Boohoo coats
Something strange happens around this time each year when both existing and new personal styling clients seem to lose all sense of direction in the annual search for a coat. With the limitless range of styles on offer and no idea when it is going to change from chilly to f%!k, a lot of women find it difficult to justify a trend-driven coat or jacket.

Thankfully – with tag hidden – I can convince even the most discerning labelholics to throw an inexpensive coat in the mix. This season, boohoo.com have proved to be very popular by delivering more than their fair share of peplums, sequins, and contrast sleeves to keep needy bodies and wallets happy. Heads up (cards out)!

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Nicole Farhi

To be backstage at Nicole Farhi is a beautiful thing. Getting a sneak peek and uber-close look at her Autumn/Winter 2012 collection was an absolute dream. With mustard, grey, and gold on the mind, Madame Farhi managed to balance the sensibly pristine with a dash of sequins. Minimal magic and new-age embellishments on classic pieced? Be still, my heart.

Bora Aksu

Though the models rocked pale foundation and blue lips, Bora Aksu’s collection was anything but frosty. The Turkish-born designer has a knack for taking fashion out of its comfort zone and displaying ornate detail on soft and feminine materials. This season gave a lot of white, pink, grey, and a whole lot of lace. A sensual juxtaposition of light and dark. If you love the idea of “Erdem meets Mary Katrantzou”, Aksu is your guy.

Felder Felder

I was really surprised by Felder Felder this season. Known for their definitively dark presentations, the flaxen-haired duo gave us “Blonde” – a collection that appealed to a versatile, more contemporary buyer. The colours ranged from golds, to oranges, to impressively dark prints; dare I say there was a real Rodarte feel to the collection. This was a collection that any woman could create a capsule wardrobe from, and I am never one to complain about that. View Post

Givenchy SS12
Riccardo Tisci is still atop his unshakeable pedestal. Though I risk sounding like a Sarah Jessica Parker movie by saying so…I don’t know how he does it.

Givenchy for Spring/Summer 2012 was incredible. As the show opened, Natalia Vodianova stepped out in a nude, sleveless, dropped-lapel jacket that demonstrated a merging of rigid tailoring and fluid movement that would encapsulate his entire collection.

Throughout the presentation there was a waterworld theme hinted softly in the craftsmanship. With his unparalleled skills, Tisci managed to create 3-d wave effects through tiers of ruffles. Genius. The embellishment of the season was seen in icy silver-blue sequins placed on one of his wave-like lapelled jackets with matching pants. The theme wasn’t overplayed, yet it penetrated every seam. That is what made the collection. View Post

Manish Arora SS12
I will say it for the rest of my life: no matter what direction he goes in, Manish Arora is a motherfreaking genius.

What do we all love Arora for? The theatrics. The fun. The playful transcendency. All of which are readily available for Spring/Summer 2012. Those, and a wholly intended introduction to slightly less wild, though just as incredible, ready to wear garments. All sharp, futuristic, and significantly witty. If someone can own a dégradé effect of black and white butterfly-wing sequins trailing into a feather-packed midi dress, they deserve abundant praise.

As for his design debut at Paco Rabanne in just a few days? He says “…that’s going to be a show“. Eep! View Post

Blumarine SS12
Anna Molinari has created the most wonderfully unhinged collection for Spring/Summer 2012. With no idea of what would come, I was experiencing major lust while the Blumarine designer sent out first looks of covetable feminine sweetness: full-skirted sundresses dripping with the colours of hazy, youthful summers in Capri (and beautiful raffia!).

While every look was being mentally added to my wishlist, suddenly, a fluorescent orange shrunken neoprene biker jacket and matching neoprene micro-shorts emerged. Wake up, Milan Fashion Week! Blumarine is here! Shameless, 3-dimensionally embellished, and seductive – more vibrantly-hued garments strutted out with sequins, patent fabrics, fur, and more neoprene. Molianari is incredibly talented, always creates exciting pieces, and damn, you have to admire the creative cajones. View Post