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Balmain’s Supermodel Sister Squad

If there’s one thing you can count on from a Balmain campaign, it’s that it’ll be packed to the rafters with bombshells and the Fall / winter 2015 offering is testament to that.  Olivier Rousteing has upped his game and packed twice the punch into this latest offering by turning his Balmain Army into a family affair, yep, it’s official, the Balmain Supermodel Sister Squad is here. Tapping up Gigi and Bella Hadid, Joan and Erika Smalls, and Kendall and Kylie Jenner for the latest campaign, shot by Mario Sorrenti, the campaign is bold and colourful with gem coloured hues and sultry make up - everything we’ve come to love and expect from Rousteing and his Creative Team. For the latest visuals, Rousteing stayed true to that aesthetic by opting for dark smoky eyes on each set of siblings maintaining that the girls should look powerful and sultry in the spirit of Helmut Newton.

“This season’s Balmain campaign was inspired by a brief, key moment that happened while we were shooting our last campaign.  While I watched Mario capture a kiss last fall, I was struck by the love and emotion that I was witnessing in front of me. Starting with a determination to once again focus on the beauty of an intimate connection, my team and I quickly concluded that a celebration of the unique unconditional love of sibling is a natural progression from the spirit of last season.” - Olivier Rousteing, Creative Director, Balmain.

Also featuring in the campaign are Armando and Fernando Cabral with Rousteing saying “They represent the fresh, diverse and open spirit of a new generation of fashion”.  High praise indeed coming from the much applauded Creative Director.  Rousting also teased that Kendall Jenner may front his collaboration with H&M later this year saying that she’s one of his favourite models. balmain8 If this has made you all the more eager to join the Balmain Army, then don’t forget, the Balmain x H&M collection drops November 5th, start sharpening your elbows now… Pixie x

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2015 CFDA Awards

The CFDA Awards recognise exceptional talent within the fashion industry and this year the nominees were all outstanding within their respective field.

Typically, designers arrive to the awards ceremony with a muse dressed to impress in something from the Designer’s current collection and competition on this years CFDA Awards red carpet was fierce.  from Anna Ewers in an Alexander Wang pailette dress with stomp boots, Amanda Seyfried in glittering Rodarte, right through to Janelle Monae in a stunning Tadashi Shoji cape dress, the red carpet was awash with knockout frocks.

There were a variety of presenters including Kim Kardashian and Taraji P. Henson giving out the awards, all eyes were on Kim Kardashian in Proenza Schouler as she hit the event within hours of announcing her second pregnancy, and the unveiling of the Caitlyn Jenner Vanity Fair cover.

Karlie Kloss never gives less than fantastic on the red carpet and this event was no different, wearing a DVF floor length Spanish inspired polka dot frock cut low at the front, the model looked phenomenal and confessed that under her gown, she wore flat shoes all night and felt great.

Models of the moment Natasha Poly and Gigi Hadid lit up the red carpet in Michael Kors; Poly in a statement red dress and Hadid in a glittering gold flared leg jumpsuit.

Juliette Lewis looked ethereal as she floated on to the red carped wearing a two piece Christian Siriano princess gown.  I have to admit, I had an audible gasp when I saw this gorgeous gown.

My ultimate favourite of the night was Diane Kruger, we all know the girl got immense fashion game and in a Prabal Gurung red garnet bustier gown, she was On Fleek.  As a wildcard runner up, I’m giving special credit to model Binx Walton for her conceptual Hood By Air creation, incidentally, Shayne Oliver of Hood By Air took home the award for Swarovski Award for Menswear.

“I am so glad to know there is life after winning a lifetime achievement award” Tom Ford on being named the CFDA Menswear Designer of the year 2015.

You can view the full CFDA Red Carpet Fashion gallery below, hit me up and let me know which on is your favourite and which you’re not so keen on….

Pixie x

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The full list of CFDA 2015 Winners is below:

Womenswear Designer of the Year: Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen for The Row

Menswear Designer of the Year: Tom Ford

Accessories Designer of the Year: Tabitha Simmons

Swarovski Award for Womenswear: Rosie Assoulin

Swarovski Award for Menswear: Shayne Oliver for Hood by Air

Swarovski Award for Accessory Design: Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel for Mansur Gavriel

Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award: Betsey Johnson

The Media Award in Honor of Eugenia Sheppard: Instagram

The Founder’s Award in Honor of Eleanor Lambert: Millard “Mickey” Drexler, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of J.Crew Group, Inc.

International Award: Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli for Valentino

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Milan Fashion Week: The Round Up

After a whirlwind week and a marathon of running around all over Milan, MFW is over leaving behind it a trail of destruction in the shape of confetti, broken heels and blistered feet but man, was it worth it….

This season we’ve had the rollercoaster at philipp Plein; (no really, there was a roller coaster…) and lots of belted shaggy fur,

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We were introduced to a new aesthetic at Gucci with Alessandro Michele’s debut for the design house, it’s a collection which has received mixed reviews mainly because of Alessandro’s departure from expectation and from the roots of the brand.

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Fendi FW15 gave us our first glimpse of “Puffa Chic” and a heavy dose of 70’s inspired style in a classic Fall colour palette and a whole host of Supermodel faces,

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Prada delivered a modern twist on Forties style power dressing in an array of candy colours,

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Roberto Cavalli FW15 brought with it the brands signature floaty, ethereal gowns and trademark animal print blended with beautiful bright colours; not unexpected or earth shattering but pleasant nonetheless.

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But the real stars of Milan Fashion Week #FW15 were undoubtedly the Italian giants themselves, Versace, Moschino and Dolce & Gabbana.  First up came Jeremy Scott’s most recent turn, and quite possibly his best yet, for Moschino.  With a heavy dose of 90’s nostalgia we were treated to Looney Tunes sweater dresses (I’ll take two), denim and gold patchwork, more “Puffa chic” this time with a distinct street vibe, and delicate gowns emblazoned with graffiti.

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Versace was simple and effective, the show opened with bold and glorious primary colour blocking from head to foot followed by hella logos and motifs with a clear 90’s influence,

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And then there was Dolce & Gabbana and all was right with the world.  always a crowd please this show was an ode to motherhood and a tribute to mothers the world over, Mothers Day came early in Italy with model mammas and their offspring taking to the runway to huge applause.  There was a genuine show of emotion when the curtain went back and the backdrop was revealed.  That’s before we even get to THOSE gem encrusted headphones…

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So whoever you’re supporting or championing in the fashion world, you can’t deny that FW15 at Milan Fashion Week has been diverse.  After a relatively weak New York Fashion Week and a pretty safe London Fashion Week we’ve had a welcome injection of energy and passion from MFW.  So what if i have blisters and i’ve barely slept for the past three weeks?  It’s all been worth it and blisters heal right? Pass the Compeed,

Your move Paris….

Pixie x

 

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Dolce & Gabbana: Viva La Mamma

Here it is, the main event, the one you’ve all been waiting for……

Dolce & Gabbana are undoubtedly the Godfathers of Milan Fashion Week and every season I wait with bated breath to see what they’ll deliver.  FW15 came with a pleasant twist, the show was a celebration of motherhood and opened to a backdrop of model mammas dressed in black silk slip dresses with their own impeccably behaved babies and toddlers held close.

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Heavily pregnant model Bianca Balti walked in a bump hugging nude dress to a huge round of applause, the design duo had the audience onside from the moment the curtains opened and the message was clear, love your mamma!

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Models took to the runway with their toddlers and babies wearing matching outfits and looking proud, the whole show was a spectacle and audience members applauded throughout.

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The red rose was recurrent and prominent throughout the collection, displayed in many different ways on different garments, this will be the motif that identifies the FW15 collection.

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One of the things that I really love about Dolce & Gabbana is their ability to stand out from the crowd, whilst staying true to their roots.  The collection was made up of staple dresses in the shape now synonymous with Dolce & Gabbana, forties style suiting, fit and flare coats, Mary-Jane pumps, Sicilian lace, all in a signature colour palette of black, red, cream and gold, and all things we’ve come to expect from Dolce & Gabbana, but fresh and original every season. Models wore the obligatory Dolce & Gabbana crown but this time with the addition of jewelled headphones (other fashion houses have done it so why not Dolce & Gabbana?) which were plugged into iPhones in bespoke jewelled cases.

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And as we know, the devil’s in the detail,

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The beauty look was classically Italian, metallic eyes with feline winged eyeliner and the hair was sublime, pinned back from the face and up, and adorned with jewels;

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To close, models were sent down the runway in white gowns adorned with colourful drawings by the nieces and nephews of Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, a touch which drew emotional gasps from the audience and a fitting end to a truly uplifting show and a tribute to mothers everywhere

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This show was a real gem and was everything you would expect from Dolce and Gabbana, dramatic, emotional and passionate.  Italians are famous for their adoration of their mothers and this show was testament to that, the hashtags #DGMamma and #DGFamily sent social media into a frenzy and the message to take home from this?  Viva La Mamma! But please, one thing to note, when it comes to accessories (and Dolce and Gabbana do a mean line in accessories #JustSaying) a baby is for life, not just for Fashion Week.

Pixie x

 

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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