Proenza Schouler at NYFW

The designers at Proenza Schouler emphasised the importance of both fun and humour behind their collections before their show in New York, and this definitely shone through in their bold clashing prints. In previous seasons the designers had moved away from the prints they had become known for, but for their AW collection it was good to see their vibrant, fun side make an appearance-sometimes it works for designers to stick to what they do best.

With a strong safari theme throughout, the collection saw a whole host of clashing animal prints in both monochrome and bright, bold hues of mainly blues, greens and blood red, with hints of pink and orange also making a rare appearance. It was not just colours and prints that were mixed together though, as the collection saw a brilliant clash of textures too, the most impressive being a boxy patchwork dress that mixed both black leather with blood red suede. It was such boxy, oversized shapes-seen in the rounded shoulders of jackets and tops-  that gave the collection a masculine edge (as well as those chunky two toned loafers), which was softened by combining these more masculine elements with more fitted skirts and dresses, as well as the use of soft roll neck sweaters and the cinching in of oversized shapes at the waist.

The collection was obviously all about the layering of thick, chunky textures (those spongey jacquard jackets), vibrant colours and contrasting patterns, which is a great way to look at dressing for the colder months! It shouldn’t be about dull colours, but feeling warm and cosy in rich, opulent textures and prints (think a boxy dress over the top of a fitted long sleeve). And definitely don’t forget to layer up on your accessories either-this collection put lots of chunky rings on each hand, even matching them to an equally beautiful clutch bag!

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Kate Spade New York at NYFW

Kate Spade never disappoints when it comes to creating bold, youthful collections, and their AW collection, which was showcased during the second day of NYFW, was of no exception. This time the story behind the collection comes from the creative director’s recent trips to both Shanghai and Tokyo, which is clearly demonstrated by the designer’s use of obi bows, silky pajama pants and, of course, that ‘Hello Tokyo’ clutch bag. In this collection, rich colours are reminiscent of the vibrant South East Asian culture, especially when they are mixed with lots of textures, quirky accessories (that Chinese take out handbag) and bold prints (think bright florals and leopard spots). As usual, the Kate Spade New York collection has provided everything it promises to it’s loyal fashion followers; its playful, its bold and brings a youthful glow to the otherwise dull AW months. And what does the creative director have to say about the more subdued colours in the collection? ‘Navy is the new black’ (for a more classy Kate Spade look) and ‘Pale pink is the new neutral’ (For a softer, feminine edge  contrasted against those brilliant vibrant hues).
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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!          

Yellow on yellow!

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A few months back I wrote a blog on how to wear sunny yellow hues over the AW period, but I’ve recently discovered (thanks to some gorgeous birthday gifts) that mixing different shades of yellow together also gives a great glow to an outfit. In fact, both of these pieces will transition brilliantly into Spring and I can see this bright yellow bag becoming my ‘go to’ handbag for months to come!

[Jumper, River Island. Handbag, Folli Follie.]

It’s Never Too Cold for Sunny Yellow!

So the colder weather has snuck up on us here in the UK, and I think we are all guilty of packing away our brightly coloured clothes and replacing them with dull, dreary shades of blacks, greys and browns. Although an all black look can be super classy, I love the idea of a colour pop, and in this case the gorgeous hues of yellow come to mind, because it helps bring an element of sunshine to a dreary winter’s day!

Adding a splash of yellow to an outfit can not only brighten it up but also adds a carefree, fun outlook on how you dress. For example, the looks at Betsey Johnson embraced the colour yellow, by mixing it with other brights like blue and pink. If you go for such a bright yellow shade, do not shy away but instead make sure you ooze confidence, just like the models at Betsey Johnson. The best thing about such a bold look is that it allows you to experiment and stand out amongst a crowd full of grey dreary colours.

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With this said, you do not necessarily have to choose such a bold yellow shade and instead could take inspiration from the Ellie Saab show, where a more subdued yellow tone was used. A much more feminine look can be achieved when combined with lace dresses, embroidery and silk skirts for an elegant take on the sunny yellow trend. It is not bold like at Betsey Johnson, but instead pretty and feminine for those of us who maybe aren’t as experimental with bright colours.

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Still finding it difficult to part with your beloved black winter pieces? Why not combine them with a dash of yellow for an edgier look? For example, Michael Kors combined a darker yellow shade with black to create a sports luxe inspired collection that looked amazing!
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And if you’re still feeling shy then why not go for a yellow accessory, like the handbags shown at Chloe, that will make a great contrast against almost any colour, be it a winter grey or a bold pink.

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Whichever way you choose to wear yellow this season you can be certain that it is appropriate for all occasions and is adaptable for all styles, be it sporty, girly or edgy!