Amazing Grace

It’s no secret that the fashion industry is unsustainable; we manufacture and consume far too much. In recent months, a number of top designers have left their highly coveted jobs, Raf Simons at Dior, Alexander Wang at Balenciaga and Alber Elbaz at Lanvin. It’s clear that something isn’t working, the yearly show schedule is overwhelming, with the giant houses releasing six collections a year. Where the big guns go, the high street will follow. There’s a slow but sure shift in the way we buy clothes, more people are choosing to invest in key items that will stand the test of time. I’ve recently got to know Lisa Redman, a London designer who creates contemporary clothes in the manner of a heritage couturier. Lisa’s studio in Ladbroke Grove is an Aladdin’s cave of exquisite fabrics and shimmering embellishments. […]

Dior Couture

The couture shows are in full swing, one of the most beautiful collections was Raf Simons’ offering for Christian Dior. Inspired by ‘The Garden of Earthly Delights’ by Hieronymus Bosch, the dresses had a dreamy, ethereal quality, counter balanced by the heavy coats with one contrasting sleeve. One might ask why are the couture shows relevant in such austere times? The answer is to most people, they’re not. These are clothes destined for the backs of the super rich and famous. Design houses earn little profit from haute couture, but they do showcase the most beautiful, rarified ideas of the designer. The houses that produce couture are the behemoth, venerable labels such as Chanel, Dior, Armani Privé, Atelier Versace, and a handful of others. I love the couture collections because they’re relatively unencumbered by commercial imperative. They are […]

Double Trouble

  The hottest trend for jewellery over the past few seasons has been the double sided earring. The look stems from wearing a belly button stud through the ear, thus half of the jewel dangles from the back of the lobe. I don’t know whose bright idea that was but it’s engendered a new look, which can only be a good thing. I also like the ear cuffs that have been knocking around recently which have a pleasing, punky vibe. The big spender is the Dior Triabale pearl studs which cost around £300 – £400 a pop. I love these beauties by Dior, but I can’t justify spending that kind of cash of a trendy item that will probably fall out of favour in the not too distant future. There are other less recognisable versions […]

Sneaker head

Trainers have made a comeback over the past couple of years; from Liberty print Nikes to couture incarnations from Dior and Chanel, sneakers are a key part of the fashion landscape right now. The comfort of sportswear is a tempting proposition but it’s not easy for the casually challenged like me. The eternal magpie in me is attracted to the shiny, iridescent trainers like these bad boys from Nike or the jewel encrusted lovelies by Dior. A modern way to wear trainers is with loose tailoring, an oversized coat and a fine knit polo neck. However, I’ll be rocking them with anything from a ball skirt to my husband’s scruffy jeans.   Feature image courtesy of textstyles.ca

Taste the rainbow

I’m in love with bright colours, ever since I was a little girl I’ve loved to dress like a set of crayons. Sometimes I veer dangerously close to clown territory, but it’s a price I’m prepared to pay. There’s a palpable mood lift that comes from wearing beautiful shades – I know that if I’m feeling rubbish, wearing beautiful hues lifts me out of my funk. The A/W14 collections were aglow – from the biggest design houses to fashion’s up-and-comers, everyone indulged in glorious colour. One of my favourites was the Dior show, Raf Simons set clashing colours against each other to dazzling effect.   Feature image courtesy of www.carbonated.com.

Dior Couture A/W14

Paris Couture week is in full swing and Raf Simons’ Dior outing had all the decadent opulence that one expects from couture. However, as with every Raf Simons collection, there were several pieces that were distinctly wearable. The sumptuous Marie Antoinette inspired pannier dresses that opened the show were the stuff of dreams. The jumpsuits and dresses in parachute silk were a particular favourite of mine as they had a touch of the Ghost Busters about them, a very good thing indeed so far as I’m concerned. The full length coats and simple jackets were beautifully tailored and would be easily integrated into any wardrobe. The embroidered court jackets worn over simple black trousers and fine knitwear where equally stunning if rather more opulent. The gossamer light dresses that closed the show mirrored the pannier silhouette, but were […]

Feeling Blue

There is a curious seasonal displacement that comes from working in fashion. I find myself continually fixated on the next season and not wanting to wear clothes appropriate for the climate. However there are some trends that work all year round. Cobalt blue was all over the A/W14 collections, it looks great with knitwear but it’s also the business worn in the sun. I’ll be wearing cobalt with orange and black, however it goes nicely well with neutrals. Feature image courtesy of wallpapersfreedesktop.com