Z is For Zimmermann

Zimmermann Autumn Winter 201-15

For my finale in my A-Z of designers to know in 2014 I bring your Zimmermanns’ Autumn Winter 2014-15 collection. This collection transforms from soft and warm to hard and gothic. With a varied colour palette of teal, red, monotone and metallic. Oversized silhouettes, fully flirt, yet somehow masculine overall feel, skirts, full length to mini to fitted and structured. Zimmermann not only clashes prints and colours they have also clashed fabrics by using mohair, lace, leather, satin, silk, netting and dog tooth.

Zimmermann Autumn Winter 201-15
Zimmermann Autumn Winter 201-15
I love this collection and as soon as I saw it I struck accord with me as I could see 2014’s version of the 50’s and 70’s fashion, the formalness about the styling slicked back hair, pointed shoes with socks and fitted and structured silhouettes. Full skirts and loose layered and clashing fabrics echo the 70’s fashion trends. 
Zimmermann Autumn Winter 201-15

A “Glam Goth” look will be a key trend for festive parties this year… (Sorry but I didnt say the C word)

Zimmermann Autumn Winter 201-15
This collection feels more Autumnal & wintery than other that I have featured but with the very wearable fresher pieces, teal knitwear & bold oversized printed coat, could see this collection carried through into spring summer 2015. Now I like the sound of that! 
Zimmermann Autumn Winter 201-15 

Y is for Yen, Shao Yen

Shao Yen, Autumn Winter 2014-15

I like to see Autumn Winter collections with some colour in them and that seems to be rife for Autumn Winter 2014-15. This collection by Shao Yen, sees the American Sports wear trend carried through for another season, with inspiration taken from space in the form of silhouettes and fabrics.

Shao Yen, Autumn Winter 2014-15

With oversized sportswear jackets, slim legged tapered trousers and mini and midi skirt with new half moon silhouette. Paired with laser cut, sheer, satin, faux fur, check & striped fabrics this collection has got something for everyone. 

Shao Yen, Autumn Winter 2014-15
Shao Yen, Autumn Winter 2014-15

One of my favourite bits of this collection is the attention with has been paid to detail, the cute frill cuffs and knee detail on the trousers, the use of crystal style beading on coats and the placement on faux fur on the jackets. But my all time favourite piece has to be the metallic silver and faux fur fish shaped clutch bag!! Amazing!!

Shao Yen, Autumn Winter 2014-15

X= Xiao Li


Xiao Li Autumn Winter 2014-15

Wow! What a collection a feast for the eyes indeed, there is so much going on its is almost hard to see everything. Lets start with colours, white, pastel blue & Cobalt blue to add real flash of colour. Silhouettes are oversized to say the least! With everything from puff sleeves, embroider anglisias, dip dyes leather, dunagrees, cape coats and midi skirts and shorts this collection is a breath of fresh air for an Autumn Winter collection.


Xiao Li Autumn Winter 2014-15

Altough the techinques and some of the fabrics used are feminine and the overall sense of the collection has a feminine girly feel to it, it has been toughened up with the use of dip dyes Leather skirts, jackets and T-shirts. A really fairytale inspired collection I think and I will enjoy looking at it as much as wearing too.

Xiao Li Autumn Winter 2014-15


W Is For Wayne

Wayne Autumn Winter 2014-15

I love the name Wayne for a fashion label, it makes me smile every time I hear, say, or see it (im easily pleased), I think it would make a great name for a Cat…. of course a very stylish Cat.

Wayne Autumn Winter 2014-15


Anyway enough procrastinating, Waynes’ Autumn Winter collection is our W for designers to know/watch. This collection is cool, quirky and easy to wear. I love the cooling blue, grey, gold and camel colour palette. The androgynous feel to the way the clothes have been cut and styled, and how they make it look effortlessly sexy. The use of full skirts, full length coats to bomber style coats, thick knits and even Flared trousers!! This collection has a mass appeal, and for good reason.



Wayne Autumn Winter 2014-15

V Is For Vera Wang

Vera Wang Autumn Winter 2014-15

V had to be for Vera Wang, one of my all time favourite labels everything from runway to bridal I just love!


Vera Wang Autumn Winter 2014-15

The Autumn Winter 2014-15 collection doesn’t disappoint either, with a very very dark colour palette, you will see black, black and more black with the odd metallic touch here an there. Checks, frills, sheer fabric and bugs embellished on to clothing and jewellery gives this collection an androgynous sexy grunge feel to the collection.

Vera Wang Autumn Winter 2014-15
Vera Wang Autumn Winter 2014-15
Vera Wang Autumn Winter 2014-15

And finally a “slogan” id be happy to wear across my chest… ” You Bug Me”.

Vera Wang Autumn Winter 2014-15

U Is for Unique on the High Street…. Topshop

Topshop Unique Autumn Winter 2015

Ahh Topshop a long time high street favourite of mine and millions of other, now around the world. The “Super” High Street British brand has gone from strength to strength with no sign of slowing down. Why you say? The innate ability to “know” what we women want to wear, the ability to translate Catwalk trends down to high street prices (be them top end high street prices) but without losing the details that make it special. The way that they offer something for everyone and that brings me nicely on the Unique label that is designed by Topshop itself.

Topshop Unique Autumn Winter 2015

A label that yes is High Street but shows at London Fashion Week. A HIGH STREET label that manages to attract no other that Anna Wintor ( who wore Alexander McQueen, you can’t have everything), Kate Moss & little model, soon to be super model, sister Lottie to their front row. The pull to Topshop Uniques LFW is their ability to cleverly combine the current fashion zeitgeist whilst adding its own youthful and relevant spin.


Topshop Unique Autumn Winter 2015

Their Autumn Winter 2015 collection is about English heritage and a “rebellious streak”. That idea of tomboy toughness combined with a reluctant pretty for a series of Margot Tenenbaums, all smokey eyes, bleach-blonde hair and fuzzy coats worn dishevelled and sloping off the shoulder.


Topshop Unique Autumn Winter 2015

The way that Topshop style their clothes is also another key element to their success. A mix of the belted and bunched yet simultaneously a little unkempt. It was a true reflection of how girls want to look and how they wear their clothes.


Topshop Unique Autumn Winter 2015

There were cropped little knits over gymslips and super cool, padded puffa parkas in steel and navy. Pinafore dresses came later and then prom numbers that again showed some shoulders – be it through a sheer, sequined top half or a squared-off neckline.

Topshop Unique Autumn Winter 2015

Sweatshirts were beaded and fake fuzzy shearling – colourful and patchworked to give a romantic quality to the whole thing. Even tomboys have a soft side after all. 

Topshop Unique Autumn Winter 2015

Almost like a little bit of your own Catwalk Fashion magic….. very clevor Sir Philip Green!



T= Temperley London

Temperley London Autumn Winter 2014-15
Temperley do stunning, jaw dropping beautiful dress that you can’t help to A, Love B, Wish to at least touch/try on and C, just want to stare at… Or is that just me?
 This season they wanted to try a new direction and took inspiration from Italian ceremonial dresses and ecclesiastical heritage instead of its sun drenched coast. With the jacquard print taken directly from ceremonial robes. This collection is more for the Temperley Women by Day. 
Temperley London Autumn Winter 2014-15
Dresses, coats and bandeau dresses covered in decorative prints – inspired by the tile work from the aisles of ancient cathedrals – and particularly lovely quilted cropped jackets and flirty skirts all looked like pieces from the wardrobe of a grown-up hippy strolling down Portobello Road sifting through the market’s treasures – the stricter pieces like the sheer blouses, double-breasted A-line wool coats and crew-neck patterned jumpers acting as her staples for smart-casual dates and freelance meetings in the West End.

Temperley London Autumn Winter 2014-15

“I wanted to push things in a new direction with separates, tailoring and suiting to make it more contemporary,” the designer revealed. “I want more day-wear and not to be so evening focused right now.”
It’s a bold move for a brand that has cultivated such a strong identity as the go-to for black-tie events and A-list weddings, but one that looks sure to pay off. This is a collection that has got the Temperley after-dark signature but satisfies 24-7. 

S= Pringle Scotland

Pringle Scotland Autumn Winter 2014-15
The Autumn Winter 2014-15 from Pringle Of Scotland is effortlessly cool under stated collection with a modern take on knitwear, leather and outerwear. 

Pringle Scotland Autumn Winter 2014-15

Pringle Scotland Autumn Winter 2014-15

With oversized silhouettes, metallic shades of oranges & pinks mixed with a cool palette of greys, white and navy. With a masculine twist and a interesting use of pleated fabric this collection is a clean start for a new season ahead!

Pringle Scotland Autumn Winter 2014-15

R= Rachel Comey

Rachel Comey Autumn Winter 2014-2015
When i saw Rachel Comey new Autumn Winter 2014-2015 collection I knew instantly that i was going to love it. I love the vintage, eclectic nature and feel of the collection, the oversized silhouette, mixed clashing prints and the overall cool casual feel to the collection, really how i would love someone to describe my own personal style.
Rachel Comey Autumn Winter 2014-2015
Rachel Comey Autumn Winter 2014-2015
Rachel Comey Autumn Winter 2014-2015
The colour palette is beautiful ranging from soft duck egg blues, soft greys, rich deep purple, shocking red highlights, comic style monochrome print, teal green and fluorescent pink. Which all work harmoniously together to create a collection that is fun, easy to wear, effortlessly cool with a young urban edge. 
Rachel Comey Autumn Winter 2014-2015


Q + Mc = McQueen Alexander

McQueen Spring Summer 2014
Ahh even just the though of McQueen brings a massive smile to my face. The spring summer collections, RTW, Mens & Runway all surpassing expectations it has been a pleasure to experience the world of McQueen and Sarah Burton.

McQueen Spring Summer 2014

McQueen Spring Summer 2014

The Women’s Runway collection for spring summer instantly strikes with its monochrome and red colour palette, eye catching strong and not your typical summer colours. Then the warrior like metal head-ware, leather bra tops and metallic harnesses encircling their breastbones, necks and wrists. 

McQueen Spring Summer 2014

Laser-cut leather skirts rippled around them in tiers of red and black or white leather, or came as short kilts buckled twice on the hip. The collection is powerful but not aggressive, with a delicacy coming from the oscillating pleats of skirts that later appeared in tiers of red and black horsehair or ostrich feathers beneath bound bodices. Crochet dresses were stiff with beading but still transparent, like African body art, while trousers cut to mid calf under matching full laser cut skirts gave a hint of the sporty element that is set to be a major trend for this season. Drop-waisted skirts were padded at the back for extra shape or featured wedged tiers of fabric below matching square cut jackets that, when toned down for the shop rails, will make for modern elegance, and will be added to my dream wish list….. A girl can dream. 

McQueen RTW Spring Summer 2014
McQueen RTW Spring Summer 2014

McQueen a great British brand that captures everything that is a British sense of fashion. A dare to be original, bold, with impeccable attention to detail and an eye for the next big thing, always the trend setter never the follower! One of the things that the McQueen brand do so well is too translate their catwalk collection down into their RTW collections, with the same cutting edge design, print and colour combinations paired with interesting fabrics and silhouettes you can feel like you have just stepped off the catwalk yourself, if you have the money that is.