Folklore has been a huge trend this season and will continue into AW14/15. With bold florals in vibrant hues at Alberta Ferretti and striking tribal pattern at Givenchy, where the runway leads the high street will surely follow.
Sadly, the process of translating the luxe offerings of high-end design can be somewhat thwarted by the high street’s propensity towards man-made fibres and many of the season’s polyester offerings have been less than appealing. Topshop, however, have struck gold with this absolute beauty, an embroidered a-line skirt, created in a cotton/linen blend. Almost sold out online, your local high street will be your best bet in securing one for yourself. It comes up small so be prepared to size up. It is also quite short: I opted for the “Tall” version (despite being a mere 5ft 6″) which resulted in a pleasing nod to Marant rather than mutton.
Alongside, are the rather gorgeous Hopscotch sandals. They reminded me of a pair of Lanvin flats I ordered & returned 3 years ago and for which I’ve been hankering after ever since. These sandals are simplicity itself and very pretty on the feet. A total steal at £22 for 100% leather and buttery soft to boot.
And speaking of buttery soft leather…these primrose-hued lovelies were just too hard to resist. Flat sandals rarely have much in the way of sole support and can be quite hard on the feet. However the rubber sole of the Harley sandal gives it just a little bounce and therefore comfort. Yes, that’s right: fashion & comfort in the same sentence. (Cut me some slack…as a 40-something mother, my summer will be spent keeping up with two energetic boys rather than indulging in prosecco-quaffing café culture and balmy-evening soireés.)