Haute Around the World: London Fashion Week Recap

The second round of Fashion Week landed in London, with editors and ‘it’ girls hot on its tail. Kicking it all off was Matthew Williamson, who mixed things up with colour texture and print.  Starting with a striking over-sized woollen Aztec print coat, the collection moved to sculpted dresses and tailored trousers in amazing pops of colour, bringing life to any fall 2011 wardrobe. Embroidery, feathers and fur populated the second half bringing a luxurious feel to the collection.  The colour palette was toned down to grey, black, peach, lemon and icy blue with an occasional splash of yellow. A collection truly worthy of its showcase.

 

Erdem Fall 2011

 

Sunday arrived with the anticipated collections from Erdem, Burberry Prorsum, Christopher Kane, and Peter Pilotto. Erdem was pretty, classic and in rich deep hues. Classic Erdem floral prints came in sequins, velvet, silk, and lace in a number of different cuts and shapes.  The V neck was a clear theme with much of the collection featuring a plunging neckline. The collection was rich, powerful, and extremely wearable.

Burberry Prorsum Fall 2011

 

Through the true art of showmanship, the Burberry Prorsum Fall 2011 collection made its debut.  With a seemingly endless runway, the show fell under the watchful eyes of Rachel Bilson, Alexa Chung, Anna Wintour, Kate Bosworth and Mario Testino (all Burberry clad of course). The collection started with a pop of color with a tangerine sculpted coat and moved towards a mouth-watering watermelon colored bell bottomed coat with exposed pockets.  Chunky coats and heavy knit jumpers with toggle detailing were teamed with tremendously skinny trousers, which created an unlikely but beautiful silhouette. The primary colored Burberry rainbow fizzled out through checked tweed coats into the Burberry trench in natures favorites; tan, brown, khaki and beige then onto an angelic closing of the collection populated by sleek shapes and a mostly monochrome palette.  Fur met with patent leather on short bomber jackets and trimmed longer ‘bubble’ coats.  Delicate bows clinched ivory drenched waists on the most beautiful coats I have ever seen in my life.  Fur became the shoulder pads and bled down the arms to the cuffs, then there were the Macs.  In the shape of a classic Burberry Mac, yet with the texture of a winter coat – patterned ivory wool was finished with a bow around the waist and a fur hat.  The collection came to a close, through black and white checked tweet with the looser coats. Then came the finale. A magical winter wonderland exploded as Christopher Bailey’s creations took one more walk down the runway, ensuring the Burberry Prorsum Fall 2011 won’t be one we’ll be forgetting any time soon.

Peter Pilotto Fall 2011

Peter Pilotto’s fall 2011 collection had one main theme running through; Arabian nights gone posh.  Draping materials sagged around the neck and billowed in the breeze as the models strutted down the catwalk. Everything was loose with an earthy natural feel that appeared to be more SS11 as opposed to fall 2011. It was a nice enough collection with interesting cuts and tie-dye patterns but not something I would personally wear during the colder months.

 

Christopher Kane Fall 2011

Similar to Erdem, Christopher Kane highlighted the beauty of the V neck but mixed it up a little.  Jagged edged plastic straps filled with mixes of blue and green and pink and orange liquid, which resembled small snakes lying around the models necks, dipped low revealing elegant chests. All the while sprucing and sexing up what would usually be quite a simple dress.  A futuristic collection with Aztec feeling prints, sequins, chiffon, and plastic which brought sex appeal to the collection and shown Christopher Kane as the true artist that he is.

 

Marios Schwab Fall 2011

 

Marios Schwab – a man who donned a topknot even @OscarPRGirl would be proud of. A beautifully structured collection that shown the importance of a great cut around the neck and a nipped in waist.  Tuxedo style neckline dresses floated out against an overpoweringly white backdrop, in-between corset style dresses with sewn on Swarovski pearls, high-waisted trousers and shaped bubble coats. The collection was all about the detail which brought texture to a smooth, elegant collection.

Mulberry Fall 2011

 

Last but by no means least, is Mulberry. With a fairytale Fantastic Mr. Fox theme, the Mulberry show took place in the ballroom at Claridge’s, London.  Decorated with woodland scenery, giant toadstools, stuffed birds and drenches of foliage, the show began with Alexa Chung sitting front row.  The majority of the collection was very earthy, with muted colors including  beige, aubergine, khaki, grey, and hints of tan.  Then were the classic pops of color in deep plums and lilacs. Styles were classic mixed with contemporary, with quilted trench coats worn over dresses with a flouncy hem.  Jodhpur style trousers with knee boots, box pleated a line minis and culottes.  My favorite piece from the collection was the box pleat Mulberry purple print mini skirt worn with a simple lilac roll neck, classic yet young and playful.  The fashion world was alive with the amazing sound of Mulberry.

 

Article by: Jenni Fleet

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Haute Looks: TopShop

UK correspondent Jenni Fleet tells us about an English girl’s obsession, TopShop.

For us in England, TopShop is every girl’s ‘go to’ when they need to add a little something to their wardrobe.  Each day, I click my bookmarked tab to see what is new in and what I’ll be adding to my basket.

The reason it works so well is that it appeals to us all.  It’s the first port of call if you need a basic jersey tee, or a Saturday night dress, and now more than anything – a place to stock up on some fantastic colored nail varnishes.

With collaboration collections from the likes of Christopher Kane, Stella Vine and model Kate Moss, TopShop successfully made their name as the leading high street brand.  For every girl in England a visit to London meant only one thing; TopShop Oxford Street. Covering five floors which house a nail bar, a hair salon and a cafe, it is every girl’s dream come true. The summer of 2009 seen TopShop open its ‘Manhattan style’ concept store in my city, Liverpool.  It is the second largest store in the country and houses a Kurt Geiger concession, a Scin beauty bar and it’s very own personal shopping experience. Sometimes I find myself aimlessly wandering around, indulging in the latest trends whether that be Snake Valley, Graduation or Swedish Summer that are the current trends running in store.

My obsession took full hold when I started working there part time while studying for my degree.  Every three months, we would get uniform allowance, with a breathtaking 60% off.  It was like Christmas come early every time! But it seems as though TopShop fever is certainly catching.  Since its debut in New York on April 2nd 2009, celebrities and ‘It girls’ alike have jumped on the TopShop bandwagon. City girl, Olivia Palermo can often be spotted mixing TopShop pieces in with designer, alongside Rihanna and Jessica Alba – and you can’t really blame them!  While consistently being on trend, they cater for everyone.  Skinny jeans may not be your thing, but you’re sure to find something else.  I’m a sucker for TopShop dresses.  Pastel colours, pretty lace, over the top florals and anything with a peter pan collar! Sir Phillip Green deserves a pat on the back!

Article by: Jenni Fleet

HAUTE NYC 2011

Haute Looks: Mulberry Hits America

Liverpool correspondent, Jenni Fleet gushes over the newest UK sensation to hit the states, Mulberry.

Mulberry is an iconic English heritage brand that we’ve well and truly fallen for here in England.  They’re not too ‘on trend’ classic handbags make the top of every fashion girl’s wish list and their pretty tea dresses are what we all dream of wearing while we float around our English manors drinking tea from china teacups.

Alexa Chung

The brains behind the brand, and the iconic Alexa handbag, also understand that Mulberry is the type of ‘go to’ for the girl that can only afford one major spending spree on a handbag.  While having the connotations of grandeur and English luxury, it also appeals to all, especially their handbag department. The infamous Alexa handbag, named after TV starlet Alexa Chung who rocked the fashion world in 2009, was sold out everywhere the minute it went on sale.  It’s classic, timeless satchel style shape made it practical yet oozed with glamour at the same time.  It became the type of bag that you could take anywhere which would give your outfit a little bit of oomph – especially when they came out in an array of colors.  For the third year running, the Alexa has made its debut, this time in a mouth watering watermelon color, perfect for the summer months that lay ahead.

Although the Alexa won’t be going anywhere anytime soon, it has found itself a little competition.  Welcome the Mulberry Tillie. The quintessentially British bag is somewhat similar to the Alexa, but has more of a glamorous, Upper East Side appeal, especially the light peach colored one, which fits perfectly with the announcement of Mulberry increasing their US presence.  Currently only operating from two small stores in NYC – one on Bleecker St & one on Madison Avenue. Mulberry has also announced the arrival of their new flagship store at 132 Spring Street.  I’m sure Mulberry fever will catch on stateside in no time, every fashionista needs a bit of British on her arm every now and again and seeing and Prince William is off the market – what else is there left to do?

 

 

Article by: Jenni Fleet

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Haute Around the World: Royal Wedding Fever

HAUTE NYC guest blogger Jenni Fleet fills us in from the UK on all the buzz about the wedding of the century!

Here across the pond, Royal Wedding fever has truly hit. With three months and twenty days to go, the gossip columns are electric with the sound of “Who will make the dress?” after Kate Middleton became a fashionista overnight.

 

Our girl crush started on her a long time ago when we captured her in elegant dresses and fantastic fascinators, and we watched as she continued to blossom into Princess Kate – fashion icon. So much so that ‘the Kate Middleton’ hairstyle has become one of the most requested styles in salons all over the world. The midnight blue Issa London wrap dress she wore to the press conference to announce the couple’s wonderful news, sold out within 24 hours of her appearing in it.

 

As you can imagine, designers are beside themselves with the news of the engagement, and have gone as far as sketching potential designs for Kate to choose from for the big day! Bruce Oldfield, an ambassador of British couture, is being hotly tipped to design the dress but Karl Lagerfield, wedding gown queen Vera Wang and Jason Wu have also conjured up designs for our modern day Princess. Fashionistas, designers and reporters alike, wait with baited breath until chosen one is revealed…

 

Article by: Jenni Fleet

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