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Paris Fashion Week: Day 1 (and the return of Karlie Kloss!)

Last Updated on 29th February 2012 Paris Fashion Week has officially begun! Day 1 kicked off with the likes of Julien David, Cédric Charlier and Anthony Vaccarello showing their highly-anticipated autumn/winter 2012 collections to the Parisian crowds; some carried on with the dark and moody theme Milan seemed to run with, while others went in a totally different direction altogether. 

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Jessica Biel does pastel-pretty at Paris Fashion Week

Jessica Biel has always been the queen of understated, making a welcome change from the droves of A-listers who dress up to the nines at every occasion possible, and the actress lived up to this title when she appeared at Valentino’s presentation during Paris Fashion Week on Tuesday. Wearing a completely neutral palate – apart from an eye-catching pair of turquoise heels – she looked chic, coordinated and effortlessly stylish. Her silky muted beige dress and pale lavender coat complement each other beautifully, and her gorgeous studded pale blue clutch gives an edgy touch to the ensemble. Miss Biel did a damn good job, considering Parisian girls are complete aficionados of understated chic. Justin Timberlake and amazing style? Some girls have all the luck! [poll id=”213″]

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Prince at Paris Fashion Week

So we were all rather excited by the presence of fashion royalty at London Fashion Week, but, sorry Anna Wintour, we think this news may have just pipped you to the post. None other than pop-legend Prince is making an appearance at the Christian Dior show this afternoon.

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Paris Fashion Week: RM by Roland Mouret AW09

Last Updated on 19th March 2011 I always look forward to seeing what Roland Mouret has in store for us. Beautifully cut, sophisticated dresses, are you kidding me? I live for his dresses and no one does effortless chic like Mouret, so of course I too was sucked into the allure of the infamous Galaxy dress as worn by every celeb starlet. Maybe that’s why I’ve been willing to let him off the hook for recycling his much loved formula ever since his major comeback to the catwalk. Showing for the first time during Paris Fashion Week (Mouret opted to show during Couture week for previous seasons) for autumn/winter 09 the French designer did of course cater to his diehard fans and offered up his signature dresses in gorgeous shades of emerald green and cerise.

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Paris Fashion Week: Miu Miu AW09

Last Updated on 19th March 2011 Oh Miuccia Prada, is there nothing you can’t do? After sending out a fabulous collection for the Prada mainline, the style genius has worked her magic again on Prada’s little sister. With a Hollywood glamour influence, the lines were clean, sleek and of course very very stylish. Fur stoles were recreated to look thoroughly modern and the 50s esque pencil skirts were given a make over in metallic tiger like prints. This was a sexy collection, Miu Miu is usually the brand to be cute and quirky, but whilst still quirky it felt more seductive and grown up.

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Paris Fashion Week: John Galliano AW09

Last Updated on 13th March 2009 You can always rely on John Galliano to bring some eccentricity to Fashion Week and Autumn/Winter 09 was no exception. One can only imagine his inspiration behind this show; I like to think a babushka crossed with a Russian Tsarina. Yes this was a very strange show indeed.

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Paris Fashion Week: Valentino AW09

Last Updated on 19th March 2011 This was a lovely collection, nice lines, a good palette and pretty pieces. It was nice, inoffensive, wearable and classic. There wasn’t really a wow factor. It was just all very nice. Since Valentino retired the design house has been having a few issues, with a designer revolving door, the latest designer in charge is in fact a duo. Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli, they had their first outing with the couture collection, so this is only their second. Well, you can certainly tell that they are verging on the edge of caution. Clearly, not wishing to rock the boat they produced a very safe collection. There were no bad outfits, and there were a few very nice ones indeed. I liked the tiered blue coat and I thought the colour scheme of jade, aqua, lemon, burgundy and camel worked nicely. The silk prints were perhaps the highlight of the show. Valentino is all about glamour and elegance and these outfits were elegant, and they had a 1950s charm to them. But they failed to captivate and were easily forgotten. They will certainly please those looking for a sleek evening gown or seasonless coat or suit. But it wasn’t a collection to get the pulse racing.

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Paris Fashion Week: Yves Saint Laurent AW09

Last Updated on 19th March 2011 I feel terrible to say this, even thinking it has got me all hot and bothered. But I was really not taken with this show. It is a shame because I adore Yves Saint Laurent and I do believe Stefano Pilati to be a design genius. But I was left feeling a little underwhelmed after this collection.

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Paris Fashion Week: Viktor & Rolf AW09

Last Updated on 10th March 2009 One of the highlights of last year was the Viktor and Rolf exhibition. It was a magical walk through the story of their designs and told rather wonderfully through giant dolls. Well this Autumn/Winter 09 show continued their flair for the creative and sent down models painted as white as porcelain dolls in clothes that were startlingly beautiful.

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Paris Fashion Week: Balmain AW09

Last Updated on 9th March 2009 For autumn/winter 09, Christophe Decarnin chose to present at Gianni Versace’s ex-location – The Ritz. Pounding the runway in a walk reminiscent of the supermodels of the 90’s (Naomi, Christy, Cindy and co.) the models (which

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Paris Fashion Week: Sonia Rykiel AW09

As if in perfect contrast to the paired back minimalism of Givenchy, Sonia Rykiel created a kooky catwalk of Paris Left Bank, 70s style and 30s glamour. Billowing trouser suits, quirky brogues, velvet, sequins and knits made up this collection. The colour palette worked really well, a blend of muted burgundy with burnt orange, charcoal, black and ballet pink. The layering was a key look for this show. But it was the masculine suits given a feminine edge that will give fashionistas something to think about. The oversized trousers won’t be an easy wear for those smaller in proportions but for those blessed with long legs they’re perfection. The dresses were particularly striking, the silk, sequin and knitted versions were all wearable and just that little bit different. With Sonia Rykiel it is all about her clever knits, and the loveheart jumper is a winner. The shoes and hats added to the eclectic feel and this really was an eclectic and dare I say eccentric show. The outfits are busy, but have a certain carefree optimism that is most endearing. Remember the velvets and the trouser suits because they will be looks you’ll want to recreate come AW09. This was quite a dramatic show, it played with volume, shape and fabric. It is one for girls who love to dress up and play with style.

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Paris Fashion Week: Givenchy AW09

Last Updated on 9th March 2009 If you’re looking for a brightly coloured, happy, cheery Autumn/Winter 09 wardrobe then look away now. But if you want beautiful, architecturally designed outfits then Givenchy is the one for you. This was a space age show, right down to the Princess Leia buns. The cuts particularly the shoulders and trousers were carefully tailored sci-fi shapes. The fur dresses looked like something out of Star Wars and aren’t the most wearable of creations but they are still quite spectacular.

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Paris Fashion Week: Gareth Pugh AW09

Last Updated on 6th March 2009 It was a video presentation as opposed to the catwalk for Gareth Pugh at Paris fashion week. Starring model Natasa Vojnovic and created by cinematographer Ruth Hogben, the powerful footage communicated clearly why Pugh’s dramatic collections are so appealing , they exude empowerment. And during a time when strength is oozing from the catwalks Pugh’s recent collection fits in nicely. Black of course was Pugh’s colour of choice. Dresses and leather trousers with spikes, high-waisted trousers, metallic dresses, long skirts and capes were all worn by Natasa with thigh high boots, as she moves to the music.

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Paris Fashion Week: Nina Ricci AW09

Last Updated on 6th March 2009 It’s not over until the fat lady sings, or in Olivier Theyskens case till his contract ends in October. Rumours surrounding Theyskens employment at Nina Ricci have been rampant and the current situation sounds something like this – Theyskens was officially fired earlier this year, but he wasn’t selling, Theyskens delivered an incredibly “saleable collection.

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Paris Fashion Week: Viktor and Rolf Go Virtual

Last Updated on 19th October 2013 There is the possibility that fashion week may cease to exist. Instead show season could be nothing more than a series of catwalk presentations streamed via the internet and the fashion pack may find themselves swapping a week of parties, shows and dressing up for their sofa, pyjamas, a laptop and (coffee) champagne.

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Balenciaga Lights Up the Catwalk at Paris Fashion Week

Last Updated on 19th October 2013 The show I look forward to the most during Paris Fashion week? Without a shadow of a doubt it’s got to be Balenciaga. Nicholas Ghesquière single-handedly breathed new life into the blazer and brought florals back into the forefront of fashion. For Spring/Summer 09 Natalie Vodianova opened his indescribable collection, which in Ghesquière’s own words “played with textures to see how they reflect or absorb light.

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Paris Fashion Week: Gareth Pugh Makes a Powerful Debut

Last Updated on 19th October 2013 So we’re now on the last leg of fashion month and the fash pack are in Paris. Pugh kicked off the week on Saturday with his debut in Paris and I’m still in awe of his genius. With the impending recession and doom and gloom us ladies need strong clothing to evoke the warrior in us needed to battle off the credit crunch demons…and Pugh’s collection is perfect for the job.

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Why Pearls Are Making A Comeback To The Fashion Scene

Last Updated on 20th July 2019 There are some fashion trends we miss: neon tennis shoes, flower power sunglasses, and bell bottom jeans There are other fashion trends that wouldn’t fade fast enough: halter tops, animal print hats, and bow collars. And there are trends that are resurfacing here and now, and we’re so glad to have them back. Jumpsuits are back, plaid is back, high heeled boots are back. Crop tops with high waisted jeans, short velvet skirts, and chunky heels are coming back into stores. One of those trends thankfully coming back to life is pearl jewelry – the definition of class and sophistication in accessories, made popular by the glamorous Jackie Kennedy and Coco Chanel. If you picture a woman who commands a room and takes her city by storm, you probably envision someone put together, who dons a striking black and white skirt suit and a string of pearls around her neck. Who wouldn’t want to be that woman? Pearls represent more than just being a classy lady. They have mythic representation as a sign of wisdom through intense and long work, a product of trial and error and difficult process. Their sheen is cloudy, which gives a mysticism to their appearance. The simplicity and shine instead of overt, unavoidable sparkle draws the eye in a new way, different from all other gems. So why now? What in our current society brings the pearl out of time’s shadow and back into the fashion scene? As with any good thing, people may have exhausted the use of pearls or maybe people started to see them as stale or too upper class. But bringing them back has reminded us of a time when things felt simpler and purer, before social media dramas and selfie sticks. A string of […]

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Most Fashionable Cities to Visit

Last Updated on 28th January 2019 Fashion is inherently tied to culture and traditions, with certain societies placing more emphasis on fashion throughout their history. As a result there are some cities that can be considered more fashionable than others due to their shopping districts as well as the trends they ooze. While it’s very easy to keep up with the latest trends via influencers on Instagram, and to shop online and hunt for discounts or even try to get the best deal with Zalora, context is still incredibly important in fashion. If you don’t have a point of reference as to why certain styles work or how to combine various pieces of clothing, you’re missing out on a huge part of the industry. Hence why we recommend visiting any one of these wonderful cities where fashion is a way of life. Milan, Italy Was there really any doubt that Milan would be included in this list? This ancient city is home to some of the most recognizable fashion brands in the world and is where many revolutionary trends originated. Fashion Week in Milan is something that is looked forward to be the world since it is where the very best examples of designer concepts are presented. Anyone who considers themselves a fashionista will want to book a flight to this destination at least once. If you want, you can take a look at the latest Klook offers to help you out in this regard. Just because you are heading towards a fashion capital, this doesn’t mean that you need to deal with unnecessary expenses. Paris, France Naturally, what list of most fashionable cities would not have Paris as one of the names included? This historic metropolis is practically synonymous with style and elegance for many people. In fact, there is […]

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Top 6 Fashion Trends that Died in 2018: 6 New Trends That Will Take Their Place

Last Updated on 7th January 2021 Yet another year comes to an end and with it comes the time to say goodbye to the fashion trends that died in 2018. These fashion trends have experienced momentary stardom. However, they are now on the verge of being replaced by new 2019 fashion trends. Even though these fashion trends are out of style now, that doesn’t mean you need to arrange a fashion garage sale right this moment. As any fashion aficionado knows, what’s considered tacky and outdated now can surely make a dramatic comeback tomorrow. Right from ripped jeans to biker jackets, many thought-to-be-dead trends made multiple comebacks and some like fishnet jeans even overstayed their welcome. Here’s our advice. Instead of selling your outdated fashion stuff, get them professionally cleaned and vacuum-pack them. Unless you own a pair of tight-fitted, leopard-print pants. Those babies need to be burned and buried for good. Therefore, with a heavy heart and an emptier wardrobe, let’s bid these fashion trends a final goodbye. May they rest in peace. Real Fur Coats Who knew real fur would still be around in 2018. Yet somehow real fur coats and other fur-made fashion items survived the relentless demonstrations by PETA and animal lovers up until this year. So, what changed in 2018 that made this fashion trend go kaput. Well, the biggest setback for the pro-fur movement was the fact that many fashion labels announced their intent to go fur-free. Right from Versace and Gucci to Michael Kors decided that making fashion wear with real fur is not worth the negative press. With luxury fashion brands going anti-fur, the Paris Fashion Week this year showcased a slim selection of fur-made fashion wear. In fact, it’s safe to assume that Paris Fashion Week next year is going to […]

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Valentino Closes Paris Couture Week AW18 With An Explosion Of Colour

Last Updated on 23rd July 2018 We love Couture Week for it’s fantasy and escapism, of which there was no shortage at Valentino. Closing 5 days of unapologetic decadence, to say Valentino’s collection is absolutely stunning is literally an understatement. Complete with bold, colourful, extravagant gowns that would look right at home on Rihanna at the Met Gala, Valentino’s presentation featured 63 looks designed by creative director Pierpalo Piccioli. Hair was as big as it could be (as seen on Kaia Gerber), while extravagant floral headwear brought an added dimension of exceptional beauty to the collection. Inspired by an eclectic mix of Ziggy Stardust, Greek mythology, Pasolini films, 17th and 18th century paintings, medieval armor and photographs of Deborah Turbeville, the presentation was received warmly with a standing ovation and even Valentino himself shed a tear or two. Awww….. [Images]

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Isabel Marant To Launch Makeup Collection With L’Oréal Paris

Last Updated on 14th June 2018 It seems that every month we’re hit by a collaboration guaranteed to make our wallets groan and this month is no exception, especially if you’re a beauty addict AND a fan of Isabel Marant. Today L’Oréal Paris announced they’ve teamed up with French designer Isabel Marant to create a limited edition makeup collection. Set to launch on the same day of Isabel Marant’s show at Paris Fashion Week  – September 27th, 2018, the line consist of five products for lips, eyes and cheeks. On the collaboration Marant said in a statement, “I’ve always interpreted fashion’s ready-to-wear literally, and I couldn’t be more thrilled at this chance to do that in makeup with an on-the-go collection with L’Oréal Paris”. She continued, “it has been a dream to get right inside makeup innovation and to offer this collection of day-into-night, natural-to-smoking makeup essentials I have always wanted.” Isabel Marant x L’Oréal Paris will be available both online and offline in Isabel Marant stores and select L’Oreal Paris outlets.

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Men’s Fall Fashion Trends

Last Updated on 18th January 2018 September is upon us and the temperature has dropped considerably, which officially means that autumn is here. With autumn comes an inevitable style transition and new trends to follow. We’ve teamed up with Trendhim to talk you through some key autumn trends and how you can incorporate them into your wardrobe. Orange Bright orange is the colour of the moment right now. Whether you choose to channel it through a double tracksuit and give a nod to the sportswear trend, or simply wear an orange beanie hat or scarf, this is one trend to not miss out on. Sportswear Sportswear is the trend that just won’t seem to die, and for good reason! Super comfortable and easy to style means that streetwear styles like luxe tracksuits and hoodies are still dominating men’s fashion, for inspiration look to Tommy Hilfiger and Supreme. Varsity styles are also coming back into style this season so head to your local vintage shop to get your hands on some college apparel t-shirts. Whilst we’re on the topic of vintage, 90’s sportswear like zip-up Adidas waterproofs are also great pieces to get your hands on.   Earth tones Looking back at the catwalks of London, New York, Paris and Milan from earlier this year, it was clear to see the dominance of earthly tones such as khaki, browns, camels and mustard yellows. Pantone, the authority in colour, also named their colour of the year as a shade named ‘Greenery’, showing just how popular and influential these colours have proved to be in 2017.   This is such an easy trend to follow as the colours are so easy to wear and versatile. Some great pieces to wear include camel and Burberry-esque trench coats, deep brown leather bracelets and hunter green […]

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Victoria Beckham Strikes Again At Paris Couture Week #Obsessed

Last Updated on 25th January 2017 Literally giving us life and so much more in this colour block ensemble, the 42 year old designer made a statement and a half yesterday at Paris Couture Week wearing pieces from her SS17 collection. Teaming a rich baby blue blouse with wide-leg tangerine trousers, Victoria reminded us why she stays and will always remain at the top of her fashion game. Her polished look was made complete with oversized sunglasses, a brown clutch and a shabby chic cream coat which we’re utterly obsessed with. With January being a month of austerity (after the carnage inflicted on our bank balance due to Christmas and sales shopping *sigh*), getting Victoria’s exact look is but a dream…however if you’re still on the hunt for bargain investment pieces, there’s still some pretty great items from Victoria’s collection on sale. We particularly love this silk and cotton turtleneck sweater and this striped wool-blend dress. [Image]

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Kim Kardashian West Held Up At Gunpoint And Robbed In Paris Hotel

Last Updated on 24th October 2016 Last night at around 3am, Kim Kardashian was held up at gunpoint in her Paris hotel room by masked men who locked the reality star in the bathroom and handcuffed her bodyguard. Dressed as police officers the armed robbers took off with several million dollars worth of jewellery and two mobile phones. Thankfully Kim’s children, North and Saint were not involved in the incident and the reality star was “badly shaken but physically unharmed” her rep told People magazine. Kanye ended his performance at the Meadows Music & Arts Festival in New York as soon as he heard the news, telling fans, “I’m sorry I have a family emergency, I have to stop the show”. Kim has been in Paris for the past week with Kris, Kourtney and Kendall attending fashion week and the robbery comes after another altercation earlier in the week, in which celebrity prankster Vitali Sediuk attempted to kiss her behind while she entered L’Avenue restaurant.

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A Guide To Milan For Fashion Lovers

Last Updated on 17th June 2016 Milan is paradise for fashionistas. Chic and sophisticated, the city is home to luxury brands, high-end boutiques and glamorous festivals that will leave you in awe and delight. Trendsetters walk the streets; the window displays will take your breath away. With so many shops, events and experiences to choose from, we wouldn’t blame you for feeling a little overwhelmed. To help you decide where to go and what to do, here are some of Milan’s highlights for fashion lovers: Fashion Week Fashion Week, of course, is Milan’s landmark event and it takes place bi-annually to exhibit seasonal collections from premium designers. As one of the four fashion giants alongside Paris, London and New York, Milan Fashion Week is something you won’t want to miss if you’re a serious fashion enthusiast. Although many of the shows are exclusive, invite-only events, just being in Milan while they are happening is a unique experience. Fashion gurus flock to the city. With careful planning, you might even manage to meet your style idols. A number of outdoor events also take place in locations like the Piazza Duomo, and these are often open to the public. The 2016 spring/summer women’s show is set to take place between the 21st and 27th September. Visitors start planning their Fashion Week trips months in advance, so if you want to make it to Milan in September, you’d better start shopping for flight deals soon. Fashion and film Overlapping with the September 2016 Fashion Week is something a little bit different. Milan’s Fashion Film Festival is a three day affair that brings together the work of talented filmmakers and the latest in global fashion. The festival’s events range from screenings and film competitions to debates and talks led by industry experts. Last year’s […]

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Driven By Style: Why The New DS 3 Is The Perfect Car For Fashion Lovers

Last Updated on 5th June 2016 To celebrate the launch of the new DS 3, last weekend I took a trip to Westfield London to see the luxury “avant-garde” car in all it’s glory and participate in a fun style challenge. Before I get into the ins and outs of the challenge I have to start by saying that the event space looked amazing. DS Automobiles took over Westfield London’s central atrium with various versions of the DS 3 Hatchback, Cabrio and Performance, an eye-catching installation with lots of bold and bright shirts and a huge screen playing the ad campaign which features our favourite 94 year old style icon and DS 3 brand ambassador Iris Apfel. Visitors also had the opportunity to participate in the campaign and strike a pose (or two) in a cute photo-booth for a chance to win a number of prizes including a styling session, a £500 Westfield Gift Card and use of the DS 3 for a week. Now I absolutely love Iris (she’s an absolute legend) so while I most definitely was looking forward to the style challenge, I have to admit, I was intrigued to find out a bit more about the DS 3 which has over 3 million personalisation options.  And I’m pleased to say I wasn’t disappointed at all. I completely understand the alignment with Iris. Known for breaking every single rule in the fashion book and more importantly for ignoring society’s norms to create a life of her choosing, the unique and stylish DS 3 is not only perfect for city dwellers but also for those who aspire to live life to the beat of their own drum. And with that in mind, the challenge was on to create an outfit inspired both by Iris’s aesthetic and the Parisian car. Armed with a £100 Westfield gift voucher […]

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Where Do Fashion Wholesalers Get Their Inspiration From?

Last Updated on 5th June 2016 Fashion wholesalers must concentrate their attention on a range of different outlets in order to gain inspiration and to keep on top of the trends to give the customers what they want. Fashion is a very fast business and trends and styles can change rapidly, depending on both the seasons and customer demands. Fashion powerhouse Zara, for example, only produces half of its seasonal stock and leaves room to respond to the market. Not all trends will necessarily catch on in retail and wholesale industries and often the client will want more of something or less of something else. Other trends can be incredibly popular and stick around for more than one season. This is something that wholesale fashion suppliers must think about when getting ahead in the fashion industry. Fashion can be a tricky business and requires a strong attention to detail, especially when producing women’s wholesale fashion. There can be strong influences from a variety of different places that can inspire and push wholesalers in a certain direction, and here are just a few. Fashion Shows Possibly the most obvious point of call for anyone working in fashion when it comes to inspiration is the catwalk. Designers across the world showcase their designs and upcoming trends with hundreds of models in fashion shows from Paris to New York, for both summer and winter collections. This could be one of the biggest influences for fashion wholesalers and definitely worth taking note. Fashion Weeks occur in New York, London, Milan and Paris twice a year, showcasing Autumn/Winter trends and designs around February, and Spring/Summer around September ready for the seasons ahead. This would surely be the Mecca for fashion enthusiasts as high-end designers define the latest developments in fashion months before they are due […]

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From Chanel to Dior – why Paris is still the heart of fashion

Last Updated on 1st December 2014 When you think of Paris, fashion is always the first word that pops into your head. The City of Culture is known throughout the world for its high number of artists and designer residents, from painters selling their work on the streets in Montmatre, to the designers working for the world’s most prestigious fashion houses. Paris’ vibrant creative scene is the reason so many tourists flock to the city every year, to live out their dreams of renting a little studio in the Latin quarter and spending their days walking along the Seine, or sitting outside coffee shops watching the world’s most stylish residents walk by, now being made available to tourists through Housetrip for short tourism trips. The city has been the centre of the fashion industry since the reign of Louis XIV. The King was very enthusiastic about fashion and encouraged everyone at Versailles to follow suite. He demanded certain types of dress for certain events and started the first Parisian guild of seamstresses, made up of women endorsed by his highness to make clothes. In modern times, famous Parisians like Coco Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent and Christian Dior revolutionised the fashion industries of their eras. Coco Chanel influenced the way women dressed all over the world with her effortless and elegant clothes in the early 1920s, while Christian Dior invented the New Look after the war. In the 1960s, Yves Saint Laurent modernised the stuffy world of couture with his daring Le Smoking tuxedos for women. It’s a testimony to all three designers that their names live on as three of the biggest fashion houses in production today. Not only are their labels still around, but they are as desirable as ever. The fashion world still takes its lead from Paris. […]

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Karlie Kloss for L’Oreal, Victoria Beckham’s London store, and Kim Kardashian attacked in Paris!

Karlie Kloss is the brand new face of L’Oreal! [Telegraph] Kim Kardashian was attacked right before the Balmain show in Paris! [TMZ] Carven’s Guillaume Henry is reportedly replacing Peter Copping at Nina Ricci [Fashionista] Peek inside Victoria Beckham’s debut London store! [My Daily] Did Mary-Kate Olsen get married to Olivier Sarkozy? [Refinery 29] Kylie Minogue to wear Marchesa, Dolce and Gabbana and Julien Macdonald for her Kiss Me Once tour! [Grazia] Britney Spears will be sending Kate Middleton every piece from her lingerie collection! [Glamour]                

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Discover your favourite cities in Europe at the weekend

Last Updated on 25th September 2014 People often talk about the world becoming a smaller place. This is thanks mainly to the travel opportunities available today that would have been simply unthinkable only a couple of generations ago. The Internet has enabled, empowered and encouraged people to not only book flights and accommodation but also research places to visit and compare prices to ensure they get the best value for money and the most active itinerary. Likewise, increased competition and variety within industries such as airlines and hotels have brought holidays like this into the financial reach of a whole new range of people. Increasingly, busy professionals with a free weekend and a bit of spare cash are realizing that with a little forward planning they can enjoy a mini holiday and go back to work on Monday morning with a range of new experiences to share. Planning a European city break If you really want to make the most of a weekend away in a European city, it pays to do a bit of planning. Here are some things you should think about before heading off: Compare prices. It is remarkably easy today to get the best value for money, simply by comparing prices of flights on sites such as Flights.com, as well as hotels and every other aspect of your trip. Do your research. While it is tempting to jump at the cheapest option, this is inherently risky, and sometimes you get what you pay for. Fortunately, the Internet has numerous review websites on which you can access independent, impartial reviews from fellow travelers. This will provide you with insight, including photos, of what a place is really like. Make an itinerary. As we all know, a weekend can fly by, and this is especially true when you […]

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Fashion Week front row tickets auctioned off!

Last Updated on 25th July 2014 Traditionally, the front rows of fashion shows are reserved for the A-list celebrities and powerful fashion folk (that’s your Blake Livelys and your Anna Wintours to name just two) – but that’s all about to change. Don’t feel like you’re out of the fashion loop if you see a few unrecognisable faces on the Milan Fashion Week and Paris Fashion Week front rows this September, as some FROW seats are going under the hammer and will go to the highest bidder – whoever that may be! Watermill Center Summer Auction is auctioning off some Fashion Week packages, with all of the profits going towards the Hamptons gallery which allows artists to exhibit their work for free. So what’s in these exciting packages, you ask? Two front row tickets to the Prada and Giorgio Armani shows, as well as front row tickets and backstage access to the Fendi show. Can you imagine being a fly on the wall as Karl Lagerfeld preps his models just before they hit the catwalk? Such a privilege doesn’t come cheap though, as the bidding starts at an eye-watering $25,000. If you want something a little more, erm, affordable though, Miu Miu front row tickets for Paris Fashion Week are also going under the hammer, with the bidding starting at $10,000. Do you know anyone who might be interested in splashing the cash for a once in a lifetime opportunity?

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Harper Beckham turns three, Couture Fashion Week and more

Last Updated on 13th July 2014 Harper Beckham celebrates her third birthday! [Vogue] Choupette Lagerfeld is getting her own book! [Fashionista] Joan Rivers says style is “like Herpes”! [Fashion Foie Gras] See all the action from the Couture Fashion Week catwalks in Paris! [Telegraph] Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling are expecting a baby! [Glamour] A Belgian football fan might be the new face of L’Oreal after being scouted at the World Cup [Harper’s Bazaar] All the details from Jessica Simpson’s fairytale wedding – including pics of the dress [People] Olivia Palermo documents and photographs her outfits for 30 days! [Olivia Palermo]

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Kate Hudson dazzles in embellished Armani Privé jumpsuit for Couture Fashion Week

Last Updated on 9th July 2014 We’ve always maintained that Kate Hudson could walk a red carpet and wow the crowd in her sleep. She confirmed that at the Oscars earlier this year, but just in case anyone had any doubts or simply forgot, she is at it again. The gorgeous actress, yummy mummy and fashion designer joined the likes of Chloe Moretz, Pink and Jared Leto on the coveted front row of the Armani Privé Couture autumn/winter 2014 show in Paris last night, and chose an exquisite jumpsuit from the designer for the occasion. To say she stood out on the FROW would be a huge understatement. The silhouette of the jumpsuit helped give off that classic effortless vibe that Kate does so well, while the embellishments which adorned the piece ensured it also had that “look at me!” wow factor. A simple, un-distracting top knot with a few loose bits of hair escaping and minimal jewellery completed her look perfectly. [Image]

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Couture Fashion Week AW14 highlights from Christian Dior and Giambattista Valli

Last Updated on 8th July 2014 Forget festival style or shopping for that summer holiday – it’s all about the highest of high fashion this week thanks to Couture Fashion Week which is taking place in Paris as we speak. Or write. It was elegance as usual on the Giambattista Valli catwalk – it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to work out why he got his Haute Couture appellation so rapidly! The designer juxtaposed high fashion vintage glamour with a modern day relaxed aesthetic, which in a nutshell means everything from crepe dresses and understated boyfriend shirts to wow-worthy ballgowns from a different era altogether. The head wraps and bandanas were one of our favourite accessories from the collection as they can instantly transform an outfit; not to mention jazz up your barnet on a potentially bad hair day. Eccentricity was the key theme of the show – something which was more than evident from the pictures… “The secret of my girls is that they’re always eccentric,” the designer said. “They don’t play it, they are!” Raf Simons also didn’t disappoint with his Christian Dior Couture offerings; and it’s a good job too seeing as he had a huge A-list crowd sitting in the front row ready to be razzled and dazzled. It was a bit of a history lesson and catwalk show all rolled into one, as we saw pieces from many periods in time all come together, complete with different chapters, themes and even soundtracks. “I was interested in the process of finding something extremely modern, through something very historical; particularly through a juxtaposition of different themes,” the designer said in the accompanying show notes. “The historical inspiration is not the justification of the collection, it isn’t its entire meaning. “What I was attracted to was an idea […]

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2014 – 2015 Fashion Calendar: All the dates you need to add to your diary!

Last Updated on 30th May 2014 With so many fashionable events to remember month after month, we’re not surprised to find that some people are overwhelmed and sometimes forget important dates. If you forget your planner on the tube or you accidentally drop your trusty smart phone in the coffee pot then how are you going to remember those all-important fashion dates? Don’t panic, because we have the perfect solution; or rather, Diffusion Online does. Diffusion Online has created a pretty neat little infographic which you can see below, which references all the important dates and events a true fashionista needs to know to get through the year in fret-free style. And we don’t really mean little – it’s a pretty large and extensive list. We’re printing it out and sticking it on our office pin board as we speak. We might even go as far as saving it as our desktop picture, but that would mean removing Bradley Cooper and we’re not sure we’re ready to make that commitment yet… We digress! We almost forgot about Graduate Fashion Week kicking off this weekend, so it’s a good job we glanced at the infographic to remind us. Next month looks pretty exciting too, as it’s time for the boys to strut their stuff for Milan Men’s Fashion Week and Paris Men’s Fashion Week. The perfect time to plan a trip to Italy or France, if you ask us. From the Met Gala in May to the British Fashion Awards in December to everything else in-between, it’s all there! Which fashion event are you looking forward to the most?

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Rihanna is Worst Dressed of the Week in Prada

Last Updated on 7th March 2014 After fashion killin’ it (‘scuse the pun) on the Balmain and Chanel front row, Rihanna took a, well, turn for the worse at the Miu Miu autumn/winter 2014 show earlier this week. Debuting a car crash of a look from the Prada autumn/winter 2014 collection, the far-from-bashful Barbadian paired this rather outré chill-blocker with a deep-cut, chevron-print sweater and thigh-high black stockings. As always, RiRi wasn’t short of an award-winning repertoire of accessories, pairing the look with black sunglasses, a statement ear cuff, purple neck scarf and a deep red lip. Black ankle-strap sandals and a healthy dose of the Take Care singer’s famed air-of-don’t-care rounded of yet another naturally eccentric front row look. But even a round-up of fitting accoutrements couldn’t save this look; there’s just too much going on here – even by Rihanna’s standards! So far this season, what have you made of Rihanna’s frenzied show appearances? Given her star is far from small, and top designers dress her all the time, is her attendance, or rather, lack of punctuality, at shows too much of a distraction? Has to be said, though: fashion month wouldn’t be half as much fun without the Only Girl In The World who’d dare to flash an ample amount of boobage, strategically covered with a fur snood. [Image: Vogue.com]

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WATCH: Milan Fashion Week AW14 highlights from Giorgio Armani and DSQUARED²

Last Updated on 26th February 2014 Here it is, the last day of Milan Fashion Week for yet another season, and the King of MFW, or should we say it’s saviour, Mr Giorgio Armani, ensured that he gave everyone something to talk about. And it wasn’t just what happened on the catwalk – but more on that later. The collection – entitled “fade to grey” – did pretty much what it said on the tin; grey is the new colour of the season in Giorgio Armani’s world, with a hint of lime green added in there for a splash of much-needed colour. Cropped trousers, pleats, elegant evening dresses that wouldn’t be out of place on this weekend’s Oscars red carpet. We hope to see Cate Blanchett, who is the face of the Si Giorgio Armani fragrance, in one of the floor-length dresses from this collection. So what else happened at the Giorgio Armani show that ruffled a few feathers? Well it wasn’t something that happened, it was actually something that didn’t happen! Anna Wintour decided to give the Giorgio Armani show a miss and ready herself for the Paris Fashion Week action, and Giorgio Armani was very vocal about his opinions on it. He was less than happy, let’s put it that way! “There are some who prefer to snub the Giorgio Armani show and go to Paris,” he said at a press conference after the show. “She took an airplane, dumped Mr. Armani and went to Paris.” Ouch! Anna Wintour’s people tried to do damage control though… “Anna has the greatest respect for Giorgio Armani and everything he has done for Italy and fashion worldwide,” said Anna’s representative at Condé Nast . “Unfortunately, with the fashion calendar now running for more than a month, there are some shows that […]

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Milan Fashion Week AW14 highlights from Moschino, Fendi, Prada & more

Last Updated on 21st February 2014 We have no idea why Milan Fashion Week isn’t as popular as New York, London or Paris, because the latest collections to debut on the Italian catwalks were out of this world. We don’t think Giorgio Armani is going to have too much of a tough time getting support for MFW if the latest shows from Moschino, Prada, Fendi and Just Cavalli were anything to go by. Jeremy Scott’s first collection for Moschino was always going to be an interesting one, and we definitely think he met expectations and pulled a stellar collection – and catwalk show – out the bag! Jeremy Scott showcased everything from a revamped McDonalds logo to everyone’s favourite little underwater creature, Spongebob Squarepants, to all-else in-between. Katy Perry and Rita Ora showed no signs of a hangover – despite partying until the wee hours of the morning after attending the Brits – as they were the modelling guests of honour on the Moschino autumn/winter 2014 catwalk. The ladies stole the show as they strutted down the catwalk to take their well-deserved seats in the front row to watch the rest of the new-season pieces make their debut. If they ever fancy a career change, we definitely think they have what it takes to make it big in the modelling world! If we could take only two things away from the Fendi autumn/winter 2014 show, it would be the Karl Lagerfeld doll/handbag which Cara Delevingne (who was walking exclusively for Fendi, may we add) carried down the catwalk, Georgia May Jagger’s outfit. We love GMJ at the best of times, but her appearance on the Fendi catwalk was above and beyond anything we could have ever expected. Kaiser Karl himself described the Fendi collection as brutal and poetic, and we definitely […]

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L’Wren Scott cancels London Fashion Week show!

Last Updated on 11th February 2014 Uh oh – according to reports that has surfaced this morning, it doesn’t look like L’Wren Scott will be showing at London Fashion Week this season. The designer was scheduled to showcase her autumn/winter 2014 collection this Sunday during London Fashion Week, but has been forced to cancel due to “production delays in key show and couture pieces.” L’Wren Scott fans will still be able to see the new collection, as the designer has pledged to unveil it on social media. Press, editors, retailers and special guests will also be able to sneak a peek with their own eyes at her Paris showroom in March, so it’s not all bad! Are you sad to see another designer absent from LFW this season? [WWD] 

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7 fab Fashion Month essentials!

Last Updated on 4th February 2014 For some people, February is all about Valentine’s Day, but for all the budding fashionistas in the world, the month of Feb is all about fashion. New York Fashion Week, London Fashion Week, Milan Fashion Week and Paris Fashion Week – all four cities which have their own distinctive and irreplaceable style! So, dressing for Fashion Month – regardless of the city or how much show-watching you’ll actually be doing – has to be done right. You need to get the dressing for the chill and dressing stylishly balance just right. We think we’ve got it sorted with our seven suggestions below; what say you? 1. Ah the great Fashion Week footwear dilemma! Do you go for sky high heels to complement your cute dress and to be the same height as the rest of the ladies and models or do you go for comfort? Nine times out of 10 we would have gone for the former, but since flat shoes are loved by the likes of Alexa Chung and Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel, we think we’re going to go for flats this season. Plus just think how warm these boots will be? 2. The bag is probably one of the most important accessories. If you’re a high fashion magazine editor, a celebrity or someone who won’t be working at Fashion Week, by all means go for an adorable little clutch bag that fits a mobile phone and extra lippie – especially if you’re being chauffeured around from show to show. But for the rest of us who have to slum it and walk to shows, a good sized bag to fit everything from iPads to chargers to make-up bags to an extra pair of flats to food (yes we all need to refuel […]

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Couture Fashion Week highlights from Elie Saab, Armani Prive and Valentino

Last Updated on 23rd January 2014 Yet another exquisite few days in Paris for Couture Fashion Week, as Elie Saab, Armani Prive and Valentino each presented their latest collections. Elie Saab, one of the kings of the A-list red carpet, didn’t disappoint with his collection which was comprised of dresses in his signature floaty, embroidered and applique styles. Always one of the sweetest and prettiest collections to hit the catwalk season after season! We couldn’t help but envision Cate Blanchett in the majority of the Armani Prive dresses; firstly because we can imagine Cate Blanchett in pretty much everything, but also because we have the Oscars on the brain. Although there was also a lot of slick and fierce tailoring in abundance, the sparkles and more glam ensembles are definitely what got our attention. It’s awards season, we can’t help it! Armani Prive Valentino   

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Couture Fashion Week highlights from Dior, Chanel, Giambattista Valli and more

Last Updated on 21st January 2014 There’s nothing better to get us into the pre-Oscars spirit than good old Couture Fashion Week in Paris. As well as watching the models float down the Parisian runways in the finest Couture and salivating at the luxury pieces they are draped in, we can’t help but envision which of our favourite A-listers (and we really do mean A-listers – only the cream of the crop are truly worthy!) might rock the pieces on the upcoming red carpets. Jennifer Lawrence in Dior? Check! Diane Kruger in Chanel? Double check! Raf Simons went for a modern and somewhat practical theme for the Dior Couture collection; relaxed, worldly, effortless! “I was thinking about taking the theatrical out and taking it more into reality,” Raf Simons said. “As a designer, you have a responsibility to do both — to trigger her fantasy with the show, but give her the reality as well.” We think that describes the collection perfectly! Karl Lagerfeld was also going for a somewhat relaxed and comfortable theme; how else would you explain the trainers and the… are those shin pads? The classic Chanel aesthetic was still as evident as ever though, with pastel hues, the classic Chanel tweed suit, and elaborate detailing not only in the pieces themselves but in the entire show. Donatella Versace was inspired by the contemporary goddess, which definitely shone through thanks to the Grace Jones esque hoods. “A contemporary goddess: power, determination, strength, and glamour — that’s what I was thinking about,” Donatella explained. “And how this woman can show her soft side, being a Versace, because Versace is always very spectacular.” What do you think of our favourite looks from Couture Fashion Week so far? Let us know if you have any red carpet awards season predictions!

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Giorgio Armani pledges to save Milan Fashion Week

Last Updated on 21st November 2013 Yesterday we told you that yet another brand was leaving Milan Fashion Week as we revealed that Miu Miu will now be showcasing its new-season collections in Paris… and Giorgio Armani isn’t too happy about it. The designer has now become a board member of the National Chamber of Italian Fashion which basically aims to spice up Milan Fashion Week. “While I still believe that all Italian brands should hold their fashion shows in Italy to give due prominence to our country, as an entrepreneur I understand that certain situations, created over the years, need time to be reorganized,” reads a statement from Armani. “It seems only right, and indeed necessary, for me to send a further strong signal of commitment and confidence aimed at boosting an upswing in the vitality of Italian fashion and, at the same time, to show a sign of support for the actions undertaken by the other brand members of the National Chamber of Italian Fashion. In recent years, Milan has struggled to compete with New York, London and Paris in terms of interest (even Anna Wintour wasn’t too fussed about MFW last season, remember?) but we hope that Mr Armani’s involvement will reinvigorate Milan Fashion Week and put it right up there with the rest of its fashionable counterparts. [Fashionista]

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