Wearing the London Look

If you were to define the ‘London Look’ in beauty terms, it would be strong yet natural, bold yet fresh. Eyes have depth and shadow, lips are pale, skin is dewy and flawless. We explored all that in detail for our recent feature on the London Look beauty trend, and now here’s some perfectly timed inspiration on how to extend the look beyond makeup and into a full package.

For Elle France Anabel Van Toledo rocks looks that hark decidedly back to British mod. Hair is side-swept up front and back-combed at the crown. Iconic prints and textures form the basis of outfits, from plaids to tweeds. Outerwear is designed to combat the elements, but that doesn’t mean legs can’t be left bare.

london look mod

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Anabel Van Toledo: Elle France
Anabel Van Toledo: Elle France
Anabel Van Toledo: Elle France
Anabel Van Toledo: Elle France
Anabel Van Toledo: Elle France
Anabel Van Toledo: Elle France
Anabel Van Toledo: Elle France
Anabel Van Toledo: Elle France
Anabel Van Toledo: Elle France
Anabel Van Toledo: Elle France
Anabel Van Toledo: Elle France
Anabel Van Toledo: Elle France
Anabel Van Toledo: Elle France

Skinny pants are cut above the ankle, revealing patterned socks and androgynous footwear; bomber jackets are feminised by full skirts for a look that spans the 50s to the 60s. Tamara Taichman’s styling is flawless in its representation of a look that’s both appealing and practical for the cold months.

For the full shoot, photographed by Takay for the November 2011 issue of Elle France, click on the gallery above.

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Some people's wardrobes are about a small selection of pieces that all fit within one aesthetic - Tania Braukamper isn't such a person. With a wardrobe that spans three different rooms, her approach to fashion is a mixture of current-season key pieces mixed with vintage finds she's sourced on innumerous shopping trips around the world's more cultured capitals. Despite a disparate approach to shopping, Tania is adamant that the key to mixing vintage with new season is to stick to key looks and colours that work for oneself. And it's a theory that she works into her writing for Fashionising.com, where she serves as the publication's Editor.