Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Paris Fashion Week S/S 17

Jacquemus

Heads up. Jacquemus certainly made heads turn for this collection as each one of the models showcased the most magnificent and massive headwear probably recorded this Paris Fashion Week. In fact, if there was a sudden gust of wind I'm sure those pieces of headwear would morph into some kind of frisbee. It wasn't only the headgear that was taking it large for s/s 17 as many of the garments involved a heavy upper body shape involving wide shoulders the 80s Diva's would be extremely jealous of. With all this focus on the shaping Jacquemus kept it clean and simple with the colour palette favouring monochrome and other neutral shades. One thing is for sure, you won't be wearing those hats for our British summers with the amount of wind and rain we still receive in the warmer months. Save that accessory for the holidays abroad yes?

 Rochas

As delicate as fairies, models glided down the runway for the Rochas S/S 17 collection looking as innocent as a daisy. The high usage of sheer and voile materials gave the whole collection a very soft and cutesy look, yet the punch of the mustard and emerald colour choices gave the collection a bit of a mix up. Something about this style reminds you instantly of Molly Goddard's collections with her signature use of sheer fabrics that is practically her brand image now, however Rochas took it up a step using bolder colour choices and staying well away from the pastel palettes, even though pastels are a keen favourite for s/s. Preferably I find emerald one of the most forgiving and elegant colours to wear and it honestly deserves more recognition than it doesn't seem to get. #BringBackEmerald

 Ann Demeulemeester

It's very, very tempting to pull one of those lapels gracefully floating against Demeulemeester's garments to actually test if you end up ravelling and twisting out uncontrollably until the whole garment is hanging in a pile at the bottom of your feet. There's that many strings, ribbons and lapels tied, twisted and tightened in this collection that I'm sure it's worthy of the world recored. The rest of the collection stayed very tailored with monochrome colour palettes, white crisp shirts and smart blazers. Although all most definitely taking a back seat with deconstructed styles that makes you wonder how on earth that shirt is still sitting evenly on her shoulders. I don't know how but I want to know immediately. Demeulemeester masterclass anybody?

 Giambattista Valli

We all know the trend for underwear is now becoming outwear with nightdress like garments making their way into the night clubs and even the red carpets. But what if you wore a bra over your shirt? What if you opened all the buttons to reveal whats underneath? Is that going a little too far? Some could say yes, but if mastered correctly this trend could be a real hit next summer. We've already accepted that the Calvin Klein matching set has been acceptable to wear (JUST THE TOP HALF GIRLS) out on the clubs or when it's piping hot in the summertime so isn't this just a more lacey racey version? Matched with lace details on the skirts and sheer materials this collect by Valli is certainly very sexy indeed. Huge knickers are sexy now-deal with it. Fellow Bridget Jones enthusiasts and girls who probably feel she's in some way part of their lifestyle would be applauding in unison at this look.

Veronique Branquinho

Beauty and elegance in one collection sums up Branquiho's s/s 17 collection. Instead of the classic white and black combination of the very British looking school girl vibe this collection took on beige for a very vintage feel. Something about this collection screams class and instantly transports you back to the 1920s with the hand glove accessory details and scraped back hairstyles. The layering of the skirts and dresses have been taken to a whole new level making it school girl with a new twist. Don't get me wrong you don't want to look supper innocent and resemble a complete child so taking a part of this collection such as the shoes and sock combination or the choker tie detail and partnering them up with a more clingy dress to show your curves is the perfect look for the summer. 

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Milan Fashion Week S/S 17

 Gucci

Prada and Gucci now have similar traits. They both involve the nostalgia and elegance of past fashion, yet mix things up with new shapes and partnering accessories that you just wouldn't dream of putting together yourself. Gucci has always been about colour and expression and by means of this S/S 17 collection the colour is quite honestly bouncing off the walls with several warm shade being paraded down the runway. The colour palette has been a wise and well thought out process as from first look you instantly feel the warmth from the reds and mustards, feel the nostalgia from the burnt out browns and yellows and feel the elegance and grace from the rich emeralds. Matching all this colour with ruffles, ties and embroidered floral appliqué really does make the whole collection scream MY NANNY WOULD LOVE THIS. (That's a great thing, but yes, I understand you don't want to be on borrowing clothes duty with your Nan) Match these garments with contemporary shoes and accessories just to make you realise you've not actually travelled from the past.

 Luisa Beccaria

It's blue, it's indigo, it's lavender. Well, obviously it's got to be Luisa Beccaria. Known for her use of soft blue and purple tones, Beccaria has yet again created a beautiful collection based around this colour palette. There's something about this collection that instantly transports you away to a secluded flower garden on a full blue sky summer's day, with only the slight tickle of a breeze giving the dresses that elegance of movement. The amount of detailing in all the designs is so precise you can tell its taken a lot of hard work to get this collection looking as chic and graceful as it does on the runway. What's even more fun about this collection is the type of dresses she creates are all extremely different. Prefer a low V neck? Or rather a collar fastened right up to the top button? They're all included, so take your pick.

 Prada

What's that furry purple thing with ears hanging off your bag? Oh this old thing, it's only a cute little keyring I picked up at the side of the till (said 70% of women this year as the whole craze for a fuzzy little pet on the side of your handbag cuddled the nation). Turns out that fuzzy little friend has now made it onto our clothing as well, as Prada created many of their garments to include the feathery texture. To be honest we can't say we didn't see it coming, as the fur and fuzz by popular demand has made it onto many of our footwear choices. Whether that be a pair of laid back trainers or a luxurious pair of court shoe heels, it can suit whatever, wherever. Prada's collection teamed up collared necks with crop tops, layering in new and unique ways that all seems to actually look amazing. Their feathered focus was mainly on the necklines and cuffs of garments as well as huge long scarves to swish and swash down the runway.

 Aquilano. Rimondi

Tailored style has taken a much needed step back this fashion week, as mostly all designers gave tailored style a new and improved laid back approach. Yes, you've got cotton shirts, but who says they need to be fastened to the top? Who says that skirt can't have a slit that goes all the way up to the inner thighs? And who the fuck says you can't wear a crop top with the belt showing on top of your tailored trousers. Yes tailored style is good, especially for the office, but now tailored style has made its way into our every day casual wear it got a little too stiff and formal. This fashion week the designers like Rimondi have given us the graceful reminder that once in a while it's okay to have fun and bring a little more sass and sex to the tailored attire. Personally that crop top partnered with tailored pants is a winner!

Antonio Marras

Try to put yourself in Marras shoes. Picture yourself designing a collection thats got to be the best of the best, the newest of the new and the chicest of the chic. But so many choices of materials? Where do we go from here? Use them all of course! Why make yourself limited to a choice of only a few materials when you can have the best of both worlds and include them all. Obviously this is EXACTLY what Marras was thinking, and probably awarded himself with a well earned drink afterwards. Since the designs have so much material Marras patchwork the pieces to create deconstructed and busy styles giving much needed life and texture to the garments. There's something unique about it that makes it seem so casual yet at the same time structured and polished from the long dresses and coats. I can already see that patchworks denims and blues are going to be a big thing next summer.