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9 Dec

Karlie Kloss lands Vogue Italia cover. 


Hot on the heels of her Victoria’s Secret debut, Karlie is turning up the heat on the cover of Vogue Italia. Shot by Steve Meisel, Karlie has the gaze of a lioness on the cover while she ruches up her dress to her hip with the words ‘extra strength’ emblazoned on her behind. That’s but a taster of the spectacular editorial inside. Karlie looks absolutely unreal, with the figure of a goddess it’s hard to believe she was on the cover of Teen Vogue just 4 years ago. I have just three words to say: The. Next. Super. 


  



Rosie Huntington-Whiteley covers UK Harper’s Bazaar. 


Meanwhile, further West and on another fashion magazine, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is on the cover of UK Harper’s Bazaar’s Body Issue. Both Karlie and Rosie look equally stunning on their covers and in their editorials but I see Rosie as more realistic and attainable whereas Karlie looks like a total glamazon. Which cover do you prefer? 



The 2012 Pirelli calendar. 


I’m going to be posting the images from next year’s stunning calendar but wanted to give you a little behind-the-scenes video teaser. 


 

Julia Restoin-Roitfeld makes her design debut. 

Carine’s extremely talented and beautiful daughter Julia can now add designer to her existing talents which include graphic designer, model, muse and photographer. Julia has designed a capsule lingerie collection for Kiki de Montparnasse which will be available to purchase next week. She also took on the role of model for the sepia-toned vintage-inspired lookbook. 



All I want for Christmas is….


…shoes. And who wouldn’t? You would, wouldn’t you? A pair a chunky wedges, some sky high platforms or perhaps some cosy boots. Well the lovely folks at Sarenza are giving our overworked Santa a hand with their “All I want for Christmas is shoes” competition. Here’s how to enter:

1)      Follow SarenzaUK on Twitter
2)      Choose the shoes you’d love to get from your wish list this Christmas on www.sarenza.co.uk and hashtag #AllIWantForChristmasIsShoes
3)      E.g @SarenzaUK  http://www.sarenza.co.uk/patricia-blanchet-lb-s774795-p0000043799  #AllIWantForChristmasIsShoes
4)      And that’s it! The winner will be chosen from a prize draw on 14th December so all entries are valid up until then.


Introducing the “Magic Dress”. 


Sounds like a miracle piece of clothing, right? A dress which compresses and controls the female form while playing with texture to both highlight curves and play down wobbly bits. That’s exactly what Chinese-Glaswegian designer Yan To has done. By designing on real bodies or mannequins, he works with womanly curves rather than against them and using stretch elastic and fabric engineering coupled with a dash of science, a spoonful of mathematic calculation and more than a smidge of visual creativity, Yan has created a masterpiece of a dress. Available at Young British Designers, this dress is not to be missed. 




Friday Fashion Fix

25 Nov



Barneys Gaga’s Workshop.


Lady Gaga looked absolutely stunning at the launch of Gaga’s Workshop in Barneys in New York. She wore a custom Chanel couture dress which was specially designed by Karl Lagerfeld. The workshop is on the store’s fifth floor until 2nd Jan and 25% of all sales will goto Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation which focuses on youth empowerment. 


Stella McCartney and McQueen to show at London Fashion Week. 


The big news this week is that two of London’s biggest fashion exports – McCartney and McQueen – will be returning to show at London Fashion Week in February. When I first heard the news, I thought it was great to have two huge British names back on our schedule. It always makes me a little sad to see our designers show overseas, although it’s obviously a great move for them and British fashion as a whole. McCartney and McQueen aren’t back for good though and it’s not their mainline shows that we’ll be seeing. McCartney will still show her collection in Paris, the London show will be a one-off capsule collection most likely connected to her role as Creative Director of Adidas Team GB. McQueen will be showing their McQ collection, prior to launching their first stand-alone store in Mayfair in Spring. I have mixed feelings about the two shows, what do you think about their return? 


Sasha Pivovarova designs for Gap. 


Model, painter, actress, designer. Is there nothing Sasha can’t do? The 6-piece collection consists of underwear sets, camisoles, nightdresses and boy shorts which have been inspired by fairytales. With prices starting at £12.95, the range is super affordable and would make a fab Christmas pressie for fellow fashionistas. Is it just me or does the illustration remind anyone of the Prada SS 2006 and 2008 campaigns?




Friday Fashion Fix

29 Oct

Bottega Veneta’s perfume campaign


Bottega Veneta have just released their third and final short film for the launch of their first women’s fragrance, which features behind-the-scenes footage of Bruce Weber shooting the beautiful Nine d’Urso for the advertising campaign.





V Magazine brings back supermodels. 


Bringing supermodels after a two year haitus is a pretty bold move, resulting in four super eyecatching covers featuring two models apiece. Styled by Carine Roitfeld, the result is visually stunning and vibrant. It’s hard to pick a favourite but I think Candice Swanepoel and Joan Smalls pip the others to the post. Carine says: “These eight girls are unique, not one is like the other. Candice is the only blonde and blue-eyed of this new generation of supermodels. Joan is black, Sui He is Asian, Hanaa is North African. It’s their diversity that makes each of them, to me, truly modern. They bring a new energy to fashion.” 





Chanel replaces Freja Beha!


Another bold move also involving Carine, Chanel have ended Freja Beha Erichsen’s five campaign reign at Chanel. I have to admit, although the AW11 campaign was cheeky and charming, it wasn’t my favourite so I’m intrigued to see what SS12 brings. Lagerfeld shot new faces Saskia de Brauw and Joan Smalls, who were styled by Carine Roitfeld. Lagerfeld is also due to shoot Arizona Muse for Fendi, replacing Anja Rubik after four seasons as the face of the brand. It seems that Mr Lagerfeld is after change and something fresh. 





Prada to launch jewellery collection…in time for Christmas. 


Rip up that letter to Santa, ladies, Prada are launching their first jewellery collection next month…just in time for Christmas. The limited edition capsule collection featured a feminine, quirky range of brooches, necklaces, earrings, bracelets and cuffs. I’m pretty partial to a shiny bauble or six, but I’m not convinced by the collection, especially given the price tag which starts at 350 Euros. The leather cuffs are gorgeous though. 



You’re invited to the launch of Emerging Artists and Designers Month!


Readers of Fashion Daydreams are invited to pop down to Narciss boutique on Westbourne Grove to the launch event for Emerging Artists and Designers Month, where contemporary art and fashion merge. 





Republic launches White collection.


High street fashion favourite Republic have launched their White Label collection which features affordable wardrobe staples at pocket friendly prices. Think gilets, chinos, shirts, tshirts, hoodies and even boots for under £30. 


Friday Fashion Fix

7 Oct
After a short Fashion Month haitus, Friday Fashion Fix is back with a super bumper edition. Enjoy. 

Milan FW declares war on London and New York.


Fashion month’s an exhausting, jet-setting experience is about to get a whole lot messier. There has been a fine balance between the timing of each individual fashion week to ensure that (on the whole) editors can attend each week. Milan has been rather bold with it’s proposed timings for next September’s shows which overlap with New York and completely eclipse London. Now, I feel quite strongly about London Fashion Week, there is such a wealth of design capital from both up-and-coming and established designers which get overlooked. Editors tend to miss the first couple of days of London as it is, and now Milan want to just cut London out altogether. Conde Nast have weighed into the debate by threatening that none of their Vogue editors (American, Italian and French included) will attend if they don’t move the dates. Point made? Not so, the Milan Chamber of Fashion have decided to stick to running from 19-25th September, while New York will run from 13-20th September and London will run from 21st-25th September. Watch this space for updates of this epic power struggle. 


Chanel’s Spring 2012 nail polishes.

Ready, set, GO! Chanel nail polishes always cause a stampede and single-handedly set nail trends of the season. I’m not too keen on the deep tones of April, but May and June’s zingy shades are right up my street. Which colours are you digging?

Eileen Fisher comes to the UK.

Super covetable, premium US label Eileen Fisher has opened it’s first UK store in Covent Garden and is set to open it’s second in Marylebone. The luxurious fabrics combined with timeless elegance being this is on my lust list for luxe basics.


Angels & Men launch thermal jeans.

Brrrr it’s getting cold in here! The girls at work are already thinking about layering tights and leggings under their clothes. It may seem like a  necessary tactic for keeping warm, especially when snow is forecast this month, but looking like the Michelin man is never a good look. That’s why I’m so excited to hear about Angels & Men, a new premium denim line which have a range of thermal jeans! They’re available now and perfect for pairing with a Uniqlo HeatTech top, cosy cardi and some knee high riding boots. 



Carine Roitfeld throws a vampire-themed party of Irreverent. 

One of the most hotly anticipated fashion books, Irreverent by Carine Roitfeld is out now. Carine celebrated it’s launch with a fabulous vampire-themed ball. Here are my favourite looks from the party. 


Lagerfeld’s Karleidoscope perfume.

Launching a perfume is Karl Lagerfeld’s latest side project and it has an amazing name: Karleidoscope. There’s actually a little kaleidoscope in the bottle top with Karl’s silhouette! It also comes with a little sponge shaped in his profile so you can daintily dab the perfume on. The perfume is released on 11th October in Europe only. 


QVC Breast Cancer Care Show.

QVC has supported Breast Cancer Care since 1999, raising over £3.5 million for the charity to date. This year’s show airs on Wednesday and features catwalk clips and behind-the-scenes videos from the Brest Cancer Care fashion show as well as model interviews. Brands such as Bare Escentuals, OPI, Kipling and Butler & Wilson are getting involved by designing products especially for the show with all proceeds going to the charity. Tune in from 7-10pm on Wednesday 12th October.

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