Gavin Norton

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The Bride Wore McQueen


As Kate Middelton stepped out onto the long and luxurious red crapet at Westminster Abbey, the designer was revealed. It was the best kept secret, even for the embroiders of the dress were not even told that it was Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen. It could not have been any better. It had a timeless look to it, mixed with a modern feel.

Kate Middleton in Alexander McQueen

The dress was made of hand cut English lace and french chantilly lace used on the bodice and on the skirt which was also made of silk gazar. It reminded me of Grace Kelly’s royal wedding dress, which also consisted of lace on the bodice. Not only did Burton design the wedding dress, she also designed kate’s shoes and bridesmaid Pippa’s long, lean and simple gown with a cowl neck. It was pure Alexander McQueen.

Pippa Middleton in Alexander McQueen

At a wedding of course there has to be guests. If there’s guests, then there’s a best dressed. It was hard for me to choose one person out of  2000, but in the end, it had to go to someone who really stood out from the crowd, and who I remembered after seeing Kate step out in true British masterpiece. Through all the tweed, Top hat’s and tiara’s, I finally came to a conclusion. Tara Palmer Tomkinson (TPT) looked electrifying in kingfisher blue. With the hat by Philip Treacy (of course), shoes by Nicholas Kirkwood and an unknown dress designer, she really pulled a perfect outfit together. Well done TPT!

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Tara Palmer Tomkinson

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Who Will Kate Wear?


Temperley – Will kate follow her Bridesmaids and go with an Alice Temperley dress too?

Temperley

Erdem – Known for his elegant prints and beautiful lace, will Kate go for a young designer like Erdem?

Erdem

Roland Mouret – Could she have chosen the master of silk and drape?

Roland Mouret

Alexander McQueen – Everybody thinks it will be McQueen. They must have got the idea from somewhere.

Alexander McQueen

Issa –  It’s one of her favourite labels, so why not?

Issa

Matthew Williamson – Will Kate arrive at Westminster Abbey in a flowy or feathery Matthew Williamson?

Matthew Williamson

Osman Yousefzada – He is new to the fashion world and was nominated for a Vogue Fashion Fund award earlier this year. It would be nice to give him a boost in his career.

Osman Yousefzada

Vivienne Westwood – Will Kate go in the same direction as Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City?

Vivienne Westwood

Victoria Beckham – She is invited to the wedding- Hmmm suspicious!

Victoria Beckham

Roksanda Ilincic – Will the dame of divine get the once in a lifetime opportunity?

Roksanda Ilincic

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Filed under: Alexander McQueen, Alice Temperley, Erdem, Fashion, Gavin Norton, Issa, Kate Middleton, Matthew Williamson, Osman Yousefzada, Roksanda Ilincic, Roland Mouret, Style, Temperley, The Royal Wedding, Victoria Beckham, Vivienne Westwood, , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

The Time Has Come


Tomorrow is the day we have all been waiting for. The Royal Wedding. As Ms. Middleton takes her first steps down the aisle, revealing her dream dress to the whole world, I hope it lives up to everyones expectations. It could make or brake the day.

The Engagement Picture

Almost More importantly, who will the designer be? For a while it was rumoured to be John Galliano, but after he hit a personal low earlier this year, the rumours suddenly disappeared. After that it was Stella Mc Cartney, but that did not last long. When Alexander McQueen’s collection at Paris Fashion Week consisted of mostly white and ending in wedding dresses, everyone tipped Sarah Burton (Creative Director of Alexander McQueen) as the lucky designer. I must admit for quite a while I thought it was Burton too. Even Editor-at-Large of American Vogue – Andre Leon Talley – said she is the designer to do it. As it is getting closer to the day I now feel the designer might be unkown.

Alexander McQueen Fall/Winter 2011

There are so many questions to be answered. Will it be big and flamboyant or simple and elegant? Will she have a vail or tiara? Who is designing the shoes? What about make-up and hair? I just hope her dress compliments her well and is as beautiful as we hope and please God do not let her trip down the aisle!

GN

Filed under: Alexander McQueen, AMerican Vogue, Andre Leon Talley, Autumn Winter 2011, Fashion, Gavin Norton, John Galliano, Kate and William, Kate Middleton, Paris Fashion Week, Sarah Burton, The Royal Wedding, , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Model Material


Lindsey Wixson is one of this seasons ‘breakout models’. Known for her defined ‘bee sting’ pout and gapped front teeth, she has managed to land major campaigns such as Alexander McQueen and Miu Miu. She began modeling in 2009 after leaving Wichita, Kansas were she was born and bred. At the age of 15, esteemed photographer Steven Meisel hand picked her for a shoot with Italian Vogue, opening many more doors for her to lead the way. For fall she walked 44 runway shows in New York, Milan and Paris and had her first major magazine cover for i-D. She is currently with Marilyn model agency, and one more thing….she is only 16!

Lindsay Wixson

Filed under: Alexander McQueen, Fashion, Gavin Norton, i-D, Italian Vogue, Lindsay Wixson, Marilyn Model Agency, Miu Miu, Steven Meisel, Vogue, , , , , , , , , ,

The Fab Forties


From Donna Karan in New York, through Prada in Milan and to John Galliano in Paris, the 1940’s has been a clear trend for the Fall/Winter 2011 season. Starting in New York, Donna Karan’s show was full of Pearls, cinched waists and hair Bun’s, leading on with a neutral clean color palette. It felt like a fresh of breath air compared to all the other shows from NYC, it was needed. This season Karan has gone for a softer structure to the garment, opposed to her usual bold and defined shape. With Erickson Beamon designing the pearls which felt as the core of the collection, it came to no suprise that she named it ‘Pearls of Wisdom’.

Donna Karan Fall/Winter 2011

Miuccia Prada was giving a clear message this season…..it’s all about the coat. The Minute the first model landed her Mary-Jane styled Python boots onto the two floored runway, it was obvious she was a Forties girl. Almost like she had just stepped off an airplane. As the color palette grew to a wider variety, we started to see more and more different fabrics used. Faux fur, being a big trend this season, was brushed and brushed to give off a fun and flamboyant look. Sequins closed the show giving off a fish scale look. She always knows how to please her crowd!

Prada Fall/Winter 2011

John Galliano was not present at his Fall/Winter 2011 show, but his designs sure made you feel he was. With a collection of only twenty looks, he was still able to squeeze out a Forties feeling. Starting off with Karlie Kloss wearing a tailored jacket with a wool pencil skirt and egg shaped top hat, it may not have been as styled as his previous shows, but it still gave off the Galliano effect. The collection may have given you the forties vibe, but the fabrics certainly did not. Like Prada, John used fabrics that you would not consider to have been apart of the forties era, like look two when a simple fur collared jacket was paired with a cream latex skirt or chains wrapped around the waist as a belt. It’s just the John Galliano touch.

GN

John Galliano Fall/Winter 2011

Filed under: 1940, Autumn Winter 2011, Donna Karan, Erickson Beamon, Fashion, Faux Fur, Forties, Gavin Norton, John Galliano, Karlie Kloss, Miuccia Prada, New York Fashion Week, Paris, Prada, Style, , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

It’s a Brad Brad World


Brad Goreski, former assistant to celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe, has finally been given his own show after co-starring in the popular ‘Rachel Zoe Project’.The press release for the show read ” anybody who knows fashion, knows that Brad Goreski is someone to watch”, I could not agree more. From braces to bow ties, this man really knows self style and what makes a woman look effortlessly beautiful. Goreski will be followed around town as he starts his own styling business after leaving Mrs. Zoe in October last year. Does this mean an end to ‘The Rachel Zoe Project’, or will there be some rivaling going on? Rumours have spread that the style duo split last October with a rocky ending. Rachel Zoe has also just giving birth to a baby boy, so would she want cameras following her every move while beginnig a family?  Its a Brad Brad world is set to be on our TV screens later this year.

Stay tuned!

Brad Goreski and Rachel Zoe

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Balmainia


Olivier Rousteing is said to be Christophe Decarnin’s successor at Balmain. The Unkown designer has worked for Roberto Cavalli and left for Balmain after 6 years. Rousteing has been working under Christophe for the last 3 years, while Balmain was at the top of it’s league. Will Olivier continue the Rock n Roll chic we love so much, also known as Balmainia? Or will there be a new leaf dropped upon the Parisian house for us all to love…….or hate. Only time will tell.

GN

Balmain Fall 2011

Filed under: Autumn Winter 2011, Balmain, Christophe Decarnin, Fashion, Gavin Norton, Olivier Rousteing, Roberto Cavalli, , , , , , ,

Prabal Gurung


New designer alert ! Prabal Gurung hit the fame streets after celebrities like Blake Lively, Demi Moore and First Lady Michelle Obama started wearing his clothes. The Nepalese designer is based in New York and showed his first collection during New York Fashion Week in February 2009. Quite brave for a designer to start a high end label at the start of a recession, but so far he is proving that it can be done and is wowing the fashion industry with his astounding collections. Even Vogue’s Anna Wintour felt a need to run an article about him. This brand is going to grow rapidly before our eyes.

GN

Prabal Gurung Spring/Summer 2011

Filed under: AMerican Vogue, Anna Wintour, Blake Lively, Demi Moore, Fashion, Gavin Norton, Michelle Obama, New York Fashion Week, Prabal Gurung, Spring/Summer 2011, SS/11, Vogue, , , , , , , , , ,

Alt’s Second Cover


Emmanuelle Alt, who was promoted to Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Paris in January, has released her second cover for the ‘fashion Bible’. Kate Moss gives us a striking pose while wearing Armani Privé, with five mens hands reaching out and grabbing her. The cover was shot by Mert and Marcus, who also shot Alt’s previous and first cover for the magazine. I give this cover a thumbs up for a warm and welcoming feeling, and makes me want to know what’s inside right away!

GN

Vogue Paris May 2011 Cover

Filed under: Armani Privé, Emmanuelle Alt, Fashion, Gavin Norton, Kate Moss, Mert and Marcus, Vogue Paris, , , , , , ,

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty


Autumn/Winter 2010

On May 4th, something magical and inspiring is coming to the Metropolitan Museum. Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, is an exhibition celebrating McQueen’s contribution to fashion. Featuring 100 ensembles and 70 accessories from the brilliantly disturbing designer ‘s 19 year career. From his Central St. Martins collection bought by the late Isabella Blow, to his final presentation held 2 weeks after his death.

Spring/Summer 2001

Autumn/Winter 2010

The exhibition’s opening night will be held at the annual Metropolitan Museum of Art Institute Gala on May 2nd, with honorary chairs Francois-Henri Pinault and Salma Hayek and Co-Chairs Colin Firth, Stella McCartney and Anna Wintour. “His mind was extraordinary. His influence was everywhere. He inspired designers to become daring. Runway was not about a nice Beige suit, it was about expressing yourself and exploring the imagination” said Ms. Wintour about the tremendous, talented designer.

Spring/Summer 2006

Autumn/Winter 2009

“He was not afraid to push the boundaries” said Alexandra Shulman, Editor-in-Chief of British Vogue. “He was a huge force in digital technology. He always wanted to investigate the new and did not want to play around with the old and excepted.”

Spring/Summer 2007

Spring/Summer 2010

I would suggest booking a flight to New York, if you are not there already, and experience this imaginative exhibition of a man with a mind extremely talented. I can kindly agree you will not go home dissapointed. However, if you can not make it, then why not buy the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty book out now. With interviews from Sarah Burton who was appointed Creative Director at Alexander McQueen after his death and Photos of the exhibition from Sølve Sundsbø. It’s time to celebrate a true legend.

GN

Filed under: Alexander McQueen, Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, Alexandra Shulman, Anna Wintour, Autumn/Winter 2009, Autumn/Winter 2010, British Vogue, Central St. Martins, Colin Firth, Fashion, Francois-Henri Pinault, Gavin Norton, Isabella Blow, Metropolitan Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art Institute Gala, Salma Hayek, Sarah Burton, Sølve Sundsbø, Spring/Summer 2001, Spring/Summer 2006, Spring/Summer 2007, Spring/Summer 2010, Stella Mc Cartney

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