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Mulberry Spring Summer 2011

Posted in British Fashion Designers by Gregory on April 5, 2011

I have just taken a few minutes to look at Mulberry’s new online video. This is the work of the talented photographer,who as you can see, has produced these dream like sequences.

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 Do take a few moments, to check out the video,even if it is just to take a look at the lovely mulberry piglet. Mulberry’s artistic achievements have endeared me to their fashion, and this year will be no exception. Though a Spring with  blossoming hydrangea’s is a little early in anyones gardening calendar, but that’s artistic interpretation for you…anything goes as long as it gets its message across.

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I must draw your attention to the D-ring wrap booties, with its walnut sole, that in its self is worth popping along to the shop to look at a quality finish of these boots.With an online price of £680, one “wood” expect a quality wood sole. Add that to the pale blue washed denim Oversized Tillie at £868, you are going to look fab…tastic. It has been a good start to the Mulberry fashion empire for 2011.

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Andrew Majtenyi…world class fashion designer…Autumn 2011 collection

Posted in British Fashion Designers by Gregory on February 22, 2011

I met Andrew Majtenyi whilst I was at Pure London Fashion on a buying trip, and again at the London Fashion show last summer. We spent some time talking about things in general, nothing to do with fashion, so I wont bore you with the details. But I can honestly say that his personality comes across as grounded, enthusiastic and humorous, a real nice guy. Is his work nice, NO, to describe his work we must at least start with a more appropriate adjective such as  ” stunning”. His attention to detail is exquite, his designs are contemporary and above all in my book, they have to be wearable.

Andrew has been showing at the London Fashion Show for the past four years, and this year he has  brought you some stunning pieces of “wearable delicacies”.

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1.Printed sports panel dress 2.Printed Trench Coat 3.Printed silk Jersey with tailored trousers 4.Sport panel dress

This Autumn collection, as far as my comments are worth, are the best I’ve seen. His collection has grown not only in size, but in the maturity of his designs. They all fall in the “Lady Like” category and I think you would need to own several of this years collection, why, because you wouldn’t be satisfied with just one of these, you would want more. 

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5.Pleated swing coat 6.Zig Zag dress 7. Tailored point sleeve jacket 8. Point sleeve jacket.

My favourite is the Zig-Zag dress, especially if I had the pleated  Swing coat to go with it. 

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9.Curved panelled satin dress.10 Panelled Jersey top with wide leg crepe trouser.11.Panelled Jersy top with wide leg satin trouser.12 Cropped point sleeve jacket with side point skirt.

Well, that  is just a taste of Andrews’ collection, I have saved the best for last and left them inside the Lookbook for you to take your time whist looking at the rest of Andrew’s collection of designer clothes. So, before you start put the kettle on and make yourself a cup of coffee first and really do take your time to look at Andrews amazing collection for 2011.

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P.S. Do take a look at his fashion shoes and boots, I think they are cool…bye for now.

Louise Goldin fashion sculptress

Posted in British Fashion Designers by Gregory on February 20, 2011

Louise Goldin’s website has but the basic information that you have arrived at the fashion designers residence in the “galaxies of imagination”, as we know our own galaxy is unknown in its entirety, and our galaxy is one of millions. So, for those of you looking for coordinates to allow you to shout  “beam me up Scottie”, you will only get this response… louise goldin,louise goldin spring 2011,louise goldin designer,louise goldin fashion designer,louise goldin womens fashion clothes,louise goldin shoes,louise goldin knitwear,louise golden,louise goldin designer shoes,buy louise goldin designer shoes,buy designer clothes online, buy goldin fashion online, buy cheap designer fashion,Louise goldin at london fashion week 2011, for me this image from planet Goldin comes across as one of  David Hockney’s swimming pool inspired pictures…without a splash. Nonetheless it is an excellent image and gives us a real feel of what wearing a Goldin can do for you, if you can splash the cash for an airline ticket to the sun to get the background correct for when you a wearing one of her delightful signature pieces of crafted knitwear. There is a new wave of knitwear designers that are bringing exciting new revelations in wearing such an ancient and adaptable product. Excusing the rantings of Prince Charles’s lets wear more wool, you can find small groups of crafters making everything up to and including wedding gowns….but more about those later in the year.

 

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Here you can see some of the sculptured looks that you can achieve with this fashion designers take on this Springs collection that you could be putting in your overnight bag. The mid legs see through skirt is really sexy, feminine and will be a head turner, no one should ask you where you got it from, that’s more than obvious .

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Knitwear sculptured with love, it surely a must for the fashion savvy girl, and as this young designer flourishes her career she will transcend the World of fashion, but Louise, you will need to work on your web presence! Web marketing will bring you great rewards!!

Vivienne Westwood designed Brit Awards Trophy

Posted in British Fashion Designers by Gregory on February 15, 2011

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Just to share with you a close up of thr Brit Awards 2011 trophy that has been designed by Vivienne Westwood.Cool!

Alexander McQueen Cut-Out College Bootie

Posted in British Fashion Designers by Gregory on February 15, 2011

Alexander McQueen Cut-Out College Bootie

I just wonder how many college students will be lashing out for this real cutie bootie. Well, in all honesty, what difference to the overdraft would a miserly £1165.00 make to a £50,000 overdraft. And if you wait until just before you graduate, at least you will look fantastic at any job interview you attend. I am not asking you to be reckless with your finances, but….mmmmm, its worth contemplating…an activity of great scholarly credit, whoops I’m back to finances!

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I love the contrast of the white over stitching against the tan leather cut out design.The metal finishing to the laces gives it a touch of class, yet still giving you a designer shoe that is great for every day use. I think they would look great with a pair of  Balmain striped jeans.

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 Balmain’s black and white striped jeans would add that extra for those who want a classic American look. Cost wise…well they happen to be the same price as your shoes, so your credit card statement will show up another £1165.00. Net -a-porter recommend Balmain’s baseball jacket, a snip at £4725 for its two-tone leather jacket.

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Personally I would take a look at some authentic baseball jackets and have them shipped from the States. This will give you an authentic and original street scene look. There are so many Major League Baseball  clubs to choose from, for an example, below is  the Baltimore Orioles  classy sports jacket, and I think with postage would come to less than a hundred pounds. This is probably not your choice but link over to the MLB and look at all the different choices you could make.

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An authentic American baseball jacket,Balmain striped jeans and a pair of Alexander McQueen cut out college Bootie, for a cool Spring look.

Take care out there, bye for now…

Inside London Fashion Week

Posted in British Fashion Designers, Iconic Fashion Designers by Gregory on February 7, 2011

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For fashion buyers London Fashion Week is exciting and a real day out even if it is in the name of work. But Somerset house is quiet a venue and I thought you would like to take a look at the planning side of it all. The place to be is the BFC catwalk, her the nervous tension is overwhelming…the designers who brave the front of house before the show are noticeably and understandably tense, their careers depend on a smooth and successful show. One note, the benches are hard on your bum! and its a tight squeeze. Looking at the plan above, the press sit on the left and the buyers on the right, in front of thr BFC logo is a bank of photographers…at least 40 plus…note… don’t look at them when the show starts, you will be seeing ” flashing stars” for 10 minutes, you might even miss the parade!!

 

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Top 4 Designer Clutches 2010

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2.Bottega Veneta, Lacquered silver knot insect clutch.£4985

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3.Anya Hindmarch Marano glitter clutch. £295Anya Hindmarch glitter clutch,anya hindmarch designer clutch, anya hindmarch designer womesns bags,voulue.com,

4.Alexander McQueen’s Hell’s Knuckleduster £1295.

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Why not the  top 10 designer clutches, well that simply makes it easier to do, less hand wringing and gnashing of teeth. The cost of the designer piece was not a criteria of my selection, it was the overall aesthetic value…and yes it’s definitely subjective to my likes, I’m sure you may have chosen differently to me. Now, if I was going to whittle down the odds down to the best 2 clutches, my choice would go for the Alexander McQueen and Bottega Veneta.

For the outright winner…If only I could take it home …I would go for the British Alexander McQueen’s Hell’s knuckleduster, I love the embossed black leather clutch. It is the clutch that I could use more than the others, whether day or evening it would go down a treat.

Louise Goldin Rising Star of Fashion

Posted in British Fashion Designers by Gregory on October 26, 2010

Louise Goldin Rising Star

Louise Goldin is definitely peeking her head above the horizon, and I can guarantee over the next couple of years she will be performing on the world stage of fashion.

She has an artistic eye which is  tuned to bringing you fashion from a contemporary and novel perspective, As you can see she has more than a signature …tis a wax seal. An embellishment which will be sought after by the collectors of fashionable art for many years to come. 

Do enjoy…bye for now.

Skeggings by Jonathan Aston… Designer Hosiery AW10

Posted in British Fashion Designers, Latest fashion Trends, Womens Designer Fashion by Gregory on October 23, 2010

Skeggings

Skeggings is a rather posh name for leggings with an embellishment…and not to be confused with the Great British Seaside town of Skegness… though being rather breezy there at any time of the year with the North sea giving us all a little nip from it’s teeth…I would still be happy to sport a pair of skeggings.

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The name Jonathon Aston conjures up the image of luxury when it comes to stockings and hosiery, and this seasons collection is by no means an opportunity to be missed.What a better way of upping your outfit with designer accessories. You cannot wince at an accessory item under the £25 mark… it’s a no brainer.

Anyway, what are skeggings?…Well the answer to the question…leggings with a skirt! Initially I did pass a few condescending comments… and read a few more blog comments over the past few months…and now they have arrived…the quality and image they give is truly great. For those of you  that require that quick change of clothes at the end of your working day, hey presto! Out of your handbag comes a new outfit. Add a suitable top, either a light weight shirt or T-shirt, polish up the lippy , brush your hair and out of the office and into a Bar…job done!

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There is quiet a collection of tights, stockings and hold ups in this Autumn collection from Jonathan Aston. My favourites are without doubt the Vintage range with sheers,laces and nets to choose from.Sexy, you can be assured.

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Jonathan Aston Peacock Embellished Crystal opaque

But like me, you may be attracted by the Peacock Crystal embellished opaque stockings,they are going straight on my shopping list. Jonathan Aston has several other styles available, they are about to release soft rib embellished tights

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I think they will lead the trend in this Autumn/Winter period, they are about £30 a pair, we do have some on order and we will let you know when they are available.

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Jonathan Aston range available at the Voulue Boutique

 We will be bringing you a healthy selection to choose from , including …Fishnet back seam holdup, fishnet back seam tights, back seam and heel stockings, sweet roses hold ups, sweet roses tights, zebra seam tights, and many more to come, and we offer free posting…do take a look…bye for now.

Belle Sauvage… beautifully wild

Posted in British Fashion Designers by Gregory on October 11, 2010

Belle Sauvage

French in name only, and it is very  useful title for continuity after all the delights of Paris fashion week. this fashion label  translates as ” beautiful wild”  and if you just skim through the pictures here you will see how appropriate this name is to the collection. If I was to launch into a rhetorical tirade, I think I would start with something like this…”Full in your face colour statement, as noticeable as the Union Jack flying on your back, and giving you  the same resulting feeling  of pride …great “.

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Inspired by Brutalism in architecture , the designer Artists Frank Stella a septuagenarian New Yorker and Jeff Koons with his contemporary abstract expressionism  installations, truly, I find Jeff’s work rather unmoving, but you may feel different about his balloon art. The important thing to remember here is that Frank and Jeff have been complicit in bringing about Belle Sauvage’s collection; because it’s all about the clothes which is our focus of attention.

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Belle Sauvage,british fashion,contemporary fashion,colouful clothing,bright dresses,designer fashion,voulue.comI love the asymmetry of the lines, just note the central model, and how the base of the tunic arches in two different arcs,one about 45 degrees and the other,lets say 50 degrees. This asymmetry can be found on several dresses within the collection, this “oddity”of the tailoring, gives an edge to the overall design which gives them a character all of their own.

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If you need to add a slash of colour to any other outfits or looking for a gift for a friend, then how about one of Belle Sauvage’s scarves, they would make a great accessory.

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Virginia Ferriera,Christian Neuman are the two designers collaborating their ideas to develop such colourful lines in womenswear. Virginia brings in the “wild” style to this story and Christian the “Beautiful” of the print designs. An emulsion of qualities which emerge as beautiful butterflies flitting on a gentle summer breeze. Do check the hemlines …again asymmetrical…but it  looks natural.

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Belle Sauvage is a fashion wearers experience, which should not  be missed, and if you think price is only around the £300 to £400 for these designer dresses, all I can see is an investment in a statement that will transcend many seasons.

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I sense the maturity in the design work,which I didn’t see in their early days, but  they have come a long way in a short time; and the young, and young at heart British fashion buyer will take this collection like a duck to water . I certainly have…they will be going on my favourite list..will they go on yours.

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