With another Autumn on the horizon, it's time to get inspired and soak up all this life has to offer. Take a cue from Katharine Hepburn, who taught us several principles of consequence:
- Love has nothing to do with what you expect to get, only with what you expect to give — which is everything.
- Life is meant to be lived.
- Wide-leg pants should be worn habitually.
We can learn many lessons from Grace Kelly. Here are three for today:
- Don't over-accessorize.
- True beauty is timeless.
- Proper posture is everything.
Maybe it's my old soul or my affinity for all things seventies, but I'm absolutely loving so much of the digital print clothing and accessories that are wardrobe ready for Spring and Summer 2012. I'm constantly clothing myself in blacks and neutrals, so an injection of colour — in the form of a very wearable print or two — is precisely what my closet needs.
My favourite picks for pattern? Here are just a few of the gems I've found so far:
- Matthew Williamson Tokyo Faze printed washed silk gown: Like Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, Matthew Williamson is a British designer who's successfully styling digital print into some of the most beautiful clothing. I'm loving this washed-silk maxi dress decorated with Tokyo's skyline. It's almost ombré effect maximizes the length of this column gown and the colour combined with the dress's shape is spot-on for this Spring and Summer. ($1450, Net-A-Porter)
- Burberry Raffia printed wedge shoes: Also on my love list this year? What Burberry is doing with raffia. Seriously. Check out these preppy, pretty loafers set atop a super stylish printed wedge. Raffia and leather upper, a darling peep toe, with a 5 and a half inch tall printed wedge heel, these statement shoes can be paired with everything from boyfriend jeans to summer dresses. ($1195, Neiman Marcus)
- Proenza Schouler PS1 printed canvas and leather clutch: Every girl wants a PS1, and this new Spring/Summer 2012 variation on the must-have PS1 clutch is no exception. The tropical-print canvas is bright, and looks retro against camel-coloured leather. While the bag certainly has contemporary lines, this Proenza Schouler clutch is a classic. Make it the focal point of your look by pairing it with all black, or keep things on-trend by mixing patterns and clashing your look. ($925, Net-A-Porter)
Ah, blue. If you're a woman who can really wear this colour, then more power to you. Cobalt blue and midnight blue are two variations of the hue that convey strength, confidence, and creativity. And this time of year, when the weather is dreary and the sun doesn't appear as often as we'd all like, a bright blue is one colour that you can effectively incorporate into your wardrobe that will really liven things up.
I love these high-waisted, drop crotch, silk crepe pants from Australian designer Kit Willow's namesake line. These pants are borderline trendy, but the high waist and crepe fabric give them staying power. Paired with anything from a simple tee to your favourite black blazer, these pants by Willow are winners in my book. (Willow high-waisted pants, $495, Net-A-Porter)
Also on my radar is this Lela Rose fringed organza dress. I'm a HUGE fan of party dresses that aren't strapless, and this Lela Rose dress fits the bill. Effortlessly elegant, this is one of those dresses you can just slip on and go. Minimal accessorizing required, as the tiered fringing and patterned organza really speak for themselves. (Lela Rose fringed organza dress, $1695, Net-A-Porter)
This colour-block dress by A.L.C. is an edgy alternative for work, and makes colour-blocking easy. My favourite part is the viscose/silk fabric composition. Talk about comfort. (A.L.C. Betsee dress, $645, Net-A-Porter)
If you're like me and you wear a lot of black, it's always nice to have some separates in bold colours to spice up your look. This draped silk-crepe top by Willow (see above) is done in such an interesting cut and would wear well with anything from a maxi skirt to black skinnies and a blazer. (Willow draped top, $425, Net-A-Porter)
Jackie O taught us several things that are important to remember:
- Always be a lady.
- A strand of pearls and the right neckline make your look.
- Remember to look up.