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Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter 2011 Campaign


Louis Vuitton has released their Fall winter 2011 ad campaign. After a show of feathers and fetishism with a 40’s feel, it was interesting to see how they interpreted the collection through an image. They did not disappoint. Marc Jacobs (designer for Louis Vuitton) wanted to use up-and-coming models in this campaign, which is different for the brand as they usually use a celebrity or supermodel. 16 year old Nyasha Matonhodze has been picked as one of the lucky girls to be the face of the brand. Quite an achievement, don’t you think?

Nyasha Matonhodze

 

 GN

Filed under: Autumn Winter 2011, Fashion, Gavin Norton, Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, Nyasha Matonhodze, Style, , , , , , , ,

The Way To Wear Your Bag Next Season


For next season designers have decided to concentrate on the bag. When Miuccia Prada showed her fascinating (as usual) collection in Milan, she had her models pout down the runway holding their bags up to their chest, as if it was a safety guard holding all their possesions. Isn’t that what a woman’s bag is anyway? This trend has spread through the streets and celebrity world already as I saw Alexa Chung carrying out the same thing at the Cannes Film Festival.

Prada Fall/Winter 2011

Alexa Chung in vintage Balenciaga

Louis Vuitton, Celine and Miu Miu had different visions for how a bag should be held. According to their shows, handles will not be needed next season. Of course a bag has to have a handle for the option, but why do we have to use it?

Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter 2011

Celine Fall/Winter 2011

Miu Miu Fall/Winter 2011

GN

Filed under: Alexa Chung, Autumn Winter 2011, Celine, Fashion, Gavin Norton, Louis Vuitton, Miu Miu, Miuccia Prada, Prada, Style, , , , , , , , , , ,

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, , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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, , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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, , , , , , ,

Who Will Be Left?


Gianfranco Ferre has let go it’s most important pair. The Creative Directors Tommaso Aquilano and Roberto Rimondi have been dismissed by the Italian brand apparently due to decrease in sales. This proves to be the sixth design house to get rid of their designers this season. Does this mean there is more to come? Word has it Hannah Mc Gibbon could be out at Chloe, even though she only signed a contract this week. Something tells me it won’t be for long.

Gianfranco Ferre Fall/Winter 2011

Filed under: Autumn Winter 2011, Chloe, Gavin Norton, Gianfranco Ferre, Hannah Mc Gibbon, Roberto Rimondi, Tommaso Aquilano, , , , , , , ,

Make It Faux


The fashion industry has finally given in. With the amount of protests from groups like PETA and the amount of red paint thrown at the fashion folk, next season (Fall/Winter  2011) fur is fake. It all started last year with Karl Lagerfeld’s take on the trend with Chanel, and eventually made its way to every show. As soon as September comes, rush down to your nearest store and grab some fabulous faux.

Prada's take on the Sixties

Filed under: Autumn Winter 2011, Fashion, Faux Fur, Fur, Gavin Norton, Prada, Style, , , , , , , ,

LONDON FASHION WEEK AW/11


 

“You have a better life if you wear impressive clothes”  – Vivienne Westwood

Having joined John Rocha on work experience in November 2010 for a wonderful week of design, sewing and sketching, I was kindly invited to his fall/winter 2011 fashion show at London Fashion Week (LFW).

LFW fall/winter 2011 was a collection of 65 runways and 45 presentations over 6 days with British designers reaching a broader audience for the first time using digital technology.

Somerset House LFW AW/11

Sat Feb 19…I arrived on the 8:40 flight to London on my very first LFW experience and went straight to my hotel just metres from the hub of LFW Somerset House. I could not believe that in a few hours I would be experiencing a dream that I have had since the age of eight.

As soon as I stepped outside the hotel I was struck by visions of orange hair, ostrich coats and sky high heels.

As I entered the courtyard of Somerset House, I stood still looking at the big black tent with a large screen on the outside displaying all the previous shows from this season. A shiny black Mercedes pulled up in the courtyard. Everybody jerked their head to see the TV personality and co-star of Gok Wan’s show ‘Gok’s fashion fix’ Brix Smith-Start step out. Dressed in a grey suede and fur gilet with a tartan skirt and elbow length black leather gloves, she embraced the trend of LFW with burst of colour and the most overheard new fashion terminology of the week? “BTK” below the knee.

She was so sweet and meeting her was a great start to my fashion week.

As I walked into the Somerset House “fashion mode” BFC show space for the John Rocha show I was surprised by how small the runway was. The room filled with lines and lines of photographers and stressed PR people trying to get people seated while John Rocha’s DJ son Max set the atmosphere with strong beats. The show eventually started, not on time of course as that would be downright unfashionable. As the models strutted down the runway passing Vogue on the front row, the atmosphere was electrifying. The models look was fresh faced and real with hair finally chopped. The vintage collection was outstanding, textiles rich in quality and texture. Too many favourites to mention.

When the show was over I made my way across town to the Paddington Basin venue for the Jonathan Saunders collection. The venue was surrounded by glass with enormous round lamps down the middle of the runway. This was one of my favorite collections. His prints were bright and vibrant, perfect for winter with strong pencil-skirt silhouettes and belted suits, the collection was refreshing in comparison to this season’s trends. When the show ended I saw photographers climbing over each other to get a photo of a particular person. I ran over to see who it was. It was Olivia Palermo dressed in a black corseted dress and beige cardigan. I could not believe it. I ran over to her and got a picture. It was a perfect end to a perfect day.

John Rocha AW/11

Sun Feb 20……The next day I went to the Richard Nicoll show. I had met him in September at the Manolo for Liberty launch.

As I entered the venue I was greeted by a champagne and food bar. In true fashion the champagne bar was crowded and the food bar was left alone. His moth inspired show had tops with the Latin names of rare moth species embellished with Swarovski jewels.

To top it all off Brix Smith Start came up to me and told me she Looooved…. my hat. It was amazing!

Richard Nicoll and Gavin Norton LFW AW/11

Mon Feb 21…. This was my last day sadly. David Koma was the first designer on that morning at Somerset House. He showed patent leather dresses with polka dot faces and a large amount of colorful fur. I loved the polka dots. They are my favorite trend for next season. Holly Fulton started right after David’s show. She showed a 70’s glam show full of graphic prints and silk flowing dresses.

After the show I saw a tall skinny woman dressed in white. I soon realized it was my style icon, the socialite Daphne Guinness who is featured in many designers’ shows and ad campaigns. I walked straight over to her as she was talking to the editor-in-chief of British Vogue. I tapped her on the back and asked for a photo. She agreed and leaned in and pouted to the camera. I was in complete shock at this moment.

Daphne Guinness and Gavin Norton LFW AW/11

On finally to the Burberry show at Kensington Gardens which was digitally streamed to the largest audience ever including for the first time the giant screens in piccadily circus. This show is a real A list celebrity event so I stood outside and watched the “beautiful” people walk in through the pool of photographers. Suddenly a black car pulled up, door opened and out came a woman with a bob haircut. Cameras flashed either side of her. It was the editor-in-chief of American Vogue Anna Wintour. As she walked past I screamed her name as loud as I could. She stopped for a moment, looked back at me and waved. My heart stopped. It was the perfect end and topped off my dream weekend.

Roll on my next fashion week experience.

GN

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