Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Superga Store in Neal Street

Superga is the plimsoll par excellence. Italian brand founded in 1913 became very popular among the tennis players and then out of the tennis fields. Quite a few generations worn these rubber soled and fabric shoes. Firstly they were only white or blue, but in the last decades many colours went in the range. Shops in Italy had a whole wall completely covered by these models arranged by colours from white to black, passing from yellow, red, pale blue, green, and also quilted models, gingham patterns, in velvet and in leather. I have always loved these shoes and they are the only ones I can wear in terms of plimsolls. I've tried other models but just after a season the sole was split in two and I had to chuck them.
I've got only two pair of shoes left, a bright orange and this sparkling golden little number, but now, in the next few days in Neal Street in Covent Garden a brand new Superga store will open for the delight of many fans.

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Danish Wakeel's Dandy meets the Metrosexual

Blue, red and beige, sky, sun and sand, this is the palette for Danish Wakeel's new collection. A collection that would be at ease on a cruiseship, with bejewelled tops, trunks, bras, that once born as an underwear collection,  were too beautiful to be confined under garments or just for a few lucky ones. This new collection is bold, beautiful, magnificently embellished with beads, sequines and finishing touches sewn to them. The base colour, sand, is stained with red and blue, colours that reminding of the nature and the landscapes of a tropical island. Danish Wakeel as well as being the designer has also modelled his collection with his gorgeous models at the Runway Club. And to explode a myth about models and eating disorders, pretty girls offered Krispy Kreme doughnuts to everyone. Guests of honour on the runway Lewis Duncan Weedon, fashion designer of the LDWAtelier brand and Stuart Phillips,the most expensive celebrity hair stylist known for giving hair styles to most Hollywood celebrities.
 As Danish declares with his latest collection " For this collection I read the whole concept of dandyism in the 18century and the contemporary metrosexual concept which was coined in 1994 by Simpson in one of his essays. I'm trying to make these two concepts meet somewhere along the line. thats what my collection is all about.It is also an extention of underwear couture 2011,so from underwear i m moving to outerwear".
Credits to:
Choreographer: Reuben Joseph

Presenters: Emma Haylan Hall and Fiona Ogedegbe

Makeup Designer: Clare Elizabeth

Make up artist: Dimple Patel

Hair stylists: Kim Lomax and Lina Varaniene

Body Artist: Aliya Khan

DJ: Djslam Trini

But now look at these pictures by fashion photographer Sergio Mattioli:
Danish Wakeel modelling a pair of slacks and body paint by Aliya Khan

An ensemble by Danish Wakeel

Stuart Phillips Vip hairstylist, Danish Wakeel and Lewis Duncan Weedon fashion designer and paparazzi darling

Lewis Duncan Weedon on the catwalk

Top and brief in danish signature colours

Ready for the pool

A beautiful embroidered top

Grand Final on the catwalk with the star of the evening

Photo by Sergio Mattioli

Sunday, 5 June 2011

Central Saint Martins BA Fashion Show

Another year, another influx of fashion graduates let loose in the world. This year at the York Hall in Bethnal Green the who's who of fashion was there to look, to judge, to applaude these young designers on their first step out in the industry.
Italian Flaminia Saccucci scooped up the L'Oreal Professionel Young Talent of the Year with her prints on rubber dresses. I'm posting some pictures, let see who is  going to be the next Alexander McQueen or the next Stella McCartney. Hilary Alexander introduced Sarah Burton who gave the prizes to the students.
Sarah Burton and Hilary Alexander

Daisy Lowe modelling Josh Bullen's collection

Flaminia Saccucci's rubber outfit

Scary bunny by Kim Traegar

Balloon for Momo Wang

Carnival seen by Crimson Rose O'Shea

Darmaki, shoes worthy of Carrie Bradshaw

I've just been blown away by Darmaki's shoes. every model is a small sculpture, the craftsmanship is highly superior and when I know that they are made in Italy in an area which is the kingdom of shoemaking  I can understand why they are so beautiful and perfect in their details. Despite having skyscraper high heels the design is made purposefully for a comfortable shoe, platforms are hidden inside the shoes not to strain the foot in an uncomfortably arch. Their first collection dated Spring 2011 is already creating a storm and I'm sure that red carpets will be full of Darmaki's footprints.

Feather sandals

Suede boots in teal and blue

Marc Cain

A german company with  style in spades, this is Marc Cain. A palette of camel, black olive green for the Autumn/Winter collection that will be in store by September. House of Fraser in London and various retailers all over  the United Kingdom stock these gorgeous pieces. In here a small preview of pieces from the A/W 11/12. Lavish use of fur, leather, lace and wool.

Furcoat with leather belt in a bow

Wool and fur for this jacket and leather trousers

green olive lace trouser absolutely gorgeous

Wool jamper and leather trouser for an aggressive but sleek look.

Knomo: Bags to die for

Now it's official, women love bags and when we've got a bag we stuff in it the world and his mother. A working woman needs a bag which has to be classy, trendy, soft to the touch and with lots of space and pockets for our things.
I think I've found all this in one name: Knomo. A company based in London, beautiful and soft leather from Italy and most important... design thought for all our gadgets, from the iPhone, the iPad, the netbook, the iPod and more. prices very affordable, colours that can match any outfit and those little details like a padded pocket to protect our netbook, a zipped external pocket for our oyster card and sturdy shoulder straps to hold all the weight inside. This is going to be my next gift to myself. Stockists can be found at Harrods, Fortnum and Mason, House of Fraser, Fenwick, John Lewis just to name a few. And now just a small preview to tantalize your tastebuds.

Laptop bag but why not use it as well as a clutch bag?
and what about this beauty, unfortunately you can't feel the softness of the leather from the picture. next time it will be spotted on my shoulder.