Myleene Klass launches new collection for Littlewoods.com

Adding to her expanding collection for Littlewoods.com Myleene Klass took to the stage yesterday evening at the St.Martin’s Lane Hotel to perform a piano solo for selected members of the press, to help launch her latest edition to her new range, and literally blew them all away. Not only with her musical skills but more importantly with her attention to detail and colourful collaboration for autumn 2012.

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After sipping Myleene Martinis guests were treated to view the 23 piece collection which consisted of colourful knits, printed dresses, workwear tops and an assortment of day-to-evening wear ranging from a healthy bank balance worthy £35 to a more substantial £150 for detailed evening and occasion wear pieces. My favourite pieces have to be the leopard print skirt and cream mask jumper…

The new range itself will be online (at Littlewoods.com: 0844 822 8000) from next Tuesday 24 July 2012.

2012: Millie Mackintosh models for Lipsy

Made In Chelsea starlet Millie Mackintosh may be interning at Glamour Magazine but the heiress to the Quality Street sweet throne knows exactly how to pay her way by modelling Lipsy’s new VIP dress collection.

Millie Mackintosh for Lipsy VIP collection

Millie Mackintosh for Lipsy VIP collection

The fabulous high street and online brand launched its luxury VIP collection at the end of March and has since been inundated with purchases. The collection hosts a range of 17 red carpet-worthy dresses showcasing premium materials and exquisite attention to detail. They also come complete with delicate embellishment and sophisticated styles offering a bespoke evening wear piece at affordable high street prices (£90-£140).

Speaking out about the collection Millie has commented that: “I’m so excited to be modelling Lipsy’s new season VIP collection as the range is absolutely gorgeous! The brand always makes such great evening wear and I love the exclusivity of the VIP collection – all of the dresses would be perfect for any red carpet event!”

Celebrity fans of the brand in the past have included Paris Hilton, 90210’s Jessica Lowndes and Alexis Jordan.

For more information visit www.lipsy.co.uk

Paris Fashion Week: Lanvin Spring/Summer 2012 review

Designer Alber Elbaz created an unusually dark and gothic collection for Lanvin’s spring/summer 2012 range, adding drama and suspense throughout.

Heavy metal music crashed around the show space whilst fashion editor’s wilted in the heat, but alongside the darkness came Lanvin’s light, and Elbaz’s creations were still just as desirable and wearable as ever.

Dark soft metallic moss-green hues adorned pencil skirts and were paired with silk tan and rose-coloured tops complete with dresses that were sliced around the rib cage and thigh. Elbaz also added in statement and signature organza cowel neck tops creating bold shapes throughout.

Petrol blue and monochrome pieces were also incorporated with sharp tailoring and mid length coats as well as soft silk oversized three-quarter length tuxedo jackets in coffee and dusky pink tones. Some outfits were matched – such as cigarette style pants and jumpers – whilst others were statement pieces of their own (the embellished evening wear).

Towards the end of the show models started to wear large pearl and jewel encrusted crucifix necklaces alongside a combination of neon green swirl printed outfits.

Elbaz however, ended the show creating an illusion of dark vampire goddess’ as models switched to black, green, citrine and turquoise blue evening dresses in silk, which were wrapped perfectly around their bodies. This was completed by a selection of sheer chiffon see-through gowns that were gathered on top and cinched in at the waist creating a skirt that almost floating in the night-light as the models paraded down the catwalk.

London Fashion Week (opens): Caroline Charles spring/summer 2012

London Fashion Week was officially opened this morning by London’s mayor Boris Johnson, with the British Fashion Council once again setting up home – and hosting – at Somerset House.

Apart from Paul Costello (whom let his six sons model on the catwalk) and Corrie Nielsen, whom showed her collection under an installation of amazing glass lighting, only Caroline Charles has shown so far, producing a wonderful Riviera inspired collection which included an array of boating hats, panama’s and sleek summer dresses.

Charles opened her show with a selection of navy, coral and orange wool trouser suits that were nipped in at the waist and added a certain Chanel-esque appeal, reminiscent of what mademoiselle Coco Chanel herself might adorn, especially when the skirt suits came out and were paired with short lace gloves and straw hats.

Next Charles focused on smart day wear that would be extremely appealable for work wear, alongside a selection of pearl beaded shirts, silk jumpsuits with spot patterns also mixing in flared palazzo pants and collar-less jackets. After this came evening wear which was a mixture of sequined print snake print dresses, with dropped hems along with beaded or sequined tunics and trouser combinations. Finally the designer ended her show with a combination of beaded jackets that dazzled in the catwalk lights in a more monochrome and navy palette. A certain hit for the French Riviera next summer….

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.

 

Alberta Ferretti autumn/winter 2011 at Milan Fashion Week

In London last week lots of designers took a new direction with their collection; Julien Macdonald sent McQueen inspired dresses down the runway, Mary Katrantzou changed her focus from digital prints to historical prints, such as the Fabergé eggs, and Richard Nicoll went down a more muted soft tailoring route; and for autumn/winter 2011/12 in Milan Alberta Ferretti followed suit.

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For the start of the show the designer left her signature style dresses for a nod to the 1960s. Models adorned Twiggy-esque style eyelashes and hairstyles, and strutted down the catwalk in a mixture of teal, pink, purple and red creations that consisted of velvet knee-high boots, shift dresses, oversized pea coats, macs, and trouser pant suits. Embellishment was key with sequins swirling over silk and velvet fabrics, with evening shift dresses in burnt oranges which would have put Austin Powers sidekicks to shame.

For evening wear Ferretti harked back to her roots and lead an array silk column dresses, some with an asymmetric slant, and others with a take on 60s couture, with pusy-bow ties at the neck once again and floral application over chiffon.

My favourite piece? A black chiffon gown with high neck ruffling and two large beaded flowers across the sides. Fabulous and fun, this collection was a clear nod to the new trends that are emerging throughout this Fashion Month, and for next season.

Gucci autumn/winter 2011 at Milan Fashion Week

Frida Giannini opened Milan Fashion Week yesterday with a stellar collection for Gucci’s autumn/winter 2011/12 season.

View the collection here

Daywear seemed to be reminiscent of 1940s starlets and harked back to designs shown in The Black Dahlia (2006), and consisted of fur stoles in an array of bright and muted colours, fitted knee-length skirt suits and cinched waists, topped with trilby hats with feathers in tow. A nod to the 70s also appeared with models adorning pussy-bow blouses, patent and snake skin boots. Large mohair coats also made an appearance, proving that trends from New York and London were sticking trans-atlantic

The colour palette moved from plums and navy blue to jewel tones in vibrant ruby-red, blue teal, sapphire, canary yellow and emerald greens.  As the evening wear ensued these vibrant tones were put into effect showing models in chiffon flowing halter-neck Oscar worthy gowns, that showered a cascade of silk flowers across the shoulders, whilst the models modesty was covered up with large knicker-type-hotpants underneath in the same hues.

Hair was kept minimal in sleek low pony tails with centre and side partings, whilst make-up was a bit more avant-garde with deep red gloss lips and muted eyes.

A fabulous collection to kick off Milan Fashion Week.