Words and Styling Nini Khatiblou
Photography David Nyanzi
While some trends lend themselves to specific occasions, others are made to measure for certain seasons. Tartan in summer is the sartorial equivalent of a hot and spicy Madras on a sticky summer evening, but once the weather turns, it feels just right.
I’ve always been a fan of tartan trousers – perfect with a big knit and chunky DMs – but I was excited to stumble across an updated take on the look through this top/skirt combo by London-based brand A.W.A.KE. MODE.
First up, the top. Aside from ticking the tartan trend, it also nods to cut-out detailing which is everywhere this season. I love it with the matching skirt but it would look just as strong teamed with high-waisted jeans and a biker.
As far as the skirt is concerned, it really is what Highland dreams are made of. I’ve dreamt of owning a kilt ever since discovering Le Kilt several years ago, but never got round to forking out for one. This maxi kilt is everything I’ve been waiting for – the high-waist fit and longer length is so flattering, as is the necessary side split. Once we’re done with A/W, I’ll be wearing mine with a slogan tee and Birkenstocks.
If head-to-toe tartan is a little extreme for you, I suggest breaking up some of the print with a military jacket such as this one from MASSCOB. This classic style of jacket is a great way of balancing out a statement trend.
Finally, the details – any bag which is a) velvet and b) resembles a make-up box will always get the thumbs up from me and Roger Vivier really has gone to town this season on the accessories front. I alway look to toughen up an outfit veering towards girly, so these understated military boots from my favourite Russell & Bromley are the perfect addition for stomping around town.
Fashion Editor and Stylist
Nini is a London-based stylist and Contributing Fashion Editor at PHOENIX. With over 10 years experience working on the UK’s biggest-selling magazines, she currently splits her time between styling celebrity and fashion shoots for PHOENIX and working with a host of commercial brands in a consultancy and styling framework to create some of the biggest ad campaigns on the market.