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Your week in chic: A cult A.P.C. denim collaboration and Michael Kors’ new spring handbag

 (A.P.C. x Natacha Ramsay-Levi)
(A.P.C. x Natacha Ramsay-Levi)

Why we love fashion’s new grown up muse mood

 (Phoebe Philo)
(Phoebe Philo)

Given that she once broke the internet by casting then 80-year-old Joan Didion for a Celine campaign, it’s no great surprise that Phoebe Philo, in her new eponymous brand era, has maintained an affection for esteemed women to front her fashion. Enter Sandra Hüller, who did similar viral work as the face of Philo’s second drop, as well as melting our hearts with her (two!) killer Schiaparelli Oscar-night looks. There is very little not to love about the pared-back but major vibe of the German actress. We were similarly smitten by Dame Kristen Scott Thomas and Qin Huilan, the 70-year-old doctor/influencer/Mrs Prada super fan, on the Miu Miu catwalk. Has fashion ditched its Gen Z obsession? Sorry kids, but we’re all for it.

Arm candy of the week

 (Michael Kors)
(Michael Kors)

The army-issue hue has been all over the autumn/winter runways. Get ahead of the trend with Michael Kors darling new Colby shoulder bag.

Colby bag, £345, michaelkors.com

What are London menswear designer Bianca Saunders’ five style commandments?

Bianca Saunders (Bianca Saunders)
Bianca Saunders (Bianca Saunders)

1. Prioritise fit above all else. Tailoring is key to elevating any look and ensuring it complements your body shape impeccably.

2. Nailing a smart dress code while adding flair is all about mixing classic pieces with unexpected elements. Think pairing a tailored suit with a bold, patterned shirt or experimenting with textures like velvet or leather.

3. Balancing formal and tech wear requires finding harmony between structured silhouettes and innovative fabrics. Incorporating sleek, performance driven materials into traditional tailoring can create a contemporary yet polished look.

4. Men are definitely becoming more adventurous in their fashion choices, but there’s always room for further exploration. Embracing bold patterns, unconventional silhouettes and experimenting with layering can push boundaries and redefine men’s style.

5. My rules for colour combinations revolve around creating harmonious looks that are also impactful. Whether it’s pairing complementary shades or opting for tonal dressing, the key is to maintain balance and cohesion throughout the outfit.

The cult French denim collaboration

 (A.P.C.)
(A.P.C.)

What’s an ex Chloé creative director to do? Well if you’re Natacha Ramsay-Levi, whip up a few choice collaborations. Right after turning the granny favourite Ecco into a hot ticket, she has partnered with French hipster-icon A.P.C. on a collection of downtime classics worth a closer look. Think blue denim, white shirts and cut-off shorts all woven through with stylised details including lace and gaffer tape (mais oui). Ramsay-Levi describes it as ‘a game of distorted proportions: cropped, elongated, oversized,’ taking in everything from T-shirt essentials to wide white jeans and striking orange-knit dresses.

From £145, apcstore.co.uk

Add to basket

 (ASICS)
(ASICS)

Gel-Quantum Kinetic trainers, £255, asics.com

 (SACAI)
(SACAI)

Sacai bomber jacket, £1,245, at shop.doverstreetmarket.com 

 (Swatch)
(Swatch)

Turner’s Scarlet Sunset watch, £86, swatch.com

 (ELV DENIM)
(ELV DENIM)

Denim skirt, £270, elvdenim.com

 (ELLIE MERCER)
(ELLIE MERCER)

Ellie Mercer ring, £409, endclothing.com