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Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.” - Coco Chanel

Friday, 7 August 2009

Understated British Perfection

For a/w '09, I'm so completely in love with Aquascutum. Their classic, sophisticated take on Audrey Hepburn-esque poised elegance is perfect for next season, with warm winter basics combined with beautiful detailing and a timeless vibe. Here are my favorite looks from the new collection:

This chic ensemble combines brights with a/w must have; tweed. The pieces are available at http://www.aquascutum.com/ but for a cheaper option try Reiss, their look book is very reminiscent of Aquascutum's clean lined luxury:
I love this look, and you could team it with a tweed blazer; one of Reiss's own or Zara and Topshop have some slightly less pricey versions available. I love the yellow skirt here; yellow is huge for a/w '09, it has that much needed cheerful smile about it, and looks radiant with our winter darks and neutrals. To finish off the look, add shoes or boots in a neutral shade and a large, neural tote (Louis Vuitton?)

Here's my next lust-worthy look from Aquascutum:
I love this blouse. Love it. Its so feminine and voluptuous, and so British. It's also very Blair Waldorf (look at my earlier post on her if you like this top). I love it with the Gucci style trousers, but I think it would be even better with a fitted high-waisted skirt in neutrals, maroon, yellow or moss green, possibly made from boiled wool. And so here's the Reiss look that I think captures this style:
I know it might look quite different from the Aquascutum style, but they both use the magic combination of the statement, voluptuous top with the slimline, neutral toned lower. I love the detailing on the hips of this skirt and the top gives a nice hint of colour, but If you love this look then that stunning Aquascutum blouse is the only true choice; team with a Reiss skirt, or head to Zara for a cheaper option.

Here's my final Aquascutum style:
J'adore. This dress is lovely, and the detailing adds interest. Also have you noticed Aquascutum's silk headscarf's on these models? I love them, they add that charmingly personal, vintage edge to any look. Try Hermes for true tradition, or head to Tie Rack for a fantastic bargain. A silk scarf is such a useful thing to have; wear one round your neck, on your head or, for a bit of flair, try knotting one round one of the handles of your bag. Voila; sophisticated Parisian chic!

For a High Street adaptation of this high-end look, try a simple smock dress (Zara, Reiss, Phase Eight, Whistles, Boden etc.) in a neutral tone, with discrete pattern or detailing. Clinch in at the waist with a chocolate brown skinny belt and tie a bright silk scarf around your head or neck for a finishing touch. Team with neutral heels or brown boots and a large, neutral tote.

Happy Shopping!

Love, Fashionista

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