Marni Autumn/Winter 2017:

Francesco Risso showed off a brilliant debut collection for Marni, which was both feminine and very Italian, with a cool 1970’s vibe.

A shaggy purple coat with an orange collar, a high-necked orange crochet, a pale blue jersey checkerboard T-shirt and hipster flares was the most jaw dropping look of the show. It was unforgetable and it seemed to set the whole mood for the rest of the collection.

There were also flower prints, puffer jackets, dresses covered in futuristic pailettes, architectural blouses, boldly colored pantsuits, mohair jackets, sleek pvc style leather coats, blurred-out ikats, bold reinterpretations of 1970’s Italian psychedelia and delicate English sprigged cottons (with young looking sporty drawstrings and random layerings of bras on top of this and that.)

The accesories shown here were sleek and stylish oversized sunglasses, fur trimmed boots, patent leather flat slides and patent leather high heeled slingbacks, patent leather top handle handbags, geometric belts and charming drop earrings.

The color scheme was yellow, blue, grey, white, black, magenta, brown, orange, red, beige, purple and ivory. Very colorfup indeed!

This collection had so many great and modern looking pieces for a woman who is unique but also has a very sleek and minimalistic style and sense of fashion. Something perfect for an artist, in actual fact! Expect to see your creative artist friends snatch this collection up and wear them to art galleries and what not. There will probably be waiting lists for months!

My Idol: Grace Coddington

No other creative director in the fashion industry is quite as iconic (or as synonymous with fanciful and brilliant imagery) as Grace Coddington.

Born in April 1941 to Welsh parents in Anglesey and taught at a strict Catholic convent, Grace lived very far away from the wondrous world of high fashion and would order her Vogues 3 months late, because it had to go on “rush-copy.” But Grace would not let that bog her down and she had big dreams and lots of vision and confidence in herself. She had ambition and determination and would not let anything bring her down!

At the age of 17, she was entered by a friend into Vogue’s model competition and she won the Young Model section. This was the very beginning of her life long career in the fashion industry and her initiation into a world of luxury and beauty that she then could not even begin to imagine!

Then fast forward a decade, at the age of 28, she was interviewd by then-British Vogue editor-in-chief Beatrix Miller and hired as a Junior Editor. After 19 years of working as a Photo Editor for British Vogue, she went over with Anna Wintour in July 1988 to American Vogue and became the Creative Director.

This is when Grace really came into her own, began to really shine and produced some of the most iconic imagery in fashion of all time. She would never spare any expense when it came to creative vision and she has always been an exacting tastemaster. Whether it is jeans and a pair of sneakers or a brilliantly beautiful couture gown by John Galliano for Dior, Grace can perfectly put together any and everything!

She has put together looks and sets for editorials like the 1920’s story for the September 2007 issue, Drew Barrymore for the Beauty and the Beast story in April 2005, Natalia Vodianova for the Alice and Wonderland story in December 2003, the ever-infamous grunge editorial back in 1992 and the photoshoot of Jerry Hall in bright red in front of a Soviet Union monument back in 1976. Her images she produces are never sharp and precise, but always slightly blurry and very whimsical.

Grace Coddington always took risks during her long and fruitful career in fashion and she is not afraid to be different. She goes full speed ahead regardless of what is commercially sucessful or not and she refuses to be a sell-out, to the point where her and the Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Anna Wintour had a few run-ins in “The September Issue” documentary that chartered the making of the then biggest ever issue of Vogue!

Grace is famous for her quirkiness, her trademark of frizzy and voluminous red hair and her love for cats, especially her cat Pumpkin. She is so obsessed with cats in fact, that her entire apartment is filled with them and is also covered in depictions of different felines. It is an amazing house filled with treasure troves and all of those little trinkets and forget me nots that she holds so dear to her and holds true sentimental value to her.

She has even written several books that have been published by Phaidon, like “The Catwalk Cats,” which is a book she had published about her fabulous cats back in 2006 and her book “Grace: Thirty Years of Fashion at Vogue,” which was published back in 2002.” This second book has a black cover and an illustration of her with her fabulous red frizz, of course!

Having had such a prolific and colorful career in the fashion industry, it had been sadly the case that Grace Coddington has no longer been as actively involved in fashion since her stepping down from her career and work as the senior Creative Director of US Vogue back in January of last year. The fashion world truly mourns the void she has left in her departure, but will no doubt remember all of the amazing contributions she has made to the glamorous and high-octane world of fashion.

Grace, you are the reason I started reading Vogue! We all love you… don’t you forget that!

Fashion Unzipped:

Perfect for parties? Check. Easy to get out of? Check. Oozes sex appeal? Check.

This outfit has it all covered whatever the occasion and it checks all of the boxes. Plus, it is totally unique and has a very Elizabeth Hurley in Gianni Versace’s safety pin dress vibe to it.

It is on-trend, it is sensational, it is Instagram worthy… it is “Fashion Unzipped.”

1st row:

1- Linda Farrow

Lfl513 oversized sunglasses

£399.00

http://www.selfridges.com/GB/en/cat/linda-farrow-lfl513-oversized-sunglasses_604-10128-LFL513C7SUN/?previewAttribute=Jade

2- Shaun Leane

White Feather sterling silver earrings

£275.00

http://www.selfridges.com/GB/en/cat/shaun-leane-white-feather-sterling-silver-earrings_970-10179-SLS657/?previewAttribute=

3- Givenchy

Zip-detailed silk-blend dress

£3,115.00

http://www.selfridges.com/GB/en/cat/givenchy-zip-detailed-silk-blend-dress_420-3000831-17P2072352/?previewAttribute=Green

2nd row:

4- Rick Owens

Walrus Classic leather biker jacket

£1,450.00

http://www.selfridges.com/GB/en/cat/rick-owens-walrus-classic-leather-biker-jacket_259-3004685-RP17S3708LN/?previewAttribute=Black

5- Shaun Leane

White Feather sterling silver cuff bracelet

£425.00

http://www.selfridges.com/GB/en/cat/shaun-leane-white-feather-sterling-silver-cuff-bracelet_970-10179-SLS655/?previewAttribute=

6- Shaun Leane

Sterling silver quill ring (small)

£225.00

http://www.selfridges.com/GB/en/cat/shaun-leane-sterling-silver-quill-ring-small-_970-10179-SLS558/?previewAttribute=

3rd row:

7- Givenchy

Pandora mini leather shoulder bag

£930.00

http://www.selfridges.com/GB/en/cat/givenchy-pandora-mini-leather-shoulder-bag_129-3000831-BB05245013/?previewAttribute=Black

8- Gianvito Rossi

Portofino leather sandals

£550.00

http://www.selfridges.com/GB/en/cat/gianvito-rossi-portofino-leather-sandals_926-10004-5881000109/?previewAttribute=Black

All courtesy of Selfridges.

Saint John Autumn/Winter 2017:

For Autumn/Winter 2017, Saint John designer Greg Myler mixed a ladylike aesthetic with today’s more casual vibe.

There was head-to-toe knitwear, ribbed cashmere flares, wool joggers with matching sweaters, tweed fringe-trim jackets with dropped shoulders and an unstructured silhouette, pretty blouses, romantic printed skirts, full length evening gowns, short cocktail dresses, unstructured double-face cashmere coats and one coat reversed from dove gray to ballet pink.

The most beautiful looks were the short oyster grey dress with ostrich feather tufts and the long, silken Hollywood-esque evening gown that was also covered in tufts of ostrich feathers.

The color palatte of the clothes were pink, grey, black, turqoise, red, pale yellow, gold, silver, royal blue, magenta, forest green, purple, navy blue and cream.

This collection had the perfect looks for ladies who lunch, who wish to look fabulous but still be comfortable at the same time. It was a great effort by Greg Myler. Simply stunning!

Licentious in Leopard:

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“A leopard never changes his (or her) spots!” As the famous quote goes.

Look wild and sexy in this leopard  spotted ensemble. It is the perfect thing to wear when you are on the prowl to look for a mate and when you want to let other people know that you mean business.

But be very careful… it really is a jungle out there!

1st slide- Cartier

Vintage Rare Santos Sunglasses with Red Case

$ 1,245.00

Cartier Vintage Santos Sunglasses Rare Style with Red Case

2nd slide- Piaget

Possession Earrings

$ 12,500

http://m.piaget.com/jewelry/rose-gold-diamond-earrings-g38py700

3rd slide- Dolce & Gabbana

Leopard Print V Neck Top

$ 425.00

Dolce&Gabbana Top Leopard Print V Neck 3/4 sleeve 40 / 6

4th slide- Chanel

Sleek Slim Black Silk Pants

$1,245.00

Chanel 01A Pant Sleek Slim Black Silk 36 / 4 nwt

5th slide- Piaget

Possession Open Bangle Bracelet

$ 3,100

http://m.piaget.com/jewelry/rose-gold-diamond-open-bangle-bracelet-g36pq100

6th slide- Piaget

Possession Ring

$ 9,700

http://m.piaget.com/jewelry/rose-gold-ring-g34p1d00

7th slide- Givenchy

Large Textured Leather Tote with Subtle Hardware Details

$1,765.00

Givenchy Bag Large Textured Leather Tote Subtle Hardware Details

8- Dolce & Gabbana

Pony Leopard Signature Slingback

$545.00

Dolce&Gabbana Shoe Pony Leopard Signature Slingback 40.5 fits 9.5

Courtesy of MightyChic.com and Piaget Jewellers.

Outrageously Ostrich:

Ostrich skin is one of the most lüxe fabrics on the market. And at “Jessie’s Threads,” we’ve got you covered!

This look is absolute perfection and can work for any occasion, be it a job interview or a good time with friends, 9 to 5, 7 days a week.

Looking good never felt so outrageously wild or so outrageously sexy… It is simply “outrageously ostrich!”

First row:

1- Rochas

White Mother of Pearl Cateye Sunglasses

$360

Reduced From $450

https://www.1stdibs.com/fashion/accessories/sunglasses/rochas-white-mother-pearl-cateye-sunglasses-1970s/id-v_2253483/

2- Harry Winston

11.13 Carat Diamond Flower Studs

$110,000

https://www.1stdibs.com/jewelry/earrings/stud-earrings/harry-winston-1113-carat-diamond-flower-studs/id-j_2593083/

3- Harry Winston

48.95 Carat Fancy Shape Diamond Platinum Necklace

$275,000

https://www.1stdibs.com/jewelry/necklaces/choker-necklaces/4895-carat-fancy-shape-diamond-platinum-necklace/id-j_284572/

Second row:

4- Miu Miu

White Short Sleeve Peplum Blouse

$275

https://www.1stdibs.com/fashion/clothing/shirts/miu-miu-white-short-sleeve-peplum-blouse-sz-it42/id-v_2532363/

5- Fall 2003 Runway Ostrich Print Prada Leather Coat

$2,400

https://www.1stdibs.com/fashion/clothing/coats-outerwear/fall-2003-runway-ostrich-print-prada-leather-coat/id-v_520622/

6- Prada

White South African Ostrich Limited Edition Skirt

$1,799

Reduced From $2,675

https://www.1stdibs.com/fashion/clothing/skirts/prada-skirt-white-south-african-ostrich-limited-edition-40-6-nwt/id-v_14351/

Third row:

7- Harry Winston

Harry Winston Emerald Cut Diamond Platinum Line Bracelet

$142,633.99

https://www.1stdibs.com/jewelry/bracelets/tennis-bracelets/harry-winston-emerald-cut-diamond-platinum-line-bracelet/id-j_2338513/

8- Harry Winston

6.36 Carat GIA Certified Emerald Cut Diamond Platinum Ring

$331,500

https://www.1stdibs.com/jewelry/rings/engagement-rings/harry-winston-636-carat-gia-certified-emerald-cut-diamond-platinum-ring/id-j_245826

9- Chanel Beige Ostrich Pristine Jumbo Classic Handbag

$16,900

 https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/more-furniture-collectibles/chanel-beige-ostrich-jumbo-classic-pristine/id-f_5273313/

Fourth row:

10- Tom Ford

Ostrich Leather Peep-toe Pumps

$795

s://www.1stdibs.com/fashion/clothing/shoes/tom-ford-ostrich-leather

All courtesy of 1stDibs.com.

 

 

Joseph Autumn/Winter 2017:

Louise Trotter sent models down the runway in some of the most beautiful and practical clothes this season.

There was oversized suiting in drill or jacquard, topstitched overalls, baggy olive jumpsuits, pink bodysuits, the high-shine coats and dresses, sharply cut pants, outfits trimmed with lace and in a poppy red and floral and color-blocked dresses. The details were zips undone, hems frayed, twisted collars and burst stitches. It almost seemed as if to suggest work in progress.  Trotter wished to explore the limits of masculine uniform on behalf of the feminine. Or as she said, “to make the purposeful decorative.” She also wished to complement the masculine side by adding feminine touches that kept the looks smart and balanced looking.

The color palette was navy blue, white, tan, red, beige, olive green, hot pink, ivory, chocolate brown, orange, neon yellow and royal blue. It was actually an unusually colorful collection for Joseph.

There are so many great investment pieces here a woman can wear for years to come. They will also be chic and forever remain in style. How is that for cost per wear?!