WHAT TO WEAR
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT STYLE RIGHT NOW
It’s party time, and this season, event dressing goes beyond the dependable LBD. Get set to stun in eye-catching eveningwear resplendent with mega-watt sequins and high-shine fabrics. From spotlight-stealing silks to luxurious velvets, adorn everything with decadent embellishment – even right down to your twinkle toes. But remember: sequins are for life, not just the festive period.
STYLE TIP: Make these look-at-me pieces the stars of the show. Pair with a minimalist palette and modern silhouettes to truly razzle dazzle ’em.
ALICE LEVINE IN HACKNEY, EAST LONDON
The DJ, presenter & author reveals her favorite neighborhood haunts
Radio 1 DJ by day, Jackson and Levine supper club host by night, and one third of the now infamous rush hour wonder, My Dad Wrote a Porno podcast (if you haven’t listened, subscribe immediately), Alice Levine is living proof that a girl can never be too busy. We’re not surprised then that one of her favorite things to do is head home to Hackney and hunker down after a long day. A self-confessed creature of habit, Alice has stayed put in the area since moving after university 10 years ago. She can’t pinpoint exactly why she loves being an EastEnder so much, but whatever it is, she can’t get enough of the melting pot of local haunts right on her doorstep.
We present your guide to Hackney, as told by its most charming resident.
While away the hours trying everything on the menu at The Good Egg in an appropriately lengthy outfit
Blend in with the natural habitat and say it with dark and brooding flowers as you #GreenUpYourGaff at Grace & Thorn
Order a tasty tipple and cozy up in The Chesham Arms’ nooks and crannies while playing board games
Elegantly dramatic, winter’s bewitching femme fatales are a far cry from the ethereal beings of seasons past. And yet, through the shadowy sheerness of tulle and chiffon and the mystical webbing of guipure lace, there’s a softness to the look that’s undeniably romantic. This is the twilight hour – and Jonathan Simkhai, Ellery and more are coming out to play.
STYLE TIP: Juxtapose the fluidity of flyaway fabrics with an edgier attitude of black leather and structured tailoring. For a heavenly accent, look to pearls and precious gems.
Founder & Creative Director of Edie Parker
Single-handedly bringing fun to our fingertips, Brett Heyman's charismatic clutches and tongue-in-chic accessories are beloved by all for their playful personality and New York attitude. In fact, it’s this humorous approach of her label, Edie Parker – affectionately named after her daughter – that continues to attract the international style set in their droves. As well as those personal(ized) touches, of course! So, we just had to get to grips with Brett’s original inspiration and exactly what she carries in her own petite plus one. Tune in to find out...
What to team with your Edie Parker clutch? Echo its itsy bitsy proportions with a retro mini skirt! Plus, as we all know, it’s what’s on the inside that counts – so make sure you’re using yours to carry an equally stylish wallet.
ESCAPE TO THE SUN
ESCAPE TO THE SUN
Planning a far-flung adventure to banish the winter blues? Lucky you! Prepping outfits for sundowners on the beach can be hard when you’re layering up against dropping temperatures, so avoid panic buying too many bikinis and look to our vacation edit of sand-skimming dresses and tan-enhancing jumpsuits. It’s perfect for all the chic heat-seekers out there.
STYLE TIP: Teaming broderie anglaise dresses with one-piece wonders will transport you from desk to distant shores in no time – and make you feel even less guilty for all the ‘no filter’ photos by the pool. #SorryNotSorry.
THE WEDDING BOUTIQUE
As if your diary wasn’t full enough of festivities, you’re now facing a season of weddings. Whether you’re tying the knot or jetting off for your BFF’s big day, you’re bound to be asking a myriad of questions: should I wear white? Will someone be wearing the same dress? Whatever the invitation, our Wedding Boutique is here to solve all your sartorial dilemmas. We’ve gathered the very best bridal gowns, guest dresses and happily-ever-after jewels into one place to ensure you stand out at the main event.
And we haven’t stopped there! We’ve asked the experts for their advice, from mastering dress codes (trust us, black tie is never optional) to the hottest locations for a destination wedding, so you can tick off your bucket list and to-do list at the same time.
Fashion designer & flare aficionado
If, like us, you can recognize award-winning designer Kym Ellery's trademark swooshy, Seventies-inspired silhouette from a mile away, get ready to dial in. Kym’s modern approach to tailoring shook the fashion world when she launched her brand back in 2007 and has taken her from under-the-radar to the name on everyone’s lips at Paris Fashion Week. Not bad for what began as a side hustle while working at RUSSH magazine! We caught up for a tête-à-tête about the original inspiration behind those flamboyant frills, relocating from Perth to Paris, and – most importantly – how she manages to get anything done without her supersized sleeves getting in the way! Listen in…
When she’s not in the pattern room working on her next collection, Kym explores the City of Light’s cobbled streets in a pair of flats. Channel her signature classic, minimal style and practice your poise – while making sure you don’t get your Ellery sleeves dirty.
THE GREAT COVERUP
Look around... what do you see? Or rather, what don’t you see? This season, the not-so-naked truth is that, when it comes to skin, less is definitely more. Favoring a more modest silhouette for fall, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Joseph and more have got you covered with voluminous sleeves, high-rise necklines and skirts that sweep to the floor.
STYLE TIP: Perfecting this look is a balancing act. When sleeves are supersized, draw the eye to your waist with a neat belt and sure enough, you’ll have mastered modern modesty.
We’re planting the seed for fall florals. Sure, they may seem, dare we say it, late to the game, but this season’s wistful blooms are a darker, much moodier bunch. Delicate wildflower patterns bring drama to romantic ruffles and decadent devoré velvet textures, and when worn with poppy-bright, ’70s-style knits, offer a fresh perspective for fall. Care for them now and watch your style kudos grow as the season progresses and the weather gets colder.
STYLE TIP: Usually find florals a little too feminine? Picking unexpected accessories such as patent stiletto boots to go with your brooding blooms might change your mood.
JESSICA JOFFE IN THE LOWER UPPER EAST SIDE, NEW YORK
The actress, journalist & model reveals her favorite neighbourhood haunts
Ever felt like a rolling stone? Hamburg-born Jessica Joffe can relate. After a nomadic childhood spent between Munich, London and Paris, she eventually settled in what she affectionately calls the Lower Upper East Side, New York. She couldn't tell us the year she first moved to the city without revealing her age (a lady never tells), but we do know it coincided with her first New York moment – landing a job at the prestigious literary magazine, The Paris Review. And despite since working for the New York Observer and as a model and actress (she was in 2014's A Most Wanted Man), the area's off-beat charm and 'glamorous grannies' continue to captivate her.
We present your guide to the Lower Upper East Side, as told by its most charismatic resident.
The comfort food at Lexington Candy Shop calls for comfort dressing! Go off-duty – and be sure to order that tuna melt
Scouring the shelves of Argosy Book Store for Dickens, Hardy and other rare classics? Pay a visit to our very own Classics Boutique
Everyone knows the best way to discover the city is by foot, so take a stroll through Central Park in a pair of sneakers to beat the hustle and bustle
THE CASHMERE BOUTIQUE
To master cashmere is to master the art of a winter wardrobe. Cuddlesome crew-necks, luxe layering and turtlenecks toasty enough to keep out the cold – when forecasts are frostier than ever, our cashmere boutique will be your sartorial salvation. The weather outside may be frightful, but Autumn Cashmere, Duffy and more are just so delightful...
With fall underway, it’s easy to reach for your trusty old boots (we’re looking at you, black ankle grazers). But thanks to Gianvito Rossi, Valentino and more, we’re initiating a seasonal refresh with our triad of on-trend footwear. From the red-hot shade to styles that reach sky high, these must-haves will give any outfit an extra kick.
From scarlet stilettos to crimson block heels, a pop of red adds spice to raw-hem jeans and livens up this season’s modest silhouettes. Think of these as the cherry on top (or bottom) of any outfit.
Skin-tight or slouchy, knee-high boots are bringing sexy back this fall. Team styles by Jimmy Choo, Sergio Rossi and more with clever layers or slit midi dresses for legs that last for days.
If you’re looking to make a bold style gesture, turn your attention to fall’s textural takeover, where Chloé, Missoni and more are craftily combining touchable fabrics and riotous colors right on cue for the cold snap. Basically, if it looks and feels anything like a ‘70s shag carpet, it should take pride of place in your new-season wardrobe. All hail maximalism!
STYLE TIP: Fashion favors the brave. Ignore your instincts to scale down the look, and curate the chaos instead for an artful result.
THE CLASSICS BOUTIQUE
Fashion pillars, closet essentials, the bread and butter of your look… whichever moniker you give them, certain pieces stand out in your wardrobe for their reliability, versatility and enduring appeal. Between a little black dress and a sleek silk blouse, they’re the stylish staples you wouldn’t get far without.
As for us? We’re calling them ‘the classics’ – because they just can’t be beaten!
THE TOP THREE BAGS
Style? It’s in the bag, thanks to our triple-threat selection of take-everywhere treats. Because a good bag has the potential to elevate an outfit from zero to hero, we’re putting our trust in pared-down, plush-touch and poppy-bright creations. Introducing fall’s top three bags – to have, and to hold.
LET'S GET MINIMAL
Move over maximalism! Fall’s less-is-more philosophy has found its way to our accessories. Discreet offerings by Jil Sander, DKNY and more are classics in the making.
Get touchy feely with the latest crop of tactile treats from Tory Burch, Diane von Furstenberg and more. We’re talking the whole glorious gamut, from buttery suede and satin to cloud-soft shearling.
MISSY RAYDER IN THE WEST VILLAGE, NEW YORK
The model, Wisconsin native and long-term New Yorker reveals her favorite neighborhood haunts
Supermodel Missy Rayder traded the small town life for the Big Apple after her first big break and has never looked back. Whether she’s flying across the globe one day or shooting a huge campaign the next, Missy Rayder always returns to New York’s West Village – the place she’s called home since she moved there 17 years ago. Its European charm and low-key aesthetic match Missy's perfectly, and her favorite local hangouts always keep her coming back for more.
We present your guide to the West Village, as told by its most fashionable resident.
10 KEY PIECES
Every season, there are certain styles that start popping up everywhere – the styles that you see on your fashionable best friends, industry insiders, street style stars and the like – and it can feel like you missed the memo. With our edit of the 10 key pieces for fall, you can kiss that feeling goodbye and rest assured you’ll always be a step ahead. From the modest dress silhouette to the new way to power dress, these standout styles will take your closet to the next level, and beyond.
In no particular order…
RED, RED WINE
Full-bodied, robust and vibrant: the best way to ease into the new season is with a sophisticated red. Yes, right now is all about pairing your outfit to your Pinot Noir, so become a style sommelier and wear rich shades of deep merlot and smooth claret top to toe. Tonal dressing may feel intense but trust us, this trend is intoxicating in a good way – and has serious legs.
STYLE TIP: Do mix your tones responsibly; accent burgundy shades with brighter berry notes to strike the right balance.
It’s safe to say that international top model and globe-trotting actress, Amber Valletta, is no stranger to the most decadent designer looks. And yet, off the runway, the regular cover star is firmly in her element in a pair of tried-and-trusted blue jeans. Despite regularly taking ‘all of five minutes’ to get ready, Amber somehow manages to look cool and composed wherever she goes – so how does she do it? Join us as we get the inside scoop!
Feel like channeling Amber’s effortless, top model style? Start with (or without) underwear, then build your look around off-duty denim and a forever, leather jacket. Or, if you’re waking up and working out à la Amber, we’ve got what you need for that too!
The original Man Repeller
If you haven’t already heard of Leandra Medine, you’ve more than definitely heard of her alias. The face and brains behind Man Repeller, the blogger, journalist and all-around fashion industry favorite is renowned for her irreverent, witty take on life and style – with a podcast, best-selling book and eponymous shoe line under her tube-top belt. Leandra knows better than anyone the importance of switching off come summer (easier said than done), which is why we’re asking her how she manages it. Follow her lead, turn your Out of Office on and join us as we find out...
Instantly recognizable by her outré wardrobe, Leandra’s charismatic style is one we all want to emulate. Ditch the pants and opt for summery shorts, fancy flats and statement tops to make your presence felt this season.