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July Metro Column – Statement Skirts

Hi all,


Here’s July’s Metro Fashion blogger column…

The first magazine interview I was ever asked to do was with Ben De Lisi; I met him in the Merrion Hotel, Dublin 2 I was pretty nervous, I’ll admit. We chatted about his latest collection for Debenhams and another project he was involved in at the time. Afterwards, he told me one of his pet dislikes about the way women dress.

To paraphrase, he said, “I don’t like it when women dress incorrectly for the weather”. Sadly, I was sitting next to him in a woollen dress and black opaques; while outside, mother nature had given us one of those rare warm summer days in Dublin. Through a combination of nerves and 26 degree heat, I was ‘glowing’. It wasn’t a great moment, but it’s a comment, directed toward me or not, that has forever stuck in my head.

And so, when warm days do arrive, I say forgo the LBD and black trouser suit; wear dresses and skirts, teamed with short-sleeve blouses and loose vest-tops. The trend for feminine-inspired collections, means Spring/Summer 2013 offers a plethora of skirts to choose from; Balenciaga, Marc Jacobs and Carven offered geo-prints, textures and art-prints respectively. This Marni embellished skirt, (pictured £999 at teamed with a loose silk vest in pale cream, is an ideal eveningwear solution.

The high street has answered back with a bang too; colour schemes from gold, to pale pink to cerise and orange will keep us cool, in both senses of the word. Next (pictured €62 approx.) has this sleek, pale pink lace pencil skirt to wear at the office or elsewhere, and Fran & Jane (Pictured €139)have created this grey and orange, geo-print pencil skirt with side pleats, which serve to give you curves. Whether you wear nude-tights or tan your pins, show you can handle the heat with a summer-suitable skirt.

Whisty Fashion Column July 2013 Metro Newspaper


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Metro Fashion Column – Summer Car Coats

Hi all,

Whisty Clobber Blogger June 2013 Header

Here’s this month’s Metro Fashion Blogger Column

There’s no debate that summer coats are a necessity for our climate, so why don’t we bother? Most of the time what we wear over our summer clothes is a sartorial choice we hurriedly make just before leaving the house. When the hope that the weather will be warm enough not to wear one, finally fades we grab a jacket from behind the door; mentally aware that we daren’t leave the house in a single layer.

In SS’13, say goodbye forever to the white jacket pulled from the back of the wardrobe in May, for its annual trip to the dry cleaners. And don’t even think about wearing a Pashmina to that ‘do’ in July, just because you think it’s more appropriate than your black wool coat. A carefully chosen summer coat will stop the chilly breezes, (and accompanying Goosebumps – nice), and stylishly look the part for both afternoons in the park and evenings on the roof terrace. Best of all, chosen correctly it should look like it’s part of your whole look, not a weather-wary afterthought. This season’s ‘Car Coat’, comes loose at the waist with unstructured shoulders, has either a deep V or round neck, big low pockets and is tapered to the knee. Wear it open…

Echoing Louis Vuitton’s SS’13 triumphant yellow and white checks, this Zara coat (pictured €79.95) is perfect for this summer. If you can wear yellow that is. (Not jealous if you can at all, at all…). Team with white to keep it pretty or navy blue to add depth. At Jaeger, this Leopard vs. Dalmatian print coat (pictured €275) is great to wear over your shoulders (coats as capes, still big) with Ray Bans and cigarette pants. If you want to combine your SS’13 Car Coat with SS’13’s summer-leather trend, then (carefully) choose this Simone Rocha leather coat at Havana (pictured €3,240.00).

Whisty Clobber Blogger June 2013 Metro Newspaper


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Metro Column – It’s a Blue, Blue Summer


Never one to shy away from putting my money where my mouth is; here’s May’s Metro column…Along with a couple of street style shots…Whisty Street Style Blue Topshop Suit Primark Sandals 2013 (2) lo

Whisty Street Style Blue Topshop Suit Primark Sandals 2013 loBlue Jaquard Suit and ivory chiffon vest all Topshop

Black two strap sandals, Primark/Penneys

SS'13 Blue Trends

SS’13 Blue Trends


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The Copy…

Cobalt blue was a big colour for Autumn/Winter ’12-’13; seen on catwalks at Lanvin, in the form of tailored wool shift dresses; at Sportmax in the form of loose silk trousers and matching shirts, and at Prabal Garung in the form of ultra-shiny slim, tailored trousers – note: models wore matching cobalt-coloured nail varnish. However, street stylers, bloggers, magazines and the high street have carried this trend through to Spring/Summer ’13.

Topshop’s silk high-waisted trouser suit (pictured €266) brings cobalt blue together with this season’s cropped trouser length. We associate blue with cooler colour tones but cobalt’s natural, rich pigment means it has warmth.

If you prefer your blue hues prettier and subtle there is a shade of blue for all tastes and skin tones. The Spring/Summer ’13 blues include other natural shades, like dusty cornflower and Provencal. Seen at Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy in floating fluttering frills; at Chanel in classic bouclé tweed and at Elie Saab, in dresses with sheer panels and shimmering, elegant ice blue lace.

AWear have translated the trend into this skater dress (pictured €65) in light blue tweed; while this Asos dress (pictured £150) teams pale blue lace with chic blue leather. Wear your spring/summer ‘13 blues with fiery gold accessories, nude nail varnish and open toed sandals. Perfect with bare, tanned summer legs, the key shoe style for this season is a high heeled, no-platform two-strap sandal.

Wear your cobalt blue, suit trousers above the ankle and embrace this shoe trend; you can’t go wrong flashing the flesh either side of an ankle strap. Penneys/Primark have the perfect, seriously comfortable pair (Pictured €15). I wore these to an awards ceremony last week and danced all night in them.

It might be a blue summer but this trend is red hot.

Yours, Whisty Xx


Photo Diary

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It’s been a while.

In case you’re wondering what’s been happening, here’s a photo diary…  Whisty Rush

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Striped Up, Hyped Up, Ready for Wilin’


If you haven’t already sussed it yet, the S/S’13 trend most heavily represented so far on the high street is inches-wide stripes.

Stripes make regular appearances year after year, but something about this season’s stripes feels fresh and unique. Their width definitely feels new, the fact that the pieces are tailored yet loose feels new, but mostly I think it’s the way that the stripes clash. By that I mean they’re worn going in different directions. Horizontal, vertical, diagonal stripes meet and twist and repel each other on dresses, separates and suits. See Marc Jacobs and PPQ, Jonathan Saunders and Acne

SS 2013 Striped Trend PPQ Marc JacobsTop Row: Jonathan Saunders, Acne, PPQ

Bottom Row: Marc Jacobs, Marc Jacobs, Jonathan Saunders

Images via

Here’s my take on it in this month’s Metro Herald column

At the first spring/summer fashion preview I attended last autumn, a single trend got me immediately; bold, brilliant, black and white stripes.  Inches wide and perfectly defined these stripes are inspired by Marc Jacobs’ bold, multi-directional black and white pieces, PPQ’s nautical inspired, off the shoulder dress, and the way Acne and Jonathan Saunders mixed perfect banded tops with plain white trousers. Graphic, monochromatic stripes are here in a big way for SS’13.

Not only are they unique and current, these stripes are definite and dramatic; not pretty, not fine and definitely not subtle. Too fine and from a distance your stripes merge into a dirty shade of grey, but you’re making a monochrome statement everywhere with this season’s take on stripes. Forget school-days, grunge-inspired faded stripes, these are well-defined lines to be worn with cool confidence, not scuffed-up Doc Martens.

Don’t believe that stripes aren’t flattering either; loose fitting dresses, separates and jackets, skim off shoulders and hips. These stripes don’t cling to your shape they merely highlight your angles. They’re easier to wear than you think; team vertical striped trousers with horizontal striped tops, and plain white or black outerwear. Mix up your stripes with accessories in neutral leather, bright patents, and top off the look with luscious red lips.

A key way that stripes were worn on the catwalk was with a flash of flesh, at midriffs, ankles and scoop necklines. These Warehouse trousers (pictured €63) combine this season’s stripes with an ankle-grazing length – a glimpse of flesh makes the stripes less aggressive. This New Look thick stripe jumper (pictured €29.99) is a casual way to combine horizontal stripes with plain white trousers. The chicest way to rock bold spring summer stripes is to team this high waisted ASOS skirt (pictured £40) with 1940’s inspired make up. If you didn’t do your fashion homework, then you’ve got detention, and you’re doing lines.

Monochroms Wide Stripes Trend SS 2013 WhistyTop Row: Topshop, New Look. Middle: Warehouse. Bottom: ASOS, Penney‘s/Primark


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Whisty Xx


River Island x Rihanna & other pieces

Hello All,

So with just a week to go till we can shop it, (online and in selected stores March 5th), the campaign images are out and the wait is nearly over for the Rihanna for River Island collection.
Here’s a sneak peek at each piece, in case you haven’t seen it yet. I also thought it was about time to post the rest of River Island’s SS’13 collection too!


First the Rihanna collection: Launched during London fashion week, the collection was very much River Island given a Risqué attitude, targeted at a young market who are in possession of a seriously toned body. There are cropped tops and shorts in their dozens with the collection, but there are definitely pieces similar to those we’ve seen at River Island in previous collections. The footwear for example, huge edgy platforms are the brand’s staple but seem to ring true with Rihanna’s personal style; Bra tops, varsity jackets, maxi dresses and hi waisted shorts, again all very River Island but also pieces similar to those we’ve seen Rihanna in.

Rihanna RIver Island 2013a

I don’t think I’m in the right demographic to be buying from this collection, I’m holding out for the Georgia Hardinge collection in April.

Until then I’ll be shopping the rest of the collection, here’s a round up of what I saw at the previews and some is in store now:

ThemesRiver Island Spring Summer 2013 Collection (6)

River Island Spring Summer 2013 Collection (5)

River Island Spring Summer 2013 Collection (4)

River Island Spring Summer 2013 Collection (3)

River Island Spring Summer 2013 Collection (2)

River Island Spring Summer 2013 Collection (1)

Key Pieces:

Amazing, white lace jumpsuitRive Island Spring Summer 2013 Collection white lace jumpsuit

Elegant pink metallic Jaquard 60’s style coatRive Island Spring Summer 2013 Collection pink jaquard coat

Bohemian style, beaded, tasselled capeRive Island Spring Summer 2013 Collection Beaded Shawl

50’s inspired day dresses in thick cotton with oh-so-now 2-inch-wide stripesRive Island Spring Summer 2013 Collection 50's inspired striped dresses

Accessories:Rive Island Spring Summer 2013 Collection Rings Accessories

Rive Island Spring Summer 2013 Collection (1)

Mix kahki green, jumpsuits and rose-print = This perfect spring/summer staple:River Island Rose Print Jumpsuit Whisty (1)

River Island Rose Print Jumpsuit Whisty (2)


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