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 fĂȘte 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
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.