Category Archive: Runway

Feb 27 2015

LFW AW15: McQ Alexander McQueen

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There is something cool about McQ Alexander McQueen, it has the rock-chick-meets-grunge-with-a-touch-of-glamour going on for it. At the autumn/winter 2015 presentation the design team laid out everything you need to be a cool girl, this wasn’t a collection about just making a statement, rather about styling up great everyday pieces including leather jackets, gorgeous chunky knits, and jeans.

Texture was showcased throughout, from an oversize cream cricket jumper with a panel of what looked like silver foil but felt more like rubber to a shiny silver material that was seen on tops and dresses, and even studs, shearling, chiffon and leopard-print pony skin were featured on the pieces. 

On their own some pieces look rather boring, more classic in design than I expect from McQ, but the beauty of this collection is that the art is in the layering, the pieces look good on their own but even better placed together, especially when the neutral colour palette of grey, white and black is worked alongside the colourful orange, yellow and leopard print pieces. 

As well as showing off the clothing and accessories, McQ also used the Serpentine Gallery space to exhibit the amazing pictures for its AW15 campaign shot by Harley Weir, which kind of had a Kes vibe to them, if you haven’t seen the Northern-based film or read the 1968 novel A Kestrel for a Knave do, both are amazing. 

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[Pics: taken by me, Fashionista Barbie – do not reproduce without crediting]

Feb 26 2015

LFW AW15: Sophia Webster – Freak Like Me

AW15-sophia-webster-21When the invite reads ‘Freak Like Me’ you know you are in for a pretty quirky ride, and in true Sophia Webster fashion her autumn/winter 2015 presentation during London Fashion Week was full-on crazy fun. Sometimes fashion takes itself too seriously and I love that Sophia Webster combines her design creativity with a fun showcase, which this season was a circus like no other with futuristic, galaxy vibes with the models wearing larger-than-life planetary costumes in a Shona Heath designed set that really brought to life the derelict Welsh Chapel on Shaftesbury Avenue.

The ‘Freak Like Me’ collection took inspiration from the footwear designer’s fond teenage memories of Gwen Stefani’s No Doubt era, with her love of tartan, checks, and leopard print popping up on her incredible heels. There were also references to Victor Vasarely’s optical illusions seen in the “warped check” and glitter pieces.  

Her heels are always fun with some decorated with pompoms and feathers, others full on glitter or bedazzled in jewels, and there were even mini-me versions of her famous butterfly wing styles. I think for me I was most excited to see her speech bubble clutch bags continue with tongue-in-cheek sayings including ‘Hot Stepper’, ‘Say My Name’, ‘Miss Thang’, ‘Boss Lady’, ‘Carnival Queen’ and ‘Girlgang’. There were also slogan backpacks – I loved the ‘Sexy Back’ and ‘Tell It To My Face’.

If that wasn’t enough fun, Sophia has also collaborated with Coca-Cola on a fun collection reworking the iconic logo into her shoes and bags, with hi-shine coke-print stilettos, complete with a heel of stacked hearts, “If You Only Drank Cherry Coke” clutch, and a ‘Very Cherry!’ fun backpack. 

I loved it so much I now have a very long wishlist of pieces I want.

Scroll down and check out my snaps and step inside the presentation with my video that I captured, it was only on my mobile but I think it came out really well. Want to see more pics head on over to my Facebook page there are a lot!!!

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Feb 16 2015

NYFW AW15: The Transformation Of Coach

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It was on my first trip to New York some 15 years ago that I was introduced to Coach, back then it was a little too logo-heavy for me, it was more safe than fashionable, and seemed a little low-rent than luxury. Fast forward to 2011 when the brand finally came to the UK and I realised that there was more to the brand than the all-over logo print, there was a beauty about their use of classic colours and simple shapes. These were the pieces that might not excite the fashion pack but I still lusted over the simple, quality and more affordable designs than other luxury labels.

Even still, the use of colour and classic styles wasn’t enough for me to add a Coach bag to my collection, the only piece I own is actually Barbie-sized, it seems that other brands including Kate Spade and Rebecca Minkoff took my attention, however, I think that is all going to change with this latest collection shown during New York Fashion Week this weekend. 

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When Stuart Vevers took on the creative director role, three seasons ago, I thought it was a great move for the American label, he is a brilliant designer at creating covetable handbags, he did it at Mulberry and more so at Loewe, but I wondered whether his vision for the brand would make any major impact on fashion, its reputation, and improve its sales. 

Well I think the autumn/winter 2015 collection most certainly puts his vision for Coach firmly on the side of cool, not just cool for the fashion pack, but also for the everyday shopper, and most importantly I think these pieces will bring in a younger crowd.

I also think a lot of people, including myself, will start seeing the brand differently, for me this was the first time I thought of Coach as a fashion label rather than just a handbag brand. The reason I think for my transformation of thoughts has to be the fact I’ve fallen pretty hard for the shearling, the leather biker jackets, the cut knits, especially that skull one, as well as the fact I need those shearling Moto boots, like now. All that love and I haven’t even mentioned a bag, even though I do also love that yellow cross-body saddle bag with “Lucky” scribbled on the side.

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There was a personality to this collection, I just adore the contrast between the utility and the luxury, while it still being so wearable, and it makes me think that this is the turning point for Coach, it needed a transformation and it seems that Vevers is certainly the man for the job. 

I love that it was inspired by what Vevers calls the “dreamy romance” of the American landscape, it is important for the brand to still show its American heritage and I think this collection really bridges the gap between an old and modern brand. I also thought it was a great move that the presentations focus was on the clothes rather than the accessories, it shows that this is a brand that is serious about its ready-to-wear and I am sure, price dependant, that this will be a successful collection. 

In the show notes, Vevers describes the collection as “being part of the gang” and I have to tell you I so want to join!!!

What are your thoughts on the transformation of Coach?

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Feb 04 2015

Haute Couture SS15: 10 Beautiful Wedding Gowns

zuhair-murad-ss15-coutureThe beauty of Haute Couture is the glamour, the knowledge that the garments take hundreds of hours to produce, mostly by hand, nearly all bespoke, and always with no real budget in mind, it is why I love it so much as it is basically pure fantasy, and it’s the wedding gowns that inspire the most.

I think this has been one of the best Paris Haute Couture Week’s for a while, truly inspiring craftsmanship that really showcased the best in forward-thinking designs, and the bridal gowns were just exquisite. Elie Saab always inspires brides with his beaded beauties, but I’ve also included gorgeous, dramatic and sexy gowns by Zuhair Murad, Ralph & Russo, Versace, and a contemporary, quirky gown designed by Jean Paul Gaultier that if I had seen it before my own wedding I think I would have totally fallen in love with that tiered tulle skirt.

So if you are currently on the hunt for your perfect wedding gown, why not take inspiration from these 10 gorgeous bridal gowns:

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Do anyone of these gorgeous wedding gowns come close to the dress you have pictured for your big day?

[Pics: Vogue]

 

Feb 02 2015

Runway: 3 Things I Didn’t Expect To See At Haute Couture

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Haute couture is usually exquisitely crafted gowns, dripping in beads, sequins, Swarosvki crystals, and delicate embroideries, which have taken hundreds of hours to produce by hand – that is why I adore it so much, it showcases the brilliance of fashion and techniques that should be admired and promoted.

However, it seems that each season we get a taste of the ordinary reworked in an opulent fashion, maybe it is for shock-and-awe, maybe it is to bridge the gap between couture and ready-to-wear, or maybe it is just to make an elaborate statement.

Whatever the reason, here are three things I spotted this season that I never expected to see on a haute couture runway:

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Chanel has given us couture trainers and cycling shorts in the past, but I think the reworking of the winter favourite beanie has to be my favourite ‘it’ item. I love the fact it shouldn’t work, a beanie scattered with jewels and appliquéd with chiffon flowers and butterflies, but how cool do these wacky hats look.

What I love more about these decked out beanies is that with a glue gun, some netting, and a pack of pearls and sequins is that you could have your own couture beanie in a matter of hours.

Will you be converting your favourite beanie into a couture masterpiece?

dior-ss15-couture-2: Plastic Fantastic

You expect to see silk, chiffon, and tulle being used in the construction of lavish couture pieces, so seeing plastic hit the haute couture runways at Dior and Jean Paul Gaultier was a little bit of a surprise. For Dior it was revamped plastic macs, which had printed flowers adorned on it, while at Gaultier it was more like cellophane wrapping, even being worn by Naomi Campbell didn’t make it look couture to me.

I am sure that the see-through plastic macs will be a big hit with the high street, especially come festival season, but just like with the beanie you too could DIY your very own. Take a pac-a-mac, come on you know you have one everyone does, invest in some flower appliqués and get hand-stitching them on. Start now you’ll be finished by summer for Glasto!

So who do you think will be first to wear this at Glastonbury – Alexa Chung or Kate Moss?

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#3: Beekeeper Bride

At couture you expect to see wedding gowns, over-the-top spectacles that require 5 strapping male models to walk it down the runway, crazy beaded beauties, as well as those Princess gowns that make you gasp, but a beekeeper bride is a new one on me.

Jean Paul Gaultier’s entire SS15 couture show was wedding themed, including what the guests would wear to a couture wedding, but the piece that stood out for me had to be the blue jeans beekeeper gown that supermodel Lindsey Wixson took to the runway. First up it is denim, I know we expect jeans from Gaultier but on a bride, and secondly, what sort of bride would wear a beekeeping veil? Hey I suppose that’s what you call an alternative bride!!!

Did you see anything unexpected on the haute couture runways this season?

[Pics: via Chanel & Vogue.co.uk]

Jan 29 2015

Haute Couture: Elie Saab SS15 – Chasing A Dream

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Elie Saab is a genius at creating glamour that oozes confidence, which is probably why he is so popular with Hollywood’s leading ladies, as well as his designs standing out so much on the red carpet. This week the designer showcased his spring/summer 2015 couture collection, which should be renamed as the Oscar best dressed shortlist, as there were so many gowns that hit the runway that should be destined for red carpet glory.

As with Chanel and Armani nature played inspiration to the collection, with oversize blooms and abstract tree-bark effects featuring on gorgeous sheer gowns. But as always with Elie Saab it was the softer, romantic, Disney-princess gowns that captured my heart the most, which really were exquisite with his signature sequinned embroideries teamed with Ostrich feathers that looked incredible swishing down the runway, oh how I wish I had seen these gowns up close.

There were also a few sixties inspired pieces, with contemporary short dresses teamed with flats and dripping in feathers, which still oozed the glamour of Elie Saab that we have come to love, while adding a fun, playful twist, which I am sure will be a hit with his rich customers as well as celebrities looking for something cool to wear to photocalls.

I have to say that this was just one simply divine collection. I’m hoping that Julianne Moore steps away from Givenchy and opts for Elie Saab as I think she would do his gowns justice, as would Felicity Jones, she needs a proper princess moment, and don’t you think Emma Stone would look a knockout in that top white gown, I love how it combines beadwork, feathers and falls just off the shoulders for a real Old Hollywood feel.

What did you think of Elie Saab’s SS15 couture collection?

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Jan 27 2015

Haute Couture: Giambattisa Valli Couture SS15

Giambattisa-Valli-couture-look45Quick disclaimer, I love, love, love anything Giambattisa Valli, I am obsessed with day dreaming of dress-up sessions in his exquisitely crafted gowns, and I basically each season just fall in love with the romance of haute couture, and the hope that one day I will be a fairytale princess in need of a gown for the ball!!!

For SS15, Valli was inspired by Coco Chanel and Janis Joplin, which is probably why there was a chic romance mixed in with a haute couture-style rock-n-roll vibe, which made for a gorgeous mix of floral embroideries, frills, sheer panelling, ruffles, plenty of tulle and sexy black veils covering the model’s eyes.

What I adore about this collection has to be the sugar almond colour palette of pale pink, green and lemon, mixed in with the Coco-approved black and white, to make for a feminine, chic and seriously dreamy collection of floor-length gowns, flirty dresses, coats and even trousers. I know can trousers even be couture, well only if paired with a tulle skirt or in a gorgeous printed silk-faille, of course! For me this line-up had everything a haute couture collection should have in it.

Of course the fairytale princess gowns with their explosions of tulle were my favourites, divine in their construction, I am always fascinated with how many hours each gown takes, and all of them had me dreaming of the red carpet. I think the Oscars would be wonderful, would certainly make an entrance but to be honest I don’t think any stylist or actress is brave enough to consider, I think these beauties are destined for Cannes and I can’t wait.

So which celebrities would you like to see wearing this collection? I think Diane Kruger and Emma Stone would look incredible, and I would love to see Cate Blanchett opt for feminine rather than edgy, and I think the Fan Bingbing would look spectacular in the vibrant bubblegum ballgown.

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