How To Find The Perfect Pair Of Trousers

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I know, trouser shopping isn’t top of my list either. Mostly because it turns out we would all far rather be shoe shopping. Who wakes up on a Saturday morning thinking, “yippee, the chance to spend all afternoon in a cramped, badly lit changing room, craning my neck to check out my behind.

It’s up there with bikini or bra shopping which is a pity really because little else does the hard yards in your wardrobe as deftly as a pair (okay then, several pairs) of trousers.

Despite the style glossies debating asymmetric hems, ruffles skirts or ditsy print floral dresses, most women wear trousers most of the time. I know I do. What else ticks off flexible, practical, stylish, time-efficient or covers up hairy legs? Buy a classic pair and they can be re-invented season after season. The right trousers look easy and will make you look youthful, polished and that you haven’t tried too hard (which is harder than you think). I’m not going to lie to you though, unless you have a boyish figure, finding trousers that fit well can be an arduous task.  It’s why many women – especially those on the curvier side – give up at the first hurdle. But forewarned is forearmed and hopefully this ten point checklist will take a lot of the pain out of trouser shopping. Read More…

The Marvelous Mrs Maisel

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When TV offers a more thought provoking take on women’s clothes than designers, it’s time to hit refresh


Most people in decent societies would agree (above the line at least) that a woman should be able to wear whatever she likes without being jumped on. But, as we’re finally beginning to acknowledge publicly, what we wear has consequences.

Clothes matter. They can offend in their sloppiness, their ostentatiousness and their lack (or excess) of modesty. Alternatively, they can seduce entire nations, as when a visiting Duchess wears a maple leaf hat in Canada, or a First Lady chooses British for a rendez-vous in London. Read More…

Spring Refresh

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What can I tell you about clothes at the dawn of 2018. That you had better get in there quick. T.S Eliot wasn’t joking when he said April was the cruellest month. Although he possibly wasn’t talking about the crushing realisation that anything you have vaguely coveted in the style glossies has probably sold out.

Not that I’m counselling you to buy a whole new wardrobe in February mind. No one but no one (unless you are an oligarch’s moll) buys an entirely new wardrobe each season and certainly no one I’ve ever met with an iota of style. Still, we all want to buy things that will add vim and verve to our existing wardrobes; a few judiciously on pointe items that will make everything else sing -and believe me they don’t hang around. Don’t underestimate the keen eye that is required for changing proportions and attention to detail detail detail although just as important is whether any of it actually suits us, an easily overlooked fact in the race to bag the latest trend.

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Don’t Underestimate The Classics

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A funny thing is happening in fashion right now. Clothes – wardrobe must-haves such as the trench, a great stripe shirt, the right pair of boyfit jeans, a pair of monk-strap brogues- items that would once upon a time have been written off as boring classics are having a moment. Of course, they’re hardly ever referred to as such because if you see how many of these items are merchandised on designer websites, they are described variously as spliced trench coats, asymmetric/ deconstructed shirting – and all the handiwork of some of the hottest talent in fashion right now. Read More…

Behind the Scenes with the Headline Colors Spy

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The past month may have been a cold, snowy, rainy one but we certainly weren’t hibernating here at Headline Colors. Not even a blizzard could put a hold on the major event that was London Fashion Week. As editors were being piggybacked through the snow in New York, we were getting our newest samples (and our outfits!) ready for five days of fashion madness here in London. My mission was to nose out the next big trends for our Autumn/Winter collection. I was looking for the colours that are going to make headlines.

The word on the “fashion” street was that the hottest shows in London were going to be Mary Katrantzou, Thomas Tait and Christopher Kane – and they didn’t disappoint. The billowing fabrics at Mary Katrantzou were laced at the hem with winter landscapes and uber hairstylist Eugene Souleiman had crafted the hair into chic architectural ponytails and attached graphic hand cut fringes high on the models’ foreheads. Blues, greys, lilacs and mink taupes were Mary’s colour palette of choice. Thomas Tait conjured up the coolest combination of street chic and high tech sportswear against the backdrop of a multi-story car park in St James. Fake smoke and neon lights filled the concrete space as the models marched down the runway in flat sandals. Makeup artist Thomas de Kluyver kept the skin glossy with the smallest fleck of a camel cream shadow on the eyelids.

The buzz was really humming backstage at Giles where fashion icon Kristen McMenamy opened the show and was the designer’s inspiration, her white blonde hair flowing almost down to her waist. A pale foundation shade of nail (not unlike our own Headline Colors Centerfold) was painted on by nail technician Marian Newman and Lucia Pieroni created beautiful hollowed eye sockets to make the girls look like they hadn’t slept.

Arriving 20 minutes early to the JW Anderson show at Tate Modern, I headed upstairs to grab a much needed coffee and a quick look around the press viewing of the Roy Lichtenstein exhibition. Unconvinced by Pop Art in the past, I emerged from the year’s most talked about exhibition a total convert. The intelligence in the way that Lichtenstein deconstructs an image and then rebuilds it in his own form of pointillism is endlessly fascinating and intriguing. Not to mention those colours – that cherry red (a perfect match for Headline Colors Catwalk) and the bold yellow stand out but there was also a huge amount of green and teal blue in his paintings and prints that certainly inspired much of the global fashion week teams. Read More…