“The way the industry works, you’re driven to do all these grandiose shows, all these things that are incredibly expensive. And then one day, the sponsorship runs out. You’re on your own.”
Ben Kirchhoff, Style.com
This post is a little late because I had so much post-LFW catching up to do.
Simone Rocha is a favourite for Londoners and has finely tuned her unique communion-chic aesthetic. I loved how the models’ heads were swathed in sheer, flower-scattered voiles. Also, those pink lace-ups… (more…)
The final day of London Fashion Week was all about youthful ideals and teen romance, kicking off at 9am with Marques’Almeida. This duo has slowly and steadily built an appealing aesthetic that riffs on tattered-edged insousiance of a bygone kind. While earlier collections were rooted in nineties grunge, AW14 takes its essence from New York’s Chelsea Hotel and its famous 1970s inhabitants. The models’ Patti Smith-style bird’s nest hair matched the fuzzy furry stoles and shoes, while the colour palette was surprisingly upbeat – complemented by primary-coloured MAC paint ringing the eyes. (more…)
Oh man, I am so done with winter already! Luckily, every day of pure white cloud overhead brings another postie delivery of spring beauty goodness…
TORY BURCH BEAUTY IS HERE
Tory Burch Beauty has now arrived (at Harrods and Toryburch.co.uk) and it’s a nicely considered offer. Packaging-wise, the gold-on-orange fretwork is gorgeous, although you’ll be slightly disappointed if expecting something weighty as it’s not metal. On the upside, that makes it lighter and easily portable. The products themselves are similar to Aerin in terms of wearability. (more…)
My last day of men’s fashion week was a short one as I only had two shows. JW Anderson was as unexpected as expected – a medley of flat-coloured knits, asymmetric coats and clingy jerseys, contrasted with roomy pinstripe tailoring and Jonathan’s favourite chunky-soled shoes. As always, there was a play on gender conventions, so we had sheer applique separates and skewed headscarves added to the mix. Definitely one of the most memorable collections of the weekend
A recent interview with Topshop‘s Kate Phelan revealed that the creative director plans to make its designer collaborations bigger and better. “I think before, the collaborations have always been seen as something quite small compared to the rest of the business. There’s so much potential in the relationship we have with the designers, we should maximise it.” And what great sense that makes. Prime example: last week’s Meadham Kirchhoff kitschfest – an all singing and dancing in-store extravaganza at the London Topshop flagship. Wish you were there?
Food is the new fashion so forgive me for getting excited over the following foodie news:
PENHALIGON’S FOR MEADHAM KIRCHHOFF SCENTED CHOCOLATES!
Lucky front row show-goers (not me then) at the Meadham Kirchhoff show are in for a multi-sensory treat. As is becoming their ‘thing’, the models, collection and shows space will be spritzed with Penhaligon’s romantic Eau San Pareil but to add an extra twist, fashion editors can chomp on exclusive scented chocolates specially created by The Chocolate Tree. Hmmph, as if they don’t get enough perks… (more…)
I’ve been on a bit of a press days sabbatical this season. PRs have not only spread SS12 press days across October, November and December (back in the day, it was just October), but generally had more events and launches than ever before. I guess competition for press and bloggers’ attention is fiercer than ever but it’s had the opposite effect; instead of ramping up my attendance and coverage, I’ve bailed out altogether. (more…)