Holiday Wardrobe

The perfect holiday wardrobe can be a hard thing to master.  How many bikinis can you cram in, is colour and pattern key or a cooling, neutral pallet the solution?  How do I tan in my high waisted bikini bottoms and so on and so on….When dreaming of the perfect holiday setting, not many places beat Italy, therefore it is no surprise that upcoming Italian designer – Stella Jean has created the most enviable holiday wardrobe going!  Just as it did on the SS14 Catwalk, the pattern, colour, vibrancy and drama of the S/S14 shoot brought…..Gorgeous!!

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Stella Jean Beachwear Collection

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Stella Jean Beachwear Collection

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Stella Jean Beachwear Collection

 

 

Milan RTW AW13

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!

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Gucci RTW AW13: Look 3, Look 30, Look 43 and Look 45

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Fendi RTW AW13: Look 8, Look 19, Look 22 and Look 27

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Dolce&Gabbana RTW AW13: Look 5, Look 46 and Look 70

I heart Classics

‘I heart classics’ – We all know no one loves a classic like Burberry.  At the same time no one loves innovation and technology like than Burberry; which is why Christopher Bailey has been fusing the two together for a few seasons now, so for AW13 whats new?

To start with, there were no holograms, rain or snow showers nor was there a celeb packed front row to entertain.  The Burberry man had calmed down somewhat, gone back to basics or, in Burberry’s words Classics.  All of the main outerwear was on show, from cabin to utility coats, donkey jackets and of course the legendary trench.  Yes there was innovation seen through the use of materials and motifs, but they were subtle and classier than previous seasons.  Heart motifs adorned shirts, studs decorated shoes and my personal favourite animal print covered everything from cabin coats to holdalls!  It was another strong collection from Mr Bailey a quirky twist on the classics, classic Burberry.

I’d have a Burberry man any day!

Burberry Menswear AW13 Look 7 & Look 17

Burberry Menswear AW13 Look 7 & Look 17

Burberry Menswear AW13 Look 44 & Look 2

Burberry Menswear AW13
Look 44 & Look 2

Burberry Menswear AW13 Look 13 & Look 46

Burberry Menswear AW13 Look 13 & Look 46

All image from style.com

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:

Burberry S/S 2011 Campaign

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)