Archive | October, 2010

Louche Autumn/Winter 2010

28 Oct

Nostalgia for childhood Christmases recalls a love for grandma’s knit sweaters and ice skating dresses.  Recreate the look with fairisle snowflake knit sweaters, intarsias with vacationland motifs and cable knit dresses. Ice skater skirts and dresses come in prints and velvet.  Layer chunky knits over delicate chiffon layers. The motif of this look is the swan and ice skating boot. Lace-up booties, cable stockings, pom pom pulleys and fur trimmed capes recreate a winter wonderland.  Colours are Christmassy; red and pine green interrupted with soft icey mint green and powder pink.

Nostalgia for childhood Christmases recalls a love for grandma’s knit sweaters and ice skating dresses.  Recreate the look with fairisle snowflake knit sweaters, intarsias with vacationland motifs and cable knit dresses. Ice skater skirts and dresses come in prints and velvet.  Layer chunky knits over delicate chiffon layers. The motif of this look is the swan and ice skating boot. Lace-up booties, cable stockings, pom pom pulleys and fur trimmed capes recreate a winter wonderland.  Colours are Christmassy; red and pine green interrupted with soft icey mint green and powder pink.

Louche Autumn/Winter 2010

28 Oct

Christmas party wear goes to the Palace of Versailles, rebelling against the cutting back and restraint of late. Gilt baroque frames and velvet drapes inspire opulent looks including  gold brocade, frock coats, Louis-heeled ribbon-laced boots, sequin and lamé dresses. Velvet is the fabric of the party season, ruched, gathered and crushed. Modern twists include photo-real prints of renaissance art and OTT embellishment.  Shoulder adornment makes a return. Colours include papal purple, emerald green, gold and bronze, deep burgundy, midnight blue and black.

Louche Autumn/Winter 2010

28 Oct

Into the woods we go with traditional hunting inspired looks. Venture where the wild things are with chunky cable knits, military inspired utility items and  teddy bear fur coats thrown on over floaty chiffon layers. Flying ducks and stags heads adorn jumpers. Checks and an injection of red play on English Royalty. Outerwear includes red riding coats, khaki hunting jackets, Barbour waxed jackets and the jacket of the season – the shearling lined aviator.  Colours revolve around a khaki base note – with mustard yellow, military navy, tobacco brown and highlights of vermillion red.

Louche Autumn/Winter 2010

28 Oct

Uptown demi-couture with a 60’s twist is inspired by the IT girls of the era; Mary Quant,  Edie Sedgwick, Kim Novak and the film Valley of the Dolls. Curves are back – with defined waists and full busts, think Mad Men for the modern woman. The short shift and simple ladylike coat featured strongly throughout this collection, along with flared pants, neat tunic tops and belted cardigans. After-six dresses have ruffles in all the right places and are worn under animal fur coats. The narrow, short silhouette creates an erogenous zone of twiggy legs elongated by square-toed pumps – short, neat and youthfully feminine. Camel and taupe formed the core of the palette offset with zany shots of offbeat colour – think turquoise, chartreuse, jade green, cerulean blue and apricot with accents of winter white and metallic bronze

Louche Autumn/Winter 2010

28 Oct

An off-kilter palette of block-colour items in modern streamlined styles that can be layered to create color clashes of your own.  Simplified styles; tunics, bubble coats, and tapered trousers have minimal detailing but maximum impact. Art Deco graphic linear prints inspired by architecture create a strong print direction. Fabrics are matt with sheer overlays and neoprene is used for sculpting.  Colours include teal next to toffee,  mushroom and mustard while poppy red clashes with pink and an injection of citrus enlivens the ubiquitous camel.

A new and quietly confident power woman emerges in a uniform of camel toned minimal chic. Classic, understated simplicity is the new look for a woman who doesn’t need to try too hard.  A play on masculine tailoring has hints of 70s sportswear and Helmut Lang’s 90s redux. The look is utopian – clean modern minimalism with sparse lines, simple silhouettes, and an emphasis on quiet luxury.  Shapes are relaxed and slouchy, sexy without showing skin. The tapered leg trouser and camel coat are the new uniform. The palette of the season – camel, caramel and biscuit beige – work against soft marled greys, stone, warm terracotta and a peek of mid-wash denim blue.