The womenswear trend of adopting a more masculine style of dress has been in style for a while now and the autumn/winter catwalks showed no sign of it slowing down just yet!
D&G showed a more ‘Victorian gentleman’ style of dress while Ralph Lauren and Temperley London went for a sophisticated style featuring bow ties, tuxedo jackets and braces to complete the look.
The trend seems to have slipped down all the way to our footwear, with brogue style shoes and loafers being a massive trends this summer. For winter the chelsea boot seems to be the shoe du jour, with Chanel teaming large, billowing top halves with a streamlined bottom, finished with a leather boot. Jill Sander adopted more of a wedge heel but similarly paired them with a straight silouette on the bottom half.
Asos have a classic interpetation of the Victorian style shoe for £50 at the moment, but if you’re not brave enough to go for all out masculinity a heeled pair, like the Asos acorn leather platform as shown in the bottom left is a far more wearable style.
Will you be wearing a pair of Chelsea boots this Winter?
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I recently saw a snippet of this collection from Love Maegan and like the magpie that I am it certainly got my attention!
Taking inspiration from 80s slightly kitsch, punk and rock and roll influencers like David Bowie and Adam Ant, the collection fused retro with modern to create a celestial filled extravaganza!
Mainly sticking to a muted black, white and grey colour palette pops of colour came through the accessories which were quite frankly, amazing!
Zebra print, tiger prints and leopard prints, neon pinks, turquoise, stars, spangles and sequins, I love it all! The shoes are universally pointed, pin heels; meaning we can say a welcome ‘adios’ to sky high platforms in favour of a far more manageable, not quite so intimidating heel. Now I just need to work out how I could get my hands on some!
The clothing was certainly a bit hit and miss for me. Whilst I can’t say I was much of a fan of some of the masculine tailored looks which I’m becoming a bit bored of seeing, certain pieces like the black lace and leoprint print sequins really got my attention, despite the shapes being ones we’ve seen from D&G numerous times before and them being draped over Victoria’s Secret models who look good in bin liners! (Alessandra Ambrosio in particular is stunning!)
Here are a few of the highlights for me:
What did you make of this collection?
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I’ve created three more looks on polyvore. It’s very addictive!
The first is this pink look:
The shoes I’ve used are from a label called Freya Rose London. They specialise in very high quality, one of a kind couture shoes which use the best fabrics and materials. They do lots of wedding shoes but I like these pink corsage ones.
Pink is extremely in at the moment with lots of celebrities wearing pink hues to the Oscars and Oscar after parties, Golden Globes and the MET ball last week. One of my favourites was Emily Blunt attending the Golden Globes wearing a Dolce and Gabbana gown looking stunning but lots of others like Kirsten Stewart, Kate Bosworth and Eva Longoria.
Clockwise starting top left: Eva Longoria Parker at the Grey Goose Soho House party, New York, Kate Bosworth at the Calvin Klein Collection party, LA wearing Calvin Klein, Charlize Theron at the 2010 Oscars wearing Dior, Michelle Rodriguez at the Oscars 2010 Elton John AIDS Foundation party, Maggie Gyllenhaal at the 2010 Golden Globes wearing Roland Mouret, Emily Blunt at the 2010 Golden Globes wearing Dolce and Gabbana, Jennifer Aniston at the Bounty Hunter premiere, Paris wearing Christian LaCroix couture, Kristen Stewart at The Runaways premiere, LA wearing a Doo.Ri minidress.
Next I created a blue/grey floral look:
I’ve used some chain shoes which are very Lanvin-esque and are very in at the moment. I particularly like the necklace, you can’t really see but it says “Once Upon a Time” and fits in with the kitsch/Alice in Wonderland trend going on at the moment particularly with jewellery.
And finally I made this biker/rocky look:
This is one of my favourites. I love the Topshop Motorcycle jeans, they’ve got all the panelling and zips at the top and side, I think I NEED them, and the scary looking shoes from Carvela. The top is from Wildfox couture who Cheryl Cole has been spotted wearing a few times as well as people like The Saturdays, the Kardashians, Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan and a few more, this cute kitten one is my favourite though.
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I’ve recently discovered this site called Polyvore and created the look below. It’s inspired by the Dolce and Gabanna S/S 2010 Ready-to-Wear collection from Milan (you can see all the catwalk images from it on Vogue.co.uk
) and also a shoot from the American Cosmo magazine featuring Cory Monteith (Finn) from Glee looking rather hot and cavorting with someone very pretty.
I really like the boots I’ve put in there. They’re by Emma Cook for Topshop and go with this look perfectly but are £175 so I’ll keep dreaming.
also have alot more denim stuff similar to the D&G runway and are ridiculously cheap so I possibly may be investing in a piece or two…
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With Autumn/Winter just around the corner I’ve decided it’s time to take a look at what trends will make it from the catwalk to the high street, so here is my look at the hotly tipped looks for next season.
Well, they do say fashion goes round in cycles! Alexander Vauthier, London, A/W 09
Apparently power dressing is back! Hopefully not quite as garish as the outfits sported by Joan Collins in Dynasty, but none the less, shoulders and trousers suits are making a welcome return. This time around shoulders are a bit more structured and paired with a cinched waist creating a more feminine silhouette. Already seen on the catwalks of Balmain, Yves Saint Laurent and D&G this trend looks set to stay. Pair with 7/8 length trousers leaving your ankle exposed, or a longer length, structured skirt to perfect the modern take on 80s power dressing.
D&G, Milan, Fall 09
Things have taken a rather royal turn, with D&G showing a collection heavily influenced by the monarchy. Heavy fabrics, specifically velvet is set to be in, paired with broaches and corsets and embellished with ruffles and lace, taking style notes from Marie Antoinette. Whilst things may not be quite as lavish day to day, velvet in rich jewel tones is something to watch out for.
Louis Vuitton, Fall 09, Paris
Thigh High Boots
These were all over the catwalks but translating it to everyday wear may be difficult, if they’re too high or the wrong fabric you could end up looking more like should be loitering on street corners waiting for a middle aged man in a Mondeo to give you the nod. If you want to play it safe maybe it’s best to stick to just over the knee styles in suede to avoid giving the wrong impression. I’m personally not to sure on these; surely anything over the knee would be impractical and difficult to walk in. Certainly anything too embellished like Louis Vuitton showed might be just a bit too OTT.
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