Investment pieces have a TIMELESS appeal, that of never having to utter the phrase “I have nothing to wear” ever again. Having underestimated (or disregarded) that factor, where did I go so WRONG in my sartorial shopping decisions?   As someone who prefers the boyfriend jeans, white shirt and ballet flats look over a trend-driven menagerie of retina-searing pieces with street style photographer appeal, there is a mental comfort I find in a good cashmere sweater or a perfectly fitting t-shirt. Investment pieces have a timeless appeal, that of never having to

Sheepskin, fox, suede…THE COCOONS OF MATERIALS. Soft and comfortable, they keep you warm while maintaining an air of allure. It’s all in how you wear them: a 70s spirit and a dishevelled attitude. SIMPLE AND CLASSY. Mix model Malgosia Bela, Vogue Paris, and Geraldine Saglio as the stylist, and you get the perfect mix of Parisienne insouciance and vintage spirit. I’m not sure what I love more: the Zadig & Voltaire fur jacket, the dreamy military-inspired Ermanno Scervino pants, or that bright coral Philip Plein coat. Dress me up in textured coats and wide-legged

It was in PARIS, the home of artists from Hemingway to Balzac, where they sat on the green chairs at Place Vendôme, armed with a favourite novel and a languid floral maxi dress. They waked around the Tuileries and along the banks of the Seine in long NOIR capes and double breasted coats, pondering on the meaning of that line in Proust’s ‘The Search’, and stopped by the statue and the rose bushes in Jardins du Luxembourg. It was in PARIS, of all cities.   Do you ever fall in love with a single

Paradoxically, most designers of the largest fashion houses are men, meaning the clothes we wear and the trends we follow are established by male figures. Yet, there’s a new wave of female designers opening labels aimed at the STRONG, powerful and sensual woman. She heads boardroom meetings, takes the lead in her career and personal life, and believes POWER dressing need not mean a masculine suit. Instead, embracing femininity and highlighting her STRENGTH in a subtle but arresting manner is the modus operandi.   JOHANNA ORTIZ The Colombian designer is a game changer,

Madewell’s AW15 catalogue shot in Rome is a dreamy mix of Parisienne INSOUCIANCE and all-American spirit, with some gelato and cobblestone streets in between.   Madewell’s AW15 catalogue was, surprisingly, shot on the empty streets of Rome. The reasons for my amazement were twofold: firstly, at the impossibility of finding the streets of Rome completely empty unless you’re there at the crack of dawn, and also because I never put too much thought into the laid-back sister of J. Crew. There was a collaboration with Alexa Chung in 2011, and occasional

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