London Fashion Week: autumn/winter 2012/13 collections – Day 2 part 2

On Saturday to finish the day off Temperley London showed their Russian themed collection which consisted of oversized cossack hats, folk clothing, embroided pieces and ornamented designs. Materials were woven in rich colours with yarns of gold which could easily of harked back to the days of Catherine the Great or to another famous Russian Tsar.


Military style coats were also adorned with brass buttons whilst regal style brocades were used on day wear. For evening wear Temperley became more modern with long flowing backless gowns in navy and monochrome colours whilst a selection of gold sequin dresses set the collection off perfectly.

To add to the royal theme one of The Duchess of Cambridge’s favourite designers then followed on. Designer Daniella Issa Helayel then opted to follow on with a Trans-Sibierian Express collection which notably had a Russian theme also. Again some models adorned cossack hats in this collection but others came onto the runway with pristine brunette locks, not too dissimilar to Kate Middleton. There was also a slight nod to HRH Queen Elizabeth II in anticipation of her Diamond Jubilee as a few models wore printed headscarves in the same manner to which the Queen usually does on unofficial engagements. Aside from the bright pillar box red evening dresses in China red lace and 1920s flapper style dresses (both of which we could easily imagine The Duchess of Cambridge in) there was also a 1970s style vibe with dragon, lantern and Ming vase prints all adorned on skirts, all-in-ones, leggings and maxi dresses in red, navy, green, orange and turquoise blue.

To end the evening fashion designer Stella McCartney held a soiree for her latest collection hosting celebrity and fashion editor guests for a formal dinner which turned into an impromptu flash dance by a mob of models who were unsuspectedly sitting alongside guests at their tables. Before hand Stella had brought in a magician, who also amazed by hypnotizing presenter Alexa Chung to lie unsuspectedly on a bed of knives. Only in the fashion world would this ever happen…


London Fashion Week: autumn/winter 2012/13 collections Day 2

This morning there seemed to be much more of a buzz surrounding the BFC show space at Somerset House. DAKS started off showing their autumn/winter 2012/13 collection with a tartan mix of light and dark browns alongside some stark black creations. The coat however where the show stopper pieces here with swing, pea and cropped versions all fitted, or hung, beautifully from models limbs. This swiftly then moved onto designer Clements Ribiero whom showed a selection of gorgeous cashmere sweaters and delightful stained glass prints on dresses, tops and trousers.

Jasper Conran autumn/winter 2012/13 collection
Jasper Conran autumn/winter 2012/13 collection

Designer Jasper Conran then ensued with a more than worthy front row which consisted of Dame Kelly Holmes, Kara Tointon, Beverley Knight, Richard E Grant and Jasmine Guinness. An autumnal palette of mocha, golds, browns and blacks and created a fabulous array of day and evening wear, especially with sequined dresses, feathered jumpers and fringed gowns; models all adorned a short low back bun in their hair with minimal make-up. Accessories wise there was a continuous use of pointed ankle shoes which were either plain leather or adorned bespoke jewels all over.

Next was a showing by Aquascutum which hosted One Direction star Harry Styles and comedian James Corden. The collection was heavily reliant on dark khaki greens, monochrome, light grey, navy and tweed collaborations. Models adorned elbow length gloves and biker chic jackets alongside leather skirts, tailored jackets and pristine white shirts. The look was quite militant but also high fashion, working day wear in an androgynous style.

At House of Holland the usual young celeb fash pack including Pixie Lott, Alexa Chung, Pixie Geldoff, Poppy Delevingne and Nick Grimshaw amongst others all took their front row seats as Henry Holland provided a nostalgic 1970s collection, complete with knitted jumpers and rainbow houndstooth pieces. This season Holland seems to be concentrating on styling women whom he is inspired by and grown up with therefore the designs slightly changed but the fun, of course, stayed.  His palette led by blue and navy skater dresses, flared leggings and all-in-ones complemented his evening dresses perfectly.

Unfortunately next up was veteran designer John Rocha whose usually wearable and colourful collections were completely thrown out by a new dark gothic inspired range. This crazy concoction of light green scrumpled dresses which quickly turned into dark chocolate browns and blacks were uninteresting and un-wearable to say the least. The saving grace however was his evening wear collection which combined wool, lace and sheer fabrics which were all infused together on dresses via panels.

Collections continue later today with shows from Temperley London, Issa, Ashley Isham and a presentation from Stella McCartney. More content to follow…

Kate Moss snubs Victoria Beckham at The British Fashion Awards

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It seems Posh has finally won her fashion peers over as she collected the Designer of the Year award at the annual British Fashion Awards on Monday evening, but the claws came out when it came to inner fashion sanctum between Kate Moss and Victoria Beckham.

The run in came as Beckham chatted to designer Marc Jacobs at a pre-drinks soiree before the event, which was held at the swanky Savoy Hotel. According to a witness in The Metro ‘Victoria was talking with Marc in a special VIP area when Kate swanned in.

‘Kate announced her arrival with a big “he-llo!” Without so much as a word to Victoria, Kate walked straight up to Marc and took him away from her and turned her back on Posh in a clear snub.’ An apparent ‘mortified’-looking Beckham made a quick exit straight after.

Later that evening however it was Beckham that was cheered as she took to the stage, beating off fierce competition which included Stella McCartney and Tom Ford to win her prestigious award. We wonder whose laughing now…

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


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: Stella McCartney Spring/Summer 2012 review

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For spring/summer 2012 fashion designer Stella McCartney opted to mimic small references of sport lux; a trend that emerged fully during New York Fashion Week a few weeks ago.

McCartney’s collection however was also a mixture of prints and palettes with spots and swirls – which resembled prints found on neck ties one would buy their father as a Christmas gift – and were blown up over jackets, dresses and trousers. Pyjama style tops and bottoms were also shown alongside different panelled dresses which encompassed paisley print and mesh across the left hand side.

Light red berry tones as well as royal blues and a soft nearly white hue were also incorporated. However, to start the collection McCartney added electric blue silk slinky day dresses and tunic tops matched with black silk and mesh and finished with ornate curling baroque appliqué on their hemlines. This then led onto her signature soft tailored trouser suits with slightly decorated lapels plus all-in-one jumpsuits

For evening wear models also adorned casual yet smart dresses which were sculpted slightly ether around the arms, side area or across the neck with that stylised swirl that was current throughout. For make up models were kept simple and flawless with precision eye brows and a rose-tinted lips, whilst hair was slicked back into a discrete bun.
The show was opened and closed by model of the moment Natalia Vodianova, alongside Natasha Poly and Miranda Kerr whom also made an appearance, as well as Stella’s famous father in the front row: Salma Hayek, Twiggy and Alexa Chung were all present front row as well.

Autumn/Winter 2011/2012 fashion trends

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So, the weather has finally switched back to drizzly and instead of donning our favourite LSDs (Little Summer Dresses) we’re actually pulling out the leggings and old jumpers in despair; but fear not, as the high street is already brimming with looks to fit autumn/winter 2011/2012 trends perfectly.

If you’ve already swatted up on your trends then you’ll know exactly what to buy, but for those who haven’t read a magazine in weeks – and for all my lovely friends and family who are asking – this guide is just for you!

Let’s start with what I think will be the biggest, and most wearable, hit this season – the forties. The forties trend was practically reinvented by Gucci and shown throughout the fashion catwalks. Kate Moss set the precedence when she opted to adorn Miu Miu’s orange sequin and embroidered tea dress on the front of Vogue U.K.  August 2011 edition. However, day dresses, cocoon skirts, pencil skirt and jacket combinations and mid-length pleated skirts alongside cinched waists, skinny belts, fur collars, fedora hats, pearl necklaces, three-quarter length leather gloves and mary-jane heels were all spanned across Donna Karan, Louis Vuitton, Marni, Gucci and Jean Paul Gaultier.

Best 40s hot spot on the high street: Dorothy Perkins

Next up is jewel tones. Also pushed through by Gucci for next season but shown at Roksanda Ilincic, Lanvin, Ralph Lauren et al with colours ranging from sapphire to citrine, emerald to ruby and more. Structurally you can wear silk shirts by day and billowing silk dresses by night for added opulence.

Jewel tones shown already: River Island and Zara amongst others

Tartan was also another winner in the style stakes, harking back to Scottish tradition with designers such as Jean Paul Gaultier, Burberry Prorsum and Moschino Cheap & Chic  all checking it into their collections. Karl Lagerfeld used his version to update the classic Chanel tweed coat with MaxMara also adapting their tartan-check coats with sequins that shimmered perfectly in the light.

Best on the high street so far: Marks and Spencer and New Look

Spots were also huge via Stella McCartney, showing off sheer panelled dresses with spots encompassed throughout. Cheryl Cole already adorned one of McCartney’s short white versions for her birthday party earlier this year but the black versions will be fabulous for Christmas season. Diane Von Furstenberg also exaggerated her spots into oversized holes with netting underneath on a classic silk black maxi dress whilst Marc Jacobs produced a skirt-trouser and top-skirt combination that was adorned in polka dots.

For an array of spots head to Max C

Other major trends to covet the catwalk came in the form of fetish clothing. PVC, leather and lace which were all used to create erotic looks. Straps, capes, boned corsets along with sheer and leather panelled dresses were either dressed up for night with sequined under garments a la Dolce & Gabbana, or dressed down for day time wear with night-porter caps and elbow-length gloves – as seen at Emporio Armani.

Get the look: Anne Summers & La Senza

Finally masculine tailoring was brought back to life by Michael Kors, Temperley, Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger – the latter producing a 1930s spin-off mobster/gangster pin stripe suit effect. Style your look up with oversized suits for day and tuxedos complete with tails and cumberbunds for night.

Try menswear stores such as Jaeger,, Austin Reed, Brooks Brothers et al

RE-CAP AUTUMN/WINTER 2011/2012 MAIN TRENDS ARE: Forties glamour, hints of 1960s and 70s, jewel tones, tartan, spots, monochrome, a flash of 70s, cocoon dresses, floral prints, fetish clothing, masculine tailoring, aquatic looks and shimmering metallic.

BAFTA: celebrities on the red carpet

What a night for the British Film and Television Awards.

I cannot remember when I have laughed so much at bad jokes, watched celebs running to collect awards, and seen such a big monochrome collectiveness as I saw last night at the Philips Bafta Television Awards.

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First and foremost though the dresses; what a surprise from most of the ladies who attended, including my latest client du jour, Kara Tointon: looking stunning in a grecian Temperley dress with Susan Caplan and CARAT jewels to boot, she emulated glamour at its best, matching her outfit with the nude theme of the spring/summer season.

Closely trailing her and looking fantastic as well was presnter Cat Deeley in Christian Dior. That lace and black bodice-hugging dress suited her frame fantastically, and matched with statement on-trend block colour fuchsia lipstick scored high in the style stakes.

Sheridan Smith and Amy Nutall also made a surprise style plus with their Ermanno Scervino and BIBA gowns, but it was Olympic champion Victoria Pendleton who stole most of the limelight opting for a shimmering Stella McCartney gown, cementing her newcomer style status. Stepping out from the black and white theme however was actress Hannah Tointon in a leopard print Valentino gown looking grown up and glam.

The One Show’s Alex Jones also looked polished as she adorned a striking black Valentino gown showing off her svelte figure and looking as fresh as a daisy after appearing earlier in the day on breakfast show Something for the Weekend. It seemed that the monochromatic effect continued with Daisy Lowe (who was there to support beau actor Matt Smith – Dr Who), Zoe Ball and Louise Rednapp – who looked wonderful in a black fitted jumpsuit.

Then there was the white bright brigade starting with the The Only Way Is Essex girls. Sam Faiers looked simply stunning in her Diane von Furstenberg design, whilst Lauren Goodger choose a sparkly Scala floor length gown to show off her hourglass figure, and holding on to fiancée Mark Wright (even closer than glue to paper). The best highlight of the night though had to be when TOWIE won a Bafta for the YouTube Audience Award at the ceremony, which was sponsored by Evian. Their producer stepped in to curb Wright’s speech, as it was taking far too long; a taste of his own self-publicised medicine perhaps?

Car crash couture wannabe’s of the evening have to go to Amy Child’s though, who I absolutely adore but apart from nearly loosing a boob when she practically ran to collect the BAFTA, the Pia Michi gold Beauty and the Beast Belle dress simply did not cut the mustard. A shock as well from Lydia Bright, another lovely lady, whose dress seemed half Mulberry design from two season’s ago and half something else; a shame because she usually does look quite glam on set. And lastly another disco ball attempt from Michelle Collins.

However, it seems the men on the night injected some fun into their outfits. Moving away from the contemporary tux suits Joey Essex opted for snakeskin trainers to accompany his three-piece silver suit (the no trainers rules obviously not in play at Grosvenor House), and looking REEM, of course. Mark Wright trying the dishevelled look with his bow-tie undone, and celebrity hairdresser James Brown and musician Carl Barat throwing caution to the wind in their trilby hats and open shirt/scarf combo. A winning formula for the male side…