Fashion, Krisztina Ambrus, Spring/Summer 2015, Women's Style

Member’s Monday – Key Trends for Spring/Summer 2015 by Krisztina Ambrus

Whilst the winter is still going with full force, it’s never too early to start dreaming about springtime. I am excited about the new season, there are some really cool and ‘user-friendly’ trends coming up… And the theme is going to be ‘Back to the ‘70s’! Now is the time to look at your mom’s wardrobe, or have a browse in your local charity shop, you never know what treasures you might find… Before I begin, I’d like to emphasise that I don’t believe in blindly following seasonal trends, but suggest choosing 2-3 pieces that complement your personal style, that should be enough to refresh the existing wardrobe. With that in mind, below is a quick run-down of the key trends. Denim has been big since last summer, and it’s gaining more momentum this spring. Jeans, dresses, shirts, shorts, they come in all shapes and forms. Flared jeans are having a revival, and pretty much every brand is bringing out their own version, so there is a great selection out there. The good news about the flared cut is that it suits most body types, and makes the legs appear visually longer.Jeans

Talking about trousers, wide legs are another trend that continues into the new season, coming in all lengths from culottes that hit just below the knee to floor-length styles.

Trousers When it comes to patterns, stripes are big this season. At the moment I see a version of the Breton top  in every shop I walk into: short sleeves, long sleeves, V-neck, crew neck, polo neck, fitted or slouchy, anything goes.

Breton As a nod to the ’70s, you can expect to see a lot of romantic, floral prints around.

Floral As for textures, suede will rule this season – this skirt, with its fringe finish, also ticks the box for another trend.

Fringe

Fringes everywhere: on jackets and coats, shirts and skirts, and they give a fun boho feel to bags.

 Fringe Bag

Bags have been getting smaller in recent seasons – the saddle bag featured on many Spring/Summer ’15 runways, it’s a great alternative if you don’t want to carry a big bag around.

Small bag

Go on ladies, show off that waist! Belts are getting wider this season.

Obi Belt And to the delight of those who don’t like or can’t wear heels, flat shoes remain the focus in the coming season. Penny loafers, brogues, drivers, pointed toes all go here.

Penny Loafers

Or for those who prefer a more relaxed style, slippers, plimsolls and trainers are still going strong.   I quite like this pair below, with a bit of a glam factor.

 Gold pumps

And once the weather is warm enough, don those wedges!  I can’t wait…

WedgesSo, time to start putting together your shopping list for the spring. I’m all for intentional shopping, rather than impulse buys, so go through your wardrobe, and see what you need for the new season. Thank you Kriszrina

[Jeans: 7 For All Mankind; Trousers: Tory Burch; Striped tee: Banana Republic; Dress: asos.com; Suede skirt: Saint Laurent; Fringed bag: hallhuber.com; Saddle bag: Massimo Dutti; Belt: www.baukjen.com; Penny loafers: Marks & Spencer; Gold slippers: Dune; Wedges: Charlotte Olypmia www.net-a-porter.com]

Standard
Chemistry, Classic Cars, Fashion, Jodie Kidd, Personal Brand, Quentin Wilson, The Classic Car Show

Chemistry: Classic Cars and Fashion

The picture says it all – chemistry, what chetheclassiccarshowmistry?  Rapport is so important in communication, and never more so than in TV presenting.  There is an awkwardness between Jodie and Quentin – they talk over each other and haven’t quite yet found their groove.  It’s a good show – The Classic Car Show, so I hope they get more comfortable with each other as the series progresses.  Jodie seems to be dressed for the night club, rather than chatting about cars – the stylist needs to have a dressing down(!)  Quentin is a highly successful motoring journalist of 30 years and a real authority on classic cars, yet he looks like he is selling photocopiers! His plain suit and tie-less shirt looks reminiscent of a corporate drone.  There is no individuality.  He is a presenter, writer and political campaigner and his unoriginal and slightly ill-fitting suit is not telling me any of that.  There is such a synergy between cars and fashion – you only have to look at Goodwood Revival to see the link, but they seem to have got it completely wrong and it is just not working for me.

Cars are as much about personal brand as any other accessory. Granted, it is quite a pricey accessory, but it is an indication of one’s station in life.  Too flash and your clients think that they are paying you too much and too old and rusty and they think you are in trouble.  I was once interviewed on BBC Breakfast, talking about the link between cars and personal brand.  Apparently people were punching above their weight by hiring cars to go to interviews.  I’d have thought it was more a sign of the times – people loosing jobs and hiring cars until they land their next role.  As with any statistics, the numbers can be read and interpreted in any which way you like.

So why do I care?  Well, along with being quite a girly girl, once upon a time I was a real tomboy.  I have lost the fascination for tree climbing and motorbikes, but still love cars, and being married to a petrol head has only fuelled that fire (I do love a good pun too!)  We have had many classic cars over the years and I currently drive a Fiat 500, which I love for it’s vintage feel, it’s cheeky design and of course, being an ex-accountant, it’s fuel economy!

So come on Jodie and Quentin, I really want this programme to be great – right now, it’s a bit lukewarm and I hope that it gets better.  Less of the high fashion Jodie, more appropriate are the jeans and t-shirts worn in the location shots.  I hope they become a little more natural and Quentin gets out of the stiff suits and looks more like the confident professional he really is.

Have you seen it?  What do you think?

Lyn Bromley MFIPI, ACMA –  Managing Director, First Impressions  Lyn Bromley is Managing Director of First Impressions Training Ltd and a Master of The Federation of Image Professionals International. (FIPI)  She is also Director of Regional Events at FIPI and a leader of Achiever’s Academy for Women. Please contact us if you would like to know more about our programmes, bespoke image training or one-to-one coaching.  First Impressions have a network of over 150 consultants working across the UK – to find one in your area visit the website and take a look at the consultant map. Telephone: +44 (0)1926 623038 Email: enquiries@firstimpressions.uk.com Website: www.firstimpressions.uk.com

Standard