Saturday, 18 October 2014

The amazing Marques Almeida has us totally awe-inspired for ss15 with their calypso cocktail of captivating Caribbean colours. Colour block silk frocks in fresh and airy cuts combined with sheer chiffon tops and coconut wedge sandals to create a breezy cool Californian beach vibe that has us dreaming of relaxation on a balmy sun-kissed beached. Sixties colour-pop sunnies and glitter-embellished bags reminded us of summer glitz and glamour at the ravishing Rio Carnival, while models waltzed languidly down the runway with their salty sea-spritzed curls. The rich cacophony of rainbow tones reminded us of an exotic fruit salad or a rainforest of tropical plants as frangipani yellows and palm tree greens fused smoothly with watermelon pinks and zesty oranges. Final splashes of coral reef blues summed up the sumptuous summer vibe perfectly like a Blue Curacao sunset cocktail on a deserted dessert island beach...J.
tropic exotic
marques almeida

Thursday, 16 October 2014

It was a mellow meringue mood from Helen Lawrence at Fashion East, with her pastel perfect ensemble of dreamy creamy hues. Deconstructed pieces were layered together like delicious slabs of icing on sweet French fancies, whilst her signature visible stitching formed a DIY edge that felt creative and experimental like a Michelin starred menu from a trend-setting master chef. Indeed, the mismatched swirling panels and the whipped curvaceous silhouettes on the tops and skirts looked like whirls of fresh cream on top of an award-winning and directional dessert. The super sweet ambience was additionally enhanced through her expert choice of colour, from peachy pinks to delectable Key Lime greens...:-)  
cream dream
helen lawrence

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Gritty grunge ghetto was the name of the game in Louise Alsop’s looks for Fashion East, which echoed 90s rebel grime with her fierce slogans and crop top, halter-neck preferences. Street wear dissent and non-conformity ruled with graffiti scribble skirts, skull slogan crops and baggy Rock band badge halter dresses, while rebellion reigned with provocative sheers, sexy slashes and her warning sign colours of neon yellow and potent black. The dreaded long hair, heavy black make-up and pseudo scruffy trainers of the statement models added to the laid-back, ‘don’t give a fuck’ vibe and made us feel like we were listening to ‘Nirvana’ in a mosh pit a la 1992 with our drugged-up friends. Retro escapism is always a good thing we think....;-P
graffiti grunge
louise alsop

Sunday, 12 October 2014

The Fashion East show at London Fashion Week grabbed our attention with gaudy glitz and bewitching glamour by playing with gypsy silhouettes and plenty of boho pattern clashing. Ed Marler’s visual spectacle was simply an explosion of over-the-top costumery that captivated our senses with a flurry of Mystic-Meg magic, from entrancing leopard print skirts and gold medallion men’s jeans to fanciful floral gypsy-witch capes and sumptuous crystal-ball satins. The baroque leaf insignia on the breast-plate tops and the slashed leopard print pants gave a cryptic mishmashed ambience to the proceedings, whilst the golden crowns, boho headscarves and golden crosses gave a ritualistic fervour to the outfits. Supernatural snake-print jackets enhanced a sense of wild exotica, whilst the Geri Halliwell Brit-flag jeans, provocative menswear pieces and an Alt-Pop remix of a Danni Minogue 90s classic lifted the enchantment with a decadent does of humour. It certainly left a ravishing impression which will no doubt leave us spellbound for the seasons to come..;-D
gypsy deluxe
ed marler for fashion east

Friday, 10 October 2014

David Koma captured the natural essence of summer in a sophisticated and elegant ensemble during his stunning ss15 show for London Fashion Week. The bright lights of the sun and the shimmering ocean blue waves were referenced beautifully in his glitteringly sculpted jewel-studded dresses, with their signature lines and sexy sheer panel cut-outs. Asymmetric silhouettes, slender shapes and solid stripes made each model a perfectly confident and dominant 21st century woman, whilst the radiant tones of bright yellow and sky blue softened the feverish seduction with sensational summer escapism. The black and white dresses added drama and intrigue like a Casino Royale chess game, whist the captivating colours in the bedazzling dress gems made outfits fit for an eventful evening of suave cocktails at a glorious beachside night-spot...:-)
jewel of the ocean
david koma

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

It was an edgy illegal squat party at McQ Alexander McQueen during London Fashion Week, with rave-ready pieces in psychedelic prints and rock-ravaged cuts. Mesmerizing metallic pieces and gritty monochrome graffiti patterns generated a creative buzz which was instantly electrifying and feverishly energetic. The super cool graffiti slogans made us think back to the days of hard-core secret underground parties at art college, and the experimental pictures that the art students scrawled in their college class notebooks. This carefree sense of youthful rebellion was further intensified by rugged patchwork shirts and distressed grey tops which gave the pieces a laid-back, washed-out vintage vibe, whilst the loud prints sprayed across the women’s tops made us think of blinding neon lights and tripped out colours at an all-night derelict warehouse rave. Our favourite pieces were the streetwear pop-art cartoon separates in super-sweet candy tones like Parma violet and cherryade pink, which pumped up the hedonistic levels to maximum hallucinogenic proportions...:-P
squat party style
mcq alexander mcqueen

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Holly Fulton concocted a quintessentially British collection for ss15 with a focus on the English rose garden. Flirty floral dresses in prim and proper cuts looked perfect in every way with their sexy sheer materials and statement jewelled panels, while translucent flower power skirts in ‘Alice in Wonderland’ flowing silhouettes looked dreamily serene like the sunshine on the lawn’s morning dew. Fresh peppermint shirts and shorts contained ordered geometric patterns that reminded us of the doily shapes from the afternoon tea and scones tray, while pretty ‘Evening Primrose’ yellow gowns looked grand with their checkerboard embellishments and wild hedgerow flowers. We loved the charmingly British colour palette of deep evergreens mixed with poppy reds and cornfield yellows, whilst the fluid cuts and professional finishes gave the collection a grand ‘lady of leisure’ ambience that resonated soundly with the upper echelons of British fashion society, at least in our imaginations anyway. Overall, it was a refined collection with a soothing femininity which matched the beautifully natural ‘English Rose’ theme...:-)  
the english riviera
holly fulton