When it comes to red carpet events, the focus tends to fall on the dresses – so much so that it wouldn’t be unfair to say that such events are as much about the fashion as they are anything else.
And, given the amount of attention we give to what the celebs wear, it’s no surprise. Photographers will wait hours to get a shot of a celebrity in a designer gown and magazines can’t wait to rate and slate the choices. But no outfit – especially one for such an important occasion – would be complete without the right accessories.
It’s something Paris Hilton, the socialite and great-granddaughter of Conrad Hilton, knows well.
For the amfAR Cinema Against AIDS Gala 2016, the star proved her royal status as she dazzled in Avakian High Jewellery. Choosing a classic wrap-around bangle set with diamonds from the brand’s signature “Victory” Collection, Paris matched it with an Art-Deco pair of earrings set with white enamel, pink morganite and diamonds.
It’s not an easy styling trick to pull off, but Paris’s jewels perfectly complimented the star’s heavily embellished gown without fighting it for the limelight.
The 23rd amfAR Gala took place at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, just outside of Cannes. The star-studded event raises money for AIDs research and this year saw Katy Perry perform for an A-list audience.
It's always a show on Ashley Isham's catwalk and the presentation of his Autumn/winter 2016 collection was no less magnificent than the Fashion Thirst team have come to expect.
Finding inspiration in young Russian artist Igor Skaletsky, Isham surprised and fascinated us with a vivid mix of golds and glitter this season. Although his models did not take on the usual playful aura that we've come to love Isham for - his previous shows have opened with a dance performance and seen models flirt their way down the runway - the display was certainly no less spectacular.
Skaletsky's thought provoking paints and textural collages inspired Ashley because of the way he combines religion, animals, pop culture and taboo images. And just like the work of the Russian artist, it is hard - if not impossible - to remain indifferent to Isham's creations.
Isham's use of beautiful materials, combined with sharp tailoring and masculine elements, make women of all backgrounds want to wear his designs. Embodying drama in the most feminist way, the colour palette for AW16 consists of deep, dark and romantic hues of teal, maroon, olive and magenta perfect for the urban Isham girl.
Last Friday, British brand Barbour played tribute to its heritage with its Autumn Winter 2016 collection at London Collections: Mens.
With a focus on the entire outfit – rather than just the outerwear that the brand is best known for – Barbour showcased its 2 main looks for next season: Night Watch and Ancient Tartan.
Combining the traditional with the modern, the former offers a re-imagined collection of some of Barbour’s classic styles. With black leading as the predominant colour, the focus lies mainly on the innovative use of technical fabrics and the positioning of pockets and zips.
Wax jackets are the standout pieces in the collection and come in a range of lengths. Combining practicality with style, the functionality of every detail from waterproof zips to large pockets has been considered.
The second collection, Ancient Tartan, pays homage to one of the brand’s exclusive prints. Its design originates from the same Scottish district in which the name ‘Barbour’ itself originated in the 14th Century.
The Ancient Tartan was first introduced as a lining on Barbour’s classic wax jackets in the 1990’s and the colours took centre stage for Autumn Winter 2016, creating a sophisticated colour palette of creams, yellows and greens.
During the presentation, Barbour also showcased its fourth capsule collection with White Mountaineering. The collaboration combines the best of both brands with Barbour’s classic tartan lining the brightly coloured Crux jacket.
Barbour’s Director of Menswear, Ian Bergin, said the collection combines the best of Barbour’s archives with modern styles to “represent what Barbour is today”.