Elle Fanning is standing out as one stylish new talent. Following in big sister Dakota’s footsteps, she has been acting in films since she was just 2 years old, with hits including Super 8 and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. She’s also been picked out as a designer’s darling, and is the star of an editorial for the most recent issue of A Magazine, which is curated by designers including Giambattista Valli, Maison Martin Margiela, Yohji Yamamato and Proenza Schouler. Photographed by Bill Owens and styled in a mix of decadent gowns and tomboy casualwear, Elle proves herself as an eclectic dresser. These photos of Elle in true Californian skater-girl outfits with boyish sweaters, tees and shorts are my favourites, but you can see the rest of the editorial here.
Photography: A Magazine
The sweater was undoubtedly the ‘It’ piece of autumn/winter, thanks to its comfy nature, boyish charm and throw-on-appeal. Yet the sweater is moving on, and sweaters over shirts are the new twin-set of 2012. Take some inspiration from this matching ivory sweatshirt and shirt with pearl-embellished necklines by Givenchy which is just delightful.
The sweater and shirt twin-set is ideal for reworking spring’s catwalks trends for a menswear twist. Note the minimalism update with a Picasso-Intarsia sweater worn over a crisp white shirt at Jil Sander, modernised prim 50s styling at Louis Vuitton, while the return of sportswear looks new at Alexander Wang with a Chevron patterned sweatshirt worn over a starched shirt.
The What’s His Is Yours edit:
Whether the sweater and shirt is matching or non-matching doesn’t really matter, as long as they are worn together. I love this matching cashmere sweater and silk shirt by Gucci (top), both in the exact same shade of mocha with contrasting neon yellow collar. Whistles’ lime green garter-stitch sweater looks fresh over a chambray shirt, while Paul & Joe’s neat sweater with Peter Pan collar is the essence of the 50s.
Model Hannah Holman shows us how to work classic black, white and denim shirts with great jewellery, tousled hair and natural beauty in this editorial for Remix magazine. Doesn’t the relaxed styling and speckled sunlight just make you impatient for the summer?
Photography: Dean Podmore for Remix magazine #72
Street style photography blogs, however wonderful and inspiring they may be, are undoubtedly an over-saturated market. This is why I love street-style-blog-with-a-difference, What I Saw Today. Thinking outside the box, artist Richard Haines chooses to draw the stylish people he sees on the streets of New York as beautiful fashion illustrations. Capturing the fabric, shape and colour and with a preference for menswear, this blog is perfect for inspiration for menswear styling.
2011 has come to a close, and What’s His is Yours presents what to keep an eye out for in 2012 for serious style inspiration:
1. The Great Gatsby
Directed by Baz Luhrmann and featuring Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Toby Maguire, the recent remake of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby is bound to be show stopping and a feast of 20s style. 2011′s emerging love of the 1920′s is set to heighten with flapper dresses, sleek cropped hair and layers of pearls for boyish, gamine styling. Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait until December 2012 for the film to be in cinemas.
2. Elizabeth Olsen
Sisters are doing it for themselves in 2012, and eyes are firmly fixed on Solange Knowles’ second album and Elle Fanning’s acting debuts. I’m watching Elizabeth Olsen, actress and sister of mega-famous/stylish Mary-Kate and Ashley (just imagine the designer hand-me-downs). With film Martha Marcy May Marlane set for release in the spring, and rumours of an Oscar nomination for her role in the remake of silent movie Silent House (2011), she is one talent to watch. Her style has the bohemian feel that her sisters are synonymous with, yet she favours a much more polished and tailored edge.
3. The Met’s major exhibit of 2012: Miucca Prada and Elsa Schiaparelli
Celebrating two of fashion’s most famous Italians, this exhibition acknowledges the role that Surrealism and other art movements have played in the designs by both Prada and Schiaparelli. The exhibition will feature over 80 designs by Schiaparelli, mixed with Prada items dating back to the late Eighties, as well as an installation with both women in conversation with each other, on subjects including art, politics and women. ”Juxtaposing the work of Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada allows us to explore how the past enlightens the present and how the present enlivens the past,” said Harold Koda, curator in charge of The Costume Institute, to Vogue.co.uk.
All photos via google