December 29, 2014

valentino sala bianca 945


In an unusual arrangement outside of Haute Couture Week, Valentino showed a breathtaking all-white collection in glistening New York, celebrating the opening of a new Fifth Avenue flagship in the Former Whitney Museum at 945 Madison Avenue. Fashion VIPs came from far and wide to witness this Sala Bianca Haute Couture spectacle, amidst invitations to Dior's Pre-Fall showcase in Tokyo. A celebration of Valentino in the '60s when fully blanc looks were shown in Sala Bianca Florence, the collection was filled with ethereal lace and dreamy capes that absolutely took my breath away. Look after look of light-as-air gowns of organza and chiffon were peppered with the occasional gold-toned jacket,but the exclusive use of virginal white made the showroom look like a stunning winter tale. My favourite part of the show was undoubtedly the exquisitely tailored capes which billowed out of the dainty gowns, and the pristine lace layered over the impeccable gowns made the models look like glorious ice princesses. An impeccable Italian couture house right in the middle of dazzling New York City, what could be more perfect than that?

December 16, 2014

midnatts mingel.

Scandinavian style has always stood out for its clean, fresh and sometimes minimalistic approach to fashion. And what better way to dress for laid back winter family gatherings than in crisp, sharply tailored pieces that would still be fresh and ready for Spring? Elle Sweden celebrates classic Scandinavian dressing in this fresh editorial for its December 2014 edition, featuring European clotheshorses from Amanda Norgaard to Lone Praesto. Dive into this H&M-esque lookbook, and get your wardrobe updated and ready for the season now.

Midnatts-Mingel: Amanda Norgaard, Lone Praesto, Moa Aberg And Abigail Fox By Jimmy Backius For Elle Sweden December 2014
Elle Sweden December 2014 Midnatts-Mingel Amanda Norgaard, Lone Praesto, Moa Aberg And Abigail Fox, Jimmy Backius  6
Elle Sweden December 2014 Midnatts-Mingel Amanda Norgaard, Lone Praesto, Moa Aberg And Abigail Fox, Jimmy Backius  5

November 19, 2014

boulevard chanel.

{Major apologies for not posting for more than a month! I've been bogged down by school and yes, finally now I have a lot more free time on my hands to blog more regularly, here's a post I've been working on for some time now, enjoy!}

Karl Lagerfeld. The iconoclast that has created fashion's most dazzling show sets for Chanel all under the glass dome of the Grand Palais : from a larger-than-life glistening black globe dotted with tiny Chanel flags and a futuristic solar-paneled runway complete with windmills, to a golden carousel overflowing with whimsy pearls and bows, a visit to the glorious Versailles Chateau, and  a giant supermarket that made buying household necessities chic again, he never fails to inject a sense of modern extravagance and inventiveness to every show he puts out. For Spring 2015 however, the attention wasn't on so much the set, but the banging finale that ended the show on such a high note. Capturing fantasies was always what Karl does best, but this time he instead captured the cultural zeitgeist of freedom, and turned it into a powerful finale set in none other than Chanel's very own piece of Parisian cityscape, a gold-stone and glass filled Boulevard Chanel.

Coco Chanel has always believed that clothes should be real, and function should be just as important as form, like how the chain on the 2.55 handbag was to keep hands free, and how it was originally lined with burgundy so it would be easier to find things. So down the runway came wearable pieces in the form of wide trousers, pinstriped blouses, cardigans and tunics, worn by a bevy of Chanel favourites such as Ming Xi, Cara Delevingne, Binx Walton and Soo Joo Park who walked in unconventional twos and threes. Psychedelic splatters of paint shaded everything from accessories to shoes, yet there was also a sense of sober tailoring to it, with clear white seams and trimmings outlining the silhouettes.

October 16, 2014

on the rocks : anja konstantinova

Apologies for the lack of posts recently, I've been juggling exams and a hectic school life and couldn't find time for the blog. But now with exams well behind me, I've been busy doing up posts on the Spring 2015 season {which I hope to post real soon!}, because it was such a spectacular season and I just had to feature the collections here. While doing some web-scouting on my own, I chanced upon this absolutely gorgeous editorial on This Is Glamorous, featuring Australian beauty Anja Konstantinova frolicking by the warm white beach. Cosy knits, windswept hair and sunkissed skin, paired with impossibly beautiful bright pink and white pieces, On The Rocks is the perfect summer inspiration to keep those dreaded rainy days away.

September 29, 2014

burberry's garden fete.

Burberry's Spring 2015 collection felt like a S/S 2009 deja vu, when the runway was filled with earthy gardening clothes in dark autumn hues. But ever since Christopher Bailey started to helm the label, he transformed the British house known for their trademark trench coats to a sleek global fashion empire. And so the S/S 2015 was themed "Birds and Bees", a garden-inspired collection that was more flora than earth, lighting up Kensington Gardens with bright punchy hues and whimsical details, while the Hyde Park glass roofs were adorned with a vivid mix of floral and insect prints.

Like a little girl floating around a well-manicured meadow, the models sauntered down the runway in a collection of coats and dresses featuring a more graphic and less painteresque version of last Fall's motifs. True to his "feeling of freedom", the looks were stripped of any complicated heels, and were instead replaced with a hybrid of the shoes du jour : Birkenstocks and the simple white sneaker. Ever since S/S 2013 Celine and S/S 2014 Dior/Chanel made them chic again, they have been scouted on many a runway across the seasons and now, they've made their way as a literal walking rainbow to Burberry. But why not, because the show was all about a uber-chic summer party in the park, and sporty colour-blocking footwear could not fit the bill better.

September 22, 2014

marchesa's spring gypsy princess.

Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig began their label Marchesa a decade ago on a little street in London, and what a long way they've come : from donning red-carpet A-listers with their ethereal gowns, to being in the wardrobes of many a princess around the world, they've become synonymous with their brand of exquisite and otherworldly glamour, and they have their well-heeled clientele to prove it. They've always been a fixture in the New York fashion scene, but this season the designers decided to celebrate their 10th anniversary homecoming in the banquet halls of Whitehall, a majestic location set none other than in the centre of all things British, London.
Runway : Marchesa Spring 2015 Ready-to-Wear
If you come to Britain, do it like the Brits. And so for Spring 2015 they did, taking however a different take on British royalty less modern and more '70s, less gilded and more Woodstock. A "rock-'n'-roll fantasia" as Tim Blanks called it, the collection was opened by Georgia May Jagger, looking every inch the flower-child as she sauntered down the runway in a flowy V-shaped tiered white tulle and lace number.  “She really embodies the spirit of the new collection,” said Chapman. “It’s a little bit gypsy, a little bit Woodstock and a little bit rock ’n’ roll.” As the show went on, it looked as if all the pieces were made for goddesses : there was the gypsy-hippie lass in her bohemian guipere gowns, the rock-chick in her lace trousers and crop top with hair tousled and eyes smoked to perfection, as well as the cultured romantic adorned with polished silhouettes of billowing organza sleeves and gold flower embroideries. 
Marchesa spring 2015 collection
Marchesa spring 2015 collection
Marchesa spring 2015 collection
Though different, the muses all had this innate sense of wonder and femininity {as like their clients}, and the designers celebrated this with the finale looks : a fête of frocks dotted with dainty flowers and trailing vines, fringed with gold and black silk tiers, dipped in bright magenta details, and a grand climatic look of an ethereal flower queen : a picture of cascading powder blue tulle, bodice strewn with life-sized flowers and topped off with a lush pastel flower crown. 
Marchesa spring 2015 collection

September 18, 2014

my 7 favourite shows of #nyfw.

Major apologies for the 2 week hiatus I've had on the blog, I've been so impossibly busy with school that I didn't have the time to sit down and write! But thanks to Instagram and Twitter, I've been able to do some catching up on my own on the latest shows for Spring 2015. Last week was #NYFW, also known as New York Fashion Week, the first leg of each season that kick starts the fashion week cycle, and also the week where old trends are thrown out and the new are predicted for the coming weeks and seasons. And what a start it has been! The collections throughout the entire week were overflowing with creativity and originality, there were just so many of them that I coveted because all of them were just so spectacular. Another highlight of this season is also that reigning queen of the runway, Dutch clotheshorse Daphne Groeneveld has returned to the runway after a 2 season break, opening and closing a number of shows for NYFW. Here are some of the top shows that are on the way to setting the bar for Spring RTW 2015, read on to find out more....

VERA WANG : Vera Wang has always been about juxtaposition, self-confessing that she only wears black, yet she is the world's top bridalwear designer. This season, she used these contradictions to her own advantage, dividing her show into two segments, "Boyish Boudoir" and "Baby Bohemian". "There are two very distinct parts: One is tailored, the other side is very flou." Opening the show were strong structured looks : black pantsuits and blazers, jackets neatly tailored in a rich gray cinched with rims of tulle and ribbon, in the line of boudoir. Passementerie details, which Wang borrowed from bridalwear designs, were seen densely on the back and hips of the pieces. What about bohemian then? Ethereal gauzy gowns with vests was Wang's idea of "baby bohemian" nightwear. These were followed by light-as-a-feather looks including jewel encrusted tulle sewn onto brocade frocks and trapeze dresses, channelling an extremely regal feel that was both youthful and free-spirited. And who was her muse? None other than Marie Antoinette. “I think Marie-Antoinette feels a sense of freedom and motion, of structure and control. To me, she was also just a massive fashion icon.” Rather than over-the-top boudoir common with Antoinette references, there was a restraint in Wang's design and fabric use that had a slight nod to grunge. While the clothes were decidedly sombre, it had a very clear sense of structure and control in the tailoring and cut with an obvious Vera Wang aesthetic. And it made for a gorgeous collection no doubt.

August 22, 2014

chanel couture fall 2015.

Karl Lagerfeld has always created breathtakingly dazzling sets for Chanel — from a private jet to a larger-than-life carousel, a Swedish iceberg to an oversized gold lion statue with a pearl under its paw, to a derelict antembellum theatre and a Chanel supermarket : Chanel has been a supermaison when it comes to changing the Grand Palais to create the mood of the season. Naturally for fall 2015 couture, the fashion world anticipated what could possibly outdo what Karl hasn't already done. And being Karl, he has once again offered the unexpected by unveiling something almost unheard of for Chanel : a clean, sophisticated, icy-cold scaled-down scene that was accented with gold flourishes and complete with a digital Chanel fireplace. “Le Corbusier goes to Versailles! Modernity with baroque elements!” This season the set was a homage to Le Corbusier, an 18th-century architect with a penchant for modern and flamboyant touches in an age where baroque designs were in vogue. A gold fireplace topped with a Chanel-embossed baroque mirror was the centerpiece inspired by the architect's Parisian apartment, giving the set an ornate feel amidst the stark whitewashed walls.



August 13, 2014

dior couture fall 2015

For Raf Simons, haute couture at Dior was always about modern relevance. While previous couture collections were modern designs inspired by the current age, Couture 2015 was modern designs inspired by past, present and future eras. Starting off Paris Couture Week he presented a brilliant collection, featuring a modern twist on looks from both previous centuries and Dior archives, and infusing them with the grandeur that could only come with haute couture. Residence of past Dior collections, the Parisian gardens of the Musée Rodin were transformed into a silvery spaceship this season, covered with the most delicate white orchids reminisce of Fall 2012, while swishing white doors lining the grounds opened up to reveal an army of models catwalking from all directions.
Christian Dior Fall 2014 Couture
The couture offerings this season once again took on Simons' signature stream-lined silhouettes, pretty fleur references Dior has become famous for and quirky-chic touches.The collection was era-hopping in so many ways : starting from embroidered Marie Antoinette-esque frock coats over tailored pants to dazzling astronaut spacesuits, to luxurious Edwardian furs and sweeping gowns then forward to the modern working woman's pantsuit. And who could forget the famous Bar Jacket, which was given an exaggerated peplum in cream and navy over a selection of elegant chiffon soiree dresses.
Christian Dior Fall 2014 Couture
Christian Dior Fall 2014 Couture

August 05, 2014

elie saab couture fall 2015

While Elie Saab explored daywear in his recent Resort collection, there wasn't a single day look in Couture {unless the black beaded dress and cardigan on Lindsey Wixson counts as one}. Not that I'm complaining, Elie Saab has always been an exquisite eveningwear house, and since his debut collection Saab has already been making haute couture with aplomb, evident in his uberloyal clientele set that includes everyone from princesses and socialites, to even doctors and lawyers .

 While the usual ready-to-wear seasons have already enchanted us with their offerings, Couture is the time where the atelier really shines. For Fall 2015, Elie Saab whisks us away into a magical fairytale of everything we ever wished for : luxurious pearl-strewn {detail de rigeur} gowns dressed in gauzy organza and dreamy chiffon, surrounded by a set mimicking the grandeur of a Parisian palace, glittering chandeliers lining the runway while reflecting the rich colours of the collection.

July 30, 2014

giambattista valli fall 2015 couture.

Nothing said Giambattista Valli's "new Couture customer" more than the Couture 2015 collection. The muse is an impeccably dressed woman of the 21st century, and this season she wakes up in the Alhambra Gardens, throwing on her sunglasses and a champagne napkin while exploring the fleur-dotted gardens. The unique mix of Moorish and Spanish culture of the Alhambra appealed to Valli, and he deftly translated the picture into pretty runway looks. 
While louvred panels filtered light onto the runway like morning sunlight in a Meditarranean villa, the collection opened with dresses that would be found on the Valli girl whilst she tumbles out of bed : slacked-silhouette pajama-esque silk pieces with simple monochrome stripes, then a series of airy midi frocks dressed in delicate taffeta and tulle. And what better to wander around the Gardens in than these floral-appliqued gowns? Striking roses and poppies adorned the semi-pencil skirts that brushed slightly below the knee, while capelets and crop tops gave a twist of youthfulness to the grown-up looks. 

"The secret of my girls is that they're always eccentric. They don't play it. They are." 
Eccentricity was in the form of accessories for this show : to protect herself from the heat and the sun, the Valli girl dons a pair of designer shades and a cream Cinderella-esque headscarf, the only accessories worthy of such an opulent look. For night, she is adorned with lavish feathery ball skirts of chiffon and tulle ruffles in pastel shades of ombré from fuchsia to seafoam and lemon yellow, with some looks also worn with a "monkey" cape trailing with a flourish, which could only have come with the exquisite craftsmanship of a couture atelier.