Tag Archive: SS13

Oct 31 2012

A Closer Look: Louis Vuitton – Spring/Summer 2013

I am in the midst of press day season at the moment, and one of my early highlights so far has to be checking out the Louis Vuitton spring/summer 2013 collection in their London showroom. I always love seeing catwalk collections up-close, especially when they are such a big accessories brand like Louis Vuitton as walking through the collection I got to mentally pick out all the handbags I would love to add to my collection.

It seems that spring/summer 2013 is going to be all about the tiny handbag, a step towards elegance and a nod to the retro, which I love, but I am also scared as it means I have to give up on my divine oversized handbags that seem to be able to hold everything.

The Louis Vuitton ready-to-wear explores symmetry and mirrors and has a touch of the 60s about it, I love the chess-board effect, whether it was in black or the custard yellow mixed with white, the clothes really stand out.

I left the press day with an enormous mental wish-list – from the oversized sunglasses to the orange envelope handbag to the super cute sequinned flamingo t-shirt, oh and a Louis Vuitton scarf, or two!!!

What are you loving from the spring/summer 2013 Louis Vuitton collection?

Want to relive the amazing spring/summer 2013 collection travel down the escalators during Paris Fashion Week? Well check out the full show below:

[Pics: All pictures taken by Fashionista Barbie – please credit if you use]

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 18 2012

LFW SS13: Fashion Fringe – The Three Finalists – Teija, Haizhen and Vita

It has been a long process for Teija Eilola, Haizhen Wang, and Vita Gottlied this year’s finalists of Fashion Fringe since May when they were chosen by Burberry’s Christopher Bailey, this year’s Fashion Fringe chairman, as the final three.

They’ve done an internship at Burberry, they’ve undertaken a business mentoring programme, they’ve designed a collection, shot a lookbook, and tonight is the final showdown where they will showcase their designs. The back-to-back catwalk show will take place in front of a packed audience at the main tent as the closing show at this season’s London Fashion Week, and one designer will join the likes of Fyodor Golan and Corrie Nielsen as a Fashion Fringe winner, so no pressure then!

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to meet the finalist in their studios at the London College of Fashion, I got a sneak peek at their amazing collections, and chatted to them about their inspirations.

Teija: Teija, a graduate from the Royal College of Art, is originally from Finland and she has worked for both high-end designers as well as high street brands such as Ted Baker, but after seeing her incredibly intricate designs I really am pleased that she decided to branch out on her own.

Teija took me around her studio, introduced me to her spring/summer 2013 collection, shared her inspirations and her love of working with leather, which features as embellishments and accessories throughout her collection.

What was the inspiration behind your SS13 collection?

I was inspired by the vision of a Finnish girl going to a party and then walking through the woods in the snow. Which translates in my collection as a lot of protective outerwear over delicate pieces. I wanted to achieve a versatile collection, classic designs that have a playfulness about them that they can be dressed up or down.

Your collection features varying fabrics and textures, why was that important?

I like to mix fabrics, whether that is using a weatherproof fabric for the fishermans cape, or mixing sturdy fabrics with organza, I like to create designs that have a lot of volume but still have a structured shape.

I have also worked with leather, which was a learning process and a bit trail and error, from choosing which leathers to use, to the size of the leather embellishments, and hand dying the leather for the belts.

How have you found your Fashion Fringe experience, and working with Christopher Bailey?

The two-weeks at Burberry was incredible, Christopher Bailey and his team really made me see the brand as a whole, and I learnt a lot. The whole experience of Fashion Fringe has been amazing and I am excited and nervous for the catwalk show.

Which three designer labels inspire you?

Isabel Marant, Stella McCartney, and Celine.

Haizhen Wang:

Chinese-born Haizhen counts Daphne Guinness and Tilda Swinton among his fashion muses and learnt his craft at the London College of Fashion and Central St Martins, and his designs are sure to make a statement when they hit the catwalk.

Instantly his collection makes me think of the impact Fyodor Golan made last season, just because he has reated some amazing silhouettes with his designs, and has thought of the overall look from the fabrics to the styling of the show. I won’t give it all away but expect 3D masks and statement heels finishing off his structured tailored lines.

What was the inspiration behind your collection?

I was inspired by Japanese armour and military, as well as the architecture of a Spanish train station roof, I’ve used the shadows and the 3D effect of the building within my designs. I also like to work with contrasting fabrics.

What will you take away from the Fashion Fringe experience?

I have learnt a lot and have met great people. Covering the business side of running a fashion business was something I needed, learning about things like distribution and shipping, as well as social media and brand awareness. The whole experience has been fantastic, and meeting Christopher Bailey was special.

Which three designers inspire you?

Ann Demeulemeester, Rick Owens, and Alexander McQueen.


Sadly the only finalist who was unavailble on the day of my studio visit was Vita so I wasn’t able to meet the Fine Art Central St Martins graduate in person, which was a real shame as her path into fashion is very different from the other two designers. Unlike Teija and Haizhen, Vita has no formal fashion training, her CV encompasses everything from making documentaries, short films to TV commercials, which makes seeing her incredible knitwear designs even more remarkable.

I was able to find out about the inspiration for her Fashion Fringe collection via email, which features dramatic knit constructions, a folky colour palette and vintage looking prints.

What is the inspiration behind your Fashion Fringe collection?

SS13 is inspired in part by Paul Poiret’s 1911 party ‘Thousand and Second Night’, where guests were asked to wear Persian dress and indulge in dancing in the moonlight.

I love the idea of layering Eastern influences into Western ideas; some of the prints are inspired by and use motifs from Georges Barbier’s early twentieth century illustrations. I also thought about moonlight as a mood and infused some of the colours of that hour, just after dusk, in an imaginary city full of minarets and flickering lights.

Which three designers inspire you?

Iris van Harpen, Alexander McQueen, and Dries van Noten.

I really am excited about tonight’s show, I wouldn’t like to bet on the who will be the winner as each one is completely different, I think it is going to be a hard decision for Christopher Bailey and the rest of the judging panel.

I will be heading backstage before the show to catch up with the designers, and see the hair and make-up take shape, before taking my seat for the final show of the London Fashion Week season and I literally can’t wait. I will Tweet and Instagram as much as possible, that is signal permitting, it seems Somerset House is a mobile black spot!


Sep 16 2012

LFW SS13: Day 3 – A Flash Of Colour, Blogger Love and A Balcony View

Sunday’s are always the hardest, two days of back-to-back shows and I am a little tired and all I want to do is snooze, but today I dragged my arse out of bed in the name of fashion. Today was a little quieter for me, it was mainly about catching up on work, supporting a fellow blogger, and then ending the day with a flurry of red carpet dresses from Alice Temperley.

First stop of the day and the reason for my early start was The Apartment for the Vodafone breakfast, it was really nice meeting the PR and marketing team, finding out about their new London Fashion Week app, fingers crossed they release it for next fashion week as it looked cool, and also talking about plans for the Mary Katrantzou partnership, which is still very much at the early conversation stage. If Richard Nicoll’s rechargeable bag is anything to go by it is going to be great.

Then it was off to support Charlie May, an uber-stylish blogger in her first catwalk show. Last season Charlie did a presentation which I sadly missed but this was an intimate catwalk show like no other I had ever been too. The wine cellars of the Stafford Hotel venue was incredible, it was so adorable it only had three rows on one side and the runway could only fit one model down at a time, which was better for us as once down they played statues and it looked amazing.

My pictures aren’t amazing, but the collection was minimalist with incredible tailoring for such a young designer, and my highlight had to be the finale light caramel evening gown its leather bodice and wrap skirt was gorgeous. Oh, and I can’t forget the accessories, incredible Kat Maconie shoes and quirky retro sunglasses from Zan Zan – Charlie May is definitely a name for the future.

A quick stop back at The Apartment for food, you could tell it was Wagamamas day as the place was packed. A snack, a read of The Daily, and a peak on social media sites and I was back out the door to Temperely London.

I was super excited about seeing the Temperley London show, more so when I found out my view was the amazing balcony at Grant Connaught Rooms along with my blogger pals. It was great seeing a show straight on, literally we were above the photography pit and it was amazing seeing Alice Temperley’s spring/summer 2013 collection.

Entitled “return to elegance” it certainly was gorgeous, I loved the nipped in waists, the sheer panels, the bee-keeper hats, and the printed dresses. This collection I am sure will be hitting press promo tours very soon and of course will be seen shortly on the brand’s most famous un-official ambassador the Duchess of Cambridge.

Looking for my flash of colour from my look of the day? Well, I am going to own up, I totally forgot to take it. I don’t know what happened, but trust me it wasn’t black, it was actually bright orange.

Sep 15 2012

LFW SS13: Day 2 – Black With A Hint Of Neon, Oriential Beauty, and Now 1994

After the craziness of yesterday I tried to pace myself today, well that was the plan but to be honest you just can’t help getting caught up in the fashion wave, and today was mainly about Vauxhall Fashion Scout and the one, the only Henry Holland.

I started the day with The Body Shop as they are the make-up sponsor for Vauxhall Fashion Scout, the off-schedule platform during London Fashion Week. What I love about London’s fashion scene is that it really does nurture new talent, whether it is Fashion Fringe, Fashion East, Topshop’s Newgen or Fashion Scout’s Ones To Watch.

What’s always nice with these back-to-back showcases is that they are always completely different, and that certainly was the case for Ones To Watch this season. There was Ming pin Tien with his leather constructions, Charlotte Simpson with her red carpet worthy sequinned beauties, Hana Cha presented a cool collection of monochrome fringing and dip dye chiffons, and the final collection from Hellen Van Rees was a three-dimensional masterclass.


I ended my day with a nighties flashback at House of Holland, not just that the ‘Buzz Kill’ collection, which was inspired by the “forgotten decade”, but mostly that the soundtrack could totally have been Now 1994 – think Shampoo’s ‘Were in Trouble’ and No Limit’s house banging tune, it was a flashback to my 14-year-old self!

It was also the craziest show I have been too this season, set in an NCP car park, it was just cool, like Henry himself. Everything from the invite, a floral iPhone case to the incredible music, to the House of Holland front row gang of the gorgeous but super-skinny Kelly Osbourne, the striking Nicola Roberts who snuck by paparazzi, and Alexa Chung, this was my first experience of a HoH show and I loved every second of it.

The beauty of off-schedule is that sometimes you just don’t know what to expect, and sometimes there is a designer that really stands out, today at Vauxhall Fashion Scout, that designer was Tahir Sultan. Other than the fact my friend Amy is on his PR team I didn’t have a clue who Tahir Sultan was, what his designs were going to be like, or how good he was, well after seeing his ‘The Silence’ spring/summer 2013 show I can certainly say that I won’t be forgetting him anytime soon.

This was a collection reminiscent of BodyAmr, it had a glamour and confidence about it that was pure opulence and utterly divine. The models were stunning, the tailoring was exquisite, but for me it was the drool worthy red carpet gowns that had me wanting more. Don’t worry I promise more pictures from this collection soon.

My final highlight of day 2 was Ji Cheng, I knew it was going to be good after receiving the intricate tea bag inspired invite, and I wasn’t wrong. This was a collection filled with oriential beauty and Western tailoring and the pair really married up well. I loved the asymmetric cuts, the peplums *yep, they aren’t going anywhere*, the gorgeous backless gowns, the incredible make-up and the striking handmade bamboo hats.

When I got up this morning I just wanted to do comfort, so it could only be one think skinny jeans and a jumper day. Once again it was mostly black, it is slimming after all, but today’s looks was finished off nicely with lots of studs, and pops of neon pink, especially my gorgeous neon pink Cambridge Satchel Company bag, which I truly love.

My Style: Warehouse black skinny jeans (c/o Westfield London), Warehouse studded jumper (c/o Westfield London), Spy Love Buy studded skull boots (c/o), Cambridge Satchel Company bag, H&M bangles, Ice-Watch, Barbie necklace, Retro 54 glasses, and my HTC One X, which I am constantly glued to, unless when I think I have lost it when actually it was in my back pocket like I did today!

So what was your highlight of London Fashion Week Day 2?

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.

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