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

 

The Met Ball goes PUNK

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……..

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Monochrome Punk:  Anne Hathaway in vintage Valentino and Rooney Mara in Givenchy Haute Couture

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Studded Punk: Cara Delevinge in Burberry and Sienna Miller in Burberry Prorsum

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Punk Princess: Nicole Richie in custom made Topshop and Miley Cyrus in Marc Jacobs

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Glamourous Punk: Paloma Faith in Michael Cinco and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Gucci

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Alternative Punk: Leelee Sobieski in Dior Haute Couture and Dree Hemingway in Stella McCartney

*All images from Style.com

Paris AW13 RTW

And so to the final AW13 fashion week, Paris was as au-inspiring as always, the fashion pack were out in force looking fabulous and as the Chanel show set represented, fashion or at least Chanel is now a dominating force in every corner of the globe – perhaps the World does revolve around fashion after all?  In Paris, you wouldn’t be far wrong; seas of beanies and round sunglasses, sculptured Rupert Sandserdon shoes galore and a whole load of Celine coats adorned the pavements.  Luckily the glamour outside was matched inside as the likes of Celine, Dior, Chanel, Saint Laurent, Chloe, Balenciaga, Valentino…to name but a few, all delivered, some were even the best ever!

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Celine RTW AW13: Look 6, Look 18, Look 25 and Look 34

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Chloe RTW AW13: Look 8, Look 15, Look 16 and Look 26

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Carvan AW13 RTW: Look 9, Look 23, Look 32 and Look 35

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Valentino RTW AW13: Look 16, Look 20, and Look 26

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!

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

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!

The Valentino RockStud Sling Back

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!!

Master of Couture

London has had some unmissable exhibitions this year and to end the year in couture style, Somerset House hosts Valentino: Master of Couture.

Valentino: Master of Couture

The signature red dresses will feature amongst 130 other iconic couture dresses from Valentino’s epic career.  Through photographs, short films and examples of one of Valentino’s greatest creations, the amazingly intricate wedding dress of Princess Marie Chantal of Greece; the exhibition gives an in depth, personal view on the life and times of one of the most traditional, glamourous and luxurious designers of our times.  Well worth a visit, from November 29th – March 3rd 2013.  

Natalia Vodianova and Eva Herzigova with Valentino at The Love Ball, February 2008

Paris….one day

Chanel, MuiMui, Chloe Louis Vuitton, Valentino, Elie Saab, Balmain, McQueen, YSL – the endless extravagance and influential quality of these brands and many more who all, more than held their own as well as creating the most unique yet wearable collections in years!  From Balmain’s embroidered jumpers to McQueens breathtaking gowns and Valentino’s stunning craftsmanship – Paris is the ultimate fashion show; the one dreams are made of……

Valentino A/W12

Valentino A/W12

Channel A/W12

Channel A/W12

MuiMui A/W12

MuiMui A/W12

All of my images during Fashion Month/Weeks have been from the amazing Style.com.

As the weather is warming up I will stop banging on about A/W and focus more on the Summer to come……