The summer/fall transition is always difficult to handle–especially here in England, where predicting weather is about as easy as foreseeing Lady Gaga’s latest get up. In the late summer months, it can still be too clear and crisp to really necessitate full on layers or a coated ensemble. Nonetheless, there is definitely an autumnal tinge to the air that renders light summer dresses a little over ambitious. I met this Fashionista outside the offices of her holiday internship and was immediately struck by her successfully trans-seasonal outfit.
Her brilliantly vibrant floral maxi skirt is an avant-garde statement piece in its own right. A vintage gem (snaffled from the wardrobe of her mother, she confesses to me) has been carried through the changing of the colours by her cleverly subdued black vest. Such simplicity allows the skirt its rightful place in the light, while its contribution to a darkening palette is a tasteful nod to our surrounding skies.
It is her necklace, however, that has really caught my attention when I stop her in the street–a charming, bronzed owl pendant. The owl motif, as has been made clear this summer, has been enjoying a spell in the spot-light. From jewelry to jumpers, this enchanting bird can be found embossed or embroidered on all sorts of endearing accessories, and this Fashionista has shown a perfect way to incorporate it into an every day look.
Bird motifs (or other animals in general) make brilliant embellishments and decorations to the simplest of pieces, which can explain their success when simply emblazoned across a plain sweater. Here, it has been used to add relevance and a touch of current style to what otherwise can be recognized as a truly timeless outfit.
Invest in an animal motif sweater that can be worn with every-day jeans to create a true statement or make like this Fashionista and choose a more intricate, subtle nod to this season’s current catwalk craze.
Spotted: Owls have been everywhere this summer but most notably, and offset to their best advantage, perched atop the fingertips of the one and only Cara Delevigne. See Mulberry’s new fall/winter 13 campaign for a real burst of avarian inspiration.