Coachella 2015

Who else had social media feeds full of sunny, happy Coachella 2015 revellers while they were stuck working in our mediocre semi-sunny climes? Well, we have a few more for you… But they’re all for the greater good! We’ve sought out some of the most fabulous styling details seen at Coachella to inspire your forth-coming summer wardrobe…

What a brave stylista we have here, in her flesh-coloured American Apparel bodysuit. Not a look I will be trying anytime in this lifetime, but if you have the body confidence, then why not? The element I’m loving here is her body harness. These are a fabulous way to jazz up any outfit – I wear my little Primark number with a Topshop T-shirt dress and blazer, but these babies look fab over a vest with jeans, a body con dress, or  some summer swimwear. Claudia Pink has an amazing range of body chains, harnesses and plates. Each one is hand-made in her studio, and she is always happy to make custom designed orders. How beautiful is this body chain with the jewelled centre piece? As well as what is available on her website, she posts lots of sneaky previews of what’s coming on her Instagram, which is well worth a follow (claudiapink).

Ooh, who is this familiar face? It’s only Hollywood hottie Kate Bosworth. A staple guest at all of the best summer festivals, Bosworth never looks anything less than the total cool girl she is. Rocking a light, bright look in white and neutrals with a hint of aztec detailing, this is the girl we all want to dress like. This little jacket is just gorgeous. The cropped sleeves and waistband are the perfect proportions for summers, and I love the beautiful lace detailing. Isabel Marant always rocks this vibe so well for Spring/Summer, and this white denim jacket from her Etoile collection is gorgeous. Just roll up the sleeves for that relaxed, insouciant attitude. I don’t know about you lot, but whenever I’m looking for a good cover up, Zara is always my first stop. Not always the most purse-friendly high street option, but for diversity they have it all! This broderie anglaise jacket is brilliant festival fare (as long as you’re not too precious about keeping it pristine), or for a bit more colour and fluidity, how about this folk-inspired kimono ? This is going straight onto my wish list (along with a holiday to somewhere exotic).

Now, it ain’t a festival without a good floral crown. I have a serious headwear obsession – flowers, feathers, flowers AND feathers, cat ears, rabbit ears… I want them all! This girl gives us the perfect example of how to brighten up a simple, monochrome outfit with a bit of colourful headwear. Crown and Glory are my one-stop shop for all things floral – they have everything, from huge outlandish crowns (hello Oversized Rococo Crown), to delicate flower-embellished headbands, in pastels, brights, glitter, and even a bit of goth. If feathers are more your thing, then head over to Rouge Pony’s Etsy shop for the most fantastical selection of headpieces (as well as some amazing feathered shoulder and neckpieces). I might not be going to any festivals this year, but I intend to rock this tribal headdress at my local beer garden on any sunny day I can catch.

Kerryn Grady

#INSPIRED Mono Magic

Ah Vicky B, she can’t put a sartorial foot wrong these days. I’m not going to lie, I was a massive sceptic when she was transforming herself into a fashion maven, but you’ve got to give this woman credit, she is always so perfectly put together, and this look is pure mono magic. As much as it pains me to admit it, I think her style is one I’d most like to emulate! Alas, I’m lacking in sophistication, poise and pouts.

I love that Victoria Beckham wore this jumper and maxi skirt combo to collect her Brand of the Year Award at the British Fashion Awards. It’s a look I myself regularly rock (a tad less classily though, obvs), and it goes against the grain of the traditional dress and heels formula. To be fair, she isn’t packing a lot of meat and it is pretty chilly these days, so the jumper may just have been a practical option. Nonetheless, I love it, and now feel more justified in staying cosy throughout the rest of the Christmas period with the excuse of, ‘it’s fashion darling’.

Mrs B was donning her own designs, but if you don’t have a couple of grand knocking about at the bottom of your day tote, and you want to put your own spin on things, there are loads of options out there to create your own maxi-length masterpiece.

This sloppy, cuddly oversized delight of a jumper by Isabel Marant is number one on my wish list. It’s got her signature laid back vibe that makes it a perfect match for relaxing in loose fit boyfriend jeans or dressing down a fitted mini. Or, of course, pairing with a pleated maxi skirt. The metallic black yarn will give it that luxe edge for evening glamour. For a less pricey option, COS has so many beautiful jumpers, such as this super soft cashmere number.

If maxi isn’t your style, Topshop have this awesome knee length skirt with a quirky pleated panel, adding a more editorial twist to the classic pencil cut. The more fitted cut will work perfectly with your oversized jumper and the little flash of leg (and the naughty front split) keeps things fun and playful.

Net-A-Porter have a couple of great two-tone maxi skirts, my favourite being this Fendi design in my favourite navy and black colour combo. Or, feast your eyes on this stunner by Marni. I’m obsessed with tulle skirts (dating back to my third Christmas when I was gifted with the most beautiful frothy yellow and gold fairy skirt), and I would sell my whole back catalogue of Vogues for this beauty. I do digress from my original inspirational image, but this is fashion, it’s supposed to be fun, and it’s supposed to be what you love. Make of it what you will, take inspiration from anywhere, then make it your own.

Kerryn Grady

 

#INSPIRED Party Princess

American singer/song writer, Aubrey O’Day, looks like a glamorous little gothic fairy, or a total party princess. You just can’t go wrong in a tulle midi skirt, and this black number is perfect for the Christmas party season. Topshop’s offering has a lovely mix of the demure midi-length, with the sexy sheer layers exposing a bit of leg for a fun, youthful feel. If you’re more of a print girl, then head over to ASOS for this gorgeous floral design.

The rich tone is perfect for partying all through the winter, and the mixed up florals will look great with a simple plain tee in the summer. This is the definition of an all round investment piece (and it’s a snip at just £65!).

The Northerner in me just loves a good sequin. I’m a magpie for all things shiny, and I’m currently obsessing over this Alice + Olivia sequinned top . Yes, we’ve established I’m not a fan of cropped tops, but paired with a high waisted skirt I might just be able to get away with baring the tiniest slivers of skin. The bracelet sleeves and slash neckline give enough coverage to compensate for the cropped length, and the fitted shape will work perfectly with the fuller tulle skirt. If you’re saving your pennies for Christmas presents and can’t justify spending so much on yourself, ASOS, as always, is here to save the day. If you like to keep your multi-textured looks streamlined, then stick to the same colour palette throughout and go for this beautiful black matt sequinned top.

As Aubrey demonstrates, the pointed court is the most perfect shoe to go with such a statement skirt. But simple doesn’t mean boring – let your footwear shine! Go bold with these neon and black Jimmy Choos , or sparkle in my faves, these gorgeous rose gold textured leather Isabel Marant hotties with cute bow detail.

Kerryn Grady