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I’m in complete denial about the A/W fashion season being over. The runway fashion, the street style; I’ve been watching with awe for the last four weeks as the best Autumn/Winter collections have been showcased in front of our eyes. The last port of call was Paris – the city of love – and the fashion capital made us fall in love with fashion all over again.

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After some mixed collections in London and Milan, Paris went back to the more wearable winter colours. Balenciaga – with Alexander Wang at the helm – combined darker and heavier fabrics like wool and leather with bright prints and colours such as purple, orange and blue, all very stylish but sensible. We’re still waiting to evaluate Raf Simons’ performance at Christian Dior but his A/W collection was beautiful. This new Dior is so much simpler than it was under John Galliano with none of the theatrics but this runway collection was clean and desirable – mostly black with splashes of colour: perfect for winter.

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The theme of dark colours with splashes of colour was continued throughout other designer showcases such as Stella McCartney. Her collection was a workingwoman’s dream – suits, dresses and knitwear perfect for the office, nights out and pieces that can be worn from day to day. Paris Fashion Week this season was built on the foundation durability and wearable items and most of the designers fit this brief. Saint Laurent had all the makings of a stylish teenage girl’s wardrobe – angsty and unpredictable. With a whopping amount of looks, Slimane’s models donned black eyeliner, frowns and Wednesday Addams-style pinafores and collars. I want pretty much everything in this collection – my wallet is crying at this stage.

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In a different move, Karl Lagerfeld created a supermarket at Chanel’s runway collection. Instead of the dark hues in a lot of other catwalk shows, Chanel showcased some bright, colourful patterns and colours. Everyone from Cara Delevingne to Joan Smalls partook in the grocery shopping wearing candy shades and futuristic looking dresses. Valentino went a little more geometric and graphic with their patterns, using lots of bright red, pinks and greens to make a desirable collection for every occasion. A personal favourite are the Peter Pan collared shift dresses – chic yet easy to wear. Sarah Burton added that little bit of drama into the Alexander McQueen show, using splashes of monochrome, navy and purple to make a theatrical but beautiful catwalk collection, paired with some pretty random cornrows.

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It’s been a mixed bag of a fashion week season. There has been a clashing combination of colours, cuts and fabric – it seems as though there is confusion between seasons. Nonetheless, our favourite designers came up trumps with some fantastic designs and surprisingly wearable outfits. It’s been a fantastic Fashion Week season for models like Kendall Jenner, who – on her debut Fashion Week season – made friends with Anna Wintour, modelled for brands from Chanel to Giles and got her name out there in the fashion world as fellow model Cara Delevingne did the few seasons before that.

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I’m already looking forward to seeing the S/S15 collections – it feels strange to be talking about winter clothes when it hasn’t even hit springtime yet. Until then, check out all the catwalks and the street style and see how you can update your wardrobe for next season! I’ve already started!

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Photos c/o vogue.co.uk, astairwaytofashion.com

Until next time,

Keep styling,

Em

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LFW

ON we go to London Fashion Week and the style got so much better than the week before. The weather brightened, the street style got a hell of a lot better and we saw a flash of something new. The theme of androgyny stuck through LFW but not in the obvious in-your-face way that NYFW liked to portray.

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Our own fashion exports did us proud with some beautiful standout pieces that were fairly Irish weather permitting. Orla Kiely put the focus on some beautiful coats and knitwear – ensuring that the adoring masses would be warm and cosy throughout the A/W season. She kept to a very neutral palette of baby pink, baby blue, cream and black but everything was bang on trend and I ended up coveting everything on the runway! New initiate of the LVMH brand J W Anderson was being watched very closely after his move to new brand Loewe but his style was as innovative as ever. The corduroy was, perhaps, not to my taste but the silhouettes and shapes that he created were beautifully fluid.  

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Another trend that popped up out of the woodwork was lots of colour. I mean, 80s ‘on acid’ colour. One designer who championed this is House of Holland. His designs look surprising easy to wear if you toned down the colour scheme a tad and the introduction of these bright colour for the A/W season was a breath of fresh air. Ashish embraced the colour and the 80s theme too but turned the runway into a prom night with lavender tulle and neon sequins. Maybe think 80s roller disco…better dig out those skates.

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It’s said Alice Temperley headed to Italy for some inspiration and her runway reflected the religious aspects of Italian culture. There were some beautiful prints and blue tones that reminded me of Spode china patterns. The blues and reflective grey hues were reminiscent of the beautiful Italian countryside and there was a slight Middle Eastern feel to the collection. Mary Katrantzou also went back to her floral roots, much to my satisfaction. The colours were much deeper than her usual collections but really were a testament to the way her designs are growing and improving – I was extremely impressed.

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Burberry Prorsum was a cacophony of colour and fabrics, featuring a lot of our favourite models including Cara Delevingne, Suki Waterhouse and Jourdan Dunn. There was a strong Navajo theme running through the show and used very bright colours for an Autumn/Winter collection. Overall the show was a great success but the show of the week went to Topshop Unique. There was a real British theme to the show and it was constantly tweeted and blogged about throughout LFW. The strong colours, the furs and leathers; everything just came together in a gorgeous collection of coveted clothing. Damn my empty purse.

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It was a big week for Cara Delevingne as she revealed her first mini-collection for Mulberry during LFW. She modelled the three pieces at a party during the week and it’s no shocker that the collection went down a treat! Kendall Jenner made the news again by modelling for the Giles fashion show and also making friends with Anna Wintour, something her big sister is famous for being unable to achieve. Bring on Milan Fashion Week but I won’t be the only one that will long for that awesome unrefined British street style now LFW is over!

This article was first seen on lovetabii.com.

 

Photos c/o vogue.co.uk, vanityfair.it, popbee.com, puttheradioon.blogspot.com

NYFW

IN the blink of an eye, the first instalment of Fashion Week season has come and gone before we’d even realised it had begun. We’ve been waiting six months for the fash-pack gossip to descend onto our newsfeeds and New York Fashion Week did not disappoint. It seems like we haven’t even gotten to experience Spring yet and we’re anticipating the Autumn/Winter trends…aren’t we lucky that it’s still cold outside so we can get a head start on the next season’s trends?

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The clear theme this NYFW was androgyny…and lots of it. Not only did designers such as Alexander Wang and Jason Wu keep it masculine for Autumn/Winter 2014-15 but also there was some very unexpected androgyny from feminine-orientated designers like Victoria Beckham and celebrity-favourite Monique Lhuillier. Their use of darker colours, sharper lines and straighter cuts gave the audience the change they had been looking for and there wasn’t one structured midi dress on the VB catwalk. Imagine that!

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As always with the A/W collections, the hues get a lot darker. But this year, the majority of the designers played safe with various shades of black, grey and navy. Vera Wang in particular stuck with an all-black collection that varied in patterns to make it stand out from the pack. There was a distinct lack of girly fabrics and colours, instead opting for heavier fabrics such as velvet, wool, PVC and leather – a possible reflection of the terrible weather that plagued New York City in the interim and the clothing the ‘frow’ were sporting.

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One of my favourite shows of New York Fashion Week was definitely Alice + Olivia. Amazing is the only word. I do love a collection that screams gothic fairy tale and this, like vintage Christian Dior (under Galliano, of course) fits the bill. The use of different colours and textures made the collection really stand out and the forbidden forest theme really worked with the designs.

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Another designer that hit the headlines this NYFW was Marc Jacobs. The world’s eyes were on his debut collection after leaving Louis Vuitton and he didn’t disappoint. Kendall Jenner – little sister of the infamous Kim Kardashian – stole the show on the catwalk with her sheer top and showed that one of the Kardashian/Jenner family could make it into the fashion world without reality show success. Jacobs’ whole collection had an ethereal sixties vibe to it and he stayed away from the darker colours, favouring instead muted blues, camel, beige and creams. Some of the later pieces had a slight Daenerys from ‘Game of Thrones’ style to them – conjuring thoughts of wearing these floaty creations on a hot beach somewhere far away.

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The Spring/Summer collections this year didn’t hold back in their colour palette and the subsequent season will do just the opposite: the darker, the better. Any colour or floral print should be taken with a pinch of salt and most pieces had that androgynous twist. There was a modern functionality about most of the collections shown at New York Fashion Week – a theme I imagine will run through each subsequent week. Already looking forward to seeing the London Fashion Week style – who’s with me?

This article was first seen on lovetabii.com.

Photos c/o vogue.co.uk, astairwaytofashion.com

London Collections: Men

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THE exclusivity of fashion week can get a little tedious sometimes so it is always a breath of fresh air when we get to see some change in the form of London Collections: Men. It’s an opportunity for those fashion-forward men to sink their teeth into a bit of fresh style for the season ahead without having to wait it out through collection after collection of women’s clothes.

The fourth season of London Collections: Men was a huge success and there were a lot of different and interesting styles being showcased over the few days of the event. Everyone from Marks & Spencer to the tailors of Saville Row was showing their wares for the fashion-forward of London and there were over 50 shows held over the three days of style. During the past few seasons, there have been names such as Boris Johnson and the Prince of Wales offering their names to the male fashion week but this time around, the season was able to stand on its own two feet and wow us once again.

There are some trends that are seen almost every season but there were some surprises on the runway too. We’re so used to seeing new fashion trends for women that it’s a pleasant surprise for male fashion to get a shake up! Here are some of the most popular fashion trends seen on the A/W14 London Collections catwalk:

Tweed/Check: Tweed is so quintessentially British that I’m sure it’s actually illegal for it not to be included in any London fashion week and this was very clearly seen from the Saville Row, Woolmark and St James tailors. However checks took over this season and were seen on the catwalks at some of the biggest designers including Alexander McQueen who stuck very close to monochrome from the A/W season.

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Bold Patterns: From Burberry to Christopher Kane, everyone was competing for the most prominent and bold patterns. Florals were a huge trend, though there were a lot of untraditional prints on a lot of the catwalks. Colour was also extremely important to make these pieces stand out as much as possible and you’re guaranteed to be wearing some bold colours and prints next season.

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Sports Luxe: The sportswear trend was so popular this year on the catwalk and so many designers had different takes on the style. Nasir Mazhar created a collection that centred very much on boxing whereas Christopher Shannon had slimmer, cleaner lines that were reminiscent of running gear. Whichever way you choose to embrace to sports luxe theme, there is a designer had there that has just the option for you. This trend is full of bright colours and logos but it’s a completely different direction from Shannon’s usual style.

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The Traditional Suit: The sharp suit can never go out of style and this season, it got that little bit sharper. Crombie, Rake, Chester Barrie, Duchamp, Kent and Curwen, you name the brand; they had some innovative creations based on the classic suit. There were some fabulous colours mixed in with the traditional cuts. From burgundy to aquamarine to tan, there is a whole host of new shades and styles for the A/W14 season that will update your look but still leave you looking slick.

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London Collections: Men has delighted us yet again and served up even more fashionable treats for the season ahead. The fashion elite were mesmerised by this season’s male fashion and the countdown begins until the next event season starts!

Words first seen on lovetabii.com.

Until next time,

Emily Fashion Fiend

Photos c/o fashion156.com, pinterest.com, veetravels.com, style.uk.msn.com

How To Wear Pastels & Florals This Spring

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THERE is nothing more predictable than pastels in spring, is there? Every year we wait for a burst of creativity from our favourite fashion houses yet surprise surprise, the candy hues arrive on the catwalks again. These bright saccharine colours have started to fill me with that fashion ennui that is usually only reserved for bootleg jeans and kitten heels and this boredom returns with a vengeance every year.

Don’t get me wrong; I do love a splash of pastel in my wardrobe. Honestly. It’s great to dress up in those brighter colours after a winter wardrobe of dark hues and numerous shades of black. However, after a little while, the cutesy pastels and floral prints get a little less chic and a lot more boring. So this season, how about breaking the mould a little? I love Zooey Deschanel’s quirky style as much as the next person but what if we give those pastels and adorable prints the old heave ho and mix them with something a little outside the norm? Brands like J Crew have made standing out from the crowd a little easier by making their floral and pastels a little more masculine. I’ve given a few of my suggestions for combatting the candy striper look to appear a little more high fashion.

The Shirt: When I think of pastel, I usually think of cute 50s blouses in shades of lavender, mint and baby pink. In a name: Mad Men. This season, stay away from the blouse style and steer towards long-sleeved shirts instead, Burberry style. Even if the shirt is floral or baby blue, having a more masculine cut will tie in with both the androgynous and inevitable pastel catwalk trends for Spring/Summer 2014 and teaming it with leather or other tough fabrics will give it the edge your outfit needs.

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The Trousers: These suit more people than the fashion industry would have you believe; it’s all about having the right cut and fit for you. They don’t have to be those god-awful palazzo pants that were all the rage a couple of years ago with offensively large flowers on them or god forbid, baby pink cords. It’s all about doing it in moderation; picking a colour and style that suits you and toughening it up with some studs, high-necked, heavier materials or darker colours.

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The Blazer: This only works if you’re mixing it with a far more masculine cut or colour throughout your outfit. Blazers are a fantastic invention for us women: they suit every shape and sizes, can be dressed up or dressed down and go with just about everything. Wearing this with a pair of leather leggings and boots or an androgynous-style outfit keeps you bang on trend for the summer without have to look like something that sauntered out of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. Check out Susanne Ostwald and Ingvar Helgason’s collection for London Fashion Week SS14 that incorporates some gorgeous vibrant prints with androgynous cuts that isn’t unlike early Mary Katrantzou.

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The Coat: Since we live in Ireland and realistically it’ll be cold most of the year, you’ll still need to have a fantastic coat to get you from winter to summer. A transitional wardrobe, so I’m told. Using your pastel colours on a coat give people the element of surprise – most team pastels with cotton and other breathable fabrics so having such a heavy piece in such a bright colour will frighten people. In a good way, obviously. There are some fantastic coats out there that will keep you warm for the cold months to come, yet still keep you feeling bright and colourful with an on trend wardrobe!

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It’s difficult to find a way to stand out of the crowd when everyone is following the same trends but making sure you stand out of the crowd is easier this season once you know how to do it! Good luck ladies and happy styling!

This article was first published on lovetabii.com.

Until next time,

Emily Fashion Fiend

Images c/o queensjournal.ca, dancinginmyheels.com, candidonline.com, models1blog.com, pinterest.com

A/W Edit: Trench Coats

Anyone that knows me, knows that I love trench coats. There is something very Brit style about the trench coat and you’ll find no better than Burberry for the best coat style around! The trench coat can date all the way back to the 1850s, with Aquascutum claiming ownership of the invention. However, Burberry insist that they invented the modern trench coat, designing a new-style gabardine raincoat for the British Army to replace the heavy greatcoats they already had.

Whoever did invent this iconic piece of clothing, couldn’t have known how popular the design would be, even today. The design, traditionally worn in various tan shades, has undergone lots of colour and style modernisation but is still very obviously that symbol of British elegance and class it set out to be. The trench is now synonymous with the name Burberry and is one of the few items of clothing that looks as good on men as it does on women.

I am a bonafide trench coat admirer and I would own hundreds if I could! So far, I only have two – one from Pull and Bear with that has the very traditional tan colour and belt and my other is from Pamela Scott, a light beige colour with a modern leather sleeve and trim. This leather-trim trench is something I can’t get enough of, mixing the traditional design with a sexy modern twist on a piece that looks smart and chic while being on trend, EVERY season.

Below I’ve found some fabulous trench coats that I totally covet! Trenches come in a range of prices and if you’re downhearted by the fact that Burberry charge so much, there is always a fabulous alternative if you look hard enough! I love the mixture of classic colours you can choose from and the textures are now vaster than ever. You can throw the trench over a suit for work, a little black dress or jeans and a t-shirt. There is nothing you can’t do with the trench and I hope you’re all looking through your wardrobe wondering what you can do next with them!

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Sienna Miller and partner Tom Sturridge doing their Burberry bit for Brit fashion

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Beautiful Burberry, will only set you back a cool €1595!

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Burberry’s modern twist on a classic

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Salvatore Ferragamo’s trench coats

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Me in my Pamela Scott trench (the only full-length mirror in our house is in the lift!)

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Miroslava Duma looking fabulous at LFW

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The Blonde Salad sporting electric blue Burberry at LFW

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Burberry catwalk looking a little like a box of Quality Street!

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Men can get in on the trench action to at only €2395…it is stunning though!

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Printed Cotton Trench Coat only €79.95 in Zara
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An interesting alternative of a classic at Boohoo.com, €55

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This Mango trench available at ASOS is bang on trend and only €62.46

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For something a little different, this ADAM By Adam Lippes Trench is very eclectic and down to €88.49 on ASOS

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Keep Styling

Em

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My LFW Street Style Picks

One of my favourite parts of Fashion Week has always been looking at all the incredible street style out there. London Fashion Week is, by far, my favourite of the bunch, as it doesn’t have the polished and perfect style that the other three cities strive to have. There is something a little different, even raw, about their style choices as the fashionistas and fashionistos look comfortable in their skin and individual to boot.

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This year London Fashion Week was host to something other than the hoards of bloggers and journalists – rain. This gave all these attendees a challenge that may not be given again in Paris or Milan. Wrapping up and looking stylish can be a very difficult marriage to get right but in my opinion, most rose to the challenge. There was a huge Irish contingent over in the English capital this season and some of my favourite Irish bloggers made that runway we call the street their own! This season, the street crew also decided that flat shoes was the order of the day and it was refreshing and ingenious how some bloggers (who mightn’t necessarily enjoy the flats) were able to step out of their comfort zone and wear lower or non-existent heels. Have a look at some of my favourites from LFW so far and please tell me who YOU think should be on the list!

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Joanna Hillman – Photo c/o harpersbazaar.com

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Elisa Nalin – Photo c/o harpersbazaar.com

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The fabulous Anouska Proetta Brandon – Photo c/o anouskaproettabrandon.com

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Yasmin Sewell – Photo c/o harpersbazaar.com

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Nessa Cotter of Irish blog Life’s Lust Haves – Photo c/o lifeslusthaves.com

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Photo c/o stylist.co.uk

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The amazing Leanne Woodfull of Thunder & Threads. Photo c/o Leanne’s Instagram

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Photo c/o stylist.co.uk

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Erika Fox of Retro Flame, check out the Maje sweater! – Photo c/o Erika’s Instagram

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Photo c/o image.ie

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Photo c/o vanityfair.com

So these are just a few of the fantastic looks I have been watching and loving over the course of LFW! I will do a full runway report after all Fashion Weeks are over but until then, I’ll have a few more blog posts up for you! And of course, let me know if you think anyone else should be put on this list!

Keep styling, Em x