The first leaves have started to drop and, while the sun still shines, the faintest chill of September is in the air and we find ourselves in that twilight zone between the end of summer and the start of fall. For those editors and buyers attending the September circuit of fashion shows, the switch from New York Fashion Week, which finished on Wednesday, to this weekend’s London Fashion Week signals a moment to pack away the summer dresses and sandals and embrace a wardrobe of lightweight, versatile layers that can be swapped in and out, depending on the city’s variable temperature.
Tove – a London-based label created by two ex-Topshop designers, which debuted at London Fashion Week back in February – is a master of these minimal mix-and-match heroes. “I love the versatility of the brand’s strapless ‘Ida’ top,” says NET-A-PORTER acting fashion editor Charlotte Blazeby. “The bandeau top has recently become a real wardrobe must-have, and with its twist detail at the bust, this piece creates a super-flattering silhouette.” She suggests layering the tube top under a blazer or over a white tee and pairing with wide-leg pants and loafers for an easy, elegant look. “Combining the more formal top with a loose trouser and flat shoes gives it an effortlessly cool feel, and makes for a winning combo that’s perfect for running errands.” Try Burberry’s blue-and-white-striped cotton straight-leg pants, which feel summery but polished, and Emilia Wickstead’s ‘Aideen’ cotton-blend bouclé jacket for cooler days. Flats have become many editors’ shoe of choice for running between shows, and the ‘Bruni’ leather loafer from London label Malone Souliers is the perfect sole-savior for long days on the go.
Come nightfall, swap in some crisp black cigarette pants, Jimmy Choo’s glittering, silver ‘Elisa’ heeled Mary Jane pumps, and Alexander McQueen’s skull-clasp denim shoulder bag for a dinner-ready look. For Blazeby, this season is all about chunky silver bling, too: “I am loving silver jewelry for fall, as it feels like a fresh new take on accessorizing and adds a clean, minimalist finish to looks,” she says. “It feels fresh and modern, with a hint of nostalgia.” Try the handcrafted silver ring from Completedworks or, for something more luxe, look to Bond Street jeweler David Morris, whose 18-karat white-gold diamond hoop earrings are a modern heirloom. Finish with a spritz of Jo Malone London’s Myrrh & Tonka Cologne Intense – a warm, earthy scent of Namibian myrrh and warming notes of almond, vanilla and tonka bean that feels cozy and comforting as the days shorten and the longer nights roll in.
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