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Paris Fashion Week: Louis Vuitton SS12

5 Oct

Louis Vuitton has done a compelte 180, going from a suped up, super sexy, fetish-inspired autumn/winter 2011 collection to the gentle, sweet and fragile spring/summer 2012 collection. The pretty, watery pastel colour palette is reminiscent of a box of sugared almonds while the use of lace and broderie anglaise heightens the saccharine nature of the collection. I’m sure the oversize lapels and exaggerated silhouettes will become the look du jour next season. Another triumph from Mr Jacobs. 


The campaign trail: Marc by Marc Jacobs, Miu Miu and Chanel AW11

4 Jul
Dakota’s little sister Elle Fanning is the new face of Marc by Marc Jacobs and I adore the first preview of the shoot with Juergen Teller. The image is gorgeous, Elle looks a little like Jessica Stam and the overall look of the image is lovely. I was fairly critical of Miu Miu’s decision to use Hailee Steinfeld as the face of their new campaign and although they’re similar ages, I think this campaign is more appropriate. Marc by Marc has much lower price points and has a much younger feel than Miu Miu. 

Here are images from Miu Miu’s campaign, featuring the young Hailee Steinfeld. As reported in an earlier post, the decision has been a little controversial. The final images show the 14-year old looking mature and older than her years. I’m not sure why but this campaign doesn’t sit well with me. Perhaps it’s the polished, elegant collection and structured handbags, it almost looks like Hailee is playing dress up. What do you think? 

I’ve already posted the teaser preview images for the Chanel Autumn/Winter 2011 campaign, featuring Freja Beha styled by Carine Roitfeld and shot by Karl Lagerfeld, and here are the first of the final images to be released. A very different direction for Chanel, though I think the teaser images show much more promise than these two images deliver. Eagerly awaiting the rest. 

Friday Fashion Fix

17 Jun
A while ago, I used to do a semi-regular Fashion Fix posts which was a quick hit of bitesize pieces of fashion news. I’ve decided to bring it back as a regular feature every Friday. I hope you enjoy it! 

Helena Bonham Carter is the face of Marc Jacobs Autumn/Winter 2011.

I think this pairing is a match made in fashion heaven, the eccentricly dressed two-time Oscar nominee and one of the quirkiest designers on the block. Shot by Juergen Teller, the ads are a little obscure but lots of fun.

Angelina Jolie for Louis Vuitton’s Core Values campaign

Angelina Jolie looks absolutely stunning in this Louis Vuitton campaign and the story behind it is beautiful too. The campaign was shot by Annie Leibovitz in Combodia, a country which Jolie has very close emotional ties. She travelled there for her rold in Tomb Raider and was oberwhelmed by the beautiful landscape and wamth of its people. She returned as a UN Goodwill Ambassador and went on to adopt her son Maddox. She has been awarded Cambodian citizenship by King Norodom Sihamoni for her humanitarian work. Her fee for the campaign was donated to charity.

Lanvin to launch ‘Petite’ collection.

If there was ever a reason to get broody this is it: imagine dressing your little princess in some teeny, tiny Lanvin. Alber Elbaz was inspired by Jeanne Lanvin’s daughter Marguerite and features several Lanvin signatures from jewels and ballet flats to gorgeous tulle dresses. Absolutely beautiful.

L’Oreal is back at HQ Hair.

HQ Hair have recently re-launched several L’Oreal brands on the site and are offering a huge 25% off the L’Oreal range until midnight on Monday. Just enter LOREAL25 at the checkout. 

Win your (Very) dream job.

Fashion superstore Very have got an amazing competition running at the moment, the prize is literally every fashionista’s dream job – as the V-Stylist. The winner will be sent to fashion shows on behalf of Very and help design their own fashion range! The position is paid for 12 months and has a whopping salary of £50,000! To enter, ‘like’ Very’s Facebook page and enter via the competition tab. The competition closes on Wednesday 6th July so get your skates on! 

William Vintage now available at Browns

Hailed as ‘The Vintage King’ by none other than Vogue, William Banks-Blaney’s beautiful William Vintage collection is now available at Browns. With prices ranging between £375 and £16,750, William Vintage is a haute vintage label stocking vintage wares from Balenciaga, Balmain, Ossie Clark, Dior and Lanvin among many others.

Rokit AW11 behind-the-scenes video.

I just adore this video, which gives you a sneak peek behind Rokit’s forthcoming Autumn/Winter 2011 collection shoot. Not only does it look like a blast, the clothes are so, so covetable.

Peekaboo Vintage launch first standalone store.
Renowned for their gorgeous handpicked selection of vintage,
Peekaboo vintage have launched their first standalone store in Ganton Street, just off Carnaby street. Add this to your address book as they stock an eclectic range of vintage pieces from Ossie Clark originals to vintage-inspired pieces. 

Natasha Law collaborates with the W Hotel, London. 
Those who follow me on Twitter will know that my new favourite spot in London is the
W hotel, more specifically the super cool bar. The Wyld bar is set to get just a little bit more fabulous as acclaimed artist Natasha Law has collaborated with the bar to create some shot glasses with her signature sexy semi-nude line drawings.

Ayten Gasson video lookbook SS12

Ayten Gasson makes absolutely stunning vintage-inspired lingerie. When I say stunning, I mean so beautiful you will want to forego clothes so that everyone can appreciate how pretty her pieces are. The shoot and video lookbook were styled by my good friend Frankie who is oozing with awesomeness.

Credits: Video: Alex OliverLingerie: Ayten GassonFascinators: HatasticPhotography: Richard BridgeModels: Dani Race and Holly HoylandMake up: Kelly MendiolaHair: John MullanNails: Steph Mendiola, Styling: Frankie Murray.

Louis Vuitton AW11

10 Mar

Two words came to mind when I saw the Louis Vuitton show – opulence and excess. No expense was spared for the Autumn/Winter 2011 show, it was a spectacle which almost rivalled the theatrics of Chanel shows with night watchmen guarding an ornate elevator which transported each model one by one. Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss joined a huge parade of models, Kate caused a commotion on Twitter as she closed the show by slinking down the catwalk puffing away on a cigarette. 

Getting distracted by the theatrics of the show would be a huge mistake. The collection sizzled with sexual undertones, from the sheer fabrics, moulded leather bodices, coated leather, thigh high socks with teeny tiny short shorts, rubber skirts, handcuffs..! The clothing was voluminous and nipped in at the same time, with a focus on sleeves, collars, jodhpurs and fitted pencil skirts. The real stars of the show were the accessories, a completely mind-boggling amount of shoes and bags worked their way down the runway, shoulder bags, clutch bags, bucket bags. The collection was huge, but perfectly formed the fabrics look sumptuous, lavish and utterly desirable. 

The skinny on wide leg trousers

3 Mar
I remember the dawn of the skinny era, there was one prevalent emotion – fear. The shape was a huge departure from the previous trouser shape du jour, the flattering bootcut. Skinnys were radical and it took a little coaxing for people to warm up to them. For me, the skinny hallelujah moment came when I spied a pair of Sass & Bide’s iconic frayed misfits in their store in Sydney. After shimmying into them, I felt like a newer, sexier, more kick ass version of myself. What’s not to love about that?! Fast forward a couple of years and skinny trousers, jeans and even the dreaded jeggings are a wardrobe staple. For the record, please note that I’d rather go out without any trousers on at all than wear the latter.

For a couple of seasons now, the easy, breezy flares/wide legs/palazzo pants have tried to topple the skinny style crown, to no avail. But this season the tide is turning. The SS11 catwalks were full of an assortment of wide leg shapes flattering enough to tempt even the most devoted skinny lover.

Aren’t they beautiful? This season is about channeling the laidback 70s silhouette, the new trouser shape is so effortless, long and languid. Unfortunately, the high-street hasn’t quite caught up and it was a bit of a struggle to find nice wide leg trousers. Asos and Zara were definite winners though. I can’t wait to wear palazzo pants with platforms and a blouse!
Zara culottes – £69.99

All that glitters…

17 Mar

I’m really loving metallics at the moment. I love shiny things at the best of times, but I think I’m so desperate to shed black and dark layers so I’m literally embracing the light! I remembered this Marc Jacobs dress which Kate Moss wore to the Met Institute ball last year, and I totally fell in lust. 

I’m really loving Grecian or goddess style dresses. Every girl needs a killer dress which makes her feel like a million bucks. My mission right now is to find something like this without the £2,000+ price tag! 

Dress – Net-a-Porter

Marc Jacobs Fall 2010

16 Feb

Over the past few seasons, Marc Jacobs has been very celebrity friendly to say the least. Movie stars on the front row and Spice Girls in campaigns has been the norm. But 2010 is a departure from the celebrity-friendly ways of seasons past. No singers, movie stars or celebrities were to be on the front row…even Andre Leon Talley was left standing! That wasn’t the only surprise, the set was completely stripped bare, the show started with Marc Jacobs and Robert Duffy tearing back some brown paper to reveal the models clad mostly in pretty pastels, unusual for a Fall show. Stunning collection, I wasn’t overly keen on some of the skirt lengths and oversize jumpers and jackets but there were some absolutely stunning looks.


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