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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

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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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Winter Coat Trends – AW’12

Hello All,

I hope you had a great Halloween!

Here’s this month’s Metro column… how are you going to keep warm this winter?!

There are few purchases on the clobber calendar as singularly expensive and necessary as the winter coat. But, buy cheap and you’re certain to spend the following months shivering with cold or packed so tightly into your coat by other layers that movement is severely restricted. However, if you’re prepared to spend on a quality classic that you really love, you could end up with a coat for life.

Luckily the autumn/winter ’12 coat trends are all about classic styles with subtle and unique accents, rather than revolutionary shapes that will quickly date. Burberry and Topshop Unique, for example, gave us classic military trench coats, updated with contrast elements and bold buttons.

Jil Sander and Kenzo created beautifully oversized coats, the first with ¾ sleeves, and the latter in a vibrant monochrome geo-print. At Thakoon, the Princess coat in chic, camel wool incorporated flap pockets, a double-breasted front and fabulous skirt-volume.

Hem lengths this season are prim; think midi-length for trench coats and other styles come to the knee. Consider the collar; choose an open lapel on a black wool frock coat and accessorise with a bright scarf; go for a funnel collar in geo-print and button it all the way to your nose; or keep it simple with a classic, round neckline.

Top from left; Topshop Unique, Jil Sander, Kenzo. Bottom from Left, Burberry Prorsum, Thakoon

On the high street, Sisley’s oversized coat has ¾-length sleeves, and the red and black geometric print, although utterly A/W’12, is in subtle-enough colours to stand the test of time, (pictured €189 / £160). Monsoon’s Julieanna coat in black wool is a perfect mix of double-breasted tailoring and feminine frock-coat volume (pictured €263). / £169 If you want your military coat less uniform than anyone else’s then Star by Julien Macdonald’s version of the classic trench in contrasting black and grey with brash hardwear will do just that (pictured €194 / £125 available at Debenhams).


Whisty Xx


Trend Stalker: Statement Trousers

Hello all,

Here’s this month’s Metro Herald column…

Tip Top Trousers

Bold, brash and in a myriad of prints, this month’s trend focus is the statement trouser. All about shape, colour and prints, it’s the most exciting way to bring your wardrobe into the new season. Prada and Miu Miu, Balmain and Prabal Gurung, all featured printed trousers in their A/W’12 collections.

Statement trousers may look a bit intimidating but they will be your best friend this season.

Clockwise from top left, Prada, Balmain, Prabal Gurung, Miu Miu

If pastel florals and earthy tribal prints are great for spring and summer, mild September needs something more vibrant. Indeed, the trick to wearing this season’s statement trousers is about being bold. Choose paisley, damask, Art Nouveau or geo-print, just make sure your choice can be seen. No wishy washy pastels here please and definitely no leggings. Slim fit, cigarette pants, or wide-leg palazzo styles give you plenty of alternative options. Not only are the print and shape of your trousers key, but the colours and fabric are even more so; deep purple, bright green or rich blue; wool, silk or brocade will ensure your pins make the perfect on-trend statement.

The high street has great budget-friendly versions. River Island’s cigarette pant (pictured left £35/€47) will give you an abstract paisley print, in metallic Jacquard. There’s a bit of last minute S/S’12 bargain hunting online at ASOS with these oriental print, acid yellow, palazzo pants (pictured middle now £17.50/€24.88). However if you like your prints of the more traditional floral nature, choose this tapered-leg trouser at Warehouse in a midnight-blue and purple floral print (pictured right £50/€65).

Perfect for autumnal days, but teamed up with a fitted cashmere polo neck and a pair of Kurt Geiger’s Lady Bell patent flats, any of these trousers will provide a perfect look for winter too. No one will be saying you are lacking in the trouser department this September, that’s for sure.


Whisty Xx


Metro Style Column – Transitional Tweed

Hello all,

Here’s this month’s Metro Herald Column:

Transitional Tweed

The summer sales are all but over and the new season collections are arriving in stores on a daily basis. As a rule I prefer the autumn/winter trends; they’re all warm colours, layers and textures so normally I wouldn’t have a problem prepping my wardrobe for winter.

But then I remember that I haven’t fully prepped it for summer yet, and because I refuse to believe that 2012 is going to be one long autumn/winter, (I’m holding out for an Indian summer). So it seems, dear readers, it is time to talk about transitional trends. Rather than trying to come up with a plethora of pieces that will still look chic when worn with black opaques, I’m looking at one trend instead; tweed.

It’s the staple cloth of the country set and the fabric that revolutionised the Chanel suit. Tweed, and in particular bouclé tweed, is big for A/W’12. But if you want to buy it now, it can be easily translated into summer wear if you style it right. The easiest way to incorporate tweed into your wardrobe is to add a jacket, but far from the prim, traditional styles, this year’s tweed jackets are laid back, functional and painfully cool.

This Yasmin Velloza cropped jacket, (pictured, part of suit €740) makes for pretty perfect transitional Tweed. I’d wear it with these Sandro shorts (pictured €135.00 from BT2) and a white cami for summer. Come winter, leather jeans and a pale denim shirt would complete my look.

However, I can’t think of a better way to wear the tweed trend through all seasons than in this Warehouse coat (pictured €124). The pretty colour and contrast sleeves give the quintessentially sixties cocoon shape, a fresh modern twist. Pale enough to wear on summer evenings and stylish enough to team with patent leather flats and a mini beehive for winter.


Whisty Xx


New Monthly Blogger Style Column – Metro Herald


Just in case you didn’t hear, the first of my monthly columns in the Metro Herald was published yesterday, I’ve added a few images.

 I wrote about whether or not I should be revisiting a trend that I remember (though never bought into) from the 90’s.


They say you should never go back to a trend if you remember it the first time round. I remember the 1990s. I remember Britpop and Grunge, even though I was too young to go to a Nirvana concert. I also remember buying Vogue for the first time during the 90s. I spent hours poring over the pages graced with the glamorous images of supermodels like Cindy, Naomi, Linda, et al.

With Gianni at the helm, the one fashion brand that was synonymous with ’90s glamour was Versace, specifically its baroque prints. you know the ones, the bold, gold, over-the-top designs with ropes, chains and ornate picture frames, swirled around brash animal print and polka dots.

When the  H&M X Versace collection came out at the end of last year, it reignited my love for the baroque print. So I was delighted to discover that these brash prints are back in a massive way for spring/summer 2012; and it isn’t just Versace doing them this time either. Everyone from D&G to River Island to Primark / Penneys is in on the trend. From skirts to shoes, jackets to jumpsuits, the high street has embraced the trend wholeheartedly, even giving their designs names like ‘Donatella’ or ‘scarf-print’.

Had my school-girl wallet been able to afford the ’90s Versace version of baroque prints, then maybe I wouldn’t be embracing the trend this time around. But having already indulged in a Versace style leather belt – think that dress of Liz hurley fame, all Medusa heads and gold chain details (versions seen here on Christy Turlington and Naomi Campbell) –

I think I’m ready to go all out for the prints. I’ll start from the feet up and go with these red and baroque-print wedges from Penneys / Primark then, I’m gonna with River Island’s Alessandro blouse. I think I’ll wear it with neon-pink jeans, or if I’m really going for the ’90s look, cycling shorts and a bum-bag… NOT!!

Clockwise from left, Main photograph, Primark / Penneys; Shirt, River Island; Sweater, Topshop; Trousers, Motel Rocks; Belt, River Island; Wedges Penneys / Primark


How Japanese Vogue have translated the trend for this season. Vogue Japan February ’12 issue.

Have a fabulous Easter, I’m off for a packet of Mini Eggs and 2 Cream Eggs for a euro!


Whisty Xx

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