Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Chanel Spring/Summer 2013 Lookbook

Dig out your granny's best pearls, because old-school Chanel is returning for summer. As British summertime officially begins (supposedly), here's a look at Chanel's Spring/Summer 2013 lookbook for Karl Lagerfeld's take on summer dressing, shot by the Kasier himself.

There are certain details which are innately Chanel- tweeds, pearls, wide-brimmed hats- brought up to date with brighter colours and tighter cuts. The traditional tweed two-piece is modernised in a variety of styles- trouser suits, skirt suits and even a highly covetable jumper-skirt combo. Monochrome is a trend to watch this season, as are quirky hats and sunglasses and, of course, in the usual Chanel style- pearls everywhere. Pearl necklaces, bracelets, buttons- the more the merrier. The Chanel girl isn't shy when it comes to accessorising but retains all of the elegance and glamour of Coco herself- even in summer time.

Even if Lagerfeld's lookbook doesn't stir up some summery inspiration inside you, you have to admit how impressive it is that Coco Chanel's personal style continues to influence on such a huge scale even to this day.

Daphne Groeneveld for The Sunday Times Style

It's hard to believe that the current face of H&M, Dior Addict and Jill Stuart Beauty, Daphne Groeneveld, is only 18 years old. Since her sweet 16th, she's covered every high fashion magazine worth reading and walked for every designer worth knowing. Her unique features have made her a force to be reckoned with in the fashion industry and now the UK have finally caught on. Covering last week's issue of The Sunday Times Style magazine, Daphne is seen lounging innocently in an array of babydoll style dresses and pretty pastels by Prada, Nina Ricci, Burberry, Ralph Lauren and more. Shot by esteemed French fashion photographer (and ex-rock singer) Eric Guillemain.

Oh Babe

Shot by: Eric Guillemain
Styled by: Lucy Ewing
Hair by: Joseph Puljate
Makeup by: Marie Duhart

Model: Daphne Groeneveld 

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Nasty Gal March 2013: Lost Marbles

Lost Marbles

Shot by: Zooey Grossman
Styled by: Ashley Glorioso
Hair by: Ashlee Rose at Exclusive Artists Management
Make-up by: Samuel Paul
Model: Julia Haftstrom

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

The Year of the Dragon

i-D magazine are famous for their visually stunning, trend-setting and often controversial covers. Last year, their February issue celebrated the Chinese New Year in style, marking the occasion with a succession of different covers featuring Asian models and shot by prominent Chinese fashion photographer, Chen Man.

But did these 12 covers mark a shift in the Western world? For the first time, the cult magazine's cover space was featuring Asian girls exclusively, breaking these lesser known faces onto the global scene in all their glory. While the topic of race is one not without controversy in the fashion industry, it is a widely reported fact that Asians are under-represented in the world of fashion and modelling, yet make up a large percentage of its audience.

And so, as the catwalk dictates Oriental prints to be a massive trend this summer, magazines will obediently follow. The stunning Fei Fei Sun has just landed her first Vogue Italia cover- the first Asian to ever feature on the cover. Italian Vogue is renowned for making powerful statements- from using plus-size models to spur on their anti-anorexia petition (read more here) to encouraging black models in fashion- this is the one edition of Vogue with real attitude.

But consider this. Although having worked with many Asian models in past campaigns and editorials, many other editions of Vogue have never had an Asian covergirl, including the UK and US editions. In fact, the very first Asian to grace a Vogue cover was just 2 years ago- Du Juan for French Vogue in 2011. Which begs just one more question: is there really such a lack of diversity in the fashion industry?

Here are all 12 of i-D magazine's stunning Asian covers:

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

NYFW F/W 2013 RTW: Jeremy Scott

Jeremy Scott is widely known for being the most outrageous and eclectic designer in fashion right now (except for, perhaps, Dame Viv and Louise Gray). His show at New York Fashion Week today was another rampant riot through the rainbow. Multicoloured chequered print was repeated throughout but the biggest inspiration seemed to be monsters. Scary faces, googly eyes, fangs and fur were out in force but Scott made them playful and even sexy in some looks. Punky hair and makeup matched the strong looks on show, especially the leather and crop-top/mini skirt combos. After a roaringly successful collaboration with Adidias last year, we were never going to expect beige from Jeremy Scott, and he definitely made sure we all sat up and paid attention. This collection was a warning: watch this space.

Jeremy Scott F/W 2013:

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

NYFW F/W 2013 RTW: Alice + Olivia

Alice + Olivia is the fashion child of Stacey Bendet, an American woman who only ever wanted to find a decent pair of trousers. After an unsuccessful hunt, Bendet set up her own label in 2002 and the rest is history. Of course, Alice + Olivia offer a lot more now than just trousers. In fact, the F/W 2013 collection, shown at New York Fashion Week yesterday, spanned everything from ballgowns to beanie hats. The collection was romantic yet quirky, with lots of reds and blacks but a healthy dollop of print and colour too. Everything from the accessories- headbands, studded belts, cross-body bags and clutches- to the floor-length dresses were stylish and wearable- things that every woman wants in her wardrobe. Variety meant there was casual pieces such as the black maxi and naxy polo neck but also formal pieces such as the sharp trouser suit. There was also a variety of textures: shearling, boucle, wools, satin, leather. So much detail was involved in every look that it was obvious that it was a collection in which a lot of hard work and time was spent on, as well as being dearly loved by the team who designed and created it. Perhaps one of my favourite collections of NYFW so far, Alice + Olivia is a well-rounded, feminine collection which will appeal to every kind of woman.

Alice + Olivia F/W 2013: