Tim Barber for Stella McCartney

30.9.09

I meant to share this look book with you a good while ago but I forgot, like the goldfish I am. I love the mish mash of gritty urban settings and at the same time complete softness in Tim Barber's photographs . I also adore the natural of his portraits.

The look book he shot for Stella McCartney lingerie range is a bit different as it is pure softness, beautiful posed portraits and nature, nature, nature with a touch of girliness. I am not sure how efficient it is as a look book as I think I didn't notice the collection once when I looked at it the first time, but it certainly works towards giving Stella McCartney a beautiful image for her brand... and it pleases my eyes. Mucho mucho.

Looking at it again, I did pay more attention to the subject and I did like what I saw from McCartney's 2010 line, but I would like to see it again out of these etheral shots to make up my mind for good.

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Photos from Tim Barber's website

I really hope you enjoy these as much as I do... Remember you have till tonight to enter the competition to win a style consultation with me (click on the button in the left sidebar for more information).






London Fashion Week - Burberry Prorsum

23.9.09

Burberry was not one of the shows I was excited about, so I hadn't even bothered requesting invites to it. However, my interest was piqued when they announced they would stream their runway show live for everyone in the world to see. I keep reading articles saying that runway shows are increasingly expensive to run which is why more and more designers turn to presentations. Maybe organising a show with no audience that streams live would be the way forward? To keep the collections exclusive to the industry, they could issue electronic passes in the first place, and then open it up as an on-demand video once the season approaches...
More than just a show, it was an electronic revolution that I am pleased to have witnessed, along with possibly a gigabillion other people around the world who kept making dramatic statements such as "I am crying!", "I am so excited I could cry!", "I love Burberry so much I am going to poo in my pants!" etc. My comment (that I obviously didn't write on the site) was "well done Burberry for getting on with the programme and being so aware of online media".

Burberry
Burberry
Burberry
Burberry
Images are screen caps taken during the live stream of the show last night.

London Fashion Week - Kokon To Zai

Yesterday I went to my last fashion show for this season and it just so happened to be cult label Kokon To Zai. This show was probably the most anticipated of the shows and there was a lot of pushing and pulling to get to see it. I almost pushed myself when they announced that there was only space for another 12 people yet there was still a queue of 60 odd waiting (I am using the term “waiting” loosely) to get in. Anyway, I digress...

Once in, the show had already started but I think I managed to get in when the first model hit the catwalk. It is very hard for me to describe the collection.... Take all of my LFW coverage, mix up the collections and put them all together (minus the couture gowns and dresses) and that would sum up my experience of KTZ: the futuristic mixes with the casual, sexy mini dresses mix with tribal designs.

Kokon To Zai put together a vast variety of styles and it is difficult for me to pick a favourite outfit. I am very excited about this collection and would happily wear any of the items. I could tell that I wasn’t alone on this – I saw some very impressed faces around me. Saved the best for last.

Kokon To Zai
Kokon To Zai
Kokon To Zai
Kokon To Zai

London Fashion Week - Peter Jensen & Laurie

22.9.09

There isn't enough space in cyberspace to contain my love for Peter Jensen's beautiful universe, so being immersed in it for a few moments made me really giddy. Just picture the scene: Danny Elfman type music alternating with classical, big and small paper dolls, a beautiful reception room with view over Saint James park, and models styled like giant living dolls. Throw in a bit of mid-century Americana, and you find yourself in a) my head b) a dream c) all of the above.
I had to take my little girl there, and she was also mesmerized by all the "pretty ladies", the "princess dresses" and the "pretty clothes". In fact, her toddler mind promptly recognized the dollhouse inspiration behind the collection and asked "where is the cake?". I think seeing it with her there made it all the more magical as she made me able to see it through her eyes, leaving aside the "fashion industry" and focusing on the dreamlike qualities of his work.

Peter Jensen & Laurie
Peter Jensen & Laurie
Peter Jensen & Laurie
Peter Jensen & Laurie
Peter Jensen & Laurie
Peter Jensen & Laurie
Peter Jensen & Laurie


London Fashion Week - Clements Ribeiro

One thing that got me really excited was the return of Clements Ribeiro to London Fashion Week. Even if it was just a presentation, it was still a presentation using models. I am even starting to think that I might prefer presentations when they are thought through properly. You get more time to look at the clothes, you can get really close and take your time.
I love the simplicity and cuteness of Clements Ribeiro's collection. Anyone who uses a cat on their stuff gets my vote anyway. Some military details from this season are still there, but they are softened by the colours and fabrics choices.

Clements Ribeiro
Clements Ribeiro
Clements Ribeiro
Clements Ribeiro
Clements Ribeiro

London Fashion Week - Temperley

When I think of Temperley, it generally brings to my mind images of beautiful floor length chiffon floral frocks, nymph hair and daisy chains... It is an image I love, but not as much as I love the CIRCUS! Temperley's Spring/Summer collection is all about reinterpreting the 1920's and 1930's circus for the modern times. And I loved it! From the monochrome outfits to the animal belts, see through blouses, top hats, bows mixed with studs and perfect footwear. My love for Temperley just grew a little bit bigger, and the studded boots just made me so happy I might have to start saving up now to buy them when they hit the shops.


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Temperley
Temperley
Temperley
Temperley
I suppose a collection that's circus inspired was bound to match my outfit. Sort of.



A big thank you to Loulou for letting me borrow her camera, as I had forgotten my battery at home (DUH).

London Fashion Week - Maaike Mekking

Fashion week is almost nearing its end but there is always time for a low-key and fabulous catwalk show. Maaike Mekking presented her fifth season and new collection ‘Contemptation’ last night in Old Street and I am starting to repeat myself a little but: I loved it! So far almost every collection I have seen moved the previous one from the top spot but I have to say, Maaike’s pieces are stunning. I took pictures of every single outfit, again for the shopping list in my head...

‘Contemptation’ is taking inspiration from leading ladies in cult films such as ‘Suspiria’ and ‘Carrie’ as Maaike “references the timeless power of the femme fatale”. I loved the pieces that had the front-to-back colour changes in their designs the most but fell in love with the playfulness of the whole collection. I cannot urge you enough to check out this collection – it is beautiful and very flattering. And something not only for skinny minnies.

Maaike Mekking
Maaike Mekking
Maaike Mekking
Maaike Mekking



London Fashion Week - Julian MacDonald

Julian MacDonald is a big surprise... It seems that he has been so completely aware of the "competition" of other designers at LFW this season that he really had to show them up. His collection featured pieces that have appeared a lot in other shows, but somehow, they worked better with his touch. I never thought I would say something like that about him, and this is precisely why I liked this collection!


Julian MacDonald
Julian MacDonald
Julian MacDonald
Photos courtesy of Loulou

London Fashion Week - Topshop Unique

I still don't really get why Topshop Unique should be on a runway. But that's just me it seems, judging by the increasing crowd of fashionistas battling to get a sneak peek at their new collection. The controversy of Topshop on a runway is long forgotten... I don't really get queuing in front of a shop for an exclusive collaboration either, mind you, so I am probably not the right person for the job...

This aside, the Unique collection was ok. Nothing mindblowing, but nice pastel colours, nice statement shoes, pretty accessories... Just what you would expect from a fashionable high street brand basically.

Here is what Loulou thought of the collection: "I didn't LOVE the collection aside from the shoes, it looked good but I'm not sure how buy-able or wearable a lot of it was, more about picking out some key pieces. For instance the long boob tube dresses could only look good on someone of model stature."

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Topshop Unique
Topshop Unique
Topshop Unique
Topshop Unique


Photos & Video courtesy of Loulou

London Fashion Week - Falguni & Shane Peacock

21.9.09

There is a lot going on in the new Falguni & Shane Peacock collection: cut-out dresses, embellished shoulders, a variety of prints and even feathers. The catwalk show was a lot of fun as the clothes showed that the designers had fun creating this collection. I’m not someone to mix and match prints like crazy but I would love to wear the pink high waisted jumpsuit and the little dark dress with silver and red print with its tasselled jacket and shoes.

Falguni & Shane Peacock
Falguni & Shane Peacock
Falguni & Shane Peacock
Falguni & Shane Peacock


London Fashion Week - Jasmine Di Milo

This Spring/Summer 2010 presentation of Jasmine Di Milo’s ‘Say it with your mouth shut’ collection was probably the best way of ending the day. The set up of the room at Somerset House was very intimate. Before and during the catwalk show a special screening of a film collaboration with cult director Terry Gross was projected on long, see-through chiffon sheets that were hung around the room.
The collection itself includes a mixture of fabrics (leather, silks, chiffon) and styles (studded bikini, leather mini dress, long evening gown) and every outfit is very feminine. Jasmine Di Milo did a great job with this new collection.

Jasmine Di Milo

Jasmine Di Milo

Jasmine Di Milo
Jasmine Di Milo


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