White Stuff Autumn Collection – 1990s revisited

I’ve just spent some time perusing the new collection of one of my favourite High Street Stores. White Stuff, and there’s definitely some nostalgia for the 1990s in the range.

Mischevious knit top £47.50 click to buy

This collection is full of chunky layers, winter florals and muted shades  that evoke the early 1990s grunge collection of Marc Jacobs for Perry Ellis. Long maxi skirts teamed with the cosiest chunky knit sweaters, leggings and boots teamed with long-line knits and thick knotted scarves and pretty dark floral dresses are all included in the fabulous range. There are echoes of  early 1990s heroes, from Kurt Cobain in his slightly oversized sweaters that draped off the shoulder,to Claire Danes in ‘My so-called Life’ wearing long floral skirts and chunky knits. But this is White Stuff, so the looks are softened with beautiful, luxurious scarves and jewelled coloured wedge shoes.

Birch tree dress £55 click to buy

Empire State Maxi skirt £47.50 click to buy

Kudos to White Stuff, who have clearly tied the collection in with a current mood in fashion that has seen Altuzarro using early Kate Moss and grunge as one of his Autumn/Winter 2011 inspirations.  This is a really cool collection that adds style and warmth to those upcoming chilly days.

Wow Wee Knit dress £55 click to buy

All items available from White Stuff stores nationwide and online at www.whitestuff.com

Style Icon of the Month July – Olivia Palermo

To be honest, with her effortless chic, Olivia Palermo could be the style icon of any month. But in July, Olivia really showed her style credentials as she showcased a whole range of stunning looks. Who else could attend the Giambattista Valli show wearing a Topshop dress, and still outshine everyone else in the room? Olivia did this in July,  and a whole lot more.

I love everything about Olivia’s style. She is always immaculately groomed, never a hair out-of-place for this girl. Her clothes always look effortless, she will wear a simple shirt and maxi skirt for a film premiere and make it look like haute couture. She is never matchy- matchy, sometimes the bag or shoes don’t entirely match the outfit, but the end effect is always perfect. She is a huge fan of the High Street, wearing an array of Topshop and Zara, as well as Mango, who she fronted a campaign for.

I was once in the company of PR extraordinaire Sarah Byworth, who is a good friend of Olivia. She told me that Olivia has a knack of making any outfit look like the most amazing thing you have ever seen, and she does it usually without the help of a stylist. Surely that is the sign of a true style icon?

A few of Olivia’s July looks

In Topshop for the Giambattista Valli show


Elizabeth and James skirt channelling boho chic

In Zara to sit front row at the Stephane Rolland show

At the White Fairytale Love Ball

Colour clashing in DKNY

Casual elegance at the Friends With Benefits Premiere