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Monthly Archives: December 2016

The Best High Street Wedding Dresses

It’s undoubtedly the biggest sartorial decision of all. The moment your loved one steps down on one knee and presents you with the most lifechanging question in existence, who can blame you when your mind instantaneously poses the dilemma, what on earth do I wear on the big day?

And this season, the high street is our unlikely saviour. Go-to favourites Topshop and Whistles have well and truly delivered on the fashion front.

Expect lace jumpsuits, sorbet tulle and cold-shoulder dresses aplenty. Yes, that’s right. We’re coveting high street wedding attire this season.

Brides-to-be, take note as we round up the latest ‘It’ dresses as they drop:

Whistles

Renowned for their minimal aesthetic and could-be designer pieces, Whistles is a must for city girls. And last month, the brand launched a seven-piece wedding collection.

Think sheer tulle, embroidered ruffles and cold-shoulder lace. There’s even a flared jumpsuit for those wishing to opt out of the traditional nuptial dress. Prices range from £499 to £699.

The dresses are available online or in the brand’s London flagship store at St Christopher’s Place W1.

Topshop

When we first learnt that our go-to high street store was launching a bridal line, we couldn’t believe our luck. This April, Topshop will debut a five-piece range of wedding dresses starting at £350.

And bridesmaids needn’t feel left out, as 25 dresses will also be available to shop, starting from £85.

The bridal collection launches online and in select stores on 13 April, 2017.

To book a personal shopping bridal appointment contact: bridebookings@topshop.com.

ASOS

Our favourite online retailer, ASOS, has finally answered our prayers. Though we don’t recommend last minute wedding dress shopping, the brand will no doubt come to your rescue if you have any plans of eloping. Just think of the speedy delivery.

And there is well and truly something for everyone. Cool city girls can opt for the t-shirt maxi dress or skater number while those seeking traditional dress can choose a step-hem gown. The company also offer plus-sized wedding dresses from the ‘Curve’ collection. Our favourite? We have our hearts set on the long-sleeved lace gown.

Your Essential Guide To Transeasonal Dressing

Dressing for the unpredictable British weather is hard enough, let alone when we’re transitioning between two seasons. So, in order to really nail transeasonal dressing, you’re going to need a few key pieces that will help bridge the gap between your cosy winter wardrobe and your brighter, summer one.

That’s why we’ve teamed up with Tu, to share our favourite pieces that will ensure that your cool to warm wardrobe transition is as smooth as possible. You can thank us later!

Embroidered Denim Jacket

A denim jacket is the perfect outerwear piece to help you make the smooth transition from Winter to Spring. Opting for one with a light, faded denim finish and pretty floral embroidery will ensure that you still look on-trend when the warm weather hits.

Patterned Jumpsuit

When choosing a jumpsuit that will see you through the changing seasons, look for one with a timeless pattern, like this intricate chain design. While the weather is still cool, pair this with a jumper and some boot heels. Once it warms up, trade in your knitwear for a plain white tee and some slip-on sandals.

Floral Tea Dress

A pretty tea dress is a must-have piece for summertime, but remember that you can always wear this item on colder days, too. Layering is key here, so pair your dress with a knitted cardigan, tights and some peep toe boots to beat the chill.

Classic Tailored Jumpsuit

A key item for your workwear wardrobe is a timeless black jumpsuit. This versatile item can be partnered with long-sleeve shirts or worn alone for smart summer styling. Plus, the self-tie waist will help you create an envious hourglass figure.

Long-sleeve Patterned Shirt

No transeasonal wardrobe would be complete without a patterned shirt, as this is one item of clothing that can be worn in both cold and warm weather. When it’s cooler, wear the shirt completely buttoned up, and layer it under a round neck jumper. Once it gets warmer, roll the sleeves up and unbutton the shirt at the top so that you remain cool as a cucumber!

Wide Cut Trousers

Versatile enough to dress up or down, a pair of sophisticated wide cut trousers will help to see you through the changing seasons, as well as from office to after-work drinks. A chic pattern like simple stripes won’t go out of fashion, so you can wear the trousers all through Spring and Summer.

3 Travel-Friendly Sport Coats Every Man Should Have in His Closet

Whether you constantly crisscross the globe on business trips or just jet off for the occasional getaway, a sport coat that you can rely on to arrive at your destination looking crisp and clean is a wardrobe essential. Sport coats and blazers in materials that resist wrinkles and stains have long been mainstays in collections of designers like Ermenegildo Zegna, L.B.M 1911, and Slowear Montedoro, and their travel-friendly options have expanded as the men who wear their designs have become more globally focused. This season, these designers have introduced a broad range of styles that will withstand a less-than-careful folding or being thrown into a carry-on—so no matter your style, now is the time to invest.

Wrinkle-resistant fabric first came on the market in the 1950s when synthetic materials like polyester began to be used to make a wider range of clothing. Cotton shirts that could withstand being tossed into a suitcase were invented shortly after, but it was not until the 1980s that the wrinkle- and stain-resistant materials were brought into the luxury market.

Ermenegildo Zegna was one of the first tailoring brands to develop a high-performance and travel-friendly fabric—the house introduced its first ultra-lightweight and wrinkle-resistant wool suits in 1985. Its high-performance line now includes shirts, suits, and knitwear, and the brand has become revered for its expert use and development of these materials. For spring, update your go-to gray sport coat with the brand’s hopsack jacket ($2,495), which features a mix of pink, gray, and red tones that add subtle interest to the otherwise plain style.

Italian brand Slowear Montedoro is known for timeless jackets made from constructed fabric designed to stand the test of time (and a long-haul flight). This particular style ($825) is a travel-friendly take on one of spring’s biggest trends: neutral tailoring. Although this jacket may not be able to withstand a red-wine spill as effortlessly as Zegna’s high-performance styles, its chinolino fabrication (the same fabric used in the brand’s cult-favorite Incotex pants) ensures it is extremely durable.

For the ultimate pop of color, go for this canary-yellow sport coat from L.B.M 1911 (available for $795 at AK Rikks), one of Lubiam’s family-owned and -operated brands known for its expertly deconstructed jackets. This cotton sport coat features a chunky tweed-like weave that ensures it will spring perfectly back into shape after being shoved into a suitcase or tossed onto a hotel-room chair. Although yellow can be an intimidating color to wear, the jacket’s rich mustard hue will pair as easily spring’s lighter color palate as it will with fall’s earth tones.

5 Sophisticated Sunglass Designers to Help Refresh Your Spring Style

The spring season is a time for rejuvenation, and this year, it’s easier than ever to make a statement with updated eyewear, as brands from Los Angeles to Berlin are elevating sunglasses to the next level. Whether you like classic wayfarers or on-trend round-rimmed styles, the latest designs from thesefive seriously sophisticated sunglass brands are sure to help you have it made in the shade this season.

Jacques Marie Mage

The spectrum of inspiration is infinite for Jacques Marie Mage, a young Hollywood-based brand that is quietly making a mark in the luxury eyewear industry. Founded by French-born Los Angeles transplant Jerome Jacques Marie Mage, the company produces limited-edition collectible eyewear inspired by everything from Bob Dylan to the Belle Époque. The historically driven Circa Collection includes the pre-WWII-inspired Zephirin ($495 to $555) and the round-rimmed Stendhal ($525 to $575), which nods to the 19th-century French writer after whom it’s named.

Barton Perreira

Another must-know eyewear brand headquartered in Los Angeles is Barton Perreira, which launched 10 years ago after Patty Perreira and Bill Barton—both formerly of Oliver Peoples—merged forces to pursue a shared vision: fashion-forward, contemporary sunglasses in first-rate materials. Each style is handcrafted in Japan in small batches, including the company’s newest styles like the Coltrane ($470) and the Rango ($640). Next up on Barton Perreira’s ever-evolving agenda is a new sub-brand, Allied Metal Works, which specializes in innovative, screwless frames.

Mykita

Incorporating 3-D printing and other state-of-the-art advancements, the Berlin-based label Mykitaoffers eyewear that melds together artistry and innovation. With stores across the globe—including outposts in Tokyo, Paris, Vienna, and Manhattan—the 14-year-old brand’s line of handcrafted sunglasses, like the new Mylon Prodigy and Aphex shades (prices upon request), will add a bold, contemporary edge to any style.

Krewe

If bold hues, mirrored lenses, and up-to-the-minute frame silhouettes are what you like to bring to the party, look no further than New Orleans–based Krewe, a young, envelope-pushing eyewear label. Founded in 2013 and inspired by the city’s cultural history and vibrant energy of Mardi Gras, the aptly named company—a “krewe” is an organization that puts on a Mardi Gras ball—is known for handmade designs like the new Jackson ($335) and Valence ($335) specs.

Dita

With a dedicated focus on craftsmanship and technique, Dita brings a refreshingly refined take on sunglasses. Handmade in Japan from such high-grade materials as 18-karat gold, titanium, and fine zyl acetates, the 22-year-old brand’s eyewear has garnered celebrity fans in Brad Pitt, Jamie Foxx, and Lenny Kravitz. Must-have styles include the exclusive rose gold Mach Five sunglasses ($1,300).