Moschino at MFW

Heavily influenced by McDonalds, Spongebob Squarepants, crisps and chocolate wrappers, it is safe to say that Moschino definitely put themselves back on the fashion map yesterday after Jeremy Scott debuted his first collection for the brand. I have never been so split over how I feel about a collection before, but what I do know is that I’m excited to see what Jeremy Scott will bring us next, surely it can only get more eccentric?

Whether you love or hate this collection, there is no question that it brings quirkiness from Moschino at it’s best; fun, vibrant and unexpected!

Looks I Love:

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Looks I love to hate: 

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Preen by Thornton Bregazzi at LFW

It seems a mix of traditional and modern prints was the inspiration behind Preen’s most recent show in London this week. We saw Moroccan tiles digitally printed onto coats, dresses and skirts in either bright orange hues or in charcoal grey, but the modern twist came in the form of Darth Vader being printed on top of these traditional Moroccan tiles. Despite how odd this sounds, it actually seems to make sense- we’ve seen sweatshirts with all kinds of motifs and logos, and Preen have obviously taken this concept a step further by printing a sci-fi inspired logo on light, airy materials.

As if Darth Vader didn’t give enough of an edge already, there was a mix of both feminine and masculine elements. Inspired by Annie Hall, there were  tailored suits and faint pinstripes, giving an androgynous feel to the collection, but this was softened by the feminine shapes of the skirts, dresses and blouses. Despite the use of black and white in the more tailored parts of the collection, the star of the show has to be the use of fiery hues in creating bold cashmere coats, fluffy oversized sweatshirts, a gorgeous velvet dress and, of course, the Moroccan tile print. The great part about this whole collection is that it is so wearable- we could buy a lot of it now and wear it now- especially those fur trimmed, shiny khaki parka coats and black knee high boots (a huge trend across fashion week so far).

Altuzarra at NYFW

                                

It is unlike Altuzarra to create such a vibrant, colourful collection, but during his show at NYFW yesterday the designer contrasted bright pops of cobalt blue, fuschia pink and orange against his usual, more classic shades, of black, grey, white and cream. The double faced cashmere coats were stand out pieces, with contrasting shades of navy and cobalt blue, as well as the brightly coloured patchwork fur coat, which added a whole new youthful edge to the, usually more formal, collection. Altuzarra usually gives us sophisticated, but sexy, runway looks, which is why it came as a refreshing surprise to see the soft fringe detailing that adorned many of his  dresses, skirts and tops in various colourful combinations. As the designer’s most colourful collection to date, it is questionable why he hasn’t been more experimental until now, but it is for certain that his more colourful hues are bound to attract a more youthful customer.

Kate Spade New York SS14

If there were one Spring/Summer collection that I could easily purchase one of everything from this season it would, without a doubt, be from Kate Spade. With the pretty feminine lines and instant glamour added by bright pops of colour, metallic hues and monochromatic prints, it comes as no surprise that their message for the season is to ‘Live Color Fully’. The designers always create collections that will represent the typical ‘Kate Spade girl’ (she is said to be a playful, curious and ultra feminine), and I don’t think they could create a better collection to appeal to that kind of girl. The collection gives us ultra glamorous, playful looks for all kinds of occasions, but what stands them a part from other designers is the incorporation of youthful prints and bright colours that epitomizes the fun-loving nature of the ‘Kate Spade girl’.

I love every single look from this collection, but below are a few of my favourites!          

Alberta Ferretti SS14

The runway shows for SS14 had some standout designers for me this year, but my absolute favourite show has to be Alberta Ferretti, simply for it’s colour, femininity and playful charm. The styles weren’t too complex, but instead gave pretty and youthful looks that are easy to wear (and copy, for those of us who can only dream of buying the real thing). Maybe I was more drawn to her collection, because of the way it reflected glorious summer days through white broderie anglaise, brightly coloured embroidery (and ribbon), pretty florals and candy stripes-an absolute dream for the ultimate ‘girly girl’ like me!

So, below is a run down of the main elements of the show- a must read, because it was such a beautiful show- so, enjoy!

White and Brights

White chiffon and broderie anglaise dresses, blouses and skirts were mixed with brightly coloured embroidery, ribbons and florals in a rainbow of colours, giving a pretty, youthful glow.

Summer Brights

From fiery reds and oranges to leafy greens and cobalt blues, these chiffon dresses, bright sandals, and ruffle skirts were reminiscent of summer evenings, especially with that gorgeous floral embroidery (a lovely thought on such a drab December morning).

Pretty Patterns

Think candy stripes and pretty florals in skirts and dresses, both long and short, cropped blouses and bralets in silks and chiffons. Although this all sounds like a playful take on Spring/Summer, the patterns at this show gave polished and feminine finish, but still managed to keep it’s youthful edge!

Black is Back 

The darker side to SS14 is of course the colour black in the form of silky ruffle skirts, lace dresses and sheer materials, with Ferretti’s added twist of coloured floral embroidery. Although I try and steer clear of black during Spring/Summer usually, Ferretti has changed my opinion a little. If it’s teamed with a colour pop of embroidery or a pair of bright sandals then it can really transform a look, although that doesn’t mean to say her all black lace ensembles are any less beautiful!

A Christmas shared..

Merry Christmas everyone, hope you all had an amazing day!

I decided to share a few Christmassy pictures of the little things that made my Christmas special this year 🙂

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FIFTEEN FASHION QUESTIONS

i. What is your favourite style to wear?
During AW I’m a skinny jeans and boots kinda girl, but at the moment I’m swapping my jeans for shiny disco pants or I’ll be buying some new velvet leggings. I’ll either wear a chunky knit or a blouse with these 🙂

ii. Who is your fashion role model?
Rosie Huntington Whiteley or Alexa Chung! I love Rosie’s classic cuts and colours, she keeps it simple but really pretty. On the other hand I love Alexa and her ability to look effortlessly cool, although I couldn’t pull off half of her looks! I’ll probably buy her new book ‘It’ soon!

iii. What do you always have on?
I’ll rarely leave the house without make up (shallow I know), but I also like to have at least one item of jewellery on too.

iv. What are your favourite jeans?
I would say my black skinny jeans, but I’ve worn them so much they’re all out of shape now, but I will be buying some new great fitting ones soon, because they are such a versatile piece!

v. What are your favourite sunglasses?
I don’t really have any as they always break before I can get too attached, but I do tend to go for oversized pairs.

vi. What are your favourite shoes?
I love shoes, but my favourite pair has to be a pair of tan patent sandals with a red raffia wedge that my boyfriend bought me from L K Bennett.

vii. Who influenced you to write about fashion?
YouTube definitely influenced me, mainly Bloggers like Zoella, Tanya Burr (who I met when I volunteered at The Scottish Fashion Awards!) and Patricia Bright, but I’m subscribed to so many though!

viii. What is your favourite store?
I would say Topshop, their stuff is beautiful (although I’m not impressed with this Angora scandal they’re involved in). I also favour many online stores though, like Boohoo and Missguided, such good products for a low price!

.ix. Who is your favourite fashion person on Youtube?
Probably Zoella, she is just so genuine, fashionable and relatable!

x. What is your favourite fabric?
I’m loving all the different textures at the moment, but probably velvet and wool! I love the oversized woolen coats at the moment!

xi. Who is your favourite model?
Coco Rocha definitely, (she seemed so nice on The Face) but also lots of girls from America’s Next Top Model, especially Ann Ward and Jourdan (from the most recent series)!

xii. If you had $5000 to spend on any item, what would it be?
Probably a handbag to be honest, I can’t get enough of bags, especially in bright colours! No, wait, definitely Louboutins, too!! Or one of those gorgeous woolen coats at Celine!!

xiii. Heels or flats?
I’d love to say heels, but I only wish I was that glamorous! For everyday wear flats are a lot more comfortable and I’m quite tall anyway so I don’t really need the extra height. Obviously for occasions I favour heels though!

xiv. What purse do you currently use?
Ah I have so many!! I do alternate them quite a lot, but I suppose it would have to be my oversized burgundy bag, half patent and half velvet material! I love the colour and it fits loads in it, too!

xv. Is fashion in your blood or in your jeans?
I’m not really sure how to answer this! So I’ll say it’s in my ‘jeans’ 😀