Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Paris Fashion Week AW 2012/13...Doina

Super sweet Doina from The Golden Diamonds blog, before Rick Owens, Paris, March 2012.

I wish I could shoot in this type of light every day.....it was a fleeting 5 minute moment before the show when the sun peeped out from behind the clouds.

Recreate Doina's beautiful winter look (kind of):

Vero Moda Very lace overlay top, Dolce & Gabbana lace and cashmere top, Juicy Couture leather detailed lace top, ASOS heavy lace top with peplum, Kaelen seamed lace top 

Add a shiny, happy skirt:

Creatures of The Wind brocade skirt, ASOS Premium trumpet mini skirt, Kenzo pleated brocade mini skirt, Marc Jacobs metallic boucle skirt

If you prefer a dress (I can't quite work out whether Doina's is a dress or a top and skirt), these two dresses have a similar feel and both incorporate lace: Catherine Deane Maria dress or Of Two Minds Dinorah dress

Ankle boots: Burberry Prorsum ankle boots, Michael Michael Kors ankle boots or River Island Ombro boots

Paris Fashion Week AW 2012/13...Tian

Chinese model Tian Yi (Storm), after Valentino, Paris, March 2012.

Paris Fashion Week AW 2012/13...Montana

Australian model Montana Cox (IMG), after Cacharel, Paris, March 2012.

I loved the hair and make-up at Cacharel....those blue and red slide clips + 20's hair + red lips = perfection 

Recreate Montana's look (kind of):

Paris Fashion Week AW 2012/13....Alexandra

Journalist and TV presenter Alexandra Golovanoff, before Stella McCartney, Paris, March 2012.

New York Fashion Week SS 2013...Connie

Refinery 29's Associate Editor, the lovely Connie Wang, after Jason Wu, NYC, September 2012.

Like Elena's Kenzo sweater, each time I see a tiger/lion print intarsia jumper, I think to myself (not out loud thankfully - no one wants a crazy person around during the fashion weeks ;) Dorothy's line from The Wizard of Oz "Lions, and tigers, and bears! Oh, my!"

Add a cute little pleated leather mini like Connie's to your animal intarsia sweater: Try Alice + Olivia navy pleated leather miniskirt, Aiko Blythe leather skirt, Karl Saatchi pleated faux leather miniskirt, and Sparkle & Fade pleated faux leather skirt

Red booties: Ash Chloe red platform booties, or Madison Harding Fran booties

Monday, 24 September 2012

Paris Fashion Week AW 2012/13...Before Rochas

Paris, March 2012.

Recreate her look (kind of):

A rich wine/rust/burgundy coloured coat: Haider Ackermann merlot coloured coat,  Dagmar Ann Aarie coat, Rag & Bone Maharaja coat or Just Cavalli coat

MiH jeans striped top, Maison Scotch striped top, Gap striped top

Emilio Pucci fedora, Gucci fedora, French Connection floppy hat, or Eugenia Kim Dree floppy brim hat

New York Fashion Week SS 2013...Bara

Czech model Bara Holotova (Ford), after Yigal Azrouel, NYC, September 2012. 

There were cowboy/girl hats on the catwalk at Acne in London last week, and for AW12 Isabel Marant embraced a Western theme. How do you wear it in "real life" without looking to theme-y or like you just left a rodeo? Team a Western-inspired top with a leather mini, bare legs (for now) and a pair of studded ankle boots (Chloe if you have the budget ;) like Bara has.

Recreate her look (kind of):

Paris Fashion Week AW 2012/13....Elisa

Elisa Nalin, after Chalayan, Paris, March 2012.

Recreate Elisa's look (kind of):

Big cat prints are everywhere this season: By Malene Birger Galatea leopard jacket, Isabel Marant Primo leopard print jacket, Peter Som leopard coat, Nishe faux fur tie collar coat (this isn't leopard print but has the same feel as Elisa's jacket and it is is faux fur for those who prefer not to wear real fur), Girl by Band of Outsiders leopard print coat (no fur at all), or Oasis faux fur coat

Add a lovely brocade/metallic skirt: Creatures of The Wind metallic brocade skirt, Kenzo metallic jacquard mini skirt, Rare metallic jacquard skater skirt

Paris Couture Fashion Week AW 2012/13...Lakshmi

Indian model Lakshmi Menon (Women), after Alexis Mabille Couture, Paris, July 2012.

With the change of seasons upon us (and oodles of rain in the UK), it is the time of year when the mind turns to contemplating a holiday in the sun someplace warm over the Christmas/New Year period (Mexico, Cuba, Australia, Phuket, Argentina anyone?). I love the crisp, clear weather that heralds the change of summer into Autumn (the rain, not so much!) but after a few months of heavy grey skies, a holiday where coats, gloves and beanies are not required holds much allure.

Lakshmi's lovely, fresh white on white ensemble (broken up with blue sunglasses and a colourful necklace) is the perfect outfit for sightseeing, shopping and lunching someplace warm.

Paris Fashion Week AW 2012/13...Before Stella McCartney

Before Stella McCartney, Paris, March 2012.

It is lovely seeing all of the hair and make-up on the models after the shows but it is also nice to see how the looks translate to real life. Yesterday I posted photos of some of the models after the Rochas show with deep mulberry lips.....I found this photograph today and it reminded me of the berry/wine lip colour from the show. Note that she has kept all of her other make-up super bare (maybe a hint of mascara and neutral eyeshadow).

Paris Couture Fashion Week AW 2012/13...Ulyana

Ulyana Sergeenko (in one of the pieces from her collection, I think), before Jean Paul Gaultier Couture, Paris, July 2012.

Some inspiration for those who are perhaps looking for a less traditional (winter) bridal gown....or indeed a dress for NYE or a glamorous party. It fits so beautifully for this coming season's  extravagant/baroque/opulence trend.

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Paris Fashion Week AW 2012/13...After Rochas

Autumn hair and make-up inspiration after Rochas, Paris, March 2012.

It has been raining all day in London and feeling decidedly chilly, so I thought I would post some rich (almost goth inspired?) make-up and hair looks (via Josefien Rodermans, Mackenzie Drazan and Alana Zimmer) from the Rochas show in March. Embrace your inner dark side by smooshing on some rich mulberry, wine, black-red lipstick while keeping everything else clean and bare. 

New York Fashion Week SS 2013...Kel

American model Kel Markey (Supreme), after Yigal Azrouël, NYC, September 2012.

Paris Fashion Week AW 2012/13...Hedvig

Hedvig, before Carven, Paris, March 2012.

Lovely Hedvig wearing a slightly different version of the Carven sweater that Anne-Catherine wore (in my post from last week). It is always fun to see the different ways that people style similar (or the same) items to fit their own personal aesthetic.

Recreate Hedvig's look (kind of):

Printed sweater: A.L.C. Lottie sweater in olive or navy,  3.1 Phillip Lim fading houndstooth sweater, Proenza Schouler Intarsia sweater, MinkPink Queens sweater

Leather skirt: Parker leather pleated skirt, Karl Saatchi faux leather mini skirt, Alice + Olivia pleated leather mini skirt, Free People vegan leather mini skirt, DKNY Glass leather mini skirt

Charlotte Olympia Dolly platform pumps, Miu Miu leather platform pumps

Paris Couture Fashion Week AW 2012/13...Tatiana

Tatiana, after Chanel Haute Couture, Paris, July 2012.

Some pretty, party dress inspiration...

Recreate Tatiana's look (kind of):

Mini dress: Parker Flowy wrap dress, Isabel Marant Eley devore-velvet dress, Rebecca Taylor rumpled satin dress, Cynthia Rowley silk and linen dress, Thayer sleeveless dress, Sheri Bodell leather bodice mini dress or Osaka kimono dress 

Paris Fashion Week AW 2012/13...Anna

The ever-fabulous Anna Dello Russo, after Paco Rabanne, Paris, March 2012.

Paris Couture Fashion Week AW 2012/13...Vika

Vika Gazinskaya (in a dress from her own collection) before Jean Paul Gaultier Couture, Paris, July 2012.

Saturday, 22 September 2012

New York Fashion Week SS 2013...Erjona

Norwegian model Erjona Ala (Ford), after Yigal Azrouel, NYC, September 2012.

Recreate Erjona's look (kind of):

Boyfriend jeans: Notify Bamboo loose jeans, Current/Elliott The Boyfriend jeans or Topshop Moto light wash boyfriend jeans

Melissa + Jason Wu Jean cutout flats

Paris Couture Fashion Week AW 2012/13...Georgina

Serbian model Georgina Stojilkovic (Supreme), after Jean Paul Gaultier, Paris, July 2012.

It is now jumper/sweater weather in London but for those who live in warmer climates, a crisp white t-shirt, a pair of printed pants, slicked back hair + light-weight jacket = easy transeasonal weekend wear.

Recreate Georgina's look (kind of):

T by Alexander Wang classic t-shirt, Rag &Bone/JEAN The pocket tee, ASOS new classic t-shirt

London Fashion Week AW 2012/13...Victoria

The amazing stylist and model Victoria Sekrier, Somerset House, London, February 2012.

Recreate Victoria's look (kind of): 

Cargo/army jacket: Etoile Isabel Marant Alan coat, Burberry Brit jacket, Burberry Prorsum cropped jacket, Paul &Joe Sister Spinner jacket, Derek Lam shearling trimmed jacket or ASOS parka with contrast sleeves

Camo jacket: Current/Elliott The Easy Biker jacket or ASOS army camo jacket

Striped sweater: Dagmar Liv sweater, Chinti and Parker mixed striped cashmere sweater, Thakoon Addition striped Mohair sweater, MHL by Margaret Howell striped sweater, Marc by Marc Jacobs Yaani striped sweater or J.W. Anderson Breton for Topshop stripe jumper

Rick Owens fishtail skirt, Rebecca Taylor Sanesi skirt, Vanessa Bruno flared skirt or Preen Line Danna fluted skirt

Paris Fashion Week AW 2012/13...Caroline

Tank magazine's Caroline Issa, Pairs, March 2012.

No matter how exhausted or stressed (or how high her shoes!), Caroline always manages to look so wonderfully serene, poised and elegant.

Recreate Caroline's look (kind of):

Day Birger et Mikkelsen shearling coat, Mackage side zip coat, Maison Martin Margiela belted coat, Preen Zora shearling and twill coat

Brocade/print pants: ASOS premium pants in ombre print, Paul &Joe Sister Hector brocade pants, J.Crew jacquard pants, or Dolce &Gabbana jacquard pants

Mules: KG Enigma pointed mules, Rochas mules or ASOS pointed mules

New York Fashion Week AW 2012/13...Kate

The gorgeous Kate Foley, Buyer for Opening Ceremony, before Alexander Wang, NYC, February 2012.

It is tempting to just purchase another black/navy/grey coat when you need a new winter coat - it is the safe, easy, practical option and allows you to blend in with everyone else. But Kate's amazing coat (teamed with a beautiful white dress*...in the depths of winter no less!) is a wonderful example of how to make a statement with a winter coat. So this season, if you are in the market for a new coat, think about investing in a jewel coloured coat (I love the oversized cobalt blue one from Celine)....shrinking violets and those firmly attached to their sensible black coat may need a stiff g&t before attempting ;)

Recreate Kate's look (kind of):

J Crew pink boucle coat (love the colour), Elizabeth and James Bora rabbit fur red coat, Diane von Furstenberg Sabrina coat in crimson or acid lemon, Joseph Lisa orange coat, Sonia by Sonia Rykiel jersey coat, Diane von Furstenberg Laurel chartreuse coat or Diane von Furstenberg Harrington brushed felt coat

White dress: Whistles Lisa embroidery dress, Milly Daphne swirl dress, or Madewell daytripper dress

*You can read about Kate and her fabulous collection of white dresses here

Thursday, 20 September 2012

New York Fashion Week SS 2013...Maria

American model Maria Bradley (DNA), after Yigal Azrouël, NYC, September 2012.

As much as I love photographing soft, girly things like plaits, lace, pretty make up and dresses, I also love the clean, athletic look like Maria is wearing. This is about as close to track and field as I get ;)

Paris Couture Fashion Week AW 2012/13...Irina

Russian model Irina Nikolaeva (Ford), after Giambattista Valli couture, Paris, July 2012.

Throw on an oversized bleached denim jacket  for the cooler Autumn days and nights ahead.

Paris Couture Fashion Week AW 2012/13....Caroline and Josephine

Danish models Caroline Brasch Nielsen (Marilyn) and Josephine Skriver (Marilyn), after Elie Saab couture, Paris, July 2012.

Paris Fashion Week AW 2012/13...Hanneli

Hanneli, before Valentino, Paris, March 2012.

I love all the coloured leather around this season and oxblood/bordeaux/merlot red is my favourite (followed closely by bottle/olive green). This is such a beautiful coat/dress on Hanneli....I think it may have been Valentino?

Add a piece of oxblood red leather to your wardrobe for this coming season:

Derek Lam leather cap sleeve dress, T by Alexander Wang leather a-line miniskirt, ASOS oxblood leather t-shirt, Rebecca Minkoff leather Becky jacket, Miu Miu pleated leather miniskirt, J.Brand Beta leather coat, Vince leather shirttail dress, Ruch leather skirt by Topshop Boutique or Hakaan leather pencil skirt

Paris Fashion Week AW 2012/13...Natalia

Natalia Alaverdian, Harper's Bazaar Russia (photographer, stylist & fashion editor), Tuileries, Paris, March 2012.

I think Natalia looks so cute in this outfit....like a winter pixie. 

Recreate Natalia's look (kind of):

Boots with heel detail: Alexander Wang Sigrid knee boots, Miu Miu Swarovski crystal heel boots, Twelfth St. by Cynthia Vincent Wells riding boot or Yves Saint Laurent Rita riding boots (these have detailing on the toe cap rather than the heel).

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

New York Fashion Week SS 2013...Elena

Elena Perminova, before Jason Wu, NYC, September 2012.

Recreate Elena's look (kind of):

The season of the animal intarsia sweater! Channel the jungle in: Kenzo tiger embroidery sweater (I thought it was a lion....clearly I need a refresher course on the cat species!), Wildfox sequin lion friend sweater, Paul &Joe Penjab elephant intarsia sweater, Sonia by Sonia Rykiel raccoon intarsia sweater, Mulberry tiger intarsia sweater, ASOS tiger sweater or Topshop animal face jumper

Animal print bag: Alexander Wang Marion bag, Christian Louboutin Farida leopard-print bag or A.P.C. animal print bag

New York Fashion Week SS 2013...Bette

I couldn't decide which of these photographs of Dutch model Bette Franke (DNA) after Jason Wu to post so you have both of them :)
I loved the hair and make-up at Jason Wu (unfortunately something happened to my camera and I lost a heap of photos of the models after the show) but more than anything I love that Bette was wearing those incredible heels on THAT bike after the show! So awesome (I doubt I would even be able to get on that bike without crashing spectacularly. I guess it helps to have super long legs like hers :)).

p.s. Note her skid-lid in the basket?! Love that she isn't too cool to wear one. My kind of gal :)

Recreate Bette's look (kind of):

Alexander Wang Inna sandals or the slightly higher Alexander Wang Amber sandals