Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Finders Keepers autumn/winter 2013

It's quite apt that I'm sitting here in Sydney writing about Aussie label Finders Keepers. Actually, the edgy Adelaide-based label isn't one of my holiday discoveries, I've known the brand for a while but spotted their AW13 collection while I've been here and just had to share it with you. For those of you who aren't familiar with the brand, it was launched by Australian Fashion Labels' Design Director Melanie Flintoff, who wanted to create an affordable, fashion-led brand. Inspired by catwalk trends as well as the best street style from around the globe, Finders Keepers is an unashamedly feminine and playful label with a super flattering fit, gorgeous bright colours and pretty prints mixed with sunny antipodean roots.

The Autumn/Winter 2013 collection pushes the brand's aesthetic to the next level. Fusing pretty blurred, swirly prints with tougher, sportswear-inspired pieces such as cute bombers and cropped tops, the collection is so effortlessly cool and covetable. Here are my favourite pieces from the collection: 


Tuesday, 19 February 2013

London Fashion Week: Temperley London AW13

Inspired by the new Hitchcock movie, Temperley London’s autumn/winter 2013 collection was completely dreamy and entirely ladylike with structured accents. The show opened with lavish, elegant coats and separates in rich creams, which made way for beautiful, beaded dresses and red carpet gowns. Exquisite lace detailing throughout the collection kept it pretty while being finished off by leather gloves, platform court shoes and silk neck scarves. It’s going to be a very pretty winter. 


London Fashion Week: Mary Katrantzou AW13

Mary Katrantzou is the queen of vivid, explosive prints, so imagine my surprise when I saw a sleek, refined and more subdued colour palette in her autumn/winter 2013 collection. Her signature hyper real prints were still there in spades, albeit in a subtle, restrained form. Soft, almost fragile prints contrasted with sharp, almost jutting shapes making for a strong statement and distinctive silhouette. Pieces walked the line between delicate and explosive perfectly. Passive greys and blues work so well for the autumn/winter season, particularly with the colour-heavy collections shown thus far at London Fashion Week. Technically complex, the fabric manipulation through intricate folds and pleats combined with lashings of embossed leather are stunning. Another breathtakingly beautiful collection from Ms Katrantzou. 


Monday, 18 February 2013

London Fashion Week: David Koma AW13

David Koma's autumn/winter 2013 collection is definiteyl one of my favourites of the season. I always look forward to seeing his signature sculptural shapes and embellished accents in action on the catwalk. Inspired by sound, rhythm and movement, the show opened with strong, architectural coats with oversized collars and ribbed leather panels, providing a juxtaposition of textures. Some of the opening looks reminded me of furusistic 90s sci-fi, in a good way. The cyclical detailing and stiff fabrics made for a very commanding, powerful statement. The mostly black collection was interspersed with shots of nude and bold red. Meticulous detailing included ribbed leathers, silver prints, laser cut leather and a sprinkling of shiny zippers. My stand out piece was the cropped biker, absolutely breathtaking. All in all, the collection was perfection and I'd like every single piece, please. 


Sunday, 17 February 2013

London Fashion Week: Moschino Cheap and Chic AW13

The decadent ballroom of The Savoy was the backdrop of a rather rock 'n' roll, punk-inspired collection from Moschino Cheap and Chic. The show opened with monochrome looks which made way for a sprinkling of bubblegum pink, whilst textures included everything from shaggy faux fur to sleek satin. Favouring bold prints which included micro and oversize scribbles, polkda dot and leopard print, this autumn/winter collection is bold, brash and totally in your face. Detailing such as safety pin fastened skirts, studded collars and ostentatious diamond drop earrings heightened the punk feel of the collection. More prim punk princess than Camden punk, Moschino Cheap and Chic's collection was as luxe as we would expect from the mainline label but with lashings of wit and humour we expect from Cheap and Chic. 


London Fashion Week: Julien Macdonald AW13

After a two season hiatus  Julien Macdonald is back on the London Fashion Week schedule with his sexy, high octane and red carpet ready looks which are a firm favourite with the a-list. His autumn/winter collection  featured shimmering sequins, swinging fringing and plunging necklines coupled with dangerously short hems. Mirror-like embellishment and fringing featured heavily throughout the collection, with showstopping mini-dresses coupled with soft feather detailing. Fringing swung freely from metallic gowns, beautiful in motion down the catwalk while sheer side panels gave the illusion of barely there dresses. Julien is back, with a bang! 

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