I find it hard to put into words quite how much I LOVE Kate Spade New York. I’m not going to claim that it pushes sartorial boundaries, takes huge risks each season or offers up any sort of groundbreakingly fashion forward aesthetic. But while I can appreciate and admire the innovative genious of more conceptual designers, it’s Kate Spade NY’s sugar sweet, uptown girl vibe that makes my heart skip a beat.
Only Christopher Kane could take pastel broderie anglaise, floral prints and pleated chiffon and make them feel somewhat subersive. Maybe it’s the semi-orthopedic footwear, maybe it’s the minimalist styling, or maybe it’s just that inimitable Kane touch that makes something as classic as lace twinset look utterly original (SS11 anyone?). Whatever the reason, Christopher Kane’s resort collection strikes the perfect balance between so-pretty-it-hurts femininity and cutting edge cool.
The candy colours and saccharine hues that stole our hearts this Summer are given a 2013 make-over by way of sporty touches and boyish cover-ups. With the addition of sculputural silhouettes, clever cut-aways and utility detailing, the vivid florals and candyfloss knits that have so long formed part of our fashion landscape all at once appear fresh and new. If there were any doubt left that multi-award winning designer-of-the-moment Christopher Kane had officially made it, his resort 2013 collection should sort that out pretty soon.
Love Ella. X
Anyone who thought this Summer’s power prints were a one season wonder need only glance at the resort 2013 collection from Preen to realise that oversized florals won’t be disappearing anytime soon. Since setting up shop on Portobello Road back in 2008, design duo Justin Thornton and Thea Bragazzi have taken Preen from small scale start up to global fashion phenomenon. Their latest collection offers a perfect example of the boy-meets-girl elegance that has captured the hearts (and wallets) of the international fashion elite and become Preen’s oh-so-stylish calling card.
Eye-popping printed silks are given a hit of androdgynous cool by way of t-shirt dresses, clean lines and relaxed tailoring. The whole thing has a louche, effortless feel to it, no mean feat when you consider the peplums, pattern clashing and luxe fabrics involved. Kaleidescopic creations and neon blasts are juxtaposed with pared-down neutrals while sheer panelling and sporty touches further enhance the masculine/feminine mash up. Pretty as a picture with a healthy dose of downtown cool, I think it’s safe to say that Preen by Thornton Bregazzi has served up another winner… As if we weren’t all excited enough already for their return to London for fashion week this season!
Love Ella. X
The DKNY resort 2013 collection was a major winner with me for many reasons. Not least, because the ever-savvy Donna Karan has created an array of pieces that everyone can wear come January, regardless of whether they’ll be escaping to sunnier climbs during the most miserable month of the year.
The chic leather separates would work every bit as beautifully layered over tights and under coats by DKNY girls braving the frosty streets of New York as they would paired with golden limbs and Grecian sandals by lucky so-and-so’s heading to a coastal paradise far, far away. The same goes for the colour-pop silks, embellished cocktail dresses and elegant neutrals. And as for the sleek tailoring, patterned knits and chubby fur number… Surely these looks are designed to put a spring in our step on a cold, Winter’s day?
Love Ella. X
It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything about Erdem and I can’t for the life of me think why. Since the Canada-born designer’s floral print lovelies first stole our hearts, every collection to follow has been just as delectable. In fact, I’d go as far as to say Erdem’s become even more impressive as the seasons go by, managing to constantly develop his style whilst still retaining the soft femininity that initially had the fashion world in raptures.Take his Resort 2013 offerings for example. Florals, lace and exquisite detailing feature highly in a blue-tinged rainbow of azure infused hues. But while each look is recognisably ‘Erdem’ there could be no mistaking it for his previous collections. Classic silhouettes and demure hemlines are given a fresh twist with innovative textural combinations and hits of shocking pink.
Once again, Erdem manages to fuse wearability and desirability, resulting in an array of pieces that couldn’t fail to make you feel fabulous. Mesmerisingly beautiful, delicate prints are contrasted with bolder, graphic designs and as for the designer’s first foray into the world of swimwear… One word: divine.
Love Ella. X