PFW

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.

parish fashion week

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!

This article was first seen on lovetabii.com.

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

Until next time,

Keep styling,

Em

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The SAG Awards: Fashion

I was going to write about the Critic’s Choice Awards during the week but sadly, the level of fashion was lacking, to say the least! A lot of A-list celebrities either don’t go or treated it as a relaxing event between the Golden Globes and the SAG Awards, so although the style was nice, that’s the only word you could use for it! Last night saw the return of the SAG awards: the second big award ceremony of the season and another step closer to the Oscars for those nominated in their various categories. There was some incredible fashion from some of Hollywood’s biggest stars so I’ve selected my favourites and some of the styles we’ll be seeing this season. There were a lot of colour schemes reminiscent of the Golden Globes last week and we’re definitely seeing a pattern running through some of our favourite designers: monochromes, metallics and safe colours like navy and pale pink.

Black

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Sophie Turner in Dolce & Gabbana, Carice van Houten and Sophie McShera in David Meister

The casts of both Game of Thrones and Downtown Abbey were out in force last night and for the most part, they looked fantastic. Game of Thrones actress Sophie Turner dazzled in a beautiful Dolce & Gabbana gown that complemented her pale complexion perfectly, while her co-star Carice van Houten looked great in a tea-length dress with back ruffle. Sophie McShera, who plays Daisy in Downton Abbey, was a real surprise on the night and looked great in a cut-out detail gown from David Meister.

White

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Maisie Williams, Natalie Dormer in Marios Schwab and Hannah Simone in Marchesa

Maisie Williams looked beyond her years in this gorgeous white gown; a far cry from the tomboy character Arya she plays in nominated drama Game of Thrones. Her co-star Natalie Dormer (who is in everything at the moment) was sporting a white Marios Schwab gown with mesh detailing and a new partially shaved head, which looks pretty unreal on her! New Girl‘s Hannah Simone looked fab in this ethereal Marchesa gown with flowered neck detailing. White has been a popular colour this award season so expect to see a lot of it in the weeks to come, especially at the Oscars.

Metallics

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Laura Carmichael in gold Vionnet, Jennifer Lawrence in Dior, Sofia Vergara in Donna Karan Atelier and Emilia Clarke in bronze Calvin Klein Collection

Once again the metallics were a huge trend on the red carpet, just like the Golden Globes last week. Laura Carmichael of Downton Abbey looked incredible again, this time delving into the world of metallics and wearing a delicate gold Vionnet gown, worthy of Lady Edith. I still think Jennifer Lawrence is lacking a little something in this gown (Dior, who else!) but she does look great so I’ll be kind! Modern Family‘s Sofia Vergara wore another fitted dress – this time in Donna Karan Atelier – but this particular dress has critics divided over the fit of it – I will say, she looked phenomenal last week! Game of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke did her character Daenerys proud by sticking with metallics and showing off her stunning figure in bronze Calvin Klein Collection.

Navy

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Jennifer Garner in Max Mara, Kelly Osbourne in Jenny Packham, Anna Gunn in Monique Lhuillier, Morena Baccarin in Monique Lhuillier and Amy Adams in Antonio Berardi

Navy was a huge trend at the SAG awards so I’ve selected the ones I think shone out the most! Dallas Buyer’s Club actress Jennifer Garner looked gorgeous in a simple belted Max Mara navy dress and of course, husband Ben Affleck on her arm. Newly-single Kelly Osbourne was looking beautiful in Jenny Packham as she interviewed stars for E! and showed no sign of being upset over her engagement ending (fair play)! Nominated Breaking Bad actress Anna Gunn looked hot in Monique Lhuillier. Morena Baccarin of Homeland also looked stunning in Monique Lhuillier in her red carpet debut since giving birth 12 weeks ago. Anyone who knows me knows I’m not a huge fan of Amy Adams but I will readily admit she got it very right in this Antonio Berardi how last night. The deep blue colour made her pale complexion glow and she looked exceptional.

Pale Colours

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Sarah Hyland in Pamella Roland, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting in Vera Wang and Cate Blanchett in Givenchy

I’m not a huge fan of the pale colours but these ladies did look lovely last night! Sarah Hyland from Modern Family went for a very different look than she usually does in a flowing pale pink Pamella Roland gown with very minimal make-up. Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting was a hit as usual with a fabulous dove grey Vera Wang dress that looked like it was made for her – absolutely amazing! We should also take note that finally she stayed away from the pink! Award winner Cate Blanchett wore a pale pink Givenchy dress. I’m not sure how I feel about the dress as a whole but Cate looks glowing and she was a winner on the night once again!

Bright Colours

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Sandra Bullock in Lanvin, Elisabeth Moss in Michael Kors, Camilla Alves in Donna Karan Atelier, Oprah Winfrey in Badgley Mischka and Lupita Nyong’o in Gucci

There weren’t that many bright colours on the SAG red carpet but when there were, it was VERY bright! Sandra Bullock looked fab in an emerald green Lanvin dress, definitely an improvement on the colour-block dress that divided critics last week. Mad Men‘s Elisabeth Moss looked amazing in bright red Michael Kors with matching lipstick and understated accessories. Winner Matthew McConaughey’s wife Camilla Alves showed off her assets in a chartreuse satin Donna Karan Atelier, showing us why the stunning Brazilian is a Victoria’s Secret favourite. Oprah Winfrey looked great in a deep purple Badgley Mischka dress to support her fellow cast members in The Butler. The woman of the moment and award-winner Lupita Nyong’o looked fabulous once again in turquoise Gucci and stole a spot as one of the best dressed of the night!

Fashion Misses

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Ariel Winter in Badgley Mischka, Mariah Carey in Saint Laurent, Isla Fisher in Oscar de la Renta and Kerry Washington in Prada

There are always going to be a couple of misses when it comes to an event like this and some people got it just that little bit wrong. In theory, I love this Badgeley Mischka gown worn by Ariel Winter but there is just way too much cleavage here and it’s that bit too mature for the 15-year-old Modern Family star. Mariah Carey got it all VERY wrong with this Saint Laurent LBD with fishnets and looked like she was going to an 80s nightclub rather than a red carpet event. I love this Oscar de la Renta gown on Isla Fisher and she looked good in it but when looking at several different photos of it, it is glaringly obvious that this dress just doesn’t fit her. Maternity style came so well to newly-married Kerry Washington last week at the Golden Globes but this custom Prada ensemble just isn’t working for her…or her bump. It’s not evident that she is pregnant, it’s just an unflattering outfit and makes her look heavier than she is.

So with that being said, let the countdown begin to the Oscars!

Until then,

Emily Fashion Fiend