Thursday, 19 June 2014

AW14 Inspired by SS15

By Madeleine Lourey

The Australian winter is a tough season to combat fashionably. European and American Spring Summer collections are beginning to show, and the 'trends' being released locally are yesterday's news in the international market. The style-savy woman like yourself is already bored and looking for the next exciting look to shake up the drab everyday norm that is soaking the Australian fashion market. It's exactly why our 'end of season' sales take place at the beginning of the season! 

Don't get me wrong - a select few buyers have the eye for pieces that will liven up your everyday wardrobe, but living in a continent that is always one step behind the international market can certainly become tiring. Why stay one step behind the rest of the world? This winter we have you covered - there's no need to invest in trends that you'll be sick of looking at this time next month. There is a SMART way to buy into winter pieces this season that will not only keep you ahead of the crowd this winter but also be wearable this time next year - because the best pieces are timeless. Here is The XY Venture's guide to making the most of the winter season and preparing for spring simultaneously - a win-win for you and a sure-fire way to stay ahead of the trend and avoid wasting your hard earned cash on pointless pieces. 


It's no secret that 90's is BACK. Think effortless 90's supermodels, ingenue femininity, spaghetti straps, silk camisoles, relaxed tailoring, baby pastels, understated sport luxe, distressed denim, fluid silhouettes and androgynous styling. Sheer fabrics remain prominent alongside monochrome pieces, however this spring summer will see pinks and cobalt blues thrown into the mix alongside hints of citrus yellows and soft purples and creams. While red had it's moment in the sun, it's slowly losing dominance coming into the warmer seasons. This is no reason not to take it through winter, however this should be done subtly. Check out how we're seeing it being done: 


In spring and summer this will mean bare backs and shoulders and slipping bra straps on tanned skin, however in this frosty weather it looks like we're going to have to adapt. Think soft knits in baby pinks and creams with flared skirts and pumps - à la the 90's supermodel. A feminine turtle neck paired with a black leather pencil skirt never goes astray no matter what's trending. Our picks:

Alberta Ferretti silk cami 

Michael Lo Sordo Cropped Pink Turtleneck & Frill Pencil Skirt 

Finders Keepers Somewhere Cami 

Kenzo pleated mini 

Michael Lo Sordo silk maxi 

Pfieffer De Palmer Maxi 

Dion Lee White Wash Dress 

Maurie & Eve Trench 


The key for this trend is keeping it sexy. Too much of a relaxed shape will make you look like you've bought the wrong size in everything you're wearing, particularly if like me, you're not 6 ft tall. For this trend think soft pastels and rich blues mixed with nudes and ivories to create a modern casual look.

Michael Lo Sordo Relaxed Suit Set 

Saloni Loretta Wide Leg Pant
Right on trend, these cobalt blue trousers will add a burst of colour to any night-time outfit. 

Max Mara Opache Wide Leg Pant 
Feminine, modern and chic. 

Clu Chiffon Panelled Pinstripe Shirt 


Given the surge of sports luxe inspired pieces we've seen over the past couple of seasons, it's no surprise that the trend is here to stay. Having said that, this SS15 sports luxe will see itself shift from obnoxious numbering on the back of tee shirts (if I had a dollar for the number of people I still see wearing the LPD designer team tees...) and mesh logo tanks to a more subtle version of itself. Think stripes, a hint of mesh, sporty cuts, v-neck knits and a lot of cobalt blue.  

Alexander Wang Knit Dress

Fendi V-Neck Stripe Knit

Dion Lee Line II Shift Tee Dress

Karl Lagerfeld Cotton Mesh Crop 

Boys Club V Neck Knit (if you missed out on Rag & Bone's original!) 

Helmut Lang Asymmetric Knit Tank 

Country Road Utility Pant 


It started with raw, unwashed denims appearing in the collections of leading denim labels, and this season the distressed look is left front and centre of the denim trend reports. The bottom line - the more distressed, the better. 

One Teaspoon Freebird Jean

Paige Tyler Boyfriend Jean

Rag & Bone Skinny Destroyed Convoy Jean

Rag & Bone Blue Destroyed Jean 

Frame Skinny Rip Noir Jean 


Every woman needs a collection of winning go-to pieces for those mornings when getting ready in a hurry means there's no time to try on eight different outfits. A solid collection of basics and timeless pieces is a must - thrown together with a statement piece like an accessory or shoe they work like a charm time and time again. Here's a list that will take you right through winter to summer regardless of the coming and going trends: 

The Leather Jacket

I still remember buying my first good quality leather jacket. I was seventeen and working for Sass & Bide, and by the end of my first week I had realised that all the girls had invested in the black cropped leather jacket we were selling at the time. I'd never spent money on a really beautiful leather piece before, but after seeing all the girls arrive to work looking so effortless and cool in this classic piece I had to have it. Since then, I've never looked back, and my collection of one slowly grew to a collection of ten. 

Every stylish woman needs to have a classic leather jacket for those moments when you just need to feel, for lack of a better term, boss. It instantly adds edge to any casual outfit and as a bonus, they are extremely warm. Here's our picks for AW14:

Rick Owens Leather Jacket

Balenciaga Biker Jacket 

Robert Rodriguez Cropped Jacket 

Balmain Military Leather Jacket 

Anine Bing Quilted Biker Jacket 

Helmut Lang Wither Jacket 

The Ankle Boot

Rag & Bone Kerr Boot
For the past few months this has been my go-to boot. They're a great height, a slim shape, and they work with anything from a pleated skirt to my leather pants. 

Underground Cuban Winklepickers 
This is a label not everyone will be familiar with. A London favourite, Underground are the kings of true Camden style footwear - think creepers and winklepickers. Although some of the styles are not for everyone, these leather Cuban ankle boots are right on trend and about a tenth of the price of the Saint Laurent ones you'll find on Net a Porter. And speaking from experience - they're damn good quality. 

Toga Pulla Buckle Boot
These have been on my wishlist for years now... they're THE statement boot to add edge to any outfit. 

Saint Laurent Stiletto Ankle Boot
These shoes speak for themselves. Sit back and admire. 

Bruno Premi 1903 Ankle Boot Noir 
A classic, beautifully made block heel ankle boot. Perfect with a pair of distressed jeans and a blazer for a casual lunch with the girls. 

Alexander Wang Anouck Chelsea Boot 
An off duty staple, the Alexander Wang's are an investment that don't need a second thought. Not only are they extremely comfy but the attention to detail in these shoes means you'll be getting comments every time you walk out the door. 

The Basic Tee

Bassike Scoop V Neck Tee in Grey Marle 
If you don't have one of these already, stop what you're doing and go get one in each colour. The organic jersey of these Bassike tees means they're never shrink or stretch, and the cut looks so effortless with a pair of jeans and boots. 

Rag & Bone Boy Tee

Helmut Lang Basic Scoop Neck 

T by Alexander Wang Jersey Tee

Saint James Galathee Tee

The Leather Pant

If you haven't jumped on the bandwagon and invested in a good pair of leather pants yet, this is the year to do it. They've been on trend for too long now to ignore and whether you're investing in your first or fifth pair - good leather pants are never a bad decision. With a pair of heels and a blazer on a night out, leather pants will make you forget other pants ever existed. Granted, a good pair will set you back at least a grand, but if you buy one big thing this winter, let this be it. The amount of wear and comments you'll get will make them pay for themselves. And if breaking the bank is really not an option, fake it till you make it will a good pair of vegan leather pants - and when I say a GOOD vegan pair I beg you not to fall for the $89 crap they're selling at General Pants Co - because there's nothing worse than plastic leather which cracks after two wears... well, apart from the nylon "wet look" leggings that keep popping up everywhere. Make. It. End. 
Here's a few no-fail pairs to get you through the chilly nights: 

Helmut Lang Skinny Leather Legging
A cult classic - Giselle, Miranda, Mary-Kate and Rihanna can't all be wrong. 

Balmain Ribbed Leather Skinnies

Saint Laurent Stretch Leather Jean

The Row Leather Leggings

Givenchy Cropped Leather Pant 

Blank NYC Vegan Leather Jean
For just over $100, these are possibly the best vegan leather pants on the market right now. 

The White Shirt 

Saint Laurent Paris Collar Poplin Shirt 

Chandler Wrap Tee at 

Pfeiffer Birkin Shirt
A twist on a wardrobe staple - this shirt will take you from day to night seamlessly. If it's good enough for Jane Birkin... 

Equipment Signature White Shirt

Helmut Lang Oversized Silk Shirt 

The Knit

Stussy Montreal Turtleneck 

Jac & Jack Hamilton Knit 

The Row Knit Sweater

Vince Dip Dye Knit

The Blazer 

Helmut Lang Gala Stretch Twill Blazer 

Saint Laurent Le Smoking Blazer 

The Trench Coat 

Jamie Ashkar Yan Coat 

Bassike Wool Angora Coat 

Saint Laurent Wool Mohair Trench 

Nicholas Felt Coat

The Bag 

Alexander Wang Chastity Satchel 

Givenchy's Pandora Bag 

Alexander McQueen Backpack 

Proenza Schouler's PS11 

Saint Laurent's Sac De Jour 

YSL Quilted Shoulder Bag 


Aesop Resurrection Hand Balm 
For these dry winter days this stuff is addictive - and it smells like an expensive day spa.

Tom Ford Lipstick in Scarlet Rouge 
Hands down the best lipstick on the market right now - it feels like lip balm and the colour lasts all day without flaking. 

This stuff is MY LIFE. You're welcome. 


Alexander Wang Marble Coasters 
What better way to enjoy your drink at home? 

Palm Beach Collection Large Coconut & Lime Candle - the perfect scent to remind you of summer 

Frends Layla Headphones 

Magical Thinking Geo Terrarium 

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