PostStreet style – Stratford: London

Men's autumn fashion No longer just a place for teenagers to hang out at the weekends, the shopping mall has become the ultimate stomping ground for leaders of the fashion pack. We weren’t disappointed on a recent visit to shopping paradise Westfield Stratford City.

Go gingham style with a checked shirt, sports utility backpack, chinos and a pair of tan or brown brogues with bright colour pop laces. Rock just the right amount of geek chic by adding a pair of thick-rimmed specs in black or tortoiseshell.

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We adore these wide leg cream culottes. Make the most of the last of the summer sun and team them with an off the shoulder crop top and sandals for a pretty, minimalist outfit.  Give the look a refresh come September by adding a fringed shoe boot or some T-bar flats. Add a boxy black top with an elbow length sleeve to maintain that must-have monochrome.

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PostOrla Kiely – the interview

Orla Kiely interview

From Kate Middleton to Alexa Chung, Orla Kiely is adored by those in-the-know. So before the launch of our second collaboration we took some time to find out a little more about the ‘Queen of Prints’…

 

Hats were the first stepping stone and I always knew there would be more. We grew our collection very quickly to include bags and accessories, which we became known for, and continued to build the brand organically to include clothing and home wear.

At the heart of our brand is always print and colour. We consistently reference and take influence from the 60s and 70s because we love it. They had so much style in the 70s – think Catherine Deneuve. I love the bold graphic patterns inspired by flowers and nature. We don’t follow trends and stay true to ourselves. It’s a style and taste that, luckily, many love.

We have colour and print at the heart of our design ethos which lends itself beautifully from fashion to home and lifestyle. I love that – I have always been inspired by architecture and mid-century design across all my work. My favourite print has to be the multi-stem. It’s the most recognizable and it’s evolved into, I’m told, an iconic print. It’s a very versatile pattern which we modify and develop each season.

When I’m not wearing one of my statement prints I like to wear Marni, Prada, Marc Jacobs and vintage when I’m lucky enough to find it. I keep it simple and tend to have one statement piece which could be either colour or print.

 Orla on her Clarks SS14 collection…

Clarks has been my favourite collaboration to date. I’ve wanted to design shoes for a long time and when the offer came from Clarks it gave me that chance.It was incredibly exciting. It was my first footwear collection and the response we received was amazing. It’s shown me there’s a demand for shoes like this, and I’m looking forward to seeing our AW14 collection go on sale. We designed these shoes for people who share our taste. People who love colour and good design.

The AW14 Orla Kiely collection goes on sale 5/9/14.   

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PostPre-fall fashion

What to wear in August

In mid-summer you won’t want to heavily invest in major in-season updates, but some key AW14 items can help re-spin your late summer look. One such transitional hero is the biker boot. A key trend for AW14 they will help inject some new season nowness into your wardrobe and will still look fresh in fall.

Wear it now:

  • Boxy, boyish – what’s not to love about this summer’s linen shirts, keep the top button fixed and sleeves rolled high
  • Add some petal power with high-waisted  monochrome shorts
  • Accessorise with tortoise-shell round frame sunnies and unisex gold watch
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PostHow to wear a midi skirt

Midi-skirts

The midi skirt has been a sure fire hit this summer. Although traditionally not the easiest length to wear, once you get it right the elegant lengths are super flattering.

The midi usually falls at the mid-calf (hence the name) but some new styles have crept lower so they’re almost reaching the ankle. New York socialite Olivia Palermo was even spotted wearing her looser midi skirt up high as a bandeau dress – creating a wardrobe 2-4-1 (win!).

With real petal power, we think this midi works best with simple block heel sandals and a clean slice of white on top. As summer draws to a close teaming the midi with sandals is the perfect way to transition in style. In early August combine it with a short boxy top to break up your silhouette and then as it starts to get cooler create some casual contrast by wearing it with a cream chunky knit sweater.

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PostMonochrome: Grey days in summer

As part of London Collections: Men we gifted two of our favourite bloggers Jonathan Daniel Pryce - GarconJon.com and Iñaki Carvajal – FashionFrankly.com a new pair of kicks. Although the two styles were worlds apart both bloggers teamed them with grey monochrome – which means there must be something in it.

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Jonathan’s oxblood Oxfords, red socks and gold watch popped against the grey backdrop of his fitted knit sweater and crisp slacks.

Iñaki wore his sand suede Desert London’s barefoot with grey jeans and a grey crew neck sweater.  We’re all off to get some grey in our lives.

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