La Redoute Autumn Collection

Fabulous French online brand La Redoute has just launched its new Autumn collection, and it is sensational.  An eclectic mismatch of tailored separates and pretty dresses, feminine tulle skirts teamed with stripy Breton styles, this collection is almost Schizophrenic in terms of influences and I absolutely love it.

It is almost as if the La Redoute designers and buyers looked at an average wardrobe and said ‘what do women like to wear for a night out?’ or ‘a shopping trip?’ or ‘a family wedding?’ and basically decided to create pieces for any and every occasion, creating a one stop shop of affordable value.

Take a look at this key pieces and see if you agree.

The wear anywhere sweatshirt – also available in black, but I’m loving this Raspberry shade.

Sweatshirt-Style Cowl Neck Sweater 

Tartan is such a big story this Autumn, and this subtle plaid style print is just gorgeous. Love the elegant shape of the coat too.

Checked Mid-Length Wool Mix Overcoat £99 

Delicate Victoriana at it’s best in this wonderful blouse. Love the prettiness of this, imagine teaming with distressed skinnies and biker boots to subvert the whole look. This blouse is also available in Ivory and Soft Pink.

Long-Sleeved Cotton Crêpe Bib Front Blouse 

This dress is unbelievable value for just £17. The jewelled shoulders make this very dressy. I like the Midnight blue version, but this also comes in grey marl and classic black.

Short Jewelled Dress with Long Sleeves 

The Saffron colour is amazing. Nuff said.

Cotton Jersey Cardigan with Bow 

A denim shirt seems to be a must have in every celebs wardrobe, from Diane Kruger to Alexa Chung. This one is a steal at £17.

Cotton Denim Studded Shirt 

This red lace sweater is a versatile piece that would look equally great with a pencil skirt as it would with jeans.

Lace-Effect Round Neck Sweater 

Jessica Alba has been showing how beautiful tulle skirts can be for daytime, this lined flock skirt is just gorgeous.

Lined Flocked Tulle Skirt 

Love this lace dress. Add a battered leather and spiked heels for a 1980s retro look.

Short-Sleeved Lace Dress with Elasticated Waist 

I love the idea of a leather skirt with a very ladylike blouse – rock and roll style teamed with Downton Abbey!

Straight-Cut Leather Skirt with Zipped Pockets

 

 

 

Wallis W Collection – it’s almost here.

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The new season collection from the Wallis ‘W’ collection is almost here. The latest drop is due to be unveiled on Sunday 15th September, but I have a special Friday treat with a preview of some of the exquisite pieces that will be available. The whole collection is an absolute treat, I dare you to resist adding some of this to your essential Autumn wardrobe.

The W collection is always something special. The Spring/Summer edit was full of pastel colour and floral prints, and was a really successful blend of feminine prints and masculine tailoring. This time around, the palette is strikingly stark, black, grey, winter white, and one devilish splash of colour in the form of colour clash florals.

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There is a definite minimalistic feel to the whole collection. Mannish tailoring is at the fore in the form of tuxedo style jackets and dresses, peg trousers and a range of masculine inspired coats, from military cuts to cosy parkas. Dress shapes are simple, but take in all lengths from the mini to the maxi, and there are sleeves – great news for all those ladies who hate the top of their arms. There are splashes of embellishment, but these are kept to specific pieces – the main message of this collection is that less is definitely more.

Black Sequin Midi dress £85 click to visit Wallis

Black and White Silk Tunic £85 Click to visit Wallis

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Coat £99 click to visit Wallis

Coat £120 click to visit Wallis

This is a very French influenced collection, it could almost be called ‘effortless French Style’, You can see elements of the style of Carinne Roitfeld and her successor at French Vogue, Emmanuelle Alt.

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The ‘W’ collection at Wallis is exciting, tailored and classic. Full of pieces that will really earn their place in your wardrobe, this collection shows that glamorous needn’t be overly feminine, and that monochrome and fifty shades of grey can be just as exciting as a bloom of colour.

The W collection will be in stores from the 15th September, put the date in your fashion diary.

Getting excited about new season boots

I don’t mind admitting that while I hate winter with a passion, I do get excited about new trends and fashion. And one of the things I get really excited about are new season boots. I know that some people do wear boots in Summer (and quite frankly, where would we be most summer’s without our Hunter Wellies), but I am most definitely a person who holds off wearing boots until the leaves start to fall. I’m sure you’ll agress, looking out of the window the last couple of days, that now is most definitely boot weather.

One of my favourite shoe retailers Spartoo always comes up trumps when it comes to seriously stylish footwear of every brand, and this year, they have once again sourced an amazing collection which includes everything, from my current fave Sam Edelman (the Shay have got me really excited), to High Street favourite Clarks, to snug and cosy styles from Emu. Here are the boots that have made my shortlist – will keep you updated to what I eventually chose.

Sam Edelman Shay

Loving the combination of black and brown – seriously stylish.

SHAY Black / Saddle £ 149.99 click to visit Spartoo

Art Otieza Hi Mocca

I love the riding boot style of these beauties, and also the semi-wedge heel that makes them a comfortable option.

OTEIZA HI Mocca £ 181.99 click to visit Spartoo

Minnetonka Hi Top Back Zip Boot

Kate Moss adores these Native American style fringed boots, and they look amazing with a simple t-shirt dress, as well as with jeans.

HI TOP BACK ZIP BOOT Brown / Suede £ 83.99 click to visit Spartoo

Hush Puppies Pennine 16 Boot

Another riding style, but in classic black. Who would believe these were from Hush Puppies. So stylish, and rather sexy too. They also have a great discount at the moment.

PENNINE 16BOOT Black £ 109.99 now £ 87.99 click to visit Spartoo

What boots will you be going for this season?