By Siobhan Lam
Images left to right: Prada skinny belt, Prada knee high socks, Celine skinny trousers, Christina Hendricks
I have a confession to make.
While most are frolicking in the intermittent sunshine that summer in Ireland provides – I dream of dark nights, sumptuous velvets and heavy coats. For me, the summer is just a countdown to autumn/winter – not the constant rain and the daylight that lasts for an hour a day but the fashion – the exquisite fashion. Fashion is always darker, more dramatic and more desirable in the depths of the winter.
This season, the fashion gods have decreed that the 70′s and 50′s are back and there is an intense fascination with the simple silhouette. Now, instead of suggesting a complete trend immersion this season – why not take a few choice items from the catwalk trends and work them into your wardrobes?
Prada and Louis Vuitton focused on highlighting the female form, taking their cue from TV show ‘Mad Men’ and the crazy curves of Christina Hendricks (pictured right). These collections focused on nipped in waists with tight figure hugging corsets, kitten heels and full skirts.
The Mad Men style dresses are just gorgeous – Mango have one (£49) that’s just like the Prada version in blue and white hues, and it’s modelled by the face of the moment, Scarlett Johansson for Mango’s ad campaign.
I don’t know how practical the rest of the trend is though - for starters, corsets are instruments of torture and in my humble opinion, kitten heels are the most ferociously unflattering and awkward shoes ever.
But the details that Miuccia (Prada, of course) choose to accessorise her vision were great – knee high socks are practical, cute and sexy. Wear yours over a pair of black tights and team with a short skirt for casual chic. Topshop have some well-priced ‘rib over knee socks’ in grey and black for €8.
Prada also revealed the skinny belt this season. Thin belts are ideal for bringing a layered outfit together. They don’t distract from the clothes due to their slimness, but give an outfit a unified look. ASOS have a practically identical alternative to Prada’s and for only €8.
Celine’s collection was a lesson in simple austerity and was largely based around a dark palette and it left me with an overwhelming desire for skinny black trousers (pictured second from right).
Of course we have all embraced the skinny jean at this stage but this season is all about trousers – and skinny trousers are one of the most important trends. (For non skinny fans, Gap have just launched a trousers line which come in various styles from bootleg, to straight, cropped and curvy. Note that as of this week GAP are now shipping internationally, WHOOP!).
How to wear Skinny Trousers
Unlike jeggings, which require covering your crotch, skinny trousers don’t and look best when teamed with volume on top, be it a voluminous blouse or basic tee’s with the addition of a chunky knit.
Get your skinny trousers from Whistles, they have a fab pair called the ‘Anne Marie’ with zip detail at the ankles for £110. Our editor will be chuffed that there’s something fashionable named after her!