Lone Star

It’s not Dallas. It’s not Texas. It’s wherever you want it to be, and there’s no doubt there’s West on the mind…
Western elements have recently been popping up in unexpected ways both on the catwalk and off, and at the recent shows there was the Urban Cowboy trend rising up on the street in Western boots, embroidered shirts and low-slung belts. Keep the look relaxed and effortless in slouchy denims, print tees, leather jackets and boots. For a sexier interpretation of the trend, layer Western elements with femme fatale ones like sparkles, fitted leather or satin.West_8
Forte_Forte jacket from Belinda, Marni tee from The Corner Shop, R.M.Williams hat, House of Harlow earrings from TheDarkHorse.com.auWest_1WILLOW jacket, 3.1 Philip Lim tee from Mywardrobe.com, Joe’s jeans, Paige splatter denim shirt (around waist), R.M.Williams snake tan belt, Barman hat from Strandhatters, Karen Walker star earrings studs and necklace, Alex Fraga tourquoise ring from Pierre Winter Fine Jewels, Mania Mania crystal ringWest_7 Gucci jumpsuit, WILLOW skirt, Mania Mania earrings and ring, Rachel Zoe knot ring from Pierre Winter Fine Jewels, Akubra hat from StrandhattersWest_2Forte_Forte jacket from Belinda, Marni tee from The Corner Shop, Bassike leather shorts, R.M.Williams hat, Raven Kauffman Couture clutch with cuff from Pierre Winter Fine Jewels, Strandhatters belt, House of Harlow moon earringsWest_4Wrangler denim vest, Helmut Lang top from The Corner Shop, Zambesi sheer shirt, Isabel Marant leather pants from Belinda, Jerome Dreyfuss bag, Elke necklace, Brixton belt from Strandhatters, Mania Mania earrings
West_5 Burberry Brit denim shirt from MyWardrobe.com, Kate Sylvester jacket, Joe’s Jeans, stylists own scarf, Isabel Marant sequin belt from The Corner Shop, Alex Fraga sting ray cuff from Pierre Winter Fine Jewels, Mania Mania ringWest_3Dries Van Noten top from Belinda, WILLOW skirt, Mania Mania necklace, leather tie from Strandhatters.West_6WILLOW dress, Gucci clutch and boots, leather tie from Strandhatters, R.M.Williams hat, Fleur Wood sweater, Alex Fraga ‘Carnelian Tusk’ necklace from Pierre Winter Fine Jewels

Photography: Nick Scott
Styling: Sarah Bonett
Hair: Kimberley Forbes
Make-Up: Naomi McFadden
Model: Megan H/ Priscilla’s

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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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