Archive | February, 2012

Spring 2012 Ad Campaigns: Louis Vuitton & Oscar de la Renta

23 Feb

There have been hundreds of Spring 2012 Ad campaigns. I’ve seen a few great ones but absolutely love the Louis Vuitton and Oscar de la Renta. Different in concept and style but have the same appeal. Very feminine, very chic

Louis Vuitton features Daria Strokous and Kati Nescher wearing lovely lace pastels in an ice cream shop, love the headbands and pristine look. Photography was by Steven Meisel. Simply stunning.

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Oscar de la Renta featured Karlie Kloss in this absolutely elegant shoot. Oh the lace! the lace! Love the lace cut out dress, photography was by Craig McDean, gorgeous gorgeous.

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Absolutely Fashionably Sensible…Shoedazzle

20 Feb

This is probably one of online fashion’s best kept secrets. I say best kept secret because I simply don’t get that much buzz about shoedazzle. The quality of the shoes could definitely do with a lift, the heels tend to fall off but that can be fixed. I can’t help but drool at the gorgeous designs pouring out of this site, the styles are absolutely stunning and the pricing?? every single style at $39.95 (roughly N6,000). This is for not just shoes but bags and accessories.

Shoedazzle for sure defines super chic fashion for less. It’s so great that there are many options online for getting your look good gear.

This service is members only and it entitles you to a showroom with new items suited to your style monthly. Right now, it’s limited to the US, they had a UK site but it shut down a few weeks ago, apparently to enable them focus on the US market. There are always ways around shopping in the US if you don’t actually live in the US, either via friends or via personal shopping services. Either way, go check out the site, even if it’s for computer window shopping only. In the meantime, check out some of my best picks

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Photos via Shoedazzle.com

NY Fashion Week Fall 2012 – Hervé Léger by Max Azria

15 Feb

There’s too much fantastic fashion coming out of New York for Fall 2012, it’s an endless parade of art, creativity and great tailoring. I almost can’t keep up with them, 300 designers is a long list. Will see how much I can go through before London Fashion Week starts on Friday.

It impresses me immensely when a designer takes the usual and makes something completely different yet relevant with it. Hervé Léger has become synonymous with the bandage dress but with this collection, the style has been given a completely different spin. Lots of harnesses, the equestrian influence is clear, someone was definitely inspired by horses. Beyond that, lots of detailing, there were patterns on Hervé Léger! Ombre shades, there were longer lengths and some regal, graceful looks. Great direction for the label.

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Photo credits: elle.com

NY Fashion Week Fall 2012: Victoria Beckham

14 Feb

Victoria Beckham is on a roll, she’s just running, guns blazing, stamping her image on the fashion world and simply not letting up.

To coincide with Fall fashion week, she launched a new bag named after baby Harper. Different from the typical VB bag but a beautiful addition to the pack, she’s becoming pretty unpredictable and that’s a good thing.

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With the Fall 2012 collection, she takes me right back to the place where I first fell in love with the line. It screams sleek sophistication, elegance, feminine allure and has got so much gravitas, simply head turning, simply stunning. Military accents that seem to be trending already are present in the collection as well.

The surprise element has to be those tough looking boots, very edgy and a complete contrast from the heels we’ve come to expect. Interestingly, the look works perfectly well, if there’s anyone who can make boots look feminine and sophisticated, it’s Victoria Beckham. These here are my best looks from the collection.

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Photo credits: elle.com

NY Fashion Week Fall 2012: Rachel Zoe

13 Feb

New York Fashion Week hit the ground running and it’s been beautiful fashion all around, so far I can already see some trends. Military is for sure making a come back but it’s still too early to tell how major it’s going to be, pleats are showing up again and colour and prints are going nowhere.

I will be kicking off my reporting with my new designer bff Rachel Zoe *big grin*

There’s so much to love about RZ’s first runway show, so much to love. As always, the seventies influence shines through with the pussy bow blouses and sequinned dresses. More impressively, I love the disregard for the somber hues that characterize fall fashion, there was so much colour. The variety of fabrics, texture, patterns plus impeccable tailoring gave the collection that eclectic, passionate vibe that Rachel Zoe herself exudes. Love the richly draped silks, they caught my eye, nothing says luxe like silk.

I give this collection an A+, Rachel Zoe is soaring to the top.

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Lace found its way into the collection and completed it for me. Minus the faux fur – because I’m not particularly crazy about fur – this has to be my best look of all.

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Photo credits: elle.com

Spring 2012 Trend: The Peplum

9 Feb

I know I’m not the only one who feels this way, like the global fashion calendar is an ever spinning roller coaster ride. You never quite get off to catch your breath. Before the spring collections hit the stores, the pre-fall collections are out. Just two weeks ago, it was Spring 2012 haute couture week, before we get a chance to stare at and appreciate the craftsmanship of the stunning collections, we are being ushered hurriedly into Fall 2012 fashion week, kicking off in New York today.

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In spite of this apparent madness – and I don’t want to imagine what the designers and their team of stylists, makeup artistes, art directors, publicists etc must feel – it still is a great rush when another fashion week is coming up. You can’t help but be curious about what the trends for the next season will be, where the designers will be drawing inspiration from, what to expect from your favourite designers and if some trends you love will be making a comeback. As a diehard fifties aficionado, I’m always on the lookout for a fifities comeback, that means I get to find those nipped in the waist, full skirted dresses in the shops.

So, I’m waiting with eager anticipation for the shows to start. In the meantime, I get to keep looking at and talking about some of my favourite trends from the season we’re in now.

Spring is the most relevant season for us in these parts because we can identify with the clothes and can wear them, unlike Fall where most of the clothes are made in fabrics and come in styles we can’t wear in the tropics. Some stunning trends came out of Spring 2012 and make for great fashion. Over the next couple of posts, I will do a spotlight on some of these trends, starting right now with The Peplum.

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I fell in love with the Peplum since my childhood days in the 80s, it was just so girly and I liked it. I never really did get a Peplum dress but how I longed for one. This right here is my chance to fulfil my childhood fantasies.

Now, you’ve never seen the peplum get as edgy, psychedelic and avant garde as it got in the Spring collections, and it showed up everywhere, from Celine to Jason Wu to Marchesa, all the way to Vera Wang. Some designers based their collection on this trend – Vera Wang and Givenchy had Peplums on at least half the clothes they showed – it was stunning what Givenchy did with the style.

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This trend is bang on for girls who want to emphasize the waist, give a chic twist to work wear or play up their feminine side with a girly, frothy peplum in lace or tulle.

However you like it, get inspired by a plethora of peplums in every conceivable style.

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Photo credits: Elle.com

 

Vintage Chanel Sale on Cocosa

7 Feb

Would you imagine my jaw dropping amazement when I got my Cocosa email alert this morning? They have a Vintage shop up and guess what they have in there?! Chanel bags! That was some excitement for me this morning, you don’t quite see vintage Chanel bags being sold randomly. They also had Chanel jewelry, Celine, YSL and Loius Vuitton bags. OMG! Right there on the site were 8 stunning chanel bags, staring me in the face.

Now, for a split second, I wished I could grab one because I mean, it’s a designer discount site isn’t it? The prices ranged from £1,350 – £2,295 and as we speak, 5 of the 8 are sold out already. Don’t we heart our Chanel?

Well, here’s a look at the ladies who made me smile this morning. One day soon, one of them shall be mine *grinning*

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Chanel quilted shopper £1650

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Chanel large shoulder bag £1350

Chanel 2.55 bag £2150

Chanel 2.55 bag £2150

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Vintage Chanel 2.55 Patent Jumbo Classic Bag £2295

Vintage Chanel Side Tassle Navy Shoulder Bag  £1350

Vintage Chanel Side Tassle Navy Shoulder Bag £1350

Chanel Classic 2.55 Jersey Bag £1995

Chanel Classic 2.55 Jersey Bag £1995

 

Go see for yourself at Cocosa.com, one of my fav ever designer discount shopping sites.