Alice & Olivia at NYFW

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Why do I love this collection so much..?

Well, let’s think about this for a moment…

[Hint: it ticks all my fashion boxes]

Luxuriously embellished jacket  ✓

Even more embellishment 

Big, bold florals

Full, floor length skirts 

and..

A little Charles James inspiration – ✓

What’s not to love?

Christian Dior-Pre SS15

Good news! Judging by the most recent show from Dior (pre SS15), the things we buy for this Spring/Summer will be just as on trend next year, too, which is great for both my bank balance and the lack of wardrobe space I seem to have year on year..

Here are a few pieces from the collection we can take inspiration from:

Dark colours may not be an obvious choice, but we saw it for this Spring from Lanvin, and now Dior have set the standard for darks for SS15, too!
Summer brights, like orange and yellow, were seen on the runway again at this Dior show, but what’s great is orange is also set to be huge through AW14, too! That’s a possible 3 seasons use of the trend!
Mixing of prints looks as if it’ll still be big next Spring/Summer, too!
A hint of the art inspired trend.
Recognise the mesh detailing we’ve seen this year from the Sports Luxe trend?

And what’s new?

Florals are a given, but Dior gave us a more grown up floral to look forward to- oversized and art inspired!
A new boho skirt shape could be round the corner!

 

 

 

Best Dressed: Met Gala 2014

There were so many beautiful gowns at this years Met Gala, but here are just a few of my favourites:

Bee Shaffer in a beautiful Alexander McQueen gown!
Hailee Steinfeld stunned in this ‘New Look’ inspired gown by Prabal Gurung.
It was pretty obvious Dita Von Teese would nail this theme perfectly- how amazing does she look in this Zac Posen dress?
I loved this gorgeous structured dress by Marchesa worn by Karolina Kurkova!
Sarah Jessica Parker looked amazing in an Oscar de la Renta gown that fitted the theme perfectly! The back of the dress was stunning!
Suki Waterhouse kept it classic in this layered Burberry gown.

Charles James: Beyond Fashion

As the latest inspiration for the Met Gala I thought it would be appropriate to take a look at the designs of Charles James, the ‘First American Couturier’. Known for his somewhat hefty dresses (his heaviest dress was 18 pounds) that emphasised a women’s figure, the designer favoured the use of silk, organza and velvet and championed many newer styles, like the strapless dress, Pavlovian Waistband and the Figure Eight skirt, as well as inspiring the New Look that is most often associated with Christian Dior. The designer reworked all of his original designs and is most known for his ball gowns, quilted jackets and fur/embroidery trimmed capes and coats.

So,with all of this said it is pretty clear what kinds of designs we can expect the fashion elite to be wearing at tonight’s Gala- I’m thinking lots of Old Hollywood Glamour, from full skirts to figure hugging dresses!

Here’s a look at some of James’ designs:

 

  

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.