THE IT-GIRL ACCESSORY YOU DIDN’T KNOW YOU NEEDED

These insta-famous sunglass chains are having a moment, transforming a handy outfit add-on into a talking-point accessory. 

If this year has taught us anything, it’s how to adapt. And, although these chic chains were originally intended to be paired with sunglasses, they’ll also work to amplify your specs. A mood-boosting, multi-purpose accessory? Yes, please.

Talis Chains has created an alluring collection of sunglass chains using premium details like freshwater pearls, gold accents and jewellery-like embellishments. You can throw these chains into your day-to-day jewellery repertoire for an instant outfit update. To feel more put-together, play with weight and texture. We’ll be layering the chains with the chokers for a minimal-effort style statement. 

Talis Chains knows how to do functional fashion with endlessly wearable accessories that toughen up, dress up and make an impression.

ALEXANDRA’S PICKS : MY WINTER WISHLIST

We all want a bit of extra feel-good right now, in my opinion. Especially the smaller independent boutiques and brands on Atterley who need our support in a second lockdown. So I’ve picked out some of the coziest and stylish coats and knits as well as some accessories that will mix brilliantly into your existing wardrobe.

MAKE STAYING IN THE NEW GOING OUT

Me & Thee offer polished styles in premium, soft-stretch fabrics and draped shapes that are super wearable, providing the perfect ensemble for dressing up on a dress down day. 

We get it – our holiday celebrations have had to change again. Or worse, they’ve been reincarnated as zoom quizzes. But, postponed plans doesn’t mean our evening-worthy wardrobes have to hibernate

Me & Thee is a label changing our perspective on the longevity of formalwear. Their offering of luxe dresses and separates in jewel-hued, body-skimming fabrics celebrate your natural curves while remaining deliciously comfortable. The glamorous silhouettes are made to accentuate. The flattering fits are effortless day and night. We have no idea what this year’s party season will look like but we are sure of one thing. If festivities only take us as far as the living room, Me & Thee will keep us looking and feeling good.

You make the rules and we say yes to clothing that sparks a little bit of joy in these uncertain times. After all, finding moments of happiness where we can has never been more important. Here’s how we’ll be dressing up our downtime. 

THE JOY OF DRESSING UP

Siobhan Molloy, the design student turned designer, has mastered the art of creating clothes with big-entrance energy.

We’re falling for the theatre of her dresses and separates; romantic ruffled skirts and high necklines allude to bygone ideas of femininity, while punchy stripes and contrasting details collide to add a contemporary edge. Siobhan Molloy is all about movement and fluidity, favouring lightweight fabrics like soft silk and comfortable cotton that look and feel exquisite. 

Her timeless prints are created with slow fashion in mind – a more considered approach to garment design advocating styles with longevity. Siobhan Molloy’s re-mix of dainty florals, geometric stripes and go-big-or-go-home polka dots breathe fresh air into the daily humdrum of our wardrobes, bringing an element of outfit polish without the added effort. 

If you’re looking to take a stand against the season’s usual moody hues, this playful collection is your best defence for a winning autumn-winter lookbook.

PALONES IS VOGUE AND LONDON FASHION-PACK APPROVED

Their contemporary remix on the classic trench coat was the sell-out style of last year. Palones proves they’re more than your average as-seen-on-insta brand with another chic drop of seasonless designs.

Palones took to the streets when first imagining their limited-edition affordable-luxury clothing, seeking inspiration in the architecture, cultures and people that are threads in the fabric of a city. The result was a collection of harmonious contrasts; stand-out and understated, feminine and bold, playful and practical. 

Their dedication to versatility is reflected in a lookbook of strong throw-on-and-go fashion foundations with an ethos that a good fit inspires lasting confidence. Palones is also rooted in sustainability; archived stock fabric is used to avoid unnecessary waste meaning a luxe finish is achieved at a fraction of the cost. A win for the planet and our pockets? Absolutely. 

Hailed by fashion editors as the new label to know, we love Palones for these confident, bold-spirited hero pieces.

SAY HELLO TO THE NEWEST MEMBER OF A SHOE DESIGN DYNASTY

Lucy Choi more than steps up to her family name with a work-of-art collection of classically elegant shapes remixed with jewellery-like accents and finishes. 

The niece of the iconic designer, Jimmy Choo, proves a talent for creating shoes that tell a tale is in her blood with her latest offering of pretty pumps, timeless boots and day-to-night heels. Lucy Choi’s focus on wearable heritage styles with a modern twist define her unique aesthetic, setting her apart in a dynasty of shoe design giants. 

The cornerstones of her brand are comfort, craftsmanship and character, values elevated by deliciously feminine detailing that’s echoed from heel to toe. “My uncle always taught me that when a shoe is well-made and well-crafted, it will be comfortable,” says Lucy. We’re in agreement. The luxurious and playful mix of fabrics of her autumn-winter arrivals – rich velvet, supple leather and subtle sparkle – leave us swooning. 

You won’t have to switch footwear between the commute and the office, these shoes are an investment buy with miles of comfort and sophistication to spare. Interested? We certainly are. We caught up with the designer herself about her approach to the business of crafting shoes of beauty and practicality. 

THIS NEW LABEL HAS YOUR AW20 UNIFORM SORTED

Aligne’s thoughtfully created collection really can be dressed up or down with versatile wardrobe staples perfect for what we’re wearing this season. 

It’s not often you hear sustainable and affordable in the same sentence. Yet, Aligne has managed to do just that with a covetable offering of wardrobe staples embracing the highest levels of eco-conscious fashion. The label knows how we want to dress right now with an oh-so relevant offering of easy separates and comfortable shapes that still look put together and polished.

The uncomplicated look-book is almost completely sustainable with materials like organic cotton and recycled polyester working smarter, not harder, chosen for their low environmental impact and premium quality. 

Aligne nails the brand of minimalist cool achieved by it-girls who are no strangers to showcasing effortless looks straddling the line between casual and chic. Here’s how we’re styling our favourite picks for a lasting, versatile closet looking good on you and the planet.

MEET THE INSPIRING DESIGNER BEHIND LISOU LONDON

Hear from London-based fashion force Rene Macdonald about her journey to launching Lisou, supporting fellow businesswoman and the best ways to wear her head-turning new collection.

Loved by the likes of Kate Garraway, Hilary Duff and Zooey Deschanel, Lisou has made quite the mark on the fashion world in the three years since its launch. Not only do A-listers adore the feel-good label, but a host of London’s most-followed influencers – from Lucy Williams to Liv Purvis – have donned the statement designs.

And it’s easy to see why. A champion of bold, upbeat style, head designer Rene Macdonald combines retro shapes and timeless cuts with punchy, modern prints and high-voltage colourways. Think ’70s drama meets 21st-century refinement. Rene’s finished collections are characteristically striking, but chuck on a pair of sneakers and the pieces are instantly everyday-appropriate.

Keen to learn a little bit more about the celeb-favourite label? We were too. So, we spoke to Rene about her design process and styling tips for the latest Lisou drop.