Monday, 28 July 2014

#ilovetopshop







Images via British Vogue

Topshop have unveiled their latest campaign featuring none other than Cara Delevingne. She's walked for Topshop Unique at LFW and has a bucket-load of campaigns for various houses including Mulberry, Chanel and YSL Beauty under her belt. Cara for Topshop is one of those pairings that has such ideal symbiosis.

Those trademark brows, looking particularly souped up in the shoot, her 'undone' hair and a heavily kohled eye that works whether she's practicing her Blue Steel or giving one of her signature crazy faces. Call it what you will but Cara wears the pieces with such nonchalance that it would seem so easy for the mere mortal to roll out of bed and into a faux fur coat, giving more rise the the #iwokeuplikethis trend. Although not all the pieces are typically Cara, photographer Alasdair McLellan has still managed to capture Cara's essence and portray her as a Topshop girl. As the only model for the whole campaign - a first for Topshop - I'm a fan of Cara for Topshop.

The collection drops in stores and online from August. Find out more at Topshop

Sunday, 27 July 2014

A Fashionable Shift

Hermès FW14 Ready-To-Wear via Style.com

And so begins fashion's favourite game of musical chairs. No game ignites more excitement and anticipation amongst bloggers, editors and enthusiasts like a good chop and change between fashion houses. Understandably emotions run high for both the end of one designers reign and the beginning of a new one. By know you know my thoughts on this power play, my championing of Raf Simons' move to Dior and Ghesquire's turn at Louis Vuitton, and, in most cases, a change of scenery works for designers. It's a constant pushing of boundaries, working with an iconic house with old ideals and bringing with you a new concept or a different aesthetic. Wang for Balenciaga did exactly this, with his envelope pushing eponymous label having a doubtless influence on the Balenciaga collections of late. Say what you will about Slimane as well, but his knowledge of photography, menswear, grunge and rock and roll is exactly what embodies the Saint Laurent house of today.

The latest change in the game comes from none other than Hermès, whose artistic director Christopher Lemaire has mutually parted ways with the house after four years. Hermès, synonymous with the Birkin, the Kelly, and a wait list as long as Karlie Kloss to obtain one, is also about a mature simplicity that is not showy in the slightest. Case in point, the RTW collection for AW14 was so understated in the most elegant way. With muted tones, the (re!) return of socks and sandals and luxurious coats over fluid tailoring. Hermès is a brand that you don't tend to play with, too classic to change too much, so it will interesting to see how Lemaire's replacement Nadège Vanhee will fare at the helm. Before you panic, Vanhee is coming from exactly the right background, previous experience being The Row and before that Senior Designer under Phoebe Philo at Céline, so we have little to worry about here. Given the Philo-sophy of subtly sexy, Vanhee is certain to bring it to the table at Hermès. 

Even more-so, with the news of Olivier Theyskens departure from Theory, the questions now are where will he take the reigns, and who will replace him?

The players are constantly changing, but the game remains the same. I, for one, anticipate the next generation of designers settling into their new abodes.

Friday, 11 July 2014

Holy Dior






I would have written this post sooner, only I couldn't tear my eyes away from the pictures on Style.com. I have ooh-ed and ahh-ed at everything from Chanel and Valentino to Elie Saab and Margiela (that reveal, btw!) but nothing stopped me in my tracks like the silhouettes at Dior.

Taking everything that is iconic about the almighty French house and reinventing it for a modern day princess, serial modernist Raf Simons produced swoon-worthy looks that I only wish I could wear every day. Or at least for my wedding whenever that may be. The mix of Marie Antoinette-esque silhouettes with utilitarian boiler suits made for a collection rendering me speechless. Even the coats were on a bigger scale, with sumptuous wools to keep cosy this winter and intricate beading and resin fringing finishing off bold jackets and futuristic flapper dresses.

In short, how can I win the lottery or marry a prince because I need to wear this collection.

Every bit of it.


In the Ring with Chanel





My favourite time of year has come around. Yes Couture Week, obvs! It's also the time for the new season campaigns to slowly filter in. So far, Givenchy, Louis Vuitton and Isabel Marant (okay that was in June but still..) have caught me beady eye. Funny how the French just have that knack for creating campaigns with the clearest vision. I look at the campaigns with longing because it's not just an advert, it's a lifestyle portrayed through the eyes of the world's best photographers from the minds of the world's best designers. All encouraging us to swathe our bodies in fur, or silk or leather in a dark room or, in the case of Chanel, a boxing ring.

That brings us to today's big campaign from Karl. Love her or hate her, Cara has got it. She might have skipped Chanel's Couture show this week but we can easily forgive her considering this campaign. For traditional Chanel lovers, it might take some getting used to to see beloved tweed and pearls in the same shot as Binx Walton in leather joggers and sneakers, but in these images it just works. I'm also digging Cara's high pony and I can definitely go for taking my Boy bag to boxing.

Also, anyone remember when Karl vetoed sweatpants? 'You lost control of your life, so you bought sweatpants' Yeah I see you Karl putting leather sweats in the AW14 campaign. I like.

Friday, 4 July 2014

Red Carpet Winner: Keira Knightley



How much is Keira Knightley killing it on the red carpet these days?! I feel like she hasn't done a movie in time and she's been holding out on us with all these amazing promo looks for her new film Begin Again. From elegant daytime Prada to showstopping Chanel at the Serpentine Party this week, Keira always keeps it classy and I love that there's always a fun smattering of embellishment or detail thanks to Valentino, Erdem and co. It's a huge thumbs up from me Keira!

What are your thoughts on Keira's promo tour looks?

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Trippy









A bohemian chic Thelma and Louise? No they're not remaking the iconic movie, but best buddies Poppy Delevingne and Alexa Chung have joined forces on what might be the world's most fashionable road trip in the latest edition of Net a Porter's The Edit. The dynamic duo hit the road in everything from Isabel Marant to Dolce & Gabbana waxing lyrical about friendship and how they have stood the test of time. Ya know what they say: 'With friends like these...'

What do you think of Poppy and Alexa's jaunt in The Edit?





Get Free People






Dubbed 'Sexiest Model in the World' by Maxim (just a day in the life of Candice Swanepoel really), the model fronts the latest campaign for super-brand Free People now available in the UK.  Swanepoel appears in a state of grungy yet stylish disarray in pieces ranging from glamourous to off duty model all with a splash of signature Free People boho to finish off the looks.

 The campaign, shot by Guy Aroch and Duncan Winecoff, also features a video of Candice playfully discussing a day in her life. The life of a model is so often comparable to that of a dairy farmer if ya didn't know, so take 5 and watch Candice tell you why.


Shop Free People @ Urban Outfitters now for the ultimate in model style.

Images from Modelinia