Thursday, 19 February 2015

Michael Kors A/W15 Review

Michael Kors is a brand, I feel, has recently become notorious for its handbags. I don't know about you but where I live it may as well be compulsory to own a Michael Kors bag as I'm unaware of many people who don't; not that I have anything against them but they have become ridiculously overworn in the past couple of years and to be quite honest, I am sick of the sight of the brands logo. However, I was pleasently surprised with their most recent collection at NYFW and for me, it was a friendly reminder that this label is still high fashion and restored my faith in Kors himself and his ability to produce the chicest of pieces that any woman would feel luxuorious wearing. As he said himself  'Women today want it all- comfort, quality and luxury- and they deserve it all' and I am in full agreement with the designer.

Michael Kors is a brand known for it's femininity in terms of womenswear which is why the masculine edge to the A/W15 collection was a shock to many. Still as opulent as ever yet a twist on the classic MK style. It wouldn't be a collection by the New York born designer without fur and of course, there was an abundance of it; it was even sported with a pair of teal embellished pyjamas that anyone would dream of wearing wherever they were heading, whether that was to bed or a red carpet event, if I got my hands on them, the location would be irrelevant. The colour palette mainly consisted of grey-blue's, khaki, camel and mustard yellow. Oh, and how could I forget the head-to-toe gold number paired with co-ordinating metallic heels that headed down the runway between two blue and grey suits, I would expect nothing less than this from a man famous for his sense of 'luxury is what you think it is'! The soundtrack to the show included Florence & the Machine's 'The Dog Days are Over' and this upbeat song that could potentially leave anyone feeling pleased along with a collection fit for women of all kinds ensured everyone in the room was in a good mood by the end of the show. Bravo Michael Kors!

Here are some of my favourite looks from the show-

Monday, 16 February 2015

A Twist on The Classic LBD.

The 'little black dress' is an item that is essential to every women's wardrobe. This concept has been endorsed by Chanel since the brand's founder, Coco Chanel, published a picture of an LBD in American Vogue in 1926; Vogue called it 'Chanel's Ford' and said that the LBD would become "a sort of uniform for women of all taste' and if you need proof that Vogue is the bible of fashion, here it is. Vogue has been very aware that the Little Black Dress is a fundamental piece for almost 90 years and this idea has only grown since then and Chanel have continued to be increasingly involved in the evolution of this piece as the current creative director, Karl Lagerfield said quite rightly 'One is never overdressed or underdressed with a Little Black Dress.'

I've teamed up with 'DailyLook' to create a mood board on my take on the classic piece and it's a rather unique one, if I do say so myself. An LBD covers anything from the prototypical black cocktail dress to a black oversized maxi (HINT*) and what I love about this is how everyone can incorporate their own style into it. DailyLook have a section on their site dedicated to little black dresses which you can find here and the abundance of LBD's left me spoilt for choice when creating this StyleSet.

As I said before, this garment is essential to every woman's wardrobe, not only because of the fact that it's the perfect option when you're lost for what to wear but because of it's convenience and versatility. If you are having one of those days where you are hysterically screaming into the ill-suited pile of clothes on your bedroom floor, 'I HAVE NO CLOTHES' simply, take a deep breath, pull out your LBD and shoes of your choice (unless that will cause more hysteria, then just go bare-footed) and already you will look effortlessly well put-together and no one will ever need to know about the semi-breakdown you had prior to this! Not only does black have a slimming effect but it also co-ordinates with any other colour you may choose to wear making the 'black' part of this piece, in my opinion, the best part.

When creating my mood board, I felt especially inspired by the Olsen twins. I think everyone can agree that Mary-Kate and Ashley have always had impeccable style; from their days on 'It Takes Two' in their denim dungarees to the launch of their own couture fashion label, 'The Row', I have followed the twins every move in fashion and will continued to be inspired by their impeccable style in the future. Their influence on my own style and outlook on the fashion world is what inspired me to base this StyleSet on them along with the LBD I chose to use being named after them as the 'Olsen Maxi Dress'. My choice of dress is definitely not what comes to mind when you hear the phrase 'Little Black Dress' but it's a piece I fell in love with when I came across it on and I couldn't resist to use it for my mood board.As it says on the StyleSet, I think this really is a chic and easy piece that would look stylish for any occasion which is the soul purpose of a Little Black Dress and why I decided this piece would be the perfect choice for me!