Showing posts with label Mulberry. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mulberry. Show all posts
For me, one of the best things about the shift in seasons (as well as the reappearance of the sunshine!) is getting to see an array of new ad campaigns across the fashion press and online. Regular readers will know that I always eagerly anticipate Mulberry's new season imaging, and for SS14 they have once again collaborated with Tim Walker to concoct an enchanting glimpse of the pieces which will be hitting stores over the next few months: 

Cara Delevingne for Mulberry SS14, photographed by Tim Walker. Art direction by Ronnie Cooke Newhouse, styling by Edward Enninful
Mulberry's spring catwalk presentation was one of my London Fashion Week highlights, and it's really lovely to see the collection displayed so prettily here. I love the delicate floral backdrop, and these images really capture the light elegance of the collection perfectly. I've also resolved that this year is going to be the year that I finally make a Mulberry shaped addition to my handbag collection- so watch this space!

What do you think of Mulberry's SS14 collection?

(Image credit: Tim Walker & Mulberry.)

03.01.2014- Mulberry SS14

As far as classic wardrobe colour combinations go, it doesn't really get more stylish than black and white. The monochrome trend is one which was huge news both on the catwalk as well as on the street over the summer, and with the arrival of autumn it's set to be a real sticker. At one of my favourite London Fashion Week presentations, Jean-Pierre Braganza showcased a collection of contrasts, punctuated by pops of black and white across loose tailoring and a clean, effortlessly modern aesthetic. In short, our penchant for monochrome shows no sign of abating any time soon, so with some savvy investment shopping in mind, I've put together my edit of some high contrast favourites for this season and many more to come:
Cable Knit Colour Block Jumper, £35, River Island/Jacquard Pattern Scarf, £39.99, Zara/Oversized Check Coat, price tbc, ASOS/Peter Pan Collar Blouse, £194.99, Marc by Marc Jacobs via Jules B/Large Bayswater Shoulder Bag, £1,500, Mulberry/Spike Flower Collar, £18.50, Topshop/Ankle Boots, £139.99, Timberland via Jules B.

With dressing for the chillier weather in mind, this knit from River Island is a real staple and a piece which is super easy to wear. The contrasting sleeves add a really trendy touch, and the slightly oversized shape nods perfectly to the grunge inspired looks which are proving so prevalent for this season. The scarf is another winter staple, and this jacquard design from Zara breaks nicely with the perennial woolly favourites which tend to invade the shops at this time of the year- the slightly lighter fabric making it ideal for spring too. As soon as I spied this oversized check jacket at the ASOS AW13 preview back in July, it became a real must have. Not only does the print nod perfectly to this season's trend of choice, but the classic colourway and slouchy fit make it a really enduring wardrobe addition which will stand up from year to year. It's also wonderfully versatile, so ideal for teaming with jeans and a simple tee for a casual look or pairing with a belt for a slightly more structured feel. This Marc by Marc Jacobs blouse is another instant classic, and a piece which is just as perfect for layering under thick jumpers as it is for teaming with a staple boyfriend blazer- it's definitely an investment piece which I don't think will ever date, so fantastic if you're looking to build the perfect capsule wardrobe.

As far as enduring design goes, it doesn't really get more quintessentially British than Mulberry. I spied this Large Bayswater style in store last weekend and it was love at first sight. Although it's a big commitment in terms of price point, it's definitely a real classic in the making, with the gold hardware adding refreshingly practical touch. Also, I'm resolved to finally treat myself to something other than jewellery from Mulberry after seeing Emma Hill's beautiful swan song collection for the label- suffice it to say that I've now got a very long wishlist! As I've been trying to streamline my wardrobe recently, I've been increasingly drawn to eye catching accessories which I can use to update a lot of old favourites, and this collar necklace from Topshop fits the bill perfectly- especially as we all know that I've got a real soft spot for anything floral. Finally, as I mentioned in my last post, a good pair of boots is a definite investment from season to season, and this Timberland pair are sturdy and really versatile- the perfect basic to style in so many different ways. 

What are your favourite monochrome pieces?

*This post has been put together in collaboration with Jules B.

(Image credit: River Island, Zara, ASOS, Jules B, Mulberry & Topshop.)

26.09.2013- Autumn Essentials: High Contrast

Season after season, one of the most anticipated fashion advertising campaigns undoubtedly comes from Mulberry. You might remember that I posted about their under the sea themed spring campaign at the start of the year, and for AW13 they've come up trumps once again. Continuing their long term collaboration with the amazing Tim Walker, Mulberry's vision of autumn is one which is elegant, irreverent and quintessentially British, showcasing their new season designs against the backdrop of an English country manor. Featuring the beautifully browed Cara Delevingne accompanied by a flock of elegant owls, this is my idea of fashion heaven:

It's this kind of vision which I'm really going to miss with the departure of Emma Hill. The way she's transformed Mulberry has been nothing short of magical and her fun, playful approach to the brand is something which has been so refreshing to see. There's no doubt that the rise and rise of Mulberry has helped to pave the way for a real resurgence in British Fashion, cementing the label as one of the most covetable designer names in the industry. Whilst I can't wait to see Emma's final collection for Mulberry when it's showcased here in London, it's definitely going to prove something of a bittersweet experience. Suffice it to say, I'm already saving my pennies for a souvenir piece or two.

What do you think of Mulberry's AW13 campaign?

(Image credit: Tim Walker & Mulberry.)

26.06.2013- Mulberry AW13

If you're a regular reader of this little blog of mine, then you'll know that I'm something of a self-confessed magpie when it comes to jewellery. I've got quite a hefty collection, and rarely (if at all!) leave the house without an assortment of pieces, so I thought I'd take a little break from my normal style of posting to share some of my jewellery box favourites with you- starting with my rings. Rings are probably some of my most-worn accessories, and I feel pretty bereft if I'm without them. Not only are they super easy to wear, I think they're a really simple and classic way of updating any outfit- and I've usually got a constant rotation on the go which I can switch up depending on how I'm feeling or what I'm wearing. My current favourites are a pretty understated selection which are perfect for day-to-day dressing: 

From left to right: Peace Ring, Urban Outfitters/Rose Gold Ring, COS/Diamond Inset Ring, Gift/Trio of Band Rings, Mulberry/Gold Ring, Alex Monroe/Chunky Adjustable Ring, COS.
This peace sign ring from Urban Outfitters is probably one of the cheapest pieces in my jewellery box, picked up in their end of season sale for just under £5. It's simple, subtle and a piece which is perfect to wear alone or stacked alongside some chunkier designs. My jewellery collection was desperately lacking any rose gold pieces, until I snapped up this ring from COS a few weeks back. The double band design is lovely and ornate, and it's definitely a really nice accent piece to contrast against my (imitation!) yellow gold favourites. Diamonds are a girl's best friend (according to Marilyn, anyway), so it's a bit of a surprise that this simple inset band ring is one of the only gemstone pieces in my collection. It was a present from my auntie for my 16th birthday, and I've scarcely been without it since. Again, it's a really simple, classic design, and something which is a staple part of my everyday accessorising- a piece which I know I'll be wearing forever.  

This trio of rings from Mulberry were a real bargain, picked at their last sample sale. Each featuring a different design (a peace sign, a cut-out heart of the iconic Mulberry logo), these are perfect to wear separately or stacked together, and are real classics which I know will never go out of date. I'm a huge fan of Alex Monroe's jewellery, so when this bird and flower motif design was reduced in the Net-a-Porter sale at the start of the year, I snapped it up. With a gift voucher, it only came to £25 so it was a real savvy purchase- and is now one of my essentials. Finally, another recent addition to my jewellery box comes in the shape of another ring from COS- this time a chunky gold band. Minimalist accessorising might sound like a bit of a contradiction, but this is definitely a really modern, understated piece which works perfectly with so many of my wardrobe basics. 

Do you have any favourite pieces of jewellery? 

(Image credit: Sarah Farrell, please do not reproduce without permission.)

11.06.2013- Accents & Accessories: Rings

With the arrival of spring (fingers crossed!) just around the corner, I'm sure I'm not the only one looking forward to sprucing up my wardrobe and making the most of the change in seasons to breathe some new life into my day-to-day outfits. Whether you're after one key piece to build your capsule spring wardrobe around, or are eagerly anticipating a trip to the shops after a start of year spending ban, look no further as I've put together my guide to SS13 essentials- encompassing my most wanted fashion and beauty buys for the season ahead:

As far as accessories are concerned, I'm definitely more of a bag than a shoe person. Whilst I've got quite a hearty gathering of shoes, the truth of the matter is that most of them are responsible for providing me with some pretty painful blisters, and so have been sadly neglected in favour of a few staple pairs of flats. Whilst they patiently wait for me to invest in some proper plasters, however, my handbag collection has been growing slightly out of control- to the point where most attempts to open my wardobe result in a fair proportion of them dropping on my head. Anyway, I'm determined to make this the year that I downsize my collection, bite the bullet and invest in a proper grown up bag. Of course, something from Mulberry is firmly at the top of my wishlist, and I adore their new season range- in particular the Cecily Tote and the Willow bag, with the pastel shades adding the perfect pop of colour to any outfit. Slightly more affordable is the beautiful Burlington bag from Whistles, which is an instant classic and something which I know I'd get so much use out of. A recent discovery of mine, BoBelle London also have an amazing range of structured designs in some beautiful colours, and the label is defintely one to keep an eye on. And, for something which definitely won't break the bank, this structured satchel from ASOS is the perfect nod to ladylike style for spring. Decisions decisions!

Printed trousers were a huge trend for last spring/summer, and this season they're back with a vengeance. Whilst they might appear pretty intimidating at first, teaming them with a block colour makes them surprisingly easy to pull off, and they're a lovely alternative to jeans when the warmer weather arrives. So far, my printed trouser collection totals only three pairs, but, inspired by the ever-chic Aisling and her love of a snazzy trouser, I'm definitely going to be picking up a few more styles this season. I featured this pair from the Somerset by Alice Temperley collection in a post last month, and they're still firmly at the top of my wishlist, with the pale blue colourway and the ceramic inspired pattern making them perfect for summer at home as well as for traveling. As always, trusty old Topshop also have a really lovely selection of prints to choose from, and both of these pairs offer a lovely nod to the pastel hues seen on the catwalks for this season. Finally, this pair from Oasis are perfect for adding a floral touch to your springtime wardrobe, and the bold botanical print is something which is set to be big news for next season- making these the perfect investment purchase.

Much like printed trousers, neon is another tricky trend which can prove quite intimidating at first glance. Whilst a top-to-toe neon look is definitely not one for the faint hearted, adding a pop of bright accent colour to an outfit is an ideal way to tackle the trend more subtly, and there are plenty of options in the shops at the moment to experiment with. If you're looking to team some neon accents with some wardrobe staples, then look no further than this brilliantly bright blouse from Marks and Spencer- a really directional piece which will see you through many a sunny day. Incorporating bright pops of colour across your accessories for this season is also a really easy way to streamline the trend into your wardrobe, and this clutch bag from Zara is a really directional piece- the perfect way of updating your existing fashion favourites. In much the same way, this vibrant yellow scarf from Whistles is ideal for teaming with some more pared down basics, and a really versatile accessory which could be styled in so many different ways. At the other end of the colour spectrum, why not pick up some cool blue hues in the shape of this necklace from Forever 21 and this amazing pair of slipper shoes from Zara- definite must-buys if you're taking tentative steps towards brightening up your wardrobe.

Isabel Marant's designs are undoubtedly some of SS13's most covetable and her signature bohemian aesthetic has well and truly made a mark on the high street this season. Think vintage paisley prints, oversized shirts and super skinny skinny jeans teamed with an adundance of Gallic attitude and you're well on your way to capturing some Marant magic. As far as replicating this look on the high street goes, look no further than Zara- this season they're stocking pretty printed shirts by the bucket load, and their take on this trend is definitely one of the best on the high street. If you're looking for a more bona fide take on the bohemian look, then definitely shop vintage- this shirt from Rokit captures a really cool, effortless feel, and the bold print is perfect for contrasting with your wardrobe basics. Intricate prints are definitely key to this trend- and this foulard design by Laura Ashley is the perfect nod to patterns which run throughout a lot of Isabel Marant's work, with the collar detail making this an ideal piece for layering too. Prints feature everywhere across this trend- so be sure to pick up some bold accessories like this scarf from Anthropologie and this Paisley design watch from Olivia Burton, before topping your look off with a statement pair of ankle boots- this suede pair from ASOS are perfect.

A fresh faced, natural approach to beauty is definitely the order of the season. Tom Ford's new Lip Colour Shine range offers an array of pretty pinks and cool corals for an effortless look, and the high-shine moisturising finish is ideal for finishing off the perfect summer face. For flawless, dewy skin, look no further than Stila's One Step Correct Primer and Burberry's Warm Glow Natural Bronzer teamed with their Light Glow Natural Blush for a pretty, undone complexion. Eye wise, the And God Created The Woman palette by NARS (which I posted about here) is a real new season must have- with six beautiful neutral shades it's definitely a travel essential, perfect for the daytime and easily buildable for a more defined evening eye. If you're looking for a bright pop of colour, then Essie's glide on nail polishes are ideal- Maximillian Strasse-Her and Bond With Whomever are perfectly pretty spring sorbet shades, erring just enough on the subtle side to tie in to this season's trend for neutral nails. For something slightly bolder, OPI's Suzi's Hungary Again and Can't Find My Czechbook from their new Euro Centrale Collection are definitely wishlist worthy- and wonderfully appropriate if you're planning a Continental summer break!

What do you think of my SS13 roundup? And which pieces do you have your eye on for this season?

(Image credit: Mulberry, Whistles, ASOS, BoBelle London, John  Lewis, Topshop, Oasis, Marks and Spencer, Zara, Forever 21, Laura Ashley, Rokit, Olivia Burton, Anthropologie, Space NK, Essie, Selfridges, Stila and OPI.)

18.03.2013- Most Wanted: SS13

Happy New Year everyone! January seems to have arrived with something of a bump, and I'm sure I'm not the only one wishing for a speedy end to the winter. Whilst spring might seem like a long way off yet, I've found the ideal antidote to the January blues in the shape of Mulberry's beautiful SS13 campaign. Shot once again by the amazing Tim Walker and starring stunning model Meghan Collision, this series of shots captures an aquatic theme, featuring watercolour style backdrops, tropical reef inspired oversized coral and a wonderful slice of seaside holiday inspiration:

Meghan Collision, Mulberry SS13 by Tim Walker.
It goes without saying that the bags from the SS13 collection are perhaps some of the most wishlist worthy yet. I also adore the pastel shades, impeccably cut trouser suits and the effortless styling of this collection- definitely something which I'm looking forward to replicating once the warmer weather arrives!

What do you think of Mulberry's SS13 campaign?

(Image credit: Mulberry and Tim Walker.)

03.01.2013- First Look: Mulberry's SS13 Campaign

When it comes to snapping up Christmas presents, there's nothing I love more than theming my gifts. As I mentioned in my last gift guide, I tend to pick up a lot of beauty shaped pieces for my friends, but when it comes to putting together my own wishlist, the majority of the goodies which I find myself coveting have a distinctively fashionable flavour. With this in mind, this post is admittedly less of a gift guide and more a personal lust list, but hopefully you'll find one or two things amongst the pieces I've picked which you love too:

Whilst the Christmas jumper is an undoubted staple at this time of the year, there's also an abundance of really pretty knitwear in the shops at the moment. When this Topshop jumper appeared online last week, I added it to my Christmas list straightaway. Not only is the pale blue shade a lovely wintery alternative to the abundance of reds and greens on the high street, but it also something which I'm sure would prove a real transitional staple and ideal for styling in lots of different ways. I've posted about Olive Clothing a few times before, so when I was pulling together this list I definitely had a few pieces from them in mind. Their accessories are amongst some of my favourites, and this bag in particular really caught my eye. As well as being a classic satchel shape, the blue is a really refreshing change from the dark tan and oak coloured bags which I've already got in my collection, and it's also a perfect match with the jumper (anyone would think I planned this..!) 

Over the years, I've built up a fair collection of fashion books which have been given to me as gifts, but Grace Coddington's memoir has to be one of the titles which I've been most anticipating. Her work at American Vogue has produced some of the most visionary and creative fashion editorials I've ever seen, so the opportunity to get to know Grace a little bit better through reading her story in her own words is one which I'm really looking forward to. As far as novelty gifts go, there's plenty of fashion themed whimsy in the shops and online at the moment, and this A5 notepad from has to be one of my favourites. The prints by Christian Lacroix which feature throughout would also look lovely displayed in a frame, so this is definitely a gift which is real value for money. Speaking of value for money, you'll be hard pushed to beat  the festive bargain on offer at The Outnet this Christmas. This Alexander McQueen card holder is a really practical present, and at such an amazing price you really can't go wrong- especially as the rose gold colour is so timeless. 

When it comes to jewellery, I'm something of a magpie, so when I spied this ring from Whistles I instantly added it to my list. It's a really simple piece, so perfect for accessorising any outfit with, and the fact that the style shares my name is definitely justification enough to hope it's waiting under the tree in a few weeks! I was lucky enough to pick up these Mulberry earrings from Harrods a few months ago, and I think they really are a perfect present- versatile, cute and perfect for someone who loves a little bit of luxury. For me, the most wanted piece on this list has to be this Olivia Burton watch from Belle & Bunty, which I found whilst browsing their website last week. I love the vintage inspired floral design, and think it's a really beautiful, thoughtful present to get for someone special- it probably goes without saying I've already got my eye on a lot of Olivia's other designs too! Having bought my first few Dahlia pieces earlier in the year, I'm now a fully fledged fan, and this blouse has been on my wishlist for ages. Not only do I love the blush pink colour, but the star embellishments add a lovely festive touch. Fingers crossed it's something which I'll be unwrapping on Christmas Day!

Do you like buying and receiving fashion themed gifts? And are you making much progress with your Christmas shopping?
(Image credit: Topshop, Olive, Amazon,, The Outnet, Whistles, Mulberry, Belle & Bunty & Dahlia.)

11.12.2012- Christmas Gift Guide: Part Two