In the pink with Chanel

Be on trend, in the pink, with Chanel Aut/Winter 2016 collection.  If you thought pink was just pink this collection will reveal otherwise. I like the daring combinations of mauves and corals with the underlying pink theme – it is always good to push out of your ‘safety zone’. Pink can look inspiring when paired with red but of course, it all depends on the shades you choose to use.



Oranges for Autumn

You can’t miss it – orange is everywhere this Autumn providing a wonderful splash of colour amongst the greys and browns. Bright oranges really suit the ‘Clear and Warm’ people whilst the more subtle tangerines and softer shades should add an up to date look for the ‘Soft and Warm’ amongst you.  The summer sales (check Pure Collection) have a very light tangerine shade for those that require the lightest of shades near the face.

Here are a few of my favourites.

Roksanda Ilincic


Stella McCartney

Valentino Dress


Orla Kiely





John Lewis

Marc Jacobs



Isa Arfen

I have just spent the morning exploring the collections of Serafina Sama, a relatively new designer, Italian born but based in Bayswater.  She designs under the label Isa Arfen.

I am drawn to her work as I dislike being ‘tucked in’!  I want to appear feminine without tight waists, tucked in shirts and figure creating belts.

This particular image shows just how clever this designer is.  The top is beautifully shaped.  It has a slimming long V neck and plays on the idea of a neat waistline.  The ‘skirt’ of the top skims of the widest part of the derriere; great for those wishing to hide their hips and ideal for those wishing to create a more curvy shape.

The trousers too are multi-taskers ….loose enough to flow over a more heavy leg and yet short enough (just revealing the ankle bone) to show a dainty, feminine ankle.  I love, love, LOVE this creation.

Her oversized lines build on the theme of feminity; big, luxurious coats that cocoon automatically play upon the idea that you are mysterious and vunerable (?) and yet the sophisticated cigarette trousers underneath assure the world that you are indeed a woman who knows her own mind. Am I now getting carried away??


Isa Arfen’s use of colour is also impeccable; simple, clear colours that give an easy, polished look.  Her designs, I would imagine make dressing in the morning oh so simple; monochrome base lines with a splash of colour.








“To me fashion is about desire, beauty and fun. It’s not about dressing up in a costume. Isa Arfen is about a real woman dressing for her real life and really enjoying it.”

Serafina Sama – Isa Arfen


You can find Isa Arfen on line at or else take a trip to Covent Garden.