Month: February 2015

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Moschino Goes Looney Tunes

Yesterday at Milan Fashion Week saw the arrival most hotly anticipated Fall show, and one which never fails to make me smile.  Eccentric and eclectic but always amazing, Moschino gave show-goers a real treat and brought some much needed fun and energy to Fashion Month.  Jeremy Scott is known for taking inspiration from everyday items and brands and re-spinning them into super high fashion, uber covetable and desirable clothing and accessories collections.  This season was no different and in fact, may just be the best yet.

Before the show Jeremy Scott said that he had been inspired by street graffiti and cartoons from the Looney Tunes family and their influence was obvious.  From the cheeky invite (a pair of tighty-whitey underpants) to the boombox show set, this show was delightfully wacky and undoubtedly from the mind of Jeremy Scott.

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The show opened with a tag team of models strutting down the runway to Jump by Kris Kross in pimped up Looney Tunes sweater dresses (Trust me, Zara will be full of tributes come September)

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Hair was loose and the beauty look was fresh and flawless, these girls looked like they’d stepped out of the 90’s and straight on to the runway and best of all, they looked like they were having fun; smiles were definitely allowed on the Moschino FW15 runway.

The “Ready to Bear” capsule collection is available to shop online now at Selfridges (and includes the obligatory and affordable at £45 Moschino iPhone cover) so fashionistas everywhere can own a piece of this super desirable collection.

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Full length puffa coats made an appearance in this show - a bit of a theme this season, we’ve seen them already most notably at Fendi earlier this week.  The street vibe section was super cool and something bloggers will be climbing over each other for, bright primary colours and cartoon characters, what’s not to love right?

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The graffiti inspired gowns were interesting, a new silhouette for Jeremy Scott and a juxtaposition of street and chic, these gowns looked elegant and current with a playful vibe.

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As always, the accessories were on point and are something that every fashion lover looks forward to seeing, sure enough and in keeping with the theme for inspiration, these accessories did not disappoint.  Models carried spray paint can bags, quilted duffels, furry teddy bear backpacks and padlock inspired totes.  There were twin peaked snap back caps and 90’s style visors as well as signature chain belts and braces.  Expect the high street to be saturated with lookalikes pretty soon.

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This is one seriously fun collection and one which will inspire a whole host of unwitting school girls over the coming months, it’s great to see Jeremy Scott doing what he does best, giving fashion a playful edge and creating something surprisingly wearable and seriously covetable.  One thing’s for sure, if you buy into this collection, you’ll be in with the cool kids and you can absolutely, definitely sit with us.

Pixie x

For more information on the Moschino FW15 Ready to Bear collection visit http://www.moschino.com

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Newcastle Does Vintage February 2015

This weekend saw the return of the much-loved Newcastle Does Vintage fair, formerly hosted by the Theatre Royal, the fair has now relocated to the Civic Centre at the top of Northumberland Street.  This is a vintage fair with flair, one that puts visible effort into every aspect of its aesthetic.  From choosing a theme-fitting venue, to selecting live music performers to provide era specific ambience, it’s clear that the organisers; Britain Does Vintage, are passionate about all things vintage.  Having been featured in Vogue, Look, Red, Prima and various other well-known publications, it’s easy to see why people flock to this fair when it passes through Town.

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The venue is like a treasure trove, full of shiny things and hidden gems, the kind you have to really dig for, it’s busy and full and there’s a great atmosphere.  One of the great things about this vintage fair in particular is that the stall holders generally put a lot of effort into the presentation of their stalls, and some of them also dress to the theme which always makes me smile.

On my arrival today I’m told by organiser Alex Claydon that she’s been let down by the live band she had arranged and is worried about the ambience, there is era specific music playing from a CD player in a corner and I tell her not to worry.  Sure live music would have been great, but the substitute doesn’t detract from the vibe, after all, we’re here for treasure!

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There are many stalls packed into the large room, I hear lots of people commenting on the fact that the layout is far better than the previous venue and I have to agree, it’s light an airy and very easy to negotiate.  Back to my mission - today I’m here to find a frock, a knockout frock to be specific.  I’m attending a launch party next week and I want an original.  I scour the rails with intent and I’m surprised at just how much there is here that fits the brief.  First I come across this fresh and funky little number, it’s not right for this particular event but it’s definitely me and it screams Riviera:

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There are various jewels and brooches packed into boxes, chain mail bags, dress clips and ear-rings galore

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This fair also caters for men, always providing at least a couple of stalls specifically targeted at men, something you don’t often see at this type of event

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I find a stall I’m particularly interested in, curated by a business called Flamboyance.  The owner Wendy, specialises in flapper dresses, she has a huge selection made up of originals from the 1920’s & 30’s and those which are from the 1970’s and 80’s but reminiscent of the prohibition era dress type.  She has the most beautiful gown on her stall, it’s by Belleville Sassoon, the first couturier to dress Lady Diana Spencer and Britain’s foremost couture label of the 1960’s.  The dress is one of only two of its style and originally came from London, the detail is incredible and it looks brand new, I can’t resist trying it and it fits like it was made for me, but then, something else catches my eye; I spot two flapper dresses, one an original, one a seventies reproduction, both hugely different.  After trying them on I’m sold and I leave with both.  Mission accomplished.

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I also picked up a tartan wool cape, very Sherlock Holmes and a few trinkets to set the magpie in me at ease.  It would be easy to spend all day at this fair, you could walk round it ten times and see something different each time and there’s a real eclectic mix of people who really dress up for the occasion.  There are various events all over the country organised by the parent company Britain Does Vintage, if you fancy a look, and I strongly recommend you do, check out http://www.britaindoesvintage.co.uk for more information on dates and stallholders.

The next fair dates and locations for the North East are:

  • Middlesbrough Does Vintage
    Saturday, 28 February 2015
  • Durham Does Vintage
    Saturday, 7 March 2015

If you’re a vintage lover and you’re in town, it’s well worth a look!

Pixie x

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I Don’t Pop Molly, I Rock Tom Ford #TFLA

As NYFW draws to a close, focus shifts to LFW and what lies ahead.  However, this year is different, there’s a Tom Ford shaped pit-stop in L.A.

Last year when Tom Ford learned that his #LFW show would take place the Friday before The Oscars, he switched his show venue to Milk Studios L.A. in a bold move, something which no doubt, other designers will follow in future years.

Show-goers and fashionistas packed into the huge show space making up the glitziest most A-List FROW ever, Anna Winter, Julianne Moore, Amy Adams, Beyonce, Jay Z, Miley Cyrus with Patrick Schwarzenegger, and many, many more (all wearing custom Tom Ford of course.).  The runway was covered with the same super deep white shag-pile carpet as the Sloane Street store, a nod to the luxury we’ve come to know, love and expect from Tom Ford, and the room aesthetic was dark making the white carpet the absolute focal point for the audience.

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The beauty look was typical of Tom Ford, bold and striking, a pale lip, strong contouring and what he described as “shaggable eyes” also saying that this would be THE beauty look for the season, hair was pulled back off the face.

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There were several phases to this show, all with a heavy seventies influence, right from the patchwork denim to the Pucci-esque swirls and Missoni inspired zig-zags, leading into what Tom Ford does best; old school glamour.  Heavy on the black, models strutted in beaded and fringed gowns which revealed a hint of shoulder and collar bone - a new season fashion erogenous zone perhaps?

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There were knee high boots all over the runway with hemlines meeting the top-line of the boot, reminiscent of they typical Victoria Beckham silhouette.  The look was strong and highly covetable, in what has been considered a pretty weak NYFW, this show brought it back, more of a spectacle than a show, and more a talking point for its FROW than it’s frocks, this show gave Fashion Month some much needed edgy glamour and was cheered on and applauded by the FROW to end all FROWs.  We salute you Tom Ford.

Your move London…….

Pixie x

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Oscar de la Renta, the Peter Copping Era

Oscar de la Renta is a name synonymous with modern casual luxury, mention de la Renta to any girl worth her Manolos and she will no doubt conjure up with affection, the image of Carrie Bradshaw and Alexandr Petrovsky dancing in McDonalds in THAT pink dress;

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or of Sarah Jessica Parker at the 2014 Met Gala in bespoke and personalised de la Renta:

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Oscar de la Renta has for years been the go-to designer for countless American first ladies, A listers the world over, and who could forget that it was Sex and the City that brought de la Renta to the modern girls regular vocabulary.  The designer had a penchant for silk, and vibrant colours, and a subtle nod to the eighties.  Originally a painter, he was won over by fashion and has a CV that leaves many designers in the shade.

The fashion world undoubtedly lost one of it’s heroes in October 2014 when Oscar de la Renta passed away aged 82, and many wondered how the house would continue after such an iconic reign at the helm.  Step forward Peter Copping, formerly of Nina Ricci.

The NYFW FW15 collection was the first de la Renta collection under the creative direction of Copping and it absolutely stayed true to de la renta’s legacy.  The A list were packed into the NYFW show space in droves and extra folding chairs were brought out to seat the masses who poured in to judge Copping’s debut.  Copping primed his audience with a polite note advising of a “new chapter” at the House whilst also remaining respectful of the late de la Renta, let’s not forget, de la Renta died before he and Copping had a chance to work together.

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Taylor Swift and BFF Karlie Kloss wore matching de la Renta tulip dresses as they took their seats together on the FROW and as one model strutted past in an electric blue floor sweeper Karlie was heard whispering “Beautiful…” with Taylor nodding in agreement.

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The show had a much more youthful, light feel to it than shows of old, yes this was absolutely a de la Renta presentation, that much was clear, but this had a fresh new edge.  Hemlines were higher and there were flashes of midriff on show through panelling and cut outs, this is fresh territory for the house of de la Renta.  The collection was undoubtedly chic and feminine, as you would expect from de la Renta, Nina Ricci was the ideal training ground for this and Copping has showcased his skills to perfection with this inaugural collection.

de la Renta himself was partial to a ruffle or two and Copping has carried this sentiment through to the FW15 collection and has kept alive the essence of de la Renta through the chic and understated finishing touches such as a contrasting colour silk waist tie, velvet trimmings and of course the impeccable cut.  Hair and make-up were kept simple, a deliberate attempt to keep focus on the collection.

This collection has red carpet written all over it and it marks the very beginning of an exciting new chapter for the House of de la Renta whilst maintaining the true originality of its namesake.  Peter Copping may have just opened up the brand to a fresh new market, and I personally can’t wait to see how this unfolds.  As a true die-hard fan of de la Renta I was sceptical, after all, those are big shoes to fill and that’s a big legacy for anyones shoulders, I can’t deny that my inner Carrie Bradshaw wept the day Oscar de la Renta died but his reign is far from over, with Copping at the masthead I can’t help but think it’s going to be ok.

Pixie x

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Wanna Be in Wang’s Gang #AWF15

Day 3 of NYFW brings with it the hot ticket; Alexander Wang.  it’s always a show that’s guaranteed to turn heads and #AWF15 was no different.  The collection was a departure from the cut and style we’ve come to expect from Alexander Wang with the designer himself saying “I wanted to go somewhere new and completely opposite.”  That statement certainly delivered its objective.

Models Behati Prinsloo and Kendall Jenner walked for Wang and both sent social media into a frenzy Tweeting and Instagramming pictures from backstage as they were being made up.

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The models walked to The Day is My Enemy, a forthcoming release from the sixth studio album by The Prodigy and the lyrics and distinct grunge metal fusion sound gave an idea of what was to come.  Dark apocalyptic angels stormed down the runway with faces like thunder, hair was wet and matted and make up was dark.  “The idea behind the hair was that it should look dark and dirty, as if matted with blood” said one of the stylist team.

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The collection itself was fierce and heavy, laden with chain mail and netting with a splash of red thrown in giving a nod to early nineties grunge.  A fusion of grunge and metal, just like the music, this was an edgy, still very feminine collection which was borne from the darkest depths of Alexanders mind and translated into something very wearable and very striking.  This was a far cry from anything Alexander has presented before and that was his exact mission, to take this #AWF15 collection to new territory.  Models wore heavy chunky footwear including some super stomp boots that wouldn’t look out of place on Charli XCX.  By Fall 2015 the high street will be awash with tributes to this collection and all the cool kids will be wearing it willingly in homage.

The FROW was undeniably A-list, fresh from his own Kanye West x Adidas presentation on Day 2, Kanye brought along Kim and North West who were sat with Nicki Minaj and gave endless photo opportunities for the baying paparazzi.

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North West wore bespoke Alexander Wang (natch), a mini version of one of the looks shown on the runway but even this wasn’t enough to stop the mini fashionista from throwing her second diva strop of NYFW. (Smirk)

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As the show closed, Alexander made a quick jog out on to the runway pausing only to wave before disappearing again.  So there we have it, an insight into a far darker version of Alexander Wang, proving that re-invention doesn’t have to be light.  This is a collection for dark angels everywhere, or at least in the upper echelon of society, expect to see Rihanna rocking this soon.

Pixie x

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Kanye West x Adidas

Yesterday saw the arrival of NYFW FW15 which opened with Nicholas K, however the most hotly anticipated show of Day 1 was undoubtedly the collaboration between Kanye West and Adidas Originals, dubbed Kanye West x Adidas.

In the days leading up to the show social media was abuzz with the hashtags #YeezySeason and #YEEZYBOOST (the name of the sneaker which heads up the collection) and last night as the performance unfolded those hashtags were sent stratospheric.

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The elite players of the fashion and music scene gathered at Skylight, Clarkson Square last night to watch the show that Kanye labelled a “performance” and set to his newest track “Wolves” featuring Sia.  The FROW was an editorial dream with the obvious Klan of  in-laws; Kendall, Khloe Kardashian & Kris Jenner.  Further along the FROW were Rihanna, Alexander Wang, Cassie, Diddy, Jay Z, Beyonce, Kim Kardashian and North West (natch) and Anna Wintour.

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In true Fashion Wife style, Kim wore a Yeezy look straight off the runway with her trademark Klassic Kardashian Kontouring (and dare I say it, she looked better than the models.)

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One of the biggest surprises of the night was that Kylie Jenner was absent from the FROW instead modelling as part of the show while supermodel sister Kendall looked on.

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The collection itself was simple and very Kanye; neutral tones, simple lines, minimalist and form fitting, post apocalyptic even, you get the picture.  The designs were daring, yet expected and the focus was most definitely on the aesthetic of the female form.  Not everyone loved it but then we’ve come to know and love Kanye for his ability to create a talking point.  Take a look for yourself and see what you think:

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At the end of the show Kanye was given a standing ovation, whatever you might think of Mr West, there’s no denying the influence this guy has had on fashion and his debut collection for Adidas Originals will undoubtedly be a huge success, just check what’s trending on social media this morning, it’s guaranteed that Kanye will be up there.

So after an explosive day 1, what will the rest of NYFW hold? I don’t know about you but i can’t wait to find out……

 

Pixie x