SS12: Eclectic Prints From Vanessa G With Amber le Bon

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Vanessa G might not be a fashion label that everyone knows, but when Vanessa Gounden launched her debut collection last season she attracted the likes of Jade Jagger and Tali Lennox to her party, and for spring/summer 2012 model Amber le Bon has signed up as the face of her collection.

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Last season I was impressed with the striking prints, which seemed more appropriate to be hung on the wall rather than in a wardrobe, and this season the collection continues featuring original artworks and photography on the pieces.

For spring/summer 2012 there are three individual capsule collections: Renewal, Framed Vintage and Ethnic Dazzle, all featuring gorgeous prints, elegant tailoring and strong silhouettes.

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Like the launch of the AW11 collection it seems that money is no object, as Vanessa had a marquee built and commissioned Alex Davis to create a piece of art for the gardens of The Goring Hotel, just for the day. Entitled The Enchanted Forest, the stainless sculpture was a great back-drop for Amber to posed next to for her photocall.

“I have really enjoyed working with Vanessa on her Spring Summer 2012 photoshoot. Her use of prints and tailoring are very unique and I am a big fan of her work, especially the way she fuses art with fashion,” Amber le Bon.

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As well as the prints being exquisite, I also loved the detailing in the pieces, here you can see the petal-effect used on the jacket and the amazing texture of the print on another piece.

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I really loved all the collections, but I think the Renewal pieces stood out the most, especially this gorgeous blazer. The concept behind this capsule line is a ‘antithesis to the urban wastelands and consumerism’, and all the pieces feature plastic and metal waste in the prints and I quite the abstract feel of them.

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The Ethic Dazzle was the most vibrant of the collections, this colour clash trench is very cool, I couldn’t take my eyes off it.

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The final capsule Framed Vintage was all about the classic splendor of the Belle Epoque and the Edwardian era and this shirt is filled with lots of frames.

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If all that magnificient tailoring isn’t enough Vanessa G also features footwear this season, my favourites were these peep-toe gold lace booties that the model was wearing.

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Video Loving: William Tempest Inspired By Witchcraft

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Friday night was a big night for London Fashion Week parties, and one of the best was the screening of the new Dia Anna film for William Tempest and Mechante of London. The short film, starring the gorgeous Amber Le Bon, is directed by Patrick Lindblom with art direction from Egelnick and Webb, and showcases the amazing new collection for the luxury footwear label for autumn/winter 2011.

The collection entitled Dia Anna is inspired by witchcraft, the occult and the macabre, and the film is based on the persecutions of witches throughout the 17th century. It is an eerie and ethereal, and focuses on the ‘swimming test’, and Amber even had to dunked into a tank of water.

Is it wrong that even though it is a little creepy, I am loving the Norfolk setting where it was filmed!!

 

Shopping Frenzy: Forever 21 UK Launch

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It has been a week of shopping introductions, first off the Danish womenswear label Vero Moda hits the capital, and now American fast-fashion Forever 21 is gearing up for its invasion.

I was lucky enough to be invited to the launch party and fashion show at One Marylebone, even the tube strike couldn’t keep me away. I am very excited about this brand launching into UK, the store in Birmingham’s Bullring opens on November 12 and I am hoping that some of the goodies are still there by the time I visit in December.

There were four key trends seen in the amazing fashion show, it was highly entertaining with models dancing, sitting on the runway and had the face of the UK launch Amber Le Bon opening and closing the show.

Hollywood Red Carpet:

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Filled with glitz, glamour and the thrill of Hollywood, saw leopard, mink and other faux furs mixed with denim for LA style. A little tacky in its styling, but I liked its OTT approach, the faux furs are cute but I wonder what they feel like. I must admit I do think the raspberry bolero is going to be one of the things I try on.

British Pop:

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This was the funniest section of the show, of course styled on the swinging sixties and inspired by Carnaby Street,  it was great to see the bright electric blues, hot pinks and canary yellow on the dancing models.

There was a focus on outerwear for this section. I am particularly in love with this yellow quilted belted mac, team with Miu Miu inspired shoes and cool heart tights (above).

I also want these three dresses below, I love the quilted sleeves, flower power graphic dresses and again the Miu Miu comes through with the flower appliques shift dress similar to the famous magazine cover dress.

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Seventies Boho:

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I know that my mum will love this section of the store; with its inspiration being drawn from the free-spirit ethos of the 1970s, and the culture of  the Apache and Navajo tribes coming through. I loved the maxi dresses and the high-waisted jeans, as well as the patterned crochet tops.

Street Edge:

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This section of the show was a little scary, with a lot of the models wearing mesh masks over their faces, all very Lady Gaga. Generally though Street Edge is all about blacks and greys, studs, zips and lots of leather – and definitely not for me!

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Overall, the show was amazing, creative and showed off the brand well. There were a few pieces I liked the look of, and a few on the other hand I thought were a little tacky. This brand is being billed as a cross between Topshop and H&M, but at times it seemed more Primark to me, which isn’t a bad thing as long as the price is right. We all know that in the US it offers fashion at a bargain price, it will be interesting to see if the importing changes this, I hope not *sadly price list wasn’t in the press pack*.

I loved the show, I loved the canapés and I love the after party in the basement. I would have however liked to have been able to get up close and personal with the clothes. If they had put some clothes on rails it would have helped, I am a touch-feely type of person when it comes to buying clothes, and I feel until I visit the shop I can’t give my true opinion on the brand.

No matter, I am still excited, and I have already bookmarked Forever21.co.uk, which goes live when the shop opens on November 12. Pop on over and sign up for the newsletter and you get 10% off your first order.

*I also have the look book images to post and I will try and do that over the next few days*.

LFW SS11: Mark Fast Works Swarovski Embellished Knits


Sadly I didn’t get a ticket to see Mark Fast’s collection strut down the catwalk but I did get to enjoy his first stand alone show at London Fashion Week via the live streaming. Known of course for his body-conscious knits he didn’t disappointed with this stunning spring/summer 2011 collection.

“The vision for this collection is to generate a feeling of hope in the face of destruction. I want to create a dichotomy between the strictness of my knitted stitches and new sensitive textures. I have been looking at how different objects can be combined with knitwear to create imagery of both fierce destruction and resurrection. I want to show a sense of fragility with the use of new textures in my work. I am using transparent knitted pieces and feather-like knits. I concentrated on the shimmering quality of the knit and how it moves on the catwalk.” – Mark Fast

As always Mark rejects that there is just one body shape in fashion sending down models of various sizes, who worked his signature knit dresses sporting cobweb detailing, cutouts, fringing, tassles, feathers, perspex panels and crystal embellishments. What made this collection for me had to be the vivid colours used on the fringing. The dress that Amber Le Bon (above) wore is one of my favourites with its silk fringing in fuschia and orange – it really pops against the black knit. Also the flared black playsuit (below) had a 70s vibe to it and was a great opening to the show.

The line wasn’t all knit with patent bra tops, leggings and cycling shorts mixed into the collection, paired with custom-made Christian Louboutin cork wedge platforms with lace details.

For me this collection will be remembered by the dramatic ending of Mark Fast’s idea of a wedding gown – a gorgeous pure white floor-length tassel gown which was a fitting end to a remarkable show.

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