Couture AW14/15: Elie Saab

I don’t think there will ever be an Elie Saab collection that I won’t be entirely captivated by, whether it be Couture or Ready-to-Wear. Every single show is full of beautiful, intricate detailing, and it is refreshing to see that the designer focuses on what he does best every season, rather than being too trend focussed.

  

Their AW14/15 Couture show may be arguably everything you’d expect from Elie Saab, but it nevertheless impresses me every single time. The show was obviously full of fairytale inspired gowns that consisted of light, sheer materials, silk and tulle, the majority of which was beautifully encrusted with pearls and crystals and somewhat inspired by the mystery of the ocean (seen in the lace black gowns and pearl encrusted deep blue dresses) and even an enchanted forest (in one instance a moss green was offset against colourful crystals and pearls). Whilst keeping to his usual pretty, romantic roots the designer used a rainbow of colours in his tone-on-tone approach to his underlays and embellishments to create a soft, natural and feminine collection.

And of course, the latest show cannot be spoken about without the mention of the beautiful finale wedding gown, although so many of the white, silver and cream gowns displayed were enough for any bride-to-be- or any woman for that matter- to swoon over!

  

 You can view the full pictures from the show here or watch it in full here !

 

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A little Irish inspiration at Avoca

So, a few days  ago I flew back from Dublin, and during my time there I stopped off at one of Ireland’s oldest surviving manufacturing plants-Avoca-who specialise in the most gorgeous throws, blankets, clothing and accessories. Made of supersoft materials (lambswool, cashmere and mohair, to name a few) I had to restrain myself from buying it all, but I took a few photos to share with you all so you can see how pretty it all was, too. My favourite item had to be the gorgeous sky blue cashmere coat!

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Topshop Unique at LFW

As a contrast to their AW13 show, which saw lots of powder pink hues, Topshop Unique’s most recent show had a more tomboy edge. Opening the show came all blue looks, with smart woolen coats casually hanging off the shoulders of models for a disheveled, tomboy charm, which was only highlighted by the occasional appearance of sports inspired puffa jackets. Whilst a feminine element could be seen through the light, soft materials, pastel pink was no more in this new collection, but instead a new pastel colour emerged in the form of lemon yellow. This pretty, bright shade added a youthful, playful edge to the collection, with silky blouses and fluffy yellow furs, but when mixed with tan and darker shades of yellow the look made for a classic, but playful, approach to dressing. And, of course the show didn’t come without major trends that have been spotted throughout fashion week, including knee high boots (in grey and burgundy) as well as patchwork fur, that was seen in sweaters, coats and vests. I loved the femininity in their AW13 show, but this collection has been really clever in showcasing what their youthful, edgy customer wants- a chance to dress in a subtle, but sexy way, without losing their tomboy charm.

                     

                     

Ralph Lauren at NYFW

At his most recent show Ralph Lauren lived up to expectations with a beautiful, soft and ultra feminine collection that showcased pretty, romantic hues of creams, greys, pinks and lilacs. We’ve seen a lot of masculine silhouettes during NYFW, but not at Ralph Lauren, where shapes were kept simple, soft and classic for all occasions. For evening wear the collection gave a lovely sense of old Hollywood glamour (think soft furs mixed with silk and heavily embellished dresses) whilst the more casual side of the show gave us cosy knits, slouchy silk trousers and soft capes (most of which styled head to toe in one soft hue). It is also interesting the contrasting footwear that was on the runway-we saw converse style sneakers, pointed court shoes and thigh high grey suede boots, all showing how much versatility the brand still has whilst still remaining classic and feminine!

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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 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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NY Fashion Week: Street Style Predictions

Okay, so we all look forward to the runway shows, but how will the heavy snow that has hit New York effect the street style of the fashion elite across the next few days? Below are a few predictions of what we can expect from street style as it prepares to fight off the bitter NY cold.

Lots of layering

The infamous ‘street style’ at NY fashion week will have to adapt to the colder weather, but don’t expect them to ‘layer up’ in a conventional way. Think oversized woolen coats on top of another coat, a furry vest acting as a unique take on  a scarf underneath a blazer or even the doubling up of scarves.

Furry Accessories

I predict lots of furry Fendi mittens, as well as fur vests, coats, hats.. anything warm and furry to fight off the bitter NY cold and look glamorous whilst doing it.

Sweatshirts

Making a huge comeback for a great ‘I just threw this on’ look, these will definitely be on show throughout fashion week, especially those with friends at Kenzo who bag early access to their fish inspired sweatshirts, which aren’t actually available to purchase until the end of February.

Over-sized Woolen Coats

It seems obvious, I know, but despite that pink Celine coat being huge, I actually expect a rainbow oversized woolen coats,too, because wearing that pink coat would be just too obvious, wouldn’t it?

Hunter Wellies

Maybe this is a British thing, but it wouldn’t surprise me if somebody turned up in a pair of these, especially after the brand has been given it’s own runway slot later on in the month for London Fashion Week. It is snowing, surely somebody will dress practically for the event?

New Season Loubs

For those NY fashion forward ladies who refuse to let the snow come between them and looking good in a pair of glossy new Louboutins. We’re likely to see the updated Pigalle, Princess or even the Louis sneaker on show over the next few days (just think glitter, pastels and vibrant hues).

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!          

The Tassel Trend

This bracelet set from Accessorize was given to me as a gift on my birthday and it is the perfect nod towards the tassel trend this AW. I’ve been wanting a tassel handbag charm for a while, after seeing them on previous AW catwalks, but I love the idea of being able to wear these tiny rose coloured versions on my wrist, too.

This doesn’t mean I won’t be treating myself to one of these gorgeous oversized handbag charms though-I’ve found some great ones on Ebay! I’ll be grabbing one in a lovely, sunny yellow shade to match my new Folli Follie handbag!

If Chanel are doing it…

For a few weeks now I’ve been admiring how trainers look on other people, wishing I was both brave enough and edgy enough to pull off such a stylish, sporty twist on my otherwise feminine style. But today my fear of looking a little silly amongst the street style elite has miraculously subsided thanks to the jewel encrusted, couture trainers at Chanel. Now, I’m not usually one for sportswear, but these couture beauties have really persuaded me. Maybe it’s because they’re teamed with pretty pastel shades, white lace and jewels, but I think it’s pretty safe to say that once Karl Lagerfeld puts something on a Couture runway that is that wearable to the outside world, it won’t take long for the trend to catch on across the high street, too.

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