26 February 2015

LFW Day 2

February was a crazy month, a whirlwind to be honest but Fashion Week season is always such a burst of inspiration and creativity when it comes to styling. For the second day I decided to put together some of my favorite clothing items and create a modern day Geisha inspired look. 

This time I attended three shows (Jasper Conran, Pavane and Zeynep Kartal) at relatively small difference of time from one another and of course, they had to be in completely different locations! Imagine me, wearing stilettos and a kimono, running in and out of the car every 30 minutes.. haha. So here's a look at how second day of fashion week went. Busier indeed, but definitely fun!
A designer who’s captivated audiences with his creations for almost 30 years, this season Jasper Conran led us in to an autumnal woodland. Crispy leaves in bottle green and golden brown lay scattered on the catwalk, hinting at the colour schemes we’d soon see paraded up and down. With warm orange lighting illuminating the backdrop, the show began, highlighting the key trends for AW15/16. A palette that spans all things plum, navy, olive & mulberry - Conran waxed lyrical with a plethora of contrasting layered fabrics: cashmere, velvet, sheepskin. Oh my!

The British designer cleverly styled his collection to demonstrate the dramatic effect layering different textures in the same colour palette can have. Proportions were played with as neat long sleeves emerged from billowing chunky-knit jumpers, rich plum furs looked even more lavish against crenelated pleats, and thick suede collars stood proud atop thin roll neck jumpers. The models’ retro-inspired hair and high-heeled Mary Jane peep toe sandals added a generous helping of 1920's vibe to the collection.
Elegance, sophistication and sharp tailoring were all on show as Pavane unveiled its autumn/winter 2015 collection at the Institute of Contemporary Arts on Saturday. Where Pavane’s third season told of a Parisian love story – one that unfolded in crumpled bed linen and faded bedroom wallpaper, a lovers overcoat and languid sheer slips – AW15 seemed to tell the next chapter in the tale: a more reflective, solemn and dark one. Structured coats, flowing dresses and sharp shirts and suit trousers in colours such as khaki, midnight blue and forest green worked together for a feminine yet timeless and classic collection.

A tailored khaki coat, nipped in at the waist was paired with striking lemon yellow heels while voluminous draping was seen in a pair of beautiful flowing wide legged trousers worn with a double breasted suit jacket with oversized lapels. Subtle pleat detailing on shirts and skirts, designed to mimic birds wings, also inserted some excitement into the inky shades. A thoughtful, elegant exploration of texture and tailoring!
Freemasons' Hall was the perfect setting for Zeynep Kartal’s enchanting collection. Inspired by C.S. Lewis’ classic tale, Narnia, the models descended upon the catwalk in exquisitely feminine gowns crystallized with icy sequins and embellishments. The colour palette unfolded in hues of soft whites, muted greens, and blues with flashes of metallic grey. The dresses themselves were beautifully fitted, elegantly draping from the models as they floated down the runway. Contrasting with the fine lace and silk materials of the dresses were the metallic belts, almost resembling armor; combined with black over-the-knee cut out gladiator boots, they echoed an element of strength set against the otherwise delicate dresses. In this collection, Kartal was able to capture not only the feminine silhouette, but also an underlying sense of power and confidence.

Another aspect of the gowns that stood out was the ostrich feather hem along the bodies of two dresses. It reflected the setting of the fictional Narnia universe in a subtle way, and gave the dresses an added edge. There was a omnipresent sense of fantasy that Kartal created, every dress adding something different to the show and really portraying Kartal’s idea of the “battle between good and evil, day and night, light and dark”.

The AW15 presentation from Zeynep Kartal was a truly stunning affair. The collection truly represented modern femininity and Zeynep is definitely a designer to keep your eye on.


24 February 2015

LFW Day 1

Hello, mes chéries! I'm writing from a cosy, little tea shop here in London, while waiting for the last show of Fashion Week to begin. Such fashionably busy moments these past days, running from show to show, with no time to post photos on my blog. Even if I've got phone internet 24/7, the only thing I can do properly is Instagraming.... a lot! Sometimes Twittering.

This is how first day of LFW went. I attended Paul Costelloe's show in the beautiful Waldorf Hotel as well as Ccuoco's show. Oh, almost forgot to mention the wonderful after party at the Met Bar in Mayfair. Such a lovely start of fashion week!
Fashion Week essentials ;)
Paul Costelloe's Autumn Winter 15 collection called 'Jewels in the Mist', inspired by 15th Century painter Raphael's home in the village of Corinaldo in the region of Marche, was what could aptly be described as kooky-country chic. Velvet, tweed and mohair textures came in ruffled necks, dropped-bell sleeves and tiered hemlines in varying oversized shift-dresses, off-the-shoulder, and enveloping coat silhouettes. Two-tone colourways of emerald greens mingled with mustard, and deep maroons dominated before it became a rainbow of fuchsias and citrus brights, which were played out in sleeker pencil skirts but keeping the volume up top. Texture was the hero here, with matalasse, wool-crepe, raised boucle and all-over bead embroidery lifting each look.
Candice Cuoco's Autumn Winter 15 collection was all about leather. I loved the red leather skirts, the masculine cuts and black stiletto pumps. Red leather, cream leather, gold leather and black leather; Ccuoco is notorious for producing collections full of exquisitely manipulated leather creations, with feminine confidence being the driving force behind her designs. Candice herself describes her collections as ‘for the woman who knows exactly what she wants and knows exactly where she is going’ and that’s a vibe I wasn't left in doubt of at the AW15 presentation. Heavy leather arsenal was feminised with the additions of peplums, thigh-splits, cut-aways, pussy-bows and dainty bras. Well, as dainty as a bra can be when it’s 100% leather. ‘Sophisticatedly Provocative. Intellectually Fashionable’ indeed, as Ccuoco’s bio reads.
Had the chance to play with this fluff ball at the after party! Yes, it's an actual dog, haha.

I was wearing Lavand Clothing & Mango. xx

Stay tuned for more Fashion Week related updates. 

27 January 2015

The Golden Hour

Coffee, after coffee…Hours pass by...slowly, but mostly in the blink of an eye. These past weeks I have been terribly busy , and I barely manage to find a minute to post or even catch my breath. Oh, I am really looking forward to summer, and every tiny ray of sunshine that decides to touch my skin makes me think I'm one step closer to the warm weather days. It's a promise that from now on I'll post more often because I want to share as much as I can with my readers which means to be present as much as possible on the blog.

"I relish that moment in the afternoon when we start to realize how transparent our veils of doing well, of going somewhere, are."

How poetic is this atmosphere. White buildings and cotton candy sky, the cold winter breeze..and the thought of spring approaching me softly.

I was wearing: Zara Dress (Similar Here) & Bag, Moschino Red Cape (Similar Here), Mango Stilettos, Vintage gloves. 

Photos: Anca Dunavete