Time for a change with a new watch
PUBLISHED: 08:35 07 August 2010 | UPDATED: 17:40 20 February 2013
It's still summer, but the new season's accessories are edging into our favourite stores
Its always something of a short sharp wardrobe shock when you realise summers on the wane, We have our winter woollies and our high summer linen, but fashion is so interchangeable between seasons these days that a summer favourite is often worn well into autumn and early winter with the addition of a few layers.
And while fashion becomes more season-less, accessories become more season-led with very definite switch-over materials, finishes and influences.
For starters, adding autumnal rich leathers and suedes through bags and shoes to the nude fabrics of spring and summer create new and rather pleasing tones especially when highlighted by copper and rose gold jewellery.
Our summer whites accessorised with black has been oh so chic these last few months and will team beautifully with light grey separates highlighted by silver jewellery. Another pleasing conversion.
Taking it a serious stage further, spend a fun couple of hours glancing through the Autumn Winter ready to wear shows on vogue.com. Pick out favourite designers as well as those youve never heard of at random; the catwalk shots reveal hundreds of edgy, creative and individual styling tips and accessories that might just become the key influences. Its sourcing directly from the international designers.
Thirty minutes into the exercise and already we know that if weve got a glitter knit lurking its a relevant influence if teamed with a Manish Arora style cobalt blue nylon bobbed wig (OK just kidding); Hussein Chalayans brightly covered crochet boot covers will be doubly warm this winter; bright red shoes are a superb contrast to the layers of luxurious camel shades as seen at Chloe; long chunky fishermans socks teamed with brightly coloured shiny court shoes look surprising sweet at Prada. Get the drift?
Browse the collections as a cinematic preamble to shopping. Its not likely that youll see something you can buy right now but youll remember in a few weeks time which trends made the best and most lasting impression. What sticks in the mind will be the most pleasing to follow and experience.
Costume and fine jewellery boundaries dont often blur but high street offerings (particularly the Freedom line within Top Shop) are as much an investment. Fashion investment, as in how many times youll wear it, as opposed to a monetary investment, often a safer piece, classic perhaps, but often dull. Our advice here? Buy what you LOVE, in capital letters - something that makes the heart skip a beat.
Watches are a bit more of a serious consideration and not always necessary to co-ordinate with different looks. Were never far away from the gold, silver, rose gold scenario year in year out, but are currently experiencing something of a colour explosion for white and bright colours, not seen since the early Swatch days. White promises to hang on in there till the snows fall when no doubt it will be retagged as Arctic!
Watches are an evergreen essential. Only the brave and carefree can rely on instinct and the ever present mobile phone is a good back up...but how nice to have a choice?
The old adage of a gold watch to match gold jewellery and spectacles matters little; its fun to mix finishes but our skin tone and mood is often the decider. Gold looks better on some and silver on others - trying on in daylight is the decider.
Without getting too involved in the internal workings its interesting to note that there are two types of time. The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) is the keeper of the UK measurement standards including time. NPL are one of the national standards bodies around the world that collectively set International Atomic Time (TAI). They define what time it is, and how long a second lasts, says Andy Lloyd of Special Projects within the Education dept. at the Centre for Life, Newcastle and self confessed geek in the nicest possible way.
Atomic time is based on counting cycles of a high-frequency electrical signal that is tuned to match the natural vibrations of a chosen atom. Although TAI provides a continuous, uniform, and precise time scale for scientific reference purposes, it is not convenient for everyday use because it is not in step with the earths rate of rotation, he says.
A time scale that corresponds to the alternation of day and night is much more useful, and since 1972, all broadcast time services distribute time scales based on Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).
So there you have it. Choosing an accessory because it works ....with THAT knit...with THOSE trousers...with THIS dress... is an enjoyable challenge to celebrate the end of summer rather than mourn its passing. Bring it on.
Betty Jackson Black at Debenhams
Tel: 0844 5616161
Breil stockists: 01628 770988
ChloBo is at Havetolove, Gosforth, Newcastle Tel: 0191 213 1155 www.havetolove.com
Cruise, Newcastle Tel: 0844 800 4622
D&G Time watches Tel: 01628 770988
DKNY watches Tel: 08444 123277
H! by Henry Holland at Debenhams Tel: 0844 5616161
Hobbs, Fenwick Ltd, Newcastle
Tel: 0845 313 3130
House of Harlow 1960 by Nicole Ritchie is at Havetolove, Gosforth, Newcastle
Tel: 0191 213 1155 www.havetolove.com
Ice watches at branches of Collectables
Kirtsen Goss www.kirstengoss.com Tel:0207 937 0855
Kirsty Taylor, Corbridge www.kirstytaylorjewellery.com
Lola Rose Tel: 0207 372 0777 www.lolarose.co.uk
Marc by Marc Jacobs watches
Tel: 0844 123277
Marc Jacobs bags at Van Mildert, Elvet Bridge, Durham www.vanmildert.com
Tel: 0844 967 1028
Patrick Cox, House of Fraser
Tel: 0207 003 4000
Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenberg at Williamson Brown, Jesmond, Newcastle 0191 281 8273
River Island branches Tel: 0208 991 4904 www.riverisland.com
Rotary at John Lewis, H Samuel, Ernest Jones, Fraser Hart and Beaverbrooks
Tel: 0207 434 7546
Tateossian Tel: 0207 384 8336 www.tateossian.com
Toywatch at www.vanmildert.com
Tel: 0844 9671028
Wallis branch info Tel: 08451 214520