As anyone who’s so much as glanced at a fashion magazine (print or online), hung out in Hoxton or frankly, paid a visit to their local topshop will be well aware, collars have made one hell of a comeback. And I’m not talking about the turned up, polo shirt variety you spot in Jack Wills catalogues or – if you committed the same sartorial crimes I did – photos of your fourteen year old self. Be they crisp, white cotton or studded denim, the collars that have hogged the style spolight since circa SS10 are either buttoned up to the top, Peter Pan preppy or, most recently, equisitely embellished and ingeniously attachable. Whatever the intricacies of its’ design, the important thing about the comeback collar is it’s attitude: city-ready, pulled-together and most importantly worlds away from the open-necked, sports casual look my friends and I rocked (usually with a denim mini skirt – oh the shame) during our teenage years.
(above) Marni Embellished Poplin Collar, £240, click here to buy
As you know, I’m prone to a little fashion obsession from time to time. Sometimes these style crushes are fleeting but more often than not, once a brand or designer captures my heart, I’m in it for the long haul. Once such designer is Holly Fulton. Since falling for her playful, colour-popping creations during my first EVER London Fashion Week Holly has continued to wow us all with collection after collection of garments that are simply a joy to behold. In the two years since then, I’ve journeyed to Doha and back with Holly, interviewed her numerous times and was even lucky enough to wear one of her SS12 dresses to the Scottish Fashion Awards. With Fashion Week fast approaching (eek!) and her sartorial star firmly on the rise, I caught up with the designer to find out what’s next for Holly Fulton…
Judging from what we’ve seen so far this season, video ad campaigns are the way of the future. Now, I’m not for one second saying that images of ethereal beauties bedecked in high fashion finery aren’t effective. Nor are they likely to be disappearing altogether anytime soon. But the rise and rise… and rise of online press means that social media savvy designers can spice things up with dynamic video advertising. The latest brand to embrace fashion film is cult t-shirt label, Zoe Karssen.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, London’s the place to be this Summer. We had the Diamond Jubilee, the Olympics not to mention fantastic exhibitons, plays and parties galore. And now to top it all off, Louis Vuitton and Yayoi Kusama are taking over Selfridges! In just a few short weeks, Selfridges’ Wonder Room will be transformed into a Louis Vuitton X Kusama concept store and packed full of their eye-popping confections. To celebrate this fashion-meets-art-meets-shopping stroke of genious, they’ve created two short films starring blogger Bip Ling and entitled, you’ve guessed it, ‘spot the difference’. On top of being super cute the films are also part of a rather clever competition. If you, I, or anyone else manages to ‘spot’ one of the five differences between them then we can submit it via twitter for a chance to win a copy of Lewis Caroll’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’ illustrated by Yayoi Kusama herself!
To enter the Spot the Difference competition just tweet the difference you’ve spotted to @LouisVuitton_UK with the hashtag #LVKusama. The five winners will be announced, also via twitter (oh the power of social media) on September 12th… Happy spotting!
While the 2012 Olympics were obviously pretty big news, they’re not the only exciting thing that’s happened during the past month. In fact, I’d argue that for many of us, the arrival of the new season collections are almost as thrilling. Just as I began psyching up for Summer in February, I’m now thoroughly in the mood for autumn. After all, there are only so many pastels a girl can wear before she starts longing for something a bit less saccharine. Having fondled most of the AW12 collections at press days back in April I can vouch that it’s going to be an excellent season. But excited though I am to dive into the autumnal delights on offer, I’m not ready to think about winter woolies just yet so instead I thought I’d take a look at the handbags on offer instead. You can wear ‘em now with bare legs and ballet flats or in a few months time with boots and a chunky knit… Further proving my theory that if there’s an item really worth investing in, a beautiful bag is surely it.
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