On the Right Lines
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