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London 2012 Festival: the fashion edit

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.

Poster by Rob and Roberta Smith

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)

We’d all like one of these necklaces, right?!

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!

Peter Pilotto and Francis Upritchard


Karen Millen + Peter Pilotto

No, sadly not another designer/high street collaboration, but for those of us who unfortunately can’t snap up the entirety of Peter Pilotto’s amazing SS12 collection, Karen Millen has some pretty good substitutes. What do you think?

I would do almost anything for this stunning dress!

The more reasonable option: Mirror print dress £140 from Karen Millen

I love the duo's clever use of lines, zig zags and natural tessellating shapes

Top 5: cropped patterned trousers

Dries van Noten debuted some incredible patterned and cropped trousers on the catwalk and the trend is set to become one of SS12’s biggest hits with fashion bloggers and editors rocking statement trous at fashion week(s). The good news is that there is a pair to suit every budget and body shape with neat tailored shapes, slouchy pyjama bottoms and skinny cigarette styles. The only rules? Heels only. Pair with a simple tshirt or streamlined shirt unless you’re seriously avant garde.

On the catwalk with Dries van Noten

A little bit Stella McCartney. Black floral print slim leg trousers £30 from River Island

Geo Print Trousers £35 from Topshop - so Peter Pilotto

Sandro Pressage tapered floral-print twill pants £175 from Sandro

IRO Silk Print Peg Trousers £120 from ASOS

Party trousers! Flecked metallic cigarette trousers £45 from Topshop

LFW day 4/5: the future by Antonio Berardi, David Koma + more

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.

Antonio Berardi created a real sense of futuristic drama with deep origami-like folds, silver, peplum shapes jutting out at the hips and seriously sharp tailoring. And check out the haircuts.

The future Berardi style

Future gets slinky

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.

Very sixties future - note the peplum


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?!

Futuristic fabric at Christopher Kane

Pilotto obsessed

Crazy origami at Fred Buttler

Gilets go space age!

LFW day 4: Blue Monday at Christopher Kane + Peter Pilotto

I will try not to gush. Christopher Kane and Peter Pilotto are two/three of my favourite designers and I am also a big fan of navy and blue clothing so this is soooo up my street!

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.

How much do I want this dress?

Chunky knits softened up the sharp tailoring

A strange type of sexy

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!

Amazing prints as usual

Clever use of velvet makes this dress a little illusion-esque

A touch of the scuba theme of SS12?

A more feminine silhouette

LFW day 3/4: rainbow furs

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?

Blue fur at Matthew Williamson

Fur at Peter Pilotto

Rainbow fur

Colour pops of the furry variety

Space + Fashion = stellar style

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?

Christopher Kane t-shirt lust

Star-forming region lh 95 in the large magellanic cloud (obviously) taken by the Hubble telescope

Still on trend! Leather plus stars!

Hubble Captures View of 'Mystic Mountain'

More Christopher Kane (2 years on I still want it all!)

More affordable galaxy pink leggings by BlackMilk

I so regret not buying these incredible Vans!

Peter Pilotto dress based on the cartwheel galaxy

Superstar designs on a budget: Peter Pilotto for Kipling

And finally...Setareh Mohtarez's Brightness Dawn Collection 2009

Miranda Kerr wears Peter Pilotto to MOMA do

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!

Miranda makes one of our fav LFW SS12 dresses even better

The dress on the runway - all hail Peter Pilotto

Elizabeth Olsen keeps it classic (unlike her kooky siblings!)

Emma Stone looks incredible in a chic monochrome maxi

Blake in Chanel we're guessing

Legends: Pedro Almodovar, Anna Wintour and Karl Lagerfeld

Who really buys couture?

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.

Coloured jeans: Celebrity rainbow + get the look for less

Coloured jeans have been massive for a while so we bring you the celebrity jeans rainbow!
Celebrity fans of this cheery trend include: Fearne Cotton, Cheryl Cole, Alexa Chung, Rachel Bilson, Kim Kardashian, Kate Bosworth, Katy Perry, Minnie Driver and plenty more.

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.

Minnie Driver steps out in pillar box red and lots of leather!

Get the look: Warehouse ultra skinny jeans £40

We can’t find a celeb in orange jeans yet- have you spotted one? Let us know or start a trend yourself!

Tangerine dream: MOTO ultimate skinny Jamie jeans £40

Fearne proves lemon jeans aren't just for summer

Bargain alert! Ralph Lauren jeans £109 to £29 from Yoox

Cheryl Cole teams her green jeans with neutrals for a chic look

MOTO jade seven eights skinny jeans £38 - we LOVE these!

Electric blue jeans make for a surprisingly wintery look for Kim Kardashian

Sale steal! 1971 Reiss Ziggy skinny jeans £44 from £89

Alexa Chung rocks the highly wearable burgundy jean (ok so it's not indigo!)

Snap! Miso skinny jeans in burgundy £29.99 from Republic

Rachel Bilson picks deep plum, leather and studs - v rock n roll

A plum deal! Depp plum skinny jeans from ASOS £35

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