Saturday, 15 September 2012

NYFW S/S 13: Holmes & Yang

After a turbulent summer frequenting gossip columns across the globe, Katie Holmes has kept a low profile to focus on her fashion label, Holmes & Yang, co-created with her stylist Jeanne Yang.  The first ever Holmes & Yang collection was debuted at New York Fashion Week to some serious critical acclaim last week, cementing Holmes into the celebrity/fashion designer category which was, up until now, only home to Victoria Beckham, Nicole Richie and Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen. A varied collection it had a relaxed, sports luxe vibe with bomber jackets and jumpsuits but with a side of femininity with a series of cutesy dresses right alongside. Although it was small- less than 20 looks- it was clear that each look was carefully crafted and properly thought out. Leather, silk and even cable-knit made a healthy contribution to the collection, jazzing up pieces such as a camisole or cardigan, keeping them on the right side of basic. A sterling effort from Holmes and Yang, both of whom have stayed true to their original styles and not pushed it too far, letting the clothes- casual yet covetable- speak for themselves. 

Holmes & Yang S/S 13:

Monday, 10 September 2012

NYFW S/S 2013: Calla

I'll admit I hadn't heard anything about Calla before I stumbled across photographs of this collection. The Canadian-born French-based designer was completely off my radar. But I guarantee after this cracking S/S 13 show, she will be all over the fashion stratosphere. Last Saturday, the first weekend of New York Fashion Week in a quiet evening slot, Calla showcased a stunning S/S collection. Relaxed, casual and feminine were key traits, with florals taking centre stage. The name behind the collection, Calla Haynes, has worked with Nina Ricci and Olivier Theyskens at Rochas, and their influence shows. With a focus on comfort, unique prints and, in her own words, "relaxed luxury, the understated, casual vibe is a winner. A under-rated designer, with a bright future and so far, a highlight of NYFW for me.

Calla S/S 13:

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Somerset by Alice Temperley for John Lewis

Her name was among those whispered fervently back in April 2011, before fashion's best kept secret was revealed- alas, it was Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen but many expected it not to be. A firm favourite of the Duchess of Cambridge and the Middleton family alike, Alice Temperley is considered to be up there with the very best Britain has to offer. Temperley London is sold in some 300 stores in 37 different countries, its younger sister brand ALICE by Temperley is sold in some of the most prestigious department stores around the world and her bridalwear boutique is one of the most established and coveted in the UK. Now, Alice Temperley is set to take over the high street,  with an exclusive collection for John Lewis

Launching online and in stores across the UK from today (September 4th), Somerset by Temperley for John Lewis is Temperley's first ever high-street venture. Named after the county in which she grew up, the collection is full of traditional and classic pieces that appeal across the age spectrum. Evening wear- her area of expertise- is of course not overlooked, with a selection of floor length gowns and cocktail dresses. Equally there are shorter hemlines and edgier pieces, mainly in leather- a very well-cut leather jacket, a mid-length leather skirt and some very shiny brogues that will attract a younger market than John Lewis is perhaps used to. There is definitely something in this collection for every age and taste, which is something that Temperley herself admits to having in mind when designing this collection. "[John Lewis] offer a larger audience and the ability to create something beautiful, classic and accessible. I have friends from all walks of live, a lot of them want fashionable clothes to look good in but cannot afford the prices of higher end fashion."

The 60 piece collection highlights key trends such as Victoriana ruffles, collars and accessorising, as well as military accents and the signature Temperley lace detailing. Embellishments, intricate embroidery and luxurious fabrics are what Temperley is most famous for, and she has made sure to bring them to this collection, a little more casually to suit a high-street vibe. Prices range from £49 to £999, with every piece working equally as well as a separate as it would altogether. This means getting more for your money with investing in key, essential pieces that will work harder in your wardrobe.
The collection is modelled by a fellow Brit, the gorgeous Lily Donaldson who was recently representing the UK at the Olympic Closing Ceremony.

Monday, 3 September 2012

The best of Stockholm Fashion Week

Are you excited yet? Starting this week is the main event on the fashion calendar- Fashion Week. New York, London, Milan, Paris. More like fashion month really, with each respective city hosting a week bursting with the biggest and best names in the industry delivering our dream S/S 13 wardrobes. But before we get stuck into the upcoming main course, last week we had our starter- Stockholm Fashion Week, sponsored by Mercedes-Benz. Scandinavia's fashion capital, Stockholm is where street-style blogs source their best-dressed stars and is also home to many a talented designer. Opened by H.R.H Crown Princess Victoria, Stockholm Fashion Week was heralded a massive success in the Swedish media, with a bigger turnout than ever before. Easy to see why when you take a peek at the schedule- established Swedish designers such as Carin Wester, Whyred, Josefina Larsson and many more. Here are some of the highlights from Stockholm Fashion Week.

Cheap Monday S/S 13

Cheap Monday was established in 2004, focusing primarily on jeans. Their very first style of jean, 'Tight', was a sell-out success in Sweden- and was affordable as well as stylish. Since then they have joined forces with H&M and expanded their stores to over 34 countries around the world. The S/S 13 catwalk show held all their signature elements, significantly denim, of course. A strong, urban edge was conveyed through army-prints, baseball caps and seamless shapes. There were feminine fabrics as well, florals and knits, but mostly paired with masculine accessories and plenty of black. Cheap Monday's clothes are for those with serious attitude only.

Dagmar S/S 13

 Multiple award-winning label House of Dagmar delivered a stellar show for S/S 13 at Stockholm Fashion Week. The label is run by a trio of sisters, who all have prestigious backgrounds in the fashion industry and their muse and inspiration for every collection is their late grandmother and label namesake Dagmar, who first instilled an interest in fashion within all three of them. For S/S 13 they have introduced contradictory elements in every look- brights paired with neutrals, laser-cut tops paired with floaty maxi-skirts, rough leather pieces paired with delicates. Almost every look is standout, which meant reducing their collection down to my favourite 5 looks was very difficult.

Carin Wester S/S 13

Carin Wester is a major fashion player on the Swedish circuit. Effortlessly cool, she defines the laid-back style that Sweden is so famous for. Graduating from the prestigious Beckmann's School of Design in 1998, she has since gone on to win many awards for her classic designs and covetable creations and always uses sustainable materials. With several stores in Sweden catering for both men and women and a line available through Urban Outfitters, Wester is set to take over the world.  The S/S 13 show was modern day elegance with heaps of Swedish influence. Slouchy shapes, cosy materials and luxurious fabrics means that next season, comfort will (finally) be key according to Wester.

Whyred S/S 13

Whyred was my favourite show of Stockholm Fashion Week. With both menswear and womenswear equally focal to the label, their signature look is sleek, tailored and heavily inspired by Mod culture. Described continually as "the indie super label", Whyred is growing in both strength and significance, and not only in Sweden. Not only a fashion label, Whyred dabbles in music and art also, combining all three to create an individual and eclectic experience. Visit their website here to see what I mean. The S/S 13 show was an array of bright colours, sharp suits and graphic-but not too busy-prints. The hairstyles, makeup, footwear and accessorising was Mod all over, the clothes even more so. Metallics, cobalt blues and exquisite tailoring are key trends for Whyred's S/S 13 collection, although every piece is a delight.