Harper’s Bazaar is hailed as sophisticated, elegant and provocative, a fashion resource for women who are first to buy the best, be it casual or couture, and everything in-between. So, being the fashion lovers that we are here at VS, we asked Harper’s Bazaar Fashion Editor, Nathalie Riddle, to give us a sneak into her trend predictions for 2012, along with products and brands she currently lusts after.
VS: Have you always wanted to be a Fashion Editor?
NR: I actually got into this business through writing but I have always loved fashion. Even as a small child my mother and grandmothers’ collections of amazing vintage and couture pieces were a constant source of fun and fascination. I am amazed I was permitted to play with such precious and delicate pieces but I know they felt fashion should be enjoyed and worn, not stuffed away in an attic somewhere.
VS: What makes a good writer?
NR: Someone who can say exactly what they mean to in as few words as possible.
VS: Do you have any top tips for the party season?
NR: Always have a pair of heels under your desk and carry a red lipstick – sometimes heels and red lippy are all that is required to transform effortlessly from day to night.
VS: Home or Holiday for Christmas?
NR: Holiday – I grew up in the Middle East so I enjoy winter sun. Last year we had an amazing time in the Riviera Maya, and this year we jetting off to Antigua.
VS: Are you a sweet or savoury girl?
NR: Savoury – too much sugar sends me loopy.
VS: Do you prefer luxe or high street?
NR: I love the investment that you know you get from a luxe purchase – items you can pull out of the wardrobe even after ten years and they still hold their own. Having said that, the British high street is so strong and arguably the best in the world. You can’t beat it for a bang on-trend quick-fix.
VS: Most wanted item of the moment?
NR: Chanel’s glazed calfskin flap bag – the new 2.55.
VS: Top five products / brands?
NR: Anything Louis Vuitton – Marc Jacobs is a genius, Rolex – I never take mine off and it has never let me down, Mandarin Oriental Group – fantastic service regardless of which hotel in the world you stay in, mywardrobe.com – great service and edit, Mercedes Benz – I just got a new A-class and am in love!
VS: What trends do you predict for next season?
NR: Decade dressing – both the 20’s flapper, coinciding perfectly with the release of the much anticipated re-make of F Scott Fitzgeralds’ ‘The Great Gatsby’, (seen at Gucci, Etro, Marc Jacobs) and the Vintage Dior inspired 40’s full shaped skirts (seen at DVF, Rochas).
Blooms – from abstract digital print to romantic ditsy designs, floral is set to be huge for SS12 – wear it head to toe as seen at Peter Pilotto, Altuzarra, Mary Katranzou, Erdem…
Pastels – a veritable confectionary colour fest. Chalky pastels and sorbet shades make SS12 look as if it has been sherbet dipped.
Sheer – get those underpinnings in order; sheer overlays, transparent full length gowns, and barely there bodices were all over the runway – see Bottega Veneta, Haider Ackermaan, Giles, Marios Schwab, and Nina Ricci.
Sporty – collections incorporated high-tech fabrics to create a sporty spirit or an athletic-chic spin – suitably timed with the up and coming London Olympics this summer.
Geometrics – printed, knitted, and embroidered, and with a hint of nostalgia, dramatic patterns and geometric designs were seen at Loewe, Marni, Burberry, and Alexander Wang to name a few.
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