Autumn/Winter Couture Dresses 2015

Dolce and Gabbana Couture

Autumn/Winter couture has been flawless this season with designers providing the runways with a fantastic array of styles and shades all with a real luxurious feel. Dolce and Gabbana’s Alta Moda showcase of dresses gave a fabulous display of tropical prints with full and bright skirts and jeweled bodices, and with extravagant head pieces of jewels and bouquets of flowers a theatrical look was created at the event. Some of my favourite dresses from AW15 couture are shown below and these examples show the real diversity in the styles each designer has created. The first dress (far left) comes from designer Alberta Ferretti who creates a soft and feminine look through the earthy green tones and pretty floral prints, however with added sex appeal in the form of a plunging neckline and a cross over back. The second dress from Ralph and Russo however gives a more effortless look of glamour and class with pinstriped sheer detail and a heavy caped overlay. Although the dress seems simple, this simplicity was certainly a winner for me and its snowy ice queen feel stunned on the runway. Valentino (always one of my favourite couture designers) created modern gothic looks with high necks, black netting and lace inserts. The dress below (centre) was intricate and cool with its sheer material and black polka dots, gold accessories and raised shoulders to create a noir inspired dress. The other end of the spectrum, and a dress which stood out for its blue candy floss style feathering, was the Versace couture gown. I love how the dress was like a new take on cinderellas ball gown, with a structured plunging bodice, cascading split skirt with blue feathered detail to create a fun and girly dress but which was still very chic. Finally no one can beat Elie Saab for dresses and one day I hope I can afford to buy one of his fabulous creations! Possible my favourite look so far is in the form of this glitzy gold long sleeved dress with glitter embellishment. The dress fits in all the right places with a cinched in belted waist and flared shoulders, this is a dress fit for a goddess. Couture aw15

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Valentino – Autumn/Winter ’15

valentino 2A little late writing this up but better late than never! The Valentino show. A beautiful array of graceful and creative runway pieces with dresses in scarlet red, monochrome patterning and intricate embellishment. As usual the use of fabrics was flawless with feminine and sultry dresses in black velvet, gothic leather with fringing and lace showing a little skin under sheer materials with frills. Sheer was definitely popular on this runway, with polka dot mesh making an appearance and low plunging necklines seen on fluid dresses. I love how Valentino dresses always have a fairy tale vibe to them, with their extravagance of detail such as the beautiful constellation dress with moon, stars and planet features which looked amazing! A favorite trend on the runway, and one which I have noticed and other shows this fashion season, is the use of thick knits layered over long skirts with boots, which is a great look for Autumn/Winter and easy to create from the high street brands! Great use of warm autumn shades was seen with greens, burgundies and oranges on short dresses and coats and rich golds were given a watercolor blend effect on long coats and skirts. And of course no one can forget the appearance of THE Zoolander and Hansel showing off the blue steel look! A fantastic surprise to find and a hilarious way to announce their second film, their outfits were pretty cool to!
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Valentino Couture – Spring/Summer ’15

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The Valentino fashion show was a stunning concoction of historic fashion styles mixed with a modern twist of plunging necklines, sheer materials and lace fabrics. The show started with a fairytale-esque feel with intricate red and blue embroidery on short A-line dresses, with matching embroidered booties and crown braids, which created imagery of Hansel and Gretel. Dresses were gorgeous earthy tones of olives, creams, burgundies and yellows and dresses were structured with a medieval style bodice, creating curvaceous silhouettes along with floaty skirts in lightweight and sheer materials such as lace and chiffon. One of my favorite looks was the caped dress with a gold floral lacing which was worn over a straight cut pale blue skirt, which looked so elegant and intricate that it seemed simply perfection. Along with plunging necklines, there were also high necked ruffled tops and waistcoats and jackets worn over the dresses, which was a beautiful accessory to add a real chic and individual look to the already glamorous dresses. As one of my favorite designers, Valentino did not disappoint creating a showcase of innovative and carefully crafted couture gowns.

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Zing in yellow!

Zing in yellow!
It’s been a while since I last posted on here so bare with me! I recently caught up with the glamour of the Golden Globes and couldn’t get over the lovely zingy yellow and lemon colour dresses on the red carpet, beautifully illustarted by Leslie Mann (wearing Kaufman Franco), Naomi Watts (wearing Gucci) and my personal fav Jenna Dewan (wearing Carolina Herrera). As my first post this year I thought I would attempt at making some cute outfits which incorporate the fresh Spring season shade into casual looks. The first outfit uses the beautiful yellow coat as a statement piece to the casual and predictable jeans and heel look. The yellow coat would look great with a dark top, funky shades and some killer heels like these burgundy Topshop ones, for only £58! The second outfit is cute and fun with the yellow mini skirt and sheer shirt, I did try and look for a fun gingham or check shirt which would also look amazing with this simple skirt. Stripes are also a great look with the yellow and blue really highlights the colour perfectly! Match your bag to your shoes and you will look on point.

MANGO white shirt
johnlewis.com

Warehouse yellow coat
houseoffraser.co.uk

Jimmy Choo blue pumps
£300 – shop-hers.com

Express purse
£26 – express.com

Opening Ceremony sunglasses
£33 – openingceremony.us

Sweet and Studded

Sweet and Studded
This outfit incorporates the very current and fashionable trend of studded accessories across clothing. By having the very feminine lace miso crop top, matched with the flowing chiffon maxi skirt, the look becomes more graceful but with a rock chic edge. The gorgeous black leather studded jacket makes it more suitable for the upcoming autumn months and the studded handbag matches it perfectly. The wooden bracelet mixes well with the studded look, without actually having metal studs on it, while the cream peep toe wedges are perfect to be worn with this outfit when going out on the town (wedges are also a favorite this season, particularly due to their comfortableness)