Oh Phoebe…

Phoebe Philo. The woman in whose head we want to live. Or more accurately, the woman we want to be, purely to have our hands on such an exquisitely Parisienne yet utterly wearable style. Celine is now synonymous with beautifully cut fabrics, effortless outfits and elegant simplicity, but for AW13 Phoebe Philo stepped it up again, and as I whizzed through the images from the show my heart leapt at every look. And then sank a little when it realised the closest I’m going to get to the new pieces anytime soon is by printing them out from style.com and sticking them to myself.

Below are two looks I fell in love with, but really you could say that about the whole collection. I need to cut this review short as otherwise the gushing will get too much to bear, needless to say the skirts, tops, draped dresses, check, texture and mohair that made up the collection were exquisite, desirable and one of the reasons that the fashion world tours four cities twice a year searching for the, well, the je ne sais quois the industry craves so much. Because as is so tantalisingly infrequent, sometimes really good fashion gets even better. Thank god for Phoebe Philo.


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Marc Jacobs

My name is Carli and I am a pyjama-lover. Yes you read that right. Not a lover of frilly negligee puffs that I’m sure I should like, or tiny underwear-esque silk knicker-style ones. And definitely not ‘ironic’ pyjamas that have slogans, cute teddy bears or Mr Men on. No, I like real pyjamas, ones that star in the 1950s, Mad Men and suave men reading the paper on a Sunday morning in a mahogany library. Ok so they were originally the preserve of men, but proper long sleeve button-up pyjamas with traditional piping are now coveting by many women, including me. And it doesn’t stop there. You can get the same two piece style in beautiful silks, trimmed with understated cuffs and collars, or in check, stripes or diamond patterned. Oh the choices! My dream is to have a pair from Olivia von Halle – the different options are as varied as choosing a t-shirt from H&M, but all luxuriously, frivolously, fantastic.

So what a delight, dear readers, to see Mr Marc Jacobs embracing my vice as well! Never mind the stunning show set-up, the Jessica Stam hair, the parade of of-the-moment models, look at the pyjama influence! There were button down tops but in sequins and silk and topped with fur jackets, there were long lazy silk dresses, fulfilling my second desire for the entire wardrobe from The Great Gatsby, and to top it off, Marc Jacobs himself WAS WEARING PYJAMAS. It was almost too much to bare. Hashtag-in-love, as my inner fashion girl would say.

Marc Jacobs

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Victoria Beckham

A huge part of my job as a fashion writer used to be trawling through pictures from the catwalks ad nauseum, reviewing solidly for four weeks. In the same way that I can’t bring myself to read another Ian McEwan because of over-analysis during A Levels, I no longer take the same pleasure in scouring every show review and catwalk gallery.

These days I allow myself a meander around style.com and pick out the designers that I know I might be interested in. The beginning of New York Fashion Week didn’t start out in any groundbreaking fashion, but, along with every other Brit in the fashion industry, I was anticipating a great show from Victoria Beckham, who, although having already proved she is no one-hit wonder, still attracts the intrigue of lesser-minded people who are ‘waiting for her to fail’.

I like Victoria Beckham, I won’t prattle on about her being ‘misunderstood’ but I think she’s much wittier and honest than people give her press image credit for. I loved her Marc Jacobs ‘in a carrier bag’ adverts, I love her outfits, her pout and, importantly for this discussion, her obvious talent for design and style.

Since starting her eponymous line and showing at fashion week, Victoria Beckham is so far removed from the WAG days of Baden Baden that the latter image seems more of a cheap parody than something she’d actually do. But back to the clothes…

A/W seasons are always stronger (in my opinion) if your speciality is structure, tailoring, outwear and block colour. Victoria has done all of these in one form or another, and has many design strengths, but for her AW13 show the standout was the outerwear, it seemed to allude to her new life back in Blighty, with classic textures and oversized coats that looked like that would actually be warm to wear and not just for show. Although not of the same category, a particular favourite of mine was a tuxedo-inspired look with a ‘shoulder-drape’ cape effect, teamed with skinny trousers and shoes by my favourite shoe god Mr Manolo Blahnik.

The reviews are coming in thick and fast now, and it seems Mrs Beckham has done it again, but then again, there was no doubt of that this time around, was there?

Victoria Beckham

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