The Cannes Film Festival, possibly the most glamourous week on earth? The biggest stars, from Leonardo Dicaprio, Brangelina and our very own Cheryl Coal; flock to the gorgeous south of France to celebrate the who’s who of the film industry. After the hideous outfit dissapointment of The Met Ball this year, we all needed some proper glamour to restore our faith in the Hollywood! It seems one individual can do that all on her own….of course I am talking about Blake Lively! Who else? She is every bit the Hollywood Glamazon and consistently looks unreal on the red carpet, hair, make-up, the whole ‘look’ is spot on! An accessory named Ryan Reynolds doesn’t do her much harm either……
Stunning in a deep red Gucci Premiere gown with high thigh slit
Old School Hollywood Glamour, again courtesy of Gucci Premiere
Cute in Giambattista Valli Couture and flirty in Chanel SS14 Couture
Ever changing hair and make-up keep Blake’s look fresh
The most wanted accessory of the season – Ryan Reynolds also in Gucci….!!
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…..
For me, Milan is a showman’s playground, colourful, fun and fabulous; a place where Anna Del Russo almost blends into the background (almost)! As fashion moves from the innovation of London it looks towards the Italian city in expectation of big shows from big brands with major trends. Gucci kicked things off in a surprisingly relaxed manner, exploring the sportswear trend in a luxe, Italian way, styled with killer heels and slicked back hair. It was, I felt, one of the weakest Gucci outings in a while, however I still wouldn’t mind looking like that when heading to the gym! Next up, Dolce&Gabbana sent the internet into overload! Visions of ancient Greece were intertwined with the classic black Dolce lace, topped off with olympic style wrestling belts and gold everything! This was the year of the Sicilian goddess…one can only dream! Moving on from the more traditional Milan to the world of Prada where Miuccia was on a feminist mission. Celebrating feminism through the exploration of girl gangs and tough love, it was a collection of contradictions that, as always created one of the shows of the season!! Other standout shows included Marni, Versace, Fendi and of course the queen of cool Jil Sander.
Recession? When it comes to Milan Fashion Week, there’s no such thing; no one does rich like the Italian fashion crowd and even the snow didn’t seem to stop them. From the word go Milan took us to the dark side; Gucci’s rainbow collection of SS13 was out and black, dark jewel colours and fierce slicked back hair was in; the AW13 Gucci girl meant business. Highlights included python skin skirt suits, embroidery, feathers and the gorgeously feminine (but tough) silk skirted evening gowns. Versace came out strong, exploring the punk revolution with tartan/pvc clad models storming the catwalk; even Prada kept the tone dark, using grungy browns and flashes of mustard. Moving away from the strong silhouettes, Prada concentrated on softer drapes in tweeds, un-fitted leathers and fur with some Prada magic coming from the occasional flash of contrasting colour (I need the aqua green tweed two piece!!!). So where was the fun? The kitsch glamour? The colour of the Italian fashion capital? That job was for one man, Karl Lagerfeld for Fendi with his ‘FF’ Fun Fur archive collection. Fendi AW13 showed off a collection of fur like you’ve never seen it, accompanied by mohawke’s and what looked (at first) like a small Sesame Street character hanging off each bag, the mood was lightened and Fendi took centre stage.
It was then left to Dolce and Gabbanna to help to bring Milan to an end with their beautiful, classic and oh so Italian collection that, as always, Wowed!
So much time has past it only seemed right to refresh my memory with the main trends of the current Fashion Season – on and off the catwalk. One of the most under the radar, emerging trends seems to be focusing on Accessories. In other terms we have seen a come back of the perspex bag, the bag that shows your goods off the the nation but at the same time looks surprisingly sleek, fresh and so totally SS13! Everyone’s doing it…
Cambridge Satchel Company Street Style LFW
Minimal Chic at Gucci MFW
Colour Pop Transparency at Burberry Prorsum LFW
Jenny Packham S/S13 at NYFW – Perspex Clutch
Jenny Packham SS13 NYFW – Perspex Jewlled Clutch
Burberry Finale SS13 LFW – Coloured Perspex Bowling Bags