Haute-fly was first introduced to Charles Anastace by the ever-stylish Alexa Chung. The fashion journalist sat smiling on the front row of the SS11 show, ( no doubt in admiration for those gorgeous mustard heels) as we were all taken into Anastace's summer selection of simple looks. Beautifully delicate fabrics and a natural cosmetic palette created a captivating show. From pastels to patchwork and metallics to mustard hues, it all sprung from a sunny afternoon's tipple in Anastace's new abode in London.
Sunday, 17 October 2010
Haute-fly has much admiration for Dame Viv. To us she is not only the Queen of style and punk but contemporarily the Queen of ethical cool. She preens her red beehive and lulls us all with her Derbyshire drawl, " choose well... wear a towel or your boyfriend's boxershorts, it's all about improvising." The SS11 collection revealed the archetypal VW cut, with face paint streaks to provide spotlight and a theatrical theme. From culottes to high-waisted tailoring and gingham playsuits; it was effortless and eccentric rolled all into one. Dame, you have done it once again. dayum.
From bursting onto the scene in 2006 with his super short bandage dresses in neon shades to his latest fantastic SS11 collection, it can be said that there is never a dull moment with Christopher Kane. The Scotsman is subversive and super bright for this coming Spring and Summer; Christopher Kane is a designer who is ever refreshing and never scared to veer off-trend. " It is good to move out of your comfort zone... neon for too long has been abused... it was a challenge to make it beautiful, luxurious and elegant."
The inspiration came from Princess Margaret and Japanese Cinema, so think more royalty than rave for the upcoming SS11 season.
Saturday, 16 October 2010
Haute-fly loved SS10 by the Miller's sisters Savannah and Sienna... and was waiting excitedly along with Jude and Matthew to see their fresh showcase collection for SS11. Inspired by John Kerouac's On the road ( a reason perhaps for the flats) and 1950s early cinematography, Twenty8Twelve had a safe simplicity to the clothes cut. Having travelled to south-east Asia, Sienna gained an inspiring palette from the land of smiles whilst sister Savannah adorned her AW outfit with an intricate necklace from India. An ethnic, tribal, basic aesthetic was projected onto the catwalk and the duo revealed " It is a fun wearable clothing, an ultimate summer wardrobe". We can't wait to go back to basics....
With A/W 10 being swathed with shearling, Christopher Bailey seems to be swapping shoe boots with stripped footwear for the spring and summer term. The SS11 Collection was showcased on sheer black slate tiles and was a great silhouette to reflect the splashes of colour. The classic autumnal trench is reformed with metallics, studs and quilt texture... and it seems the leopard never changes his spots, with Bailey sampling animal print to celebrate the warm season. A selection of classic ready-to-wear pieces with colourful tie-belts to snatch A/W favourites into spring.
Matthew Williamson's SS11 collection stripped back the brand to it's great genetic formula of spectacular summer dresses, elegant embellishment and hints of metallic minimalism. We knew the land girls had arrived when the muted khaki tonal colours hit the catwalk. A body conscious silhouette was evident, yet later Matthew's muses mellowed and melted into metallic tones and beautiful billowing parachute dresses.
Williamson says of the new SS11 collection " This collection is very much returning to the DNA of the brand and a laid back sense of glamour. The collection is about a girl and a wardrobe who is stranded on a deserted, tropical island and the sun comes down and her clothes become somewhat weather beaten and faded- and she becomes at one with nature."
Another beautiful collection stripped back to reveal the true power of this fashion house.
Sunday, 3 October 2010
Tassels and playsuits seemed to be a reoccuring trend throughout the SS11 collections. Topshop Unique showcased this playful take on both, which was a little more cute and playdoll rather than babydoll. The spiderweb sheer top took Haute-Fly way back to '99 and Tammy Girl ( minus the nipplegate) and we feel Ms. Kylie Minogue would very much approve of the complimentary fly away tassel bottoms. ( think In your Eyes video circa, 2002) Haute-fly can tell what you're thinking, our hearts are sinking too...
Having adored the AW10 collection from Topshop Unique ( think a twisted Narnia), Haute-Fly couldn't wait to have a little look at what Phillip Green's creative team are offering once we have taken off our 'bambi bands' and chunky knit knee high socks.
The creative team of 32 are ever playful and the backdrop of Waterloo brought to life the magical and mystical girls the team were wanting to create. Permed and coloured afro's gave a nod to the late 70s whilst the floating collection pieces themselves were a compliment to the inspiration of greek mythology and the winged horse Pegasus.
For all of you who are today waiting for your Glasto tickets to be confirmed - Designer Emma Farrow gave us a little hint for SS11 Festival wear, " Capes are going to be big for festivals in SS 2011". Haute-Fly has no doubt that the collection alongside the perspex heels will be flying off the shelves...
What a day for a white wedding... having discovered Erdem two seasons ago, the Canadian designer has become a firm favourite of Haute-Fly's. The backdrop to the fresh SS11 collection was idyllic. Pure white lace, grecian style heels, lemon grass pretty pinafore dresses and splashings of Japanese inspired floral detail. The iconic Erdem print shone through and billowing maxi dresses completed the collection. Absolutely beautiful ( and luckily no Billy Idol's in sight)...
Ashish Gupta. One of Haute-fly's favourite designers. Describing the Ashish woman as ' fun loving, sexy with a sense of humour', the SS11 collection aesthetics certainly fulfills the criteria. Think Parton meets Pocahantas ( sequins and glamour added by Dolly) - from statement head pieces to drapings of gingham and leopard print, HF are certainly lovin' this expressive and creative cowgirl look.
As we all start to snuggle into our chunky knits and shearling lined staple shoeboots- London Fashion Week for SS11 gives us a burst of colour ( in the form of neon lace a la Christopher Kane) as a beacon of light at the end of the wintery tunnel. From Jude and Matthew being perched on the front row at Twenty8Twelve, supporting the Miller sister's SS collection to the Topshop Unique's 70s hair and Terminator-II esque shades. From Bora Aksu's silk pantaloons and embellishment to Hannah Marshall's strucured shoulders and splashings of ( rare) colour. Gold pleats dresses and primary pinafore dresses curtesy of HOH and big shades and mustard heels all the way from Haute-Fly's fave Charles Anastase... and the pleasure of Williamson, Westwood, Erdem and Christopher Kane. Haute-Fly has compiled a catalogue of catwalk reports just for you.... HF xx