Monochrome colours with leather continue to be the order of the day at Ann Demeulemeester. Spring/Summer 2011 saw flowing black and white printed and belted asymmetrical tunics paired with ankle-length leather pants that were both contemporary and feminine. Juxtaposed with an all white cut-out leather jacket or breastplate-esque number, the long, fluid asymmetrical leather skirts (that left one leg exposed) looked strong and edgy. The beauty of this collection was the precision of the cuts – in all the right places – and the overall cohesion of each look.
-INGRID CHUA GO
In our hope chests we would love to find some of the gorgeous raffia and lace dresses that Dolce & Gabbana sent down their Spring/Summer catwalk. We also wouldn’t mind some of the lingerie or a few of those floral prints! Over the past few seasons the duo have really played to their strengths and in “rediscovering” their Italian roots have got us dreaming of a Sicilian style “Dolce Vita” all over again!
Ooh DSquared what can we say….we love our androgyny with a few sequins too! Soon to be arriving on BUY IT FIRST, we can’t wait!
Happy 40th Anniversary Roberto Cavalli! No one does the rock infused, boho glam with quite the Italian edge that you have and we would like to congratulate you on a wonderful 40 years of head turning prints that keep fashionistas in the front row coming back for more each season.
Tonight we’re going to be slipping into some of our favourite Roberto Cavalli numbers to celebrate the labels 40th Anniversary! AUGURI to the Cavalli’s and keep those flamboyant prints and the rock infused glam coming….like all those jet setters, celebs and fashionistas worldwide….we just can’t get enough!
Our buyers report back from Milan Fashion Week with these stunning pictures of the Fendi show. Long skirts, flowers and bright colours, such as purple, turquoise and orange, seem to be a recurring trend for the upcoming season. The accessories were a definite favourite, especially the bags and the sunglasses.
We couldn’t resist reminiscing a little about the unique space that NewGen (the Bristish Fashion Council and Topshop’s initiative to support new talent) used to host the shows of some of London’s most exciting up and coming designers. Mary Katrantzou, Michael Van Der Ham, Richard Nicoll and Meadham Kirchoff all used the old Eurostar platform at Waterloo station to show their exciting new collections. From the little breakfast bar in the morning to the champagne and canapés in the evening, we loved the space and attention to detail…especially the stewards in utility jumpsuits and the little golf buggy used to carry weary feet up the ramps to the platform/runway. The space was manipulated by each designer to give it a personal feel from Richard Nicoll’s heady perfume spritz to the pink feathered wonderland of Meadham Kirchoff. With natural light streaming in through the enormous glass wall and a view of some of the surrounding industrial buildings complimenting the space perfectly, the venue encapsulated the energy of a new, young London that is ultimately one of the key factors that keeps buyers, journalists and fashionistas coming back to the capital every season.
It was her first solo showing on the London fashion week stage, and Mary Katrantzou delivered, with the precision and poise of a veteran star.
Katrantzou has made herself a name in the use of hyper-real symmetrical prints, fitted around neat little dresses more often than not. It was the same story for the Spring Summer 2011 collection, yet this time around Katrantzou expanded her repertoire into sharp trousers, structured skirts, trim shorts and chic jackets, all emblazed and embellished with prints of interiors and the work of Guy Bourdin and Helmut Newton.
The result was spectacular. With table tops and window bays; chair legs and floral arrangments encasing the body and opening our perspective. It was beautiful and controlled, soaked in a colour palette of phenomenal harmony.
Mary had the entire room in her capable hands.
By Scott Stephenson
It is no surprise that London continually picks up serious credibility on the international fashion calendar with each passing season. Don’t get us wrong, London has always been an all-things-fashion hub. From the traditions of Savile Row, to the influence of Vivienne Westwood, it’s history is long and note worthy.
The hottest, sharpest and most widely influential editors, critics and buyers are turning up in droves. Filling the front rows, and paying careful attention. One thing they cannot have missed this Spring Summer 2011 season was the riot of colour.
Cue, Christopher Kane‘s searing neons. Beautifully bold blends from Mary Katrantzou. Acidic zaps at Michael van der Ham. And saturated hues by Meadham Kirchhoff.
London’s future is bright!
By Scott Stephenson