Between The Lines

 

Bold, colourful,rebellious, elegant, with a dash of retro, and the most popular pattern of the moment -stripes 

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Almost every season we see stripes on the runway and the Spring Summer 16 collections are no different, but it w
asn’t always like this. Stripes have come a long way from being the most unpopular to the most loved pattern.

 

The first mention of stripes was in the 13th century. During the Middle Ages stripes were mostly horizontal, and mainly worn by prostitutes, jugglers, clowns, hangmen and prisoners. The pattern was seen as evil, especially ones in bright colours and they were often referred to as “devil’s cloth”. Striped clothing was really rare until the 18th century but then during the American revolution stripes were everywhere, but not just on clothes.
The real breakthrough happened during 19th Century, when Queen Victoria dressed her son in a sailor suit to go on a yacht and also in Franz Xaver Winterhalter’s painting which depicted a boy wearing a marine jacket. After that, in 1858, French sailors  embraced the white and blue knit shirt as their uniform with 21 stripes (each one symbolising Napoleon’s victories). Later that type of striped shirt would get the name Breton from the Breton Movement in Brittany, France.

Stripes got into high-fashion when Coco Chanel saw a Breton striped shirt during her trip to the French riviera and started selling them in her shop. After this point stripes became in vogue amongst different groups from artists, and movie stars to musicians.striped-pants

During the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s stripes became a rebellious and hipster pattern and were worn by the Beat Generation, musicians like The Beatles, Bob Marley, actors James Dean and Marilyn Monroe and everyone else who questioned authority.

Over the course of time stripes evolved and now it’s not just about Breton.Nowadays we can see several types of stripes on skirts, dresses, coats and trousers. Nautical stripes, as the most popular, are associated with Breton and seaside and we can see them on sailors or Venetian gondoliers, rugby stripes-wide and usually brightly coloured, originally used in sports, chevron – zigzag, military inspired stripes and candy stripes just to name a few.

Many designers featured this popular pattern in their SS 16 Collections including Dolce and Gabbana’s 40’s , Marc Jacobs’s American and Ralph Lauren’s sailors inspired pieces. Everyone agrees that stripes are big now.

One of the many designers to adopt stripes is Tommy Hilfiger. He was inspired by the beaches and crystal blue seas of the caribbean using a palette of colours inspired by reggae legend Bob Marley.  Coral red, emerald

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using crochet fabric. The most recognisable Marley pieces were stripy knitted bucket hats in rainbow colours accompanied by stripy net vests made to look like long beach coverups.Collection was a mix of boho, young and sporty with horizontal and vertical colourful stripes in dresses, bikinis, skirts and shorts.

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Another designer who featured stripes was Elie Saab. Still keeping his well known feminine silhouette, he gave a young vibe to his new collection by using bold stripes and 70’s inspired garments such as bow ties, balloon sleeves and disco jumpsuits.

He used horizontal wide stripes in bold and bright colours including purple, pink, red and deep green in dresses,shirts and a bomber jacket.  But he also used a more conventional vertical design with thin black and white stripes pairing them with floral patterns in long dresses, jumpsuits and capes.

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Missoni,known for knitwear design in brightly coloured and chevron-stripes this season also stayed faithful to the house’s trademark.Inspired by the  Maasai tribe of Africa, Angela Missoni presented a sporty and jet set, breezy look by using vibrant stripes on almost every piece, including Converse and making the runway into carousel of colour.

Chaos in the form of stripes in all directions and dimensions and flowy garments made the silhouette look long and slim.

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It is for sure that stripes are a pervasive pattern in fashion and part of every woman’s wardrobe.  Even though stripes can be hard to wear, in most cases they can be used for flattering the figure. Stripes can make you look skinnier, taller, give you waist or add curves to your body. Stripes are probably the only pattern accepted by both men and women, young and old because of their ability to comprehend with every style and print. This is the main reason why they have been popular in the fashion world for more than 100 years and will continue to be for many more.

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Friday Favourites

Favourite Sky Restaurant

Duck&Waffle

This place is so exclusive that you need to book in advance for almost 2 months and the reason is the view, of course 🙂 Duck & Waffle is on the 40th floor of Heron Tower and from there you can see almost whole London, up to the Wembley and you are just next to the Gherkin which looks so great with all the lights on! Anyway, the view is great so I was going there because of that, I didn’t expect much when it comes to food, mainly because there was 5 thing on the menu and I only eat chicken.

And we order the whole chicken! Yep, on the Sunday evening, 10pm,whole chicken and two of us! Not very healthy but it was so delicious! Probably the best chicken I ever had.

If you didn’t try Duck & Waffle you really have to. If you book now maybe you will there in January but it is worth of waiting.

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Favourite Trend

Blanket Scarf

There are so many things I love about the autumn:  leaves, hot cocoa, plaid, layers, boots, and of course, blanket scarves.  Not only are they the perfect accessory, but they are also a great way to keep nice and cozy this time of year.

This year scarfs are even better because they are actually  blankets and everyone who knows me knows that I’m a blanket addict if that thing even exist.

I purchased my one on Amazon, but they are everywhere so I’m thinking to get few more. You can’t have too many if you live in London

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Favourite Buy

I bought this dress month ago and as you can see I did some alternations 🙂 it’s shorter than original H&M dress but I just like it this way. It’s my favourite thing this autumn

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Favourite Beauty

Until now I never had concealer and then I picked up this Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealer and I have to say that I’m amazed. I don’t use anything else for my face except this. It has amazing coverage, a lovely sponge applicator, it feels soft and hydrating.I just don’t know how I lived without one before.

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Favourite Book

My favourite thing during the Autumn/Winter season is reading under my, earlier mentioned, blanket. I’m reading all the time but once in a while I find a book that is so amazing I have to share my review with everyone.

This time, the book is The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson. It’s a psychological thriller about the man named Ted who meets mysterious woman Lilly on the flight from London to Boston.  Sharing one too many martinis, the strangers begin to play a game of truth, revealing intimate details about themselves. Ted talks about his marriage and his wife Miranda, who he’s sure is cheating on him. But their game turns dark when Ted jokes that he could kill Miranda for what she’s done. Lily, without missing a beat, says calmly, “I’d like to help.”

This was a page turner, with so many twists and turns that I stopped counting. Book worth reading.

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Off The Shoulder Trend

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It’s time to take out your strapless bra because this summer,according to designers,naked shoulders are big trend this summer.nothing  is sexier than a pair of  bare shoulders. Off shoulder dresses and tops  manage to show off an appropriate amount of skin and look ladylike and flattering on every woman.

Plus, they pair well with pretty much anything you have in your closet, from denim shorts and skinny jeans , to midi skirts.

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Here are some of my favourites

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Black Off Shoulder Top- H&M

Little Mistress Off Shoulder Dress- ASOS

River Island Lace Off The Shoulder Top- ASOS

Off Shoulder Top –H&M

Band of Gypsies Crochet Off Shoulder Blouse- ASOS

Gingham Trend Alert

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We all remember Dorothy from Wizard of Oz and her blue dress. Well believe it or not that dress is big trend this season!After plaid domination here comes Gingham style!I have to admit I like this one more because it’s more ladylike,reminds me of a sunny day and tea partys in the gardens 🙂 maybe it’s hard for you to imagine how would something that looks like grandma kitchen cloth could possible look good on you,designer managed to redesign it to look great. According to Diana von Furstenberg, Michael Kors and Oscar de la Renta this is  pattern of the season.

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I will choose gingham shirt or dress but for those little more braver there are blazers,trousers or bags

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Here are my high street favourites

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Trousers- Asos   Skirt- Urban Outfitters Shirt-Asos  Dress-Fred Perry Asos