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?
This week my little studio has been busy storing a variety of styles; From luxe culottes and cosy knitwear combinations for a shoot with Red magazine; to gold party sequins for Una Healy’s performance at The Round House; and beautifully cut A-line dresses for Antonia Thomas’s BIFA Awards red carpet.
Can you do it all? A question that flitters about my head on a daily basis. Sometimes it can feel like there really aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done – unless you get up at 5am for that power pilates class – which I’m pretty certain is just an urban myth… surely? However, there is evidence that you can do it all, and it comes in the very stylish form of Alexandra Stedman. After relinquishing her role as shopping editor for Red Magazine, Alex went on to work as a freelance stylist alongside running her successful style blog, The Frugality. Becoming a widely admired style icon herself (and rightly so), Alex has a great eye for detail and putting together un-expected yet wearable high-street looks. The concept is that you don’t have to surrender your credit card in order to be stylish. In Alex’s own words, “this is not about being cheap, this is about being smart”.
I am currently reading a very amusing book called ‘A Life in Frocks’ by Kelly Doust, in which she presents the term Frock-Phobia. The phrase got me thinking about my own relationship with the frock, because as much as I love playing dress-up with my clients, when it comes to the threads hanging in my own wardrobe, I tend to err on the side of frock-caution. Proven perhaps in the choice of title for my blog (although we all know that self-diagnosis is frowned upon).