Tulle (the couturier’s fabric of choice for creating princess gowns) was papped on the most influential street-style icons this summer, it furtherd its frothy fame on the AW16 catwalks and is scheduled to fly of the racks come spring. Maria Grazia Chiuri’s exquisite SS17 collection for Christian Dior gave us the most fabulous validation that the ladylike fabric is no longer restricted to the red carpet, ballerinas and Disney. Tulle has found a place in our everyday wardrobes and I couldn’t be happier about the situation. Other designers backing the fabrics wearability include; Molly Goddard has always been an avid fan of tulle for everyday dressing, her brand was built on the fabric; Rochas created charming cocktail dresses in an array of sherbet colours that are perfect for evenings with an occasion.
The big question is, how can we introduce this airy fabric into our winter wardrobes (asap)? I’ve put together 5 ways to style-up this frothy fabric (on any occasion), in 5 degrees and under. Scroll on to shop my tulle edit ahead of the christmas parties; What will your tulle style strategy be?
Who doesn’t like a good stripe? You can’t really doubt it can you. After all, it was introduced to fashion through the stylish eyes of Mademoiselle Chanel back in 1917, and who disagrees with Chanel? It’s certainly become an all time classic print that’s earned itself the worthy title ‘wardrobe essential’. Despite its nautical roots, the stripe does not abandon us in a sea of uncertainty, in-fact it’s probably one of the most reliable prints in our wardrobes to date. Try to think of another pattern as timeless. Leopard-print, no. Paisley, like the tide it comes and it go’s. Florals, they can be weather dependent. The stripe over-rides all. I felt it was time to deconstruct this line and create a style guide surrounding the print that has kept our wardrobes a-float for the last century.
Purple isn’t a colour that sparks my stylistic nature into thinking about fashion and wardrobe wears. Infact, I don’t own a single purple item (Cadburys aside, of course) – not even a nail varnish in the hue.
Personal feelings aside, this season purple is the stand-out colour. Designers have embraced the shade in all its garish glory through a variety of luxe textures including brocade, velvet, satin and faux fur; This regal colour has unashamedly been approved from top-to-toe. Michael Kors teamed chunky lilac cable-knits with whimsical feathered skirts; Kenzo dipped his toe into the sea of bad taste with volumous leg o’mutton sleeves and high-waisted velvet trousers; and Miu Miu wrapped models in squeaky satins as if they were living versions of the Quality-Street sweets. All in all, purple reigns.
The question is, how can we take the catwalk to Conduit street without looking like one of The Muppets? Too much purple in an outfit can mean trouble, and so with that in mind, I’ve put together 5 ways to embrace the trend this season; from runway to reality.
It’s a question every woman asks herself the moment animal print re-appears on the style pages; Will I look like the glamorous French model Brigitte Bardot, or Corrie’s bar-tender Bet Lynch? It’s a style that provokes many divided opinions; Is leopard print timeless or trashy? This is going to become all the more relevant come September as leopard-print has made a notable appearance in the Prefall’16 collections, with designers such as Stella McCartney, Coach and Alexander Wang all embracing the print through faux-fur styles; but should we succumb to the call of the wild? If Stella is unleashing her inner Tarzan then can’t we all?