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Today’s Edit: the best of the British high-street

The British high street needs as much help as it can get right now. Putting aside all the issues it’s facing, issues analysed in length in previous posts, current weather is not helping either. It has been unseasonably hot this autumn. With high-winter deliveries scheduled for the next couple of weeks, I am really wondering when, or even if, retailers will manage to shift all this stock.

Thankfully, most high-street brands have realised that consumers are consciously after a better product and have started offering higher quality design-led garments. This surely is helping sales in these adverse conditions…

I want to do my part and help as much as possible. So, I am putting together 3 outfits of trend-led quality clothes from our most recognisable high-street brands; showcasing the best of what is on offer right now.

Outfit 1

Today's Edit: the best of the British high-street edit 1

Viscose twist front cropped top by Topshop £20

Cotton long-line asymmetric shirt by Modern Rarity (John Lewis) £120

Leather carrot trousers by Topshop Boutique £225

Faux Fur cocoon coat by Whistles £275

Cracked leather trainers by Jigsaw £98

Shearling backpack by Jigsaw £198

 

Outfit 2

Today's Edit: the best of the British high-street edit 2

Silk maxi dress by Warehouse £115

Leather biker jacket by Reiss £395

Leather roll-top clutch bag by Jigsaw £98

Suede and leather ankle boots by Kurt Geiger £199

Outfit 3

Today's Edit: the best of the British high-street edit 3

Tie-side rib cashmere mix sweater by Whistles £120

Iridescent pleated poly midi skirt by Jigsaw £129

Contrast panel poly duster coat by Topshop £72

Cross Body leather bag by Hobbs £199

Leather ankle boots by Kurt Geiger £210

 

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Today’s Edit: autumn’s new outfits

Why would you be looking to buy winter clothes right now? If you are not shopping for your child who is going away to university, leaving home for the first time, then why in God’s name would you be buying a coat in August? But if you are indeed getting them a new ‘Uni’ wardrobe, well done! You made it; they are finally out of the house! Now you can worry about the fees…

If you are relocating to the southern hemisphere, and more specifically to Patagonia, then everyone will understand that you have to go to the shops, in this heat, and buy a thick jumper.

If you are the rarity that people call “fashionista”, and you absolutely must buy the latest trends from Pre-fall collections, then you will be the one person who shops for boots in high-summer. Even though you won’t wear them for another two months…I am not judging!

But coats, jumpers and boots are already in the shops, and because coveting new clothes is what keeps this industry going, why don’t we indulge together in some “fashion-porn”. On this week’s edit, I am looking at what autumn product has hit the shops. I am including brand new fashions that can be bought now, to be worn immediately or later on, when weather gets a bit chillier.

Today's Edit: autumn's new outfits

Outfit on the left:

Polyester top with wide sleeves by Ellery

Wide leg frayed edge jeans by Chloé

Oversized denim jacket with detachable fur collar by MM6 by Maison Margiela

14 karat gold, diamond, and sapphire enamel necklace by Lito

Nylon shoulder bag by The Row

Sock dart fabric trainers by Nike

Outfit on the right:

Dropped shoulder denim jacket by Acne Studios

Cotton mini high-neck dress with text by Vetements

Silk mix wrap jacket with lurex by Attico

Leather backpack by F.E.V

Canvas, basketweave and suede Air Max 90 trainers by Nike x Pedro Lourenço

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Today’s Edit: Festival-ready clothes

Spring brings flowers, warmer days, increased libidos, and…music festivals. We have already had Coachella in California, but the European season of summer music festivals starts today. Lyon France is the first European city to welcome the clamour of the young and the young at heart. Just like every year, thousands of music fans will descent on fields, villages, and towns and the locals will run for the hills.

Current festivals do not have much in common with 1969’s Woodstock. They usually do not have a political message, and they are definitely more preoccupied with health and safety.  However, what they do share with Woodstock, is the rain (has anyone ever had a dry Glastonbury?), the mud, and the attention to appearances. Fashion sense is as important as knowing your small independent rock groups from your arena pleasing superstars.

Wearing fabric trainers and forgetting your hat is as stupid as taking a fur jacket to a fishing trip. Today’s edit is about festival-ready clothes, practical yet fashionable, and available in shops right now.

Denim on Denim: just make sure you wear the same wash from top to bottom

Festival clothes: Denim On Dennim

From left to right:

Marques ‘ Almeida, Chloe, Rachel Comey, Anthony Vaccarello, Acne Studios

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Today’s Edit: the British high-street is changing

The British high street is finally going through a much needed change. Most brands acknowledge now that they need to work doubly hard to secure consumers’ hard earned money. They are waking up to the fact that a point of difference and a unique voice is the only weapon they have against globalization and competition. Even when buying a t-shirt, we consumers want a story, an idea we can stand behind; why are we buying this t-shirt instead of another. We are longing for that long lost emotional connection to our clothes. We all have way too much stuff so what will make us buy more?

We want to see high-street brands behaving more like brands and less like supermarkets. We want them to remember their history and the role they once played in British fashion. We want them to be more aware as to what is happening in other industries and maybe start giving back a bit more. We need them to take chances, to embrace creativity again and don’t hide behind mass produced under-designed bland clothes. Lately it seems like brands have been listening.

M&S has been in trouble for a few years now, but recently came up with an amazing idea. It allowed fashion icon Alexa Chung to go through its vast archives and choose items to reproduce for today’s consumers. A little history lesson, and a reminder about what M&S means to all of us. Warehouse cooperates with the British Fashion Council to support and nurture emerging talents, allowing their creations to be produced and sold in its shops. Jigsaw collaborated for SS16 with print artist Audrey Louise Reynolds and created a limited edition collection of quality clothes, each one of them different from the other. All Saints uses fabrics made in Europe by traditional mills, Toast only uses quality fabrications, and Topshop brought some of its production back to the UK. And the list of innovation goes on.

Check below my edit of high-street fashion with bold pieces, limited edition clothes, and overall cool beautiful things.

Today’s Edit: the British high-street is changing1) Audrey Louise Reynolds limited edition printed silk dress for Jigsaw: £249

2)&Other Stories bold print swimsuit: £39

3)Toast real ikat hand woven cotton top loomed by traditional weavers in India: £65

4) Reiss coated denim mini skirt: £75

5) M&S archive by Alexa leather trainers: £49.50

6) Topshop Boutique kimono wrap top: £50

7) Whistles Limited cotton mix woven skirt: £150

8) Warehouse ruffle front cotton denim dress: £59

9) All Saints denim trucker coat: £149

10) Toast handmade suede sandals with wooden heel: £260

 

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