Stella McCartney has been announced Designer of the Year 2012 by the British Fashion Council at this year’s British Fashion Awards. She was also awarded with the Designer Brand of the Year, which was presented to her by Amber Valletta, who attended the Awards in the Savoy wearing an Autumnal red Stella McCartney gown. The actress, who describes Stella as an “old friend” and said she “loves Stella and everything she does”, wore the elegant 70s style gown gracefully with a pair of amber drop earrings.
The awards come after an amazing year for the designer, and recognise not only her contributions to the fashion industry but to Team GB as well.
Milan fashion week SS13 came and went at a blink of an eye and I think it was when everybody started to go down with the usual change of weather colds and flu (a discreet, but hasty grab for the packet of throat lozenges stashed in your ONLY Missoni bag).
The Dolce and Gabanna collection was particularly exciting and sassy, the bold Roman centurion print designs induced a feeling of much needed optimism for the Italian economy after its recent battering. Most of the designs and collection sought inspiration from bright, primary coloured platform height sandals, bold hair pieces such as matching printed scarves and woven bucket bags with fringed twists. The enthusiastic colour palette was in some instances balanced out by the colour white .The skirts were mainly high waisted and in a vase shape based on an intricate basket-type structure, some were woven in to corsets - can you imagine the level of technicality that went in to producing such master pieces ? The tops had squared shoulders and the accessory earrings were all over-sized, slightly cuba-esq. Miniature pom pom tassels induced a little fun and frivolity to the outfits. Each exotic statue-esq mannequin looking model had delicate eye make up with a slight feline feel. The model's hair was shiny and tied back in order to show off the satin scarves. Some of the scarves looked a little like the Moschino designs of the late 90s but a lot less gaudy. Some of the ribbons were used from crepe style fabrics and all the floral embellishments dazzled us in to delightful appreciation. Silk, cotton, linen and wicker was used and every now again a flowing, long sleeved Sicilian style striped 'all in one' would turn up to tone down the vivid mass of colour, prints and accessories. This fun and quintessentially Dolce Vita collection had the crowds clapping, standing and cheering. Speaking of Dolce Vita I think it's time for a glass of Prosecco.
Written by Monica P. Cummings, Ba Hons., MA (Fashion Thirst Chief Editor)
Everybody has green fingers ! The Issa collection focused on the Garden of Eden at the recent London Fashion Week. The collection's palette comprised of bright colours and bold natural prints. There was a real tropical vibe with many colourful flower designs and exotic fruity visuals. Most of the cuts were of the classic, flattering kind.
Every outfit was so vivid, especially the weave dresses. FashionThirst's favourite was the long, white dress with flamingo coloured, large floral print, perfect for a stroll on South or West Palm Beach.
Many of the chiffon and satin pieces were teamed up with a flower accessory for the hair and bold, large costume jewellery creating a real Caribbean or Central American flavour. The halter neck dresses rendered elegance in its purest form. Most of the neon coloured jacquards had floral designs too, think Panama or Barbados, think Costa Rica or Tobago! Take these outfits on your vacations to beat the winter blues.
Some of the St Martin’s Alumni literally jumped up and down when the ladies came out in their printed pyjama suits, it was obvious that they couldn't contain their excitement. The fabulous asymmetric draping and fold details just slightly underneath the waist bands really brought out the feminine attributes. The bright orange dress displayed real couture tailoring with sleek gatherings around the torso.
This collection was irresistible and flamboyant, the colour palette was vivacious and fun and the cuts ecclectic but classic. I think it's time to book a flight don't you?
Written by Chief Editor (FashionThirst), Monica Cummings, Ba Hons., MA