London Fashion Week Spring 2018: The Highlights

The usual ebb and flow of London’s fashion week hit a bit of a snag this year. Like New York just last week, London faced the daunting task of having to reinvent itself or suffer becoming irrelevant. With the fashion world once again putting all of its eggs in Paris’s basket, cities like London, Milan, and New York are starting to see its big names uproot and make way for the City of Lights. This has left many fashion capitals in a bit of a limbo. Luckily, London and its designers carry a resilience about themselves that allows them to push forward, to spin the wheel of reinvention time and time again. Which in today’s day and age, is the only way to stay relevant and in business in the ruthless fast fashion dominated landscape.

Emilia Wickstead

Often times, it’s the most unexpected combinations that are the most rewarding when paired together. At Emilia Wickstead, the idea of mixing early settler pilgrim garb with hints of contemporary casual worked wonderfully. The designer, who embodies the aesthetics of England’s well-to-do women, focuses her designs on prim and proper frocks. However, this season seemed to incorporate a far more costumey and playful sensibilities to her usual designs. Long 17th-century gowns were made fresh and interesting by translucency that exposes the model’s breasts, while sheer dress coats were paired with high-waisted denim pants, echoing the big denim boom that’s taken hold of the fashion world for the past two years. When it came to the more formal evening gowns, the same wisps of first settler fashion were felt with just a touch more glamour. One of the real stars of the show was a beautifully bright floral gown that can be worn separately from the soft bowtied sweater, though the sweater adds that perfect hint of modern femme and makes the gown so charming.

Ralph & Russo

To the complete and utter joy of many couture lovers around the world, Ralph & Russo have finally created their first ready-to-wear collection. Not only does this mean that lovers of Ralph & Russo couture can stock their closets with everyday creations, but those with the means to buy designer can opt for a piece of R&R’s luxurious pie. One very important thing that should be taken from the design duo’s step towards becoming a year-long, four-season brand is the notion that the big dream is not dead within fashion. Sure there are tons of fashion houses that pop up throughout the year, receive a quick following, then sadly disappear as quickly as they came. But there hasn’t been a full fledged fashion powerhouse that’s managed to grow to the level of Ralph & Russo’s fame in quite some time now. But the growth is well deserved. Designer Tamara Ralph knows exactly how to dress a woman perfectly, without any fuss or smoke and mirrors. Her designs are pure modern glamour, pairing relevant metallic leathers, with vintage draping that rivals the greats of fashion’s yesteryear. And what a better way to appeal to the growing group of millennial rich kids than to modernized and translate their parents’ luxury into something familiar to them?

Nicopanda

This season, Nicola Formichetti’s label Nicopanda came out with a big surprise. Now, the brand may have made waves within millennials since its inception. It sadly fell into the luxury streetwear category almost immediately due to its penchant for creating very wearable and often comical athleisure collections. However, this season seems to have marked a change for the designer. Nicopanda showed a collection that not only adds far more runway flare, but also even more high fashion digestibility, opening the doors to an entirely new fashion crowd for the designer and the brand. The real highlight of the collection is its completely visible and satisfying linear story, which echoes a modern high-schooler’s athletic wardrobe. It takes the trend of luxury athleisure and injects a much-needed dose of high fashion appeal. Ruffled tracksuit skirts and shorts add a hint of whimsy to what would have been a standard athleisure look, while oversized varsity sweaters became dresses with the addition of wispy chiffon skirts, giving the look a grungy millennial art school vibe that’s sure to sell out in stores immediately. One interesting look that came down the runway was what could only be described as a matchy-matchy red Peter Pan collard leotard, thigh highs, and beret combo, which came fully embellished with chains and knick knacks, bringing to light Formichetti’s high fashion spark.

Continue following our fashion and lifestyle coverage on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

Most Fashionable Video Game Characters Of All Time

Video games have long been associated with nerd culture, which is often seen as the opposite of fashion. However, if one were to look past what was on the surface, they’d realize that both industries and worlds are deeply rooted in design, and visual and emotional stimulation. While one stimulates by using technology, interaction, and visual stimulus to immerse players into a dream world separate from their own, the other uses visual stimulus, texture, and the promise of luxury and exclusivity to take fashion lovers into a different world. Yet, even though these two worlds are far apart, many designers, both game and fashion, are coming to realize how important one another’s industries are. Nicholas Ghesquiere realized this a few seasons back when he had Louis Vuitton collaborate with legendary video game developer Square Enix for a Final Fantasy themed ad campaign, which was the first ever fashion & video game crossover and opened the doors to an entirely new niche market where video games and fashion come together.

Ivy Valentine — Soul Calibur

Photos: Wikia | Vogue Runway

Soul Calibur’s voluptuous English femme fatale is as deadly as she is stunning. Having been a staple character within the Soul Calibur universe, Countess Isabella Valentine has been featured in all of Soul Calibur’s cannon games as well as many of the game’s spinoffs. And for good reason. Ivy is one of the most easily recognizable characters within the game’s universe, not just for her iconic whip sword or bra size, but for stunningly designed outfits that are equal parts dominatrix and regal, perfectly matching her dominant and savage personality. Emulating Ivy’s look is simple: Look for something with equal parts sex appeal and regal dominance like Redemption.

Dante — Devil May Cry

Photos: Wikia | Vogue Runway

Being born to a demon father and a human mother may come with plenty of struggles, but dressing well isn’t one of them. Since the release of the first Devil May Cry game, Dante has been the spitting image of a rock and roll badass. Now many other video game heroes have donned the go-to leather jacket and combat boot combo, but none have done it with hellish flare like Dante. In his newest incarnation, Dante sports his usual leather get up, but adds some runway flare by making his look less costumey and more realistic, mimicking what’s been seen on the runway time and time again. Recreating Dante’s iconic look is pretty easy, opt for something with nods to rock and roll like John Varvatos.

Bayonetta — Bayonetta

Photos: Wikia | Vogue Runway

Being a witch comes with its perks. Sure mastering gunplay and demonic witchcraft may sound cool at first, but when you realize that Bayonetta uses a portion of her magic to manipulate her own hair into turning itself into an outfit, you realize just how amazing being a witch can be. Imagine never having to buy clothes again. Instead, you can create any outfit your heart desires, from Dior gowns to Alexander Wang jeans — the options are endless when your hair is as malleable as silly putty. To best emulate Bayonetta’s style, look for designers who use heavy weaving and tassels, like Julien Macdonald.

Alucard Tepes — Castlevania

Photos: Wikia | Vogue Runway

What happens when you’re the son of Dracula? Well, you end up with an astounding taste for vintage clothing and gothic romanticism. Alucard Tepes main claim to fame may be his endless fight against his villainous father in the Castlevania universe. However, his historic bloodline shouldn’t be the only thing he’s known for. His character design is among one of the most fashionable and charming within the world of video games. Taking direct inspiration from all things gothic, Alucard emulates the perfect vampire, equal parts handsome and stoic, dark yet inviting. To recreate Alucard’s iconic style, try opting for vintage John Galliano.

Princess Peach — Super Mario

Photos: Wikia | Vogue Runway

You don’t become the single most recognizable female video game character in the world by riding on the coattails of a man. No, you grab him by his coat tails and throw him off the arena. And you do it all with style, grace, and a healthy amount of pink! That’s what’s kept Princess Peach from the Super Mario universe so relevant throughout the many decades she’s graced screens around the world. Not only is she badass in the sweetest way possible, having gone from damsel in distress to racecar driving and fry pan wielding heroine, she’s managed to do it all in her iconic pink ball gown and pointy red pumps. Without dropping her jewelled crown even once! For her look, you’ll have to take a flight to Paris, because this princess’s personal style goes hand in hand with Galliano era Christian Dior. How glamorous is that?

Continue following our fashion and lifestyle coverage on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

New York Fashion Week Spring 2018: The Highlights

New York seems to be in a peculiar place at the moment. On one hand, you have designers abandoning their spots in the city in exchange for spots in Europe, while other big-name designers have all together left behind the traditional runway shows and opted for lookbooks and presentations, leaving New York in quite the predicament. However, as newcomers flood into New York for a shot at international fame, the electricity that runs through the veins of the city ceases to die out. And in turn, that electricity gives the American fashion community the jolt it’s been needing for the past few seasons.

Cushnie Et Ochs

Cushnie Et Ochs has become a celebrity staple at this point. Every season, Cushnie Et Ochs’s band of loyal silver screen mavens storm red carpets around the globe, showcasing the brand’s body-conscious design. Very rarely will you find someone who can find a fault in the duo’s designs; it’s equal parts delicate and sensual while being headstrong and unapologetically confident. This season was no exception, taking inspiration from Mexican painter Frida Kahlo’s game changing use of gender defiance and self-expression, which fits perfectly with the brand’s narrative: Liberated.

Solace London

When it comes to making a great collection that’s equal parts wearable and artistic, designers should look no further than using texture and movement in their designs. This season, Solace London proved just that, creating multiple shapes out of the sheer movement of the fabric itself. But rather than just relying on soft fabrics to get a point across, Solace London used tougher materials like PVC, leather, and denim to contrast the fluidity of the silkier materials, creating a confident wardrobe that stays perfectly on trend with whats going on in the fashion world these days. Another pleasant aspect of the show was its colour scheme, which can best be described as a dessert lover’s dream with creamy browns and tart pinks and citrus hues catching the eye right away. The ball heeled mules are a fun little addition as well.

Ulla Johnson

There’s beauty in the ethereal, and designer Ulla Johnson knows that. Fashion these days has branched out into a do anything and be anything industry, which is something to celebrate. But sometimes it’s simplicity and light-as-air design that creates a truly beautiful collection. Think of it as a breather from the sensory overload that often accompanies fashion in this day and age. However, delicateness doesn’t mean weakness for the designer. Instead, the lightness and transparency of the ensembles create a strong sense of self-empowerment and self-aware sensuality that gives a modern twist to the traditional notions of femininity.

The Row

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have solidified their brand The Row as one of New York city’s most on trend and important fashion houses of the 21st century. Season after season the twins have pumped out collections that carve out niche spot within the fashion community. Now, clothing from The Row may not be for everyone, and that a good thing. Because The Row was never meant to be a brand that appealed to the mass market. Instead, the brand focuses on amplifying one’s physical beauty with simplicity. Very rarely do you find brands that focus solely on minimalist designs that’s beautiful without the bells and whistles. But that’s exactly what you’ll find at The Row (this season’s collection is no exception) where fluid frocks and coats float across the floor in light and neutral shades, while comfortable silhouettes round out the collection by creating an effortlessness.

Continue following our fashion and lifestyle coverage on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

Models of the moment 2017

Dilone

Photo: Vogue Mexico

It’s come as no surprise that Dilone has been on every fashion industry insiders radar. Originally from New York, Dilone has captivated everyone in the industry. Allowing her top spots in magazine editorials, covers, runway shows, and ads. And as all fashion lovers know, campaigns and editorials are where the real money is. With campaigns for Stella McCartney, covers for Allure, and countless runway shows under her belt. Dilone star is absolutely on the right path to model stardom.

Achok Majak

Photo: CR Fashion Book

How does one become an easily recognizable face in the world of fashion? Book a campaign for one of the hottest brands in the world. After having debuted last year, the South Sudanese model has been hot on every magazine’s presses with editorial after editorial. But her big break came when Gucci booked her for multiple runways shows. From there, Achok has had the privilege of being a Gucci muse. Starring in the house’s stunning Pre-fall 2017 campaign.

Yoon Young Bae

Photo: I-D Magazine

South Korea has had a plethora of top models come up through the ranks to solidify their careers in recent years. However, it’s the new faces coming from the Korean peninsula that has everyone revisiting the Asian model explosion that happened a few years back. One young lady creating a lot of buzz these days is Yoon Young Bae. Having walked in everything from Chanel and  Dior to Fenty and Loewe. Yoon is quickly becoming a staple on the runways for the world.

Manuela Sanchez

Photo: On The Rocks Magazine

Coming in off of the back end of the Carribean and Afro-Latinx model hype that took the fashion world by storm a few seasons ago. Manuela Sanchez has quickly become a Latinx industry favourite like her Dominican sister Lineisy Montero and Ysuanny Brito. Her gorgeous face brings and interesting, yet strikingly familiar look to the runway that has captivated brands like Dior, Giambattista Valli, Fendi and Prada; who even gave her a coveted spot in their f/w 2017 campaign.

He Cong

Photo: T Magazine

China seems to be a powerhouse for models these days. With handfuls of new faces being sent into the fashion world season after season, and with good reason. Why not convince the largest luxury market in the world to buy products by showcasing it on one of your own. One of the fastest growing stars to come from China is Cong He. The angelic doll faced model has nabbed almost every important magazine cover in China and is slowly doing the same around the world. With a solid booking during couture week, as well as blue chip campaigns for Prada resort, Coach fall 2017, and MAC Cosmetics. Cong can definitely move over to the list of most in demand models of the year.

Brides Rejoice! Bridal Fashion Week is finally here!

The world of bridalwear is a gem within the fashion industry itself. While the rest of the fashion world is worried about rapid firing clients and buyers with trends like a machine gun, bridal designers have been tasked with an even harder job, keeping traditions, luxury, and detail alive; which is no simple feat. If the collection is too avant-garde, no bride will buy it. But if the collection is too simple, no bride will care to wear it. This leaves bridal designers in a tough place, on one hand, they have to offer something new and exciting, while on the other, they have to make sure it’s still wedding appropriate. Recently, two of the world’s most important and influential cities in regards to bridal fashion, New York and Barcelona, have hosted their yearly bridal fashion weeks, to the screaming cheers of would-be brides around the world. So without further ado, here are the most fashion forward and exciting bridal gowns of the week!

New York Bridal Fashion Week

VERA WANG

Vera Wang is undeniably the reigning queen of the wedding dress. It seems that every season Ms Wang releases a distinct collection of the most cutting edge and elegant wedding gowns available for purchase. This season, Vera Wang created a collection that manages to incorporate modern streetwear trends (who would have thought?) into traditional wedding gowns. The most stunning of these is a simple white gown worn off the shoulder with the most delicate of shoulder applique. The sleeves seem to be elongated a la Vetements and the rear slit cut just high enough to give the dress just the right amount of sexiness.

 

VIKTOR & ROLF

For years, Viktor & Rolf have been best known for their outstanding haute couture collections. However, V&R have been able to place their stamp on the bridal world as well. For their bridal 2018 collection, Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren created a collection of soft and sumptuous gowns that hark back to more traditional bridal styles. In their best look of the collection, Viktor & Rolf presented a soft ballgown that ties at the waist with an elegant and oversized bow. Giving a beautifully traditional style a very modern twist.

 

OSCAR DE LA RENTA

I don’t think there is anyone in the world who hasn’t been touched by Sex and the City in one way or another. So it comes as no surprise that one of the most iconic brands featured on the show has made a dress that pays tribute to Carrie Bradshaw. This fun and flirty tribute to one of Carrie’s most iconic looks blends modern simplicity with a bit of punk edge. Giving the perfect wedding dress for a rock and roll fashion extravaganza.

 

Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week

SOPHIE ET VOILA

Sophie Et Voila‘s bridal collection mixes hints of Spanish flamenco and traditional wedding garb. For the best look of the collection, Sophie Et Voila created a stunning gown that puts a pair of exaggerated flamenco dance sleeves and puts them on full display; giving the dress simplicity and extravagance all in one.

 

MATILDE CANO

Sometimes summer weddings call for the perfect summer gown. Now, not everyone will gravitate towards a short dress, but the options really are endless when it comes to wedding Mini dresses. At Matilde Cano, eyelet lace, crystal embroidery, and ruffle sleeves took centre stage. This mini dress encompasses cool girl springtime chic, but that doesn’t mean it’s far too casual for an event as special as a wedding. On the contrary, Matilde’s dress presents a fun and exciting take on bridal wear without sacrificing an ounce of elegance and glamour.

 

CARLA RUIZ

Now bridal couture could never be complete without an elegantly shocking pair of pants. Most brides would run from the idea of wearing pants down the aisle, but there’s something so empowering and iconoclastic about wearing pants such an important and integral day. At Carla Ruiz, pants reigned supreme. With this particular look being the collection’s show stopping piece. The simple white pant features the most delicate textured pattern woven into the pant, giving the look depth and detail. While the sheer lace blouse and skirt give the look architectural structure and soft elegance. This look is perfect for the bride that wants to have an unforgettable moment walking down the aisle, and what better way to do that than with an avant-garde pantsuit-wedding gown combo.