The FT's How To Spend It Spring Style issue

‘Spring’s Most Seductive Fashion Trends’

In the FT’s How To Spend It  women’s spring style issue, out this weekend, editor Jo Ellison considers what is sartorially relevant right now, from the basics to the fantastical. These pictures by Sophie Wedgwood, the 2019 recipient of the Magnum Photos Emerging Photographer Award, are from her debut fashion story and it’s my favorite story in the issue. All Hermès in these two images, what can I say. As Jo says in her HTSI editor’s letter “(n)ote the Hermès clog, which I’ve been fantasising about since spying them on the spring/summer catwalk. Practical, durable and – if you ask me – rather sexy, they are my must-have, lust-have purchase of the year.”

SHOP

What's New

SAINT LAURENT

Suzanne mini leather cross-body bag

SAINT LAURENT

Jota chain-embellished leather sandals

MATTEAU

Broderie-cotton maxi skirt

PRADA

Single-breasted hooded raincoat

BOTTEGA VENETA

Leather sandals

SAINT LAURENT

Flower brooch

SAINT LAURENT

Le Maillon leather shoulder bag

GUCCI

Aviator-style gold-tone and acetate sunglasses

TOTÊME

High-neck striped wool-blend sweater

THE ROW

Park linen-blend canvas tote bag

NILI LOTAN

Fran belted suede jacket

VALENTINO

Wool-blend playsuit

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JW Anderson's Pre-Fall collection photos

Quirky & Creative

Actor Sophie Okonedo models a number of JW Anderson’s Pre-Fall looks and this one ticks all the boxes for me. I am so tired of strict minimalism and a limited wardrobe —  more creativity and a sense of the hand that made the item would be very welcome. The chunky knit hood and fabulous pumps will be mine. Juergen Teller photographed the playful collection images with vegetables as props and nonsensical, handwritten captions.

Beauty

Drunk Elephant, Too

When my friend Kara makes a skin care recommendation, I listen. She’s been raving about Drunk Elephant products, as did a number of readers after last week’s post, so I ordered the above. So far, the Dr. Barbara Sturm serums and creams are helping my Sahara-like skin tremendously. To be continued.

To Do

Winter Weekend Ahead

A new album from the Foo Fighters dropped today, and a bright tablecloth and plates that I ordered from La DoubleJ. just arrived for Super Bowl Sunday lunch — roast chicken with Deliciously Ella‘s smashed potatoes. And, it’s pruning time, which will get me outside even if it’s freezing. Oh, happy weekend!

Thinking About Spring

On My Inspiration Board

This trio of images is on my spring inspiration board. @annabelrosendahl ‘s look — dress, belt, shoes — is my idea of perfection. I have the same Hermès clogs as @alexandragolovanoff but would need a size up to wear with socks.

AW21 Collections

CPHFW

Copenhagen Fashion Week AW21 is digital this season with filmed shows, talks, and interviews with the Nordic designers. The presentations are launched February 2 -4.

It Item

Vested, Cont.

I went a wee bit vest crazy last summer and bought a number (probably all) of Cecilie Bahnsen’s in cable knit, and a Marc Jacobs V-neck. When these vests by & Other Stories popped up on my feed, I thought I should share. Much kinder price point, too.

February Elle

‘Shelter From The Storm’

I’m snowed in (2 feet, at least) and would love nothing more than to be strolling the banks of the Seine. Even overcast, Paris is beautiful in this story from February Elle. A Saint Laurent or Alexandre Vauther trench and Celine jacket are perfection — anything but a giant puffer…

Photography by Nathaniel Goldberg  Styling by Alex White

Beauty

Sturm Skin Savior? I Really Hope So.

I’ve questioned the efficacy of Dr. Barbara Sturm’s products in relation to the price, but my skin is so dry, I’ll happily give them a go. Friends love the line and the pharmacy brands are just not cutting it. I’ve ordered a sampling and if UPS can get through the snow today (wishful thinking) I’ll start using them tonight.

Vogue UA

Personal Amulets

Even though I am at home 99% of the time, after I make the bed, I put on my watch, tiny diamond hoop earrings, and a ring (or four) — these pieces have become my personal amulets. Weirdly, I’m far more interested in jewelry than ever before. Lovely story from February Vogue UA.