February 18, 2006

London Fall / Winter 2006 Wrapup I

It's not until I saw the London collections that I am reminded fashion is just as much of an art form as a business. Indeed, London shows are marked by their creative crafts, although some of them are somewhat impractical, (which could explain why the most brands don't grow huge.) But still, it's always inspiring to look at these shows:

Julien MacDonald
Everyone who is in anyway in touch with the fashion and gossip world will know of Peta dumping flour all over Paris Hilton and Julien MacDonald before even looking at the show's photos. So not suprisingly, there were a lot of serious fur on MacDonald's catwalk. Regardless, the show was one of London's bests, and one of the few glamourous English collections. A lot of wearable and gorgeous coats and dresses -all worn in a fabulous, sexy but typically British-imperfect way (as opposed to New York's perfectionist fits). I am no fan of Paris, but it is her who really made MacDonald's dresses come to life -a rare plus for Paris these days.
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Preen
Ever since noticing them in the SS06 shows, I have been hooked. In my mind, Preen is sophisticatedly carefree, which may seem impossible but Preen has managed to once again awe it's audiences. All the outfits were monocolored. The color palette was very logical: progressing from white, silver to grey, a sudden splash of red, then to dark grey and black. The design? Preen used a lot of constrast of shapes, such as strict geometric shapes on top and softer bubbly shapes at the bottom. In the end, it's those two words again, sophisticatedly carefree. It's what the cool waif girls would throw on effortlessly but still look amazing.
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Issa
On first glance, Issa is frankly a bit overwhelming, visually speaking. In the past, I would have brushed Issa as another one of those overly impractical British brands, but after seeing Issa dresses on the racks in Selfridges I was proved wrong. The key is to learn to look past all the fur and decorations on the models and concentrate on the dresses alone. Look carefully and you'll see a hint of Diane von Furstenburg here (great wrap dresses), and Cacheral there (African theme). The dresses are all fantasically colorful and the prints are made to flatter the blody. All in all, Issa pieces are unique and def worth the second glance.
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Paul Smith Women
Named 'Men Only', the show was true to it's theme. There were a lot of gentlemen-looking outfits, in ladies' sizes of course. There was the occasional skirts and dresses, esp towards the end of the show, but this show was all about the stylish, smart (as exemplified by the glasses) woman. And while all this looked terrifically cool on the models on the catwalk, it is near impossible for normal women like us to wear this and not look sloppy.
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10 Comments:

Blogger Allisandra said...

Love your blog! You should be a fashion model, or an interviewer or anything that has to do with fashion.

P.S. Love the pics, very cool!

2/18/2006 11:14 AM  
Anonymous Tania, Rogue Connect said...

I could do without Paris Hilton, but there were some great glamorous dresses in Julien MacDonald's collection. I think you're right about Paul Smith women this time around - some of it would not be easy to pull off without looking like a complete librarian frump.. ;) There were some nice fitted suits and cute dresses in the collection too though. Personally I'm a huge fan of his - the outfits don't always come off looking great on the runway, but when you get your hands on the individual pieces there is so much beautiful detail involved in everything he does.

2/18/2006 12:00 PM  
Anonymous EMMA W said...

ICK i HATE PARIS HILTON. Though it really did make Julien's collection stand out - so that was really good publicity for him. Love the dress she's wearing though.

2/18/2006 3:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Take a look at Madrid Fashion Week ( Pasarela Cibeles) at www.vogue.es. I really want to know your opinion of the shows.

2/18/2006 6:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I´m a huge fan of your blog, but I have to say that the fur coats are horrible. There is no excuse in our age to wear fur and cute animals have to suffer for spoiled chicks like Paris.

2/19/2006 9:30 AM  
Blogger Asian Lep said...

I love that last black Preen dress, it looks kind of fetishistic and fresh... but other than that everything's dowdy.

So far Fashion Week has been a major disappointment. Hopefully Paris will be better.

2/20/2006 6:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The editor of Marie Claire is posting comments about the Milan and Paris shows here: http://lifestyle.msn.com/SpecialGuides/IntlFashionWeek/Article.aspx?cp-documentid=242791

2/21/2006 5:18 AM  
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