Monday, 22 July 2013

Alexander Wang Resort 2014 favourites

                                                                   Images - Vogue

I was admittedly surprised when I first saw Alexander Wang's Resort 2014 collection, primarily because it is the first time I have seen Wang expand out of his usual colour palette and include pink in the collection. In an interview, Wang defined this collection as "deflating the shapes and working with supersaccharine, supersweet colours." This is definitely evident in the techniques used to create his collection. 

His use of darts is consistently abstract; they have been used deliberately by Wang as a tool for structure in a way never seen in his collections before.

Not only does he find a way to mold the clothes to the body, he also finds a way to make them stand away from it through the masterful use of constructing shapes, and he achieves this through cutting in circular formations; creating the super-sweetness and likeness to a sweet wrapper he described in the interview he gave regarding his collection. 

Despite still using most of his usual colour palette, Wang has included "supersweet colours" such as soft caramels, spearmint green, and pink, to consistently reflect the appeal of sweet colours and coatings onto his Resort 2014 collection.

Having already established himself within his own brand, could this out of the box collection be a result of Wang now being frequently exposed to the work done by Balenciaga's workshops, or is it a result of Wang having a larger comfort level within his own label?

Either way, the collection shows a new confidence with construction and cutting techniques that definitely defined his polished, chic, and nearly colourful resort collection for 2014.

Sunday, 14 July 2013


Jacket - 3.1 Phillip Lim 
Shorts - Paul & Joe 
Heels - Zara 
Watch - Michael Kors 

Phillip Lim has always been one of my favourite designers. Following the launch of his 3.1 collection in 2005, Lim successfully redefined the meaning of wardrobe basics.

Having famously told Vogue that the aim of the collection was to bring back "the flounce and volume" of clothing in an interview - this tailored jacket is no exception. 

What should feel like a masculine statement piece feels like one of the most feminine I have come across. Paired with some plain shorts and a white chiffon vest, the jacket adds a sharpness which could only be achievable by a classic piece from his 3.1 collection. 

Shorts and Jacket both from The Designer Studio pop up store at Cheshire Oaks

Saturday, 13 July 2013

Summer brights

Blouse - DKNY 
Leather pants - Acne

It's no secret I'm not one for wearing bright colours. However, I stumbled across this DKNY block colour blouse in The Designer Studio pop up store at Cheshire Oaks, and I absolutely love it. 

I still couldn't resist putting black with it, but I thought the leather pants made the blouse look a bit edgier. These leather Acne pants are surprisingly comfortable, and definitely worth the investment.  

Friday, 12 July 2013

New and upcoming

Photograph from Isabel Marant's official Twitter

Isabel Marant blessed us all with a sneak preview of her debut menswear collection for H&M this week... The prints look amazing! I can't wait for the full collection to be released. Not long now... 

Monday, 1 July 2013

The 3D effect

I recently stumbled across British designer, Rianna Phillips, via Instagram. Everything about her designs scream originality and individuality - and the colours used in her prints are beautiful. More to the point, for somebody who usually doesn't stray from a more simplistic wardrobe (such as myself), these clutch bags are ideal for giving a simple outfit a lift.

Inspired by both organic and synthetic elements, her prints are the perfect combination of femininity and masculinity. The balance between pretty, girly floral prints, and prints of stainless steel, create a striking and individual look. This is definitely a designer to watch out for!

My personal favourite is her Darwin portfolio clutch bag. What's yours?