Australian Fashion Week

Ooh, Australian Fashion Week! Wouldn’t that be a lovely destination to surround yourself by the fabulousness of fashion shows, followed by a little excursion to the beach or an evening at the Sydney Opera House? Tax-deductible work trip to Oz anyone…?

This boho look takes me back! All the way to the mid-naughties, when Sienna Miller made gypsy skirts and big, leather, coin-studded, low-slung belts THE coolest summer attire. This girl is the 2015 equivalent. The studs are a bit smaller, but nonetheless, she’s rocking virtually all-over body coverage in a paisley print, yet still looks pretty awesome. Okay, so there’s some pretty expansive mid-riff action happening, so no, she’s not a nun, but I love how that balances out the high neckline, full-length sleeves and floor-skimming maxi skirt.

Mango has everything you need this season for some summer boho. If you love prints but the maxi style swamps you, try this cute mini smock design. If you’re a maxi girl but not so into loud prints, then how about this black number with a sexy thigh split and 70s-inspired blouson sleeves? And, as we’re looking at Australian Fashion Week, it would just be rude not to focus on any Australian brands, so how about this for a bit of studded leather goodness… I love the gorgeous fringed detailing on this Sass & Bide cross body bag, perfect for the festival vibe, and just smart enough for fancy evenings out, too.

Who doesn’t love a good co-ord? Okay, well they might not be to everyone’s taste, but I’m a massive fan, and I’m loving this two-piece by Aussie brand Lottie Hall. The clashing patterns are batiked for a cool twist on traditional graphic prints, and the tonal oversized H&M shirt is a great way to break up such bold, statement pieces.

I know this one isn’t printed, but this cotton-silk mix jacket and trousers set from ASOS WHITE is so beautiful, and would look fabulous with a bolder, printed piece underneath. If you do want something a bit more eye-catching, then this jacket and pants combo from Zara are for you.

Yep, there’s no shying away from this baby! Like our blogger in Oz, pair with something in a tonal colour to tie everything in together – for summer I’d go for a slouchy white V-neck tee, then switch it for a navy shirt or fine-knit jumper in the cooler months.

Kerryn Grady

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

70s Fashion

Unless you’ve been living under a rock (or just not reading fashion magazines) for the past few months, you’ll be well aware the ‘70s trend is a pretty ‘big thing’ right now. I’m not going to lie, this isn’t my favourite trend of the moment, but I find TV presenter Martha Ward’s more subtle approach rather favourable.

The light, bright wash (also known as Dream Wash) of her denim A-line MIH skirt with the button down front is the big nod to ‘70s styling. I’ve never been a big fan of denim skirts, but this is a super flattering cut and length, skimming over curves, and revealing the slimmest part of the leg (essential points for a curvy girl like myself). If curves aren’t your issue, the fuller A-line cut will give a boyish figure a bit more shape. This particular skirt retails for a whopping £235. If you’re not that much of a die-hard denim fan but want to dip your toe into the look, then head over to Zara (like you even needed an excuse) and check out their range of denim skirts. This one is the perfect alternative to the MIH design, but they also have full length and mini cuts to choose from.

I love a good jumper. In fact, all I do when I’m shopping these days is head straight for the knitwear. So what if summer is just poking its head around the corner, I love me some cosy knits. So I’m completely on board with this lovely little fisherman-style jumper. Lighter weight than its traditional winter counterpart, its fitted, shorter cut is perfect for spring (and, let’s be honest, parts of the British summer). I love this jumper from BZR at ASOS.com, which is currently in the sale for a nifty £47. If you are after some out of season knitwear, now is the perfect time before everyone switches to full on summer mode – check out online sales while there’s still some good’uns left!

How gorgeous is that little satchel?? I love the bright, contrasting colours, which work beautiful with the whole look, and the neat little boxy shape. I’ve always loved Sophie Hulme for the chunky metal hardware embellishments on her bags, but I’ve absolutely fallen in love with her bold, tropical S/S15 range, with palm leaf block coloured appliqué and laser cut designs, in juicy yellow and jewel-toned blue and turquoise. However, as is often the case with beautiful to-die-for luxury leather, Sophie Hulme designs are just a tad out of my budget. Lucky for you lot, The Leather Satchel Company have a massive selection of – you guessed it – satchels! My favourites are the Pixie bags, which come in three sizes (Small, Medium and large), and make a great alternative to a clutch bag for evening. I love this Medium Pixie in Coral Reef  , that perfect colour for summer.  As well as their existing designs online, you can custom order any style in any of their colours, so if two-tone is your thing drop them an e-mail and see what they can do for you.

Kerryn Grady

Laura Comolli in Moschino

Laura Comolli in Moschino

I’m loving fashion blogger Laura Comolli’s comfy get up. Slouchy trousers, oversized boyfriend jacket, and a large tee that looks totally bed time-ready! She’s really bought into Moschino’s Special Capsule Collection, accessorising her top with the matching bag and phone case, keeping the look kitsch and humorous. And what has the makings of a slick and sleek outfit is turned into something much more low key and relaxed by wearing everything oversized. My kinda gal!

Stella McCartney’s tailored wide-leg Lionel Trousers are the perfect leg-lengthening design, with the flattering high waist and wide leg cut. Styled with heels, they look uber chic, but dressed down with trainers, like Ms Comolli, will give them a more laid back slouchy effect. Pair them with this gorgeous crepe Zara blazer. Despite it’s longline boyfriend cut, it has a more tailored vibe than Comolli’s, making it a bit more flattering for a wider range of body shapes. This jacket will also take you right through to the summer months. Breezy white is the perfect cover-up for sundresses, and a lovely way to dress up a classic jeans and tee combo. At £69.99 this will be your best high street buy of the season.

Moschino’s adorable teddy bear capsule collection is available from their website, with a host of bear motif items, including jumpers, dresses and bags. Our streetstyler’s t-shirt and phone case are both online and up for grabs. If your budget for novelty fashion doesn’t stretch to Moschino heights, I love Etsy for it’s huge range of independent designers and quirky designs. Search for cartoon print T-shirts and you’ve got a good 12 pages of options (admittedly some are a bit questionable, but there are some gems on there!). I’m currently a bit in love with this furry little guy for my iPhone .

Kerryn Grady

Paris fashion week street style

Fashion month is over for another season, and wasn’t it a fabulous affair? We saw the month-long extravaganza close with Paris Fashion Week, where donning sculptured couture is the norm, and sheer lace positively street (oh yes, I am down with the kids)…

As demonstrated here by this cool street-styler, sporting a pair of lace wide leg trousers, as one does. A subtle way of flashing your pins, I always think sheer trousers are rather daring, and would definitely feel more comfortable styling them this way with a matching top tied at the waist keeping your derrière hidden. If you love the idea but don’t fancy the draft on your legs, then Erdem has a gorgeous pair in white lace with a contrast lining, a mere snip at just £420 in the Matches sale. Despite the traditionally pretty fabric, I love the whole tomboy vibe to this ensemble, with the sporty trim to her oversized V-neck knit and slouchy matching beanie. Her accessories are simple in classic gold, giving a feminine edge without it being too girlish. The more I look at this image the more I love this look!

Fashion student Nina Suess is SO Paris! Dramatic tulle dress, ornate, embellished jacket, absolutely lust-worthy Chanel bag… You would be forgiven for believing she was draped in head-to-toe designer. This is a masterclass in making high street look high-end, with some very carefully chosen pieces. This dress is actually ASOS.com, and the jacket is Zara. Her black and metallic palette screams expensive sophistication, the tulle dress worn as day wear is reminiscent of Lily Allen’s couture and trainers days, and that jacket has more than a hint of Balmain to it. Finished off with the monochrome bag and you have a totally front row-worthy outfit.

In Paris last week we finally saw the mercury rising as street stylers left their massive coats and scarves at home and actually started exposing some flesh and absorbing some good old vitamin D. Designer and director Vashti Kola Valif has gone head-to-toe in Chloe, in this gorgeously summery look ahead of the Chloe catwalk show. What a fresh, light colour palette, with my favourite combination of grey and white. The look is tonal with the darker bag and gold jewellery to match the metal hardware, keeping everything very chic and Parisienne. The Prairie-inspired top is kept modern with the boxy cut and the geometric print tailored shorts, so no frolicking in the fields in this attire thank you very much. If the Chloe price tag is a bit too chokingly high for you, head over to Reiss, their Inna lace tee has the same cut and rocks a tough-looking lace design. J.Crew’s metallic jacquard shorts are a beautiful luxe and versatile option for summer. Wear with a sleek silk camisole, a crisp white, cotton short sleeve shirt, or throw on a lightweight knit when the chill sets in.

Kerryn Grady

Milan Fashion Week Street Style

Milan Fashion Week, the home of the chic, and the cheeky. Home to tongue-in-cheek luxury brand Moschino, the street stylers are a bit partial to a novelty accessory or two, giving even some of the classiest looks a fun, quirky finish.

My new fave, Chiara Ferragni, is looking super cool in her skinny leather dungarees. Nope, I wouldn’t go there either, but she pulls it off effortlessly, and if you do want to try your hand at this look, Designers Remix at Selfridges do have this rather snazzy pair available. Doubling up her leathers, this camel jacket adds a sophisticated edge to the look, while her Moschino teddy print jumper and scarf add some humour to her ensemble. I love that she’s kept the same tonal colours throughout – from her sunnies to her booties – keeping the overall look chic rather than comedic.

These two fashionable ladies are rocking the check trend, showing us how to do it head to toe in style. Both looks are so graphic – Anna Fasano in an ombre effect with a cosy roll neck underneath, and Italian Grazia’s Gilda Ambrosio in a bold, even grid print. Zara have a great pair of checked cigarette pants for a simple, streamlined look. I would wear these with an oversized shirt in a contrasting sized check, switching up the proportions, or clash them with spots or stripes (such as this number from Zara) for a graphic mash-up. One might think they’d deliberately co-ordinated outfits, with their green jacket cover-ups, too! Fasano has gone chic in a rich jewel tone, accessorised with glossy monochrome loafers and bag, while Ambrosio taken the grunge route with a sloppy, oversized army jacket, creating two very different vibes.

Kerryn Grady

London Fashion Week Street Style

London Fashion Week is, without a doubt, the best of all the fashion weeks, with regards to street style. Everyone is desperate to get snapped by the photographers, and you only need to linger around Somerset House for a matter of minutes before you see some of the most amazingly put together outfits you could imagine. Some are, admittedly, a bit whacky, but I believe that’s what fashion is about, expressing yourself and having fun.

Oh my giddy aunt! Remember when I found those Zara trousers that were like PJ pants? This is even better! Lane Crawford fashion buyer, and fashion week regular Tiffany Hsu, has just shown that’s fine to go out in full-on sleepwear, including dressing gown/superhero cape, as long as you throw on a pair of heels. She is living my dream! Just dig out a pair of men’s silk pyjamas (Lily Silk) have a gorgeous selection of luxury designs – mix and match the slouchy trousers with the short sleeved shirts), throw on your most killer killer heels (you don’t want to be too comfortable, that would just be lazy), and a heavy contrast-coloured full length wool coat for a daring but edgy fashion week-inspired look.

These Givenchy boots are what footwear dreams are made of! I always think these are the style that will make my chunky monkey legs slightly less chunky-looking. Unfortunately, I don’t think my bank balance will ever let me find this out. I’m loving the oversized boots with the voluminous cape and just that flash of slim, streamlined leg giving a lovely silhouette to the whole outfit. I’m not crazy about tartan capes, but the block of solid colour at the neckline, highlighted in the stripes, breaks up the traditional design, and I love the oversized pompom adding a little playful twist. This classy burgundy version by Pied a Terre at House of Fraser is my perfect style and colour, and it is currently on sale, which is even better.

So, I normally write about women’s streetstyle, but stylist and blogger Arian Humirang is rocking this look so hard, I want it all for myself! I’m all about clashing prints and quirky accessories (silver brogues anyone?), so this guy is right up my street. And he’s high-streeted up to the max in an ASOS suit, Topshop top and Zara accessories. Such an accessible look, despite perhaps not being for the faint hearted. If you want to do something similar and inject some designer glam into the look, check out my latest shoe discovery for some metallic footwear – Luke Grant-Muller. Just how fabulous are the brogues? In an ideal world, along with my Givenchy boots, I’d have a pair in chrome AND holographic! I’ll just keep dreaming shall I…?

Kerryn Grady

Chiara Ferragni at New York Fashion Week

It’s heere! Fashion month is officially upon us, and as always we’ve got a plethora of fun and fabulous street stylers to ogle. We start in chilly New York, where the mercury is hanging seriously low…

Layering is the order of the day, and The Blonde Salad blogger, Chiara Ferragni, shows that you can keep warm and still look cool at New York Fashion Week (oh don’t roll your eyes, I’ve got hundreds of them!). I love her classy floor length camel coat (ASOS do a beautiful soft textured wool duster coat) paired with her chic black roll neck and bleached skinny jeans. So far so good. But mixing in that cropped camo puffer jacket (a style I usually wouldn’t touch with a bargepole), and some quite dramatic ski goggles (well I’ve heard it can get a bit snowy in the Big Apple) adds a cosy, quirky twist to an otherwise sophisticated look. If you’re not so keen on the traditionally outdoorsy jacket, try switching in another design, just make sure to keep your top layer cropped so you have some definition to your lengths. Shrimps do gorgeous brushed felt biker jackets with colourful faux fur collars – this bright contrasting one from Net-A-Porter will add a playful element to your look, or you could keep things simple and chic with this fab denim kimono jacket from MIH Jeans . For a lighter cover-up, why not try a sleeveless design that will take you through to Spring? This  Zara parka will look great over the neutral duster coat, as well as a simple striped Breton jumper when it gets warmer.

I’m giving Ms Ferragni a double bill today, as she’s just too fab. Here she is rocking the cropped skinnies and black roll neck again, but this time adding a kitsch slogan jumper and fun furry jacket. Who said fashion was stoic? This girl demonstrates fashion’s cheeky side. Markus Lupfer is famous for his quirky sequinned tees and jumpers, and currently has an exclusive city collection for Net-A-Porter. This Paris design is my fave! When it comes to fur, the high street is awash with brilliant faux versions, there’s absolutely no need to go for the real deal. Check out all the usual suspects – ASOS, Topshop, Primark et al – for a style to suit you (aaaaand hopping off my soap box now). In this instance I love the cropped cut of the jacket with the longer length jumper and streamlined pants. When going for something so bulky it’s always more flattering to keep the rest of your silhouette sleek, as demonstrated here. Continuing to mix those proportions, I’m loving the massive mittens and the teeny tiny (albeit totally useless) cross body bag. Designers are loving the miniature bag phenomenon. To be honest, it’s not something I’m totally on board with as the price tag doesn’t really correlate with the size. However, Mulberry’s Small Delphie does give you a little bit more bag for your buck with their flip design (you can flip it over to reveal a contrasting leather for a whole different look. No, I couldn’t picture how it works either, so check out the little demo on their website). I still don’t think it justifies the £700-plus price tag, but if you’ve mastered the art of packing light you’ll love it.

Kerryn Grady