Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Christopher Kane; Versus

Thrills, frills and fondue's favourite British designer, Christopher Kane, was the designer behind the Versace Versus collection shown last Sunday in Milan.

The Collection was a perfect example of good tailoring and featured a range of outfits, unified by the use of the colour black but featuring pieces that ranged from being appropriate for a business meeting, chilled weekend, sexy date or dancing the night away.
One woman, should she have the desire (and the money) could create an entire A/W'11 wardrobe from the one collection and not get bored.

The accents used on the black collection were geometric patterns, sheer cut-outs and bodices ( the mentality seemed to be if you worked hard for good abs for your beach holiday you may as well flaunt them come autumn too) and a lot of glitter ; some in small details - a bit of piping here, others being whole items covered in glitter or glitter thread. allegedly some items were so glittery the models seemed to leave a smattering of stardust behind as the walked the catwalk.

Despite the glitter injection, the use of high quality materials - leather, good quality wool etc. meant the collection achieved a grown up and polished but fun and sexy vibe, very much in keeping with the Versus clientèle and 'look'.

Kane, in a Hilary Alexander interview described the look as "young and hip but polished", "sexy but modern", "a darker girl... who knows what she wants" and a "strong and beautiful" look inspired by the nineties Versace catwalks of New York.
If that was what Kane was going for then he hit the nail on the head.

Do you love it or loathe it? and more importantly - would you wear it?


Thursday, February 24, 2011

Christopher Kane for J Brand

Christopher Kane has announced a collaboration with J Brand for his 2012 Resort collection and will see him designing an entire collection.
The Jean collection will be available to but at the beginning of next year so we'll have to wait until then to see what the BFC's Fashion Designer of the year comes up with; previous work suggests we should expect great things from Christopher Kane so better start saving for the collaboration now!

Chloe x

Triumph and Felder and Felder - Lingerie Show LFW and shapewear review

On Monday I found out I was lucky enough to have won a competition to attend the Triumph London Fashion Week show at The Show Space.

The Show was to promote 125 years of Triumph and their new shapewear range. Felder and Felder had customised the collection (to match the Felder and Felder mainline) with goat hair - a lot sexier than it sounds!- and leather straps amongst other things.

The collection was grown up and very sexy with a vintage feel; it was my favourite underwear collection I've seen for a while ( and it's well known that I have a slight addiction to matching sets so that's saying something!)

On the ever so slight down side the models, however beautiful, defnitely didn't need reshaping - in some instances the spandex bagged slightly. This definitely isn't true for the non models of the world - In the gift bags alongside a Style magazine ( my personal favourite supplement) we each recieved a sample shapewear product.
They came in small (allegedly a size 10ish) so I received the top (smooth sensation) and inherited the bodydress (Retro Sensation) from my mum's goody bag.
Yesterday I tried them - in the name of research-and FYI there was definitely no bagging with the spandex on my body!
 They did do a nice job of smoothing  out my lumps and bumps but on the top it also flattened out my bust.. nearly completely. Maybe the medium doesn't do this but my advice would be to get the skirt or vintage style undies or wear the dress as an under-bust piece unless you're in the market for a bust-minimiser in which case you need to grab one of these babies!

Massive bonus was that the models were actually allowed to smile at this show - and looked a million times better for it; like they genuinely enjoyed the job and wearing the underwear :)

The show however was fabulous and, to top it off we ( myself and Nadine from Spot the sugarettes) managed to have a photo with the very lovely Felder twins - my personal highlight of fashion week!

Now its less hectic I'll hopefully have more time to look at the shows properly and pick my favourite looks for A/W'11.

My camera wasn't the most obliging on the night so rather than put you through bad pictures I'll borrow some good ones instead!

So what was your highlight of Fashion Week?

Chloe x

Here's my favourite (despite dodgy faces all round)...

Me and Nadine with the Felder twins

Credit: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images

Credit: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images 

go to The Belfast Telegraph for more catwalk pictures of the night

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Me on the front row.. of the statue of Eros steps

Ok, so not quite the ideal front row for the Burberry show but nonetheless, minus a few technical hitches, a very good view of The Burberry A/W show. Am completely in love with a see through raincoat to protect my own red un-Burberry mac.. well a girl can dream!

I did appear in a picture of the event in the Metro.. not exactly Vogue but not bad!
there's me sticking out like a sore thumb in my aforemetioned red mac (Miss Selfridge not Burberry)
Credit: Metro

Anyway, here's a few pictures from the fashion first of a live streamed Picadilly Circus show and remember, you can watch all the London Fashion Week live streams right here on thrills frills and fondue.

Chloe x

Monday, February 21, 2011

Christopher Kane A/W'11

Christopher Kane showed his A/W'11 collection today as a far more subtler incarnation of his usual style. Instead of royals on acid or neon bandage Kane showed a series of crocheted outfits, much like a subdued palette (much less glitter wool) of the House of Holland pieces seen a few days earlier. These came in fitted pencil skirts, low neckline maxi dresses and top sets.
Kane also created simple, well cut black dresses with colourful plastic detailing, almost like jewellery and a different take on the sheer trend with the designer himself referencing lava lamps as their inspiration. Wet look blue-hued leather pieces also made an appearance and there were recurring square patterns on much of the collection. Sheet sequin numbers made up the evening element of the collection , making the models look like ethereal mermaids as they shimmied and shimmered down the catwalk like a shoal with delicate colour graduation in the sequins.
Christopher Kane went for something grown-up and very wearable this season, without diminishing his credibility as an inventive young designer and the best of British.

Chloe x

Christopher Kane A/W11

The Christopher Kane show is about to start and already the tweets are thick and fast with details on fashion editors (Anna Wintour is backstage with christopher) and celebrities (Alexa Chung has opted for a very brave nude sheer dress and bare legs on a chilly, grey London day).

clearly the creme de la creme of the fashion scene have turned out to see what exciting creations the BFC Designer Award Winner has come up with this season!

what's your favourite Christopher Kane look?

Chloe x

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Christopher Kane fashion focus for LFW

Well, today is the day that London pulls out the big guns and shows my two favourite shows of LFW, the recently returned Burberry (that attracted the likes of Anna Wintour) and the talented Christopher Kane (whose first ever show saw fashion editors sitting on the floor to get a closer look!).

Burberry will be streamed live from Picadilly Circus whereas Christopher Kane is keeping it a little more secretive.

In my opinion this year's London Fashion Week started off with very muted catwalks, only to get more riotous as the week goes on; whether we see Kane doing "princess Margaret on acid" or hauntingly Gothic again remains to be seen but I, for one, cannot wait to hear the snippets of gossip come 11:45 and the start of Kane's show.

Who's your favourite for fashion week?

Chloe x