Monthly Archives: September 2011

Designer High Street

The last decade has seen a plethora of luxury fashion designers collaborating with high street stores, bringing a touch of couture to the masses. High Street giant H&M has seen the likes of Roberto Cavalli, Jimmy Choo, Viktor & Rolf, Matthew Williamson and Lanvin design exclusive lines for their store and it doesn’t look like it will stop there.

On sale from November 17, Donatella Versace’s collection for H&M will be running out the doors for prices between £19.99 and £149.99. The range will take a look at the heritage of the brand, meaning flamboyant prints with a touch of glamour.

Preen, Roksanda Illincic, Jonathan Kelsey and Jonathan Saunders have collaborated with Debenhams as part of a new concept called Edition which launched in February across 31 stores from Plymouth to Glasgow.

Topshop launched their collaboration with Michael Van Der Ham during Fashion Week on September 16 at their Oxford Circus store which is also currently housing and selling a collaboration with Maria Francesca Pepe.

Sources also report that future collaborations are already in the mix with Giles Deacon at Nine West, David Beckham for H&M, Mark Fast for Aldo, Mary Katrantzou for Topshop, Karl lagerfeld for Macy’s and Gareth Pugh for MAC cosmetics. Time to Squeal girls!

Versace for H&M

Michael Van Der Ham for Topshop

Preen for Debenhams

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Textured shoes and all that glitters…

Most people have quite an unhealthy obsession with shoes… and I’m no exception. My prized pair are without a doubt my leopard print ponyskin YSL Tribtoo heels. For one, I can’t get ENOUGH of animal print, two, pony skin is currently all the rage in my books, and three, they’re YSL honey. That said, I do feel the need to add to my collection and I’m quite heavily into the added glamour of glitter these days. So! My next step is to buy up big on pony skin and glitter shoes, because I have a gut feeling that they will be huge craze this Autumn/Winter.

Ribbon Tie Faux Pony skin Brushed Ankle Boots by Unique £140 at Topshop

Viper by KG £180 at Kurt Geiger

Dark Green Gem Heel Ankle Boots by River Island £65 at River Island

Ponyskin Boots by Underground £99 at Urban Outfitters

Black Glitter Peep Toe Wedges £70 at River Island

Leather and Velvet shoes £65 at Topshop

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Day 4 LFW

Peter Pilotto, Antonio Berardi, Antipodium, Pringle of Scotland, Erdem, Christopher Kane, Louise Gray, Mark Fast, Giles… the list of awe inspiring designers just kept going and so without a doubt, this day deserved it’s own entry into Eat Ya Heart Out. Antonio Berardi’s show evoked a mixture of delicacy, femininity and power with sheer, floaty fabrics, shadowed silhouettes and figure hugging perfection. Dresses celebrated the female form with a touch of oriental influence, while hard-tailored suits were highly decorated with a traditional twist.

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Peter Pilotto and Christopher de Vos’s (Peter Pilotto) vision of womenswear embraced both new and classic perspectives on elegance. The pattern wizards once again celebrated kaleidoscopic prints and sculptural shapes with meticulously mismatched separates coming together to form a ravishing effect. The fashionista crowd was transported to the tropics as glamazons strided down the runway in prints reminiscent of the flora and fauna found in jungles and rainforests.

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Flower power was in full force at Erdem and what a striking sight of beauty it made! Exquisite, dainty prints combined with graceful silhouettes created a gentle feeling within Erdem Moralioglu’s collection. Various hues of blue, yellow, cream and grey produced a wonderful Spring palette, while sheer fabrics added a touch of sensuality to the mix.

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London Fashion Week SS2012

Here it goes again… I’m salivating over the latest beauty trends, hair extravaganza’s and magical masterpieces. It would be hard press to find a more exciting week in my life than London Fashion Week, because YES, I do think we do it best. Not only is it one of the highest profile fashion events in the world, it is one of the ‘big four’ international catwalk influencers. We are only 3 days in, but with so many shows on offer, I thought I would start writing about my favorite ones of the day.

Day 1: It was great to see fellow Aussie’s, Sarah Jane Clarke and Heidi Middleton of Sass n Bide taking over the runway at The Royal Opera House. The show was jam packed with celebrities, with the likes of Poppy Delevigne, Peaches Geldof, Paloma Faith and Diane Vickers snapping up the front row seats. Japanese origami cuts, collegiate colour palettes and contrasting textures were the main influences of their Spring/Summer 2012 collection.

The stand out item in my opinion was the chiffon, grecian draped yellow and white boat neck dress, cinched in at the waist with a metallic zig zag printed belt. But that was not the only knock out piece of the collection. By combining the ever-growing trend for maxi skirts and sheer panels, the brains behind Sass n Bide created an eclectic canary yellow, metallic silver maxi skirt divided by black sheer tribal panels. And just in case you thought they were stepping too far from their norm, they kept it very ‘sass n bide’ at the end of the show with their typical fierce gladiator cum dominatrix style. My personal favourite being a black caged bodice adorned with a warrior princess type bib accentuated by a paper-bag waist, metallic gold apron mini skirt. Bravo!

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Day 2: The prize for best show was a close call with Ashish, Julien Macdonald, Clements Ribeiro and House of Holland all winning a place in my heart. But a decision had to made and the day belonged to Ashish due to his signature use of sequins and special quirky touches. Who would have thought that daisies spoked into the laces of Bovver boots would look so pretty?? It was evident that flower power was going to be the defining theme of his collection with sunflowers, roses, poppies and pansies all on display.

Models stomped down the runway wearing long sleeve, eye popping daisy print sequin shift dresses, brick printed camisoles, jackets and mini skirts, and flower adorned scarecrow style trousers fastened with white rope. Straw panama hats, boho hair and plum lipstick added a touch of ‘clockwork orange’ to the mix, while chaotic prints and vibrant colours clashed with a whole lot of sparkle to make for a fun-filled, exuberant collection.

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Day 3: The enigmatic, cosmopolitan feel to Marios Schwab’s show had the crowd gasping in delight during day 3 of London’s Spring Summer Fashion Week. Femme Fatale, Film Noir and especially seduction were the key elements to his interplay of light and dark, allowing him to reveal yet conceal the female form through his collection. The silhouette of dresses were typically feminine, mainly sleeveless, flattering at the the bust, cinched at the waist and celebrating the beauty of a woman’s curves.

Perforated fabric, patched with segments of solid colour played the biggest part in expressing the essence of a woman. Trousers were kept clean cut and tailored to spice things up with a touch of masculinity while sheer gowns were cleverly teamed with sparkling bodices exuding a double-oh-seven elegance. Here’s to whispering sexy… not shouting it!

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