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The fashion week odes to decades past – London, New York and Milan (so far)

I’ve finally gotten around to checking out most of the London,New York and what’s started of Milan Fashion Weeks. A trend which hasn’t gone unnoticed amongst a lot of the big names is the kitsch throwbacks to some of fashion’s favourite decades, namely the 20’s, 40’s, 50’s & 60’s.
This was probably summed up the most with Prada’s latest offering, with 50’s style coats and cartoonish racing cars emblazoned across them. Cute? Undoubtedly. And the shapes are just beautiful and womanly. Would I pay the big money for a racing-car emblazoned coat, though? Probably not. (eh, not that I have that sort of money, I should point out) But I can’t wait to see what the high street will give us, inspired by Prada.

I also liked the very ladylike pleats seen at Prada – which is a good thing, as many people have invested in pleats, be it maxi skirts or midi skirts, so it’s good to see that they’re not going anywhere for a while. 
Also seen was plenty of prints – graphic, tribal, flowers. Fabrics were sheer and loose with dashes of leather thrown in here & there. Lots of laser cut fabrics brought the designs up to date and lace thrown in here & there gave a certain vintage feel. Altogether a very feminine season with some fun and fresh twists. 
Clockwise from Top Left: Versace, Diane Von Furstenberg, Erdem, Rebecca Minkoff, Jason Wu, Giles
Metallics were also present in a lot of the collections. From straight out silver and golds, to sheer fabrics embellished with shimmery, metallic strands.
From L-R: Sass & Bide, Marc Jacobs, Giles
There were some tribal influences noted, none moreso than in Sass & Bide and Michael Kors collections. Kors going for a full on safari feel and Sass & Bide more in their high-necked accessories juxtaposed against graphic prints. 
Michael Kors and Sass & Bide
Some of the colour trends for S/S are bright, but not too in-your-face-neon. Oranges, yellows and reds were seen in abundance. Colourblocking was also still apparent as a trend that’s not going anywhere for a while.
These bright colours were offset by some of the prettier, pastel colours shown in collections by names such as House of Holland, as well as the aforementioned Prada. 
Derek Lam, Preen, Roksanda Ilincic & House of Holland
Sportswear was another trend noted in a few collections, including old spicey, Victoria Beckham, Alexander Wang with his racing car driver influenced pieces and another personal favourite of mine, Charlotte Ronson.
Victoria Beckham, Marc Jacobs & Charlotte Ronson
 During these fashion  week shows it’s hard not to spot red carpet ready dresses as they sashay down the runway. Marchesa and Temperley are eternal favourites of celebrities and models alike, and S/S is no diffferent. 
Prabal Garung, Jason Wu, Marchesa & Temperley
One of my favourite collections, personally, was Jason Wu. His pieces are wearable and have appeal to every woman, shapes and fabrics are flattering and in this collection there wasn’t a piece that I wouldn’t wear. Cynthia Rowley also had a fairly faultless collection, in my eyes, as well as 3.1 Philip Lim – I seem to be a NYFW gal at heart.  Here’s a few of the most wearable outfits that I could see myself recreating. 
Clockwise from to Left : Cynthia  Rowley, Jason Wu, Prabal Garung, Sass & Bide, Proenza Schouler, Leandra Medine AKA The Man Repeller in Rebecca Minkoff and Theysken’s Theory
Now tell me, what have been your favourites so far?
images via style.com
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London

Stay strong London. Let’s hope the madness ends and quick

Who needs boats when you can have goats?

Spitalfields City Farm BOAT Race – Sat March 26th 2011

Not a great picture of Oxford & Cambridge, but it was the best I could do. 
Cambridge won btw. 

Things I like right now..

1. Cupcakes. And pictures of cupcakes. And thinking about making cupcakes. And eating cupcakes. And dreaming of cupcakes. And reading about cupcakes. Especially The Cupcaketologist.

2. My bed. New cushions and pillows from IKEA = major comfort and, more importantly, PRIDE in my bed. Yeah, what’s the point in having a comfy bed if you’re not proud of it. I squeal with excitement when I think of my bed and look forward to immersing myself in all my pillows and cushions and catching up with some online reading. (Maybe if my bed wasn’t so comfy I wouldn’t spend so much time online? Naaah, doubt it)

3. Learning more about Isabella Blow. I’m currently waiting on a delivery of her biography, Blow by Blow. I’ve always been intrigued by her, she reminds me of a dear friend of my mother’s, but seeing insights into her personality in the aforementioned documentary, McQueen and I, I really want to know more about her.

4. Ravel Graphic Strappy Sandals. I need these in my life.

Image via Littlewoods.ie
5. Nicole Richie for Harper’s Bizaare Russia. I’ve professed my love over & over for Nicole, now you can see why I think she’s AWESOME. 
6. YSL Arty ring. Yes, they’ve been around for a while. Yes, nearly every blogger has blogged about them. Yes, any celebrity worth their weight in salt already has one. That doesn’t make me want one any less and I am literally OBSESSED with them at the moment. I’m planning ways to convince myself that it’s ok to purchase one and not eat for a week or 2..
Image via fashiongossip10
7. Highstreet and mum favourites, Marks & Spencer, are my go-to for tights, underwear and swimwear and they’ve caught my eye with this gorgeous stripy dress. I have a few weddings upcoming this summer and I reckon this will be a great addition to my wardrobe for one of them. I love the contrast of the dusky pink bow with the boldness of the black and white stripes. No harm in planning early and getting one while I can. 
Image via suite101
8. Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Extreme – I bought this in the airport on my way back from London at Christmas. Being a self-douser of perfume I thought the ‘extreme’ version might mean i’d spray less. I was wrong. It does, however, mean I can still smell it at the end of the day. Apologies if any of you end up next to me on the bus. 
9.Speaking of London….I’ve booked a trip to visit one of my closest friends at the end of March. It’s just a flying visit, but considering I’m just back from New York, I think i’ll be ok with that. It’s a strictly NO SHOPPING strip, but I can’t wait for loads of chats and lots of lovely gin and tonics. So number 9 will be London and G&T’s! 
10. You can never have too much Stevie Nicks in your life. 
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