Where to start? From Sculptural shapes in heritage fabrics and classic cuts – Burberry Prorsum, McQ leading the way with impressively produced shows with stunning tailoring – to a Lux, relaxed Military theme at Topshop Unique and Joseph proving a muted, muddy colour pallet can be so oh so desirable – contradicted by the crazy yet refreshingly commercial, 70’s party inspired Meadham Kirchhoff – topped of by the outrageously gorgeous prints seen at Basso & Brooke, Holly Fulton and the seemingly unstoppable Mary Katrantzou – London was awash with what can only be described as inspiring clothes surly securing London’s place as the most Inspired Fashion Capital in the World!!! From the big trends that defined the individual shows to the small details that ran throughout each of them – linking (as only London can) the extrovert with the introvert, the classic with the contemporary and the new with the established. London rocks…..
As the ‘fashwan’ migrate over the pond towards London, us minions are left fretting over what to wear (despite not really being involved) just for general life around London during a rather short but excting, jam packed LFW which I know will be amazing therefore we have to look amazing also! Here are a few purchases I may make over the next few days to ensure I get through it in style……..
~Leaving Burberry means I must invest in a trench coat, i have chosen this Burberry Brit oversized trench coat as it’s young, a little different and relaxed for the summer! I love the styling of the image also…the jeans and dress are both from River Island!! For a few years there have been a few sneaky pieces coming in but I think this year River Island may actually be a contender for the best prints on the high st, I am seriously impressed with some of their clobber (not felt it or seen it up close yet though) and to top it off these heavenly wedges from Zara….lush!
New York has come to an end and I hate to say it but I was totally impressed to the max!! It had it all, here are my highlights….
- Contemporary, precisian cuts from Victoria Beckham
- Fierce Oriental inspired lux from Jason Wu
- Colour clashing at DVF
- Twisted pilgrim’s fairytale at Marc Jacobs
- Geometric armour at Vera Wang
- Intrecate bridal essex esk glamour at Marchesa
- Oriental cool from Prenza Proenza Schouler
There are far too many to mention as New York was also packed with the likes fo The Row, Thakoon, Phillip Lim and many many more! I’m still convinsed London is gonna’ blow everyone out of the water but here are some NY treats to brighten everyones day and set us up for the contemporary, oriental, colour clashing Pilgrim apparel for next season….
I love the autumanl colours mized with a mash up of styles and print!! It may be revered for the classices but daring, interesting and wearable seem to be the main messages coming from New York this year!
Romance might not rule all the time but we can dream…….
Another glamourous, fashion forward night at the Elle Style Awards! This time of year means LFW is only days away giving indications as to who might be doing the rounds at the after show parties…..hopefully the famous folk will be looking as good as this over the next week!
So who stole the show? I’m having a major Menswear moment at present; loving the slim cuts, luxurious fabrics and overall sharp appearance of a few rather lush gents! Non other than Burberry’s Eddie Redmayne – despite being ‘forced’ to stare at him all day at work (screen savers are always the current campaign) I’m not sick of the English man of the moment!
One mention I will give for the girls is Florence Welch…moving away from the bohemian, grecian goddess gowns of late for a fresh, edgy yet feminine Erdem S/S12 tailored dress – a look I would kill for!
With NYFW now in full swing, three of the most anticipated labels have shown us what they’re made of! I’m not useually one to enjoy the clean cut, put together look that NY is famous for however this season I have fallen in love with a number of collections!
Alexander Wang’s leather creations, the knee high boots being a personal MUST HAVE for next season as well as the jersey dresses – the perfect mix between draped and fitted leaving an elegant sillohette which oozes easy after dark chic!
Victoria Beckham did the UK proud with her second full show proving her dresses are a force to be reconed with. The tight sculptural dresses clung to all the right places and eccenturated the models perfectly tiny waists with collars and pocket detailing in contrasting colours. The football socks were a witty addition however worked perfectly adding a little rough to the perfectly formed dresses. As a younger viewer the shorter dresses appealed!
DVF – NY legend, gained my respect when I worked with her clothes in store and saw how they transformed from the hanger to fit every inch of a customer’s body in all the right places making it easy and chic for any woman to wear print and colour. This season again she has transformed with a fresh, colour blocked take on what I would describe as lux daywear with a nod to the 70’s – I love the colour combinations and ease of the collection. One can only imagine being a DVF woman literally floating down the street!!
Right now, all I want is an occasion to be able to wear any of the following blingin’ jewellery…hoping my ears could take them, I’ve scoured Net-A-Porter to show earrings that can bring any outfit up to date and make it look a million dollars!
Jason Wu last night showed a very Oriental Inspired collection influenced from his various trips to the East (so I read). I LOVE the lush fur, strong sillohettes and feminine detail on a background of brocade, gunmetal grey and a deep Rasberry Red. Highlight of the night included Burberry’s very own Cara, she look aworesome and totally transformed (see below)!!
NY has already kicked off in style and someone seems to have been influenced by London style……..Richard Chai Love’s collection of tailored and surprisingly wearable thick horizontal stripes, florals and cosy leather coats that remind me of the 1980’s minners strikes! The muted colour pallet of grey, beige and white with hits of deep autumn inspired wine red, deep rasberry and shadded purple are right up my street!!
I can see London girls loving this look, especially mixed with the floral blouses that came towards the end of the show. The print reminded me of Erdem A/W 11 which is never a bad thing! As per NY slick is the mantra, us London girls would perhaps add a few tough details and less gloss adding a little bit of London rough to the collection!!
Fashion Week begins!! One of the most exciting months of the year as we see what we’ll be wearing come Autumn/Winter this year!! Hopefully some of those purchases from this year will carry through!! New York isn’t my favourite Fashion Week but it does throw up some exciting shows. My personal Highlights from last season included – Charlotte Ronson, Nham, Victoria Beckham and obvs Marc by Marc Jacobs!! A few favourite trends that I will be trying/continuing this season…….the Midi-Length – deffinitley my new favourtie leng5th after about 3 seasons now, ‘Hillbillie’ Hair Tye – perfect for short hair and the Drop Peplum waist! Trends I’ll be looking for this Fashion Week/Month – Leather (again!!), Baggy/flared trousers, sculptural coats and always Androgyny!! All Images – Vogue.co.uk