Category Archive: AW12

Sep 03 2012

Shopping: AW12 hits River Island

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For autumn/winter, River Island has really nailed it with its Downtown and Futuristic Goth trends. I love all the oversized swagger coats and the relaxed styling of Downtown, plus anything with red tartans, tweeds, herringbone and dog-tooth always gets my vote. It also looks amazing in contrast to the medieval era of the Futuristic Goth – lots of black, lots of texture clashes working velvet with delicate lace, sheer and chiffon, and then made edgy with leather and studded accessories.

I can’t wait for the weather to get a little cooler!!!

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See the behind-the-scenes video below, and pick out your favourite pieces that will be rolling out across River Island stores in the coming months.

Jul 14 2012

AW12 Campaign: Mila Kunis Embodies Old-Hollywood Glamour For Dior

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There is something special about Mila Kunis, of course she is gorgeous, but it is something else that draws me in, I think it is because she is a bit of a chameleon. This is the girl who can rock double denim on the cover of Glamour to embodying old-Hollywood glamour for a high-end advertising campaign – that is hard to do.

This is her second campaign as the face of Miss Dior handbags and I love the Fifties Hollywood film star vibe to the gorgeous black and white shots. Last time around the campaign was demure, this time I am loving the bouffant hair, the retro paparazzi mob, and the incredible Dior gown that she is wearing.

Captured in Los Angeles by photographer Mario Sorrenti and styled by former Paris Vogue editor-in-chief Carine Roitfeld this is a beautiful campaign – Mila is an elegant beauty in this striking ad and I am sure it will jump off the page when I see it in a magazine as well. I also hear that there is a short film with the campaign – I can’t wait to see that.

Do you like Mila Kunis as the face of Miss Dior?

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[Pics: Dior]

Jul 12 2012

AW12 Campaign: Alexander McQueen’s Futuristic Adverts

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If you’ve picked up the August issue of Vogue you will have seen the striking 2012 ad campaign from Alexander McQueen it really does standout on the page. I have to be honest when I saw the autumn/winter 2012 show with the futuristic visors, the gorgeous fuchsia tiered gowns, and the heel-less shoes I was excited to see how the ad campaign would turn out, and I am certainly not disappointed.

Shot by David Sims and starring Finnish model Suvi Koponen this is a gorgeous campaign. I just love the futuristic vibe, it is as if Suvi with her slicked blonde hair and visor is a beauty from outer space and has just landed on an origami planet.

Did anyone else flick back to it when they saw it in Vogue?

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[Pics: courtesy of Alexander McQueen]

Jul 05 2012

AW12 Campaign: Chloe Sevigny Returns For Miu Miu

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Miu Miu have taken a trip back in time and recruited a former face actress and style icon Chloe Sevigny to front their autumn/winter 2012 collection and it seems they’ve taken inspiration from British pop star David Bowie from the ’70s.

Shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, I like this campaign, the quirky pose, the OTT make-up, the very bright and funky printed trousers, and most of all her sipping tea, very Lady Gaga!!!

We should have known that Chloe was planning to reprise her roll for Miu Miu after she wore the brand to the Met Gala, I can only think that a lucrative contract was the reason behind her wearing this barely there ’60s-inspired black mirrored geometric patchwork mini-dress, granted it makes her standout and suits her out-there personality, but I just didn’t feel this look.

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But with Chloe returning to the Miu Miu fold it made me nostalgic for previous celebrity faces and who else I would love to see come back, and top of my list had to be Katie Holmes do you remember her fiery campaign in 2009 also shot by Mert & Marcus, now that would be a great way to come out on top from a divorce!!!

What do you think of Chloe’s Miu Miu ad? And, would you want to see Katie Holmes back as a Miu Miu face?

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[Pics: Miu Miu]

Jun 25 2012

AW12 Campaign: The Intense Givenchy Rave

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Oooh I do love something a little different, and this autumn/winter 2012 ad campaign from Givenchy certainly is a little different. Styled by Carine Roitfeld and shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott this is a stunning campaign aptly named the ‘Rave’.

Starring Tisci’s favs Stella Tennant and Joan Smalls, as well as Daniela Braga, Stef Van Der Laan, Rodrigo Braga, Simone Nobili and Jarrod Scott, the models get their dance on to spectacular results.

What I love most about this campaign has to be the intensity of the images, from the stormy skies to the urban setting and the striking androgynous styling. This is definitely going to be one of the most memorable ad campaigns of the season, and I can’t wait to see it in print.

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[Pics: courtesy of Givenchy]

Jun 21 2012

AW12 Campaign: The Mulberry Forest Fairytale

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There is always something magical about Mulberry’s vision, whether it is for a celeb-studded party, a catwalk show, or a retail window display, the British brand under the helm of Emma Hill seems to just push the limit every season. For autumn/winter 2012, it seems that the Mulberry has captured the magic of the collection, which was inspired by the fantastical ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ perfectly with the help of its two giant furry beasts with claws to appear alongside model Lindsey Wixson.

Shot by Tim Walker in Blackheath Forest in Surrey, which I so need to visit doesn’t it look magical, I love that it has a Brother’s Grim meets Big Foot vibe about it that works perfectly against the gorgeous tailored, layered and textured collection. The lace and the tweed seriously pops against the trees and the claws.

All the shots are incredible, as are the bags I love them all from the Del Rey in Ostrich in the top shot to the  gorgeous embellished Alexa bag *second to last* and the divine new tweed Lily Shoulder with Chain Handle in the final image.

But  my favourite shot has to be Lindsay in orange or should I say flame as Mulberry have called it, she looks insane in that lace top and flared skirt, plus her arm candy is the new Maisie, I have to admit I did swoon slightly at the sight of this bag so wish I could add this to my collection of bags!!!

One thing I have to ask though – does the forest fairytale top the seaside shoot from spring/summer 2012?

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Jun 15 2012

AW12: Primark’s Homage To Pringle Of Scotland

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Yesterday, I popped by Primark’s autumn/winter 2012 press day at The Gallery underneath Wolf & Badger’s new store on Dover Street, and was blown away by the gorgeous jumpers, cute dresses, and the abundance of embellished collars, yes they aren’t going anywhere for a while.

The highlight, and the first thing that I spotted as I walked in was a near replica of one of my favourite wearable looks from London Fashion Week, do you remember how much I gushed about the pink v-neck jumper at the Pringle of Scotland? Well, Primark have answered my prays and delivered me an amazing designer copy, that will only set me back £12, yep that’s right just over a tenner for this beauty. We have a few months to wait, it doesn’t drop in store until September, but don’t worry you won’t miss out I have already added it into my Filofax!!!

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The rest of the AW12 collection has influences from Miu Miu, House of Holland, Markus Lupfer, Gucci, and Marios Schwab to name but a few, as you would expect a lot of variety: elegant cigarette trousers, chic boucle jackets, sheer shirts, ski knits, gorgeous statement necklaces, peplum tops, and lots of embellished collars.

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What are you thoughts on Primark’s autumn/winter 2012 collection?

[Pics: All images Fashionista Barbie except top image - Primark/Pringle of Scotland]
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