london fashion week aw12

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

Jason Wu Fall Winter 2011
How do you make a Jason Wu and Jourdan Dunn fan happy? Let Dunn make her first NYFW Fall/Winter 2011 appearance in the most incredible “Lady in Red” Fashion Week Moment so far. Then let her close the show. In a lace mask. Model squee. Other rah-rah-sis-boom-bah Wu-moments involved a mirrored runway that was properly prepped this time (I’m looking at you, Jason Wu Model Fall Palooza Spring/Summer 2010). The Michelle Obama favourite did not dissapoint; it was positively opulent, with use of over fifteen types of lace. There was an overwhelming sense of accessibility in juxtaposition with the extravagant. Top five looks are below! View Post

Karlie Kloss Patricia Van Der Vliet Vogue China
The Azzedine Alaia and Lanvin juxtaposition in the ninth photo is killing me. This is Super Styling, if you ever needed a definition. Vogue China is working it on the highest level with Karlie Kloss and Patricia Van Der Vliet for their November Issue. I haven’t loved a spread’s colouring this much in a long time. View Post

Marios Schwab LFW Runway
Marios Schwab is the King of hard and soft juxtaposition. This London Fashion Week, things were no different. The models stomped along to Bruce Springsteen‘s “I’m On Fire” and Nirvana‘s “Come As You Are” while giving us the first look at a young and sexy collection of lingerie-inspired dresses and tattoo-patterned jerseys. This is the collection for rebels with fashion as their cause.

“I would say this collection is less about body concious shapes and more about fluidity and the drape of cloth on the body to accentuate key areas of interest on the body. Combining the feminine slip dresses with leather pieces which have a tougher, harder edge. The women I had in mind when creating this collection are a generation of women who have multi-faceted personalities shaped by contemporary culture and the different roles she must fulfill in her life. They’re loaded with contradictory ideas and spirits.” – Marios Schwab

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