The London Lookbook: Black & Blue
In recent years Britain’s high streets have been infested with generic chains and charity shops. Small businesses have been squeezed out of the market and replaced with corporate monotony. It’s heartening to find a vibrant, individual business that’s thriving right on my doorstep. Chris Kitch is without doubt my favourite cafe in North London – all the food is freshly made and utterly delicious – their red velvet cake is astonishing. The coffee is also second to none, which is a constant source of temptation seeing as I’m a rampant caffeine addict. Although it’s a useful pit stop for me to get my morning coffee hit before I dash off for a whirlwind of meetings – even better my local coffee stop is an individually run business. I’ve been I dress individually – which could be a roundabout way of saying a dress like a weirdo – even so, Chris Kitch fits in with my style nicely.
Navy and black have long been thought to be incompatible colour partners. However rules are made to be broken, and in recent years it’s been proven time after time that the inky hues are chic companions – more interesting than all black, more cohesive than black and brown and subtler than black and white. I’ve indulged in a little grungy nostalgia with a 90’s vintage velvet dress (similar one here). I’ve layered it over a navy blue top from Zara, and paired it with my favourite boots from Topshop. My necklace was a gift from my dad.
My hug-in-a-mug coat is from Acne – I’m enjoying the manly coat trend that’s been working the rounds this season, especially when combined with something super-feminine underneath. A coat like this the fashion equivalent of a lover’s embrace; what could be comforting and protective from London’s unforgiving elements? Maybe a cappuccino and a slice of red velvet cake from Chris Kitch – I’ll take it all to go please.