Friday, 14 January 2011

A Sea of Blue

Admittedly, SS11 did not have one colour to define the season. Some say it was fuchsia, others tangerine, and some white. But, for me, it was blue- beautiful intense blues, in long rippling fabrics. I will definitely be hoping to see some blues on the market soon- how about you?
Here are a few of my favourite examples:
Diane von Furstenberg Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear
Diane von Furstenburg
Yves Saint Laurent Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear
Yves Saint Laurent
Matthew Williamson Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear
Matthew Williamson
Matthew Williamson Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear
Matthew Williamson

Jason Wu

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Saturday, 1 January 2011

It's a new dawn, it's a new day, it's a new life for me...

Well, at least it is now, as we are now in 2011! Which means, of course, there will be more RTW, Couture, Resort and Pre-Fall collections to review, from designers such as Acne to Zac Posen.
However, before all that, I'd just like to reflect on some fashion moments from 2010...(In no particular order -i.e. whatever comes to mind first...)

1. Miu Miu Mania
When people went mad for the Miu Miu SS10 collection (including me!!). I have never seen so many DIYs for collars in my life...

Miu Miu Spring 2010 Ready-to-Wear
My favourite SS10 show (image found here)
2. The Return of the Clog

Thought they were just for the Dutch? Well, you thought wrong. We saw many of these return to both catwalk and highstreet for Spring, having last been as popular in the seventies and eighties.
Chanel Spring 2010 Ready-to-Wear
A Chanel take on the clog (image found here)

3. Death of Lee 'Alexander' McQueen
The fashion world was truly hit by the death of the genius designer, Lee McQueen (or Alexander McQueen).  And, although his last collection was incomplete-only fifteen pieces, and not shown with the usual theatricality and staging, it was beautiful to see, an exquisite and poignant tribute.
Alexander McQueen Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear
The Very Last (image found here)
4. THE Crop...
Having had to keep her hair the same since 2001 for playing Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter films, Emma Watson decided to have a change... Resulting in this, the much debated new hairstyle:
Like it or Hate it, it was certainly a change for Emma (image found here
5. Anna!
Who could say it wasn't the year of Anna Dello Russo?- Because it so obviously was.
Another of her amazing outfits (image found here
6. Lanvin
For H&M! Great collaboration, great pieces, and... you guessed it, great queues...
And it sold out in the London store within hours... (image found here)
7. The Woman's Back!
Curves and the 'fuller' woman was celebrated in autumn, down to Marc Jacobs at both Louis Vuitton and his own brand, and with models such as Lara Stone.
Louis Vuitton Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear
Laetitia Casta on the catwalk (image found here)
8. Camel
No, not the animal. Sorry for the disappointment. Anyway, camel was perfect for our capes and trousers in the Autumn.
Chloé Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear
Almost completely camel (image found here)
9. Minimalism
Phoebe Philo for Céline kick-started the trend,  then Stella and Hannah MacGibbon for Chloé  All perfectly simple collections with beautiful lines- just what we wanted. 
Celine Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear
Minimalism Central (image found here)

10. In and Out
The return of Fashion's Night Out, and the first Fashion's Night In. Fashion's Night Out was busy and star-studded, and Fashion's Night In was online shopping galore, with countless special offers, prizes and fashion exclusives. So, all in all, LOTS OF SHOPPING.
A mega shopping-spree, really... (image found here)
11. A Good Year for Erdem
This year Erdem Moraigulu had a very good year with his brand Erdem. He won the BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund Award in April, and had Anna Wintour to Samantha Cameron in his dresses. He also collaborated with Liberty and Smythson, AND made a scarf for the V&A.
Anna Wintour Wears Erdem
Ms Wintour obviously approves (image found here)

12. The IT Bag
Named after one of our favourite fashion girls, and made by Mulberry, the Alexa bag has to have been the 'it' bag of 2010.
The Bag to bag (image found here

Well, those are a just a few- what are yours? Comment on this and tell me. Anyway, Happy New Year Everyone!

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