Archive for April 2, 2011

Tutti Frutti!

There’s a new trend in town, but it’s only for the brave! Bananas, oranges and other exotic fruit were splashed across the catwalk for summer, showing that fruit patterns really are the print du jour.

Henry Holland gave a typically quirky offering, but one that was fairly reserved compared to other fruity motifs. His models walked in high waisted trousers and crop tops covered with banana leaf print. While this head to toe jungle print works best on the runway, he also offered leafy accessories for a wearable look.

Stella McCartney also embraced the full body fruity style, with models in structured shapes covered with large leaf, lemon, and juicy grapefruit prints. Teamed with neutral accessories, the prints were less vibrant than those at Henry Holland, but still daring.

One of the biggest fruit fanatics this summer was Prada. An oversize top covered entirely in bananas – the most popular fruit to wear, by the way – gave a gypsy, hippie-esque feel. The collection also showed these fruity favourites in ways we are more accustomed to – by using shades of tangerine and other fruit tones as block colours.

If a full-on fruit print is a little too much for you, consider the fruity accessory. Start small with banana shaped earrings, or go Carmen-Miranda-bold with Charlotte Olympia’s fruit heels. Shaped like a banana with watermelon and grape toes, the fashpack have gone head over heels for these.

Take a look around the high street for fruit inspired pieces which are more wearable, or if you’re ready to embrace the trend, go bananas and wear your juicy pieces with confidence!

Go bananas with Stella McCartney (Photo by The Trendy Fashionista2/Flickr Creative Commons)


John Galliano’s replacement at Dior still on hold

Weeks after Galliano’s very public split with Dior, no replacement has been confirmed for his position at the top fashion house.

We all know from the AW11 show that Dior has a large team behind the legendary name, but the fashion world still waits with bated breath to find out who will be taking the lead.

Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci has been all but confirmed as the new creative head, prompting a domino fall of speculations as to who would then fill his empty shoes at Givenchy.

However, all parties involved refuse to confirm the rumours, and it emerged this week that Dior may not announce the name of their new creative director for many months.

Speculation is rife as to why the announcement has been so delayed, with legal issues over Galliano’s contract, and a fear that the new collection would be overshadowed by the scandal, being cited as reasons for the delay.

Either way, we know that the pressure will be on the new creative head to produce the spectacular collections Dior is known for. We continue to watch and wait for the announcement of the year.

Riccardo Tisci is tipped for the top spot at Dior (Photo by isabeljlb/Flickr Creative Commons)