PHOTOGRAPHY BY SHANIQWA JARVIS
REPORT BY CAT CALLENDER
Fashion folk love working a look made up of unexpected treasures. Maybe it’s something to do with rocking something under the radar or unearthing a find that only those in the know would be able to hone in on and appreciate. Take The Daily’s beauty reporter Anna-marie Solowij who pitched up on day one of LFW in a vintage quilted M&S hunting jacket bought in Derby 10 years ago. The important bit, she pointed out to the cooing team, is said coat’s nylon cord trim detail, the corduroy collar, scalloped hem and front-facing patch pockets with a flap and press studs [she’s a stickler for details Ms Solowij, but that’s why we love her].
I on the other hand, grew up on a farm and the last thing I am going to shrug on is something that I wore to let the chickens out on crisp, frosty mornings. Ever since I moved to London aged 22, I decided to adopt a strictly [some might say fierce], urban look. However Anna-marie and I do share a common love for truffling stellar fashion pieces discovered at M&S.
This was my look today at the shows. I love a uniform. It functions as a security blanket, allowing me to blend in and not stick my head over the parapet. That’s why ooh eight years ago, I found my default setting: a boyish, shrunken blazer – literally. I’ve found it to be incredibly diverse, looking great with dhoti pants, skinny jeans, boyfriend fit trousers and even the odd sinuous sheath dress. One now threadbare favourite hanging in my wardrobe is a John Lewis boy’s blazer pilfered from the school uniform department [aged 11 for those interested]. However this stripey, Henley-esque number was discovered in the tailored section for the over forties in M&S’s Marble Arch branch just recently. Thrown together with a pair of too short Current/Elliotts and patent mid heel Mary Jane’s [from M&S again] completes my shrunken look.