antithesis fashion

As much as I love the delirious haze of fashion seasons, there is much to love about designers that create transeasonal collections. Renée Lacroix and Zahra Ash-Harper are two such women who launched their ‘slow fashion’ label, ANTITHESIS, last month. Dubbed “The Carry On Closet”, the collection is aimed at empowering cosmopolitan women through a 10-piece transformable capsule collection. Commendably, the duo have also used high quality materials (all locally manufactured and sourced) to encourage conscious consumption towards our sustainable fashion future.

They have created a fantastic video to fully illustrate the conceptual collection, which shows the garments in all their glory; blazers becoming waistcoats, both sides of the stunning wrap coat I have worn above, modular dresses which you can zip multiple embellishments onto – all there with its foolproof fashion fun.

What I Wore:
The Two-Piece Blouse
The Knit Piece
The Reversible Onepiece

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volcom dress

That’s right! Out with the old competition and in with the new!

I have a size small (though not tight!), classy “Kanari” dress to give away! Designed by Volcom, the dress has a half pleated skirt detail and gathered top with abox pleat tuck on the neckline. The Kanari Dress is actually part of Volcom’s Autumn/Winter 2011 SEED collection – a project which supports the grass roots of fashion.

In 2009, Volcom approached the London College of Fashion with an open brief: to re-invent a classic piece of Volcom denim. The prize was a six month placement working in the girls design department on a capsule collection which, obviously, was to be known as the SEED line.

In starting the capsule collection, the starting point for the winner – Anju Khusul – was to re-visit some of Volcom’s most popular and key garments. Anju wanted to create a fresh take on these key pieces but not lose the Volcom identity. As she started the research, she became inspired by the traditional art of Origami and wanted to recreate intricate and beautiful origami techniques in fabric.

The colour palette is based around matt and sheen black, estate blue, cinder brown and hints of plum, a colour combination which projects a feminine and sleek look – and with this being a more luxurious line, the fabric choices reflect this accordingly; they include silk yarns, bamboo cotton and a woven Jacquard.

Every detail on every garment has been hand selected and developed by Anju Khusul, and has resulted in a unique and incredible collection – of which you can win a piece from!

To enter:

    • Leave a comment below telling me why you want to win this gorgeous dress!
    • To validate your entry, “Like” my page on Facebook and publicly “Share” the photo in the WIN! A gorgeous “Kanari” album.
    • For extra entries:
      Follow me on Twitter and tweet: 

      I just entered to #win a @volcom dress on www.lelalondon.com! @lelalondon

The contest is open worldwide. You have until January 27th to enter. Please make sure you comment with a valid e-mail address.

jess wright clothes

Jessica Wright - In Love With Fashion


It seems pretty strange that though I don’t watch The Only Way Is Essex, as soon as I had received the invitation the Jessica Wright‘s boutique launch, I knew who she was. As one of the more fashion-forward and sweet-natured cast members of ‘TOWIE’ (as judged by her media representation), I was very intrigued to see what her boutique ‘With Love, Jessica‘ had in store.

It was Jessica to a tee. The lingerie boutique not only features some of the girliest, sweetly seductive undergarments around (from Caprice, Melissa Odabash, Alexis Smith, etc), but it also showcased her brand new clothing capsule collection with LOVE.

There are seven pieces for Jessica Wright for Love; two bodices, three dresses, and two skirts. All glamorous enough to please the Essex crowd, without going over the top. (I think the nude bodice is a must-have, for me, after seeing it on Jessica herself).

So, enjoy the TOWIE-tastic photos from the launch (including my gorgeous assistant, Yeshna, with Arg – her dream man!) and head down to ‘With Love’ (at 148 Loughton High Road, Loughton, Essex, IG10 4BE) if you’re looking for lusciously lady-friendly shopping!

Jessica Wright

Jessica Wright from TOWIE


TOWIE

TOWIE Cast


TOWIE Arg

Arg from TOWIE

Karl Lagerfeld Macys
If you have yet to hear of Macy’s “Impulse” department, you will soon find it’s hype inescapable. Why? Karl Lagerfeld has designed a capsule collection for them (no really, I’m serious)!

With a campaign full of Coco Rocha goodness – shot in Lagerfeld’s library in Paris – the 45 piece collection (priced between $50 and $170) is sure to fly off the racks. Karl said:

“To me Macy’s is the perfect department store in the US where everybody can find what they’re looking for without ruining their budget.”

With that said, when it comes to designer collaborations, we can’t all afford to buy one of everything, can we? For that reason, I have curated a list of the ten best pieces from the collections – the ones that scream “Chanel”.


1. Dress, $124.
2. Blush dress, $99.
3. Ruffled dress, $119.
4. Collared dress, $139.
5. Brown jacket, $119.
6. Scarf, $49.
7. Leather short, $79.
8. Tweed dress, $129 (top pick!)
9. Belted tweed jacket, $169.
10. White blouse, $99.

The collection goes on sale at 235 Macy’s across America and on macys.com on August 31.

Sarah Jessica Parker

  • Emily Current and Merritt Elliott – of the denim brand Current/Elliott – are designing a capsule collection of handbags for Kate Spade.
  • “I copy the dress of an animal because I love to copy God. I think God is the most fantastic designer.” – Roberto Cavalli
  • Camilla Al Fayed, daughter of Harrods owner Mohammed Al Fayed, just bought a controlling stake in Issa. Especially interesting because Camilla’s brother, Dodi, was the boyfriend of Princess Diana and also died in the infamous car crash. In addition, Issa is one of Kate Middleton‘s favorite brands (her much-replicated blue engagement dress was an Issa design). In the first steps towards brand expansion, Camilla will venture into the world of e-commerce, as well as open a store in London.
  • Armani announced that Rihanna will be the new “global testimonial” (aka face) for Emporio Armani Underwear and Armani Jeans for the brands’ fall campaigns. Good move.
  • Courteney Cox has been given the position of “Home Editor” on Jane Pratt’s new lady site, xoJane. According to the press release, Cox will be giving xoJane readers “decorating advice and beauty tips“.
  • Megan Fox published some photos on Facebook “proving” that she does not use Botox. Professional response? “Looks like Megan is just as talented with Photoshop as she is in entertainment,” says plastic surgeon Dr. Nicholas Vendemia. “Those lines on her forehead are totally fake. Muscles in the forehead and brow simply don’t create curved wrinkles like that. The wrinkles Megan is showing us don’t coincide with brow anatomy, nor do they match the facial expression she is making.” Dermatologist Dr. Vince Afsahi said: “The photo looks altered. The muscles in the forehead do not usually create an arc-like pattern seen in the photo. Anatomically [it] does not make sense.” And! Dermatologic surgeon Dr. David Sire quips, “I have never seen the frontalis [forehead] muscle do this unless the muscle was surgically cut. It appears as if she is frowning and elevating her brow at the same time. Quite a feat!”
  • Victoria Beckham delivered a baby girl who weighed seven pounds when she was born, arrived in the seventh hour in the seventh month on the seventh day of the week, and seven was David Beckham‘s jersey number for Manchester United and the English national team. Name of the future fashionista? Harper Seven.
  • Sarah Jessica Parker left Halston Heritage.
  • Though it was only released on June 23rd, Justin Bieber‘s fragrance, ‘Someday‘, has made more than $3 million dollars for Macy’s, making it the fastest selling fragrance…ever.