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Retro Flourish

Retro style doesn’t have to be old-fashioned – sometimes a nod to a different era can propel a design into unexplored territory. See how contemporary designers reference ages through style.


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Lanvin Embellished duchesse-satin maxi skirt £1,870


Evoke a bygone era with this voluminous satin maxi-skirt. Pair with dramatic yet directional earrings and a simple silk camisole for romance with an edge.
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Christopher Kane Silk-chiffon blouse £495
Christopher Kane Chiffon-paneled satin skirt £995
The master of the sharpest design surprises with a sweet blouse and skirt combo that could complement even Katherine Hepburn with its patrician grace.


Miu Miu Reversible shearling coat £5,235
Kenneth Jay Lane Gold-plated faux pearl ring £65
Luxuriate in the role of 1960s sex kitten with a decadent candy-coloured shearling coat – perfect matched with a figure-hugging jumper dress, minxish heels and a pearl ring.
Acne Studios Silk-blend organza mini dress £950
Directional structuring creates a stunning take on the A-line dress. Wear with dinky flats and the oversized Celine earrings from above for a truly hip update on Edie Sedgwick’s “Factory Girl” style.

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Alexander McQueen Crepe jacket £2,075

Acne Studios Luisa I shiny grass green trousers £1600
Finds + Catherine Prevost 18-karat gold nugget ring
The crepe jacket has padded shoulders and fierce tailoring for a 1970s-by-way-of-1930s look. Combine with a neutral chiffon blouse, Acne’s vibrant flares and sharp mules for a daytime look worthy of Anita Pallenburg herself. The organic, mineral shape of the ring adds a hippy touch.
Asymmetric leather skirt £1,215

Ippolita Gelato 18-karat gold, topaz and diamond ring£3,200

A metallic vest crafted to look like chainmail, worn with a white vest, asymmetric leather and a delicate ring and necklace is an instant update on Sloaney 1980s glamour.
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Alexander McQueen Metallic jacquard mini dress£3,165
Miu Miu Bow-embellished leather and patent-leather mules £515
All the anarchic, playful spice of the 1990s are conjured by this striking dress and the flirtatious shoes.
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May I introduce you to “Spring-spiration”

Yesterday was May Day and that means it’s officially spring. I have celebrated by carefully sifting the couture web for the best of this season’s inspirations. Some of the dresses cost more than my current yearly income, but as Oscar Wilde said, “We are all in the gutter but some of us are looking at the stars.” Or, avant-garde organza.

Below is a selection of the most fun, fantastic or fashion-forward pieces I’ve found. I will do a post of more affordable fashion soon. In the meantime – enjoy!


Delpozo embellished faille and organza gown £6,500


Inspired by the work of artist Josef Albers, this gown plays with the traditional prom dress form by adding a quirky modern design of conch shells. Keep make up and hair very simple, perhaps a bun and neutral tones on your face so that the dress rightly claims the centre of attention.


Ashish Sequined silk-georgette gown £2,520


This sequined dress drapes ravishingly over the body thanks to its bias cut. It is both luxe and provocative.


Halston Heritage Cross front plissé-chiffon gown £520


This delightful gown is demure yet whimsical, in a fresh mint green. Perfect for outdoor events.

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Alexander McQueen Kansai Kite printed silk-satin gown £3,995
Alexander McQueen Laser-cut leather sandals £695
This silk-satin kimono is inspired by Sarah Burton’s own personal collection of kimonos and features a bold black, red and blush design. The dramatic slashed sleeves create movement. Pair with the label’s laser cut sandals for an explosively chic look.
Marchesa Notte Embellished metallic brocade gown £1,470

Arme de L’Amour Rose gold-plated ear cuff £140

This stunning metallic brocade gown is embellished with beads, sequins and 3D fringed floral appliqués for a truly awe-inspiring look. It needs no embellishment save for a subtle ear cuff to add a modern twist to the classic Dior-referencing shape.
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Marchesa Notte Appliquéd tulle mini dress £730
Be sexy in this navy tulle design, with a pretty flared hem. Team with sultry eye make up and slicked back hair for an intriguing evening look.
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Alexander McQueen silk-satin gown £1,985
My favourite of this selection. Crafted in Italian silk satin, the gown is unlined for a luxurious feel and billowing movement. A lesson in old school Hollywood glamour, it needs nothing but a slick of dangerously red lipstick and loose waves a la Kim Basinger in LA Confidential.
1.Junya Watanabe Cropped faux patent-crocodile jacket £430
2.Christian Louboutin Pigalle Spikes 85 leather pumps £845

3. Lulu Guinness black lips Perspex clutch £245


Three eye-catching items create a tough yet playful look, with Junya Watanabe’s futuristic structured jacket and the sugary orange spikes of the pumps showing the best of modern innovation. Wear with a simple white tee and black jeans to let what’s on top do the talking.

1. Splendid wilder washed-chambray jumpsuit £340

2. Christian Louboutin Vagachina 120 leather and suede mules £745

A casual denim jumpsuit is the perfect foil for these daring and wild accessories: the Spring 15 collection sunglasses that will no doubt attract imitators and the surreal fun of the Louboutin “mirage” heel.

1. Alexander McQueen cotton pique shirt dress £1,135
2. Acne Ilona shoes £490

2. Finds + Wouters & Hendrix gold-plated necklace £145

3. Alexander McQueen The Heroine textured-leather tote £1,595

Pleated sleeves and added drama elevate this shirt dress above the rest. Wear with Acne’s striking graphic heeled shoes, a witty necklace and a vibrant violet bag for the freshest, chicest Spring look money can buy.
Erdem Alda guipure lace gown £4,760
A Victorian-inspired, delicate lace gown creates understated, eccentric femininity.
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Saturday Style: Couture Special

This week’s style is brought to you by the colours of spring and the watchword couture. A bulletin from Paris Fashion Week is followed by some fun designer inspirations for the turning of the seasons.



Michelle Elie in a Comme des Garçons dress



Solange Knowles at Carven with Malone Souliers shoes.


Jared Leto as Karl Lagerfeld steals Kim K’s bleach thunder.

Drama and lace at Alexander McQueen.

Luxe 80s glitz at Balmain.

From left: Balenciaga, Chanel and Giambattista Valli


Alice + Olivia Preena applique stretch cotton and tulle minidress, £610, net-a-porter.com. A witty yet ladylike piece.
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Elizabeth and James India feather-trimmed crepe cotton mini dress, £400, net-a-poter.com. This is a fairy-tale warm-weather dress, accessorise with only the most sugary of pastels and the Ryan Storer two-finger ring (see below).
Junya Watanabe Faux-leather circle top, £875, Selfridges. The Japanese designer’s top has to be the most fun waterproof ever.
Junya Watanbe faux suede and organza top, £2,410 net-a-porter.com. This is out of stock and unlikely to be back in, but has to be included for the structural art of it. If you can find a similar top available, maybe for less money, snap it up. Your office won’t know what’s hit it when you waltz in wearing this.
Kenzo pique mini dress, £415, net-a-porter.com. Sport luxe for warm days.
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Erdem Ama draped guipere lace skirt, £1,765, net-a-porter.com. This tropical, dramatic skirt shows guipere lace is a fabric to look out for this season.
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Burberry Prorsum dip-dyed lace skirt, £695, net-a-porter.com. Pretty.
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Ryan Storer rose gold-plated Swarovski pearl two-finger ring, £140, net-a-porter.com.
Anya Hindmarch printed twill-silk scarf, £250, net-a-porter.com.
Burberry Prorsum cropped suede jacket with patent leather panels, £2595, net-a-porter.com. A directional statement piece in candy suede.
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Isabel Marant Jeanne plisse-leather waist belt, £850, net-a-porter.com.
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Alexander McQueen jacquard knit mini dress £1,365, net-a-porter.com
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Marni draped printed silk-crepe top, £650, net-a-porter.com. The bold iris print and asymmetric draping mean this top could be paired with jeans and sandals and still provide instant chic on a relaxed spring city break.
Peter Pilotto “Haze” draped jersey and silk-chiffon mix dress £1,680, net-a-porter.com. This Summer of Love-inspired dress has an artistic feel.
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Oscar Dresses

Lady Gaga paired her dress with red washing up gloves, Rita Ora flashed her bum (sigh) and some people won some awards.

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Stunning: Best Actress nominee Felicity Jones in Alexander McQueen.

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Gladiatrix: Laura Dern in Alberta Ferretti.


Flawless: Rosamund Pike in Givenchy.


John Revolt-her: Travolta lurks up behind Scarlett Johansson and gets handy with her dangerously hourglass, Versace-clad figure. Her face is – quite literally – a picture.


If it’s true that society gets the stars it deserves, then what we deserve is a perplexing, Australian Cousin It impersonator. That’s Sia.

As for the awards, Eddie Redmayne won Best Actor, Julianne Moore Best Actress and Birdman Best Film.

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