From head to toe lace, appliqué detail and heavy embellishment, we see an array of classic, intricately detailed gowns hitting runways across the globe every season. Such creations, by the likes of Alberta Ferretti, D&G and Elie Saab, to name but a few, have managed to inspire fashion around the world, regardless of the fact that they are not necessarily ground breaking, but rather breathtakingly beautiful instead.
It is, however, difficult to find such intricately detailed dresses on the high street, because, let’s face it, it will probably always remain a dream for most of us to own any of the dresses we see gracing the runways.
But, it seems we needn’t worry any more, because over the last few months I have taken a shine to British brand ‘Phase Eight’. Every time I pass their designs I note their likeness to high end designers in excitement, from Dolce & Gabbana’s Rose print to whimsical florals at Alberta Ferretti, let alone their signature ‘tapework’ and lace detail that stands them a part from most High Street brands for their high quality occasion wear and a brilliant attention to detail.
Below are a few of my favourite pieces from their collection, which can be found online here or here, though I would recommend visiting them in store (or at Debenhams) to see the full effects of such gorgeous detailing.
On social media a few days ago Harpers Bazaar posted a link to a pair of paint splattered jeans- and I instantly fell in love! I’ll admit that the jeans may not be to everyone’s taste, but I absolutely love the hand painted paint splashes (I’m not letting go of the ‘Art Attack’ trend without a fight..), not to mention that proceeds from the sales go towards The Rialto Jean Project(you guys know I love a charitable fashion collaboration). The project has adopted the platform of ‘Denim Doing Good’, and sales go towards art therapy at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, aiming to help children grow in confidence and develop new skills despite their illness.
The collection includes many styles, colours and fits, whether you want bold, artistic splashes, a simple pop of colour, boyfriend jeans or skinnies, and the best part is that they are actually way more wearable than you’d first think! I personally they could easily transition from day to night- by day wear with an oversized crop and slip on skater shoes ( Topshop have some great options), and by night, simply swap the casual slip ons for a pair of high strappy sandals! Perfect!
It seems that SS15 will bring a new dimension to sportswear for Men, with both Ancient Greek and Roman inspiration being a key influence, particularly at Versace and KTZ.
KTZ bought about a tougher edge to sportswear through black mesh, leather gloves and chunky gold jewellery, with the entire collection embodying the power of the wearer through prints of medals, mythological creatures and battle scenes. Despite the odd piece of body armour, KTZ have created an extremely wearable collection, where ancient influences of Greek Vases, sculptures and battle armour have successfully met a modern twist of basketball shorts, leather caps and statement jewellery.
Versace, unsurprisingly, took a more regal approach to the trend by using the Greek ‘key’ design in golden hues to edge loose fitting, white lounge pants. The use of all white looks were prominent during this collection, even down to the detail of models carrying pristine white and gold printed towels. The show did take an edgier turn though, where we saw models with leather bombers, shoes and bags in brightly coloured hues, which were all heavily influenced by Ancient figures that would have adorned Ancient Greek and Roman Pottery.
Dress: River Island (£22)
Over-sized Denim Jacket: Ebay (£9.99), originally Topshop (£40)
I love the fit of this dress from River Island, its kind of like an over sized T-shirt dress, but with a bit more of a body con fit, and I especially love that it is an amazing dupe of the Celine brush stroke print! I teamed it with bare legs and my Celine inspired slip on skater shoes, but I it looks just as good with tights (I tucked some in my handbag just in case it rained, which it did.) The dress is so versatile, I wore it casually today for a shopping trip, but it could be dressed up so easily with a pair of strappy sandals! The jacket is a bargain buy from Ebay, I’ve done a lot of purchasing on there lately (as well as on Vinted) and I’ll hopefully have a blog up soon of what I got my hands on!
Personally, I feel that Peacocks can often be a little hit and miss with their collections, but recently I spotted one serious catwalk dupe (here) that I just had to tell you about, and I think you’ll be just as pleasantly surprised as I was…
Yep, that’s right it is just like that amazing print we saw at Chanel for SS14, and I am sooo excited to find a dupe! Not only is this the first copy of the print I’ve come across on the high street, but the items are so decently priced (£8 and £12), that I’m not sure I can resist (although I do have to wait it out until pay day). I just wish the colours were a little brighter, and I’m hoping they’ll bring in dresses and skirts in this print, too!
The retailer has also created dupes of the brush stroke print seen at Celine (here), as well as the pastel lace skirts and dresses seen at Burberry (here and here), and although they are nice enough, I would have liked more from these dupes (I’m not fond of the length of the Celine dupe tee, and I would have liked to have seen the Burberry dupe transformed into co-ords, but maybe that’s just me?)
From ice cream shades to vibrant hues I absolutely loved the use of color in this collection, which showcased abstract shapes, block color and candy stripes. We also saw metallic details and sequins, which made for a glamorous edge.
With clean silhouettes and a heavy focus upon metallics and soft, luxe leather we saw a much more masculine vibe from this collection. Sports luxe was a strong theme (think structured leather crops, brogues and tennis style dresses), but my favorite part of the collection has to be the clean cut metallic coats that hung over the shoulders of the models.
From waist cinching belts, feathers and heavy embellishment this collection showcased pretty, feminine and glamorous pieces, from sheer gowns to brightly colored mini dresses and playsuits. Not only this, but the collection showed us that we can in fact be ‘matchy matchy’ from head to toe and it will look good (something I’ve always been a bit dubious about).
From Celine’s abstract brush strokes, a rainbow palette at Chanel and colourful female portraits adorning handbags and dresses at Prada, there is no doubt about it that art inspired pieces are set to be a huge trend this Spring. The issue with such statement, artistic pieces is that it makes it difficult for the high street to imitate effectively-they might be a much cheaper option, but its not the same high quality and innovative designs as those Prada handbags. At those designer prices, though, I think I’ll have no choice but to admire them from a distance, whilst keeping my eyes well peeled for high quality dupes. The key thing to remember when going high street for this trend is to ensure you buy items that at least look high quality, because wearing artistic designs, like those on the runway, is all about luxury.
(Update: check out a dupe of the Chanel look above by clicking here)