Round the twist

The London Lassie gets ready to embrace twirled tresses…

Caught in a summer shower last weekend my straight, sleek hair was devilishly transformed into a mop of frizz. Nevertheless, despite thinking I looked like a novelty dish washing brush, I got loads of compliments (and a few free drinks).

Summer was all about sleek locks and the slicked back look, but with more rain to come our way this autumn it seems designers have prepared us for this twist of fate as kinky manes are set to cause a storm!

One of the best hair looks from the AW13 catwalks has to be that of the Just Cavalli show. Roberto Cavalli coveted deep, defined crimps and waves. To get this look, plait damp hair and leave to dry. Then unravel twisted tresses. Easy!

Just Cavalli AW13

Just Cavalli AW13

Bin those straighteners and your umbrella. Real women have curves after all!

See below for more curled looks to embrace next season:

Derek Lam AW13

Derek Lam AW13

L'Wren Scott AW13

L’Wren Scott AW13

Marc by Marc Jacobs AW13

Marc by Marc Jacobs AW13

Giles AW13

Giles AW13

Junya Watanabe AW13

Junya Watanabe AW13

Rodarte AW13

Rodarte AW13

For curlspiration straight from an expert follow Ouidad on instagram:

I was lucky enough to meet the Queen of Curls and Co-Creator of the Sunsilk curl ranges in New York this year and she is a genius!


The Best of Autumn Winter 13/14

The London Lassie celebrates the top shows of the season…

5) Chanel

As models strutted around a giant globe to the tune of Daft Punk’s Around the World in the Grand Palais one thing became clear. Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock it’s pretty apparent Karl Lagerfeld has taken over the world. And really he can do no wrong. Season after season he manages to capture the attentions of even the style evaders with his avant-garde and unique designs. The hula bag of this season for example – who woulda thought?

After the AW13 show it’s clear the international style savvy will be picking up on key trends such as super sexy thigh high boots, dropped hem coats (chamaaaazing), fluffy pink and teal hats, small boxy bags in bright pink blue and yellow, slit-front skirts to show shorter ones beneath, and high collared crisp white shirts.

Karl, now you’re just showing off…



4) Burberry Prorsum

Arguably Christopher Bailey’s best work yet – ‘nuf said.

Who would have thought sheer latex could be classy? Who thought a collection heavily utilising safari prints could still look British? Bailey has the innate talent of keeping a legendary label to its traditional routes whilst keeping it oh so now. Burberry’s hero piece, the trench, was revamped by adding sheer latex sleeves and brash gold pockets and belt. Tailored traditional pencil skirts became either sheer showing everything, or were made using shiny reptile skin, leopard print, or daring pvc. Take note: pencil skirts are now edgy.

Burberry is known in recent years for being one of the best brands to embrace social media marketing. And this became clear in the collection as instagram style hearts dotted their way across much of the deliciously caramel, chocolate and honey hued collection. Because of the juxtaposition between past, present and future – Burberry nailed it. 



3) Balmain

If you believe less is more – look away now.

Think Dynasty, Arabian nights and MC Hammer. Sounds wrong doesn’t it? Well, Olivier Rousteing got next season’s Balmain concoction oh so right.

Following a similar vein from last season, the catwalk glistened with dropped crotch metallic trousers, wrestler style cinched in metallic waists, strong shoulders and draped clothing. The garments in rich shades such as plum, fuchsia and teal, were complemented with chandelier style earrings and slicked back flowing tresses. This Glam Rock array is a collection no-one can wait to get their hands on (unless you’re a wallflower, power hips and power shoulders at once may be too much for some).

Sure, Rousteing keeps giving us his signature stand out metallic and power shoulder styles but hey, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.



2) Louis Vuitton

Marc Jacobs’ latest injection into the house of Vuitton rendered a vigorous applause in Paris. Not just because the supermodel, Kate Moss made a runway appearance, but because of the designer’s stunning take on classic 50s ladieswear. Traditional became modern and poised became promiscuous.

Models were topped with Elizabeth Taylor style short black wigs that made even Kate and Cara look unrecognisable. Cute floral blazers were worn with no bottom half showing off ivory limbs. Pastel coloured Pyjama like skirt and trouser suits were rocked with modern attitude. Petticoat like pencil skirts were worn with lace bra tops under oversized masculine overcoats. Silk mini hot pants were worn with over sized traditional cashmere sweaters. And tweed was given a modern makeover by adding fur, feather and sequin encrusted hems. Vintage style fur coats were worn over silk nightdress-like lace trim dresses, like a sexy 50’s glamour puss making a dash from the Savoy at 4am.

Marc Jacobs stated before the show “Some of my friends in the show, who shall remain nameless, have spent a lot of time with me in hotel rooms, all dressed up but not going out. I like the louche implications of all that”. The collection certainly did have a boudoir feel, and looked like the most glamorous walk of shame ever.

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1)      Dolce and Gabbana

Dolce and Gabbana’s AW13 dose of glamour was a regal affair. Mixing renaissance opulence with British traditionalism and the usual Sicilian sexiness, it’s no doubt this collection comes top of the list.

“This collection is very Brit,” Stefano Gabbana said before the show began. And with hints of British history such as medieval style crowns, highland inspired plaid and tapestry style garments onlookers eyes set ablaze.

With dresses encrusted with mosaics of patron saints, opulent crowns, and lavish sunglasses the designer duo’s obsession with religion became clear. The mosaic styles were inspired by the Monreale Cathedral, a Norman structure outside Palermo, gothic and elaborate gold crucifixes were worn around necks and of course, Dolce and Gabbana’s signature black lace was utilised heavily.

The glistening yet gaudy eye opening display was paused a little by showcasing a more sombre palette of grey, black and white in the form of tweed three piece figure hugging suits with Elizabethan style corset peplums.

And just when the aroused audience had calmed down, the blood red finale took to the stage. This is probably a moment that will go down in history as one of the most magical moments in the temple of Dolce and Gabbana. Pure regal, pure splendour. Bravo. 





Swinging Sixties Style

The London Lassie explains how even though the year is 2013, the vibe is definitely the sixties…

60s IT-girl, Edie Sedgwick

60s IT-girl, Edie Sedgwick

The sixties was a special decade. We landed on the moon, the Beatles wrote songs that would nestle longingly forever in our heads, skirts got dangerously short and classic beauties like Bridget Bardot and Grace Kelly were in their prime. This summer it’s time to celebrate this amazing decade, as spring summer 2013 style brings with it an array of minis, shifts, psychedelic prints, felt tip eyeliner and bouffant locks. The dark gothic themes of winter have melted into an array of bright and bold geometry, lines and prints. Groovy baby!
As Louis Vuitton’s chequered twins glided down escalators last September one thing was clear: psychedelic chic is back with a bang. As Marc Jacobs brought monochrome and primary coloured checks to Vuitton, he brought similarly toned modish lines to his own collection with barcode clad Edie Sedwick style models. At Moschino the vibe was sixties meets Lana Del Rey as models donned with bouffant locks wearing belted and pocketed floral shifts along with matching plastic handbags and white bug eyed glasses graced the runway.
Louis Vuitton ss13

Louis Vuitton ss13

Marc Jacobs ss13

Marc Jacobs ss13

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Moschino ss13

Just like the pop art of Andy Warhol caused a storm over fifty years ago – colour blocking, popping and contrasting is huge for spring-summer’13. Michael Kors utilised black and white as well as bold colours such as scarlet, emerald green, canary yellow and sapphire together with stripes and sixties inspired curves in shift dresses, A-line skirts and crops to create a collection any sixties chick would kill for.

Michael Kors ss13

Michael Kors ss13

Fashion genius Tom Ford showed that sixties can be modern. Nostalgia was brought in the sense of Bouffant topped models in monochrome looks that mixed innocent covered up suits and hoodies with dominatrix style thigh gladiators, sheer panelling and suggestive bandaging. As for PPQ, the sixties hippy was brought back with colourful paisley high necked mini dresses mixed with teased Catherine Deneuve style tresses.
PPQ ss13

PPQ ss13

The sixties is too great a decade not to bring back into style now and again, but why now? Quite possibly the release of “Hitchcock”: the biopic based around the making of Alfred Hitchcock’s iconic horror, Psycho. The suspense master’s heroines were always, classy, understated and beautiful (he famously dismissed Marylin Monroe as being “too obvious”). The likes of Miu Miu showed us how to create the heroine look right now with over the knee skirts, demure blazers and faux fur stoles. Grace Kelly and Janet Leigh, eat your heart out!
Scarlet Johansson in 'Hitchcock'

Scarlet Johansson in ‘Hitchcock’

Get your eyeliners st the ready girls and get the Kinks on the iPod – it’s time to embrace your inner sixties goddess. For skinny minnies, go for the chop and rock the Edie Sedgwick/Twiggy pixie cut with a monochrome mini skirt and crop top a la Vuitton. For buxom blondes, grab your backcombing brushes and make that hair sky high. Finish off by slipping into a Hitchcock style skirt and jacket combo. And for anyone who fancies a sixties vibe on a night out, make your eyes dark, and slide your figure into a bright shift dress from PPQ or Moschino. Nostalgia never looked so good.

Boys will be girls…

The London Lassie explores the latest gender shuffling trend…

 Remember the nineties classic ‘Boys and Girls’ by Blur? Being a nineties kid, the words of the album Parklife are still carved into my nostalgic brain. *Grabs mic (aka hairbrush*) “girls who are boys, who like boys to be girls, who do boys like they’re girls”. That was a cracker. However, it has to be said, the words of this classic song cannot be more current for what’s going on in the fashion world right now…

 French model Casey Leglerm, signed to the men’s division at Ford Models, is now starring in the All Saints Portrait series – in menswear. Ruuska, signed by Paparazzi, is now Finland’s first male-female model. Ruuska says he is happy to be involved in “breaking down gender barriers”. And there’s more where that came from. The world is in awe of the beauty of Andrej Pejic, the male model who featured in the Marc Jacobs womenswear campaign. And who can forget the re-branding of Yves Saint Laurent which brought with it a new face for its menswear – female supermodel Saskia de Brauw. This wasn’t too surprising since new Creative Director, Hedi Slimane is known for his androgynous approach to design, and he once said that his ‘perception of genders ended up slightly out of focus from an early age’.

Female model Saskia De Brauw in the Saint Laurent menswear campaign

Female model Saskia De Brauw in the Saint Laurent menswear campaign

And it’s not just the models, but the gender bending clothes they’re wearing. Like Slimane, another designer known for his androgynous gender shuffling approach is J.W. Andersen. However, his Autumn Winter 2013 collection has to be the most experimental to date.  Ruffle-hemmed skirts and shorts in white, slate grey and sand were all featured in the womenswear spring/summer 2013 collection. Nevertheless, the menswear collection showcased in January showed that men can adopt a similar look. With kinky leather boots with femininely frilly knees, mini leather pinafores and long-sleeved shirt-dresses with seductive low cut backs and a slim-cut grey shift dress we saw one of the more feminine menswear shows to date.

J W Anderson menswear AW13/14

J W Anderson menswear AW13/14

Compare this with the Dior Spring Summer 2013 collection – full floral skirts, and flowing bright shifts in girly tones such as pretty pinks celebrated femininity. But this was heavily contrasted by the masculine jet black streamlined suit. This androgynous, slick tuxedo was one of the most talked about pieces of the spring collections and shows that for ladies next season, it’s all about the Y chromosome.

The much talked about Dior SS13 tuxedo as worn by Jennifer Lawrence

The much talked about Dior SS13 tuxedo as worn by Jennifer Lawrence

But should we be shocked? Should men embrace the mini skirt as they please? Of course. This fashion gender hopping has been done before, and it was much more shocking the first time round. Trousers date back as far as 6BC – yet they have only been a socially acceptable form of women’s clothing for around fifty years. And men in skirts? Well, Scottish men have been wearing them for millennia.

So gents, grab your frilled knee highs and mini shift dresses, and ladies, it’s time to wear the trousers…

As published on Avanni.

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