The London Lookbook: Into the woods
As a stylist/writer living in London, I’m always on the go; coffee is the fuel I need to get me though my hectic schedule. When I have the time there’s nothing I like more than hanging out in a London park coffee shop – it’s a chance to regroup and take a moment to enjoy some peace and quiet before heading back out into the frenetic city.
One of my favourites is the Pavilion Café, tucked away in the depths of Highgate Wood. It’s one of London’s quirkier coffee shops, but for that reason I love it all the more. At this time of the year when the trees and flowers are in full bloom I feel inspired to dress in harmony with my surroundings. I want my outfit to reflect the natural splendour of the wood, as well as the grounded feeling that being out in nature engenders. For this I look to one of my favourite British labels, Teatum Jones.
This dress, from Teatum Jones’ A/W12 collection entitled ‘Once Upon an Innocence’, references Grimm’s fairy tales and enchanted woods. Solange Knowels choose a top and matching trousers in the same print for her performance at this year’s Glastonbury festival. How fitting that style maven Solange chose the ‘Once Upon an Innocence’ collection to perform in one of Europe’s biggest outdoor music festivals. I don’t know if she made the same charmed woodland connection that I did, but it pleases me to think that we might have that in common.
Some might say that this is a rather luxe piece for a casual outing, but one of the things I love about Teatum Jones clothes is that they’re a mix of high concept beauty along with easy wearabilty. I’ve teamed the dress with my husband’s Levi’s denim shirt and Topshop ankle boots to make the look casual and approachable. I think unexpected combinations are the most interesting outfits.
What are your most quirky combinations?