Category Archives: Designers

Genny – S/S 2012 COLLECTION

“Everyone remembers Genny as a discreet and sophisticated luxury brand known for its top craftsmanship and artisanal heritage so this first collection respects the house’s tradition. It is designed for working women with multi-occasion agendas that need functional and elegant clothes,” says Gabriele Colangelo.

New life is breathed into the sartorial suit – a Genny staple –  thanks to new cuts on the jacket, made with plush men’s wear fabrics such as grisaille. They are paired with graphic blouses in cotton organdie, silk crepe de chine and muslins, featuring an ethnic-geometric motif.

Male and female, the two souls of the Genny world, come together with rigor and sensuality.
Innovative and exclusive materials developed by Colangelo include a silk and raffia blend that traces a zebra design and a trompe l’oeil print reminiscent of a Kilim carpet.

A dull gold jersey shell, instead, plays tribute to the silver mesh designed by Gianni Versace during his tenure at Genny from 1974 to the early Nineties.

Last but not least, Colangelo developed an ultra-light and summery version of Astrakhan fur with a zebra effect used for pencil skirts, coats, bags and shoes.

My favourite look is this royal blue tribal effect piece which moves away from the neutral tones of the rest of their pieces. The way the silk falls makes no secret of its luxuriousness and the double front; print and plain gives a nod to the colour blocking and prints that were everywhere at the shows this year.

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Animal World

The catwalks have been alive with pieces taking inspiration from the animal world.

Choose a statement dress borrowed from the animal world this fall …

Add a reptile Print

Incorporate some leopard spots

Cover up with a hunter jacket

and add feathered accessories…

Now go wild!!

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Michael van der Ham SS12

Dutch designer Michael van der Ham was all about colours, layering, mixing and matched garments and multimedia patterns at the showcasing of his new collection last week.

Bold statement making colours were combined cleverly with neon brights and contrasting pattens in his show

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Cheryl Cole becomes shoe designer!

Cheryl Cole announces exclusive collaboration with Stylistpick.com and the launch of her first capsule shoe collection

Cheryl Cole today announced that she will launch her first capsule shoe collection, in association with Stylistpick.com. Her fabulous and fashion forward new line will launch this December, in time for Christmas.

The collection forms part of a wide collaboration between Cheryl and Stylistpick, which will see her choosing her favourite pieces from the online accessory retailer’s monthly mainline collections and sharing style insights.

Cheryl is the nation’s undisputed style icon and has been voted ‘best dressed’ in every major fashion poll, from Glamour, to Tatler, to Cosmopolitan and graced every leading fashion magazine cover, from Elle to Grazia. And now for the first time the public will be able to share her unique style.

The range will combine Cheryl’s style signature of exquisite glamour with accessible pricing. More than just a name behind the brand, Cheryl will be overseeing every step of the process, from concept to design and packaging. 

In choosing to work with Stylistpick Cheryl was committed to ensuring that all fashion loving young women should be able to enjoy a collection that captures her style and features immaculate quality.

Stylistpick is a new way of shopping for the latest on-trend accessories, combining a personalised styling membership service with the ease of shopping online. It’s easy to use – members complete a fun style quiz to discover their individual style profile. Then each month they receive a personalised selection of new shoes, bags and jewellery to choose from, edited by celebrity stylists, including Britain and Ireland’s Next Top Model’s Grace Woodward and TV presenter and journalist Louise Roe.

Chief creative officer Juliet Warkentin commented: “We are thrilled to be working with CherylCheryl is the style icon and is amazingly warm, a quality that has made her the nation’s favourite. We believe that the launch will have a huge fashion impact; establishing fashion’s greatest influencer as a major force in fashion design and further democratising fashion.”

The limited edition capsule collection will launch in December, along with Cheryl’s first favourite Stylistpick selections, guaranteeing British women the perfect Christmas present. More details will follow.

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Edun – SS12 Collection

EDUN

SPRING/SUMMER 2012 COLLECTION

For the Spring Summer 2012 Women’s Collection Edun juxtaposes iconic floral and African prints, bringing two contrasting worlds together in signature Edun style.

The SS12 collection is truly feminine. Mesh knit cardigans, indigo dyed drawstring pants, hemp recycled poly gabardine jackets and jersey braided scarves accompanied by lazer cut silks and poplin, tie wrap dresses and grommet details unite together in pure summer spirit.

The modern edge is visible in sexy dresses with sporty elements, leather trimmed skirt and bold denim made in Africa.
This collection specializes in the indigo dying techniques of West Africa in Mali, using natural sapphire dyes and minerals to create beautiful and unique textile designs.

Finally, the spring collection introduces an African T-Shirt program in partnership with H.E.A.L.S (Health, Education, Arts, Literacy, Sports), an art therapy program for war affected teenagers in Gulu, Uganda. Each T-shirt features a drawing by a high school students’ aspiration for the future. 100% of the proceeds will be split between H.E.A.L.S. and Invisible Children.

Edun wishlist:

Studded Shorts

Leather cuffs

Navy Jackets

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FASHION WEEK IS ON!

HOLLY FULTON
SPRING / SUMMER 2012

For SS12 Holly Fulton has produced a collection for the lady that having blown her annual budget takes a vacation a little closer to home. In full holiday spirit and dressed for Vegas – she hits Margate. A keen eye on the arcades, indulging in the plethora of fruit machines and casinos, her handbag is decidedly ready to hoard any winnings. She frolics between gaudy neon lights and saccharine sands, asserting her right to be a bathing belle, and is not adverse to a donkey ride either.

This latest collection draws inspiration from Slim Aarons’ photographs of the US poolside scene from the late 1960s and 70s, the Albertus Seba Cabinet of Curiosities and Margate’s Deco Lido. Colour references echo soft, aged pastels inspired by 1980s pin ball machines, through to the vibrant-pop of Fiorucci fused with monochrome chessboards and checks. With a nod to signature Pucci and the decadence of early Versace circa 1990, prints are layered and embellished to create a look reminiscent of seaside souvenirs. Shell encrusted jewellery and bags, insets of shell laminate in a variety of plastics and Perspex blend to sit perfectly with Holly’s graphic aesthetic creating a visually striking yet harmonious collection. The resulting look is a hybrid Shelley Winters/C.Z.Guest decked out in head-to-toe nineties-esque Versace paired with excessive nautical jewellery and a hint of Sharon Stone in Scorsese’s Casino.

The collection is a joyous celebration of contemporary materials and design sprinkled with considerable frivolity and tongue in cheek elements. Signature cuts, considered placement and elaborate beading result in a striking and refreshing collection. All detailing executed with an air of luxury and consolidation of colour, forming the bold aesthetic with which the Holly Fulton label has become synonymous.

 

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September Means…

Patent Lines, Polka Dots, Pom Poms, Tartan, Metallics … move over Summer, the new season wants centre stage!

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