Archive | January, 2011

Elie Saab Spring ’11 Haute Couture: Every girl’s dream

27 Jan

I look forward to every Elie Saab runway show and when it comes, it’s always more than worth the wait.

I mean, for a designer who understands how to drape delicate lace and dreamy chiffon on the female form to this degree, I deign to wait.

The neutral palette infused with bright red and a touch of floral is breathtaking. The Elie Saab woman is soft, delicate and oozing an alluring feminineness. Every girl should be dressed like a princess every once in a while and this is  pure mastery in achieving that.

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Pictures via Elle.com

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Style Item: Arm candy

27 Jan

Lovely eclectic thing.

Marc Jacobs intense-red leather shoulder bag with multicolored cone-tassels and a calf hair leopard-print flap. Hmmm…

And it’s 50% off at TheOutnet.com

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Marc Jacobs Sahara tassel shoulder bag £700

Beyond Fashion to Pure Art: Christian Dior Haute Couture

26 Jan

John Galliano is an artist, no one has ever doubted that, and with each showing on the runway, he just proves it again.

At this point, I’m not bothered about the wearability of these clothes; all i see is the expert craftsmanship of an amazing artist. The couture pieces, the hair, the head pieces, the make up; it’s beauty unparalleled.

John Galliano, we love you!

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Pictures via Fashion Editorial

Kurt Geiger Spring 2011 Collection: Delicious foot candy

26 Jan

Kurt Geiger leads the high street shoe retailer pack for some of the prettiest shoe collections packed in one store. It’s an endless sea of stunning shoe art.

For Spring, they’ve had no issues translating the key trends into drool worthy foot wear. Lots of electric colour, 70s style clogs and platforms, some stunning prints, leopard, polka dots.

Kurt Geiger is a MUST visit in the following months.

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Carvela Gallant Leopard £130

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Carvela Azalia Orange £130

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Carvela Gallant Nude £130

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Carvela Gin Pink £120

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Carvela Girl Orange £110

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Kurt Geiger Garson Turquoise-Gold

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Kurt Geiger Cairo Green £195

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Kurt Geiger Brooke Navy-Polka £195

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Kurt Geiger Erika Turquoise £160

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Kurt Geiger Higgins Tan-Turquoise £395

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Kurt Geiger Hoc Camel-Turquoise £280

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Kurt Geiger Gen Purple £180

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Carvela Annie Rust £140

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Kurt Geiger Galenka Purple-Green £180

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Carvela Abba Brown £95

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Carvela Alan Tan £120

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Kurt Geiger Athens Green

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Carvela Lotus Pink £110

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Carvela Gallant Sandal

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Carvela Krazy Red £75

Pictures via Instyle.co.uk

My best of Pre fall 2011

25 Jan

The Spring 2011 Couture shows kicked off in Paris yesterday. I’m getting ready to start gushing about the art and craftsmanship that goes into the creation of couture pieces, already saw some stunning pieces in the Dior collection, but just before I go there, I want to highlight my favourite pieces from the Pre fall collections.

There was loads and loads of great fashion to keep us inspired.

I’ll start with BCBG Max Azria, there was lots of colour blocking in floaty chiffon with gold accents. Coupled with those bright pink lips the model was wearing, it could have passed for a summer collection, something straight out of Spring 2011

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Carolina Herrera, metallics, prints, moderate serving of embellishment, nothing breathtaking, but pretty all the same. Minimalism is for sure here to stay, it was clearly a major influence in most collections.

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Oscar de la Renta was in no hurry to move from the Spring 2011 mood, lots of vibrant colour, stayed very true to the ladylike, intensely feminine aesthetic. As with everything Oscar, I loved the collection.

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Nina Ricci, forever the girl at heart. We know one designer who will always let girls be girls,

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Zac Posen was the right fusion of edgy and feminine. Lots of dark hues with some bursts of colour and print, black was almost predominant but there was a mix of textures and detailing, keeping it interesting. Bottomline, Tres chic.

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The layering was just beautiful at Elie Tahari, those pants were exquisitely tailored and skinny belts were a major feature. It was a lesson in smart layering.

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DSquared, the collection was eclectic but tied together in a very neat, understatedly elegant style. It was the wardrobe of a very style savvy lady.

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I was taken by the lush draping and beautiful colour of this Vera Wang dress. Not much to say about the rest of the collection. I still love Vera Wang to pieces though.

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Erdem was classic Erdem. Pretty florals and simple, classic cuts.

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And then the die hard minimalists, Celine and Stella McCartney go huge on the coat. Nothing ever will separate Stella McCartney from Camel, nothing.

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Pictures via Elle.com

Louboutin Spring Summer Tour

23 Jan

The fusion between art and fashion is beautiful. It’s like a collision of two creative forces and quite exciting to see. One designer who constantly makes this happen is Christian Louboutin, all you need do is check out his fantasy themed site and you’ll see what I mean.

For the coming season he collaborated with photographer Khuong Nguyen to make a stunning Spring/Summer 2011 lookbook tagged Louboutin Spring Summer Tour. The concept gives life to the shoes and makes them take on a whole new persona, more or less like ‘the Louboutins day out.’

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Pictures via Trendland

Lanvin Porcelain dolls: Who says big girls can’t play?

21 Jan

Mr Alber Elbaz clearly begs to differ, even though he proposes a different kind of play. One that includes collecting limited edition Miss Lanvin dolls.

Designed by the beloved designer himself in collaboration with Chinese craftsman Franz, the collection features 800 pieces of 6 doll designs each season. All in hand decorated porcelain mixed with varying materials.

Prices range from $435 to $610 with the newest season at the highest price. This will make a brilliant (perhaps Valentines?) gift for any fashion + art inclined collector.

They are a genius work of art and intensely reflect that fun yet über chic Lanvin aesthetic. No big surprise though, the fruit never falls too far from the tree. I selected 10 of my favourite below.

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You can only purchase the dolls from the Lanvin online store and Selfridges.

 

Credits: Trendland.net, Lanvin.com