... hands up who wants to look like Carine Roitfeld? (former editor in chief of Vogue Paris for 10 years. You officially cannot get more cool than that).
Well - I missed out on this last time and seeing as I rate highly the quality of Uniqlo clothing (tis probably the only brand that every member of my family wears... oh and maybe M&S), I thought I'd do a sneaky morning blog with my fave picks from her new collaboration with Uniqlo that launched today. And usually sells out in short order. (it's selling out as I type - go forth and bag something!).
Just to point out - I have absolutely no contact with Uniqlo at all in case any one thinks this is a sponsored blog... it's not. Merely a heads up (and gives me a valid excuse to peruse the collection when I should be emptying the dishwasher).
In my quest to be all things French one day, this has got to be the ideal first step on the ladder. I'll also let you into a little secret. In my head I am verging on Carine. VERGING.... It's the obsession with black and the obsession with leather. See? Practically one and the same... So it would make sense that I try and and - I'm going to say channel her style as opposed to becoming slightly scary stalker (before anyone mutters Single White Female).
Starting with a coat that I absolutely adore. Now. I'm just going to throw this out there. She looks amazing in it. I fear on me it may have a touch more Fagin that I was looking for...
Faux leather longline blazer. It all sounds so wrong but oh my lord it's so right. Can I please point out that I haven't totally lost my senses and shall be leaving the 80s lace tights, which of course are the epitome of cool, to La Roitfeld. I know my limits.
But the coat... WARNING. They have gone a bit M&S and paid a lot of money for a swanky photographer to do the outside Vogue style shoots and then relied on the YTS chap in the office to take the ones for the website.
Carine Faux Leather Coat £99
And in my head, this is how I really want to look when I do the school run (ok maybe just for lunch or dinner but WHY can't I look like this every day? Or even once a week...?? Is it the tights... do I need the tights..... stop me someone, I'm actually tempted to get the tights.....)
Maybe just start with the jacket......
Carine Cotton jacket £89.90
Or the skirt. She can be new skirt inspiration (I need the freaking tights, don't I?)
Actually I think that skirt is already sold out (SEEEEEEE) but this one is the next best option.
Carine Skirt £29.90
But to be honest, the blouse is probably the most useful element of this outfit.
Carine Black 100% Silk Blouse £59.90
And then I can't not mention the tights...
Ok so it seems I'm too late on those tights but she seems to deem these ones acceptable too.. since she's put her name to them. What do we think? I've come all over Madonna circa 1986.. Should we give them a go? Have I had too much coffee?
Carine tights £9.90
So I need to stop chuntering on as it's selling out as I type. Also worth checking out are the slip style dresses which are super on trend, if they're your bag. I run the risk of looking like Miss Hannigan from Annie in one so I shall be leaving them to the more adventurous.
Quick photo from this morning where I possible couldn't look less Roitfeld if I tried. And I didn't even try. This was school run/dog walk (Ginny's on the mend!) before I did come home and am getting changed to nip out again - well.. changing my boots and coat.
Grey cashmere jumper - Me+Em
Black ankle zip skinny jeans - Boden
Black puffer jacket - Ilse Jacobsen
Black oversized scarf - Mint Velvet
Grey wellies - Ilse Jacobsen
Grey pom pom hat - Black
Black Hazlemere tote - Village England
Right, I'm off to return oh yet more stuff which I ambitiously ordered and looks like a pile of poo. To be fair, bar one dress from Warehouse (the long silk one which I LOVE but am inbetween sizes... ) it's all kids' stuff which elicited three small turned up noses. Apart from the 9yr old and nothing fits him. I bought him a new top from TK Maxx the other day and told him to try it on. He comes in with my Zoe Karssen jumper on (there's me hyperventilating as his mouth is covered in Nutella...) which is literally like a dress on him. "Mum.. is it supposed to be this big?".... GET IT OFF!!!! He much preferred his Polo tee (£12.99 down from £30 - bargain).
Let me know what you think of the Carine R collection and whether you managed to snag anything (I do believe the bomber jackets are also worth a look. Kelly McGillis I am not, so I shall be, again, leaving those to the more hip and trendy amongst us).