Sunday, February 28, 2016

London Fashion Week: A/W 2016/17

A.F Vandevorst

London Fashion Week always has the pressure of upholding the reputation of their unique designs that make the rest of the fashion world extremely jealous of the UK's quirky yet adorable style. It's already a given that London has quite literally walked it, with runways from upcoming and popular designers giving us a taste of something new and innovative. A. F Vandevorst really gave us a dose of the extraordinary with ruffles of draped excess fabric falling from the waistlines. Velvets, furs and denims mis matched on the runway based the look of this collection, yet all surprisingly fit together as though it was meant to be, like Cinderella's slipper, because of the dark colour palette. Since S/S 16 collections it was predictable hanging relaxed shapes were going to be to be continued into A/W and that's exactly thats happened but is there more to come? 


Florals are a given at any Erdem show. First rule of Erdem, don't use any other pattern apart from florals. Saying this, just because we expect it, doesn't mean we don't hold the idea that we're not going to be shocked at every collection. Far from it, with A/W 16 showcasing beautiful dark florals using various different shapes and styles. Suits, cocktails dresses and cape shapes were all included in the collection with capes being a huge player in the general A/W 16 trend packet. Noticeably sharp collars were a must have on many of their garments with many absolutely packed with details of embroidery and sheer fabric daisies. For sheer fabric once again it was champion, is there any design house that didn't use it this year? 

 Gareth Pugh

No unfortunately this season models supporting a full face of clown face paint and red afro wasn't a look Pugh went for this seasons, sigh. For A/W 16 it was the time for the monster machine power dressed women to take over, with just a step on the catwalk everyone was immediately intimidated. Those pointed shoulders, that pin tight hairstyle, and those high necklines shout masculine so loud I can't even hear anything else, but that was part of the look Pugh wanted to go for. Even feminine numbers like skirts were teamed with a PVC fabric for a raunchy and dominating rebellion style. All I advise is if next autumn you for some reason need to kick the ass out of someone then THIS is the look you want to go for, no one is going to mess with shoulders that could poke your eye out and metal masks that could knock your brains out.

 Christopher Kane

Granny chic is a look thats got many questioning if it's really acceptable or not? There's one thing buying a pair of Topshop socks with the little lacy frill that your Nanna would approve of, but how about a rain hood? In a shade of Orange? Hmmm maybe a little too far, but obviously Kane used this little accessory mostly to make Granny Chic a more obvious theme we could see as soon as the first model walked out. Although, just because the rain hood is a stereotypical representation of old ladies (sorry to the stylish old ladies who wouldn't dream of such a thing), there are many different fabric choices Kane uses that definitely contrast to the sitting chair Grandma. For instance, the feathered fur shoes that ooze tactile texture, that sheer striped two pice that screams provocative and those baggy oversized K knits that simply don't fit in the right places and would drive your Nanna crazy. This is Granny chic, and of course Granny wouldn't like it. 

Simona Rocha

Sophisticated, dark, mysterious and timeless are words that instantly spring to mind when we see the colour black anywhere. It's a gift that when wearing black it suddenly gives you that professional and beautiful look just with the colours and the details of the fabric. Simona Rocha also showcased a lot of pastel pinks (one of her favourite colours to use in her collections) and whites, but for A/W 16 she took things to the darker side with a whole array of garments drowned in black. Yet again, fur was an iconic part to play in the collections with fur coats and even bags making an appearance. However, the most alluring and elegant designs shown were the use of black lace and sheer fabric together to create a very delicate style, yet mixed with polar necks and the colour black give it quite a sharp seductive look.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

New York Fashion Week A/W 16/17

 Calvin Klein

The previous past fashion months have involved tailoring left right and centre, and of course this style hasn't changed too much- lets just say it's been given a little bit of a facelift. Those very masculine two piece suits that were all over A/W 15 and S/S 16 have taken a tone down to a more casual and relaxed alternative to the suit and tie combo. Flowing fabric, loose ties and an overall bagginess to the garments made them so much more appealing to wear on a day to day basis without looking too much like you're heading towards the office. Obviously we love a two piece, but CK clearly wants us to have a little more fun injected into our fashion again playing with a miss match of materials. Fur, leather and crochet were all spotted on the CK catwalk in a sophisticated black, and often partnered with a seductive low V neckline.

 Hugo Boss

One of my all time favourites at New York Fashion week is Hugo Boss. There's no other brand that compares to it's impeccable yet simplistic collections playing with only a few colours for a whole season. Camel and black is a favoured combo BOSS love to use continuously in their designs, and was a key favourite in their last A/W collection. Cleary BOSS stuck to their very neutral palette, using only a subtle streak of floral pattern. However, BOSS obviously chose these colours for the reason that they let the shape and structure the talking. Those asymmetric lines, peplum waistlines and full skirts all add to the dramatic movement and character of the garments. Yes, a very strict colour palette but a very powerful silhouette that instantly screams inspiration from Dior's New Look. 

 Marc Jacobs

Fashion week wouldn't be fashion week without the insane. And of course who else would give it to us but Marc Jacobs. How many goths does it take to win over a whole collection in New York? Turns out a whole runway full of them. Smokey eyes, heavy eyeliner, HUGE and scary boots and of course lots and lots of black made a secure appearance in New York City. Unless you're still in your teenage Emo stage then I'm guessing this is a look that you're going to struggle pulling off? Who could blame you, most of us are probably too scared to even consider it. Maybe just take the key details such as the cape (a major future contender for A/W 16) and the black tie ribbons on the waistline. We can all accept that this collection is more about the shock factor rather than the trend factor, but that beautiful square/ check pattern on some of the designs is something I'd be looking out for.

 Reem Acra

Sheer sheer sheer, it's all any fashion house has talked about for the last few years and it's not going anywhere for A/W 16 either. The (pardon the pun) sheer beauty of it is just too much to say no to. Its like the option of wearing thin denier tights which A) instantly allows you to get away with wearing the shortest skirt ever because at least you've attempted to cover up, and B) can actually make the whole outfit look so much more sexier and sultry. Reed Acra obviously took this into account when designing their floral heavy collection. Lace, bra strap like details and suspenders on the skirts really captured the essence of seduction, the models were pretty set for a round of Burlesque. Just looking at the plunging necklines. Boat necks, similar to what Tudor women wore the insensate their breasts, bring the message home clear as day that this is a very much so sex appeal collection. Let's not be the overly modest girl who would frown at such a thing, don't be ridiculous-we love it. Embracing a little racey number can make us feel like a million dollars (although the "waiting on the corner at midnight" look is a no go zone).

Tommy Hilfiger

All Tommy Hilfiger needed on the FROW of his new A/W 16 collection was Popeye sat staring in awe at these sailor inspired designs whilst munching away on his bowl of spinach and chanting AYE AYE SAILOR. Hilfiger took obvious references from the adventure of the sea in his latest collection for A/W 16. Most commonly the sailor references only set sail during the summer months with more red and blue stripes in their traditional appearance. Hilfiger challenged this using darker navy shades to expend this style into the colder season. Looking at the collection his sea-spiration was all taken in through the details such as; rope motifs plastered all over blouse and used as pussy bows; yacht patterned silk fabric used the popular street style pyjama suit; and striping details on the cuffs and waistlines so typical of a sailor boys uniform. The palate was left chic and simple with navy and pastel blue tones complimenting each other for a beautiful design.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Boohoo Buys

Revoltingly irresistible

Since S/S 14 catwalks we knew culottes were under the radar, but very surprisingly to everyones reaction, the once labeled hideous pants/ skirt number is the key contender of our summer wardrobe. I've been collecting culottes since last summer and I can tell you straight away I was completely puzzled and very fashion conscious on how to pull them off. Yet, like banging your head on the fashion cupboard of postmodernism, it suddenly hits you that these "hideous" pants are actually your most trusty fashion piece of the whole summer, making every outfit you wear look absolutely flawless. The whole draping effect and wide leg cut really is a beautiful silhouette when partnered with a pair of sandals or sporty trainers. 

Since the colder weather hit in I'm seriously getting withdrawal symptoms from them that I just had to order myself another pair from (yet this time as a jumpsuit shape, let the collection keep on growing). I love the stripe Parisian pattern, all it needs are plain colours in accessories to give it the finishing touch. At only £6, how could I not add this to the basket? Don't be the person who questions about it until the end of they day, then finally comes up with the most overused excuse in history "I'm allowed to treat myself" but then it's gone, vanished off the face of the earth. Just don't be that person okay? Click it, buy it, done... now unfortunately it's just the impatient waiting you have to uphold. 

Tie the knot

Another bargain I managed to find on was a £3 cami top and neck tie. I mostly bought this little piece just for the neck tie as I've been desperately looking around for one without paying through the nose for basically an over exaggerated piece of ribbon. S/S 16 was loving the tie and knot look, whether it was around your waist, neck or even over your shoulders tie ribbons were a big hit that we're now beginning to see in our high street stores. Personally, the best option I would advise is a black colour, it insinuates wherever you wish to tie it by just being bold and simple. Gigi Hagid has favoured the black neck tie for numerous events and simple styles her hair behind her shoulders to show off the shape of the tie perfectly.

ps: If you worry this is a murder weapon in disguise and fear anyone could literally just come and strangle you then don't worry. I think this scenario has drifted the thoughts of EVERY single person when they'd finally bought it, got the look together then had second thoughts in the mirror. Let's not be so absurd, it's a neck tie for crying out loud, not a knife.

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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Fruity Tooty

For my previous module of work at University, as a group, we had to accomplish a photoshoot of whatever we wished towards the theme of "Encounter Culture" a trend WGSN has predicated for  S/S 17. With culture being the buzz word, we instantly thought of different rituals and colours from different countries to tie them all together in a shoot. Although, after discussions we decided fruit was the best bet, along with flowers for a very tropical style thats particularly on trend.

After the shoot, we individually has to create an editorial for a magazine of our choice. I chose "The Plant" magazine, a perfect publication for the concept I wished to put forwards. The main element I needed to get right was the story telling in the magazine, this couldn't just be random pictures on a spread, it needed meaning and a message that could get people thinking. That's when I thought of the interesting use of poems to open and close the story-one telling the magical journey of a tree's life, the other warning us of the issue of neglecting our environment and nature. The journal article highlights how important it is for us to eat and grow more fruit in our lifestyle and to remind us of the fascinating colour, shape and texture a fruit can have.

Take a look at the magazine spreads I came up with and let me know what you think!