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Paris Fashion Week – Top 5 Shows


At last we come to Paris….

The atmosphere in Paris this week was exciting as designers continued to present enthralling shows to the fashion folk. Alber Elbaz’s 10 year anniversary show at Lanvin had the crowd cheering as bright and uplifting colours made their way down the runway and as Alber sang a solo to take his bow. Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci is at the top of his game. The confident designer showed a gothic, romantic show. With a collection mostly containing black, it was the slight shift of colour at the end that made the show. The Yves Saint Laurent show was a special one. Since taking over the label in 2004 Stefano Pilati announced he was leaving. His final collection payed tribute to the great Saint Laurent with a Pilati twist! Alexander McQueen continued to be one of the star shows of Fashion Week. Sarah Burton’s feminine petal-like silhouettes took my breath away. Finally Louis Vuitton closed the four weeks of fashion shows. Marc Jacobs’ (Creative Director) 1930’s inspired show included Willy Wonka shaped glasses, servants carrying the models luggage and a steam train. Now whats more glamorous than that?

Louis Vuitton

Alexander McQueen

Lanvin

Yves Saint Laurent

Givenchy

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Paris Menswear Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2012 – Top 5 Shows


Yves Saint Laurent

A collection that entirely contained the color black may seem boring, but it was far from it. Creative Director Stefano Pilati went for quite a ‘mod’ look this season. Models sauntered down the runway in white shirts, black ties, loafers, etc… It all just fit together. There was quite a strong message traveling throughout the show, and it was to say…… WEAR LEATHER NEXT SEASON. Every single outfit that walked down the runway had a piece of leather included. The lapel on a blazer, the gloves, the jackets, the trousers, it all appeared everywhere. Of course we won’t complain about it as it was done so beautifully. Pilati really did it well this time, there was not a look out of place!

Yves Saint Laurent

Lanvin

I am always impressed with the fabric that is experimented in the Lanvin shows. For example the mohair surrounding the inside of a ‘mens’ coat or the orange striped PVC-like top. They never seem to disappoint. Tailoring was a huge part of this collection as it opened the show with an interesting color palette of  mustard, sky blue and deep red which then took us into black, which seems to be a big trend this season. With a wide range of choice, from chunky knit jumpers to patent leather, the Lanvin man will certainly be happy.

Lanvin

Balmain

This is only the second season for Creative Director Olivier Rousteing, but already it seems he has been there for years. Rousteing proved that he understands the house of Balmain inside and out. Skinny trousers paired with leather boots and exquisitely cut tailoring was shown throughout the collection. Not only did Rousteing show a collection of what we expected, he also showed pieces we did not. Like a wine velvet waistcoat or a chunky knit jumper he tucked into red trousers. All in all it was beautiful collection.

Balmain

Mugler

Three words….tailoring, tailoring, tailoring. Nicola Formichetti and Roamin Kremer decided to actually join the fashion industry with the tailoring trend this season instead of completely going the opposite direction. The show started quite safe with white shirts, black trousers and satin coats.  As the show continued fabrics such as PVC and colors such as wine and navy were introduced. The collection had a very minimalist feel throughout but had little twists here and there, like capes and even shirt dresses. I wonder who will wear those shirt dresses next season! Well done to Formichetti and Kremer, I wanted every piece.

Mugler

Louis Vuitton

Kim Jones created a collection for the man who travels this season. With oversized scarves, silk jackets and beautifully made trench coats, there was something for every man. Jones seems to have relaxed into his position as Creative Director for Louis Vuitton menswear because of his fabric choices. Kangaroo, Astrakhan, silk, need I say more? If the fabrics were adventurous, then it contrasted with the camel trench coats. Every man must have a trench coat and the ones in this collection were nothing but perfect. We must not forget the soft classic leather bags too. It all just came to a huge success.

Louis Vuitton

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Filed under: Balmain, Fall/Winter 2012, Fashion, Gavin Norton, Kim Jones, Lanvin, Louis Vuitton, Mugler, Nicola Formichetti, Olivier Rousteing, Paris Fashion Week, Stefano Pilati, Yves Saint Laurent

Spring/Summer 2012 Trend Report


It’s time for the Trend Report. Here is the best of the trends you’ll be wearing for Spring/Summer 2012. This season Designers seemed to be inspired by what is happening around them, from sports wear (The London Olympics) to 1920’s glamour (the re-make of The Great Gatsby film) and everything in between. Originality and individuality also proved to be on designer’s minds from tribal wear to a 1950’s housewife, it’s time to make up your own mind.

Pastels

Louis Vuitton

Peplum Waist

Jason Wu

Bandeau Tops

Proenza Schouler

1950’s Housewife

Marni

Tribal

Donna Karan

PVC

Marc Jacobs

Modern 1920’s

Gucci

Satin

Haider Ackermann

Pleated Skirts

Celine

Floral

Valentino

Sportswear

Alexander Wang

Cowboy Boots

Marc Jacobs

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A Good Choice


Every season a certain group of collections seem to stick out from the pack for the editors and buyers. Appearing in every store, every magazine and everyones conversation. They are known as the collections of the season; so here are the lucky chosen ones for Fall 2011.

Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton

Prada

Prada

Dolce and Gabbana

Dolce and Gabbana

Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen

Tom Ford

 

Tom Ford

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Paris Fashion Week Spring 2012 – Top 5 Shows


Balenciaga – The seats may have collapsed before the show and the guests may have had to stand, but once the collection hit the runway it didn’t seem to matter. Nicolas Ghesquiére (Creative Director) sent out unusual shapes with a new silhouette. Couture techniques and denim pants. What more could you want?

Balenciaga

Haider Ackermann – The new kid on the block proved at his show this season that he knows how to rock a colour palette. Every colour in the rainbow and beyond were present as the models moved slowly and swiftly down the runway. I have big hopes for this designer….very big hopes.

Haider Ackermann

Chanel – For Fall we were among the rocks and soils as models floated down the graveled runway in a colour palette consisting of mostly grey and black. This season we dug even deeper through the rock and soil, reaching the magical mystery of underwater. Karl Lagerfeld created contrast with a colour palette of white and cream compared to last seasons grey and black. A light and refreshing collection for Spring. To top it all off, Florence Welch appeared out of a sea pearl to debut her new song.

Chanel

Alexander McQueen – A lot of pressure was on Sarah Burton this season. It is the collection after the Royal Wedding dress. Did she impress? Oh yes indeed! Burton, like Chanel, had an underwater vibe to it. The range of sea creatures expanded as more and more shapes started to appear. Bravo Sarah, you have done it right again.

Alexander McQueen

Louis Vuitton – Marc Jacobs always has a way to shock the crowd. As guests took their seats facing the plain white runway, the center lifted up to reveal a caraousel with each model on white wooden horses. The crowds reaction set the exciting atmosphere.  A collection of pastels, peplums,feathers, and the amazing Kate Moss made it’s way around the rotating carousel. What will Marc do next?

Louis Vuitton

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Louis Vuitton Press Day


A sneak peek inside the Louis Vuitton press day in the Shelbourne Hotel. Cheque books at the ready!

Men's Bags

Women's Bags

 

Women's Fall/Winter 2011 shoes

More and More Bags

Women's Evening Bag

Monogram Bags

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BAZAAR


The August issue of Harper’s Bazaar proved to be quite peculiar this month. Instead of casting models for their accessories shoot, they used…….Smurfs. Yes, Smurfs. While celebrating the Smurfs 3D movie and promoting one of Fall’s key colors – blue, it is also a message that thinking outside the box is in for Fall. Models are out, Smurfs are in!

Smurf in Louis Vuitton

Smurf in Lanvin

Smurf in Dolce & Gabbana

 

Smurf in Marc Jacobs

 

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Filed under: Autumn Winter 2011, Dolce and Gabbana, Fall/Winter 2011, Fashion, Gavin Norton, Harpers Bazaar, Lanvin, Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, Smurf, Style, , , , , , , , ,

Do You See What I See?


Alexander McQueen

Prada

Dsquared

Burberry Prorsum

Givenchy

Louis Vuitton

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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

 

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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

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