Wednesday, 17 September 2014

LFW SS15 // Fashion International

A mixed but delicious bag from Fashion International at London Fashion Week

Following on from a very successful show in February, I couldn't wait to see what Fashion International had in store for us for SS15. A multi-brand event, Fashion International showcases up-and-coming designers from across the globe to key industry players and the likes of us.

Delna Poonawalla
Digital print techniques were skillfully displayed to beautiful effect on kaftans and other such floaty numbers across this collection. Simple separates were worn with lavishly embellished pieces, looking elegant and luxurious. Maybe a reason in itself to book a holiday to somewhere exotic!

Valdini Angels
Svetoslava Kirilova sent her angels down the catwalk in an array of boho silhouettes adorned with a veritable masterclass in textile manipulation. From knotting, to crochet, tassels and even feathers, the collection fascinated at every moment, and individual pieces would look great dressed down with everyday essentials. The show stealing feather finale was out of this world.

Timeless, elegant evening dresses in rich, rich hues, backed with black. This show was hard not to love. I could've done without the rosettes, but would kill for the black velvet.

Sharon M Osbourne
A slight over-fondness for belts aside, Osbourne (not that one) presented a lovely collection. Of-the-moment florals and cute little bouclé dresses were the stand-out items. Smart, wearable pieces with a touch of whimsy. Perfect for an English summer. Oh, and the best use of lilac leather I've ever seen.

Daniel Syiem
With a focus on eco-friendly production; this collection made use of natural fabrics and dyes to stunning effect. Rich, earthy colours were mixed and matched in classic shapes. There was a lovely attention to detail in the covered buttons and right down to the accessories. Everything was well-cut and super wearable.

Lenie Boya
By far the standout collection of the night. Daring, arty, clever, but all the while charming and oh-so-desirable. Boya presented a timeless homage to modernism, with Picasso-esque faces emblazoned across chests, a Mondrian-inspired colour theme and neo-classical shapes creating high-impact silhouettes. This is the wardrobe for a contemporary, confident and extremely sexy woman. I would buy it all in a heartbeat.

Somewhat dramatic collection of gowns, heavily draped and intensely dyed. Lovely simple turquoise shift with the most romantic train and some nice lace work.

The bar was set high and the designers totally smashed it. I was blown away by the calibre of the collections this season. Thanks to Dee Vesali and Fashion International for having us again!

A x

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Milan Fashion Week - A's Guide to the Must See Shows

Milan Fashion Week - the best of Italian fashion as selected by A

New York is cool, Paris is chic, London is – well, I'm not disputing London – but for me, Milan still holds an old school, slightly detached allure. Some of the biggest names in fashion – Prada, Gucci, Versace – show at Milan and there is a resolute dedication to glamorous, Italian fashion that is so enticing.

So, if you're intrigued, here's my pick of the bunch this Milan Fashion Week...

Jil Sander
The queen of minimalism still reigns and keeps pushing the boundaries of what can be done with a limited palette and no fuss. Calm, confident and totally inimitable, Sander can't fail to deliver a stunning show.

Dolce and Gabbana
It's been a long standing love affair, me and messrs Dolce and Gabbana. Their voluptuous, opulent collections, often flirting with the ostentatious, never fail to disappoint. Always sexy, always fun... I can't wait to see what Domenico and Stefano have planned for SS15!

Stella Jean
Ever more popular with the fashion crowd, this proponent of ethical fashion delivers beautiful textiles from artisans in Burkina Faso and an innovative yet accessible approach to styling. We can expect a bright, bold and beautiful show this season.

With the controversial Jeremy Scott at the helm for a second season, Moshcino are guaranteed to produce a show to write home about.

Emporio Armarni
Nobody does tailoring like Giorgio Armarni and I could happily dress head to toe in last season's collection everyday, forever. More than a little excited to witness this season's offering...

I'll be tweeting and instgramming as much as I possibly can, so stick with me for the best of Milan.

A x

Monday, 15 September 2014

Trend of the Moment - Grid Print

Trends of the moment - Grid Print

After so much exposure and a number of Instagram posts, certain trends approach breaking point. That's when you know you need to wear them now, or let them eclipse you entirely - else you risk looking a bit wannabe. This week it's the grid print trend, monochrome, sleek and modernist - it's flattering and easy to get right (hence it's appeal).  Appearing in co-ord form on the back of fashion girls all over it won't be long before this pretty trend is passe. 

R~A~J~E recommends wearing it dramatically oversized for a fresh take. 

R x

*All images sourced from Pinterest

Sunday, 14 September 2014

WWW: J Creates a DIY Vest

DIY fashion fix - J Shows us how she turned her favourite R~A~J~E t-shirt into a slouchy vest

This is my lovely RAJE vest, created from the Fantastic and Freakish Unisexi Tee. The beauty of T-shirts is the amount of different ways to wear them - tight and cropped, straight from the hanger, baggy and oversized... the possibilities are endless!

I am a sucker for a baggy vest so of course as soon as the R~A~J~E tees were available and I just had to turn one into a vest. Perfect for a slouchy Saturday or sunny festival I keep it simple with a pair of leggings and some flats or trainers. 

Turning your favourite Tee into a vest isn't as tricksy as it may seem, all you need is a pair of scissors, a piece of chalk and a T-shirt.

Lie your T-shirt on a flat surface ensuring it is as flat as possible, no folds or creases.

Draw the below outline onto the front of your tee. Using chalk allows for a little trial and error e.g. you can check how low cut the vest will be by putting the uncut shirt on.

Cut out the vest using the lines as guides.

Style with leggings, skinny jeans or a printed mini for an off-duty look you'll never want to take off. 

Things to remember: 
-T-shirt fabric tends to curl, so you want to leave a bit of a 'seam allowance' from your lines to where you cut the tee.
-If you are at all precious about the T-shirt you are amending I would do a test/trail version first.

Let us know if you're trying out making your own Tee vest, we love to see them. You can Tweet or Instagram us a photo using @RAJEdesign and #rajestyle. 

J x