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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Paris Fashion Week: Spring/Summer 2012 round-up trend review

Coral

Over the past week Paris has flaunted it’s fabulous array of talent resulting in a string of apparent themes and trends for spring/summer 2012. 

First and foremost a continuation trend which initially started in London and swept through Milan onto Paris; this was the ‘under the sea’ theme. Seen at Holly Fulton, Mary Katrantzou, Versace, Armani, Chanel and Alexander McQueen, models were transported thousands of feet under the ocean showing off shimmering scales, aquatic prints and mermaid-like apparel on dresses, tops, jackets, trousers and cardigans which comprised of jelly fish, sea horses, oversized diamante star fishes, coral and more, creating the perfect tranquil ambience; apart from the occassional delighted fashion gasp in the front row. 

Other trends that emerged throughout the week came from such designers as Valentino and Jean Paul Gaultier showing sheer and lace (Gaultier added leather, PVC and corsetry throughout). This trend was then escalated into laser cut pieces and 3-D sculpturing at Gareth Pugh. 

Midnight blue hues were also big on the catwalk seen everywhere from Lanvin to Jean Paul Gaultier and Viktor & Rolf to Miu Miu. 

Embellishment was also key at Balmain, Yves Saint Laurent and Chanel amongst others. Alongside this was classic florals and a barrage of usual summer white pieces all seen at Louis Vuitton, Chloe, Nina Ricci and Celine. 

Stella McCartney thought outside the box with her oversized tie prints showing on pyjama style tops and matching bottoms, but aside from this there was also the models that included Orlando Bloom’s beau Miranda Kerr whom also took to the catwalk at a variety of shows. 


Paris Fashion Week: Chanel Spring/Summer 2012 review

Karl Lagerfeld at the Red Cross Ball in Monaco...

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It seems that ‘under the sea’ is a re-occurring theme for next season and apart from similar showings at Holly Fulton, Mary Katrantzou, Versace and Givenchy, it now seems that Karl Lagerfeld has got in on the act for Chanel too. 

As always Chanel’s collection was held at the Grand Palais with a bleached white set decorated with oversized shells, sea horses and sea weed – which were positioned to climb up the huge glistening curtain that was containing it all. 

Clearly money being no object, for his spring/summer 2012 Chanel collection, Lagerfeld turned to the ocean for inspiration and brought a new lease of life towards a futuristic style mermaid. Models wore pleated organza tops with PVC style trousers alongside PVC suits, however this quickly changed to more transcendent pearly hues with the iconic Chanel tweed suits, jackets and cardigans being emblazoned in pearls and translucent sequins which shimmered a sea green colour in the light. 

Accessory wise Chanel brought new pearl encrusted hand-held clutch bag on to the floor – a desirable hit no doubt for next summer – as well as flat silver pointed shoe boots and signature double ‘C’ logo pearl pendants; strings of pearls were also added to models waists to create belts. 

Jellyfish style skirts in mint and pale pink conjured up sea-like movements in tulle and lace as the models walked down the catwalk and were teamed with tiered chiffon vests; these were also worn with athletic shorts. Swimwear was starch white in full body swimming suits and structured bikinis; Lagerfeld also added in a clear and navy PVC option complete with matching rain coat perhaps for the glamping festival type in us. Silver lame skirts with drawstring waists and dropped hems with ostrich feathers were also apparent.

Lagerfeld left no stone or coral patch unturned as he added scale printed dresses in cream and pink tones to the show, making next season all very chic and all very Chanel indeed. 

Susan Caplan Vintage Collection launches online

Susan Caplan is amazing; and if you don’t have a clue who she is then shame on you!

Susan Caplan E-commerce siteHer beautiful vintage jewellery collection came to me via a friend at the BBC who was rivaling at how fabulous the collection was; and she was right. Susan has scoured the earth looking for precious vintage offerings that include Versace, Chanel and Dior to name a few: mainly all bespoke, this collection is the most diverse I’ve ever seen, offering consumers the chance to purchase not only a piece of history, but an exquisite piece of jewellery to boot that can be treasured for years to come.

Her e-commerce store was launched last Thursday, and offers a dazzling collection of bracelets, earrings, necklaces and more for every price point you can imagine. You can treat yourself to vintage rings from as little as £16, or get a loved one to treat you to a more designer pieces with a heftier price tag.

Celebs such as Tess Daly, Jessica Moor, Amanda Holden, Jessie J, Daisy Lowe, and Nicola Roberts have all worn SCVC and now a new celeb fan club are following.

Online you can purchase via product, collections, designers or tone and  with one of the largest ranges of vintage jewellery in the UK, there’s something for everyone. You can also purchase her pieces in store at Harrods, Harvey Nichols and Selfridges.

For more information or to log on, simply go to www.susancaplan.co.uk

Celebrities in Chanel

As Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week came to a close on Thursday, celebrities to adorn their favourite designer clothing haven’t gone unnoticed.

The main fashion bandits to sport their favourite designer garments were Kirsten Dunst, Kate Moss and Diane Kruger. And their choice of attire? Chanel of course.

Kate Moss in Chanel

Kate Moss in Chanel

Dunst opted to carry the Mademoiselle handbag at the Haute-Couture spring/summer 2011 show, while supermodel Kate Moss was seen in a jacket from the Chanel Paris/Moscou collection; matched with a classic Chanel bag and a Chanel hat.

Actress Diane Kruger however decided to wear a light pink slashed buttoned jacket with matching skirt from the Haute Couture spring/summer 2011 catwalk collection to the Sidaction charity dinner.   

Fabulous and chic, Chanel will of course never go out of fashion…

Paris Haute Couture: Givenchy

Apologies for the delay in posting

A surprising all coloured collection from Ricardo Tisci for the Givenchy spring/summer haute couture show was favourable indeed to see. Gone were his usual trademark black hues and in instead was a palatable display of soft lilacs, creams and white with a splash or canary yellow an fuchsia pink.

The fabulous sculpted creations – some soft, some more structured – showed off his incredible talents and fuse of haute couture with industrial construction. His delicate dresses were so breathtakingly beautiful that you could imagine an array of rich clientele in them.

The collection was inspired by Japanese dancer Kazuo Ohno and the crane as a symbol of Asian art; but to me all I could imagine when I saw them was of amazingly crafted dresses that were adorned by Kim Cattrall and co-colleague in ‘Big Trouble In little China’. Cheesy film yes, but arty inspirational clothing even more so…

To view the collection click here

Paris Haute Couture: Chanel

Apologies for the delay in review

No bright outbursts or spectrum hues, or terribly dramatic signatures of statement pieces. The Chanel haute couture spring/summer 2011 catwalk show was instead light, precise, clean-cut, chic, and above all simple. The simplicity in fact is what we all know and love, and Karl Lagerfeld showed that in abundance. Dropped waist dresses (which have been on the s/s circuit), crystal beaded shift dresses with an ornate branch style pattern on them, and classic monochrome Chanel tweed jackets adorned the catwalk like a beautiful frost on an early morning.

Bedazzled by Lagerfeld’s legacy of creations I have always been a fan since I could remember and he didn’t disappoint this time. Icy tones revealed an almost grecian inspiration with some of the clothing in hues of metallic pewter, grey, white, pale blues and soft light pinks.

Some of the dresses were also quite reminiscent of Daryl Hannah in her 80s heyday, and would easily have looked in place in her ‘Wall Street‘ party wardrobe.

The only thing I pondered was the flat back point-toe shoes with a clear ankle strap; practical yet not so alluring at first, I am now however, kind of getting used to them and am adding them to my summer wish list!

View the collection here