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London Fashion Week Fall 2009

27 Feb

Fashion Week has arrived! Mademoiselle Robot kindly gave me her invite to the Ashish show, which is how I found myself queuing up down a side street with some rather fabulous young things on Friday. Anticipation was building; I could overhear several people talking about the playful, fun nature of previous collections. I found myself pulling the oversize cardboard ticket out of my bag…it looked like a ticket for a carnival or circus. This theme continued inside the venue, with an acrobatic circus performer keeping the growing crowd amused, before VV Brown strutted on stage to cue the beginning of the show.

And what a show it was; a riot of colour and sequins, clashing neons and animal print. Texture, circus-inspired neons and of course sequins were three of the staple themes of the collection. The first few looks were very full on and took a little getting used to, to be honest. Neon green and pink Sprouse-esque leopard print coupled with a sequin skirt and pink zebra print leggings isn’t the most wearable of outfits! But, deconstruct the outfit into individual pieces and it starts to look a lot more wearable. The light-hearted, witty pieces are definitely very covetable.

After seeing the show first hand, it’s very easy to understand the hype which built up in the queue. Ashish’s Fall 2009 collection literally dazzled, the circus/carnival theme suddenly seems like a no-brainer antidote to the muted, sombre tones seen in some other Fall collections. Reminiscent of Miu Miu’s Harlequin collection but a lot more fun and playful, I’m really hoping that I’ll see some high-street interpretations in the likes of Topshop et al come September.

The second show I attended was Andrew Majtenyi at the Canadian High Commission. The fabulous champagne reception in the decadent surroundings certainly set the tone for the elegant show. The highlight of London Fashion Week, for me at least, was the IFB Dress Up Soiree. It was brilliant to meet up with so many bloggers and put a face to the blogs I’ve read for so long. A big thank you to Jennine and Laetitia for all organising an amazing evening!

Gemma from Retrochick & Frankie from Swell vintage

Forgotten your name! Email me! I do remember your studying at Cordwainers…!

The Vivien of Holloway girls

Gemma of Retrochick

The crowd (including Mademoiselle Robot in green) gathers for Agent Lynch.

And finally, yours truly! Topshop lace bolero, H&M vest top, Lungta De Fancy skirt, Barratts shoes. Big cheesy grin is all my own!

New York Fashion Week Fall 2009 Part Two

21 Feb

3.1 Phillip Lim Fall 2009

Calvin Klein Fall 2009

Carolina Herrera Fall 2009

Derek Lam Fall 2009

Erin Wasson for RVCA Fall 2009

Isaac Mizrahi Fall 2009

Jill Stuart Fall 2009

L’wren Scott Fall 2009

Matthew Williamson Fall 2009

Michael Kors Fall 2009

Marc Jacobs Fall 2009

Mulberry Fall 2009

Proenza Schouler Fall 2009

Ralph Lauren Fall 2009

Rodarte Fall 2009

Thakoon Fall 2009

Vera Wang Fall 2009
Zac Posen Fall 2009

* Source WWD

New York Fashion Week Fall 2009 Part One

19 Feb

Ok so I finally managed to pull myself together and create a super-bumper New York Fashion Week post. This is part one of two, so check back soon to catch the rest of Fashion Week. Click on photos to enlarge.

Alexander Wang Fall 2009

Abaete Fall 2009

BCBG Fall 2009

Biphu Mohapatra Fall 2009

Boy by Band of Outsiders Fall 2009

Catherine Holstein Fall 2009

Charlotte Ronson Fall 2009

DVF Fall 2009

Herve Leger Fall 2009

Geran Ford Fall 2009

Halston Fall 2009

Jason Wu Fall 2009

Jenni Kanye Fall 2009

Koi Suwannagate Fall 2009

Monique Lhuillier Fall 2009

Ohne Titel Fall 2009

Peter Som Fall 2009

Preen Fall 2009

Rachel Roy Fall 2009

Rebecca Minkoff Fall 2009

Vena Cava Fall 2009

Victoria Beckham Fall 2009

* Source WWD

Gap + Colette

25 Jun

Wow, Gap’s getting very serious about fashion. *Those* collaborations with Pierre Hardy were a huge success, now Gap’s got the next project underway. It’s very hush hush at the moment, but apparently Gap are working on a special project with Colette for Fashion Week! Yes, the same super-chic Parisian superstore which is home to everything from Carine Roitfeld designed charity tees to amazingly elegant headphones. This secret project will be a series of limited edition collaborations between Gap and major European designers. The sure to be mindblowing collaborations will hit stores on September 5th.

* Source Nylon