“Work the biker shape in a softer fabric for easy elegance.”
“Team black ankle boots with a sleek leather skirt or classic denim.”
“Create a smoky eye to finish the look.”
There are certain pieces that are worth tracking down and getting just right to complete a modern wardrobe. These are typically seen as off-duty classics but, with appropriate styling, also add a touch of cool to more formal looks – think of the way style icons like Kate Moss or Jane Birkin artfully mix the high with the low and you'll get the idea.
The biker jacket is one such piece. This season, it is made of the softest leather, has an elegantly shrunken cut and works just as well with the new sleek, slit skirt as a pair of distressed jeans. The essential tee is another: once found, the perfect soft, slouchy style can be teamed with an animal-print skirt or wide, mannish pants for easy elegance.
In this issue, we track down the very best of these
gold-dust pieces, including those worn by our cover model, Karolina Kurkova, star of hit US style show, The Face. Also this week, Christa D'Souza asks if cool has an age limit, and we present the hippest hotels in which to rock your nonchalantly chic look.
LUCY YEOMANS, EDITOR-in-CHIEF