Sunday, 31 October 2010

Shopping Feature

This is the shopping feature about seventies style dresses, I did for my university assignment. I chose Grazia as my chosen publication. Enjoy :) 

Dreamy dresses (the fairest of them all!)
Colleen Ross reveals why our compulsive love affair with dresses is set to continue this season and this time, it’s grown up seventies chic, that’s won our doting hearts.
Ladies, take note. This autumn/winter, the focus is on pretty, ethereal dresses; with soft, flowing maxi’s, artist smocks and charming midi’s at the fore. A look that’s had us all wishing we were seventies screen siren, Faye Dunaway in her delightful ‘Network’ heyday.
Made up of silk, chiffon, patchwork and vanishing floral prints, let floaty and feminine be your mottos for the coming months. However, this look does come with a warning label...dresses are not to be worn without suitable layers: a chunky knitted cardigan, ankle socks, buttery leather (or suede) gloves and boots are essential. Remember though that layers can come off, and boots exchanged for a pair of oh so cute Mary Jane’s to form a faultless evening outfit (see Alexa Chung, right).
As for length, only midi or maxi will do, if you’re petite stand tall with a block heel. Accessorise with a floppy hat and long cascading hair, in an ode to ultimate bookish enchantment. But, do try your best to avoid the infamous Farrah Fawcett hair-do, circa 1976! Modernise the look with some super studenty glasses, barely there makeup and you’re good to go.
Also, be sure to banish bright block colours to the back of your wardrobe and opt for rich autumnal shades. Think dusty greys and browns, burnt orange, navy, maroon and berry for maximum results.
Take a leaf from the books of Kenzo, Chloe, Marc Jacobs and Ralph Lauren, whose hopelessly romantic styles have had us weak at the knees. Unsurprisingly, it’s been a huge hit off the catwalk as well, with fashions favourite icon Alexa Chung working her grey Marc Jacobs midi effortlessly, whilst the infuriatingly beautiful model, Anja Rubik sported a stunning, silk Chloe maxi at Paris Fashion Week.
The trend has been fully embraced by the high street too, with some of our favourite stores offering up a bundle of lust worthy pieces. Look no further than Topshop, Warehouse, Zara and Mango, whose fabulous frocks are definitive winners.
This look isn’t quite Bianca Jagger at Studio 54. Think more decorative than disco and you are on the right track. So, 
jump on the seventies bandwagon and treat yourself to some of these lovely ladylike beauties!          

Monday, 11 October 2010

Nadinoo, my new love.

Indulge yourself, with the most adorable clothes in the world. These retro lovelies are good enough to eat. I want them all.
 If only I didn't have such insufficient funds, *sigh*. On the Christmas list it is...

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Paris: Alexander McQueen

Sarah Burton walked out to receive a standing ovation in Paris yesterday after presenting her Spring/Summer 2011 collection for Alexander McQueen. 
This was without a doubt one of the most anticipated collections of the season, with people wondering whether she would be able to a produce a collection that remained true of Lee McQueen's vision. Well, as the ovation would prove, she got it so right. 
This collection was a lot softer, and lighter than what we are used to seeing, but that's because Burton is a woman.  The level of craftsmanship, the innate details and the dramatic silhouettes made this a true McQueen production. Burton rightly stayed away from the performance of it all, the dramatic set design and so forth, knowing that was something only Lee could produce. She has made it clear she isn't here to be Alexander McQueen, she is simply here to continue on with his vision in her own way, but a way she knows he would be proud of. 

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Paris: Chanel

One thing Karl Lagerfeld is not, is predictable. No body could've been presumptuous about the scale of this collection. With 50 plus models (all the models in Paris according to Vogue editor, Katie Phelan) and an incredible selection of clothes. This was anything but ordinary. Models descended upon the Grand Palais, onto a catwalk that had been transformed into a monochrome French garden maze, complete with water fountains n all. 
Moving on from the quirky, slightly random collections of the past few seasons - i.e yeti boots, and fringed cowgirl attire, this time it was simply about the clothes. On a scale one would expect of a Couture collection, the clothes were truly beautiful and the detail, amazing. Digital prints, egg shell pink, chiffon dresses, embellishments, and a reworked, metallic version of the infamous Chanel tweed. It all looks good enough to eat.