Catwalk Inspired Dresses: Phase Eight

     

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.

This dress reminds me a lot of the ethereal feel at the AW Alberta Ferretti show
Women's Red Paige Tapework Full Length Dress
The classic red, lace gown, reminiscent of one stunning dress showcased during the AW14/15 Tadashi Shoji show.
  Shimmering Tapework embroidery is a signature style at Phase Eight.
Whimsical florals, reminiscent of the designs at Alberta Ferretti.

Couture AW14/15: Elie Saab

I don’t think there will ever be an Elie Saab collection that I won’t be entirely captivated by, whether it be Couture or Ready-to-Wear. Every single show is full of beautiful, intricate detailing, and it is refreshing to see that the designer focuses on what he does best every season, rather than being too trend focussed.

  

Their AW14/15 Couture show may be arguably everything you’d expect from Elie Saab, but it nevertheless impresses me every single time. The show was obviously full of fairytale inspired gowns that consisted of light, sheer materials, silk and tulle, the majority of which was beautifully encrusted with pearls and crystals and somewhat inspired by the mystery of the ocean (seen in the lace black gowns and pearl encrusted deep blue dresses) and even an enchanted forest (in one instance a moss green was offset against colourful crystals and pearls). Whilst keeping to his usual pretty, romantic roots the designer used a rainbow of colours in his tone-on-tone approach to his underlays and embellishments to create a soft, natural and feminine collection.

And of course, the latest show cannot be spoken about without the mention of the beautiful finale wedding gown, although so many of the white, silver and cream gowns displayed were enough for any bride-to-be- or any woman for that matter- to swoon over!

  

 You can view the full pictures from the show here or watch it in full here !

 

Viktor & Rolf- SS14 Couture

With such truly beautiful clothing on show on this years SS14 Couture runways, it was hard for me to pick a favourite few designers, and so it is interesting that one of my favourites was actually the Viktor and Rolf show. Although many of the other shows had awe inspiring couture garments, I found the production and concept behind the Viktor and Rolf show really did stand them a part from the other designers. It wasn’t the clothing that impressed me so much, but with the designers giving us a ‘night at the ballet’ I found watching the whole show both haunting and beautiful. The designers took inspiration from the world of ballet in order to blur the lines between clothing and the skin, creating garments from light, beautiful materials, but every tiny detail made the show special, from the haunting, classical music to the styling of the model’s hair brushed over their faces. I know it sounds as if I am dismissing the clothing that was on show, but I was truly captivated by the dancers (cast from the Dutch National Ballet) who took the meaning of couture to a whole other level. 

[Click here to watch the show in full]

If Chanel are doing it…

For a few weeks now I’ve been admiring how trainers look on other people, wishing I was both brave enough and edgy enough to pull off such a stylish, sporty twist on my otherwise feminine style. But today my fear of looking a little silly amongst the street style elite has miraculously subsided thanks to the jewel encrusted, couture trainers at Chanel. Now, I’m not usually one for sportswear, but these couture beauties have really persuaded me. Maybe it’s because they’re teamed with pretty pastel shades, white lace and jewels, but I think it’s pretty safe to say that once Karl Lagerfeld puts something on a Couture runway that is that wearable to the outside world, it won’t take long for the trend to catch on across the high street, too.

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The Golden Globes: A Night of Couture and Custom Designs

Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Couture.
Cate Blanchett in Armani Privé Couture
Emma Watson in Dior Couture.
Jessica Chastain in a custom made Givenchy gown.
Kate Beckinsale in a Zuhair Murad Couture gown.
Emma Roberts in a custom made Lanvin gown.
Emilia Clarke’s strapless gown was custom-made by Proenza Schouler.
Lady Gaga wore a custom-made Perry Meek dress for the NBC Universal After Party.