We've asked fashion blogger, Sarah Boyce of @seenonsarah, to share with us her favourite pieces from our AW20 collection.
Sarah's style is chic, polished, elegant and fun. Here's what she has to say about her favourite pieces from our independent French fashion brands...
Having watched Marie & Lola steadily grow since its inception, I’ve always loved Stephanie’s concept of chic French fashion at an affordable price. So I was thrilled to be invited to choose my top five pieces from her latest collection! I studied French at Bristol University back in the 80s and had the pleasure of working extensively in France over the years (not to mention all those heavenly holidays on the French Riviera!) and I’ve always been enthralled by the inimitable chic of the French woman!
I love the uniquely French concept of “BCBG” (which stands for “Bon chic bon genre”) - the epitome of which is chic, classy elegance. Coco Chanel designed her classic handbag to include a tiny pocket for her red lipstick, one for her perfume and one for her wallet… then there was the secret flap pocket for her love letters, the hidden internal pocket to keep her latest designs a secret and the external back pocket for her cigarettes. Nothing was left to chance - and everything was perfect! So here are my five favourite picks from the latest Marie & Lola collection...
The Lea Jumper in Emerald Green - £65
This gorgeous openwork jumper with pretty frill detail at the shoulders is a fabulous addition to any Autumn / Winter wardrobe. It sits just at the right length, has a gentle fullness to the sleeves and is easy to wear tucked in to high waisted jeans or with a pleated skirt, without adding bulk - which is no mean feat! It’s a stunning green colour which will look fabulous with any of the jewel tones, contrasts beautifully with tan, or takes on a cool elegance with cream. Such a versatile piece, soft against the skin and super lightweight.
The Eloise Cardigan in Light Pink & Light Blue - £85
Where to start with this cardigan?! Such a lovely piece and, like everything Stephanie chooses, it has that little “je ne sais quoi” that sets it aside - in this instance the beautiful pearl and gold buttons, prettiest pastel colours and on trend shape. Perfect tucked into high waisted jeans to create that cool-girl silhouette. And I do so love pastels in the winter - who says we have to wear dark colours?! Keep it soft and pretty to create a lightness of feeling - or toughen it up with a black leather jacket, biker boots and pearl encrusted details. By the way, I know it’s slightly illegal to choose two colour ways of the same piece, but when you love something this much, I say it’s best to get it in every colour!
The Melinda Maxi Dress in Apricot - £99
Stephanie has a real eye for dresses - my favourite way to create an easy, effortless look. This Melinda Maxi Dress is the prettiest apricot shade and will literally take you any place, anywhere, any time! For Winter, I styled it with white over the knee boots and a blush leather biker jacket but it would look equally great with a chunky cream knit and sneakers. For year round chic, simply add Castaner espadrilles, a basket bag and a straw hat and you’re ready for the market in St. Tropez or cocktails at the Hotel Du Cap!
The Grace Shacket - £87
I had a wardrobe gap for a shacket and this one has proved so versatile. I love the casual edge it gives to any outfit, whether you choose to throw it on with jeans, a pair of leather leggings or create contrast with some tailored peg leg black trousers. I love the dipped hem at the back which creates drama and plays with the proportions... and the sleeves look great ruched up or with the cuffs turned back. It features a fine burgundy/plum and cream check so there are lots of styling opportunities but the overall effect can easily work as a neutral. Perfect as a trans seasonal piece or you’ll find its roomy cut easy to layer.