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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.

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.

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]

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?