February 29, 2012

London Fashion Week Recap - 2012 FW

You know how you think of certain places and a word pops to mind? for me the word for London is 'quirky', especially with respect to its fashion. So with much anticipation the fashion world focused on quirky cool London. Seriously where else can you get that eccentric fashion buzz that is uniquely English..... right ? Wrong!

The shows this season were glamorous, polished, and elegant and it looked to me like London was losing the quirkiness I used to love about it.  Although the shows were still quintessentially English with traditional English fabrics such as tartan and tweeds on display but now more elegantly tailored.

These are some of my favourite looks.

Burberry Prorsum
This collection showed off tradition English in fresh, modern cool way. coats and trenches were nipped in at the waist to create that hour glass look, the pockets were also puffed out for added emphasis on the waist.  tweed and wool were in good use as well as some lovely leather accents. colours were grey, ivory, mustard and brown.

This collection was classic and surprising quite colourful. A good dose of Printed fabrics and embroidery in lace, chiffon and some tight fitting jumpers paired with penciled skirts brought some uber chicness to this catwalk. there were also a few 'matchy' pieces in same fabric from head to toe, in classic Erdem style.

Jonathan Saunders
Now this is one collection I wanted every single piece. Sleek use of printed fabrics with some retro inspired looks. love the man style suits in use here. The look was posh and very colourful, totally knocked my socks off!

McQ Alexander McQueen
With  Alexander McQueen you know to expect high drama, but with the first show of McQ line spear headed by Sarah Burton the pieces were more contemporary was totally wearable and i must say freaking fab! the collection was military inspired though the overall look was quite soft and had some retro element to it. Even though this line is a more contemporary version of the main McQueen line the whole essence of the McQueen spirit was not lost in the process, Kudos Ms Burton!

The use of heavy fabrics in loose fitting silhouette was in play here, this collection had an ample display of fur with some 50's inspired themes thrown in the mix. love the rock chic edge of those booties.

Paul Smith
This catwalk was sort of androgynous but then quintessentially British, this was one catwalk that paid homage to 'quirky englishness'. 

Nicole Farhi
Structured/ architectural in some cases yet glamorous looks, very sophisticated, very preppy but quite dark with just a few colours thrown in here and there.

Stella McCarthney Evening Wear
There are some collection you just want to have everything in your wardrobe....this was it for me. It was fresh, clean, colourful, sophisticated yet still totally fun.

Vivienne Westwood
This collection showed everything i loved about London fashion, it was edgy, quirky yet cool and sophisticated at the same time.

Overall the shows still maintained their 'englishness' yet they managed to be more mainstream, always love the London look. whats your take on London fashion week?

Have a great week


sources:  Vogue. it, Fashionologie , Harpersbazaar

February 17, 2012

NY Fashion Week 2012 F/W Recap

Hello Lovely people, hope you all having a fab week?

As NY fashion week draws to a close and the attention shifts to London, I decided to share a recap of my favorite looks from the shows.  These trends are likely to dictate what we would find in the shops and streets this year, it  would be interesting to see what trends gets adopted by the fashion crowd and what trends end with the shows.

Phillip Lim
The inspiration for the collection was modern day super hero though with a minimalist approach. the play of colours was basically monochromatic.I particularly like the twist with the collar and the the plastic belt which is made from a similar material as the collar. inspite of the lack of colour save for a few Orange frocks the overall look was très chic.

Alexander Wang
For me the structure of the collection was quite achitectural and edgy very bikers/ rock star edge. it also featured some jaw dropping knee length boots. colour scheme was Black, white, and  dark red.

Kate Spade
Fantastic Parisian inspired collection, this was a great collection, most of the pieces can go straight from the catwalk to your ward robe. the collection was quirky, colourful and very ladylike with florals, prints, bows, i found  it hard to decide which pieces i liked best.

Monique Lhuillier
This collection was very feminine and flirty with some breath taking dresses. palettes was mainly black with some strong infusion of bright reds. 

Great collection with influences from Morrocco, india and italy.

Diane Von Furstenberg
This designer in my opinion is one of the few that flatters a woman's form to perfection, and this collection resonated that ability. the collection was subtle, sexy , classy rich just name it and i totally love it. Again another collection that goes straight from the catwalk to the wardrobe. Yet again too many photos to pick from you would have to see the entire collection to appreciate it. 

Victoria Beckham
She is fast establishing herself as a force to be reckoned with in the industry, and by this i mean in terms of her creative ability.  The silhouette here was bodycon, form fitting, ladylike, elegant and very detail oriented which is part of her strong points. overall great collection.

Carolina Herrera
When i saw this collection the word that came to mind was ' Ballroom Elegance', again very rich, elegant and detail oriented structured collection. there was an infusion of red, and blue which contrasted nicely with the black and grey pieces. this is another designer that worships the woman form with her pieces. Also love the puffy hair do, anyone know how to get the look? 

Oscar de  la Renta
This collection featured a lot of pastel colours as against the reds and monochromes we have seen in most other collections. There were voluminous ball dresses and loads of embellishment in use here as well as a play with detailed textured fabrics .

Tory Burch
This was ladylike  prim and proper but with a bit of attitude

Bradgley Mischka

Collage was done by me with the help of these wonderful softwares that have graciously made themselves known, ( sorry guys for the water marks) 

Have a great weekend!


sources:  Vogue. it, Fashionologie , Harpersbazaar
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