Posts Tagged ‘Tweed

30
Jul
12

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.

Yours,

Whisty Xx

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16
Jul
12

River Island Womenwear autumn/winter 2012 Gashio Preview

Hi All!

River Island launched their autumn/winter 2012 collection last week in a suitably fashion-y affair at their head office on Grafton Street, Dublin.When it comes to something extra, River Island always get the current trends, but I imagine the brand caters for buyers who aren’t obsessed with fashion, just those who have a real sense of their own personal style. The brand does offer fashion-forward pieces but will also lead the other high street fashion stores on great classic pieces. River’s shoes are often must-haves and the store is a definite go-to for dramatic, affordable evening wear.

These are a few of the pieces that stood out for me today…

Embellishments, body jewellery, tweed, velvet, leather, lace, embroidery, tapestry and brocade

These are a few of my favourite things…

Futuristic Goth

Downtown

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Personally, both ‘Maggie’, a Tweed-heavy, ‘prim, proper and quintessentially ladylike’ collection and, ‘Eastern Baroque’,  a ‘classical, whimsical look’ in a ‘lavish and powerful colour palette’, will be reflecting my split fashion personality next season.

Maggie

Eastern Baroque

Blue Suede Boots

I tried…

Body Jewellery

Embellished Jacket

Yours,

Whisty Xx

01
Sep
11

A|wear A/W’11 preview

Hey All,

A nice change to write about a preview relevant to the season for once. I went along to the A|wear Autumn / Winter 2011 preview today. A mix of textured 60’s & 70’s pieces in autumnal and jewel tones, means that A|wear is in-tune with the rest of the high street; (its lower price points being the thing that will pull in the shoppers).

Highlights Include, Faux Furs, Especially Black

Classic Tasselled Loafers

Textures, Prints and Chunky Knits

Patent Mary-Janes and 3-tone leather bag

For me the two real stand out pieces; grey cigarette pants with ‘leather’ trim to the waist line and pockets…

…and the green tweed jacket, with bow detail being my favourites.

Bow detail.

Yours,

Whisty Xx

26
Nov
10

A Slice of Tweedy Pie

Hey All,

I’m having my second Tweed crush of the year. (see the first here).

I’ve always been a bit of a fan of the stuff but looking around the high street yesterday I fell hard for all the edgy tweed jackets I saw. Every one from Tommy Hilfiger to New Look, seems to have their own version in different shades and really modern cuts.

I always think of country gents when I think of tweed; you know, the flat-cap wearing, handle-bar moustache growing, Hooray-Henry types. However this seasons Tweed has been updated and made much more versatile.

I can actually imagine these jackets being worn with leather trousers and slouchy tops. I took a few snaps of the ones I saw and the others I found on-line:

Tommy Hilfiger

Penneys / Primark

Penneys / Primark

Dunnes Stores

Zara – I did actually take a photo of this jacket in store, but it was so blurry, if I’d posted it you would’ve felt drunk looking at it!)

Next

New Look (Actually one of my favourites, and on sale at the moment).

Topshop

Topshop

If you need any more inspiration; apparently there are ‘Tweed Runs’ in the UK and US. People who have a passion for Tweed, all get together, dress in their favourite fabric, cycle around London, LA, Boston, DC… etc.. Mad, but jolly fun I’d wager, what what.

Image via Tweedrun.com

Image via dapperdandash.wordpress.com

And if that wasn’t inspiration enough, here’s a few snaps of rather stylish ladies in Tweed to tempt you instead:

Alexa Chung – Image via Arguewitheveryone

Off Duty Models – Image via altamiranyc

Kate Moss – Image via – posh24

Whisty

Xx




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