This *gorgeous* editorial style shoot by Net-a-porter has me ready to run off and join the Militia. Net-a-porter really do lead the way in showing top-to-toe, catwalk and editorial worthy looks, that have been styled to perfection.
Completely drool worthy Military inspired looks show a 'Pretty Tough' edge, which is gorgeously shown on a blush pink background. A great example of how to make you look *amazing* in this season's military trends, rather than look like you've been rummaging in an Army surplice store.
In the words of Net-a-porter, 'Pledge allegiance to the season’s hottest trend.' Shop the shoot.
I'm a HUGE online shopping fan. I've worked at several e-tailers, have a fanatical obsession with the look, layout and usability of almost every site I go on, and most of all, I think I like shopping online more than *gasp* regular shopping, which is why I'm so excited about Vogue.com's Fashion's Night In on November 1st.
We've had Vogue's Fashion Night Out, which looked amazing - shopping while being treated to drinks and canapés, live entertainment, exclusive offers, personal appearance and amazing parties - what could be better? How about staying at home while shopping? What's better than sitting at home delving through pages and pages of gorgeous clothes, outfits and every accessory you can think of, without have to deal with crowds, pushy shop assistants, trying things on in cramped changing rooms (while trying to stop the deranged toddler who's running around opening everyone's curtains and exposing you to the world) we've all been there, finding the perfect item hanging in it's wrong place (obviously the one you found is either 3 sizes to big or small!), or most of all having to get dressed (being able to shop in pjs with a glass of wine and some cake is a huge pro for online shopping, let's face it).
Everyone who's everyone is involved in Fashion's Night In, from my favourite high fashion big hitters like net-a-porter, My-Wardrobe, Browns, Matches and Selfridges, to high street staples asos, Topshop, French Connection and Joy, not to mention Wildfox (Nepotism!? How very dare you!). As well as great online stores getting involved and giving you discounts, giveaways, offers, freebies, competitions, on hand stylists and bloggers, and online exclusives, everything is also for a good cause. Each retailer has pledged a different amount to KidsCompany (the Vogue charity of choice), so you can rest easy that you're credit card is doing good as well as bad!
So get involved, support the fashion industry, e-commerce, KidsCo and most of all your poor, poor AW wardrobe - don't you think it's deserves some new items! I'll see you in the virtual changing rooms (that's twitter, right?).
I watched this video tutorial today, and now I can't wait to try this out myself. I'm sometimes not very adventurous when it comes to my hair, but this looks perfect for night or day and I love that you only curl a few sections to get a wavy effect (god send when you have thick, straight hair like me!). I love hair tutorials - I need all the help I can get!
Ok, so I cheated yesterday and didn't post The Best of Milan Fashion Week Spring 2011, as part of my Fashion Week Series, so today you get a double whammy, Milan and Paris!
First up is Milan, and with big hitters like Dolce & Gabbana, Emilio Pucci, Versace, Gucci, Fendi, Giorgio Armani, Missoni, Moschino, Prada AND Roberto Cavalli, it has a very different feel to the other fashion weeks. Some of the smaller, edgier styles and flavour that emerging designers bring is lost in a sometimes too realistic and commercial fashion week. But that said, I do have a favourite -Dsquared². everything looked so effortless and easy with this masculine, yet feminine geek chic collection that was kitsch and tongue in cheek, while being completely wearable and stylish. There wasn't much I wouldn't wear - Oxford Geek meets Femme Fatale = fabulous.
Now onto Paris Fashion Week Spring 2011! This is so much harder to pick just one collection to champion Paris Fashion Week, with breathtakingly beautiful collections from Hermès, Chanel, Alexander McQueen, Miu Miu, Chloe, Elie Saab, Givenchy, Lanvin, Yves Saint Laurent, Loewe, Roland Mouret, the list goes on and on! I was tied between Valentino's 'Ladies who Power Lunch', Chloé's 'Off duty Ballerinas' and Elie Saab's 'Boardroom to Ballroom' collections, but seen as it's Paris, the city of Chic and Romance, Elie Saab has to win, with his beautiful colour palette, late 70s feel, and stunning, as always, dresses.
It's so hard to pick a favourite, as naturally, I have an affinity with LFW and the designers that show here, so it's EVEN harder to pick just one! Especially with such strong collections from Basso & Brooke, with their beautiful prints and strong shapes (ombre peg leg trousers you will be mine!), Burberry's biker, belted chic and beautiful and creative tailoring with pops of bright colour (Gok Wan and Kim Kardashian must have been in waist belt heaven), Sass & Bide, with their ruffs and softer amazonian collection, and Holly Fulton with in your face yellow and graphic prints (she was so nearly my numero uno). But, my top pick of LFW was Erdem. His use of lace, florals, delicate embellishment, bright reds, peter pan collars, romantic silhouettes and amazing ballerina style Nicholas Kirkwood shoes all put a huge smile on my face.
London Fashion Week was all about powerful/feminine shapes, waists, sharp prints, fresh colours, including yellow, burnt orange, red, fresh greens, bright blues and aqua all mixed with a neutral palette.
Following on from the little task I set myself yesterday to pick one designer's Spring 2011 collection from each of the four main Fashion Week cities, I'm starting with the fabulous New York Fashion Week. The collections shown at NYFW this season were so strong, there was a 60s/70s vibe, with bold colours (think Mad Men gone to Studio 54 and holidaying in St Tropez) juxtaposed with a crisp minimalism with muted colours and straight, unformed shapes and silhouettes.
It was so hard to pick just one collection that I not only loved, but felt summed up NYFW perfectly. While I couldn't get enough of Jason Wu (Riviera chic, 70s highwaisters and turbans, Marchesa (out of this world red carpet dresses) and Rodarte (so fresh, quirky and interesting - yet so wearable), my pick of New York Fashion Week had to be Marc Jacobs.
The 70s trend, bright colours and a louche, decadent feel were all present in Marc Jacobs collection, and to me, that summed up NYFW 2011.
I've decided to set myself an almost impossible task. As Paris Fashion Week draws to a close and ends a month long fashion week, over the next few days I will go through the Fashion Week archives of Spring 2011 (I missed most of the action while on my holiday) and pick ONE designer's collection from each of the 4 Fashion Week cities (New York, London, Milan and Paris). The one I chose will be the one which I love, covet, want to wear and best sums up that city's Fashion Week trends.
How am I going to chose just one?!
Tomorrow: The Best of New York Fashion Week Spring 2011
Beautiful people descended on the Hotel Pozzo di Borgo in Paris to celebrate the 90th birthday of the fashion bible dedicated to all things beautiful, Vogue. The guestlist read like a 'who's who' of power players in the fashion industry; from global Vogue editors to Models du Jour to renowned designers, everyone was there. The guests put on a Red Carpet catwalk display worthy of a couture catwalk, with incredibly beautiful gowns and styling, not to mention the beautiful and imaginative masked worn to fit the dramatic theme, Eyes Wide Shut.
Anna Dello Russo stole the show slightly from host, French Vogue Editor Carine Roitfeld, in her stunning white Pucci gown and Gareth Pugh head piece. Other belles of the ball included Lara Stone in an emerald, liquid dress and bouffant Marie Antoinette hairstyle, Tyra Banks with a fishnet mask, Karolina Kurkova wowed in a short but sweet black dress and killer gloves and feathered shoes, Alessandra Ambrosio in a va va voom red dress (and a very weird talking on the phone red carpet pose in almost every picture), Dita von Teese wearing suspender and a coat (would have loved to have seen what was underneath) and Crystal Renn wore feathers and fur to complete her black magic look.
The main look of the night (not including 'Black'), was see through, with lots of underwear on display! Carine Roitfeld led the way and opted for no bra with her daring dress (don't think I'll be trying this look. Love the animal print coat, though). Natalia Vodianova, Maria Carla and Isabel Goulart all tried their hand at the barely there trend as well, but Maria Carla and her leather hold-ups win for me.