British Fashion Awards 2010

•December 8, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Last nights saw the likes of Victoria Beckham, Alexa Chung, Naomi Campbell and Claudia Schiffer join the line up for the British Fashion Awards 2010. Hosted by Claudia Winkleman at the Savoy Hotel in London, the ceremony saw the best in British and international fashion come together to celebrate a year of fabulousness.

Phoebe Philo, designer and creative director at Celine (and previously Chloe) won the award for Designer of the Year. Wearing a loose-fitting black jumpsuit with a chic, sharp-shouldered black blazer thrown over her shoulders, Phoebe proved that less can be more.

Phoebe Philo at the BFAs 2010

Alexa Chung accepted the award for ‘British Style’, and proved that she was deserving of the award by taking to the red carpet in a Chanel SS 2011 white dress with patterned opaque tights and black platform heels. Showcasing a new shorter hair style, Alexa looked effortlessly chic when she collected her award, which was voted for by the public.

Alexa Chung

‘Black is back’ was a theme on the red carpet for the awards, with guests such as Naomi Campbell, Lily Cole and Daisy Lowe appearing in head-to-toe black outfits and bringing a touch of goth to the ceremony. Taking it to a new extreme was model Lily Cole, famed for her long red hair, who showed up with a mane of jet black hair. A bit much, perhaps?

Naomi Campbell, Lily Cole and Daisy Lowe

Among the other winners were Lara Stone, who won the ‘Model’ award for 2010, Mulberry who won the ‘Designer Brand’ award and the BFC (British Fashion Council) ‘Outstanding Achievement Award’ which went to the late and great Alexander McQueen. As a tribute to McQueen, the BFC put together the following video which you can watch HERE.

All in all, the British fashion awards proved to be one of the most fashionable nights of the year (naturally..) with appearances from some of the fashion industrys biggest names plus a range of celebrities in fabulous outfits.

You can see a full list of the winners by clicking  HERE to visit the official British Fashion Awards website.

Alexander McQueen MUSEUM!

•November 11, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Since the untimely death of the great designer in February this year, the fashion world has been missing the spark that McQueen brought with his unique designs. The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has decided to pay homage to the designer with a retrospective at its Costume Institute.

Set to be called ‘Savage Beauty’, the exhibition will show how the late designer challenged many rules and turned the fashion world on its head with his extravagant and sometimes controversial designs. The curators are also promising a ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’ to showcase many of the strange and captivating pieces McQueen created with longtime collaborators Philip Treacy and Shaun Leane. The exhibition looks set to be a real treat for any big fashion fans who want to see for themselves how McQueen carved himself out to be the ‘genius of a generation’, as he is now known, as well as all the hardcore fans of the designer.

News of the forthcoming exhibition has left McQueen fans guessing at what items will be included in the showcased collections, and wondering how on earth they will manage to whittle it down to a select number when there is so much brilliance to choose from.  Will the ‘Lobster’ shoe be included? The monochrome houndstooth suits? The stunningly intricate floral dresses? We will just have to wait and see…

Lanvin for H&M

•November 6, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Of all the designer-highstreet collaborations, I have to say that Lanvin for H&M is the one that’s excited me the most. In the past, H&M have worked with Stella McCartney, Viktor & Rolf, Matthew Williamson, Comme Des Garcons, Roberto Cavalli… The list goes on.

But what all of these collections had missing was the genius that is Alber Elbaz.

The Israeli fashion designer was appointed artistic director at Lanvin in 2001, and has since become what fashion reporter Suzy Menkes described as ‘Every woman’s darling’. His designs are so universally chic, feminine and beautiful that you get the feeling with his clothes that they really can make anyone look amazing. Elbaz recently said although he isn’t able to actually feel what it is like to wear women’s clothing, he could imagine it- and it seems this skill has led him to create some of the fashion worlds most coveted designs and made him a firm favourite with the fashion set.

Turning his hand to a high street collaboration seems like the natural next step for the designer. The collection features a few similar pieces to Lanvin’s mainline collections, making the beautiful but sometimes unobtainable items more available for those on a smaller budget but still looking for luxury fashion.

The collection seems to focus on structure, with lots of bold cuts and feminine tailoring, accentuated with bright colours and floral prints. It is classy and feminine with youthful, edgy twists that bring a modern element to the pieces and give it a luxurious touch which we would expect to see from a genuine Lanvin item.

Whilst the collection is largely centred around dresses, there are jackets, footwear and jewellery which could bring any outfit to life and are extremely wearable with every day clothing outside of the Lanvin for H&M range.

Elbaz has incorporated a range of textures which bring the collection to life once paired with the eye-catching prints and statement silhouettes which lend the range to evening and party wear.  The dresses are already being seen on celebrities lucky enough to have been granted access to them before their release, and are fast becoming the most coveted fashion items of 2010.

 

Many have accused the designer of selling out and diffusing down Lanvin items to reach the widest possible target market- but really it is Lanvin done slightly cheaper and for a younger and more playful customer base. The collection as a whole stays true to Elbaz’s vision that it isn’t Lanvin going mass market, but H&M going luxury. Whilst the price tag is a lot higher than you would usually expect to pay for  H&M, the perspective should be that it isn’t expensive for H&M clothing, but rather it is a great deal for Lanvin pieces.

View the video below to see the collection showcased in an edgy, stylish manner.

Kate Moss for Topshop: The Final Collection

•November 2, 2010 • Leave a Comment

We all knew it was coming. The day we all dreaded is finally here. Kate Moss’ final collection for Topshop was released today- and needless to say she’s going out with a bang.

Whilst many of us refused to believe the rumours circulating this summer about Kate Moss’ collaboration with Topshop coming to an end, it has no doubt forced the best collection we’ve seen from Ms Moss yet. It features everything we want from a collection by the super-stylish model- loose fitting tshirts, floor length evening dresses, a classic black blazer, gorgeously girly underwear… And now a line of jewellery to compliment the collection.The jewellery range is inspired by vintage designs, and compliment the collection nicely. With a few standout pieces such as the ring above, as well as more simple, sleek designs such as a gold star necklace, it is clear that Kate has flexed all of her design muscles for her final collection with the high street store.

What is also striking about the collection is the wearability of the items. The range has seemingly been designed with all occassions in mind, from every day jumpers and jerseys to extravagant evening gowns, with plenty of rock chic elements along the way that keep the heart of Kate Moss designs alive.

I for one wouldn’t mind having the entire collection and nothing else in my wardrobe…(except maybe some shoes!)

Coming soon…

•October 27, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Kate Moss’s 14th and final collection for Topshop launches on november 2nd. And from the pictures below, we can expect to see something pretty special.

Included in the range will be ‘Kate Iconic’, ten sell-out pieces from the past collections. Among these pieces will be the fast selling panther dress and the ruffle sleeve pansy print tea dress (see below).

Alongside some of the classic pieces, Kate has designed a new range for the collection which is said to be largely 70′s inspired, as well as featuring limited edition evening dresses and lingerie. The chunky-knit hooded cardigan is perfect for the winter season, as well as the fabulous fringe-sleeved mini dress- both of which I’m sure will sell-out as soon as the collection becomes available.

Also included in Mossy’s final collection for Topshop will be a vintage-inspired jewellery range (gasp!) and ’1 in 50′, a collection of exclusive pieces. This will be the first time Kate has incorporated jewellery into her designs, but after her extensive experience in modelling for jewellery companies (photos of her modelling topless for David Yurman were released today), I don’t doubt that Kate will come up with something beautiful and unique.

The complete range comes out next Tuesday (2nd November), but until then you can view an exclusive video preview and ’7 Days Of Kate’ on the official Topshop website.

 

 

Wild Things

•October 21, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Leopard print has always been one of my favourite looks, and the fact that it’s one this autumn/winter’s top trends gives me an excuse to buy and wear it even more.  Whether it’s an evening dress or just a scarf, animal prints add instant sex appeal and glamour to any outfit. Here are some of my favourite pieces for this season…

Jacket- 3.1 Phillip Lim, £1085. Available from Matches Fashion.

For me, this jacket is the perfect mix of cosy and cool, and the animal print detailing gives it an extra edge. Worn with a simple black dress and boots will create the perfect rock-chic look for day time, and with heels for a sexy evening look.

Leopard print shirt- 1971 Reiss, £110

Reiss always deliver when it comes to classic style and this sheer blouse from their 1971 collection is no exception. The loose, flattering shape of the shirt makes it extremely wearable with almost any outfit, whilst the pocket detailing and sheer shoulder panels set it apart from your usual leopard print shirt.

Leopard print leggings- ASOS, £20

These leggings would spice up the dullest of outfits, yet use just the right amount of colour and print to make them wearable on a day-to-day basis. Team with heels for the evening or black pumps or boots for day time and prepare to get noticed.

‘Lily’ shoulder bag- Mulberry, £495

Who says animal print has to be brown?  This adorable shoulder bag by luxury English brand Mulberry, mixes it up with a vibrant colour, chain detail strap and their signature padlock fastening that lets everyone know you’re carrying a bag by one of the most coveted brands.

Leopard boots- Topshop, £35  &  Leather pony-effect shoe boots- ASOS, £80

Now onto the shoes… These flat boots by Topshop are comfortable for everyday wear whilst incorporating the animal print trend, whereas the ASOS shoe boots are pure indulgence, with a platform and bright animal print which makes them perfect for evening wear.

Dress- Dolce & Gabbana, £625. Available from Matches Fashion.

Dolce & Gabbana have long been the leaders in incorporating leopard print into high fashion designs. This dress offers a girly and pretty way to wear the trend, with a ribbon waistband and deep neckline which create a gorgeously feminine shape.

iPhone Slip Case- £24.99, Exspect. Available at House of Fraser.

Last but not least, here’s something for all you iPhone owners. Now that our phones are not only for calling and texting (is anyone else sick of hearing about the latest apps every day?), we might as well use them to show how stylish we are. And what better way to do that this season than with this leopard print slip case? Kind of makes me wish I owned an iPhone…

Versus clothing

•October 18, 2010 • Leave a Comment

I would love to say I had better things to do than watch even one episode of X Factor this weekend. But alas, I watched two. After seeing Cheryl Cole on the show wearing a black Versus mini dress, my love for the brand was reignited.

Cheryl Cole in Versus A/W 2010

I adore this dress. The peephole neckline, sexy bustier detailing and adorable pleated skirt all scream fun and fashionable.

Versus, the Versace junior line, is in the second season since it’s comeback. With fashion maverick Christopher Kane at the helm, the line has become a firm celebrity favourite, known for it’s fun and flirty pieces which are both playful and wearable. The A/W 2010 line features intricate detailing in structure, with beautiful jewel tones and textures that make you want to reach out and touch the pieces.

Versus A/W 2010

Kane and Versace took inspiration from archived tinted photos by Bruce Weber for Versace, securing the photographers permission to use them on t-shirts and bags. Kane took the background coloration of Weber’s photos to create tonally matching looks, complete with printed ‘lunch box’ bags and grunge-chic t-shirts. The emphasis of the line seems to be on young partywear with a few touches of (slightly) more casual elements.

Leighton Meester in Versus A/W 2010

The new collection for Spring 2011 takes a step away from the sexy designs for A/W 2010, incorporating plaid, flats and leather backpacks suggestive of schoolgirl style.

Versus Spring 2011

For Spring, the silhouettes are elongated and prints are a key trend, which Kane’s designs nailed. There’s no doubt that, yet again, he has managed to create some dresses which girls all over will be fighting eachother for.

 

 
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