Vivienne Westwood PFW Runway
Really refreshing casting from Vivienne Westwood from yesterday’s show at Paris Fashion Week. From head to toe, everything was unusually rich and lovely for the punk-obsessed designer, making me wonder if she has decided to chic things out now that everyone else has Taylor Momsen-ed their designs. Inspired by Tutankhamen, Matisse and the Commedia dell’arte, the collection reflected the wardrobe of a modern day Marie Antoinette. View Post

Dolce and Gabbana MFW Runway Frida Gustavsson

At the start of the Dolce & Gabbana show, we were presented with a short film that flashed the words “sartoria, bianco, corredo, ombre, mediterraneo”; the English translation of “tailoring, white, outfit, shades, Mediterranean” is not quite so beautiful. It all took place in an incredible plastered showspace and was very, very white. The models mostly wore beach-brushed braids and gold hoops, trickling out from backstage in a staggered routine and showing us a glorious collection of Milan Fashion Week pieces suitable for the wardrobe of a lady like Serena van der Woodsen – carefree and capable of easy glamour. View Post

Moschino Runway MFW Constance Jablonski
Oh, Moschino. Oh, Rossella Giardini. This is a woman after my wardrobe’s heart. For Milan Fashion Week, she presented a show full of high energy colour, geometric motifs, and enough chic turbans and panama hats to last far after Spring/Summer 2011. The Moschino Masterpiece this time was a Mexican-style dress with a structured bodice. It’s going to be interesting to see how the high street tries to replicate it. View Post

Mulberry LFW Runway
One of the reasons I adore London Fashion Week is the fact that while many designers use the gorgeous ‘official venue’ of Somerset House as their venue, there are tons of fabulous shows scattered around the most fantastic spots in my favourite city. For Mulberry, their show took place in the ballroom at Claridges.

It was floral done fashionably, with dozens of giant neon roses decorating the space, alongside life-size Mulberry paper dolls that didn’t stand a chance next to the wardrobe worthy collection. Florence Welch Red hair was attached to the heads of all the models, in homage to model Julia Johansen. Creative director Emma Hill was inspired by “The Secret Garden” and claimed that “it [the design process] always starts with a film”. Most importantly (it’s Mulberry, after all) – along with variations on the Alexa, the trompe l’oeil effect Tillie and chain handled Cory family were finally introduced. View Post

Matthew Williamson LFW Runway
Matthew Williamson might hate the label, but boho luxe is his golden ticket, and he delivered this season with billowing maxi dresses. Besides the clothes themselves, the fact that he chose the Battersea Power Station as his backdrop put him very near and dear to my heart.

Inspired by the idea of being shipwrecked, Williamson’s girl would be lucky enough to wear an urban wardrobe teeming with easy-to-wear items, sprinkled with his trademark embellishment and girlish charm. The tailored pieces mark a new string to Williamson’s bow, but it’s still the dresses where he really gets into his stride. View Post