Hello lovely readers.
I am writing this from De Vere Venues New Place Hotel in Shirrell Heath, Hampshire. Howard, who some of you will know as our ads and distribution maestro (if interested please email email@example.com for a media pack!) is also my fiancé and a bit of a business pro. I have tagged along to his business trip to enjoy the stunning surroundings, Grade I listed manor house, and to complete the very exciting second issue of V&OAK (available to pre-order here: http://voakmagazine.bigcartel.com/product/v-oak-issue-2-ss14). I will be revealing a preview of V&OAK Issue 2 here on Judy’s Blog and over on VandOAK.com in the next few weeks so please keep checking back.
Meanwhile in London fashion’s greatest descended on London this past weekend for the bi-annual showcase of new collections created by British designers. For this week’s guest blog, I have chosen some of the key trends to emerge from the five-day event along with vintage examples to match.
Temperley London show at London Fashion Week AW14
(Picture: Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
Love the matchy matchy trouser suits? Craving a matching croptop and shorts for this year’s escape to tropical climes? Well, you’re in luck, as last year’s matching trend is here to stay well into Autumn/Winter 2014.
Burberry, Temperley London and Peter Pilotto all layered up their outfits with matching prints. The High Street is bound to take a leaf out of their perfectly matched books and copy the idea with all sorts of combinations.
The great thing is that matching outfits have been in fashion for donkey’s years. It’s only relatively recently that stylish folk have chosen to clash, clash, clash in the name of eclectic eccentricity.
So, take a look back at the 1960s and beyond for one-of a-kind matching outfits that won’t be seen on anyone else, like this super cute 1950s dress, with a coordinated soft knit sweater to complete the look. Ideal for a balmy summer wedding.
Small 1950s Vintage Dress with Sweater, £47.94, Wanderlust Mobile Shop
Matthew Williamson at London Fashion Week AW14. [Picture: Getty]
I think I can safely say that we all already know that furry coats are going to be big. They have graced the most stylish of vintage fashion rails at Judy’s Vintage Fairs. A furry coat envelops its wearer in that slightly grungy, very rock’n’roll vibe, channelling equal parts Kate Moss and Dita von Teese with an added dash of Marilyn Monroe for extra glamour.
However, this winter be kind to your furry friends and opt for man-made textures; the cuddly feel of a teddy bear coat, the shaggy strands of faux fur, or a soft shearling will keep you warm when waiting in line for the club and have you looking like a rock star.
I am opting for this cosy-looking 1980s ‘blonde’ faux fur coat. Just fabulous.
Caption – Vintage 1980s faux fur coat, £99.95, Alice Vintage Store
Paint it Black
Christopher Kane at London Fashion Week
Source: Marie Claire
With all this talk of prints and scream-it-loud fashion it is easy to forget that Fashion Week offers up a whole diverse platter of veritable treats.
If you don’t fancy matching it up in prints galore, fear not because “black,” say the fashion press, “is back.” Personally, I never stopped wearing the most versatile of colours because I just love it. The LBD, the skinny black jeans, leather black boots – they never, ever fail me.
Black doesn’t have to mean gothic, or Halloween, or boring. It can be elegant, chic, and best of all, it is completely timeless. Take your favourite decade, find an LBD made in that era and voila, you have your favourite party dress in shape that suits you best, ready for whenever the other options let you down. This semi-sheer LBD plays its part perfectly.
1990s semi-sheer dress, £30, Wildpalms
Remember, don’t be a slave to fashion. Simply pick the trends you like the most, and try them out for size. As Lauren Hutton said, “Fashion is what you’re offered four times a year by designers. And style is what you choose.”
Thanks for reading, and see you next week!
Anastasia Grabova from V&OAK (www.vandoak.com)