Monday, 29 November 2010

Qasimi revisited


More close-up photos at Blow from Qasimi's SS2011 collection, which I saw during Paris fashion week.  I particularly want a sleeveless white shirt, a leather hoodie and a geometric print sweater.  Papa (Claus), can you hear me?


Brrrrrrr
Duck
xxx

Friday, 26 November 2010

Bryce Aime - no comment


In the past I've written favourably about Bryce Aime's collections, and then there was the infamous AW 2010 collection, but as for SS 2011?  I'm going to let the photos do the talking.


Hope you're having a better day than I am,
Duck
xx

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Titilating Gemma Slack


There's a little nip in the air over here.  Ooops, better make that two!  And not just because it's bloody bollocking freezing outside, but because Gemma Slack decided to decorate her SS11 collection with pert little pinkies...  Possibly the only time when having erect nipples is considered fashion-fabulous (except for when Samantha wears fakes on SATC, of course), I think I am in love with these pieces.  And not just because they are outrageous, but also because the images come printed on crop-tops and transparent shirts - two of my favourite items at the moment :-)


Turning up the thermostat,
Duck
xxx

Got wood? Emma Yeo does


Unfortunately I didn't get a chance to post this yesterday, most likely because I was passed out in front of the finale of Ru Paul's Drag Race at 1am with a half eaten plate of linguine al pomodoro on my lap and my computer whirring in the background (that's what happens when you go to after-work drinks on an empty stomach).  So to round off the Good Hair Day, I present to you Emma Yeo, whose intricate woodwork designs are blowing my mind.  Especially this one below, which looks a bit like the windswept indie 'do I sported as a teen, heavy fringe and all.  Totally amazing stuff, although I think it might be too fragile for regular use... 


xxx
Duck

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Piers Atkinson's crazy mixed-up world


Possibly some of the most bonkers, and totally fabulous, hats I saw the Blow press day were designed by Piers Atkinson, a milliner who likes to create his own crazy mixed-up world, mainly because he lives in one himself.  It seems like Piers is living the fashionisto dream - a designer (with Zandra Rhodes, no less), a milliner, a magazine editor (founding the London Fashion Week daily), a PR assistant (with heavyweight Mandi Lennard!) and collaborating with Andrew Logan on the Alternative Miss World.  That is some fashion CV.  For S/S, Piers's world is very floral, very feminine, and just a little bit kooky.  I love the Mickey Mouse ear shaped design of the flower headpieces, which are just dying to find themselves on the head of Anna dello Russo.  And the Lilliputians decorating the straw hats add such a cute touch of frivolity.  Oh we do like to be beside the seaside...


xxx
Duck

Nerida Fraiman's feathery friends


Continuing the hair/head theme today, we have Nerida Fraiman's extravagant contribution to our SS2011 wardrobes - feathered hats! Nerida, a Londoner born and bred, has previously worked with master milliner Philip Treacy and produced collections for the Paris National Opera when living in France.  Her designs are now found in stores ranging from Harrods and Selfridges (mmm...) to Fenwicks and John Lewis (hmm...).  Looking at these fluffy, neon, maximalist creations, don't you think they'd go perfectly with some of Louise Gray's SS pieces?  Just sayin'...    


Now wondering what I would look like with so many extra feathers,
Duck
xxx

Charlie Le Mindu's Hollywood Glamour


For the past month I have been seriously considering having my hair short-back-and-sided once again.  You know the problem with hair that is mid-length: too short to put up effectively or put behind one's ears, but long enough that it constantly falls in your face when you're trying to work.  And then we entered this cold snap (alright, I'm kidding myself, I know it's here for the long-haul) and I rediscovered how longer hair keeps your ears nice and toasty when it's frosty outside.  So my hair is here to stay... but what if you don't have gorgeous locks like moi?  Then fake them, of course!  I hereby declare today to be a Good Hair Day on the blog.

The BLOW press offices were full of accessories brands when I visited and, in particular, ones specialising in headgear.  Top of my list was Charlie Le Mindu, hairdresser to the stars, wig-fitter for Lady Gaga and shock tactic favourite of the Blow Presents show during fashion week.  Perhaps better known for his barely-there wiggy dresses and accessories, he of course started out with his outlandish headpieces, and these were indeed the stand-outs from the collection.  Hairpieces in pink, blonde and dark brown were styled up à la Farrah Fawcett, Courtney Love, or like classic Hollywood movie stars.  In fact, one of the wigs actually came with its own hot pink Hollywood Hills sign.  From the rest of the artworks, as these hair creations really are, my favourites included a girly heart-shaped handbag (with long pink tresses, naturally) and a pink leopard-print bodysuit that leaves little to the imagination.  I'm now wondering who I'll see wearing these come February in London.    


Hope you are having a good hair day (and if not, I recommend Bumble & Bumble Crème de Coco hair mask)...

Duck
xx

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Starry-eyed. And -shoed.


Since my wonderful Twitter lover, Hugh Wright, managed to pick me up quite possibly the last pair of metallic blue men's Lanvin x H&M shoes in London, I am feeling kind of shoe-happy this lunch time.  To celebrate, a photo of an equally fabulous pair of metal shoes I spotted at the BLOW press day a couple of weeks back (loving the new website guys!).  Unfortunately, I can't remember the artist's name, so please let me know if you do!  Thanks to Nick Bain (whose Tumblr you should definitely check out) I now know these shoes were designed by artist Clare Whit.  I'm not sure if even Lady Gaga would be able to walk in these?  What do we think?

xx
Duck

Basso & Brooke Prints


So has anybody else spent the morning trying to purchase some of the Lanvin x H&M collaboration?  I avoided the queues and tried to shop online, but the site kept crashing...  And then, when I finally managed to get the blue metallic shoes I wanted into my shopping cart, the blasted website wouldn't let me pay.  Thanks a bunch, H&M. Anyway, panic over, and time to go back to looking at some even prettier shoes - by Basso & Brooke no less.  Remember when I sat first row at the Spring Summer 2011 show?  I was totally blown away by the combination of vibrant and muted prints and wonderful cuts, so I was a very happy duck indeed to get to see those fabrics again, to check out what they look like under the microscopic view of my SLR lens...  And, most definitely, I am still in love.  Gothic text printed on top of futuristic digital scenes, tapestry-like rose designs, and metallic hues; those gradated harem-style trousers; typewriter fonts.  L.O.V.E.  Some of the colours are just so juicy you could bite right into them.


Oh yes, and the shoes.  Who needs H&M when you can be rocking these bad boys?  Produced by Gil Carvalho (who is, by the way, apparently now stocked by fun Westbourne Grove store Wolf & Badger), the slashed leather sports the same prints as the clothes and they all come with fun copper insides. 



Sometimes I do wish I had dainty female feet to slip into these.  But then again, you know what they say about ducks with big feet...

xxx
Duck

Monday, 22 November 2010

Hannah Marshall Highlights


I've long been a fan of Hannah Marshall's darkest creations, billowing silk chiffon and skin-tight black leather hybrid dresses.  I was also a fan of her step into the light, and combination of whites and greys with her signature palette of black, black and, oh yes, black.  But now she has gone even further and produced possibly what is her most refined collection yet.  Black and white? Check.  Leather and chiffon? Check.  Sexy silhouettes? Check.  The difference now is that the fabrics look even higher quality, the cuts are razor sharp and the overall feel is, my current favourite word, luxe.  Here are some magnified highlights I picked out from the SS 2011 press day, because really, it's all in the detail.  And those details include: pleated/folded/corrugated fabric neck, chest, shoulder and cuff decorations; double layered collars on silk blouses and transparent black shirts; contrast suede cages worn over figure hugging tube dresses. Need I say more?  Get your orders in for next season NOW NOW!


xx
Duck

Saturday, 20 November 2010

Kapow! Punched-up by Katie Eary


Katie Eary always presents fun menswear collections (and now womenswear in collaboration with Catwalk Genius) and although her Spring/Summer looks are certainly fun, I didn't really find too many pieces I would personally want to wear - a British bulldog tee-shirt cuts a little too close to the bone, particularly given the recent hoohah around immigration during the UK elections.  And although I'm all for tight trousers and big boots, I don't really want to be associated with skinheads (I should hope my glossy locks would prevent that comparison anyway).  Nevertheless, I'm loving this leopard print (noticing a theme here are we?), which could be a slightly more affordable alternative to Ricardo Tisci's delicious offering for Givenchy.  But then again, come Spring, Bryanboy might have over-werqed the leopard print one step too far and I'll be over it again...


I'm off into town today for lunch at The Ivy with Bianca and her eurotastic Dutch cousins, so hopefully I'll be having a little fun of my own (without the need for boxing gloves...),

Duck
xxx