Fashion(Ed) In London Returns

After a brief hiatus during which much time was spent in the library,  I am back in the world of Fashion. What a wonderful feeling! So here are some of the things that have been going on while my head was stuck in books, essays and poetry:

Sign your allegiance

New York boutique Les Plus Dorés have released a range of varsity-style t-shirts sporting the names of your favourite designers on the back, meaning we can show the world our brand loyalty. Not only do they have their names, but the numbers correspond to the year in which each particular designer was born. Nifty. So now in the Simons at Dior vs. Slimane at YSL debate, you can proudly show your team loyalty. Available here.

images from LPD website

Fashion Goes Disney

New York department store Barneys has collaborated with Disney to produce a film named Electric Holiday; the film follows Minnie Mouse dreaming her way to Paris Fashion Week. Along the way, she meets some of Fashion’s biggest names: Anna Dello Russo, Alber Elbaz, Carine Roitfeld, Franca Sozzani (long-standing role model for this blogger), Emmanuelle Alt, Juergen Teller, Pat McGrath and many more. The film looks very cute indeed but unfortunately it can only be seen in store. Let’s hope it’s released to a  wider audience later on!

images from Vogue

Thanksgiving Parade Re-imagined

John Januzzi has created a series of drawings depicting big fashion names as huge balloons in the illustrious Macy’s’ Thanksgiving Parade. A fun (and probably very popular) idea!

images from becauseimaddicted

And Finally…

It’s that time of year again: sample sale time! This week boasts Erdem, Christopher Kane, J.W.Anderson, Alexander McQueen and Nicholas Kirkwood sample sales.

Erdem: Tuesday 4th December 8.30am – 8.00pm
Wednesday 5th December 8.30am – 5.00pm

The Future Gallery
5 Great Newport Street
London
WC2H 7HY

Christopher Kane: Friday 30th November 12.30 – 8.00pm

The Mercer Street Studios
16 Mercer Street
WC2H 9QE

J.W.Anderson: Friday 30th November 4.00 – 8.00pm

37-75 Shacklewell Lane
Lighthouse Studios
Dalston
London
E8 2EB

Ulyana Sergeenko – La Poupée Russe

With impeccable personal style and an unapologetically elegant touch as a couture designer, Ulyana Sergeenko (Ульяна Сергеенко) is definitely worthy of her title from Russian Glamour as ‘Trendsetter of the Year’. Continue reading

Anna Dello Russo’s Fashion Rules

Anna Dello Russo has taken the time out of her busy schedule of adorning herself in show-stopping clothes, head pieces, sunglasses and jewellery to make a little song with 10 of her fail-safe fashion rules. The 3 below resonated most with me. Give it a listen, you might learn something new…

Lesson number 3: Fashion is always uncomfortable. If you feel comfortable, you never get the look.

Lesson number 5: Wearing night clothes in the day time is unexpected.

Lesson number 6: Somebody wearing the same outfit? Wonderful, you made the right choice.

Peter Pilotto – A Little Bit of Heaven

Peter Pilotto need little introduction to most people but as one of my absolute favourites consistently with every collection they produce, I felt it was only right to dedicate a post to the beauty of their clothes and accessories.

Although named just ‘Peter Pilotto’, the beautiful, vibrant clothes are designed by two men – Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos. Pilotto is half-Austrian and half-Italian. His parents owned the first shop in Austria that sold labels such as Aläia; he grew up with fashion in his daily life and big designers as inspiration. De Vos on the other hand is the half-Belgian, half-Peruvian son of parents in the oil industry, a world far from fashion.

The two men met at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp in 2000 and have been in collaboration ever since. Each brings something different to their designs but they share a fascination of science and nature which is evident in their prints and structuring. Pilotto is the print man and De Vos concentrates on the silhouettes of each piece. The clothes they produce are a perfect juxtaposition of otherworldly, outspoken, bright prints coupled with soft silhouettes and structuring.

As a lover of all print and colour, their clothes appeal to me greatly and I’m not the only one. All manner of celebrities have been seen in their creations, from Miranda Kerr to Samantha Cameron. According to the duo, the ‘Peter Pilotto woman’ is “beyond pure classification of age or style, just like the clothes themselves.”

Samantha Cameron in Peter Pilotto

Anna Dello Russo

Here are the best pieces – it was very hard to whittle them down – from their SS13 collection shown in LFW. The collection was inspired by renaissance paintings, cathedrals and religion (very apt as the collection is, as the title of this post suggests, a little bit of heaven) :

Watch the show to see how beautifully the clothes move, even though they are so well structured, appearing rigid in photographs.

images from style.com