Mary Katrantzou is one of my favourite London Fashion Week designers, her collections are always full of colour, amazing prints and embellishments, so I was kind of excited and a little surprised to see that she had turned her hand to bridal wear for her friend, Carolina Gonzalez-Bunster, founder of the Walkabout Foundation.
Normally the summer magazine covers don’t really capture my attention, maybe because the magazine are hunting for more readers with free sunglasses, make-up or a tote so the cover gets hidden, but the August issue of Marie Claire featuring Diane Kruger is absolutely stunning that I just had to share.
Shot by David Roemer, the German-born actress poses in a sixties-inspired photoshoot for the magazine, wearing looks from Dolce & Gabbana, Mary Katrantzou, Chanel, and Margaret Howell that have been perfectly styled by Arabella Greenhill.
In the accompanying interview, Diane chats about her relationship with Joshua Jackson, describes Chanel as family, and talks about the fickle world of Hollywood.
On her special relationship with Chanel, Diane explains: “I started modelling for them when I was 15. I know everyone there on a first-name basis. They were the first ones to send me clothes when I started out as an actress. And loyalty is so rare in our business that it make sense to be supportive. It’s not always about money.”
Opening up about her boyfriend Joshua Jackson, she tells the magazine: “All relationships are hard. It doesn’t matter what job you have, or how famous or miserable or poor you are. It’s about commitment. The hard part is the timing. When you meet someone, are you ready to make them your number-one priority?”
I can’t wait to read the whole interview and see the full editorial – will you be buying the August issue of Marie Claire?
I am a big fan of affordable designer collaborations, I can’t be the only one who wants a piece of designer in my wardrobe, well when I see designers doing charity still at affordable prices I jump at the chance – because in my logic it is guilt free shopping!!!
I loved the Topshop charity t-shirt collection they launched during London Fashion Week, I am the proud owner of a Holly Fulton beauty, and I am loving that Matches have got together with eight of Britain’s favourite designers to take part in their summer charity t-shirt project to raise money for The Dispossessed Fund – the Evening Standard’s charity that fights poverty in London.
Each t-shirt is £60 each, not bad hey for a worthy cause, and there is literally something for everyone – floral beauties from Erdem, Jonathan Saunders and Richard Nicoll, a colour-blocking peplum from Roksanda Ilincic, eye-catching prints from JW Anderson and Mary Katrantzou, an Art Deco-inspired design from Holly Fulton, and a crowned leopard from the designer and illustrator behind cult magazine ‘Herself‘.
My top three tees are the gorgeous Roksanda Ilincic, I love that this colour-blocking peplum follows on from her pre-fall collection using primary colours, closely followed by Holly Fulton’s bright Art Deco design, and then Mary Katrantzou’s optical illusion ‘Cellphone Key’ print t-shirt. It was hard to choose just three as they are all so gorgeous.
I still can’t believe that they are only £60 each, check out all the designs at Matchesfashion.com and don’t forget to buy one they are for charity after all!!!
I have to admit I am getting very excited about London Fashion Week now, especially after popping along to Swarovski’s Champagne tea to announce which designers have been drafted into add Swarosvki sparkles to their collections.
Sadly, Nadja Swarovski had a few problems with the traffic and didn’t make it on time, but it was still good to catch up with the very chilled J.W. Anderson who was wearing the most amazing trousers, spy Giles Deacon across the packed room, and to check out the jewellery dressing the amazing room at the Haymarket Hotel.
This season’s sponsorship programme will include Craig Lawrence, J.W. Anderson, Erdem’s Erdem Moralioglu, Mary Katrantzou who previously studded her printed skirts with crystals, Giles Deacon, and Marios Schwab who has added pearls to his dresses in previous collections.
One of the most exciting for me has to be Craig Lawrence, I met him in Paris and saw his work up close and it is amazing. I am looking forward to see how he incorporates Swarovski elements into his designs, which can include crystal yarn, Swarovski pearls and even elastic crystal netting. Also Giles is apparently working his Swarovski crystals onto leather and feathers, which has left me intrigued to see his collection.
As well as aiding LFW designers, the Swarovski Collective is also supporting six New York-based designers including my fav Rebecca Minkoff, Jason Wu and Rodarte, as well as two in Paris Thierry Mugler and Viktor & Rolf.[Illustration by Marcela Gutierrez for Swarovski]