Ex-pat Corrie Nielsen paid homage to her Scottish roots with her A/W '12 collection, Vestiarium Scoticum. Neilsen's signature Tudor sensibility and structure were present, this time in tartan plaid. A drone of bagpipes could be heard as models took the stage in pencil skirts and tailored coats in the traditional Highland tartan, matched with puffy pleated sleeves and Elizabethan collars. A plaid print was even slashed across models' foreheads.
Headwear rivaled tartan for stand out element of the collection. Tiny Renaissance caps, veils, spiked headpieces and feathers were showcased on hair pulled back in sleek buns.
London based label Negarin showcased its Autumn/Winter 12 collection during London Fashion Week with a private film screening at Sommerset House. The short film, shot on New York City's bustling Varick Street, features a model posing amidst downtown traffic-- looking as calm and striking as on the runway.
Husband and wife design team Clements Ribeiro have once again defied the old adage love and business shouldn't mix with their Autumn/Winter 12 collection. The couple, who met while studying at Central St. Martin's and went on to form their eponymous label in the early '90s, stayed true to their femininity but this time showing a tougher side with leather.
The show was held in the ornate Goldsmith's Hall, which with its gilded mirrors and crystal chandeliers was the perfect juxtaposition to the punk feel of the collection. Models wore disheveled chignons held back by turban styled headbands and aces were dewy and fresh tainted only by a brilliant hot pink lip to match their spike heeled Jimmy Choos.
Topshop launched a capsule t-shirt collection at London Fashion Week designed by former recipients of their NEWGEN sponsorship --an esteemed award for emerging fashion designers.
The collection commemorates ten years of the retail giant supporting new talents and offering them a platform to showcase their designs to a global audience. Notable NEWGEN alums include Jonathan Saunders, Christopher Kane, Matthew Williamson and Alexander McQueen.
The limited edition t-shirts feature colorful and playful designs from the likes of newly minted labels Erdem, Louisa Gray, Meadham Kirchoff and Mary Katrantzou, who recently created her own collection with the retailer. A percentage of sales will go to Centrepoint, a London based organization that aims to end homelessness.
Tees are on exhibit at LFW in the NEWGEN exhibition center alongside this years recipients of the award. Winners' collections were shown in runway shows, exhibitions and installations throughout the week.
Stella's Fabulous Fashion Fete
Quickly dubbed as the “hard to beat event of the season,” Stella McCartney’s ‘fashion spectacular’ and first London presentation in sixteen years was a true highlight of the London Fashion Week Fall 2012 season. Opting out of her usual Paris Fashion Week appearance, McCartney brought her evening wear collection ‘home’ in a celebration of nationalism that coincides with her role designing for the Great Britain Olympic team in this summer’s also London-based games. The black tie, formal dinner affair hosted an eclectic group of guests including Rihanna, Kate Moss, Kanye West, Zaha Hadid, Peter Blake, Twiggy, and Bianca Jagger. Dressed in the collection, models joined guests at each table as Ronnie Scott’s orchestra played jazz standards followed by a performance by Dutch magician Hans Klok and special assistant Alexa Chung. Even after all of this action—the party was just getting started. The multi-talented models (some professional dancers in disguise) then took markedly more conspicuous positions atop each table for a flash mob-esque performance to a Led Zeppelin soundtrack. Marble-printed silk and feminine lace appeared in bold cobalt blue and rich orange alongside stark black and white. Silhouettes ranged from full-length gowns to bubbly cocktail frocks and featured McCartney’s signature tailored suiting and color-blocked hourglass silhouettes. "I wanted to do something special to celebrate being back in London," said McCartney. "I love magic, and that was pretty magic."
We're huge fans of Kate Bosworth's ability to combine chic and casual pieces for the perfect ensemble. We adored her look at the Burberry Fall 2012 show in London. As usual her look is effortless, both casual and refined. Here, she pairs a long-sleeved owl tee with a ladylike tailored pencil skirt. She accessorizes with an adorable black velvet belt, brown suede booties, a simple black clutch, and no jewelry.
What a great combination of unexpected pieces --and she pulls it off perfectly! We were so inspired by this look, we decided to put it together for you guys. The greatest part? We're going to do it for for around $300. Let's go!
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PRIM AND PROPER Spring is the perfect season for sweet, ladylike silhouettes. Modest collared and crew neck tops along with knee brushing skirt lengths, this trend leaves the rest to imagination and it never looked so sexy. Preen showed affinity for the feminine aesthetic with flirty dresses and separates in a saccharine color palette, dainty waists, and bits of ruffled detail. A favorite among the best-dressed British it-girls, (a certain Duchess of Cambridge and her equally stylish sis,) Issa London showed perfect prim and proper for spring. A pleated A-line skirt topped with a modest jacket creates flattering proportions in pastel neutrals and a pop of baby blue piping. In very romantic, neutral lace, Mulberry shows us classic ladylike ready-to-wear. Lace covered suiting includes a pencil skirts and cropped jackets paired with tailored button up (all the way up!) shirts – the exact ensemble we imagine at a posh English tea.
After the whirlwind of parties- from the Cannes Film Festival, to New York Fashion Week’s Official Party, (should we also mention the Milan Fashion Week’s Party- voted #1 party in Milan), it’s a wonder that Sasha Devic, one of the world’s leading event planners and CEO of 7D, has any energy left to sit down and have a chat with Joonbug. Luckily for us, even with his hectic schedule, he lets his passion for nightlife fuel and inspire him. Who knew that the young Sasha Devic (He’s turning 25 this weekend ladies)- a former pro basketball player, hailing from Sarajevo, could have accomplished so much in so little time? The answer: He did.
Something we may have taken for granted and hardly recognized this fashion week in New York was crystal bedazzlement and it's subtle creep onto the runways of a lot of designers. With London Fashion Week underway, and Matthew Williamson crystalizing a few looks, we look back at Day 6 of New York Fashion Week for, well, an aesthetic that could possibly be permanent for Spring.
Gottex: An entire collection of divine bathing suits walked the runway, with so much potential and quirky things we'd like to try - we wondered could they worn alone as just leotards, far, far away from the beach. Models donned bathing suits with capes, avant-garde straps and some with extended trains sweeping the floor. But, not only would one have to worry what design to choose, but color - from, beiges to black and greens to reds - emerald green being the most coveted. After such a color fuss, came swimsuits bedazzled in swarvoski crystals at the shoulders and torsos. Where the swimsuits wearable? Not entirely - we coudn't bear the thought of chasing crystals in water - but, they were defintely beach-side posing appropriate.
As if people don't understand that our girl, A Dubbs - aka Anna Wintour - has better things to do than, say, Fashion Week.
Wintour caused a stir outside of Gucci Saturday, when protestors in bob wigs and oversized sunglasses came to protest against Wintour in shirts reading, "I will only stay 3 days." Wait. Where can we purchase these shirts?
The protestors were referring to Wintour's decision to stay in Milan for only 3 days, causing organizations such as Moda Donna to change their fashion week schedule.