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20.09.09

Jenni Kayne Spring 2010

Jenni Kayne’s Spring 2010 presentation was one of the first shows I attended during Fashion Week.

It would’ve been an enjoyable experience if it wasn’t for the models who huffed and puffed and acted like they really didn’t want to be there.

Trying to get them to pose for pictures was a nightmare, because they just weren’t interested and it was really off putting.

Thankfully this type of behaviour didn’t present itself at any other show.

If you want to show-off your toned abs, this is the collection for you with some pieces cut-out to expose your midriff.

“American sportswear with an edge” was the theme for this collection. I didn’t catch the edgier part, but I did notice that excluding one silver mini dress their didn’t appear to be any evening wear.

18.09.09

Michael Kors Spring 2010



I was excited to receive my invitation to the Michael Kors Spring 2010 show the night before the show.

I was even more excited when I arrived to see my seat assignment with name on it, plus a bottle of ‘Very Hollywood’ by Michael Kors perfume.

The show notes indicated that there would be 64 looks so I knew I would be in for a treat.

The collection was perfect for the chic uptown New Yorker, with its sleek architectural shapes and asymmetry.

The colour palette was a beautiful mix of white, black, blue, grey, silver, pink, blue, lilac and pistachio.

The collection included oversized cashmere cardigans and sweaters, some with only one sleeve and others with cut-outs. The cashmere pieces were paired with skirts.

Zips added toughness to looks, as did defined shoulders.

There were many cut-outs on pieces and some were filled in with perspex. This was added to the sides of a black swimsuit, across dresses and shoes to give the spring looks a bit of a ’60s vibe.

Sequins covered evening cocktail dress, which would be a perfect alternative to a gown on the red carpet.

Credit: Style.com

18.09.09

London Fashion Week Starts Today

When I arrived back from New York yesterday I was greeted with a few envelopes with invitations to London Fashion Week shows, which I’m very excited about as this year is the British Fashion Council’s 25th anniversary.

In honour of that anniversary many British based designers are returning to London to present their collections.

Burberry, Jonathan Saunders, Matthew Williamson, Pringle of Scotland and one of my favourites Antonio Berardi will be returning to London.

Megan Fox has recently become a fan wearing two pieces from the designer back to back. But the also has loyal fans who include Anna Friel, Victoria Beckham and Gwyneth Paltrow.

Berardi, who usually presents his collections during Paris Fashion Week, credits Peroni Nastro Azzuro for his return to the London schedule.

The Italian beer manufacturer, whom Berardi collaborated with earlier this year to design a range of accessories, has made it possible for the designer to be part of what promises to be a fantastic London Fashion Week.

Credit: Wireimage

17.09.09

Christian Cota Spring 2010

Some people may have only recently heard of Christian Cota, since he dressed Leighton Meester for the MTV VMAs last week but this is actually his 5th season.

The atmosphere was very tranquil as models posing whilst standing around moss pads.

The back-drop was a painted moody blue, which reminded me of a dark sky before it rains.

The designer called this environment an urban garden. This would explain the many floral pieces he presented – which were the key pieces in the collection- alongside spring white blouses, shorts and skirts.

Multi-coloured cocktail dresses, cropped jackets, sleeveless blouses bandeau tops paired with high-waist pants were also presented.

Each piece was adorned with chained jewelery from Litter which didn’t just accent a look, but it was often wrapped around a model to highlight each piece.

Heels also got the chain treatment, and even the hem of one models shorts.

I particularly loved the piece draped over the models shoulder.

The models sported 50s hairstyles with a bright red pouts.

Here is are some of my favourite pieces. You can view the whole collection at Style.com

17.09.09

Narciso Rodriguez Spring 2010

The Narciso Rodriguez Spring 2010 collection was a lot softer in comparison to his Fall 2009 urban warrior collection.

We saw optical prints, sleeveless tops, tulip shaped coats and cocktail dresses.

Many of the pieces had rounded hems which was an interesting twist. There was subtle layering and sleek silhouettes.

The colour palette consisted of mostly neutrals or black, with purple and silver included also.

My favourite pieces were the finale gowns which were very simple.

The tank-style gowns had a shorter hemline in front and a flowing back. When it caught the wind of the runway the dress billowed and moved so graciously.

Jessica Alba was the last celebrities to arrive at her seat and the photographers went wild.

How celebrities cope with those flash bulbs is beyond me.

She wore a bubble hemmed mini dress, with a black sequined top and a starry midnight sky skirt.

I’m not sure if they were expecting her to do something crazy but Courtney Love got the most flashbulbs.

Maybe the photographers just wanted to get a close up of the satin details on her Narciso Rodriguez black viscose dress.

Emmy Rossum looked really cute in her Fall 2009 halter dress, with an edgy army fatigue print on the bodice.

She was in the front row with her stylist and right in my eye line, so every now and then I would see her saying to her stylist “That’s cute”.

So we should expect to see Emmy wearing Narciso Rodriguez pieces in the future on the red carpet.

Credit: Style.com & Wireimage

16.09.09

Marchesa Spring 2010

I’m literally running to catch my flight back to London, but I just had to bring you the Marchesa Spring 2010 collection before I left.

The Marchesa Spring 2010 collection softly embraces the drama and romance of Madame Butterfly.

As you would expect gowns galore, the next more stunning and more extravagant than the previous.

I walked around the Chelsea Art Museum muttering ‘stunning’ as I viewed each piece.

The colour palette was mostly black and white, with mint green, ivory and lilac pieces also presented.

Many pieces had exquisite beaded and embroidered detail, whilst others had corsages, ruffled bodices, tulle skirts, flared skirts, real illusion panels – not the ice-skater kind – and draped sleeves.

It wasn’t only gowns that were presented.

There was also an embroidered obi jacket paired with black shorts, and cute little cocktail dresses.

Here are some of the detail shots I took. They include hand-painted tights, feathered eye-lashes plus shoes and booties by Christian Louboutin.

The clutches are from Marchesa’s debut accessories collection.

Celebrities who attended the show were Blake Lively, and Becki Newton.

It was the perfect way to end Fashion Week.

See you on the other side.

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