All posts tagged: Fashion

Interview: Mochi

It is not often that I spot an item of clothing so legitimately breath-taking that I must have it right now. And I am not talking about a couture gown or show-stopper coat- I am referring to beautiful and unique everyday pieces that appeal to my sensibilities and sense of style. The thing about personal style is that you have to have the confidence to invest in what inspired you, rather than feel the need to adhere to trends all the time. I love Mochi; the Dubai-based design brand ticks all the boxes for me. Founder Ayah Tabari, was born in Riyadh, raised in Amman, studied in London before she finally settled in Dubai. During her many travels she fell in love with the many ancient textiles and traditional embroidery techniques she found along the way. And so Mochi was born out of the desire to take these ancestral techniques and transform them into modern, wearable and INCREDIBLE products. Ayah has a cracking eye for design, and for bringing out the most of her exclusive fabrics. Embellished crop-tops, sweeping shoulder …

Weekly Fashion Forecast: Autumn in July

Before I moved to London, my father told me the Dad Joke to end all Dad Jokes: “You’re moving to London, eh? Did you know that summer there last year fell on a Wednesday afternoon?” he chuckled, merrily. I dismissed him, of course, and in the 9 summers since my arrival I have genuinely had a jolly good time in the mild and pleasant English Summers. Apart from this year, my dad’s prophetic Dad Joke came true….we have virtually only had a couple of days of warm weather and yesterday I actually wore BOOTS and a COAT to work. It’s kinda cold, a bit rainy and it feels more like October than July- and I blame you dad! Laughing at my meteorological predicament! Don’t be fooled by the shiny sun-like icon on Friday- all week, any glimmer of sunshine has rapidly given way to shower and gusts of wind. I am not best pleased. I do advise you continue to carry your brolly around, and do keep a light jumper in your bag because the …

Weekly Fashion Forecast: Sunshine & Showers

Just like Daft Punk’s ‘Get Lucky‘ is the sound of the summer (yes every summer!), Sunshine and Showers is the story of every summer in London. I listen to the radio a lot, and I sort of feel bad for the weather reporters who just have to repeat the same forecast every hour for three whole months. The upside, of course, is that I honestly believe that clothes are much more interesting in the summer. It may be because I was born in the Tropics, but winter clothes, even the most glamorous are always a bit utilitarian for simple virtue of the fact that they are primarily intended to keep us warm. I actually think the fashion world agrees with me. We all noticed the open toe sandals and bare legs on display last February in New York Fashion Week, even as Manhattan was ravished by a super snow-storm. That’s because summer clothes are much cooler, even if they leave us feeling much colder. But looking cool is the name of the game at NYFW …

A quick guide to Classic Summer

There are a few outfit combinations that are flawless, flattering and effortlessly chic. In the summer these staples should constitute a fundamental part of any wardrobe. A Breton top, khakis, a white Broderie Anglaise dress,espadrilles etc etc. In fact, with just a few classic pieces, a summer wardrobe can be born, no muss, no fuss. However- NOTHING is more important than individual style, and I would never suggest that we should just unquestioningly buy stripy tops and expect to look Parisian chic. What I am suggesting is that we take inspiration from these delightfully classic combinations and reinvent these pieces and add your own flair and personal signature. I have taken some inspiration from some of my favourite bloggers- Leandra, Chiara, Aimee and Julia- in order to see how they have riffed on these classic and what lessons you can learn from these pros. Khakis as worn by Leandra Medine (The Man Repeller) Leandra Medine is just a wonderful human, she is full of style and flare. But most importantly, she is not afraid to look completely bonkers …

Weekly Fashion Forecast: Summer Rain

Rain is just a fact of life- and nowhere more so than in London. It rains a lot….and by a lot I mean A LOT. I think that’s why in the summer where it rains slightly less everyone gets over excited and goes outside. Pubs, clubs, restaurants and shops all migrate to the sidewalks or pop-up in parks when the weather is fair. This week however, the rain will be back. It will still fee fairly hot, and London does get muggy and humid, so I recommend a light trench- the most classic and chic of all rain clothes. Leather shoes keep feet dry and a hat protects the hair- but I wouldn’t be a Londoner if I didn’t carry a brolly with me (that’s an umbrella for all you foreigners and Americans). The other thing that I would certainly recommend is to keep a light cardigan in your bag, because as soon as night hits, the temperature drops. I like grey cashmere- just sayin’. This is what I’ll be wearing this week: Hat, Rag & Bone, …

What is PRE-FALL anyway?

At nursery school every child in the English-speaking world learns the same things: the days of the week, the alphabet, numbers until ten and the seasons of the year. Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall (or Autumn, if you are in the UK). Every year, the same cycle, one season after the other, in the never-ending circle of life. However there are a few days between each season when the weather has not quite flipped yet; in the past we would have just carried a cardigan or mac out with us in the morning, in case it was not quite as warm as expected. This arrangement has worked for everyone since time immemorial. After all, even before fashion was an industry human beings have been very competent at dressing ourselves for the weather. But the fashion industry is never satisfied. Four seasons?? Pah! That’s for nursery school kiddies. Traditionally the fashion calendar has defied the natural laws of nature, and operated with two main season: Spring/Summer, and Fall/Winter, that’s why there are only two major fashion weeks. …

Weekly Fashion Forecast- Muggy London

London in the summer is absolutely the best place on Earth. Everyone is happier, the city is bustling and absolutely everything moves outside….Restaurants find ways to pop-up on roofs, or to food markets and every bar overpills out on to the streets. But I really love London in the summer because it becomes the most stylish place ever in the summer. Gone are frumpy winter cosy clothes, and in come hot pants, vintage floaty dresses and cotton-candy coloured hair. Heaven. This week however, it will not be sunny, but it will be hot. Which means that it will be muggy and humid and that is just not a good look on anyone. My top tip is to not be fooled by the ominous clouds gathering outside your window, because it WILL stay sweaty. Soz. By the end of the week the sun will be out again and everyone will be happy… Which is why I have chosen the humble white t-shirt as my jump-off point this week. It’s flexible, so you can wear it on grey …