Focus on Fashion – black & white 

Drawing on her menswear design background, London-based Nick Wakeman’s Studio Nicholson collection is defined by clean lines and a pared-back aesthetic. Cut to flatter the female silhouette, the label’s key pieces include elegant silk blouses, crisp pleated skirts and expertly tailored culottes.

Studio Nicholson’s white ‘Toshima’ top is perfect for staying comfortable yet chic in the summer heat. Crafted from crisp cotton-poplin, it has a tie-fastening sash to cinch your waist. Wear yours with cropped pants and sandals.

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Australian stylist Ryan Lobo and former Design Director at Derek Lam Ramon Martin were friends for 15 years before deciding to launch Tome for Fall ’13. The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund-nominated duo’s feminine yet powerful collections mix soft pastels with strong shapes and intriguing texture combinations – the result is pieces every woman wants to wear.

Crafted from crisp cotton-sateen, TOME’s culottes are pleated to create the illusion of a narrower waist – the high-rise shape emphasizes the effect. Wear yours with elegant sandals to offset the ankle-skimming length.

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Comme des Garçons’ black leather pouch is sleek and compact. Crafted in Spain, it’s the perfect size to store your keys, cards and cell – slip it into your favourite tote or carry as a clutch for evening.

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Balenciaga’s black and dove-gray leather mules have been crafted in Italy. This pair has a slim ankle strap that is both supportive and flattering. Wear them with everything from an LBD to tailored pants.

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Siobhán xx