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Fashion Week Journal for Tuesday and Wednesday February 25 & 26

As London Fashion week ends, I offer you this bookend image of me, your narrator, as seen in W magazine’s wrap up of London Fashion Week street style, and, more importantly, we share two tales of new and old London design. 

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We interrupt Milan Fashion Week to bring you Sara, Marianna and Vera Giusti, who had the good fortune of being born into Attilio Giusti Leombruni, the handmade women’s footwear brand their grandfather Piero Giusti founded in 1958 in the Marche region. While the sisters are Giustis by birth, the choice to continue the lineage of small-run, meticulously crafted and exquisitely wearable shoes was all theirs. In fact, each of them explored other interests before rolling up her designer sleeves and returning to the fold.

The sisters took over what is now known as AGL in 2011, continuing Piero’s relationships with historical tanneries near Firenze and using generations-old construction methods to yield shoes as soft and supple as a pair of heirloom gloves and today they give us their take on Italy’s best spots, personal style, and the best looks from their current collection.

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Highlights and commentary from yesterday’s Milan Fashion Week runway shows: In a dramatic departure from years past, Gucci gets bookish with librarian chic and pared-down nostalgic looks from the brand’s new creative director, Alessandro Michele.

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London designers always tend to be more about the cult of the individual rather than the same trends showing up in multiple collections. That said, here is our list of the top 10 ideas and themes emerging from across the pond for next fall.

The ’70s influence continues—this time with more of a boho, hippie-deluxe feeling. An intriguing counterpoint to this is the emergence of a hard-edged ’80s new-wave idea paired with a slouchy boot. A darkly glamorous and romantic mood also comes across with lace, new embellishments, tapestry prints and lots of faded, vintage winter florals. There are great shearling and statement outerwear options—including the all-important cape that will help to beat the chill come fall.

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1. ’70s BOHO

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2. VINTAGE FLORALS

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3. CAPES

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4. SHEARLING

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5. ROMANTIC HEROINE

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6. ’80s NEW WAVE
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7. LACE LUXE

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8. FUR

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9. TAILORED/FUR HANDBAGS

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10. TALL BOOTS

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– The Fashion Office

Lucy has taken the Seventies revival trend and given it some London edge. Her vintage coat ticks all the trend notes of the season: shearling collar, suede, belted. It was finally a bit warmer in London today, so Lucy’s silk one-piece is a perfect transitional piece. Sneakers and a funky clutch add some high-street contemporary cool.

xo,
Crystal Nicodemus

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Shop similar styles:
Print Jumpsuits | White Sneakers | Metallic Clutches

Shop our Editors’ Picks to re-create this look:

Laundry by Shelli Segal Jumpsuit | Superga Sneaker | Loeffler Randall Chain Clutch

Zara totally nailed luxe minimalism today. This look is perfectly seasonal casual chic, and I want to copy it immediately! The cozy sweater dress is a top trending item in London, and I love the addition of a leather belt to create some definition. The relaxed coat and nude booties keep the palette neutral and clean, while a pop clutch adds a bit of fun to the look.

xo,
Crystal Nicodemus

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Shop similar styles:
Beige Coats | Sweater Dresses | Nude Booties

Shop our Editors’ Picks to re-create this look:

Fleurette Wool Coat | Haute Hippie Sweater Dress | Topshop ‘Magnum’ Boot

February 25, 2015

Street Style: Ella at Roksanda

Ella is always put together and adorably chic. I love that she knows what works for her and stays true to her feminine aesthetic. The button front skirt is having a major moment thanks to retro trends, and Ella’s denim version is pretty much perfect. A delicate blouse and ombré fur dress up the denim, while glitter tights add some playful sparkle.

xo,
Crystal Nicodemus

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Shop similar styles:
Feminine Blouses | Denim Skirts | Metallic Tights

Shop our Editors’ Picks to re-create this look:

Rachel Zoe Tie-Neck Blouse | Topshop Snap-Front Denim Skirt | SPANX ‘Metallic Luxe’ Tights

More candid snaps of the street-style scene at Fashion Week from our Global Trend Reporter Crystal Nicodemus.

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February 25, 2015

Street Style: Vo at Burberry

Fringe is still a big winner at Fashion Week. It’s like catnip to photographers, thanks to the gorgeous movement it offers. Vo caused quite the frenzy at Kensington Gardens today, and it’s easy to see why. Her fur stole, skinny belt and sleek sweater dress are some of the top trending themes of the season. Plus, that amazing leather fringe is too good to resist!

xo,
Crystal Nicodemus

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Shop similar styles:
Sweater Dresses | Fringe Skirts | Fur Scarves & Wraps

Shop our Editors’ Picks to re-create this look:

Cynthia Steffe Sweater Dress | Tamara Mellon Fringe Skirt | Glint Faux Fur Shoulder Wrap