Last Thursday I went down to London for the day for My Wardrobe's A/W 2014 presentation at the Spirit of Summer Fair at Olympia. Not very much different in terms of trends from last year - just some tweaks here and there but My Wardrobe are hoping to bring in some newer, more affordable brands to sit alongside the big guns next season.
I also got to catch up with some lovely blogging buddies. Michelle, Marlene, Natalie, Donna, Andrea and Frances whilst I was there. It's always nice to be able to spend some time catching up with people who you initially get to know virtually and who manage to become more than that. And last Thursday was the first day of the glorious weather we started having and so I thought a tee and a jacket would be good for the day. I hear London gets hot and stuffy when it gets hot and stuffy and it's always easy to just strip off a jacket.
River Island jacket, J Crew linen tee, APC bag, Topshop necklace
Now I love this little jacket. It's unlined so it's not too warm, yet it has that almost "quilted" look about it which is part of the actual weave. I don't always get on with jackets believe it or not. I don't do blazers very well as they make me feel a little too polished but that's not to say I don't have one but I find that I don't naturally reach for them. But this jacket is a nice easy throw on. And it reminds me of the blue jacquard Zara one which I bought last year and returned - similar hues but this one is less distinct in it's design.
And dare I say it .... it has shades of Isabel Marant about it? Cue photo evidence .....
So it's nice that it has a Marant'ish feel about it but without the price tag as this one cost £20 from River Island. Whoop whoop! Not my usual hunting ground and I'm not even sure how I came to be browsing on the website but I spotted it in the sale section and there was a size 8 left and I wasn't sure whether it would fit. So I started the telethon around the country trying to track it down in a 10. Yes there were 3 in some branch in London somewhere but I didn't really want to put my London based niece through another mega fashion hunt so I decided to let it go. But I kept sneaking back on the website .... just incase some more sizes showed up. And lo and behold - sizes 8 & 10 popped up, so in they both went in to the online basket. And I kept the 10. When I returned the size 8 to the shop, the River Island sales assistant cooed over it. Me happy :o)
So a good score for me with this jacket. What's your best designer lookalike steal this season? And yes I'm gutted I missed those Dune "Jolene" Marant lookalike slides. I snoozed! Can't win them all eh?