Kate Moss returns to the catwalk…and heralds the return of white in your wardrobe.

We’ve only just stopped talking about her last appearance on the Marc Jacobs/Louis Vuitton catwalk, the one where she appeared to be wearing support pants and was smoking a cigarette on National No smoking day. And now Kate Moss has returned to the Louis Vuitton catwalk, and this time it was apparently at her own request.

If Kate shocked on her last appearance, this time she just looked extraordinarily pretty. The Spring/Summer collection for Louis Vuitton is a frothy, candy floss confection of early 60s style dresses which were modelled on the biggest carousel Paris had to other. This was a sweet and girlie collection, that made the most of that  most misunderstood of colours – white.

So many people talk about how they can’t wear white unless they have a suntan, and that this is a shade that washes them out. It is often dismissed as clinical. Yet white can be the most adaptable of colours, looking cool in Summer, but also crisp on winter days. Think of Kate Middleton in the Winter coat that she seems to have been wearing for years, or Marilyn Monroe in her Sunray pleated dress, and you can see that whether you’re blonde or brunette, white has a place.

With Winter almost upon us, white could be the colour to make you stand out at that winter party, or the shade of choice for your coat, or maybe just the choice of shade for your accessories. With Selfridges having White Christmas as its Winter theme, this may just be the year that you choose to add a little white to your life!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Charlotte Casiraghi – a style star is born.

Charlotte Casiraghi was always destined to be beautiful. Her mother is the lovely Princess Caroline of Monaco, her grandmother was the legendary Princess Grace, formally Grace Kelly, iconic movie star and one of the loveliest women of her generation. Yes, Charlotte Casiraghi has beauty in her blood. This month, those stunning looks have merged with a full fanfare as Emmanuelle Alt unveiled Charlotte as the cover star for her first September Issue as editor of French Vogue. This is traditionally the most important issue of the year, being chosen as the cover star is acknowledgment of your standing in the fashion world. Being shot by the genius that is Mario Testino is another indicator. Charlotte Casiraghi  is clearly being marked as one to watch.

Charlotte has that cool, elegant style that only the French seems to possess. It is effortless and chic, with a nonchalant attitude which always seems to suggest she’s wearing ‘this old thing’. Yet she is capable of moments of high fashion, look at her in pink Chanel at the wedding of her Uncle Prince Albert. Not many women would attempt to wear a dress previously worn by the iconic Diane Kruger, yet Charlotte did, and made the dress her own, enchanting the press with her sheer prettiness.

But Charlotte isn’t ruled by the constraints that govern the dress of the Duchess of Cambridge. Just look at her in a bikers leather sitting front row at Paris Fashion Week with Kate Moss, or breathing new life into white jeans with Gucci’s Frida Giannini.

Charlotte has a lot to live up to in the style stakes, but she seems to be doing it with aplomb. I look forward to seeing what she will wear next.

 

Nicole Murray – now view the collection.

I recently wrote about Fashion’s bright new hope Nicole Murray, a designer who I believe is one to watch. Today I am very pleased to be able to share Nicole’s Autumn/Winter 2011 collection. Full of Autumnal shades of heather, amethyst and rosewood, combined with rich earthy tones of bronze, this stylish and sophisticated collection illustrates perfectly why Nicole is a rising star on the British fashion scene.

From the slinky backless evening dress, to the retro pencil skirts and skinny fit tops, this is a collection that salutes the Halston style glamour of the 1970s. The use of lame for trenchcoats and sexy secretary skirts is a key to the effortless elegance of the overall look. I would love to see Kiera Knightley wearing that aubergine backless dress in the softest silk jersey, whilst the  wool lame trenchcoat in shimmering amethyst would be perfect for Emma Watson.

My personal favourite is the amethyst georgette gown with the leather collar. That leather collar just adds a touch of contemporary edge to a classic gown.

All designs available soon from watch-that-label.com.