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Introducing Liam Fahy

13 Dec

A couple of months ago, I stumbled upon the lovely Liam Fahy at the LFW exhibitions. His striking shoe collection immediately caught my eye, the shoes are spectacular from a distance and even better close up with really great attention to detail and brilliant Italian craftship. The collection epitomises luxury, with each of the limited edition shoes inscribed with a signature nickel detailing on the sole. The Spring/Summer 2012 collection, The Elegant Collectables, is inspired by Colonial African school uniforms, liquoirish, Pan Am girls and 1950s metallic typography, resulting in a breathtaking collection of sharp wedges, subtle platforms and soft textures. Although it’s a SS12 collection, the darker colour palette and luxe fabrics give it a seasonless feel. This is what Liam said about the collection: “The increasing pace of commercial fashion is restricting genuine creativity amongst so many designers, as a result the boundaries of seasons have become  blurred, so why not create a collection embracing a schizophrenic season. It’s about having the confidence not to change so fast.”


Kirsty Ward SS12 video

11 Dec

Kirsty Ward’s Spring/Summer 2012 collection sees the Oxford born womenswear designer Kirsty continue to explore her design signatures of multi-layering, cutaways, embellishment and sheer fabrics coupled with new influences such as neon and neoprene and menswear. Similar to Maria Francesca Pepe, Kirsty blurs the lines between clothing and jewellery as she uses oversized Swarovski necklaces and coloured chains draped over cotton dresses and sheer tops. Next season sees the introduction of her first handbag collection and also a body-con lingerie collaboration with Mint Siren, with a retro Sixties silhouette and futurising long-line bra tops with sculptural bone work. My favourite look is the super sheer blue organza maxi dress and the dipped hem menswear work shirt inspired look . 

KIRSTY WARD SPRING/SUMMER 2012 from Kirsty Ward on Vimeo.

H&M announce collaboration with Marni

29 Nov

This morning brings news that has the Twitterati in a buzz:
H&M’s next collaboration is with Italian luxury brand Marni. The collection
will feature menswear, womenswear and accessories and launch on 8
March 2012 worldwide – mark the date in your calendar. Although the well-known
brand collaborations with the likes of Versace and Jimmy Choo have done really
well for H&M and have caused overnight queues and hysteria, I think it’s a
great move for them to go with a slightly under-the-radar brand. There have
already been quips on Twitter saying the majority of the population will wonder
if Marni is somehow connected to Armani, but as one of fashion’s most-loved
labels, the collaboration is due to do very well. It’s something for
fashionistas to genuinely get excited about. 

From the sneak peeks I’ve seen, Marni’s creative director Consuelo
Castiglioni has retained her signature prints, playfulness and elegance making
for some really, really striking pieces – but in a very different way to the
current Versace collection. Colours will be bold, prints will clash but in a
more refined, graceful way combined with Marni silhouettes – full pleated
skirts, dresses and cropped trousers. 

 “I wanted to create a true Marni wardrobe by
revisiting all our favorite pieces in signature fabrics and prints. As always,
I love juxtaposing prints and colours, mixing modern tribal with Bauhaus
graphic adding sporty utilitarian elements”.Consuelo Castiglioni, Founder and
Creative Director.

What do you think of the collaboration so far, will you be queuing up for a piece of Marni at H&M prices? 

Clothing at Tesco F&F SS12 press day

22 Nov

Last week, I headed to the iconic OXO Tower for Clothing at Tesco‘s SS12 press day. After a brisk walk down a cold and dark South Bank, I stepped through the doors into a tropical summer setting. It was a lovely – and much needed – surprise, the bright lights and bold colours really brightened up my day. The vivid hues coupled with statement stripes, ditzy dots and fabulous florals made for a really eyecatching statement and a very strong collection – all at affordable prices. It’s the most fashion-forward collection I’ve seen from F&F and really proved that supermarket chic does exist. The collection has really raised the bar for affordable fashion, New Look et al should take note.

Deco Tribal – A new twist on tribal which encorporates deco styling, this is  a formal look with soft elements. Fashes of vivid green add interest to the collection along with monochrome prints. Chic shift silhouettes with a drop waist are key, as are sharp cropped jackets worn with slim-cut trousers, accessoried with bold jewels for a statement look. 

Modern graphic – This look is about vivid colour and graphic prints with sharp silhouettes – a soft shirt or shell top worn with fluid high waisted trousers or a graphic print jersey dress layered with a minimal trapeze coat or soft blazer. Complete the look with glossy totes, belts and wedges.

Great Gatsby – Inspired by the 20s and 30s, this is a romantic trend with frills, ruffles and lace. This look is all about softer dressing, with printed midi tea dresses worn with a coloured blazer, soft fluid trousers with a lightweight knit or a tiered skirt with a soft, romantic blouse. Blue and white porcelain inspired prints are on transparent chiffons with playful ruffles and fine lace detailing. 

Tribal – Inspired by colours from the earth and the dessert, Kenya and Morocco, as well as modern primitive and desert tribes. This look uses prints including snakeskin, leopard, textures, Aztec and geometrics. Finish the look with raffia accessories and bold jewellery. 

Forever 21 SS12 press day

6 Nov

Forever 21 has to be one of the UK’s best loved US exports; the fast fashion, low price point strategy makes it an instant strong contender to the likes of H&M. The store opening on Oxford Street causes hysteria and the fluorescent pink bags swinging from every other person swishing down London’s iconic shopping street are an ever present reminder of the popularity of the brand. It was interesting to have a sneak peek into their collection for spring/summer 2012, which was a riot of fun colours and sixties simplicity mixed with Japanese-inspired florals and Riviera-esque stripes.  

Lulu Guiness SS12 press day

25 Oct

Lulu Guinness is always a little breath of fresh air during the relentless, seemingly never ending press day schedule. I always walk into the venue a little late and a lot stressed but walk out refreshed with a smile on my face. It’s hard not to walk away from the Queen on Quirk feeling lighthearted, her super fun designs are so infectious. Lulu was inspired by holidays for her spring/summer 2012 collection; evident by the cool neutral colour palette, sunglass details, quirky prints and camera-inspired designs. I’ve fallen for the updated Doll Face bags, she is looking effortlessly chic in her sunnies! The lips clutches are still on my lust list too, the nude pastel shades look so fresh while the snakeskin version are just such a statement.

The autumn/winter 2011 and cruise collections are available to buy now on the Lulu Guinness site. 

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.