Tag Archive: AW12

Sep 07 2012

AW12 Trend: Shopping Romantic Gothic With Westfield London

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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!!!

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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.

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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]

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.

Aug 03 2012

Video Loving: Only Prada Can Make Chess Stylish

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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:

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[Pics/video: Prada]

Jul 25 2012

Video Loving: Alexander McQueen’s Trippy AW12 Campaign

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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!!!

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[Pics: courtesy of Alexander McQueen]

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 04 2012

Paris Couture AW12: Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci

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Wow, wow, wow!!!

I have to own up I am a huge fan of Givenchy and Riccardo Tisci, the Resort 2013 with its gypsy vibe was simply perfection, and it seems the gypsy is still an inspiration for the Haute Couture autumn/winter 2012 collection, which is described as “the opulence of the gypsy world meets the pure lines of the 1960s” in the presentation notes, which translated by me equals as utterly divine.

What I am loving other than the gorgeous collection of 10 floor-length silhouettes, which have a dark and powerful vibe about them, especially when they are all stood together with a guard dog as their accessory, has to be all the intricate leather embroidery and the beaded fringing.

If you are after couture, seriously Givenchy has to be one of the first places to go, as what I love is the fashion houses’ incredible attention to detailing and its use of use rich and elaborate materials, as well as its stunning approach to styling. Seriously how cool do the oversized mask-like gold-rimmed shades look – perfect finish for Riccardo’s gypsy queens!!!

I am not sure what is more beautiful the collection or that gorgeous dog – what a stunner!!!

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[Pics: Vogue.fr]

Jul 03 2012

Paris Couture AW12: Giambattista Valli’s Enchanted Butterfly Garden

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I love Giambattista Valli, I can’t remember a red carpet look by Giambattista Valli that I didn’t adore, just thinking about it makes me think of Diane Kruger’s gorgeous gown at Cannes and Sarah Jessica Parker working that incredible red cape gown, so I was excited to see the autumn/winter 2012 Haute Couture show.

I know a lot of people, I am talking tweeter talk, weren’t impressed with the latest Giambattista Valli collection, well I was blown away by how daring the couture collection was for his third appearance on the schedule. Granted if you aren’t a fan of florals, ruffles, peplums or were scared by Silence of the Lambs then this collection probably isn’t for you. However if you love gorgeous prints, big puffy skirts, floaty gowns, feminine ruffles and love dramatic make-up – then like me you will probably love most of the pieces.

Inspired by an enchanted woodland the collection was filled with forest greens, deep reds and Monet-esq floral prints, as well as exquisite gowns covered in feathers and flower embellishments and like with Christian Dior there were a lot of full-skirted silhouettes. What caught my attention the most had to be the make-up with beautiful glittering eyes beneath netted veils and butterflies on the models lips and gold branch-like jewellery around their necks completed the magical styling.

I know this collection won’t wow everyone, that is one of the reasons I love fashion, it never is everyone’s taste; but I can see the likes of Diane Kruger, Sarah Jessica Parker, as well as Emma Stone, Elizabeth Banks and Cameron Diaz wearing pieces from this collection.

What did you think of the Giambattista Valli AW12 Haute Couture collection – do you think it will be a hit on the red carpet?

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[Pics: Style.com]
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