Sneaker Pimps. Cheating on my Stan Smiths with Bart (The Imitation Game part deux!)

“Isabel Marant blatantly ripped-off Stan Smiths!” At my local deli the other morning, I overheard a group of friends arguing over trainers, specifically Adidas Stan Smiths and Isabel Marant Bart Sneakers.  What they were saying was a little OTT but essentially true and it’s a view shared by many since the Bart Sneaker was launched in … [Read more…]

My name is Addie and I am a brand collaboration addict.

I love a brand collaboration.  A habit I picked up in Tokyo where it’s a well established phenomenon, I especially love a high street and designer hook-up. Puma, Uniqlo, Nike and Adidas have all been at it over the years but no-one does it quite like H&M.  And I, my friends, am an H&M designer collaboration junkie. The rumours and anticipation leading … [Read more…]

Trainers or Sneakers. Keep Them Box Fresh Because Age Matters

There was a time not very long ago (alright, quite a bit ago!) when I would deliberately scruff up new trainers to make them look “worn in” before daring to wear them out for the first time. A time when wearing snow white trainers would have been considered a bit naff and definitely dodgy style-wise. … [Read more…]

Get Your (Oversized) Cotton Shirt On

The humble shirt. Classic, versatile and completely underrated. And they don’t come more versatile than the over-sized cotton shirt: easy to wear, can be dressed up or down, worn in all seasons and in a dozen different ways.  Ladies, if your wardrobe were a store cupboard, this would be the can of tuna!     Buying Tips: 1. … [Read more…]

Brocade. I don’t think so.

I wish people would stop trying to get me to wear brocade. Every few years,  it seems, we are told by the Powers of Fashion that brocade is the “new trend”, the “fabric du jour” with related editorials on “how to wear brocade” and so on. I’m blaming Gucci for the current brocade madness, but Prada and … [Read more…]

Style Note #1: Got new shoes? Check your soles.

  AND THEN CAREFULLY AND COMPLETELY PEEL OFF ALL PRICE AND OTHER LABELS. You may think why bother? After all, you can’t see them and they’ll eventually wear off anyway. True, but in the meantime, you’ll be walking around with tattered bits of paper stuck to your shoes. Whether you leave them on by default … [Read more…]