Its the designer collaboration that will make your eyes pop and your mind hallucinate. The much-awaited and highly-anticipated capsule collection by the master of print, Mary Katranzou, has been unveiled by Topshop, and it does not disappoint. Katranzou’s prints are there in all their vivid colours and surrealist glory, featuring spring florals, bold graphics and wierd imagery. Katranzou’s signature body-con and sculptural dresses look just as couture as they do on the catwalk, yet what I really love are the t-shirts, cropped shirts, skinny pants and tapered trousers- all your everyday he classic menswear pieces in the most feminine and arty of fabrics!
Images: courtesy of Topshop
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Take inspiration from Volt’s print-mania editorial, and try classic masculine pieces- the blazer, shirt, tapered trouser, brogue, etc- in an mix of lively prints. Whether tropical, animal, baroque, abstract or figurative, they all work, especially when worn altogether. I really love Jonathan Saunder’s patchwork-print t-shirt, which does the print clashing for you.
Photos: Green shirt by Chloe, floral blazer by Topshop, pineapple print scarf by Whistles, snakeskin print brogues by Miu Miu, leapord print blouse by Equipment, paw print trousers by Topshop, collage pattern t-shirt by Jonathan Saunders, floral bag by Zatchels
Wonderful editorial by Volt magazine. Printed separates are a winner for on-trend mix and clash print looks. Volt present a combination of retro patterns, traditional textiles and digital prints on masculine blazers, tailored pants and silk shirts by designers including Agi & Sam, Paul Smith and Syd & Mallory, as well as online mecca ASOS and London vintage emporium Beyond Retro- this mix of designer, high street and second hand prove just how current and accessible print-clashing is.
Photos: Volt magazine
‘I dress for the image. Not for myself, not for the public, not for fashion, not for men’.
Take some inspiration from actress Marlene Dietrich’s sensational and subversive styling. A white trouser suit, three piece skirt suit, penguin suit: all worn by Dietrich in her own unique, strong way.
I am a devoted lover of Topshop Boutique. It’s basically an elevated version of Topshop, where you can find luxe basics for a directional capsule wardrobe; think silk, cashmere and pure cotton in classic shapes with unexpected twists.
The S/S 12 Topshop Boutique collection is looking pretty strong with rose patterned silk camisoles and dresses, Prince of Wales check tailoring and authentic Fisherman sweaters. What I’m really loving is how they have tapped into the strong Sports Luxe trend with these great reinterpretations of sporty bomber jackets for women. The powder-blue bouclé wool bomber jacket is just delicious and perfect for channelling the feminine fifties styling seen in the film Grease, while the monochrome graphic weave boyfriend jacket is more edgy Rockabilly. My favourites are the elongated cotton and silk cream and navy sports jackets, ideal as a luxe throw-on piece or belted as a sporty dress.
Jackets from £75. Buy Topshop Boutique here
Trying to find inspiration for retro fashion and styling? Head to Retronaut.co, an endless resource of authentic photography from key world events, Life magazine covers, to celebrities from the last century and beyond. Truly fascinating, eye-opening and entertaining, Retronaut is definitely a page to bookmark. I loved this photography of Teddy Girls from the 1950s.
Prada does grown-up schoolgirl styling with sharp white shirts, pleated skirts, sandals and ankle socks.Preppy, poppy, quirky and ideal for the summer.
Photo: the flip side