For SS17, Donna Ida Thornton’s collection is International Denim Jet Set and editor Lisa Haynes epitomises this lifestyle. Lisa lives and breathes fashion with her finger on the pulse working in the heart of London; she’s trend savvy, cool and stylish. She’s also a modern women who has a passport and is not afraid to use it (just check out her Instagram for Jet Set envy!) as she is frequently travelling the world to glamorous destinations. Take a look at her top tips and pieces to covet for 2017.
DONNA IDA: What fashion trends from 2016 are staying for 2017? What can we send to charity shop/re-sell/store and what will we keep wearing?
Sleeves are taking on a life of their own at the moment so hold on to any exaggerated, blown-out shapes for SS17. DKNY also did major dangly ones, which I particularly love because it means I never have to remember my gloves. I’m also happy the PJ trend continues with robe-like billowy jackets and relaxed trousers. I adored all of Lanvin’s stripy numbers - way too good to be confined to the bedroom.
Speaking of sleepwear, those duvet-style quilted jackets will need to go into storage once spring lands (please?). And then they can be recycled for ski seasons and hangover days.
DONNA IDA: What denim trends are you seeing coming through for SS17?
Distressed details, released hems, and frayed edges on denim are bigger than ever next season - the customisation trend is just going to keep exploding. I’m also seeing denim skirts or shorts layered over jeans, which is a bit of a niche trend that I’ve only seen Gigi Hadid pulling off so far…
I'm o-b-s-e-s-s-e-d with customisation at the moment. I've even started scanning jean rails from the bottom up to see if they have a distressed hem! It's all about injecting some individuality into your denim to make it work for you, whether that's snipping a hem to flatter your legs, or adding motif badges Gucci-style for a talking point.
DONNA IDA: How should we be wearing jeans for 2017? What shall we style them with?
If you tend to go with straight or skinny jeans, try wearing a top or sweater with mahoosive bell shape sleeves to add some interest and ramp up a casual look. Ellery is absolutely killing it with the statement silhouettes.
If you do more of a slouchy boyfriend or flared shape, experiment with next season’s bralettes, a la Victoria Beckham SS17 (midriffs, optional). Just throw a white or grey tee underneath and your nod to the Nineties is sorted.
Lisa is wearing IDA Ginger Leather Track Pant
DONNA IDA: What are your favourite jeans from the shoot?
I didn’t want to take off the IDA Jeanie jeans, which were customised with one generous shred up each inner ankle. I wouldn't necessarily pick up a flare or bootcut style but the customisation a) looked like the jeans had been made for my legs. b) made my pins look a gazillion times longer because the hems practically kiss the floor. And c) I’m obsessed.
DONNA IDA: What are your top three stylist tips for the perfect wardrobe?
My styling mantra:
1. Plan your outfit from the shoe up. If you’ll be running around, the jeans/trousers/skirt you wear will need to work with flats or low heels. If it’s an Uber kinda day, you can get away with a look that demands an indecently high heel (aka my favourite).
2. Don’t always go by size. My wardrobe literally ranges from a size 6-16 because I like to play around with proportions a lot. For example, I love wearing an oversize borrowed-from-boyfriend denim jacket to pare down a silk slip dress.
3. Find your go-to statement lipstick. A bold bright or uber-dark mouth can take your outfit to a whole other level. I'm all over Tom Ford’s Dark and Stormy at the moment for a gothica lip.
DONNA IDA: As a fashion girl - what do you do when you have nothing to wear?
Anyone who knows me well gives me a funny look when I say I have nothing to wear! But if I am having one of those days (who doesn’t) I throw on my failsafe, monochrome to cheat feeling put-together. Usually black skinnies, a white Vince tee or sweater, black leather biker jacket, and a pile-on of gold trinket-y jewellery and I’m out of the door(ish).
Lisa is wearing IDA Pimp My Margot Denim Culottes
DONNA IDA: What pieces are you coveting for new season?
Next season I'm coveting some Lanvin-esque stripy floatiness, more silly sleeves, and basically anything multi-buckled (thanks, Carven). I’m also on the lookout for a fresh new denim shape to give my skinnies a break - IDA’s Pimp My Margot Culotte with raw released hem has spring written all over them. I used to wear a trend top-to-toe but now it’s more about what works with my current wardrobe.
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