>> I’m notoriously a really reticent celeb snapper, hampered by the fact that I’m also an incompetent celeb recogniser. It took me a good ten minutes at the recent Miu Miu show before I could fully ID (with thanks to the more savvy Francesca Burns) the starlet-filled frow (plus late arrival Rihanna who bucked all the Miu Miu cuteness with her A/W 14-5 Weimar Prada coat). I did get very excited at the sight of Lupita Nyong’o though. She’s just excellent in a multitude of ways. Seems like the Oscar winner’s effect shows no signs of abating though as the printed parrot “Cady” dress from the Miu Miu S/S 14 collection, which Nyong’o wore a few months ago at the LA premiere of 12 Years a Slave, has now sold out in both colourways. Actually on both My Theresa and Net-a-Porter, the pieces featuring the standout S/S 14 Art Nouveau-tinged prints, have largely sold out. Somewhere out there in the world, Miu Miu femmes with glittery barrettes in their hair, too-shiny lipgloss and a teensy weensy tiny tattoo on their ankle (this is how I’m picturing it…) are enjoying their unlikely encounters where cat meets flower and woman meets parrot. And I’m fortunate enough to be one of them. The one week where I get to peruse shops is in Milan where sheeny shiny flagship monobrand stores come a-calling. Miu Miu whispered and I didn’t really need much encouragement to go in, walk that plush carpet, touch the brocade wallpaper and try on a show piece or two that had just hit the store at the time. To be fair, there was some pre-mediation involved as S/S 14 for both Miu Miu and Prada had struck me in such a way, that meant waiting for pieces to turn up on Yoox or eBay at a later date wasn’t going to be an option. So I lapsed out of my bargain hunting sensibility and became momentarily a bit like Veruca Salt. “I deserve it,” I reasoned to myself. Danger! Isn’t that the reason that is touted for every purchase? I was thinking buyer’s remorse might set in two steps after I had paid for the coat but two weeks after, back in London and despite its distinctive and specific print, it’s already gotten quite a few wears. I’ve shoehorned it into a Grand Budapest Hotel-themed Secret Cinema costume despite it being historically inaccurate for the occasion. I’ve worn it to the supermarket – the ultimate in versatility test – can it handle multiple totes and bags- why, yes it can! Just need to wear it for a brisk walk on the Heath plus pub grub after and this coat’s got legs. It better have. It was dear. Too dear to even type. Wait, lemme just go and stare at it for a little while longer. That will put pay to any lingerings of regret.
Worn with vintage dropped-waist lacework dress and slipdress underneath, Sophia Webster shoes and Shrimps clutch