Winter inspiration from Miu Miu

 

Normally by this point in the year, and infact much earlier, I have written umpteen enthusiastic reports about Autumn/Winter collections but this year I just felt a little bored – that is until I explored the Miu Miu collection.  Throughout the summer I have ummed and aahhed about the whole theme of clashing patterns and colours; colours yes but patterns no.  I just never really felt comfortable.  But then Miu Miu bring out a spots and stripes combination and I am blown away. Stripes attract me and I just adored D&G summer collection.  This beautiful collection is like the icing on the cake – a touch of Edwardian romance with a rebellious streak!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I think this look is so simple and easy to create.

 

 

 

 

The big selling point for me is that all attention is either down on the feet or up around the face( the spotted neckties are very engaging).I think the ideas from Miu Miu are instantly wearable especially if you are feeling just a little bored and just a tad cheeky.

Animal prints revisited

After writing the last post my search for animal prints has become almost obsessional!

How about this occasion dress from Hobbs? – reminds me of fish scales a little; rather like the Spanish synchronised swimming outfits….

Hobbs aphrodite dress £399.00

Female strength and sophistication

 

 

As I browse for the millionth time through the display of Autumn/Winter fashions to come I can be drawn to the creativity of Alexander McQueen, Louis Vuitton and Jean Paul Gaultier.  I love the huge hats and huge buttons of Louis Vuitton and the effortless snow feathers of Alexander McQueen.  I can enter into Narnia with A.McQueen’s ‘snow boots’.  But ultimately I am drawn back to this strong undercurrent of female independence and sophistication; a strength in simple lines and strong fabrics.  Masha Ma leads this theme I think.      Catwalk lines breathe ‘powerful woman’ with a touch of vunerability when the colour theme is changed to white.  It is the interplay between light and dark, tough and tender which seems to repeat time and time again throughout each designer this season.

Alexander Wang gives us a look of strength and independence and Dior continues albeit with a more gentle vision.  These jackets still give off a feel of princess/warrior combination.  Calvin Klein has severe but oh so sophisticated leather clad ‘warriors’ whilst Yves Saint Laurent has taken the simple lines of female strength and given us a very sophisticated look.