10 Years at the Top

Calvin Klein, one of the most iconic American fashion houses of recent times, still knows how to bring New York Fashion Week to an end in style.  With Francisco Costa celebrating ten years as the Women’s Creative Director, it was a particularly poignant show for the brand and what a show it was!  Typically minimal, Costa stayed true to his signature white opener however straight away it was clear, this season there was a slight twist.  As usual each piece was immaculate however the garments appeared inside out with seams and overhang on show, more interesting still; seams were sewn with fluorescent thread from oranges to pinks and greens.  From simple seams to multicoloured fringing, it’s taken 10 years but Costa has found the colour wheel and apparently he knows how to use it!  Admittedly the dresses looked a lot more practical than the trouser’s in what was apparently hand woven tweed but to be honest, I’d have it all, all of it!!  Here’s to ten more years at the top for Francisco Costa at Calvin Klein!

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Calvin Klein Collection SS14: Look 1, 4 and 13

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Calvin Klein Collection SS14: Look 9, 16 and 18

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Calvin Klein Collection SS14: Look 23, 25 and 34

*All images courtesy of Style.com

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Marc By Marc Shows who’s Boss

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……

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*All images Marc By Marc Jacobs SS14 courtesy of Style.com

WANG SS14

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If there’s one name I wouldn’t mind being plastered all over me, it would be the amazing ‘Alexander Wang’.  Lucky for me, his latest offering does just that.  Featuring laser-cut leather gloves and trench coats etching out ALEXANDER WANG;, the … Continue reading

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And so to London, the excitement mounted!  Never one to disappoint, LFW seems to get better every season and this week was no different.  Christopher Kane showed no less than 60 looks – successfully capitalising on the extra budget he now has thanks to investment from the  French luxury conglomerate PPR’s, Tom Ford returned to main stream fashion week and after an exciting NYFW it was up to London to keep the tempo going.  With such a forward thinking line up there was no doubt London could rise to the challenge…..

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David Koma AW13: Look 3, Look 14 and Look 17

  • The ‘Coming of Age’ – David Koma:  A designer I have appreciated but never personally taken note of until now.  Apparently this season the inspiration came from old vinyl records, but there was nothing old about this collection.  The use of innovative, interesting textures and materials gave David Koma’s AW13 offering an intriguing subtlety that hasn’t been present in previous collections.  I can imagine the cooler crowd warming to these pieces; think Alexa in Look 14 (above) with a pair of Chanel pumps? No? I’m sure Koma won’t need to look far to find some other A-Lister waiting in the wings…
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Burberry Prorsum AW13: Look 6, Look 10, Look 12 and Look 38

  • The Fashion Powerhouse – Burberry Prorsum:  Pre SS13 the last few seasons from Burberry have all merged into one, the colour pallet and cuts seemed to be duplicated and as attractive as they were, I felt the collections became a little predictable.  SS13 however couldn’t go by un-noticed and was a rainbow of metallic beauties that I’m sure will adorn the front rows of fashion week but perhaps on a more commercial level not so much.  That brings us to the latest offering, AW13 which in my opinion ticked all the Burberry boxes and then some!  As soon as Karlie Kloss walked out in Look 6 sporting that rubber pencil skirt/shirt combo I knew we were in for a treat!  Still as effortless and on-brand as ever, the collection highlight was the variety of animal prints on offer, often all mixed together.  Evening-wear isn’t Burberry’s strong point so the metal belted pieces that came towards the end of the show, can be left in the sample room and the rest?  That can be sent directly to me…please?
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Matthew Williamson AW13: Look 1, Look 4 and Look 15

  • The Surprise – Matthew Williamson:  When I think of Matthew Williamson I think bohemian, pattern, sexy, womanly, perhaps not words you would use to describe the AW13 show.  From the off, Look 1 consisting of a sculptural coat with geometric inserts would have looked more at home on the Carvan catwalk -that was until the rest of the collection was revealed.  The 70’s colour pallet and geometric patterns ran throughout with particular favourites, the striped dress and suit, the wrap skirt and fringed necklace added that bohemian edge to a strong new direction for Matthew Williamson.

As London drew to a close nearly as quickly as it started we were left with a more grown-up feel; brands seemed to have experimented subtly with textures and materials rather than full on looks.  It may now be the shortest fashion week but it is still the sweetest!

NYFW – Trending Tobacco

NYFW Autumn/Winter 2013 is in full flow and from what I’ve seen, it’s been a directional few days for the American fashion capital!  We’ve seen luxurious knitwear, oversized outerwear and perhaps most surprisingly for New York; rather a lot of masculine inspired pieces creating an overall more structured, masculine silohette than we are used to from New York.  Double breasted oversized blazers, structured tops, plaid and colour blocking are thus far the big trends I can pick out.  One of my favourite themes comes in a colour-way that is never too far from the spotlight and New York A/W13 seems smitten – it is of course the ever flattering, chic yet simple Tobacco/caramel/camel brown; whatever you call it, this shade flatters all!! Here are a few of my personal fave nude/taupe/caramel sightings straight from NY…..

Rodart go nude for Look 18 & Look 8 whilst Victoria Beckham, Look 6 looks soft in Taupe

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Look 16 at Jill Sandler Navy mixes it up with contrasting earthy tones, Slinky deep tabacco shades intensify Look 18 and Look 47 at Victoria Beckham and Marc by Marc Jacobs respectivly

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Graduating to the darkest Tobacco tones, Look 22 at Jill Sandler Navy and Look 13 at Donna Karen adding a little bit of metallic couretesy of DVF Look 6

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)