Monday, 20 June 2011

Bridal Gowns for Sale, Bride not included

Having researched pre-loved and used sites for bridal gowns which have been used (mostly) and are now surplus to requirements I am intrigued by the relatively high number of brides who have obscured their identity, by various means. Why would something which was such a significant piece of clothing for these women need to be so clearly dis-associated from them at the point of sale? Has anyone sold a wedding dress and done this? I'd love to get your thoughts/ reasoning for your white out.

Wednesday, 17 February 2010

New York Fashion Week: DKNY's Love story

Slouchy, oversized jackets and flirty pleat minis were key standouts pieces in Donna Karan’s sixties student inspired collection for DKNY. A young Ali McGraw was brought to mind with patchwork mini-dresses, cropped trenches and striped long-sleeved wool jersey tees finished with elongated scarves and woolen tights.  60’s penny loafers were given a harder edge though with a vertiginous 70’s platform finish. In a daywear palette of neutrals  brown, tan, burgundy, and bronze, a gray hooded toggle coat was the standout outerwear piece in a story that looks set to cement the Love Story mood for a perfectly preppy autumn.

photos:Marco Madeira/

Jacobs goes marching on

The new Marc Marc Jacobs  saw the military trend galloping from strength to strength in  a collection that could have been sourced from an east Berlin thrift shop – all eastern army surplus in a distillation of the vintage spirit that has driven the range since its inception. Khaki melton oversized coating,  red square fur hats  and little drummer boy jacketing  sat with menswear-inspired tailoring for daywear which translated to pretty drop-waist lace and structured metallic brocade dresses for night. Relaxed styling and a spirit of thrift bonhomie imbues this collection with a likeability and accessibility which seems to grow by the season. 

Monday, 15 February 2010

New York Fashion Week: Wang cuts and sews

Alexander Wang chose Wall Street as the starting point for autumn, superficially taking the traditional banker's suit and deconstructing its classic menswear components to re-configure in torso exposing crops which fed into a  90’s referenced collection. A successful progression for a designer more widely recognized for his skills in easy jersey layering, though a silhouette that  would be a challenge for any other than the most midriff-confident to carry off. Tailoring segued into elegant eveningwear which flagged lace and velvet as key autumn fabrics which echoed  Lanvin in its elegant drapery and a more mature cocktail luxe for the older Wang customer. 

Accessories are already 30% of Wang's turnover and the boxy calfskin bags, metal-detailed clutches and oversized ankle boots on show look set to keep sales on the increase.
photos:Marco Madeira/

Friday, 12 February 2010

Lanvin Loves Leopard

Alber Elbaz  at Lanvin offered some straightforward looks for pre-fall — grey flannel suiting, a black denim trench worn over a washed leather vest and skirt—but throughout Elbaz took his inspiration from the ‘leopard lady’; a real Frenchwoman that the designer and his team often see in the streets around Paris.  Never without her leopard coat,  even at the height of summer her animal aesthetic informed the collection's mix-and-match prints,  collaged furs, and jewelled tops and skirts. Alber's more-is-more layering is sure to translate into an item driven big cat fest on the high street, but for those of you who can't wait till the autumn we love the look shown with a  50’s silhouette from Posh Girl Vintage, and for those of you on a more modest budget you can rock the look with an 80’s vibe for a mere £20 at Stegnome Vintage