Fashion

Sneak Peak! Tibi Pre-Fall 2012

There’s officially no longer anything sneaky or peaky about it, the Pre-Fall 2012 collections are out and proud! Ok, they’re not quite in the shops just yet (that would be premature even by fashion standards) but the ideas dreamt up by our favourite designers some time back in the summer have now been transformed into entire collections. Any preconceptions I may have held about the scattiness of “artistic types” have been long since shattered. After all, it takes serious organisation to plan the rest of the world’s wardrobes nine months in advance. I’ve been a Tibi fan for a fair few years now and was lucky enough to snag an invite to the label’s catwalk show during New York this season. Tibi’s girly deliciousness has always held a place close to my heart but the new brand of grown-up chic designer Amy Smilovic introduced for SS12 officially turned my lust for her creations into true love. Judging from what’s on offer for Pre-Fall 2012, the best is yet to come…

Tibi
Tibi Pre-Fall 2012

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BREAKING NEWS!!! Shortlist Announced For BFC/Vogue Fashion Fund 2012

Just as our feet are finally recovering from the stiletto induced agony of September Fashion Week it’s suddenly time to start prepping for the madness to ensue once more! Not that I’m complaining of course. I’d happily endure a lifetime of tender tootsies and handbag elbow (similar to tennis elbow, only rather more glamourous) for my beloved bi-annual celebration of all things stylish. Last week the British Fashion Council announced the nine designers shortlisted to receive the ultra prestigious BFC/Vogue Fashion Fund for 2012 and I feel it’s my sartorial duty to share the talented bunch with you…

BFC/Vogue Fashion Fund

BFC/Vogue Fashion Fund

BFC/Vogue Fashion Fund

The fund was launched by BFC Chairman, the lovely Harold Tillman back in 2008 provides talented British designers with the necessary means (a bespoke mentoring programme plus £200,000) to keep doing what they do best. But this isn’t a case of the winner takes all. Each of the eight runners-up also get allocated a mentor through the fund and after having heard the nominees, I’m sure you’ll agree they deserve it. The winner will be chosen by an elite judging panel of industry insiders chaired by British Vogue Editor, Alexandra Shulman. Personally my money’s on Jonathan Saunders or Mary Katrantzou… Who would get YOUR vote?

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Sneak Peak! Diane Von Furstenberg Pre-AW12

What with the onset of mid-season sales, arrival of pre-collections and release of Spring advertising campaigns, December can be a pretty confusing time, sartorially speaking. Given that we’ve still got a few days to go until Christmas and temperatures are starting to feel dangerously close to freezing, it seems beyond bizarre to be thinking about summery brights and chiffon sun dresses. Whilst I adore checking out the Spring collections months before they hit the stores, ogling next seasons treats can be a tad frustrating when wearing such items would no doubt result in the rapid onset of hypothermia. I decided that posting images of slinky little numbers might be a little depressing when we all know full well there are still many months of head-to-toe knitwear to go. So instead here’s a sneak peak at what New York fashion Queen, Diane Von Furstenberg will be offering next autumn…

Diane Von Furstenberg

Diane Von Furstenberg and Yvan Mispelaere’s fabulously named, “Macadam Diva” collection is part 60′s darling, part 80′s rockstar and utterly covetable. Chic, sleek and playful, these autumnal delights are so damn delicious they almost make me want to bypass SS12 altogether!

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Lady Gaga: Chic or Freak..?

Love her or loathe her, you can’t deny that Stefani Germanotta AKA Lady Gaga has that certain “je ne sais quois” which spearates the X Factor flops and the bonafide megastars. Given her 15 million followers on Twitter, 45 million “likes” on Facebook, record breaking sales and legions of fans, I think it’s safe to say that Lady Gaga definitely falls into the latter catagory. But I’m not going to talk about her status, social media skills or even her music. Nope, as you may have already guessed, the subject of this post is Lady Gaga’s style.

In theory, Lady Gaga should be a fashion disaster. I mean, lashings of PVC, flouro sunglasses and dresses made of meat don’t exactly scream elegance do they? But as many a fashion insider will no doubt tell you, real style has nothing to with following trends or adhering to prescribed good taste. Being truly stylish is about wearing whatever the hell you want and carrying it off with aplomb, regardless of how foolish others may think you look… Considerably easier said than done, but if anyone manages it, it’s Lady Gaga. Latex dresses, supersize shoulder pads and hats that could double as emergency landing devices aren’t everyone’s cup of tea but you’ve gotta hand it to her, Lady Gaga isn’t afraid to take a sartorial risk.

Lady Gaga
Elle UK, January 2012
Lady Gaga
Vanity Fair UK, January 2012

Even if the fact she risks life and limb (have you seen her shoes!?) for the sake of style doesn’t win your respect, it’s certainly got her noticed by the fashion world who have all, excuse the pun, gone gaga for Gaga. This month alone the platinum-haired diva extraordinaire has graced the covers of Elle and Vanity Fair not to mention the hundreds of blogs and fansites devoted to her every look. But ultimately, style is in the eye of the beholder so I’m going to leave the final call down to you… Lady Gaga, chic or freak?

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Mulberry Hosts Pool Party at Chateau Marmont

Given that most of you have probably spent the last week nursing filthy colds, hugging radiators and avoiding going outside at all costs, I apologise in advance for the hideously jealous-making news I’m about to share. Last week Emma Hill, Creative Director of Mulberry, jetted out to La La land to host an exclusive bash at notorious Hollywood nightspot, Chateau Marmont. Yep that’s right, whilst you were donning thermal underwear and knocking back gallons of lemsip, the fabulous likes of Kate Bosworth, Louise Roe, Jaime King and Juno Temple were nibbling gourmet crab cakes and guzzling cocktails in the balmy Los Angeles weather. But before you click away in disgust (trust me, I nearly did too) just feast your eyes on these fabulous party snaps.

Mulberry Chateau Marmont pool party

Mulberry Chateau Marmont pool party
Emma Hill
Mulberry Chateau Marmont pool party
Jaime King
Mulberry Chateau Marmont pool party
Juno Temple
Mulberry Chateau Marmont pool party
Kate Bosworth

Mulberry Chateau Marmont pool party

The hotel’s infamous poolside was decorated with animal shaped balloons, supersized ice-creams, colourful fairy lights and beach balls, in reference to Mulberry’s sea-side inspired SS12 collection. Apres-dinner entertainment was provided by Lana Del Rey and DJ Twin Shadow and the beautifully dressed guests danced until the early morn. Well on that note, I’m off to make another hot water bottle… Bitter, moi?

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