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March 18, 2009

Fashion Pick of the Day

Today’s pick is this extremely unique dress from Toni Maticevski’s spring-summer ready-to-wear collection; the designer shows creative construction with a ‘stained-glassed window’ bodice and beautifully manipulated skirt. What do you think?



March 11, 2009

Spring Trend Alert: The Hourglass

It’s not only time to embrace your womanly curves, it’s time to enhance them too; cinched waists and big hips are the new shape and it’s great! Fuller skirts, belts looped around the waist and high, high heels make this look work to its fullest potential. The whole look should be polished, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun and make it interesting. Look for unique folds and manipulation in fabrics to make it your own.

trendss09-hourglassFrom left to right: Naeem Khan, Byblos, Christian Dior, Isaac Mizrahi and Marc Jacobs



March 10, 2009

Runway Favourite S/S 09: Moschino RTW

Filed under: Designer Diary, Fashion, Ready-To-Wear — Tags: , , — xfrenchx @ 7:56 pm

One of my absolute favourite spring shows, the Moschino collection was a dream full of artistic visions, while being completely wearable at the same time. Rosella Jardini’s use of bows, ruffles and flowers sat perfectly admist purples, pinks, blues and easter greens, all anchored by neutrals and the runway favourite navy. The details extended to the accessories, as huge bows were found on the bags. The whole collection is a refreshing take on every woman’s girly side, making every one of these pieces worthy of the spotlight. Here are some of my favourite looks from the runway:

moschino-rufflesbowsRuffles and bows were most prominent on this runway. My personal favourites; the gorgeous floral dress in the second picture, and the floral pencil skirt with navy blouse.

moschino-neutralsNeutrals always make their way into every runway show. The details are what makes these pieces shine. I’m in love with the white cacoon coat in the second picture (recently featured in My Fashion Pick of the Day), and the chic grey top in the far right picture.

moschino-coloursColours are a given, but these colours were a wonderful surprise; while the colours are trendy and vibrant, they have a very muted, pastel look to them – even the darker purples and greens have a cloud-like appearance. The green tiered dress (second from right) and the purple coat are so devine.

moschino-navyNavy, while a very deep colour is also a refreshing alternate to black; against other colours you can see the blue – which makes versatility a little more interesting. The blue coat on the left, the soft pants and the casual dress on the right are all very chic and comfortable options.

March 3, 2009

Runway Favourite S/S 09: Reem Acra RTW

Reem Acra drew inspiration for her Spring/Summer collection from the ideas of a fairytaile and a royal castle. The look was less princess and more electric Taj Mahal – which was a fresh take on the normally glam look. Her collection was great, with an array of vibrant colours, and sparkling embellishment, giving hope and a dreamlike quality to those worried with the world. Here are some of my favourite pieces from the latest show by Reem Acra.

reemacra-printsPrints were a big part of this season’s runways, and Reem Acra showed some gorgeous prints in her collection. Either bold and shiny, or subtle and artistic, these pieces are all wonderful. I especially love the watercolour look on the white dress (center), as well as the far right picture.

reemacra-coloursColours are definately a favourite during the spring/summer runways, and the splash of colour on Reem Acra’s runway was refreshing. Her no-holds barred approach to the colour palette is wonderful, giving almost every colour a chance. My favourites? The sexy orange dress that will get you notice at any party, and the green shirtdress that’s soft yet fun.

reemacra-neutralsNeutrals always work well as a backdrop to spring’s bright colours. Some are versatile withing your wardrobes, while other pieces demand only a few bright accessories. I love the heavy mini-dress that works for chilly nights, and the simple jacket glamed up with embellishment.

December 1, 2008

Runway Favourite: Michael Kors (RTW)

Filed under: Fashion, Ready-To-Wear — xfrenchx @ 11:57 pm

Fashion is an industry that is constantly growing, and each year the amount of Fashion Weeks around the world increases and more and more designers are showcasing their talent. Among the hundreds of fashion shows presented each season, there are always going to be stronger lines than others. Over the course of the fall and winter season, I will showcase my favourite looks from what I feel are the best shows of the bunch. To begin my runway favourites, I have chosen Michael Kors who showed a very classy and beautiful ready to wear line for this season.


Achromatics: Known for his use of brights from the entire colour spectrum, Michael Kors tones things down a little this season and adds some beautiful achromatic pieces to his line. This choice did not impact his ability to make everything chic and feminine, using watercolour techniques and an overall gloss to give you sophistication and glamour in one.


Pretty Colours: Of course we were going to see colour in this collection! Staying true to his design asthetic, Kors relies on beautiful colours that are not only fresh and feminine, but steal the spotlight too. Purples, mustard yellows and grassy greens are dominant, with light pink accents throughout. So join in and channel your girly side.


Sophisticated Neutrals: It‘s not just the colour palette that screams lady chic, it‘s the silhouettes and fabrics too. Leave it to Kors to bring style to your career, with these wonderful designs. An obvious favourite is the super sexy pencil skirt, and don‘t forget some fur (faux or real) for a touch of glamour. Who says good girls have to be boring?
Check back soon to find who‘s next on my list of Fall‘s best runway shows!

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