Saturday, February 28, 2009

Love Kate, Lara & Raquel

Fashionista has some of the shots from the first issue of Love; standouts are of the blonde trinity of Raquel, Lara and Kate.

Source: Fashionista

New Pop

 Fashionologie has the news that Pop has officially got a new editor (Katie Grand is now atLove) and it's Dasha Zhukova...
Source: Grazia 

 This is interesting; she has no previous editorial experience, but is big in both fashion (is the designer behind Kova & T - creators of the infamous and celebrity-loved latex leggings) and art (founded Garage Center For Contemporary Culture - the largest exhibition venue in Moscow). We will have a bit of a wait to see the result (first issue drops first of September) and rumour has it that Zhukova's best friend and artist Olympia Scarry (grandaughter of the great Richard Scarry) will be creative director. Of the new Pop, Zhukova says:

"We are working hard on a complete revamp of the magazine in order to provide a broader point of view focusing also on art, contemporary culture and the globalisation of all things pop-related."

Ps: Fashionista has Grands editors letter here.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Kathryn Wilson Winter 09 (And I Still Want Chloes)

Unsurprisingly, Kathryn Wilson's footwear collection for Winter 09 is full of amazing shoes. Lots of straps and buckles, and made in her usual buttery soft leather. Always heaven to wear. 
Clockwise: Ravlich, Toyah and Karlya in stone and black.

I particularly love the Karlya - reminds me of one of my all time favorite shoes, the triple strap mary-janes from Chloe's Summer 07 collection
Source: Style.Com

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Peek: Karen Winter 09

I die. Frockwriter has this preview of the cover of Karen magazine's winter issue. Classic beauty with the pop of colour - works so well. Olivia O'Driscoll is stunning. I think editor Marian Simms sums up the mood of the magazine (and a lot of people in general);
 "Everyone is feeling that times are bleak and I wanted to have a bit of celebration” 
Apparently the issue also features Jessica Hart - another fave face of mine. Can't wait for this issue! Every issue makes me so proud that this comes out of Australasia.
Source: Frockwriter

NYFW: Alexander Wang - Backstage

Source: Fashionista

YSL + Daria

Vintage Daria from Yves Saint Laurent's Winter 05 campaign - I always love the YSL ads (esp. the new ones with Claudia), his girls always look so statuesque. The Eiffel Tower looks dreamy. I need to get myself to Paris asap I think.

LFW: Meadham Kirchoff & Mark Fast

I'm really loving all the bandage body con dresses that have been all over the runways this fall - they remind me of mummies, in a totally good way, wrapped and textured. There was a great one in the Meadham Kirchoff collection, and some really interesting torn, ragged shirts..

This is how little black dresses should be. I'm coveting all the amazing knitwear (def in black) from London Fashion Week. The dresses shown at Mark Fast were all short, tight and laddered in the best possible way.
Source: Style.Com

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

LFW: Julien Macdonald, Josh Goot

Our antipodean wonder boy that is Josh Goot showed a standout collection; retro-futuristic and inspired by geology and geography - which worked amazingly, although I'm biased as I'm a bit of a geo nerd (bad habit of spotting and naming cloud formations, karst landscapes etc, oh dear. Obviously I loved his cloud/sky prints from a few seasons ago). Anyhow, it kicked off with subtle colour blocking in neutral tones, then moved on to some amazing pieces that used map contour lines - the emphasized and flattered the body lines no end.
There were some standout layered and gathered body con dresses - amazing texture. Particularly love the beigey pink..
The highlight however was definitely the final looks - mind blowing prints combining the beauty of sedimentary layers with the colours and patterns of rock and minerals. Amazing.

Perfect black collection from Macdonald. The dresses are insane, starting off with the conservative(ish) strapless on Magda, then moving to some mind blowing knits (particularly love the texture and tactility of the third).
The separates outfits were even better however. Sheer, knitted, asymmetric tops; insane jackets (spiked shoulders anyone? I'm keen); cropped leather pants and unzipped skirts. Rounded off with some amazing booties.
And the furs just blew me away. Words cannot describe the first look on Karlie. The movement in the long grey fur, layered over a patterned mesh dress. It frames her face like a mane. If your going to do a one-tone outfit, do this.

LFW: Peter Pilotto, Ossie Clark, Marios Schwab

I've always been a sucker for a good star print - especially galaxy and solar system print (a lot harder to find than your standard and now somewhat iconic star print from Chanel's Spring 08 collection. Peter Pilotto did an amazing galaxy print for his Winter 08 collection, and has developed it further for the collection he just showed in London for 09. Also love the use of twisting and draping - takes it to another level.

I found most of the Ossie Clark collection underwhelming, maybe thats why these dresses really stood out. The strength is the simplicity and fluidity - the movement of the pieces (even captured in a still shot) looks amazing.

Although it was a winter collection, its the short pieces that really shined for me in Marios Schwab show. The neckline and shapes of the first dress are great, and the folded, crisp white origami-like quality of the second dress is my favorite (and reminds me of one of my all time favorite Stella McCartney dresses). I don't think I need to explain that tantalizingly soft blue fur.

LFW: Luella & Louise Goldin

One of the highlights of London Fashion Week for me is always Luella Bartley - her show is one of the main ones I count down to. Luella's Fall 09 collection continued her iconic BritGirl look, but is somewhat more mature and tougher. Cute dresses (building on the shapes and layers of her Spring 09 collection) and youthfull details featured, as did lots of utilitarian/military details (reminiscent of her Fall 07 collection) - this new/old Luella worked well, strengthening her look and reminding us why we love what she does.
Love the gold tights and back with black and zip details. Great hats too - confederate caps, and slouchy beanies (cute, boyish, useful). The oversized military jumper dress would be insanely handy - especially those massive pockets (you almost don't need the satchel - but def want it anyway.) I also covet the tweed coat, washed out sixties hair and makeup, and the bags.

The slick black collection from Louise Goldin blew my mind. This is how all black should be done - so rich and dark, but with the subtle sheen from the leather. The dresses are the standout for me - so many amazing details; leather panels, cut outs, amazing necklines.
And she also gives us some fun with fur, sequins ans sparkle - which works so well with the foil of the black.
The coats are also really strong - quite bold silhouettes. And naturally I covet the leather pants.
Source: Style.Com

Peek: Russh March 09

Excite! The new issue of my beloved Russh is in the pipeline (of course it wont arrive in little old NZ for a while - merde!). Inside is Jethro Cave, Jane Birkin, Tallulah Morton, Steven Sprouse, The Selby, Jeremy Scott - and a million other wonderful things. Can't wait! Will be pestering my news agent constantly from now on - I am sure they detest me!
Source: Russh

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

I Have Missed You

She has been laying low for a while, but now our girl Mary Kate has shown up everywhere looking insanely stunning.

This black dress at the Independent Spirit awards is so chic.

And this white blazer (Stella McCartney? Probz!) has been one of her key pieces this past week. Love the monochromatic outfit below - and how refreshing a white jacket is for winter. And the sunglasses (they remind me of the Karen Walker ones I have been going on about.)

She also wore it really well with blue and the same scarf - and Nicole! 
Ps: How amazing is the cut of her shoes?
MKs accessorizing lately has just blown me away. Love the tons of bi-tone jewelry.

And finally, here are some shots from Fashion Magazine (Canada)
Source: Olsen Files


Vogue Paris March 09

Source: Le Fashion


Stunning editorial for Marie Claire Italia by David Bellemere. Very evocative of sun bleached summers captured on polaroid - languid, golden and dreamy. Gorgeous posing and body lines too.

Marie Claire Italia March 2009 "Brasile 20/11/2008"

Street Style: New York and London

As always, Alexa Chung looks amazing. The cream-navy combo is contrasting yet soft, and a nice change to the usual black-white. She always has the best bags and shoes. And makes me seriously consider bobbing my hair?
Source: Garance Dore

Love the mix of the bold red plaid with a grey tee and denim cut offs. And speaking of denim, the denim shirt in the second shot looks great just peeking out from under the tweed jacket. 

More tweed, this time paired with Chanel and lots of jewelry (always a great look).

Source: Turned Out

LFW: Richard Nicoll, Christopher Kane, Twenty8Twelve,

For the second season in a row I was really impressed with Richard Nicoll. The Fall 09 collection is refined and stark, yet still warm and soft - achieved I think by the use of creamy fabrics (as opposed to harsh whites) and the genius use of layering and textures. I love the strong linear elements and lingerie detailing - they really play up the contrast of structure versus softness.
And as I am a total magpie, I love the strong use of textured gold  - fun and shiny and luxe, whilst still emphasizing the structure of the pieces.

More on this linear look that I'm loving right now, Christopher Kane (as always) produced a great collection. Strong black lines on sheer fabric created the most amazing patterns and shapes - and constrast the vividness of the line with the sheer fabric. I also love the oversized sweaters he showed.

A collection that surprised was Twenty8Twelve by Sienna and Savannah Miller. The strong points for me were the tight jeans, sheer black, leather jackets and the Balmain-esque green sequin dress. The shoes rock too.

Net-A-Porter: Stella McCartney

Net-A-Porter has some new pieces from Stella McCartney's Spring 09 collection. J'adore!!! The dress on the left is mind blowing, and I think the second two pieces are so wearable. Im a sucker for oversized cashmere, and a sequined tank like that I would literally wear with EVERYTHING.
Source: Net-A-Porter

Monday, February 23, 2009


No one else could pull this off. Ever.

LFW: Armand Basi, Charles Anastase, Sinha-Stanic

The Armand Basi One collection showed an amazingly strong, androgynous look. Love the shapes of the boxy jackets, loose pants and tight jackets - especially the simplicity of the oversized black jumper.

Charles Anastase referred to his collection as "autobiographical" rather than retro, and I do think it steers clear of having the strained retro look. Love the fabrics (patent leather, wool, fur, sheer), the shoes (he always uses the most outrageous shoes - they complement the delicate elements of his clothes perfectly) and the makeup - the dark lip pops up again.
 I also like the combination of the sheer fabric and the shearling at Sinha-Stanic.