Monday, September 29, 2014

S/S 2015: London Fashion Week


"Florals for Spring, groundbreaking". With the wise words from literary fictions Miranda, of Runway magazine, it's fairly clear that florals are bound to be appearing left, right and centre over the S/S Fashion week. Ederm took the floral pattern to new levels, and when I say levels I literally mean levels as many of the garments took a 3D approach. With a mixture of sheer delicate fabric against dark colours and a mass of feather gave a real richness to the look of the garments. By doing this Erdem creates unusual layering technique and holes through the garment to create a very textural piece. One of the most beautiful designs shows a greenhouse structure behind the floral patterns, which shows how Erdem's inspiration from this collection has not just come from the average potted plant, but from across the whole of the garden.

 Julian Macdonald

Julian Macdonald is one of those designers who you can't help but like. Through his wide market of high end fashion to shops in the high street, such as Debenhams, it's obvious that all of us has seen a little of Julian before. From his TV appearances we've gained to like him even more through his hilarious personality, but what we like about him the most is his fashion collections. In fact, one of the most beautiful collections I've seen in London Fashion week has to be Juilen's. The length and pattern on his garments are realistic for the public to use on a day to day basis or for evening wear, again giving him the upper hand with the wider audience as he takes into account what the public want rather than fantasise. The busy detailed pattern and bright airy colours give the collection a bright and engaging appearance. The high neck lines and equal, symmetry of the pattern allow his garments to become even more sophisticated.  Fashion at it's best, Juilen you've done it again.

 J.W Anderson

Oversized floppy hats have been flying their way around this summer as one of the main trends, we've seen them across high street and designer stores, so why not at Fashion week? J.W Anderson took on the fashion accessory that once was the most important piece in a woman's wardrobe. Hats used to be what we have now as the shoe-aholic population we are today. So even though summer is over don't frisbee that hat away just yet, keep hold of it for next Spring (I'm sure you're used to it on a windy summers day). J.W Anderson made the hats brim come down to the shoulders giving off quite an Egyptian fantasy look. In fact his whole collection was more obsessed with the shapes rather than the colours, as his colour palette stayed quite neutral. Even though subtle tones like camel, white and black were used, J.W Anderson challenges this with his use of chains, harsh knots and ties in his garments to bring a harsh and blunt shape. If I'm hearing a chain rattling whilst someone walks behind me in Spring, I'm blaming it on Anderson. 


With high end models parading up and down the catwalk for Marchesa, the Instagram likes were going through the roof as models such as Georiga May Jagger appeared in a white ruffle dress. It's the tradition that florals are for Spring and by all means stick to it let those flowers grow! Many different colour schemes were revealed by Marchesa, however the size of the floral patterns stayed quite similar allowing it not too bold or in your face, letting the colours do the talking rather than the pattern as Marchesa tend to like fine details in their work similar to Valentino. From mid lengths, playsuits and elegant gowns, Marchesa included almost every type of gown you could want, allowing each garment to be a little different. Like over 50% of the designers at Fashion week, Marchesa crafted gowns out of the popular sheer fabric by layering different lengths together and working with embroidery on top for a garment packed full of detail.

From Burberry's 2014 A/W show blanket capes were the highlight of the catwalk and have taken over the high street this Christmas and have become a massive trend this winter. From this stonker of a show, Burberry's S/S 2015 show couldn't let us down, and I'd keep an eye on this collection if I were you because by the blink of an eye it will be Summer once again and Burberry's new garments most probably be appearing on our high streets (in a cheaper form obviously). One of Burberry's baby's (in a way) Suki Waterhouse always makes sure she shows her face on the Burberry catwalk as campaigning for Burberry for the past earned her the model profile she has today. Thanks to that fringe she's easily recognisable with her mod and vintage inspired fashion choices. Moving back to the collection, the beauty climax has to be the dip dyed effect on the sheer fabric which has been given a pleated shape for more texture. Sheer fabric seems to be sheer bliss. 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

S/S 2015: New York Fashion Week

Jason Wu

Even though Summer is over and Winter is quickly approaching there's always the S/S Fashion Week in September every year to calm us down and let us keep hold of summer for just a little bit longer. From Jason Wu's previous A/W fashion week, collaborating with Hugo Boss, we expected Wu's S/S independant line to give a patterned theme focused throughout his garments. Wu encased on a camouflage style for different pieces in this collection and kept the length of his pieces mid length to give a bold and sharp line. The colours stayed quite harmonious throughout as he stuck with greens, blues and whites. The shapes are typical of the 60s which is also a key trend for A/W this year, so put on your best mod efforts and whip on a Fred Perry polo shirt.

 Michael Kors

You may associate Michael Kors more for his statement bags but Kors can be a dark horse when it comes to his clothing line. With this collection he's made it more suitable for every day wear as well as evening wear therefore giving himself a wider market to work with. The beauty of his collection is all about the patterns and contrasting colours whether it's daisies or grapes he's managed to pull them off beautifully due to his rich colour scheme. Who thought wearing a dress full of grapes could look so stylish? The key to his collection is the crisp tailored shirt, giving a clash of simplicity to his work and calming down the busy patterns on the sheer fabric skirts. If you thought Kors was just a bag designer then you're wrong, but don't worry you're probably not the only one. You learn something new every day, shame it's not about something we can afford though.

 Naeem Khan

Elegant, extravagant and chic, Naeem Khan surely ticked these boxes for his S/S 2015 collection. His garments focused on the beauty of florals instantly giving a delicate theme for the dresses. From pastels to bold metallic, Khan made sure every dress was a little different whether it be the shape, material or pattern. As the models paraded scenes of a garden down the catwalk the dresses floated and flew showing their delicacy, especially matched with the softer tones and sheer fabrics. Naeem Khan has always been a favourite of mine as each of his collections has proved very different, allowing his talent to show through his beautiful work and never forgetting to show us what he can do. Once again, he hasn't disappointed and surely deserves the recognition other designers have. Remember his name well, he's not going anywhere. 

 Victoria Beckham

The British born and bred designer Victoria Beckham once again let her work shine in the city of New York instead of London for Fashion Week. With her last collection she kept her style simple and sophisticated and has kept to the same guidelines for her S/S 2015 collection. The main pattern she focused on was a classic french stripe pattern to give an edge to the skirts shape and give attention to the legs. Seeing as our British summer doesn't tend to have that much sun, Victoria has thought of overcoats, jackets and knitwear to give us Brits a little cover over the goosebumps in that typical British summer. The shoes at the catwalk seemed like deja vu from this summer as the chunky heels and straps seems to be here to stay. Some might say ugly shoes, but ugly shoes aren't going anywhere.

Zac Posen 

Tailoring, tailoring and more tailoring. Zac Posen is one of the designers best known for his, you guessed it, tailoring. With his work awed at down red carpets for events he knew he had to present a beautiful collection to carry on his luck on the carpet. From 2014 Summer trends we know already that monochrome was a huge focus on summer fashion, so don't go throwing your summer clothes into the loft or charity bags just yet, monochrome is here to stay for another year at the very least so keep them where you can see them. Even though Posen works simplistically, he does uses texture and structure in his work. For this collection in particular he's experimented with holes and etching shapes into the clothing which would work wonders for layering.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Company Magazine: September edition

September. The month of new starts, chapters, beginnings, whatever you like to say. For me it was the start of University studying Fashion in the beautiful city of Liverpool which will now be my home for the next 3 years. Whatever start you'll be making it's key to stay confident even though you'll probably be feeling anxious and edgy. With all those new people to meet you want to look your best and Company magazine this week has helped to keep you on top of the A/W start on your wardrobe to get heads turning.

It's the return of the winter coat. Coming again to attack our purses and run away with our money, but we let it anyway. From the A/W 2014 fashion week back in February we all know that the Burberry blanket coats were a unique look we'd be seeing our Autumn wardrobes. But Burberry didn't stop at the blanket coats, oh no, they brought us back the shearling coat which was beautifully modeled by Suki Waterhouse on the catwalk. One of the best ways to wear the shearling coat is by matching it with a scarf that is tied with a belt to give it a burst of character and original look. Whether you're for fur or against it, you'll be able to buy a suitable shearling coat for your liking. You'll not only look like you've just strutted off the Burberry catwalk but you'll also be very very toasty for the cool winter breeze coming to a city near you (theatrical voice).

As for footwear, the mule shoe is making an exciting appearance in the fashion sphere. It's a little like the cut out shoes which have been running ahead of the game for a good year, as most high street stores now stock this style. The mule shoe is acceptable for a night out or casual wear it's just up to you to dress it up or down.

If you're making a new start this month whether it's job wise, education wise or simply moving to a new town, good luck with it!