Tag Archive: AW14

Sep 05 2014

Editorial Loving: Paper Mag & Rodarte’s Star Wars Collection

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When the Rodarte AW14 collection ended with five sci-fi gowns featuring Star Wars, fashion editors were divided, some thought it was silly and a gimmick, others loved how fun and cool it was. I have to be honest I was on the fun and cool side. Sometimes fashion takes itself way too serious and I love that Rodarte do generally step out and do something different.

Granted I can’t see the average Joe wearing these pieces, or even a celebrity on a red carpet, but they really are made for an editorial shoot and I love that Paper magazine for their 30th anniversary edition took the five dresses to George Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch.

So the dresses were already cool, but now they have the creators seal of approval, plus they are being modelled by model-of-the-moment Ali Michael in a gorgeous setting, along with a few Star Wars most iconic characters, C-3PO, R2-D2 and Darth Vader. You don’t really get better than that!!!

I really do love fun shoots and this one by Todd Cole is certainly that. I think my favourite shot has to be the one with Luke Skywalker on the dress, I love how it blends into the setting.

Are you a fan of Rodarte’s Star Wars dresses?

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Aug 15 2014

Campaign Loving: Zara Goes To P.E. Class

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I don’t often feature lookbooks on Fashionista Barbie, but I do love a great campaign, and I have to be honest I think of this autumn/winter 2014 shoot from Zara TRF more of an ad campaign than a lookbook **that’s my spin to include, and I am sticking with it**.

As soon as I saw these back-to-school inspired shots captured by Patrick Demarchelier I got all nostalgic, it got me thinking of all that new stationery, the excitement of seeing your friends after a long summer break, and those new trainers that you just have to persuade your mum to buy you for P.E. class.

As well as loving the setting, check out those sky blue lockers – very chic, I absolutely adore the collection – plaid skirts, stripy tops, Mary-Jane flats, cool plimsolls, and is that flared denim I see. Come on these clothes are dreamy, now if only my body would transform back to those school days!!!

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Jun 25 2014

AW14 Campaign: The Givenchy Rave

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Ever wondered what a Riccardo Tisci private party would looked liked? Well according to Givenchy’s autumn/winter 2014 ad campaign it includes a select guest list, gorgeous models, lots of dancing, half-naked men, music from the Martinez Brothers and most importantly a strict Givenchy AW14 dress code. It really does sounds like my sort of rave.

Starring models Julia Noblis, Mariacara Boscono, Jamie Bochert, Peter Brant Jr. and Kendall Jenner the campaign was shot by photography duo Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. The print campaign is great – the most photogenic group of friends on a night out, but for me the AW14 campaign is really brought to life with the short film showing the models dancing – it really does show off the sheer, printed dresses and skirts off to perfection.

Come on hand’s up who wants to be invited to the next Givenchy private party?

[Pic/Video: Givenchy]

Jun 05 2014

AW14 Campaign: Jeremy Scott Surprises With His First Moschino Ad

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Who could forget Jeremy Scott’s explosive, fun, junk food-inspired autumn/winter 2014 collection for Moschino, I think the French fries iPhone cover was Instagrammed by all the top bloggers within days of the catwalk show, well it seems that for his first ad campaign he has gone for a more iconic, timeless approach and I adore it. 

Starring Linda Evangelista and shot by Steven Meisel, the campaign is less trashy-chic and more classy than I was expecting after seeing the McDonald’s Moschino Happy Meal handbags and SpongeBob Square Pants knits hit the Milan catwalk – the gaudy colours have been replaced for a classic black and white portrait that actually makes that McDonalds bag look classy. 

I love everything about this campaign – from the black and white to the pose, now that is a supermodel working it, to the big blow dry, gorgeous tailored coat and super cute earrings. The catwalk might have been to grab attention, steal a few headlines during fashion week, but this campaign is all about selling the collection. 

If nothing else you have got to admit, McDonalds has never looked so good!

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More of the Moschino’s autumn/winter 2014 campaign has been released and it just keeps getting better. I just adore the styling by Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele, seriously exquiste and truly captures a different side of the collection, especially with it shot in black and white. I also love the use of the all-star crew – for Jeremy Scott’s first campaign it is great that he could get Linda Evangelista, Stella Tennant, Carolyn Murphy, Saskia Debraw, Karen Elson and Rachel Zimmerman all to take part as they look incredible.

What do you think of Moschino’s AW14 campaign?

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May 02 2014

Shoe Lust: Charlotte Olympia AW14 ‘Shanghai Express’

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I adore Charlotte Olympia, not only does she produce exquisite designer heels and clutches, but she does so with such fun and creativity. Previously I have gushed over her whimsical fairy tale collection, I still have my eye on the ‘She Wolf’ heels, I will forever have the ‘Gemini’ flats and clutch on my wishlist, and how cute would any little girl look in the adorable Incy kitty flats, also it doesn’t hurt that my girl crush Diane Kruger is a huge fan of the brand.

For autumn/winter 2014, the British footwear brand is inspired by the Far East, filled with gorgeous colours, textures and traditions including the Chinese dragon, ‘Ming’ vases, takeout boxes, paper lanterns, masks, lotus flowers and panda bears, even the kitty flats have been given an all-gold makeover as well as ones with Chinese knots for the eyes and nose.

Everything is so striking, if you are a fan of colour, embellishments and patterns you will not be disappointed with this AW14 collection, there is so many pieces that really stand out – I love the fun of the dragons and the panda, that black and white panda clutch is so cute, but for me it is the elegance of the lotus flower kitten heel, the hand-painted ‘Ming’ vase pumps and the Geisha t-bar peep-toes that really makes this collection stunning.

Which design from the Shanghai Express collection stands out for you?

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[Pics: All taken by me, Fashionista Barbie, do not reproduce without permission/crediting]

Feb 24 2014

LFW Show Report: Charlie May AW14

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Each season Charlie May keeps on growing, she is still relatively new to this fashion business but I love how she really does play on her minimal and androgynous aesthetic each season. Autumn/winter 2014 really does feel like a continuation of her SS14 sporty and minimal vibe, last season there were a lot of metallics, this season it has a stronger vibe with a black, white and navy colour palette.

I love that the key to Charlie’s collection is simplicity, the simplicity in the silhouettes, the colour palette, the selection of pieces, there is always a really cohesive vibe from her collections. Last season I was blown away by the cracked silver foil effect metallic pieces, this time around I am in love with the sculpted knitted tops and skirts.

Highlights for me had to be the nearly floor-length cosy coats, the huge roll neck sweaters, the ripped jeans at the knee and the voluminous skirts – now if only I was cool enough to wear it all!!!

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Feb 20 2014

LFW Show Report: Markus Lupfer AW14

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You can always leave it to Markus Lupfer to bring a touch of fun to fashion week, last season it was a teenage girl’s bedroom, and for autumn/winter 2014 it is all about the local “caff”.

Inspired by the quintessential charm of England – from a builders café in Manchester to riding the Big Dipper in Blackpool and buying rock on Brighton Pier – this is a collection that mixes the tongue-in-cheek with more grown-up ready-to-wear pieces.

SS14 was fun and girlie, AW14 is moodier with a contemporary nod to Mod fashions with uniform-like silhouettes, pinafore-inspired dresses, boxy jackets and striking prints featuring florals, polka dots and leopard print.

If like me you are a lover of his statement sequinned knits they are still in the collection but sadly only the Cafe one seem to appear at the presentation. According to the show notes there will also be jumpers featuring slogans including ‘Kiss me quick’, ‘Golly Gosh’, ‘One sandwich short of a picnic’, ‘Bingo’ and ‘Full english’.

Granted it didn’t have the same vibe as last season, but hey this time around we did get chips, but I do like this more grown-up version of Markus Lupfer.

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