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

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