I couldn’t get this Isabel Marant jacket out of my head. I saw it on Net-a-Porter and it had my name written on it in a halo of lightbulbs. I didn’t even consult my wish list- it was so obviously there, at the very top of it. First position on the list- tick.
When it arrived I marveled at it’s cut, overseized yet so very sharp, at how it looked paired with my existing pieces, lending them that cool factor yet elevating them to another level. Do I need to mention that since I bought it, it has became the hardest working piece in my wardrobe? I’m already dreading that moment when I’ll have to part with it for a couple of days to take it to a dry cleaners. What on Earth am I going to wear?
I’ve always been obsessed with coats and jackets because of their ability to finish to a look and to give it a different, unexpected twist. From Left Bank cool to American preppiness, coats and blazers offer endless possibilities of transformation.
One of my firm fashion rules has always been that if I was going to invest in one pricey item for a winter, I would make it a coat. And I would buy the most expensive I could afford. After all, that was one garment I would be seen in, day in day out.
September is a month that offers so many fashion possibilities. It’s still warm enough to pair your blazer with just a t-shirt whilst flashing that golden tan over a pair of thigh high boots. This is a look I wore for a dinner with The French one Saturday. A mix of high street and designer, it felt dressy but not try hard, cool but without wheeling out the usual Saturday night heavy artillery completed with a half can of Elnett.
Speaking of hair- Louis (my hairdresser) and I have been experimenting with dyed in roots to tone down the sunny blond I’ve been sporting for a while. It feels so much more wearable now, so effortless. I can’t even remember when was the last time I had a blow dry. Blow dry feel so dated now, don’t they? Big, bouncy, glossy hair, so beautiful on the photos, yet so high maintenance and obviously expensive in reality. I’m not opposed to expensive but recently I’ve been in the mood for understated luxury. Do reserve that grey cashmere for me, would you?
Jacket- Isabel Marant
Skirt- Zara (old collection)
Boots- Stuart Weitzman