Earlier in the year it was announced that designer brand Alexander McQueen was teaming up with the artist Damien Hirst to celebrate the British label’s 10th year anniversary of the iconic skull scarf by launching an exclusive scarf collection. The eagerly awaited accessories are now available to buy and let me tell you this; fans will not be disappointed!
The skull scarf became an instant hit with celebrities and style enthusiasts across the globe with it first being seen in the SS03 Irere collection. Since then, the signature accessory has been adapted in various prints and colours in the following seasons never leaving our fashion radar, thankfully, so it was no surprise that the designer brand wanted to do something rather special to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the beloved skull piece.
The shared aesthetic vision of Alexander McQueen and Damien Hirst is what brought this interesting collaboration into reality as both share an interest in symmetrical design combined with strong references to the natural world. The scarf collection consists of 30 one-off designs and each has been adapted from Hirst’s Entomology series. Butterflies, bugs, spiders and other insects have been worked to form kaleidoscopic geometric shapes, laid out to create the signature McQueen skull motif. The finished pieces are incredibly powerful. The underlying dark side mixed with the beauty of the natural world create an intriguing balance.
For the launch of the Alexander McQueen and Damien Hirst exclusive scarf collection, photographer Sølve Sundsbø created a series of images and a short film. If you have yet to check it out then head over to the Alexander McQueen website to watch it. It’s mesmerizingly beautiful and truly captivating!
These scarves will no doubt turn into collector’s items and are available in Chiffon, Pongé, Twill and Cashmere with prices ranging from £315.00 to £715.00. All 30 designs are limited and available at Alexander McQueen stores worldwide and from the scarf boutique of AlexanderMcqueen.com.
The gorgeous Kardashian sisters seem to be making their fashion mark in the UK! They first released a range with Dorothy Perkins and not long ago set their sights on a new project taking things up a style notch. Kim, Kourtney and Khloe have now teamed up with another high street giant, recently launching their debut Kardashian Kollection for Lipsy.
Ever since the rumours started that the super glam reality TV stars were designing a range for the popular British brand, women across the country have been kept in suspense, ready and waiting to get their hands on the clothing and accessories. Now with the wait finally over the coveted collection designed by Kourtney, Kim and Khloe Kardashian is already a smash hit. By 4pm GMT on the day the range went on sale, Lipsy.co.uk had set a new record for its single biggest online shopping day to-date!
The sisters have injected each of their individual styles into the range and, taking on-board that women have curves, have included various sexy figure hugging separates and dresses to bring out our inner glamour. Kourtney’s eclectic mix, Kim’s glam elegance and Khloé‘s rock chic look ensure there is something special for every style fan. There is even a handful of versatile jewellery and lust-worthy handbags to accompany women to a host of occasions.
Premium, trend driven designs focus on hero pieces such as a modern sequinned biker jacket, tribal caviar embellished crop tops, a lace jumpsuit and a chic full feather coat. Prints, colours and fabrics that are signature to the Kardashians’ wardrobe have also been incorporated into the collection including bold leopard print, statement red, vintage lace and luxe faux leather. These pieces have been created to be styled and taken in various directions to suit the wearer and cover a wide mix of trends inspired by the girls’ own wardrobe.
Sleek, powerful and sultry, this Kardashian Kollection for Lipsy not only evokes the famous sisters true style but it is also intone with the British brand’s aesthetic. If you’re struggling for Christmas and New Year fashion inspiration then look no further!
Posted by Jamie Nicholson on Mon 18th November 2013 at 08:05 AM, Filed in Trends
Jewellery brand Sweetlime was founded by Elspeth J. Walker who aims to create collections which deliver something fresh and original, taking a different direction from what we normally see on the high street. For the Autumn/Winter 2013 Nomad range inspiration was drawn from the jewellery of the Tuareg people, a North African tribe, to create stunning iconic decorative pieces.
Taking a break from colour this season, the Nomad collection features shades of black and ivory with the emphases on neutrals which accentuates the designs for a bold visual statement. All the pieces, including necklaces, earrings and bracelets, are handmade and combine different materials, shapes and sizes to develop well-balanced pieces which women can introduce into their wardrobe for a subtle take on the texture trend.
Metallic geometric shapes and etching, a traditional technique, has been used for added detail. Linear designs intricately etched into the metal although ancient in origin, still feels contemporary especially when combined with clean simple chains or silk woven ribbon ties seen in modern silhouettes. Materials such as metals, old and new, bone, resin, glass and fabrics are mixed for contrasting graphic beauty.
A collection inspired by a history of a tribe, the AW13 Nomad jewellery fuses traditional with the modern to create clean distinct profiles in a neutral palette highlighted by textured detailing. Christmas present perhaps? Definitely something to keep in mind for a fashionista who has a keen interest in unusual style.
True Talisman Necklace, WAS £350.00 NOW £280.00
Tassel Cluster Cord Necklace, WAS £89.00 NOW £71.20
Ebony and Ivory Earrings, WAS £65.00 NOW £52.00
Flower Disc Metal Drop Earrings, WAS £70.00 NOW £56.00
Chevron Friendship Bracelet Set, WAS £95.00 NOW £76.00
If the cold dull weather is doing nothing to lift your fashion spirit then I would suggest gazing upon the Charlotte Olympia Spring/Summer 2014 collection which will instantly transport you to a sunshine filled paradise! Designer Charlotte Dellal is known for injecting impressive themes into classic shoe and bag styles in the form of super stylish kitschy designs so for next season it seems she has taken inspiration from the mysterious depths of the ocean.
The Overboard range is bold, stunning and features eccentric under the sea infused pieces. From diving mermaids seen as heels on blue platform sandals to cabana and treasure chest bags that will have you feeling like you’re on a luxury cruise. Cartoonish lobsters and intricate coral designs in bright orange plus portholes provide that kitsch appeal the designer brand is known for whilst the gold and silver metallic embellishment on the towering wedges emphasises the shimmering gleam of the sea and all the beautiful colours it can create when sunlight hits it.
Charlotte’s creative genius will take your wardrobe to new depths next season so prepare to descend overboard for a captivating ocean journey - ahoy matey!
It’s been a while since supermodel Kate Moss collaborated with Topshop so I can imagine shoppers will be excited to hear that the English beauty is set to launch a new collection with the high street brand in April 2014.
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This partnership started all the way back in 2007 and had the supermodel launching the first Moss/Topshop collection by posing in the windows of the Oxford Street store making for an iconic moment in fashion history. Kate’s pieces have always been a knock out success as it gave keen fashion enthusiasts a chance to own a piece of her style at an affordable price. Garments always evoked a little bit of vintage style, boasting feminine detailing, courtesy of various fabrics and prints plus they always made great festive attire!
The Spring/Summer 2014 collection is currently in the design process and will be sold in Topshop stores in countries across the globe as well as online so expect massive queues and a slow running internet connection. Comprised of 40 pieces, the range will feature clothing, accessories and footwear and, as with previous Topshop collaborations, is expected to be inspired by Moss’ personal wardrobe. It will definitely be interesting to see what Kate will come up with as it’s been so long. Her own style has slightly changed over the years so will this affect the whole aesthetic of this future collection?
But as we’ve all been spoilt with other high street brand/designer collaborations over the past few seasons, will Kate Moss’ latest offering be enough to win over the hearts of keen shoppers once more?! Let’s just hope the unveiling of this new collection will be as spectacular and trend-savvy as ever!