People relate to and identify with those of their own gender. If the visual portrayal of our gender is so proscribed then perhaps it is no wonder that so many women experience 'Imposter Syndrome' - a belief of being unworthy
While the majority of brogues sold are still classic and stylishly traditional, the characteristics of brogues, including the perforations, toe-caps and the serrated edges, can now be found combined with trainers, heels and even boots!
Plunging, cutaway and Bardot necklines, cut-out backs, delicate straps and barely-there slip dresses dominate the high street. If you need support your only hopes are strapless bras, sticky 'breast lift' contraptions (FYI these are truly dire) or tit tape and a prayer.
But what struck me as I peddled through city after city, each offering a kaleidoscope view into how our clothes, textiles, tiles, electronics to even our door knobs are made, is how disconnected Western people are with the impact of our consumption on communities around the world.
Every season has it's key pieces, the indispensable: these are my top 5. If you don't already own them then you should treat yourself. They will effortlessly update your style for the cold season ahead.
As a Personal Stylist and Personal Shopper I'm always looking out for wearable trends. Having just arrived back to London from Paris Fashion Week, the following are my selections - some playful, others practical
The trend to wear lingerie as outerwear is growing momentum. With Vogue showing us how to perfect the lingerie as outerwear trend and with the most recent lingerie inspired catwalks, it got me wondering. Will it ever be acceptable for you or I to reveal the underwear beneath our clothes?
Hands up if you have recently made an instantaneous clothing purchase to find that you don't actually love the item when you get round to wearing it a couple of times? I know I am not alone, the UK sends over a million tonnes of clothing to landfill sites a year.
I realised that the cheaply made, mass produced, fast-fashion I was buying was promoting unethical working conditions, environmental destruction and costing me a fortune. I decided that something drastic needed to change and set myself a personal challenge - to simply stop buying for a year.
I have put together styling ideas of what to wear to London Fashion Week for you to be able to make an outfit your own. I do hope you are able to take these ideas and make them into your own unique style.
n 2013 they called it a fad. In 2014 they, again, said it would be a fad. In 2015 it was the fashion trend of the year, and momentum shows no sign of slowing. As London and Milan gear up for their annual September-end fashion weeks, 'athleisure' again looks set to feature on the runway as a designer and consumer favourite.
It's completely irresponsible to publicly insinuate someone is suffering from an eating disorder simply based on their appearance. As Beckham herself put it following the backlash to her models last year: "They're young, they're thin, but that doesn't mean they're ill."
I love new trends but, let's be honest, some trends will be very fashionable one season but will not withstand the test of time! Therefore, I believe there are some key pieces that should feature in every woman's wardrobe in order to make it functional and versatile. These are my top six.
Inspiration: the designs are inspired by their grandmother - night-loving Nan Kempner, who was just as comfortable at a black-tie ball in Paris, as she was on the Studio 54 dance floor
A real fur coat can last for 30 years and with a bit of clever restyling need never go out of fashion. Plus it offers extraordinary comfort and warmth. Fakes on the other hand are 'disposable fashion' and hang around in most wardrobes for no more than five years or so, if they're lucky.
The Millennial Luxury is actually the opposite concept of what the luxury conglomerates sell to the masses . It avoids the bling effect of a logotype splashed all around an object, preferring the object to stand out by its own values.