18.04.11 Press Preview

Salvatore Ferragamo Press Preview

Last week I took a close look at the Salvatore Ferragamo Fall 2011 collection at a Press Preview which was held in London.

After seeing the collection on the runway during Milan Fashion Week, I was eager to see the accessories up close.

What I hadn’t spotted during the presentation is that the heels have a hounds-tooth sole which I thought was really clever way to brand the shoe collection.

An interesting fact I learned from this press preview is that Salvatore Ferragamo created his now trademark heels for Marilyn Monroe in the 50s. She owned around 40 pairs. It was these heels which help perfect her sexy wiggle.

Celebrities are huge fans of Ferragamo, especially the bags and shoes.

Angelina Jolie seems to wear Ferragamo shoes exclusively. Other fans include Freida Pinto and Eva Longoria.

The Ferragamo minaudière’s are equally popular. I can see the two in the picture below being carried on the red carpet during Cannes Film Festival next month.

The most interesting piece from this preview was the leather shoulder bag which had ostrich, snake-skin, python and crocodile pockets with gold clasps.

Other highlights include the animal print pieces and the fine jewelery.

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15.04.11 Press Preview

Alexander McQueen Fall 2011 Press Preview

Yesterday I was honoured to be one of the few people invited to the Alexander McQueen Fall 2011 preview at their Bond Street store in London.

During my one-to-one I got to see the current Spring and Resort collection; spying many celebrity red carpet looks including Blake Lively’s amfAR New York Gala dress, Mila Kunis’ SAG Awards dress and Rachel Zoe’s Alexander McQueen folk tote.

The majority of the collection was on display with a beautiful mix of powerful pieces ranging from black vixens pieces accented with leather harnesses to snow white fur trimmed pieces.

Despite some of the hard edge to some of the pieces, I love the fairy-tale spirit.

McQueen was very specific about the type of celebrity who would wear his creations on the red carpet, and that will continue.

Noomi Rapace, Cate Blanchett and Anna Paquin are all fans of the brand. They have a mysterious aura about them which enables them to carry the pieces so well on the red carpet.

I can see them all wearing this collection, which also includes a few Cannes worthy gowns.

Seeing the collection up close was breath-taking because the attention to detail is incredible. It gave me an even greater appreciation of the collection and the hours which go into creating such iconic pieces.

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The accessories include the runway shoes which will be going into production with the exclusion of the heel with the spike.

Skulls continue to be the signature feature on the bags and clutches. I love the skull above with the spiked Mohican.

01.04.11 Press Preview

Victoria Beckham Fall 2011

On Wednesday I also saw Victoria Beckham’s Fall 2011 dress, denim and sunglasses collection during the press day.

Victoria’s Fall 2010 is still my favourite collection of the six she’s produced so far, but this Fall 2011 collection runs a very close second.

I loved the loose silhouettes which makes many of the pieces more wearable for those – like me – who don’t attend fabulous cocktail parties every week.

If I’m going to spend money a VB look I would like to wear it more than once, and this collection will allow me to do that.

I loved the mixing of rich colours from the mustard yellows, burgundy’s, khaki, stone and reds.

From my pictures you will see that a few looks weren’t shown during the presentation like the two tone A-line dress and the black and white embellished gowns.

Those of you – like Katherine Jenkins – who love VBs body conscious dresses, you’ll be pleased to see two classic strapless VB fitted dresses within the mix for Fall. One of the tweed dresses has a beautiful silver metallic finish.

An interesting fact from this collection is that it holds the 100th dress made by VB.

It’s the yellow wrap dress above, which also comes in a khaki colour which I saw on the day. I’m sure many didn’t think VB would have a second season let alone make 100 dresses. But VB is used to proving people wrong.

I don’t think I’ve seen so many sunglasses in one place. Not even in the Sunglasses Hunt.

For a woman who’s hardly seen without sunglasses, it’s not surprising she produced such an extensive collection. New additions include rose gold and platinum shades. The collection also showcased fun colourful frames plus Victoria’s favourite butterfly glasses, which sell out the second they hit Net-A-Porter.

The denim’s have come a long way from their earlier ‘dvb’ days. They came in a variety of colours, lengths and washes with zippers as accents.

Favourites: Cashmere knot fitted dress, Cap sleeve pleat mini dress and the Halterneck pleat skirt dress

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Helen Mirren, Demi Moore, Kelly Ripa, Katherine Jenkins, Cameron Diaz, Zoe Saldana, Susan Sarandon, Rachel McAdams, Nicole Kidman, Rebecca Hall, Leighton Meester and Olga Kurylenko

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31.03.11 Press Preview

Victoria Beckham Fall 2011 Bag Collection

Yesterday I attended the Victoria Beckham press day in London.

I was really curious to see the bag collection up close, and see if the prices are really justified.

The quality is impeccable as the Italian made collection is made from the finest leathers with attention being paid to the smallest detail.

I saw a variety of different styles including an updated ‘Victoria’ bag, plus the Travel cases and hexagonal chain bag in additional colours. These styles appear to be the signature pieces.

The collection had some new additions including iPad cases, blackberry cases, plus totes and duffel bags which didn’t have Victoria’s signature structure.

For those of you were turned off by the structured bags, this collection included a variety of bags with a softer silhouette. Slouchy cross body nomadic bags – which David Beckham has been sporting – were included in this collection so there is something for the fellas too.

I got totally sucked into this collection I have to admit.

I fell in love with the two tone mustard bags. The convertible bag which can go from a shoulder bag to a clutch is too die for, as is the ‘Victoria’ soft suede tote in the same colours.

I’m hoping they are added to Net-A-Porter.com, but I’m sure they will sell out before I can get my Amex out of my purse.

Prices for these bags start from £900 for the shoulder bags up to £8,000+ for the ‘Victoria’ crocodile bag.

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04.02.11 Press Preview

River Island Summer 2011 Press Day

Yesterday evening I was transported to Marrakesh courtesy of River Island.

The press day showcased their Summer 2011 Moroccan inspired collection which included maxi dresses, palazzo pants, kaftans, embellished sandals, heart-shaped sunglasses, bags and other accessories including earrings, necklaces and bracelets.

The colours, tones, prints and fabrics were amazing just like you’d expect to see at the souks in Morocco.

This spicy collection would look great at summer bbq, on vacation or summer festivals.

After viewing this collections and drinking the delicious cocktails on offer I immediately wanted to book a vacation.

At the press day we were treated to a live look book photoshoot.

The models were undeterred as we watched them strike several poses for the photographer.

The live images were projected on a huge screen and on iPads for live selection of our favourite pictures.