While in London recently I had the pleasure of working with one of my favourite UK brands, JOSEPH.
I gave this satisfyingly matching jacket and dress set from their Pre Fall '16 collection a good whirl
around town, and with its clean lines, edgy contrasted seams and solid silky construction it well-deserves
a prioritised place in the old nine-to-five wardrobe. There are few things I love more than a matching set,
and this one hits that perfect balance between relaxed functionality and purposeful tailoring I always look
for in everyday pieces. Anchored with a statement loafer from their freshly launched shoe line for added
texture and you can't really go wrong.
It's a match made in heaven.
Be sure to check out the new season drop on the JOSEPH online store here + shop my outfit below.
Photos by Hannah Roche.
jacket (worn as blouse): JOSEPH . dress (worn as skirt): JOSEPH . loafers: JOSEPH (also available in Black) .
bag: Gucci "Dionysus" (similar suede version here) . sunglasses: Ray-Ban
Posted on: 18 October 2016
Posted on: 28 September 2016
The humble loafer has long been high on my list of wardrobe essentials.
Comfortable, practical and decidedly sleek, they act as the perfect anchor to my characteristically slouchy and oversized mode of dressing, or conversely can balance any overtly feminine silhouettes and bring them to a neat midpoint I feel more comfortable occupying.
In short, the loafer would have to be one of my favourite styles of shoe, so when various designers started coming out with versions featuring elevated block heels and off-beat textures and embellishments I was all for it – anything that helps me expand my current loafer collection is fine by me.
Gucci has to be at the forefront of the movement, with fringing, pearls and their signature
horse-bit detailing all donning their block-heeled designs, whilst the likes of Chloe are going with a more subtle approach with retro velvet and lasered detailing, and Tibi with edgier croc-embossed, eyelet stamped versions, among many others all jumping on the bandwagon.
This pair I’m wearing by up-and-coming brand Dorateymur via Farfetch are one of my personal favourites, with their square toe and stark patent leather they make a slightly edgy statement whilst remaining polished and subtle. They also come in a metallic silver version, which I am actually really into. Weird, but true.
So why the revival?
The real appeal of the elevated loafer lies in its ability to traverse the line between the masculine and feminine and the polished and the off-beat. It occupies a neat space that appeals to those looking for a slightly more femme take on this classic men’s shoe whilst giving us diehard fans a fresh take on our favourite silhouette. Or, more simply, a great excuse to buy more shoes. Need I say more?
Flattering, sophisticated, edgy, subtle and timeless all at once, there’s little not to love about them.
I like wearing mine with denim and loose silky shirts, or any similarly relaxed wardrobe staples for an elevated off-duty look, however they look equally great paired with sleek suiting or anything more structured. Personally though I love the polish they add to loose and relaxed silhouettes, giving your look an effortless purpose and elevation beyond what a standard loafer can offer.
Could the elevated loafer be the perfect shoe? It comes pretty close in my eyes.
Consider me a fan.
Photos by HannahRoche.
Posted on: 19 September 2016
Let me introduce you to the new bag on the block - X NIHILO.
From the Latin phrase "ex nihilo" meaning creation out of nothing, the brand was formed by two
best friends looking to create a beautifully crafted, luxury leather bag line for the modern woman.
I was privileged to have worked as creative director for their launch campaign - which you can see
above - and let me tell you the debut collection does not disappoint. Every detail has been wholly
considered and meticulously designed, from how each bag forms either open or closed, to how a
strap sits on the shoulder or in the hand, to how the leather is worked to create a structured
yet fluid silhouette. Even the metal detailing is crafted and positioned in such a way as to ensure
a clean, elegant finish. In short, the entire line is a minimalist's dream - a mix of luxury design
and fabrication, style and functionality, all with an achievable price point.
Little not to love.
You can check out the full X NIHILO collection and shop your favourite style right here.
With free international shipping and returns you basically have nothing to lose.
Get onto it.
Photos by Hannah Roche.
Creative direction + styling by yours truly.