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Thanks goodness these don’t require those dodgy cinema specs to appreciate their 3D beauty. Fashion has embraced texture for Summer 2013. This is about grand scale, brave and beautiful detailing that borders on the sculptural. This is a modern approach to femeninity, celebrating strength and boldness. These looks are like saying “Yeah, I’m a lady, and what of it?” whilst planting your hands firmly on your hips.
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In amongst all of the wonderful frocks in the V&A‘s ‘Ball Gowns’ exhibition, I came across one that was just so surprising and beautiful- and it was from a designer who’s name I didn’t know. It’s always a treat to discover a new label that’s inspirational and innovative, so we wanted to share that excitement with you. And this time that excitement has a very sexy edge indeed.
The designer in question is Atsuko Kudo. The dress that we fell in love with at the V&A is a lace printed, latex number. It is fascinating in it’s fit and texture. Kudo is a leading light in the world of latex dressing, winning multiple fetish and lingerie awards. This Tokyo born, London based designer works exclusively in this very specific material, crafting stunning, sexy and empowering looks for the boudoir and beyond.
You may have spotted a tweet from me earlier in the week about this collection. After spotting it in Selfridges and Dover Street Market, the dresses from the Peter Pilotto SS’12 collection are now somewhat of an obsession. They made a huge impact on the catwalk, but up close and personal, these are absolutely incredible. The construction, detailing, use of print, finish and silhouettes are amazing. Absolutely inspirational.
Yesterday was our first working day of the year and we braved the torrential rains and the gusting wind in order to start our retail research for the next set of reports. It was not the kind of weather that encourages you to think ‘Spring’ thoughts, so I was delighted when I came across the ray of sunshine that was the Sonia Rykiel store window display. Three looks in gorgeous daffodil yellow to inject some much needed Vitamin D into our system. An instant shot of Spring hope for you.
As it’s party season, we’re being utterly spoilt by some stunning frocks out on the high street right now. The classic choice is, of course, the little black dress, and here are some of our favourites. From high end to mass market, this has got to be the fashion equivalent of a ‘sure thing’. These don’t look faddy, but they are all fashion relevant. Tempting enough to make you feel like you would really be missing out if you didn’t make a purchase, but with the longevity to be one of those things you could pull out of your wardrobe for season’s to come without feeling too out of step with the fashion moment.
We just had to share this backstage video with you. Not only is it a gorgeous insight into what happens just before the models take to the Lanvin catwalk, there are also some lovely moments with Alber Elbaz who we hugely heart. You get to see some of the clothes actually moving which adds to the experience of this very kinetic collection. We really love the snake inspired pattern and the urgency of the slashed and split designs, expressing a new take on a somehow speedy or sporty aesthetic.
Here are some of our favourite looks from the show too, care of the wonderful Style.com