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.

P= Peter Pilotto

Peter Pilotto Spring Summer 2014
When I think of summer, I imagine colour, print and fun! Which is definitely what you get with Peter Pilotto Spring Summer 2014 Collection. 
Peter Pilotto Spring Summer 2014
With bold blue & green, orange & red and monochrome colour combos and the use of print and very angular almost geometric shapes to the way the fabric had been cut, this is a very daring and oh so beautiful collection. Inspiration for the silhouettes, volume, fabrication, embellishment and colours were taken from Volcanoes!
Peter Pilotto Spring Summer 2014

This collection is a lot of fun with its use of print, silhouette and colour but it is also well designed and well thought out; not many people could pair orange and pink together with a full on print and pull it off!
Peter Pilotto Spring Summer 2014

Overall I think this collection is a grown up yet feminine and wearable collection for spring summer. with a great use of prints and bold colours to keep us excited for the whole season.


O= Opening Cermony

Open Ceremony S/S 2014
Opening Ceremony is an American brand, with only one store in the UK London of course, that made its debut catwalk appearance at New York Fashion Week Spring Summer 2014! 

Open Ceremony S/S 2014
With a colour palette that hits you right between the eyes, in a good way, a mix of culottes, side split skirts, oversized jackets and tops this collection is a winner in my eyes. 

Open Ceremony S/S 2014

With a great fun use of print and colour I really do think that there is someone for everyone! If you don’t do colour their is perfect monochrome looks, print not for you no problem go bold in colour or slick in black and white. 

Open Ceremony S/S 2014
Whatever you don’t do there is an alternative for you in OC S/S 2014 Collection. You will be smiling all season long if you can get your hands on a piece of OC.

N= No.21

No.21 Spring Summer 2014
I love feminine masculine trend for dressing and Alessandro Dell’acqua has it down to a fine art! With a mainly monochrome colour palette and wearable classic shapes such as, blazers, sweaters, shirts and skirts with an added element to them; gloss, sequins, and  sheer for evening added an element of glamour and sophisticated edge to the spring summer collection from No.21.

No.21 Spring Summer 2014
No.21 Spring Summer 2014
We even saw a reworked and updated Hawaiian shirt which was given a new lease of life with a ruffle-hemmed dress, palm prints and wave formations roamed further across shirts and skirts. Maybe not the most colourful Spring Summer collection but a great collection, which is what I was looking for.

 

No.21 Spring Summer 2014

K= Katrantzou Mary… Of Course!

Mary Katrantzou Spring Summer 2014
Mary Katrantzou has built her name on hyper-coloured trompe l’oeil prints (stamps, foreign money, and decorative interiors are just some of her subjects) but rewind to last winter, and she dived head first into moody hues of black and grey. It was a smart move because it proved she could do more than just colour-saturated pattern – she could do abstract silhouettes too, and in any case, those signature prints popped back for resort.
Mary Katrantzou Spring Summer 2014

For spring summer 2014 this time it’s shoes as fetish. Enlarged detailed images of gentleman’s brogues in polished mahogany leather with punched detailing and lacing; trainers with flashes of colour and vinyl inserts; and evening mules densely embellished. 
Mary Katrantzou Spring Summer 2014
There was so much going on here – even in a single dress, let alone the entire collection – that it’s hard to know where to begin. There were sleeveless bikers with scuba zips, cropped or elongated, edged in rubberised leather and bonded. Cocktail mini dresses were engineered around the body, bursting with pleats or with explosions of origami-like folds at the bust. Katrantzou collaborated with the embroidery house, Lesage, searching its archive for pieces to distort and super size by 200 per cent. 
Mary Katrantzou Spring Summer 2014
She printed the embroideries onto silk and then embroidered and embellished on top, creating a highly worked 3D effect. It was joyous, upbeat and fantastically feminine, but then, we knew she was capable of all of that before we set eyes on this collection – which was mesmeric, no doubt – but with print copyists everywhere, sat poised at computers, there was just a desire in the air to see the next chapter. Because one thing is for certain, this is a designer who isn’t short on ideas. 

I= Isabel Marant

Isabel Marant Spring Summer 2014
Isabel Marant does it again with her Spring Summer collection 2014. The collection which has benefited with the recent collaboration with H&M, feautured coloured denim, patch work denim jackets with raw edges and lace sleeves. Leather ankle boots smothered with silver rivets which were repeated on leather trousers and leggings.



Feminine girly fabrics gave the groupie sex appeal look that we love from her. White cotton and lace tops were teamed with pale pink ruched jackets over sequinned pants. Short short floral dresses are worn as short as can be and with dark blazers and of course boyish attitude. These girls are with the band oh no they are way to cool for that they are the band.

Helmut Lang = H

Helmut Lang- S/S 2014
A picture says a thousand words so today I am going to let them do the talking, mostly. 
Helmut Lang- S/S 2014
Helmut Lang a brand that sits and is continually inspired by the 90’s. 
Helmut Lang- S/S 2014
S/S 2014- 90’s- Monochorme, Splashed of Red- Pieced Together- Minimalist- Masculine

Helmut Lang- S/S 2014
All words that some up another beautiful collection from Helmut Lang.
Helmut Lang- S/S 2014

G= Giambattista Valli

Giambattista Valli s/s 2014
Giambattista Valli s/s 2014

 

Monochrome, Feminine, sleek and easy to wear are words that spring to mind when think of Giambattista Valli S/S 2014 collection. 

Giambattista Valli s/s 2014
Giambattista Valli s/s 2014

Giambattista Valli s/s 2014

The collection features a mainly monochrome colour palette with flashes of colours of yellow, reds and mauve. My favourite design element of the collection are the appliqué pansies. 
Giambattista Valli s/s 2014
Giambattista Valli s/s 2014
Giambattista Valli s/s 2014

Collarless, soft shoulder coats are belted with gold coloured twine. Just beautiful couture inspired ready to wear collection.
Giambattista Valli s/s 2014