Fashion Moves into London

For as long as I can remember fashion has been more than just designing amazing clothes or even catwalk shows.  To ensure a customer for life, brands have to sell a lifestyle, an attitude and overall an identity.  Nothing expresses this more than the brands store which could be online or bricks and mortar.  Take for instance Burberry and Gucci, both leading fashion brands with incredibly accessible, interactive and creative web stores however I still enjoy a good old fashioned shop, boutique, store whatever you call it; there is nothing better than walking through a store surrounded by all the things you love about that specific brand or concept.  Perhaps this is why London has recently seen an influx of brand spanking new stores for us to explore!!  From Celine to JCrew, Karl Largerfeld to Christopher Kane, London is brimming with amazing new spaces by the World’s leading names!  With some just open and others to come, I think its necessary to don those new Nike’s (comfort first) and get shopping…..

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Celine London Mount Street Store

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Celine London Mount Street Store

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Karl Lagerfeld Store, London

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Saint Laurent, London

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*Some Images taken from Wallpaper* Magazine

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Comfortably Couture

I can’t think of a past moment in time where the lines between fashion and functionality were so blurred.  I didn’t think it got more practical than Ashish’s SS14 take on the plastic bag, a Marks and Spencer plastic carrier bag to be precise;  apparently I was wrong.  Step forward (in a very comfortable trainer) please Chanel – who else could send all 64 Spring 2014 Couture looks down the Couture catwalk in trainers?!  It wasn’t just trainers either, there were bum-bags, knee pads and one of my favourite accessories of the last few years, the rucksack; all with a couture esk make over, Amazing!  SS14 here we come in our sensible and extremely comfy trainers with our Birkinstock’s reserved for the sun, our knee length skirts barley showing our knees and a cheeky boiler suit for nights out.  Practicality here we come and we look good…

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Ashish SS14 Look 3 and Look 28

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Chanel Couture Look 7, 18, 27 and 53

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Chanel Couture Spring 2014 Close Up

Fashion comes Home for SS14

Paris is the home of fashion, this has never been as true as it is now.  I wasn’t sure if anyone could take anymore after the departure of Marc Jacobs from Louis Vuitton was announced, the anticipation for his last show was enough to send even Anna Wintour (well, maybe) into a frenzy!  Yet Chanel was to come and Karl Lagerfeld is not upstaged easily.  For me, this Chanel collection could have been staged in a tip and the clothes would have looked as breathtaking as ever; however in true KL style the Grand Palais was whitewashed and turned into a modern art hanger with over 75 life size pieces of ‘Artwork’ (designed by the one and only) lining the catwalk.  You couldn’t help but think about the ever potent question; is fashion art?  If this man’s creations aren’t worthy of the art world then I don’t know what is.  This collection was one of the best seasons Chanel has had for a while; breathtaking yes but also wearable, it had it all!!  This year Wang took Balenciaga and whipped up something that was noticeably Wang but still oozed Parisien chic with a Balenciaga attitude! Heremes and Dior were both in full bloom with florals leading the way in an oversized print as well as our old friend snakeskin adding an extra kick to trims and accessories; Miu Miu finished off the epic week with a sickly sweet presentation of pastel colours and swinging 60’s pea coats.  Too much to write about all in one, the pictures will do the talking:

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Louis Vuitton SS14: Look 1

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Chanel SS14: Look 18, 35, 48 and 83

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Balenciaga SS14: Look 8, 13, 33 and 34

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Christian Dior SS14: Look 4, 21, 25 and 31

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Hermes SS14: Look 1, 10, 21 and 33

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Miu Miu SS14: Look 1, 20, 32 and 39

Russian Dolls

Miroslava Duma, ex Russian Harper’s editor and street style star is top of my fashion envy list.  With a wardrobe to die for, this girl knows how to dress!  The likes of Chanel (she is an ambassador), YSL and Stella McCartney are everyday staples for the Russian fashionista.

However, there is more to the street style starlet than you might think.  As Digital Director of TSUM, Russia’s most premium department store (think a modern Harrods), her latest project has called upon street style star Elena Perminov, designer Ulyana Sergeenko and Miroslave herself to take centre stage modelling the stores various AW13 collections.

The finished images look pretty amazing, not that we would expect anything less.  Needless to say the Russian’s have arrived and honestly, they couldn’t look better….

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TSUM AW13 Advertising Campaign

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TSUM AW13 Advertising Campaign

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TSUM AW13 Advertising Campaign

Paris AW13 RTW

And so to the final AW13 fashion week, Paris was as au-inspiring as always, the fashion pack were out in force looking fabulous and as the Chanel show set represented, fashion or at least Chanel is now a dominating force in every corner of the globe – perhaps the World does revolve around fashion after all?  In Paris, you wouldn’t be far wrong; seas of beanies and round sunglasses, sculptured Rupert Sandserdon shoes galore and a whole load of Celine coats adorned the pavements.  Luckily the glamour outside was matched inside as the likes of Celine, Dior, Chanel, Saint Laurent, Chloe, Balenciaga, Valentino…to name but a few, all delivered, some were even the best ever!

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Celine RTW AW13: Look 6, Look 18, Look 25 and Look 34

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Chloe RTW AW13: Look 8, Look 15, Look 16 and Look 26

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Carvan AW13 RTW: Look 9, Look 23, Look 32 and Look 35

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Valentino RTW AW13: Look 16, Look 20, and Look 26

What Chanel dreams are made of…..

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I wish I was in Karl Lagerfeld’s dreams, to be able to see how that man’s mind works must be a beautiful thing…..Much like the latest Chanel couture show which took place in Paris last week! The dramatic yet messy … Continue reading

Cara’s Model Moment

From exciting editorials to various front covers and high profile campaigns; each year there is one face, one model that dominates the pages of our magazines, street style blogs and catwalks.  Step forward British model Cara Delevingne!!  Since her debut for Burberry in 2011, Cara Delevingne; has walked for a variety of high profile designers, appeared in numerous magazine editorials and bagged campaigns from H&M to Chanel!!  It’s no wonder then that her face is everywhere and to end the year in style, she was named ‘Model of the Year’ 2012 by the BFC.

By breaking the Burberry mould through a variety of diverse roles and appearing in publications from The Journal to Style.com; Cara has far surpassed my expectations and shown that she undoubtedly has what it takes!  Not shy of being papped, she has won over fashion critics Worldwide with her relaxed, Tomboy style and got a reputation for being fun and easy going.  With a new campaign for DKNY just released, being named as the face set to launch accessory brand My Crazy Scrunchie and fashion month just around the corner; I can only imagine 2013 will be another stella year for Miss Delevingne!!

So, as 2012 comes to a close here are some of my favourite images of Cara:

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Cara’s first Burberry S/S 2011 Campaign by Mario Testino

Walking for Missoni in Milan, and Preen in London S/S13 Fashion Week

Walking for Missoni at MFW and Preen at LFW – S/S13 Season

Cara in The Journal, Styling: Joanne Blades, By Hugh Lippe

Cara oozing sophistication in The Journal, Styling: Joanne Blades, Shot By Hugh Lippe (2012)

The Ultimate Campaign - Cara for Chanel S/S13

The Ultimate Campaign – Cara for Chanel S/S13

Looking Unreal in Celine for Vogue December 2012

Looking Unreal in Celine for Vogue December 2012

A model having fun?! LtoR: Street Shot '12, Street Shot '12, Backstage at NYFW '12

A model having fun?! LtoR: Street Shot ’12, Street Shot ’12, Backstage at NYFW ’12

Cara on the Cover of ID Magazine, By Terry Richardson (2012)

Cara on the Cover of ID Magazine, By Terry Richardson (2012)

Shoe Heaven >>>>>

Instagram really is an amazing tool and whoever is the face behind the ElleUK Instagram account has the job I want!!!  The latest images to come from the amazingness that is the Elle fashion cupboard, press days and shoot locations have literally been making me squeal with excitement and die with jealousy (the black Chanel boots, the black Chanel boots)!!

You can see the whole Instagram account here but for now….

Chanel Booties!!!! – ElleUK Instagram

YSL Classics – ElleUK Instagram

Chanel Trainers – ElleUK Instagram

Louboutin Heaven! – ElleUK Instagram

London Sole – ElleUK Instagram

*All images taken from the ElleUK Instagram site…

Good Press….

Press Days – The opportunity for a brand to show chosen press and industry insiders what their new season is all about.  From the show space to the theme, much like the fashion shows, press days set the scene for the new collection.  They also provide brands with an opportunity to explain their thought process behind the coming season.  Certain pieces can be discussed in further detail and the press are allowed a closer look at the collection.  Usually we wouldn’t get to see certain pieces until they hit the shop floor but fortunately for us, Instagram happy press ladies let us in on the what treats are coming our way this Spring/Summer!

CHANEL Boy Brick Bag, CHANEL Press Day S/S13

CHANEL Boy Brick Bag, CHANEL Press Day S/S13

Russell & Bromley Press Day S/S13

Topshop Unique SS13 Press Day

YMC SS13 Press Day

CHANEL at The Saatchi

Chanel is coming to London……not only is there a new Chanel exhibition; but yep, it’s on it’s way to the capital!  ‘The Little Black Jacket’ exhibition will be housed at The Saatchi Gallery during October.  Via photographs taken by the Kaiser himself, the exhibition showcases Chanel’s iconic Little Black Jacket through the eyes of 109 Chanel approved fashionistas.  Based on the book that explores the versatility of The Little Black Jacket celebrities from Anna Wintour to Charlotte Casiraghi pose with their very own Chanel (jealous much?!).  Both the book and exhibition are a must for anyone interested in the legacy of Coco Chanel, the history of one of the most famous fashion houses in the World and of course that Little Black Jacket!!!!  Until October we can only dream……

The Little Black Jacket Exhibition

Anna Wintour – The Little Black Jacket

Georgia-May Jagger – The Little Black Jacket

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