Best Dressed of 2012

In no particular order, here are Fashion(Ed) In London’s picks of the most sartorial ladies of 2012:

Poppy Delevingne

PoppyDShe’s been on the radar for a while, but last year, the elder Delevingne sister showcased her polished and sophisticated British style with great aplomb.

Alexa Chung

acShe’s still got it. This girl just knows how to dress.

Mira Duma

MiraDThe leader of the new Russian style pack, and owner of many beautiful coats (of course, she does live in Moscow).

Marion Cotillard

MarionCDior, Dior, Dior, need we say more?

Kristen Stewart

KristenSLast year, Kristen upped her game style-wise; she stopped looking like someone else had forced her into an outfit, and took control. Kristen has a fresh, modern take on red-carpet dressing. More please in 2013.

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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

How I’d Style It: Emma Watson

At the première of The Perks of Being A Wallflower, Emma Watson debuted a Dior Couture look which has divided the Nation’s opinion. Half of us love it and half dislike or don’t quite understand it. I am in the love camp. However I do have issues with the look as a whole.

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The Giants of Fashion Illustration

René Gruau for Vogue Paris June/July 1985

Before the days of photography and photoshop, magazines and fashion houses employed the skills of Fashion Illustrators for their spreads and advert campaigns. These days fashion illustration is rare, so when I heard of David Downton, it was very exciting news. He follows in the footsteps of the greats, such as René Gruau and Carl Erickson, bringing whimsical romanticism to the world of fashion through his beautiful illustrations.

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How I’d Style It: Kate Middleton

I feel as though I’m missing a gene – the love of Kate Middleton’s style gene. I simply cannot fathom how she has managed to secure the top spot in so many ‘Best Dressed’ lists. She dresses like someone 10 years her senior and when she does wear a stylish dress, the allure is always ruined by her accessories. It has been said before on this blog and it will be said again – nude shoes are awful at the best of times, and when patent (like Kate’s LK Bennett Sledges) are possibly the most unflattering shoe there is. They do not go with everything, so dearest Duchess, please stop pairing them with everything. I know this is a contentious issue and there are many people who disagree, but there are also many who, like me, find it infuriating that Kate pips true style queens like Miranda Kerr and Diane Kruger to the top spot in style ranks. It is obviously not the Duchess of Cambridge’s role to be a trend-setting fashion icon, but she is a very prominent figure in the public eye and scrutiny of her appearance goes with the territory.

Were I the stylist of Kate, I would continue to push her to wear British brands (something she does often) but I would give her the more exciting, colourful, vibrant and less drab outfits. According to a recent Daily Mail colour chart, Kate wears grey 16% of the time, white 10% and cream 6%. She is also, thankfully, a fan of royal blue, one of the key colours for AW 12, so we know she does have some taste for a pop of colour in her wardrobe.

So here is a compiled list of clothes I would put Kate in from the AW12 collections. All are by British designers and all are appropriate for someone of the Duchess’ position.

Alexander McQueen – In keeping with Kate’s penchant for green.

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Butler & Wilson

Costume jewellery – it’s big, it’s bold and it’s brilliant. There’s nowhere quite like Butler & Wilson where you can find big, sparkling, over-the-top jewels and wacky, ever so slightly creepy jewellery. Not for the faint hearted, the majority of their pieces are eye-catching but luckily not eye-wateringly expensive. A win win situation. Such jewellery can be worn with anything but its real strength lies in taking a plain outfit from the everyday to a much higher level. Below are my favourite pieces at the moment.

Crystal Art Deco Pendant on Double Chain Necklace – £58

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The Best of Resort 2013

Rather than doing a post about the best looks from each show, I’ve decided to pick the best looks but also my favourite individual pieces from each Resort 2013 show. The stand out shows for me have to be: BCBG Max Azria for their bright, summery prints, Peter Pilotto for similar reasons – amazing, graphic, colourful prints, Stella McCartney due to the cool, elegant tailoring, and Valentino, who showcased beautiful, ladylike pieces. There are lots of pieces and looks here for you to look over – enjoy!

3.1 Phillip Lim Shirt

3.1 Phillip Lim skirt

Altuzarra cape

Altuzarra skirt

BCBG Max Azria

BCBG Max Azria top

BCBG Max Azria

BCBG Max Azria cropped jacket

BCBG Max Azria

Lots more looks after the jump!

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