New York Fashion Week Series: Altuzarra SS15

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Altuzarra_SS15_6Following a recently collaboration with U.S high street retailer Target, I was curious about Altuzarra‘s SS15 collection at New York Fashion Week.  I am a fan of the brand’s signatures – skirts with splits, a whole lot of body conscious-ness and tailored blazers, all here for Spring but with a rather unexpected injection of the romantic, the historic, and a little perverse in a Game-of-Thones kinda way.  As Dazed puts it: “Sinister and undone prettiness, ill-fated and doomed.”

Set to the soundtrack of Rosemary’s Baby, models strutted to Mia Farrow’s vocals wearing sixties gingham checks (with checks and stripes also shaping up as a theme for SS15),  near transparent, voluminous floral dresses, and, lingerie lovers will like this – pannier-style leather shapes over skirts.  Joseph Altuzarra was inspired by Stanley Kubrick’s movie Barry Lyndon for this collection, which was set in 18th Century Ireland.  The floral dresses would certainly not look out-of-place in a Gainsborough painting.

An interesting collection for Altuzarra, described by Vogue as “focused, realistic, sensitive, and, in its final passages, romantically beautiful in a way he’s never quite attempted before.

See more of Altuzarra SS15 HERE on Vogue.com.

Photos: Sonny Vandevelde.

New York Fashion Week Series: Cushnie et Ochs SS15

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CushnieEtOchs_SS15_4I will always love a collection that takes a strong female as their inspiration, so no surprises here that Cushnie et Ochs‘ Cleopatra-themed catwalk show of golden yellows, Egyptian blues, blacks and whites has been one of my favourites so far.

Lots of Cushnie et Och’s signature details were present and in fine form: cutouts and slick, dramatic silhouettes.  A black maillot with sweeping asymmetric hemline (a standout piece) and the striped long dresses (Vogue tells me these are made from neoprene) were my favourites.  Overall the collection showcased a lot of different dress forms and I particularly admired the to-the-knee, glamorous silky shapes.  This was all topped off with cuffs, bracelets and torque necklaces from Jennifer Fisher and styled with thick, jet black winged eyeliner.  If Cleopatra should be alive today, she would no doubt approve.

Photos: Sonny Vandevelde.

New York Fashion Week Series: Creatures Of The Wind SS15

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Yes, Blog Reader, it is that time of year again.  The time of year when, in the words of Carrie Bradshaw: “Women of New York leave the past behind and look to the future… This is known as Fashion Week.”

First up in my New York Fashion Week series for SS15 is Creatures of the Wind.  Last season, Creatures of the Wind presented a collection inspired by Japan. For SS15, designer Shane Gabier and Christopher Peters took inspiration from the phrase “”the fantasy of travel to nowhere”; with a theme of East-meets-West for a collection showcasing mixed prints, layering, a splattering of sequins, embroidery and beading and some fantastic athletic inspired notes (a linen hoodie; piping on pants and day dresses).

The colour palette for the show was varied.  As these backstage photos from Sonny Vandevelde demonstrate, the palette moved from relaxing light blue and cheerful lemon yellow to black, crimson and scarlet red (which I learned in writing this post is associated with happiness in Asian cultures, as opposed to the arresting danger implicit in this shade for the West).  There were some great details – lots of ties situated at the back and chunky belts over coats.

Overall the show felt energizing.   Perfect for travelling just anywhere, really.

See more Creatures of the Wind HERE.