The King’s Road in London is iconic. It is an epicentre for fashion’s ‘kings’, a monarchy of exclusivity, quality and superiority.
Back in the days of swinging London, Mary Quant and her boutique ‘Bazaar’ on 138a King’s Road was the initial catalyst to the King’s Road’s synonymy with fashion innovation. Although Quant is given credit for the invention of the ‘miniskirt’, she accredited ‘the girls on King’s Road’, who had encouraged her to push the boundaries and make skirts even shorter. Since then, King Road was the go-to for independent, quirky boutique stores that were frequented by the post-war, sexually-liberated and fashion-conscious women of the modern era. Today, Susie Bubble claims that the relevance of the King Road has declined, describing it as ‘a little bit posh-posh-ra-ra’, and I would agree to an extent. The upper-class glitz of Made in Chelsea and the expensive restaurants and bars have influenced the public’s perception of the road. But I believe that this inherent sensation of exclusivity adds to the distinct fashions of the area; a strong emphasis on bespoke couture, quality and luxury is not only widely admired, but has created a kind of ambition for those who one day wish to walk down the King’s Road decked out in the sophisticated attire that is synonymous with Kensington and Chelsea.
You can walk down the King’s Road any time of the year, day, or week and always spot a fashionista. Fully aware of this, two London Ethnic interns (myself and Sophie Frater) ventured down the King’s Road to capture whatever street styles we could find. The odds were against us; it was a Friday afternoon at the start of August, when the who’s who of Chelsea would most likely have been frolicking in Cannes or Ibiza, but unsurprisingly we came across more than a few people who caught our eye…
Aydın Ünüvar and Manolya Dodanli
Aydin has given an oversized sweater and skinnies combination a more refined edge with navy blue loafers. Loafers are a must-have for the men of Kensington and Chelsea! Manolya’s statement piece is her twisted, symmetrical grey top; a double whammy of V-neck and V-navel, the top gives her casual outfit a unique feel.
One can never go wrong with River Island and Topshop! Pairing a midi summer dress with buckled ankle boots, and John Lennon style sunglasses, Ellie has managed to complete an effortlessly chic summer look that remains on-trend. Her style icons include the Geldof sisters and Solange Knowles!
Patricia Garciá Mánn
Ashiana and Sophie say:
Raybans and a quilted gold-chain handbag are the perfect accessories for this ensemble. Loose printed trousers, especially in black and white, is a big trend this summer. The classical monochrome trend of AW13 has been revamped this Summer, featuring more casual cuts and patterns for a slightly more relaxed look. Patricia has paired her trousers with the most sophisticated tones on the colour wheel: navy and beige.
We can spot a true fashionista a mile off! Sylvia is owner and buyer at Mint, a boutique based in Cyprus, and her amazing Kurt Geiger gladiator sandals caught our trend-spotting eyes! Her amazing crimson handbag, light washed denim jacket and assymetrical white skirt are also key elements that make her outfit perfect for a day out on King’s Road!
We spotted budding London actor Fady roaming around near Sloane Square. Effortlessly rugged in Reeboks and a high-collared shirt, we can definitely see the ‘Best British Newcomer’ nominee potentially becoming a style icon in the future. Fady is on our ‘one-to-watch’ list!
Artist Morris Monroe’s unique and eye catching style stood out amongst the busy streets of Chelsea. His fashion forward image consists of the perfect blend between high street and vintage clothes. He even manages to pull off his classic but timeless choice of footwear, Doc Martins, at the beginning of August- teaming them with bright blue Topman jeans, and a vintage shirt checked shirt to add a Summer edge to the overall look. He says his favourite store is Kokon To Zai, based in stores in London and Paris.
I was extremely excited when we spotted Jennifer talking outside John Lewis on Sloane Square. Head to toe in creamy beiges and elegant light pinks, her personal style the epitome of sumptuousness. She responded when I asked where her outfit was from in a crisp American accent ‘actually the whole outfit was from Zara, even the clutch!’ We also found out that Jennifer is the ultimate fashionista, having studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology in the Big Apple and worked at Michael Kors, which she says is her favourite brand.
Ok. James Lewis is the ultimate Chelsea boy: pushed back hair, fashion savvy, and his utterances have that extra bit a ‘rah’ that we all know and love. A new trend that I’ve seen quite a few times is a casual outfit paired with brightly-coloured loafers which then become the focal point of the ensemble. Drawing influence from David Gandy and the boys from Made in Chelsea, James seems to take pride in what he wears and likes to shop at Tom Ford and Ralph Lauren. Keep it up, James!
You either love or hate the dress and trainer combination and, to be honest, apart from Lily Allen, most have tried and failed to pull off the look. We spotted Roberta Lee, who pulls off the look effortlessly. Dressing down a monochrome graphic body con dress with some simple ankle socks and 90’s vibe Nike trainers and completing her look with some 1960’s inspired cat eye sunglasses. Roberta’s favourite style icon is Vivienne Westwood.
This look is proof that you don’t have to spend a fortune to look good. Simone Teasdale achieves her individual style by purchasing the majority of her clothes from her favourite places to shop: vintage stores and charity shops.