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Back to black. After 5 days of endless designer shows across the capital, London Fashion Week presents a rather black outlook for Autumn/ Winter 2014. Whilst some catwalks showed off some colour, the consensus seemed to be pretty monochrome. Season after season, fashion week after fashion week and trend after trend; the world of fashion sees a colour take to both the runway and the high street, as the “new black”. However A/W 14 looks like it is going back to basics, as black takes over. Nevertheless, with such fashion evolution, digital design technology, alternative styles and twenty-first century influences, LFW exhibits ‘black’ as anything but “basic”!

Whilst there is nothing wrong with “classic black” and keeping things some what traditional, the designers of LFW prove that going ‘back to black’ is far from basic and show black in its most fashionable form.

Established in 2012, AW 14 is Simongao’s first Fashion Week. Simongao’s AW collection saw a majority of all black and all white outfits take to the runway, with some browns and greys in between the monochromes.

KTZ also kept it very mono chrome, for both the menswear and womenswear collections.

Whilst Simone Rocha introduced a pop of colour to the runway with completely red and mustard ensembles, the majority of her collection consisted of sole black outfits.

Fashion East presented a bit more colour throughout their AW show. Whilst pale tones of lime green, power pink and summer blues took to the runway, the common theme of black and white still took centre stage. However, unlike most of designer collections where B&W did appear as a duo, it was a subtler monochrome with bright whites over powering the minimal use of black.

Christopher Kane strikes again. Although this season’s collection strayed from bright colours and elaborate patterns and print that breath Kane, this AW saw sprinkles of colour in a mass of black. Creative black never the less. Following the black trend, Christopher Kane’s missing signature pattern and print was made up in texture, shape and structure. Fan like structures created by layers upon layers, bazaar structured sleeves and ruffled puffy synthetics made Kane’s AW 14 collection one to remember.


From velvets, wools and furs Tom Ford’s show also saw plenty of black ensembles sashayed down the runway, along side a few reds and browns.

Erdem’s show also explored plenty of luxurious velvet and his trade mark patterns were adapted through laser cut delicate designs, jacquard style material and quadrilateral sheers.


Pringle of Scotland remained simple yet elegant, as AW 14 brings in neat and tidy knits. Again keeping with the monochrome theme, however introducing a slightly lighter mood with more whites paired with less black.

John Rocha’s elaborate ruffles and one of a kind designs truly made an impression on this fashion week’s catwalk. All black but far from the ordinary and nothing like “classic black”.

Todd Lynn’s AW 14 collection remained consistent with dark theme; models wore all black down a just as black runway; exploring shadow to complete the dark feel that is AW.

Amanda Wakeley’s show saw creative panels, delicate sheers, thick waste belts and head to toe outfits take to the runway, as well as baggy and over sized outer wear to compete the AW look, also representing black as the “new black”.

Two-thirds through the week, the Big Apple has already seen some glamorous gowns take to the catwalk; some to which I can already envision on the the red carpet in the coming months.

After quite a few official awards ceremonies so far this year, several celebrities have been seen dressed head-to-toe in designer outfits on the red carpet; many to which started on this very runway. With both the Oscars and BAFTAs still to come, I wonder what other designer masterpieces will be spotted on the red carpet. Whether it is at the end of the week, within a couple of weeks or later into 2014, I guarantee at least one of these unique designs will make it from runway to red carpet.

Keeping it simple, both Carolina Herrera and Lela Rose stick to a single coloration, with vibrant colour-block gowns; both in a boob-tube cut and floor length design. Herrera embraces the red, whilst Rose joins the purple club. Continuing the purple theme, Dennis Basso combos his sparkley torso gown with a just as purple fur jacket. Whilst his choice of red knee high boots may not be seen on the red carpet with the outfit, the dress is definitely one to look out for.

Inspired by African designs, Mara Hoffman’s geometric patterned panel sets her sheer LBD apart from any other black gown on the  catwalk. Thus potentially fit for the red carpet. Looking very “black tie”, Venexiana’s A/W collection is consistently elegant. With a selection of floor length gowns; in different colours, textures and delicate detailing; Venexiana wowed the runway audience with hand sewn embellishments, laser cut patterns, velvet designs and textured sheers. All thats needed are some fashionable celebrities to rock these beauties down a red carpet and wow the rest of the world.

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keep calm only one week to go

Its that time of year again, well the first for 2014. Nevertheless the capital’s most fashionable week is almost back. Yes, thats right; London Fashion Week is only a week away. Kick starting on Valentine’s day, the week’s events begins at the BFC Courtyard Show Space with J. JS Lee’s show.

With the weather being typically British; extremely wet and horribly cold; February 14th and the days that follow, will certainly be fit for the season; as the catwalks feature amazing new designs and up and coming trends for Autumn/ Winter 2014.

This is just a brief summary of some of my favourite and most intersting pics from last night’s 56th Grammy awards.

To start with; OMG. Have you seen Madonna’s son David? That cutie she adopted from Africa all those years ago. When did he get so big? Where has the time gone? Anyway, long-story short, he grew up. “Madonna and child”, looked quite adorable in their matching Ralph Lauren suits. As smart as he looked and as manly as she looked, I still can not believe how much he has grown up.

Having seen many bumps on the Golden Globes’ red carpet, the Grammys followed closely in fashion with yummy-mummy-to-be; Ciara-also looking radiant in a gold Pucci gown; as she showed off her baby bump on the red carpet.

Also like the Golden Globes, the Grammys saw a lot of red on the red carpet; with Tamar Braxton and Pink pulling it off the best (in my opinion anyway). Seen separately, the pair looked stunning in their sexy red number. But if I had to chose, I’d definitely say that Tamar wore it better. If anyone can make red on the red carpet work, its her (so far, in 2014 anyway).

Last but certainly not least; Katy Perry. Keeping it strictly music based, she looked pretty unique in her whimsical, fairy-godmother-type dress by Valentino. As interesting as it was, she did look amazing and very fit for the theme.

Mini me: Madonna and child (David) in Ralph Lauren

Mini me: Madonna and child (David) in Ralph Lauren

Yummy Mummy to be: Ciara in Pucci

Yummy Mummy to be: Ciara in Pucci

pretty in red: Pink and Carey Hart

pretty in red: Pink and Carey Hart

Fabulous: Tamar Braxton

Fabulous: Tamar Braxton

Fit for the theme: Katy Perry in Valentino

Fit for the theme: Katy Perry in Valentino

Pick of the Day

Pick of the Day

Three days into the new year; hang overs should be gone, regrets of 2013 should be out of your system and resolutions for the coming year should be put in place. Although the holiday season is pretty much over, this picture summed up New Years and the start of an exciting journey that is 2014! And hey, its almost the weekend. Happy Friday!

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As well as his fabulous collection that took the runway not only once, but twice at London Fashion week; Giles Deacon is also collaborating with furniture retailer, DFS to create unique sofa master pieces. Below is the first design of the 2-part “Lipgloss” furniture series. The next extraordinary Giles creation will be launched in February 2014 and I’m already excited.

Having been fortunate enough to preview the first sofa at LFW; it is evident that Giles’ unique style and creative flare correlates across; from catwalk-to-couch. Through abstract art and graphics, this limited edition sofa is a statement piece that brings a sense of fashion into the household; with a dash of kool and quirky. The bold mono-chrome theme is a perfect contrast combo beneath the vibrant red lips: ‘black and white’ enough to fit in with any living room, yet diverse enough to stand out. Furthermore, the random placement of said red lips is what completes the sofa, makes it so fabulously distinctive and so very Giles.

Yes, he’s done it again. Keeping it fairly simple yet a casual elegance, Marc Jacobs presents a rather silky, shiny and sparkly collection for Spring Summer 2014. Admittedly, some of his designs that feature excessive amounts of satin and silk do resemble pyjama bottoms; nevertheless It works and I like it.

Along with the silky trouser suit, Jacobs goes for the 118 look with a red and white sporty shorts and jacket ensemble. Continuing the all-in-one trend, Marc Jacobs also has a few jump suits in his SS14 collection; some that follow his silk/satin theme and others that lead with sparkle, glitz and glam. Of course the fabulous collection was not complete without a classy knee-length long-sleeve dress; bringing a touch of mono chrome to the catwalk.

Although it is not usually my cup of tea, partly due to the pyjama “look” but also for the simple fact that I can not sit in silk; without either naturally sliding about the place or at least having the urge to; it is growing on me. Its interesting and I’m intrigued to see it worn off of the runway and more to the point it is MARC JACOBS!!!

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