On the Tenth day of Christmas…

Isn’t it the most beautiful thing in the world!? Bottega Veneta’s ‘The Knot’ clutch bag is beyond regal in snakeskin, and has the price tag to match. This one behind has a limited edition porcelain medallion. Posh.
BottegaClutch2Find it at www.farfetch.com or via www.bottegaveneta.com

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Spring 14 Collection round-up

With another show season over, and most of the previews and presentations done, I thought it was time to do a quick review of what to expect for the Spring Summer 2014 season ahead. Some of the stand-outs for me are below.

There was black, there was white, there was sheer. There were  the rounded shoulders at many collections, and flashes of the prettiest pinks and pastels. Architecture and clean lines as always was present in New York. I particularly loved Proenza Schouler, Prabal Gurung and Alexander Wang.  Spring14_NewYorkFrom Left:  Alexander Wang, Proenza Schouler, Altuzarra, Prabal Gurung, Alexander Wang, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Helmut Lang, Prabal Gurung, Alexander Wang

London designers always push the wearability boundaries so when putting together this show round-up, I kept thinking- “Would I actually wear this?”. Burberry Prorsum were incredibly wearable, as was Richard Nicholl. I loved the texture at Erdem, and the prints at Mary Katrantzou, who played with extreme proportions and silhouette. Christopher Kane was beautiful as usual, and Roksanda Ilincic showed a very tight, pulled together collection.
Spring14_LondonFrom Left: Mary Katrantzou, Christopher Kane, Erdem, Mary Katrantzou, Burberry Prorsum, Erdem, Tom Ford, Burberry Prorsum, Christopher Kane, Richard Nicholl

One of my favourite citie’s for design- Milan pushes the boundaries in fashion and interiors/furniture. Although it doesn’t quite have the level of  historical ateliers that Paris does, the craftmanship and quality of Prada and Marni were beautiful. Fendi was a favourite and I’d kill to touch and feel that collection up close. I also loved the consistency of Dolce & Gabbana- a label true to my heart since Fashion College. I’ve read reviews since Milan Fashion Week claiming that the season was ‘sombre’ and ‘boring’ and that Milan needs to ‘step it up’ as a city, but I completely disagree. I think it was beautiful.
Spring14_MilanFrom Left: Bottega Veneta, Prada, Fendi, Marni, Etro, Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi, Fendi, Marni, Dolce & Gabbana

Ahhh… Paris! What’s not to love? From Karl’s blank canvas for colour at Chanel, to the lace and embroidery at Valentino… There was heavy metal and shine, especially at Lanvin. We also saw a return back to nature with tribal huntresses at McQueen- a display of textural genius.  I also loved the Spring florals at Dior, the bold print at Celine (who really knows their customer) and I again loved the colour and print at Kenzo this season (but thankfully no logo sweater in sight!)
There was so much beauty from the Paris season that it was hard to do a tight edit, so I’ll have to elaborate more as the season drops into stores. Definitely an exciting season for the French designers. I haven’t mentioned Louis Vuitton here (or the fact that it was Marc Jacob’s last show) because although extremely beautiful, I don’t feel it represented what the season was about as a whole… but I may touch on that another time.
Spring14_Paris From left:  Alexander McQueen, Hermes, Chanel, Valentino, Chloe, Christian Dior, Celine, Kenzo, Alexander McQueen

Compiled by Sarah Bonett
Images via: style.com, dphotographer.co.uk, worldleadingvacations.com, iwallscreen.com, weareholidays.co.in

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Peplum waisted- the trend that never dies.

 They hit the runways for Spring with flirty and flouncy styles, while the new Fall season welcomes them again with a sharper, more structured elegance. We have seen the Peplum for at least four seasons running now. 

We’ve had oversize t-shirts, boyfriend jeans, and leather jackets season after season that these have now become a wardrobe basic, but the Peplum- such a specific fashion item, is fast on its way to becoming a staple. Maybe because its a trend that suits all age groups? An organza or silk taffeta peplum top looks divine on a 50-60 year old, as does a leather version on a 20-something! It really is the catwalk to high street fusion that’s just as popular on a-list celebrities as it is on street-style mavens. Worn on the cheap back with dispensable chain store combo’s, or teamed with Celine and Balenciaga for the afficionado’s with the bank balance to match. 

Wearing Spring’s Peplums for Winter
Carry over your Peplum pieces from seasons past with these great tips.

  • Spring’s peplum cocktail dresses—especially dark colors—transition well into fall. Combine these with a structured coat and knee-length flat boots.
  • A sleeveless peplum top will work back with oversize leather pants or waxed denim plus a pair of closed-toe pumps. A tapered jacket like a blazer will complete your Winter look.
  • Detachable peplums work well transitioning into fall – you can even find belt versions to add to a regular top or high waist skirt (Etro offer a great one, and locally you can get one from Peter Lang), these can be worn over a wool or leather shift dress in the winter

 Some rules for wearing Peplums

  • Be aware of your body type when picking this style. If you have a larger bottom, a peplum skirt is not a wise choice; you should consider a peplum top instead.
  • Combine prints, lace or mesh detailing with Peplums and other key trendy pieces in your wardrobe.
  • Try bolder, more structured peplum ruffles this time around -great for minimising the look of alarge bust, by drawing attention to the peplum, and good for hiding a food baby.
    peplum1peplum2Source: images via style.com
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