After queuing up for at least an hour I finally entered the exquisite old yet chic black and white Liberty building. The exclusive shopping event was primarily organisied for an out-of-hours browsing time and of course, double points on all purchases. But my aim was to meet Nura Khan, Syle Editor of Vogue who was there to talk us through her top 3 summer trends. Marking Vogue’s 100th Anniversary, their issue with the Duchess of Cambridge gracing the cover was a freebie for us to take home, along with a fancy tea room brunch (the scones were delish). Whilst waiting in line for Nura, I was snooping around the womenswear section trying to spot her out of complete curiosity of what she looks like and I was so impressed to see her wearing a bomber jacket, pencil skirt, feminie ballet flats and a white pussy bow blouse - it was all styled so simply. But what was most impressive was how she nailed those 3 trends so brilliantly.
1) Pyjama Party
‘Don't literally walk out in your pyjamas’ she emphasised. She pulled out this silk Valentino Pyjama shirt top, a pair of straight frayed hem denim jeans and a shiny blue pair of Manolo flats. And bang that was the 1st winner. ‘It is simple and effortless’ she said. ‘I would definitely buy those shoes (cobalt Manolo flats) if I were you; these always come in handy when you want to update any casual look’ she said.
2) Heirloom Dressing
Next time you lay your hands on a hands me down heirloom piece of your mum or grandma you should know how to style it. A shiny long jacquard jacket needs only a pair of simple platforms and a clean minimal clutch bag to shout out the statement. But if its a long 80’s maxi skirt style it with a fitted cropped shirt to give it a modern update. ‘A pencil jacquard skirt which probably looks like your grandma’s curtains’ said Nura ‘needs a fresh staple and nothing like a white shirt to do the need full.
3) Track pants
She didn't ignore Athleisure. ‘Track pants are the new jeans’ she said, and following that she picked up a pair of black silk drawstring trousers paired them with a white shirt, leather bomber jacket and black mules to show that its a winner look for when you want to mix sports and leisure. She also shared another comfortable look by pairing a white Valentino trouser with an ivory cashmere jumper for the slightly nippy months. ‘Pair this with trainers or high platforms and you are good to go’ she said.