Archive for March 5, 2011

Giuseppe Zanotti

Talented shoe designer Giuseppe Zanotti believes that “shoes are just an extension of the legs“.  Having created some of the most beautiful shoes for over a quarter of a century, Zanotti’s collections are eagerly anticipated by shoe lovers every season.

The new line for Fall 2011 is no different.  It could be described as a visual collection full of exaggerated colours and styles. The collection contrasts drastically with the present Spring Summer Collection. Shoe styles are designed with inner platforms to enhance the legs and feminine figure. This is a move away from the present collection of delicate, light and flat bottomed shoes.

Kim Kardashian was very excited to view the collection last month as she tweeted just moments after meeting Mr. Zanotti himself, “Just previewed the Fall Giuseppe Zanotti collection! Wow so honoured to get the first run of fab shoes!”.

Kim Kardashian, Twitpic

Theyskens Theory hits the UK

Belgian born Olivier Theyskens has returned from his sabbatical with his new, highly anticipated collection for Theory. Launched last month online and in the stores, rumours of the collection preceded its arrival and it did not disappoint.

On the runway, the designer mixed floating soft skirts with oversize leather outerwear as he eased Theory away from their typically monochrome, structured palette.

Halfway between sulky statement oversize dressing and English country garden, other Theyskens’ additions included a dash of muted red and a nod to the 70s trend with models covered up in flares and polo necks.

The collection has hit the stores in the form of more wearable pieces in reliable shades of black, white and grey. Highlights include a super soft leather tuxedo jacket, Alexander Wang-esque luxe white tees, a cowl neck silk dress and a cotton waistcoat decorated with bent hammered metal coins and tulle fringing – all almost exclusively, classically, black and white.

If the popularity of this collection is anything to go by, it is fair to say Theyskens is back with a bang. We look forward to seeing what he will do next.

Olivier Theyskens has revamped Theory with his new collection (Photo by Designs Exceptional/Flickr Creative Commons)

Jungle Fever!

SS11 saw tribal prints, fierce leather, liquid silks and golden tones bring a warm African sunset to the cold shores of the shows, as the designers offered a new twist to urban safari.

At Gucci, Frida Giannini broke up decorative beading, tassels, and rope effect belts with strong leather outerwear. Pat McGrath ensured red lips and nails popped against the muted background and gold tribal jewellery pulled the collection seamlessly together. In Milan, models walked in classic camel coloured trousers, toughened with calf height cross stitching and finished with woven heels, the whole look oozing a polished glamour.

In Paris, Stefano Pilati mixed gorgeous chiffons, waterfall flowing silks and crisp pussy bow blouses with just a hint of urban safari. He echoed Gucci’s gold chunky strap sandals and offered a twist on the trench with a sleeveless khaki trench dress. This transcended into YSL’s SS11 campaign, where their black draped dress was transformed into an urban safari staple against a voluminous leafy background.

Derek Lam offered a relaxed city safari look for his New York show, channelling his west coast American roots with batik prints. Loose hair unified a mixed collection, while gladiators returned from their brief hiatus. Other stand out safari pieces included a sheer skirt that looked as if it was woven from raffia and skimmed down the runway exuding holiday hut charm, and a luxe silk jumpsuit interrupted with a tan leather belt.

Nailing this trend is all about buying into the safari colour palette which emerged time and time again. Sunset tones reigned supreme with gold, tan, burnt tangerine and rust making an appearance.

Take the look from safari to sidewalk with mix and match butter soft leathers, contrasting silks, and textured accessories that aren’t afraid to banish those British winter blues, and bring the savannah right to your door.

Red lips and nails at Gucci (Photo by pirouette26/Flickr Creative Commons)

Urban safari at Gucci’s SS11 show (Photo by pirouette26/Flickr Creative Commons)