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 / vogue.com

 

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

Image Credits: poses.moda

The New Denim

Designer denim

Despite its reputation as a simple wardrobe staple, when denim takes on an uber-stylish new guise it makes us sit up and take notice.  Hello Vetements’ reworked vintage jeans.  And these images from a recent shoot by WWD.com pick up on designers’ various plays on our fashion favourite for next season.

This dark voluminous skirt with its hitched hem was one of a dozen or so denim looks shown by Miu Miu on its autumn/winter catwalk.  And WWD has amped up the volume further, transforming it into a double-tiered style, by tying one of the brand’s denim jackets at the model’s waist…

Designer denim

R13’s new take on double denim sees the New York-based brand overlay a pair of their ripped  jeans  with a similarly distressed ‘built in’ skirt…

Designer denim

And I love how Stella McCartney has elongated the traditional denim jacket to create this  slim-fitting button-through dress…

Designer denim

Our continued fascination with this workwear-fabric certainly shows no signs of waning.

See more images from the shoot here

Image Credits: wwd.com

Style Breakdown

Style Breakdown | MODE+MAISON

This relatively unremarkable image catches my eye each time it appears in my Pinterest feed.  While the colours (or lack of them) and clothes themselves hardly scream ‘look at me’, it’s the styling and small details that continue to draw me in…

  • The deep v-neck of that cosy knit reveals just a sliver of black lace, which provides the perfect contrast of texture, and touch of femininity, to balance the masculine inspired style.
  • Pushed up sleeves show off multiple gold bracelets which again, provide an element of femininity.  And they’re each delicate enough not to overpower.
  • The ‘just right’ relaxed fit of the simple black trousers reinforces the look’s overall feeling of ease.
  • Battered black ankle boots with trailing laces add to the air of nonchalance I associate with the wearer, as does the love-worn leather jacket.
  • A glimpse of red nail varnish adds just a touch of glamour.

I wonder, having said all this, if she just threw this look together?  Probably…

Image Credit: Pinterest