Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia: Alice McCall

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AliceMcCall-styleonthecouch-sydneyfashionweek-6London born, Australian designer Alice McCall founded her namesake label in 2004 following a career as a stylist, working with fashion titles such as Dazed & Confused and pop and rock icons Beyonce and Deborah Harry.  The brand reflects all of this history and development: McCall’s is a brand of feminine charm meets bohemia meets rock star cool.

It is claimed that Kate Moss helped McCall get her first break:

“While working as a stylist in London in the late 1990s, McCall began creating and selling one-off silk tops and dresses through a select few London stores. Moss snapped some up and heads turned.” – Vogue Australia

A very characterful collection for the recent Sydney Fashion Week, McCall brought us her usual eclecticism, serving us bold lip prints, sheer and mesh fabrics and frills and flounces in her 10th anniversary line.  Prints were the highlight – some styles featured galaxies-meets-Lawrence-of-Arabia-meets-vintage-pin-ups – expect Chloe Sevigny and Alexa Chung to be wearing these very soon.

“[In 2004] The Alice McCall girl was born, magnetic and glowing; pretty and in love and completely carefree. Unsurprisingly, international attention followed, and following the brand’s AW06 showcase at London Fashion Week, the collection was applauded by Vogue UK: ‘If we gave out cups at the end of Fashion Week, Alice McCall would have a hat trick: best newcomer, prettiest collection and easily the most popular in class’.”  - MBFWA

You can browse and purchase McCall at ASOS, Nasty Gal, David Jones and online via her e-boutique.

Photos: Sonny Vandevelde.

Milan Fashion Week AW14/15 Series: Jil Sander

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JilSander-AW14-styleonthecouch-5I spied a wonderful pair of white boots on my fashion-friend Sara’s Instagram feed and I just had to asked her where they were from. She replied to me that they from Jil Sander, whose recent AW14/15 collection for Milan Fashion Week was an amazing series of cosmopolitan and cool designs in monochrome, grey and soft pastel hues.

Whilst Jil Sander’s namesake brand awaits a new Creative Director, the AW14 collection did not stray far from the brand’s original less and luxe design mission:

“[There were] architectural coats and waist-draped dresses in a tranquil palette of spearmint and blush: subtle stripes of tan and blue wool or watery coloured iridescent shift dresses giving a little life to a sober collection that concentrated on luxury of fabric and purity of line – while platform brogues in bright yellow patent or pink neon lizard skin hinted that the Jil Sander woman still has a sense of humour despite her serious attitude to fashion.”~ Vogue.com

Vogue once described Sander as the ‘champion of minimalism’.  True, yet amidst the down-to-earth feel for AW14 there was some unexpected embellishment: “Tweed gets techy as teensy tiny sparkly flowers are crushed and woven in to create dresses that wrapped their way around the body.” – Dazed Digital.

I’d wear all of it.  Even the brogues :)

Images: Sonny Vandevelde.

 

 

Milan Fashion Week AW14/15 Series: Dolce & Gabbana

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Dolce&Gabbana-AW14-styleonthecouch-1Once upon a time…. a label named Dolce & Gabbana created a magical collection fit for the characters in fairy tales.  For Autumn Winter 14/15 a virtual storyboard of clothes presented us woodland animals (appliqué woodland creatures prints); late Baroque mini-dresses and coats and hoods for a modern-day Red Riding Hood.

But oh for the finale, Blog Reader.  In a perfectly wicked Medieval turn, D&G gave us an army of female knights in shining armour – shimmering tunics and jewel encrusted rompers (and models with legs that would stop any jousting tournament).

“Rich brocade mini dresses printed with gold keys came over leggings and little jewelled T-bar pixie shoes or ankle boots – this was all easy to wear in shapes that were almost practical at times, but all with the extra special Dolce treatment – the finale produced an army of girls in glittering silver and black cocktail dresses fit for parties all over the world next season. On the penultimate day of Milan Fashion Week, a good story was just what we needed – and David Gandy, Monica Belluci and Eva Herzigova in the front row ensured that, no matter the narrative, the emphasis here is all upon beautiful people.” – Vogue.com

So.

Where is my Prince Charming?

Images: Sonny Vandevelde and Dolce & Gabbana.