Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Review : Jean Paul Gaultier Couture

Jean Paul Gaultier paid homage to the late singer Amy Winehouse last Wednesday at Paris Couture Fashion Week.

The models throughout were decked in the singer's signature looks - the sky-high beehives, the thick feline eyeliner, and they even went as far as the beauty spot!

A Fred Perry inspired look
Perhaps an unusual muse for a couture show, JPG managed to evolve the singer's love of pencil skirts, close fitting cocktail dresses, and not forgetting the Fred Perry polo shirts (the singer collaborated with the label and her designs are still on sale today) into something a bit more glamourous, and all-in-all, there were only a handful of catwalk looks which were very heavily based on Amy's style, with the majority being elaborate dresses and tops all cinched by at the waist.  The collection featured state-of-the-art corsetry from the man himself, Mr Pearl, one of the few remaining true corsetiers who has already been commissioned by big names such as Lacroix, Galliano and Mugler.

Corsetry magic

As was quite inevitable with using the singer as a muse so soon after her death, there has been some controversy.  Some of the models were even smoking cigarettes as they filed down the runway, and the family of Amy had not been warned, let alone consented, for their daughter's image to be used in such a way.  Only 6 months since the star's death, the family are still in a period of grief, and have found the images from the catwalk upsetting and 'in bad taste'.  Proceeds from the Fred Perry sales of her collections are going to the Amy Winehouse Foundation, whereas JPG has not even committed to making a donation, which further exacerbates the sentiment that the collection is about making money, rather than respecting the singer's style and life.

 Couture is all about the finest cuts, seamstresses, fabrics and designs, and for me, this collection provides all these, with pieces ranging from the unusual and flamboyant, to some demure, feminine cuts.  The only thing I would say is that if I was to pay couture prices, I simply would not want my garment to be a (albeit well made) transformation of a sports top!

My favourite look from the show

Monday, 23 January 2012

Trend Report - Peek-a-Boo Waistlines

Anyone feeling (just a tad) adventurous?

A surprising trend to hit the runways for spring 2012 is the exposed midriff.  Above the belly-button but below the bust, this is a trend paying homage to the 50's american woman.

D&G Spring/Summer 12

Topshop Flower Print Corset

Make the look casual with cropped tees and shorts.  The exposed midriff seems to be fast becoming the signature look of singer, Eliza Doolittle.

Roland Mouret Spring/Summer 12

Miss Selfridge Crop Top

Make sure you team it with a high-waisted skirt, and remember, it's just a flash of flesh (which fortunately lies at the slimmest part of the waist).  Guess it's time to start those crunches...

Saturday, 21 January 2012

Top 5: Anna Dello Russo

A friend recently asked me, ‘You see these outrageous looks on the catwalk, but can you really tell me that people actually wear them?’  Well, the answer is a resounding yes, and who better to use as an example than Anna Dello Russo. 

Fashion director at Vogue Japan, blogger extraordinaire, and street style icon, ADR is famous for recreating catwalk looks exactly as they appeared, and is certainly not one to shy away from an explosive look.  ‘I always, sometimes, look like a clown’, she admits.  Not one for the casual look, her style is coveted by a growing hoard of young label-lovers, her blog receives thousands of hits a day, and in my opinion, she looks absolutely fabulous.

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Time to Invest

It's time for the January sales, or in other words, investment time.  It makes economic sense to use these sales, the most extensive and generous of the year, to stock up on your timeless essentials.  I emphasise this because if you are a slave to trends, then now is not the time to max out on a black PVC all-in-one, even if it is 90% off (see the article on this here).

I'm really talking about coats, jackets, boots and handbags, in classic shapes and luxe fabrics.  Although these do evolve with the times too, if it suits you well, and it's not too trend focused, then you can easily pass it off for years to come.  Invest now, and shop around, you should not pay a penny over 50% off at this time of year.

Here are some of my own finds.

Happy shopping!

Trench Coat Jaeger @ Harrods, now £299 was £760, 60% off

Ankle Boots, Bertie, now £59 was £119, 50% off

Clutch, Karen Millen, now £25 was £95, 74% off