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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.

FC x

16.09.09

Malandrino Spring 2010

The Max Azria show was directly after the Malandrino Spring 2010 uptown and I allowed myself only 15 mins to view the Malandrino collection.

After entering the Chelsea Art Museum Catherine Malandrino took me on a journey.

I traveled to see the Sudanese clans, Saharan nomads, Peruvian tribes and Polynesian natives.

I had to take in everything so I told myself to forget about the Max Azria show.

The Sudanese looks were black and ivory as worn by the statuesque Sessilee Lopez who looked like an African princess on her a throne.

The Saharan looks included a mustard fringed dress, harem pants, a crochet top and desert taupe pieces.

The Peruvians and Polynesians were much more colourfully and vibrant and drew me in like a moth to a flame.

Turbans, head wraps, woven shoes and statement necklaces all added more authenticity to each look.

I love the black bubble crochet bolero.

My favourite dress was a stunning draped dove grey dress adorned with embroidered floral details.

The dress had an open back and the details shimmered as you can see in the photo.

Catherine’s BFF Mary J Blige was there, plus Tyson Beckford who provided the much appreciated eye candy.

The pictures on Style.com don’t give you that same sense of adventure, so I’m privileged to have attended the show.

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16.09.09

Brian Reyes Spring 2010


Brian Reyes’ Spring 2010 collection will bring out the girlie girl in you.

Ultra feminine looks were presented which were light and airy, with chiffon ruffled blouses, aqua prints, and shorts.

I loved the light-weight denim pieces, especially the tulip skirt with slightly frayed edges.

The details were subtle with no over the top shoulders which we are now tired of. Just cute ruffles, fitted dress, t-shirt dresses and floaty blouses.

After the show I asked Brian what his inspiration was for this collection.

He said “Theory of evolution, muscle form skeleton form, passion, love, the heart, anything that has to do with emotion and everything that has to do with us”.

Brian said that he doesn’t have a muse as she has many different women in his life who he is inspired by.

He continued to say that he likes pure and simple things, which he tries to design in an architectural way.

“Prints are a very big thing for me and embroidery I love“.

My new BFF Becki Newton worked her Brian Reyes Fall 2009 print silk dress which features tiered ruffles on the skirt and a slash to the back.

Jimmy Choo Karina studded shoe-boots completed her look.

Becki is such a sweet-heart. I spoke to her briefly backstage, but I will bring that to you later.

Rachel Bilson – who is a good friend of Brian Reyes -opted for a golden dress from the Resort 2010.

Credit: Style.com

16.09.09

Backstage At Brian Reyes’ Spring 2010 Presentation

I had often wondered what it would be like to be backstage pre-show at Fashion Week.  Yesterday I was luck enough to experience this first hand.

I expected shouting, screaming, models running everywhere, but it was a surprisingly calm environment showed the professionalism of the models, staff and PRs at the show.

Models were everywhere at different stages of dress.

Some were already wearing their first looks, some had just arrived from other shows, some were getting manicures or their hair and make up done.

As well as the models, photographers were everywhere capturing those model groups shots we all see in our glossy magazines.

Make-up artists and hairstylists were busy, but so were seamstresses putting the finishing touches to looks.

The designer Brian Reyes was also busily moving around putting finishing touches to models in between people wishing him good luck.

7 minutes before show time all the models were told to get into their first looks, which they were helped into by 2 dressers.

Make-up artists touched them up with Bobbi Brown cosmetics, whilst a hairstylist armed with a can of TRESemme hairspray and a brush backcomb their ponytails.

Also backstage were Becki Newton and Rachel Bilson, who were both dressed in Brian Reyes.

Becki wore a Fall 2009 dress with Jimmy Choos and a biker leather jacket, whilst Rachel wore a modified dress from the Resort 2010 collection.

Credit: All pictured taken by me

15.09.09

Rachel Roy Spring 2010

Rachel Roy’s Spring 2010 collection was inspired by the ‘40s screen sirens, ‘70s chic, and the ‘90s power suit.

The designers presentation statement was “elegant, strong and polished”.

Check, check and triple check. Mission very much accomplished.

The collection was full of sophisticated wearable pieces for every type of woman.

Roy’s focused on strong tailoring and draping. The collection was feminine, yet supremely powerful.

There were pants suits, skirt suits, blouses, fitted dresses, cropped jackets, tulip skirts and a mustard all-in-one.

The colour palette was very interesting. First up were a selection of soft neutral ivory and grey pieces, then there was an amazing burst of vibrant colours from mustard to cobalt blue to violet.

Every garment had a sleek fluidity about it due to the draping.

It all felt very effortless and seeing a very relaxed Rachel at the show this only confirmed that fact.

All the models in the show wore Rachel Roy for Manolo Blahnik heels, a collaboration that has been going for some time now. The heels were thonged sandals decorated with chains or studs, or pumps. All keeping in the strong powerful feminine mode.

Stunning collection. I was going gaga over the colourful pieces.

You can view the whole collection at Style.com.

14.09.09

Yigal Azrouël Spring 2010

Yigal Azrouel’s Spring 2010 streetwise collection was all about bold shapes.

Asymmetric straps and geometric cut-outs ruled this presentation.

The colour palette consisted of greys, nudes, black, white and lime.

The streetwise tougher element came from the summer weighted leather jackets which had zips going in many directions.

We have seen a lot of minis this fashion week, and at this show they featured sheer inserts that gave the illusion of being sleeveless, others were constructed from slashes of fabric patched together and of course others were cut-out on the shoulders an the waist.

This was the first presentation I’ve attended with menswears included. The pieces had a surfer cool dude feel to them. Rolled up pants, shorts and stripy tops.

Credit: Style.com