14 setembro 2012

Woven crowns and Kelly Brook the queen of glamour on the front row: Bora Aksu goes regal for spring/summer 2013



Turkish designer Bora Aksu is known for his signature cocktail dresses, and today's show hinted that he might want a certain young royal to be spotted in one of his designs some day soon.
Theatrical layered dresses in pastel shades were teamed with round-toed court shoes, simple clutches and elaborate woven crown-style headpieces, and the audience could not miss the nod to duchess Kate, the nation's newest style icon.
Aksu wouldn't confirm whether Kate had been behind the designs, instead referencing another royal style icon: Queen Victoria's grand-daughter.
Bora Aksu SS'13
Bora Aksu SS'13
Light layers gave the dresses an ethereal effect as the models glided down the catwalk and contrasting clutches added pops of colour
Speaking ahead of the show at Somerset House Aksu said: 'My main starting point for inspiration came from Queen Victoria's grand-daughter, Marie, who became the Queen of Romania in 1922.
 


    'The way she embraced traditional Romanian culture without losing her Englishness led to a lot of beautiful references.
    'As well as her style and charisma, inspiration for spring/summer 2013 has come from the love she had for her botanical garden in Balchik.'
    Bora Aksu SS'13
    Bora Aksu SS'13
    Peter pan collars added a prim twist to the pastel-coloured dresses layered with chiffon 
    Queens of style: Icy blues, patterned tights and elaborate crowns dominated the spring/summer show
    Queens of style: Icy blues, patterned tights and elaborate crowns dominated the spring/summer show
    Kate, of course, is otherwise engaged during London Fashion Week, but another national treasure was on hand to light up Aksu's front row.
    Model Kelly Brook arrived looking radiant in a rust coloured skater-style dress by the designer 
    Kelly said after the show: 'I thought it was incredible. Really feminine, really floaty, it's amazing.
    Asked what she thought of London Fashion Week, she said: "From what I've seen so far, it's inspiring, that's why I like to come along and see. It kind of gets you in the mood. You get some good ideas.
    Bora Aksu SS'13
    Bora Aksu SS'13
    Details: Coloured woven crowns were worn with piles of candy floss hair and miniature fish plaits
    London's always a hot spot really, people come here for films, theatre and I think a lot of fashion's influenced by that and people in all areas are creative.
    Also in the front row was singer Kate Nash who said that Aksu was one of her favourite designers.
    She said: 'I'm a really big fan of Bora Aksu. Last season I saw my first show of his and I fell in love with it.'
    Nash, who is to perform a secret gig as part of Fashion Week, said she was a regular each season.
    She added: "I really love London. I really like the sort of people it attracts, it has a real sense of fun.
    'It attracts lots of freaks and weirdos, in the best way. It's very individual and celebrates the outsider.'
    Kelly Brook front row at the Bora Aksu Spring/Summer 2013 show
    Kelly Brook front row at the Bora Aksu Spring/Summer 2013 show
    Kelly Brook on the front row of the Bora Aksu Spring/Summer 2013 fashion show
    Kate Nash on the front row of the Bora Aksu Spring/Summer 2013 fashion show
    Lighting up the front row: Model Kelly and singer Kate Nash both love Aksu's signature dresses


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    Yacht rock! PPQ bring first day of London Fashion Week to roaring climax with 'sophis-cadelic' collection of nautical stripes, techno-paisley and electric hues


    I wish I could say it was me who coined the phrase 'yacht rock' to describe PPQ's triumphant, buzzy, colourful show tonight. 
    And so would the label's designers - Amy Molyneaux and Percy Parker  - who say this year that they are 'very into making up words.'
    But it was neither of us. That honour must go to Shingai Shoniwa, the feisty, elegant, stylish singer of Noisettes fame, who used the term to describe the heady blend of smart nautical stripes and psychedelic prints, the floaty chiffon in electric green and scarlet, and the bright paisley flashes that ran through tonight's show. 
    Nautical chic: Riviera stripes ran like a seam through the collection
    Nautical chic: Riviera stripes ran like a seam through the collection
    Electric dreams: Vivid green made a splash at the show
    Electric dreams: Vivid green made a splash at the show - and was the colour the FROW couldn't stop talking about when the lights went down
    The two can add it to their newly minted phrase, sophis-cadelic' - their own term for this fashion hybrid they've created for Spring/Summer 13 - and their other current favourite, 'floordrobe' - to describe the all-too-familiar situation when all your clothes are actually residing on the floor (guilty as charged). 
     


      The duo say that their inspiration came from their desire simply to create a great holiday wardrobe - 'something you can wear on holiday.... and to the bar, basically,' Amy says. 
      'You can't be in a boned corset dress 24/7.'
      This intention translates as plenty of floaty chiffon in bold electric tones (fellow FROW-goer Jodie Harsh loved the limey-olive green flowing dress); black dresses with acres of featherlight fabric, and that omnipresent seam of yacht rocky nautical stripe injected with vivid printed trim. 
      Yacht rock: Stripes with vivid paisley
      Yacht rock: Sophisticated scarlet with jewels by PPQ for Tresor Paris
      Yacht rock: Stripes with vivid paisley;  RIGHT: Sophisticated scarlet with jewels by PPQ for Tresor Paris
      Grown up: Floaty chiffon created the backbone of the collection
      Grown up: Floaty chiffon created the backbone of the collection
      I loved a beautiful black gathered-sleeve dress with plunging V neckline and diaphanous skirt, and a figure-hugging off-the-shoulder dress that would be as well dressed up with jewels and heels as worn with rubber flip flops and a battered straw hat. 
      Shoes were platforms with a flash of colour, make up saw slashes of vibrant colour pick out the tones of the dresses. 
      This was Amy and Percy's 11th year at LFW - and things, says Percy, are looking good. 'The recession hit for a couple of years, but things have picked up,' he says. 'Of course, things level out, but it's not bad.'
      Sophis-cadelic: A bold PPQ logo was injected with a vivid techno paisley design
      Sophis-cadelic: A bold PPQ logo was injected with a vivid techno paisley design
      The collection, accomplished and yet more grown up than last summer's pastel offerings (which we all thought was oh-so-sophisticated for this good-time brand) showed in a packed-to-the-rafters Goldsmiths' Hall in St Paul's, with the requisite pack of baying fashionistas left waiting outside after the doors closed.
      What's next for these two? Easy: 'World domination. This is all part of the plan,' says Amy.
      Always a hot ticket, always an exciting vibe - and from two such unaffected, likeable people, who manage to be simultaneously utterly fashionable yet not at all 'fashion'.
      Amy and Percy have pulled it off again.
      Hats off: Millinery by House of Flora for PPQ
      Accessorise: Sunglasses were by Linda Farrow
      Accessorise: Millinery was by House of Flora for PPQ, sunglasses by Linda Farrow
      Front row: Pandemonia (left) and Jameela Jamil (right) at the show
      Front row: Pandemonia (left) and Jameela Jamil (right) at the show
      The talent: PPQ design duo Amy Molyneaux and Percy Parker take a bow at the end of the show
      The talent: PPQ design duo Amy Molyneaux and Percy Parker take a bow at the end of the show

      MODELISING: BEHIND THE SCENES AT PPQ

        
      Refuelling: The PPQ show was sponsored by Glacéau vitaminwater, meaning the models sipped on softies rather than the champagne... oh so virtuous
      Refuelling: The PPQ show was sponsored by Glacéau vitaminwater, meaning the models sipped on softies rather than the champagne... oh so virtuous
      Grooming: Hair was by GHD, make up was by Kate Lindsey, nails by Butter London
      Grooming: Hair was by GHD, make up was by Kate Lindsey, nails by Butter London
      Thanks go to Glaceau vitaminwater for hosting FEMAIL at London Fashion Week
      Thanks go to Glaceau vitaminwater for hosting FEMAIL at London Fashion Week


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      Noisettes new album Contact is out now.





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      London Fashion Week spring/summer 2013 collections open with a technicolour bang ... and a big brass band



      Twenty five years is a long time in the fickle world of fashion so British designers Antoni & Alison knew that they would have to do something special to celebrate their silver anniversary as well as the fact they were opening London Fashion Week this morning.
      And the result was a riot of colour and noise as designs from the arty duo burst on to the catwalk at London's Somerset House to the sound of a live brass band.
      The playful collection was a result of Antoni Burakowski and Alison Roberts hiding away for four days listening to music they had never listened to before (that explains the brass instruments) then coming back together with their sketch pads to see what happened. 
      Antoni & Alison SS13
      Antoni & Alison SS13
      Maxi dresses were turned in to pieces of art by the design duo who love to use abstract patterns and a mish mash of textures in their designs
      Models with uniform elfin crops walked the runway at the colourful Antoni & Alison spring/summer 2013 finale
      Models with uniform elfin crops walked the runway at the colourful Antoni & Alison spring/summer 2013 finale
      Models prepare backstage ahead of the Antoni & Alison show
      Models prepare backstage ahead of the Antoni & Alison show
      Gamine hair styles and paintbox inspired make-up finished the bold, bright looks at Antoni & Alison
      The duo said that they had gone back to basics with the collection, made up of floaty dresses with colourful and striking patterns on them.
      Roberts summed up their designs as "chic and beautiful and arty".
       


        And the results were an art class come to life on drop-waist dresses and tunic shaped tops.
        The playful show was introduced with a theatrical fanfare from a brass band, with the 24th Invicta Rifles continuing to play as the models sashayed down the runway.
        Gaudy accessories were printed on to simple silk shift dresses at Antoni & Alison
        Gaudy accessories were printed on to simple silk shift dresses at Antoni & Alison
        Following immediately in their fashion fabulous footsteps Fyodor Golan showed off models covered in Nativa America inspired face paint and prints and Caroline Charles got the fashion pack in a holiday mood by dressing her models in flamboyant printed shirts and playsuits and eighties inspired accessories including plastic sunglasses, fluoro string bags and woven bucket hats.
        London Fashion Week runs until Tuesday and will feature more than 100 catwalk shows, which are expected to generate orders in the region of £100 million and to contribute further millions to the London economy.
        It is classed as one of the "big four" fashion weeks around the globe alongside New York, Paris and Milan.
        Prints charming: Models backstage at the Caroline Charles show on day one of London Fashion Week
        Prints charming: Models backstage at the Caroline Charles show on day one of London Fashion Week
        Bucket hats and bikini tops at Caroline Charles' spring/summer 2013 show
        Bucket hats and bikini tops at Caroline Charles' spring/summer 2013 show
        Highlights of the event are expected to include Burberry, Christopher Kane and the Vivienne Westwood Red Label show which takes place on Sunday, when Matthew Williamson, Temperley London and Topshop will also showcase their spring/summer 2013 designs.
        Libby Banks, editor of fashion website mydaily.co.uk, said she expected the success of the Olympics and Paralympics to translate to fashion with British designers becoming bolder and more experimental than ever.
        She said: 'Britishness is cool again, I think we have got a new confidence.
        'After the summer that we've had, I expect that designers will channel it into their work, and we'll see a celebration of Britishness and also a confidence to do something completely different and new.
        'We're definitely seeing a movement away from nostalgia.
        The front row needed those shades: Clashing prints and eighties accessories were key features of the Caroline Charles collection
        The front row needed those shades: Clashing prints and eighties accessories were key features of the Caroline Charles collection
        She also said she expected print to be "incredibly strong", with Kane, Mary Katrantzou and Erdem at the forefront of the trend.
        She added: 'A bold, optimistic approach to print is going to be really key.
        'Not florals anymore but different stand-out pieces that shout and aren't apologetic is what I'm expecting to see.'
        This season's fashion week will see shows outside the main catwalk venues streamed live on the internet for the first time.
        A total of 40 shows will be live streamed - 70% of the on-schedule catwalk shows - while further digital innovation will also see designer Anya Hindmarch creating a diary on pinterest.com.
        A host of famous faces are expected to grace the front rows, with House of Holland, Westwood and Acne expected to attract some of the biggest names.
        A number of designers favoured by the Duchess of Cambridge will also be putting on shows, including Issa London, Mulberry, Erdem and Burberry.
        And although Kate herself will not be attending royal fans might spot her sister Pippa Middleton front row at today's Emilia Wickstead show or watching Alice Temperley on Sunday.

        LONDON FASHION WEEK IN NUMBERS Spring/Summer 2013

        • 62 catwalk shows and 20 presentations will take place over five days from September 14 to 18.
        • In addition, the Exhibition at Somerset House will feature 110 designer brands showcasing their spring/summer 2013 collections.
        • For the first time this year, shows outside the main catwalk venues will be live streamed, including Christopher Kane, Mulberry, Paul Smith and Vivienne Westwood Red Label. In total 40 will be streamed live - 70% of the on-schedule catwalk shows.
        • More than 5,000 visitors are expected to attend the biannual event.
        • Fashion Week is organised by the British Fashion Council, which was set up in 1983 to promote British fashion internationally through fashion weeks, exhibitions and showcasing events.
        • The value of the UK fashion industry to the UK economy is £21 billion, according to the council.
        • It is estimated that orders of more than £100 million are placed during London Fashion Week each season.
        • The main show space is in historic Somerset House but designers have also been known to present their collections in a variety of locations around the city, including the Royal Courts of Justice and the old Eurostar terminal.
        • It is classed as one of the "big four" fashion weeks around the globe alongside New York, Paris and Milan.


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