Sunday, 27 March 2016

Feminine strength and individuality at H&M Studio AW16

Models such as Amber Valletta, Jourdan Dunn, Freja Beha Erichsen, Ashley Graham, Soo Joo Park and Hari Nef appeared in looks that expressed a woman’s individuality, and the diversity of the female character.

Amber Valletta
Jourdan Dunn
They walked a specially created runway that had the clarity and enchantment of a frozen lake, reflecting the influence of nature on the collection.

Hari Nef
Soo Joo Park
 The focus was all on the clothes, which mixed powerful tailoring with Swedish heritage and handicraft.

Jourdan Dunn
Amber Valletta
There was a fresh interest in a feminine silhouette created by the shoulders and waist, with added drama and posture from gaucho hats and cowboy boots.

Freja Beha Erichsen
Ashley Graham
 “This collection is about the strength and beauty of women, and how we express that power through our style. I love the contrast of strong tailoring with handicraft touches of Swedish heritage and folklore,” says Ann-Sofie Johansson, H&M’s creative advisor.

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Maria Borges Launches BLACK by LBD Collection

For SS16, launch  BLACK, a new contemporary collection of premium party dresses, created exclusively for by Jodie Fleischmann.

The ex-Ted Baker designer has created a limited edition range of 18 dresses that are modern, elegant and made to the highest quality.
 “Much attention has been paid to the cut and detail of these dresses; all are fully-lined and beautifully finished using the finest fabrics, unique lace and on-trend detailing” says Jodie.
The result is a series of incredibly flattering, high-fashion dresses that are perfect for making an entrance at any summer event.
 In a sophisticated colour palette of nude, black and navy, BLACK by is 100% British and made in London.
 Prices range from £129 - £149
 £1 of each dress sold is donated to women’s charity Refuge
Available soon on


Two new styles, Indy and Charge (image below) , play with the classic teardrop shaped lens. Indy has an acetate frame in either black or turtle that thickens at the sides and over the bridge. Charge has a thinner acetate frame that follows the line of the lens, and comes in contrasting combinations of frame and lens - such as a pink frame with grey lenses, or light beige with green.
Both styles have defining metal rivets to attach the stems to the frame.

 The bookish style Frame, the original eyewear design from Acne Studios, is one of the key designs. Frame, together with Library, gets an update with new metal rectangular tabs in the corners of the acetate - a new signature of Acne Studios eyewear.

 Other core styles in the collection include the oval shaped acetate Mustang, which comes in a new orange shade, while metal frames include the Spitfire aviator, the circular lensed Winston and the futuristic Mask.

 Prices start at £230 and will be available exclusively in Acne Studios stores worldwide and on

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Principles by Ben De Lisi SS16 Jewellery Collection

High summer glamour is the inspiration behind this catwalk inspired collection for Spring/Summer 16 from Principles By Ben De Lisi.

The beautiful theme of 'Riviera glamour showcases polished gold and rhodium fashion forward statement pieces with a palette of blues, greens reds. Semi-precious and marble effect stones embellish on trend open bangles, multi row necklaces and updates long profile pieces, creating a contemporary look to a polished piece. Rhodium azures display a nautical theme with embellished cluster necklaces and chunky multi row beading, creating the perfect accessory for warm summers evening. Inspired art deco jewellery with a rich colour pallet of golds, jet black, pinks and greys, feature heavily in this collection.
Available from Debenhams pledges support to domestic violence charity, Refuge, the premium fashion brand and online retailer of occasion dresses, have welcomed a new partnership with national domestic violence charity, Refuge.

 The retailer, famous for its black celebrity-inspired dresses, has pledged to donate £1 from every dress sold from its own collections - to be donated to Refuge. Refuge opened the world’s first safe house for women and children escaping domestic violence in 1971 and has led the campaign against domestic violence ever since. Now the country’s largest provider of specialist services, Refuge supports over 3,300 women and children on any given day.

Through support from and customer purchases, Refuge will be able to keep the doors to its life-saving and life-changing services open and continue to reach out to even more women and children escaping domestic violence.

Saturday, 19 March 2016

H&M SS16 - A modern collection full of historic charm, made with more sustainable materials

The 2016 Conscious Exclusive Collection effortlessly merges a sense of history with modernity.
Launched to coincide with the opening of the exhibition Fashion Forward - 300 years of Fashion at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, to which it pays homage, the collection conveys an idea of painterly and sophisticated elegance.

The H&M design team has delved into the museum’s collections of archival fashions in order to pick up key pieces from the last three centuries of haute couture.
The result is a contemporary and artistic collection that is soulful, progressive, conscious and truly unique.
The collection will be available in approximately 180 stores worldwide and online from April 7.

 "Working with innovative sustainable materials and ornate embellishment, the collection is a layering of references, shapes and textures topped off by intensely decorative accessories and deco-inspired bijoux,” says Ann-Sofie Johansson, Creative Advisor at H&M.
 The fluid and easy silhouette revolves around languid dresses, arty kaftans and sculpted skirts.

Prints add a dash of surprise, turning dresses into trompe l'oeil paintings or sculptures.
A long ball gown with a deep neckline features a marble draping print;

 a liquid dress is adorned with a slice of Botticelli's Three Graces.

 Short dresses and painter blouses ooze nonchalant sophistication, creating an electric and eclectic short-circuit between present and past. “One of my favourite pieces from the collection is the mini asymmetric dress that was inspired by a painting by Gustave Moreau. I love the mix of a conscious, sustainable fabric and an old painting. It’s great to be able to have sustainable clothes that still look red carpet-ready,” says Julia Restoin Roitfeld, the face of the campaign.

Materials include organic silk, hemp, recycled linen and Tencel® blends as well as new innovative materials such as beads and rhinestones made from recycled glass and Denimite − a material made out of recycled worn-out denim, which H&M is the first fashion company to use.

Also new for this season’s launch of Conscious Exclusive are three wedding dresses − a feast of lightness and embellishment materialised in dreamy, draped lines, for the bride wanting to be as beautifully dressed as she is conscious.

 H&M will be the exclusive sponsor of the upcoming exhibition Fashion Forward - 300 years of Fashion at Musée des Arts Décoratifs. Pamela Golbin is the Chief Curator of the exhibition.

From ready-to-wear to ready-to-board: Ashley Roberts unique dress

-Ashley Roberts takes fashion to new heights in dress made entirely from boarding passes-

 Former Pussycat Dolls member and presenter of ITV’s Saturday Night Takeaway, Ashley Roberts, shows off her stunning figure in a bespoke dress created entirely from boarding passes.

  The dress was created by avant-garde designer, Aleah Leigh Wood, who constructed it from more than 5,000 of the airline’s boarding passes, with inspiration taken from current LA fashion trends.

 Completed in just over 100 hours, each boarding pass was individually sewn; all of which was applied to a custom lining of square fabric tabs to create a multi-layered effect, which was perfectly matched to Ashley’s figure.

 Long-time LA resident, Ashley Roberts, comments: “I’ve spent half my life in LA and adore the city. It’s effortlessly cool with fashion inspiration around every corner. The City of Angels should be on everyone’s bucket list, that’s why I’m so excited to showcase this boarding pass dress and in doing so, highlight how easy it is for others to visit and experience the thriving fashion scene for themselves.”

 The West Coast city of Los Angeles has long been known for its pared-down style of ripped jeans, big sunglasses and fedora hats sported by resident A-listers. Now with the likes of Saint Laurent and Tom Ford relocating studios there, Los Angeles’ influence on the world of fashion is set to reach new heights.

Wednesday, 16 March 2016


Inspired by 90s grunge, New Metallics is the third trend to be featured in the brand’s advertising campaigns this Spring/Summer 2016.

 This time, the model given the task of representing the new trend is the American Karlie Kloss, who at the age of 23 has already been crowned one of the top models of her time.
 April focuses on 90s grunge with the New Metallics trend.
Among the collection are rock ‘n’ roll inspired elements including mini-dresses, boxy jackets and lots of denim alongside ankle boots, sneakers and a selection of heels.
 A mixture of elegant dresses and separates are finished with metallic detailing to give each outfits a hard edge twist. The collection uses sequins, silver tones and shiny finishes to revive the carefree appeal which singers such as Courtney Love and fans of Nirvana imposed on the decade of grunge.

 This new campaign, shot in early February in a studio in London, will hit the high street and the different advertising platforms this April.
 On this occasion, MANGO counted on Miranda Joyce and Paul Hanlon for make-up and hair respectively, as well as the musician Jamie Hince, leader of the band The Kills, who added rhythm to the photo shoot.
The famous indie rock singer was chosen to perform the song that will feature in the TV commercial, Future Starts Slow, featured on the Blood Pressures album released in 2011.
 Karlie Kloss, who has already collaborated with the brand on other occasions, declared: Working with MANGO to bring their rock-inspired, New Metallics collection to life was a lot of fun. The pieces in the collection are edgy and capture the energy from my shoot-turned-dance-party.

 The company is continuing with its change of strategy, based on stocking its stores with the latest trend garments every fortnight and on launching a different advertising campaign every month, featuring the trend of the moment together with the face that best defines it. Implemented in early February, the aim of this new strategy is to offer on-trend products in all its stores and to adapt the advertising media and tools to the digital age, in order to respond to speed and immediacy of the fast fashion world.

Wednesday, 9 March 2016


AW16 is about the liberation of women from strict silhouettes once worn in early 19th Century. The collection explores the relevance of garments that were considered essential such as the corset.

Kym Ellery says: “We want to unravel, deconstruct and reconstruct pieces from another era in new ways making them relevant today. It is a collection that explores the contrast between old and new, filled with pieces that are both fluid and structured in equal measure.”

Colour palette is deep blacks, flesh tones, warm rusts, soft greys and velvety blues. 

Accent colours of  white and candy pink lighten the mood

And metallic tones flicker throughout.

Fabrics range from liquid lame to double silk georgette, velvet corduroy to wool suiting and snow fox fur to shimmering lurex velvet.

The brand’s trademark flares were present in different proportions, some with raw then embroidered edges.

New romantic tucks cinch in feminine dresses with voluminous sleeves.

Turn of the century blouses are modern. 

Classic shirting is once again key.

Airline celebrates L.A. Fashion Week: free flight upgrades just for looking stylish

To celebrate Los Angeles’ growing influence on the world of fashion, ahead of LA Fashion Week, Air New Zealand is awarding on-the-spot giveaways - including Business Premier upgrades - to its most fashionable passengers flying from London Heathrow to LAX.

 Judged by an independent stylist, based on current LA style trends, the giveaways will be awarded to passengers between Monday 14th and Wednesday 16th March.
 Fresh from shooting in LA, fashion stylist and former fashion editor Laura Martin will be on hand at Heathrow’s Terminal 2 to select the airline’s most on-trend passengers bound for LAX.
 Martin explains, “Los Angeles has some incredible emerging design talent, a wide array of shopping districts and is well-known for its distinctive street style. To celebrate its emerging fashion kudos and mark the start of LA Fashion Week, I’m excited to be on the lookout for anyone exuding that cool LA pared-down look just before they board their Air New Zealand flight to LAX. So dress to impress!”

 Giveaways include the chance to upgrade and enjoy the airline’s lie flat beds in Business Premier, lounge access, a glass of champagne on departure or complimentary amenity kits complete with New Zealand made Antipodes skincare lip balm, socks, eyeshades, toothbrush kit and more!
 Air New Zealand General Manager UK/Europe, Kathryn Robertson, says the airline has developed a reputation for its unique campaigns and events. “For a few days we’re looking forward to giving our customers the opportunity to put their most fashionable foot forward for the chance to win a range of special treats and travel to the fashion hub of Los Angeles in style.”
 Air New Zealand flies daily nonstop from London to Los Angeles. Services are operated by Boeing 777-300ER aircraft which feature several inflight product options including the award-winning Economy Skycouch and Premium Economy Spaceseat.
 Visit for more details.

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Miuniku AW16 Collection at London Fashion Week

Inspired by people who go out to explore something new, the collection reflects the curiosity of man to discover things less known.

References have been taken from camp sites, mountaineers, geological analysis and the uneven lines on rocks and sediments.

Graphic details like those found on geological diagrams, have been translated into panels and prints.
Minimal frills are paired with plain textures to reflect terrains,

Colours used are a mix of subtle earthy tones mixed with primary and darker colours.


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