Bringing Sexy Back

Last season it was all about the shoulders, this S/S it’s all about the back.

I’m sure my good friend Rosie will agree, there’s something incredibly sexy yet understated about showing off a bit of back. Zara are also championing this idea as the bulk of their new Trf collection is full of seductively low cut backs in V’s, square’s and scoops.

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*All photo’s have been taken from the Zara website

 

 

SS14 The Trends: Dazzel

All that glitters is not gold…it’s a Marc Jacobs dress with embellished cascading leaves.

Fan and Feather Sequin Guipure Dress

Fan and Feather Sequin Guipure Dress

Usually such adornment is strictly reserved to the winter months, but this season we see it take a fresh approach. Be blown away by blankets of beads covering crisp cotton pieces, or by sparkles sprinkled on sports luxe jackets.

So this SS14 when it comes to jewels, sequins and beads more is well, more.

Designers to inspire: Emilio Pucci, Nina Ricci, Marni

Where to shop the trend: House of Jam, Ted Baker…or do it yourself?!

 

 

 

 

SS14 The Trends: Origami

Origami isn’t just a party trick…It’s a new way of dressing.

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Think cotton skorts by day and mid length, metallic, pleat skirts by night…

Designers to inspire: Rochas, Dries Van Noten, Antipodium

Where to shop the trend: Zara

Zara £22.99

Zara £22.99

 

 

 

 

 

SS14 The Trends: Slogan Tees

Cast your mind back to 2009… I’m sure there’s No Doubt that you’ll remember Gwen Stefani stepping out in these trousers?

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Well if you don’t, then Louis Vuitton’s SS14 collection is here to remind you. Seemingly naked models strut down the catwalk with erm, well…it’s speaks for itself:

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Ok you can stop blushing now, don’t worry this is obviously more for spectacle than substance. The trend translates perfectly and eloquently onto the more modest T-shirt.

Designers to inspire: Paul & Joe, Mochino, DKNY

Where to shop the trend: Monki

SS14 The Trends: Gingham

When I see Gingham it immediately conjures up an image in my mind of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. So if you’re looking to bag a husband (or 7) this year, then Gingham’s the way to go*.

Designers to inspire: Meadham Kirchhoff, Balmain, Moschino

Where to shop the trend: Urban Outfitters, Topshop, Vintage

 

*Warning: when wearing you may be swept off your feet (literally) by a 6ft cabin owner called Adam.

SS14 The Trends: Sheer

January *groan*, probably the worst month of the year, the weather’s dreary and your purse is empty. However the good thing about January is the ‘looking forward to the year ahead part’ (catchy). Making your new year’s resolutions and planning trips for the summer. Another thing to look forward too is seeing the back of those tatty sale pieces littering the floors of high street shops all over Britain. And the emergence of the new SS collections, bringing freshness and light into the stores.

This week’s blog posts will focus on the top trends for SS14, giving you a focus (well for your new wardrobe at least) and an antidote to those January blues (and those Christmas Jumpers). Today’s fashion focus is Sheer.

Anna K’s collection (https://graduatinginstyle.wordpress.com/2013/09/16/lfw-the-catwalk/) teased us with this fanciful trend back in September at her LFW show. We knew it’d be a long winter ahead before we could step out in ‘barely there’ dresses and luminous lace. But not too long now, so don’t be under prepared. Plan now, look on trend come April.

Designers to inspire: Erdem, Alexander McQueen, Isabel Marant

Where to shop the trend: Topshop

Holly Fulton

What happens when you mix Noosha Fox…

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With a Chinese food and Edinburgh Colleague of Art? The answer…my new favourite style crush: Holly Fulton.

Holly’s SS14 collection draws upon the idea of New York ladies dancing to Fox and satisfying their disco appetites with a late night Chinese take out. I’m not sure I’d want to be wearing any of Fulton’s beautiful designs whilst scoffing noodles, but never-the-less it’s a great brief. Focusing on the heyday of the 1970’s with its elegant and sexy silhouettes.

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LFW // The Catwalk

Another day another catwalk…

Foregoing yet another lie in (the life of a fashion blogger eh?) Sunday morning I headed back to Freemasons’ Hall for the Mercedes- Benz Kiev Fashion days SS14 Showcase. I managed to bag a seat on the second row…SROW? Doesn’t quite have the same ring to it as FROW does it? SROW also doesn’t include goodie bags consisting of coconut water and Wasabi popcorn. But despite the lack of sleep, goodie bags and FROW status I had a blast!

The buzz in the room was electric, the lights dimmed and Ann Peebles’: ‘I can’t stand the rain’ erupted through the speakers – very tongue in cheek. Anna K’s collection came first, as the first model walked out everyone (minus FROW of course) stood up, elbows at the ready and snapped away.

I hadn’t quite got my timing right at this point (the photo’s get better I promise)

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Anna’s collection, was romantic, pure and fresh with it’s shades of sheer white and frills. If William Wordsworth’s famous poem “I wandered lonely as a cloud” was a fashion collection, this could well be it.

After the big hats of Anton Belinkskiy, Lera Leshchova collection slinked its way down the catwalk in asymmetrically cut dresses, hues of nude and flashes of metallic.

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Anton Belinkskiy

Lera Leshchova

Lera Leshchova

Up next was Lia Sin, I tried to work out her brief. I decided she had asked herself: What would Maria (Sound of Music) have worn in 2014? The result – braces, pales colours and puff sleeves.

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I was still humming ‘How to Solve a Problem like Maria’ when RCR Khomenko’s collection arrived. I loved it; playful but seriously cool. An amalgamation of peplum skirts in pillar box red, white and royal blue accompanied by oversized boxy jackets.

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Yasya Minochikina collection drew the show to a close. It featured midnight blue metallics, high necklines, oversized sleeves and trimmings of neon.

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LFW // Hellen Van Rees

Today I went to the Hellen Van Rees show at Freemasons Hall.

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We were guided up the stairs and into a spot lit room full of flashing cameras, and handed a glass a wine, did I mention it was 11am?

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I was even lucky enough to have a short interview with the designer herself.

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Hellen graduated in 2012 from Central Saint Martins, and her designs have been worn by the likes of Lady Gaga no less!

The best advice she was ever given was by her tutor who told her to build on her strengths. This advice seems to have worked, as she went on to tell me that her collections are all one continuous journey. She works on the strengths of her previous collection whilst adding new inspiration and influences so that it evolves. She not only creates the designs but the fabric too, drawing heavily on Chanel tweeds. Her SS14 collection gives a nod to 1920/30’s Chanel with a futuristic twist.