One of my early blogs was a slightly tongue-in-cheek reflection of being ahead of the gender fluid dressing trend from a young age. A combination of being tall and having 3 older brothers typically meant I was kitted out by an exasperated mum in baggy boys clothes. Neither Zoe or I ever really learned to love girly fashion; overly feminine trends like ruffles and florals mostly pass us by. Dressing up for a black tie event is approached with as much enthusiasm as work on a Monday morning after a particularly heavy weekend, especially if floor length is required. The solution? A tuxedo, of course.
Whether you go fitted and chic or loose and masculine, tailoring has been one of the most dominant trends in AW17/18. And there’s something about wearing a tuxedo that exudes confidence. Like the suit is a kind of magic uniform; step into it and the world around you starts dancing to your tune. The addition of feminine pointy heels and a glitzy clutch juxtaposes the sharp masculine tailoring perfectly. The outcome? An outfit that crosses the gender divide, flowing seamlessly between woman and man, combining the best attributes of both. A kind of super-human.
Zoe wears a rich red blazer and tapered trousers by high end German brand, Escada. It’s a luxurious thing and has a price tag to match, coming in a little over £1000 for the combined suit. True, you might be able to go on a decent holiday for that amount of money, but if you do want to try and justify it, just think how timeless this suit is. It will never go out of fashion. And the sales are right around the corner don’t forget… She has chosen to wear the suit over a lace vest top from yesteryear (try this from The White Company) and pointy Jimmy Choo kitten heels.
I have opted for a wide leg palazzo pant from Zara. These photos was taken a few weeks back now, and Zara turns over their fashion so quickly, they’re no longer available. However, they have a wonderful collection of very long palazzo pants, so it’s worth going into the shop for a try. You could start with this high waisted style, these with a fun side stripe or even these sequinned beauties, perfect for a black & white party or white tie! My oversized, mannish Empire satin jacket is by WTR London, and available to buy in Harvey Nichols. Because my whole suit is loose fitting, I opted to wear my bralette by Alexander Wang to break up head-to-toe black and add back in some feminine shape.
My trousers were so long it didn’t really matter about the footwear, but I also opted for kitten heels, in this case hot pink by Lucy Choi London. They have a fantastic collection of beautiful shoes in a size 9 (42) at Lucy Choi, which sit comfortably in the affordable luxury category – definitely worth a look for last minute Christmas presents!
Our necklaces are both by the up-and-coming Claudia Bradby, who takes a wonderful modern approach to accessorising pearls. Zoe’s sand dollar silver necklace is here, and my rose gold halo style is here. Again, a great place to look for 11th hour Christmas gifts.
This might be the last post before Christmas, so… Have a very Merry Christmas, dear Readers. Drink, eat, be happy. We can’t wait to reveal what 2018 has in store. Big love, H&Z xx
HAIR by Craig Clarke at Stil in Notting Hill
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