designer fashion

Romantic Valentino SS14 Collection

Hey guys! Today’s post is going to be centred around the recently launched Valentino SS14 collection, which I think just might be one of my favourite ever collections to date. First of all, Valentino SS14 not only encases an array of trends, but the collection as a whole exhibits clear romantic, ethnic and exotic themes, intertwined through each individual look. For today’s post I have chosen a small selection of my favourite looks out of the 73 overall, in the collection.

The first image shown below, features 3 looks involving shirts in which Valentino used two main key colours, which were white and baby blue. I’m loving the 2 short-sleeved shirts shown, as the sheer panelling adds a romantic and feminine touch and additionally, both are paired with gorgeous patterned palazzo style trousers, which are right up my street! The central image features a pussy bow style shirt which works very well paired with burgundy suede over-sized jacket and shorts. For me the suede fabric and tasselled seams used in this look are very cowboy-esque.

The second trio of looks, I have chosen are short dresses, all in which have elegant high necklines. The first on the left is one of my favourite looks within Valentino’s collection and I adore the soft caramel and aubergine colours. For this dress an ethnic geometric pattern has been printed onto a luxurious silky material and the wide sleeves and structured silhouette of the dress, furthermore offset the overall look.  The second dress shown has a triangular pattern with a bold colour palette including coral and hot pink. This dress again has wide sleeves and also a dramatic high low hemline. The final look, of this trio is another stunner, this dress is comprised of black mesh with vibrant turquoise, gold and berry coloured appliqué and embellishment, paired with a tasselled handbag and black sandals- this look turns heads.

My final selection of looks, displays 4 exquisite maxi length gowns. The first on the left is intricately embroidered with many bright coloured ethnic designs and I can’t even imagine how many hours went into creating such a master piece. The second gown is modelled by the one and only Cara Delevingne (if you haven’t heard of her, you must have been living in a hole for the last year) and she strutted her stuff down the catwalk, in this panelled lace dress with sheer mesh arms, which has a slightly grunge/gothic vibe. The third gown is also very striking and I love the combination of the yellow and blue in this strong tribal print. Finally, I chose this last gown because I love the exotic warm orange and pink colours used and the scalloped neckline is also lovely.

In addition, I thought the hair in Valentino’s collection was beautiful, especially the feminine crown braids. The models also wore stunning brushed gold pendant necklaces, wound twice around the neck, which were the highlight of the collection for me.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this blog post and love Valentino’s collection as much I do- I’d love to hear your thoughts on it- Hope you like- Enjoy!

Images taken from Dazed Digital

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My Hair featured in Catwalk Show

I just came across this Marc Jacobs Autumn/Winter 2013-14 collection (Elle.com) and vaguely recognised something familiar about the models’ hairstyle. Then I realised that yes this voluminous hairstyle, was actually my own hairstyle (well maybe a slightly more exaggerated version)! This concept slightly excited me because I have a very “love hate” relationship with my hair and here it is featured in a designer’s catwalk show! You will have seen my hair in some of my posts but until you meet me you won’t be able to witness the extent of its craziness! I have brown, extremely thick, curly hair which is often frizzy and is a nightmare to tame. However, after seeing this catwalk and them embracing my hairstyle and even Cara Delevingne rocking it,  maybe I should learn to embrace my hair somewhat more – Enjoy!

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Chanel- “Public Garden” Video

I have just found this video featured on the Elle website and I absolutely adore it! Karl Lagerfeld himself, has directed this black and white short film called “Public Garden” in a silent movie style! His intention of creating this film was to showcase the new Spring/Summer 2013 collection and the clothing worn is truly divine and above all “tres chic”! The video not only exhibits the collection beautifully but also is very witty and has a little story behind it! I strongly advice you to check it out- for me it was a very enjoyable 5 mins!- Enjoy!

Heres the Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=jj5OPlWBaF4

I also made this collage using some stills from the film:

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Harrods unveil their Designer Disney Princess Dresses….

Harrods have asked many famous designers to design dresses inspired by Disney’s most iconic Disney princesses for their Christmas display! From Ariel to Snow White Harrod’s have unveiled designs for the dresses created by fashion’s big names!! As a huge Disney Fan this prospect excites me intensely and I can’t wait to experience the final product!! Here are some of the designs and Harrod’s Descriptions of them!!- Enjoy!!

To see all images: http://www.vogue.co.uk/news/2012/10/23/harrods-disney-princess-designer-dresses—christmas-window-display#./harrods-disney-princess-designer-dresses—christmas-window-display

Ariel from the Little Mermaid by Marchesa- Harrods – “A chic and elegant deep blue silk evening gown has been beautifully crafted to combine luxurious draped fabrics, which perfectly embody modern feminine style – capturing Ariel’s adventurous under-the-sea spirit.”

Aurora from Sleeping Beauty by Ellie Saab- Harrods – “Encapsulating the natural grace and innocence of Aurora, this beautiful gown in pale pink is embellished with scattered exquisite beading.”

Cinderella by Versace- Harrods – “‘You shall go to the ball’, in a stunning contemporary interpretation complete with golden layers, a tiara, a bold statement-necklace and of course, glass slippers – emblazoned with the iconic Versace medusa motif.”

Mulan by Missoni- Harrods – “A land of silk and jade has inspired this oriental kimono-style dazzling creation, that features bold turquoise shades and red detailing.”

Pocahontas by Roberto Cavalli- Harrods – “Featuring soft, golden and natural earthy colours, this gown incorporates prints evocative of dream catchers with pearl detailing. The lightness of a feather and the wings of a butterfly, it is perfect for a princess in love with freedom.”

Image of the Day- Ooh Chanel!

Absolutely loving this Chanel look hot off the catwalk!! The combination of this poofy bomber style jacket and high waisted skater style skirt in matching print and white trimming is incredible and the statement chunky pearl choker and bracelets really accentuate the whole outfit!! The strappy cross over open heels are very cutesy with a ballet shoe style and really add to the girly theme of this outfit!! Well done once again Karl!! Hope you like!!

Picture from Vogue Facebook Page

Chanel Hula Hoop Bag- Would you wear it?

I have just come across this picture on the British Vogue Facebook page and I don’t think I’ve seen anything like it and I’m not sure what I think of it!! You never know it could become the new Marmite, you either love it or hate it!! However Karl has been very creative here in this creation and it still features the iconic monochrome colour scheme, quilting and Chanel logo!! What do you think?- Enjoy!!

Straight off Milan Catwalk 1960’s Inspired Moschino

I adore this Moschino outfit JUST IN from the Milan catwalk!! The monochrome colour scheme is extremely classy and the outfit gives off many 1960’s influences- with the metallics, monochrome, stripes and distinctive headwear!! This outfit looks so well put together and really looks like you’ve put a lot of intensive thought into planning it, so well done Moschino!!!- Enjoy!!

Vintage Waistcoat Look

This Look features this vintage waistcoat which I bought from a vintage stall earlier this year. I bought it with sleeves on but decided to cut the sleeves off to get more wear out of it! Its made by a german designer and I bought it for just £3!! I have styled it with a simple La Redoute white shirt, Topshop Paperbag skirt, vintage scarf, UO brogues and finally to add more of a vintage feel this straw picnic style bag which used to be used to hold my tea set as you can see below!! This look is great for picnic’s in the park as it is very smart and vintage of-course!! Enjoy!!

Prada Autumn/Winter 2012 Womenswear and Menswear Shoes

The new Prada Autumn/Winter Shoes are right up my street, both Mens and Womenswear! A lot of these beautiful shoes feature these incredible leather flowers sewn on and others have a 2 tone effect with a change of colour on the front and often also towards the bottom of the shoe! The Womenswear heels are super chunky and some have a large platform at the front!! These shoes in Womenswear fit into the androgynous and geeky trend and are simply breath-taking!! They may not be to everyone’s taste but I absolutely adore them!! Enjoy!!

Image Of the Day- Chloe Fall 2012 Ready- to -wear Outfit

This Chloe fall Outfit is simply amazing- It is very oversized with little androgynous influences through this beautiful oversized blazer!! Underneath she is wearing this gorgeous white ruffled shirt and for bottoms these rubber leather cropped trousers! Finally she is wearing these stunning chocolate loafers! This outfit is so classy and features lovely tailored garments which work perfectly together in this outfit!! Enjoy!!