Couture Round-Up 2014

Paris Couture Week is among my favourite events in the fashion Calendar. It’s like being transported into another world; a beautiful peek inside a designers mind. 2014 has been one of my favourites, and this year’s collections are certainly going to take some beating!

Chanel
Lagerfeld’s show was an array of Bouclé, A-line skirts, Mohicans and glitter in a 30’s style apartment set, decorated with contemporary exposed concrete and gilt logo emblazoned mirrors.

While Cara Delevingne wasn’t model of the moment, Kendall Jenner floated down the runway looking stunning. The shoes featured were all Chanel flip-flops- when did they become so versatile and elegant?
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The talking point of the show was Ashley Good, donning the Chanel wedding dress with her very large bump. That is one very well dressed baby!

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I adored this show and it really paid tribute and homage to Coco Chanel. I also loved the ombré eyeliner that went from silver to gold- a very wearable trend.

Dior
This show was an enchanting wall of white orchards, which complemented the show of silk frock coats and sweeping ball skirts. Mules were the shoe of the show, which are very popular at the moment so I’m definitely keeping hold of mine!

I adore the fairy tale style at the moment and Dior definitely optimised the trend.
Raf Simmons really focuses on future trends but he split this show into eight sections all focusing on different eras. Sweeping long line coats from the Edwardian period were stunning and really could be incorporated into many outfits, not just couture.

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This was such an elegant collection and I loved how relaxed the hair was. Just a simple tumbled curl- very easy to do yourself. It really continued the natural look featured in London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter this year.

Elie Saab
This was my favourite collection by far! It was simply stunning. The gowns and wedding dresses were an absolute dream. At his Couture show, Saab was focused exclusively on after-dark. He made his point by lining the back of the runway with chandeliers, which were illuminated just moments before the first model made her grand entrance.

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The gowns were embroidered with beads and feathers, taking the flapper dress to a whole new level. I adored both the location and setting of the show. The chandeliers made the ambience of the room truly beautiful, and set off the detail on the dress perfectly.20140722-122621 pm-44781236.jpg

I loved the watercolour print designs on this dress, it really shows this trend in all of its beauty.

I would say this has been one of my favourite Couture Weeks yet- I’m definitely looking forward to many more.

Fashion & Function

80s Mobile Phone

 

I remember a time when “mobile” phones were carried around in suitcases due to the sheer size of the battery required to operate them. It’s strange to think of the evolution of handheld devices – one phone of mine that springs to mind was made by Motorola and could run off 4 AA batteries!

Of course over time there have been advances in mobile technology, but many would argue that battery technology has lagged behind somewhat.

Wireless Charging

I’ve seen exciting products on the market that allow wireless charging and read an article recently that outlined technology that would allow a mobile phone to charge not only wirelessly, but remotely too.

Wireless charging has been utilised for its functionality in the fashion world too.  Designer Richard Nicholl joined forces with Vodafone in February 2012 to introduce the world to the first mobile phone-charging handbag. By connecting the stylish bag to the mains, it can store enough juice to charge your smartphone on-the-go for 2 days!

Designer Handbag

The latest in battery technology is a claim by scientists that they’ve developed a lithium-ion battery that is 30 times more powerful than current smartphone power supplies and has the ability to charge 1,000 times faster.

Professor William King, who headed up the team behind the project, is quoted as saying “The batteries are so powerful you could use the power storage device in your cellphone to jumpstart your car battery”. Gone potentially are the days of battery preservation or dead handsets.

Now that’s pretty impressive! Wrap that technology up nicely in a designer handbag and I may well be tempted to invest.

Dressing the Monarch

Contributed to whatyouwear.netQueen

 

The Queen recently received a BAFTA award at a ceremony in Windsor in recognition of her contribution to British film & TV.  To celebrate, Vogue magazine have compiled a fascinating gallery of images depicting the changing styles of our staunch monarch.

Born in 1926, Queen Elizabeth II has seen varying styles and trends come and go. From the formal attire and ribbon adorned garments of the thirties and forties, to the floral prints and bold colours of the sixties and seventies.

Her adapting style even…[Read More]

Chaneling Coco

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Chanel

 

What do these three slender beauties have in common, you ask? Well come May, they will all have played the role of one of the most iconic designers in history.

Keira Knightley has been confirmed to star as Coco Chanel in a new short film. The project, directed by Karl Lagerfeld coincides with the 100th anniversary of Chanel’s first ever boutique. [Read More]