Tag: london fashion week

spring collections twelve: acne, london

the acne label is one that i’ve always been on the fence about. the fact that their entrance into fashion happened on accident, also considering that they acne as a business has their hands in just about everything has made me question their ability to balance all of these things successfully. this season, i was pleased. the collection presented was filled with palette trends of blue, yellow, pink & blue while the designs themselves remained modern & clean. sleek lines were from start to finish in the collection, which is a usual direction for the label. elements of motocycle gear was seen in the collections pants & a number of their coats as other side lined elements found their way into the mix in the form of what appeared to be a rubberized glitter & a star-holed skirt. what i love about acne is their presence of ambiguity. like, you know they’re gonna present a collection but they play the field not pigeon holing themselves with bold style signatures like other labels. yeah it’s clean, hIp & modern- but even within that category there is so much that can be done on the design front. while i do have my doubts each season; im generally pleased with the level of style that is designed every time. color plays a large role in acne’s collection as well; regardless of the season, there is always a dope combination of pieces in a range of shades & tones- which allows a greater customer to be reached, in terms of sales. overall, the collection was strong & is sure to be a good set for the spring season. the pieces are effortlessly cool, easy to wear & are suitable for a range of age groups without making one or the other look stupid. silhouettes were relaxed, some more feminine while others masculine- a range of style capabilities was presented. from their use of floral prints to the way the clothes floated on the runway, if you’re the type of girl that doesn’t allow trends to define what you rock on any given day- this collection is for you. while i understand the need to represent solidarity for business reasons, i feel like the acne label has mastered playing the middle man- between corporation & style based cool. this collection is evidence of that & im betting on the fact that next season will follow closely in that same pattern of semi-non-conformist style. thecollection.

spring collections twelve: paul smith, london

im completely fascinated with powerful women. the whole perception that this is a man’s world is basically like that whole, ‘which came first the chicken or the egg’ question. raised my a single mother, i grew up seeing powerful women getting shit done & that has become engrained into, literally, everything i do. you see it here on the blog- the supermodels that dominate the magazine covers. it’s all connected in one way or another to powerful women. paul smith’s SS12 collection is always one that i look forward to because they straight boss up on the thought that women are stuck in gowns & glitter. the collection hosted a number of well tailored looks that captured my interest in masculine lines & also was conceptually on point in palette without being wild or experimental- they kept it classic, which is what i expect from the paul smith label. at the face of it, the collection was super simple, but for me- i was completely inspired by how they interpreted trend & loved the styling of the show. crisp whites, rich blues & a dozen belted waists blazed the runway. gowns & shit are nice but im always super inspired by designers that further blur the lines of style & gender. strong enough for a man, but gentle enough for a woman.

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spring collections twelve: marios schawb, london

more often than not, whenever i think of london- i think wild style. in the past couple of years, we’ve seen a large number of more experimental collections from london. in hopes of following in the foot steps of vivienne westwood, most london fashion designers have that knack for presenting the unusual & not being afraid to go for it. of the fashion capitals, london is the most slept on. even in scheduling, london has the least amount of time & is crammed between the juggernaut of new york & the epic proportions of milan. while i’ve clearly taken a step back to really think what is the best way to deliver my thoughts on runway collections, i’ve decided to scrap the idea of fashion season recaps for each of the thumbtacks on the fashion maps & only cover what i absolutely love.

of those collections in london, i loved marios schwab. the collection itself played well with other collections while quietly separating itself from the others. most collections in london, this season, opted for loud prints & really over extended in that aspect of trend interpretation. in new york, designers like chado ralph rucci & herve leger included metallics in their collection, which didn’t seem to be a highlight in new york. in london, there was a little more glitter on the runway & schwab interpreted that aspect beautifully & not jarringly. within that realm of minimal, clean & modern design- the SS12 marios schwab womenswear collection is a perfect example of what i prefer, stylistically. eventually, what i would like to do is cover only what im obsessed with & nothing else. for a while here on the blog i’ve tried to be all inclusive; dishing & researching everything from collection to ad campaign but in some respects not having anything to say, in terms of personal opinion when it came down to what counts- the clothes. the kind of woman i like is the kind of girl who doesn’t deal with bullshit. we all love glamour & sometimes being over the top- but i find that some of fashion’s greatest style moments have been heavily based in simplicity & ease. that is the same feel i got from this collection.

ruled by structured lines & the utmost interesting concepts, sleek modernism was all that i felt while looking at each piece; admiring everything from the cosmetics to the hemlines. one aspect i felt cheated on was the footwear; i felt the shoes on the models were too restricting & often distracted from the simplicity of the garments being that they were created in a hi-rise style. sheer textiles shielded us from being overwhelmed by the collections glittered moments while particularly close attention was paid to waist lines & necklines. the most inspiring pieces, granted im overly eager about the fall, was the collections set of coats. as i’ve mentioned previously geography plays a great hand in influencing fashion & london’s yearly forecasts allow them the ability to design & produce some of the illest coats. from the sleek dresses that kept it simple to the perforated textiles that only pulled you in closer- i loved the collection from start to finish for taking concepts we’ve seen & reintroducing them in fresh & innovative format.

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fall collections, london: aquascutum

a focus on structure was emphasized through masculine concepts through the FW11 aquascutum collection in london. khaki tones were balanced with bold uses of orange & blue while soft neutrals were balanced with tones of grey & navy. fur was used as an accent throughout the collection as more relaxed concepts were presented with beautiful styling of multi-layered looks. i love how modern yet refined, casual & yet sophisticated the pieces come off. structured coats were seen alongside two tone pants, paneled skirts, ankle boots & dramatic design lines allowed those concepts to shine even greater. from warm tones to a cooled palette finale, i really like the direction taken by creative director joanna sykes, this season. tremendous style is presented throughout the collection through beautifully execution & mindfully sharp concepts.

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fall collections, london: pringle of scotland

clare waight keller, creative director of pringle of scotland, presented a beautiful fall collection that capitalized on structured style & quintessential glamour pieces of the season. a cool set of greys was seen at the entrance of the set, accents of blue made slight cameos throughout. as the collection progressed, patterns shifted their way through the set as use of fur began to take center stage. rich caramel toned coats added clean & classic appeal, resulting in a perfect balance given the collections hard pressed use of prints. the caramel tones transformed into a set of chocolate twill tones as butterscotch colored  fur was seen alongside a mixed fur piece of black & grey fur, eventually leading to the final tone of the collection palette, red. i loved the color story & the thoughtful elements that allowed each look to be seen singularly while still fitting cohesively. strong direction.

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fall collections, london: marios schwab

feminine elegance was presented by way of marios schwab for the fall season in london for show season. a refined palette of red, yellow, navy, maroon & green was showcased as forms of structure were lightly introduced from one look to the next. innovative use of leather was adapted to more ethereal textiles which provided a beautiful use of contrast between hard elements & soft. glossed puffed coats strolled the runway as use of satin was added to leather- allowing modernized styles to bleed through uncontrollably. i love the collections approach to simplified style & really love each piece from fit to concept. thoughtful details were seen as bold tones danced against warm neutrals & white. strong collection of modern classicality.

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fall collections, london: erdem

an artistic interpretation of fall prints was seen for the FW11 erdem collection at london fashion week. dark pieces were accented with magenta & blue print that resembled textures of tweed & floral print. the styles presented within the collection were kept simple, given the fact that the imagination was able to become ignited at even a quick glance. i loved the interpretation of floral print particularly & found relativity to paint in what was created. a wide range of styles was seen with slight variations of print used throughout, allowing the collection to sail smoothly between tones while never lacking cohesion. a strong set of beautifully thoughtful pieces is seen here; great direction & strong skill demonstrated in execution. i cannot wait to see this editorially.

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