February 2014

Zeynep Tosun Flirts with ‘70s Influences for AW’14

February 28, 2014

Taking a few cues from 1970s prep, funk and sportif movements, Zeynep Tosun procured a collection of modern cut for AW’14. Like her ‘20s-inspired SS’14, she once again turned to fashion history in the pursuit of developing new silhouettes with classic appeal. Tonal inspiration came from the scientific process of oxidation; earthy red and dark […]

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Sykes Chooses Snuggly Sanctuary in Farhi’s Uncertain Times.

February 25, 2014

Creative director Joanna Sykes presented a tranquil collection for Nicole Farhi AW’14, assuaging uncertainty surrounding the label’s recent fiscal troubles. Tactile themes of ‘protection’ and ‘sanctuary’ were translated through oversized trousers and joggers in cashmere and silk, fur-trimmed woven jackets and spacious Cyclone bombers detailed with lichen lizard. The only snug-fitting silhouettes appeared in wool […]

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Chanel’s Eyes Have It

February 25, 2014

When Caesar was warned ‘beware the Ides of March’,  I’m not quite sure whether Chanel’s new shades for Spring eyes were exactly in the soothsayer’s mind. Mind you, any woman worth her salt should be warned ‘beware!’ when approaching any Chanel beauty counter as temptation is sometimes just too much. For March ‘14, Chanel have […]

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Michael van der Hamm’s Love Affair with Pattern & Deconstruction

February 25, 2014

Michael Van der Ham continued in pursuit of perfecting his fascination with forms of deconstruction and pattern in his AW’14 collection. Inspired by the collage spreads of the 1960s mag Intro he showcased a wave of groovy illustrative prints, openwork lace and applique designs on structured columnar shifts, cocktail dresses, pencils, jumpers and granny-chic coating. […]

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Gucci’s American Hustle

February 19, 2014

There’s a touch of ye’ olde Tom Ford in this Gucci collection. Mixed with Prada from Miuccia’s heyday. And, to be honest, it’s all the better for it. Frida Giannini seems to be veering left and right in her last few collections at Gucci. Perhaps it’s clutching at straws. Perhaps it’s because there’s a big […]

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Inspired by Art History, Braganza’s Haughty Elegance for AW’14

February 19, 2014

Jean Pierre Braganza brushed up on his Art History this season with a collection influenced by his antiquarian interest in the life and works of Italian Baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-1656). Inspired by Artemisia’s troubles as a female artist in a male-dominated profession, Braganza melded his rock-chic attitude with a classical silhouette to embody a […]

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Burberry’s Stylish Mix of Hand Paints & Navajo Wraps

February 17, 2014

It’s defo a trend. By next season, stylish women will be draped and wrapped against the elements in blanket shawls and ponchos which are making an appearance every few shows. It’s a pity they’re not around now as the fashion cognoscenti have been braving the rain & wind and could do with warmer clothing. At […]

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Oh, The Gowns at Antonio Berardi.

February 17, 2014

So we know we can expect sexy and edgy from Berardi but it was his Red Carpet gowns that blew us away. It’s something when the first thing that eds are tweeting about are the kinky thigh boots – these laced all the way up the front and were every internet pron fans dream. But […]

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Katrantzou’s Heraldic High Priestesses of London Cool

February 17, 2014

Mary Katrantzou took and altogether different path for AW’14 and, by doing so, confirmed herself (as if we didn’t know already) as one of the true visionaries of London Fashion Week. Dropping her trademark digital print (what??), Katrantzou opted for a look that was modernist Grecian inspired – these were High Priestesses of cool in […]

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Temperley Takes a Trip for A/W’14

February 17, 2014

Temperely’s A/W’14 started off fairly muted as models strolled out in various prints and shades of tonal browns and greys, wrapped in over-sized wool scarves and wearing dresses that bore the traditional Temperley Arts & Crafts meets Ikat print that Alice has made her own. It was only as the show kicked into gear that […]

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