08.02.12 Press Preview

Chloé Pre-Fall 2012 Accessories Press Preview

Whilst at the Chloé Pre-Fall 2012 press preview I also checked out the bags and shoes.

The bags came in all shapes and sizes, colourways, prints and textures including exotic skins, houndstooth, ostrich leather and shiny metallics.

The ‘Sally’ bag is updated for Pre-Fall with studded details, or a leather strap, plus a selection of hot red metallic’s which are perfect for the season.

I have a feeling that the nappa leather bags with the black handles and fringed details will become a celebrity favourite.

Some bags like the tan drawstring bag with gold hardware carries on the thick leather strap from the Spring 2012 collection.

For Pre-Fall the flats will have a scalloped edge, boots with be studded or accented with fur and the heeled loafers will have gold accents.

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08.02.12 Press Preview

Chloé Pre-Fall 2012 Press Preview

During Couture Fashion Week I was invited to view Chloé’s Pre-Fall 2012 press preview.

This is the second collection under Chloé’s new creative director, Clare Waight Keller, who was inspired by the images of 1960s and 1970s street-style photographer Garry Winogrand.

A lot of the pieces were volumized as the designer seemed to enjoy playing with proportions; the collection included cocoon-shaped coats, jackets, oversized checks and pants, boyfriend sweaters and boxy blazers.

These androgynous silhouettes were presented alongside more feminine pleated skirts and silk blouses, some with playful ruffles or embellished bibs.

Sharp tailoring was evident throughout, but the perfect simplicity of Chloé was truly shown via the two white gowns which have Kate Bosworth’s and Rooney Mara’s names on.

Many of the pieces have a classic, timeless quality to them which make for perfect staples.

My favourite looks included the yellow pastel oversized blazer and the coral pleated dress.

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16.12.11 Press Preview

KCD Spring 2012 Press Preview

The KCD press day was full of lustful Spring 2012 pieces starting with the Balmain collection which had several studded, embellished pieces that have already taken the red carpet courtesy of Gemma Arterton.

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Leather vests, jackets, shoulder bags, clutches and belts were showcased alongside the denim pieces with gold appliqués.

As a huge fan of Prabal Gurung, I was very excited to see his collection up close, especially the dresses worn by Sarah Jessica Parker and Amanda Seyfried, plus those sexy Nicholas Kirkwood for Prabal Gurung heels. Read More…

14.12.11 Press Preview

Karla Otto Spring 2012 Press Preview

Karla Otto’s Spring 2012 press preview in London was heavenly for me.

Aside from the breathtaking pieces from Emilio Pucci, Thakoon, Vionnet and Valentino, there were shoes, glorious shoes everywhere.

Seeing the many styles on display, I have to wonder yet again why celebs stick to the same brands or the same styles.

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Sergio Rossi certainly took things up several notches with a colourful collection of ombre sandals, floral-accented heels and some neon-coloured laser-cut sandals which are begging to be worn by Fergie or Katy Perry.

Whilst at the press preview I was introduced to Shamballa jewels. Read More…

13.12.11 Press Preview

Gucci Spring 2012 Press Preview

The Gucci Spring 2012 press preview was one of my favourites.

Inspired by the early twentieth century art-deco era, Frida Giannini showcased glamour, Milanese style, so to see the collection up close was an honour.

I got to see all those gorgeous flapper-esque drop-waist dresses which we’ve seen on Zoe Saldana and Camilla Belle up close.

The dresses are very heavy, which is not really surprising considering the gold chains, bugle beads and sequin details that make up these stunning dresses.

Alongside the dresses were the heavenly accessories.

I saw the black and gold t-bar ankle-strap sandals which have become very popular with celebs like Salma Hayek and Charlize Theron. Seeing the gold ankle-strap sandals up close, I discovered that the detail was in fact a panther’s head.

Crocodile clutches, shoulder bags with gold chains, clutches with gold tassels, belts with gold buckles, snake-print shoes and jewelry were all on display.

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12.12.11 Press Preview

Chanel Spring 2012 Press Preview

Chanel’s Spring 2012 press preview took place a few weeks ago in London.

I was excited to see the collection up close, especially the accessories as you can really appreciate the intricate workmanship and beauty of the pieces when you see them close up.

I loved the seashell clutches. I look forward to seeing them on the red carpet. Two were on display. My favourite was the pearl accented clutch.

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28.11.11 Press Preview

The Communications Store Spring 2012 Press Preview

The Communication Store press preview introduced me to a new designer: Nicholas Oakwell.

Nicholas graduated from the Epsom School of Art and Design where his entire final collection was bought by Harvey Nichols and featured in a ‘Harpers & Queen’ spread by American Vogue European Editor-at-Large, Hamish Bowles.

Having worked at Dior, Mila Schon and Katharine Hamnett, the designer went it alone by showcasing this first couture collection back in June.

Five of the eighteen-piece collection were on display. I was particularly taken by the breathtaking gown with a beaded top and ombre tiered ruffled skirt. It would surely have a big impact on the red carpet.

The workmanship and attention to detail is second to none. It will be very interesting to see the designer’s upcoming collections and of course it would be amazing to see one of these gowns worn on the red carpet.

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I also got to see the Christopher Kane Spring 2012 collection up close, including those embellished flats which many people seem to strongly dislike.

This collection won’t be easy to wear on the red carpet. It needs true mavens like Leighton Meester, Kate Bosworth and Chloe Sevigny to not be overwhelmed by the strong pieces which have standout floral prints and heavenly embellishments. Read More…