What I’ll be wearing to LFW AW14

With one more day til London Fashion Week starts and the stylish masses descend upon Somerset House, I decided it may be time to start putting together my outfits for the shows. My style is a mixture of girly and masculine, with a strong emphasis on print and colour.  And as you can see I’m quite a fan of animal print in it’s many guises. Most of these clothes are trusty favourites from my ever expanding wardrobe, but a few are current and are still available in store.  Let me know what you think and which outfit is your favourite.  I hope you like…

Stylitz.com LFW AW14 Look 1

Look 1: Clashing monochrome prints – I’ll add a white roll neck under the top and pair with high-tops.

Credits: Fuchsia coat, Primark; Necklace and printed top, both New Look; Animal print trousers, H&M.

Stylitz.com LFW AW14 Look 2

Look 2: Pretty vintage – I’ll pair this with ankle boots and a masculine black coat.

Credits: Vintage leopard print jacket; Pale pink pleated dress, Topshop; Acorn necklace, NW3.

Stylitz.com LFW AW14 Look 3

Look 3: Boy meets girl – I’ll add gold chunky heel courts. Bow-tie or necklace? What do you think?

Credits: Varsity jacket, Urban Classics; Polka dot blouse, New Look; Boyfriend jeans, Nobody; Shoe print bow-tie, Topman; Vintage multi-strand necklace. 

Stylitz.com LFW AW14 Look 4

Look 4: Parisian chic – worn with fuschia jacket from look 1 and white Converse or flat pink pointy pumps.

Credits: Printed jacket, H&M; White shirt, New Look; Skinny jeans, Uniqlo.

Stylitz.com LFW AW14 Look 5

Look 5: Glam meets utility – I’ll add silver courts or a chunky flat boot.

Credits: Faux fur jacket, Therapy at House of Fraser; Necklace, Primark; Boilersuit jumpsuit, River Island. 

Stylitz.com LFW AW14 Shoes

Shoes (L-R): Vintage black boots; Pink suede flats, Russell & Bromley; High-tops, River Island; Vintage gold courts; Animal print pumps, Hobbs.

Unless you have the luxury of a private driver chauffeuring you between shows, flats and comfy heels are fashion week essentials. Now I just have to decide what to wear when and hope the rain eases up, otherwise my frizzy Monica-in-Barbados hair will ruin every look.

Put your back into it

It’s official, the backpack is definitely BACK!  Having bubbled as a trend on catwalks and in streetstyle snaps for a few seasons, the Hoxton hipsters carryall of choice for has now hit the mainstream. Whilst perusing yesterdays hot-off-the-press New York Fashion Week AW14 pics, I spotted too many backpacks to count.  Forget nylon rucksacks full of gym kit and leave the kitsch cartoony versions for the kids, the modern backpack is chic, clean and comes in luxurious leather.

Image Phil Oh for Vogue.com

New York Fashion Week AW14 (Image: Phil Oh for http://www.vogue.co.uk)

Image 2 Phil Oh for Vogue.com

New York Fashion Week AW14 (Image: Phil Oh for http://www.vogue.co.uk)

 Image Tommy Ton for style.com Feb 2014

New York Fashion Week AW14 (Image: Tommy Ton for http://www.style.com)

Rag & Bone AW14  - 2

Rag & Bone AW14

Rag & Bone AW14 catwalk show (Image: http://www.style.com)

Here is a selection of my favourites available now – I particularly love the Grafea ones, which come in a wide selection of colours.  I predict we’ll see many more of these across the coming fashion weeks and this trend will run and run (as will you with your new hands-free bag).  Invest early and team with miminal oversized tailoring to avoid being mistaken for a schoolgirl.

Grafea 'Piano' White and black backpack, £165, grafea.co.uk

Grafea ‘Piano’ White and black leather backpack, £165. http://www.grafea.co.uk

River Island White Quilted rucksack £30

River Island white quilted rucksack, £30. http://www.riverisland.com

Topshop perforated backpack £36

Topshop perforated monochrome backpack, £36. http://www.topshop.com

Alexander Wang Prisma Skeletal backpack £915 store.alexanderwang.com

Alexander Wang Prisma Skeletal backpack £915. http://www.alexanderwang.com/

M&S Autograph Leather Rucksack £89

Marks & Spencer Autograph Leather Rucksack, £89. http://www.marksandspencer.com

Proenza Schouler black python PS large backpack $3,050 barneys.com

Proenza Schouler black python PS large backpack, $3,050. http://www.barneys.com

3.1 Phillip Lim Orange Pashli Leather Backpack £745 www.liberty.co.uk

3.1 Phillip Lim Orange Pashli Leather Backpack, £745. http://www.liberty.co.uk

ASOS lather luxe backpack £75

ASOS leather luxe backpack, £75. http://www.asos.com

Topshop snake zip front backpack green £36

Topshop mock-snake zip front backpack, £36. http://www.topshop.com

Grafea 'Smurf' blue leather backpack £180 grafea.co.uk

Grafea ‘Smurf’ blue leather backpack, £180. http://www.grafea.co.uk

Holding image: Rucksacks £198, Chris Van Veghel at http://www.etsy.com/

Petal perfection

In the interest of defying this miserable weather I am posting all things summery on my blog this week – witness Sunday’s feature about the gorgeously bright Peter Pilotto for Target collection. Today’s piece is a feast of flowery loveliness, featuring the latest manicure offering from innovative nail polish experts Ciaté.

Ciaté Flower Manicure 4

Ciaté Flower Manicure 3b

Ciaté Flower Manicure in Strike-A-Posy, £18

Ciaté Flower Manicure 2b

Ciaté Flower Manicure 3

Ciaté Flower Manicure in Bada Bloom, £18

Available exclusively from Selfridges & Sephora this month, the adorable Flower Manicure comes in two options – the bold Strike-a-Posy in pink or the pastel Bada Bloom in blue (such great names!). Each pack comes with a 5ml polish and top coat, along with a nail file, tweezers and a selection of natural dried pressed flowers to add to your nails.  Yes that’s real flowers, so there’s no need to pick up a paintbrush and channel your inner Van Gogh, although you may need a steady hand and some skills with a pair of tweezers. So be inspired by this Spring’s bold floral trend and adorn your nails with a plethora of petals.  And just in time for a weeks practice before London Fashion Week. Fabulous!

stylitz.com Ciate Strike-a-Posey Swatch Two

stylitz.com Ciate Strike-a-Posey Swatch One

Ciaté Flower Manicure 5 Image-Pixiwoo.com

Dried pressed flowers (Bottom image: http://www.pixiwoo.com)

Ciaté Flower Manicure kits retail for £18, available exclusively from Selfridges www.selfridges.com and Sephora www.sephora.com

Printastic Peter Pilotto creates collection for Target

Those who know me will attest that I am rather partial to a print (I’d say love wouldn’t be too strong a word) and the more abstract and bold the print the harder I fall.  From painterly patterns to African batik, I have always been a champion of colour and pattern.  Therefore you can imagine how excited I am about the Peter Pilotto for Target collaboration, which launches exactly one week today.  Designer garments at rock bottom prices are my kryptonite and what’s more, for the first time ever, this Target collection will be available beyond the US shores as Net-A-Porter is stocking an edited selection. And they have promised international delivery. Perfect!

peter-pilotto-target 1

US discount store Target has long been an advocate of designer collaborations, with a huge list of notable cut-price ranges dating back to the 90s – the likes of Mulberry, Philip Lim, Alexander McQueen and Marc Jacobs have all designed pieces for the store. Add to this Net-A-Porter’s international reach, and this month’s collection looks set to be their most successful yet.

Ever since its first on-schedule catwalk show at LFW back in 2009, Peter Pilotto has been the go-to label for punchy printed statement pieces, beloved by the likes of Cate Blanchett, Emma Watson, Miranda Kerr and Kristen Stewart.

 Peter Pilotto - Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett in Peter Pilotto

Peter Pilotto - Miranda Kerr

Miranda Kerr in Peter Pilotto

Peter Pilotto - Kristen Stewart

Kristen Stewart in Peter Pilotto

Peter Pilotto - Emma Watson

Emma Watson in Peter Pilotto

A firm favourite with fashionistas and bloggers alike, the Target collection will allow those with a more modest budget to sample a piece of the Pilotto pie.

 peter-pilotto-target 3 - Dress £45

Dress £45

peter-pilotto-target 4 - Tank £25, Miniskirt £35, Trainers £30

Top £25, skirt £35, trainers £30

peter-pilotto-target 5 - Dress £80

Dress, £80

peter-pilotto-target 6 - Tee £20, bikini bottoms £15, towel £25, trainers £30

Tee £20, bikini bottoms £15, towel £25, trainers £30

peter-pilotto-target 7 - Shirtdress £35, bikini top £23 & bottoms £17,  trainers £30

Shirtdress £35, bikini top £23 and bottoms £17, trainers £30

peter-pilotto-target 12 - sunglasses £17, playsuit £50, trainers £30

Sunglasses £17, playsuit £55, trainers £30

As well as signature clashing-print fit-and-flare dresses, assymetric minis and neoprene tops, the 57-piece collection also includes swimwear, bags and some fabulous sunglasses. And all at purse-friendly prices.  The only downside is that half the world will be purchasing these pieces online, so you may have some hefty competition. Best set the alarm early next Sunday and have your best trigger finger ready for some serious statement shopping.

peter-pilotto-target 8 - jacket £60

Jacket £60

peter-pilotto-target 10 - cardi £35

Cardigan £35

peter-pilotto-target 11 - skirt £35

Skirt £35

All clothing: Peter Pilotto for Target, which launches in-store on 9th Feb. For more information go to: http://www.target.com/c/peter-pilotto-for-target-brand-shop/-/N-55hsm.

Net-a-Porter will be selling an edited 38-piece collection on the same day at www.net-a-porter.com