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.

Burberry Prorsum SS12
Award for the most tech-savvy show of Spring/Summer 2012? Unless someone in Milan or Paris pulls out a teleporation device, it’s going to have to be Burberry. Not only were my favourite Fashion Week travellers in attendance (Kanye West, Sienna Miller, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Anna Wintour, Olivier Theyskens, Rachel Zoe, and Mario Testino), but the rest of the internet seemed to be in attendance too. There was a Tweetwalk, live stream, and instant online shopability for the collection (though the pre-orders won’t be mailed for six months). An excellently digital production.

And then there were the clothes. In reflect, it looks like designer Christopher Bailey was heavily influenced by London’s non-existent summers, as it was the darkest colour palette of the entire week and had a gorgeous abundance of plum and teal trenchcoats that were styled with incredibly detailed, wide belts. Patterns were large, rustic, and that tribal trend definitely found it’s way in.

The key anchor to this collection? Time. Time spent on constructing basket-woven sleeves, raffia hoods and beaded collars. Time spent on perfecting the ideals around pattern-complimentary wedges and oversized handbags. Time that equals justified pricepoint. View Post

Elie Saab Fall Winter 2011
My heart suffered a beautiful death while viewing Elie Saab (also known as the faultless epitome of Parisian chic). The peplum-heavy Fall/Winter 2011 collection featured updated Belle du Jour showpieces, enough red-carpet variety to singularly satisfy E!’s Fashion Police, and a colour palette I would emphatically live in (aubergine dresses that could trigger a panic attack). Paying special attention to the deep plum delights, it is clear that these are the gowns of our generation. See the top five looks below! View Post

NAHM Fall Winter 2011
Oh, hello there. Welcome to Confession Hour. For the first round of ‘I don’t know why I share things like this’, I’m here to admit – coming up to ten years ago – I was obsessed with the MTV show ‘Rich Girls’. Yes, the show that was a less-scripted, New York version of The Hills, which concentrated on the ‘fabulous lives’ of Tommy Hilfiger’s daughter Ally Hilfiger and her best friend Jaime Lee Gleicher. While Jamie faded into the distance, Ally has matured into a wonderful woman, and has followed in Padre Fantastico’s well-soled footsteps with her own line, NAHM (with Nary Manivong). The composition of the collection is very promising, with an ever-obvious ‘Fall/Winter’ colour palette and intrinsic homage. One thing is for sure, when the top five looks below have all made it into my ‘must have‘ folder, things are looking tres bon. View Post

Yves Saint Laurent PFW Runway Mirte Maas
Stefano Pilati seems to be both redefining an rehashing Laurent in his new collection which showed in Marie-Helene Rothschild‘s home, who was both a customer and friend of the late Yves Saint Laurent. There was the right amount of ‘future’ thrown into items like YSL‘s iconic smoking jacket, which was transformed into a sleeveless incarnation with oversized lapels. As Pilati was inspired by African and Mexican themes, there were flamenco ruffles and incredible textures on many items, with cuts and finishes that have been missing at many shows this season. I know many of the small quirks – like drastic slits on the leg, topped with off kilter pockets – will be on everyone’s must haves before you could say Spring/Summer 2011. View Post