On the Right Lines

Bespoke - - HER KEY LOOK -

Go for a tailored ap­proach to this sea­son’s graphic trend but make sure to re­veal a glimpse of fem­i­nin­ity for some su­per-sex­i­ness.

One of the most ex­cit­ing trends this spring is stripes and we spot­ted them every­where, from Dolce & Gab­bana’s classy sea­far­ing look and Ralph Lau­ren’s more asym­met­ric band­ing on a strap­less evening gown to Dior’s and Sal­va­tore Fer­rag­amo’s more mod­ern ap­proach with wide and colour­ful streaks go­ing in just about ev­ery di­rec­tion. We feel it’s a look that ev­ery­one can get on­board with but the key is to re­ally go for it. Speak­ing of which, Top­shop Unique, which was launched in 2001 and has been a part of Lon­don Fash­ion Week since 2005, is a brand that iden­ti­fies with women who aren’t afraid to stand out from the crowd and they’ve got some won­der­ful striped looks that bor­row from the clas­sics of an English gent’s wardrobe. Cur­rently headed by Kate Phe­lan, the for­mer fash­ion di­rec­tor at Bri­tish Vogue, the brand is right on point in its be­lief that there’s noth­ing sex­ier than a woman in a man’s cloth­ing. But a few words of ad­vice from Holly Rus­sell, the se­nior buyer at Net-a-porter, “Tai­lor­ing can be in­cred­i­bly fem­i­nine but only if it’s well cut. A cou­ple of tips would be that if you’re wear­ing a full-length trouser suit, then keep the sleeves a lit­tle cropped – or turn them up, and what­ever you’re wear­ing un­der­neath, keep the col­lar­bone on show. The pair­ing of be­ing fully cov­ered with just a glimpse of th­ese ul­tra-fem­i­nine body parts soft­ens the look nicely.” Clock­wise from top left: (1) Har­ley­ford blazer by Top­shop Unique, 325 USD. (2) Venice leather shoul­der bag by Tod’s, 1,675 USD. (3) Har­ley­ford trousers by Top­shop Unique, 195 USD. (4) Eyeletem­bel­lished leather slides by Proenza Schouler, 385 USD. All items are avail­able at www.ne­ta­porter.com

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