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.
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).
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.
Known for his gorgeous red carpet gowns, Tadashi Shoji definitely didn’t disappoint during his New York show yesterday as he presented a whole host of beautiful, flattering dresses. It was a romantic affair, with pretty lace and light chiffon (not forgetting a few regal looking capes and Victorian-esque high collars), but what really stood out was the designers symbolic nod towards ‘intricate tile work’ that was especially represented in his gorgeous lace numbers. The collection was a beautiful mix of bold colour, fresh white, as well as softer hues, which embodied the feminine, romantic charm of his entire collection. Now we’ve just got to sit and wait for his dresses to hit the red carpet ..
When you think of the Spring/Summer months I bet you think of bright whites and colorful hues, and, of course, you wouldn’t be wrong, but for some designers their shows for SS14 took on a much darker take on dressing for the warmer months.
Lanvin, for example, with it’s dimly lit stage saw a sea of darker, metallic hues mixed with only a few pops of colour (think burnt orange, mustard and violet), and of course, classic black. This collection may not have been as light and bright as other collections, but the glistening fabrics and metallic hues were a refreshing take on SS14, representing glamour, confidence and luxury in a surprisingly easy to wear manner!
And what about at Louis Vuitton?Marc Jacobs claimed that while incorporating white into the collection was an option, the truth is that everybody does still love to wear black or navy, whatever the season, and so a very dark collection emerged (not forgetting a hint of blue denim). And with a collection like this, I think I’m convinced that bejeweled lace black frock over Spring/Summer is a definite must have!
I’m the biggest advocate for wearing bright colours , but these bejewelled beauties and glittering hues may have just convinced me that black is back for SS14…but whose to say I won’t add a bright chunky necklace to bring even more life into the once boring black?
Okay, so I know Kate Moss is one of biggest fashion icons in the world, but I really did not like what she wore to The British Fashion Awards!! It may be Alexander McQueen and she may be a massive fashion icon, but I just don’t think it suited her at all (although I did LOVE the coat). Some would argue she can wear whatever she wants, she is THE Kate Moss after all, but a leather mini dress? Really?
But I did manage to find an alternative look for Kate, and the unlikely style inspiration of what I think would look better on Kate comes from Donatella Versace, who was also at the event. This isn’t to say that Donatella looked better than Kate ( she actually looked quite tacky, as usual) but that if Kate wore that dress instead she would have looked so much better! What do you think?
(And seeing as we’re swapping dresses, I’d like to point out that I think Kate’s whole outfit would have looked a lot nicer on Sienna Miller, who wore an emerald green gown for the event)