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New York Fashion Week: Victoria by Victoria Beckham Spring 2013

By Andrea Petrou on September 13th, 2012

Victoria Beckham once again wowed the New York fashion crowd with her Spring/Summer 2013 collection.

The singer, come designer has earned herself a place in the fashion world thanks to previous years designs – most notably peplum style structured dresses, which are well made and usually sell out very quickly.

And this season her collection didn’t disappoint with the designer moving to introduce separates including box skirts and cropped jackets into her range.

Dresses were relaxed with A-line shapes and floral patterns, while others gave a hint to VB’s statement structured style. Pastel colours and creams were also a present feature on jackets and shift dresses making this collection more casual.

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New York Fashion Week: Carolina Herrera Spring/Summer 2013

By Andrea Petrou on September 11th, 2012

We can’t believe how quickly this year’s SS 2013 fashion weeks have come around, and we’re dead excited to see what London has to offer in the very near future.

However, for now we’ll be having a sneaky look at what New York has to offer and first on our list is Carolina Herrera’s Spring/Summer 2013 offerings.

This season the designer decided to go all floaty for the catwalk show.

Models marched down the catwalk in soft ethereal fabrics and shapes, punctured with hits of bold colours such as black, which gave what could have been this very girly collection a fierce edge.

Shift style frocks, classic preppy pleat tennis dresses teamed with structured blazers also made an appearance, while white dominated the colour palate here.

Definitely a day in the park/ simple summer night out collection, which we heart.

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NYFW: Marc by Marc Jacobs AW 2012

By Andrea Petrou on February 16th, 2012

The Spring/Summer trends have just hit the highstreet but we’re already lusting after Autumn/Winter style thanks to New York Fashion Week.

One designer that’s caught our eye is Marc Jacobs who sent his models down in military clad jumpsuits and hats for his winter 2012 Marc by Marc Jacobs range.

Stripes and flat lace up boots completed this look, while 60s geometric prints also got a look in thanks to Marc’s use of these in shift dresses with skater style skirts, coats and blouses.

Keeping in with the winter tradition fur also made an appearance on double breasted buttoned military style coats, while reds, dark blues and blacks made up the majority of the colour palate.

If only we could get our hands on these now.

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New York Fashion Week: Proenza Schouler S/S 2012

By emilyborrett on September 15th, 2011

Proenza Schouler Spring/Summer 2012

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Proenza Schouler may still be a relative fledgling label in the fashion industry, but, my god, they churn out incredible collections like they’ve been going for the last thirty years. Design duo Jack McCullough and Lazaro Hernandez couldn’t be doing any better right now – and I am completely besotted with their new tiki Hawaii-inspired S/S 2012 collection.

The Spring/Summer line was deceptively austere at the beginning of the show, with neat waisted jackets in charcoal grey and prim little high collars, but look a little closer at the skirt and short suits and there was actually some cool, unusual tiger-print panelling. From a glance, a little bit drab – but get closer and it’s actually got a cheeky, subtle twist.

Dark muted tones soon gave way to crisp white tailored pieces and yellow florals. We especially loved their cute tie-waisted skirts in delicate blue and white prints with yellow floral overlay – so summery and playful that we want to hit the beach right away. There was a bit of a mesh between different eras – the Hawaiian-style prints reminded us of American summer holidays in the 1950s, while the super-sexy tiger-printed mini skirt-suits gave more than a nod and a growl to the power-bitch era of the 80s.

The 50s/80s era clash reared its head again in the collection when McCullough and Hernandez cleverly combined classic pin-up styles such as full-skirted sun-dresses and high-waisted beach shorts, but reworked the classic styles by making them in black and white PVC for a sleek, modern look. It might get a bit hot on the beach, but who cares if you’re lucky enough to be wearing a bit of Schouler?

All in all, it’s a really great, flirty collection that we can guarantee A-listers will be scrapping over very, very soon. To see our highlights of the Proenza Schouler Spring/Summer 2012 show, check out the gallery above. Surf’s up!

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New York Fashion Week: 3.1 Phillip Lim S/S 2012

By emilyborrett on September 15th, 2011

3.1 Phillip Lim Spring/Summer 2012

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If effortless, edgy city-girl style is what you’re all about then you’ll appreciate the new 3.1 Phillip Lim collection which was shown at NYFW yesterday. For a label junkie he’s an absolute must-have, having proven very popular so far with the likes of Olivia Palermo and Alexa Chung.

There was a definite androgynous feel to Lim’s Spring/Summer designs, with sweet feminine twists in the form of sugary pastel tones and bright whites. To balance heavy masculine shapes such as slouchy, wide-shouldered shirts, straight-legged city trousers and padded coats, they were deftly teamed with cute silk tees in pale peach and lilac or short white shift dresses.

Dresses-wise, we were shown a cool, low-key collection of playful black silk pieces, flowing grey jersey dresses and navy-white optic floral prints which were really cool. What we love about 3.1 Phillip Lim designs is that there aren’t any frills or showiness, just simply elegant, fashion-forward and wearable pieces. You don’t need to be a mad Isabella Blow type or a Parisian couture princess to wear his designs – Lim designs for every woman out there in the city streets, and we think that’s really cool.

Check out the gallery above to see the new 3.1 Phillip Lim collection.

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New York Fashion Week: Michael Kors S/S 2012

By emilyborrett on September 15th, 2011

Michael Kors Spring/Summer 2012

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New York was transported to the plains of Africa yesterday as the legendary American designer Michael Kors unveiled his new Spring/Summer 2012 collection, which had clear tribal world-traveller vibes with rusty khaki shades and lush animal prints.

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week is all about the Michael Kors show, so naturally we were excited to see what the newly-wed designer had come up with this time. Like Diane Von Furstenberg earlier this week, there was an obvious African inspiration, though Kors’ designs and prints were less graphic and more earthy than DVF’s, working in shades of khaki green, stone, fawn and rust with a few splashes of zebra and snake-print here and there.

It was primarily a casualwear collection, sportswear and casual separates being what Michael Kors usually does best, but naturellement he didn’t leave us high and dry when it came to glamour, either. His high-waisted 50s-silhouette swimming costumes and bikinis came either in rustic-looking batik or snake-print, while his evening dresses and skirts came as incredible weathered-looking ruffled creations made out of tiny feathery strips layered over one another, in cheetah print, cream and scarlet, leaving the models looking like amazing exotic birds.

All in all, it’s another excellent collection from Kors that I can’t really fault. The styling was perfect, too – I’m so hankering for those knee-high black leather gladiator sandals that all the models got to wear. I think teaming the edgy fetish-y footwear with draped batik fabrics and animal prints is a cool, modern new take on the world-traveller look.

Check out the gallery above to see the highlights from Michael Kors’ Spring/Summer 2012 collection.

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New York Fashion Week: Oscar de la Renta S/S 2012

By emilyborrett on September 14th, 2011

Oscar de la Renta Spring/Summer 2012

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Oscar de la Renta may be an extremely talented designer and one of Hollywood’s most sought-after names when it comes to red carpet gowns, but I actually have a bit of a bone to pick with his new collection. I’ll get on to that in a minute..

It was an absolutely giant body of work with over 60 pieces making up the collection, spanning over a whole rainbow palette of colours that I have to admit do make me very happy. We all know that Oscar de la Renta’s speciality is lavish, gorgeous gowns, and he definitely didn’t skimp on those with giant couture-style puffball skirts playing against delicate lace sleeves and huge origami-structured dresses with florals and interesting folds.

He also did a fine line in his other trademark: the day dresses that are so favoured by the ladies who lunch, such as Michelle Obama, and they were very cute and girlish as normal with romantic 1950s-style skirts and nipped-in waists for a dreamy, summertime feel.

So, this is the bone I have to pick with his collection – there was just too much of it. For me, with so large a collection was just too sprawling and included too many different elements into the collection, which spanned from 60s coat dresses to folk dresses to mad, puffy medieval gowns and beyond – the whole thing just didn’t mesh. Each piece is beautifully designed and created, but has nothing to do with either piece beside it.

So, Oscar, that’s my nitpicking over. Check out the gallery to see some of the highlights from the designer’s giant Spring/Summer 2012 collection.

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New York Fashion Week: Rodarte S/S 2012

By emilyborrett on September 14th, 2011

Rodarte Spring/Summer 2012

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Anyone who was lucky enough to be at the Rodarte show yesterday in NYC probably felt like they were in the presence of something amazing, as the Mulleavy sisters behind the label have produced what we think could be one of their finest, most beautiful and  moving collections to date. The front row was a sight to be seen as well, with every A-lister in the Big Apple vying for a seat – amongst others were the photographer Terry Richardson, Anna Wintour, the Fanning sisters and the fabulous Anna Dello Russo.

Even though I am writing about this collection from my box room in gloomy Hackney, when I saw the latest Rodarte pieces I was immediately transported back to dreamy, wistful feelings of summertime by their Van Gosh-inspired sunflower printed day-dresses and gowns. The models’ haunted faces and wispy blonde hair teamed with these dreamy sunflower dresses in delicate silks and chiffons had an ethereal Virgin Suicides vibe to me.

Colour was an incredibly key part of the Spring/Summer collection because the Mulleavy sisters had actually taken the colours from Van Gogh’s most famous paintings and re-crafted the concept into haunting, wearable fashion – pale, buttery yellows and dreamy sky blues shimmered on the catwalk amongst metallic brocade work and embroidery, gradually shifting into darker blues and purples to represent the swirling night sky of the painter’s Starry Night.

To me, the collection completely embodied the hazy, dreamy nostalgia of summers past with their fairy-tale creations. A very special creation indeed, that I think may end up being one of my favourites out of the whole season. Because how could it not?

To see the highlights from Rodarte’s Spring/Summer 2012 collection, check out the gallery above.

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New York Fashion Week: Marc by Marc Jacobs S/S 2012

By emilyborrett on September 13th, 2011

Marc by Marc Jacobs Spring/Summer 2012

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It is undisputable that Mr Marc Jacobs is the king of fashion right now. With his own hugely successful self-titled lines, as well as creative directorship at Louis Vuitton and rumours that he may also be taking over Dior, he’s got a finger in every one of the yummiest fashion pies right now.

Yesterday’s Marc for Marc Jacobs show at NYFW was one of the hottest tickets around – it always is – and the Tattooed One didn’t let us down with a cool collection of sportswear-inspired casual pieces. Each piece was beautifully simple with a modern, clean feel to it that reminds us of European designers such as Jil Sander, mixing utilitarian slate-greys with little splashes of Crayola colour here and there for a playful twist.

There was a clear “boyfriend” vibe about the collection as Jacobs had opted for masculine, simple styles that when worn looked like they might have been pinched from a fashionable boyfriend’s wardrobe. From crisp, oversized shirt dresses to pink-and-white striped short suits, it seemed to us to be a very masculine take on casual womenswear.

Our favourite thing about the collection were the accessories – Monsieur Jacobs is, after all, the king of accessory design – fresh 90s-style hi-top trainers in childish, primary colours which added a carefree twist to some of the more austere-looking designs.

Viva Marc! Check out the gallery above to see the new Marc for Marc Jacobs collection.

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New York Fashion Week: Zac Posen S/S 2012

By emilyborrett on September 13th, 2011

Zac Posen Spring/Summer 2012

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Lovers of grand, lush eveningwear should get ready to gasp and flutter their hands as we take a look at Zac Posen’s new Spring/Summer 2012 collection, which was showcased at New York Fashion Week this Sunday. The result of another season’s toil over a new collection was a mouth-watering collection of day-dresses and evening gowns which were evocative of old 1940s Hollywood starlets.

What we love about Zac Posen’s work is that he obviously has a woman’s femininity in mind when he designs his gowns – these are designs that would leave the wearer feeling beautiful and special, with a veritable array of dresses with form-fitting dresses that hug in all the right places but artfully skim over the main problem areas. With off-the-shoulder sweetheart necklines, fitted busts and huge silk ruffles, it’s no wonder that Zac Posen is every celebrity’s red-carpet favourite.

As usual some of the gowns are truly spectacular, our absolute favourite being the collection’s black chiffon fishtail gown with an absolutely stunning black chiffon hem that we’re hoping we’ll see a celebrity wearing very, very soon. There’s definitely a darkly glamorous goth vibe to the gowns, as Posen has opted for deep navy, black and wine-red chiffons for an incredibly dramatic effect. The styling for the show was picture-perfect too, with the models wearing absolutely pristine finger waves in their hair and costume jewellery.

A grand salute to Zac Posen and his genius Spring/Summer gowns – ShinyStyle bloody loves ya.

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Spotted: Keira Knightley, Leighton Meester, Heidi Klum and more

By emilyborrett on September 12th, 2011

Keira Knightley opted for her trademark romantic look in this gorgeous crystal lace dress at the Toronto Film Festival

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With it being both the fashion season and the film festival season at the moment, it’s a pretty good time for sneaking peeks at celebs’ best red carpet and party outfits. Today we weren’t let down at all by what we found.

Keira Knightley was spotted at the Toronto International Film Festival looking absolutely amazing in a nude lace crystal dress, with a sleek dark bob and angelic make up. We think that’s an Elie Saab dress that she’s wearing, lucky girl, but we could be wrong.. This is definitely a look that really works for her – we’re glad she sticks to it. We also spotted Emily Blunt looking quite foxy in a halter-necked black jumpsuit which looked cool with her laidback wavy hair and smoky eyes.

Meanwhile as New York Fashion Week continues, we spotted the Charmed actress Rose McGowan looking extremely sultry in an amazing magenta structured cocktail dress which matched the colour of her lipstick. This is one actress we never thought would come zooming back into our style radar, but we’re often surprised.. Meanwhile, the statuesque Heidi Klum towered over Christian Siriano backstage in a clinging back dress with a sheer chiffon skirt.

The Worst Dressed In The World EVER Award goes to Kelly Osbourne, who rocked up to Fashion’s Night Out in Chicago wearing a red rubber T-shirt. I don’t think I need to say any more than that.

To see who we’ve been spotting, check out the gallery above.

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New York Fashion Week: Diane Von Furstenberg S/S 2012

By emilyborrett on September 12th, 2011

Diane Von Furstenberg Spring/Summer 2012

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Yesterday the legendary Diane Von Furstenberg showed her latest Spring/Summer collection at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. One of the most well-loved US-based designers, DVF has a very special place in our hearts and we love seeing what she’ll come up with next.

Naturally there was a playfulness to the collection, something we’ve seen in as a trademark in Von Fursternberg designs, with graphic pop-art style prints and bold florals. We picked up on a little bit of a kitsch 60s vibe to her Spring/Summer designs, with blotchy Warhol-esque floral patterns worn on slouchy shift dresses and oriental kimono-inspired sun dresses.

The iconic designer also interpreted the renewed androgyny trend absolutely perfectly, teaming crisp men’s trousers with sharp-shouldered suit jackets and pastel-coloured blouses for a look that obviously took inspiration from menswear but at the same time remained feminine.

The whole thing was styled perfectly too, with the models wearing their pastel-coloured graphic designs with classic retro winged glasses and big old beehives. Diane Von Furstenberg knows how to turn a fashion show into a party.

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New York Fashion Week: Christian Siriano S/S 2012

By emilyborrett on September 12th, 2011

Christian Siriano Spring/Summer 2012

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My crush on Christian Siriano might just be getting serious now – in fact I think it might be love thanks to his new Spring 2012 collection which totally and utterly blew me away. He may have started out as a reality TV diva in Project Runway but now there can’t be any dispute over Siriano’s talents. He really is incredibly creative and gifted.

Those familiar with Christian’s designs know that most of all he likes to work in an incredibly dramatic avant-garde vein of design which is to me is reminiscent of classic, old Paris couture from the 1950s. Anyone who was hoping for another spectacular, fantastical collection won’t be disappointed by this one.

There was a lot more use of bright colours in this collection, surprisingly, as normally Siriano works with a darkly glamorous palette of gloomy colours, but this season the dresses zinged in bright lime, coral and peach. He seems to have found his way more as well in his use of silhouette – in place of his usual explosions of chiffon-balls and giant shoulders we instead had cool, breezy sportswear styles that were reminiscent of the work of other great American designers.

Naturally no Siriano collection would be complete without his ridiculous old-school couture gowns, though – I was especially breathtaken by his hot coral-red ball gown which seemed to sweep along the model’s body in dreamy, fluffy chiffon whisps.

J’adore Christian. He has a little way to go before he is perfect – but he’s damn close right now.

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New York Fashion Week: Jason Wu S/S 2012

By emilyborrett on September 12th, 2011

Jason Wu Spring/Summer 2012

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As we all know by now, Jason Wu’s runway show is always an absolute highlight for me when NYFW rolls around again. I love his cool, nonchalant approach to fashion, which is perfect for city-slickers and sleek fashion-lovers everywhere. Those people won’t be disappointed with his new Spring/Summer 2012 collection.

Like his previous collection, this collection featured heavily on contrasting shapes and silhouettes as the young designer paired form-fitting, almost Oriental structured blouses and shorts with billowing, slouchy coats for an edgy take on city dressing. Again, much like last season, Wu used the blouse as a staple in his work with an array of crisp white shirts with gem-encrusted collars. Workwear just got taken up a notch.

As for colour, the collection was a pretty myriad of soft peach-pinks with dark blue and grey prints which played off well against each other. I’ve got serious designer lust for his high-waisted, uber-sexy 50s style bikini in a dark grey and blue Eastern floral print – it manages to give a cheeky wink to pin-up girls of the past while still remaining a modern classic.

To see the highlights of Jason Wu’s Spring/Summer 2012 collection, check out the gallery above.

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New York Fashion Week: Steven Alan S/S 2012

By emilyborrett on September 8th, 2011

Steven Alan Spring/Summer 2012

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If Rachel Comey’s show was all about city-slicker vibes then Steven Alan’s Spring/Summer collection transported us back to the summer again with his array of simplistic, sugary designs.

The collection was very evocative of long summer evening and idyllic childhoods as the womenswear was mainly comprised of floaty sun-dresses and simple, sugar-coloured separate pieces teamed with straw hats and ladylike purses. It very much reminded us of dressing up in our mum’s summer dresses when we were little for a grand day out, which is quite a nice memory, really. Teddy bear’s picnic, anyone?

Much like Rachel Comey’s work, Steven Alan’s designs have a nostalgic, romantic air about them while still managing to be modern at the same time. This collection is going to be one of our favourites when it comes to planning next summer’s wardrobes – we can already tell. Alan’s ice-blue chinos are gong on my fashion wishlist right now.

Check out the gallery to see the highlights from Steven Alan’s Spring/Summer 2012 collection.

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