Originally published on MACs Magazine London

16th September 2013

Prints have continued to be immersed within the fashion world for seasons and it appears that Jean Paul Gaultier has taken advantage of this within his Autumn/Winter 2013/2014 collection during Paris’ Couture Fashion Week.

The designer is known for the flamboyancy of his taste and this line is no exception. Attendees were treated to a collection that is far from mundane, with broad shoulders, cinched in waists, bold stripes and a running motif of leopard print. The French designer has created a line that embodies the true beauty of the modern woman – fierce, bold and show stopping. What I love most about this line is that way Gaultier has created garments that enhances and celebrates the female anatomy with daring plunging necklines that still leave a lot to the imagination, and sweetheart necklines with figure hugging corsets for a feminine touch. I must say, the diverse choice of models were complimentary of the outfits as they strutted their stuff confidently on the catwalk whilst their conical shaped hair and quirky fascinator inspired head pieces gave the collection a slightly futuristic feel.

One of my particular favourites is a striped tan jacket and leather skirt number. The manipulation of vertical stripes draws instant attention to the bust region while the skinny belt accentuates a small waist for that globally sought after hourglass figure. Leather is bang on trend and adds a dash of sex appeal to the outfit with the optimum level of conservative aesthetic. Personally, I would definitely wear the jacket to the office. It’s sassy, sexy and makes a statement – perfect for a woman who means business. A cream cami tucked into the gorgeous skirt with a pair of brown YSL Paris Classic pumps is perfect for a night on the town or a date.

The Victorians would have curtsied with gratitude at the paramount modesty conserved within the midi A-line skirt, long sleeves and unexposed neckline while the peplum appearance updates the look. The lack of visible flesh is reminiscent of kirtle and forepart used to conceal the neckline and possible cleavage which proves that you don’t need to flash the flesh to look attractive. The presence of the predominantly black colour scheme ties in perfectly with the connotations of power and authority in the 1800s while the accents of gold would have been viewed as a sign of royalty. Undoubtedly, any woman who looks fabulous in this outfit should be looked at majestically.

Overall, I have fallen hopelessly in love with this splendid array of couture and I am sure this will become one of Jean Paul Gaultier’s most successful ranges. From the winter outdoor apparel to the glamorous evening wear, Jean Paul Gaultier is officially one of my favourite designers and I am waiting in anticipation for his next wonderful collection.

Originally published in MACs Magazine London

16th August 2013

We’ve had leggings, jeggings and treggings and now the fashion world has gifted us with the best thing in tube like form since Smarties – tube pants. With the visual likeness of skinny jeans and the comforting feel of leggings, these babies are bound to become a staple item in your wardrobe that can be worn all year round.

The well known aphorism “beauty is pain” suggests that in order to look attractive, we have to suffer. I beg to differ. Despite their fit, they are incredibly comfortable. Unlike leggings, the rich stretch cotton and Ponte variations ensure that the dreaded knicker line and camel toe is never a problem.

The tailoring of high waisted clothing has many benefits of which I’m a huge fan and tube pants do not fall short. They cinch you in beautifully at the waist which is fabulous for women of all shapes, whether you wish to conceal love handles or you’re the proud owner of an itty bitty waist that would make screen siren Sophia Loren bow her head in shame. Ultimately, they aid in creating the illusion of an hourglass figure. In addition, the super skinny fit seems almost tailor made once worn, it is very pleasing to the eye as it hugs you in all the right places. Forget months of voracious exercises like squats, dead lifts, lunges and donkey kicks. The illusion alongside the high rise fit and clever positioning of twin back pockets produce the mirage of a perkier, fuller derriere. J-Lo eat your heart out.

An alternative to American Apparel riding pants that doesn’t break the bank, this new trend is very versatile and can be styled in a million and one ways. One of my favourite looks is tube pants teamed with a crop top, Chelsea boots and a bowler hat. Draw more attention to your waist with a long necklace.

For the colder months simply add an Aran knit cardigan with rolled up sleeves to reveal gorgeously adorned wrists. Alternatively, swap the crop top for a cropped jumper.

If you wish to channel your inner rock chick, combine this must-have item with wedged boots or Jeffrey Campbell Litas, a leather jacket and statement jewellery – think spikes and multiple pendants.

Take a slightly more formal, conservative approach by tucking in a blouse with heels. Complete with a neat bun which will not only allow focus on your outfit, but highlight pretty facial features.

Unlike a number of fads, this is one definitely worth following. It’d be a nefarious act of deprivation not to.