroe.com
Mink Pink: From Beast inspired denim jackets to rose themed playsuits and jeans, Mink Pink are bringing you easy wear Disney. Prices from $19.95 at minkpinkworld.com
The Update: Converse Is The Only Fashion Shoe You Need
For years, the Stan Smith has been ruling the fashion footwear game. No designer, journalist, stylist, street style star was complete without the white and green of a classic Stan but the king has been usurped by the Chuck Taylor original black high top Converse. For ultimate fashion-in loop your laces around your ankle. Grab yours here.
The How Do I Get My Hands On This: The Notorious B.I.G Tee
In honour of Biggie's legacy, the Hypnotize brand are brining the iconic Notorious B.I.G t-shirt to London for the first time ever. Hosting a pop up shop from Friday 10th March - Sunday 12th March at the Provender Building located within Camden Market. With the rise of the slogan tee, the tour tee and now the memorabilia tee get yours fast.