Every season, I feel so much joy seeing how designers are working with colour, cut and texture to change the way we think about getting dressed. And the challenge then follows – finding the trends that I truly believe are worth buying.
The truth is that if you look closely, most seasons present a new way to style pieces you already own… which means that simply changing how you put your current wardrobe together may be all that’s required for a refresh. But there are also the new icons-in-the-making, that my fashion-editor instincts tell me will be valuable additions not just to my wardrobe, but yours, too. Some are pieces that have been on my radar for a while, others are completely new. Regular readers will know that I’m not someone who wants or needs to wear the look of the moment, but I do believe in the power of a few new things to make everything else I own feel exciting to wear again.
ALL ABOUT PRADA
“Prada is having a moment. The partnership between Miuccia Prada and Raf Simmons – something that is unprecedented in fashion – is significant for a house with so much heritage. I want to invest in something from this collection that will speak to this moment and, as an aside, perhaps mark a certain significant birthday I’m celebrating this year, too. If you’re a fashion lover, grab something from this incredible SS21 collection.”
THE SPRING SLIDE
“True story: I bought a pair of white patent Chanel clogs with one of my very first pay cheques, and I still love them. So, while the clog is under the designer spotlight right now, I can attest to the longevity of this shoe. My preference is for the designer version over something more clunky-looking – especially if there’s a cheeky logo to keep it elevated. They take a little practice to style if you’re not used to the shape, but it’s an easy way to update spring staples.”
THE COMBAT COMEBACK
“This one has me excited. Regular readers will know how much I love my khaki trousers, but the SS21 runway has come at them with a fresh perspective. Think Rachel Green in her low-slung trousers in Friends and late-’90s girl-groups in baggy, combat-style pants… but more grown-up. The cuts are looser and much cooler, with higher waists. I’m taking my cue from Chloé and wearing this new classic with flats and a pretty blouse.”
THE DESIGNER BELT
“A few years ago, I bought the Valentino belt for Petro in Paris because it had sold out everywhere, and after seeing how many different ways she’s used it in her everyday wardrobe, I am craving an equally simple style of my own. Pared-back leather with a big-logo buckle is timeless, but when worn to cinch in any one of my more voluminous spring dresses, it will provide an instant update and make them look just a little cooler.”
THE SHORTS SUIT
“This is a trend that I was so excited about last summer, but going into lockdown took the wind out of my sails. Now, however, I’m buying into it because I do believe it’s a look that has true longevity. I’ll be investing in a loose cut, and the fabric of choice has to be linen, in an earthy palette that will work with a T-shirt or blouse. It’s all about easy pairings that keep it casual and relaxed. I’ll slip on flats to complete the look.”
“If I buy a bag this season, it’s going to be in elevated raffia. It’s the perfect spring/summer fabric and has been reworked in a way that means there is nothing rustic about it anymore. This is no beach basket. Rather, raffia is now being treated like leather, taking form in intricate bags that come in gorgeous colours (Gucci) and exciting new shapes (Loewe). Truth be told, I still deeply regret not buying a Valentino version in the sale last year… but I never make the same fashion mistake twice.”
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