Luxury fashion, is definitely one of those things that you’re either into and buy into or just aren’t really fussed about and carry on doing your own thing. Now, i’d like to think of myself as someone, somewhere in-between the two.
I adore Luxury fashion, I truly do believe that some pieces you’ll find from some of these designers, both old and new are so intricate and carefully planned that even if you got something similar – it will never be the same. However, at the same time, I also try and be rational and pragmatic – paying an extortionate amount of money for an plain blouse/ simply because the fabric is 100% silk. simply doesn’t cut it.
I do think quality is key in the outcome of your outfit – however, I also think that if you are careful and play your cards right you can achieve the same effect on a much more reasonable budget.
Whenever I’m about to kick-start my seasonal wardrobe I also try and scout a trend/ pattern that is featured in the luxury/ /premium market. I like to think that it will give me an idea as to what to look out for when I head to the high-street.
My main focal points are:
- Colour palette
- Colour Palette:
Bright? Uniform ? muted? Monochromatic? What is the overriding colour palette/ colour trend that designers are looking at?
Currently, I am sticking to a muted colour palette with one hero colour – RED. Red has definitely been the centre of attention with regards to colour, from Alexander McQueen, Chloé and Christopher Kane – this colour has dominated AW/17 collections.
If you are a real trend focused shopper an outfit in a single shade, head to toe, might be something you may want to look at too.
Fitted? Oversized? structured? Baggy? Cropped? which shape is taking the lead?
When it comes to silhouettes, I prefer to look at a brand that I like rather than the catwalks. I feel that catwalk silhouettes are a bit too dramatic for me to decode for the sake of finding similar high-street pieces.
I decide to look at one or two brand and have a look at what catches my attention the most.
For the moment, my favourite so far have to be the oversized and the structure. Yes, two complete opposite sides of the spectrum, but two that I know will be dominating my wardrobe in the forms of blazers, coats and knitwear.
For example, one of my biggest silhouette influences, oddly enough is Gucci. I love the loose fit of their garments, combined with a ‘structured design’ ( such as a shirt) ; but on the other hand, love the pussy bow feature, on most blouses and dresses – adding a little bit of drama and fun.
Structure, on the other hand comes into play with outwear – mainly in the form of blazers. Balmain has been leading the way in this department. Alongside my current love for blazers, comes my love for double breasted woollen – blazer styled coats. Yes that is a mouthful and something that I mad up. Essentially it is a coat, usually short that is double breasted, adopting a blazer aesthetic. A perfect way for transitioning a style you love from Autumn, to Winter.
The one rule I have when buying a “dupe” is that it can’t be an exact replica of the actual thing. I know, this completely defeats the purpose of a dupe – but I find it a bit more fun when you find an item that has a luxury/ trending influence but still has it’s own characteristics.
This isn’t so much about fabric quality, but rather the appearance of certain fabrics – silk, velvet, suede, leather etc…
Which fabrics are worth adding to your seasonal wardrobe this year? What to keep an eye out for? This is something that I like to draw from both catwalk trends and individual brands.
Shearling and (faux) fur is a key example of trending materials. In jackets, shoes, and fringing to handbags too – it is everywhere.
But on the other hand you also have your standard staples that are still going strong – Leather, wool and cashmere.
Fur: New look
Last of all, we have details. This is something that get’s overlooked quite a lot I’d say, if you aren’t someone who frequently compares between luxury and high-end ( most normal people – i’m just a weird one with clearly too much time!)
The best example that I has influenced my shopping choices, is the pearl trend. I personally, think that Chanel has had a crucial role to play in the development of this one. Whenever I think pearls, my mind instantly traces back to Chanel – it’s incorporated not only in jewellery, but clothes, handbags and shoes – giving us a full 360.
Zara, in particular , is one high-street brand, whom firstly has one of the fastest catwalk to shop floor turnovers I have ever seen and secondly has really gone full out with the pearl embellishments. From the sleeves, collars and shoes – they have nailed it.
And there you have it, my 4 main tips on how to incorporate runway/ designer trends into your everyday, high-street wardrobe. If you have any other tips, I’d to hear about them!
- top : Zara
- trousers: Zara
- Boots: Zara
- Bag: Louis Vuitton
- Sunglasses: Dior