Saint Laurent gives us the female Bond we’ve all been waiting for

Saint Laurent gives us the female Bond we’ve all been waiting for


The venue

Saint Laurent always shows its Paris Fashion Week show at the Fontaine du Trocadéro, overlooking the Eiffel Tower. However this season things were a little different, due in no small part to the rain (yes even in beautiful Paris we must make allowances for the weather).

A black tent was erected, and inside guests walked a cream carpet which also served as a backdrop to the catwalk. For the show, lights went out, with only white spotlights putting the focus on the models – a nod to the famous Bond film opening credits.

The collection

If James Bond were a woman, this is what she would wear. Part femme fatale, part spy, she wears patent leather trousers with sheer blouses, pencil skirts with lacy bras.

But she is also confident enough to embrace masculine clothing, such as 80s power blazers, and in fact she dresses them up even more with chunky costume jewellery.

She also embraces colour, opting to mix in the classic Saint Laurent black with shades of chocolate, red wine and scarlet.

The accessories

Elegant suits were elevated thanks to leopard print cravates and chunky gold chains, while footwear was decidedly 80s. Think mum-style pointed slingbacks and courts, but with a killer twist. We also saw a lot of leather gloves, a big trend for AW20, also seen on the catwalk in Milan.

The FROW

Saint Laurent always draws an A List crowd, and this season was no exception. Zoe and Lenny Kravitz, Rami Malek, Kit Harrington, Hayley Bieber and Brooklyn Beckham were just some of the famous faces spotted on the FROW.

The standout piece

The black PVC coat worthy of the best MI6 agent.

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Maria Grazia Chiuri celebrates women with her PFW show

Maria Grazia Chiuri celebrates women with her PFW show


The venue

The show venue – set in the Jardin des Tuileries in the heart of Paris – was designed in collaboration with the Claire Fontaine collective to create a space dedicated to Italian women artists who commit to the feminist cause. Illuminated conic phrases hung from the ceiling, flashing at intervals.

‘Women raise the upraising’ symbolising the revolutionary act of motherhood, ‘patriarchy = repression’ illustrated the emotional consequences of make domination and ‘when women strike, the world stops’ highlighted the often unrecognised but essential role of women in society.

The first model opened the show to the word ‘consent’ flashing above her, a – perhaps unintentional but impactful nonetheless – nod to this week’s Weinstein verdict.

The clothes

Maria Grazia Chiuri looked to her teenage diary for her autumn/winter 2020 collection, and more specifically the emotions linked to it. She revisited old photos including some of her mother and actresses who inspired clients of her mother’s couture atelier, and re-imagined them with her vision of today.

The show opened with the Dior Bar jacket, which harks back to the New Look of 1947, launched during the house’s first ever Paris fashion show.

There were 70s shearling jackets and boiler suits, and plenty of heritage checks inspired by Mr Christian Dior himself (‘I love checks. They can be fancy and simple; elegant and easy; young and always right,’ he said).

A polka dot scarf found in the Dior archives served as the starting point for a series of dresses in various styles and lengths.

Other key looks included grandad knits and prim pea coats paired with pleated skirts. Fringes featured heavily, adding movement to long skirts.

The accessories

There again, Maria looked to the past. Silk bandana scarves adorned models’ heads, showcasing hippie style wavy hair. Organza ties and cute backpacks reminded us of school uniforms of days gone by.

The FROW

Dior started off PFW with a bang thanks to a very stellar line-up. Maya Hawkes, Sigourney Weaver, Andie MacDowell, Rachel Brosnahan, Demi Moore, Cara Delevingne, and the list goes on.

The standout piece

A good suit is the ultimate timeless look worth investing in, and for this reason I have to say the black two-piece that opened the show. If the jacket still stands the test of time over 70 years on, then it’s a no brainer.

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Boss makes a case for lilac at Milan Fashion Week

Boss makes a case for lilac at Milan Fashion Week


Boss Milan Fashion Week

The venue

Boss Milan Fashion Week

Boss took over the Social Music City space and decked it in lilac, and models, including Irina Shayk, Bella Hadid and Doutzen Kroes, glided around an oval catwalk to the sounds of a live orchestra. The musicians performed a piece titled Down to Earth, composed by Henry Scars Struck, resulting in the most poetic walk we’ve seen this season.

The clothes

We all know Boss does tailoring, and does it well. But the AW20 collection – called Generations – was all about reworking old classics into a more modern and fluid aesthetic.

Boss Milan Fashion Week

The tailoring was given a 2020 update thanks to sharp silhouettes in new fabrications and colours: chocolate coloured leather suits, two-tone coats and the most gorgeous navy silk dresses with cut out details. Knitwear was strong, with oversized scarves adding an interesting layer to slouchy knitwear.

Vivid red and coral accents added a pop of colour to the palette of cream and grey, and more unexpectedly, lilac was a fresh twist on autumnal dressing.

The accessories

Boss Milan Fashion Week

This season saw the introduction of new bag styles and shoes which offered a luxe finishing touch to proceedings. We particularly loved the square-toe stretch fabric boots for her (there was a particularly lust worthy pair in tiger print), and tassel bags for him.

Boss Milan Fashion Week

The FROW

Boss Milan Fashion Week

Boss drew one of the most star studded crowds yet, rounding off Milan Fashion Week nicely. Cara Delevingne and Ashley Benson sat alongside Amber Valletta, Toni Garrn and Orlando Bloom.

The standout piece

Boss Milan Fashion Week

Whilst I was in love with every chocolate-hued piece in the collection, the lilac colour has converted the purple-averse in me.

For this reason, I’m backing the lilac coat, beautifully paired with some olive knitwear.

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Hugo Boss makes a case for lilac at Milan Fashion Week

Hugo Boss makes a case for lilac at Milan Fashion Week


Hugo Boss Milan Fashion Week

The venue

Hugo Boss Milan Fashion Week

Boss took over the Social Music City space and decked it in lilac, and models, including Irina Shayk, Bella Hadid and Doutzen Kroes, glided around an oval catwalk to the sounds of a live orchestra. The musicians performed a piece titled Down to Earth, composed by Henry Scars Struck, resulting in the most poetic walk we’ve seen this season.

The clothes

We all know Boss does tailoring, and does it well. But the AW20 collection – called Generations – was all about reworking old classics into a more modern and fluid aesthetic.

Hugo Boss Milan Fashion Week

The tailoring was given a 2020 update thanks to sharp silhouettes in new fabrications and colours: chocolate coloured leather suits, two-tone coats and the most gorgeous navy silk dresses with cut out details. Knitwear was strong, with oversized scarves adding an interesting layer to slouchy knitwear.

Vivid red and coral accents added a pop of colour to the palette of cream and grey, and more unexpectedly, lilac was a fresh twist on autumnal dressing.

The accessories

Hugo Boss Milan Fashion Week

This season saw the introduction of new bag styles and shoes which offered a luxe finishing touch to proceedings. We particularly loved the square-toe stretch fabric boots for her (there was a particularly lust worthy pair in tiger print), and tassel bags for him.

Hugo Boss Milan Fashion Week

The FROW

Hugo Boss Milan Fashion Week

Boss drew one of the most star studded crowds yet, rounding off Milan Fashion Week nicely. Cara Delevingne and Ashley Benson sat alongside Amber Valletta, Toni Garrn and Orlando Bloom.

The standout piece

Hugo Boss Milan Fashion Week

Whilst I was in love with every chocolate-hued piece in the collection, the lilac colour has converted the purple-averse in me.

For this reason, I’m backing the lilac coat, beautifully paired with some olive knitwear.

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Donatella Versace introduces genderless fashion (but still with plenty of glamour)

Donatella Versace introduces genderless fashion (but still with plenty of glamour)


The vibe

Last season’s J Lo finale was always going to be a tough act to follow, but Donatella Versace surprised nonetheless with her AW20 collection. First off, she turned the camera on us, the audience. As we sat down, distorted versions of ourselves were reflected in the LED screen behind the catwalk, only to be replaced with hundreds of Donatella heads. Then for the first time, she combined men and womenswear, showcasing a gender fluid collection.

The collection

Donatella said she wanted to highlight both masculinity and femininity in the show, but make no mistake, this didn’t mean she forgot her flamboyant roots. Men and women alike walked down the runway in psychedelic print suits, animal print fun fur coats and neon shorts. There were men with rhinestone-covered shorts, and women with dad blazers.

No one does mini dresses quite like Donatella, and Kendall Jenner, closing the show, proved just that, in a silver sequin number – though Bella Hadid looked equally glam in a lime green version.

The accessories

The bag game was strong this season. There were classic crossbody bags with understated logos, and shoppers with mini bags clipped onto them. Other highlights included giant shades, cocktail rings and platform heels.

The standout piece

Less of a piece, more of a look. Kaia looked like a 70s goddess in a sheer brown mini reflecting the brand’s logo, paired with a faux fur coat and retro shades.

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Moschino goes full-on Marie Antoinette in Milan

Moschino goes full-on Marie Antoinette in Milan


The vibe

The Moschino invitation – a pink cake with intricate icing – set the tone for the show. Crystal chandeliers dropped dramatically from the ceiling to light a mirrored runway. At the centre of it all, an old-fashioned gilded stage with draped pink curtains, which opened up to reveal a Versailles-style hall of mirrors.

The line-up itself was worthy of any FROW. The Hadid sisters walked, as did Kaia Gerber, and a few Victoria’s Secret alumni including Irina Shayk, Romee Strijd and Stella Maxwell.

The clothes

Let them have cake! As you might have guessed from the set, the collection paid a lavish homage to Marie Antoinette. Jeremy Scott designed her decadent wardrobe as if she were alive today. The corsets and paniers were re-imagined with denim and PVC, and there were even trench and hoodie-style versions – all embellished with pearls and gold.  Hemlines were short and boots thigh high.

There were bucolique prints and delicate florals, ballgowns in the shades of the patisseries she so favoured. And of course this being Moschino, there were actual cake dresses which were a cheeky echo of the invitations.

The accessories

Even the accessories were fit for royalty, from the pearl chain belts to the chunky pearl earrings and peace sign chokers. The shoes were equally sexy: think thigh highs boot with pink satin laces and chunky platform heels.

For the bags, as per usual, Jeremy turned everyday objects on their heads. There were hat boxes, fans, macarons and very realistic baguettes, mixed in with his signature Moto-jacket bags.

The standout piece

Penny says, ‘There’s no one like Moschino to remind us that sometimes fashion can just be fun and frivolous. That said, there was something a little more wearable about the magenta gown with gathered skirt. If Marie Antoinette were invited to the Oscars, this is what she’d wear.

Sunil says, ‘Planning your nuptials soon? Take note: Who needs a cake when you can BE the cake. Moschino’s AW20 bride sashayed down the runway complete with frosting and a veil that grazed across the well appointed heels on the FROW.’

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Embracing your sexiness, excellent casting and the quite possibly the best leather coat ever at Fendi AW20

Embracing your sexiness, excellent casting and the quite possibly the best leather coat ever at Fendi AW20


Swathes of pink greeted guests at the Fendi Autumn / winter 20 show, with the dusty tone covering everything from the plush carpets and walls to the undulating seating that trailed the entire room – and which a host of famous famous like Halima to Chiara Ferragni were sitting on.

The Clothes:

Where we about to see an entire collection of pink? Save for a few pieces (a coat, a slouchy sweater, elbow length gloves, boots and a blouse) the omnipresent pink was absent. The outwear was strong: we’re obsessed with the new power sleeve – a drop shoulder voluminous affair – that ramps up the drama factor and the clean lines of sharp tailored pieces. The Fendi woman embraces her sexiness whether it’s the glimpse of a satin bra under an unbuttoned blouse, tasselled negligé, corsets or strategically revealed flashes of skin. 

For print lovers, paisley and de fragmented leopard print appeared on pieces throughout the collection.

The Accessories:

Accessories were subtle at the Fendi show but they were everything. There were utility belts decked with stop watches (gold ones mind you) and pencil earrings that screamed secretary chic. Padded headbands were worn at the nape of the neck to highlight the severity of the models’ braided buns. There was also a boudoir story featuring Madonna-esque dusty pink pointed bras and satin gloves.

On the maximalist side of things, the hero bag was a simple yet XXL sized Fendi shopping bag.

The Models:

Our eyes lit up when the stunning Paloma Elsesser stormed down the runway. And with the likes of Carolyn Murphy, Mariacarla Boscono, Liya Kebede, the Hadid’s and Kaia – this was one of the best casting for a show yet.

The Standout Pieces:

The best leather jacket ever. Bella Hadid wore an impossibly structured buttery leather jacket – both sculptural and yet form fitting – which was tailored to perfection. SM

You wouldn’t normally catch me wearing Paisley, but by god does it become the chicest print on earth when Fendi works its magic on it. For AW20, it is tinted an elegant cream and brown to elevate a perfectly tailored wool coat. PG

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Alessandro Michele lifts the veil on the magic of Gucci

Alessandro Michele lifts the veil on the magic of Gucci


The vibe

For his AW20, Alessandro Michele did something a little different. He took the focus away from the clothes (though more on that later) and put it firmly on the Gucci crew that puts the show together.

In his show notes, he revealed: ‘I decided to unveil what lies behind the curtains. May then miracle of skilled hands and holding breath come out of the shadows. May the collective intelligence that takes care of gestation be visible, as shivers rage on. May that wild and crazy hive that I made my home have a throne.’

The venue

And so, to highlight the work that goes behind each collection, we entered the venue through the backstage, seeing firsthand the models being prepped by the hair and make-up team.

At the beginning of the show, models stepped onto a revolving stage, still in their dressing gowns, where a team of stylists and couturiers awaited to dress them to Ravel’s Bolero, which resulted in the magical experience that Alessandro likened to the ritual of going to the movies or the circus.

The show ended with the crew taking the places of the models and walking off the carousel to applause from the crowd.

The clothes

Gucci being Gucci, the clothes of course told a story themselves. Alessandro referenced the circus and the movies and the clothes took us on a journey, from Pilgrim-esque black dresses with white bibs paired with hats, to Marie Antoinette style ruffled dresses, cute 60s sailor dresses and 70s floral suits.

The accessories

Maximalist Gucci fans were not disappointed. In terms of hair accessories alone, there were jewelled headbands and retro headscarfs, tall Pilgrim hats and fluffy balaclavas. There were metallic ladylike gloves, oversized cross necklaces, statement handbags and sparkly shoes.

The standout piece

I’ve always loved a good Gucci suit, so I have to admit I fell in love with this green 70s floral number, paired as it was with fluffy socks and bejewelled Mary Janes. Extra style points for the matching tie and diamante headpiece.

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Disney is launching a princess wedding gown collection and it's magical

Disney is launching a princess wedding gown collection and it's magical


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If you’re planning to tie the knot, you’ll likely be visiting several potential wedding venues, organising favours and flowers, and realising that putting together the perfect seating plan really is that difficult.

You’ve also probably got a million ideas about the dress that you want to wear on your big day. Fishtail, flowy, ballgown, basque – there are so many options that it can be more than a little overwhelming.

You can forget the huge price tag, too. There are so many affordable wedding dresses and stunning high street wedding dresses out there that you can find the gown of your dreams for a fraction of the cost.

But if you know exactly what you’re after and dream of looking like a Disney princess as you walk down the aisle then thank your lucky stars because a fairytale wedding gown collection now exists and it looks absolutely magical.

House of Mouse and Allure Brides have collaborated on the Fairy Tale Weddings Collection which includes 16 styles – including Ariel, Aurora, Belle, Jasmine, Cinderella, Pocahontas, Rapunzel, Tiana, and Snow White – that ‘capture the style and spirit of Disney Princess characters.’

The Ariel-inspired gown features ‘a gorgeous ruffled skirt that moves gracefully as the ocean’s tide’.

Then there’s an elegant ballgown inspired by Belle, which looks stunning.

Fans have also been given a sneak peak of the Princess Tiana gown that is absolutely dreamy.

 

The full collection will debut at New York Bridal Fashion Week in April 2020, and Allure Bridals CEO Kelly Crum said in a statement: ‘So many brides grow up admiring their favourite Disney Princess characters and are inspired by their journeys, gowns and stories of the classic films.

‘Our design team worked tirelessly on each of these incredible gowns, as each dress features intricate detailing specifically inspired by the timeless characters known and loved by all of us at Allure and Kleinfeld, as well as our brides. We are honoured to work with Disney on this collection and see the romance of it come to life.’

Incorporating materials such as soft mikado, ethereal tulle and flowing chiffon, the dresses will be available at selected bridal boutiques across North America with prices ranging from $1,200 to $2,500. A selected seven of the styles will be available exclusively at Kleinfeld Bridal stores in New York and Toronto with prices ranging from $3,500 to $10,000.

So if you really want to look like a Disney princess on your wedding day, perhaps a trip overseas is in order…

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Lena Dunham was refreshingly honest about her appearance on the catwalk

Lena Dunham was refreshingly honest about her appearance on the catwalk


Lena Dunham made her surprise catwalk debut at London Fashion Week, starring in the 16ARLINGTON show.

The Girls actress modelled a gold dress with full skirt and leather-style bow top, paired with black tights and heels.

She was apparently asked to walk the show by designers Marco Capaldo and Kikka Cavenati, after they spotted her wearing one of their designs – an orange sequin dress – to the premiere of Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.

Now Lena has revealed that after the initial joy of being asked, she immediately worried about feeling insecure next to the other models. She took to her Instagram, writing, ‘When my friends at @16arlington asked me to walk the runway, I basically yelled “YES WHEN!?” Who doesn’t want to be a supermodel!? I don’t get out of bed for less than $10,000 a day, just like Linda Evangelista (JK, will work for chips.).’

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When my friends at @16arlington asked me to walk the runway, I basically yelled “YES WHEN!?” Who doesn’t want to be a supermodel!? I don't get out of bed for less than $10,000 a day, just like Linda Evangelista (JK, will work for chips.) It was only after my initial scream of joy that I realized this would hit on a lot of my insecurities- about my body, desire-ability and general coolness. But Marco & Federica are such sensitive, funny and wise artists and they created a show that could make any woman feel beautiful and unusual and happy in her total uniqueness. I loved meeting girls from all over the world (wow, your job is a lot harder than it looks- I can barely move my legs after that strut, so hats off to models) and I’m so proud to call the designers my friends. Congratulations, my loves, on your first runway show! What a way to spend #ValentinesDay 😍 #LFW #LondonFashionWeek (📸: Mitchell Sams)

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‘It was only after my initial scream of joy that I realized this would hit on a lot of my insecurities- about my body, desire-ability and general coolness,’ she added.

Luckily it turned out to be a positive experience. She revealed, ‘Marco & Federica are such sensitive, funny and wise artists and they created a show that could make any woman feel beautiful and unusual and happy in her total uniqueness. I loved meeting girls from all over the world (wow, your job is a lot harder than it looks- I can barely move my legs after that strut, so hats off to models) and I’m so proud to call the designers my friends.’

The actress was overwhelmed by positive comments from her fans.

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