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New York Fashion Week: The Picks (Part 1 Marchesa, Ralph Lauren etc.)

February 18, 2016

How better to alleviate an unrelenting sense of FOMO where NYFW’s concerned, than to chime in with my favourite pieces of the season? I’d like to thank the handful of brands/party hosters who emailed me with invites over the past week but alas, I have been stuck in fair Blighty with about ten quid to my name. Maybe next time. Fly me over, yeah?

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MARCHESA

Whilst my day-to-day sartorial uniform consists of trusty black-on-black, catwalk shows that convey more than shapeless beige/tonal shades really resonate with me (*cough* sorry DKNY). The intricate craftsmanship that is endlessly apparent from Marchesa is as close to classic fine art as the fashion world gets. With a floral update from SS16’s focus on glitz and volume, this collection looks like the result of The Great Gatsby throwing a Valentine’s party. And I want an invite.

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RALPH LAUREN

Ralph Lauren was something of a mixed bag this season. Starting off with a theme that conjured images of Gossip Girls’ Blair Waldorf at a 70s throwback school disco; ending on a jewel-toned medley of evening gowns, variation was key. However, the standout looks for me had to be the monochrome offering, with slick tailoring contrasting against exaggerated blouse ruffles – think Adam Ant after a packet of face-wipes and a blow-dry.

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NAEEM KHAN

The first two dresses in this segment are some of the only ‘Ready-to-Wear’ pieces I’ve seen that are plausibly ready-to-wear – though perhaps not whilst you’re mooching around ASDA of a Thursday eve. The geometric cut-outs bring a quirky twist on two somewhat traditional styles, with the velvet of the black dress sending me back to my purple velvet catsuit days of the nineties (I was 10, don’t judge me). The latter styles scream opulence, with another insurgence of roses akin to those of Marchesa, elevating two of my favourite hues – pillarbox red and ebony black – high onto the trend ladder. Yaasss.

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RR331

A label that, admittedly, had never crossed my path before, RR331 surprisingly knocked Proenza Schouler off my list for this rundown. I love a good staple black piece, but my tendency to veer towards safer options is obliterated with this collection and I’m more than willing to take the risk. With asymmetrical hems and outlandish silhouettes, RR331’s ability to remain sophisticated and classic, whilst straddling the kooky and unique, encapsulates the contrasting ethoi of its designers Ralph Rucci and Sander Lak. The former, a veteran American couturier, creates pieces that are driven by exquisite fabrics and lines, whilst the latter – 30 years Rucci’s junior – designs with youth and a casual edge, resulting in this delightfully contradictory pairing.

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S/S 2013 Beauty: Hello 60s, Hello Edie Sedgwick?

April 13, 2013

I’ve got to admit, about 75% of trends that I read about either leave me despairing for the powers that be of the fashion world, or proclaiming a sighed “Is that it?”. However, Spring/Summer 2013 seems to be changing that with an eternally stylish nod to the ‘Swingin’ Sixties’. Now, if this is drawing up blanks for you here, I recommend a bit of background reading, or watching rather, in the guise of Factory Girl: a biographical film about Andy Warhol and his ill-fated muse: Edie Sedgwick. Sedgwick IS the 60s. Think heavy black lined eyes, pale lips and a tiny injection of heroin chic and you’re there quicker than you can say ‘Campbell’s Tomato Soup’ (please get the reference, guys).

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Liverpool Fashion Live Event!

October 20, 2012

After an absolutely terrible week, I finally decided to get out of my sorry state of bed-sulking and get back out there – to Liverpool Fashion Live at the Pan America bar at the Albert Docks on Thursday. Brilliant idea! The event was created by two businesswomen from Liverpool, Ruth and Caz, who had grown tired of the pretentiousness of fashion events and decided to host their own where the attributes of everyday people were appreciated. The catwalks showed models from ages 14 to 80, all shapes and sizes – as a celebration of all kinds of beauty…

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London Fashion Week & Timur Kim Show Review.

September 16, 2012

On Thursday, I was absent-mindedly mooching through my Twitter feed as I always do and happened upon a retweeted post about a free ticket going for a London Fashion Week show. So, naturally – I jumped on it. I messaged the girl who posted it, who turned out to be the lovely Sam from WhenFlowersFall, who told me they had a spare ticket to the Timur Kim show – all I needed to do was travel to London with two complete strangers and contribute a bit of petrol money – sold! They had won the tickets in a MakeBelieve competition (a tanning company) and had a spare – don’t mind if I do!

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New Look/Grazia Denim Styling Event – Manchester Arndale.

September 12, 2012

Yesterday I braved the rain and hopped a few trains to Manchester to check out the New Look/Grazia Denim Styling event in the Arndale – with the hope of having a couple of minutes to speak to the Grazia Fashion Editor Sophie Ferguson Jones – which I did! There was a little talk from Sophie, where she gave some hints and tips regarding the new trends for Autumn/Winter 2012 and what we should be wearing these next coming months.

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LOOK Magazine Competition – #StyleSearch!

August 8, 2012

If you’re one of those girls who can just throw an outfit together and have it look like every detail has been slaved over by the likes of Karl Lagerfeld, you may want to enter this competition. LOOK Magazine are currently offering the girls with the quirkiest style who upload a picture onto here, a chance to style a model on the LOOK Show catwalk! If that wasn’t enough, check out the other prizes you’d win (taken from the LOOK website)…

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