High end fashion label Banana Republic and designer L’Wren Scott are joining forces this season by launching a gorgeous limited edition capsule collection which is filled with bold vivid colours, a wonderful array of fabrics and feminine designs.
The exciting high quality range for women is made up of more than 50 pieces and includes clothing and accessories which have been given a slight festive twist. From sequin party dresses to bejewelled cardigans and sexy skinny jeans in standout prints, such as brocade, to party ready dresses this collaboration between the brands highlights numerous trends.
Three original prints have been created exclusively for this capsule collection to give classic silhouettes a fun and unique edge. A dramatic lip print in bold hues of Lipstick Red and Ultra Violet can be seen on skirts, blouses, handbags, scarves and pyjama sets. A romantic peonies print, inspired by Scott’s love of lush flowers and gardening, reveals itself on blouses, scarves and jeans in varied shades of bold red and pink. The third print is a candy stripe of black, Ultra Violet, Poster Red and Lipstick Red and is flaunted on blouses, pyjama sets and accessories including a beret, socks and a cashmere blanket which is fun for seasonal gifting.
The colour palette has been kept deep yet colourful, infusing some of the season’s most popular hues into the collection including red, burgundy, emerald and, of course, metallic shades which have been achieved by the use of pretty sequins. Overall, the clothing is kept rather contemporary in shape highlighting women’s best features whilst showcasing how either a statement garment or layered look can create a fashionable impact.
This capsule range marks the first partnership for L’Wren Scott with a global fashion retailer and has set the bar high for any future collaborations the designer may have in mind. The collection launches at select Banana Republic retail locations worldwide and online from December 5th 2013.
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.
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!
British designer Alice Temperley is renowned for creating beautiful, exquisitely detailed clothing that are loved and cherished by celebrities and fashionistas from around the world. They have always come with a rather substantial price tag though so when the designer launched her Somerset by Alice Temperley collection at John Lewis, women across the UK couldn’t wait to get their hands on the affordable yet high-end pieces.
Following the success of the department store’s fastest selling brand the Somerset line, which boasts Artisan finishes, feminine flourishes and refined elegance, it is expanding for Autumn/Winter 2013 to include lingerie, nightwear and childrenswear – exciting news for shoppers! Somerset Girl, for girls aged four to twelve, will echo the womenswear collection such as the bestselling black spot embroidered dress and the black cropped military jacket with gold buttons along with a variety of blouses, printed skirts, party dresses, winter coats and trousers.
The other addition to the Temperley range is a 23-piece lingerie and nightwear collection which fuses vintage and oriental influences inspired by Japanese prints and the iconic ‘Le Smoking’ tuxedo suit. One of the collection’s standout pieces is a black sleeveless silk jumpsuit with ivory piping on the tuxedo-style lapels reminiscent of 1930s film icon Marlene Dietrich in Morocco which, to be honest, wouldn’t look out of place if worn out-and-about with heels.
Extremely beautiful and feminine, the pieces have been injected with understated glamour and luxury with the use of silk and exceptional detail for timeless elegance. Silky camisole and knicker sets, long and mid-length chemises and luxurious cashmere dressing gowns in black and grey are featured in the nightwear collection whilst the lingerie range offers four balconette bra and classic knicker sets available in a silk scallop style in claret and ivory, a cream vintage lace, and the Temperley-designed ‘Night Floral’ print.
The expansion of the Somerset range, named after Alice Temperley’s beloved home county for a touch of nostalgia, establishes the love surrounding the pieces and the popularity of a truly remarkable and affordable collection.
Fashion label and design initiative Textile Federation recently launched its Autumn/Winter 2013 collection which is a far cry from what we normally see this season. Bold, colourful and beautiful designs are featured on various garments that will not only brighten up your wardrobe but increase your desire to fuse more standout prints into your lifestyle.
Based in London, the brand nurtures a community of the world’s best contemporary print designers to produce fashion forward clothing that is creative, affordable and unique. Formally known as ‘Beta Fashion’ its relaunch follows the same design process as with the highly successful scarf collections but this time round there is a new focus on apparel to become a full lifestyle brand that co-ordinates print stories across entire ranges.
For each collection, Textile Federation asks design talent around the world to explore a story through print, working with a creative brief to produce truly original innovative fashion. The best print designs are then produced as visually stunning pieces including jersey midi dresses, leggings and matching top and midi-skirt combinations – kind of like a unique capsule wardrobe.
Several themes run throughout the AW13 collection with each boasting a creative fusion of design and colour for the ultimate statement range. This season, four designers, Lynda Conway (Dandelion Dreams), Elmira Amirova (Egyptian Mystery), Amy Hillyard (Midnight Garden) and Alexander Romaneiwicz (Diamond Flower) have designed exclusive prints for Textile Federation’s debut collection.
These stunning innovative printed garments make for a refreshing change as they are far from the gloomy somber shades we’re so used to seeing come autumn. They offer exceptional diversity which is down to the practicality of the pieces and the fabulous creative designs.
The AW13 Collection is now available to buy from ASOS.com with prices ranging from £30.00 to £55.00.