Caryn is a big supporter of People Tree and has travelled with Founder & CEO, Safia Minney, to visit producers in Bangladesh and learn the benefits of Fair Trade first hand.
Former Fashion Editor and Co-editor of i-D Magazine and BBC Broadcaster with prime-time, award winning programme, The Clothes Show, Caryn Franklin has explored the politics of image and self-esteem extensively in over 30 years of working in fashion in commercial and educational positions. Her projects have involved refugees in battle zones, workers in free-trade-zone slums, mental health experts, MP’s and Government Ministers as well as the fashion industry’s innovators. She’s produced 4 books and written for a host of national press and glossy magazines, interviewing everyone from Yves Saint-Laurent to Georgio Armani.
Here she expresses her love of monochrome in the form of her favourite People Tree picks.
“I love monochrome, it’s so easy to wear with a flash of colour, and this season People Tree has got this trend covered with easy to wear separates that can be layered over each other or worn as feature items on their own.”
An easy to wear slouch style has so many style connotations. These are perfect with pointy sling backs for a dressy lounge look. I’ve got just the leather jacket in my wardrobe that will go with that. A pop of red scarf and I’m good to go!
Hanna Zig Zag skirt, £85
A Rich navy blue with a subtle geometric print has got to be a classic item that offers longevity from season to season. I’ll be keeping it sharp with black mannish shirt and brogues this winter but come spring, I’ll team it with white ruffled blouse and white strappy sandals.
This is the sort of ‘shrug it on and shrug it off,’ style I love. Over printed jeans or primary coloured opaque tights grey leopard skin print has a pop feel and will take no styling at all to look effortlessly in the know. I’ve chosen a larger size to give it a luxe and roomy feel.
I’m a sucker for a compelling print story and these beautifully drawn trees look so magical and crisp. A top like this could bring any strict solid colour skirt to life with its voluminous fit. I’ll put it with my leather pencil skirt and textured tights.
This neat pattern delivers just the right amount of eye catching detail to be arresting but still an everyday foundation for lots of different layered looks. I love it with my patterned jeans and waistcoats.
Check out People Tree’s website to see which of our lovely Autumn Winter 2014 pieces would you pick yourself!