Saturday, 22 November 2014

Tie-dyes and dip-dyes defined the spectacular spectrum of colour at Dries Van Noten’s artistic aw14 show, which paid homage to peacock plumage. A vibrant array of tones lit up the runway, from fuchsia pink and indigo to piercing eye blue and glistening gold, like the ravishing rainbow patterns on peafowl feathers. Tie-dye trousers and jumpers gave a natural tripped out twist to the aesthetic, while psychedelic print jackets and shirts came in kaleidoscopic formations that easily resembled the ornate iconography of this awe-inspiring animal. Sporty camo panelled track pants and hi-tops added a wild athletic edge to the collection, while vivid fur scarves in sky blue and blueberry rounded off the ornithological references perfectly with a tangible splash of captivating colour and natural texture...:-)  
peacock plumes
dries van noten
aw14

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

We popped along to Giuseppe Zanotti’s home in Knightsbridge a few weeks ago to view the sleek and sporty styles on offer for ss15. As we arrived to his stately adobe amidst a splendour-filled Georgian square in Chelsea, we were firstly taken aback by the unique venue. Autographed pictures of celebrity fans adorned the walls of the designer’s home, from Beyonce to Kanye West, while his ss15 collections were showcased in the airy drawing room around an orchid and double-cocoa cake laid table that was as deliciously tempting as the shoes on offer. Signature menswear trainer styles were present in athletic shapes with attention-grabbing gold embellishments, while a new collaboration hi-top by infamous rapper Kid Cudi took centre stage in plush nappa-leather. We fell in love with the sport-meets prep loafers in slick scarlet and sapphire blue tones, while the super swag sports-luxe vests and jackets looked achingly cool. Womenswear pieces also dazzled in shimmering metallic tones as key pieces shone on the walls next to model shots of glamorous vixens looking chic and striking. It was as exclusive and euphoric as Giuseppe’s fame-fuelled fan base...:-D
sports slick meets glitter glitz 
giuseppe zanotti 
design
ss15

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Roberto Cavalli embraced polished psychedelia for ss15 with his tripped out collection of hippy-hedonist rainbows and transcendental tie dyes. Lucid flowing maxi-dresses looked totally rave-ready in a mashed-up mix of neon disco colours, while fiery volcano tones blended with azure blues for a perfect beach-party look that would suit the sultry heat of a melting Miami sunset. Brilliantly blazing skirts and dresses looked wild and wacky in their mind-bending lava-lamp patterns, while rock-chic brown leathers and pleated mini-skirts looked achingly cool for a pre-party tipple at the rooftop bar. Vivacious animal prints fused with fiery florals in the tropic exotic showroom that was filled with sweet-smelling freesias, while the bold diamante jewellery ramped up the luxe levels even further in true Cavalli extravagance. We expected nothing less from this purveyor of excess...;-P    
summer psychedelic
roberto cavalli
ss15

Thursday, 13 November 2014

DKNY caught our eye at the Purple PR ss15 press day with a candy-colour cocktail of kaleidoscopic summer-ready prints. Bold sky blues and chic cherry reds were artistically strewn together in hypnotic patterns across sculptured dresses, tops and parkas like the dizzying lights of Times Square at dusk. Vivid turquoise tones mixed with mellow yellow hues on simple but striking stripy knits and skirts, echoing Mark Rothko modern art stripes at the Moma museum for a second, while metallic gold mini-dresses and tunics featured art-deco discs that resembled the ornate architectures of the Empire State and Chrysler Building. Sport-ready strappy sandals in glittering sequins added to the edgy and energetic New York vibe that only Donna Karan has truly been able to master. Go girl! ;-)   
city kaleidoscope
dkny
ss15

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Rick Owens turned his back on black in his ss15 menswear show, choosing caveman couture with a tribal twist instead. A slouchy Neanderthal silhouette dominated with baggy shorts, billowing layering and loose-fitting tunics dominating the horizon. Forest browns, sandy camels and camp-fire reds formed the wilderness wonderland colour palette, while mystical ancient ‘Rock Art’ illustrations made a ravishing appearance on the oversized tunics like the tripped-out tribal masks of a Papua New Guinea rainforest clan. The rugged brown leather chest harnesses made the models look ready for hunting and gathering, while the jagged Adidas moon-boots were perfect for a primordial power sprint to catch the meal of the day. Primitive meets polished in a boundary-pushing way J
caveman couture
adidas x rick owens
ss15

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Mount Fuji sunsets and sea-pounding Japanese art awaited us at the Raf Simons collection for ss15, which took in mystical Asian influences and delicate cherry-blossom prints. Knitted jumpers and tees were decorated with lush illustrations of colourful Japanese flowers, while jersey vests were painted with perfect panoramic views of Kyoto mountain megaliths and lucid Okinawa lakes. Each look was enlivened by a pair of Adidas x Raf Simons trainers, which looked instantly artistic with a strong Harajuku slant. Think chunky colour-block platforms in Manga cartoon colours with a 90s candy-shop ‘pick and mix’ twist. Further creative sparkle was conjured up with the flashing LED lights in each of the trainer’s tongues, bringing everything back to the crazy 90s heyday of ‘LA Gear’ light-ups and statement sportswear swag. A perfect ‘Bubble Tea’ blend of East meets West, where sugar-sweet colours mix with ancient Japanese myth...:-)   
manga mystique...
raf simons x adidas
ss15

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Get ready for a radiant rainforest trek next summer when Y-3 hits the fashion jungle with their tropic exotic ss15 collection. Flower power prints were splattered all over sports-ready pieces at the Y-3 press day to create a wild and wonderful cocktail of colour that took in Curacao blues, fresh frangipani pinks and sweet Papaya oranges. Sub-tropic foliage dominated the visual canopy using heady hibiscus prints, emerald green palm fronds and Birds of Paradise flowers on the sultry separates. Sunset-orange neons and fresh limes lit up the Adidas ‘three-stripe’ vests and tees, while Pacific beach palms and sun-cream coloured shirts offered a fresh preppy alternative to the fervent flower fringed looks. Abundant equatorial blossoms added a hedonistic holiday twist to key summer staples such as the on-trend bucket hats, while sand perfect plimsolls and seashore primed towels looked ready for a sun-infused day on a dreamy sun-kissed beach....:-)
rainforest radiance...
adidas y-3