Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Yuna Yang "The Lights in the Shadow" AW17 RTW

Designer, Yuna Yang,  was inspired by women taking a stand in troubled times.
 Yuna Yang’s AW17 collection shows that​ “light shines brighter in the darkness.” She ​features both looks with bold prints and dancing colors

and looks that play with chiaroscuro, such as dark velvet and light fabric.

Darkly elegant pieces with ​measured shadows.

 She has 19​70’s -inspired​ pants with modern flower prints.

She uses metallic fabrics to​ transform sweatshirts into​ sophisticated day to eveningwear.

Finally, since even activists need their downtime, she introduces trendy loungewear, such as​ sophisticated French lace pajamas with silk piping.

Women protesting in the streets of South Korea, the US Women’s March and elsewhere inspired Yuna Yang. With the AW 2017 runway show, Yuna Yang celebrates women who make their social and political voices heard “the power of one person holding a candle.”

 Social and political movements have always expressed their inner light through fashion, whether suffragettes or hippies.

YUNA YANG’s A/W17 collection pays homage to people who hold on to hope and belief in shadowed times.

Monday, 13 February 2017

Belstaff Women's AW17 Presentation 'Jolly Roger'

For Autumn/Winter 17, Menswear and Womenswear are unified in a theme rich with Belstaff’s military heritage: the “Jolly Roger” naval and submariner inspired collection is both tribute and testament to the incredible clothing worn by the British Royal Navy throughout WWII.
The collection then interprets the harsh realities of life at sea through colour, fabric diversity and an array of special vintage wax treatments for a worn-in look.

The parka is a key piece for the season and arrives in a variety of styles , The emphasis centres on an incredibly protective foul-weather parka which is a contemporary reproduction of a jacket made by Belstaff in 1960. Made from down-filled ballistic nylon (originally developed as a material for flak jackets for WWII airmen) exclusive to Belstaff and with a down-filled hood liner, it is supremely functional and constructed to stylishly withstand the very worst of the elements.

 Traditional pea coat details such as the slash pockets and wide lapels are present while in the women’s versions, subtle leather details such as latches and buttons have been applied for a contemporary twist. An Officer’s coat with dulled silver naval buttons appears for women,

 In women’s leather, there are two very notable additions showcasing Belstaff’s fabric innovation: the first is an incredibly lightweight down-filled leather blouson and the second is a machine-washable nappa leather jacket. Crackled vinyl-effect leather is a stylistic innovation in women’s.

Shearling pieces, many of which are opulently reversible, form a key part of both men’s and women’s outerwear this season due to their incredible warmth and luxurious tactility.

Other leather jackets feature emblems on their backs, ie the Jolly Roger in women’s

 Tattoos have always been a naval tradition, not just in the British Royal Navy but also in the US Navy. Belstaff have incorporated this heritage of symbolism in two distinct styles. The first is a more edgy reproduction of classic naval tattoos such as the swallow (which signifies a sailor accomplishing 5000 nautical miles out at sea) and the anchor. Placed randomly across a variety of garments, they have been designed in the rich and vibrant style of “Sailor Jerry”, a prolific tattoo artist who etched his trade in the red light district of Honolulu during WWII. These motifs have also been extrapolated to form a more feminine lace-like graphic resembling body art.

 Lastly, the iconic Jolly Roger flag, which was raised by victorious submarines on their return to harbour has also been applied to elements of the collection. Tattoo emblems and the Jolly Roger appear across men’s and women’s on leather, wax, knitwear, sweats, tees and shirting.

 Sharing the same colour palette across menswear and womenswear, this season focuses on industrial tones of red, brown, blue and military green, particularly throughout Belstaff’s core pieces. Charcoal grey, black and true navy form a base from which emerge brighter hues such as spruce teal, sanderling, cardinal red and burnished gold.

In leather and waxed cotton, colours have been given an aged effect for a unique patina. Much brighter and more vibrant colours are found in the naval tattoo motifs which add a personalised touch. For women, two new bag shapes appear: a small cross-body and larger hobo with adjustable strap, both with naval roping details and large hooks.

HADID Eyewear launches.

Alana Hadid, the half-sister of Bella and Gigi Hadid, has teamed with her father Mohamed on a sunglass collection — aptly named Hadid Eyewear.
Jetsetter sunglasses

The line of sunglasses will be priced from $149 to $169, with travel-inspired style names like Passport Control and Frequent Flyer.
Passport Control

Frequent Flyer

 The Hadid family and their tastes and adventures are the main source of inspiration for the eponymous brand. The six-style collection launches online today, at https://hadideyewear.com/  and Revolve, USA.
Mile High

 Alana Hadid said of the collection: “We both really love sunglasses — if you look at my father’s Instagram, he is wearing sunglasses in every photo. We both probably own 100-plus pairs. We are pleased to do something accessible to everyone.

We wanted to keep prices at a point where if somewhere really loves them, they can buy them in all the colorways.”

 CHARITY PARTNERSHIP - CHILDERN OF VISION FOUNDATION We believe all children should be able to see clearly. For every pair of sunglasses sold, we will make a donation to our non-profit partner, The Vision of Children Foundation, which is dedicated to giving sight to children who suffer from genetic vision disorders and blindness.

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Viva Voluptuous Launch Party

Viva Voluptuous, the luxurious, handmade, plus-size boudoir lingerie brand, held their official launch party last week at the plush cocktail bar of Jewel Piccadilly.

The night included burlesque entertainment with a catwalk of the brand's latest collection.

The collection features plus size corsets. Below in fuchsia pink is the sparkly satin pink corset at £80.

A range of baby dolls and kimonos.

The brand is exclusively designed for women who are size 16 or above.

See more designs in the video of the catwalk show.

 Video of Burlesque entertainment


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