Tag Archive: Corrie Nielsen

Oct 02 2012

LFW SS13: Corrie Nielsen – Florilegium

One of my highlights season-in-season-out is Corrie Nielsen and once again the former Fashion Fringe winner impressed me with her signature couture and dramatic silhouettes. This season, taking inspiration from Kew Gardens, Corrie’s spring/summer 2013 collection felt more feminine than I had seen before from her, and the lighter colour palette was refreshing to see.

Kew Gardens can be seen throughout the sculptural and architectural collection, in the ruffles and the voluminous gowns, in the colourful dip-dyed organza and the models make-up, in the crafted petal-like peplums, in the crimped hair that symbolised flowers in the wind, and in the tranquil birdsong sounds that accompanied the models down the catwalk.

There were a lot of ooh moments, as there always is with Corrie’s shows, but my favourite pieces had to be the gown inspired by Kews’ Victorian glasshouse, simply stunning, the voluminous strapless peach gown that just looked like a flowers petals before it has opened fully, and the incredible dip-dyed wedding dress, which finished the show. In my opinion, this gown wouldn’t look out-of-place on the red carpet at Cannes or somewhere equally accustomed with the high dramatics, it would be amazing to see someone like Diane Kruger wearing this gown.

After the show I popped backstage to congratulate Corrie and asked her whether this feminine approach to her designs is the start of something new for her, and she simply replied “I’m not sure yet, it depends on my mood”, well here’s hoping that Corrie’s mood stays sunny as I really loved the delicate touches of this floral-inspired collection.

Sep 14 2012

LFW SS13: Day 1 – My Leather Skirt, Musical Madness And The Apartment

For some, day one at London Fashion Week is a complete miss, maybe it is the hangover from New York Fashion Week, but for me it is the start of an amazing five days and I wouldn’t dream of missing former Fashion Fringe winner’s Fyodor Golan and Corrie Nielsen and the Bora Aksu army is always a spectacle. Mix in the excitement of catching up with fashion friends that sometimes you only see twice a year, and checking out this year’s Mulberry tote – it makes for a great day.

Today was amazing – I had backstage at not one, but two of my favourite shows, I saw some jaw dropping red carpet worthy gowns, I listened to a marching band, I went to a Kate Nash concert at the Felder Felder show, and my whole day was helped along by the genius that is Abi Omole aka Abi Marvel and her amazing bloggers sanctuary, The Apartment.

Generally unless you’re an editor of magazines like Vogue or ELLE you generally walk a lot, spend way too much of your time tracking down the press bus, and miss a lot of shows, well this year thanks to The Apartment sponsor Get Taxi I have been whizzing round in a bright yellow cab – it as been heavenly!

I’ve also consumed more food than at all my previous fashion weeks put together, thanks to breakfast and afternoon tea with Aubaine, lunch with Raw 42. Plus I got to play dress up in the Chanel blazer that Anne Hathaway wore in The Devil Wears Prada, of course not the actual one, but a close second that eBay had tracked down.

Back to the shows, it was a packed day and more detail reviews coming up, but my top three highlights definitely included:

The gorgeous cobalt blue dresses at Fyodor Golan, I seriously hope and pray that major celebrity stylists see this collection and dress their A-list celebrities in them, as they need to be worn on a red carpet, I can see the likes of Diane Kruger and Kate Hudson in their designs, I really think they need to think big as they derserve the exposure.

The incredible Couture craftsmanship at Corrie Nielsen, inspired by delving through the archives at Kew Gardens this is a collection with more feminity than previous seasons, and it really did glow down the runway. Everything from the dip-dye effect make-up to the statement headpieces that complemented the divine gowns, this was once again another hit for Corrie.

Finally, but definitely not least, was the Romanian Queen romance from Bora Aksu, this collection had everything from intricate an hairstyle from KMS California, they needed three stylists per model to create a head of hair worthy of a crown, then the collection itself was dreamy, romantic and regal all at the same time, it was just perfection that ended with his signature Bora army of models – this is a collection that truly captured me to the end and I have already google Queen Marie of Romania as I need to know more.

To my look, as it was day one I decided to be brave, and so I wore my faux leather pencil skirt from Next for the first time, I was a little worried that I wasn’t cool enough to wear! I picked up most of this look for my gothic fashion challenge with Westfield London and as I really loved the leather pencil skirt paired with the cute lace peplum I thought what the hell. Finishing off my look was a layered cardigan, I think it helped to tone down the skirt, an adorable red bow belt as I love red and black together, the most comfortable, go with everything laced up ankle boots, lots of silver bangles, and a simple silver origami swan necklace.

My Style: Next faux leather skirt (c/o Next), Topshop lace peplum top (c/o Westfield London), Allsaints cardigan, New Look red bow belt, Topshop ankle boots, H&M Swan necklace and bangles, and Retro54 glasses.

Did you go to London Fashion Week today or did you see any of the livestream, which don’t forget you can view on my blog here, do let me know what your highlights were, also all comments good or bad welcomed regarding my outfit – I got wolf-whistled for the first time in years off some builders so I’m thinking it was a thumbs up.

Jun 13 2012

Sir Billi: Barbie Goes Couture With Corrie Nielsen

I have actually kept a secret, who knew that was possible certainly not me, but a few months ago I found out that one of my favourite designers Corrie Nielsen was commissioned by Sir Sean Connery’s new flick, Sir Billi to design a dress for Barbie and finally the first images have been released.

I knew that it was going to be special, the mix of Corrie’s couture designs, the gorgeous Sir Billi tartan that was specially designed for the film, and then of course my favourite doll, but come on how gorgeous does Barbie look!!!

Granted they aren’t the best of images, I know that my fellow Barbie lovers will be wanting a full length shots *I promise if I get some I will add them* but I do have the gorgeous sketches that Corrie drew when designing the look.

Inspired by her autumn/winter 2012 Vestiarium Scoticum collection, Corrie has dressed Barbie in an adorable miniature kilt and long-sleeved corset with attached tulle drape made from the specially made Sir Billi tartan.

Talking about the design process Corrie said:

“Designing a dress for someone as iconic, and as small as Barbie is a huge honour and a big challenge. My aesthetic is complex, structural and voluminous. I really had to scale back and make the kilt and corset quite simple so it could be made easily and in multiples.

“I’m really pleased with the result. It echoes my AW12 Vestiarium Scoticum London Fashion Week collection, but in the specially made Sir Billi tartan. A big thanks to Tessa Hartmann and Sir Sean Connery for having me involved in such a fun project!”

This is Barbie perfection for me, I love the red flash in the tartan combined with the forest green, which is stunning against her fiery red hair, add in the couture lines of Corrie’s design and this is a striking doll that I would love to add to my collection. I have to quickly add this Barbie is just to promote the film, I haven’t heard that the Corrie Nielsen Sir Billi Barbie is going into production, but if it does I will be at the top of the waiting list!!!

So what do you think – would you buy this divine Corrie Nielsen Barbie?

[Pics/Images: courtsey of Corrie Nielsen/Sir Billi]

Mar 19 2012

LFW Beauty: Face Lace As Seen At Corrie Nielsen

I am no beauty queen, I am actually useless to be fair when it comes to anything make-up, I really am a foundation, concealer, mascara kind of doll, which is probably why seeing that the gorgeous Face Lace that I adored at the Corrie Nielsen London Fashion Week show is launching soon to the public made me kinda of excited.

There are 15 intricate re-usable neo-Gothic, floral, and Baroque patterns in eyelaces, masks, and Mendhi-inspired doodle patterns, designed by make-up artist Phyllis Cohen, who has worked with the likes of David Bowie and Daphne Guinness as well as Corrie, which will transform your look in an instant.

Not quite the bespoke Face Lace mask designs seen at Corrie’s show but as close as you are going to get, and for someone like me who isn’t great at adding false lashes, or doing anything artistic with an eye liner these are perfect for making a statement. I have to admit I am intrigued to try this ‘peel and press’ approach to see if it is as easy as it looks, but I do love the idea that the hypo-allergenic adhesive backing means that they apply in less than a minute, plus they don’t smudge or fade – sounds great.

Now I just need to find a reason to get creative, I love the French lace, ironwork and calligraphic influences in the designs, and as well as them making a statement I really do feel that there is a gracefulness about the designs and they really do show of the eyes perfectly. Oh, and I nearly forgot the price of these beauties isn’t going to break the bank, they range from £13.95 to £19.95 – roll on March 31 when the online shop launches – I want them all.

Anyone fancy inviting me to a masquerade ball? I have the perfect mask that I want to wear!!!

The gorgeous face-lace as seen at Corrie Nielsen last month, I love that it looked like a vail at first glance – I wonder if this design will ever come out – I love the drama of the design.

Would you wear Face Lace?

Feb 24 2012

LFW AW12: Day 1 Round-Up – The Fashion Fringe Takeover

I am a little bit behind on my London Fashion Week reports, I blame my freelance commitments *which pay the bills*, so I thought it would be best to do round-ups of each day alongside reviews of my favourite shows. I always get excited about Day 1, it may not have the big hitters, but each season I have a packed schedule and it is always fun catching up with friends, watching the madness that is Somerset House, which seemed even crazier this year as the street-style snappers have quadrupled, and I get to see my one of my favourite designers, Corrie Nielsen.

First show was Antoni & Alison, marking their return to the catwalk and celebrating their 25th anniversary, it certainly woke me up with the music blaring and the very quirky announcer introduction of the brand. The collection itself, Models Walking Up and Down in Dresses, was simply just that streams of simply cut dresses, featuring eccentric prints such as brown paper bags, cellophane, feathers, glitter and sequins. This was definitely a different start to LFW than the usual Paul Costelloe that used to have this spot on the schedule, I have to admit I didn’t love it all, it did seem to go on forever, but what I did like was how all the models all sported short dark crops, and my favourite look has to be the slip-on tuxedo maxi dress, complete with a felt-tip bowtie and sew-on lapels – cute.

Next up was Corrie Nielsen, I know I have already written up my review of this gorgeous regal couture collection, but this was my first front row of the season, and what was special about it was the discovery of the very high-tech gear under the seat from Vodafone to recharge mobile devices. I know it was only the start of the day but it was fun charging up my phone.

I also bumped in my friend Fiona Fletcher, make-up/stylist extraordinaire, who brought her gorgeous poodle puppy, Tallulah – seriously cute, and totally makes me want a doggie.

Next up was Fashion Fringe 2011 winner’s Fyodor Golan and what a treat it was, not only was the collection amazing crazy couture genius but it was also my first show in LFW’s new showspace in the Embankment Gallery, which has a lovely long runway but a great intimate space.

Back to the main tent and it was the return of the Bora Aksu model army, which is always one of the best finales of any show. For autumn/winter 2012, the Turkish-born designer was inspired by Henry Darger’s pictures of The Vivian Girls in The Realms of the Unreal, which translated into a girlie-yet-dark romantic vision in a gorgeous colour palette of light shades of pink, peach, grey and burnt orange, as well as some exquisite prints, the designer’s first major foray and what a success.

I loved everything about this highly technical collection from the colours to the billowing babydoll silhouettes, striking cape jackets, fitted pencil skirts, and lots of bows and floral touches. This is one gorgeous range of clothes that I can’t wait to see up close at press days, also if there is one more show that features ‘face lace’ as seen also at Corrie Nielsen that I am going to call it a trend.

Then I went to the Savoy Hotel for Maria Grachvogel’s autumn/winter show, which is one of the most gorgeous locations – the ballroom has lots of beautiful chandeliers and suited the line’s Twenties meets modern-day free-spirited jazz girl perfectly. As always Maria delivered a glamorous line of floor-sweeping red carpet worthy gowns in jewelled shades with her signature draping detail. But there were also great tailored separates and outerwear, with her magic pants appearing in a cropped, cigarette leg and masculine slacks in wool tweed, but my favourite pieces had to be the cocoon jackets.

Back to the Embankment Gallery for Jean-Pierre Braganza’s ‘Chandelierium’ collection, which complete grabbed my attention with the gorgeous chandelier print on the invite. However, I had to wait until towards the end of the show for the chandeliers prints in violets and reds, which were striking on silk floor-skimming gowns, and it was a colourful end to a collection that was mainly black, grey and purple.

My second to last show was at the new Beautiful City venue for print masters Basso & Brooke, which was a gorgeous explosion of colour and clashing patterns in oversized jackets, tailored pants, and long-sleeve and sack-style dresses. The former Fashion Fringe winner’s also took their first steps into knitwear, and also showed off their new collaboration with the Cambridge Satchel Company, think the classic satchels with the duo’s striking prints – they looked amazing and I so want one!!!

My day ended with another former Fashion Fringe winner and possible one of my favourite labels for their understated luxury, Jena.Theo. Entitled Heavy Metal, the collection had a simplicity about it with silk chiffon shirts and printed evening dresses, and skinny jeans in varying washed-out greys, deep blacks and bleached blue washes. But as always their collection was full of their signature oversized, draped look, which still carries a very feminine feel about it. I loved all the leather detailing, the fringing, and I totally need a silk slouchy tee and this leather jacket below – gorgeous.

[All pics mine except Antoni & Alison from Style.com]

Feb 20 2012

LFW AW12: Corrie Nielsen – Verstiarium Scoticum

Inspired by her Scottish roots, Corrie Nielsen’s show started with a fanfare of gorgeous tartan worked into her signature historic approach to fashion with a gorgeous long-sleeved dress with lashings of lace frills, wide-leg trousers and a tartan pencil skirt teamed with an exquisitely tailored blouse with a very unique conical neckline that only Corrie can produce.

Her unique sculptural forms continued into a selection of black separates and dresses, each with exquisite tailored detailing, high necklines, and checked shirts with tulle overlays that had a regal vibe about them. Like with her spring/summer 2012 collection, her line included a lot of more wearable pieces including daywear and eveningwear, which were stunningly tailored and looked divine against the magnificent styling of ‘face laces’ made exclusively by Phyllis Cohen and the hats by Emma Yeo.

Her signature structured shoulders, which I completely adore were in the mix on jackets and dresses, and I have fallen in love with the wide-leg trousers, the sash-detailed dresses, the pleated skirts and the monochrome checked box-fronted jacket with an attachable scarf. Once again I am sure these pieces will catch the eyes of many luxury London department store buyers.

The key highlights for had to be the final two gowns, pure Corrie Nielsen, pure Couture, and pure and simply exquisite as only Corrie can achieve. This is a designer that I have admired since she won Fashion Fringe in 2010 and I was lucky enough to meet last season, and each collection gets better and bigger, and she totally deserves all the success as she is a talented and passionate fashion designer.

Of course with the addition of tartan and couture designs, I am sure Corrie is going to be compared to her former mentor Vivienne Westwood, but no matter what this autumn/winter collection carried all her signature style with a new found confidence for paired down separates and everyone left the main tent wowed by how far Corrie has come. I am excited to see all the pieces up close when the press day season kicks in.

“This collection is dedicated to my grandmother, Tollie Burns and my great, great, great grandfather, John S. Burns, for their strength and courage.” Corrie Nielsen.

**I also need to thank Corrie’s wonderful PR team Courtney and Laura from Forward PR – thanks for the front row tickets – being that close to such gorgeous designs was an honour.**

Feb 05 2012

LFW: Corrie Nielsen Gets Scooped For Fashion Week

London Fashion Week designer Corrie Nielsen is teaming up with Scoop on her very own ice cream flavour. Yes, you read it right one of my favourite designers will be immortalised into an extra dark chocolate flavour with a hint of orange blossom from Paris – well a couture designer needs something fancy.

Over the years there has been a lot of designer collaborations, from limited-edition collections for high street stores, tie-ups with sports brands, hotels, and even technology companies, but I have to give it to the Fashion Fringe-winner for creating the first fashion/ice cream collaboration.

Corrie said, “I can’t believe I’m getting an ice cream named after me and that I got to help design the flavour. I’m beyond honoured and I hope people love it! This is definitely going to be one of the most memorable collaborations of my design career. Scoop has been wonderful, and they truly are the most luxurious of gelatos, hands down.”

To taste the flavour for yourself get down to one of Scoop’s three London parlours – in Covent Garden, Soho or their new South Kensington Store during London Fashion Week. However, if you are lucky enough to be on the first or second row at Corrie’s show you will receive a free voucher – and I can tell you I can’t wait to taste it.

It did get me wondering though – what would my ice cream flavour be? I am quite boring when it comes to ice cream I am a vanilla with lots of sprinkles type of gal, but maybe I could combine my favourite dessert black forest gâteaux into an ice cream flavour. What would your flavour be?

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