Author: Karen Grace

London Collections: Men A/W 2014 – James Long

Of futuristic and abstraction design, the inspiration for James Long AW14 is primitive sci-fi and cosplay (costume play).     In space suit white, the hood of this quilted jacket gives the appearance of an astronaut’s wide cowl-style neckline without the helmet. Casual quilted outerwear reigns supreme in this collection bulking out the torso and arms for a sci-fi superhero’s muscular physique. Padded coats, jackets and sweatshirts reminiscent of bubble wrap stood out for their sections of different sized quilted patterns highlighted by trim. The quilted cropped bomber style jackets are reversible. This open jacket gives a glimpse of...

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Checking out the winter clothing

Tweed and tartan are always a good look for the winter and this season is no exception so let’s check out some winter clothing.   Jigsaw has teamed up with the Lochcarron Mills in Scotland for this heritage inspired tartan wool suit: a two button navy jacket with flap pockets and matching trousers. Jacket £275 Slim fit Trousers £110 in navy or forest greenWear as a suit or for a more casual look as separates with a plain blazer and a pair of plain trousers or jeans. Go retro dapper with a polo neck jumper to keep warm...

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London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2014: Ong-Oaj Pairam

Drew Barrymore’s character Gertie in E.T. was the inspiration for the collection. Fusing Gertie’s childish curiosity, mischief and creativity with the housewife of the 1950s, Pairam’s collection is designed for the new modern woman who became bold and confident without losing her playful side.   Silver silk satin tea dresses with a subtle hydrangea print were teamed with contrasting skinny belts in canary yellow or pillar box red. Here a sleeveless tea dress is worn over a silk shirt. Tiny red dragonflies are hidden amongst the yellow print. The styles ranged from the more conservative pleated skirt to the...

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London Collections: Men – Christopher Shannon Spring/Summer 2014

Inspired by the Super Club Scene, this collection was a mix of the wearable and the impractical with a common denominator of all being fabulous.   The impractical included the hard shiny PVC shorts and sleeveless shirts which are bound to chafe. And the sweat inducing opaque rubber shirts and shorts in neon brights. But hey they say you have to suffer for fashion. The more wearable pieces were in the softer ‘normal’ fabrics including a retro floral print. This print is a collaboration with Liberty art fabrics who created this special nylon exclusively for the Christopher Shannon label. Another print included the techno zebra like pattern in muted light greys and the sharper monochrome black and white. Bomber jackets had a practical side with detachable zip sleeves. Worn here with a pair of trainers adorned with a customised Christopher Shannon beer mat print. This print is enlarged and eye catching on brightly coloured knitwear of electric blues and oranges. Long sleeved tops were of contrasting colours front and back, with the back colour showing at the edges of the front and sleeves creating a slimmer silhouette. Worn here with two pairs of shorts, one over the lower sagger style with dipped hem at the back. Shannon collaborated with Kickers and celebrates the ‘Kick Hi’ by creating two alternative collections:Kickshandal CS has patent leather straps embossed with a recurring fleurette...

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London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2014: Fashion International

Multi designer showcase FASHION INTERNATIONAL presented a mix of new and established designers. Here are some of the designers. YUVNA KIM Titled ‘Bijoux’ the collection is of ivory and nude eveningwear with a nod to the 1920s French Art Deco ‘Bijoux’ or as we know it jewellery. Georgette gowns are embroidered with crystals, beads and pearls whilst frothy tulle skirts are embellished with delicate feathers and appliqués. Sheer dresses were found everywhere on the SS14 catwalk and are already making their way on to the high street but probably best to wear with under slips or an all in one underwear like the model wearing this body skimming georgette dress. Already a hit with the celebrities, Yuvna’s designs were recently worn by singer Pixie Lott and Rochelle Humes (of The Saturdays girl band) at the Pride of Britain Awards. Pixie wore this strapless ivory gown with its floral appliqués and sparkling embellishments on sheer tulle. Rochelle opted for this long sleeved sheer nude gown with embellishments embroidered in a baroque style pattern. On the night, Rochelle wore a nude body con mini dress underneath for a touch of modesty. For enquiries email:   GIANNI LILLIU  Inspired by the sculptor David Begbe’s studies of the female form in steel and bronze mesh, Lilliu interpreted this into his collection with stiff crystal organza. Framed and sculpted into peplums and boleros,...

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