Showing posts with label designer. Show all posts
Showing posts with label designer. Show all posts

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Oscar de la Renta RTW Spring/Summer 2015

At any given Fashion week, with catwalks and numerous fabulous designs and designers, one of the thrills that can happen is when you love everything in particular look, piece of clothing or detail.

Oscar de la Renta's collection was a thrill to watch. Piece after piece, the designs were pretty and feminine throughout, with gingham thrown in with the lace pastels and the pinch of stripes thrown in.

Look 1: A great look to open with. It revealed enough about the collection to keep you wanting.

Even though the collection had a consistency throughout in fabrics and tones, the designs presented in this collection would provide something for everyone. In fact, in my head, I was spotting things and making mentals notes about outfits and clothes that could dress all four of the main female characters in Sex and the City, all to their personal style. For example, The second look in the two pictures above is definitely a Samatha Jones. The first in the two above those, a Charlotte York.

The above pieces were my favourite dresses in this show, and I'm almost positively certain that they will crop up on the red carpet soon enough. I find that the first one especially is a bit reminiscent of the Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2012. The dress that Kate moss wore in that show, white with feathery bits, definitely could pass for this number's baby sister.

Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2012

 And to continue with the Oscar de la Renta show, the piece below is another that quite stood out to me. A very Carrie-Bradshaw-esque piece in my opinion, especially with the pastel pink, off the shoulder crop top. I'm also in love with this yellow-green colour.

All in all, a fabulous collection. Mixing and matching of different textures, colours and patterns is my most favourite element in designs, and apart from the inherent femininity, it is definitely what called out to me in this designer's work.

Tina x

Disclaimer: pictures are not mine and were all taken from 

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Gareth Pugh and Pitti Imagine #79

Gareth Pugh is an emerging Fashion Designer with a very distinct style. We may say this about every other designer really, but if applies to anyone, it's Gareth Pugh. It's through his immediate leap into the unconventional, unseen and vaguely sinister that marked him down as a designer to keep an eye on. Gareth Pugh practically gambled all his money into what he did. 

I decided to do a post about this designer because in my Fashion Foundation seminar we saw a Fashion Film of Gareth Pugh's Pitti at the Imagine #79. It's amazing, really. I mean, props to the director Ruth Hogben, but boy, Gareth Pugh's visions do seem stir something deep within.

I love this one particularly because you can feel the contrast brought by Gareth pugh's usual insights in his creations and the religious connotations at this Italian debut. The melancholic strings against the modernist sounds.
"With a collection inspired by religious iconography and Florentine opulence, Gareth Pugh made his Italian fashion debut at Pitti Immagine #79. Showcasing his clothes via a unique fashion film, created with Ruth Hogben and projected onto the ceiling of a 14th-century church, Pugh melded the grand traditions and art of this ancient city with his own hyper-modern fashion vision." - SHOWstudio

One thing about Gareth Pugh that makes him distinguishable is the way in which he "reaches out". It's a feeling he instils. His designs are daring, a little bit off, maybe, but inherently glamorous. I feel that the Fashion Film advertises this designer's image better than any still photo would. The twisting, crawling, creature-like figures seem to embody some unconscious instinct, searching, looking and testing reality.

I read somewhere that Gareth Pugh's also influenced by London's club scene. You can feel that in the way the figures move, their disconnection with time and place and the harmony with their bodies and movements with the throbbing sounds.

Here is the link to another Fashion Film, the one from Gareth Pugh's Spring/Summer 2011.

In my opinion, Gareth Pugh kind of gives any other aspiring designer the push to find that something more within.

-Tina x

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Rachel Zoe Fall/Winter 2012

I first spotted this collection on Olivia Palermo's new blog, It was love at first sight, hence me blogging about this designer's RTW collection. 

There are various elements which I enjoyed in the runway show. First there's the styling. As mentioned in Olvia's blog, Rachel Zoe was a stylist for a number of years. I think that this is greatly reflected in her style and they way she seems to create singles of unique pieces and assemble them together in such a seamless way. 

Another thing I enjoyed is how there are various pieces, different looks and a great deal of variations of style. I find that sometimes I tend to favour RTW shows over Couture ones. A lot of the Couture collections are focused around something specific, so I enjoy seeing something like this. Case in point, Rachel Zoe's collection is varied, interesting and simply gorgeous all throughout. In this blog post I will focus around two details that persist in her a major part of the collection and the way she works them into the looks in their entirety. 

First off, I adored the touches and trimmings of Velvet. I'm not normally such a fan of this fabric as it can easily come across as tacky. But, the way this designer does makes it come across as a delicacy - and that's at the risk of sounding cheesy haha. Anyway, I have assembled some of the looks involving velvet:

All catwalk photos from here

The first thing I feel I have to point out is that my picks of velvet were all in black. Velvet is such an attention grabber of a fabric as it is. It is for this reason that I tend to prefer it in black since the colour downplays the involvement of velvet in the outfit.  The first three picks in the examples above are outfits that I really like and would probably wear. The velvet items are integrated so beautifully. The last look is practically all velvet, which is why I included it. It is to show how the pattern of the top and accessories do the trick. These details really pull off the all-velvet look.

One last (velvety) thing, is this hat:

Photo from here

Needless to say, a beauty. 
The hat, I mean. :P

Another thing, was the fur.

What I'm favouring most here is nude with white fur. The second look is my favourite(est) one ever. What she's wearing, the blouse, the white tights, the blazer and that fur over everything makes it something I'd wear on an ideal snowy day. What I liked most is that the designer did not make the fur centre of attention, but played around with other elements too, making everything balance out.

I hope you enjoyed my post and views, but that's all for today guys as I feel that more content would make this post too long-winded and heavy. Not to mention that after this long and unusual day, I'm thoroughly exhausted.

'night. :)

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Designer Blazers For Less

I've got quite a random post for you guys today. As I told you before, I've been eyeing quite a number of blazers at the Spring Summer shows. Honestly though, High Street ones are sometimes just as gorgeous. So to show you this, I took some of my picks from Designer collections and found High Street pieces which, I think, reflect the idea rather well.

Helmut Lang, Topshop

Chloe, ASOS

D&G, River Island

Altzurra, River Island, Topshop

Diane Von Furstenberg, Topshop

Now I'm off, I've got a model of a façade to do by Wednesday and ohmygod I need to get working. Not to mention that tomorrow I start my second semester at Uni. Wish me luck. Gah.

Tina x

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Yes, I'm back!

I know, I know. I haven't posted in ages. I have a fully legitimate excuse, even though I do think I could have avoided this whole lot of drama. Last week I had my review... that had to include panoramas.... which I forgot about until only a week before the review was due. Hence the panic and break-free days which included finding places to shoot and stitching for hours on end on Photoshop. However, several breakdowns  and sleepless nights later I got that over with as well, and it all went quite well actually, so all's well that ends well.

Anyway, on with Fashion. Something I've had time to do earlier on was watch a significant amount of runway shows. I'm stunned by the sheer beauty of these shows. If it is the people there, backstage shots, the setting and the clothes, obviously. 

For this post I have planned to show you what I liked from the Spring/Summer Collections and after that, what posts I have coming up (I feel I owe it to my readers after that horrible prolonged silence *shame*).

The Mismatched prints at D&G

I'm in love. One of my favourite things to do when picking my outfits is inject various elements into it. I tend to feel that minimalism and colour-blocking are not something I can easily pull off.

I really liked the mismatching at D&G because it is elegantly done. Things don't need to be perfectly matched to look good and assembled. That statement creates a sort of paradox but yes, I do believe it's true. 

Pictures all from here

Spring Blazers

The blazer is my new favourite item for various reasons. First off, it gives stricture to my shoulders, and that's something I really like. Secondly, an outfit looks more put together with a blazer. I do not like the 'casual' look much. Hoodies, plain sweater-and-jeans outfits and slouchy clothes just don't go well with my figure- or my tastes (haha), one of them anyway. 

So naturally, a number of my favourite picks from the Spring Summer collections included blazers, and believe me when I say that it was with much effort that I picked only four. I should probably also mention that I have a new item on my Designer wishlist- a Helmut Lang Blazer. Having already said that I do not do minimalism, I feel I have to point out that Helmut Lang gives a completely new dimension to minimalism. The cuts and details are something I really like in this designer's work.

Helmut Lang, Chloe, Diane Von Furstenberg, Altzurra

Very Feminine Detailing

Quite predictably, the peplum skirt is one of them. The injection of feminine in the Spring/Summer shows was something I really liked. There is quite a hype with androgyny lately, but I do feel that distinctly feminine silhouettes and details are something ever-present in what I decide to wear.

Tposhop Unique, Louis Vuitton, Ellie Saab, Jason Wu

Victorian Fashion

Something I noted about some of the runway shows was a certain Victorian era vibe, if it is the McQueen design like below, the billowy Valentino dresses which remind me of night-gowns of the time, or the Yves Saint Laurent heels.

One of the things I like to do in my spare time is draw and design clothes myself, and some of my designs are inspired a great deal from the Victorian era fashion. I like a wide area of things, and while you wouldn't expect this from someone who so adores blazers, Victorian fashion is something which I will probably always like.

McQueen, Valentino, YSL, Valentino

And now, I will list the posts that will come sooon!
  • An outfit post. (Yes! Promise.)
  • A post in which I'll show you some of my sketches and designs. I love art and drawing, and I feel that I could put that to use here. 
  • A preview of my favourite make-up products as of late. 
  • Another post about an element I love in Fashion weeks and runway shows.

I also have a sneak peak of a haul, only I'm actually wearing what I bought haha.

I apologize for the crappy quality of this photo.
It gets through what I needed to show, though. Haha.
The bit of red by the side, by the way,
is the best friend. :P

That's all for now. Thanks for reading. :)
Tina x

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Chanel No. 5: Train de Nuit

The various Chanel perfume commercials have a certain style by which I remain every so fascinated. What inspired me to write about this is a shortened version of the below commercial for Chanel no.5. 

Despite the fact that I consider myself more of a 'Madmoiselle' person- as it is in fact my most prized Chanel perfume - this commercial has to be my favourite. There are various others, including a couple of the latest featuring Keira Knightly and Nicole Kidman. But this one is magical.

The short film is called 'Train de Nuit' - Night Train- and features the actress Audrey Tautou. In the film, Audrey's character encounters a handsome stranger, played by Travis Davenport, who is entranced by  her perfume. All this happens on the a train from Paris to Istanbul, the Orient Express. What I love most about this short film is the old, vintage atmosphere; the train, the styling - and the camera Audrey's character has.

I'm not an expert in Cinematography, but I must say that the shooting is amazing. How the director, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, splits the scene, shoots particular moments and also how the camera comes round and in on the subject achieve a mesmerising effect. Because of this, the ways Audrey is caught emphasize the luxury and glamour she portrays, which is only fitting- it's Chanel we're talking about after all.

Photo taken from here

Photo taken from here

Other famous women advertising this most iconic perfume also include the actress Marilyn Monroe. Marilyn Monroe was in fact the first poster girl of Chanel No. 5. A famous quote by this glamorous actress was in fact about this perfume: "What do I wear in bed? Why, Chanel No. 5, of course."

In the spirirt of Chanel, Audrey Tautou and the nostalgic commercial, I have put together an outfit inspired from Audrey's styling.
Audrey Tautou for Chanel Inspiration

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Studs, Punk and Balmain.

Ever wondered how spikes and studs ever made it to the catwalk? To be worn by glamorous people and the fashion world throughout? To be considerer as Haute Couture, even? Well, now you will.

You can easily spot Edelmann's Zoyla and Lorissa.  The Zoyla especially is a very popular component of the latest street style look. The rest are all Balmain.

After doing a bit of research, it turned out (not that surprisingly really) that studs, spikes and embellishments in general came from the Punk subculture. This particular case is one where high-end and designer fashion was thoroughly affected by street style. Because this was a purely "street" style.

In fact, clothing with spikes, studs and punk fashion in general was originally hand-made. The punk sub culture was a sort of rebellion. It was an aggressive and anarchic movement, hence the unkempt, fierce hairstyles and trademark embellishments. This subculture considered itself to be quite anti-fashion. Ironically, the "anti-fashion" style it developed was adopted by designer and high-end labels, and was very much commercialized later on.

Balmain, as you might have guessed, is my favourite label for such casual, punkish attire. Whilst this particular Fashion House was previously known for it's luxurious and glamorous looks, under the Designer Christophe Decarnin it adopted a distincly edgier feel. Below are three of my favourite looks from this year's F/W Collection.

images from here

Sunday, December 4, 2011


It's the attention to details that makes something ordinary, extraordinary.

I'm particularly fond of design which respects detail. In everything I do, I'm kind of this big perfectionist, despite my clumsy tendencies to fall about and stumble into things.

A good design is great, but a good design with great attention to even the smallest detail is greater.

There are many ways to interpret this. If it is a beautiful dress which has a neat and accurate finish, or a simple top which is added that 'something more' that completes it. It all depends from the eye and the balance we perceive.

Here are a few examples which I think reflect this thought:

from here

Charles and Ron design from here

from here

from Of a Kind

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