London Fashion Week

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We’re already on day 4 of London Fashion Week, having started on Friday, and there’s already plenty to talk about. From Hunter’s debut on the catwalk thanks to new creative director Alasdhair Willis, to Cara Delevingne’s foray into designing – with Mulberry no less – adding it-bag creator to her expanding talents.

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Saturday saw one of the most well known and respected British heritage brands take to the runway and present its first collection for London Fashion Week. Hunter, known and loved by many for their wellingtons, are as ever present at every festival over the summer, as they are on devoted outdoorsy types all year round, so the brand already has definite fashion credentials behind it. So it seemed appropriate that it’s new creative director – Alasdhair Willis – should choose this season, the wettest season, to debut at Fashion Week. The models, which stomped down a water-way, showed a collection that extended from wellington boots to outerwear and bags; from utility style duffle coats for men and women, to waterproof ponchos and trenches and padded parkers in striking metallic pewter. Primary colours took center stage, whilst greens and blacks made for staple colours of the collection, reflecting the traditional boot colours. And the wellington boots? Well they were short, high, heeled and flat, in greens, blacks, red and THAT aubergine pair… With matching bucket bags and slouchy leather clutches, we can see this collection adorning the feet, shoulders and torsos of festival goers all summer long.

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Then it was Sunday, and one of the most anticipated shows London Fashion Week has come to know. Topshop Unique, despite it’s high-street presence and short time showing at Fashion Week, had a front row to rival Karl Largerfeld’s Chanel show; Anna Wintour, Kate Moss, Lottie Moss, Daisy Lowe and newcomer to the fashion week circle, Kendall Jenner. The Collection was all about shoulders; sophisticated coats with belted waists in an array of yellow jacquard and dusty blues were draped off models shoulders non-nonchalantly, and prom style dresses were strapless or sheer up top. This un-fussy, young styling, paired with easy layering created by cropped jumpers in faux shearling, and padded bomber jackets, reflected how the unkempt Topshop girl might wear the pieces, adding mighty appeal to the collection. Key pieces included the sheer nude and black midi skirted prom dress and that fuzzy, fluffy faux shearling belted coat in patchwork warm neutrals and reds.

topshop unique

topshop unique

topshop unique

Day 4 brings even more of Britain’s finest to Fashion Week; starting with Whistles, Burberry Prorsum, Christopher Kane and Giles, so stay tuned in with the Clothes Line to keep up to date!

Photos: Vogue.co.uk

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Day 7: Elizabeth & James

The brain child of child stars Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Elizabeth and James is now in it’s 8th year, and continues to portray the girls own sense of style within the collection, inspired by vintage finds and high quality tailoring every season.

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For Autumn/Winter 2014-15, Elizabeth and James showed a collection consisting of muted soft tailored pieces, including large blazers and coats, slouchy trousers and midi skirts, in a muted colour palette; blacks, neutrals, grey and burgundy. large pinstripes added accents of school-boyishness to the range along with flat, luxurious patent leather loafers, which emphasises the masculinity of the tailored collection. Mary-Kate’s signature style of slouchy, bohemian layering also shows through with long, oversized sweaters draped over long skirts, and chunky roll-neck knits over midi skirts.

elizabeth and james

elizabeth and james

MBFW: Update

At the end of day six, with just one and a half more days left of New York fashion week, we’re looking at more of the key stand-out shows we’ve seen over days five and six…

Vera Wang

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vera wangPhotos: Vogue.co.uk

The runway at Vera Wang – from the woman famous for evening and bridal wear – was all about dark romanticism and Gothic glamour for AW14-15; centered around jewel-encrusted insect brooches, and slogan “You Bug Me” and insect graphic tees. The (still predominantly evening wear) collection featured tartan, mainly; in a mixture of light chiffon and heavy wool, to create layered, textured looks that dipped into the non-waning trend for sheer. Wang said she was trying to create the “tension of when a boy meets girl”, which is seen in the toughness of the collection. Most of the looks included leather elbow length gloves, whereas the high-impact, sheer, flowing and ruffled evening gowns were sensual, and the dark water-colour floral gowns, feminine; both needing little accessorising other that the sky-high heeled boots and sock combo on every model.

Jenny Packham

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jenny packhamPhotos: Vogue.co.uk

Tuesday saw Jenny Packham show at Washington Street, and what she presented could only be described as pure 70’s glamour heading down that runway. The mix of flowing evening gowns and jumpsuits were inspired by Bianca Jagger, said Packham, and the feminine, glamorous aesthetic of the collection reflected Jagger’s personality and presence. Packham combined her usual lady-like silhouettes with tailoring this year; sharp blazers over classic pencil skirts and sleek wide-leg trousers, in an array of silky satins in bright colours; a mix of rosy and raspberry pinks, royal navy, burgundy and caramels. Her intricate waterfall beading was seen on jumpsuits and dresses, while glittering tulle skirts and feather detailing on bags added to the 70’s allure.

Marc by Marc Jacobs

Marc by Marc Jacobs

Marc by Marc JacobsPhotos: Vogue.co.uk

Despite showing in New York, this year’s Marc By Marc Jacobs show was the amalgamation of a British Duo; Katie Hillier as Creative Director and Luella Bartley as Head designer, in an attempt to bring back the label to its former glory. The diffusion line of Marc Jacobs label, was once at the forefront of amusing, accessible designs, at a lower price point for young women, but since 2008 it had strayed from this, and lost it’s identity. Luella (who’s young, fresh designs we love) and Katie, managed to create a sort of motor-cross show, mixed with Japanese cartoon humour in the way of biking slogans reading ‘Revolution’ and ‘Bunny Hop’, and ninja-like models wearing bandannas across their faces, and BMX moonboots. The result was a street ready collection. Polo neck t-shirts completed most looks, and a cinched in waist with that distinctive leather belt, kept a level of sophistication and femininity, before the collection became too far-fetched. Grey and black were the basis, but red and blue in go-faster stripes adorned most pieces; adding the cool, kitsch and cartoon like feel; the feel that is most apparent on the iconic and press-worthy ‘Bunny Hop’ silver metallic dress (pictured above).

Rodarte

Rodarte

RodartePhotos: Vogue.co.uk

Those Star Wars printed dresses were all everyone could talk about with Rodarte; that and the memorable fairy-tale metallic lip and soft smokey eyes by Nars. The collection was distinctly nostalgic; Star Wars inspired prints on Grecian, toga style maxi dresses and soft pastel pinks and purples used throughout the clothing and makeup. But despite this; the metallic hues and glittery over-sized coats added a celestial touch, and dreamy metallic lips helped meld the past and future perfectly. The combination of statement pieces, the Yoda printed dresses and cute berets appealed to the couldn’t care less attitude of so many fashionistas, hinting to a renaissance of the ‘geek chic’ trend we saw appear not so many years ago.

 

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Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week got into full swing over the weekend, with some of the most anticipated shows taking place. From Alexander Wang’s controversial (yet very cool) move to Brooklyn for his show, Victoria Beckham’s 12th Fashion Week show, and DKNY and Diane Von Furstenberg; two of the key players and most well known names in the fashion industry.

Alexander Wang showed in the Brooklyn Navy Yard on Saturday; a change from the norm that signaled a new age of cool; a move suggesting that Brooklyn was the future of fashion, and very much reflected in his futuristic, utilitarian looking collection. The designer’s choice of location lured the fashion circus across the city in freezing temperatures (Wang was showing at a later time of 9pm), and catch water taxi’s to watch this not-to-be-missed spectacle, and luckily he didn’t disappoint. AW14 according to Wang is all about utility, space-age and masculinity. All of the models had bleached eyebrows and slicked across hair, their angular features emphasised by the deconstructed surroundings and a monochromatic palette with accents of galactic purple.

Wang

DKNY followed suit with another urban collection that portrayed masculinity and street-chic. Donna Karen shows year on year, yet always manages to live up to expectations, and this year was no different. Her take on hipster style that’s so prevalent in today’s youth culture, made sure that this often extreme, unkempt look became luxe, slick, accessible even, given that she used real new Yorkers in favour of models down the runway. Padded parkers, sweaters and varsity style bombers, contrasted long flowing slip dresses and the odd pink hue, giving the collection versatility, and where each piece alone was extremely wearable.

DKNY

Then there was Victoria Beckham. We were probably just as excited to see whether the Beckham entourage turned out in force to steal the F-ROW limelight (they did), and of course little Harper’s outfit was just as hotly anticipated; but all eyes were firmly on VB’s collection as soon as the show started. This season the designer was all about oversized, yet structured silhouettes; luxurious coats paired with flowing skirts over trousers for extreme layering, and Victoria had presented a collection that was miles from her signature ‘body shaping’ dresses and the classic tailoring she does so well. Each look was sophisticated and well thought out, with a simple yet effective monochrome colour scheme (matching her even simpler invitations), which will no doubt still be on the wish list of so many women come AW 14…

Victoria Beckham

Diane Von Furstenberg – the lady who invented the wrap dress, and with it boosted the confidence of women everywhere – shows in New York every year, and is known for her re-inventions of her signature dress, as well as bold colours and prints. This season – in a collection almost entirely of dresses – DVF was all about basic, wearable styles in black and white graphic, kaleidoscope prints (as was her mesmerizing runway); but introduced beautiful gold metallic mini dresses, and a mix of hot pinks in a variety of printed midi and maxi wrap dresses which had us, and everyone else very excited.

DVF

There’s still four days to go of MB Fashion Week before the fashion circus are on the move again heading to London; so in the meantime we can start to wonder what we can expect to see  in collections from Jenny Packham, Zac Posen, Tommy Hilfiger and Maison Martin Margiela…

BCBG MAXAZRIA

 

BCBG

BCBG

BCGB Max Azria is arguably one of the most talked about designer shows each season, and his sophisticated yet extremely wearable collections, and the cult elite following they produce, are showing no signs of fading. Yesterday’s show was one of the first, kicking off Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York, and the AW 2014-15 collection has certainly given the fashion industry something to talk about.

The designer’s bold mix of blacks, navy and orange; paired with lighter neutral tones and oh-so-pretty pastels, makes the collection very versatile. Whilst being feminine with layers of soft, slouchy fabrics, the collection managed to stay on the right side of grunge with sleek studded knee-high boots and lots of leather, beading and lace. Surprisingly (or not so, if you look at BCBG’s proven record), this works; animal prints in neutral tones, and block stripes in a primary colours and pastels adorn dresses and the hems of culottes – the only thing to own in 2014 – offering choice, and alluding to the modern woman’s tendency to be a chameleon.

What’s hard to avoid though, is the use of fur within the collection, and lots of it. Some of the most memorable pieces we’ll be taking into AW with us, are the indulgent hand muffs, and luxurious fur stoles. There’s no denying the designer’s clear nod towards luxury and extravagance this season, and whilst this will have given editors and PETA alike something to talk about, The Clothes Line’s policy remains stable around the use of fur: whilst we, nor any of the shops we supply, accept, sell or condone fur items, we must appreciate it’s significance within the fashion industry. For this reason, we cannot ignore the important role that BCBG Max Azria plays in setting key trends for the fashion industry, so we can only hope that the high-street adopts faux-fur whilst planning their ranges for AW 14, and nothing else.

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Let the fashion circus commence…

Tomorrow marks the beginning of fashion month, kicking off in New York with Mercedes-Benz fashion Week. This will see editors, stylists, buyers, bloggers and celebrities (otherwise known as the ‘fashion circus’) pack their bags and visit the most prominent four cities in fashion over the next four weeks. From New York they’ll head to our very own London, for the best of British fashion on the 14th, then on to Milan and finally Paris, taking us into March.

While everyone who’s anyone at Fashion Week will be wearing ready-to-wear styles from last September’s runways (that’s SS14, if you don’t know), we’re only just about getting to terms with having to swap our winter wardrobes for spring, despite it still feeling like mid-winter. The Clothes Line will be at Vodafone’s London Fashion Week on Friday 14th February (who needs a man when you’ve got Fashion Week?), and we’ll be keeping you updated with all the best street-style we’ve snapped on the day; and with the fash-pack out in force – you’re sure to find some ultra stylish inspiration!

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Keep you’re eyes on the blog over the coming month, as The Clothes Line will be following all things stylish and fashion week-related!

Golden Globes 2014

So award season begins and it kicked off last night with the Golden Globes, with every A-lister vying to mark their fashionable territory for the season on this years Red Carpet. Emma Watson is one actress that needn’t worry about her fashion credentials though, as she proved last night that she will very much be staying at the top of this year’s best dressed lists, thanks to her show stopping Dior Couture number.

Emma Watson Golden Globes 2014

(photo: http://www.fashion.telegraph.co.uk)