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When fashion is inspired by art and art is inspired by fashion; its just one big cycle; and it will continue to go around, then come back round again!

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A contributor to the De Stijl art movement, Piet Mondrian was (and still is today), known for his abstract compositions of primary colours (red, blue and yellow) in a black grid of vertical and horizontal lines, against a white background; Mondrian !

His classic compositions were also used as backdrops in the fashion industry, before taking the catwalk in 1965 in the form of an A-line shift dress by Yves Saint Laurent. This iconic “Mondrian dress” was debuted in the Autumn/Winter ’65 season in both a jersey and wool knee length style shift dress.

Since then, similar dresses and other garments alike have been re-inspired and reproduced. Some taking the runway like the infamous YSL piece and others straight to high-street stores or street fashion.

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Two iconic French brands; Kenzo and Evian have teamed up to create these “naturally playful” limited edition bottles.

Since 2008, the French water brand have been teaming up with various designers to jazz up packaging and introduce fashion to the everyday. In the past Evian have collaborated with other celebrated designers, including Elie Saab, Issey Miyaje, Christian Lacroix, Jean Paul Gaultier and Paul Smith. This year, the Parisian designer, Kenzo are taking the spotlight with their abstract pattern – also featured in the brand’s AW14 collection. Kenzo’s creative directors; Humberto Leon and Carol Lim, have explored the shape and structure of Evian’s water source; the Alps, with line, graphics, colour and geometric design to link the two French brands together.

These bottles of water come in both plastic and glass. They’re are limited edition too, so keep an eye out for yours!

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…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.

As 2013 draws to an end and everyone looks back on the year; reminiscing and dwelling on could haves, would haves and should haves; I have reflected on the year in fashion. From fabulous handbags to the latest trends, new store openings and celebrity clothing lines, I have put together some memorable fashion highlights from over the last 365 days.
Starting with my favourite, my inspirations, my main man; Marc Jacobs.

Marc Jacobs leaves Louis Vuitton

After 16 spectacular years as Louis Vuitton’s creative director, Marc Jacobs announced that he would be leaving the French fashion house to focus on his own brands. Since joining Louis Vuitton in 1997, Marc Jacobs transformed the luggage brand and created something sensational. The announcement came at the end of Paris Fashion week, where Jacobs truly put on a show for his last collection with LV; making a memorable exit.

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Orange is the new black

With a summer of bright and vibrant colours, orange was definitely a personal favourite. From a bright Celine bag and statement shoes to a pop of colour and a pretty summer dress, orange was very much “the new black”. Even as winter  approached, the trend continued in beanie hats, Kenzo jumpers and even a few fur coats.

Kate Moss poses for Playboy

As Kate Moss approaches 40, she proves to be younger than ever as she is shot nude for the cover of Playboy. To celebrate 60 years of the worlds favourite men’s magazine (and brand), the January/ February (2014) issue will feature Britain’s face of fashion. The Supermodel will also appear in a 18-page pictorial in the coming Anniversary double issue. So watch this space.

The Cover

The Cover

D&G are sent to prison

The fashion designer duo; Dolce and Gabbana were sentenced to jail for tax evasion. Although the pair were initially cleared on the charge in 2011, the case was opened again and the 2 were accused of hiding million (in euros) from the Italian tax authorities. As it stands Dolce and Gabbana have avoided life behind bars (until further notice)  due to their suspended sentences, as a result of a pending appeal. Once again, watch this space.

Suits up

From the catwalks of fashion week to the urban runway that is street fashion, 2013 has seen more and more matchy matchy outfits. Matching tops to bottoms, the trend is very classical yet extremely modern, with an alternative twist. Going for the boyish look, some of the trend involves the traditional blazer and trouser type of suit, where others  are slightly more up to date and refreshing; matching crops to bottoms.

Heres to the end of 2013 and welcoming yet another year of fabulous memories, once -in-a-lifetime moments and plenty of glitz and glam! Let the countdown begin and bring on Two Thousand and Fourteen.

Nikey Dunk Sky HI: NY

Nikey Dunk Sky HI: NY

For someone like me who has never really been a trainer lover, but more of a pretty shoes- “loubis type” junkie, I love Nike Blazers and these lady-like “Nikeys”. These limited edition Nike Dunk Sky Highs represent the four FASHION capitals of the world; London, Paris, New York and Milan and are part of the “city pack” collection. Found in the glamorous-est of them all; New York City, in Soho’s Nike store; Im not keen on them all but nevertheless I was eager to snapped them up!

Sky-Hi-Dunk City Pack

Sky-Hi-Dunk City Pack

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