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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.



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.



Vintage Vision

My new boutique crush and Nicki Minaj’s apparently too!!

Lovely – Such a good word to sum up this newly launched company. Collections from the range include 70’s Siren, Colour Pop, Destination Beach, Designer Vintage, Floral Fashion, Tangerine Dream, Maxi Dresses and Wedding. From Vintage Chanel handbags to full on trend driven maxi skirts, it is the first on-trend, fashion-current, online vintage boutique to offer beautiful and unusual one-offs in first-class condition that are still relevant to the way we live now (and that look fabulous when mixed with high street favourites).

Saying it is for the ‘Grazia’ generation, Lovely goes to London Fashion Week every season, attends fashion press events every week and styles photo shoots regularly so she is well placed to ensure that the vintage on http://www.lovelysvintageemporium.com is current and always of the moment.

Black leather handbag with blue and red stripe centre detail made in Italy in the 1970s

Made from the finest Italian leather, this bag will work so well with a contrasting outfit for summer but is shown here incorporating the red in the 1960’s vintage red maxi dress.

Dare to wear with: Red chino’s and a navy shirt

Knee-length vivid tangerine pleat skirt from the 1970s

Reminiscent of a propaganda advert from the war days, this outfit of sunrise yellow pleated skirt and 1970’s palm tree print skirt is wonderfully vintage.

Wear with: A piece if jewellery from her stunning collection below, try the Trifari signed pearl earrings and choker necklace set from 1960s for that glam housewife look!

Trifari pearl earrings and choker necklace set

Chanel rare brown quilted fabric and leather handbag from 1970s

Want a Chanel masterpiece without the price tag and that added mystery of who it’s belonged to?  Made from quilted fabric and luxurious leather with Chanel logoed gold fastenings, the £485 creation is sure to fly off the shelf when this post goes live!

Wide-brimmed camel-coloured fedora hat with buckle from 1970s

This fabulous on-trend 1970s wool hat is sure to give us that celebrity aura we crave for when were travelling or city shopping.

Wear with: Summer printed maxi and mini dresses

Baby-peach maxi dress with orange trims from the 1970s

V-neckline, peach colour, button up the bodice, long flirty style wrists … it has all the qualities of a chic romantic dress. Shown here with a rare Gucci handbag and a Trifari pendant necklace.

Wear with: A floppy hat as above or worn in leather sandals

Trifari gold tone and blue necklace from the 1960s

Elegant floaty tops in pastel prints and ladylike colours will show off the elegance of this vintage Trifari signed, gold tone metal necklace perfectly.

Lovely has launched and edited magazines, styled numerous celebrities (such as Emma Bunton, Charlotte Church and Gail Porter)  helping them look fabulous on photo shoots, presented on many TV and radio shows, and has consulted for well-known fashion and beauty brands so she knows her trends!

She says: ‘Dressing up your high street finds from TopShop or Whistles with a vintage piece too is the fastest way to create a current but unique look – try it.’

I think we all will!



Quick! Designer Discounts!

Cocosa – The exclusive online boutique holds it’s clearance sale tomorrow!

Want behind the scenes discounts and fashion investments all year round? The look no further than Cocosa and it’s fantastic online offers…

With designer discounts you’d better be quick! LLLB

Emporio Armani Woman A/W



In the style of a film noir, beauty is concealed behind a pair of dark
glasses and under a hat tilted over the forehead to suggest a hidden
mystery. This enigma is heightened by the perception of a life without
frontiers, according to a plot that follows an aesthetic journey between
different worlds. A precisely defined vision, treated ironically to give an
effortless and contemporary image. A stylish take on international
espionage, travelling through time and distance, referencing the beat of
great nightclubs and the silence of famous hotels.

Total Black

Total black, with a flash of arctic white: a colour combination that
explores the interplay of light, shape and proportion. In this way each
outfit becomes an end in itself, telling a personal story through the matt
density of the cloth, the sheen of the velvet, the light touch of Mongolian
fur and the restraint of eco fur.


Seductive and practical jumpsuits, with full trousers cut as sharp as a
blade to emphasise the long, fluid silhouette. With raw-edge finishes and
sculpted jackets featuring concealed or covered buttons. Just a single
element of colour – the palest pink of bare legs worn without tights, of a
scooped neckline, and of gloveless hands clutching perfectly designed bags.


Michael Van Der Ham

For Autumn/Winter 2011 Michael Van Der Ham redefines his unique aesthetic presenting his second standalone show with the coveted New Gen scheme.

The new season sees his diverse collage technique being refined and honed to a focused exploration of the qualities of singular fabrics. In splicing and placing alternating grains of velvet he presents to us an exciting and innovative interpretation of the traditional fabric.

Typical to his individual working practice Van Der Ham is not influenced by a particular framework of reference from popular culture. Instead he fuses a curiosity of silhouettes from past eras with a precise concern for innovative cutting techniques to create paradoxical garments that are both timelessly elegant and startlingly original.

Complementing the dresses Van Der Ham has become renowned for, AW 2011 sees the introduction of knitwear, taking inspiration from archives of vintage floral prints. The prints have been cleverly reworked into fine Italian jacquard knitted dresses, cardigans and tops with highlights of gold and silver Lurex.

An introduction of outerwear to the collection this season sees Van Der Ham’s collage technique applied to sartorial classics. Dusky pink and black mohair coats and jackets are given the Van der Ham treatment with no two sleeves the same on each piece. This twist on conventional outerwear once again emphasises Van der Ham’s distinct signature and asserts his pioneering vision of fusing classic shapes with intellectual, innovative cutting and placement.

Autumn Winter 11 sees Van Der Ham’s work enter a new chapter with a presentation that delivers a more austere, sophisticated edge yet remains faithful to the playful, intelligent charm he is much admired for.

A truly breathtaking show. LLLB

London Fashion Week Presents…

Burberry Prorsum Collection AW11 –

Day 4

The collection

“We are thrilled to be bringing the Burberry show to our widest audience yet in an immersive, interactive and entertaining experience. We have always used digital communication to deepen our connection with the customer and allow people all over the world to experience Burberry no matter where they are. Whether you are at home online, watching in Piccadilly Circus, using a mobile device or in our store in Beijing everyone will be able to feel the energy and attitude of the brand and the excitement of the show.”
Christopher Bailey, Burberry Chief Creative Officer

The Catwalk

The Celebrities

Rachel Bilson wearing Burberry

Kate Bosworth wearing Burberry

Anna Wintour and Samantha Cameron – Where fashion meets politics

Jamie Hince, Alison Mosshart and Alexa Chung

Lily Donaldson wearing Burberry

Ellie Goulding wearing Burberry

And the boys…

Douglas Booth

French/Senegalese Model Sacha M’baye wearing Burberry

Arguably his best collection yet, Christopher Bailey stunned at the Burberry Prorsum Autumn/Winter 2011 Womenswear show yesterday. The polished collection, whose line of celebrity followers were out in force, has been named ‘Shrimpton’ after swinging Brit model and fashion icon Jean Shrimpton.

The collection which was paraded down a snow filled catwalk, consisted of sculptures silhouettes, volumised outerwear in English heritage tweeds, oversized crop cape jackets in hand woven high wool twists, flat front cropped trousers and window cut out dresses with engineered stitching. Detail was key and focs was on cables, leather buttons, leather rope martingales, gathered back pleats, luggage stitching and multi tiered cuffs and so much more!

It seems the celebs took to the iconic Burberry trenchcoat too for the show! His timeless pieces seem to be endless, season after season failing to impress, it doesn’t surprise me he returns with another fabulous collection for AW11.

The show ended with the army of wellie-clad models strutting their stylish selves down the runway. Now if that isn’t entertainment…

And the music: Someone Like You: Adele, You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me, and You Don’t Own Me, Dusty Springfield, It’s A Har dLife, Roger Daltry.

What a show. LLLB