I can’t pretend at £895, this dress is an every day purchase for many, it simply isn’t, but in the same breath I think it’s so beautiful I couldn’t help but talk about it. Helming from Canadian fashion designer, Erdem, whose signatures usually involve something all together feminine and breathtaking, this dress offers a sleek modren way to wear florals.
A far move from your usual floral dress for a Spring / Summer 2013 season, this dress has an oriental feel made up of rich greens with highlights of luxe pink, all in a defined glossy jacquard which has a sheen to it. If you are after a stand out occasion wear dress for any upcoming weddings / garden parties this summer and this beauty is within budget, I wouldn’t think twice. Check it out at Net a Porter below.
Erdem Jacquard Lowry Dress £895 >>
As big supporters of Graduate Fashion Week here at CQ HQ (check out all the latest from this season’s happenings here), we were pleased to see George Clothing launch the another instalment of its G21 Talent collection, designed by Graduate Jessica Piper, this week.
As a regular sponsor of Graduate Fashion Week, George is well known these days for championing graduate design and nurturing the next generation of British creativity when it comes to fashion. The G21 Talent collection is set to comprise of a series of limited edition, catwalk inspired collections designed by hand picked fashion designers from Graduate Fashion Week.
She has already racked up one campaign for Givenchy, now Amanda Seyfried has leant her ethereal looks for the label’s autumn 2013-14 campaign. The actress was styled by Carine Roitfeld (who also stars in the campaign) for the shoot, which was captured by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. This follows her recent début as the new face of Givenchy’s Very Irresistible fragrance.
Spanish actor Quim Gutiérrez and models Mariano Ontañon and Dalianah Arekion complete Riccardo Tisci’s casting for his gypsy-inspired ads. This mirrors his autumn 2013 collection which is designed for people who “are real gypsies in their own lives.”
Every year at the tail end of the Cannes Film Festival comes the amfAR Cinema Against Aids Benefit, held at the Hotel Du Cap in Cap d’Antibes. As one of the biggest events on the Cannes calendar, the gala always draws a huge mix of A listers, models and fashionistas who have spent a busy week attending photo calls, film premieres and yacht parties. It’s a hard life, but someone has to do it…
Curated by Carine Roitfield, the evenings show ‘The Ultimate Gold Collection’ not only featured an exquisite one off Valentino dress, it also included a surprise guest on the catwalk. Following the likes of Rosie Huntington Whiteley, Karlie Kloss and Alessandra Ambrosio, was Vogue’s editor-at-large Anna Dello Russo, who strutted her stuff in an extreme pair of gold Tom Ford boots!
Off the catwalk Roberto Cavalli well and truly cemented his popularity at the 66th Festival, dressing another TEN women for the amfAR Gala, including Sharon Stone and Kylie Minogue. For her fourth Cavalli gown in a row Sharon chose a stunning white gown detailing a gold snake and chain links at the back, whilst Kylie opted for another soft, embellished gown with a plunging neckline. Sorry Kylie, but Sharon piped you to the post again with her serpent friend.
Saying that the The University of Westminster kicked all things graduate fashion off with a bang last night would be an understatement; they obliterated it. As the models hit the runway, I was dazzled and dazed by the intricate knits and holographic helmets, layer upon layer of silk and tirelessly perfect embroidery!
Set in Baker Street’s oversized Ambika P3 venue, the vast space was filled to the brim with supporters alike, from family and friends to the press and even the odd celebrity face (I’m talking about you, Will Young). With previous graduates like Christopher Bailey and puppy lover Ashley Williams, it’s no surprise these students were pushed to the extremes to compete with their former counterparts and boy, did they succeed. With 17 designers in total – 14 womens collections and 3 mens – each graduate showcased 7 different looks, allowing the upcoming designers to give a clear sense of their signature styles and to portray the sheer talent of the University on a whole.
Philli Wood used neon pink, orange and corals across oversized hooded coats, dresses and leggings, playing with scale via a cleverly knitted print that featured throughout on everything from padded garments and even socks. I loved her attention to detail, which was particularly apparent in the beautiful lining and chunky toggles.
Daniella Helayel is saying goodbye to Issa London! The founder and creator of one of the Duchess of Cambridge’s most beloved brands has left the company by mutual agreement. Taking her place is Blue Farrier, who has previously worked at Chloé, Stella McCartney and Anya Hindmarch.
While no official announcement has been made, Helayel spoke to WWD about her decision to depart the label she founded in 2001.
“The time has come for me to move on to focus on my art, travel and other interests,” she said. “Creating Issa has been one of the most rewarding things in my life. I may be leaving, but the Issa girl will live forever in my heart.”
Today’s dress of the day is none other than this Versus by Versace printed silk shirt, which can be worn as both a shirt AND a dress (bonus!) After taking on the role of co-directing the brand alongside Donatella Versace, J.W. Anderson debuted his collection last Wednesday – complete with Versace signature lion head logo – making this little number our clear favourite. Team with a pair of chunky, black boots and messy locks for the ultimate rocker look, or keep things cool by tucking into a pencil skirt with shoe-boots; it really can be worked in so many ways.
Versus was born in 1989 as a Versace diffusion line attempting to give a youthful, more accessible take on the brand, introducing the safety pin emblem and being responsible for Elizabeth Hurley in that dress. The brand was closed in 2005, re-opening in 2009 and seeing Christopher Kane co-directing with Donatella, who later left in 2012 leaving the spot wide open for J.W.
Of course, the young, fresh and energetic brand needed a party with the same characteristics to go with it so it was only fair Versace not only put on a killer fashion show but three gigs to go with it. Performers included Grimes, Angel Haze and Dead Sara, all of whom were drenched in Versus. Check out footage of the party below or shop the rest of the collection here.
“I lived in San Francisco in the dot com era, I lived in London when dub step was happening…I’ve never seen anything like Nashville.”
‘New Music City’ is a short film that tells the tale of Kings of Leon owned label, Snakes and Serpents and their four signed acts on the gritty streets of Nashville, Tennessee. It also happens to be brimming with one of our favourite high street brands, AllSaints, who’ve coincided with the music label to take us on a journey with these rising rockers who strum guitar strings in a wardrobe of AllSaints shirts and ripped denims. Go figure.
Each with their own unique sound, talent, and look, the acts bring something different to the Nashville music scene, so we’ve teamed some of AllSaints products we think most embody their differences in personality and style. If you like getting sweaty in rock crowds surrounded by bearded bad boys (or you want to show these guys just what it would look like if they had an awesome female bassist) then these are the pieces for you!