27/02/2011

LFW A/W11 Highlights


Matthew Williamson
Inspired by Russian avant-garde painter Francisco Infante-Arana, Williamson's latest collection is the perfect balance between his signature soft boho-chic and edgy details like leather sleeves or studs. You all know that this is right up my street!


Christopher Kane
"It's fantastic" said the designer about the curious liquid-look plastic used on the dresses for his Autumn/Winter collection. The result was fascinating and unusual, but it was not the only fun Kane had with textures this season. From printed leather and crochet to sequins, Kane surprised us for an unexpected and yet acclaimed collection.

Vivienne Westwood Red Label
Plaid, pinstripe, velvet, chunky knits and school uniforms are mixed together  for a cool and quirky collection, West London style. But don't be fooled by the styling, hair and makeup at Vivienne Westwood, a lot of the pieces were actually quite wearable. 

Burberry Prorsum
Burberry established itself as a reference in terms of outerwear a long time ago, but it was made even more obvious this season. Coats in all shapes, materials and colours were the main highlight of the show, if not of the London Fashion Week itself.  They were followed by various black and white looks, perfect for the white winter that Burberry offered us. 

Mulberry
This time Emma Hill is showing us how to be the perfect English rose in the countryside this winter, with a collection largely focused on outerwear and obviously, handbags. The alexa is now quilted and features fox-head hardware whereas the Bayswater is covered with fox-head rivets. Another thing to notice was the revival of the Neely, now called the Polly Push Lock and the introduction of a new model, the Carter. There is no doubt, this Elle Style Award for best accessories was well-deserved.

Aquascutum
Called English Icons, Joanna Sykes' first womenswear collection for Aquascutum played on what the brand does best : outerwear. Classics like the trenchcoat, the field jacket or the peacoat were reworked to play on proportions and layers for a deconstructed look. The "luxe and healthy looking blow-dry with a 70s outdoorsy, casual feel" created by Pantene hairdresser Sam McKnight for the show was also a winner for me.

Pictures courtesy of Vogue.fr
- Elodie x

20/02/2011

VOGUE Paris

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My sister has to be the best person on earth, period. When she went to Paris a couple of weeks ago for  some work meetings she got me a copy of Vogue Paris and the Vogue Collections Hors Série. How sweet of her! 

The Feburary issue is all the more important as it is one of Carine Roitfeld's last issues as editor in chief of Vogue Paris. I am so looking forward to seeing what Emmanuelle Alt will make of it. I also thoroughly enjoyed the Collections Hors Série. It is such a treat for the eyes! Retailing at 26, I am fully aware that it is far from cheap but it is definitely worth every penny. Every collection is organised by city and designer, and features an in-depth review of the show. To top it all off, the accessory section is just a pure delight to look at. If you have the opportunity to get your hands on it, I would really recommend splashing out on this. I know I definitely will next season.



- Elodie x

18/02/2011

NYFW F/W11 Highlights






Jenni Kayne
Inspired by "eccentric weekends in the American country", Kayne's fall collection brings her signature  Californian touch to this season. She plays with textures and colours, pairing bright silk pyjama-like trousers with cosy jumpers and velvet pointed-toe slippers, or sequin slip dresses with oversized woollen coats. To quote the designer herself, "call your friends over, stoke the fire and turn the music up, you're about to be the coolest girl in the middle of nowhere."

DKNY
There is no doubt that Donna Karan knows how to do youthful chic. Jackets, blouses and dresses got a playful makeover and appeared on the catwalk in different hues of bright pink, red tangerine and copper. Yet, it wasn't all about colours. Karan also offered some black pieces like blazers, sheer shirts, biker jackets and dresses. The models looked effortlessly cool, and although the inspiration for the collection is said to be "New York City modernists", I can't help but think that this collection is right up Alexa Chung's street.

Marc Jacobs
Fitted silhouettes covered in polka dots, latex and lace : this is what we can expect for next autumn from Marc Jacobs. Going against the 70s-inspired shapes he created for spring, he presented a very strict and unusual collection. Even though he clearly takes his inspiration from the 1940s and some of his first collections, he manages to give it a provocative edge, making this collection really modern and new. 


Hervé Léger
It comes to no surprise that the bandage dress is a main feature of Hervé Léger's new collection and although one could think this is a bit "déjà vu", this couldn't be further from the truth. For autumn, the soft tones of the iconic dresses are toughened up with metallic detailing such as gold rectangles, buckle rings and chains woven into the fabric. Concerning the many black dresses and tops, they are being adorned with luxurious leather harnesses for a tougher look. Hervé Léger's fall collection is the perfect mix between sexy, feminine and tough. 


Alexander Wang
"We're almost poking fun at decadence and luxury" said Alexander Wang about his F/W collection, but more than that he clearly took his main line to another level, creating a clear point of difference from his T line. Still, everything you would expect from the young designer is here for a laid-back, sexy look with a luxurious twist, thanks to chunky hand-knit, needle-punched angora and satin. I have to say, I do love this more sophisticated direction that Wang's main line seems to be taking.

3.1 Phillip Lim
When everyone is getting inspiration from the previous decades, Phillip Lim presents what I think is a very modern and refreshing F/W collection. Largely inspired by menswear, the collection is a constant play on textures and proportions with large fold-over trousers, leather and fur detailing, or beaded sleeves on simple garment. This is Phillip Lim at his best : chic and wearable.

Pictures courtesy of Vogue.fr
- Elodie xx

15/02/2011

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun



Every Monday my favourite club hosts dressed-up parties, a staple for any uni student club. Last week was 80s night and needless to say I went all out! I went for a Madonna-inspired look with lace, denim, pearls and crosses, but I still couldn't resist the frosty blue eye shadow and the bright pink lips.

And since we're already going back in time with this post, I figured I would also post a few of my favourite 80s songs. 
You can find the whole playlist for Spotify here.

_______Girls Just Wanna Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper
_______Holiday - Madonna
_______Call Me - Blondie
_______Jump (For My Love) - The Pointer Sisters
_______Another One Bites The Dust - Queen
_______Video Killed The Radio Star - The Buggles
_______Let's Dance - David Bowie
_______Fight For Your Right - The Beastie Boys
_______Just Can't Get Enough - Depeche Mode
_______Thriller - Michael Jackson
_______Don't Stand So Close To Me - The Police
_______Heartbreaker - Pat Benatar
_______Don't Stop Believin' - Journey
_______Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go - Wham!
_______Boys Don't Cry - The Cure

Also, I am fully aware that this is probably the first picture of me that most of you see, but don't worry. I am usually a lot less scary to look at, I swear!

- Elodie

13/02/2011

The Coveteur


I do love a good sneak peak at other people's wardrobe, but wouldn't it be even better if these people were fashion news directors at Teen Vogue, accessory directors at W magazine, editorial directors at Elle or senior fashion market editors at Harper's Bazaar? It is now possible thanks to The Coveteur, which takes us on a tour of their highly inspirational closets. The best bit? The owners' comments of course!








Pictures : Jake Rosenberg at Le Coveteur

- Elodie x


05/02/2011

Black Swan

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If you haven't seen Black Swan yet, you'd better hurry up. Not only is the story breath-taking, but the whole aesthetic of the film is so inspiring. The beautiful ballet costumes were designed by Rodarte's Kate and Laura Mulleavy, whereas the characters' wardrobe was imagined by Amy Westcott. If the sisters did not get to be nominated for a BAFTA, they sure brought the whole imagery of Swan Lake to the screen. 






Since I had some spare time, I collected a few pieces inspired by Black Swan and its characters.

Odette
In my head, this is what the white swan would wear : a mix of delicate pink, white and grey pieces with a touch of gold to warm it up a bit.
Eugenia Kim Jean headband - YSL lipgloss - Marni skirt - Miu Miu bra
Repetto shoes - Alexander Wang tank top - Babette Wasserman necklace
Chanel Le Vernis - YSL ring - Ted Baker leggings -Valentino dress - Mulberry bag



Odile
And this is what her evil double would wear : black edgy pieces, studs, zippers, patent leather, strong make up and high heels. Looking at this, I realise that my version of the black swan really enjoys shopping at YSL, but who wouldn't?!
Eugenia Kim Jean headband - REDValentino dress - Chanel Le Vernis- Burberry lipstick
Adam Ostrich skirt - YSL bag - YSL ring - Mac pigments - Acne tank top -
YSL bracelet- Repetto shoes -  H&M shorts - Iris Van Herpen x United Nude shoes
- Elodie x