Summer In The City

Everyone tends to have a favourite season; Spring Summer or Fall Winter. I am, most definitely, a summer girl. Not only am I generally in a better mood, getting dressed in the morning is so much easier, no need for complicated layering, weather appropriate footwear or cumbersome outerwear. However it does come with its own challenges, notably how to remain cool yet covered in the city when the mercury rises.

Myself and the Net-a-Porter buying team are currently out buying Resort ’18 collections and on the usual month long New York, Milan, Paris fashion excursion (industry code for buying season where we see some 500+ collections in showrooms). Without runway shows, it is far more casual, but it is still a day at work without the luxury of sitting in an air-conned office.

After many years of doing this, there are a few things I have learnt; never attempt heels (there is simply no need when there are some really sharp looking flats out there that don’t even vaguely resemble flip flops), silk shirts will last exactly one steamy cab journey so opt for a boyish white tee instead, a flash of shoulder is so much more appropriate than spaghetti straps and linen isn’t as evil as I once thought (in fact, it is all I want to wear these days).

The following pics happened in balmy midday +30°C temperatures having walked 10 blocks between appointments in New York, without melting.

Etiole Isabel Marant blazer, Adam Lippes tee, vintage skirt, Balenciaga bag, Nicholas Kirkwood flats