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New York Fashion Week [Spring Summer 2013] Part 1

12 Sep

It’s New York Fashion Week!!! Yeah, old news (for the fashion savvy) I know but exciting nonetheless. There’s no better time to rouse my sleeping blog, it’s fashion week once again, my favorite season too.

So I’ve been taking it all in, my instagram feed has been awash with images, live from the runways, as it happens. There have been tons of street style snaps and behind the scene footage, all the buzz!

We can already see some trends taking shape, the stripes (Marc Jacobs and Tommy Hilfiger went wild on stripes), the sheers (loads of sheer panelling, chiffon and tulle), the embellishments and the peplum trend which has been around for two seasons now – not that I mind, I love peplums! Loads of lace everywhere, I’m a sucker for lace, especially in the opulent rich texture as seen at Oscar de la Renta and Vera Wang. The color yellow seems to be showing up everywhere, color blocking is around yet again and the clashing of prints and patterns are clearly here to stay.

As it is with summer collections, I personally am loving all the bright fête of color going on, it just gives this joie de vivre vibe.

The season is looking so yummy already, and I have quite a few favorites. I will feature my favorites from a cross section of designers in a blog series starting with this one.

I shall start with the collections that had the jaw dropping effect on me.

Vera Wang

The textures, the colours – sparkling white, chartreuse, azure blue, amethyst, cypress green, gold-  the layers and layers of tulle, the decadent lace. This collection was so divine.

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Oscar de la Renta

If you’ve been on this blog more than once, you know I love Oscar. He just can’t go wrong. He delivers the ladylike just the way I love it, the use of colour and texture and cut is pristine, can’t be faulted. This time around, he delved into pant suits and skirts suits, we saw a blazer and we saw shorts. There was a diversification in terms of style but definitely not in terms of aesthetic, the collection still personified ‘The Lady’

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Alice + Olivia

There was something about this collection that just made me happy. It was airy and bright, young and free, eclectic and fun. The splashes of colour were vibrant and happy. The yellow sequinned dress was stunning, right up my alley. There was life -simply expressed – in the collection, I found that appealing.

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It has been a fun ride, great fashion and there’s still plenty more to come. See you in part 2!

Photo credits: styledotcom

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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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Spring/Summer 2012 Fashion Month is upon us

12 Sep

And I will not be starting this blogpost by commenting on the elephant in the room, i.e. where have you been? It’s sadly getting cliche. I’m thinking about making some changes, still thinking, might involve a new blog but hey i’ll keep you posted.

To the subject at hand. There’s no better inspiration for daily blogging than the unveiling of a new fashion season. Spring/Summer is the season to look out for because it dictates the trends we will be seeing and most probably wearing for the most part of the coming year. If you ask me, A/W tails behind and retains some trends from the S/S season.

Spring/Summer is also the most relevant season for all we tropics dwellers. We get to see what trends are making the come back, if it’s going to be another colour bomb season, there’s been talk about whites, muted turquoises, wisteria wave purples, neutrals. Will the 70s influence stay or go, what will be hitting the shops for the new season, how creative is it going to be, will any interesting trend make a come back, like polka dots or animal print from the last two seasons? Or perhaps my favourite 50s era will make a comeback? Unlikely but can’t help but wish. It’s exciting stuff I tell you.

Having said all of that, there’s been a lot of talk about what designers to watch out for, both old and new, I’ve read with keen interest. The thing is though, I have the designers I always look forward to with bated breath. Seeing another collection from these creative geniuses is pure bliss and a delight.

I’m talking about my top 5 designers to look forward to and why, with a peep at my favourites from their Fall 2011 collections.

1. Oscar de la Renta

I did a blogpost on Oscar de la Renta recently. This is one designer who makes the girly girl in me tingle with excitement. The dresses, the flawless tailoring, a very less is more elegant and soignée take on the season’s trends. His fall 2011 collection featured shift dresses, damask, jewel tones, lots of beauty.

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2. Lanvin

I really like Alber Elbaz, the creative director of Lanvin. He combines a passionate artistic side with an understanding of the feminine silhouette and what’s practical. On top of that,  he fully has a mind of his own, I sort of see him as an artist artist in the fashion industry. Alber Elbaz it was who decided last minute during the Spring 2011 shows, to put his models in flats because they were not comfortable in vertiginous heels during the dress rehearsals. Never mind that the flats were paired with flowing long dresses. Lol. Fall 2011 was some draping, flowy fabrics and quirky pretty accessories.

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3. Jason Wu

He has come a mighty long way since Michelle Obama’s famous inauguration ball gown. He now has a shoe, bag and accessories line. I can’t help but look forward to see where he’s headed next in his design aesthetic. You can’t ignore Jason Wu’s sharp tailoring, detail and precision.

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4. Victoria Beckham

Since her foray into fashion, it has been a minimalist, sleek chic aesthetic. Very polished, a mirror reflection of her own style. No one wears a Victoria Beckham dress better than the lady herself. The styles are practical, pretty and very wearable, straight off the runway. I fell hook, line and sinker for  the clean lines, form flattering fit and the generous use of block colours with just a touch of patterns and prints here and there.

I’ve loved seeing the label evolve, slowly and steadily. Fall 2011 was quite different, in a really beautiful way. It looked like she opened up and was more experimental, with  great results to show.

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5. Elie Saab

Elie Saab is unrivalled in the expertise of draping the most exquisite fabrics delicately and stunningly on a woman’s frame. It really doesn’t matter what season it is, you’ll find red carpet ready dresses in the Elie Saab collection.  The tailoring is exceptional, generously draped fabrics dripping with glittering jewels, totally exquisite. For Fall 2011, he added in quite a bit of simplicity, with knee length, softly draped dresses and shifts in block colours.

I look forward to Elie Saab with eager anticipation every season.

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There are quite a few others who I look forward to as well, Haider Ackermann for the most amazing deconstructed pieces and lush draping, Gucci for luxe style and opulence, Diane von Furstenberg for girly and fun style.

Will report as much as I can on my favourite collections.

Have a blast this week. xx

What a way to wear the pearls

5 Aug

If you live in Lagos, then you know how one thing becomes a trend and every where you go, there’s someone wearing a version of it. After a while you kinda get tired and start looking out for something new. I guess it’s because here, we don’t have the regular seasonal fashion and beauty trends as there is globally, so some trends can stay for months and months.

I  recently started feeling that way about layered pearl necklaces. Literally EVERY girl in Lag has got one. In varying numbers of layers, thickness and lengths etc, there’s someone wearing a layered pearl necklace every where you turn.

As worn by Rihanna, this is the general look you see every where in Lag

Now pearls are a classic as far as jewelry is concerned, from the days of Coco Chanel to Audrey Hepburn, they represent a certain type of style, that tres chic, timeless look.

They will always be around in one form of the other! So imagine my excitement when I came upon this selection on Fashionologie.  I love fashion creative directors for this reason, they always push the boundaries and invent something new out of the old; just when you think you’ve seen it all.

A bunch of them just made me very happy, they gave the classic pearls a proper facelift and right there in the line up is one of my all time favourites Lanvin.

My fav of the collection today has got to be the Kate Spade though, Simply stunning.

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Lanvin Large Pearl Light Bulb Necklace $1650

Kate Spade Street Statement Necklace $448

Kate Spade Street Statement Necklace $448

Fallon Oversized Heart Necklace $315

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Nicole Romano Spear and Pearl Necklace $488

Bijoux Heart Laque Gold-Plated Swarovksi Crystal Necklace $1400

Fallon Pearl & Chain Necklace $250

Oscar de la Renta Mesh Chain Pearl Necklace $595

So, we might not be shelling out the big bucks to grab one of these, but it is inspiration to do the pearls differently if you please.

Images via Fashionologie

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

Spring 2011 Fashion with a Zing!

7 Dec

This editorial is the best expression of Spring 2011 I’ve seen so far. It channels key trends for Spring 2011 and screams girl power, that’s my best part, gotta love girl power. The shoot has got so much oomph! Coming from New York Times Style Magazine, this is definitely Zing!

The fierce model group wore some of my favourite designers, Marc Jacobs, Rodarte, Oscar de la Renta and Nicholas Kirkwood shoes, featuring lots of bright colour and floaty floral print.  Love Love Love!

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You can see more of the editorial on the New York Times Site

Pictures via Fashion Gone Rogue


Anne Hathaway in Vogue US

18 Oct

I had seen the mini buzz about how much Anne Hathaway looked like Eve Mendes on the cover of Vogue, but nothing quite prepared me for the high fashion retro glam I found in the editorial.

 

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This was Grace Kelly meets Princess Diana at the ball, with an extra dose of glamour. She was dripping in gorgeous jewels, wearing satin gloves and elegant dresses reminiscent of royalty. The lovely dresses were by the likes of Carolina Herrera, Oscar de la Renta and Isaac Mizrahi.

Vogue US Fashion Director Tonne Goodman did the picture perfectly glam styling and photography was by the legendary Mario Testino. Theme of the editorial was ‘Happily ever after’ starring Anne Hathaway and the dashing French actor Raphael Personnaz.

She came across as gorgeous and absolutely elegant, but then seeing her acting history, this is one role she has no problems playing. Anne-Hathaway-Vogue US-November 2010 Anne-Hathaway-Vogue US-November 2010 Anne-Hathaway-Vogue US-November 2010 Anne-Hathaway-Vogue US-November 2010 Anne-Hathaway-Vogue US-November 2010Anne-Hathaway-Vogue US-November 2010 Photo Credits to Fashiongonerogue