How to buy Spring/Summer 2012 trends from the sales

My favourite thing in the world, apart from good food and drink, is shopping. So it comes as no surprise that I have eyed a fabulous array of clothing in the January sales that are simply must-have pieces. However, if you are a savvy sale shopper then you will know that it’s all about wading through the re-hashed seasonal stuff (yes all shops end up cracking out items that are 4/5 seasons old amidst the new) to find those few ‘gold-dust’ classic pieces that will last you the test of time i.e. a classic shift dress, smart blazer and your favourite skinny jeans. Aside from this if you are really clever and fashion forward then you will spot those rare items that you know are perfect for the season ahead.

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Mine has come in the form of a skirt courtesy of designer Emma Cook from Cocosa.com. This silk layered skirt in black and white comes with remnants of sea shells and bubbles; perfect for the aquatic theme which swept through the majority of shows last September for Spring/Summer 2012 and which was seen at Holly Fulton, Mary Katrantzou, Versace, Chanel and Alexander McQueen amongst others.

Alongside this was a flurry of deep blue hues from midnight to sapphire and beyond as shown at Armani, Yves Saint Laurent and Victoria Beckham. If you are keen on keeping a demure profile opt for these shades in a silk, satin or lace tops, skirts and dresses which which should flow perfectly as you walk through the office or as you hit the dance floor on a night out. My favourite is a Notte by Marchesa evening dress from Net-a-porter.com reduced from £575 to £287.50.

Lastly the spring/summer 2012 catwalks were full, as you would imagine, of clashing prints, lace and exploding floral content. You can find these sorts of prints and materials everywhere so try not to be a wall flower and opt for an exciting new print that flatters your shape and complexion. Start by looking through high street stores such as Topshop, Dorothy Perkins and Zara, but if you want to splurge then head to TheOutnet.com for some series retail therapy and purchase something like this fabulous Aztec inspired print top from Diane von Furstenberg (was £445 now £178).

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2011: David Beckham for H&M

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Football and soccer legend, and now father of four, David Beckham has just announced that he will be launching a clothing line with Swedish high street chain H&M.

Beckham’s new collection will be named Beckham’s Bodywear, being sold in over 1,800 stores worldwide. It is not sure what designs will be included but as Beckham has been the pin-up for Armani underwear before we are sure that this may contribute somewhat to his new collection.

In the past H&M have collaborated with such greats as  Karl Lagerfeld, Lanvin and Madonna, however, Beckham’s designs are not set to be a one-off collaboration noting that his new collection will be the start of a very long partnership with the company, adding new products every season.

Beckham has stated that, “Over the past year, I’ve been developing my Bodywear range with my team and I’m extremely positive about what we have designed and produced.

“The final piece in the jigsaw was a retail partner who has the vision and capability to distribute these products globally. In H&M we have found the perfect partner to collaborate with going forward, I’m excited and looking forward to showcasing the range to H&M customers from February.”

Beckham’s Bodywear Collection is expected to launch in H&M stores on Valentine’s Day 2012: I think an obvious choice as a great present for your loved one…

Rihanna new face of Emporio Armani ad campaign

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Pop sensation Rihanna may have lit up the stage (literally) on her latest LOUD tour, but it now seems when the tour comes to a close in a matter of months the singer will be posted on billboards across the world as the exciting new style icon for Emporio Armani.

Riri is set to model jeans and underwear showing off her famous curves in Armani’s autumn/winter 2011 collections.

The Grammy-award winning star won’t be the first though, as she will follow in a long line of sexy A-list stars to front the campaign, taking over from actress Megan Fox and also carrying on the scantily clad demure poses of David and Victoria Beckham, which was then passed onto Cristiano Ronaldo and more recently tennis champion Rafael Nadal.

Images have already been shot in New York by Steven Klein – who has previously shot erotic voyeuristic images of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie for Dolce & Gabbana.

Be sure to watch out for the images come September…

David Beckham launches a clothing line

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Ladies who lust after David Beckham be grateful as now you can dress your man like the super-star ‘soccer’ hero, as Becks himself is set to launch his own ‘bodywear’ collection and cologne.

“I have had the idea of doing a bodywear collection for some time now. The push to do something of my own really came as a result of my collaboration with Armani,” Becks told WWD.

Becks, 35, is set to launch his debut scent ‘Homme by David Beckham’ in September, however there is no set date yet for his underwear line. I’m thinking though that the clothing line will be laid back LA cool, with slim fitting Tees, boxer shorts and under pants that rival cK!

After four seasons of modelling underwear for ‘Armani’ Becks must have picked up a few notes and has started to translate them into his own designs. Not wanting to compete with pregnant wife Victoria, 36, Becks is said to be working alongside Victoria’s ex band manager of the Spice Girls, and now full-time business manager for her brands, Simon Fuller, to help launch his products.

Becks, who retired from football last year, and was the fifth highest-earning athlete in 2010, was also named as Forbes magazines 35th most powerful celebrity, which must bring some clout to his expanding empire.

Fuller also motioned that “David and I have a number of ambitious and exciting ideas in development across a broad range of categories. The next 10 years will see David evolve into being recognised, not just as an iconic sports figure, but also as an important entrepreneur.”

And they said that there was no life after football…

Milan Fashion Week: quick overview part 2

Hope you enjoyed the quick overview for Thursday and Friday’s shows at Milan Fashion Week. Now, here’s the highlights from yesterday…

Bottega Veneta

Creative Director Tomas Maier showed off a fun 1960s inspired show for the Bottega Veneta autumn/winter 2011 collection at Milan Fashion Week yesterday morning.

Showing styles that were apparent on Richard Nicoll’s LFW show and at Prada a few days back, the 60s look came into full swing as models adorned block colour twin set suits, and after opening with an orange bobbled coat, a continuation of bouclé and nubbly wool pieces came in on skirts, suits and tops.

Oversized buttons and white tights were used to accessorize the collection, with models wearing T-bar shoes to compliment the looks. Colours ranged from orange, pink, mustard, lilac and white to grey, silver and peach.

Evening wear consisted of cobwebbed style lace dresses and tops with mustard or silver satin underneath, and burnt orange sashes were used to cinch in waists.

Models hair was side parted and as the show went on ended up becoming more and more back-combed to resemble beehive hair do’s, paired with bat-wing eyes. So glam, so Sixties.

Emporio Armani

Apart from the rapturous applause that headed the show when Tina Turner arrived, there was little more excitement to EA other than that.

Ricky Martin was also front row to view the autumn/winter 2011/12 collection, but as the whole collection was in black it slightly disappointed due to the level of the rest of fashion month where colour has ruled.

However, obviously the pieces were impeccably made and in the signature hue where they ranged from velvet skirts and tailored suits with layering of tops, jackets and carrot style pants to jumpsuits, LBD’s and coats.

The highlights were the fun arm cuffs which were tightly fixed to the arm with a puff-end effect, and a jumpsuit with frill detailing on the hip: despite no colour the Emporio Armani show definitely included staple clothing for next season.

Roberto Cavalli

A fabulous ‘end of days’ collection ensued at the Roberto Cavalli autumn/winter 2011/12 catwalk show as models took on a raggedy, bohemian, Mad Max feel.

Wrapped in a layer of clothing which included trousers, skirts, tops and jackets, the darkened palette of burnished gold, claret, black and gun-metal grey was an amalgamation from his spring/summer 2011 show.

Plum, midnight blue, marron and bronze pieces ensued with velvet, sheer and lace panels. Models adorned a wet-look hair style with slight waves and smudged black eyes.

Towards the end of the show the palette seemed to delve more towards lighter coloured tones in white, taupe blue, grey and silver. Angelic perhaps, but maybe more reminiscent that if this was the end of days then we’d all look great in Cavalli in Heaven…

Emilio Pucci

For autumn/winter 2011/12, Peter Dundas has simply ‘smacked it’ for Emilio Pucci.

This fantastic collection – seriously one of my top 5 of the whole fashion month so far –  consisted of intricately woven and embellished pieces, Goya-inspired prints and baroque swirls in a colour palette of sea greens and chocolate/brown earth tones, with a few pop colour injections.

Dresses came in an assortment of styles which included prints and zig-zagged fringing, or silhouettes with key-hole cut-out tops and lace or sheer shoulders. Small squirts of Victoriana also flashed in with cropped tux style jackets that had high collars and double bow ties at the neck and waist, along with floor length maxi’s in lace, or expertly embellished – which looked like it took painstakingly long hours.

A tuxedo jumpsuit in black with gold buttons came out towards the end alongside a bejewelled bodice with long velvet skirt.

Pop colours in pink/purple came in to play with high-waisted velvet skirts and matching jackets and tops, and an assortment of chiffon blouses – high-necked again – with a cascade of ruffles along the front in mustard and darker hues.

Of course the collection would not have been complete without the signature Pucci swirls which adorned dresses, tops and skirts.

This Rumpelstiltskin of weaving magic into collections is rare and should not be traded; if I were Pucci’s CEO I would keep this man on the payroll for a long time to come…

Paris haute couture: Armani Privé space odyssey

Strutting down the catwalk like foreign objects the models at designer Giorgio Armani‘s Prive Haute Couture collection could have resembled something from outer space; the only thing missing was Babylon Zoo‘s ‘Spaceman’ lyrics pumping out of the DJ stand. However, with that said, Armani‘s space odyssey was wearable, accessible and above all interesting.

Glimpsing into the Armani Prive fashion future sphere for spring/summer 2011 was a constellation of warp speed colours and shaping; all in metallic fiery planet hues and sea-water shades. All items were cut and sculpted to match the mood with models wearing stark white UFO inspired hats to complete the look.

Celebrities who attended the show included actress Jodie Foster, the ever-stylish Sophia Loren; and young model-of-the-moment Amber Le Bon.

I can see an array of celebrities I style in gowns like this and whats more the high street will of course be able to follow suit and create an accessible match to boot. A galaxy of designs by a master of the ‘fashion’ universe.

To view the full collection click here