London Fashion Week – hellooooo!
TopShop Unique had a distinct 80’s-grunge-mix&match-y vibe to it, with all its layers, colours, pieces…. here, you look.
Model: Karlie Kloss.
Love the huge – almost shawl-size – scarf in that, umm… not rosy, not cherry… well, that colour. Sort of berry? And, of course, shiny black leather leggings.
Model: Kinga Rajzak
Crazy colours & patterns here. Great jumpsuit, though. Huh, this is a mix between 80’s and futuristic punk.
Again, that 80’s/future punk mix: it has the bright purple, the leather, and the edginess, but it also has those quasi-Star-Trek shoulders… Needless to say, I love it!
Something about this one… your eye is just drawn to it and follows a line from the head down. Love the metallic colourblocked pants.
Model: Imogen Morris-Clarke
I just got a really bad craving for a very crisp quesodilla. Mmm.
Anyway, the look: another huge knit tablecloth scarf, leather pants, trench, hot pink gloves and – the finishing touch – hot pink shoelaces to match. Gotta love it.
Ha ha, I think this is the closest thing to a dress that’s in this. The sheer top & hose are just subtley sexy enough to really complement the semi-metallic navy dress (looks like velvet or silk… I can’t even tell). And look, matching laces!
More blue velvet/silk and leather… but no matchy-matchy laces. Also, look at the bag – definitely a vintage look.
Look at all the layers… love the trench, particularly in that subdued hue of grey. And is that a grey cotton jumpsuit underneath? Why yes it is.
Ruffley, pale yellow skirt – quite girly, I’d say – but paired with patent leather leggings and a thoroughly destroyed jacket, it gives the general air of just being mauled by a rabid bear. (Can they be rabid?)
In a very chic way, of course.
Oh look, a dress! Albeit a furry, ice-blue, rounded-shouldered dress with eclectic leather leggings and something metallic on her wrists. It’s a dress.
And I like it! The scarf is great too.
So yeah. A pretty wild line, obviously aimed for London’s (and the rest of the world now, lucky us!) hip.
Alrighty, moving on… but staying with the general theme of London funky punk edgy chic.
You know what I mean…
It’s Peter Jensen!
Although not quite so out-there and on-the-edge, his line definitely had an air of funkiness to it; brights infused equally with neutrals, abstract crochet paired with calm wools and knits, and, well, weird with normal.
Model: Elsa Sylvan
A basic black shift dress taken to another level when paired with intricately detailed white over-the-knee boots, blue scrunchy elbow-length gloves, and the finishing touch: electric blue tulle used oh-so-casually as a head wrap of some sort. Who doesn’t do that every day?
Light blue crochet caplet with a grey dress with sheer arms with a… leather lunchbox?
Peasant boho mixed with gypsy chic… sure.
I realize now I sound as though I don’t like these. I do. I just doubt their true wearability… individually, most of these pieces would be totally great; it’s just together, they make a sort of twisted fairytale look. Which is fine, too.
OK, I”m shutting up now.
So many layers! Plus, each layer is a separate style from the last, it seems… 60s boots, classic grey crop pants, some sort of lacy grey dress/skirt combo, and a hot pink ruffle cardi… all under a slouchy tall beanie. Can’t say I hate this; I really love a monochromatic ensemble with a really, really bright pop (hot pink, hello!)
To grandmother’s house we go… but is she an Eskimo? This may actually turn out to be my favourite piece from this collection…
I’m starting to love the totally eclectic mix of prints & obvious influences, all layered upon one central – often neutral & simle – piece.
…although not this much. This one goes a bit far: a plaid sundress with sheer black sleeves and a Russian-serf-style wrap?
On the bright side: I like the gloves.
You can really see the Native American/Aztec influences in this one, with all the beading… and on those boots throughout…
So yeah. PJ’s collection may have proven a bit too… eclectic for my taste, but I won’t say it was bad. Some people might like that style.
(If so, have at it!)
Moving on to a relatively safer area (at least pour moi), L’Wren Scott was excellent, I thought. Nothing too out there, but with a few pieces thrown in that really stood out. Very 40’s influenced. Classicly chic.
Ah, I love an oversize ostrich feather collar. And I like the shoes… although where have I seen them before… ah yes.
Ann Demeulemeester // Spring 2009
Gorgeous colour, hands down, especially on porcelain skin & red hair. Agh. Lately I’ve found myself wishing I could pull off the redhead look – Coco inspired, maybe? (Yes). Anyway, this look just screams 30’s & 40’s, although I doubt dresses then were quite so form-fitting.
Nice dress… but doesn’t she look grumpy?
Slightly Porenza Schouler-esque, doncha think? I like it, though; at first glance I though it was lace all over. Turns out it’s less sheer (…a bit…)
Love the collar & deep slit (sort of like an anti-plunge). Hmm. The more I look at this the more I like it – it just looks perfect: form fitting (very), and the sleeves mean it’s cold-weather suitable! (Well… you know.)
Model: Myf Shepard
Nothing special about this dress, but I love Myf’s hair colour.
Drama! it screams. I’m beautiful! Wear me! Stare at me!
Notice the little loopies edging the shoe? And the dark red gloves? Yeah. Love the jacket, needless to say – that length & cut is so great – and the pop of limey green to spruce the look up.
Double trouble! (Not sure what that’s about.) Nice high neckline & collar, and love the gloves.
I think it’s safe to say that this brings a new meaning to “bandage dress”. It just looks very, very bandagey. (And my god – how skinny are these people?)
Sexy & sophisticated leather skirt and ruffle-collar blazer. (Although somehow I doubt you’d see this straddling a Harley…)
Mmm, love that line. Let’s see, who else is there… Jill Stuart? Sure.
Nice dress, I like the shine, and hat… look at the shoes, people…
Ruffles, ruffles everywhere!
Love the skirt and jacket and all done in a creamy beige. (The hat reminds me slightly of Gucci, Spring 09)
Gucci // Spring 2009. Model: Lily Donaldson
Eh, sort of. Moving on.
More black, more partially sheer tops (Porenza Schoulder, again!) Still just as great, though. These [sorts of pieces] will be/already are great for layering, especially with blazers…
More sheer, this time paired with tough black knee-highs.
Asymmetric hem, gloves, & fedora. And the shoes.
Fur + pale pink drapes + black knee-highs + ivory/cream layered skirt. I want this outfit. In loads of the shows, ruffled, tiered, layered, and otherwise volumized skirts have had a huge presence. Yay!
I’m in love!
It looks like a dress for a porcelain doll, or a little girl’s Easter dress; maybe even a nightgown. (Ha ha.)
All black (with the exception of the purple flower planted on the fedora), just barely sheer, ruffly, puffy skirt, black socks and purple heels. Subtle use of colours in an otherwise monochrome ensemble.
In my opinion, the perfect LBD. One-shouldered and ruffly… this dress has a presence all of its own.
Collection: despite it’s nearly all-over monochromacy (is that a word? It should be), Jill Stuart’s line pulled off sort of an airy Southern Belle fantasy look, bringing dreams of an eternal spring and summer world. (I would so love to be there right now… no such luck. We received no less than a foot of snow today, and I’ve been holed up in sweats. Agh. This weather, I swear…)
A few misc. looks from Lacoste:
Grey suede jumpsuit, modeled by Chanel.
Navy and black, always good… The girly tie at the neck offsets an otherwise very masculine (relatively speaking) look.
Soft sweater, khaki crop pants, and such a beautiful suede blue boot…
Great coat. Grey is everywhere this season.
Ahh, love it! The hood adds a certain element of drama to this beautiful, wonderful, gorgeous almost grey white wool coat. Mmm, I just want to wrap myself up in it with hot chocolate and read a book. Although that would probably be disastrous, given the number of articles of clothing I’ve already ruined via chocolate in various forms…
Classic trench+vest, with elastic cuffs at the ankles…?
Dude, I would wear this. (Sans the shirt, I’d probably throw something sheer and lacy under it to… verify that I am, in fact, a girl.)
Alrighty, now I feel as though I’ve given a somewhat thorough coverage of… what, two shows? Three? Quel’que soit. Voici, notre look du jour:
From Rodarte // Fall 2009. This embodies a couple key trends: grey, thigh-high boots, gloves, structured shoulders on a fitted jacket, and a huge scarf to top it all off.
PS: Sorry for the ridiculously long post. This really is a long one.