Sunday, 26 February 2012

Pop Your Collar

We've only just recovered from David Beckham's close-up and now H&M is hot on the heels of another creative collaboration, although this time it's a triple threat with both Marni and Sophia Coppolla sharing their  wealth of artistic expression. We're guessing it'll be handbags at dawn once March 8th rolls around and the collections hit 260 stores worldwide.

Marni's Chief Designer, Consuelo Castigioni, is the matriarch of the family fur business label which since its 1994 debut has streamlined it's 'European -inflected bohemanism' onto on high street with ready-to-wear vintage inspired fabrics, bell hemlines and contrast shirts and circular prints. The designs may be off-beat but the label is clearly not off rhythm directing their geometric geek-chic look to their demographic of  females, who take pride in dressing more for other women than men. Castigioni revealed, " It's good to speak to a wider audience, in particular a young generation."

" I can only say H&M is amazing. Their factories, their sourcing... I was really surprised. The only thing that we couldn't do were Jacquards and fur."

For the upcoming high street treat think mainline Marni with the classic cropped jacket making a feature amongst spotted silken suits, boxy tops and Picasso inspired print tees. Although the personal jewels of the collection are the accessories; sequined statement collars and beautiful box bags. Castigioni explained,          " Everything has the same level of quality, craft and attention to detail that Marni is known for."

With stage one complete, film director Sophia Coppolla was drafted in to make sure the designs were not lost in translation from high end to our high street stores. Having interned at Chanel at 15 and graduated to being Marc Jacobs muse in 2002, Coppolla put the finishing touches to the fashion film, set in the magical Marrakesh.

All that is left to say is that we'll see you ladies on the 8th for our 15 minutes designated shopping time and novelty neon wrist bands...

Marni for H&M

Monday, 19 December 2011

Voodoo Childs

Jordan Jnr. Amy Childs has brought an alternative edge to Essex in the sultry, striking editorial for TOPMAN Generation. Dazed and Confused photographer Micheal Hemy and stylist Melissa Thompson worked their magic and.... Vajazzle! Amy was transformed into a voodoo child in 70s inspired vintage jumpsuit, fur gilet, chunky rings and wide brimmed hat.

The foxy lady has her fingers in all the fashion pies, with her ever popular AW11 line Amy Childs Collection causing online crashes as her fans flocked to take her skater skirts, tailored trimmed pieces and Stella McCartney inspired 'Dotty'dress as well as featuring in fashion bible,Vogue in toned down tan and 90s inspired monochrome shots.

From high end to high street, it seems 2012 will be All About Amy.

Friday, 9 December 2011

Winter Wonderland: Topshop

Having adored the last two collections from TOPSHOP Unique's creative team, Haute-fly was waiting with baited breath for the AW11 showcase. Creative Director Karen Bonser described the brand as ' Always fun and playful' and the upcoming fall collection is certainly what it states on the collar. Think DeVil meets Dalmatians and The Great Depression. Art Deco designs printed on lemons and uniform navy's whilst Pongo and Perdeta sit embellished on conservative creams with cropped trousers. Box jackets, hot pants, burlesque basques, sailor jumpsuits and faux fur coats create a unique and ever fun collection. An intelligent and playful ensemble of pieces which are cosy, cuddly and classic... and which certainly won't have you on PETA's most wanted list. This AW11, Haute-fly is wondering how many of us will be asking ' How much is that doggy in the window?'...

Deco Grunge

2012 may be being referenced heavily to the 1930s both in the economy, politics and fashion, but there is still plenty of things for us to smile about!  In the look  Deco Grunge  free-spirited festive - flappers meet grunge glam. So ladies -   invest in key pieces this season and be set to strike a pose in satin slips and fluffy feather capes!

                                                                                               Ivory Pleated Midi Slip £46.00

Cream Embellished Shorts £60.00

                                                            Premium Stand Out Tux Blazer £75.00

Midnight Angel
From dusk till dawn, this NYE strike a statement silhouette as the clock strikes midnight. Choose from a selection of  skins and take the rough with the smooth, mixing and matching  silk and chiffon's with  obligatory studded slippers and high gloss leggings.

Stud Leopard Corset Dress £150.00

                                                                                                  Silk Chiffon Sleeve Shirt £45.00

Vecra3 Studded Slippers £28.00

Take it back to the traditional, designing an outfit arrangement that takes note from European folk art this AW. Customise and tweak your tired wardrobe with floral flecks, which will not only give you an authentic look to be treasured but will also make you look blooming marvellous!

Vintage Floral Floppy Tunic £34.00


                                                                                                  Trilby £25.00

Dark Rose Scarf £16.00

Deco Grunge AW11

Midnight Angel AW11

Bavaria AW11

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Winter Wonderland: Miss Selfridge

For AW11 Miss Selfridge seems to have graduated  into grown up glamour with Mulberry inspired metallic midi skirts and embellished Balmain shift dresses ( as well as  a little Alexander McQueen influenced diamante skull clutch). It seems like Miss S took a crack of the whip from PPQ and Giles too, following suit in the fetish forward parade.  Disco Diva or Little Minx this season?

                                                       Split Front Maxi Dress £45.00

                                                  Bronze Cut Out Maxi Dress £55.00

                                                         Wetlook 1 Maxi Dress £50.00

                                                        Bronze Sequin Maxi Dress £99.00

Bree Mirror Print Dress £42.00

AW11 Knitwear comes in a variety of block rocking colours. Miss Selfridge is clashing brights for a casual cool style, dipping from the palettes of  Jil Sander,Stella McCartney and Christopher Kane's neon SS11 shade. Yet some pieces take a new spin on the term 'power jumper' and should not be worn by the faint hearted...

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Winter Wonderland: Ralph Lauren

Mr. Lauren is back with a little slice of his luxury lifestyle brand.  It is all exquisite, exotic elegance with classic, clean lines and a chinoiserie decorative influence. Sweeping silk gowns, attention to Art Deco detailing  and nods to 1930s glamour  create a  sophisticated and sleek collection.  Livingston Broadcloth shirts and tailored tweed show that Ralph is upkeeping the heritage with a beautiful blend of East meets West. Construct your very own eclectic and elegant pieces this season...