Today I’m Loving….AllSaints AW12
As you may already know, AllSaints is one of my favourite clothing brands. They get the balance minimalism with rock-chic like no other brand I know of. During the hot summer months (hard to remember, I know) they’re a leader in festival attire….floaty dresses, cuban heeled ankle boots and heavy Rajasthani-inspired jewels and in the winter, the rails are filled with mysterious blacks and greys injected with an overload of glitter sending me into a Lady-Macbeth infused craze. I intended on putting together just one outfit from their AW12 collection, but I was too torn between so many pieces, especially their graphic tees, of which I would happily own every single one, so I decided to put together three – one daytime and two evening looks, in the hope that these will speedily allow us to ignore the wintery chills and turn our stylish thoughts to party outfits with pizazz* and casual camel coats….
* A jazzy word, I know, however it is allegedly a word originally said to have been quoted by Diana Vreeland in the 1930’s don’t you know.
This daytime winter outfit fuses together textures of leather, wool and pony-hair and since my love for long lines and minimalism are going nowhere, both this timeless camel coat and fluffy jumper dress satisfy this desire with perfection. Add a few jewels, embracing warm tones and you have a sophisticated gritty-edged look you can wear long after the season ends.
I know this outfit may look a little chilly, but its so worth going through the pain whilst you get to your final destination….when everyone else is wearing a classic dress, this t-shirt-light-reflecting short-ensemble will do little to allow you to blur into the background. T-shirts like this one are my weakness – AllSaints excel at creating t-shirts with a genuine worn look, something so hard to create at home overnight. Frankly I’d rather buy this one than wait three years of washing something on a daily basis to get the same effect. Again, mixing up textures with sequins, virgin wool and pony hair, there’s a visual drama present thats hard to achieve with any other high street brands.
Sabian Matinee Necklace £55 / Robyn Devore Top £140 / Mosley Blazer £195 / Sabian Bracelet £45 / Jackson Evening Clutch £95 / Leather Biker Mini Skirt £150 / Doxy Heel £150 / Suvorov Republic Ring £20
For a slightly more sophisticated look, a blazer is key. This top, with discreet sheer sections across the midriff mixed up with this low-rise leather skirt still has a grunge feel, its just sharpened up with the lapels of a well-fitting blazer and being all black, means you can go all out with the jewels – load them up, stack them high.
To see the rest of the AllSaints Autumn/Winter 2012 collection, click here – they also have a very cool lookbook here if you’re searching for inspiration. And if you visit their homepage, they have a very cool video which features pieces from their current collection – turn it up loud, the soundtrack is dark and deep! More of their videos are available here.