Tuesday, 18 February 2014

London Fashion Week AW14 Days 1 & 2

Hello lovelies!

I'm back today with the first lot of my favourite collections from LFW and my oh my are they good! As I say every single year the London shows are always the ones I look forward most to simply because 99% of my most loved designers show there. One day I'll make it to LFW and then I can die in peace ;)

First off is Orla Kiely who showed off her skills with another beautifully cute and feminine collection. Collars, pretty t-strap shoes, pretty swing skirts and a whole load of fun prints summed up to create a well rounded classic Kiely collection that I am almost drooling over. I almost think there's a hint of Parisian chic to be seen from the umbrellas and elegant macs.




Staying along the theme of pretty feminine pastels and shapes Holly Fulton did feminine but in a different way. Powder blues and pinks still featured but this time in delicate graphic prints and intricate designs stiched into beautiful satin and silk. Even when bolder colours like red and black were introduced Fulton still managed to bring about a fun romantic look to her pieces.


Eudon Choi leaned more towards beautiful tailoring and fresh injections of colours. These harmonised suited looks had the one-up on all the other tailored collections due to Choi's playfulness with fur, stand out shoes and patterning.

 

What was special about Christopher Raeburn's functional, militant collection this year was his focus on sustainable fashion. He used left over scraps of material (known as cabbages in the fashion world)  to put together beautiful looks and 'up-cycle' material into actual wearable pieces. The stand out piece from this collection was the pop out parka which was fashioned from two different pieces of material and it seems Raeburn has a way with outerwear as his fur lined anoraks were worn by all the helpers at LFW.


And Sibling were back with their iconic knitwear bringing out a challenging collection of the highest quality knitwear out there. The first part of the show featured wearable enough looks that still emulated the Sibling sense of playful anarchy but it was towards the end of the show, when the gowns came out that you really got to see the spirit of the designers. 


Right that's it from me about days 1 and 2 of LFW AW14 I have to say I'm seriously tempted to spend a ridiculous about of money on some Holly Fulton or Orla Kiely!

Thanks for reading.
Ciara xx

All photos sourced from www.style.com

Saturday, 15 February 2014

I'm back with NYFW AW14

Hello my lovelies!

Yes....It happened again..I disappeared from the blogging world for over a month this time but I do have a credible excuse! Since I've dropped out of college (don't worry I'm going back in September to do Marketing in the UK!) I've been looking for a job to help me start saving for college life abroad and pay my fees and I finally found one. I'm having a great time working but my problem is that I have yet to find a way to fit in a little blog every now and again but now I'm turning over a new leaf!

So I'm back with a very quick round up of some of my favourite collections from New York Fashion Week AW14. Let's get started.

With geometric prints, block colours, plentiful layering of ponchos and draped hemlines BCBG Max Azria was reminiscent of a chic 70's.  Interesting additions to the collection were gorgeous furry clutches that doubled as cosy hand warmers, a brilliant invention for someone like me who's fingers turn to icicles within minutes.








I was excited to see some bright colours from Tadashi Shoji and was not disappointed. Full of flowing skirts, delicate chiffons and lace this collection was as ethereal as ever as is Shoji's trademark stamp. Even the more pared back laser cut suede pieces had an exotic Moroccan vibe.

 
 





It seems black is back with the newest collection from Marissa Webb as she captured the classic New York edgy sophistication with black leather and cool jackets cut from gray marl. Even when she incorporated softer bubblegum pink that essence of west side coolness still remained.








Rebecca Minkoff kept it cool and fashion forward as ever with this season creating a collection of youthful, chic and trendy looks. With warm, romantic colours and light chiffon blouses an element of femininity was injected into the harsh exterior of the New York aesthetic. 








Right so that was a lightening quick round up of NYFW AW14, there were plenty more other stand out collections but I think that's all I have time for today!

I'll be back with London Fashion Week very soon.

Thanks for reading,
Ciara xx 

All images sourced from www.style.com