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Monday, July 30, 2012

A/W 2012 Trend: Taste of the Orient

There was a major influence of the East for autum and winter, with beautiful patterned silk pieces, brocaded kimono jackets, obi belts, and oriental patterns.
To inject some Eastern infusion into your wardrobe, check out my favourite picks from the High Street.

Orange Print Dragon Embroidered Kimono
River Island

Black Dragon Embroidered Print Kimono
River Island

Black Floral Print Kimono
River Island

Cream Floral Print Kimono
River Island

Oriental Floral Cigarette Trousers

Nature Printed Silk Georgette Qipao
Shanghai Tang

  'Melody' Gypsy Floral Kimono Jacket

  Printed Kimono wth Embellishment

Magic Carpet Embroidered Shoes

Friday, July 27, 2012

Latest Fashion News

Fashioning the Olympics

Although I’m not really getting into the Olympics buzz, it would be weird not featuring it in the news story considering the heavy influence fashion has had. There have been a number of designers who have helped make the Olympics what it is, such as Stella McCartney who designed the Team GB kit in July 2010. Prada designed kits for the Italian national sailing team, Ralph Lauren created the kits for the US, and Giorgio Armani designed the kits for the Italian National Olympic team, and last but not least, Hermes designed the kits for the French Olympic equestrian team.

However, Karl Lagerfeld seems to be the one getting into the Olympic spirit the most as he has launched an Olympic-inspired collection and pop-up store in Selfridges this week. 

Manolo Blahnik has a Dedicated Space in Harrods

Manolo Blahnik has been given a dedicated space in Harrods which will open in September. News of the boutique opening first emerged in May, after the label signed a deal with Kurt Geiger, who will manage and create boutiques within its shoe concessions in both Harrods and Liberty.

The new store will feature exclusive styles, hand-selected for Harrods-including courts shoes and moccasins in purple python. There will also be a made-to-order service.
Stella to Launch Children’s Collection

Not content with just launching a lingerie collection, Stella McCartney is set to launch a childrenswear collection as well as a book inspired by the Little Miss Stella character. Both will arrive in stores next month with the collection having seven pieces- including a T-shirt, jumper, pyjamas, bag, and a baby all-in-one, and will come with a set of fabric pens that can be used to draw on the items. The range is for girls and babies from newbord to 14 years old.

YSL Image not a Hit with Fans

The new YSL image, with the unveiling of the Saint Laurent Paris logo earlier this week, has attracted a lot of criticism, with many branding it “boring” and “unimaginative”. Some have said the Yves or Y is important and iconic, making it seem like a different brand altogether without it. YSL has yet to comment regarding the criticism.

Chanel Pre- S/S 2013 Collection

There was quite an eclectic feel to the Chanel Pre-S/S 2013 collection as there was a Marie Antoinette/Louis XIV influence with gold and baroque prints and embellishments, with flashes of gold  with royal blue giving an ostentatious feel to the collection, making it seem like it wouldn’t stick out at Versailles. 

However, many pieces were also quite modern, with a structured tailoring and the use of denim in a number of outfits as well as a heavy use of skater skirts. There was even a questionable black piece that seemed like a cross between a swimming costume and a leather S&M costume.  

As well as gold, pastel was a major palette in the collection with some pieces having a digital-style floral print which reminded me a bit of Mary Katrantzou.

I particularly like how there is not just one dominant theme in the collection like many designers, but a number, with old versus modern, ostentatious versus simplicity, and pastel versus gold and baroque.

A very archaic feel was present in
the collection in some pieces

Denim featured heavily in the collection

A very bizarre piece, S&M meets swimming

I absolutely love this!

This is my favourite dress
in the collection!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Alexander McQueen's Heroine Handbag

Forget the Del Rey, the Dolce, or any others the fashion world has been gushing about.There is a new It-bag in town, and this time it's Alexander McQueen's time in the handbag spotlight. 

The Heroine, the latest handbag offering from Alexander McQueen, was launched last week and has been described by McQueen as a “timeless luxury piece”. The Heroine is a combination of the satchel and the doctor’s bag with tote-style handles. The Heroine is set to star in its own campaign by renowned still life photographer Dan Tobin Smith. However, as pretty as it may be, the price isn’t, as the cheapest version is in oxblood suede which will set you back a cool £1,345. But if you would like to splash out even further, then go for the black crocodile Heroine which is currently £22,295. 

The Heroine in black crocodile.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Versace Pre-S/S 2013

Versace has come up with a fantastic unique collection for their pre-Spring/Summer 2013 collection whilst still maintaining the classic Versace print. There was monochrome as well as bright colourful rock-inspired prints, to eye-catching details on jackets and blouses and simple printed mini-dresses. Pastel was a dominant palette which clashed with the busy and colourful prints that were on everything from suits to clutches. The theme seemed to be an edgy punk rock, with the model having a sharp cropped black haircut and donning printed skirts and dresses with the word 'rock' scrolled on it alongside colourful guitars and musical notes. Here are some of my favourite items.

I absolutely love the yellow
detail on the shoe and the print
of the skirt is gorgeous. A really
colourful summery outfit
that could be worn to a number of occasions.

I love Versace's mini-dresses. Each season, they never fail to bring a fresh new look to the style staple. I love the arrow print on this particular dress and the shoes having the Versace print gives it that extra couture edge. 

The jacket with its wide lapels gives
it this punky, biker edge to the look, and
I absolutely love the fact that the print
is only on the sleeves. 

I'm not too sure this print is for me, but the detail
on it is so illustrious and intricate, with notes woven
into the print and colourful eyecatching guitars. 

Note the monochrome Versace ankle boots.
To see the full collection and to zoom in on the images to further lust over, check them out here.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Fashion News Roundup

Hi everyone! So sorry for not blogging in a while, but it has been unbelievably hectic for me! I've hardly had a time to breathe as I am currently doing my second PR internship in Scotland, and I'm about to do my third, so as you can imagine, summer hasn't been much of a holidy! But I'm loving every minute of it!

So much has been going on so I thought I would do a quick round-up of the biggest fashion stories out there.

1. New CEO Appointment for Jimmy Choo

Pierre Denis has been appointed as the CEO of Jimmy Choo after what has been a number of upheavals for the company- former CEO Simon Holloway and former chief Tamara Mellon both left the brand shortly after it was bought by Swiss company Labelux. However, Denis has impressive fashion credentials, recently holding the position of CEO at John Galliano SA and was previously managing director for Christian Dior Couture in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and India.

2. Coach Awarded Multi-Million Dollar Payout

Congratulations to Coach who have just been awarded a multi-million dollar payout due to counterfeiting. Coach's third fashion brand to be awarded as a result of counterfeting in as many months with both Hermès and Burberry each awarded £63 million in similar counterfeiting cases in April and May.
Linda Allen, in Syosset, New York, worked with her daughter, Courtney, to sell fake Coach handbags via two websites - and - as well as online auction site eBay. The judge ruled that the pair had violated Coach’s trademarks on 11 types of goods. 

3. YSL Reveals Images of its New Image Reinvention 
The efforts of YSL creative director Hedi Slimane to reinvent YSL from Yves Saint Laurent to Saint Laurent Paris have finally been revealed with the first images of the fashion house’s rebranding.  The images reveal the new ‘Saint Laurent’ typography, as well as another picture feature a black product box with the new branding on it. However, the brand will continue to use its iconic overlapping YSL logo. 

4. Stella McCartney Launches Everyday Lingerie Range
The latest addition to Stella McCartney’s brand has been revealed with ‘Stella’, a collection of everyday lingerie. The new range aims to be more practical, and affordable, incorporating innovative and cutting edge technology to create the thinnest, lightest and one of the most invisible collections in the market. It is said to offer a "nearly nude wearing experience". ‘Stella’ will be available from August in Stella McCartney boutiques and online at as well as select department and speciality stores including Harvey Nichols, Harrods, Net-a-Porter and Matches.