Wednesday, 13 February 2013

NYFW F/W 2013 RTW: Jeremy Scott

Jeremy Scott is widely known for being the most outrageous and eclectic designer in fashion right now (except for, perhaps, Dame Viv and Louise Gray). His show at New York Fashion Week today was another rampant riot through the rainbow. Multicoloured chequered print was repeated throughout but the biggest inspiration seemed to be monsters. Scary faces, googly eyes, fangs and fur were out in force but Scott made them playful and even sexy in some looks. Punky hair and makeup matched the strong looks on show, especially the leather and crop-top/mini skirt combos. After a roaringly successful collaboration with Adidias last year, we were never going to expect beige from Jeremy Scott, and he definitely made sure we all sat up and paid attention. This collection was a warning: watch this space.

Jeremy Scott F/W 2013:

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

NYFW F/W 2013 RTW: Alice + Olivia

Alice + Olivia is the fashion child of Stacey Bendet, an American woman who only ever wanted to find a decent pair of trousers. After an unsuccessful hunt, Bendet set up her own label in 2002 and the rest is history. Of course, Alice + Olivia offer a lot more now than just trousers. In fact, the F/W 2013 collection, shown at New York Fashion Week yesterday, spanned everything from ballgowns to beanie hats. The collection was romantic yet quirky, with lots of reds and blacks but a healthy dollop of print and colour too. Everything from the accessories- headbands, studded belts, cross-body bags and clutches- to the floor-length dresses were stylish and wearable- things that every woman wants in her wardrobe. Variety meant there was casual pieces such as the black maxi and naxy polo neck but also formal pieces such as the sharp trouser suit. There was also a variety of textures: shearling, boucle, wools, satin, leather. So much detail was involved in every look that it was obvious that it was a collection in which a lot of hard work and time was spent on, as well as being dearly loved by the team who designed and created it. Perhaps one of my favourite collections of NYFW so far, Alice + Olivia is a well-rounded, feminine collection which will appeal to every kind of woman.

Alice + Olivia F/W 2013:

Monday, 11 February 2013

NYFW F/W 2013 RTW: Derek Lam

Sleek, modern and tailored are perhaps the best adjectives to describe Derek Lam's F/W 2013 show at New York Fashion Week. His ability to design and produce a perfect coat is renowned and these offerings, mainly in varying shades of camel or rich fur stoles, being standout pieces. A streak of bohemian runs through the collection, especially through the use of fringed hemlines, muted patchwork prints and pointed-toe ankle boots. However the majority of the collection was kept sharp, clean lines and controlled shapes taking centre stage. It was simple yet effective- see for example the white shirt tucked into navy trousers, a key look yet minimum effort required to look stylish. Statement pieces were sparse but the short leather cape was a favourite of mine. There was still an element of casual around the collection, with fabrics staying loose and simple and an absence of busy or cloying prints so that Lam's flattering use of colour could let the clothes speak for themselves.

Derek Lam F/W 2013:

NYFW F/W 2013 RTW: Chloe Sevigny for Opening Ceremony

Instead of your traditional, run-of-the-mill catwalk show, Chloe Sevigny's capsule collection for Opening Ceremony debuted at New York Fashion Week in the form of a protest. Sevigny lined up cool female musicians including Kim Gordon from Sonic Youth and Lissy Trullie to perch alongside her models while she stood, silently, with a placard screaming TIME FOR SEX. Not entirely sure what she was protesting but nevertheless, Sevigny made a statement. The protest theme harked back to the 60's, as did many of the pieces- A-line hemlines, pastel prints, babydoll dresses, gingham and mary-janes. The swinging 60's theme merged seamlessly with Sevigny's rock n roll connections- leather shoes, slicked back hair, rucksacks and houndstooth print. As for the lookbook, Sevigny modelled it entirely herself, playing dress-up as both male and female.

Chloe Sevigny for Opening Ceremony F/W 2013:

Sunday, 10 February 2013

NYFW F/W 2013 RTW: Libertine

Somehow pulling off the unusual task of a menswear and womenswear show combined, urban label Libertine rocked the New York Fashion Week catwalk recently with Johnson Hartig's cultural mishmash vision inspired by every continent on the planet. With lots of quirky embellishments, clashing prints and multiple textures, Hartig brought comfort as well as style. The coats were particularly spectacular- an essential in winter time of course so well worth an investment- and this collection showed some which are bound to be family heirlooms in years to come. Colour blocking is off the menu come autumn/winter time, with pockets of brights instead splashed amongst black or broken up with pattern. Jewel tones- emeralds, rubies and golds- were out in abundance. There was also a fun kiddy-DIY element with the use of tinsel-style material on jumpers, dresses and jackets, in big strips or in small patches. A fun and kitsch collection which will be especially loved by hipsters this winter.

Libertine F/W 2013:

Thursday, 7 February 2013

Agyness Deyn x Dr Martens

British-born model Agyness Deyn has collaborated with Dr Martens for a second time, this time releasing a range for S/S 2013. The collection, with prices starting from £30, includes footwear, clothing and accessories. Chunky sandals with the traditional Dr Martens sole are softened with bows and summer colourways. The range also includes a unique eyeball print, an exact replica of Deyn's own eyeball. The collection will be on sale later this month.

Jeffrey Campbell- Twice My Burn

The latest collection from shoe god Jeffrey Campbell stars 19 year old Madison Chertow wearing a whole lot of perspex and a hell of an attitude. Still not letting us down on the crazily-named front, JC's latest offerings are as eye-catching and unique as always. 

Shot by:
Richie Valdez
Styled by:
Muriel Del Cid & Lissette Ramirez
Hair and Makeup by:
Alysha Marcantonio