Flicking through the colourful images from Louis Vuitton’s A/W 14 collection it is as if you are catapulted back in time to the quirky style of ‘That 70’s Show’.
Under new designer Nicolas Ghesquiere the pressure was on for the brand to maintain its covetable reputation this season at Paris Fashion Week. Taking over from none other than Marc Jacobs, Ghesquiere created an eye catching collection filled with vintage prints, skater mini skirts and waist cinching belts.
The opening look on the runway prepared the audience for the modern but vintage brilliance that was to come. A black trench coat with a sharp, clean cut tangerine collar over a cream turtle neck shift dress opened the show displaying clean lines femininity and Parisian chic.
The trench coat and skater dress were combined to create an A-line number with front zip detailing and of course a belted waist. Shoulders were subtly defined by the upper section of the piece balancing the short A-line skirt element.
Accessories were not neglected and how could they be with bags by this brand being a wardrobe necessity in many fashion lovers’ view. Next season would not be complete without an array of boots in all shaped and sizes. This collection featured black leather knee highs plus some brown patent ankle highs with buckles.
As for the bags, a rectangular satchel with fasteners similar to that of a jewellery box and sporting the classic Vuitton print was enough to say job well done.
From peplum detail and the cape effect to structured draping and sheer print; last night’s Academy Awards may have been described as ‘boring’ but the red carpet certainly was not.
Best Supporting Actress winner Lupita Nyong’o once again used bright block colour to create a winning red carpet look. The headband may have made the actress look slightly childish however her elegant, flowing gown by Prada made up for this.
Jennifer Lawrence, now more commonly known as J Law, made up for her shapeless Golden Globes dress by wearing a striking orange gown with peplum detailing. The nominee for best supporting actress looked youthful and classy in this fitted piece by Dior of course.
Both Sandra Bullock and Amy Adams opted for plain navy dresses, focusing on structure and draping instead of embellishment. The Gravity star’s Alexander McQueen gown draped beautifully to one side while the American Hustle actress chose a straight Gucci dress with detailing at the bust.
Cate Blanchett received mixed reviews for her sparkling number while other actresses not even nominated pulled out all the stops, looking incredible. One such star was Kate Hudson who stunned in a white caped Atelier Versace gown. Emma Watson wore Vera Wang looking stunning with a red lip.
Camilla Alves, wife of Matthew McConaughey, was the epitome of class at the awards ceremony and also sporting the cape trend. Her nude number and fitted yet flowing gown was perfect for the partner of an Oscar Best Actor winner.
From a fresh faced model to stylists turned designers, the Irish certainly left their mark on London Fashion Week.
London fashion week saw contemporary designs by newcomer Lennon Courtney create a stir on the British fashion scene. Lennon Courtney received high praise for its cutting edge structured pieces designed to compliment the everyday woman.
A successful showcase with independent retailer Wolf & Badger resulted in attention from Vogue.co.uk in an article entitled ‘Irish Charm: What Women Want? Classic silhouettes with an urban edge defines the work of the new designers.
Along with the success of Irish designers at London Fashion Week, a young model has also left a lasting impression on the British fashion event. Clara McSweeney represented by the Andrea Roche Modelling Agency walked for three designers, Teatum Jones, Dominic Jones and Turkish designer Bora Aksu.
When asked about the model’s recent success Andrea Roche replied:
‘We are extremely proud of her as she has only just turned 16 and is doing so well. This is her second season for LFW and her agency there Elite see huge potential in Clara.’
Model Clara McSweeney
Clara is in her fourth year of secondary school, balancing this and modelling with international labels in the UK. With striking features, long blonde locks and comparisons being made to Rosie Huntington Whiteley this Irish model has a bright future ahead.
Last night London saw the cast’s of this years finest films walk the red carpet of the 2014 BAFTAs. Award ceremonies so far have been loaded with stunning gowns and new style icons however last night’s looks appeared a little dull overall.
Colour was lacking and black seemed to be everywhere. This being said there is always one person who makes up for the rest and this was lady of the moment Lupita Nyong’o. Famous for her outstanding supporting role in 12 Years A Slave, this newcomer has dominated almost every award ceremony when it comes to style.
She opts for striking colours which contrast her dark complexion and so instantly catches your eye. A turquoise gown by Christian Dior was her choice for the Baftas fitted to the waist then flowing into a structured train. The metallic belt along with matching cuffs helped create an hourglass shape and break up the block colour.
Cate Blanchett, Suki Waterhouse, Amy Adams and Helen Mirren all donned black ensembles. Angelina Jolie for some reason chose to add some androgyny to the event by wearing a very similar outfit to her husbands.
Samantha Barks brightened things up also as she wore a beautiful cream gown from the Calvin Klein collection. Swept back hair and a chunky necklace completed this stunning look. Naomie Harris sported a low cut hot pink dress to inject some colour into the event.
Dramatic prints, dark tones and rich fabrics sum up the luxurious catwalks of New York Fashion Week. Many a designer pulled out all the stops to showcase their Autumn/Winter 2014 collections but in my opinion one stood out from the crowd.
Kicking off NYFW BCBG Max Azria, a fashion favourite with celebrities, displayed structured pieces with pastel coloured detailing. Oversized outerwear featured heavily in the collection creating layers and length. Accessories included knee high leather boots and large black clutch bags. An array of fur littered the outfits from furry snoods and collars to sumptuous muffs and scarves.
The use of lines throughout the clothing’s design added symmetrical elements to the already structured looks. However the designer opted for lengthy flowing skirts to balance the designs and add femininity. This aesthetic collection lit up the runway with beautiful, elegant and classy pieces certainly stealing the show.
The fantasy woman inspiring the designs of BCBG Max Azria appeared to ooze class, wealth and confidence. Monochrome is a her best friend but with a futuristic twist. Digital prints and luxurious textures complete the wardrobe of this everyday fashionista.
Shimmering gold and sheer panel detailing embellished the red carpet at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards Ceremony in Beverly Hills. Celebrities such as Taylor Swift made quite an impact sparkling in gold while Beyoncé showcased the SS14 sheer trend.
Red Carpet Worthy
Combining two Spring trends: sheer and floral
Showstopper in Gold
Rich silk; Daring cut
Opening the show performing with husband Jay Z, Beyoncé stole the show in more ways than one. Her figure flattering floral dress was designed by Michael Costello putting her high up on the list for best dressed. Embroidered lace and sheer detailing created a feminine but flirty look. Wavy locks and a strong red lip take this outfit to award ceremony standards.
A low ponytail with a sweeping side fringe added simplicity to Taylor Swift’s gold Gucci gown. With sheer shoulders and neckline this frock sparkled from top to bottom while hugging the singer’s slim frame. Expensive with an air of class is how to describe Taylor on music’s biggest night.
Rihanna as expected chose a quirky version of the typical awards ceremony gown. The collared plunging silk dress looked rich in colour and texture. The mustard yellow complimented her complexion while her long tresses were brushed off her face.
Both Iggy Azalea and Anna Kendrick donned beautiful embroidered gowns. Iggy slicked her blonde locks back and let her white floor length dress take center stage. Anna chose glossy curls to add to her revealing yet stunning Azzurro dress.
Christine Teigen, married to John Legend, looked stunning in yet another sequined gold number. Strapless, fitted and featuring a shimmering train the model’s fashion choice was perfect for the occasion.
Block colours, sheer detailing, textured pieces-the red carpet of the 71st Annual Golden Globes Awards saw Hollywood’s finest echo major Spring/Summer 14 trends. The stylish and hilarious duo, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, hosted the awards for a second time at the Beverly Hilton Hotel last night. The wide range of designs chosen by guests created an air of elegance with a slight edge.
Amy Adams was just one actress sporting the block colour trend with a low-cut halter dress in two tones of red by Valentino. The deserving winner of Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical for American Hustle wore her strawberry blonde locks up in a classy bun. A long dainty silver chain mirrored her dresses v-shaped neckline.
The Wolf of Wall Street actress Margot Robbie added edge and a sultry element to the red carpet in a white Gucci dress. A thigh-high slit along with jeweled detailing made blonde beauty stand out from the rest.
Jennifer Lawrence received mixed reviews regarding her Dior haute couture frock. The prom dress style design was either loved or hated, either way the actress was pleased following her win for her comedic supporting role in American Hustle.
Vibrant colour blocking and sheer detailing in the dress worn by Maria Menounos combined two SS14 trends. Slicked back hair and simple accessories complimented the bright pink number by Max Azria Atelier.
Prabal Gurung had more than one design grace the coveted red carpet with Sandra Bullock’s dramatic yet creative colour block dress being one. The actress looked youthful and confident with a side ponytail and worthy nomination.
The cast of Girls certainly made a fashionable impression with nominee Lena Dunham wearing Zac Posen in daring yellow. Allison Williams followed suit in Alexander McQueen spring/summer which featured the texture trend.