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Currently in love with everything Zuhair Murad. His style and attention to detail is just exquisite and I can not get enough of it. Murad’s unique designs, together with the carefully selected material used, are beyond b-e-a-utiful!

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For me, its the delicateness that he brings to each design as well as the “2 piece” look (often a floor length, sensual figure hugging dress, accompanied by an optional/ removable Cinderella-like skirt, train or cape; phsyically adding visual depth to each garment and in turn; creating absolute perfection). Where a gown can look sexy and sophisticated; I’m all for it and Zuhair Murad has a way of doing this like no one else! His collections have a consistent trend and continuity; with a majority of his peices having a sheer finish, very femine structures, hemlines and necklines, hand embroidered overlays in sequin, floral, brocade..etc, as well as a core sense of glitz and glam meets elegant.

His designs are unique enough for the catwalk (season after season), jaw-dropping and beautiful enough for walking down the aisle and certainly glamorous enough for the red carpet. From Bridal collections and Ready-to-wear, to Resort and Couture; Murad is faultless. Absolutley aaa-mazing!

Watch this space, there is definetly more Zuhair Murad to come!

…Also known as “Poppy Day” is a memorial day, marking the end of the First World War and in remembrance of all armed forces who have died in the line of duty (then and since). Remembrance Day is often observed at the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month (11am on the 11th of November).

Given this day (and most of the month) is often represented with a poppy; I have chosen to mark today with an appropriately fitting piece from one of my all-time favourite designers, the late and amazing; Oscar De La Renta!

 

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Taking it back to De La Renta’s Spring/Summer collection in 2007, I couldn’t go wrong with marking today at 11:00 (along with a minute silence) with this fashion tribute. Originally designed to remember the lives lost and those affected by 9/11, this tennis inspired dress is one of many pieces from De La Renta’s S/S 07 collection; and one to which Ms Anna Wintour loved.

Staying true to the De La Renta style, he kept he collection very feminine; with gentle, flowy structures, knee-high hemlines and florals [of course!]. Also, accompanied with tennis rackets and beach bags, the models represented a true summer feel  as they strutted down the runway in September 2007. Whilst is was a light, happy and summery collection, Oscar De La Renta also wanted to acknowledge the significance of memorial day. In his notes, he wrote

Five years ago today, as I was preparing for the opening of the spring show, tragedy struck us all. Today, we honour the memory of those who died…”

Whilst he may have been talking about the American people and victims of the World Trade Centre tragedy, the imagery of the poppy is used to remember all lives lost in war and terrorism. 8 years on, Mr. De La Renta has also left this world.

R.I.P. to him and all those who have died for their country.

Just days ago, in the city that never sleeps; Marc Jacobs showcased his Spring/Summer’16 collection at New York Fashion Week; and just last night at the Emmy Awards, Kerry Washington wore one of these Jacobs original- straight off the runway.

Made entirely from mesh and so delicately embellished, Jacobs’ silver gown was just enough Glitz and Glam for last night’s event.  Plus, Washington wore it ooh so well. It was fitted enough to show off her figure, yet not too tight (considering the material used) and lets not ignore that sexy yet sophisticated slit! Kerry certainly did the dress justice and at only 72 hours post-catwalk, she is the definition of “Off the Runway”!

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Always “dressed to impress”, another one of Shona Rhimes’ leading ladies; the infamous “Olivia Pope”; looked fabulous on the red carpet. And just in time too; to remind us about Scandals’s Season 5 premier later this week! #ShondaLand

Despite all her tantrum throwing at both her dad’s show and Alexander Wang’s at the first of 2015’s NYFW, you have to admit this little girl radiates cuteness. A regular to the front row, North is definatly looking the part. In a real fur, fur coat said to be worth over $3000, the little Miss. West is just a pair of sunglasses away from a diva!

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230561   Last week’s LCM shows saw a mixture of designs go down the catwalk. Some interesting, unique and different; some smart, stylish and dapper and others somewhere in between. This Maharishi ensemble from day 2 stood out for me. Not because it was great but because its quite worrying and had my eye brows raised. I know that a lot of inspiration for designers comes from the street but where is the line drawn? Yes, Street fashion, alternative dressers and street art are known for sparking inspiration in the fashion industry, but since when did the hoodlum look become so fashionable that it made it to the runway?

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For LCM (London collection: Men), this AW collection by Sibling is a bazar one. As quirky, unusual and non-traditional the fashion industry is today, this does not surprise me. Furthermore, as quite a controversial brand, Sibling have showcased similar ranges before- just a lot less pink. Looking very Nicki Manaj and even more Barbie-like, this collection almost out does Jeremy Scott and Moschino when it comes to weird, whacky and extravagant.

Despite the amount of head-turners a man would get wearing any of this down the road, it is fashion after all. Alternative fashion, yes. Nevertheless, crazy and original is whats making the headlines- and hey, thats what fashion is about right?! Topman or Zara for men might not be in a hurry to recreate high street versions of this collection, but someone will be. #watchthisspace

Over the past couple of days, London has seen quite a few men take to the runway. Fitting in with this doom and gloom weather that requires layers and layers, the AW15 collections couldn’t have come sooner. As usual there has been some interesting and somewhat quirky designs, as well as the dapper ones.

There seemed to  be a fair bit of pink across the catwalk for the season. Although I’ve never really been a fan of pink on a man, I quite like what (ironically) Thomas Pink has done throughout his AW15 collection. Rather than over doing it, he almost incorporates hints of pink into his designs. From a block coloured tie, to strips on a shirt and [below] a burnt fuchsia blazer, Pink has made pink work. However I can not say the same for Astrid Anderson who really over does it with his black and pink velvet trousers, paired with a block coloured black and pink jumper-not to mention the fur hat. Across his collection, he presents a very “statement making” kind of look. It’s interesting, don’t get me wrong-I’m just not his biggest fan. The final pink-ish shot is from the Oliver Spencer show. For me, he comes between Thomas Pink and Astrid Anderson; not quite dapper and not too OTT either. As a tri-blend turtle neck jumper with only a few yarns of pink; I quite like this design. Perhaps because i just really like the jumper in general (not on a man) and would wear it myself-nevertheless, as part of men’s fashion week, I like it.

Next, are my winter favourites: polo necks. You got to love ’em. As children we all wore them and probably didn’t value you them as much as we should of. Now, on the other hand, I’m obsessed. On a woman, man or child, I think they’re great. Depending on what they are worn with, they are definitely fashionable too. This Fashion Week Coach and Lou Dalton did it best in my opinion; all in black and layered up; its a winner. Runner up to the polo neck, is the simple shirt and jumper. In less than 50 shades of grey, YMC demonstrate this well.

Keeping it interesting, Lee Roach brings almost a feminine look to the men’s runway. With that said, I do like his pop of orange paired with black (and of course the fact that the outfit includes a polo neck). However, the majority of his collection does resemble designs seen in a woman’s wardrobe. With nipped in waists, high-waisted waist bands and robe like coats, it seems AW15 will be a metrosexual one. Also rather interesting is the Shaun Samson (hosted by Fashion East) collection. Looking like a 21st century Rupert the Bear, I don’t really have much else to say. Throughout the collection each and every model wears a random thick scarf, tied quite close to the neck with ensembles that involve legs out- far too much legs out for a autumn/ winter collection if you ask me.

Last but not least are the slightly more tasteful alternatives. Feeling the blue, YMC and Hardy Amies fuse both trend and style to dazzle the front row.  Keeping it casual, YMC have created a look for your everyday man. Where as Hardy Amies has stepped it up a notch, with suits, shirts and ties to stick to the style brand’s swarve look.

…if only! Can you imagine?! Ooh the joys. If Chanel was stocked at my local supermarket and it was within my weekly shop budget, it would definitely be on the list. More than once too.

I know I am a bit late on the up take; I missed the memo; but it goes without saying that ‘he did it again!’. Yes, Karl Lagerfeld has amazed us all yet again; with such an unusual runway set, creative contrast (groceries and household essentials with high fashion) and a one-of-a-kind show, plus a fabulous collection; this year’s first Paris Fashion Week had everyone ecstatic at the Chanel show. I’m not surprised to be honest. When has Mr. Lagerfeld ever failed us?! He may be 80, but he is a creative genius. Although I missed PFW this year and didn’t cover the week’s events, I always look forwards to the Chanel show and was gutted to find out I miss this.

It’s all kicking off! Continuing from the Couture collection earlier this year; Karl remained consistent with his models’ footwear; as they all wore trainers down the runway. Going for the urban street style look, these talked about kicks have bought an edginess to Chanel’s recent catwalks and will no doubt have the same effect on the rest of high fashion for the coming seasons.

Whilst the runway’s set was the talk of the town, Chanel’s signature tweed, classic black, trademark chains and vibrant colours are what completed the Phenomenal show. With Cara Delevingne leading the show, the French fashion house saw an array of colours take to the runway to complete the Autumn/ Winter collection. Starting with a lot of candy pinks, plum purples and deep reds followed. Despite the AW season, the collection had more bright colours than expected; from orange, yellow and lime green; the catwalk also had several multi coloured ensembles. And of course no Chanel show is complete without the trademark monochrome look as well as the traditional (all) black outfits. In the same way, nothing says Chanel more than a classic Coco style suit; this time in candy pink; it’s just what AW 2014 needs.

Designed for the colder months, the collection included many oversized coats and jackets as well as leggings and jumper suits, all-in-ones, polo necks, other high neck designs, tweed trousers and long sleeved gloves. Fitting in with the edgy urban look, the collection also showed off plenty of metallics, leather bottoms and chain embellishments.

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My favourite piece was the red (and purple) tweed blend overall, since the choice of material used with such attire was extremely unusual, nevertheless I loved it. As an overcoat or an entire outfit, it looks quite awkward but that’s what makes it unique – whoever said fashion was ordinary. I also liked the bright (orange, yellow and green) woollen coats because of their oversized structure and abstract patterned multi coloured linings. The clever basket type Chanel bags were also a personal highlight; they fit so well with the supermarket theme and what’s more, they were so creatively done. Genius!

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”.

No fashion week in the big apple is complete without the show stopper catwalk that is Oscar De La Renta. In recent years I have fallen in Love with his designs, his amazing gowns and his ability to turn any woman into a princess. As cheesy as it sounds, its true. Just look at his Autumn/ Winter collection (look at any collection) and tell me you wouldn’t complete your Cinderella story in one of his gowns.

Known for his evening wear, Bridal wear and Red Carpet sensations, Oscar De La Renta has out done himself once again.  Subtlety bringing the florals back, exploring fragile embellishments and using intricate gold detailing, De La Renta creates a some what ‘enchanted’ theme across the catwalk.

With meters and meters of lace, sheer, satin and silk; every gown is distinctly different to the next. Compare to the barbie pink and royal blue gowns that took centre stage last A/W, De La Renta presents a slightly more muted pallet this time around. Just like some of the other shows at this season’s New York Fashion Week, Gold is rather prominent; as an entire gold dress, black and gold combo or exquisite gold embellishment.

His choice of blue, is just perfect too. Typically, these floral designs look far too summery for an A/W collection or just do not work as well in darker colours, nevertheless, Oscar De La Renta’s balance of blue and black look amazing together. The black is just enough to mute the otherwise brighter shade of blue and not too much to take over as black dresses with blue detailing. (They are still very much blue dresses). The statement dresses have to be the big beautiful red gown with gold patterned detailing and the black and gold foil printed, floor length gown; both as jaw-dropping as each other. We can definitely expect to see those on the red carpet. My favourite however, is the black and pale pink gown. To me, it looks very Christian Dior and thats why I love it. It is simple, yet extremely elegant, classy and fashionable. All the model needs is a fabulous pair of Manolo Blahniks, a copy of the New Yorker and/or New York Times and we’ve got another Carrie Bradshaw in the making.

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