Joseph Altuzarra a/w 2013

For fall/winter 2013, Joseph Altuzarra bravely discarded the prints and embellishments that have been oh-so pretty and present in his past collections. What were often the most memorable and what made me love his pieces so much (due to my never-ending love of prints), I wasn’t sure what i’d make of this drastic departure however, I fell quite in love with it!

An “exploration of street”, the clothes were slick and city-ready from the very first fitted pant suit and leather bolero with exaggerated shoulder (an emerging silhouette that is proving ever so popular in New York, first seen in the form of Karl’s framed shoulders not too long ago in Paris for couture week).

“If you take away print and embroidery, you have to challenge yourself a bit more on the cut”, as Altuzarra described. Well, he easily overcame that challenge! Moving away from the comfort of prints demanded a sharper attention to tailoring, cut, and fit – which was prominently displayed in the coat-dresses with nipped in waists and double-breasted power suits (did you love the big buttons like i did?! there’s proof is in the detail, people!) — pure talent in elaborate construction.

The prints were replaced with straight lines, corseted leather and vinyl fabrics (which Altuzarra preferred because of its waterproof nature, proving it to age better than leather). Not to mention the restrained yet somewhat fresh colour palette (black, white, caramel, and a hint of forest green). The pieces evoked a discernible essence of reality, yet managed to keep some of that dreamy fantastical nature and trip-around-the-world feel of his past collections.

Actually, those over-scaled fox-fur mittens tapped into that past whimsical nature (maybe a bit too much for my liking) but would undoubtedly keep you warm amidst the raw chills of winter.

The sexiness of the clothes was also unquestionable, seen in use of the luxe monochromes and leather (what’s not sexy about leather?), defined waists and zippy-skirts. Altuzarra himself stated that “every collection plays with the idea of sexy and sensuality, but in this one the sexiness was very overt”.

“The fiercest, sexiest and most wearable clothes in New York”? Tim Blanks, you took the words right outta my mouth.

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Rag & Bone: R-T-W a/w 2013

Marcus Wainwright and David Neville’s “girl” for fall was inspired by the minimal-chic mod of the sixties combined with the idea of aviation & fighter planes in particular, with vintage flight suits having been a longtime obsession of Wainwright’s – a contrast to their Dacar racetrack inspired Spring collection.

These ideas became reality in the form of short, simple and bold looks that any trendy 20-twenty something city girl would kill to wear —> sounds a bit like someone I know?

It was impossible to miss the Chanel-esque references in the outfits (tweed jackets and quilted textures) but these had a Rag & Bone edge, something unique with oversizing the jackets and trousers – giving it all a more casual, work-wear feel. (would Coco approve? I know I do!)

The designers’ British upbringing wasn’t missed either, with menswear check prints, reconstructing the classic houndstooth in grandiose proportions and having tailored pieces in a digitised Prince of Wales wool.

What absolutely captured me most about the show (on top of everything else!) was the colour palette – it’s as if the collection was designed with my favourite colour combinations in mind: deep purples, sea-foam green, flashes of orange and the ever so prominent cobalt blue. The airplane-inspirations were also seen in the contrasted colours of dark grey, olive and black, to further emphasise the bold colour pops.

Of course the signature layering was present – although cleaner and more sophisticated compared to previous collections – this time with dark thigh-highs showing beneath the super-short hemlines of mini skirts and lust-worthy blazers and coats to top it all off.

Always one of my favourite shows of New York Fashion Week, the Rag & Bone “girl” is definitely growing up and I for one am excited to see what “woman” is about to emerge.

Designers to Know: Isa Arfen by Serafina Sama

Asymmetrical silhouettes & knock-out embellishments, Serafina – a Central Saint Martin’s graduate – couples traditional Italian design aesthetic (having grown up in Ravenna) with the quirky playfulness found in London.

A sense of stylish non-chalance anyone?

Each look is statement-making and unique, yet subtle and oh-so easy to wear at the same time with its streamline cuts and pastel hues. On my wish-list is.. every.single.look. (but I mean, how could you choose?!)

Serafina’s inspirations come from London, stating she can find inspirations around every corner – which is believable as London has so much to offer:  exhibitions, libraries, vintage markets, people on the street (to name a few!). Although London has had a great influence on her development as a designer, she told Elle magazine (where I first found & immediately fell in love with Isa Arfen) that growing up in Ravenna, Italy, surrounded byreally strong female figures, with very eclectic personal styles” will always be reflected in her design aesthetic.

The Isa Arfen girl: a real womansophisticatedconfident but without craving attention. Someone who is passionate about clothes and likes to have fun with them. — I don’t know about you, but that has a certain ring to it, no?

The clean shapes in contrasting proportions, high waists, cropped tops, oversize coats, embellishments & the overall luxe-appeal of every put together look just makes you want to get your hands on these clothes right now and wear them stark in the middle of freezing winter

Opening Ceremony and www.thecorner.com are stocking them for Spring, go go go!

check out www.isaarfen.com for more!

Photos: http://isaarfen.com

 

A story behind a campaign…

A story behind a campaign…

Remember how I said that fashion campaigns often make me wonder about the stories/inspirations behind them?

Well here we have the actual story behind Karl Lagerfeld’s photo shoot for Chanel’s spring summer 2013 campaign, and it isn’t what you’d expect!

A Lesson in Elegance – where Stella Tennant plays the role of a step-mother with her two step-daughters, Ondria Hardin and Yumi Lambert.

A genius idea if you use your – or rather, Karl’s – imagination!