Monday, 02 February 2015 19:57

Haute Couture Week Highlights

Some may say couture is a thing of the past with no place in today's fast moving and versatile fashion. Yet this seasons spring/summer 2015 Haute Couture shows proved how breathtakingly beautiful this old custom truly is.

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Haute Couture, generally translating to 'high fashion' in English, shows the skills and craftsmanship of seamstresses and tailors as they show off their most exquisite creations on the catwalk. The week started with Atelier Versace and a show pumped full of Italian glamour and daringly sexy cut-out dresses in electric blue and bright red. And with Kate Hudson and her mother Goldie Hawn sitting front row, this was a collection fit for the stars. Christian Dior and Giambattista Valli followed with jaw dropping collections full of sweeping dresses and puff ball skirts. Raf Simmons at Dior focused on the 1950's silhouette and the famous 'New Look' created in 1947, with cinched in waists and calf skimming dresses showing off the ankle. While Giambattista Valli stayed true to the perception of couture, complete with floral decorations, feathered coats in pastel green and pink as well as dramatic headpieces which covered the eyes. Chanel also opted for embellished beanie hats and netting masks for their show on Tuesday in what proved to be stunning show.
 
Kendall Jenner made another catwalk appearance for Karl Lagerfeld who opted for a spring garden as his opulent couture setting. There were even male models hired just to pretend to water the huge flowers dotted around the centre of the runway!

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British brand Ralph and Russo gave us one of the most beautiful shows of couture week. There were dresses dripping in precious jewels, appliquéd skirts with an astonishing amount of detail and pretty neutral colours which only reminded us of the spring to come. Elie Saab was another great highlight of the week, and as always presented the fashion pack with a collection of stunning ball gowns fit for the red carpet. With sweeping trains and a fantastic wedding dress to close the show, Elie Saab delivered everything couture should be; classy and elegant. At Jean Paul Gaultier, who last year announced that he would no longer be showing ready-to-wear womenswear, Naomi Campbell closed the show in a tiny leotard. The collection was fun and humorous, adding a lighter touch to proceedings but there was lots of equally impressive pieces including a beautifully tailored dress half made out of a mans' tuxedo and the other half a pretty ballerina skirt.

Armani Prive was another collection which captured imaginations. With an exotic, Japanese theme running throughout, tailored dinner jackets were paired with silk cigarette trousers, perfect for the jet set lifestyle Giorgio Armani loves. Valentino too was pure and angelic, with high necklines and romantic empire dresses covered in Aztec style prints. There was a 'folky' look to the show, especially the billowing silk shirts underneath cute a-line dresses. Overall, this couture week brought high fashion to life in only the most spectacular way – with lots of jewels, sequins and glamour!

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Written by Fashions Finest blogger Hannah Last
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 18:00

January Styling Fix With SJ

Fashions fade, style is eternal.' - Yves Saint Laurent.

I find pleasure in helping my friends and family pick their outfits, for first dates, parties or for their birthday celebrations. I spend some of my most of tedious days browsing the web admiring some of my favourite Fashion icons.

I encourage anyone to express their eccentricities through their sense of style and to simply look at Fashion as a form of Art. So with that being said, check out my first two Fashion Style Boards that I have created on Polyvore.com! Feel free to visit the website and look at some more of my boards, all of the items I choose from my board can be purchased. Comment below and let me know what you think!
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"Falu Red" Outfit:
1. Wine Red Lapel Long Sleeve Knit Coat. Choies.com
2. Open Stone Torque Necklace. Topshop.com
3. Sophia Textured Bandeau Crop Top. Forevernew.com.au
4. Burgundy Ribbed Stripe Pencil Skirt. Newlook.com
5. Gianvito Rossi, Lace Up Cut Out Heels in Suede Bisque. Forwardforward.com
6. Nars, Audacious Lipstick Jeanne Cherry Red. Liberty.co.uk
7. MAC 2 Lash. Johnlewis.com

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"Dinner Date" Outfit:

1. Ritz Mini Dress. Kookai.com.au
2. Camel Pea Coat. Lookbookstore.co
3. MAC Sized to Go Tinted Lipglass. Selfridges.com
4. Gold Giuseppe Zanotti Design Women. Guiseppezanottidesign.com
5. Stacey Metal Cage Hard Clutch. BCBG.com

The Vogue Festival 2015

"In Vogue We Trust!"
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It's essential that you keep April 25th and 26th free as it is now official! Vogues fourth annual festival in association with Harrods is on its way, providing all fashion lovers and Vogue readers to the ultimate fun-filled day.
 
The Festival will be held in two venues, The Royal College of Art and The Royal Geographic Society. The spectacular line-up in the Royal College of Art venue will consist of masterclasses, cover shoots, makeovers, and makeup and hair tutorials with the help of the industries finest. In the Royal Geographic Society venue, there will be one-to-one opportunities to meet with professionals in the industry for career talks and advice. On stage there is a discussion held with some of the great faces in Fashion, Naomi Campbell, Alex Chung and Jourdan Dunn are amongst those who made an appearance during the festival last year. Modelling, styling, writing etc are just a few of the topics discussed, but as student or someone new to the industry, it is a great opportunity to gain inspiration or to allow the heaps of key points plant seeds to go on and do amazing things. With that being said, The Vogue Festivals seems like an ideal place to network, make friends and to gain inspiration and an insight of the Fashion industry.
 
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Alexa Chung at The Vogue Festival 2014.

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The editor & chief of Vogue Italia and Naomi Campbell, The Vogue Festival 2014

It is the second year Vogue has joined forces with Harrods for the festival, so I am sure that this event will be bigger and better than last years. Be sure to visit the famous Vogue gift shop. More information on The Vogue Festival will be revealed soon on their website www.vogue.co.uk, tickets go on sale in March.

Written by Fashions Finest blogger Simone James
Tuesday, 27 January 2015 20:19

Poppy London

If you have been finding it hard to keep up with the latest fashions while trying to be warm and stylish at the same time then you have obviously never been introduced to Poppy London. Have you ever found yourself mesmerized while watching 'Made in Chelsea' and wondering how the ladies in it like Louise and Binky always seem to pull off that classic, graceful look on the coldest of days, the answer to that question is they wear the latest clothing from Poppy London.

You can find Poppy London online. Why not have a look and treat yourself to a checked wool cape with raccoon fur? Maybe even a Raccoon fur collar Parka jacket or even a natural raccoon fur collar scarf to keep you looking amazing on the way to meet the girls for lunch?
 
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If you really want to make an impression then you may want to team one of these items with a Poppy London fur pom pom hat. The hats come in assorted colours so you will find one to match any outfit. Personally I would also buy a pom pom keying to keep your keys on or to use as a cute accessory to hang on your handbag.

While you're looking at the Poppy London site be sure to check out their natural gilets, just because you were not made in Chelsea that does not mean you can't dress like you were.

Written Fashions Finest blogger Hayley Sweeney