Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Springspiration



Alexander Wang ss14



I'm debating whether to go blonde or not...



I need more red in my wardroobe. All I have at the moment is a vintage sweatshirt that got ruined in the wash. I'm a bit of a clothes hoarder and haven't yet gotten rid of it.







Petit Bateau x Satu Maaranen

For the next three years, Petit Bateau is supporting the winners of the Grand Prix du Jury at Hy√®res Festival, giving them free reign on a collection with the brand. The first capsule line, designed by the 2013 winner Satu Maaranen, will be available in stores from April 29th. Maaranen has been revisiting Petit Bateau designs with the modern and oversized dimensions that were so popular in her winning collection of 2013. 


I will be looking out for this in stores.

The abstract toothpaste-inspired print that features on the designs contrasts with Petit Bateau's traditional stripes. This sharp juxtaposition on the garments lends a modern twist to the line's relatively repetitive designs up until this point. This new collaboration could introduce the brand to a new client base, something much needed by this point.

Megan.

Monday, 14 April 2014

Louis Vuitton FW14

I remember when I first fell in love with Louis Vuitton. It was in 2008 when I was about 11 years old, when I saw the Spring/Summer show, which opened with 12 leading old-school models, all dressed up as nurses, complete with lace masks and caps. The show, as I discovered later on, was a Marc Jacobs and Richard Prince, which explains the nurse look clearly influenced by Prince's work. Nothing was kept in the ordinary, jackets with exposed backs and bags in a spectrum of acid colours, created a complete muddle of random styles which somehow came together in a sort of organised chaos. At the age of 11 this seemed to be just about the coolest show ever, I think the bright accessories triggered my somewhat annoying and extremely embarrassing neon stage.


The models backstage.

From left: Stephanie Seymour, Eva Herzigova, Rianne Ten Haken, Anne Vyalitsyna, Carmen Kass, Natalia Vodianova, Angela Lindvall, Isabeli Fontana, Karolina Kurkova, Lara Stone, Nadja Auermann and Naomi Campbell.
At the end of Paris Fashion Week SS14 Jacobs announced that he was leaving Louis Vuitton and the new head designer was announced as Nicolas Ghesquiere. I have to say he has made me fall in love with the brand all over again, with Ghesquiere focusing all creative energy on what comes down the runway. He has left behind the style of past collections and shows, hosting this one in an open and minimalistic space. He has begun to blend his own love of innovative treatment and the brand's commitment to noble fabrics and tradition. For instance the boxy clutch bags mimic the famed Louis Vuitton travel trunks. For me, the collection's strong point was the jackets and coats. That may be because I'm a coat fanatic but the leather and fur made timeless pieces without going overboard. 

This coat is most likely my favourite piece in the show. It's just about the coolest thing to walk down the runway since John Galliano's Fall 2010 Couture collection for Dior (All I want in life is to walk around the house in one of those masterpieces)

More coats from the collection.

This is by far my favourite FW14 Collection and has established my faith in Nicolas Ghesquiere's new leadership of Louis Vuitton. The colour palate will definitely be featuring in my winter wardrobe, and hopefully so will those fur collars and ankle boots!

Megan Rose.