Rihanna set to design clothing range for River Island

English: Rihanna performing in the Last Girl o...

English: Rihanna performing in the Last Girl on Earth Tour in August (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

That’s right folks our fav songstress Rihanna has just announced that she is set to collaborate with high street chain River Island to design her first EVER clothing range.

Riri first visited the UK-based store back in February and it seems the designs not only caught her eye but were also quickly added to her wardrobe as she has since been spotted out in some of the brands pieces. According to River Island’s Style Insider blog Riri approached THEM to collaborate and knowing her style we can only imagine how colourful and fabulous the collection will be.

Speaking about the collaboration Rihanna noted: “I’ve been wanting to design my own collection for some time. River Island is the perfect partner for me to collaborate with and working with a British, family run business also really appealed to me. I find London really inspiring and River Island loves to have fun with clothes. I’m looking forward to working with them and creating something really special.”

Rihanna’s collection for River Island will launch in Spring 2013.

London Fashion Week: Jean-Pierre Braganza spring/summer 2012 collection

Designer Jean-Pierre Braganza put on a sport lux and architectural display for his spring/summer 2012 womens wear collection this afternoon.

Jean Pierre Braganza SS12 collection
Jean Pierre Braganza SS12 collection

Taking inspiration from the Cornish coast, Braganza referenced such artists as Ben Nicholson (a British painter of abstract compositions) alongside architect Mies van der Rohe and swiss surrealist H R Giger showing clothing that was architectural in design and pattern, and mixed with geometric shapes with sharp and neutral colours. .

Key pieces came at the end of the show with geometric printed dresses, and a fabulous coral pink 70s style key cut halter neck jumpsuit; all wearable and fun. Fabrics were light and airy and included jersey, silk and cotton, producing draped and tailored pieces in a palette of black, lemon, white, pinks, and dove grey.

Jewellery and shoes were also strong combining suede and leather cut out heels and shoe boots with some lace up fronts, powered with over exaggerated long and thin leather clutch bags in grey and black, combined on occasion with statement bib style jewelled necklaces.

Hair was again overseen by Indira Schauwecker for TONI&GUY and emulated an almost bouffant style front on some models, with others adorning a side parting, leading to what seemed like a tight high fish tail plait at the back, however, this style was carefully constructed by using label.m volume moose to layer and manipulate the hair into shape, along with redirection style dust to distress two pony tails together in a tight plait which hung perfectly as the models strode down the catwalk. Make up saw striking 80s blush in almost fuchsia pink smeared across cheekbones with nude lips and white powder under the eyes to contrast the strong hues below whilst eye brows were sleek and strong.

In his release Braganza added that “Fashion is about capturing emotion in a glance. My challenge is to create the most esoteric dress for that exact moment, ” – which he clearly has done for spring/summer 2012.

Shows continue later today with Basso & Brooke and PPQ amongst others….

2011: Vogue Fashion’s Night Out

Tonight all across the globe fashion stores are opening their shelves, racks and changing rooms to us dedicated purchasers to help celebrate Vogue’s fantastic event; Fashion’s Night Out.

Vogue Fashion's Night OutThose not aware of the concept should be prepared to feel elated. Stores are staying open late, serving a selection of canapés (and something bubbly) and providing guests with an array of music and art exhibitions in-house to help boost sales and promote global awareness for our country’s economy.

Now in its third year, Fashion’s Night Out started again on Tuesday 6 September 2011 in Russia, following on with Spain (7 September) and is dropping in on the UK tonight, alongside Australia, Brazil (Sao Paulo), France, Germany, Italy, Korea, Mexico, Portugal’s FNO who are also hosting. Brazil are also due to hold another event on 9 September in Rio; Taiwan and India’s event will take place on the 10th, with China on the 11th, concluding in Greece and Turkey on 15 September.

Most stores participating will be held in and around central London, with brands such as Links of London on Brook Street, W1 (whom are revealing Vogue’s top 5 must-have designs from their friendship bracelet collection and will also show a live art performance in store), Anya Hindmarch, Mulberry, All Saints, John Smedley, ROHMIR and Dune amongst others, as well as beauty brands like Toni&Guy – whom are offering up to 20% off in Regent Street – and Vita Liberata, who are teaming up with Melissa Odabash to offer a pop up beach experience at their new Walton Street boutique.

Vogue’s UK editor Alexandra Shulman noted that: “We’re delighted to draw people’s attention to the fact that fashion and retail are a hugely important and enjoyable part of the country’s economy – last year we had 270 stores in central London participating, while shoppers embraced the mood in what felt like one large party.” Adding: “We’re looking forward to an even bigger and brighter night this year.”

Also lending a hand are designers such as Jonathan Saunders, Paul Smith and Lulu Guinness who have all designed limited edition pieces to sell on the event and afterwards. Fashion and art are also combining at Salvatore Ferragamo where a photographic exhibition by Carola Syz will be shown at their Bond Street store.

So for a fun-filled evening check out Vogue’s website below and head down to your favourite store to purchase some items with discount, and a cheeky glass of champagne…

For more information visit http://fashions-night-out.vogue.co.uk/

Menswear Spring/Summer 2012 trends from Milan Fashion Week

If you didn’t already know Milan is currently hosting a fashion week for menswear and in true fashion style we are looking ahead; way ahead it seems, to the trends of Spring/Summer 2012.

Vivienne Westwood MAN menswear spring/summer 2012 collection

Vivienne Westwood MAN menswear spring/summer 2012 collection

Like all great fashion weeks it includes collections from some of the worlds biggest designer brands including Dolce & Gabbana, Viktor & Rolf, YSL and Dior, with a classic twist on our biggest sporting event for decades.

Yes that’s right, as designers for next season have chosen to centre their entire collections and main trends on male pastimes and sport, creating a hybrid of sporting hero’s in fashion just in time for next year’s 2012 Olympics.

Opening her show with a model wearing a poignant blazing torch t-shirt, Dame Vivienne Westwood noted “Next year London will be hosting the Olympic Games. We therefore dedicate this collection to the event and to the thousands of athletes who will participate.” But it didn’t stop there as high-end designers such as Prada went golfing with their collection throwing in an array of knits, trousers and flat caps all in floral and pastel tones. Navy blue and black hues were also mixed in to draw attention from the western style scarves wrapped around the models necks and studded shirts.

To help your partner create this overall look think epic blockbuster Gangs of New York in 1900s buttoned down collars with large stripes and a clash of fabrics. However, for evening wear head straight for two-tone metallic suits circa mid 1990s with tapered legs; match with cummerbunds and spotted handkerchiefs. Block colour also seems to be a staple-staying trend again across the board as DSqaured2 showed in their collection, paying homage to Greek gods half-dressed in skinny purple chinos and jeans that were preppy and fun, whilst Gucci showed an array of fine knits, fitted jackets and two-piece tailoring.

All-in-all your beau should be well honed for next season à la David Beckham.

Shows continue this week with Givenchy, Hermes, Lanvin et al.

Hannah MacGibbon to be replaced by Clare Waight Keller at Chloé

What a difference a weekend can make.

As we’re all settling back into a sunny Monday morning suddenly (via Twitter of course) important fashion news was broken that designer Hannah MacGibbon is to leave French fashion house Chloé, and to be replaced by Pringle of Scotland designer Clare Waight Keller.

According to Elleuk.com Chloé announced that MacGibbon was leaving to ‘pursue new projects.’

‘We are grateful to Hannah for her contribution and commitment to Chloé,’ CEO Geoffroy de la Bourdonnaye stated. ‘Her considerable talents will be missed; we are proud to count Hannah among the hall of fame of great designers who have marked the history of Chloé since 1952. I wish Hannah well in her new projects.’

So, what next? Well Waight Keller, who resigned from Pringle of Scotland in March 2011 is said to be joining Chloé as Creative Director on June 1, 2011.

‘I am thrilled to be joining one of the most prestigious design houses in Paris,’ added Waight Keller. ‘Chloé is a brand that conveys a beautiful sense of effortless femininity and vivacious sophistication that I look forward to continuing into the next era.’

As for MacGibbon who knows. What we do know if that she played a fundamental part in changing the course of the fashion house into its romantic, breezy and chic style it is today and helped launched the house’s fragrances. So whatever endeavour she does will of course be good…

Shuttuuup! Essex Fashion Week is here

Shutuuup! Essex Fashion Week is totally here, and it’s happening right under your noses this week.

 

The TOWIE cast

The TOWIE cast

 

Billed as the ‘social event of the fashion calendar’, Essex Fashion Week would not, of course, be complete without the stars of ‘The Only Way Is Essesx’ in tow, so you can guarentee that reality/soap fav’s such as Mark Wright, Lauren Goodger, Jessica Wright, Kirk Norcross, Amy Childs, Sam Faiers, James ‘Arg’ Argent, Lydia Bright, Nanny Pat and Lauren Pope will all be appearing throughout the event which is set to run from Thursday 24 – Saturday 26 March.

Other celebs confirmed to attend include Jeff Brazier, Simon Webb and Tamara
Ecclestone.

Created in 2010 by brothers Adam and Simon Ryan, Essex Fashion Week was born around their own fashion brand ‘One Off One You’, and is set to throw other fashion weeks to the waters, as the design duo have set up an array of events and glamourous attractions to make sure that Essex is set securely on the fashion map. From VIP speed boats and helicopters, to champagne lunches and special performances from TOWIE stars such as James “ARG” Argent, this fashion forecasting event will ‘apparently’ have it all.

Ill be on site this Thursday to check out the styles and fashion, alongside top model agency Next Model Management who have teamed up with New Look and Now Magazine to find their new face of the season.

Just remember to have your Vajazzles at the ready girls…

For more information on Essex Fashion Week visit oooy.co.uk; 020 8554 8899

Bobbi Brown and Tibi collaborate

World-renowned fashion brand Tibi and beauty brand Bobbi Brown have decided to collaborate to produce one of this season’s hottest new beauty collections.

Bobbi Brown Peony & Python Palette

Bobbi Brown Peony & Python Palette

Inspired by catwalk trends and Peony flowers, the two major brands have collided to produce an array of pieces which best represent their own unique styles, and design talents. Bobbi Brown’s love of palette’s and Tibi’s use of prints.

The collection includes a Peony & Python palette that has six block colour eyeshadows which range from neutral to lilac to stark black; a Peony rich colour gloss, lilac rich lip colour lipstick and lash glamour extreme lengthening mascara.

Brown has stated that “Peonies are lush, decadent and delicate – just like the colours in the limited palette,” whilst “a great neutral, (is) totally versatile and a cool counterpoint to pink. And because I love accessories as much as the next girl, I asked Tibi to design a make-up case to match.”

Invented and designed by Amy Smilovic, New York based fashion house Tibi is renowned for its fabulous cuts, soft jersey fabrics and vibrant prints, and can be brought online from Net-a-porter.com and Matchesfashion.com.

The eye-catching collaboration collection are on the counters, in-store and online from March 1, 2011.

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