If there's one thing I love about D&G as well as Dolce & Gabbana, it's how Stefano and Domenico grab one thing, be it lace, a print, denim or in the case of the AW 10/11 snowflake and reindeer knitwear and apply it to about 60 outfits in themed colours. They stick with it and create a huge choice of clothing that although it all looks the same, it'll suit everyone.
If there's one thing I loved about LFW this season it's the psychedelic prints that came about. I've always said that if you have a print on a garment, the pattern should be plain, and luckily Basso and Brooke kept this in mind, pairing prints with fur and simple shaped clothing. However, if you have very structured pieces the fabric should be plain to best show it off. Otherwise you're just going to Alexander McQueen wear which can really only be worn on the likes of Lady Gaga in Bad Romance or Naomi Campbell at the Fashion Relief for Haiti show. Richard Nicoll gave an understated but beautifully crafted collection, creating a certain style you can't really put your finger on, but you love all of it put together. Iris Van Herpen joined together elements of McQueen and Pugh as well as Kane to produce a costume style suitable for a Luc Besson film.
Basso & Brooke AW 10/11
Richard Nicoll AW10/11
Iris Van Herpen AW10/11
Images from style.com and fashion156.com
Before I get to updating my blog with the wonders of London Fashion Week, I first wanted to pride my page with the likes of the Burberry show as it deserves a special mention, and I can't wait until I've posted my LFW report to put it up.
The show was both live streamed across the world and shown in capitals in 3D in cinemas, and so it was hard to miss out on such an event. After the popularity of the previous collection it made sense for Burberry to continue showing their collection in London to relate to it's heritage.
The clothing itself was beautiful, and pretty much the Menswear of AW10 shaped for a woman, so I'm very pleased with that. I'll have to save up some money to afford the navy military jacket or the 1940s style pilot jacket with sheepskin lining.
But did the hype bring the clothes out more? Looking at the comments that were posted throughout the duration of the show, it seems this was the first online fashion show for many people, who then said 'I love Burberry'. Well, if you love Burberry, why didn't you see the previous online show?
This was apparently the only show that Anna Wintour, editor of American Vogue, flew out for, and so immediately becomes a covetable show to watch. It makes you think how creative marketing can really make a brand stand out, even if the clothes aren't everyone's cup of tea. All Burberry need to watch out for is having everyone love them so much that they won't want to anymore.
Marc Jacobs delivered a very understated collection, seemingly inspired by the grey dress worn by Maria in The Sound of Music when she meets the children. Very straight forward cuts and shapes with curved hems and texture added using fur. Adding to the trend set by Burberry, grey socks were worn under heels, and accessories included leather and fur trimmed bags. Surprising for Marc Jacobs, but perhaps I’m too used to his Marc by Marc Jacobs collection of bright colours and boyish shapes.
Autumn Winter 2010/11 from Marc by Marc Jacobs had some beautiful bags, almost Gucci style with the tri band straps and patent leather with a gold plague. These bags are the first to really tempt me since the Gucci Autumn Winter 2008/9 bags.Michael Kors delivered more classic style with his 1940s pilot style, but unfortunately it seemed a little too close to Burberry's menswear collection as well as being similar to collections in 2006/7 with the leather belts. Although gorgeous, it's been seen before, and you might find something similar lurking in the back of your wardrobe (or you could piece it together by only adding a few more items to your collection).
By far my favourite, as per usual during New York Fashion Week, has to be Marchesa. Creating perfection yet again with lace, beading, transparent fabrics and silk, Georgina Chapman said she was inspired by Lola Montez, performer and courtesan in the 1800s. With Moulin Rouge style combined with flashes of bright coloured fitted dresses with running corsages around the frame, Marchesa has provided it's usual glamour and goddess beauty.
Images from style.com
I'm currently in upstate New York and have been since Monday, and so the blog has been neglected while I get my head up in the clouds. When I return I'll be doing a round up of NY fashion week and London fashion week, so see you then xx
On behalf of Lee McQueen's family, Alexander McQueen today announces the tragic news that Lee McQueen, the founder and designer of the Alexander McQueen brand has been found dead at his home. At this stage it is inappropriate to comment on this tragic news beyond saying that we are devastated and are sharing a sense of shock and grief with Lee's family.
Lee's family has asked for privacy in order to come to terms with this terrible news and we hope the media will respect this.
(From Alexander McQueen.com)
Although I'm not a great believer in suicide, McQueen' death is heartbreaking. He was gradually changing the fashion world, and had so many dreams and goals to change the future of fashion, that it feels as though today, the fashion world has come to a pause to remember a great designer.
With 3D becoming the next form of technology to dominate the entertainment industry, fashion is now no longer a stranger to imitation front row. Burberry will be live streaming their Autumn Winter 2010/11 show at selected private events in New York, Paris, Dubai, Tokyo and Los Angeles, allowing a global audience to feel that they have a front row seat.
"We are very excited to announce that we are hosting the first ever truly global fashion show. This unprecedented event will enable people to experience the energy and atmosphere of this event from around the world." Christopher Bailey, Creative Officer at Burberry.
I had contemplated this a few times - whether an online fashion show can be 3D - but it seems to have been done a little half-assed for the consumer. Who will be invited to the private 3D showings? The people who would normally be invited to the show but they live abroad and so can't go. So ok, they're using technology, but it's not really benefiting possible clients is it? Will they continue to live stream the show online?
I have a feeling the technology involved is going to have the same success as Alexander McQueen's show - malfunction.
To celebrate the 3D launch, Burberry will be retailing key pieces from the spring/summer 2010 collection on BURBERRY.COM - including the gold sequinned dress first worn by Burberry muse Emma Watson in the front row of the show - as a limited edition collection. The black plaited leather belt and platform knotted sandals she wore with the dress will also be available.
Just when I was worried that I'd be in New York during London Fashion Week, the BFC announce that they will have a list of shows from Somerset House streaming live online.
'The Digital Schedule will launch Friday 19th February at London Fashion Week. This new initiative will bring together live streamed fashion shows and a selection of digitally presented fashion films created by some of London’s most innovative designers.'
It will be interesting to see how many New York Fashion Week shows will be live streamed so that when I'm in London I'll live stream NY and when in NY I'll live stream London!
You can catch it all here.
Tom Ford made his directorial debue in London last night at the premiere of his new film 'A Single Man', starring Colin Firth, Julianne Moore and Nicholas Holt.
Ford financed the film himself and had designed the costumes, with some suits made by Saville Row tailors.
I am interested to see this film, mainly due to Ford being a creative director that I think it will be visually stunning to perfection, but there's a trend with the 60s at present, especially with the new popularity of Mad Men. Perhaps this will be the new high street trend after the 90s style dies out, especially since the Victorian, Sherlock Holmes trend only kicked off with menswear.
8 alternative covers of Love Magazine Issue 3
"For this issue of LOVE, we took eight women who are generally acknowledged as the most beautiful in the world, got them to show off their bodies - widely regarded as the most perfect in the world - and photographed them all in exactly the same position for the cover. We did this to show how much they differed physically from one another, which is why we also printed their measurements. The point is that 'perfection' is not fixed, timeless or transcendent. It varies, as the measurements of our cover girls show." LOVE's editor-in-chief Katie Grand - VOGUE.COM.Photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot
Monday 8th February - £5.
Emma Watson is set to design for ethical clothing company People Tree, but will it catch on?
Emma Watson has recently shined in the fashion world due to her new relationship with Burberry, and so she's using the opportunity to prove she's aware of the earth. People Tree are one of many clothing companies that ensure they follow Fair Trade standards set by the World Fair Trade Organisation, and so having a celebrity like Miss Watson backing their campaign and designing for them should be enough to really get Fair Trade rolling. Although Fair Trade clothing is available, it won't have fully kicked off until other high street stores refuse to sell anything but. Unfortunately, there are apparently too many advantages to slave labour and chemical dyes.
Personally, I'm a little ignorant. When I think of saving the world I think a little closer to home; the landfills that are building up and the way the economy is going. The idea of throw away fashion is how, I think, best to approach the public. People need to know how their actions affect them, not other people, because generally, many people are selfish. Those who aren't buying Fair Trade are selfish. So how do you attack selfish people? Tell them they can't have something because it's not good for them, and they'll suffer later.
So basically, I'm all for buying something sustainable, that will last forever, still be in fashion, and won't end up as landfill... ever.