Friday, 7 March 2014
Well, he didn't trigger the models into smiling, but do we care.....?
This is the Million dollar kid after all......
Nicolas Ghesquiére with his first collection in the creative seat at Louis Vuitton.
Now that he left the grips of PPR, - Kering (Caring- Really?) to join the 'bosom' of LVMH - is it really better? At least we can say, he has a new sense of freedom and a new signature to write.
Some of the signatures came in monochrome, some in hipster chic, camel and denim and some in a great sense of proportion with attention to top collars, cropped leather jackets and a new 'A line' fitted dress.
This is a well balanced and edgy comeback for the king of Luxury, High Fashion!
Of course the Fast fashion retailers will get these looks into the high street before you can say "Large Louis Vuitton Paycheck!" But then imitation is still the highest form of flattery!
Plus there are still many millions of Asian consumers who do not want the made in China label and will pay the extra Dollars, Yen, or Euros for the 'Made in France' kudos!
But with all this, we have to say "Yes!" to this the new collection from Nicolas Ghesquiére, as he has definable shown he ca still bring the right balance of edge, cool, street vibe and all the attention to the details and material combinations.
This will give the 'Slimanites' something to think about, following a predictable, but still cool PFW show and it will also allow the LV consumers, to feel hip at the same time as being rich!
In total, I feel - A little bit Chloe, A little bit Slimane, and a lot of cool!
This is definitely the start of something - Rock on!
Wednesday, 5 March 2014
Is it all the same?
How are we expressing our individuality?
It's still showing a lot of leather blends, colour blocks in fantasy patterns and neo modernist print design or cuts and shapes, even Black and white silhouettes are being recycled..... but then there is NYC.
My Fashion mojo is on it's next search....... and it's in New York that we find it!
So, when you have all of your time to focus on your own label, without the pressures and the fast turning machine, that is always on full charge, that is Louis Vuitton...... What do you do?
Well, you experiment with your own twist on luxury, glamour and seductive colours.
Beautiful cut necklines, slinky trouser suits and soft fluid jump suits. You do all this until you feel in the mood to throw in some fur jackets and a play with tonal colour or surreal dip dye.
Softness, luxury warmth and a mesmerising selection of Winter fantasy.
Feminine delicacy and graceful graded colours is the mood of the Marc Jacobs RTW FW14.
The sheepskin Bomber jackets were something their 'Original owners' could have been proud of! Well let's say that maybe there will be some designer sheep dip dyeing next fall on the farms of New Zealand!
But the delicate colours kept a beautiful blend of rich tones and feminine power. Soft shoulders and slightly ballooned sleeves kept the silhouettes rounded and at the same time elongated.
The looks were powerful while not missing the beat of a demure retro 80's vibe. This winter of new knits was launched with a statement in Knitted tunics, slim knit pants and sheath dresses.
This is where the excellence steps off the New York radar!
The finite details with the mix of sequins and fine crystal beads, leaves this dress a piece of art- and possibly very heavy too!
With a nod to the art deco mood, the swirls of decoration and light woven base allow a movement and freedom that is part of this optimistic and modern visual statement.
But its the mix of decorative sparkle and the lounge mood luxury that brings this to my focus.
Step out and be free and enjoy the "Happy Days !"
All catwalk images courtesy of Style.com
Wednesday, 19 February 2014
This is the collection to relaunch your fashion MOJO.......
The Belstaff Fall Winter 2014 collection is expressive, eclectic, and filled with the marriage of rich textures and luxury attention to details.
It's completely connected to the mood of today, a "Mash-up" of contemporary styles, something from the past, (Historical), combined with a twist of today (Clean Modernity.) and created new by a step into what could be the future (Twists, combinations and silhouette.)
This is a must on the List OBD - Objects of Desire.
The silhouettes are tough but with a twist of elegance. The collection too has some contrasts with it's mix of historical uniform references.
I love the touch of 'danger' with the ultra - high temperature, heat resistant, furnace gloves.....
I find this statement completely 3 dimensional, the blend of raw energy and uniform inspired colours and the translation into leather, suede and sheepskin, it's attention to protection and the touch of engineered design.
I love especially the mixing of these rustic, earthy colours which are completely in keeping with a quality 'House of Leather' and allows the layers of different textures to stand out as something special, from strong diamond quilting panels to heavy grain leathers, straps and buckles in a fourth material and of course the depth of a rich shearling collar.
Do you remember Mad Max?
Maybe this is somewhere in the design teams inspirational boards........
Thursday, 6 February 2014
The trend concept 'Modern Reflections' was developed to illustrate and inspire the wide spectrum of creative influences driving the new season, FW13
The concept highlights the need to understand a new world order.
New values of creativity and experiment. The celebration of authentic history through tailoring and the extravagance of opulent materials.
There was a sense of drama, adventure and exploration, where luxurious materials were highlighted in outerwear, sinister moods moved carefully through evening wear and elegant accessories, rich tapestry and ethnic twists, adorned casual jackets, leather and denim. While modern layers of reflective coatings and hyper colours in prints, made exciting playmates, in scuba inspired tops and urban sweatshirts.
The silhouettes were oversized and rounded in the shoulders.
Fabrics expressed new textures and a new sense of expressive decoration.
With a key statement in slick, refined tailoring and outspoken outerwear.
I created 5 themes to highlight the most dominant trends.
Urban Metropolis, Love & Shadows, Global Pioneers, Pilgrim Shelter, The Treasure Box.
Click below, turn up the volume, sit back and enjoy the journey!
It has been long known fact, that some of the best jeans brands, make focused product launches and test trials in Amsterdam, Stockholm and Copenhagen.
These three cities have had a reputation as having the 'keys to the making of a successful denim brand'. Stating that the consumer shopping habits, for denim in these cities, can give strong indications for the right wash, finish, colour and of course the best fit for european tastes.
Now finally after years of redeveloping the denim look and feel, Amsterdam has stepped out in front.
All things urban and jeans have been pointing in this direction for some time.
Denim havens such as Tenue de Nimes in Elandsgracht 60, Amsterdam.
The opening of a University dedicated to denim, The House of Denim. (who will send out its first graduates this year).
Also endorsing the denim royalty status, is Levi's, whose denim design studio, re located from Brussels to Amsterdam a few seasons ago.
.....And now finally Amsterdam has its own Denim Trade Show.
Watch the Kingpins on Vimeo for more on the show.
This 7th / 8th May 2014 will launch a new Denim trade sales show- Kingpins in Amsterdam!
Wednesday, 13 November 2013
The MoMa amsterdam style - the Fashionistas and the cool fresh touches of style.
Young fresh and happy faces embarking on the first fashion steps!
Everyone has a blonde ambition.
The angel and the rebel- Twins or not?
The transparent visionary.
The host of the day.
The red pleated spiritualist.
The delighted post it dress.