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Just launched: Seek No Further, a new premium fashion line from the heritage utility brand, Fruit Of The Loom. I love these offbeat campaign images from the brand (shot by Colin Dodgson), which is said to harness a pioneering spirit, “inspired by yesterday’s visionaries, today’s trailblazers and tomorrow’s innovators”. Although we’ve all heard that before so the proof will be in the pudding…
I haven’t seen the product close up yet but I have high hopes for these sweats… Americans have been wearing Fruit Of The Loom tees and sweats for 150 years so the fabric quality and tech innovation should be a given…
Why have a show? That’s the 64 million dollar question that continues to circulate fashion week season after season. The answer is still elusive – is it an industry insider event or a public spectacle? – but I think if you’re going to have a show, make it a show. Make some element of it surprising, delightful, emotional, weird or thought provoking. It’s not like there isn’t a ton of options at your disposal. There’s the set, the music, the choreography. Or the casting, styling, make up…take your pick.
Carven’s Paris show was staged at the elegant Galerie Des Gobelins – a collection of youthful tailoring with collage-y placements and crystal embroidery that nodded to the art of Man Ray and Blumenfeld. Skirt lengths were both teeny skater-style and lean calf-grazers, styled with chunky fall-over heels. The models walked solemnly and trepidatiously (not surprising in those shoes), lit by cinematic spotlights and each hugging a squashy clutch bag to her chest, teddy bear-style. I liked this simple but consistent detail. And the accompanying music (Mistakes by Tindersticks) was suitably haunting and evocative, adding drama to a show that was both beautiful and memorable…
Meanwhile, Issey Miyake on Friday was set in a pitch black tent in the Tuileries. The show notes promised a ‘Rhythmatic Forest’ with live music by guitarist Ei Wada and vocalist Chiyako, using Wada’s self-invented spring guitar which itself proved a dramatic visual backdrop to the show. I loved the beginning in which simply-clad models stopped in strategic positions and proceeded to transform the flat bags they were carrying into bouncy sculpted dresses…
The show continued,with many variations of designer Yoshiyuki Miyamae’s ‘tree ring’ style pleats in a warm (and sometimes printed) palette of greens, blues, tans and winter berry shades. Of course, similar structured pleats have found their ways into numerous other designers’ shows lately but Miyake’s pioneering heat-pressed technique continues to explore fresh perspectives. Added to the mix were multi-textured coats and nubby knits, ending in a choreographed finale of colour, shape and texture that could only be Miyake…
ISSEY MIYAKE AW14
[Image credits: Disneyrollergirl x 1; Carven x 5; Disneyrollergirl x 2; GPS Radar x 3; Disneyrollergirl x 3]
River Island loves bloggers so it’s tapped some of its favourites to model its latest denim. Why this works? Because these super-bloggers will naturally share the shots on their own multi channel platforms, thus spreading the message far and wide. (It’s an international affair – amongst the bloggers are Italian Chiara Ferragni from The Blonde Salad, Australian Jessica Stein of Tuula Vintage and Spanish Gala Gonzalez from Amlul).
And the photos are high quality too. As with Gap’s STYLD.BY campaign, bloggers have mixed River Island denim with other brands (hello Vuitton Vivienne bag), an acknowledgement of today’s high-low approach to dressing…
I’m in Paris for a few days to do some shows, some re-sees, some window shopping and hopefully to get a first look at the Dries Van Noten exhibition. To prep myself I swung by the Dries shop in Quai Malaquais. I managed to take a sneaky photo – isn’t it gorgeous?
What’s funny though is how rare it is to see this much Dries in detail. There are no Dries shops in London and even though stores like Liberty and Harvey Nichols sell shedloads of it, they still only stock an edit of the collection. And because you can’t really buy much Dries Van Noten online, you can’t zoom in to appreciate all the complex workmanship. Basically, nothing beats seeing it in the store, merchandised the way it’s meant to be, and scented with notes of Frederic Malle’s Dries Van Noten scent (which they sell in gigantic bottles).
I discovered that Dries cuts an excellent wide-leg cropped trouser and fantastic day-to-night coats, sold alongside his always-stunning bags, jewels and shoes. The coats and trousers were among the standouts of yesterday’s Dries Van Noten AW14 show. If you look at the shapes, they don’t change that much from season to season, they’re always flatteringly roomy but beautifully decorative. I like the addition of the bold eyewear and flowers to the collection to add just a bit of kook…
[Catwalk images: Style.com]
Beauty bits: Tom Ford’s first face palette, Sam McKnight hair accessories, positive beauty talk and Coca Cola nails
FIRST LOOK AT TOM FORD’S FACE PALETTE
Last week I met with the PR for Tom Ford Beauty, where she arranged all the latest spring lip and nail colours before me. Most exciting was a first look at the new (and first ever) Tom Ford face palette (above) due in April. Even the MD of the store we were in snuck over from his meeting at the next table to get a peek. In the pics below you can also just see the Lip and Cheek Shimmers (bottom right) which also land on counter in April. Continue reading
“People get this very romantic vision of a fashion designer who in one night makes 25 sketches and in the morning throws them on the table and there are a lot of women in white aprons with the pins on the lapel and they start to grab the sketches and… It’s not like that. Forget it! It’s lists, it’s computers, it’s meetings, it’s planning, it’s organising. It’s all these things.”
Dries Van Noten, The Telegraph
I can’t wait to see Dries Van Noten: Inspiration at Les Arts Décoratifs in Paris this weekend!
[Image: The Guardian]
Glitter, hi-shine and metallics for day are emerging in a big way from the Milan AW14 shows. London had them too, at Meadham Kirchhoff and Preen.
We have had metallics and sequins etc for day before but the shapes we’re seeing this time are masculine and utilitarian. Continue reading
So London Fashion Week is done and dusted (Do check out my daily highlights HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE) but I’m not quite finished yet. As part of my partnership with Swatch, I’m ending on this roundup of forthcoming AW14 trends. You can also head over to the Swatch Facebook page to watch the videos we filmed at Somerset House… Continue reading