Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Parrotsandpeacocks are off for an exotic break in India and the Maldives for the next few weeks. So in the meantime, why not reflect on the frenetic colours, chaotic streets and transcendental temples of the sub-continent as we lay in our palm tree embellished hammock. Or get acquainted with Indian design, from Sikh inspired fashions from Jean Paul Gaultier, to Vivienne Westwood’s Asian elephant prints and Ashish’s sensational rainbow sequins….:-) See you shortly… xxx
incredible india

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Gucci went back to the swinging seventies again for autumn winter 15 with a psychedelic collection of Carnaby Street classics fused with retro Woodstock wonders. English heritage staples were captured in the use of olive green Paddington Bear duffles and sensible pleated slacks while Saville Row tailored suiting was given a seventies wallpaper makeover using gaudy orange graphics. Then flower power florals and languid silhouettes engulfed the collection using the same revolutionary swagger as the Summer of Love; think wilderness flower prints, summer meadow hues, hippy trip scarves and baggy trousers topped off with intellectual geek-chic glasses. The overall style managed to capture the essence of one of history’s most inventive and exciting eras; where youth began to question oppression and injustice on a mass scale while celebrate in nature, free love and general psychedelia with the odd party and weed smoking thrown in for good measure. This youthful and carefree energy was clear in every show piece, from the rebellious and revealing lace t-shirts to the androgynous body-hugging, gender-bending tunics; totally refreshing and down with the kids…J
seventies swing

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Gosha Rubchinskiy made a bold move for autumn winter 15 by treading on style territory that is often denigrated and ignored; the dark underworld of football hooliganism, where brutal masculinity blends with a lazy and laddish aesthetic that is always sloppy but never subdued. Lounge-around track pants proved to be the backbone of the collection, which in parts evoked chav culture by mixing sportswear hoodies and unstructured silhouettes with flash-the-cash logos that bordered on style trash. But Gosha was clearly doing this all on purpose to get attention and to make people notice him; on closer inspection we could quickly see that there is certainly more than meets the eye in this overtly sports-focused label. Closer inspection reveals a strong sense of luxe detailing in the faux fur bombers and the handcrafted leather patchworks as parkas and checks feature butter soft fur trims. Oversized denims were also given the handcrafted touch with delicate colour washes that revealed dishevelled patterns with a high-end look. The statement colour slogans added to this feeling with echoes of Comme des Garcons Play and Tommy Hilfiger. It seemed that Gosha was definitely attempting to put ‘luxe’ into his laddish sporty label, with a purposeful dash of artistic irony thrown in for good measure. With this in mind, we simply couldn’t complain…J
hooligan hedonism
gosha rubchinskiy

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Issey Miyake explored magic eye illusions for the autumn winter season with a saturated mirage of mixed up concepts. Punchy photographic eye print t-shirts in British flag hues merged with trippy checked knitwear in natural evergreen tones, while tribal wrap coats evoked Highland warriors with an Andean mountain twist. Then the luxury levels went up a notch with luxurious velvet trousers doused in floral tapestries that resembled the foliage of English rose gardens. This theme was further strengthened by the bold tulip red coats and the vivid print shirts which again reinforced the primary hued British colour palette. Everything was just a tad chaotic and clashing in the collection as things moved from kaleidoscopic and colour-crazed the one minute to refined the next, with psychedelic prints and monotone crushed velvets interchanging through a vat of British heritage notions. But this is why we love Issey Miyake, who always seems to find beauty in things that you just don’t expect to work. The plastic Bao Bao shopping bags are a case in point…J
magic eye mash up
issey miyake

Saturday, 31 October 2015

The always adventurous Ashish bowled over audiences again during LFW with a glittering spectacle of sequin dresses and gem-encrusted denims; but this time using models on skateboards. Playful princesses with voluminous Barbie hairdos knocked everyone out with their fluid fairy-tale chiffon dresses that were covered in cute sequin blossoms, while attitude-ridden street kids showed us some serious sparkling swag in frayed tracksuits, which looked like they’d been sprayed with glittery graffiti. Indigo denims looked equally dreamy and decidedly downtown with their roughed up streetwear edges and sweetheart cut-outs as other models danced in nineties crop-tops and luridly loud vests to a retro techno soundtrack. Glitter and confetti was casually thrown all over the catwalk and the audience as people hooted and cheered amidst an utterly hedonistic atmosphere. It was clear that the Ashish party just ain’t stopping any time soon….! J
glitter skater girls

Thursday, 29 October 2015

Kokontozai caused a stir again this fashion week with a gritty punk inspired show that was held in a cavernous underground space. Flashy metallics and patent PVCs made a powerful visual impact that was perfectly underscored by the post-industrial venue. Think a former rave ravaged nightclub with an S&M reputation an you’re almost there. The exclusively debauched venue was almost as sensationalist as the headline grabbing attire which included racy fish-net tights, flashy PVCs and sultry leathers at every turn, as well as super short skirts and thigh grazing dresses. Models definitely dressed for drama in their heavy metal jewellery and sabretooth necklaces as their post-punk Mohican wigs set the rebellious mood perfectly. This was further augmented by the paint splatter dresses which looked haphazard and deliberately uncontrolled like a drug-distracted hipster in a beyond-cool art class. But a sense of urban decay also enveloped the mood as seemingly peeling poster graphics splattered themselves across tops and skirts. It was as fitting and appropriate as the disused venue which had been instantly transformed from rubbish into art for the name of fashion…Only at KTZ J
post industrial punk

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Julien MacDondald took us on a dramatic visual escapade into the Amazon during London Fashion Week with a glittering show of rainforest florals for men and women. The inspirational venue amongst the Victorian splendour of London’s Smithfield Market was equally off-the-beaten-track as models stormed out down the urban jungle runway in the heart of east London’s industrial zone. Steamy models with drenched hair and sweat-kissed bodies looked sultry and seductive in their warrior woman dresses replete with short cuts, revealing slits and spider web knits as some made an even more exotic impact in tropic hibiscus hues and a flurry of foliage prints. Then the men slashed through the undergrowth in similarly striking attire which comprised of leaf patterned silks and bold sportswear. A few of them flashed their chests in tight open tribal capes as they stomped in gladiator sandals like pseudo jungle Tarzans, but this was all part of the elaborate escapade which was as gripping and glamorous as the show’s star-studded FROW… ;-)
into the amazon
julien macdonald