As the closing ceremony for the London 2012 Games approaches we’re filled with excitement, tinged with a little sadness as this Summer of sport has been incredible. (We’re still stoked about the Paralympics btw!)
As well as Victoria (Spice Girl again) Beckham’s probably performance one of the rumoured features of the closing extravaganza is a supermodel walk-off and we can’t wait. Naomi Campbell hosted a dinner party that has whetted our appetites further – just look at the outfits – while Vogue has produced this glittering golden display of British fashion talent. Go Team GB!
Pics: Vogue + The Telegraph
Picnic hampers as handbags has to be one of SS12’s tastiest micro-trends. While Dolce & Gabbana’s golden baskets were catwalk favourites and cost a lot (a lifetime’s worth of gourmet sarnies) the trend translates really well for the high street with cute wicker offerings everywhere. We’ll be plumping for a big boxy number for maximum snackability…or a tiny novelty wicker bag in the shape of something quirky for fun summer nights.
We know everyone else has had their say but here are our top 10 dresses – woot!
Excuse my tardiness with these posts; the past week has been crazy! Two heavy-weights of London’s fashion scene showed on day 4 of LFW and we certainly weren’t disappointed. But which was your favourite?
How can I tell you how much I loved the Burberry show? It was all my favourite things about winter clothing rolled into one – the exception being the pesky peplum – but I’ll let that slide!
I have fallen head-over-heels in love with the cute velvet and silk elasticised bow belts (added to winter want-list) and our CTO will be thrilled that there were owl prints…she LOVES all things owl. But personal taste aside it was lovely – and very British – that a sense of humour was mixed in with Burberry’s impeccably understated but luxurious fabrics.
We loved the sumptuous quilted purple velvet coat Cara Delevingne wore to close the show and the padded jackets- all pulled in at the waist with the cutest belts. These bulky show-stoppers were teamed with neat pencil skirts in woollen and nubbly fabrics with tucked in tees and jumpers with the occasional ruffled shirt thrown into the mix too.
There was emphasis on the hips (again) with the tricky peplum trend still in vogue but the billowing shirts and cute jumpers were super wearable. Just get me one-to-go! Then of course there was the tweed, cord and traditional mac fabric, which only Burberry makes its own, all in beautiful autumnal shades of plum, mustard, brown, burgundy and olive – tasty.
Accessories-wise the show was strong with fox faces and birds everywhere and big bags back in town (yes!), while ribbed tights teamed with fierce stiletto boots showed the Burberry girl still means business.
And so on to McQ by McQueen – the first collection to grace the LFW catwalk. While the Burberry girl can snuggle in a quilted voluptuous coat, the McQ girl is going out to do battle in a sharp military number. Khaki and leather made the coats extra fierce as did the super scary boots! Apparently they took an age to lace up properly.
However, strapless tartan dresses, lace and velvet softened the collection and guess what…more emphasis on the hips, which is turning out to be a big trend for next season. The craftsmanship of the pieces really shone through as did the dramatic silhouettes of nipped in waists. Final thought: military chic gets a little romantic.
While I might hanker after a wooly jumper or two and lust after some statement coats, for me, nothing is exciting as seeing the SS12 collections- this year, an explosion of citrus colours, floral prints and beachy pastels. It makes me wish for sunshine now.
So without further ado, here are some excellent SS12 adverts to get you in the (early) holiday mood. Fetch me a Pina Colada!
Lady Gaga reportedly had a row with her now ex creative director Laurieann Gibson and now seems to have swapped latex for a host of Spring looks by British designers, including Burberry, Alexander McQueen, Roksanda Illincic and Osman Yousefzada.
Which is your favourite? We think ours is Burberry.
Pics: The Telegraph.
…No we don’t mean wearing flip flops in winter (but shorts are fine!)
We were glued to the S/S12 fashion weeks and got incredibly excited at the prospect of floral prints, pretty pastels, crisp white dresses, seaside and underwater-inspired collections and so much more…but then got back to the business of dressing for this season.
But now so on planet celebrity where it counts to be ‘first’ (and Hollywood is very probably quite a lot hotter than London!)
We got so excited when we spotted Sienna Miller wearing Matthew Williamson just a couple of weeks after London Fashion Week but The Telegraph has surpassed us by spotting plenty more famous folks wearing next season’s collections…Burberry, Jil Sander, Prabal Gurung, Jason Wu, Calvin Klein, Mary Katrantzou and Christian Dior.
Pics: The Telegraph.
Alexa hosts the show which follows four designers for 24 hours as they compete against each other crafting fashionable creations in order to bag the $10,000 prize.
There are three judges (designer Cynthia Rowley, publicist James LaForce and Derek Blasberg) but the show is being described as a younger version of Project Runway (that’s gotta sting for Heidi Klum!)
If it didn’t Alexa’s comment is bound to… “With a lot of other fashion shows, it’s not actually relevant. I only wanted to do this if it was going to be a genuine search for designers and if I would be working alongside people who are legitimate in the fashion industry.”
We’re particularly excited about seeing this show as Alexa told the magazine: “I’ve been trying to wear quite big outfits. I don’t want to look naff. I think it should be a true reflection of what’s going on in fashion.”
We remarked that Alexa’s look for the front cover of Teen Vogue is 1960s inspired (again) and we’d love to see her work some different trends. Apparently she’s borrowed some seriously high-end designer pieces like Chanel and Proenza Schouler beauties after supposedly blowing her clothing budget on one Balenciaga leather jacket.
While she claims her New York Wardrobe is pretty empty (what? No freebies from her Madewell collection?) Her London pad is a stuffed with clothes. Having topped so many ‘best dressed’ lists you would have thought that Alexa must be super organised on the fashion front. Instead she reportedly claims she picks through a ‘swamp’ of clothes. “I’m worried if it’s neatly arranged, I won’t be able to get dressed,” she adds.
It’s hardly surprising that she lists her wardrobe staples as: a Burberry trench, Breton tops, little white dresses and ‘school girl’ inspired items. Her style icons include Mick Jagger, The Beatles and Marie-Antoinette and she describes her look as ‘understated’ – nothing too sexy or complicated.
Alexa joked to Teen Vogue that she should write a book called Alexicon to explain her sense of style…we really wish she would!