Highights From London Fall 2011 Fashion Week

By Blerona

Burberry’s Fall collection was named after the proto-supermodel Jean Shrimpton, based around her look in the early sixties. The collection was just beautiful with its bold colors, tulip-skirted dresses, mod sweaters and pants. But Burberry’s real success was the coats, the beautiful trim coats in various colors, textures and hints of mink, fur, closures and buttons.  Mathew Williamson’s collection was inspired by Francisco Infante-Arana, the Russian artist. The collection had an array of bright colors, and interesting patterns, fringe, beading and fur trim details. Antonio Berardi’s collection was full of stacked pleats bullion beaded sleeves, hints of lace, beautifully made beaded dresses on sheer fabric, and my favorite cashmere coat with a fox top and a trim of sheared mink, just gorgeous.  Sass & Bide Fall collection was based around different cultures and different textures, an urban warrior like woman. The collection included rich and electric shades of magenta, fuchsia, coral and tie-dye colors. My favorite piece was the yellow coat with hints of beading. Roksanda Ilincic’s Fall collection was in inspired by exotic birds, which makes sense that she would use bright vivid colors. The collection included wool tunics, tuxedo-striped trousers, and satin gowns. Some of my favorite looks was the separate tops and skirts pulled together by a contrast ribbon belt.

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Burberry Prorsum

 Mathew Williamson

Antonio Berardi

Sass & Bide  

Roksanda Ilincic

Upcoming trends: Accessories for Fall 2010

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By Blerona

Ready to start shopping for your 2010 Fall Accessories, check out what’s new on the runway and what is still sticking around for another season!

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Winter Fur Accessories, At the more luxurious end of the market are natural-dyed furs (faux and real). Try mixing hair lengths for added contrast, the prominent pelts are long fox fur, tufted rabbit and smooth mink.

In Number Order: 1. Chanel, 2. Michael Kors, 3. Just Cavalli, 4. Thakoon, 5. Oscar De La Renta, 6. Dolce & Gabanna , 7. Oscar De la Renta

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Sequin Accessories, This season low on prints and patterns, instead designers have played with a surface texture and embellishment.

In number order: 1. Issa, 2.Marc Jacobs, 3. Dolce & Gabbana, 4. Louis Vuitton

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Jewel Accessories, After too many seasons of studded accessories, we finally see a move towards more elaborate embellishments as jewel and beaded surfaces come into play for winter.

In number order: 1. 4.1 Phillip Lim, 2. Issa, 3. Bluemarine, 4. Oscar De la Renta, 5. Lanvin, 6. Mark Fast

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Gold hardware – Although we are finally seeing a move away from studding, gold hardware is still evident at designer level, more than likely continue in retail also. Instead of studs though we are seeing gold filigree work, charms, dangling pendants, and coins.

In number order: 1. Dolce & Gabbana, 2. Dolce & Gabbana, 3. Moschino, 4. Alexander Mcqueen

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Miltary – Here’s a trend that taking off in menswear also. The military boot is key item for women this winter. Look for sheepskin linings for an on-trend aviation direction, or try gold buttons for a vintage look. Key colors black, navy and khaki in leather or canvas materials.

In number order: 1. Reed Krakoff, 2. Burberry Prorsum, 3 Burberry Prorsum, 4. Moschino, 5. Mary Katrantzou

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Novelty – Characteristic heels will always have a place at designer level, usually used in fashion shows to help create the story, but many novelty are also appearing on the streets.

In number order: 1. BCBG Max Azria, 2. Balenciaga,  3.Dsquared, 4. Basso & Brooke,  5.Dsquared,  6. Sophia Kokosolaki

Old Trends Never Leave the Runway…

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By Blerona

A trend that’s been around for decades has made its way back to this years hot trends list. Lace, whether it be sheer, cluny, metallic or beaded it’s back and it all over the runway.  Designers such as Valentino, Givenchy, Elie Saab, Dolce & Gabbana, Channel and Burberry Prorsum have all added lace accents in there designs for Fall Season. Check out the hottest trend on the catwalk.

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2010 Runway Show (Left two) Burberry Prorsum (Right Two) Dolce & Gabbana

2010 Runway Show (Left two) Channel Couture (Right Two) Elie Saab Couture

2010 Runway Show (Left two) Eimilio Pucci (Right Two) N’21

2010 Runway Show (Left two) Givenchy Couture (Right Two) Valentino

(Top Left) Chrisian Louboutin, (Top Right) Givenchy, (Bottom left & Right) Valentino

Get the Look!

Some of us aren’t able to afford the beautifully chic clothing on the catwalk, but we can definitely use it as inspiration to create our own. Since DIY’s are the thing this year too, why not revamp your t-shirts with lace by adding simple lace accents to clothing or even accessories. Check out this blog for more revamping inspiration!

2″ STRETCH FLORAL BEADED LACE

 

20CM IMPORTED LACE

6.5″ RIGID LACE

6″ STRETCH LACE

Milan’s Menswear Spring ’09

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By Milton

Milan’s Menswear Spring 09 shows ended this week. 

Many top designers such as Gucci, Burberry and Calvin Klien displayed their collection for next spring.  Here are few a highlights from the shows.  Also, I’ll keep you posted on the show from Paris which started today.

Neil Barrett

 

Burberry Prorsum

 

 

Versace

 

 

Alessandro Dell’Acqua

 

 

Salvatore Ferragamo

 

Bottega Veneta