Print designer Mary Katrantzou's Fall 2009 collection took inspiration from vintage perfume bottles and packed quite a graphic punch. This was Katrantzou's first collection flying solo at London Fashion Week and she took it as an opportunity to move beyond the shift dress silhouette and into more diverse terrain. Katrantzou's pieces are often printed with giant necklaces and this season she created actual jewelry as part of her collection--the results of which were visually fantastic. Check out Katrantzou's standout Fall 2009 collection in the gallery below.
Are you all ready for Fall? Ha. I know you're on the verge of pouncing on Spring shopping, but it's always nice to know what's to come in your fashion future. The curtain has closed on the Fall shows. As expected, it was a tame season, but that doesn't mean it was boring. One city in particular disappointed (sorry Milan) while one (Paris) supplied the grand finale. Some of my favorites continued to dazzle (Louis Vuitton, pictured) and a couple surprises (Hussein Chalayan, Adam Lippes) reminded me that fashion is ever evolving. Without further ado . . .
Borne in 2006 and operated out of Bucharest, Romania this avant-garde fashion brand caught our eye we saw a film of their show on Dazed Digital. Their Fall 2009 collection, shown as part of London Fashion Week's On/Off set list, was inspired by designer Olah Gyrafas' notion of a futuristic bounty hunter. The colors, all faded greenish-grey for men and soft pink for women, were chosen based on a famous color psychologist's prediction of "the colors of the future". Check out look book images and runway shots from Rozalb de Mura's Fall 2009 collection below.
Fab Flash: Jourdan Dunn Is London's Top Model Late last year Jourdan Dunn was named Model of the Year at the British Fashion Awards beating off competition from Agyness Deyn. At London Fashion Week this month she proved her worth to the British fashion industry by appearing on a staggering 14 runways.
London Fashion Week A/W 2009: Josh Goot Colour blocking was big news at Australian designer Josh Goot's Autumn '09 show. This was Goot's second season at London Fashion Week and he packed out the theatre once more. His designs were tight fitting and included jumpsuits, miniskirts, and knee-length dresses.
We're not sure if the feeling is universal but we can't get enough of bra-tops for Spring. Pair them with high waisted trousers or layer them a la Louise Gray Fall 2009, and you're set. Speaking of Gray, her newest collection is full of her colorful, powerbabe pieces but, as she told WWD, paired with more substantial offerings as well. In this case, substantial translates to wearable, less-noticeable outerwear and lean trousers. All we can say is, Go Gray!
After three jam-packed rounds of MAC face charts from the New York shows we bring you one whopping set of looks straight off the runway in London. From the tough girl looks at Vivienne Westwood Red Label to the utterly glamorous looks at Nicole Farhi and Roksanda Ilincic there's definitely enough Fall 2009 beauty to last the whole season.
>> Before jetting off to Milan, London fashion's finest gathered for a dinner last night at the Double Club, in honor of Another Magazine's newest issue featuring Tilda Swinton. Kate Moss, freshly returned from a safari in South Africa, made her first and only London Fashion Week appearance, dropping in with Jamie Hince for Jefferson Hack's Congolese family-style dinner. Lily Cole, who sat front row at Vivienne Westwood Red Label earlier this week and then walked in the Qasimi show before heading back to Cambridge, popped back into town for the party, where Peaches performed her Karoake favorites while Kate, Tilda Swinton, and Daphne Guiness all sang along.
Despite any previous definitions, in 2009, the little cocktail dress is quite an aggressive and serious thing. Marios Schwab perfectly captured that sentiment this season and confidently showed a trouser-less collection. Beautifully draped and bursting, in some cases, with jewels these imaginative frocks have pushed the designer into a much deserved higher status.