Purple Haze


Jewel tones are one of the trends we see return season after season. When the temperatures reduce we seek warmth from our clothes, but not just in literal terms. The ability of these colours to create rich and opulent looks makes them perfect for the chillier months and perfect for creating luxurious party looks.

Whether its was the colour of a bloom, used to mimic royal decadence, nod to religious robes or evoke carefree hippy day-dreaming, all of the fashion weeks were awash with purple.

I’ve always had an attraction to the colour, perhaps in part due to its versatility. It can be used to make a bold statement, or be sultry and understated. It can also be used in a girly fashion or be the happy balance between feminine and masculine. 

This summer I’ve been using the colour in a retro way wearing over-sized vintage 80’s shirts and tie dye, but I am looking forward to  using it within wintery layering and grown up glamorous ensembles. 

Here are just a few ideas if you want to dip into this season’s colour….

I have been trying to go to some of the more unusal press day events recently to try and discover some lesser known shopping destinations, or at least ones I am yet to abuse my credit card at. The most recent addition to my ever increasing list of web based shopping locations is the The Jewellery Channel. I have always been a fan of jewellery that looks like you might have found it in a small town market on holiday. It’s always nice when someone says ‘ where did you get that amazing – insert product – from? and you can answer by saying’ ‘oh thanks, I got it from a market in a quaint fishing town when I was backpacking through – insert country-last year. 

Ok, so I didn’t pick these up on my travels, unless you count scouring the internet, but the ring on the left of the close up image above is described as an ‘Artisan Crafted’ Purple Jade, Sterling Silver Ring – so I can probably get away with that little white lie…

PS. Check the website for all your jewellery needs as they have an extremely wide product range including brooches, necklaces, watches and bags which tap into some of A/W other trends like gothic.


All the brands have catered to the prevalent purple trend for this upcoming season, offering up more garish glitter options for parties and the more outlandish polisher’s, but also some muted plum tones for the sophisticates and goth inspired dressers.








 Here some of my top purple finds from the world wide web…What I would do for the Proenza Schouler Satchel!


Motel Lucy Strapless Maxi Dress in Melting Violet Print £56 www.motelrocks.com

Vans Authentic Canvas Trainer – Dark Purple £25 www.allsole.com

Marc Jacobs Faux Fur and Crystal Embellished Stretch Wool Cardigan £2,280 www.net-a-porter.com

Nasty Gal – The Kink High Rise Jean £55.48 www.nastygal.com

 Proenza Schouler PS1 Large Suede Satchel £1,440 www.net-a-porter.com

Burberry Brit Brushed Wool Coat £595 www.net-a-porter.com

Topshop Tracie Blouse by Goldie £45 www.topshop.com

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