September 2013

J JS Lee Takes Us to the Aquarium for S/S’14

September 18, 2013

A fresh take on minimalism sauntered down the catwalk at the J JS Lee show. Initial inspiration for the collection was derived from observations around the intricacies of jellyfish at the London Aquarium. Lee translated her aquatic bemusement into a collection straddling the borders between translucency, movement and implied structure. Cap sleeves and umbrella-shaped crop […]

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It’s called Modern Muse. Estee Lauder’s Biggest Launch in Years

September 18, 2013

The Estee Lauder team are always so on-brand that the message is delivered consistently and thoroughly leaving a body never in doubt of the ins-and-outs of the latest launch. None more so that Estee Lauder’s biggest fragrance launch in years, since Beyond Paradise, in fact, in 2003. Described as a ‘lush woody floral’, Modern Muse […]

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Julien MacDonald’s Planet Glitter Glamazons for S/S’14

September 18, 2013

There’s something deeply appealing and unpretentious about Julien Macdonald despite all the showy, glitzy ‘look at me-ness’ of it all. Julien’s a good humoured chap. You only have to see his infectious personality on ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ to see that. What other designer so feted for his dazzling, swooping, oft Swarovski crystalled gowns would poke […]

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Ashish’s Morning After Night Before Multiculturalism for S/S’14

September 15, 2013

Ashish’s show always makes me smile. It’s a feel good factor of a maelstrom of sequins and culture clashes and is always a must-see for this alone. There’s something deeply unpretentious, quirky and very, very East London about it down to it’s audience of cool street-style yoot’ made up of more stylists than the East […]

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Holly’s ’70s Haze for S/S’14 – From Noosha Fox to Punched Cork

September 15, 2013

As the show started belting out ‘Si Si Si…Single Bed, Single Bed, Ain’t no room for your sweet head…” it was clear that Holly Fulton was taking a trip to the mid ‘70s and the feminised flirty, pre disco glamoiur of side-swept haired’, breathless whispery, Noosha Fox. You could practically envisage the palm plants and […]

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Lose that Angst! Jean-Pierre Braganza Lightens Up for S/S’14

September 14, 2013

Something’s happened to Jean-Pierre Braganza this season – he’s lightened up considerably. And is all the better for it. Inspired by the ‘controlled nonchalance’ with which his daughter wears her school uniform, Braganza tried to relay the contradictions in eschewing a contrived, carefully put together look versus a bright-and-breezy-free-and-easy one. For the most part, it […]

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Pearce Fionda’s Red Carpet Triumph for S/S’14

September 13, 2013

As someone who bought the boys’ first few collections way back when the words social & media being used together meant journos ensconced in a cocktail bar, I’ve long wondered why Ren Pearce and Andrew Fionda stopped showing. Their successful Designers at Debenhams range has kept them in the public eye but really, this duo […]

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There’s SO much happening at London Fashion Week. Get involved on Social Media

September 12, 2013

The invitations are being sent out, the outfits being planned, the parties organised and the catwalk shows produced as speak. 3, 2, 1 it’s almost here. GO AHEAD LONDON! As soon as New York finishes today with the big hitters, Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein, the fashion troop move to London for five days of […]

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Proenza Schouler Think Outside the Box for S/S’14

September 11, 2013

New York certainly knows to keep the best to (almost) last. Proenza Schouler showed a deftness of touch and a new pseudo-militaristic vision that played with faintly ‘70s styling that just ached to be worn and will, no doubt, already have Zara designers compiling tear sheets to be ‘reworked’ (but not much) as we speak. […]

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The Row S/S’14 Shows Sophistication in Heaps

September 10, 2013

I’m mighty impressed with The Row this season. Forget the fact that it’s Mary-Kate and Ashey Olsen and concentrate on the clothes.  My, these are good. Compare and contrast with the contrived nature of Ms Beckham’s much hyped collection and case in point, the Olsen twins win hands down. This season sees a nomadic approach […]

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