“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.
So I’m entering The Look Show AW11 blog competition to be the best blogger in the Universe!! They have asked me why I want to win so here goes!…
Littleladylookbook is a blog for the real girl, I show real fashion and inspiring outfit ideas, all which I would wear myself. From my first little post blogging on Littleladylookbook about Mulberry’s new range during Christmas last year to posting about the latest crazes from fashion week I’ve sure come a long way. I’m sure my readers can vouch that I give them up to date information on the latest trends, new additions to have in your seasonal wardrobe that I know they will love, reviews and information about the latest hot spot boutiques (Why give all the big companies all the credit?!) all as well as little text as possible (If I don’t like reading I’m sure you lot won’t!) plus a few added extras from me to give my blog a more personal touch. How many bloggers can actually say they never take anything off the internet that isn’t theirs and hasn’t been given to them? Not many! I search high and low for the latest fashions to give you!
In less than a year I’ve gained a high profile on Twitter and developed my posts into what readers want – An inspiring picture and a little information – It can go a long way to influencing what a girl wears and how someone feels and that’s what my blog is all about. I even add a mens post from time to time!
Save a seat for me front row and I’ll show you how fashion can be blogged to the real girl!
Be Bold, Be Brash!
Leopard print pant = The new black pant…
Flowers and frills may be filling the shops for spring but here’s a trend that will stay whatever the season.
You can’t go wrong with this look and it will instantly make you look and feel like a front row celeb á la leopard print wearers and dare-ers Mary-Kate Olsen, Alexa Chung, and Rachel Bilson.
Pair your print with a simple white tee, a chunky gold chain and glamorous thick hair. LLLB
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, 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.
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
HOLLY FULTON AUTUMN/ WINTER 2011
Kiss me Quick, Squeeze me Slow – Holly Fulton pays tribute to the powers of love, romance and the magic of seduction in a mesmerising collection rich with sumptuous texture, hand worked detail and surrealist graphic reveries.
Here are a selection of images from her superb show …
The period Coco Chanel spent in Fulton’s native Scotland in the throes of an intense love affair with the Duke of Westminster is inspiration for Fulton’s romantic journey. Bespoke hand woven tweeds in bold yellow, ivory and black threaded with snakeskin and velvet ribbon create easy ‘shrug-on chic’ jackets, and embellished shift dresses with sumptuous devore inserts and Mongolian fur trims.
There is a sultry yet surreal air to eveningwear with a psychedelic ‘hand & gun’ and ‘lips smoking’ print on beautifully cut engineered print palazzo pant and silk columns that are hung from crystal, python, and patent neckpieces. Jewellery as an integral part of clothes, and accessories that are covered in jewels have become a Fulton signature since her debut collection in 2009. Azure, teal, chrome yellow and black tones, smoke grey black and red underline the dramatic yet playful undercurrent of Fulton’s aesthetic.
Holly Fulton has collaborated with Swarovski for the 5th season in the inventive crystal embellishments that include ‘coral’ fringing, facetted domes mirrored pieces and Pollock like splashes that ‘ drip’ down the shoulders and décolleté of stunning, siren evening gowns. The richness of 3-D detail wrought in trompe l’oeil prints, appliqué, devore and kinetic trims create a new chapter of bold, modern luxury.