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January 2013 Metro Fashion Blogger Column

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Hello dear readers,

Here’s this month’s Metro Herald Fashion Column

Less about trends, more about maintaining interest in a tired winter wardrobe; as much as well all wear black, it’s not so tricky to add a splash of colour…

Wake up your Wardrobe

I don’t know about you but I think starting a new year in a month like January is a terrible idea. We’re supposed to feel refreshed, revitalised and ready for a new start. In reality we’re exhausted, have the ultimate holiday hangover and all we want to do is stay under the duvet ‘til March…

…March, now that’s a good month to start a new year, the next trend season is Spring/Summer after all.

Except I can’t bring myself to think about new trends yet, I’m happy in my lamb’s wool jumper and riding boots keeping warm. So instead of buying all new pieces, the next two months can be spent spicing up the ones we already have. By taking inspiration from this season’s trends and adding a transitional twist we can brighten up our wardrobe, and hopefully our winter-blues too.

Georgia Hardinge, (available at and the much-lauded Mary Katrantzou, are modern-day geo print pioneers. Bring a little Art Deco-inspired print into your pre-spring collection; avoid summery, pastel, floral designs and opt for bold blues and vibrant Oranges. This Biba top (pictured £69) available at will work wonders on your all-black winter wardrobe.

Cobalt is a strong colour trend this season, Lanvin’s plain shift dress and Céline’s oversize cocoon coat made true-blue statements on the catwalks. Tame the trend with this Chupi gold ring (pictured €97/£81) available at the Loft Market.

If you’re over this season’s trends and just want to invest in something chic and classic to brighten up your wardrobe then this purple leather Cambridge Satchel Co. bag (pictured €145/£110) available at Harvey Nichols, Dundrum will see you through all seasons. Adding splashes of colour to our winter staples are a great way of preventing ourselves from getting too comfy in our winter warmerland.

Whisty Clobber Blogger Jan 17th 2013


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


This months Metro Herald Style Column

Hey All,

Here’s my monthly Blogger Style column from the Metro Herald.

Metro Life is taking style advice from the people who really
know their stuff, with a rotating panel of bloggers giving
their top style tips. This week it’s fashion fiend Whisty of

Even though we all own at least one pair, jeans are only really a trend-focus when a new shape has arrived. For example, as the skinny landed, off went the low-rise boot cut, in much the same way as it’s taper-legged forefather ten years before hand.

When the new jean shape arrives, so does the realisation that our go-to favourite pair will no longer suffice, and panic sets in. But go along with it you must, because rare is the item of clothing that can inform the world just how ‘last year’ you are as succinctly as your old jeans can.

This season however jeans are in focus not because we have a new shape but because we have a new colour. And not just one; from brilliant devil red at AWear (pictured €38) to sea foam green at Warehouse (pictured €52) jeans are anything but stone wash blue in 2012.

This season we have as much choice in the colour of our jeans as we do in the tops we’re wearing them with. But herein lies a problem, it is one thing deciding that you’re going to try, say for example, lilac jeans from Asos (pictured), but what do you wear them with? Our blue / black denims go with everything, but those Watermelon coloured Hudson jeans from Brown Thomas (pictured €220)…? I’m not so sure.

I have discovered however, that teaming summer jeans with classic pieces that are already in my wardrobe seems to work. Breton tops for example, with their classic navy and white stripes balance out vibrant denim perfectly. And for paler pastel-toned jeans (see pale peach at Warehouse pictured €52), classic white vests and blazers create a sugary summer pallet. Leather biker jackets are also perfectly suited to bright denim, balancing out feminine colours with edgier lines.

Plus by teaming them with a pair of heels and some chunky gold jewellery, you’re ready for a night out with the girls. Try doing that in your stone-washed boot cuts… they probably wouldn’t let you out of the taxi.


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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