During the Mens and Couture shows in Paris Tommy Ton shot some great street style pictures. We’ve pick out the bling-bling for you. Obviously all (inspired) by the Prada Spring/Summer ’12 jewelry, bling-bling is everywhere. We love it, sparkle-way this summer! For all of us who are not loaded; get your cheap knock-offs at H&M, we did :)
I’ve always had a thing for the Margiela Tabi Boot. The one with the toe. But these Tabi booties from the new collection gets me soooo exciting!!! For as far as I can see, without a toe, but not any less cool. I want them! You can buy a painted PVC version here.
This is the first time in years I really loved an Emporio Armani collection. I am still going loco for his work from the 90′s, but for the last couple of years it seemed a bit dull. But this Spring/Summer 2012 campaign got me smiling again. It looks fresh and elegant. And how badly do I want those snakeskin with plastic platforms! The models are Tao Okamoto, Kendra Spears and Wang Xiao.
If you don’t know my friend Piotrek Panszczyk, you don’t know fashion. I’m still in love with his Spring/Summer 2012 collection. Piotrek graduated a year before we did at ArtEZ Fashion Design Arnhem. After graduating he worked at Emanuel Ungaro in Paris and back in Amsterdam he participated at FashionLab. FashionLab is a dutch program for young fashion designers.
This collection was based on the classic chalk line. Chalk lines and the classical tailored suit. I think this is a very modern and fashionable approach. Sophisticated and sexy.
Currently Piotrek is in New York doing his master at Parsons School for Design. This is a new master program founded by Donna Karan. Of course this means we’re gonna hear a lot more from him. He wants to start his own label and I think he’s gonna be big. He already is to me! Please never forget this name: The lovely Piotrek Panszczyk.
I am loving the new Balenciaga SS12 Shorts! The collection in total somehow, unlike previous collections, didn’t get stuck in my mind. But looking at these back-stage photos I wonder why? It might have been the big boxy silk jackets that turned me off. But.. there is a big but; these short-shorts are amazing and the textures are brilliant. I probably was overwhelmed with all the shows that I missed it, but: Nicolas Ghesquière nailed it again.
Now I don’t just want my house full of persian rugs, but my shoe closet as well. The first boots are by Maison Martin Margiela SS12 collection. The two looks as well. It looks as if the models are draped with persian carpets wrapped in plastic to be shipped. A bit of a lame story, but i like the combination of the prints combined with the transparent material. And then I found another brand that also recycled vintage persian rugs, Proenza Schouler. This shoe is from the Fall 2009 collection and I want to wear them badly!
Stella oh Stella every time I am in love again. I can’t help it, no matter what I will always be amazed!
There were a lot of different elements in the Spring Summer 2012 collection, from very sporty mesh materials to embroidered rococo details. “ I guess I was looking at the things I love,-as always- trying to modernize them and bring them all together in one collection,” McCartney said. McCartney looked at sports and took the cutting edge material and techniques but fused them with a softer silhouette and lingerie kind of fabrics. By merging different approaches and styles like lingerie and sports you get a different perspective on either one, instead of stereotyping. ” It’s a celebration of energy, freshness, and fitness,” McCartney said.
There was a more adventurous and edgy vibe in this collection compared to previous ones. More decorative elements and playful use of different prints in one look. But still as always with an easy-going-, sexy-, feminine-feel. McCartney obviously needed to take advantage of last seasons polka dot hit this season and she nailed it again, but in a fresh and sun drenched way.
I’m yelling YES!!!! Riccardo Tisci is back! Finally… I used to love Givenchy a few years ago, but these past few years have been very disappointing to me. But this collection is amazing! Can you feel my joy? It does remind me of the first collections of Nicolas Ghesquiere at Balenciaga. But that’s a huge compliment. I immediately want to wear all of the outfits above and especially the glittery one. One single comment, the necklaces with the huge teeth… not so pretty and too massive in contrast with the refined and slim garments.
My favorite designer Phoebe Philo brings us “shape” next summer. It reminded me of her first debut collection at Celine. Her last collection were more sleek, which I loved as well, but I am happily surprised by the structured, sculptural volumes in this collection. And it has still got the sleek vibe though. After the show she said: ”We accentuated the bits that felt strong to accentuate, tried to create some new proportions.” It was very clean, like most of her work, a lot of white with a few accent colors. I’m definitely going for the look with the red/white jumper with a knee-high white clean skirt. I loved this collection, great modern balance between structure and flare, strong looks and lovely minimal styling.
I am inlove with Dries van Noten SS12 Collection. It took me several hours to pick the right images, can’t decide which ones I like the best they’re all so good! Dries’ SS12 collection felt very ready-to-wear but looked couture. Dries van Noten collaborated with the the young English photographer James Reeve on his SS12 collection. He used Reeve’ Landscape photographs in the second half of his collection. The first half mainly consisted of several seventeenth-century botanical etchings, jungle scenes, and seascapes prints. Reeve’ photographes, the botanical prints comined with an old 1950′s Christobal Balgenciaga couture feel to the SS12 silhouette sparked something in me. I immediatly started creating looks in my head, what I would wear with what and whereto.
This collection by Alber Elbaz for Lanvin was inspired by “angels in hell”. I recognized that inspiration in the styling and the shoulders in some silhouettes but I find the clothing very earthy and very sexy as well. It was actually kind of a surprise to see this much sex at Lanvin. It’s always a bit more coquette, I don’t meen that in a classic way because Lanvin is always extremely modern. I like how this collection is balanced in day and evening wear, since Alber’s collections are usually more evening based. To me this woman is a very strong and serious working woman. I love what he did with the splits and those sheer drape-dresses. Some looks were very nineties, now everybody who knows me knows I’m a huge nineties-fan, so even though this collection is kind of dark and raw, I love the sexy, strong look and of course the fabrics Lanvin is well known for.
Milan has shown me a new favorite collection for this season. Marni! The clean shaped silhouettes, fabrics and their manipulations and the poppy colors are very well brought together. Designer Consuelo Castiglioni talks about an innocence and purity, but with a twist of the classic. I like the organza skirts peeking out underneath the garments and the nude socks. I think it’s sexy, cause it refers to classic lingerie. Great styling. I can’t wait to see and touch these pieces for real. It looks more like couture than pret-a-porter to me, which I love, because it makes a garment a lot more valuable and timeless. It’s craftsmanship, it’s beautiful.
YAY! Finally Prada wowed me again! “Sweetness” Miuccia Prada says. Sweet it is, but I’m stunned by how she can transform sweetness into cool and ‘feminine’ sweetness. It’s not cliche, it’s not girly girl sweetness, it’s cool! It had kind of a 50′s feel again, but in a more sexy way than a few seasons ago, when everybody got inspired by Mad Men. This is more Rock & Roll 50′s sweetness. I especially love the pastel pleated dresses and those glasses… wowy!
These are my six favorite looks from the SS12 Burberry collection. Usually I’m not such a huge fan of Burberry, but this one surprised me. Great items, cool prints and styling and the accessory’s, especially the hats, are real wanna haves. Burberry collections are always full of coats, but usually trenches and biker jackets. So I really love the fact that they took a new course designing cool parka’s. It’s a very ethnic but at the same time a very army-ish collection. It’s as if a western army women who just came back from Africa and spiced her look up along the way home with. One suggestion for Christopher Bailey(Designer Burberry): Those men’s shoes need to be sold in women’s sizes as well! I would love to wear those shoes.
1•Jason Wu SS12 2• Alexander Wang SS12 3•Acne SS12 4•Paul Smith SS12 photos: style.com
Looking at New York Fashion Week, Jason Wu and Alexander seemed to have a similar view on florals. Jason and Alexander like their florals blue. I kept it in mind but with London Fashion week ending, I felt the need to post my findings. Jonny Johansson at Acne and Paul Smith too have blue florals in their new collection. There must have been something in the air..
Acne designer Jonny Johansson was inspired by his trip to Marrakech, he explained after the show. He took his inpiration from the Marrakech’ colours, traditional garments such as the kaftan and sportswear. There are also some super feminine elements such as cocktail dresses (think fifties housewive silhoutte). I am not familiar with this silhoutte in the context of Acne and not too sure if I like it either. There has always been a tough feminine/masculine feel to the Acne collection, an empowered woman who does her own thing. But than again if you combine your cocktaildress with a windjacket it suddenly becomes Acne again!
According to style.com’s Maya Singer we should:
“Be on the lookout for Acne’s giant-tasseled loafers: The black pairs will be a hit, and the ones in sparkly electric blue will be a fashion phenomenon.”