Watch out; there is a new girl in town this season and she doesn't mind breaking some fashion rules. She is equal parts a bipolar magpie, worldly nomad and savvy investor - just look how she combines accessories with wild abandon, exhibits eccentricities by mixing eras and takes herself lightly by purchasing her wears like a shrewd romantic: emotionally and instinctively. She is a wild 70s groupie, practical modern woman and sweet hippy child rolled together - a seeming contradiction were it not for the way she is everywoman; she loves beautiful things, yet adores practicality and comfort ; she still likes to have a wild time, yet she wants to look feminine and pretty doing it too.
For this installment of my second season collaboration with Coach, I wanted to integrate one of head designer Stuart Vevers' newest ( and coolest ) additions to the family - the Saddle Bag. Not only is it crafted from premium super soft leather but the shape is new season personified: slightly vintage, in modern, punchy colours with a no nonsense utility to back up it's credentials. It is a bag for all day, everyday, yet with pretty minimal detailing to suit even the finest of threads. Get your notepads ready: here's how to break some rules this season...
Modern hippy: A floral silk dress is a must this season but wear yours irreverently with sneakers, moccasins or mules . Choose offbeat accessories in similar tones to tie it all together (Coach saddle bag, Max Mara dress, Jerome Dreyfuss moccasin boots, vintage necktie, Lucy Folk earrings, Preen by Thornton Bregazi sunglasses )
All colour, all the time: Blue and green should never be seen and let's not get started on pink and red...or should we? Leave colour rules firmly in the past because this season is all about contradictory color blocking, with pink still exhibiting the range of it's relevance in all it's pretty/cool shade incarnations.
Don't be afraid to mix turquoise, emerald or watermelon - more is more now ( Coach saddle bag, Prism bikini top, Double Rainbuu hawaiian shirt, vintage leather skirt, Lucy Folk bracelet, Karen Walker sunglasses )
High/low, Up/down: Mix a little bit of rock and roll and a bit of prim and proper - choose sensuous, luxurious fabrics, then mix them with unexpected detailing. Go crazy with blue eyeshadow ( a hot new beauty trend of the season ) just because , then add a punchy accessory in an opposing colour to keep 'em guessing
Don't forget to wear slippers or mules everywhere, all the time with anything- a variety of delightful shapes is coming your way this season. The best way you can wear your sunday's best now is to dress it down as if you were going to the corner store to buy some milk ( Coach saddle bag, Karen Walker dress, Dita sunglasses, Gucci slippers )
Photographed by Ana Suntay- Tanedo
Shooting this editorial the other day in the last days of Autumn - sun still warm on the skin, dappled glow on the water, sand under my toes, music drifting from an open window - had me wishing I was somewhere dancing into the sunset. Morocco, Cuba, India, Mexico - anywhere I could feel like Yves'(Saint Laurent's) muse LouLou de la Falaise -bohemian, wild and free. What better way to catch the rhythm than with a swaying long dress, this season's parennial favorite. Some of my favorite dresses this season are long, unhinged, unexpectedly detailed and timelessly beautiful .
On the other side of the proportional spectrum this season sit the mini bags - tiny and cute they are the antidote and the perfect match to their flowing counterparts - enough for a credit card, phone, keys and a lipstick , they come to free us from the restraints of the world so we can dance long into the night unburdened from the clunkiness of the world. With a long practical strap in an on trend tan shade, this little Dakota bag from Coach has been my favourite over Fashion Week and beyond. Perfectly happy with flares, maxi dresses or tulip skirts , it's an all around overachiever. Just as at home on sunny Ibiza isles come August as it is going to be worn with fluffy jackets and suede trenches over Sydney's winter. Who needs a full sized wallet anyway?
Photographed by Alice Wesley-Smith