COUTURE WEEK OVERVIEW : FALL 3013

Couture Week’s are my absolute favourites. The glamour, the imagination, the pomp and the delight. For me, it’s so far removed from reality it’s an art form of escapism, a means of being free for the few minutes of feasting my eyes on the extravagance of each piece. From Old Hollywood glamour, glitz and sophistication at Elie Saab, the over-the-top leopard and fur-ness at Jean Paul Gaultier to understated-overstated shapes and fabrics at Ulyana Sergeenko, Fall 2013 Couture was certainly a sight to be seen.

VIKTOR & ROLF

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Nothing says allure like the colour back. Black with minimal hair, makeup and flat shoes is alluring at it’s best. The Viktor & Rolf show provided such allure. With the draped silks, modest shapes and contrasting furs, paired with flat sandals, the show was a contradiction of terms. A couture show with opulence in fabrics and styles with a twist of minimalist pairings. 

ULYANA SERGEENKO

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As ever, Sergeenko takes references from her Russian heritage for her Fall couture collection. Showing a juxtaposition of stockings-and-suspenders with a high necked Victorian collar alongside virginal white fur with orange leather demi-gloves.The show was a beautiful medley of constricted values of rules with rebellion peaking through.

JEAN PAUL GAULTIER

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Opulence, glamour and other-worldly are all words that can always be used to describe a Gaultier couture show. Fall 2013 did not sway from this way of thinking. Feathers, fur, sequins, tailoring, leopard, headwear, veils, glitz, leather, lace, jewels, chains, velvet, silk, chiffon are all elements of this show, along with, as you can imagine, many many more. There was a tone of burlesque to the show, many circle elements in the garments; figure hugging and curve creating shapes that emphasise the female form, keeping much to Gaultier’s signature style.

ELIE SAAB

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The Elie Saab show was Elie Saab Elie Saab Elie Saab. His dresses have become iconic and easily recognisable for their classic shapes, OTT glitz, sophisticated elegance and movie-star quality. There is never a collection of his that wouldn’t make you feel a million billion dollars if you were one of the lucky few to be able to even try one of his gowns on. The Fall 2013 collection was no different. With his muted tones of taupe, nude and mauve paired with his classic aubergines, ruby and emerald; the collection was as glamorous as ever, a collection to be lusted, desired and pored over forever… Or at least until the next collection.

CHRISTIAN DIOR

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There is always excitement that surrounds a Dior show, especially since Raf Simons took over as creative director. The Fall couture collection did not disappoint the many anxiously anticipating spectators in the audience. ‘Freedom’ was the starting point for the creation of this collection by Simons and it was certainly apparent in the lack of restriction in the garments, with still possessing a form fitting silhouette and immaculate lines. The freedom comes mainly from the fabrics used in the collection. From muted sequins to jewel toned taffeta and silks; full length fringing and hints of Houndstooth, the show was sprinkled with surprises.

ALEXIS MABILLE

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Alexis Mabille’s influence for his Fall 2013 couture show came from the brush strokes from eighteenth century painter Giovanni Boldini. You can definitely see in this collection Mabille’s creative marriage of bring old and new styles together, tying them with the definitive idea of the brush strokes and art pieces. Beautifully crafted silks, chiffons and brocade frame the show with the idea of mixture heavily present.

ZUHAIR MURAD

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Being a favourite for red carpet goers, Zuhair Murad’s Fall 2013 collection is one in which can be imagined being worn by the world’s most famous and glamorous faces. With an edgy twist, this collection brought us the tying of classic glamour with sex appeal and understated controversy. Opulence is what Murad does best and this collection did not fail to bring us the pomp and glitz that consumers crave when observing a Zuhair Murad show. I love the idea of the gowns being modestly covering the body, with hints of flesh peaking through wide set lace, sparsely placed sequins or chiffon. 

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NOTHING LIKE A GOOD OL’ PINTEREST BROWSE TO MAKE A GAL FEEL BETTER.

So I haven’t been feeling well for the past week (having MAJOR girly issues… Say no more) and whenever I’m feeling down and low or ill and in need of a pick-me-up I always turn to Pinterest. Well in all honesty I turn to Pinterest whenever I’m feeling anything, but illness in particular is a good excuse for some down-time and therefore a good ol’ all night Pinterest sesh. So here is my (extra long) Pinterest post for you, all of which are photos that help add a spring to my step and a smile to my face. Enjoy! Follow me on Pinterest HERE.

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GEMS IN UNEXPECTED PLACES

Only I could go to a place where there are no shops and still find things to buy. Yes, only I could do that. And that is exactly what I did yesterday at The O2 Arena. Baring in mind this is a concert venue with an array of restaurants (not shops) for its visitors. Luckily for me though, there was a very small market taking place and I managed to purchase a beautiful vintage lace miniskirt from the LilyJLondon stall and two leather studded cuffs from another handmade goods stall.

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How did I still manage to spend money on sartorial items at a concert that weren’t merchandise?! For more info on LilyJLondon go to www.lilyjlondon.com, there’s some beautiful pieces for Spring on there, all crafted from the finest vintage lace in London, inexpensive too! They also have stores in Camden Market so go check them out!

STELLA MCCARTNEY AND HER RED NOSES

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Stella has designed her latest set of Red Nose Day t-shirts for TK Maxx, and I LOVE! I’ve always bought the TK Maxx Red Nose Day t-shirts every year because at least £5 from every t-shirt sold will go to the cause, helping children across the globe get the food, water and healthcare that they so desperately need. Last year’s designer collaboration was with Vivienne Westwood and those t-shirts were just brilliant, I purchased three.

This time with Stella back, the t-shirts are emblazoned with images of Marilyn Monroe, The Beatles, vintage Kate Moss and Tommy Cooper, as well as a selection of kids tops with a giraffe and The Beatles. T-shirts (adult sizes) are available for £9.99 and £14.99 for both men and women.

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Find out more about what TK Maxx does for Red Nose Day here and to also buy your t-shirt! Available in stores and online from today, Red Nose Day is on March 15th.

SHOPPING HAUL, WHAT I BOUGHT

Screw the New Year’s spending budget. I’m being cliched and living by the “YOLO” mantra. Life is too short, and my fashion brain is too eager, no apologies. Here are my latest purchases from my shopping trip yesterday!

Tees from Zara, both £5.99 (sale price)

Tees from Zara, both £5.99 (sale price)

And I finally got January American Vogue with Gwen on the cover!!

And I finally got January American Vogue with Gwen on the cover!!

Shoes from Office (£7!!!! In the sale, that matters)

Shoes from Office (£7!!!! In the sale, that matters)

Jeans from All Saints... The biggest bargain at £22.50 - reduced from £75. I'm such a compulsive bargain hunter.

Jeans from All Saints… The biggest bargain at £22.50 – reduced from £75. I’m such a compulsive bargain hunter.

Cat-eye sunglasses, £6 in a vintage shop.

Cat-eye sunglasses, £6 in a vintage shop.

Vests, both £12 in the All Saints sale, reduced from £40 each.

Vests, both £12 in the All Saints sale, reduced from £40 each.

Leggings, £22 from Topshop.

Leggings, £22 from Topshop.

Men's watch, half price at £15 in River Island.

Men’s watch, half price at £15 in River Island.

Essie nail polish in Leading Lady (left) and Forever Yummy (right)

      Essie nail polish in Leading Lady (left) and Forever Yummy (right)

 

Yoko Ono tees from Zara, both £9.99 (sale price)

Yoko Ono tees from Zara, both £9.99 (sale price)