oxblood fashion
Oxbloodthe colour – has received the fashion industry’s stamp of approval for Autumn/Winter 2012 and, like all good trends, it seems to have started with the Duchess of Cambridge. With Princess Charlene of Monaco showing up to Akris’ Paris Fashion Week show last week in an oxblood sheath, it seems other royal ladies are quickly falling in line. Catherine (ah, let’s just call her Kate Middleton) was most recently spotted in an oxblood-coloured suit by Paule Ka.

Thankfully, you don’t need to rock a title to rock the trend. The trick to wearing the colour is working with rich, heavy fabrics and keeping clear of strong purple tones that will shift the tone into the ‘burgundy’ category.

Get The Look:
Guess Handbags Gerri box satchel
Alexander McQueen leather iPad 2 case
Topshop ribbed pleated skirt
Dune asymmetrical point court
Glint Wisteria earrings
Prancer croc riding boots
Topshop sport bra
Opening Ceremony babydoll coat

Jigsaw AW12
This week, I previewed Jigsaw‘s irreverent Autumn/Winter 2012 collection. Now 30 years in business, Jigsaw have perfected the balance of an aesthetic that combines country living and quirkiness. This collection is filled with unexpected detailing while still being functional and luxuriously practical. Think Kate Middleton at a Gatsby party.

Jigsaw AW12
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Chloe Moretz Interview

Chloe Moretz

  • Unlike the rest of us, Chloe Moretz is a 14-year-old girl not only on the cover of Interview magazine’s November 2011 issue, but the interviewee of a Drew Barrymore question session on the inside pages. Hide your green eyes, girlfriend.

    BARRYMORE: Okay, magic wand time. Fantasy clothes by any designer made especially for you right now. Go.
    MORETZ: Oh, no! It’s like a ball gown or something amazingly huge and beautiful. It would probably have to be either, like, Valentino or Oscar de la Renta. And then if it was something beautiful that Audrey Hepburn might wear—you know, just perfect and cute and special—it would probably be either Givenchy or Chanel. And if it was crazy—like, amazingly psychotic—it would have to be Vivienne Westwood.

  • Are you 27 to 50 and simply devastated to be outside of Madonna‘s clothing customer base? Well, forget “Material Girl” – Generation X will soon be presented with “Truth or Dare by Madonna”. As a collaboration with licensing giant Iconix Brand Group; “Truth or Dare” will begin their 2012 launch with fragrance, then follow up with footwear, handbags, and cone bras…- I mean underwear.

  • Most people with an interest in the fashion industry tend to worship the late Lee Alexander McQueen (with all reason). His designs were inspired, technique flawless, and dedication unparalleled – making it all the more interesting that he drew reference points from Joey Tribbiani. In a recent interview, McQueen’s phenomenal ‘new’ creative director, Sarah Burton, recalls “I remember him saying to me, ‘I watched Friends last night, did you see the shirt that Joey was wearing?’ […] but then, he would get a Van Eyck book out, so it was this kind of mad mix. There’s no snobbery to it.”

  • Have a spare £60,000 lying around? Great! The dress worn by Audrey Hepburn at the Oscars in 1954 (Audrey fans will recall that this is when she won her Academy Award for Roman Holiday) is going up for auction! The dress was originally designed to resemble an outfit that costume designer – Edith Head – made for Hepburn’s character in the movie, and Kerry Taylor Auctions (the same auction house which sold Kate Middleton’s infamous fashion show dress) will sell the dress November 29th for an expected £60,000.

  • Last week, (…the man, the machine…) Tom Ford made a personal appearance at Bergdorf Goodman in New York City to promote his new cosmetics line. Reports have come in saying that he managed to reel in $52,000 in sales on that night alone, with “Bitter Bitch” – a chocolate coloured nail polish – being the first item to sell out completely.

  • Congratulations, Oscar de la Renta! The Couture Council of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology have decided to honour the fashion genius with their Artistry of Fashion award.
  • Princess Siriwanwaree Nareerat

    Princess Siriwanwaree Nareerat

  • After living in Thailand for eight months, I pretty much consider Princess Siriwanwaree Nareerat to be ‘my’ princess as much as Kate Middleton is ‘my’ princess. That’s why I was beyond excited to see the gorgeous Princess of Thailand sitting front row at Christian Dior, Chanel, Lanvin, Balmain and Hermes during Paris Fashion Week. Princess has fashion sense for miles.

  • In a study funded by Procter & Gamble (aka P&G – cosmetics giants), a team of researchers at the Harvard and Massachusetts General Hospital fond that women who conform to societal standards of beauty are perceived more positively than women who do not. The experiment was set up by the team showing participants some female faces with no makeup, “natural” style makeup, “professional” makeup, and “glamorous” makeup for varying amounts of time. Variants like race and age were controlled to keep it as precise as possible.

    The study found that a face with any makeup whatsoever is perceived as more likable, competent, and trustworthy than a face sans slap. The only time this trend went off-course was in the ‘trustworthy’ category when it came to women in the “glamourous” category (but they were still perceived to be hotter and more competent!)

    Are these results shocking to anyone? I do wonder how different societies would respond…

  • L’Oreal has just announced that they are successfully on their way to develop a pill that will prevent gray hairs from showing up. (Are we really getting so concerned with aging that our grandmothers will now all have ‘young’ hair?) The company plans to have it available for retail within the next four years.

  • Fashion Week/Month is over! What do we do with ourselves?! Well…apparently we all start to swap fashion houses. In what I consider to be some pretty shocking news, the latest unfortunate soul to lose it’s creative chief is Vionnet! After an amazing Spring/Summer 2012 show, designer Rodolfo Paglialunga has been replaced by Barbara and Lucia Croce. Thankfully, it is not a negative situation, as he is leaving to pursue “other personal and professional paths”. Hands together, and pray – solo line, solo line, solo line
  • Jason Wu Target

  • Now that Jason Wu has been confirmed as the next Target collaborator, we are already being teased by what’s to come! Above, we have a sketch of a Jason Wu for Target design next to one of his Spring/Summer 2012 runway looks, for reference. The collection will launch February 5, 2012, and the teaser video below already has me overloaded with excitement.

  • At the end of March 2012, London’s Design Museum will be opening a retrospective of Christian Louboutin‘s 10-year-long rise to the top of the shoe game!

  • Kanye West‘s debut collection was apparently more high risk than many thought, as he “took out motherf—ing loans to get the best models“. One of those models, the exquisite Chanel Iman, has also sparked rumours that she might be Kanye’s new girlfriend.

  • The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) have scheduled the Spring/Summer 2013 shows at Lincoln Center to start on September 13, 2012. A week later than usual. Why? They don’t want to force anyone to work over Labor Day weekend. Unfortunately, this means that the succeeding shows in London, Milan, and Paris will have to be put on hold to avoid an overlap.

    Milan isn’t on board. The Italian Chamber of Fashion has complained that moving shows like Max Mara and Gucci back any further would mean they would not be able to send their orders into production quickly enough to satisfy their buyers.

    This means London Fashion Week and Milan Fashion Week could show at the same exact time. Conde Nast (the publisher of Vogue, W, Glamour, etc) representative Jonathan Newhouse, the international charmain, said his editors will choose London over Milan.

    Can a fashion week work without the likes of Anna Wintour and Franca Sozzani? I think a change will have to be made on someone’s behalf to keep all ‘fashion cities‘ happy!

  • If you weren’t one of over 600,000 people who went to view Kate Middleton’s Alexander McQueen wedding dress while it was on display at Buckingham Palace, it’s unlikely you ever will. After the exhibition closed yesterday, a source at the palace said that Kate is “keen to ensure that the [packed up] dress survives undamaged for as long as possible, and so this inevitably means limiting the number of times that it is transported or displayed.”