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- Paris Fashion Week: DIOR
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- Pick of the Show Milan: Pucci Spring Summer 2009
- PJ Chic
- Return of the Backpack?
- Oh Hell NO!
- Pick of the Show Milan: Georgio Armani Spring Summ...
- Where are all the bags?
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- Gucci Babouska Bag
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Tuesday, 30 September 2008
Finally Paris Fashion week is in full swing!
Pics from www.vogue.com
Usually know for his theatrical shows and clothing Galliano for Dior took a rare break from form and produced a rather well normal show (in terms of drama). The collection featured a number of leather and chiffon combinations.......yes together, the slightly odd pairing worked rather well. Other pieces in the show were decorated with fringes ( I hate fringes I hoped Fall would be the end of them), beading and the occasional knitted dress.
Strongly following the exotic trend Dior featured python, alligator and stingray in jackets, corsets and blouses. Yes Spring Summer will cost you an arm and leg but the pieces are timeless you'll keep them in your wardrobe forever (well as long as you want to wear a slightly skimpy corset). I like this ribbed leather corset/beaded skirt combo. If you are looking for another potential trend well then look a little closer..........to the nails to be precise Black mani's with White curved tips
Saturday, 27 September 2008
Exotics are on everything for summer from the usual bags and shoes to the more unusual python jackets and dresses.
If your budget doesn't quite stretch to head to toe Alligator or Python don't worry the designers also used the inspiration as a print on fabrics.
Championing the trend was Versace showing exotics in dresses and jackets,, leathers and chiffon's. The finishing touches of zippers forming folds and hearts, Versace really is having a return to the glory days.
The only down side to the Versace collection, at least for me, is the swimsuit and dresses towards the end that show possibly the scariest looking face I've even seen! I like the interesting touches of the home wear amongst the pattern but these are not for those with clown phobias.
Leave it to Pucci to finally bring on the colour! Matthew Williamson's final collection for the fashion house was a pretty way to bow out. Geometric patterns in coral hues will appeal to many when the weather warms.
Apart from the classic Pucci signature there was also the "cheese grater" dress and white shift with the appearance of cheese grater with scarves woven through the holes (check it out you'll see what I mean).
Pucci enforced a number of the key trend seen on the Milan runways:- one shouldered, low back, high high platforms and..............falling flat on your face.
Not one but THREE models fell from their towering platforms.
Two of my favorite pieces from the show are the Geometric cut out dress shown in two colour ways and the full on blinged out dress I can only imagine the price tag on that one.
Friday, 26 September 2008
Lingerie style camisoles and dresses have been doing the rounds for a while now and last summer Prada had the PJ inspired outfits as part of their collection.
This season Dolce and Gabbana took bed wear to a new level. I'm not really sure how wearable PJ Chic is in my area but they certainly look stylish.
Pyjama's were the main theme running through the show with another strong contender being BIG shoulders and I mean big.
Shoes were present in two forms big chunky wooden soles (thumbs down for me) and the slightly more unique form shown below.
The cutest addition to the runway was undoubtedly the adorable puppy although Vogue reports that "disapproval still radiated from the crowd when one girl walked the entire length of the catwalk with a tiny pooch under one arm – by the time she got back, the poor little dog was all a-shiver, its fur practically standing on end after all the noise and flashbulbs."
Poor little guy.
Gucci took the less travelled road when it came to bags in it's Spring Summer show with the majority being featured being BACKPACKS. Yes that's correct I said backpacks.
But I think there is a twist! Look closely at the top of the bag and you'll see a strap, look even closer and you'll see hooks. It appears that this backpack is also a regular shoulder bag!
Shown in Gucci monogram, python and a mixture of the two. The collection also featured bags in a range of exotics; Python, Ostrich and Alligator the later two in a range of colours including a beautiful aquatic turquoise.
Pic below is what I believe is the backpack undone
Thursday, 25 September 2008
D&G opened with a nautical striped play suit/swimsuit over fishnet tights...honestly it looks better than it sounds!
The nautical theme is strong throughout the collection even to the point of anchor prints and hats that look like swim caps.
Despite the way this sounds the collection is actually very nice, it's fun and quirky without looking like a costume BUT later in the show things go a little off course.......
Where the inspiration came from for these dresses I have no idea...granny's curtains perhaps? and the gold and silver Lame is a little (OK a lot) overkill.
The Armani show really showcased beautiful clothes. Floaty, soft, fluid and elegant in a soft palette of greys and pastels.
There were quite a few outfits I really liked in the show it was difficult to choose but I picked this chiffon floral pastel maxi dress.
Please be sure to check out the Armani show as all the outfits should really be appreciated but do yourself a favour and watch a video rather the pictures.
Yes, the pictures show pretty pieces but the video lets the clothes come to life.
The luxurious fabrics skim in all the right places and move with a certain grace that only quality can achieve
Wednesday, 24 September 2008
We've gone through the regular bags to the big bags to the really big bags to.....well...no bags.
Just like Fall 08, Spring Summer 09 is shaping up to be the season the shoe and the lack of bags on the runway is very noticeable. When they do crop up they tend to be teeny tiny little things.
Armani did show some very pretty exotic snake skin bags and Prada showed this crinkly leather drawstring bag.
The crumpled effect of the bag matches the clothes very well but after the Fairy and the lace print bags I'm a little disappointed. I have no doubt that the leather with be fantastic and soft but visually it's a little blah....not that Prada really mind the focus is firmly on their towering heels, and the mags will be full of the model that fell in them (oops).
Tuesday, 23 September 2008
Finally Milan! Although I like to look at New York and London to me fashion week is Milan & Paris.
Continuing the trend from Fall we are seeing a shift from bags to statement shoes.
My first pick of the show from Milan is from the Gianfranco Ferre Collection. The clothes them self are really beautiful in a monochrome colour palette with a slightly futuristic yet wearable edge. But as beautiful as the clothes were I just could not ignore these shoes.
We are still seeing the chunky wedge sole as we have right now for Fall. The first pair looks almost like a spike of an icicle the key point on this one for me is SPARKLE!
The second almost looks a little like you have dismantled your Bike and fashioned a heel from the chain but a big round of a applause to the models as not only are the heels thin but they are high too.
They are certainly eye catching even to the point where my boyfriend reading over my shoulder commented that they are nice shoes. There you go ladies they even have the man stamp of approval you really have no excuses not to get them now.
Tuesday, 16 September 2008
Finally some real colour! With so many S/S shows showing muted colours and various shades of white/cream it was nice to get a real blast of colour. Granted the pinks, orange and purples are somewhat clashing and not for the faint hearted but that's what I love about it.
Luella featured gorgeous girly outfits with ruffles and lace, asymmetric hemlines, florals, tweeds and everything in between. There are many beautiful pieces in the Luella SS '09 show but my pick of the collection is what I am calling (at least until I find out their name) are the Sweetheart Sherbet shoes.
Shown as the perfect compliment to many of the outfits the "Sweetheart Sherbet" shoes came in a number of colour combinations, the baby pink, bright pink and mauve are probably my favourite.
Also of note are the pearl chained handbags, you don't get more classic and lady-like than Pearls.
P.S. Luella if you're reading you are welcome to the name "Sweetheart Sherbet" shoes in exchange for those cuties pictured.......I'm a size 39. Thanks! (fingers crossed)
Thursday, 11 September 2008
Pick of the show for this one was actually a really difficult choice so I narrowed it down to two. The Marchesa show was a beautiful collection, 24 dresses (and of course models) were displayed a small white cubes rather than taking the long walk. The show covers everything from long to short, wearable to elaborate. What I really like about Marchesa is the classical shapes from the Roman style to the Asian styled Mandarin collar, and the good news is that your Fall 08 Lace is still very wearable in Spring 09.
Monday, 8 September 2008
With New York fashion week in full swing one of my most anticipate shows is the DVF show. I love her clothing it has that perfect balance of smart and wearable and is suitable for women of all shapes and sizes.
That said the Spring Summer show is OK, it's nothing unusual, yes the clothes are pretty but nothing outstanding and to be perfectly truthful the headbands with the flowers are a distraction I found myself looking at them more than the clothing.
My pick of the show is this pretty white shift tunic shaped dress with floral details, it looks sequined which is a big plus for me I love anything that glitters and sparkles.
Babouska (aka Babushka) meaning Grandmother in Russian certainly fits this bag. I can really picture a sweet little old lady, with head scarf and little glasses perched on the end of her nose sitting in front of fire doing the embroidery on this Gucci Boston bag.
I actually really like this bag the little dancing bunnies how can that not bring a smile?!
The Gucci fabric is embroidered with a whole variety of beading across the front and side of the bag. The antiqued hardware studs and charm show the Gucci family crest. This is another detail I really love and think it was a really smart move to start using the family crest.
The Babouska bag comes in two sizes the medium retails at £955, the large (pictured) at £1100
Friday, 5 September 2008
From a company that made it's name in travel it makes sense to help you with all aspects of your trip. Luggage? Check. Passport (cover)? Check. City Guide? Check, check, check!
Launching on October 15th are the 2009 Louis Vuitton City Guides.
As usual there is the European collection featuring 32 destinations. A few years ago they introduced the New York edition, the 2009 collection also features the new Mumbai, Miami, New York, Paris and Tokyo guides.
This years design features a vintage style design inspired by Vuitton's history of trunks and travel.
Thursday, 4 September 2008
Other than those I have mentioned below I thought you may be interested in seeing the other releases of note. Mahina L (elephant Grey on Left, Mordore on Right) Pandora Suhali Belt - available in Grey, Black, White (also special order in python) Insolite Wallets - available in green, red, white and purple
I love these! I saw the picture of the monogram versions a little while ago but I had no idea that the Damier Versions would look so adorable!
I honestly can't decide which I like more, I have an agenda already so I need to find a really good excuse to buy these but how can I resist????
If the "patches" don't drive you crazy then check out the other limited edition agenda's in a variety of silk screened designs at www.vuitton.com (US version)
Finally September! Apart from it being the fabulous month that the Earth was blessed with me (lol joking) it is also the month that the Louis Vuitton Show bags finally start to arrive.
First off the blocks is the Monogram Shimmer, there are two bags in this collection.
The Halo a petite bag priced at £920 and the Comete a larger piece that can be carried on the shoulder priced at £1160
The soft metallised Calfskin is inspired but the subtle tones of make up and is available in silver or peach.
If you read the fashion mags you will already have seen the Halo in the ad campaign for the season.
I'm a little undecided on this one, I admit I'm starting to feel a little metallic overload and the tassel is more Balenciaga than Vuitton.
How about you do you like the shimmer collection?
Wednesday, 3 September 2008
Showing up on Vuitton.com right now are the new colours in the inclusion jewellery line. the ever popular line is routinely recreated in a range of colours, the two newest additions to the family are Brown and Praline. The brown is a deep chocolaty brown with sparkling swarovski crystals the praline a lighter shade of brown complimented with tiny "pearl" details.
The inclusion pieces are not permanent so if you love these colours get to the store ASAP. Failing that you can pick them up on http://www.vuitton.com/