Paris Fashion Week: Yves Saint Laurent Spring/Summer 2012 review

For next season Stefano Pilati conjured up a filthy rich powerful muse for Yves Saint Laurent’s spring/summer 2012 collection. Her style was apparent in every way from the gold bucking on the shoes to the luxurious materials on her clothing. 

Held at the Hotel Salomon de Rothschild YSL’s show was engrossed with a palette of green hues which ranged from moss to khaki to forest green shades. Pilati teamed these colours with rich jewel tones such as ruby and sapphire – carrying on from the current autumn/winter 2011/12 trend – and mixing in perfectly with cool mint, lilac, indigo and black shades. 

Key pieces came in the form of a dark green and black swing coat, which launched the show, to silk palazzo pants and elegant halter neck jumpsuits complete with jewelled belts. There was an iconic 1960s and Hollywood vibe around the collection which was cemented by the siren red lips and dramatic eye make up. 

Alongside this were strong ornate prints which came in the form of maxi skirts and dresses as well as bubble gum pink peplum pieces; Pilati also created a light midnight blue and similar black cocktail dress – a sure-fire hit for the younger crowd and cocktail parties. 

To end the show models adorned several gowns all in sheer black material with a sprinkling of gold dust thrown on and were finished off with a far eastern inspired pattern across the bottom of the dress: sending a message to the rumour mill that whatever the gossip is at present regarding Pilati’s supposed departure, he is almost certainly going nowhere just yet… 

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London Fashion Week: Ashish spring/summer 2012 collection

For spring/summer 2012 Indian-born designer Ashish Gupta (or Ashish as he is known in the fashion trade) produced a quirky floral interpretation with a gardener’s daughter as his muse.
Ashish spring/summer 2012 collection

Ashish spring/summer 2012 collection

Despite wearing more flowers than a herbaceous border the collection itself created a huge buzz round the fashion elite alongside social networking site Twitter. Shapes were simple but designs strong bringing out the best of the summer sun in an array of  shorts, sweats and shifts, each one decorated with prize-winning specimens.
Blowsy roses on a battered straw fedoras were teamed with sequined sunflowers that’ Van Gough would give a second ear to paint.’
Each flower came with its own graphic backdrop, from the sun-warmed bricks of the walled garden to the dappled shade on the lawn at twilight. Oriental poppies emblazoned baggy jeans, along with French marigolds on crisp cotton shirts to a floral display either stamped to, or hanging out of the models Dr.Martin shoes – the choice for all the models in this show.
Models hair was either teased through to look like they had spent the night in the garden or entwined with fish and normal plaits whilst make up was dark and sultry with dark plum lips and sleepy eyes.

Alice Temperley for Barbour

One of my favourite fashion designers, Alice Temperley is about to collaborate with one of Britain’s most famous heritage brands – Barbour.

Alice Temperley for Barbour

Alice Temperley for Barbour

The iconic wax Barbour jackets are set to be revamped by Temperley using her own trademark style (incorporating leopard print linings) alongside classic winter knits from a reasonable designer price tag of just £249.

The debut label will be named Barbour Gold Label by Temperley and will comprise of eight key pieces. These range from cosy knitted cardigans to leather and wax jackets with belts; but the collection does not stop there as it is rumoured that this will also continue through to spring/summer ’12 adding accessories and other apparel to the already buzzing collection.

“I grew up in the countryside and have worn Barbour since I was a child so I was thrilled when asked to collaborate.

“The collection has elements of both Temperley and Barbour and is a great mix of fashion and functionality.

For all those Barbour-loving enthusiasts (like me), I’m assuming pre-order be an option…

Get the Prada and Miu Miu look for less

This season it’s all about the block colour and stripes. These trends have now filtered onto our very own online and high street stores, meaning you can purchase your favourite designer look for less.

Taking inspiration from Prada’s Italian stripes is Peacocks. Their block colour styles are to die for and will look cute and chic on the beach during your summer hols. Choose from this gorgeous summer dress, or striped maxi skirt below (stockist number: 02920 270222).

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Then to add some statement why not opt for Missguided.co.uk‘s Valentina pumps. They may look bulky, but in the heat of the hot sun these heels will keep you steady and upright, whilst dancing the day, or night, away. At only £33.99 they’re a steal, and will save you a whopping £366.01 when compared to Miu Miu’s bow-embellished patent leather pumps.

Happy shopping!

Fendi autumn/winter 2011 collection at Milan Fashion Week

You wouldn’t have expected the master couturier Karl Lagerfeld to have designed this collection for the Fendi auutmn/winter 2011/12 show but you can get an understanding of what he, and design partner Silvia Venturini Fendi, were attempting to achieve; day time glamour for those city chic women who want to wear oversized clothing to hide their ‘mummy-tums’ and more, but also stay stylish and bang on-trend.

Models were flanked in fur and layers in earthy tones, and adorned ribbed tights in cream, mustard and red to compliment skirts; fur ‘bibs’ and chiffon blouses – with what looked like paint-flick effect – were teamed with skirts and trousers and under dresses.

Comfortable knitted sweater pants matched with turtle neck jumpers and a huge flannel mustard coat, were complimented with Mary Jane heels and scraped back hair: sounds awful but looked hot-as-hell.

And for evening wear, dresses were turned back to front highlighting the sweetheart neckline on backs; and as the show ended Lagerfeld sent out a Victorian style gown, split down the back, with a sexy ruffle at the front showing his traits were still en-vogue.

 

Katie Holmes causes a storm at MaxMara autumn/winter 2011 show at Milan Fashion Week

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After she was selected as MaxMara’s ‘Face of the Future’, from the 2011 Women in Film awards – Katie Holmes obviously wanted to show her support by attending the MaxMara autumn/winter 2011/12 collection, shown earlier this morning in Milan.

View the collection here

As a swarm of paparazzi exploded around her, Holmes partook dignified and gracefully adhering to the requests of the press, after recent spells of allegations spread across the media a few weeks back that she was in talks with her father to divorce her actor husband, Tom Cruise, and seek custody of their daughter Suri.

As Holmes attended her first ever MaxMara show she strode in from backstage wearing a chocolate asymmetric jumpsuit with knot tie at the shoulder, and camel jacket, and gracefully poised herself on the front row as the show began.

The collection was a mix of silver, grey, camel and black hues. Large checks (as seen in NY and London) ensued on jackets, skirts, and maxi dresses whilst long lame gold strapless dresses were held together by a strict corset-style top.

For daywear grey trench coats appeared with short fur lining, and fitted leather jackets to the waist were cinched-in by buckled belts and worn with leggings and a fur snood to add simple yet chic look; whilst cow print skirts and suede tube tops added a retro feel.

All in all a wearable winter collection which gave a classic, luxurious vibe for all…

Ashish autumn/winter 2011 collection

‘Holy moly’ should have been the slogan of the day as Ashish closed London Fashion Week with his autumn/winter 201/12 collection to a roar of cheers from VIP guests such as Amber Rose and Paloma Faith, fashion editors, press and photographers.

View the collection here

Instead jumpers emblazoned with slogans such as ‘Teen Idol’, ‘Hard Times’ and ‘Holy Crap’ were sewn across knitted sweaters with huge holes in them.  Alongside this were oversized tartan checked dresses, shirts, trousers and jackets that paid homage to the 70s polished-punk heyday. Forget the usual king of sequinned-bling, Ashish was bringing home the punk era: dresses were slashed and brogue shoes tipp-ex’d and studded, with safety pins adorning denim jackets.

The colour palette consisted of mustard yellow, reds, blue, greens and lilacs, and poked fun at the ‘establishment’ with Union Jack T-shirts, tank tops and shorts.

Dame Viv would be proud…