Monthly Archives: March 2011

Inspiring Fashion Sites

What do you look for in a website?

What makes you stay and look, and what makes you leave immediately?

Here are a few that I love…

Jonathan Saunders
Matthew Williamson

Antonio Berardi

Alexander McQueen

Vivenne Westwood

David Koma

Issa London

Temperley London

The Stella Boutique

Mark Fast

Lucy In Disguise

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People Tree’s Fairtrade Summer Staples

After commenting on Bora Aksu’s dull fashion on the People Tree website, I wanted to find out whether People Tree could offer exciting clothes and be Fairtrade. I was pleasantly surprised to find that they have some great staple pieces for the summer. Excellent! I would still love to see them be more trend focused; pushing boundaries with cut and offering exciting embroideries and prints. However they have some great names affiliated to them such as Emma Watson and Laura Ashley.

Here are some Summer Staples from People Tree: (Can you guess which is my favourite?…)people tree summer staples

(…The cropped crochet knit cardigan of course, mmm)

Kate Moss for Longchamp – Faraway

Kate Moss is no longer designing for Topshop and but is still designing for Longchamp and has recently released a range of handbags for Spring Summer 2011.

They have created a beautiful boho-chic movie ‘Faraway’ showcasing the latest designs with Kate, clearly inspired and driven by the 70s trends this season. Kate is wearing a delight of outfits; long bell-sleeved dresses, over-sized shirts and crochet trimmed dresses. All very Biba! The tambourine scenes are a little over-the -top-70s for me, but you’ve got to love it anyway. I especially love the soundtrack by Nancy Sinatra, it fits wonderfully with the misty shots of Kate.kate_moss_longchamp_nhude

Here are a few of the Longchamp handbags from this collection: Do you think they fit the style of the movie?kate_moss_longchamp_nhude

Which is you favourite? Mine’s got to be number 1. A great bright beach bag for a summer holiday!

 

This weekend: More Homemade Cards

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So… which is your favourite? Please comment..

Want some for you to send to friends? Email me..

This weekend: Homemade Cards

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Bora Aksu.. Over The Top with Textiles or Textile Fabulous?

Bora Aksu is a London-based Turkish designer. He is best known for, based on a balance between differing textures and fabric weights, knitting techniques and embellishment.

Here are a few pieces from his Autumn Winter 2011 collection:

There were a lot of textiles in this collection, perhaps a little too much? I am very impressed that he is going out there for knit and stitch but was it a little too crafty? I’d love to know your thoughts! Did he bring a good balance of fashion and textiles to this collection or did the fact that he is ‘known for textiles’ result in it appearing slightly like a school project?

Is Bora Aksu over the top or textile fabulous?

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Bora also designs a Fairtrade capsule collection for People Tree… A little plain and dull but Fairtrade all the same. Isn’t it about time Fairtrade became fashionable and fun? Obviously if there are already companies out there doing it already I’d love to know who and where they are!?

Images from Vogue and LFW

Vogue’s London Trend Report Autumn Winter 2011

Part 2…

  • An obsession with straps and bandaging gives dramatic tension.
  • Colour: between Burberry’s Crayola brights and Louise Gray’s foil-dotted plaid mohair, there is a resplendent feast of colour. Jonathan Saunders’ William Morris-inspired prints in turquoise, coral and leaf green were a real standout.

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  • Great new looks for modernists included the long tunic over flaring trousers in plays of sheer and print.
  • Silhouettes have simplified and purified. This is a season of evening trousers matched with fancy blouses, of demure sheath-like dresses with high necks and long sleeves.

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Some interesting trends coming this Autumn from London; over the next few weeks I will be exploring my favourite designers in more depth..

Vogue’s London Trend Report Autumn Winter 2011

Part 1…

  • Following seasons of cosy rusticity and utility wear for day, and thigh-skimming cocktailwear for night, London designers are now focussing on elaborately detailed and seriously grown-up chic.

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  • There is a fetishistic edge to the beautifully crafted clothes – see Giles, Topshop Unique, Antonio Berardi and Marios Schwab.

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Vogue’s New York Trend Report Autumn Winter 2011

  • A new feel for richness, detail and sumptuous fabrics flourished through the NYC collections taking many shapes and forms – see Proenza Schouler, Rodarte and Thakoon

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  • At Donna Karan and Victoria Beckham new shapes emerged like the wrap skirt, the midi length and a u-turn of the body con va-va-voom trend that dominated last winter.

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  • Androgyny was the calling card with Alexander Wang and Phillip Lim delivering luxe utility
  • The romance with the Seventies is still in the air – as seen at Tommy Hilfiger, Michael Kors and Marc by Marc Jacobs

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Just found…

Stumbling across a gorgeous designer Stacey Bendet who is behind the brand; Alice and Olivia. The brand is all about being ‘sophisticated and eclectic with a playful sensibility’ and has all things a stylish girl would want! Chic day wear, simplistic dresses but also sequin tops, printed trousers and glam dresses.

Check out the website, it’s very funky!

Here are some images from their fall 2011 collection. An eclectic range of embellishment, embroidery and furs. Vintage inspired! I love the styling of each model, and the red lips!