A little while back, I wore a frilly blouse that almost broke the internet.
Okay I’m exaggerating, but it did get a lot of attention.
It was an outfit I borrowed for London Fashion Week and was by one of my favourite designers: Preen by Thornton Bregazzi – but for their collection Studio by Preen for Debenhams. For me, it’s one of my favourite Designer/High Street pairings yet – girly frills and ruffles but with modern, crisp silhouettes and tons of this season’s gingham.
And it launches today.
I knew I wanted to do a piece on the launch, but thought I’d show how to style another piece from the collection, something a little trickier: the gingham ruffle skirt. This season is all about having fun and showing individuality and ruffles are a sure-fire way to do this – I’d always balance out the girliness with a slouchy top – a chunky knit or maybe a slogan tee when the weather picks up. And for the added sportiness, a pair of classic sneakers – not too fussy. I actually wore this to a lunch meeting after this shoot and felt suitably dressed up/down.
And then there’s my Instagram alter-ego that tells me not to bother with ‘real-life’ and wear the shoes. So as a more evening look (but still with a knit, as I’m still 90% a realist), I put together a total ‘Dorothy’ look with my favourite red shoes. Because if you can’t channel one of your favourite movie sirens in a gingham ruffle skirt, I’m not sure when else you can…
So, whether it’s the frill collared shirt, the gingham button front blouse (which I’m eyeing up) or the ruffle skirt, Studio for Preen at Debenhams is, I think, one of their best collaborations to date.