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AW12 Trend: Shopping Romantic Gothic With Westfield London

This week I was invited to shop the trends with Westfield London, which of course I jumped at the chance of doing, shopping isn’t a chore is it!!! My trend was Gothic, which I know for some they will instantly be thinking it isn’t for them as it is quite grungy, but forget the look of season’s past for autumn/winter 2012 Gothic is more romantic, feminine and seductive.

Seen on the catwalks of Valentino, Versace, Gucci, Nina Ricci, Helmut Lang, Givenchy, and Etro, the trend is full of black, a given really, but this season the trend really works contrasting fabrics to the max. So when out and about shopping keep an eye out for leather skirts, black lace, velvet touches, sheer shirts, and chunky knits, and embellishments are key, lots of studs, crosses, and black sparkles. Also don’t forget it isn’t all about black, I love it when you piece Oxblood red and white into the mix with black staples.

If you are not ready to do the Gothic head-to-toe look, why not just dip into the trend with a key piece – whether that is a pair of chunky ankle boots, or leather-effect leggings, a few long layered cross necklaces, or how about a studded handbag. This is a trend that is easy to work, and come on who doesn’t love black and studs!!!

You will also notice a lot of black and lace on the red carpet, one of my favourite looks has to be the gorgeous Michelle Williams in Mulberry looking amazing in a leather dress with a lace overlay. Simply stunning.

For Westfield London I put together a video on the trend and picked out a few key pieces. I teamed a faux leather pencil skirt with a figure-flattering lace peplum top, and also picked up a few key leather accessories including a gorgeous lace-effect collar and a subtle studded bag.

Gothic shopping – from left to right: Topshop laser cut collar, £16; Warehouse lace panel dress, £120; River Island dark red lace t-shirt, £16; Zara shopper with studs, £129; River Island cross earrings, £3; Topshop pin stud boots, £90; and New Look dress.

Check it out below, and be kind I haven’t done one of these videos before but it was lots of fun.

[Pics: Style.com/Mulberry]

Shopping: AW12 hits River Island

If like me you are not sure whether to dust off your autumn/winter storage because of the change in weather let me get you in the mood with a behind-the-scenes look at River Island’s amazing AW12 campaign that was shot by legendary Ellen Von UnWerth.

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!!!

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.

Video Loving: Only Prada Can Make Chess Stylish

Who knew chess could be so stylish? Well, obviously Miuccia Prada did as her latest video showing off her incredible “virtual princess” themed autumn/winter 2012 collection stars supermodels Magdalena Frackowiak and Anne Vyalitsyna playing a fantasy game of chess.

Shot by Steven Meisel the abstract video is filled with the sharp geometric patterns of the autumn/winter show and as described by the fashion house “a virtual labyrinth of fantasy and reality” – so basically this is what a Prada videogame would look like!!!

What’s very cool about that this fantasy game of chess is that every time Magdalena or Anne move a piece, they force models Vanessa Exente, Madison Headrick, Elza Luijendijk and Iselin Steiro to move in tandem, so this is chess with a fashion face-off  – and really does show that models are just pawns **sorry couldn’t resist it**.

I love the styling of the video, everything from the 1970s vibe of the geometric printed trouser suits to the razor sharp sleek straight locks and the dramatic dark eye make-up.

I loved last seasons 1950s retro campaign, it was fun and quirky, but there is something magical about this creepy game of chess. Check it out and let me know what you think:

[Pics/video: Prada]

Video Loving: Alexander McQueen’s Trippy AW12 Campaign

I brought you the striking and futuristic autumn/winter 2012 print campaign for Alexander McQueen earlier this month, well the British fashion house has released the accompanying film, which has also been shot by David Sims.

I warn you, if you are a little hungover, have a headache from all this sun we’ve been having or not that keen on crazy motion films then possible this campaign isn’t for you – however, if like me you like a little crazy then you are in for a treat.

Featuring Finnish model Suvi Koponen and her gorgeous futuristic visor this is a psychedelic and colourful film that kind of has an 80’s vibe about it with the raving tripping motion, which I loved and it worked perfectly with the visor.

So, back to those visors that were a hit on the catwalk and they’ve been amazing in fashion editorials – but do you heart them enough to buy? Well, they are now available to buy online at Alexander McQueen’s website and in-store for £270. I wonder how many people will be wearing them at fashion week!!!

[Pics: courtesy of Alexander McQueen]