Marni for H&M: 2012 collaboration

I am a sucker for a print; so nothing is grabbing my attention more today than the Marni at H&M collaboration.

MARNI FOR H&M

MARNI FOR H&M

Doors apparently opened at stores at 8am this morning whilst online a queue order system was formed almost instantaneously.

The collection, which was formed with famous Italian fashion house Marni consists of essential pieces such as loose dresses, summer coats and slender jacket-and-skirt ensembles, shirts and tops in different prints and textures for women in a mixture of sporty daywear and lady-like fashion, whilst for men parka coats, Bermuda shorts, formal suits, knits, sweaters and cashmere bring fun as well as a selection of comfortable lounge wear for everyday living.

Marni’s creative director and founder, Consuelo Castiglioni, has brought together a playful range of style possibilities mixed in with an elegant wardrobe complete with accessories that evolve around perfect detailing throughout.

For those looking to purchase a piece of H&M history you may want to make a pit stop dash during your lunch break, alternatively keep queuing online.

Did you make the cut? Let me know what you’ve purchased from the collection…

Paris Fashion Week: Yves Saint Laurent Spring/Summer 2012 review

For next season Stefano Pilati conjured up a filthy rich powerful muse for Yves Saint Laurent’s spring/summer 2012 collection. Her style was apparent in every way from the gold bucking on the shoes to the luxurious materials on her clothing. 

Held at the Hotel Salomon de Rothschild YSL’s show was engrossed with a palette of green hues which ranged from moss to khaki to forest green shades. Pilati teamed these colours with rich jewel tones such as ruby and sapphire – carrying on from the current autumn/winter 2011/12 trend – and mixing in perfectly with cool mint, lilac, indigo and black shades. 

Key pieces came in the form of a dark green and black swing coat, which launched the show, to silk palazzo pants and elegant halter neck jumpsuits complete with jewelled belts. There was an iconic 1960s and Hollywood vibe around the collection which was cemented by the siren red lips and dramatic eye make up. 

Alongside this were strong ornate prints which came in the form of maxi skirts and dresses as well as bubble gum pink peplum pieces; Pilati also created a light midnight blue and similar black cocktail dress – a sure-fire hit for the younger crowd and cocktail parties. 

To end the show models adorned several gowns all in sheer black material with a sprinkling of gold dust thrown on and were finished off with a far eastern inspired pattern across the bottom of the dress: sending a message to the rumour mill that whatever the gossip is at present regarding Pilati’s supposed departure, he is almost certainly going nowhere just yet… 

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.

Olivia Rubin collaborates with Dune

Quirky fashion designer Olivia Rubin has swapped the catwalk for the pavements this season, as she launches her first ever collaboration with luxury high street shoe store Dune.

The capsule collection comprises of three must-have bags and twelve different shoe styles that include monochrome bowed courts, and a beautiful pink and beige satin ballet pump – all in Rubin’s signature prints.

Stocked in selected Dune stores nationwide and in Selfridges London, prices range from as little as £55, to £110.

Rubin has stated: ‘It has been an incredible experience working with Dune on this collaboration and bringing a selection of my signature prints onto a range of both classic and contemporary shoes and accessories. They understand my vision as a designer and together we worked on creating a collection’.

For more information visit www.dune.co.uk

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.

 

BODYAMR autumn/winter 2011 collection at LFW

From Louise Redknapp in the front row to Amber Rose modelling; the BODYAMR autumn/winter 11/12 show was a star-studded affair.

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Back stage Efi Davies directed the Toni&Guy Session Team to produce models with whimsical hair that was sleek at the front and dropped perfectly at the back. This design was done simply by using a round brush to blow dry then a dash of label.m professional hair care to finish; providing texture in all the right places. Make-up was flawless but dramatic with big red lips and sultry egyptian eyes.

The collection in itself was inspired by the middle east; and after the dramatic build up of violin concerto music the lights dimmed as police style flash lights (like the ones used to call Batman!) appeared circling the room. Models then started to protrude into the windy catwalk that was set-up via two rooms in the Vauxhall Fashion Scout venue as Moroccan-influenced music played.

From rich chocolate browns to cream and gold hues, mulberry and maroon, the colour spectrum switched adding teal, black, sun-set orange, silver, grey and mustard. Textures included jersey, satin, silk, velvet and beading with key pieces coming in floor length silk kaftan’s, black bolero jackets, Mongolian wool stole’s and jackets, low slung jersey v-neck tops with long sleeves, jersey turtle necks, and tops and dresses that incorporated diamante studding.

The highlight of the show however was a floor length see through black hooded dress; which doubled up as a veil. The model wore yellow studded diamante hot pants underneath; alongside this there was a navy chiffon flowing gown. Low-cut at the front with beaded detailing around the cleavage, but effortlessly glamorous; something like you would imagine Queen Rania of Jordan to wear to a Royal Engagement with family and friends.

To continue with the eastern theme models adorned Fez hats, chiffon neck scarves – which draped to the floor – and high collared necklaces and oversized jewellery.

This was definitely one of my favourite shows of London Fashion Week.

Joanne Hynes autumn/winter 2011 collection at LFW

You may not of heard of this Irish designer but mark my words come winter she’ll be set to dress the A-list elite.

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For autumn/winter 2011/12 Joanne Hynes decided to collaborate with artist Helen Steele to produce the ‘Les Guerriers’ collection. As their first project together the pair have created a collection that ‘supports freedom of expression within art and fashion, with both disciplines becoming one.’ What came out of the collaboration is a print effect worthy of Emin or Hurst, showing off the best of their ability as a team.

The clothes themselves ran from red velvet floor length gowns to black leather midi skirts and cropped biker jackets; fur stoles with oversized jewels and my personal favourite a fusion print dress with beaded collar, long sleeves and puffy undercoat.

Accessories consisted of jewelled pieces, large wooden sphere bamboo hats, wooden block and raffia wedge heeled boots and oversized wooden bangles.

Joanne Hynes is definitely one to watch for 2011.