Hello London 2012 aka the Olympics and Paralympics– you have almost arrived! And there are lots of events going on as well as a little sport and some of them start early. Here are a few fashion-related highlights. On your marks…
The Louis Vuitton store in Bond Street is showing off the Olympic artwork by British artists until 11 September (the real McCoys are in the Tate) and our favourite is by Howard Hodgekin.
Kurt Hentschlager’s CORE art project is a giant projection showing a world of weightlessness populated with humanoid figures, which looks really cool. It’s in Ironbridge, Telford until 20 September.
Seeing Stella McCartney’s designs worn by the UK’s finest athletes has to be a fashion highlight!
Shezad Dawood’s film, Piercing Darkness, is a film of vintage textile painting and is on show in Penzance, Cornwall until 15 September.
‘We Face Forward: Art from West Africa’ looks pretty exciting and includes some fashion action, in various locations in Manchester.
If you want to see some sporting bling, head to the British Museum in London to see the official Olympic medals of the London Games. (Until 9 September)
The Rio London Carnival kicks off on the 26 and 27 of August and we can’t wait to see some daring and spangle costumes.
‘Secrets: Hidden London – Like a Fish out of Water’ is a fusion of dance, water and fashion at a couple of London’s lidos, featuring the English National Ballet.
And last but not least, the V&A museum is hosting ‘Britain Creates 2012: Fashion Art Collusion’ until 29 July, which features work by:
Hussein Chalayan + Gavin Turk
Giles Deacon + Jeremy Deller
Mary Katrantzou + Mark Titchner
Nicholas Kirkwood + Simon Periton
Peter Pilotto + Francis Upritchard
Jonathan Saunders + Jess Flood-Paddock
Paul Smith + Charming Baker
Stephen Jones + Cerith Wyn Evans
Matthew Williamson + Mat Collishaw … we are soooo excited!
With a penchant for new materials, Perspex and metallics over the past few seasons it was no surprise that some of our favourite designers look to the future with their collections.
We hear that a number of fashion editors left ahead of the David Koma show (ouch) and there were mixed reviews about the usually edgy designer’s use of rainbow taffeta. I got a look at the collection up-close and the use of giant eyelets were interesting with the (dubious) taffeta, threaded through in some cases like giant shoe laces. There was also plenty of silver hardware (harking back to earlier arguably more ‘Koma’ collections and shards of Perspex, adding the future mixed with the 1960s look.
Christopher Kane’s use of quirky fabric and boxy cut fits neatly into the futuristic box, as does Peter Pilotto’s streamlined silhouettes and spacey puffer jackets. And might we describe Fred Buttler as origami of the future?!
Kane’s show had a hint of the City about it and the collection featured tough leather and pinstripe details as well as some incredible fabric – Kane’s ‘thing’ – which reminded us of wood or marble and there was even a cardi made of woven plastic.
I found this totally ‘wearable’ and would so many of these pieces in my wardrobe despite their edginess. I love the way Kane’s collections are so different from each other as well as his ability to design no-nonsense pieces for a tough girl, who can still embrace a few floral prints.
And so on to the work of Peter Pilotto and Christopher de Vos. Unsurprisingly there were plenty of trademark digital prints with some of their distinctive stripes included. This collection also showed off the duo’s skill at cutting tailored, streamline pieces that everyone wants to wear.
If you look closely at the prints there are Japanese style trucks and opera masks as well as the obligatory florals. For me this was a kind of evolution of the pair’s phenomenal SS12 collection but leaner and meaner.
Perhaps this is why I’m such a fan of Kane and Peter Pilotto – they both make clothes that make girls feel powerful but are not overtly sexy or too frilly-feminine. Perfect!
Ok let’s address the obvious: fur. EEW. We hear that some of it is real and that’s just mean. While we wouldn’t buy any real fur at all we can’t deny that candy-coloured furriness (real or fake) was a trend on this year’s catwalk and we’re pretty sure it will run through to the high street – with fake look-a-like items available.
Matthew Williamson put fur collars on a number of his 1950s-style frocks and featured an eye-catching pale blue furry jacket. Peter Pilotto included rainbow-coloured fur (or furry) stoles and collars in their multi-coloured collection too. What’s your take on this controversial trend?
We’ve lost count of the number of D&G-inspired starry items of clothing we’ve spotted this season and in search of something a little different we’re thinking of late 2009/10 when galactic prints were massive news.
I have spent most of this week lusting over Peter Pilotto space-inspired bags on eBay and Christopher Kane’s Galaxy collection after seeing the designer a couple of weeks ago. His Galaxy designs would look completely fresh on any catwalk today and I still adore it, which made me think that some pieces are for keeps and are so spectacular that they fit in with any current trend -stars and leather for this season, for example?
Here’s a few galactic treats. Which looks are style staples whatever the time for you?
Miranda Kerr wore a dress from Peter Pilotto’s optical illusion/ underwater-themed SS12 collection to attend a night in Spanish director Pedro Almodovar’s honour at the Museum of Modern Art along with fashion legends, Blake Lively, Elizabeth Olsen and Emma Stone were looking particularly amazing.
Without further ado, let’s get dress oggling!
If you’re anything like us, you watched all the fashion week shows making a wish-list (Miu Miu mules, Peter Pilotto dress, Chanel sparkly tweed jacket, Mulberry everything and Dior tea dress) dependent on a large lottery win and you’re keeping everything crossed that the high street is going to produce seem great designer-inspired pieces!
So if ready-to-wear is expensive, who buys Haute Couture?! According to Reuters it’s super rich (and super lucky) women from the Gulf region.
Reuters said: “Their social calendar, which usually consists of 15-20 weddings a year and private parties every month, creates much bigger demand for couture than the occasional charity ball and high society party in Europe and in North America,” – maybe one of our fav blogs, The Coveteur should hot-foot it over to the Gulf countries to peek in their couture-packed wardrobes?!
Christian Dior’s head of couture reportedly said that all the royal families of the Middle East are customers, while the CEO of Emanuel Ungaro said that women in the Middle East are their top customers. The CEO of Hermes, Patrick Thomas said that around a third of the company’s sales come from Middle Eastern customers.
So – can we please have a Middle Eastern version of Gossip Girl please?
Interestingly Elle picked up on the story and helpfully pointed out that Hermes and Ungaro don’t strictly do couture, but also noted that apart from plenty of cash perhaps couture is so big in the Middle East as at some weddings and events men and women spend time apart in separate rooms…so fashion competition between the girls can be intense!
One woman who apparently buys 30-40 couture outfits a year told Reuters: “What I want is unique pieces, extravagant and chic. I do not want to pay 5,000 or 6,000 euros for a dress, as it happened to me with a Pucci outfit recently, and see it on somebody else the same evening.” We have that problem with Topshop.
Apparently Dior and Chanel now do mini shows of their couture creations in hotel rooms or best-client homes and it’s likely they will continue to increase their presence in the Middle East, especially with the first Qatar Fashion Week kicking off in March 2012.
Want to stay ahead for Spring/Summer 2012? Choose yellow or tangerine trous and wear with a dark coloured cardi this season. Electric blue was also seen all over the catwalks in London, New York ad Milan with designers such as Peter Pilotto going with an under water theme.
We can’t find a celeb in orange jeans yet- have you spotted one? Let us know or start a trend yourself!