Autumn is on its way and I am officially ready to begin transitioning my wardrobe.
There are many designer shows that influence me when I transition my wardrobe in between seasons, and for AW I am taking much inspiration from the 60’s edge at Gucci. Often I study shows during fashion week and I see pieces I like across the board, but it is only a few shows that will truly inspire me in their entirety, and Gucci was one of those this season.
This isn’t the first time that I am writing about the Gucci AW14-15 show, and the closer Autumn gets the more I find myself dreaming of all things Gucci…and how I can get the look at a more affordable price tag.
I find the whole 60’s vibe so endearing.
I desperately want to be a 60’s Gucci girl, with my A line leather mini skirts , knee high boots and fluffy [faux] shearling coats, and yes I want all of these in every colour.
I’m currently on the lookout for AW pieces that can give me that Gucci girl edge, so stay tuned for a ‘get the look’ Gucci post soon!
With edgy, androgynous details, Beaufille maintained their usual contrast between masculine and feminine dressing during their most recent show at Toronto Fashion Week. With a basic colour palette, we saw fierce reds, (a favourite being that hi-shine, red bomber jacket) grey and lots of black- from cropped sweaters to shiny vinyl skirts-as well as the appearance of a youthful kaleidoscope prints, seen on floaty 70’s style dresses, for example. These softer styles gave a feminine edge to the collection, but tougher styles and accessories meant that masculinity was the overriding inspiration this season, with femininity being challenged by metal pins (adorning sleeves, pockets and collars), studded baseball caps, and statement metal necklaces.
Frida Giannini, Creative Director of Gucci, has indicated a move away from the brand’s traditional black attire in their newest collection, saying that she wanted ‘a new palette and clean lines’ from their most recent AW14 collection.With a more optimistic, youthful edge, we can clearly see that this has been achieved in the sugary sweet pastel shades and shorter A-Line skirts and dresses that was showcased earlier on today in Milan. With soft pastel hues we saw fluffy shearling coats, double breasted trench coats and adorable, high-waisted A-line skirts in an array of metallic and matte pastel shades. Contrasted against this were darker, more autumnal, shades of olive green and deep red, as well as the obvious appearance of snakeskin, in youthful shades of yellow and blue, printed on both silk blouses as well as knee high, patent leather boots. Despite feminine colours, youthful prints and soft, luxurious textures, this collection aims to represent the modern Gucci woman, albeit with a 60’s edge.
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).
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!
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).
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!
I had a little look around the sales and found a few bargains along the way…
This pretty bird print blouse from Mango was a bit of an impulse buy, but the colors and print really stood out! Plus, I’m justified in buying it because it’ll look just as pretty come Spring!
Another from Mango, this isn’t normally a print I would go for, but after seeing it all over the runways (especially at Christopher Kane) I was automatically drawn to it, and it’s actually a really cosy knit that’ll look fab with black disco pants!
I’ve already got a pair of plain black disco pants, but I’ve been trawling the sales for a more textured pair and this crocodile effect pair from Dorothy Perkins was just what I was looking for! I’m a little bit fussy when it comes to leggings, and disco pants are great because of the button and pocket detail which helps give them more shape!
To be honest I’ve been a little restrained over the sale period and if I could afford to I probably would have bought so much more! At the moment I’m still on the hunt for some reasonably priced velvet disco pants ( then I’ll stop with the disco pants, promise!!), a pair of really well fitting blue skinny jeans and an over sized woolen coat!
Until then, I’ll just have to keep obsessively trawling the sale rails until I find those few products that meet my fussy ‘should I, shouldn’t I’ standards…
There have been some real gems on the catwalks this season, but like most of us I only look to high end designers for inspiration due to the huge price tag that comes with them. Sometimes, though, we get lucky and the high street will release amazing, and affordable, interpretations of what we have seen on the catwalks.