Gok Wan for Sainsburys – Latest Collection

The latest collection from Gok Wan is set to launch in Sainsburys stores on Thursday, and it is quite a departure from previous ranges. Where past Gok Tu collections have been very body conscious, with curve hugging dresses, pencil skirts, and flattering wide leg trousers, the new range seems to have taken influence from the high-fashion,  sports luxe designs of Alexander Wang, with a bit of scuba dress design a la Philip Armstrong thrown in for good measure.

This collection is chic, but has a decidedly casual slant, with boucle bomber jackets, acres of khaki and soft grey and retro sports inspired styles all included. I think Gok has been really clever with this collection, making sure there are lots of great pieces that can be worn everyday, like the khaki parka, which is simply perfect for the school run, or watching football on a Saturday afternoon.

But Gok also loves glamour, and so we also get the very slinky black dress that reminds me of the neoprene styles loved by Philip Armstrong. whilst the slouchy styled Bardot jumper are like something the ultra glam Lana Del Rey would wear.

My favourite piece is the khaki maxi skirt, which is just so versatile. This is a piece that will look great with boots and a soft knit jumper right now, or teamed with a simple white vest and tan sandals come the summer. It is very 1990s, very Claire Danes in ‘My so called Life’, and eminently wearable!

BOUCLE SPORTS JACKET £35

CUPRO PARKA KHAKI £50

TUX POCKET TROUSERS GREY £30

 

Caggie Dunlop – A winter masterclass

Some girls just know how to dress for the really cold weather. I can’t claim to be one of them. I don’t really like wearing trousers all that much, always feel overly warm in a winter coat, and I keep loosing gloves. Which is why sometimes I require a masterclass in the art of Winter dressing. Watching The Made in Chelsea Christmas special a few days ago, I got one from Caggie Dunlop.

Yes, the pouting one seems to have winter dressing down to a tee! She can do dressed down in utility style jackets and jeans, and dressed up in the most amazing winter cashmere cape (courtesy of Hayley Menzies!)  I’ve seen this side of Narnia. She knows how to rock a hat without looking like a teapot under a cosy, or some sort of Artful Dodger. And she has made a snug furry coat a part of her daytime and evening wardrobe, a great way to make your wardrobe work for you, especially if you own a Cossack style fur hat for that Dr Zhivago look.

So, onto the clothes. Caggie has been spotted wearing the gorgeous fur coat both in episodes of Made in Chelsea, and out and about in London. This is a look that is easy to replicate, fur coats are  everywhere on the High Street, and vintage ones can be picked up cheaply in charity shops (I paid just £5 for mine).

cotton traders fur coat £65 

Betty Multi Faux Fur Coat £40.00 

mixed faux fur coat £89 

Caggie also wore the exquisite cashmere hooded cape during the Christmas Finland trip. This is from Hayley Menzies and is currently available in the January sale for £224, a saving of £96. This is a beautiful luxury buy, with more than a touch of fairy princess about it. Caggie is not the first of the Made in Chelsea girls to be spotted wearing Hayley Menzies goodies,Binky has also been spotted wearing a monochrome shawl from the same company.

SALE // Winter Warm Cashmere Hooded Shawl Cream £224 click to visit Hayley Menzies

As well as fur, Caggie went for a more boyish look when she wore a parka style jacket at the Natural History Museum’s ice rink. Again, this is a very popular look at the moment, with parka’s being warm, practical and waterproof. They also add a touch of ‘Modrophenia’ cool to any outfit.

Wax parka coat £85

Casual clean parka £60

If you loved Caggie’s fur hat, how about this very similar one from Firetrap at USC. I think this is a really close match.

Firetrap Cosserprint Fur Hat £30

The final scene in the Made in Chelsea Christmas special was a special party for all the gang, featuring fake snow and a pretty awful version of ‘The 12 days of Christmas’. Caggie wore a great slouch front jumpsuit from one of her favourite retailers, Gorgeous Couture. Caggie wore a black version, which I can’t find an image of, but the suit is still available in black, blush and Khaki, and is currently reduced to £174.

Slouch Front Jumpsuit £174