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The Stunning Bags of Louis Vuitton’s Spring Collection

11 Oct

The clothes and shoes in the Louis Vuitton collection were pretty, very quaint and girly. A huge departure from the 70s disco party from last season.

I admired the use of laser cut lace and pastel shades and the lacey umbrellas the models clutched BUT it was the bags that grabbed me and didn’t let go. What beauty! The colours, the sizes, the styles. Louis Vuitton is so so hard to beat when it comes to bags and luggage.

I fully and totally heart this bag line up. If this really is Marc Jacobs’ last collection for Louis Vuitton, it’s a very fitting finish, we’ll be waiting for him at the Dior end.

All  these picks are loved and very wanted. Lol

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Photo Credits: Styledotcom

 

 

 

 

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Ohhh Valentino

5 Oct

Paris Fashion Week will always deliver the goods. It’s in Paris you separate the girls from the ladies. Lol. Since the fashion month train moved to Paris, I’ve seen enough fantastic fashion to make me drool. There have been some ‘rolling my eyes and saying next?’ types but the Valentinos of this world typically never disappoint. Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen has worked some wonders too and I will post shortly but right here is a bright spot of sunshine on a rainy day.

This collection is the ultimate girly girl’s dream. Whimsical tulle, delicate lace, gold embroidery, pastel blues, pinks, blush, floor sweeping red frocks and a stunning velvet floral appliqué dress. The hair, makeup and accessories really complemented and played up that ultra feminine style; you almost see a hint of Victorian influence in the styling and a couple of pieces.

You just kinda want almost every piece? Because it covers the wardrobe from day to night, may be difficult to find work wear in there but depending on the type of person you are and what job you do, you just might.

Enough of the gushing, here are my favs, you be the judge of this stunning collection.

 

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Photo credits: Elle.com

Go Balmain!

30 Sep

I was so excited about this collection, I almost screamed. The transformation that has happened at Balmain is reminiscent of what happened at Alexander McQueen last Spring.

Balmain has always represented the signature rock chic designer. As at last Spring, that rock chic was bordering on grunge. With ripped, dirty jeans and tees, all combined with the signature heavily embellished Balmain jackets.

The creative director, Christophe Decarnin was our sweetheart. I loved the spunk of Balmain under him, but he shockingly left the house in February and handed over to Olivier Rousteing, a 25 year old young man who had worked under him for 2 years. Now, I really don’t want to get hung up on how cute Olivier is, but he is cute. We’re talking fashion here however…*clears throat*

So! What he has done is brought sleek chic into the equation, keeping the elaborate embroideries and embellished details but upping the glam factor and class. The rock chic bordering on grunge has been tossed and there’s beautiful, properly feminine light thrown into the design aesthetic.

We will be watching Olivier.

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Photo credits: Style dot com

 

 

 

MFW Blugirl Spring 2012

26 Sep

Milan Fashion Week definitely brought it. More than a handful of designers dropped a collection worth oohing and aahing for. You bet Paris Fashion Week will totally decimate it!

I was going to check out the A list designer collections when I ‘stumbled upon’ Blu girl and boy was I transfixed! This collection is simply stunning. Intensely feminine bordering on sweet but so sleek, so chic. Whimsical floral prints in floaty chiffon, stunning colour blocking, pretty pastels, pinks, yellows and greens. The blush in silky fabrics are so drool worthy. The combination of colours, patterns and fabrics worked to perfection. I mean, every piece in this collection hits my kind of style note. Perfect for Spring and interpreted in a style I consider refreshing.

It was a 46 piece collection and these are my favs. Look out for more of my favourite picks from more designers.

 

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Photo Credits: Elle.com

Viva Jason Wu

19 Sep
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This young designer’s creativity inspires me to no end. The consistency in his style, impeccable tailoring, that effort to add a fresh and different dimension to his designs, with clear inspiration; all result in pretty, very wearable pieces.

I was a bit taken aback by the thigh baring shorts that started the collection, that was his attempt at taking chances this season. True to his style though, he featured the delicately pretty ensembles that made us fall in love with him the first time.

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Speaking of Spring 2012 though, I’m still trawling through the shows but i haven’t yet found my ultimate wow factor. Most of last Spring’s trends seem to be making the come back. As Cathy Horyn said though, let’s wait for the design power houses showing in Paris and Milan to tell us the game changing trends for next season.

Either ways, i’ll be back here talking about my ultimate wow factor collection once i find it!

 

Photo credits: Elle.com

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