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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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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

photo 2 copy 2 Next March the V&A museum will be showcasing a World McQueen exhibition. Like so many out there, I couldn’t be more excited.

For 4 months, the exhibit will be Europe’s first and largest retrospective of McQueens work. From his MA graduate collection, to his unfinished AW collection in 2010 (-including his work as chief designer at Givenchy); the showcase will represent the late British designer’s originality and creative flare. With plenty of sparkle, extravagant designs and unique structures; the exhibition is going to be one to remember.

The above piece, is a dress made entirely from Swarovski crystals-how exciting!

Bring on March 2015!

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Saving the best ’til last, Marc Jacobs ended New York Fashion Week Last night with a fantasy feel, dreamlike runway contrasted with his military inspired collection. The catwalk was more like a theatre set with a bright Barbie-pink house surrounded by matching plush pink carpet.

Complete with oversized garments, belted waists, just as oversized pockets and several 3D polka-dots, Jacobs brought a 60s military feel to the runway -with a twist. With a muted colour pallet that consisted of navy, ivory, cream, brown and khaki, together with the texture created by the oversized polk-dots and nipped in waist; S/S15 is going to be an interesting one.

As always Marc Jacobs pays exceptionally close attention to detail. Although he explores bold detailing, he still sticks to simplicity and class; to which I admire most about Jacobs as a designer. Having left Louis Vuitton almost a year ago now, he is able to dedicate his time to his own brands; remaining unique and style focused.

Even though there are times I am not completely in love with his collections or can not see myself wearing a particular garment, I can not fault Mr. Jacobs for his consistency and creative edge.

 

…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!

Walking down the runway at Chanel’s haute couture show in Paris, Cara Delevingne had heads turning once again, as she wow’d the audience in Karl Largerfeld’s bridal designs. Looking extremely elegant in the delicately embellished bridal-style dress, the supermodel made her way down the catwalk in a feather headdress; followed by a page boy, also in a glamourous white suit. What surprised everyone most, were the luxurious, yet extremely casual trainers that completed Cara’s ensemble; as well as completeing every other couture outfit on the Chanel runway.

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