Kate Moss and Mert and Marcus come together to give you these stunning pictures for the May edition of French Vogue. The shoot is styled by new editor-in-chief Emmanuelle Alt. Kate poses in Haute couture from designers such as Versace, Armani and Valentino to name a few.
Friday, 29 April 2011
The wedding of the year some may call it, but for the fashion world this day represented an acknowledgement to one of the greatest designers of all time, Lee Alexander McQueen. Alexandra Shulman, the editor of Vogue describes what the wearing of this dress has done for the label and for the career of Sarah Burton "For Sarah Burton, it will really make that role her own. The dress had that softness that she's brought to the label and it had all the wonderful structure of an Alexander McQueen dress, as well as a femininity ”. The lace for the bodice and skirt of Catherine’s dress was handmade by the Royal School of Needlework, with the individual flowers all hand cut from Chantilly Lace. The dress was made from Ivory and white satin gazar, while the skirt was made in the shape of an opening flower. The satin bodice went in at the waist and then padded out at the hips (a signature McQueen style) while the back was finished with a 58 gazar and organza covered buttons. The wearing of this dress also draws ties with the opening of the Lee Alexander McQueen exhibition at the Met in New York, which opens of the 4th May 2011. This exhibition displays pieces from his Head of Design days at Givenchy, McQueen and personal designs for friends such as Isabella Blow and Daphne Guinness. So the question is what is next for Burton? Could she be the new designer for Dior after the sacking of Galliano? Well whatever the future holds in store for her, I am sure she is destined for design greatness.
Greek designer Mary Katrantzou is certainly a name to watch within the fashion world. Her designs her ornate, unique and bring a sense of individuality to their wearer. After finishing her MA at Central Saint Martins, she worked alongside designers such as Sophia Kokosalaki a famous Greek designer and American designer Bill Blass, before embarking upon the start of her own label. 18th Century portraits and vintage perfume bottles inspired her 2009 runway collection, and after receiving funding from the New Generation, she decided to create a collection of clothing with exaggerated printing and a line of bold, yet aesthetically pleasing jewellery. She explains her signature designs as “A hyperrealist aesthetic with bold graphics and industrial jewellery”. While her signature piece for Spring/Summer 2011 was a lampshade skirt. Her designs are defiantly cutting edge fashion and would certainly make a statement at any event. The dress that captivated me was a printed dress with silk chiffon ruched drapes at either side. This dress is exceptionally sexy but adds an element of class and sophistication to the wearer by adornment of silk black panels, which are shown upon the shoulder. While the prints that Katrantzou uses are all real images, they have been digitally copied on to bodices and then incorporated into the making of the dress. This is a unique and interesting trademark for this exceptionally talented designer that will take her far and make her designs very easy to spot. Her website is currently under construction, but if you feel you need to indulge in this wonderful designer then her creations are available from www.net-a-porter.com and www.brownsfashion.com, or alternatively if you want the Katrantzou experience visit her store on Mare Street London.
Inages taken from Spring/Summer 2011 Collection
Wednesday, 27 April 2011
With the Royal Wedding commencing this Friday, it has come to my attention that the majority of people are more concerned by the dress that will be worn as opposed to the shoes or accessories. But I am different, yes I am excited to see which designer was picked for this royal occasion, but really the thought of seeing which designer has been picked for the future Queen’s feet excites me more. For me, the choosing of bridal footwear is just as important as choosing of the dress. After all there is nothing more attractive, eye-catching and glamorous than a flash of red from Christian Louboutin or a bit of sparkly embellishment from Jimmy Choo. So when planning wedding attire what does one wear on their foot? Do you keep it traditional with the wearing of a white shoe? Or do you add a bit of creativity by using Upper Street and designing your own shoe? Or even taking a leaf out of Carrie Bradshaw’s book and marrying your Mr Big in bright blue Manolo’s? The choices for wedding footwear are endless so here are a few of my favourites that are sure to give you a step in the right direction.
Monday, 25 April 2011
With the Royal Wedding fast approaching and the heavily anticipated rumours behind Miss Middleton’s dress, it only seems right that a wedding related blog post would be suitable at this time of year. Weddings conjure up different images for everyone. From a fashion perspective it’s all about the dress, the shoes and the accessories. After all you will remember this day for the rest of your life, so it is fundamental that you get each of these steps right. Whether you choose Wang, De La Renta, Lanvin, or McQueen each one will make your day that little bit extra special, making you feel like a princess, sending shivers down your fiancée’s spine when you walk down the aisle and ultimately, like Miss Middleton, achieving that fairytale ending that every girl dreams of. But unlike Miss Middleton, most of us will not have a ten-foot train or a dress as extravagant as the one she will be wearing, so whether you are a classic bride, minimalist bride or bohemian bride here are a few wedding dresses that should capture your marital eye.
6. Marchessa 7. Rick Owens 8. Lanvin 9. Antonio Berardi 10. Catherine Malandrino 11. Stella McCartney