Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Milan Fashion Week SS15: The Low Down

A's pick of the bunch from Milan Fashion Week.

As the festivities draw to a close in Milan and the frow-sen few jet across the continent to Paris, we take a look back at the highlights of a frankly spectacular fashion week.

A whirlwind of romance and fairytale. Stefano and Domenico bid us journey with them into the romantic past of Sicily and explore the Spanish heritage in deep and dark blacks and reds. Sultry, sexy as always, and utterly compelling. And the most sumptuous treatment of the tuxedo we've seen for a long time.

Key piece: a cropped matador jacket to add some romance to your smart look.

Rodolfo Paglialunga made his debut at Jil Sander this season and asked 'what is minimal?' I'm not sure I know the answer still, but this confident, beautiful collection presents a very convincing argument. With this schoogirl-inspired collection for 'real women' and 'real life' Paglilunga has just about solved every woman's work-wear puzzle. 

Key piece: a crisp cream shirt, paired with schoolgirl blues and maroons, that'll become your work-wear wardrobe staple.

Like walking works-of-art, the models played out Antonio Marras' Japanese vision along the catwalk. Gowns depicting semi-abstract garden scenes and florals in bold monochrome with swathes of orange and blue. Sandals like those of a modest geisha. Feminine. Bold. Delicate. Breathtaking.

Key piece: a printed gown for a fairytale wedding.

The prints were delicate, feminine; the cut-work was intricate and the fabrics and colours carefully matched, but nothing was fussy. The collection was fresh, modern, light and the models stood tall and confident in their sensible gladiator sandals.

Key piece: a cigarette pant, preferably worn with an artfully printed top.

A lesson in smart-casual, Armani promises a summer sipping prosecco aboard a white yacht on an azure sea. Failing that, perfect nautical in the city with bold stripes, head-to-toe cobalt and smart separates.

Key piece: a blue and white stripe jumper to throw on in the cool summer evenings.

If that doesn't get you excited about spring-summer, I don't know what will. I know I've got a mental shopping list as long as my arm!

Watch this space for J's run-down of Paris fashion week.

A x

Monday, 22 September 2014

Paris Fashion Week - J's Guide to the Must See Shows

Paris Fashion Week - a 9 day roller coaster of beauty and inspiration. J shares which shows are in her calendar

Paris Fashion Week is arguably the 'Big Daddy' of the fashion weeks cycle - that's why there are 9 whole days of it. Jam packed with new collections ranging from the chic sleek lines of Céline to the weird and wonderful creations of Comme des Garçons, it's no wonder I count down to it every year.

The show schedule is available from Mode a Paris, fair warning, there is so much to see that if I could I would be taking the next 9 days off work to sit and watch in awe. Here are  the shows (with images from the AW14 collections) I am looking forward to the most...

Tuesday 23rd

Wednesday 24th

 Thursday 25th

Friday 26th

Saturday 27th

Sunday 28th

Monday 29th

Tuesday 30th 

Wednesday 1st
J x

Thursday, 18 September 2014

London Fashion Week - The Low Down

R brings you the best of London Fashion Week

Just in case you didn't have time to watch every single London Fashion Week show I have carefully selected my favourite shows for you to check out. Not all of them are obvious choices, I'm hoping you'll find some new favourite designers and possibly even consider that it's not just the heavy weights that'll affect what you wear in six months time. So sit back, have a read and don't blame me if you end up with a huge shopping list in about ten minutes... 

London based, Brazillian born designer Barbara Casasola describes her designs as 'pared-back but sensual' and I couldn't agree more. Her SS15 collection delighted me with its honey hues, bodycon fits and elegant lengths. Bodycon matured under Barbara's masterful eye - what was once provocative is now refinement itself. 

Key Piece: Bronze bodycon dress that's made for long summer nights. 

Since moving to London from Turkey 15 years ago and graduating from Central Saint Martins Bora Aksu has created a darker, dreamier take on romance. With his feet firmly in all things fantastical Bora used layers, intricate embroidery and a muted colour palette to set the scene for his moody SS15 girl. 

Key Piece: Blue lace dress that would delight at a summer garden party. 

Seoul born Jackie Lee has always held a special place in my fashion-loving heart. Her trademark style is both minimalist and modernist, two things I adore in a designer's repertoire. For SS15 J. JS Lee did what she did best, embossed striking, sculptural shapes onto understated fabric. Clean, simple and oh-so-effective. 

Key Piece: Embossed sweater, perfect for when FaceHunter visits. 

Known for her contemporary, quality designs Margaret Howell once again turned her hand to style seperates for her SS15 collection. Instantly wearable and incredibly easy to translate into your day-to-day look her range stood out for its versatility. Menswear silhouettes, masculne tailoring and a careful balance of a relaxed yet crisp aesthetic, this was a collection with staying power. 

Key Piece: Midi length pleated skirts and dresses made for real ladies

It seems you can't mention LFW without mentioning Burberry and it's whiz kid Christopher Bailey. Competing only with Topshop for it's tech savy approach to fashion the SS15 collection was instantly covetable as it appeared on screens and feeds around the world. If I had the money I would have ordered every piece off the runway!  A decidedly younger feel, the collection really came into its own during the second half as the trenches and longline dresses were cinched with organza belts and colourful sandals and trainers signalled a continuing love of confident flats - the SS15 Burberry woman needs no heels. 

Key Pieces: The cropped trench coat for artfully robing over printed pieces

Stay tuned for A's Milan Fashion Week low down.

R x

Danielle Keller Jewellery

Romantic, minimalist handmade jewellery by Danielle Keller

Danielle Keller-Aviram is a jewellery designer hailing from Tel Aviv, Israel, and creates intricate, beautiful jewellery under her own label, Danielle Keller

Having grown up surrounded by art and fascinated by nature, it was a natural progression for Danielle to study design.  She fell in love with the process of creating form from space and the transformation of raw material to finished piece.  

Inspired by nature and the world that surrounds her, Danielle coerces and entices silver and gold into shapes recognisable yet mysterious... gentle hearts, subtle teardrops, and refined geometric shapes.  

This short film delightfully captures the delicate and intriguing process of creating a piece of jewellery.  Apologies for the lack of English subtitles! 


There's a certain romance about each piece.  They are handmade, inspired, delicate, but never fussy.  The clean, simple, lines appeal to the minimalist in me.

The rigidity and simplicity of the gold geometric ring has sent it to the top of my wish list - what about you?

To see more of Danielle's work, do visit her website and you can find her stunning pieces for sale on Etsy.

A x