Tuesday, 28 January 2014

H & M Design Award for 2014 Goes To......

The winner of the H&M Design Award 2014 is Eddy Anemian, a 24 year-old student at La Cambre in Brussels.

 Today, in Stockholm, the winning collection was presented with a fashion show at Mercedes-Benz Stockholm Fashion Week. In addition to the show, Eddy has won €50,000 and the opportunity to sell pieces developed from his collection in selected H&M stores and online later this autumn.

Monday, 27 January 2014

New Fragrance - Nina Ricci's 'La Tentation de Nina'

Nina Ricci has collaborated with the luxury French bakery Laduree and created the sweet new limited edition fragrance ‘La Tentation de Nina’ 

Master perfumer Oliver Cresp created the fragrance incorporating a macaron accord whilst the New Creation Pastry Chef at Laduree, Vincent Lemains created a limited edition macaron especially for the fragrance.
Fruity top notes: Italian bergamot and grapefruit.
Heart notes: a maroon accord of raspberries, almonds, lemons and Bulgarian rose absolute.
Base notes: Bourbon vanilla, white musk and sandalwood

In the Nina’s signature apple shape, the bottle is a deep pink with a matt finish. With such an intense colour and a mouth watering macaron fragrance who could blame Nina from taken a bite out of it. The bite provides a sharp contrast from the matt pink with its mirror effect gold.

And the macaron?  A limited edition just for the launch of the fragrance. Bright pink topped with gold leaf and raspberry flavoured with almonds, lemons and rose.  

Didit Hediprasetyo Spring/Summer Couture Collection 2014 from Paris

The cut of the collection is straight with the emphasis on waists. Inspirations came from the Napa Valley, feminine fifties and old Hollywood style. Colours from a Californian season 

A slender vine in a chic jumpsuit consisting of a lambskin shirt-front and trousers that come in Prince of Wales check,

and houndstooth of Songket (a traditional handwoven Indonesian brocade),

Dresses and leather bomber jackets are embroidered with leaves and vine shoots

whilst masculine fabrics give class to high waisted fitted trousers that emphasize the waist and give a slight curve to the hips through a draped pleat.

The spirit of Old Hollywood underlies draped necklines and long sleek silhouettes.

 Skirt styles range from the below the knee full circle of the 50s....

... to the short body con look

In contrast to the earthy tones and leather, the finale saw an ethereal touch of long, empire-cut mermaid dresses, whose cloth was embellished with broderie anglaise, ornamental vines, bunches of grapes and delicate vine leaves created by the Lesage company – like an infinitely "couture" signature.

Friday, 24 January 2014

Banana Republic and Finnish fashion and design house Marimekko announce the Banana Republic Marimekko Collection

This limited-edition capsule marries Banana Republic’s modern, American style with some of Marimekko’s most iconic textile designs. and launches exclusively at select Banana Republic locations worldwide and online beginning May 20, 2014. 
The capsule collection blends some of the most signature items from both brands, including Banana Republic’s iconic Hampton pant in Marimekko’s heroic black and white polka dot print.
Items range from an architecturally designed cotton tunic with a plunging neckline, to a billowing maxi dress, to a dramatic full skirt – offering a versatile summer capsule that marries culture with style. 
The collection’s featured patterns, created by three of Marimekko’s storied designers, each tell a unique story through distinctive prints. From intriguing landscapes and folk-inspired art, to circular dots that dance in a single file, the prints splash the capsule with bright hues alongside classic black and white.
Includes petites pieces and prices will range in price from £39.50 (tank top) - £85.00 (dress); accessories range from £39.50 (clutch) - £75.00 (shoes). 
Marimekko first made headlines in the United States when Jacqueline Kennedy donned a number of the brand’s iconic printed dresses during the 1960 U.S. presidential campaign. The Marimekko brand has become world-renowned for an artistic approach to print-making. Marimekko’s team of artists juxtapose cheerful, fresh prints, creating whimsical patterns and textiles that are rich in variation, yet timeless in design.

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

House of Holland Spring/Summer 2014 Collection

Titled HomeGirls, Holland was inspired by the urban streets of South America and the tattoo parlours in Venice Beach.

Feminine floral tattoo designs are used in the lace pattern on full skirted dresses and figure hugging pencil skirts.

Or as lace applique trimming silk slip dresses.

The more masculine tattoo designs of religious hearts and angels are softened on on a background print of fluffy coloured clouds.

Other prints included the gingham in a patchwork of various sizes.

Animal magnetism came out in crocodile and leopard.

A great choice from the ladylike full skirted to the bodycon sexy style.

Fashion Scout's Ones To Watch Spring/Summer 2014 show - Hannah Williams

Hannah Williams of UCA Epsom was also awarded the Special MUUSE prize for her collection of silicone garments. which was inspired by the work of sculptor Daniel Arsham.  

 Pale pastels, frayed hems and loose cuts gave the collection a simplistic first impression.

 But on closer inspection these shapes were like rubber casts ready to create another style as tactile trompe l’oeil brought a subtle 3D dimensional outline of lady like jackets with strings of pearls and trench coats. 

Fashion Scout's Ones To watch Spring/Summer 2014 - Renli Su

Another emerging designer in the Fashion Scout's Ones To Watch show was Renli Su.
The collection titled ‘The Tranquillity of the Working Class’was inspired by Central Asian nomadic tribes.

 Layering was key with knee length frayed shorts worn with loose fit leggings, crochet bonnets,  woolen helmet style headwear and fingerless gloves.

Fashion Scout's Ones To Watch for Spring/Summer 2014 - Helen Lawrence

Fashion Scout's up and coming fashion designers show called ONES TO WATCH included knitwear designer Helen Lawrence 

  Boxy shaped knitted jumpers in lime, greys and pink were given a sharp textured edge with shiny black PU strips creating distorted abstract wave patterns.

James Lakeland Spring/Summer 2014 - The Op Art Collection

Drawing inspiration from the 1960s, James Lakeland presents OP ART; a capsule line of clean-lined tailoring in bold graphic prints.  Featuring sharp tailored trousers, blazers and blouses as well short and sassy shift dresses in a timeless monochrome colour palette, these striking modern classics are sure to be a wardrobe staple from one season to the next.

Highlights of the line include:
a monochrome lozenge print dress with a colour pop canary yellow collar and matching boxy cropped jacket;

a sleeveless striped shift mini dress;
and  a tight cigarette pant worn with a clashing print monochrome blouse.

Available soon via www.jameslakeland.net


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