Sunday, 14 September 2014

Autumn Wish List


Charlotte Tilbury Blush, Joseph Knit, Olivia Burton Watch, Kora Organics by Miranda Kerr Tinted Day Cream, J Brand Jeans, Joseph Culottes, Whistles Backpack, Isabel Marant Sneakers

[All items available at Net-a-Porter, Watch from ASOS]

The wish list is back - and jeez is it getting a bit pricey - but my goodness will it be worth it.

Another season another dream shoe from Isabel Marant. Not one to jump on the Stan Smith bandwagon, I want all of the look with less of the norm core Stan Smith connotations. These Isabel babies scream street style, and teamed with sleek Joseph culottes and the of-the-moment backpack from Whistles (literally as it only became available from 6pm tonight!), well it's like a Scandi dream look come true. 

For down days wear with a slouchy cashmere knit, super skinnies and minimal make up and voila, off duty style dunzo. No modelling experience required!




Thursday, 11 September 2014

NYFW Details

It's all in the details, as you are well aware by now.
So I think we should let them do the talking here..


Prabal Gurung, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Altuzarra, DVF, Rag & Bone
Images via Style.com

The New Theory





Images via Style.com

We recently discussed the departure of Olivier Theyskens from Theory earlier this summer, and it seems his replacement has the Theory aesthetic down pat. Former designer for the brand Lisa Kulson has returned after impressing owner Andrew Rosen with her vision for Theory. In what felt like a live Vogue editoral, the Theory presentation was everything the brand has always promised: luxurious fabrics, sleek silhouettes and and ultimately modern. Nothing trend led about it, Theory simply caters to what the modern woman wants to wear and more importantly, how she wants to feel in it.

The sheer effortless quality of Theory's vision of a woman has me in a spin. The Scandi style pieces have an undeniable simplicity that is going to make SS15 dressing all the more interesting. Kulson plays cleverly with texture using silk, suede and perforated leather balanced with easy breezy cotton. The wide leg trouser is still having its moment in the sun and the midi is back and better than ever. Paired with block heels and sleek suede slides, the midi is proof that less is definitely more and adheres to the subtle sexiness of the Theory brand. My personal favourite from the presentation is the poplin shirt and suede culotte combo which I pretty much just die for and cannot wait to road test their trans-seasonal quality. 

Top of the wish list right now. What could knock them off the number 1 spot? What's been your favourite at fashion week so far? Let me know!

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

RADarte

This is undoubtedly my favourite show from this past week. The Mulleavy sisters have really returned to form with the crystal covered, aquatic inspired set and a veritable smorgasbord of luxe fabrics. The inimitable skinny jean ruled at Rodarte, paired with ruffled sweaters and loose blouses, meanwhile the dresses oozed modern mermaid with embellishment offset by patch-working and torn fishnet. Finished with outerwear that was part straightjacket, part country girl and slick lace up heels from the ankles up, the collection was powerful and undisciplined with a splash of sexy. Laura and Kate's imaginations always produce simply beautiful collections, but SS15 is by far their best and I can guarantee everyone will want a piece of Rodarte RTW come next year, if not now.

Images via Style.com






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.