Confessions of a Serial Shopper

black pants

Only five?  That was my reaction when back in December, I came across an article with the headline ‘…5 Pairs of Black Pants Every Woman Should Own’. While the editor was encouraging readers to splash out on a handful of different styles which, she assured us, we would be proud to own, I was left wondering how I could possibly consider culling my collection, that runs well into double-digits.

Julie Hurst

When it comes to black trousers, I have to admit that I’m a serial shopper. And I’m certainly not alone in having a penchant for multiple purchases – many of us have a fashion favourite that we can’t seem to get enough of.

In my latest article for High St magazine, I reveal the good, the bad and the ugly side of serial shopping, and question that elusive capsule closet  – is whittling down our wardrobes to the bare bones really all it’s cracked up to be?

If you’d like to read the article in full click here.

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Cannes’ Fashion Controversy

Red carpet fashion

Susan Sarandon / Vanessa Paradis / Victoria Beckham

The 2016 Cannes Film Festival comes to a close this weekend, and with it, wall to wall coverage of red carpet fashion. I’m not a fan of so-called event dressing, and have shared my frustrations before (here) at the constant stream of glamorous gowns that have become staples at film premieres and award ceremonies alike.

But this year in Cannes, these lovely ladies were among a handful of stars who bucked Hollywood tradition and chose to take to La Croisette, controversially in trousers!

Here’s hoping this is one trend that has legs…

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Mario Testino: No Limits

Kate Moss

Kate Moss / British Vogue / 2008

If you’re lucky enough to live in or near Copenhagen, or are planning a visit over the summer, then if you’re a fashion lover, Mario Testino’s ‘No Limits’ exhibition is a must-see.

Staged at the city’s GL STRAND until 18th September, the celebrated photographer’s work is being shown across three floors, highlighting three distinct themes across his vast body of work: high fashion imagery, nudes and royal portraiture.

There is also the chance to see a short film featuring the man himself, in conversation with filmmaker Jesse Dylan, where he talks about his life, work and many famous, and infamous, subjects.

Stella Tennant

Stella Tennant / American Vogue / 2006

And although the exhibition was specially conceived for Copenhagen, a city much admired by Mario Testino for its sense of freedom, I for one hope that it will travel closer to home.

Learn more about the exhibition here

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Ballet Beautiful

Ballet dancers

These beautiful black and white images, captured by renowned German photographer Peter Lindbergh, form part of the New York City Ballet’s 2016-17 campaign.

Shot out of context, at a country house in upstate New York rather than in the dancers’ traditional theatre home, and styled ever so simply by Julia von Boehm, the elegant and informal photographs capture a not often seen side of ballet…

Ballet dancers

Ballet dancer

Ballet dancer

See more images from the shoot here

See more of Peter Lindbergh’s work here

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Word on the Street

street style Diletta Bonaiuti

As the owner of a predominantly black and white, pattern-free wardrobe, it was surprising to say the least when, scrolling through my Pinterest feed, this image caught my eye. Especially as it was Diletta Bonaiuti’s striking floral knit that had captured my attention. And I couldn’t quite get it out of my head.

So when I saw it for a second time, courtesy of Instagram, worn by the editor of ES Magazine Laura Weir, I knew it had to be mine.  But who made it and where was it from?  I had no idea.

JW Anderson Resort 2016 | Laura Weir

Having exhausted Google – I searched every combination of ‘floral’ ‘white cross’ and ‘knit’ you could possibly think of, and everything in between – I resigned myself to trawling the online stores in the hope of striking it lucky.  And lucky I was.  The piece in question was from J.W. Anderson’s Resort 2016 collection, and a few clicks later it was being couriered from Browns in London to deepest Kent, via Farfetch.

Once the search was over, and the beloved knit was finally mine, I then backtracked, curious to see how the designer had styled it for his Resort presentation. And it struck me that had I seen the piece on Vogue Runway first, rather than in Tommy Ton’s street style snap, I don’t think it would have had such an impact.  In fact, I’m certain the knit wouldn’t now be proudly hanging in my closet.

JW Anderson Resort 2016 | Floral Knit


Compare the relative ease of scrolling through your Instagram or Pinterest feed to see how an item has been styled for ‘real life’ by a favourite blogger, to endeavouring to translate a designer’s runway looks or an editor’s glossy magazine shoot into something more every day.

Julie Hurst – In Praise of Personal Style

The success of street style photography, and personal social media feeds, is in the way they complement the more traditional fashion images, such as catwalk looks and editorial shoots, by showcasing designer pieces in everyday situations – both Diletta and Laura had styled J.W. Anderson’s knit in a way that I, and my style, could readily relate to, compared with the clashingly-colourful and quite eclectic runway-ready look.  They are also another great source of inspiration, bringing to our attention brands that we would perhaps not typically turn to for a fashion fix – this is my first J.W. Anderson purchase.

And it’s not just designer brands that are benefitting from this digital phenomenon – I spent most of the winter in a pair of black leather boots, cut perfectly close to the ankle, that I had tracked down to Topshop after spotting them on the feet of a Swedish blogger.

While there is increasing talk, much of it justified, about how much ‘real life’ these candid shots now actually portray, their ability to create desire for an item, and subsequent impact upon how we dress, cannot be denied.

Image Credits: @tommyton / @laura_weir /


Big Easy

Black and white fashion photography

When I first stumbled across this editorial I thought it was a repost from the past, but it actually appears in this month’s edition of Vogue Australia.

Titled ‘Big Easy’, model Luna Bijl was styled by Katie Mossman and photographed by Sebastian Kim for the shoot, which has a nostalgic downtown glamour feel about it.

It was difficult to select my favourites, but here are the images that made the cut…

Black and white fashion photography


Black and white fashion photography


Black and white fashion photography

See more images from the shoot here

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