DESIGNER Tina Malhame looks at what to wear this winter and suggests dressing for the tropics!
Multi-award winning designer Tina was branded ‘The best designer on the high street’ by the fashion king George Davis, whom she worked alongside for years. She has also worked as an advisor to the EU in Brussels to promote Indian manufacturers. Tina was principal designer for favourite UK brands including Per Una, Monsoon, Next and Laura Ashley.
In 2011 Tina launched her own label NoLoGo Chic, http://nologo-chic.co.uk an online store offering luxury clothing for women in carefully sourced natural fabrics. Her accessible style has featured up and down the high street. Here she tells us about the latest trends filtering down to us from the catwalks for this season.
What’s new this season?
Seventies chic was never out, with that classic flared trouser shape, now cropped to allow a decent flash of boot with a chunky heel. The biggest surprise comeback however has been the resurgence of corduroy. Vintage cord is über cool of course, but there are plenty of new styles to choose from including ultra-flared trousers and the classic A-line maxi, both in finest needle cord.
In addition to cord, there is a ripple of plaid. Hacked up into different colourways and digitised for super sharp patterning, autumn winter this year is an homage to Miss Marple, striking both very subtle and exuberant notes.
A muted plaid cape can be carelessly thrown over a plain outfit, held in place by a statement brooch. Plaid cigarette pants and slacks are appearing in classic tartans and shop windows are showcasing new psychedelic designs incorporating fuchsias, limes, purples, and this season’s biggest colour, red.
A flash of vermillion lipstick to enhance a plain black dress, all set off with a pair of red shoes – is enough to be bang on trend.
Sweaters this season are polo necks and worn enormous. If the sleeves don’t flap empty way past the knees then the sweater is too small, and it ideally needs to be red and worn with a very wide belt.
For the super brave- there is a fringing thing going on (below). A fringe, as an embellishment was seen on handbags last season, from beach totes to cross body purses as well as on the arms of classic suede jackets. This season, they are on everything.
There have been flashes of feathers as well, mainly used on high fashion items. The drawback with feathers tends to be that the garment cannot be washed, but if they are used as an embellishment – such as an extravagant boa wrapped around the neck as a contrasting collar to a plain dress, they can look stunning.
However, if you find the cold bleak days of winter wearing you down as you hide under layers of corduroy and feathers, grab a kaftan and a linen tunic and book a trip to somewhere warm – it’s always summer somewhere! More and more people are now taking a winter break to escape to the sun and this time of year where do you find summer clothes? Relax – I’m on it!
My brand new Resort 2018 Collection features the latest NoLoGo designs in stunning colours and the finest fabrics. They are comfortable, versatile and easy to pack. The collection is full of eye popping colour and surprising twists on tropical florals for those lucky enough to be on their way to sunnier climes over the winter months.
For more details and a look at the NoloGo range visit: www.nologo-chic.co.uk