Wednesday, 29 February 2012

AW12 - Part VII.

This is so predictable of me but any hint of Sci-Fi and Fantasy in any fashion collection will make it on my blog! I always love the Mugler collections as the aesthetic is pure Sci-Fi and I always love to see how it is re-invented each season.
The first thing I loved was the optic white amphibian skins, it looked like something a race would wear in Star Trek - or even the actual skin of a race! Everything started off white, then pops of colour were introduced into the collection... I just love how the Mugler brand does the perfect mix of hard and feminine! The sculpted peplums and ergonomic seaming were so slick! The final few looks were all in black where the models spectacularly looked like ninja-aliens!
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Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Yayoi Kusama.

I went to the Yayoi Kusama exhibition a couple of weeks ago which was at the Tate Modern and although I felt it started a little slow (or maybe because it was so busy I was going at an extremely slow and impatient pace!!), it is definitely worth a visit! It is running up until 5th June 2012, so go if you can!
I found the life of Yayoi Kusama (born in 1929) very interesting, especially when I had read that she voluntarily admitted herself into hospital in 1977. Upon seeing her work, I could really see an obsession with spots and pattern in general, many very simple but beautiful. There were two rooms in particular that made the visit very worthwhile. The first was a living area, with a television, sofa and table with cutlery...there was fluorescent lighting and everything was covered in multicoloured spots! It looked amazing and I can't even think about how long it may have taken to apply them all! Unfortunately, photography was forbidden but I found a photo online!

Again,a photo issue with my most favourite room of all but I snapped this photo on the wall outside the exhibition of Yayoi herself sitting in the room. It's a small room but completely covered in mirrors and small hanging bulbs that changed colour ...but everything looked like it was times-a-million because of the reflections. There was also water on the floor which magnified the reflective qualities of everything. This room was just magical, although slightly claustrophobic!
I think I'd like to go one more time when it is less busy as I'm sure I missed a few things because there were just herds of people around everything! ...but it's definitely worth going even if it is just to experience the two end rooms.

Monday, 27 February 2012

AW12 - Part VI.

The AW12 Versace collection definitely became a favourite of mine! It was unforgettable with the encrusted crosses, hot fix studs on leather and a brilliant nod to 60s Paco Rabanne...it was an amalgamation of things I loved! The harder, gothic edge to the collection was also a surprise but Donatella does it so well!...it was great to see elements of 90s Versace coming through in this 21st century collection.
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Sunday, 26 February 2012

MyEdo.

I was invited to attend the SS12 'MyEdo' fashion show a couple of weeks ago but unfortunately could not make it. I really wanted to go as it was entirely Menswear and it would have been interesting to experience a change of scenery as not only do I blog about Womenswear, but I work in it too! However, even though Womenswear will always be the more exciting area for me (I think), I am still totally intrigued by Menswear and even slightly dabbled in it when I was studying Fashion Design at University and made a corduroy and leather jacket...ironically, this project was when I received one of my highest marks and I keep saying this over and over again, but if I find it in the attic, I will show it!
Nevertheless, I loved the concept of 'MyEdo', founded by Edoardo Cannarsa, and still wanted to feature the label on my blog. Below is an extract of what the label is about and I just wish I could talk about the quality and finishing of each piece, had I seen them in person!...but I don't doubt it!

"MyEdo is a luxury menswear-clothing platform that pushes the boundaries of affordable classics. Pulling away from the assembly line production and going back to basics with delivering individualized products to customers. MyEdo is especially interested in pattern, form, shape and unconventional techniques to timeless classic pieces.

Our mission is to go above and beyond our customer’s expectations giving men a freedom in clothing and constitute into one of the world’s renowned male niche market of exclusive limited edition items."

Edoardo was also extremely kind enough to send me a goodie bag from the show and there were some great things inside...but I'll leave that for another blog post even though my little sister decided to take pretty much all of it!
Below are some photos of the show that Edoardo sent to me and I can totally see the mix of classic styling with modern looks. I think an accessory range could be brilliant for 'MyEdo' and I look forward to seeing the AW12 collection as I am certain there will be some slick outerwear pieces available!

Saturday, 25 February 2012

AW12 - Part V.

Next are my usual Milan favourites, Prada and Etro! I was quite surprised with Prada, it wasn't what I was expecting in regards to the 60s/70s mish-mash but with clean, modern silhouettes..but I still really liked it! I loved how the embellishment was in both ways subtle and acting as a statement as it camouflaged itself against the prints, but they were still very much visible. The shoes were also lovely and I can see a huge resurgence in Mary-Janes once again! ...and just check out the orange eyebrows!
The Etro collection was stunning but this was mainly driven by the dress styles because without them, I'm not sure if I would have even mentioned the label this season! I adored the column dresses in printed and flocked velvets, with mesh inserts and intricate patterns. The last dress in black velvet burnout is my most favourite and totally red-carpet worthy!! I wouldn't be surprised if an actress like Rooney Mara wore it!!

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Friday, 24 February 2012

Domo.

I just had to share my cute little Domo bag that a friend got for me!!! I'm not sure what I'm going to use for it yet though...but I love it!

Thursday, 23 February 2012

AW12 - Part IV.

Just for the pure fun of it all, I had to mention the Meadham Kirchhoff show!! It was totally jaw-dropping and I loved the patterned fur coats which reminded me of Monster Munch!!
Starting with the Milan shows is Gucci! The collection was so beautiful and I instantly thought of 'Ophelia' when I saw the off-shoulder Pre-Raphaelite-esque forest green velvet dress with poet sleeves. I also loved the jade green devore plunge-neck dress and just the overall styling of the collection. The embellished dresses towards the end were also amazing but even better in detail!!
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Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Beauty Review: L'Occitane Almond Shower Oil

As the UK weather was previously very cold, with heaters on all the time, I noticed my skin becoming extremely dry, particularly on the lower half of my legs and hips - areas that I may sometimes accidentally miss when moisturising after a shower! So, a friend suggested L'Occitane's Almond Shower Oil to help with this...however, at £16 for a 250ml bottle, I really didn't feel motivated to get it, but from using previous L'Occitane products and being pretty happy with the outcome...and in desperate need of skincare, I went for it!
I've been using it everyday for about 2 weeks now and my skin has made a huge improvement, in fact there is not one bit of dry skin left. However, I have also been using a few other products on top of this to combat my dry skin (I was on a mission!), so I am not 100% sure that this was the saviour, but, I am certain it helped!
The scent is very 'clever' as it is definitely almond, but you don't think of it as food...does that make sense? I was a bit unsure about it at first as I usually start my day with an almond croissant and thought it would be weird to have lathered myself in almond oil, then to eat it not so soon after! ..but the scent was lovely and I could still smell it on my body for about an hour afterwards. I also found that the best way to use it was to lather it on after you have done everything you need to in the shower (wash your hair, exfoliate etc etc)...wash it off then jump out! This would help keep your body more moisturised as I found that if I had applied it pre-washing my hair/exfoliating, the moisture would eventually just wash off and therefore making it obsolete. I wish I could say that I would get it again when it runs out, but the price is quite high for a shower oil! I probably won't, but if my skin does start to get dry again, then I would definitely consider using it again.

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

AW12 - Part III.

I don't think I've ever done such a big feature on Mary Katrantzou before, but here it is! Looking through her collection was full of 'wow's' but looking at it in detail was just amazing! I'm not sure if this is what she did previously, but I loved how the prints were from completely normal, everyday things such as a bathtub with bubbles and that they were accompanied with embellishment such as the pearl bubbles, a typewriter, cutlery, a labyrinth and my most favourite from the collection, pencils!!
However, I would have loved some of that same creativity applied onto the footwear!!...regardless of it making it all look overly theatrical or not!
The David Koma collections have been better but there were a few nice pieces including the greyhound motif which not only featured on clothing, but was also translated into the footwear and acted as the heel...I loved these even more than the clothing!
I do often mention the same designers over and over again each season and it never changes when it comes to Marios Schwab! I am always in awe with what he shows! My favourite pieces was the simple lasercut floral dress with sheer d├ęcolletage, the almost-neon apple green warped embroidery and definitely the last few dresses comprising of intricate embellishments and heart-shaped high encrusted necklines.
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Monday, 20 February 2012

ASOS Marketplace.

Back in December 2010, I published a post about ASOS Marketplace and how I couldn't wait to start selling on it! I wanted to sell a few bits from my Etsy Shop but also some clothing and accessories that I no longer wanted. Now, I'm not sure what happened but 14 months later, I am finally on there!!  
I think the fact that the first image had to be taken 'street-style' was what dragged it out for me as I didn't really have the time... but now that I've done it, I wish I had just got on with it 14 months ago (...and I find it much more enjoyable browsing other things on Marketplace)!
I am currently selling jewellery that my father used to sell in his own shop and around fairs almost two decades ago, so I guess that makes them new-vintage?
I've already had four sales within a very short period so I feel even more motivated to put additional things on....bags and shoes (SIZE 3/36), here they come!!
I also just wanted to briefly mention the listing process - very easy as it is all on one page, but it could definitely be more streamlined such as listing all images in one go and being able to create 'templates' so I don't need to start all my listings from scratch...but I'm sure this is something that will improve over time. I also really like the option of being able to 'accept' offers on an item which has tempted me to use Marketplace over eBay as the only thing the latter offers me now are high fees!!! Have a look and let me know what you think!

Friday, 17 February 2012

AW12 - Part II.

Anyone who pays homage to the 1920s will get a place on my blog and Ralph Lauren did it again! There was a Great Gatsby feel last season, but this time he has taken inspiration from Downton Abbey (something I still need to watch!!).
The first half of the collection was all very masculine but it was the second half that I just adored!
The encrusted necklines were so glamorous and the simple beaded flapper dresses were beautiful! There was also a cardigan which I originally thought was metallic, but on closer inspection, was simply embellished into a cable-knit pattern!!
I also loved the opulent snake necklace which was a nod to the Egyptian Revival in the 1920s (on the discovery of King Tutankhamen's tomb), and was heavily reproduced...(you will find a ton of these on eBay, I even have one myself!)....I know I can always rely on Ralph Lauren to make New York Fashion Week exciting for me!
Although Rodarte hasn't blown me away for a couple of seasons now, I still love their overall aesthetic. There is always something so romantic about their pieces and I always love the styling. I particularly liked the colour palette and the hand-printed dresses!
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