Now is the Future
A new, futuristic trend welcomes out-of-this-world style. The way forward? Liquid accessories, a skirt made of holographic disks and space-age boots. Rocket ship? Optional. Christopher Kane has paved the way with his PVC and glycerine multi-coloured fluid bag, priced at £390. Stella McCarthy is also light-years ahead with her recent cotton trompe l’oeil bag, £820. Nothing says fashion-forward quite like bags made out of hi-tech materials in varying metallic shades of gold, silver and bronze.
Topshop seems to have joined the space race with frosted plastic card holders priced at just £5.00. The shiny plastic is dripping with futuristic style and they are available in pink, green and silver. Mixing the future with the past, Topshop has amongst its new lines a metallic deco clutch bag, £28.00. New Look have also featured a crackled metallic lock clutch, £12.99. With this trend less is never more – lots of chunky metal cuffs worn around the wrists will toughen up the look and stop you looking like an Avatar extra.
With jewellery prices ranging from £3-£9, Primark is the perfect place to get your metal kick. Indulge in lots of rings and shoulder-skimming earnings to achieve a fabulous space-age chic. Diamante and metal bird earrings priced at £16.50 are available from FREEDOM, Topshop and are almost exact replicates of Giorgio Armani crystal earrings, £874. This is perhaps the only trend where you will do well to mix both silver and gold jewellery. Take advantage of it while you can.
Forever thine, forever mine, forever ours
There are some classic looks that will stay with us forever. Did your mother really leave the house in a similar skirt to the one you’re now wearing? Well yes actually – she probably did. Why? Because some trends are built to endure for years.
Note the Chinese saying “good things come in pairs”. The classic black leather jacket and blue denim shirt will always go hand in hand. A similar leather-look jacket to the £790 jacket by Acne can be purchased for £18 at Primark. Similarly, Topshop have a leather biker jacket, £165 and a PVC jacket, £59, by Rare. Topshop’s Denim Fitted Shirt, £30 mimics the £330 denim shirt by 7 For all Mankind which featured in Elle’s November issue. An oversized leather bag with minimal design will complete the look.
Simple and sophisticated, gold jewellery will always be on trend. The beauty of gold jewellery is that it works well for both day and night. Again, Primark offers lots of gold coloured jewellery for less than £10. At these prices you can afford to keep replacing your jewellery to keep it looking chic rather than cheap.
For jewellery made to last, it may be wise to invest in real gold. If you don’t fancy paying £1,720 a ring by Louis Vuitton, H.Samuel has a 9ct yellow gold cubic zirconia Inverted Kick Ring available on their website, now £69.99 instead of £79.99. H.Samuel also has an elegant 9ct yellow gold garnet pendant, £24 to complete this classic look. Don’t forget the hours: a simple gold watch can achieve any classic look. Urban Outfitters have recently featured a gold oversized retro watch, £24, amongst their accessories collection – almost a replicate of the Seiko Gold-plated watch, £165 which featured in November’s issue of Elle.
Modern retro sees backwards as the only way forwards. Mix wool with leather to achieve a soft look. New Look has lots of knitwear to offer. My favourite is the Boxy Jumper, £22.99. Throw it over a black leather pencil skirt like Topshop’s leather skirt £150 or Topshop’s faux leather-look skirt, £36.
For that extra vintage work the look with costume jewellery. Choose brightly coloured and oversized cuff bracelets, chunky necklaces and large rings to add a playful twist to the black leather and dark knit. H&M have an antique looking ring with a large crackled stone priced at £12.99. They also have a large gold cuff, £3.99, and an eye-catching orange necklace with a pendant in crocodile finish, £7.99. The five strand chain of adjustable length makes it perfect to wear with your jumpers, whether you’re wearing a low neckline knit of a turtle neck.
Images courtesy of Topshop and Christopher Kane