Tuesday, September 27, 2016

London Fashion Week S/S 17

 Molly Goddard

Molly Goddard has partaken in every single London Fashion Week but never has she yet to run a show, until now. Goddard favoured the presentational side rather than the runway, but has now had a change of heart, stocked up on the dollar and created more of raunchy collection. Whenever I think of Goddard's work, the pretty in pink childlike figure of a model comes to mind swishing around in her signature sheer garments, but for this collection Goddard upped the anti making the dresses much more wild in a whole array of colours, different shapes and even more sheer to reveal underwear so you immediately don't think "little girl" and more sexy puffer dress. Whats so unique about Goddard's designs is that she heats the voiles and sheer fabrics to construct 3D pieces, she also sews with elastic to give the garments bounce and ruffled edges. Goddard had been showcasing ruffled garments for years, way before everyone else, so you could say she's the ruffle trend setter. 

 Christopher Kane

THOSE ARE MY CROCS! Never has a shoe become more hated in the fashion industry than a croc. Bulky, rubbery and very very ugly, this shoe has been burnt, ripped and beaten off the face of the earth and hopefully extinct for good. Hold that thought... Christopher Kane presented a croc on every single model in his collection, and even partnered the half a wellington like shoe with a dress. Some would say he's just used the croc as a stunt to make his seasonal collection grasp even more attention than it already does, yet it's got people thinking, will crocs actually come back into fashion? Fashion through the years has turned pretty ugly in the way we wear things and the type of clothing we're choosing to wear, so who knows if this trend will actually kick off next summer. I would say no, and even put a bet down (because there's just no way I'll be wearing those shoes). As for the rest of the collection it was very deconstructed allowing underwear to show through the cut out sections of the dresses. Who knows, maybe next summer I'll see a girl wearing a pair of crocs with a summer dress- CRIKEY IT'S A CROC!

 Simone Rocha

London Fashion Week is home to a lot of new and upcoming designers and Simone Rocha has been participating now for several years. Rocha's signature style has always been big, bulky and oversized with sweet candy floss colours to contrast the huge shapes. This time she's taken her designs to a deconstructive level (a huge trend that many of the designers seem to have taken for S/S 17) with half coat half dress designs, sound confusing right? They look amazing on, but how on earth do you put those on? I'm sure it would be worthy of some sort of Krypton Factor challenge but it's not going to be impossible. Sheer fabrics and beautiful dark florals (unusual for s/s) made an appearance on many of the garments that had been either snipped, tucked or twisted. Some think it's way too wild for fashionistas to adapt to but this is a whole new start to a future of fashion thats thinking outside the box and morphing dresses and coats and whatever else they can get their hands on together.

 J.W Anderson

Monochrome has always been favoured in J.W Anderson's collections, but isn't monochrome the best two colours you can put together? They scream classic and classy even if the garments aren't the sleekest straightest cut.  Anderson stayed clear of sleek cuts for his collection as many involved asymmetric hems, tucks and layers in the dresses for a laid back and casual approach to the summer dress. It's a well known trait that Anderson is keen to express different components on his collections such as chains, but for this season he focused on zips and corset like tie details exposed to the outside rather than hidden away like their classical purpose. If you're more in favour of the neutral colour palettes then seriously J.W Anderson is the designer you need to have engraved in your memory.

Erdem

Known for metallic and majestic florals, Erdem always know they have to pull out all the stocks for each collection as every one they show is as good, if not better, than their last. S/S 17 left us feeling particularly blue, not because we were at all disappointed from the collection, quite the opposite. Blue and navy are secretly the go to colours when you're unsure of what colour to wear. Yes, we all know that black is the classic but people seem to forget that navy is actually such a forgiving colour, whatever hair colour or skin colour navy will suit practically anybody and everybody. Erdem favoured blue throughout this collection, especially the shade of cornflower blue which gave a pastel powder haze on the garments. Mixing this colour palette with white and metallic florals and a contrast of black shoulder and neck ties brought a collective feeling of elegance to the garments, particularly with the soft floating hemlines and peplum skirts.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

New York Fashion Week S/S 17

 Marchesa

New York Fashion Week is back along with its ritual of classic designers along with new kids on the block and definitely ones to watch out for. One that never fails to bring the grace and glamour to New York Fashion Week is Marchesa. Known for their Hollywood gowns, this collection was based on the colours of the rising and setting sun. Colour palettes ranged from soft and delicate including pastel purples and transparent blues, to bold and dramatic with jet black and dominant navy. Heavy embroidery was a key focus for this collection as well as using the fabrics to create ruffles and creases that made the garments instantly more flowing and graceful. Not many designers can pull off a collection of both delicate designs and darker dramatic gowns, but it's safe to say Marchesa have managed to give the best of both worlds. 

 Milly

You see that over the shoulder top you've got on repeat in your wardrobe about 5 times? Milly's last collection probably is the reason those summer favourite tops in your wardrobe exist. The craze of off the shoulder necklines all summer has even morphed its way into the autumn months to come by layering them under long sleeve tops or even T shirts. Yet, it looks like this trend is going to last into the next summer as Milly included off the shoulder pieces yet again in her S/S collection. Although this time they come with a new twist (an actual twist of the fabric to be precise) with layering of black and blue materials together that ties all the way down the arms, this collection really is the epitome of style. Simplistic colours let the shapes do the talking and this collection really does let that happen as ties, lapels and straps interlinking one another appeared one after the other on the runway. Milly is one of my favourite designers how she mixes simplicity with new shapes never experimented with before. Keep an eye out next summer for those off the shoulder tops again but with the new and improved twist make over, I'm sure she'll come up with version number 3.

 Zimmerman

Ruffles, ruffles and more ruffles. It's pretty much all over the magazines that ruffles in fashion are the next BIG thing. Literally MASSIVE, since many of the ruffles are becoming an uncontrollable but tidy mess all over our tops and skirts. At first we braved it with an asymmetric hem, but things have taken a turn to the wilder side by building up those hems with even more movement that is the ruffle. Zimmerman quite obviously used ruffles as a main theme throughout the collection as almost every, if not every, garment had elements of ruffles whether it was on the skirt, cuffs or neckline. Some could say ruffle overload, but what happened to the good ol' phrase the more the merrier? A bell sleeved top and a beautiful ruffled skirt and you'd look perfect.

 Delpozo

As more and more designers are becoming more and more experimental with their designs it's obvious that Delpozo clearly favours this way of work. First looks at their collection and you instantly see HUGE shapes that could practically knock you out. With materials used such as scuba the designs look almost futuristic with the wacky shaping which I've got to say I wouldn't mind wearing myself. I mean there's peplum skirts yes, but Delpozo take it to a whole other level. Everything seems to have taken to the bigger side in fashion now. Don't get me wrong garments are still tailored but it's a lot bigger in size, more roomy and of course comfier to wear. Is bigger the better in this case though? Surely that's a personal preference but that's for you to decide.

Rodarte

A collection inspired by bees and their buzzing beehive homes, Rodarte focused very much on the tiny details for S/S 17. At first glance the garments look like a beautiful layering of fabrics, all gently morphing into one another with lace details and dramatic shaping. Take a closer look and you'll find the embroidery is very heavy, the 3D appliqué is packed with punch and even the netting used is in a honey comb shape. With a collection this focused on the tiny details the colour choices stayed simple with monochrome to let the colours come to life through different textures and techniques. Black lace has always been a sexy look in my book and this look for Rodarte really ups their game, especially with the choker necklines and cut out sections of flesh. We're all pretty buzzed up on this collection.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Winter Prep in September? You can never be too early


Now that the summer months are unfortunately coming to an end one thing we've got to look forward to is the festive season. Yes, of course that means wind, rain and the occasional thunderstorms (It's Britain after all) but doesn't that thought of the dark evenings by 3 O'clock, the matching pair of gloves and hats and the warm fuzzy feeling you get knowing Christmas is just around the corner make it all worth it?

Now that Halloween is only a few weeks away it's a definite that the Christmas panic will set in. The shops will have Michael Bubble on repeat and all the gifting will start piling up in all stores like an obstacle race. Gifting is obviously the most important and hectic list you'll be making these next few months (if not already) but what about the list to achieve the cosiness and warmth of a festive decorated room? I'm already hugely into my interior design so whenever christmas comes along it's certainly time to experiment more than anything else. No other time of year is it more acceptable to hang fairy lights left, right and centre for the most beautiful looking Christmas interiors.

Over the last few years interior design has taken a step into the natural elements. The materials we have often taken for granted are now taking the limelight in all interiors right now. Think marbles, woods and even fibres like rope. This winter is all about the dark colour palettes of natural woods mixed with uplighting tones of whites and rose golds in the accessories. For inspiration look up lodges and log cabins for the perfect take on dark woods and those oh so festive log fire places. Remember those bins you would use to hide the wood at the side of the fire? Well no longer, as chopped firewood stacked at the side of your fireplace has never looked more cool. You might think all this dark wood mixed with white could feel a little chilly? Problem solution: line the room with animal like fake fur rugs, cosy blankets draped over statement chairs and blaze the room with candles in geometric holders for a modern edgy feel.



You're sorted. The rooms are perfect. There's nothing out there to stop you from having the most beautiful Christmas interiors ever seen. Or is that all too good to be true? Of course it is. SAY HELLO TO THE MOST UNWELCOME VISITOR FOR THE FESTIVE SEASON THAT IS THE CHRISTMAS CARD. Let's face it, we hate slaving away to write them and when we do receive them we find ourselves on edge as to where to display them without making the room look horribly tatty and a total nightmare!

For the best Christmas cards that people would actually want to display in their homes look at Paperless Post. Hand on heart there is a Christmas card here to suit every home whether it be colourful and retro, to simple and clean. Their new Christmas collection is out on the website now so why not take a look and pick your favourites before someone else does? It makes much more sense to buy a card someone would actually feel privileged to place on their mantlepiece rather than counting down the days until it can be flung into the recycle bin. Beautiful cards tell a story, tell your personality and tell someone how much you care. You'll find if you follow this rule your card most definitely won't end up in the recycle bin, but treasured in a draw to discover on a later date.