Our editors play dress up as they slip on some of the most coveted new-season pieces in London’s Joseph store – proving that, when it comes to fashion, some of us never grow up.
What happens when two girls get invited into one of the most impeccably stocked multi-brand stores in the world to select the pieces they predict will be the hottest of the season? Well, they pinch themselves and jump at the opportunity – especially when, for most of us, these items will continue to be the stuff of dreams. We arrived at London’s Joseph store to find fresh new deliveries of earth-toned Céline handbags, glossy patent Christian Dior slingbacks and softly sculpted Joseph cashmere wraparound coats that, despite the warm weather, made us long for layers and autumnal colours. The next few hours were a stream of ‘ooh’s and ‘wow’s, as we ran through endless rails of ultra-desirable pieces and tried on our dream-ticket buys.
I can happily report that the ‘Gitane’ skirt that has been so popular for spring/summer will still be around for winter. Perfect for petites like me, this slightly asymmetric skirt (it’s shorter at the front and floor-grazing at the back) looks just as great with a t-shirt and espadrilles as it will with knee-high boots and a poloneck in the winter. I love this Phillip Lim poplin style with a super-waist-cinching, corset-style lace-up belt that gives you a great nipped-in waist (my advice is to go down a size).
I predict a Céline bag will be on many of our readers’ dream-ticket lists, as well as my own. The new flap clasp bag for AW17 is as precious as its price tag – stripped-back perfection. I loved it in an unexpectedly go-with-anything burgundy. And to match, I fell in love with these Gianvito Rossi ‘rouge noir’ velvet platform heels that will, come autumn, convert even this non-tights wearer into pairing them with thick ribbed tights and just about any winter dress or skirt.
At Wardrobe ICONS we often find the simplest things the most beautiful. We can’t vouch enough for Joseph’s gabardine matte leather leggings that we both own in black, and have worn continuously – season after season. The same can be said about Joseph’s impeccable tailoring, from the perfect white shirt to the casual, yet always elegant, day dresses. Pair these staples with the latest accessories and you have a timeless, go-to outfit for any occasion.
From time to time it takes a splash of colour to reinvent a classic – and pink is the new black for these Céline classic high-waisted trousers (not yet available online). But these are no ordinary trousers, they’re Céline trousers. For starters, the darts inside hug your body like a glove and give even shorties like me the impression of extra-long legs. And the corduroy? Well, it may as well be velvet. The outfit combinations with these are endless, but I opted for a tucked-in billowy poplin Joseph top.
These Christian Dior slingbacks could be called the heels of dreams. They are tall and pointed enough to elongate your ankles and calves, yet low enough to be comfortable and walkable. They’re office, day and evening-appropriate and the patent makes them so much more durable than plain leather, and certainly more so than suede or satin. I styled them with a sunny statement Christopher Kane skirt, black cashmere Joseph crewneck and an elegant Chloé chain bag.
Having recently discovered our love for all things Peter Pilotto, I was immediately drawn to his rail at Joseph. This statement skirt would be ideal to wear to evening dos with a navy silk or crisp white shirt. Alternatively, it can also be dressed down with flats and a crew neck for less formal day events. It sits beautifully, even on a larger bum, hips and thighs, and isn’t ridiculously long, so won’t need to be tailored to fit. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime purchase, but one that you will turn to for event after event.
Phillip Lim is one of those designers who’s brilliant at everyday pieces that are a bit special but easy to wear. This green maxi is no exception – first of all the colour is seasonless, which means you can get maximum wear out of it. It is also short at the front and long at the back, so you can wear it with flats and trainers, or boots and a chunky cardi in the winter. I’m normally not drawn to print as I find it tends to date a piece, but this abstract print means it will remain a timeless item in your collection.
I bought my Gucci backless loafers almost two years ago, and I’m happy to say I am still as in love with them today as I was then. Had they not ended up in my wardrobe, this Isabel Marant pair would have. They are equally comfortable, but the leather is more durable than my satin pair and their pared-down simplicity means they’re work-appropriate. The lack of pattern means they will date better too.
Finding a flattering black ankle boot with a heel is harder than it should be. This pair is perfect for adding a punk edge to an outfit. The eyelets add just the right amount of detail for them to remain classic and the heel is a good height for walking (not miles, but they aren’t a cab-only height either). The Alexander McQueen bag can be both a clutch or a mini cross-body bag, and it has a beautiful detachable handle. Again, the simplicity of the design means it will stand the test of time.
Damn these shoots, I always end up coveting something I need to get my bank manager’s permission for. This dress is one of those items. It was the most expensive piece I tried on but also the most exquisite. It just fit me like a glove and was so flattering on, nipping in perfectly at the waist while skimming the hips and thighs. It’s the kind of dress you can wear day or night and dress up or down. Add a plum lip, ankle boots and a coat for winter, or metallic eye shadow and black sandals come summer. Once you have on you will never want to take it off – trust me, I know.
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