Well we are at an interesting place this season where our
wallets and the world’s fashion industry are engaged in a great battle of
Thanks to Bernie “Burn my fall fashion allowance”
Madoff, along with many other financial catastrophes, several of the world’s great fashion
queens are stuck without the great privilege of just saying “wrap it up,
I’ll take it all.” Instead we are faced with the daunting task of
updating our wardrobes rather than replacing them entirely for the season ahead.
If you find yourself in this situation you are in luck. In
February we witnessed a return to classic style. It’s almost as if the
designers predicted the situation we would find ourselves in today. So not only
are my fashion heroes brilliant designers, they are fortune (or lack thereof)
Alas, I digress. Let’s take scenario number one: You have
a limited budget with which to update your look this autumn. In this case
I would recommend that you invest in the following items, pairing them with
pieces currently hanging in your closet which will give you the “new
look” edge we all so desire at this time of year -
1. Over the knee boots (preferably in black leather…and this
is non-negotiable…you must have a pair!). If you have the legs and the cash
dare to go higher with the boots, anywhere up to mid thigh is acceptable for
2. Statement necklace(s). The bigger, bolder and more in your
face the better. Go extreme here. Go charity shopping or raid your grandmother’s jewels even. Just make sure you
have something loud wrapped around your neck.
3. Skinny belt. You only need one of these, although
having several colours with which one can switch in and out is always a bonus.
Wrap these at waist level around everything including jackets, sweaters, wraps, and
pashminas (although not all at once or you will look like a marshmallow man). Accentuate your waist, it is usually the skinniest part of a woman’s
body so make the most of it and draw the attention away from the extra pounds
on our hips that all those summer bbqs may have left you with.
4. Blazer – either Balmain, as previously mentioned with the star trekky style, or boyfriend. Wear it tight or loose, either flies this
season, just make sure you are wearing one!
Now scenario number two: You have just received your new
American Express Titanium and you are itching to get your fashion fix for the
new cooler weather. If this is you…God bless you for keeping the industry
alive. I would suggest you buy the following pictured here:
Miu Miu and Ralph Lauren are my favourites for the new season and basically you should just say “I want it all without exception..” But so that you don’t look like an unoriginal obsessive please try some of these items from some of the world’s great talents…
Best of luck to you all for the new season! I will be on the look out in the coming months for some budget items rolling out on the high street. No doubt we will see replicas popping up everywhere. I am just waiting to see what the high street will choose to strangle next. I think we have finally moved on from Herve Leger and it looks like Balmain is on the cards. Nothing wrong with that but please high street stylers…don’t exhaust this brand as you did with Herve’s bodycon dress.