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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

I’m sure I can speak for most women when i say; Bags (& Shoes). Yes thats it. There isn’t anymore to say, simply because there is too much to say. However as the Fashion Week season is upon us and NYFW draws to an end, I can say an extra few words (well, two more) to highlight one of my favourite designs of the week; Mansur Gavriel!

The bucket bags are back and I can not get enough of them. Designers, Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel have made everybody and their friends want one of their amazing bags. The New York based brand was founded by these two ladies in April 2012 and now almost three years on, the Italian crafted bags have well and truly entered the fashion world. With growing attention and exposure, the brand is flourishing nicely. Whilst AW15 will see two new styles (along side the existing collection that includes; totes, backpacks and bucket bags) as well as new colours, for me its all the bucket bag. The design is simple and the structure that reflects the shape of a bucket adds a certain depth to the bag. The fact each bag is colour blocked also contributes to the luxury aspect of the street-style kind of bag. Naturally and like most, you can not go wrong with classic black, however I also really like the brandy colour and next season’s sand one too. So watch this space! #WishList

 

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Amongst those trending across the runway at New York Fashion Week is the pencil cut skirt with a split. Remaining at a respectable hight, the split works. Going for the chic casual look, AW15/16 ready-to-wear is defiantly something I can get on board with. Naturally, I love the orange skirt by ICB (guilty); not only because obviously its orange but the off-centre split is much more appealing, plus the mini skirt under layer, come-lining adds a certain depth to the skirt as a whole. Worn by the model quite casually, the structured skirt can also be dressed up with a change in top, shoes and accessories. #Love

Tibi and CC Chris Gelinas also went with the more casual look compare to both Altuzarra and Brandon Sun who went for slightly dressier alternatives. For me, Tibi’s cream/nude emsemble was a close second contender after ICB. Pairing the off-white leather skirt with a cream wooly jumper is definitely a look I can’t wait to see hit the streets come AW 15/16. The thick collar that borders on ‘polo neck’ is what stands out most for me. The Gelinas skirt in light khaki is also favourable. Its a slightly less fitted cut compare to the others nevertheless, it works. Personally, I wouldn’t have paired it with those socks or shoes and perhaps a cream blouse instead; but simply as a pencil skirt with a split; I like it. The latter however, I can not say the same for.  To me, the styling behind both the Brandon Sun and Altuzarra designs could have been executed better.

 

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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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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For the autumn/ winter season, gold comes back around to add a bit of shimmer, splash of sparkle and sense of royalty to the runway.

Whilst the week is not over yet, so far New York Fashion Week has seen the ‘black and gold’ duo grace us with its presence once again; with elegant patterns, delicate embroidery and lace combinations by Carmen Marc Valvo and Venexiana. In contrast, Lela Rose’s designs take on the lighter and brighter golden look; one overlaid with a black polka-dot sheer crop top and another in a slightly more summery approach with a knee-length, off the shoulder foil print floral dress.

Also sticking to the knee-length number, Rebecca Vallance show cases a more casual look, with her textured tee-skater style gold dress. Dennis Basso also keeps his A/W collection rather textured with several fur combos; one to which was placed with the fine gold detailing on a stripped sheer dress. Opposite to Basso’s use of minimal gold the runway, Venexiana (as well as the black and gold masterpiece); goes elaborate with gold, by showing off completely gold, floor-length gowns. Silk, sheer and sequins; and in gold; it couldn’t be better.

Although I missed the weekend’s events, I was back to Summer Somerset House this afternoon; to snap up some more of London’s fabulous dressers, as well as others that do not fall into the “fabulous” category, yet still have an interesting sense of style . With the weather playing havoc; changing its mind every 10 minutes, from sunshine to pouring rain; visitors were dressed in contrasting attire. From summer dresses, pastel pallets, sun hats and short sleeves -to- long (winter) coats, furs, turtle necks and balaclavas; today really brought a mixed bunch. But hey, thats what Fashion Week is all about right? Mixing it up with classic, stylish and alternative fashion! Bring on Day 5.

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