Eleanor Doughty

A New York Meditation: Kaelen

Eleanor Doughty | Posted 19.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Eleanor Doughty

Unfortunately there's a good six months before Kaelen's endearing collection comes into stores internationally. But as I look out of my window at London's rainy skyline, I will remember those pinks and furs and sheer panels for when the time is right. For it is not only on Wednesdays, à la Mean Girls that we wear pink. It can be every day.

Parlez-Vous Fashion: Introducing Caslazur

Eleanor Doughty | Posted 17.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Eleanor Doughty

Last year I had an Australian landlord. He was laid back, always asking me 'how're you going?' and never concerned about anything but the Ashes. Caslazur has the same vibe; her girl is cool and calm. She turns heads, not because she looks a million dollars, but because her clothes have it all worked out.

Magic Makers: Zoe Jordan

Eleanor Doughty | Posted 09.09.2013 | UK Style
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While some commented that Zoe would have been better suited to a New York showing this season, the cool ease of it was London through and through. Effortlessly cool, always stylish but just a little haphazard. In the best kind of way.

Parlez-Vous Fashion: In Which I Fall in Love

Eleanor Doughty | Posted 25.08.2013 | UK Style
Eleanor Doughty

Recently being introduced to Aigner's 'Florence' tote, my heart skipped a beat. That doesn't happen too often - my bar is a high one. But she simply sung to me, trilling her seduction until it was outside my powers to resist a cheeky hold. Slipping her over my arm, our chemistry was instant and permanent

Dreaming of Jerome

Eleanor Doughty | Posted 12.07.2013 | UK Style
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I guess I'm into shoes, then. I love a good heel. Although, I'm not so good at them. Samples sales have taught me that most often, scenarios involving my debit card and stilettos are to be avoided. You got me, I admit it. I've caved again, and again, and again.

Parlez-Vous Fashion: In Which Sandals Simplify

Eleanor Doughty | Posted 26.06.2013 | UK Style
Eleanor Doughty

Hands up who has bared a naked leg this week. I have! The sun was back from maternity leave for a couple of days and bathed London in glorious sunlight. I am perpetually optimistic regarding mother nature's attention to the weather.

Magic Makers: Ashley Williams

Eleanor Doughty | Posted 16.06.2013 | UK Style
Eleanor Doughty

Ashley Williams would go to a wedding every weekend, if she could. "If you dress happy, you feel happy!" she says, when I ask if fashion needs an injection of fun. And it does. Amongst the squeaky vinyl and vixen red and black of fashion's rebel girl, Williams, Fashion East's newest recruit is a breath of fresh air.

Parlez-Vous Fashion: In Which Pastels Reign

Eleanor Doughty | Posted 05.06.2013 | UK Style
Eleanor Doughty

Pastels and spring have a mundane, predictable relationship. In a similar vein to the floral prints for spring's sister non-surprise, designers are naturally drawn back to soft unicorn colours - those to brighten and lighten the April skies.

Parlez-Vous Fashion: In Which I Do Casual-Chic

Eleanor Doughty | Posted 27.05.2013 | UK Style
Eleanor Doughty

Casual chic comes with some conditions. Thankfully, they are down to you, every time. There's no set rhythm or glossy-magazine rule to your ultimate style relaxation. Without you, clothes are just that. In the immortal words of Bella Freud, 'inside your wardrobe hang your brains'.

Parlez-Vous Fashion: In Which I Am Not Sexy

Eleanor Doughty | Posted 08.05.2013 | UK Style
Eleanor Doughty

I am not very good at being sexy. And that's just as well, as this season is not about traditional sexiness. It's about the no-sex sexy.

Simplicity Sells: Bill Amberg

Eleanor Doughty | Posted 09.05.2013 | UK Style
Eleanor Doughty

The handbag is a very special thing. The perfect leather is required for the job at hand, the size an art to perfect, and the fastening is nothing but the third stage of precision difficulty on the path of handbag Eden.

Parlez-Vous Fashion: In Which My Feet Are Confused

Eleanor Doughty | Posted 01.05.2013 | UK Style
Eleanor Doughty

Last week I wore trainers. For those lucky people that have experienced my incredible running prowess or seen me post-workout, this won't necessarily be surprising. To those in a professional context, I'd hazard this as unheard of. I 'don't do' trainers.

Floral Mania

Eleanor Doughty | Posted 18.03.2013 | UK Style
Eleanor Doughty

The literal floral is all out there, all encompassing, all appealing. It is delicious, delectable and pretty. Yes, the P-word, pretty.

Plastic Fantastic

Eleanor Doughty | Posted 10.03.2013 | UK Style
Eleanor Doughty

The sartorial cupid's arrow is a hard hitter. A couple of weeks ago, I fell head-over-demi-heels in love with a neatly wrapped parcel under the Christmas tree. A transparent indigo clutch in the ideal day to night size made up my first piece of the perspex puzzle.

Clapham: A Curious Case

Eleanor Doughty | Posted 22.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Eleanor Doughty

Sunday morning and the three-stop southbound journey from London Victoria to Stockwell is largely unremarkable. Those present, engrossed in their daily newspapers or quietly nattering to neighbours, are dulled to the journey south of the river.

The F-Word

Eleanor Doughty | Posted 02.02.2013 | UK Style
Eleanor Doughty

Confession time. I am scared of foundation. Years of ballet stage makeup, and a contrary attitude towards anything in the least bit popular, have deterred me from ever squirting my face with the brown stuff.

Dior: A Belated Salute

Eleanor Doughty | Posted 31.12.2012 | UK Style
Eleanor Doughty

Christian Dior's day has been saved, its reputation reignited and the Parisian equilibrium restored by Raf Simons. Hoorah! Upon D-Day, the presentation of his first ready-to-wear collection for Dior, the Belgian served the first point of this season's Parisian fashion feud.

Autumn Essentials: Mini Bags

Eleanor Doughty | Posted 03.12.2012 | UK Style
Eleanor Doughty

Presenting the last of my autumn essentials posts, inspired by a need to not carry everything around at once for a change. To top it off, it's a super chic balance of macro versus micro- my favourite one from this little lot works perfectly with a certain oversized coat I just might have bought.

Autumn Essentials: The Jumper

Eleanor Doughty | Posted 19.11.2012 | UK Style
Eleanor Doughty

Winter dressing is fun. I like to think of it as an exercise in wearing all your favourite clothes at once, a thought that is far too exciting

Queen Phoebe

Eleanor Doughty | Posted 12.11.2012 | UK Style
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Philo is responsible for turning the trend tide, stripping back the limbs of the embellished sartorial landscape, and leaving a purer, refined quality behind. Céline is the calm eye of the fashion storm, a serene place where stylish boats can float and fish with no fear of maximalist predators.

Low Rise

Eleanor Doughty | Posted 05.11.2012 | UK Style
Eleanor Doughty

Kitten heels have a bad reputation. Notoriously unforgiving and frequently spotted on schoolgirls at their first social, your scepticism is justified. As the contrary fashion merry-go-round spins, prepare to embrace a new kind of shoe, a whole load less kitteny. Out with the old, in with the...old. You know the drill.

Love Your Legs

Eleanor Doughty | Posted 28.10.2012 | UK Style
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There are moments in fashion when you recognise something that will change the landscape of our fair industry. It happened at Jil Sander in September 2010 when Raf Simons transformed neon colours into a palatable concept with that skirt. But now, the new 'it' item has arrived, storming catwalks and constructed by the real who's who in fashion. If you are looking for the defining autumn addition then this is it. Seriously. Introducing, the trouser suit.

The Rise of the Oversized

Eleanor Doughty | Posted 22.10.2012 | UK Style
Eleanor Doughty

Dressing 'casually' can be a problem. Like many things, the more thought you put into it, the room there is for error.

The Return of the Waist

Eleanor Doughty | Posted 09.10.2012 | UK Style
Eleanor Doughty

The waist is back. If you've been hiding under a rock recently and missed the memo, the waist has made a marked recent return to the catwalks, squeezing out beautiful hourglass from even tower blocks of fashion. A surprise it is not given the enormous success of Mad Men that swept the waist in all its glory back into fashion's frontline.

60s Chic

Eleanor Doughty | Posted 04.10.2012 | UK Style
Eleanor Doughty

Audrey, Twiggy, Brigitte; iconic names from an iconic era.  Representing pinpoint precise eye makeup, the new definition of supermodel and the ever elegant beehive, these three ladies played an extraordinary part in defining the way we view the 60s as an era.