Effortlessly straightforward; seductively streamlined– a sharp yet simple silhouette is the epitome of chic.
“Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.” – Coco Chanel
Appearing on the Victoria Beckham Spring / Summer 2013 runway, this sleek silhouette was the height of nonchalant style. With her ever growing portfolio of exquisite designs, Victoria Beckham demonstrated that with a bold burst of colour, a sharply tailored cocktail dress can be heightened from the potentially mundane to très magnifique with that delicate, restrained touch.
Favoured by designers who emphasise modern, timeless designs – just think of Phoebe Philo at Celine and her extraordinary restraint when creating classical pieces women will cherish for decades to come.
Distinctly feminine and wearable, Stella McCartney is another designer who understands a sharp cut can exude an unmistakable ‘grown-up’ allure.
Artfully structured, a simple tailored piece can do wonders for the figure. Tailoring can slim and flatter your body in spectacular ways. Honing her skills with Savile Row tailor Edward Sexton, McCartney became renowned for her precision cuts and distinctly feminine take on simplicity. Her highly coveted trouser suits and cocktail dresses have been worn by many of the world’s most stylish and are the perfect style inspiration for any modern day woman aspiring to achieve that chic, elegance.
Note: When adopting a ‘less is more’ philosophy, be sure to place a strong emphasis on the fit, quality and silhouette.
Will you embrace the ‘simpler life’? xx
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Entitled ‘Return To Elegance’, Temperley London’s Spring / Summer 2013 collection had the vision of “a late-1950s couture model or a young Sophia Loren”.
Alice Temperley’s vision to modernise her muse while making her “uncomplicated and effortlessly beautiful” was exquisitely achieved. With an effortless sophistication and chic simplicity, Temperley played with the notions of sheer and solid; precision and prettiness; modern and timeless.
In a luxurious colour palette of pale china blue, white, navy, scarlet and black – intensive workmanship shined through in every piece of the collection. Intensive digital prints and delicate floral appliqués combined for looks that were beyond beautiful. Thick horizontal stain bands ran around organza skirts and dresses – evoking a floaty, fun and overtly feminine look.
The freshness of the colour palette – especially the use of crisp white cotton and lace sprinkled with fine crystals – evoked pure loveliness for Summer.
It was a distinct departure for the label, which saw this collection appear much lighter and more luxurious in decedent fabrics and undeniably pretty silhouettes.
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Iconic wide-brim hats, statement-making circular sunglasses and sweet net gloves – created an additional dose of drama. While the highly covetable heels were courtesy of Charlotte Olympia.
“It’s just more fun, more playful this season. It’s less about the dress – which is obviously still a really key piece for us – but more about really great separates in high-quality fabrics, and the way you put them together.”
– Alice Temperley
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“I love to play with colour for Spring.” – Frida Giannini.
Unabashed colour is undeniably enticingly. Exuberant, passionate and joyously enchanting – an explosion of concentrated colour can put a spring in your step.
Gucci’s Jet Setting Colour Palette
At the recent Gucci Spring / Summer 2013 collection, bold colour captured the imagination combined powerfully with chic silhouettes for maximum impact. From bright pink to coral, cobalt blue, citrus yellow and rich turquoise – it was a collection that screamed of maximalist Italian glamour.
Igniting the imagination and evoking a jet setting lifestyle – the colour intensity lifted the spirits to create a collection the designer herself labelled “aristographic”. The late 60’s / 70’s silhouettes heighted the good mood; while subtle attention to detail saw ruffles line sleeves and necklines – arching around the body for added drama.
Embrace vivid colour in a little cocktail dress. From bewitching cobalt blue to provocative red- it’s a dashing alternative to the classic little black dress…
Will you embrace a high-voltage colour palette? xx
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