Photo: James McCormick Hair: Jo Breuer
Autumn was my late Mum’s favourite season and as a young girl I could never understand why. I was always a fan of summer myself. How things have changed….there’s now nothing I love more than the clear blue skies, crisp mornings, autumn leaves and colours, juicy fruit, fireworks, bonfires and of course…toasted marshmallows.
The shops start filling up with lovely knits, cosy tweeds and velvets in autumnal hues and one can breathe a sigh of relief at being able to wear tights and boots again – now that’s definitely associated with ageing!
As a stylist, Autumn is heralded for me with Vogue Fashion’s Night Out. So last week, the new AW season began with being pampered at Jo Malone with their new autumn-inspired Blackberry and Bay fragrance. A friend and I enjoyed champagne and a goody bag of Jo Malone fragrances and some specially commissioned Blackberry and Bay Jam.
Smelling fresh and feeling chilled, it was time for this year’s main highlight of Fashion’s Night Out for me – meeting Orla Kiely at the launch of her second range for Uniqlo. And what a stunning range it is! I now have my Autumn wardrobe sorted for very little money – no item purchased was more than £20. A great choice of colours and styles…and the quality is excellent, as you’d expect for a Uniqlo range. You can see the video for the launch here….
Orla Kiely Uniqlo AW12
With 2 purchases from the range at the Oxford Street launch, you received a gorgeous jute tote bag and a beautiful autumnal posy – an added bonus, as if I needed one!
You can see my photos of some of the range on the FrockChicks Facebook page ?set=a.415102015219599.97127.107914815938322&type=1
Another highlight was the new flagship Burberry store on Regent Street where the service was impeccable and the ranges (sadly to oggle over only!) are just stunning.
Many shops, especially Zara and Warehouse are full of this seasons trend – studs. Now classy, rather than associated with Hairy Bikers – they are everywhere..even on Burberry’s coats and shoes!
There were many further highlights of the night…you can see more of my quickly snapped pictuureshere
I’ll just leave you with a few finishing touches to the Autumnal look. First, the new Lambrick nail varnish range from Jack Wills in the most stunning Autumn hues I’ve seen. The quality is amazing and the price is even better at £6.50 for a new look. My favourite is the Burnt Orange, which will go nicely with my new Orla Kiely purchases, thank you very much!
Now anyone who knows me can vouch that, in my book, no outfit is complete without accessories. On trend at the moment is the collar necklace, which I wasn’t too sure about at first. But it’s growing on me, especially as it’s a great way to transform a round necked jumper into a more angled look which suits those with more angular facial features and jawlines. There are a good range around to choose from. Cos do a lovely one, but it’s quite pricey at £25.
If you’re looking for a cheaper option (or you’ve spent all your Autumn budget on the new Orla Kiely range!) then check out this one for £5 at Primark. It isn’t too blingy, its a nice rose gold colour and it looks great with my green marl sweater (from Cos) and tweed shorts.
FrockChicks will be at White Stuff Battersea today so come and visit for more free Autumn styling tips and advice. Just drop by and get set for the colder weather….