Colour

Who else could merge colour and tradition in such a seamless, elegant way?  Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli at Valentino of course!  Without fail these two deliver season after pre season after season.  To be a Valentino girl would be a dream….

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Valentino Pre SS15

 

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Alison Lou

Alison Lou – A name to remember.  I came across this new jewellery brand via Instagram and have been in love ever since!!  The wit and humour behind the first collection from designer Alison Chemia is a massive hit within the luxury fashion market.  I must admit upon researching to see where I could buy it ALL, I was shocked to find myself in the fine jewellery section looking at prices ranging from £260 for a single stud earring to £2,395 for an exquisite thin gold chain smiley face necklace.  The collection ‘is a thoughtful and cheeky commentary on the expression of feelings – from the banal to the intimate – through the language of emoticons’.  The gorgeously quirky jewellery will have to be in my dreams for a long time yet but if you are lucky enough to be able to get your hands on it, find it online at Matches (I personally recommend the goggly eyed rings) or just find out more information here, on the Alison Lou homepage!

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Alison Lou Jewellery Campaign

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Alison Lou Selection

Fashion comes Home for SS14

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:

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Louis Vuitton SS14: Look 1

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Chanel SS14: Look 18, 35, 48 and 83

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Balenciaga SS14: Look 8, 13, 33 and 34

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Christian Dior SS14: Look 4, 21, 25 and 31

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Hermes SS14: Look 1, 10, 21 and 33

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Miu Miu SS14: Look 1, 20, 32 and 39

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

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

New Season

The sun seems to be fading day by day and as the end of August creeps closer, all I can think about is a new A/W13 wardrobe!  Already lusting after several pieces I’ve been racking my brains for ideas of how to raise money – the first being my birthday in just over a weeks time!!  Here are the pieces I’ll be dreaming of on the big day…..

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Left to Right:

1. Comme Des Garcons Wallet – New grey and white colour-way (purchase online)

2. Nike Air Force One’s – Love the green!! (find a pair here)

3. Topshop Mom Jeans – Indigo blue wash (find them here)

4. Stella McCartney AW13 Shoe – Without a doubt shoe of the season!! (coming soon)

5. JW Anderson Checked Grid Sweater – Probably have to keep dreaming for this one (buy here)

6. ASOS Shirt with Fur Trim – A cute twist on a staple (find it here)

7. Topshop Boutique Patent Leather Aline Skirt – Perfect everyday skirt (Buy NOW)

Men’s Collections

Men’s Collections London is quickly becoming one of the most influential Menswear weeks of the year!  Burberry returned from Milan and newcomers such as JW Anderson created one of Men’s Collections most high profile weeks to date.  On the catwalk, colour was one of the key trends from strong primary’s to summery pastels, sketched graphics seen at Christopher Kane were also popular and designers such as Jonathan Saunders continued to push boundaries with unique fabrics.  However, it wasn’t just the catwalk that attracted attention, from Florence to London and Milan; the menswear street chic on show was unmissable.  Tommy Ton amongst others, captured everything from dapper suits, to the chiselled models and the women literally rocking the ‘boy meets girl’ trend……Apparently Menswear really is where it’s at!

Burberry Prorsum SS14: Look 24, Look 15 and Look 49

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Tommy Ton Street Style

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Christopher Kane SS14: Look 6, Look 7 and Look 16

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Tommy Ton Street Style

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Jonathan Saunders SS14: Look 3, Look 11 and Look 19

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Tommy Ton Street Style

*All images Style.com

NYFW best in show…..

Masculinity, oversized outerwear, silk and moody, minimal hair and beauty – just a few of the obvious trends on show at NYFW.  During the week, there were for me a few stand out collections; the perfection that was Derek Lam, the surprisingly current and ‘street’ DKNY and 3.1 Phillip Lim’s punk biker girls!  New York showcased some surprising textures and silhouettes this year that seemed altogether more relaxed yet at the same time more risky than usual.  Despite the exaggerated silhouette being taken a bit literally by some; New York seemed edgier than the preppy princess stereotype would have you believe  – perhaps they were taking note from London?  Whatever it was it worked!

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3.1Phillip Lim AW13 RTW: Look 9, Look 13 and Look 44

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Derek Lam AW13 RTW: Look 14, Look 18 and Look 23

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DKNY AW13 RTW: Look 1, Look 8 and Look 33

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

Wrapping up 2012…

2012!! It’s flown by and I am struggling to remember key factors!  Already we’ve seen the pre AW13 collections, we are currently working on the AW13 shows and looking forward to SS14! Fashion; it moves fast, so you better keep up! Once I took a minute to think, how could I really forget?  Here is a round up of my best bits of 2012:

From space age materials at Balenciaga to the retro 90’s sweatshirt comeback at Kenzo; microtrends ruled and fashion was suddenly fun again!!  The Gucci fedoras and Louis V hand-cuff’s of AW were packed away and we were ready to go head to toe in print by the new Queen of LFW Mary Katrantzou followed by dinner in our oh so chic pyjama suit!  Needless to say it was another Fabulously Fashionable year and one that will go down in history for the ‘New Era’ beginnings at the newly named Saint Laurent, Christian Dior and most recently Balenciaga.

So long 2012……

Strong Motif’s made a comeback and with them wardrobe staples you couldn’t miss:

Branded LtoR: The Givenchy Dog, Balenciaga Space Age and Kenzo Tiger

Motif LtoR: The Givenchy Dog, Balenciaga Space Age Jumper and the Kenzo Tiger

I literally feel lost without a ridiculous amount of rings, all day, every day.  Luckily, Phoebe Philo seemed to agree….

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Celine Knuckle Duster’s – Street Style by Tommy Ton

Raf Vs Heidi as the two fashion houses went all out to show they had made the right move – They both looked pretty good to me!

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Christian Dior Pre S/S13, Saint Laurent S/S13

Shaping shoes for years to come; shoe of the year arrived in the form of the Valentino Rockstud Slingback!

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The Valentino RockStud Sling Back, Street Style

Victoria’s Secrets landed in the UK and the show…Exploded!!

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Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, Finale 2012

Happy New Year!!