From alphabet dresses at Versace to Looney Tunes jumpers at Moschino, this Milan Fashion Week was packed
Geometric patterns, feminine a-line silhouettes and brightly coloured single breasted coats – Raf Simmons wowed with his latest Dior collection at Paris Fashion Week.
With performances from Rihanna, Paul McCartney, Beyonce and Madonna to name just a few, this years Grammy Awards celebrated the best in music.
We are well and truly into awards season now. The 72nd Annual Golden Globes last Sunday were amazing, with some stand out fashion moments courtsey of Amy Adams, Jennifer Lopez (who just doesn't seem to age at all!) and Emma Stone.
The Autumn/Winter 2015 fashion shows are always an important fixture on the fashion calendar, with the men's collections taking centre stage in recent years. Sunday sees the likes of Moschino, Alexander McQueen and JW Andersen do what they do best, followed by Tom Ford, Burberry and Paul Smith on Monday. But the news which everyone is talking about is the return of John Galliano. Now the creative director of Maison Martin Margiela, Galliano will show his first womens couture collection on Monday 12th January, instead of during the biannual couture shows in Paris. It's clear that Galliano wants to stand out from the crowd and will be sure to create quite a frenzy during the mens shows in London.
Even though it tends to be the womens ready-to-wear shows which draw the biggest fan base, the mens collections are slowly creeping up in terms of prestige and importance. On the front row we can expect to see celebrities such as Kate Moss, David Gandy, Olivier Cheshire and Nick Grimshaw who is one of the spokesmen of the fashion week. And of course, there will be number of glitzy parties held throughout London. Exquisite tailoring curtsey of Saville Row will be sure to stun, cool and urban looks from the likes of Moschino will surely inspire as well as the up town chic of designers like Burberry and Tom Ford. It's sure to be an unforgettable week.
Written by Fashions Finest blogger Hannah Last.
Written by Fashions Finest blogger Hannah Last
With many high street stores such as H&M, French Connection and Whistles starting their sales before Christmas, this year looks sure to be big in regard to the amazing discounts on offer. And after the success of the Black Friday sales last month and the huge amount of money spent by consumers, this Christmas looks sure to be a dogfight for the best prices out there.
River Island have just launched their online sale, marking down much of their autumn stock to below the £30 mark while Boohoo.com has a fantastic range of clothing in their clearance sale, with many sizes still available. For the best bargains, you've got to get shopping fast, with the popular 10,12 and 14 sizes selling out almost immediately. Topshop have also begun their sales early, marking down lots of cute, preppy dresses and stylish jewellery from their Freedom by Topshop range as have House of Fraser with a few selected items, but expect more pieces to follow after the first couple of days.
However, for most of the big department stores and main high street retailers, you'll have to wait for Boxing Day to start shopping. Debenhams, John Lewis, Harrods and Selfridges start their sales bright and early on the 26th December which is bound to cause a desperate scurry amongst excited bargain hunters as the doors open as do Zara, who never go on sale before the 25th. Expect lots of beautiful classic pieces such as skirts, coats and dresses to be reduced to amazing prices, as well as their practical and stylish leather bags - a staple of the brand.
The Next sale is also a hot favourite, with stores up and down the country opening at 7.00am sharp to make way for the hundreds of hungry shoppers. With mens, womens, kids and homewear all discounted it's easy to see why Next is so popular when it comes to their sales. If it's not fashion you're after, everything from toys, gadgets and phones to sofas and holidays will be discounted considerably so make sure you're ready to shop the Boxing Day sales in style!
Since her breakout role as Vivian in the 1990 classic, 'Pretty Woman,' Julia Roberts has won numerous awards including an Oscar, two Golden Globe's and a BAFTA.
The annual Chanel Metiers d'Art collection always delivers in elegance, poise and beauty. This year, Karl Lagerfeld went all Austrian, choosing the chocolate box town of Salzburg as the perfect location to show his latest designs – the same beautiful town The Sound of Music was filmed in.
As for the collection, it was stunning as always. With a traditional Victorian theme, Lagerfeld sent out boxy jackets decorated in intricate gold frogging, breeches in luxe satin and knee high boots with lace tie ups. Cute Austrian hats with feathers were perched romantically upon models heads while swinging mini dresses in festive red and black looked absolutely lovely.
Oversized knitted jumpers paired with skirts hinted at 70's chic as did the high neck silk shirts, complete with colourful floral patterns around the hems and cuffs. And with supermodels such as Lara Stone, Stella Tennent, Cara Delevingne and Aymeline Valade casually strutting their stuff, this was a show with just the right mix of classic cool and traditional heritage. Fantastic!
To hear Karl Lagerfeld talk you through his Chanel collection, check out the video below:
Writen by Fashions Finest blogger Hannah Last