Miu Miu Resort 2014

Always one step ahead, Miuccia Prada has done it again!  The hottest new talent around has been scouted in French actresses Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos; for the Miu Miu Resort 2014 campaign shot by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin.  Hot from playing lesbian lovers in french indie flick ‘Blue is the Warmest Colour’, the two actresses certainly know how to take a good picture!  Showcasing the amazing, vibrant new resort collection the pair appear to be made for each other, smouldering into the camera.  The collection looks incredible, as do the girls…..resort heaven!!

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Miu Miu Resort 2014 campaign: Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos By Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin

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Miu Miu Resort 2014 campaign: Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos By Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin

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Miu Miu Resort 2014 campaign: Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos By Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin

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Miu Miu Resort 2014 campaign: Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos By Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin

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Milano SS14

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.

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Milan SS14: Gucci and Prada

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Dolce & Gabbana Finale SS14

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Milan SS14: Jill Sander, Fendi, Marni, Versace

Freja – Back to Her Best

Since her first starring role in the Gucci by Gucci fragrance campaign, I have been slightly obsessed with Danish model Freja Beha Erichsen!! From long to short hair, her look inspired designers and made her the iconic model of the last 5 years.  However, recently, perhaps over the last 2-3 seasons, she seems to have disappeared from the limelight….that is until now!!  Freja is back, and obviously being a lot more selective with her work.  Savvy choices see her staring in the iconic new Saint Laurent and Prada campaigns and man, does she looks good….that girls still got it!!!  Freja has reaffirmed her position as the definition of cool and she doesn’t need an Instagram account to prove it….move over Cara and let a pro show you how its done!!

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Freja Beha Erichsen for Saint Laurent AW13 shot By Hedi Silmaine

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Freja Beha Erichsen for Saint Laurent AW13 shot By Hedi Silmaine

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Freja Beha Erichsen for Saint Laurent AW13 shot By Hedi Silmaine

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Freja Beha Erichsen for Prada AW13 shot By Steven Meisel

Solange’s Summer

There is one artist I cannot wait to see hanging around the festivals this year and that is (in my opinion) a lady that defines ‘cool’; one of the most unique and stylish figures of recent years….Solange Knowles!  Not only is her Tune ‘Loosing You’ one my favourite songs and videos Ever but her style is literally to die for.  Most recently she rocked Field Day Festival in a monochrome trouser suit that most would find impossible to pull off.  In fact her colourful, pattern heavy, clashing outfits would look too try hard on anyone else, but she is just too cool and always looks effortlessly chic!!  Check out her blog MyDamnBlog, one look at the images of her friends hanging out, her band chilling and most importantly her wardrobe and you just want to be in her gang!!  Maybe, if I donned an AW12 Prada trouser suit she would let me join in….please?!

Solange in EW Magazine By Ruven Afandor

Solange and Dev Hynes taken from 'mydamnblog'

Solange and Dev Hynes taken from ‘mydamnblog’

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