London Fashion Week Opened With A Busy Schedule and Lots of Great Shows

London Fashion Week has just begun and I’m already in awe for these three collections:

Jamie Wei Huang’s collection at LFW is an exploring adventure, kept in place by shades of grey, mixed with blue and red. These three colors are the main characters, with blue slightly dominating more in presence and variation. Looks are build from layers of unpretentious pieces which consists of oversized shirts on top of some dress or a long skirt. Extra long scarves and socks keep warm and make it look cozy for the viewer.

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British-Chinese-Vietnamese designer A Sai Ta showcased it’s very first ‘on its own’ collection at LFW under the name ASAI. The looks carry a bit of a Peter Pan vibe, however, taken one by one, we have a bunch of good looking pieces to wear on a day to day basis. Coats have just the right feel to ‘mix and match’ with more glammy pieces, and just as good to create a very casual look. I’ve seen a handsome pantsuit and I adore the look of the skirt with a middle split leading to patterned pants.

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Gayeon collection has pieces of Victorian inspiration, at least the upper part, which makes dresses look quite tasteful. Colors throughout the entire collection are kept humble and unnoticeable but don’t be tricked by that. Clothes have so much more to offer in terms of feel and look.

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Chanel Couture Collection Invites to Playfulness and Good Looking Pink

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Arranged to look like you’re having an out of the body experience right in the backyard of a glamorous Italian villa, Chanel took its pinks, the little flowers, the bride, and gorgeous mules down the runway for showcasing its Couture collection for Spring 2019. Each silhouette walked around a decent size pond or pool, depending on the type of imagination you have, and posed right at the middle, with a perfect arranged background to emphasize the amazingness of all the craftsmanship that went into this fine collection. The mules I was talking about are designed to have a strap behind, so ultimately, we are left with a very refined shoe. Very lady-like too. As for the pink and violet, I can’t even breath. The shades that were chosen are heavenly soft and pure looking. All the other details are added only to reinforce the general ‘gentle and playful’ vibe. All the other colors known to be Chanel-approved are having individual moments of triumph, ultimately balancing everything out. It all looks eye-catching and grand, that’s for sure.

Front row: Kristen Stewart, Pharrell Williams, Diane Rouxel, Marion Cotillard, Go-Eun Kim and more.

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Jackson Wang Had a Closing Show Performance at Fendi Mens

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Into a cozy arrangement with a library feel, Fendi show took its Mens collection down the runway, up close to the audience. One after another, male models showcased gorgeous looks of gentle beauty. Colors are soft with lots of brown and beige, black and grey. Pretty simple, yet every look is a unique space of perfectly mixed details, again, very gentle, but so well arranged. This gentleness in details and cuts reminds of a subtle feminity, but it’s not destroying the “masculine” look, instead, it only adds an extra touch of pleasantness. Suits are accompanied by long cardigans and long jackets with matching design, puffer greyish jackets, and tucked-in sweaters. The dominant fabric has a metallic look, again, gentle to the eye. My favorite look from the show: see-through combo, with metallic effect. Pants match the shirt. Don’t worry. There’s shorts involved.

Front row: Chiara Ferragni, Rob Raco, Mandy Sekiguchi. Rapper Jackson Wang closed the show with a live performance.

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Christopher Kane and its Fabolous Show at London Washion Week

Christopher Kane had a fabulous show, presented of course at London Fashion Week, where the crème de la crème of the British designers are currently showcasing collections for Spring/Summer.

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The designer does not disappoint, ever, in terms of attention to details. For this show, there’s an androgyne look, where you simply have to embrace the not knowing at whom you’re looking at. To reinforce the feel, there’s work in creating a soft, attractive look, yet elements are not always embodying the classic feminine. It’s rather playful and a little ‘out of the box’. What you never thought of, you see it here, in this collection, looking more satisfying than what you might think. Fabrics are soft. There is even a return to the classic sneaker, to which I felt I’m back to a very good place. But that’s just a ‘passing through’ the show. What’s really happening, are these red or white victorian inspired booties/shoes, carrying an emphasized shoe tongue, which gives the whole piece the perfect refined feel to work like magic next to all these architectural inspired clothes. Other booties are created to sit relaxed around the ankle and glammed up with a sparkling stripe. Another fantastic match is one between clean looking high sports shoes, with a revealing inside heel paired with clothes from the collection. I really feel Christopher managed to redefine the feminine into a genderless look, yet not losing the softness and the beauty of Venus.

Queen Elizabeth Sits Front Row Next To Anna Wintour at London Fashion Week

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Not everybody knows who Richard Quinn is, but everybody knows the face and name of Queen Elizabeth. The monarch made a glamorous move and sat front row, right next to Anna Wintour, while attending London based designer Richard Quinn’s Fall Winter 18/19 collection. If you’re confused, I’ll explain. Richard Quinn is a relatively new designer in the high arena, who got awarded right after his fashion show with the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design, Quinn being the first recipient. Yet, the designer is no stranger to big moments. In 2017 he received the H&M Design Award, having the opportunity to create for the brand and have the clothes in the store (at least in South Korea). What a moment for the designer and for the monarch! Speaking of the Queen, she looks natural, as if moments like this were a regular date, however, we know that this is not the case. Fashion-wise, she wore a light blue costume and black gloves. Fancy!

On the show, Quinn is very bold and brave too. The collection does not lack in creative appearances, not to mention the richness of the prints, covering in some cases the entire silhouette, from head to toe. Colors are bright and noisy and in your face.

Victoria Beckham Pre-Tenth Anniversary Retrospective Fashion Show at New York Fashion Week

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Victoria Beckham dropped a few touches of futurism into her pre-tenth anniversary retrospective fashion show for Fall-Winter 2018/2019, presented at New York Fashion Week, moving on further from her usual minimalistic approach, which thankfully, hasn’t changed. The clean silhouettes walked down the runway looking like an ode to the khaki color, with splashes of blue and brown here and there. Animal print brings more diversity to the table, and yet sits so well with the rest of the collection, living proof of the powerful message coming from the shapes. Sophisticated cuts made clothes look stunning, despite their simplicity. As we know, Victoria has a passion for coats, this collection being no exception. The fabrics look heavy, not at all the fluffy sort of thing, yet very high end – the type of piece you can only find from a designer. Without a doubt, the creativity is there, exposed right under your glance.

Highlights From Chanel Métiers d’Art Fashion Show

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Chanel took its fancy front row, brand new clothes and all of the models in a trip to Hamburg, where Karl Lagerfeld had yesterday, December 6, a very nautically inspired Chanel Pre-Fall 2018 Métiers d’Art collection, inside one of the most acoustically advanced concert halls in the world, the Elbphilharmonie.
The venue is perfect for this collection since its shape resembles very much the water waves. The inside of the building took the guests on an intimate experience, with the help of a live orchestra, wooden based interior and sophisticated clothes.

Known faces made a delightful front row, and things got even better with German singer Lena Meyer-Landrut and German actress Hannah Herzsprung appearing perfectly styled in a Chanel kind of way. Both ladies blended in nicely with everyone else.

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Clothes:
The sailor caps and Edwardian shoes matched well with colorful knitwear outfits, black ensembles, and gorgeous snowy looks, the last mentioned being my favorites from this collection.

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Gucci Pays Tribute to Sir Elton John & 70’s in Dark-Themed SS 2018 Fashion Show

A gender mix show focused on individual pieces rather on a set of looks, was set off to unravel Gucci’s SS 2018 collection, at Milan Fashion Week, on September 20. The mood was dark with a vampiric touch, seen in the makeup, hair and the runway setup. A rather bizarre music arranged by Rob Lewis and Emre Ramazanoglu, directed by Steve Mackey accompanied the models in a trans runway walk, surely meant to add to the general vibe.

The clothes were very much Gucci, with a lot of the velvet silhouettes being mixed in with sparkly fabrics. There was a 70’s feel in the clothes, with sparkly dark nude bodysuits worn underneath, long dresses with large shoulders and men’s perfectly tailored suits. Crystal-studded jewelry, sunglasses, stunning headpieces and crystal headbands worn under the chin added to the extravaganza. Sir Elton John-inspired pieces, a Sega graphic font inspired bag, and few English high society details added into the collection are highlights of the show. “The collection is a mystery through which I can show the personal experience, aesthetic and emotions of what I live” said by designer Alessandro Michele wraps up beautifully the essence of the SS 2018 collection.

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Tommy Hilfiger’s Tartan & Plaid Inspired Fall/Winter 2017 Collection at LFW

Tommy Hilfiger joined the fun at London Fashion Week, but not the summer or spring where in his mind. The designer revealed its AW 2017 collection, which is a good sight to see among all the SS 2018 collections happening these days. Touched by the grunge feel and presented as urban looks, the collection involved the welcoming sight of tartan and plaid patterns served throughout the show in various shapes and sizes. Long coats, jackets, slip dress, schoolgirl-inspired dresses and skirts, winter long jackets, and pants, were paired with black stockings, beanie hats, and almost everyone on the show had fingerless black with red pattern gloves. Few blurry flower print pieces made it into this collection as well, presented by models dressed in stockings, with leather shorts or long pants, minus the beanies.

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Emporio Armani’s SS 2018 Collection at London Fashion Week

Emporio Armani’s collection at London Fashion Week had a little Barbie doll vibe to it, thanks to translucent and iridescent fabrics of pastel aquatic colors modeled into stylish tailored pants, schoolgirl-inspired and long dresses with soft ruffled bottoms, various tops, and summer casual and blazer jackets. Small geometric figures prints and applique made their way into the collection, looking jolly, almost cute, especially since the designer paired them with before mentioned pastel aquatic colored pieces. A nice change of seen was made by modern hieroglyph styled prints. The clothes looked marvelous and surprisingly still in tune with what happened before on the runway. The glimpse of color red was there, yet managed to have no say in the final result. Talking of which, could not have been better placed in time.

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Collections That Stood Out at MBFW Istanbul

Rashid by Rasit Bagzibagli
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Rasit Bagzibagli showed off a fun summery collection with a pleasant conversation of sparkly fabrics, artistically assembles of colorful stripes and a relaxed approach.

Şiyar Akboğa
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Siyar Akboga’s collection shown at MBFWI was far away from being romantic or anything of the sort, conquering eyes with elements of a fetish vibe like harness and mesh ripped off masks. In between, he added jacket suit dressy looks, wide leg pants and a nice assembly of bralettes.

Umit Kutluk
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Umit Kutluk had a couple of looks mastered with class and style for his SS 2018 collection, at MBFWI. The designer achieved greatness by shaping fabrics in an unorthodox manner, and then, with the help of girly colors, feather, embroidery and flattering cuts he added style and beauty.

Mehtep Elaidi
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A perfect high-fashion worthy collection of Mehtep Elaidi happened at MBFWI. 60’s palette of colors painted folk-inspired clothes styled by the designer in a modern manner. The inspiration is barely noticeable or at least, too well made to disrupt the rest of the conversation.

 

 

 

Best of Shows From NYFW SS 2018 – Part 2

Paula Knorr
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German designer Paula Knorr used the same approach like most of the brands presenting at NYFW and sent down the runway minimalistic silhouettes which she styled mostly on the sides, keeping the fabric flat on the face and back. The fabrics are shiny, velvety and lacquered, painted in soft browns, red, blue and white. For an extra feel, the designer had the models wearing knee-high boots in matching fabrics.

Xiao Li
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Xiao Li had an adorable collection perfectly executed, with see-through fabrics shaped dolly like but in a nightgown manner and finished off in a modern kind of way. Puffy sleeves, gentle ruffles here and there, geometric flower embroidery at the hem, delicate stripes and soft unpretentious bows made this collection a total crush. Colors: baby pink, baby blue, red and white.

Zimmermann
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Speaking of crushes, Zimmermann had me completely melted and mesmerized with their fresh looking sophisticated collection. It reminds me of the aristocracy, just modernized and free of social norms. It looked summery with the flower prints and vintage hand embroidered tablecloth style embroidery arrangements. This collection is delicious but ladylike, with short skirts and white beautifully embellished shirts and jackets with pointed shoulders.

Fenty Puma
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Fenty Puma left me with a good impression, even though we are talking about sportswear. The whole collection abounds in shades of green and blue, played on eye-catching sports clothes, ranging from bralettes to leather costumes.

 

Best of Shows From NYFW SS 2018 – Part 1

Tom Ford
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The woman from Tom Ford’s SS 2018 collection looked classy with a slight hint of a bad-ass nuance to her personality. Her clothes are undeniably comfy, appealing and alluring. The designer explored the minimalistic appearance, an approach often seen presented at NYFW for SS 2018.

Ulla Johnson
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I don’t know if it’s the background for the show, but Ulla Johnson’s SS collection had me fallen in love with the clothes. I’m feeling the calmness in the colors she chose for this collection. I’m feeling the soft fabrics. It looks feminine and gentle, like a dream.

GCDS
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GCDS’ collection is like a breath of fresh air among all the disproportionate romance going on.

Monse
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Monse stands out from the crowd by having a lovely, down to earth collection, with sporty clothes mixed with casual high heels, socks here and there and hats.

Milly
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I was surprised by how much I liked Milly’s collection. The tops are tiny, therefore quite revealing and I love that.

Adeam
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Adeam is definitely one of the most well-made collections from this NYFW edition. And although the designer joined the existing obnoxious trends happening at the moment on the runway, the collection looks somehow unique from the rest. Fabrics are alluring, colors are mature, cuts are perfect.

Bibhu Mohapatra
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Bibhu Mohapatra left me speechless with an outstanding collection of dresses looking very different from everything happening trend wise. He sent down the runway luxurious looking silhouettes to which I had a hard time choosing a favorite. Execution is perfect, down to the last detail. Colors are earthy and elegant. Shapes are flattering and feminine.

Taoray Wang
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Taoray Wang is another designer with a great collection presented at NYFW. She kept it simple, and added the right details to lift up the mood of the clothes.

Tibi
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Tibi had lovely long dresses and played with monochromatic silhouettes. The collection is elegant and modern yet unpretentious.

 

 

 

Quick Look Over NYFW 7-13 September Schedule

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NYFW it’s on its starting point, officially starting from today, 7th September, and lasting until Next Wednesday, 13 September. However, Tom Ford and a few other brands had an earlier start for themselves and unraveled awaited collections yesterday, on the 6th September. With that out of the way, let’s have a quick look at the official schedule and highlight some of the shows presented during NYFW.

Today, Thursday, has a lot going on, and it is just as much for the rest of the week. Desigual is planned to show at noon, followed by a crowded lineup. Late afternoon is going to be American-based Japanese fashion designer Tadashi Shoji ready to show, who’s followed by a total of nine shows, all presented at 6 pm. Before the evening ends with its latest show, scheduled at 9 pm, Calvin Klein is on the list showing at 8 pm. In between, there are five fashion shows happening, and literally, this day will go by with no time to take a breather.

Moving on, Project Runway is planned to show at 9 am on Friday, the 8th. American fashion house Cushnie et Ochs and Jeremy Scott are on the Friday schedule too.

Saturday is going to be the busiest day of all NYFW, with 56 shows so far on the list. London based label Self-Portrait is scheduled in the morning, shortly followed by Jill Stuart. Banana Republic is delivering at 1 Pm and at 4 pm is Christian Siriano’s time to show its latest collection. Philip Plein and Alexander Wang are scheduled to close the day.

Sunday is another busy day, and it is the day when Victoria Beckham label is scheduled to present its latest collection. Can’ t wait for it. Prabal Gurung show is set for the evening. And probably the most talked show from NYFW, Fenty Puma by Rihanna is scheduled before the end of this wonderfully packed day.

Monday, on the 5th day of NYFW the schedule looks a tiny bit more spacious, prove that we’re slowly getting closer to the end of the event. The Row is set to show at the beginning of the day, while Australian girly label Zimmermann has the honor of having its show presented before noon. Zadig & Voltaire, Oscar de la Renta, Anna Sui, Carolina Herrera are just a few of the many shows that follow. The day is closed by Kristin Cavallari’s brand Uncommon James + Chinese Laundry.

Tuesday is for Jenny Packham, the label in charge to open the day, Badgley Mischka, J. Mendel, one of my favorites, Naeem Khan and Ralph Lauren, just to name a few from the ones presenting on this day, closed by The Blonds.

Wednesday and the last day of NYFW, is perhaps one of the most laid-back, schedule wise, but has plenty to give for fashion lovers. One of the loveliest designers out there, Michael Kors is presenting its collection at 10 am, and then at 11 am we get surprised by none other than Eva Longoria with her KIA Style collection. Marchesa, Marc Jacobs and Marcel Ostertag are some of the labels set to present. The day is closed by Jia Liu label.

Check the full schedule here.

 

 

Best Celebrity Looks From Week August 1

Freida Pinto and Olivia Palermo were among the attendees at Women’s Health and FEED’s 6th Annual Party Under the Stars on August 5, and they both looked impeccable, the reason why I’ve decided to gush a bit about their outfits. Palermo is obviously a pro in the fashion department, and for the event she chose to wear a maxi polka dots skirt that she paired with a white ruffle shirt. Her nude and gold strappy high heels sandals sealed the deal elegantly.

Freida Pinto skipped color, instead wearing a Resort 2018 white ensemble with black patterns, consisting of a maxi skirt and shirt. She finished her relaxed appearance with black strappy heeled mules.

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Although extremely gorgeous, this Couture Fall 2017 gray wool jumpsuit is not the easiest piece to wear. However, for the screening of her latest movie ‘Wind River’, actress Elizabeth Olsen looked magnificent while wearing it. For the completion of her look she chose to wear black pumps, a choice that kept her look close to the image portrayed by the brand for this collection.

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