Kate Spade SS15

When I saw that the looks from the latest Kate Spade show had been released I anticipated the usual bold and bright collection, so I must admit that I was a little disappointed when I saw that the first look was all over neutrals… where was the vibrant colour and quirkiness I knew and loved?

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Well it’s good that I kept my faith in one of my all time favourite designers, because after that first look, things started to get a little more interesting. We saw a lovely scalloped edge detail  that made those somewhat boring neutrals way more appealing. Stripes and over sized blooms add a pop of colour, not to mention the appearance of the fuller skirts, some lined with tulle, giving each look a touch of feminine glamour.

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Bold, bright colour came in the way of gorgeous forest green hues, a possible nod towards garden parties and the luscious green grass of Spring. This is when quirky accessories came into play, with flowerpots, watering cans and a snail making an appearance. And if this wasn’t enough the designer took on an under water theme, too-think crabs, goggles and a slight nod towards scuba diving via bold red hues.

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Yet again Kate Spade gave us a very impressive show- perhaps that first look served as a great pallette cleanser before viewers were treated to a colourful fashion journey..

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Alberta Ferretti at MFW

We have seen many designers over fashion week change the direction of their brand’s usual aesthetic, but Ferretti has done this the best so far. The usual Ferretti collection would be romantic, light and airy, but at MFW yesterday the collection took a darker turn that led to a luxurious, almost couture, runway show. Inspired by an ‘animated forest’ the collection was full of rich textures, prints and colours to give an enchanting, ethereal feel. With simple and natural silhouettes, the collection’s many textures spoke volumes- we saw feather lined hems, fur lined collars and bark like textures that were created through the layering of felt, silk and chiffon across the whole collection, where even sandals were adorned with soft feathers. This, mixed with the luxurious hand painted prints, intricate embroidery, mossy green shades and dark metallic hues, gave us an inspirational collection that reaches to a wide audience. From fluffy green jumpers, gorgeous ethereal gowns and the clever vine like sandal straps that twisted around the ankles of models, Ferretti managed to outdo herself with this collection, thinking outside the box to create a wearable, but couture inspired, collection.

                        

BCBG MAX AZRIA at NYFW

New York fashion week has finally begun, and one of my favourite collections from the first day of the event is, none other than, BCBG Max Azria for it’s fresh colours and natural approach to dressing. It has been one of the most publicised shows so far, but this comes as no surprise, thanks to the designers clear Native American inspiration. The main colours of the collection remain simple (whites, greys, creams and black), but hints of colour are added in a traditional Native American way, with the designers obvious interpretation of colourful ribbon work. The collection rejuvenates Native American clothing, with oversized ponchos being especially present on the runway, by adding pops of orange, purple and green stripe detailing. The longer dress also became a huge part of the show (possibly even inspired by the Native American ghost dress), with pants only appearing a few times, which were teamed with classic black knee high leather boots. The practicality of the Native American lifestyle shone through in designs too, with fur, sheepskin and leather making up a huge part of outerwear and accessories (I love the dusty grey hand warmers!), whilst also mixing up these textures for a natural ‘I just threw this on’ vibe. And what about that gorgeous forest print dress? For every modern Pocahontas!

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