Wednesday 12 December 2012

Proenza Schouler Pre-Fall 2013

If anyone's going to take a different approach to Pre-Fall, it's Proenza Schouler.

Set against a pure white background, 16 looks were produced. All of which, very (and I hate to overuse this term) "edgy", unusual and wild. However, not so incredibly OTT that they become unwearable.

The collection starts with a white and black ensemble  The graphic trousers paired with the white jacket  is a little  too much white for me, yet will appeal to thousands.

A staple black leather jacket is necessary in every girl's wardrobe. Schouler have provided exactly that. No studs, spikes etc. just a plain basic jacket to throw over everything, yet the spice is thrown back in with the "torn" skirt.

Then we see something truly magnificent. It almost seems as though the collection starts off with  basic colours presented in a edgy yet fairly simple way and then we see these metallics pop out of nowhere. The jacket is like staring at artwork. It is infused with this shimmery pattern of blue and is finished off with the black. The unusual design of it is appealing, with the diagonal structure. 

Another gorgeous, fiery metallic. The gold skirt is truly pretty and is definitely paired best with a  plain black and white  jumper, though I'm not a fan of turtleneck. 

BCGB Max Azria Pre-Fall 2013

From the last S/S collection I reviewed, BCGB Max Azria seemed very unique with their leather harnesses on the runway. This collection is a little more simple and feminine, veering towards a 40s influence. 

Simple, yet elegant. White ruffles along the neckline a black mid-length skirt. 

Love this jumpsuit with the wide-hem trousers. The colour is a beautiful shade of  powder blue  and I love the cinched in waist to add some definition.

This is stunning. My favourite look. A modern, chic leather skater skirt, seen everywhere this season, paired with a cream top and black ruffles along the shoulders. The white belt really makes this look. In my opinion, this is the perfect twist to a typical, feminine evening look.

This is really something. Again, mesh has been absolutely HUGE recently so BCGB have  incorporated it  into a top with a plunging, daring neckline. This is, again, paired with flared trousers but the colours here are so gorgeous. The look is sophisticated and edgy at the same time. Statement looks have been nailed in this collection.

Similar to my favourite look of this collection, a coral satin blouse has been paired with a belted cream  skater skirt. What does it for me is the minor gold detailing on the blouse. I'd buy this in an instant.

Airy and feminine. Another mid-length dress here with vertical stripes and a lacy mesh to accompany it. The transition between the black and the grey is really nice. 

Sunday 9 December 2012

Rihanna flaunts Wang on X Factor

Quite literally 'Fresh Off The Runway', Rihanna performed Stay & We Found Love on tonight's X Factor wearing Wang's cut-out ensemble from the S/S 2013 collection.

I loved the collection, reviewing it as "modern, "innovative" and rating it a 10/10.

The original runway look.

Rihanna working the look on the X Factor. I love how the cream colour contrasts with her skin so beautifully. 

Friday 7 December 2012

Alexander Wang Pre-Fall 2013 Review

Recently announced the new creative director of Balenciaga, Wang showed his Pre-Fall 2013 collection in New York. There are mixed reviews of his new position, which is a different story altogether but I am personally excited to see what he'll bring to the table... he might be able to give Balenciaga an extra edgy side to couture unlike anything we've ever seen before. In spite of this, Wang showed 20 pieces which showed his confidence in “blur(ring) the distinction between the individual garment piece.” The collection oozed a unisex look with clean tailoring and simplicity above everything.

The colour palette was black, grey and white. Similar to what we saw with his S/S RTW 2013 collection, which I reviewed extremely positively. 

Slick and suave. Perfect example of the "unisex" concept. The woman's suit is vamped up with a leather black underlay.

One of my favourites. It's so unique. The leather braces are gorgeous and the square backpack case is so original. The collar is cute and adds that tiny bit of femininity the look needs.

In black and white, this dress works. It works because it's SIMPLE. Simple draping of the fabric over the shoulder and a typical Wang leather belt. Office-to-dinner look much?

Wang has always been about bringing streetwear to catwalk standards. This grey sweatshirt and trouser combination proves just that. The look appears a bit crumpled, which I do like as it adds to this idea that everything doesn't have to be 100% polished. A confident woman can look good in anything, even casual looks like this. It's jazzed up with a clutch, although this is plain white to add to the minimalist look.

My favourite look of the collection. This is what Wang was trying to do... blur the lines. The top could be a jacket or a vest, no-one knows. The diagonal side zip is just too cute and this is exactly what makes me excited about the future of office-wear.

Chanel Pre-Fall 2013 Collection Review

Karl Lagerfeld has unveiled his Pre-Fall collection in Linlithgow Palace, the birthplace of Mary, Queen of Scots, whom Largerfeld was obviously inspired by.

The collection presents the magic of Scotland, without a doubt. There was a wintry, dark atmosphere with toasty fires around the runway. Perfect for Christmas. What I loved was it was so out of the ordinary. It was a big display of fashion, yet the atmosphere didn't subtract from the pieces, it added to, what I believe to be, one of Lagerfeld's best shows yet.

Layered tweed and tartan was eveywhere, with so many looks of different ways to wear the winter trends.

A combination of red tartan and geometric tights (not a big fan). Layering was big in this collection.

LOVE this cream, shearling jacket with inner tartan.

Maybe not so visible in this image but the threading on the these trousers really does glitter & shine when seen on the runway. Huge puffy sleeves are gorgeous.
A slightly ruched, crisp white blouse with a gorgeous skirt. As you can see, the skirt has detailing which appears as though real red roses are growing from it. The romantic essence of this collection comes alive with pieces like this.

A more gothic look here with a black polo-neck jumper and darker patterend tights. The jacket sweeps over the outfit effortlessly and the heavy jewellery adds to the rock-chic look.

Now the following dresses are from the final part of the show where Largerfeld stepped up and produced some real theatrical and elegant couture. The dresses are divine with the pearl embellishments and layered skirts. Reminiscent of the Victorian era, these dresses are certainly fit for royals. I loved the transition from the outerwear to these treasures.

"There's always the sense with Chanel that Lagerfeld shows much more than he needs to, and that was the case here. Still, this was a sterling collection of clothes for a day you can only imagine being a hell of a lot better than the one that will greet you tomorrow morning." - Tim Blanks, 

Sunday 2 December 2012

Fendi- Great Wall of China Flashback

Fashion Youtuber Fatalefashionll blessed my subscription feed with a reminder of Fendi's S/S 2008 Great Wall of China fashion show. 

Karl Lagerfeld and Silvia Venturins were the masterminds behind this creative concept of using such a historical landmark as the backdrop for Fendi.

LVMH (Moet Hennessy- Louis Vuitton) sought to increase its sales by 2008 and I'm sure it did just that with a never-before-seen, panoramic display of fashion. 

In Vogue: The Editors Eye

In 4 days time, HBO will air a new documentary following the lives of those behind the best-selling fashion magazine, Vogue.

I absolutely loved watching The September Issue and seeing Anna Wintour open up so honestly about her life. She's such a strong, powerful woman that it feels like we only ever see her with a strong face on so it was nice to see her be so real and honest, it must have taken a lot. Naturally, Grace Coddington made the whole thing come alive too.

I can't wait to see something new.

Brocade/Gothic Trend- Net-A-Porter

The brocade and Gothic trend has been so huge that Net-A-Porter could not have a better selection of pieces from Lanvin, Dolce & Gabanna, Gucci... you name it. I've rounded up a few of the most show-stopping pieces.

Lanvin- jewel-embellished scuba-jersey dress, £5,195. This is no ordinary dress, the embellishments seriously sparkle and the amount is just incredible.

Dolce & Gabbana- Emebllished velvet dress, £8,505. The black and gold combination here is divine. It seems like such a theatrical and classic piece brought to life with the velvet.

Dolce & Gabbana- Lace-up suede and stretch ankle boots- £665.00. These use the Gothic trend subtlety enough so that the boots can be worn from day to night. The lace up details are adorable.

Prabal Gurung- embellished mesh and feather silk-organza top, £5,070.
Probably the most spectacular, eye-catching piece and I'd expect no less from Prabal. The feathers are so gorgeous, I love the way this piece combines 3 rich materials together in such a sophisticated way that a dress is not needed to make a show-stopping look, this can be combined with black trousers to create the whole look.

Gucci- 18-karat rose gold, diamond and onyx earrings, £6,710. These earrings would be the perfect finishing touch to any Gothic look with the black onyx stone and the gold spikes dangling down. It's equally as elegant with the diamonds.

Saturday 1 December 2012

Tulisa wears Alexander McQueen

Tonight's X Factor sees Tulisa wearing an Alexandra McQueen LBD, prom dress style as well as McQueen shoes. To my surprise, Tulisa really does wear his dresses quite well. 

In a previous week, we also see her sporting a gorgeous McQueen dress with an emerald bustier and black skirt.

She was even seen wearing the same S/S 2011 McQueen dress as Kate Middleton, although Kate did tailor hers to have sleeves for the Queen's Jubilee. Something has to set them apart... 

Just as stunning as Tulisa, Nicole Sherzinger has pulled off an S/S 2013 Zeynep Tosun dress perfectly tonight, from the runway to the X Factor, it has an original structure with cut-out shoulders and a halter neck. Nicole is definitely proving that white is HER colour.

Laura Whitmore Style Report

Turning away from the designers, I decided to take the time to honour Laura Whitmore's stylist as I have loved every. single. look. she has worn on I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here NOW! on ITV2 (yes, I watch it every night.)

Thank God @thewhitmore has been posting style diaries to keep track of all the gorgeous looks we've seen so far.

I've selected the top 3 looks for me so far (excuse Joe Swash & Rob Beckett in the backgrounds).

Floral and playful. Dress- Topshop, Shoes- Aldo, Jewellery- Daisy Jewellery

Simple and elegant. Playsuit- Topshop, Shoes- River Island, Jewellery- Vintage

Rock chic. Shorts- Warehouse, Top- "Here Comes The Sun" (?), Necklace- Topshop, Boots- Aldo, Ring- Kat & Bee Jewellery

UNICEF Snowflake Ball

The annual UNICEF Snowflake Ball took place on the 27th of November and since then, there's been a lot of talk about "who wore it best... Selena Gomez or Katy Perry?"

I think Gomez outdid herself in a floor-length Dolce & Gabbana gown which eccentuated her figure and gave her a slightly curvaceous look. The combination of black velvet, gold shimmer and grey was perfect for the event, ensuring a full-glamour look. She really showed that she can do upscale and sophisticated.

As for Katy, she nailed Naeem Khan's navy cut-out gown and chiffon cape, yet it looked a little too gothic overall for me.

Regardless, at least they were both there to support the cause and celebrate philanthropy.

Wednesday 28 November 2012

Kristian Aadnevik

When Nicole Scherzinger walked out in that flowing combination of lace, spikes and a gorgeous, light and airy skirt on the X Factor, I couldn't help but think "Who. Designed. That?" Seriously, it was like my dream dress.

It had everything I'd want in one piece and it fitted her like a glove, although when does anything not... (Sidetrack: The last dress she wore on Sunday was a TOPSHOP dress, ladies and gentleman, not McQueen or Marchesa, Topshop. Wow.)

Kristian Aadnevik is an absolute God when it comes to fashion. His S/S 2013 collection is, in my eyes, a divine masterpiece. The collection has a certain fluency to it with its sexiness and elegance, especially seen with the shorter minidresses with draping that comes alive on the runway. 

I'm a huge fan of the strapless sweetheart necklines that flatter the female figure and Aadnevik knows how to deliver these pieces. Any girl can wear his pieces on a night out to literally transform themselves into a goddess and there's no question that they'll have the best outfit...

Like the style of the dress Scherzinger wore recently, his S/S 2013 collection features a bodycon minidress with full lace and spikes on the neckline. Daring and rock chic.

Without a doubt, Aadnevik has become one of my favourites and is definitely one to look out for in the industry.

Monday 26 November 2012

Kardashian Kollection Review

The Kardashian Kollection has debuted at Dorothy Perkins and what better way to kick off the Kardashians' success than making an appearance at Westfield London. Kicking myself, to this day, that I didn't go (hangovers...).

Anyway, having signed up to be one of the first people to purchase KK items from the DP website, I recieved a Gmail notification, grabbed the nearest credit card and bought a black and gold studded handbag, which I do adore. Can't seem to find it on the DP website, either sold out or was part of the limited first stock.. not sure. Only a couple images on Google, here's one, although I don't think it does it much justice:

Prices were quite reasonable but from what I've seen, I haven't been a massive fan of the clothing. A lot of it does ooze the Kardashians, but for my age range, there's a limited selection to buy, especially with midi dresses etc. 

In a way I'm disappointed with the safe shimmery shift dresses in the collection, yet I am a fan of the bodycons which I can see Kim in instantly:

As expected, lace and leopard print were the common themes throughout the collection which I appreciate seeing as that's pretty much all they wear... personally, I liked the more simple blouses like the following aqua coloured blouse with cute black detailing on the collar. 

Overall, there weren't many pieces which wow'd me but the collection certainly contained a mixture of statement pieces like PU leggings and black pencil skirts as well as party pieces like leopard print blazers and sequined dresses. 

For me, the accessories were the best of the line, but that's just my opinion.