Monday, December 03, 2012

Simple Illusion


All women need the help of some trusty wardrobe staples to help them hide any imperfections and streamline the silhouette. Step forward the humble tunic: this is a timeless item that’s sure to see you through the coming autumn/winter season.

It’s not just on beach holidays and those dreaded fat days that this perfect cover-up comes into its own. Versatile tunics are perfect for dressing up or down this winter, weather paired back and minimalist layered over skinny jeans or embellished with bold accessories. Dress up your favorite tunic for the party season by tapping into the A/W12 gothic trend; just add plenty of leather and lace for a dramatic evening look that verges on the other-worldly.

One fashion photographer renowned for blurring the lines between fantasy and high fashion is Tim Walker. Style mavens recently flocked to the opening of his Story Teller exhibition last week, with Kate Moss, Jamie Hince and Cara Delevingne in attendance, to name but a few. Somerset House provided the perfect setting for the celebrations, as guests enjoyed oysters and flowing cocktails in the historic building’s grand halls.

As the lavish and star-studded party got under way, the fashion pack couldn’t fail to be impressed by Walker’s distinctive fairy-tale creations. His iconic photographs and behind the scenes films showcased Spitfires crashing through walls, giant dolls chasing models and crocodiles sneaking into bedrooms. It’s a collection that’s mesmerising to behold, as were the celebrities’ outfits on the night. Kate Moss wore a striking emerald jumpsuit, Helena Bonham Carter sported a classic Vivienne Westwood get-up and model Suki Waterhouse tapped into the gothic luxe trend in a sheer lace panelled dress.

The exhibition made it very clear that Walker does not adhere to clich├ęd ideas of beauty. In his own words: ‘I am interested in individuality because that is what is truly valuable’ – sound advice when making your own stamp in the fashion world, illusory or otherwise.

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