Basic Instinct with Farfetch

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“A minimalist aesthetic makes for maximum impact this season, with clean lines and a neutral colour palette. We present the hottest staples for Spring/Summer 2014 stripped back dressing” Farfetch

Check out Feathers products in the latest Farfetch ‘Basic Instinct’ Shoot including products from T By Alexander Wang & Jil Sander

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Couture Shows: Elie Saab

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The couture shows are in full force this week, with stunning gowns adorned in lace and tulle, dripping in hand stitched sequins and crystals, oozing in elegant creativity and hours upon hours of hand craftsmanship! The houses produce the most exuberant and fantasy like designs, breathing life into the designers sketches to create a work of art that we are in awe of. Our favourite was Elie Saab’s collection, with its graceful changes of pink, purple and blue hues in dreamy 1950′s silhouettes, which make your thoughts drift to an old fashioned dinner dance….. Beautiful!

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Peter Pilotto Collaborate with Target

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Peter Pilotto are taking their graphic prints and punchy colours to the high street, with their upcoming collaboration with Target. Take a look at their interview below (taken from style.com) to find out all about their newest venture. Click here to see our selection of Peter Pilotto’s Resort 14 collection....

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How did Target approach you?
Peter Pilotto: Somebody set up the meeting, and we were like, ‘Oh, that’s great.’ We always knew about Target, obviously. We didn’t have to think much. When they asked us if we really wanted to do it, we were like, “Yeah, sure!” And the whole process was extremely pleasant. They gave us the freedom to do what we liked.

Christopher De Vos: We’re excited that, with this collaboration, we can reach a whole new audience.

PP: And we hope to reach a big audience age-wise, too—from the 15-year-old girl to the 75-year-old woman.

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What was the concept behind the collection? And did you find it difficult to translate your vision to fit within the Target price point?
PP: The swimwear was the starting point. We wanted something very signature to our brand but translated in a different way—something very energetic, joyful, summery, and vibrant. We liked the idea so much that you could have a swimwear look and a skirt, and you could build up your look from beach to street.

CDV: We made almost like a rash guard, and you can wear it with a swimsuit and take off your skirt and wear it to the beach. That was the whole idea. We also analyzed our color combinations and how we could translate those. Obviously, there were limitations because of price point, but I think those limitations pushed us to do new things. And while we had to rethink our usual fabrications, we feel it’s very us.

PP: And it was exciting to work in a different way within the systems that were right for Target. We couldn’t do the engineered print that we’re used to doing, so instead, we used seams and worked on layered versions of all of our prints. I guess the collaboration was the highest amount of prints they ever did. I think often, it’s especially stimulating when you have constraints.

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The palette is very in tune with what you usually send down the runway.
CDV: I think if we weren’t based in London, we’d do everything in black. But because the weather’s so gray, we’re longing for something colorful.

There is so much color coming out of London, despite all the fog.
PP: It’s very inspiring. And East London, where all the designers are based, all the artists, everybody—it’s a really good spot because of the interesting, the mix of people.

CDV: We feel like we live in a village.

Can you tell us what you have planned for Fall ’14?
PP: I think with our Spring ’14 collection, we wanted to translate our signature ideas in new ways, so we did a lot of lace and embroidery. While we’re known for the print, there is actually so much more now that we’re busy with besides the print that we love to do. It’s all about the desire for color that we try to express in different ways. Last season, we worked with lace that was engineered like the print was in the past—there were color layouts that were made in the lace, layered with print underneath. We want to explore that further, and push those techniques for Fall.

When you’re conceptualizing a collection, where do you normally begin? With this Target collaboration, you were talking about the swimwear. But is it color? Is it silhouette?
CDV: It always starts with colors. Then it’s a constant dialogue. We work together. We make every decision together. And it’s a journey through the seasons.

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Garance Dore’s Conversation with Legend Constanza

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costanza-pascolatoThe other day I was perusing a number of fashion blogs, and instantly  I was engrossed in Garance Dore’s blog! Whilst watching a number of her ‘Pardon My French’ videos (which if you ever have the time, definitely watch some of them, as they have really interesting conversations) I came across a 2 part video on a conversation with Garance and legend that is Costanza Pascolato from Brazilian Vogue.

I thought I would share these videos with you so you could listen to this legend talk fashion, beauty and her perspective on life (with her speaking openly and honestly)…. I hope I look this good at 73!

Golden Globes 2014: Red Carpet

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It was the 2014 Golden Globes, and as per usual there was an array of stunning gowns that graced the red carpet. With American Hustle being one of the major winners of this year’s ceremony (alongside 12 Years A Slave) we could see the seventies bright disco fever at work with pops of colour adorned on many celebrities. Here are a few of our favourite looks of the evening!

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Caitlin FitzGerald wearing Emelia Wickstead

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Changing Faces of Resort 14 Collections

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This year we have seen a new approach to Resort 14 campaign images, with designers celebrating great women, older generations, and ethnic models/celebrities. Designers are taking a stand in relating to ALL their consumers, pushing the boundaries and making a statement in regards to recent protests on the prejudices in the fashion industry. These new looks are definitely making us stop and ponder, what will happen next?! See below designers who are embracing the change and supporting those minorities who were once excluded, and now are the shining stars within fashion media.

The Row 

The 60-something beauty entrepreneur Linda Rodin stars in The Row‘s Pre-Fall lookbook alongside Ursula Wallis and Esther de Jong, models who stalked the runways way back in the eighties and nineties. Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen have long courted a sophisticated shopper. Nicole Phelps style.com

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Roland Mouret

The woman with the high-voltage smile who appears in this season’s Roland Mouret lookbook is Tiphaine de Lussy, knitwear designer, art patron, and wife of Dinos Chapman. Her casting is a reflection of Mouret’s theme—an ongoing one, but emphasized this season—of real women. Maya Singer style.com

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Givenchy

The new star of the label’s Mert & Marcus-shot campaigns: neo-soul singer Erykah Badu. “Erykah, she’s an icon—come on!” Tisci said by phone from Paris. “What I want to do with my advertising campaign is spread the love. Already now it’s been three seasons that I’ve been using people that express something—they are great artists, or beautiful women, or stylish women, or models that I really believe in. It’s kind of a family portfolio.” What may attract as much attention as the unexpected Badu cameo is the fact that all of the campaign’s female models are women of color (the models Maria Borges, newcomer Riley, and Asia Chow). Matthew Schneier style.com

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Peter Pilotto Resort 14 Training

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We had the pleasure of having some of the Peter Pilotto team in yesterday, to give the team training on the SS14 pre collection. For all those fashion hungry followers put your reading glasses on, get comfortable and get ready to learn something:

Peter Pilottto Resort 2014 was inspired by urban architecture and nature. The design duo took their cue from the meticulously controlled craftsmanship of Japan, pushing the boundaries of their signature graphic prints and colour saturated aesthetic into a more complete wardrobe. 

Graphic Japanese motifs inspired by temari balls and ikebana flower arrangements are paired with geometric prints and precise architectural lines, highlighting the contrast of fabric combinations. Tailored jackets and white shirtings, both accented with lace and unadorned, provide a crisp, structural edge. Lacquered jacquards, embroidered tulle, silk waffles, and cotton cloques add texture throughout the collection. 

Colours range from bold black & white to fresh combinations in orange, lime and blue based florals. The collection balances multiple layers of textiles, textures, prints and colours but projects an easy confidence with its clean silhouette.

CLICK HERE TO SEE OUR SS14 PETER PILOTTO RESORT COLLECTION

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AMANDA DRESS – Cloque silk waffled sleeveless dress, waisted with belt, added front peplum, and with flared skirt in a tropical flower print.image

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CATE TOP – Cotton Swiss lace sleeveless top with draw string waist peplum

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CARLA SKIRT – Waffle silk flared, high waisted skirt in ikeru print.

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KRISTEN DRESS – Pebble cotton dress in orchid print, ladder print and tones black tweed print with front pleat and flared skirt.
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Cate Blanchett wearing Antonio Berardi

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If you havent seen already, Cate Blanchett looking stunning in one of Antonio Berardi’s Pre Fall 14 looks, here it is! Blanchett graced the red carpet for the New York Film Critics Awards in pure elegance in a grey A-Line jacquard dress with red lace lining and matching fitted jacket. She kept things simple by pairing her outfit with black pointed stilettos and swept back hair for a truly effortless style. To get yourself a beautiful elegant dress by Antonio Berardi, click here to shop our selection…..

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On Trend with Alexander McQueen SS14 Resort Collection

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New Year. New Start. New Look! With SS14 collections springing up now, it is the best time to see how you can take your current pieces forward to next season and update your wardrobe ready for the new season. One of the best collections to sum up SS14 is Alexander McQueen’s Resort Collection, it hits all the major themes you will see throughout the catwalk and will be a great point of reference for all you fashionistas out there. Click here to see what new arrivals we have in from Alexander McQueen.

WASH & WEAR DENIM

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ON SAFARI
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THE FRESH CROP

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WEB SIGHTS – LACE, GRAPHIC MESH & LASER CUT

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STRAIGHT FROM OXFORD

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ITS ALL ABOUT THE SUEDE

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NEEDLEPOINT EXPERIMENTATION 

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