Yes, it’s true that Cruella might just inspire your style this season thanks to her obsession over dalmation print, however TellusFashion aren’t as cruel to try and kill 101 puppies to stay on trend. Thanks to Topshop Unique at last fashion week, we have pretty much fallen in love with the cutsie dalmation print and here are some ways you can wear it this season without going over your highstreet budget…
Topshop Unique AW11
or keep cosy and warm in this Topshop faux fur swing coat
Dalmation Print Top – Oasis for ASOS.com
If you prefer to keep it subtle with animal prints then channel the look onto your fingernails using a matte white colour as your base (Alpine Snow by OPI) and careful dot on your spots using a plain black nail varnish (Black Onyx by OPI) and a fine nail art brush (nail art fine detail brush at essentialnails.com)
Riccardo Tisci has brought so much to the Givenchy label since he was made creative director in 2005. I would give him the same credibility for transforming the Givenchy label into a modernised fashion brand as I would to Christopher Bailey and his work at Burberry. I think the thing that draws me to the Givenchy couture line now is that Tisci has brought an edge too the fashion house and has infused the brand with more imagination than its ever had before.
It comes as no surprise that his AW11 haute couture line is more than just fashion. It represents true imagination, creativity and craftmanship from the designer. Tisci used a variation of different embellishments and fabrics to create his stunning couture line including, tigers-eyes pearls with crystals which were used to replicate ostrich skin and one dress was constructed with perfectly symmetrical hand cut tulle pieces of fabric to create the illusion of fish scales. Amazing.
Take a look at the collection below…
Like most girls my age, I am very limited to what I can buy fashion wise. I am a recent graduate who has yet to find my dream career in the fashion industry so I’m still living on a student budget, earning close to part-time wages. Therefore, I need to find ways to create a catwalk look at a lower cost (Luckily for me, I love the British High-Street so I still get a lot of satisfaction from buying from there).
The trend I love most this season is the ‘Fetish’ or what some call the ‘Domintarix’ trend. Personally I think it’s the fact that black is the key colour for the trend (a major trend in my wardrobe). However, this trend is not for the faint hearted and catwalk collections from the likes of Mugler presented pieces that fully represented the trend in all its glory.
I however, don’t have near enough fashion confidence to pull that off so I scoured the high-street to put together a toned down version of the trend… check out my high-street finds below and Tellus what trends you will be channeling this A/W!
Sheer Midi Dress: Vaudeville & Burlesque for Urban Outfitters, Lace Bralet: Urban Outfitters, PU Faux Leather Shorts: Topshop, Sheer Tights: H & M
With all the September issues hitting the shelves and seriously damaging our pockets, Tellus decided to take a look glance at the A/W Catwalks; the looks that caught our eyes for all the right reasons, and all the wrong…
The Good…Posh Spice, always the one little girls never wanted to be is now the one that every Fashionista is dying to be! Feminine, complimentary and so damn wearable, Victoria Beckham can wave goodbye to the days of being a WAG, as after her A/W collection she is definitely a fully fledged designer. Juggling being married to the most yummy man in the world, nursing a new baby whos wardrobe we’re already jealous off and creating an in-demand fashion emporium; Mrs Beckham is the epitome of Girl Power.
The Bad…Bad Girl we mean, obviously. Marc Jacobs added less sugar and a lot more spice to the Louis Vuitton A/W collection, with fetish being flavour of choice. Fetish style hand-cuffs, a multi-mirrored floor and sex fueled supermodels wearing deliciously naughty clothes caused more than a stir. As if that wasn’t bad enough Britain’s favourite Bad Girl Kate Moss took to the catwalk wearing nothing but some underwear, attitude and a cigarette hanging out of her mouth.
The Ugly…we sincerely hoped that Christopher Kane was monkeying around when we saw the Gorrilla-esque arms take to the catwalk at Burberry Prorsum – imagine two furry beasts attached to each arm. But when Yves St Laurent and Versace followed suit, it seems the fashion world has gone bananas for the shaggy sleeves. Less top banana and more mouldy banana.
Everyone saw the explosion of houndstooth in the last few fall catwalks and on the highstreet, this popular trend seeing designers giving a little nod to mans best friend. But this A/W the catwalks have taken the trend to who new level…
It seems like our furry friends have taken over the A/W Catwalks, with everyone from Mulberry to Armani throwing a bone to our canine companions. Givenchy saw menswear jumpers embossed with snarling Rottweilers strutted down the catwalk, hanging baggy on tiny female models; androgynous and completely bow-WOW.
The barking-mad A/W Collection from Topshop Unique epitomised princess pup – the 101 Dalmation themed clothes were completed by a painted on nose and hair styled into dog ears in the form of top knots. Every little detail was complete to the whisker, including white and black dotted nails.
If your don’t feel like taking the trend too literal, Emanuel Ungaro and Tory Burch, amongst many, have taken the meaning of pampered pooch and sassed it up, introducing decadent dog collars to their A/W 2011 collections.
It may seem that some of the models were upstaged by a new breed of model, the crafty canine. The Louis Vuitton campaign sees models pouting alongside model mutts, pugs to be exact. Where as Emporio Armani and Mulberry wanted to pack more of a punch when it came to their A/W catwalk, or should we say Dog-Walk, when the audience saw four paws strutting down the catwalk rocking the latest in canine couture (dinner jacket for Armani and parker for Mulberry).
Barking mad or completely sassy, these designers certainly took a paws for thought when creating their collections. Theres no doubt TellusFashion will be rocking this trend – a fast way to get from mongrel to best in show in no time.
Tellusfashion enjoy seeking out new designers, especially ones which are set to make the big time in the very near future.
Corrie Neilsen is just the type of designer we love discovering. Her style is romantic, drawing influences upon 18th century illustrators James Gillray and George Cruikshank. The A/W 11 collection is full of masculine tailoring in dark blacks and greys.
Corrie Neilsen graduated from Central Saint Martins in 2004 with a BA First Class Honours Degree in Fashion Design Womenswear. She has since gone on to do various freelance projects before designing her own label.
The highlight of her career was when she won Fashion Fringe in 2010. Fashion Fringe is a nationwide search to discover new talent in cutting edge design across the UK.
We predict there are plenty more highlights to come for this American designer.
Images courtesy of London Fashion Week
Christopher Shannon is genius. OK he might not be a scientific genius but his menswear collection is really good. His collection is inspired by his interest in photojournalism and David Attenborough’s Planet series, where he noticed sportswear such as old tracksuit tops were worn by tribes along with their traditional clothes.
I love the mesh of different fabrics he has used. Nylon is mixed with knitted fabrics and Peruvian style embellishment. I also love how he scouts his models for his show from the street so they are just regular lads walking down the catwalk. He has truly changed peoples views on menswear. Can’t wait to see what he’s going to do next!
Images courtesy of LondonFashionWeek
If you are looking for up and coming fashion designers, then Tellusfashion is definitely the right place to start. High hopes have already been pinned on Dutch designer Michael Van Der Ham, and predictions that he will go far in the world of fashion have already been stated.
Michael Van Der Ham has a strong background in fashion designing. He graduated from Central Saint Martins college with an MA in fashion, and has interned for some impressive designers such as Alexander McQueen.
His A/W 11 collection hit the Newgen catwalk at London Fashion Week earlier this year. It is filled with feminine pieces; well fitting dresses made with shimmering velvet material, in deep autumnal colours.
Michael Van Der Ham is sure to be one to watch.Images courtesy of London Fashion Week
The clothing brand Mother of Pearl opened a pop up shop in New Bond Street, London, last night. The event attracted fashion bloggers and editors in their droves to discover what the next season holds for this well known brand.
Maia Norman is the creative director of Mother of Pearl. She has the unique ability to blend art into her designs, making her collections bright and bold. It is not surprising her collections are rich with these elements; after all, she has some pretty strong links with the art world. Her partner is the artist Damien Hirst, and she grew up heavily influenced by everything creative.
Each season, Mother of Pearl collaborates with different artists to produce different styles. For the A/W 11 collection she has collaborated with artist Keith Tyson, which brings stylish prints to the range. The right balance has been struck with this collaboration, and results make an artistic statement of their own.
Kate Fearnley’s name is growing bigger and bigger. First off, she nabs Cosmopolitan’s 2009 award for Ultimate Young Fashion Entrepreneur of the year resulting in a mad rush of celebrities hastening in to snap up her clothes, and now she is set to kick off the beginning of Middlesbrough Fashion Week at the end of May.
The show, which is strictly invite only, will be exhibiting her S/S 11 collection, as well as her newly launched bridal collection and her forthcoming A/W 11 collection.
Kate, 34, said: “I am delighted to be involved in Middlesbrough Fashion Week. I look forward to showcasing my designs; meeting the guests; and hopefully dispelling some misconceptions: you don’t have to be a celebrity on the red carpet to want to look fantastic! This event will be very inclusive; very up close and personal; and very exciting”.
Kate’s Middlesbrough boutique opened its doors in 2005, and has since gone from strength to strength. She has picked up a number of awards including the Cosmopolitan award named above. Her style is indefinitely girly and chic, and is adored by the likes of Pixie Lott, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Zoe Salmon and members of Girls Aloud. As well as Tellusfashion of course!
It seems that nowadays, the fashion lookbook is heading for a new and more creative direction. Brands are seeking for new ways of communicating the essence of their collections through fashion filmography and TellusFashion are embracing it fully. It’s creating a new outlook on fashion communications and is a much more intriguing and inspirational way to enhance the collection.
Below are two of my favourite fashion films so far…
Marc Jacobs – SS11. A Film by Kalvin Lazarte. This one is so lovely and light-hearted. It really captures the essence of the collection.
Gareth Pugh Pitti – AW’11. A film by Ruth Hogben. This is stunning.
It seems we’ve barely had the chance to think about our summer wardrobes, but it is now time to start considering essentials for AW11. The structured two pieces and classic shapes seen for spring will still be on trend for autumn, as ladylike was once again a key trend on the catwalk.
Christopher Kane showed a very wearable ladylike collection with beautifully tailored knee skimming skirts in darker tones, embellished with sheer panels. His classic cuts were offset by plastic cut-off embellishments in fiery reds and oranges, or mermaid-esque underwater green, which ran from prim ladylike collar to high waisted skirt.
In Paris, Dior offered a glamorous collection for the upmarket woman. Ladylike textures and fabrics – chiffons, fur stoles, ruffles, bows, pastel shades – exuded the high fashion glam expected of the couturier. Smoky heavy eye make up plus feathered hair suggested this the morning after the night before for the Dior woman. The collection was bravely presented in the wake of scandal, and as Galliano’s swansong ended, the entire Dior creative team took to the runway clad in white lab coats.
Marni’s ladylike offering appeared most obviously in their shapes. 50s style two pieces – another key trend – boxy bags and gloves were expertly crafted in muted colours straight from a debutante’s wardrobe. A hint of punchy jewel tones – forest green, velvety navy blue, coral and dazzling royal blue, played a part in a collection that exuded luxury. Thick coats in moss green and brown, teamed with slim belts worn high on the waist gave a nipped in silhouette, and black and tan heels tied at the ankle completed the chic, sophisticated look.
An exciting contribution to ladylike was found at Manish Arora. Elements of the East were present within the collection, with Arora’s Indian roots showing in eye catching brights and embellishments. Fringed boots and tough metallics had an almost masculine edge, but the collection had all the hallmarks of a lady – leather gloves, knee length tailored two pieces and flowing silks, all with Arora’s trademark vibrancy.
D&G took us back to George Michael’s “Choose Life” t-shirt from that Wham video that we love to hate – “Wake me up before you GO-GO”. It’s reminded me of mid-eighties London Fashion. Katharine Hamnett and her political t-shirts and Bodymap’s David Holah and Stevie Stewart. D&G definitely didn’t want people to take the collection to serious and that’s probably what the fans of the show want from them. Fun, loud and youth. The models glided down that catwalk to Madonna’s 1990 hit “Vogue” in hues of acid yellow, bright orange and highlighter pink. Not everyone’s cup of tea but they didn’t mind. There was alphabet print everywhere on long floaty dresses and tight black and white leggings. There were converse-like high-heeled sneakers and plastic charm necklaces that I could see my 15 year old sister wearing. Eighties oversized acid blazers and cropped jumpers in black and yellow, black and yellow (8). A lot of colour was splatted everywhere, even on the runaway. It’s always nice to see D&G signature chiffon floaty dresses that one day, I will buy! I love the alphabet printed blouse in dark pink, that’s something that I would consider buying. Everything else is a little too Stephen Sprouse for me but I can definitely see girls younger rocking it.
Here are some images courtesy of style.com
This dress could be seen on Katy Perry I bet.
Richard Nicoll is a name on everyone’s lips, and here at Tellusfashion
we understand why. His AW11 collection features geometric garments in autumnal shades of orange, brown and indigos, and took London Fashion Week by storm last month. His feminine, floaty collection oozes with glamour and his use of block sheer colours and stiff shapes give this collection his unique, signature style.
Richard Nicoll has a strong, successful background in fashion. He graduated from Central Saint Martin’s with an MA in 2002 and has since freelanced alongside Louis Vuitton and Marc Jacobs. He has also been appointed the role of Creative Director of Womenswear in Cerruti in Paris, as well as being director of Womenswear for Fred Perry and launching a Topshop collection.
He was named the ‘Best Young Designer’ at the Elle Style Awards for London Fashion Week SS09 and has also been shortlisted for the inaugural British Fashion Council.
It is not only fashion writers that taken in by the wonders of Richol Nicoll, he is loved by the immortal world of celebrity also, with fans includng Sienna Miller, Kiera Knightly and Sophia Coppola.
London Fashion Week saw yet another inspiring catwalk show by this artistic man, and there are high hopes for his future, with his biggest inspirations at the moment include twenties modernist opulence, easy fit sportswear and moths.
Images courtesy of London Fashion Week.
Sarah Burton was perhaps the woman with the biggest expectations thrust upon her shoulders. She is the woman that was famously handed the Alexander McQueen legacy, the woman that had to live up to huge standards and make the deceased Lee Alexander McQueen proud.
Here at Tellusfashion we believe she has done just that. And it is not just us that think this, many fashion critics across the globe agree. Her autumn/winter collection was showcased at Paris Fashion Week, and many acclaimed the likeness, and indeed the believed approval, of the collection to her predecessor.
The collection, entitled ‘The Ice Queen and her Court’ used shades of white, black and lilac, embodied onto the typical McQueen silhouette. Hand-loomed silks, wool tweeds, animal fur, velvet and organza adorned the collection, giving this icy show a softer edge to it.
The general thoughts on the collection were unanimous; she really had surpassed expectation. She is everything the late Alexander McQueen would have hoped for and possibly more in his successor.
And what is more, there are rumours that a certain princess has asked the McQueen fashion house to design her wedding gown. Things are sure going in the right direction for Ms Burton!Images courtesy of Style.com
Hot off the heels of the press in America, Tellusfashion predict that Suzanne Rae will make it big internationally very shortly. Her autumn/winter collection, which took New York fashion week by storm, makes a feminist statement using bold designs. However, she has cleverly incorporated femininity into these feminist styles, mixing tough wool with sensual silk and strong masculine tailored pieces made ladylike and glamorous.
For her autumn/winter collection, dark colours such as blacks and greys are textured with plaits and lace making this a unique grungy yet girly and sophisticated collection. Other materials she has used include sustainable hemp and light shades of silk. The contrast works really well, and sets her apart from other up and coming designers. She said: “I’m exploring the individual vs. the collective
unconsciousness…and how we can liberate ourselves from this…how we can be everything…the strong woman, the appropriate woman (perhaps as opposed to the ‘proper’ woman), the liberated, explorative, alive individual…”
Suzanne Rae Pelaez graduated from Parson School of Design, and now lives and works in Brooklyn. Her label, Suzanne Rae, aims to construct garments in a traditional way with a difference, experimenting with draping dresses and patterns.
Suzanne Rae has had three previously successful collections exhibited at New York Fashion Week. Her spring/summer collection displayed floaty, loose feminine dresses in layered style at the back and which rose shorter towards the front, all in light, floral colours and tied around the waist, rope-like belts.
She often collaborates with different designers for her shows, including accessories designer Yestadt Millinery and shoe designers Dieppa Restrepo.
Watch out for her coming collections.Images courtesy of Eco-chick.com
There is no denying that make-up is every bit as important as the clothes during Fashion Week and it most certainly completes the final look – where would we be without it girls?!
Fashion Week Feb/March 2011 has confirmed that for Autumn/Winter 2011, its all about having a bold lip and keeping the rest of your make-up to a bare minimum. My favourite lip colour from fashion week has been the striking purple we (almost) saw at the YSL show in Paris. Slightly gutted they pulled it last minute, but TellusFashion still reckon its a ‘dead cert’ for next seasons palette!
Its certainly no secret, that I am all for a plum lip so when I saw this shade from YSL I quickly fell in love…
What were your favourite Beauty looks from Fashion Week?
Bernard Chandran and his mate Mr Hudson having a little chat after the show.
Make-up team doing their thing.
My model. (Who has the same name as my mum!)
Images taken on my iphone 3GS.
Everyone is going mad for David Koma just now since his latest collection for Topshop was such a success, so what do we make of his latest collection for AW’11?
WOW! That was an amazing show! LOVE LOVE LOVE Christopher Bailey, he is amazing! Check out my not so neat pictures of the show below!! Capes, Coats and Cow Print Galore!!!