View Trevor Undi’s enchanting video of the Erdem Spring/Summer 2014 Collection

Renowned British/Canadian filmmaker Trevor Undi, who has worked with the likes of Alexander McQueen and Balenciaga to name a few, has compiled an enchanting video to showcase designer Erdem Moralioğlu’s gorgeous new collection for spring/summer 2014.

Erdem SS14 from Trevor Undi on Vimeo.

The short film highlights several key trends for SS14 with white, sheer, monochrome and a hint of florals taking centre stage amid fabulous perspex 90s sandals and vintage 1930s-inspired sunglasses, creating a glimpse of the behind-the-scenes action of what takes place at a fashion show including the runway finale, all in an ethereal light.

Designer Erdem decided to “extract colour” (with a few exceptions) from the whole collection hence retaining the monochromatic feel, however even if the designer had taken inspiration from the 1930s cross-dressing boy, it was clear that he had spun his magic, and genius, on this collection creating a tailored look that most definitely gave feminine appeal.

The mix of biker and bomber jackets with stitched detailing, sheer outfits with embroidery and marabou style feathers on dresses appeals even more to the girl in me.

I hope this gives you inspiration for your forthcoming spring wardrobe!

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Isabel Marant For H&M

Our fav high street / designer collaborator is back with a bang and this time its the turn of super-genius French designer Isabel Marant.

Isabel Marant For H&M

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The Parisian designer’s appointment was announced earlier today and is set to bring a mix of her urban boho and chic rock ‘n’ roll attitude to a brand new range for H&M.

The collection won’t be available until the 14th November (sucre bleu!) but will be based in over 250 stores worldwide and sold online so we can all (hopefully) get a piece of this genuine French range. Inspired by her signature style Marant will apparently be creating a collection of clothing and accessories for both women and teenagers as well as (for the very first time) a collection for men!

Marant herself has also commented that: “I am flattered by this collaboration: H&M works with the best designers and this invitation is an exciting honour. I aim at creating something real, that women want to wear in their everyday lives, with a certain carelessness, which I think is very Parisian: you dress up, but do not pay too much attention and still look sexy. The collection is infused with this kind of easiness and attitude. Everything can be mixed following one’s own instincts: my take on fashion is all about personality”.

Très exciting.

For more info visit www.hm.com

All Hail The Summer Sale…

So summer was officially here (last week) and has since slipped into a weather coma sprouting fine showers and dull grey clouds, however if you’re still psyched for a sunnier climate (which should hopefully be returning soon) then the launch of the summer sales this week should turn that Monday frown upside down.

If you’re looking to update your wardrobe with classic designer wear which will last the test of time then why not head straight to Harrods.com and My-Wardrobe.com whom are both slashing up to 50% off(!) online and in store.

Luxury high street stores such as Jaeger are also offering huge discounts with up to 50% on menswear, womenswear and accessories whilst retail favs H&M, Oasis, New Look, River Island and Warehouse to name a few are also cutting down the price on some super-saving pieces that will brighten up any holiday suitcase.

In these frugal times the art to a great sale shop is not to splurge because everything is super cheap but instead think carefully about what pieces in your current wardrobe have seen better days, and then try to replicate them. Good staple pieces are also key such as workwear dresses or jeans, that will last months rather than one wear, and generic beach wear like denim shorts and bright vests which you know will run from season to season.

If you do sale purchase on impulse then that’s fine too, just remember to pick something such as a statement bag or dress which you know you will wear for a certain summer occasion or event.

 

Get The Celebrity Look: Cara Delevingne, Victoria Beckham And Jourdan Dunn

The Glamour Women Of The Year awards sent the Twitterverse into a flurry yesterday with models and celebrities posting endless ‘selfless’ alongside a barage of media coverage.

However, if you had a personal fav for best dressed celeb then it isn’t hard to emulate their designer look for less.

Take for example model-of-the-moment Cara Delevingne; the 20-year-old confessed ‘wifey’ to BFF Rita Ora opted to sneer the fashion pack in favour of a more laid back chic approach teaming a ‘Squeeze This’ [insert picture of a bottom] slogan tee with tailored trousers and on-trend pointed pumps. The cheeky tee depicting Rihanna’s bum was actually made in collaboration with photographer George Chin who snapped her when she performed at V Festival in 2011. Naturally the reduced £12 tee has sold out at Asos.com, but don’t despair as you can get your hands on a similar range of styles from www.motelrocks.com (as seen above). I love the Lichtenstein-esque one which costs just a mere £25.

Aside from Cara, fashion designer Victoria Beckham also wowed in her Maison Martin Margiela jumpsuit. Vic’s costs a staggering £1,196 from www.net-a-porter.com but you can get your hands on a much cheaper version from high street haven Coast who have created this stylish Rozelda jumpsuit for £115.

Lastly,  I was stunned at just how gorgeous and svelte model Jourdan Dunn looked at the awards in a Victoria Beckham dress (that would have cost in excess of £1,500+). This style suits all shapes as it looks just as great on curves as it does on petite frames. You can also get the look for under £150 with Forever Unique’s new Selfish brand. Just mix their sheer body alongside a black pencil skirt and gold belt for a winning combination.

Happy Shopping!

New York Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2012/13 trend: socks in boots

When New York Fashion Week launched last Thursday (9 February 2012) no-one could foresee what trends were instantly going to be picked up within days, however, already it seems that British designer Victoria Beckham has started her own one with the socks in boots trend via her models adorning cute wooly knit socks under fabulous militant heels supplied by Christian Louboutin.

Models at Marc by Marc Jacobs wear Pantherella socks in boots

Hot on her heels was designer to the stars and several other fashion houses, Marc Jacobs, whom also added the same style Pantherella  socks to pop out of his models Dr Martin style flat boots for his Marc by Marc Jacobs collection. Pantherella, whom are incidentally celebrating their 75th anniversary this year, handed over a rich palette of charcoal, dark blue, bright red, grey and dark camel colours to the designer for the models to adorn.

Veteran designer Vera Wang also opted for the sock/boot combo encompassing mary-jane heels at one point with thinner wool designs.

However, this does look like the most fabulous accessories trend so far to emerge out of NYFW so I would bet my Michael Kors watch (apparently everyone in fashion has one) that come friday all the quirky fashion assistants and interns at London Fashion Week will have picked up on this and be rocking their bare legs and socks in boots…

Pantherella is available at Liberty’s and http://www.MrPorter.com

London Fashion Week: GILES spring/summer 2011 collection

GILES SS12 COLLECTION BACKSTAGE - SWAN HEADPIECE

Over the past 5 days or so I have spent a lot of time with the TONI&GUY PR team heading back stage at shows casting a watchful eye not only over emerging fashion trends, but also spotting trends for hair and make-up for spring/summer 2012.

I was therefore lucky enough to go back stage again with them at GILES, one of this season’s most anticipated shows for London Fashion Week.

Joining Paul Hanlan, who was heading the TONI&GUY team, at the Royal Justice Courts on the strand, one of his colleagues explained that for GILES’ spring/summer show they had actually met the day before to do a hair test with the models and one of them turned up after a long flight from New York, had a quick shower then emerged at the meet with soaking wet hair all pinned up in small twisted buns. When she took her hair down it produced an amazing wave, which when Stylist Katie Grand saw, was convinced was the right hair for this show instantly.

Therefore to achieve this beachy yet wet wave the team simply washed the model’s hair added lots of label.m protein spray and blow out spray – amongst other products – and either held it in a bun for a while before releasing, or teased through the hair with their fingers to create this organic and elasticated effect. Some hair was slightly defused also depending on type.

The aim was simple to keep hair to a minimum and let the clothes do the talking. GILES, of course, did not disappoint. For his spring/summer 2012 collection he showed an array of wearable and desirable pieces, almost couture-like in his construction.

Metallics also played a key role being woven into tops, skirts and dresses with soft prints adorned across silk dresses in cream, white and pale peach.

His palette also changed to vibrant reds and blacks, using lace and amazingly intricate cut out pieces on top of dresses sprawled across the chest and breast bone. Swans were also a major factor being embellished on sheer organza dresses adding red feathers around the neckline.

It seems that this season GILES was going all out finishing with an abundance of models who wore fabulous red and white swan headdresses to accompany his vivacious designs. As the models took to the catwalk for their finale together they all lined up and poised, posing with their arms flanked against their heads which gave the interpretation of a tribute to something as gracious as Swan Lake.

Thank you Team TONI&GUY!

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…