New York Fashion Week

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“See Now, Buy Now” at NYFW

NYFW SS17 has come to a close and I’ve got to be honest Voyeurs, was a little underwhelming *sadface*.  There was a time that NYFW was regaled as the mother of all Fashion Weeks and the barometer for those that follow, but now?  Not so much, and I’m not the only Fashion Influencer to feel this way.

 

I was however, intrigued to hear that Tom Ford would be showing during NYFW this season after a last minute cancellation in February, albeit shunning the traditional and expected format and showing a “See Now, Buy Now” collection during the FW16 season (including cosmetics and skincare).  Let me explain -  The fashion industry is set up to make you feel that there are two seasons: Spring / Summer (SS) February to September,  and Fall / Winter (FW) October to March.  We all know that fashion is cyclical but the idea of funding these multi million dollar campaign is that after one season (6 months) a person will shun the current “trend” and move on to the next season, buying items from the next collection to tap into the next “trend”.  Since the first NYFW in 1943, this has always been the case and designers have shown a season ahead in order to allow time for manufacturing and creating garments to sell “on season.”  Hence, you see the FW collections in February / March and the SS collections in September / October.

With me so far?  Ok, now I’m going to scramble your brain a little more -  I am of course, assuming you don’t already know this, I’ve had a lot of emails over the last two weeks from Voyeurs asking what the difference between “on season” and “off season” shows is, and although I’ve replied to all of them, this might help a little and give you something to refer back to, or even share with your friends and future Voyeurs.

Ok, now you have a very basic concept of Fashion Week as a ‘thing’, let’s fast forward to 2014 - Blogging was becoming serious business for the fashion industry, with Conde Nast representing some of the biggest names at the time including Bryan Boy and Susie Lau and Bloggers were taking their place on the Frows of huge shows.  This is when came the shift; the difference between Blogs and traditional print media is that magazines are also cyclical, printing once per week or once per month meaning you have to wait for your fix, but Bloggers make it instant, with content produced immediately and shared immediately, readers, fans and followers get a glimpse of the collections in real time.  Sure, Fashion Editors of your favourite magazines have been doing this for years, but not everyone follows or even knows who these Fashion Editor are, Bloggers have become known, recognisable and now, marketable.

People often ask me about the difference between blogging and fashion journalism, as you know I do both and there’s one clear difference to me and that’s The Voice.  Let me break it down; when you buy a magazine, you buy a piece of journalism, a feature that someone has written about a topic they’ve been asked to write about, the account is factual, and delivers a point.  Sometimes, in the case of a column, there will be added elements of humour and sometimes not but when you’ve read it, you’ve left with more information than when you started.  Blogging however, is conversational.  Sure we’re sometimes paid to write features but ultimately a blogger writes about whatever they want, they have full creative control over their content and frequency of publication.  When I’m writing for you guys, I’m writing as I would talk, it’s light, it’s fun and it’s sometimes not politically correct but the only person accountable is me.  Remember, it’s immediate and when I’m showing you those covetable items from Fashion Week, they’re not available to view or buy for another six long months.  Got it?

Ok, where were we?  Ah yes, the shift in the fashion industry….

Sooooooo, in February 2015 Burberry announced that it would shift to a “See Now, Buy Now” format which sent ripples across the industry.  The naysayers gasped, saying it would never work and was a crazy idea, and anybody in fashion manufacturing quaked in their leather rider boots at the thought of prepping an entire saleable collection pre-runway show.

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Basically the concept of “See Now, Buy Now” is simple: In September / October when an SS show would normally be shown, Burberry will show a season appropriate collection for FW, the season we’re actually in and the collection will be shoppable immediately.  Simples.  When Tom Ford announced plans to follow suit, people sat up and took notice.  Ford has the ability to pack out a show space like no other, the Grand Master of fashion with a legion of celebrity disciples so this idea must have legs, right?  Sure enough, this season alone Rebecca Minkoff and Vetements  have announced their intention to follow this model along with smaller labels.

Never one to sit quiet on a subject so prickly, Karl Lagerfeld proclaimed “Its a mess, the reality is that you have to give people the time to make their choice, to order the clothes or handbags, and to produce them beautifully so that editors can photograph them. If not, that’s the end of everything.”  Not a supporter of the See Now, Buy Now movement then eh Karl?

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With huge slumps in sales, mega discounts offered in outlet malls and the rise of fast fashion and runway reproduction on the high street, it’s no secret or surprise that the luxury fashion houses have been hit hard.  With ‘micro trends’ (think glitter roots, perspex heels, fur slides) on the rise due to online influencers, we’re seeing a new mini trend every fortnight and as a result, the designers have become the outsiders.  Now that NYFW SS17 is over, it’s time for those fashion houses to take stock; Tom ford showed an awesome See Now Buy Now collection with a whole marketing campaign designed around the very concept.  Although Calvin Klein, didn’t show this season the brand plans to emerge in February under the creative leadership of ex-Dior front man Raf Simons, and Michael Kors has unveiled his plans to show See Now Buy Now in February.

It’s clear that there are huge and exciting changes afoot for the fashion industry and although NYFW SS17 has been mediocre as best, the most memorable shows of the season are the ones which adopted a See Now, Buy Now format (I’m looking at you Tom Ford).

Over to you London….

Pixie xo

 

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NYFW SS17 Show Schedule

Show season is almost upon us Voyeurs with only 19 days until NYFW begins and SS17 brings with it some changes, and a whole lot of excitement.  Having separated from Mercedes Benz entirely, NYFW has a lot more freedom in terms of scheduling and ultimately, streaming.  SS17 sees a big shift in delivery and NYFW will open more shows than ever before to the public, something they’ve not really done in a big way, and also there’ll be more live and post show streaming than we’ve typically seen in the past.  So Voyeurs, get ready to get involved….

Here’s your NYFW SS17 show schedule for September 2016, obviously as always, this is subject to change.  You’ll notice that Tom Ford is making an epic return to show season in New York and on opening day no less, one addition since the show schedule was published is Yeezy Season 4 which will also show on opening day.

So, armed with your NYFW SS17 show schedule and the Fashion Voyeur guide to pronunciation, I’d say you’re set for the first quarter of Fashion Month, be sure to check back for show updates, pictures and of course LFW SS17 as your next installment.

See you on the Frow!

Pixie x

“Living The Dream” Unisex Screen Printed Sweatshirt £120

Kelly Shaw London 20% Discount Offer - Last Chance!

It’s the final day of the amazing discount offer I’m running with Brit designer Kelly shaw London.  Until midnight today you can grab 20% off any item across the FW15 collection (shown in full below).  the collection, in production now, will be available from August 2015 and every piece is a head turner, you’ll be hard pushed to choose just one item!

Recently shown as part of the Capsule Collective at Paris Fashion Week, Kanye West was spotted browsing the rails and anything with the Yeezy seal of approval turns to gold, case in point: Kim Kardashian.   With silent protest and challenging lines as inspiration, the collection is daubed with digital interpretations of gorgeous paintings by artist Jem Doulton, each piece created in the UK, using materials sourced in the UK.  Kelly Shaw really is a designer who is proud to be British.

To take advantage of this fantastic offer all you have to do is:

  1. Browse the full collection in the gallery or post below
  2. Select your favourite piece(s) (Trust me it’ll be hard to choose just one)
  3. Email kelly@kellyshaw.co.uk detailing the piece(s) you’ve chosen and quoting “Fashion Voyeur”
  4. Sit back and gloat that you’re totally ahead of the curve and amongst the first to pre-order the FW15 collection

Please note that you are ordering from the FW15 collection and as each piece is made individually to order, orders will be fulfilled in August 2015 but you can rest assured that you’ll be amongst the super stylish set come Fall 2015, and of course you’ll be backing a British designer with some super cool fashion credentials!

Of course, you can also shop the equally delicious Kelly Shaw London SS15 collection at http://www.youngbritishdesigners.com/designers/arising/kelly-shaw/

I’ve already ordered the Grey Wool dress at the bargainous price of £308 and it should see me right through Fashion Week with the freedom to run the cobbles in Paris!  I’ve also snapped up the “Living the Dream” oversized sweater, is there any occasion this isn’t suitable for?!  And the Liminal Print Skirt and matching Tee which ooze urban cool.

Let me know what you choose…..

Pixie x

 

“Living The Dream” Unisex Screen Printed Sweatshirt £120

Kelly Shaw London Exclusive Discount Offer - Last Call!

Listen up Voyeurs; It’s your last chance to grab a hefty 20% discount on the amazing FW15 collection from Kelly Shaw London.  March 2015 saw Brit designer Kelly Shaw take her collection to Paris as part of the Capsule Collective during Paris Fashion Week and the collection, dubbed The Liminal Journey, will be available from August 2015.

Kanye West was spotted browsing the rails during Paris Fashion week so you know you’re on to a winner with this collection, all about silent protest and challenging lines, the collection is daubed with digital interpretations of gorgeous paintings by artist Jem Doulton, each piece created in the UK, using materials sourced in the UK.  Kelly Shaw really is a designer who is proud to be British.

The full FW15 collection is displayed below with price information and you can grab a slice of this iconic British designer before anyone else, with a fantastic 20% off but you have to be quick as this offer ends at midnight on April 10th……

To take advantage of this fantastic offer all you have to do is:

  1. Browse the full collection in the gallery or post below
  2. Select your favourite piece(s) (Trust me it’ll be hard to choose just one)
  3. Email kelly@kellyshaw.co.uk detailing the piece(s) you’ve chosen and quoting “Fashion Voyeur”
  4. Sit back and gloat that you’re totally ahead of the curve and amongst the first to pre-order the FW15 collection

Please note this is the FW15 collection and so orders will be fulfilled in August 2015 but you can rest assured that you’ll be amongst the first to own a piece of this iconic British collection.

Of course, you can also shop the equally delicious Kelly Shaw London SS15 collection at http://www.youngbritishdesigners.com/designers/arising/kelly-shaw/

My personal recommendation is the grey wool dress (featured above), with Victoria Beckham vibes and a cool British fashion edge it’s a snip at the discounted price of £308.  Now, all you have to do is choose……..

Pixie x

 

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Kelly Shaw London Exclusive Discount Offer

UPDATE: The Kelly Shaw London discount offer has been extended until April 10th so get browsing and get your orders in!

There’s been a lot of interest in the last post about Brit designer Kelly Shaw who recently took her womenswear label; Kelly Shaw London to show as part of the Capsule Collective during Paris Fashion Week.  Well hold the phones Voyeurs, have I got a fantastic offer for you!

Fashion Voyeur and Kelly Shaw London have teamed up to offer readers a fantastic 20% discount across the full FW15 Liminal Journey collection for all orders placed before April 10th 2015.  That’s right folks, you can shop this collection before anyone else and for less than anyone else!

To take advantage of this fantastic offer all you have to do is:

  1. Browse the full collection in the gallery or post below
  2. Select your favourite piece(s) (Trust me it’ll be hard to choose just one)
  3. Email kelly@kellyshaw.co.uk detailing the piece(s) you’ve chosen and quoting “Fashion Voyeur”
  4. Gloat that you’re amongst the first to pre-order the FW15 collection

Please note this is the FW15 collection and so orders will be fulfilled in August 2015 but you can rest assured that you’ll be amongst the first to own a piece of this iconic British collection.

You can also shop the Kelly Shaw London SS15 collection at http://www.youngbritishdesigners.com/designers/arising/kelly-shaw/

You’re welcome!

Pixie x

 

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Kelly Shaw London Exclusive Discount Offer

There’s been a lot of interest in the last post about Brit designer Kelly Shaw who recently took her womenswear label; Kelly Shaw London to show as part of the Capsule Collective during Paris Fashion Week.  Well hold the phones Voyeurs, have I got a fantastic offer for you!

Fashion Voyeur and Kelly Shaw London have teamed up to offer readers a fantastic 20% discount across the full FW15 Liminal Journey collection for all orders placed before March 30th 2015.  That’s right folks, you can shop this collection before anyone else and for less than anyone else!

To take advantage of this fantastic offer all you have to do is:

  1. Browse the full collection in the gallery or post below
  2. Select your favourite piece(s) (Trust me it’ll be hard to choose just one)
  3. Email kelly@kellyshaw.co.uk detailing the piece(s) you’ve chosen and quoting “Fashion Voyeur”
  4. Gloat that you’re amongst the first to pre-order the FW15 collection

Please note this is the FW15 collection and so orders will be fulfilled in August 2015 but you can rest assured that you’ll be amongst the first to own a piece of this iconic British collection.

You can also shop the Kelly Shaw London SS15 collection at http://www.youngbritishdesigners.com/designers/arising/kelly-shaw/

You’re welcome!

Pixie x

 

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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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Versace, The Remix

Milan Fashion Week is a power house event that brings with it shows from the Italian fashion heavyweights; step up Versace.  You know what you’re in for with Versace; off the chain, head turning glamour with the sex appeal cranked up to ten, and this show gave us just that…… with a remix.

Backstage I saw Karlie Kloss being prepped for the show, her blonde hair mussed up into a sexy, relaxed bed head look, a strong dark eye and nude lip, a look that dripped with sex appeal.

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What’s black and red all over??  The Versace show set, that’s what.  huge, spectacular and adorned with the “Greek” logo synonymous with Versace.  The atmosphere inside was buzzy, and one of extreme anticipation.

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Pre-show, Donatella Versace said of the collection, “it’s bold, it’s fearless, it’s primary colours, It’s as if a DJ took the letters of Versace and gave them a remix” and that’s exactly right.  We saw strong primary colour blocking, head to toe, think vivid red and sunshine yellow and you’re on the right track.  Thigh high boots met the hems of high collared capes and the accessories were given just as much attention as the main line with colour co-ordinated sunglasses, belts and bags completing each outfit.

In terms of main eras of influence, this season designers seem to be in one of two camps; the 70’s or the 90’s.  Versace is firmly in the 90’s camp, one look at the aesthetic of the collection and that much is clear.  Sweaters unashamedly emblazoned with logos and prints made up of the Greek were key in this collection.

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Karlie Kloss and Natasha Poly took to the runway in mini-dresses reminiscent of a Google Doodle complete with hashtags.  The palette was simple, bold primary colours with a heavy dose of black with a little shimmer thrown in for good measure.  Killer details completed this look and if we were in any doubt whose show we were watching, Karlie’s earrings spelled it out for us.

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As we all know, Donatella has a unique flair when it comes to glamour, (who could forget the half trouser half dress worn by Jennifer Lopez last year) and as reliable as ever, there were polished pieces here too with signature cut-outs and thigh high splits.  There’s no doubt this was an eye-catching but somewhat “safe” collection from Versace but either way, it’s one that’s got Versace written all over it.

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