Gucci and the colour clash.

BLUE AND GREEN NEVER BE SEEN!  That was one of my Grandad’s favourite sayings concerning fashion (the other being never put new shoes on the table.). I always thought the blue and green was funny,because I personally loved those two colours, in their brightest forms, together. But this season, fashion has decreed that any two, or even three colours, can be worn together in any combination and look amazing. And it’s thanks, in no small part to Gucci!

Last Autumn Gucci unveiled a collection for Spring/summer 2011 that was filled overwhelmingly with colour clashing bright shades, a veritable pastiche of Studio 54, circa 1977.  Purple cigarette pants worn with silky turquoise shirts, halter neck two-tone dresses, orange blazers that looked amazing with purple strapless tops, all worn with gold and bronze waist cinchers belts with tassles. This was a collection to adore.

And the stars have adored it. Camilla Belle showed that this could transfer effortlessly from the catwalk to real life by  wearing a complete show look, whilst Jennifer Lopez and Olivia Wilde have also chose items from that collection – and looked amazing in them. Katy Perry was photographed wearing Gucci for the cover of US Elle, and this transformed her cartoonish look to something far more sophisticated. Spanish television presenter Sara Carbonero has also worn the look to dramatic effect.

 

The style is bright, sassy and surprisingly chic. It is also translating well to the High street. Wallis has led the way in eye-popping, colour clashing styles, in particular, the amazing pink and orange dress that has featured in a whole slew of fashion columns. Topshop also has brights, including a top resembling the colour clash of Hailee Steinfeld’s SAG striped dress.

 

Wallis

 

 

Topshop

 

 

Here are some more High Street colour clash designs. Team that Wallis Skirt with the amazing orange jacket for the classic Gucci look.

 

Wallis

Wallis skirt

 

 

Wallis

 

So, despite my grandad’s reservations, I would say blue and green should most definitely be seen, at least for this season!

New York Fashion Week – Wu, Wang and Prabal Gurung

New York fashion week is fully into its stride, and there have been some much-anticipated collections showcased so far. The front rows have been full of fashionistas and icons including Alexa Chung, Rose McGowan, Anna Wintour and teen blogger Tavi. Here I give you my opinions on three of the hottest designers of the moment – Jason Wu, Alexander Wang and Prabal Gurung.

Jason WU – Ready to wear Autumn/Winter 2011.

Jason Wu’s collection was a mixture of androgyny and high glamour. The collection was strong on monochrome black/whites and greys, but with elements of block primary colours thrown into the mix. There were looks back to the past, with references to Yves St Laurent ‘Le smoking’ in the strong tuxedo suits and cigarette pants, and to Maggie Gyllenhall in Secretary with bow necklines and prints. The white and black florals were an echo of Givenchy’s designs for Audrey Hepburn.

I loved the flashes of colour and the use of lace. It has been reported that 15 different types of lace were used in the collection. The stand out designs for me were the evening wear. I loved the black lace dress and the stunning red strapless column. I would absolutely love to see these on the X Factor next season, with Cheryl Cole rocking the black dress and Danni in the red.

So, was there a dress in the collection for Jason Wu’s most famous patron Michelle Obama? Absolutely. The Givenchy inspired black and white dress with the tulip skirt is just the shape the stylish first lady loves, and with the sleeveless look, it would be perfect to show of those perfectly toned arms!

 

Mannish tribute to Le Smoking

 

 

My pick for Michelle Obama

 

 

Would love to see Danni Minogue wearing this...

 

 

...and Cheryl Cole would look amazing in this!

 

Alexander Wang’s sporty chic.

Alexander Wang has christened his collection ‘ironic luxury’. Luxurious it may be, but the irony just doesn’t work for me. The collection wasn’t bright enough, it wasn’t luxe enough, and some parts of it bordered on…dare I say it…chavvy.

There was a slight grungy element to the collection, with oversized knits being teamed with slinky silks and satins. Oversized seemed to be a theme of the collection, with shirts being oversized too. There were black ski style anoraks trimmed with fur which for me, as a renowned anorak hater, were just plain chavvy. What saved the collection was the amazing copper shoes. These had a fold over detail on the back which gave the impression of a mini batman cape for the foot. I loved these, they were glamorous and fun. What I could do without were the furry earmuffs, and don’t get me started on the bumbags…

 

Prabal Gurung – One word, WOW!

This was a totally amazing collection from Prabal Gurung. There was a strong emphasis on glamour, but the ladder effect tights worn with hot pink shoes ensured that it was fun and memorable too.  Black and white made up a good part of the collection, but with hot pinks and red also added to the equation, often as a colour clashing duo.There were so many looks that could be lifted straight from the catwalk and worn by your favourite icon of style. There was a stunning 1950s style red dress that just evoked La Dolce Vita and would be amazing on Monica Belluci or Christina Hendricks. The 1970s style pink flared trousers and sheer red blouse would be amazing on Chloe Sevigny, whilst the bullfighter inspired outfit with red blouse and black cigarette pants would be striking on Rihanna.

There were references to pirates, Miss Haversham and even The Black Swan in one particularly showstopping black strapless gown. The models were not overstyled, looking beautiful with long flowing hair and smoky eyes. I loved every ensemble in this collection, and look forward to seeing it translated to the red carpet very soon.

 

Black Swan inspired?

 

 

La Dolce Vita - imagine Monica Belluci in this!

 

 

Miss Haversham anyone?

 

 

Pirate inspired?

 

 

Love this on Chloe Sevigny

What about this for Rihanna?

Great for Carey Mulligan