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.
Poppy Delevingne, sister of top model and one of the coolest celebs about; Cara Delevingne is certainly not shadowed by her sisters style, as she continues to showcase her fun and chic wardrobe. Poppy who has already established herself in the modelling world always looks on point at star studded events, wearing fabulous statement outfits. At the Vanity Fair Oscars party Poppy stunned in an Emilio Pucci flamenco style dress, with added choker and smoky shades of lippy and eye shadow for a dramatic look, while at the Save the Children Gala she radiated natural beauty in a plunging silk slip dress with jeweled detail, highlighting her ability to mix up her fashion. The 29 year old model is also the Queen of laidback looks and can be commonly found with cool boho styles with plaited hair and loose airy dresses, while also having fun with her style seen when she wore the piano keyboard Emilia Wickstead shirt dress with cool messy hair. Poppy Delevingne is one of the best for fashion inspiration, particularly when looking for something easy and fun, she can pull off bright blue trousers suits and suede girly dresses, a definite favorite celeb of mine and a model who seems to be getting cooler and cooler with age.
Hermes Autumn/Winter 2014 runway was filled with simple tailoring and chic, effortless looks. Models were given cool pulled back hair with minimal makeup which really accentuated the masculine tailored coats, trousers and shirts. I love this smart and understated look and so wanted to find a (slightly!) more affordable alternative. The monochrome print jersey coat is from Topshop as is the white v neck crop top (another trend commonly seen on the Hermes catwalk was v necks and plunging blazer necklines!). I wanted to mix up the look a bit so went for these, slightly expensive, shorts from Elizabeth and James Walden, which will look amazing with some simple black chunky sandals and piece of gold jewelry, as simplicity is key!