We all dream of getting out of the English style, adopting the codes of British fashion with its freedom and extravagance. But what fascinates us so much among English fashionistas? Decryption.
What is English fashion?
From punk-rock to the elegance of a beige trench, the English dress style oscillates from one extreme to another. British fashion differs in its singularity and lack of rules. No forbidden color combinations or prints to avoid. And since fashion rhymes with comfort, sneakers, loafers, and boots with big heels are the essentials of an English dressing room.
To dress like an English girl, the key is to revisit the great classics like the trench and twister them with rock pieces like black vinyl pants, biker boots or a message t-shirt. To adopt the British look, we dare, simply. A leather mini-skirt, sequined socks slipped into sandals, a pea print mixed with tartan … the possibilities are endless.
Among the star pieces of English fashion, there is the mini skirt, created by the British designer Mary Quant. A true symbol of the emancipation of women in the 60s, the mini-skirt is still today an essential of the English look.
Like the undeniable trench that has crossed the ages and styles, without ever having a wrinkle. Demonstrated by Burberry, the trench has seen all the colors over the years: pink and red vinyl, khaki suede, patent leather … he reigns supreme at each parade of the English house.
The Burberry plaid print has also become the symbol of the English wardrobe, on the lining of a trench, on a purse or a scarf, the tiles signed Burberry have everyone agree.
The iconic creators of English fashion
The British high sewing adopted the same codes: revisiting the classics to make the sauce. During the last Fashion Week, we saw iconic pieces of the English style. The trench coat, raincoat or plaid prints in the style of Christopher Kane, Christopher Bailey or JW Anderson.
Victoria Beckham offers a sleek and elegant version of the English women’s wardrobe. Impeccable cuts, noble materials, and trendy colors, the British designer highlights the British chic in each of its silhouettes.
On the other side of the spectrum, Vivienne Westwood alone represents the eccentricity of the English dress style. Each of his parades is a hodgepodge of innovative cuts and eclectic prints, all crowned with a zest of madness. One thing is certain, the designer is honoring her nickname: the terrible child of fashion.
A strong advocate of animal welfare and the environment, Stella McCartney has made a name for herself in the world of fashion. No leather or animal fur in her collection, she shows that animals are not in the service of fashion.
If there is a name to remember from the latest London Fashion Week, it is that of Mary Katrantzou, a Greek fashion designer who climbs. After working in interior design, she tackles the world of fashion with a unique style. On its autumn-winter 2018 parade, we find the codes of a warm decoration between quilted leather and prints inspired by English tapestries.
Influential personalities of the English style
The craze around the outfits worn by Kate Middleton gave rise to the “Kate Middleton Effect”. Immediately worn by Kate, immediately out of stock! The brand of clothing for pregnant women, Seraphine saw its sales explode after dressing the princess for her looks of pregnancy.
If there is today a “Kate Middleton Effect”, there was also a “Kate Moss Effect”. We all remember the look of Kate Moss at the Glastonbury festival. Jeans micro-shorts and black rubber boots on the feet. Hitherto shunned, the rubber boots Hunter become a must-have accessory of the year 2005. The twig is a true trendsetter. To his credit: Coach’s dinosaur sweater, skinny jeans, leopard print … We copy all Kate’s eyes closed!
In the it-girls English section, Alexa Chung is in the lead with Cara Delevingne, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Jourdan Dunn. His mastery of the preppy look straight out of an episode of Gossip Girl earned him the prize for “best style” in 2011 and 2012, during the British Fashion Awards. Mid-chic, half-grunge, Alexa Chung does not hesitate to mix prints for unique looks to the key.
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