Thursday, 24 February 2011

London Fashion Week: In Pictures

Hi all! London Fashion Week reached its finale last night with the last menswear shows, and it's been a hectic few days for the industry! If you were in the vicinity, you may have seen some rather colourful/sophisticated/eclectic outfits making their way from Somerset House, to locations at Billingsgate, Covent Garden and Oxford Street, Brick Lane and further afield come nightfall. This time around, I enjoyed several exciting shows, which I can't wait to share with you. Unfortunately, a few social media disasters left me with the realisation that next time, I must join the ever-growing ipad tweeting crowds - with reams of chargers, spare phones, cameras, you name it. And a little helper to carry it all (only joking). Nonetheless, my fashion week reports are forthcoming, and thank you again for your patience as I navigate my way to the top of my day-job, freelance and show-reporting mountain! Until then, here are some highlights of what's to come...


Giles Deacon, RTW, A/W 2011
Giles Deacon, A/W 2011 RTW
Giles Deacon, A/W 2011, leather jacket
Giles Deacon, A/W 2011 RTW

Ashish A/W 2011, RTW

Ashish A/W 2011, Union Jack jumper
Ashish, A/W 2011 RTW
Ashish A/W 2011, skeleton trousers
Ashish, A/W 2011 RTW

Jonathan Saunders A/W 2011, RTW

Jonathan Saunders, Men RTW, A/W 2011
Jonathan Saunders, A/W 2011 RTW 
Jonathan Saunders RTW Women, A/W 2011
Jonathan Saunders, A/W 2011 RTW

Mark Fast A/W 2011, RTW (see my report of Mark Fast, S/S 2011)

Mark Fast, RTW, A/W 2011
Mark Fast, A/W 2011 RTW
Mark Fast A/W 2011 jacket and boots
Mark Fast, A/W 2011 RTW


Amanda Wakeley A/W 2011, RTW

Amanda Wakeley, RTW, A/W 2011, fur coat
Amanda Wakeley, A/W 2011 RTW
Amanda Wakeley, RTW, A/W 2011 black dress
Amanda Wakeley, A/W 2011 RTW

Holly Fulton A/W 2011, RTW

Holly Fulton, RTW, A/W 2011, New York skyscraper jumper
Holly Fulton, A/W 2011 RTW
Holly Fulton, RTW, A/W 2011, black and yellow skirt
Holly Fulton, A/W 2011 RTW

What were your highlights of London Fashion Week? For more images, designer profiles and reviews, visit London Fashion Week.co.uk and Style.com. Next? To Milan...

Images: Thank you to London Fashion Week.

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Paris Couture Shows: Spring 2011 highlights

Hi all! I am truly sorry for being so quiet recently. My diaries have consisted, very simply, of leaving for work in an office-based role, returning home about 10pm, rustling up some supper and retiring to bed. Oh, the glamour! It's been a fulfilling time creatively, but has certainly taken a toll on my ability to stay alert once I walk in the door, never mind sit in front of a computer screen, or seek exciting London adventures, in order to write about them. I ask that you please bear with me and my less-than-regular posts over the next few weeks, but I will try my very best not to leave you for so long again! I am already excited about the prospect of having more time to spend on City Girl Diaries (EC1). Thank you so much for your patience! 

With Paris' Haute Couture shows now over, the Fashion Week circuit is underway. In two days time, the industry will be descending upon the Lincoln Center, NYC. Here's a little re-cap of what happened en France...

  • Jean Paul Gaultier mixed rock n' roll with theatrical costumery. Always fun, always daring, Gaultier brought mohawks, dog collars, chains and ripped skirts to the world of Haute Couture. Femininity with a sharp edge (his tailoring as brilliant as ever), it was the show's energy and excitement, matched by extraordinary (half-wearable, half-showgirl) pieces, which thrilled the crowd and made this work.

Jean Paul Gaultier, Spring 2011 Couture
Jean Paul Gaultier Spring 2011 Couture

Jean Paul Gaultier Spring 2011 Couture
Jean Paul Gaultier Spring 2011 Couture

Jean Paul Gaultier Spring 2011 Couture, can-can dress
Jean Paul Gaultier Spring 2011 Couture
  • Has dressing Lady Gaga changed Armani Privé's direction? You wouldn't be blamed for believing so. A-list crowd? In attendance. Glorious, opulent evening gowns, with just that crowd in mind? Absolutely. But this time, Giorgio was going out to space! Dramatic embellishments, cutaway dresses, futuristic shoulder pads and flying-saucer hats (or helmets?). Strikingly different, unpredictable and brave. I thought some looks worked, others didn't, but enjoyed the bold approach. What do you think?
Armani Prive Spring 2011 Couture
Armani Privé Spring 2011 Couture

Armani Prive Spring 2011 Couture
Armani Privé Spring 2011 Couture

Armani Prive Spring 2011 Couture
Armani Privé Spring 2011 Couture
  • At Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld was doing what he does best for the historic fashion house: understated class, elegance and exquisite luxury. The signature boucle jackets, skirts and shift-dresses were delicately dazzling with embroidery (ten million beads were used overall). Leggings, jeans and flat shoes made a welcome contrast for a naturally informal dresser like myself, after the more outlandish offerings from Gaultier and Giorgio. At the same time, this collection revelled gorgeously in the girlie - and is oh so French - that's why I loved it.
Chanel Spring 2011 Couture
Chanel Spring 2011 Couture

Chanel Spring 2011 Couture
Chanel Spring 2011 Couture

Chanel Spring 2011 Couture
Chanel Spring 2011 Couture
  • You can rely on Christian Dior for a spectacular Couture show. This time, a homage to Dior's illustrator in the 1940's/1950's, René Gruau, it was remarkable how "the graphite smears, pencil strokes and scribbles, erasure marks, and gouache washes of Gruau's illustrations were duplicated in cloth and embroidery." (Style.com) John Galliano masterfully combined the essence, silhouettes and styles of the period, while re-creating the way Gruau captured light in his illustrations, highlighting with sequins or fading colour. Did Galliano rise to this almighty challenge? Take a look below. In my opinion, it's Haute Couture at its fanciest, most frivolous and finely-crafted. The make-up, too, is perfectly 'drawn'.
Christian Dior Spring 2011 Couture
Christian Dior Spring 2011 Couture

Christian Dior, Spring 2011 Couture
Christian Dior Spring 2011 Couture

Christian Dior, Spring 2011 Couture
Christian Dior Spring 2011 Couture

I'd love to hear your thoughts on Paris' Spring 2011 Haute Couture!


On another Parisian note...
Not too long ago, I wrote that Carine Roitfeld was leaving Vogue Paris. From one undeniably chic lady to another, Emmanuelle Alt has taken the magazine's reigns, from February 1st, 2011. Click on the link below for a lovely video, where Ms Alt shares her thoughts on the move, Fashion Weeks and Topshop (!), courtesy of The Telegraph

Emmanuelle Alt on Vogue Paris's direction - video


Images: Thank you to Style.com
 
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