Victoria Beckham AW16: Straight Laced

In our society obsessed with labels, people find it hard to accept that someone can progress and move on. Victoria Beckham left The Spice Girls and her role as WAG-in-chief long ago. Her self-assured, eponymous label produces collections that are chic, understated and women friendly. Beckham’s clothes are hardworking, look good on a feminine body and are great for working women, providing they have the spending power to buy into brand VB. Victoria Beckham’s AW16 show in New York focused on the idea of a re-worked corset. Thankfully, she dispensed with boning and created body-sculpting pieces in Prince of Wales check, houndstooth jacquards and skinny knitwear. The collection married boyish charm with womanly aesthetics; the masculine outerwear provided balance to the hyper-feminine theme. There were also voluminous skirts that gently swelled below the body-sculpting tops. After the show, Beckham said that she […]

Creatures of the Wind

New York fashion week is in full swing, and while it’s tempting to review the big players like Victoria Beckham, DKNY, Alexander Wang and Tommy Hilfiger, I prefer my designers a little more alternative. That’s not to say that I haven’t been watching the prestigious labels with interest. Peter Copping’s first outing as Oscar de la Renta’s successor, after the designer’s death in October, has piqued my interest. But more of that tomorrow. For the time being I’m focusing on Creatures of the Wind. Shane Gabier and Christopher Peters’ AW15 offering referenced the 20’s, 60’s and 70’s – peak moments of American psychedelic culture. The collection was a mishmash of vintage references, but the overall effect was pleasing – I’m particularly fond of the flowing lamé pieces and the chubby fur coats. The mink sashes with intarsias […]

Jonathan Simkhai SS15 Ready to Wear

One of the perks of being an independent blogger is that I can choose what I feature with wanton and unapologetic bias. When I’ve worked on other publications I had to negotiate the prerequisites of the magazine’s rationale but now I can write about what I like with happy impunity. New York Fashion Week is in full swing and I’m rather taken with Jonathan Simkhai’s Spring 15 offering. Simkhai’s collections consistently focus on a sports day motif, however this time round he’s merged with an old-school femininity that makes for an intoxicating and contemporary cocktail. The lace and mesh pieces are based on images of broken glass, adding edge to pretty pencil skirts and cute crop tops. Simkhai’s woman is feminine without being frothy – my kinda girl.  I would wear every single piece […]

New York Fashion Week Faves

New York fashion week is in full swing and I’ve been obsessing over NY’s  latest runway offerings. I’ll probably be updating my blog more frequently in my excitement to gush about my favourite collections with unembarrassed enthusiasm. Calla Haynes created a whimsical print based on her little Chow Chow, Lily Bear. The motif ran throughout the collection and was contrasted with heavy duty tartan and distressed cowboy boots. I love the clash of perky prints and cosy blanket fabric . Nepalese Prabal Gurung’s collection was directly influenced by his last trip home and a visit to the remote Himalayan kingdom of Mustang. The vibrant reds, saffron shades and luxuriant draping was inspired by the serene Buddhist monks of his mother country. In stark contrast to the collection’s peaceful genesis, the show was interrupted by […]