First day of August means fall style is just around the corner – something I eagerly anticipate every year! Zara kicks off the fall countdown with the release of their 2013 ad campaign set on the streets of London (how I miss it so!) with some covetable structured coats. The main line campaign stars Caroline Brasch Nielsen, Juliane Gruner, Mijo Mihaljcic and Ashleigh Good cald in wool, pinstripes, lace and plaid. Counting down the days until cooler weather!
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How relieved am I to see Raquel Z back in the game after a hiatus, she’s fronting Zara’s SS13 campaign and also the face of Marni’s first fragrance. Not too shabby!!
Though black makes up most of my wardrobe year-round, I’ve been trying to keep colour alive with some summery basics… easier to do now that London’s been getting some decent weather! From top to bottom:
1. Zara Trafaluc speckled red shirt, my most recent buy
2. Zara pink jeans, a steal for £10 and very Isabel Marant!
3. H&M denim shirt
4. Saint James striped shirt
5. American Eagle cutoffs
My weekend in all its pictorial glory…
So this isn’t really the weekend, but Friday’s close enough! As you might recall, I was looking for a simple black bag that has a long strap and could double as a big clutch. Found this leather bag at Zara during a retail therapy lunch and was instantly attracted to the strap options (a short chain and a detachable long chain). It looks a little banged up already, which I blame on the questionable Zara handling. But I carried it all weekend long and aside from the pimp chain jangling, it’s officially inducted into my wardrobe.
Saturday lunch with the girls at Doña Cata, a highly recommended authentic Mexican joint. Noshed on a variety of tacos, chips and salsa and made some life plans!
Grabbed a much-needed caffeine fix post-lunch at Prado on Commercial Drive, the best place to chill. Cute and quaint and you can linger/people-watch for hours without being bothered…
Got called on to be the go-to shopping buddy for a retail-deprived friend, guess I have a shopaholic rep. Bought the Zara gray sweatshirt dress at left, though it’s much longer on me than Katrin. And the red buffalo hooded plaid shirt from Aritzia at right. Wasn’t 100% about it because it looked casual and teenybopper-ish, but this shirt is the equivalent of curling up in front of a fire with a good book and hot chocolate on a rainy Sunday morning! Think it’d be perfect for blustery weekend brunch and coffee dates.
And on Sunday…being a foodie, I was like “Why not watch Julie & Julia?” A meal of dim sum and a late morning showing later, I figured out ‘why not.’ Meryl Streep was Julia Child-joyful, trilling, cacophonous voice and all. And Amy Adams was grating and unsympathetic to me as a self-obsessed and whiny blogger… Not the worst movie I’ve ever seen, but super-anticlimactic and flat to the point where I was fidgeting like a kindergarten kid halfway through and had enough time to ponder if I myself was a self-obsessed and whiny blogger. FYI, I generously concluded I am not.
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Sometimes Zara‘s stuff is hit or miss for me, but their new fall collection is seriously amazing! Their lookbook features two German models, Toni Garrn and Katrin Thormann, in some tempting standalone pieces influenced IMO by Isabel Marant, Balmain, Balenciaga, YSL, among others. Their women’s line, modeled by Toni, is clean, minimalist and sculpted with tailored suits, lots of fur, thigh-high boots and voluminous shoulders. The young line is straight up Kate Moss with animal prints, high hemlines, destroyed jeans and rocker garb.
Here are the outfits and trends from the F/W 2009 Women and Young lines that I’m coveting like mad, at least until I see the quality and try ’em on in-store…
When the temperature drops, it’s all about coats and boots for me! Thigh high boots are a major trend but gotta worry about edging too close to streetwalker… that’s why wearing a longer coat that covers your butt is a must.
Style says reverting to traditional basics is one reaction in recessionary times and Zara has some of that with their tailored pantsuits. I’m liking the ankle-baring, structured pants for work, though I’ll avoid the linebacker shoulder trend.
My shopping list for fall includes a larger clutch with an optional strap. Already got a cheap-y faux leather jacket from Urban Outfitters that’ll do in the Vancouver rain.
The Young line is so very influenced by Isabel Marant’s collection right down to the insouciant use of sweatshirt material, layering and the leopard print coat. But since I love Isabel Marant, I’m not complaining.
I normally don’t wear sweatpants outside of the gym but I might reconsider for the ones in the left pic, they look uber-comfy. And I always adore easy rocker styling as on the right. Will definitely make good use out of blazers next season.
Check out the full Zara lookbook here.