Recently it seems every new piece of news from the industry brings news of a big departure. Emma Hill at Mulberry started the trend, closely followed by Marc Jacobs’s dramatic departure from Louis Vuitton, after which Angela Ahrendts decided to up and leave the fashion world behind; moving from Burberry to Apple and to top it off, this weekend the news that Jill Sander has yet again left the position as Creative Director of her own name brand, after having only returned just over a year ago! Great losses on each part, however also exciting to see what they all go on to do and more importantly who becomes the lucky one to take over each of these four fashion power houses….watch this space!
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:
Youthful, fun and simply show stopping; it could only be Marc by Marc Jacobs! Sequins, metallic leathers and silk pyjama’s made the show one of my highlights of NYFW. Wearability factor was high, I could imagine the pink sequin dress on a perfect summers evening, the silver leather mini dancing the night away in Ibiza and the baby pink trouser suit rocking a hot summer in the city. This man rarely puts a foot wrong and today he definitely produced one of the most enjoyable shows so far……
*All images Marc By Marc Jacobs SS14 courtesy of Style.com
Could it be the dramatic new hair cut or are insiders simply wanting to be one step ahead of the Cara craze? Whatever it is, on closer inspection the modelling world has and still is being dominated by another young Brit….step forward Edie Campbell! Since 2011, Edie has been shooting seasonal campaigns for Burberry, her face has been seen on many a catwalk and even featured in Hedi Slimane’s first campaign for Saint Laurent. However this year has seen Campbell chop off her strawberry blonde locks in favour of a choppy (almost mullet like) black crop; moving out of the shadows and firmly into the fashion spotlight! It seems the whole industry has taken note and watched this girl morph from the perfectly sweet, doe eyed, sixties inspired dolly girl to an edgy, raw, cool 22 year old. Campbell opened AW13 shows for influential brands such as Marc Jacobs, Jill Sander, Louis Vuitton and Burberry, not something to be taken lightly. Soon you won’t be able to miss Edie as she is the new star of AW13 campaigns for Lanvin, Jill Sander and Marc Jacobs!! It really is Edie Campbell’s season, get in girl!!
Luella Bartley is back on the scene….for none other than Marc Jacobs himself! Luella will be taking on Marc Jacobs’s sister line Marc by Marc Jacobs!!! Along with her Friend Katie Hillier who is now the Creative Director, Luella will be heading up the brand as Design Director with Marc Jacobs taking a step back – but still overseeing all ideas. Hopefully Luella will bring her experience plus her kitsch attitude to put Marc by Marc Jacobs back in the spotlight! Watch this space….
This year the Met Ball – the most glamourous, fashionable red carpet event of the year, broke the mould; challenged the tradition and went PUNK!! What better way to celebrate this year’s New York Metropolitan Museum exhibition; ‘Punk: Chaos to Couture’ than inviting a host of celebrities/fashion legends to dress like an anrchist and stick safety pins through their Versace?!
However, after seeing the pictures I am a little worried about who actually received the memo!? Sienna Miller looked fierce in her fully studded Burberry Prorsum leather jacket whilst Miranda Kerr accessorised with a dangerously spiky Christian Louboutin clutch and SJP even turned up showing her underwear!! Special mention for Anne Hathaway who looked amazing debuting a punked up, bleached blonde crop to go with her vintage Valentino, Nicole Richie was definitely the punk princess of the night with Dree Hemingway and Leelee Sobieski rocking their own unique style – both showing true Punk attitude!
As for the guests who decided not to embrace the theme and arrived looking as ball gown perfect as ever….they just didn’t cut it; only the Punked made it onto my favourite’s gallery, these girls got it just right……..
*All images from Style.com
My absolute favourite ‘holiday’ is upon us, Halloween!!!! Old Hallows Eve gets me all goose-pimply, not with horry but with excitment for the night ahead! This year we have another party to go to and I for one cannot wait, fancy dress is only ever cool on Halloween; just look at the AW12 Marc Jacobs collection and you’llsoon be geared up for a night of bewitching***
No surprise then where my outfit inspiration has come from this year? I’ve bought a wicked (in both senses) deep violet hat, similar to the colours seen in the Marc Jacobs AW12 colllection.
Everything about the collection, from the pilgrim buckled shoes to the thick, scruffy knits topped off with the creepy velvet hats – screams Halloween!! I will be paying special attention to the heavily applied kitsch make-up!
Thank you Marc for making this years Halloween a fashionable one!