Jasper Garvida's collection at London Fashion Week was welcomed with rounds of applause. The FashionThirst crew sat in eager but patient mode in the Bloomsbury Hotel's grand ballroom, it was certainly packed and full to the brim with bloggers, stylists, designers, fashion PR gurus and fashion students respectively. I was trying to work out if Garvida was a Castellano Spanish surname or Portuguese; it turns out that Jasper is Philippino but grew up in Canada. He moved to London to study at St Martin's and hasn't looked back since. Sometimes you just need to take a leap of faith.
The collection was made up of an array of Russian/Soviet style military coats with gold zipper pulls neatly aligned, the colour palette ranged from black to olive with some hints of navy and camel beiges. Lots of golden embroidery around the necklines and cuffs. Many of the overcoats were overstated with draped straps, chains and tassles. All the models were at least 6 foot 3 (minimum) they were like graceful giraffes wandering through fields of tulips. The background ambient music mustered up Spring like emotions. One dress that got the crowd gasping was a flamboyant, black deep pocketed dress, embellished with bar sequins in the shape of rectangles. The structured silhouettes were tidy and uniform. Some of the dresses were made of wool, abstract prints were used and the skirts were either pencil or flared. FashionThirst's favourite dress was the camel coloured creation with gold buttons and matching beige ankle boots. The striped olive dress would be perfect Spring office attire. Her stylish but simple, glossy, nude brogues reminded me of mine. I think I left them in my friend's flat in Cairo well before the football stadium rampage that is !! We loved the stockings and brogues, the textures and prints all in all an innovative, interesting and elegant presentation which stayed within the boundaries of the palette and the stuctured silhouettes. We left the Garvida collection with a spring in our steps.
Monica P Cummings Ba Hons., MA, Chief Editor at FashionThirst
Angelina Jolie turned up at the Oscars in a black velveteen, strapless Atelier Versace dress and a Jaime Mascaro clutch bag, she strolled along the red carpet mesmerising the crowds with this sexy slit to the neckline number, some say it was very similar to Jennifer Aniston's very leggy look at the Golden Globes just a couple of years ago (Valentino couture gown 2010).
We so need to move on from Jennifer -Brangelina comparisons, it's just not fair to keep doing it. Angelina totally stole the show by purposely popping her hip out of the gown. Angelina was gracefully draped in designer Neil Lane's jewellery and some pretty, Salvatore Ferragamo shoes. The gatherings at the top of the corset part of the gown rendered pure elegance. Angelina has an eye for style; she effortlessly oozes sophistication and a refined look at all events.
Michelle Williams was up for the best actress statue at the Oscars this year for her role as Marilyn Munroe. She turned up in a ruched bustline and a 50s peplum skirt. She held a Bottega Veneta blush crocodile knot clutch bag which in Fashion Thirst's opinion clashed somewhat with the colour of the dress; a reddish, coral and orange glow. Michelle was adorned with Forever Mark jewels which gave her a completed look. Michelle went for a coral-pink lip colour. What do you think of her look? Her minimal make-up, trademark pixie and elfin hair style, and understated necklace really proved popular with the fashion paparazzi. But what do YOU think folks?
Written by Monica P Cummings, BA. Hons., MA (Fashion Thirst Chief Editor)
Shaghai born Ji Cheng transported the audience to the East for her AW12 show held at the Vauxhall Fashion Scout London Fashion Week location. Fluid holographic fabrics were an unexpected yet welcome contrast when layered against heavy scarlet red knits and the minimalist yet structured shapes conjured up images of 19th century China in the traditional red, black and neutral colour palette, cinched belted waists and bell sleeved kimonos.
The carefully constructed looks demonstrated Cheng’s well honed skills in draping, particularly evident on a red and black colour blocked halter neck gown which tumbled into a sumptuous fishtail of red silk. A stunning white version was offset with a holographic shortened kimono which gave the collection a 2012 twist.
Written by: Alexandra Richards Photographer: Christopher Dadey