Sunday, October 09, 2005

Picture of the Day

John Galliano Pret-a-Porter Spring/Summer 2006

Saturday, October 08, 2005

Season Look: Women's Autumn/Winter

The New Silhouette

Rather than focus on one designer it's more relevant to focus on a design movement this season. After a summer of 'boho chic' the new phrase to be coined is the 'Hitchcock Heroine', the best examples of which were seen at Alexander McQueen. He is not however, the only designer championing the new ladylike look which took on new dimensions at Giles Deacon, Yves Saint Laurent and Roland Mouret. One of the most important pieces of this look is the pencil skirt, which looked fresh in tweed and tartan at Mouret and made a statement in gold sequins and mustard coloured, pom pom adorned wool at Giles. Belts were taken from being casually placed around the hips - the look that perhaps epitomised the boho obsession this summer- to being buckled tightly around the waist to give an altogether more flattering and womanly silhouette. (Black leather is also favoured over brown- and make sure it's paired with a gold buckle!) don't fall at the last hurdle with your shoes. Round toed styles are favourable over points and a thicker or stacked heel works best.

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Season Look: Mens Autumn/Winter

It is only fair to say that in recent times Men's fashion has gone from strength to strength, pushed forward by the likes of Ann Demeulemeester, Dries Van Noten, and in more recent times Dior Homme. At the forefront of this race however, is Christopher Bailey. Westminster University graduate Bailey has helped turned the fortunes of Burberry Prorsum right around and champions each season in both his mens and womens pret-a-porter collections. His autumn/winter 2005-6 menswear collections was one of my favourite of the season, drawing from one of his most favourite inspirations- the English. The key to pulling off Bailey's look this season is to clash. Tartan was paired with floral prints reminiscent of seventies wallpaper, wool was worn with plastic macs, purple and green were paired and there was plenty of yellow. (a colour that looks to be revisited after plenty was seen in the s/s 2006 womenswear collections) A lazy way to encompass Burberry's English eccentric look is to invest in a scarf akin to the green, yellow, gray, purple and blue (phew!) one seen draped over trenchcoats and cardigans.

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