A little bit of imagination…

Posted in Fashion by Nneoma Ulu on June 8, 2010

For a second, imagine you were rich. Really rich, so rich you didn’t have to work. (Stick with it… I know youre probably at your desk now, wishing you didn’t have to be). Now think what you’d be doing in the summertime. Travelling of course! There would probably be a yacht involved, late night parties with your celebrity friends, plus the obligatory sand and sea… in fact you’d probably cruise all around the Mediterranean party islands P.Diddy style.

Now I know what you’re thinking… what would I wear? Well, no need to worry, those designers have got you all covered. You’d be wearing Cruise 2010 silly! For those of you whose reality does not include yachting and partying around the Mediterranean, Cruise (or Resort as our friends over the pond like to call it) is what comes in between the Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter collections. Traditionally, it was meant for the more wealthy customer who needed a wardrobe suitable for vacationing around the world. These days, designers are taking Cruise much more seriously these days as they get that the real fashionistas use these pieces to transition from Summer to Autumn whilst still being bang on trend. Enter Erin Fetherston Cruise 2010.

Erin’s Cruise collection reads like the perfect capsule summer wardrobe. Subtle nudes, shocking reds and a mix of girly dresses and structured tailoring that might make you consider taking a cruise around the Mediterranean to justify purchasing.

Cruise is no less expensive than main lines from designers but if you’re looking to pick up something special, the collections are well worth a look.

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Thoughts on Gucci Couture

Posted in Celebrity Style, Fashion by Nneoma Ulu on May 15, 2010

Haute couture is for the fashion big boys. Not anyone can just decide they want to get involved in this high fashion game. In fact, haute couture is a protected name that can be used only by firms meeting certain well-defined standards set by the Chambre de commerce et d’industrie de Paris. That hasn’t stopped Gucci though. Earlier this year, there were rumours doing the rounds that Gucci were planning their debut couture collection. This week, Gucci Premiere, was unveiled on the opening night of the Cannes film festival by Salma Hayek.

The line was launched in response to the strong demand for one-of-a-kind designs for the red carpet. Gucci does not have plans of showing the creations on the catwalk, Frida Giannini describes the collection as “more [of] an intimate approach between the house of Gucci and the stars and the celebrities.”

Gucci used the World Restoration Premiere of Il Gattopardo to showcase even more Gucci Premiere. Originally premiered in Cannes in 1963, the film “Il Gattopardo” starring Alain Delon and Claudia Cardinale received critical acclaim and won the festival’s top honor, the Palme d’Or. With Gucci’s support, the film has undergone an extensive 4K digital restoration at Sony’s Colorworks Digital Facility.

This time Kate Beckinsale joined Salma Hayek in Gucci Premiere.

Kate Beckinsale can do no wrong and she really shines in this dress. Not sure that I love it but it works on her for the red carpet.

This dress is stunning and is much better than the dress worn on the opening night. I’m not bowled over by Gucci Premiere but I am definitely looking forward to what more it as to offer. Frida Giannini understands the business of fashion and that often translates in the collections so I’m sure she is using Cannes to whet our appetites and the best is yet to come…

Getting ready for New York

Posted in Fashion, New York Fashion Week by Nneoma Ulu on February 8, 2010

New York Fashion Week is almost upon us and Channel 4 did their part last night to get us in the mood showing The Devil Wears Prada and The September Issue back to back. The perfect fashion movie night. Just in case you were in doubt about who Meryl Streep’s character in The Devil wears Prada was based on… here is a clue.

via Grazia

Mark Thursday 11th Feb in your diary kids, it’s when New York Fashion Week fun and frolics begin. Here are some American-themed things to get you in the mood…

Alexander Wang’s first ad campaign launched last week but don’t expect to see it on the pages of any magazines. The posters featuring Hannah Holman photographed by Daniel Jackson and celebrating Wang’s Spring 2010 T collection will be plastered all over downtown Manhattan. Shame I’ll be stuck here.

Here is a candid from Lady Gaga’s new video for her single, Telephone, featuring Beyonce. After Lady Gaga’s amazing perfomance at the Grammys with Elton John, I have a new found love for her. The video is sure to have some awesome fashion in it (as long as Beyonce’s mum wasn’t working on them the night before). From this pic, it looks like we’re in for a treat… and the song isn’t half bad!

Not really appropriate during fashion week as carbs aren’t really the done thing but my favourite nonetheless. Red velvet cupcakes…. yummy!

This week: The good and the bad

Posted in Fashion, News by Nneoma Ulu on February 7, 2010

The Good: London Fashion Week goes digital
Everyone knows that the online world is having a fashion moment. Bloggers on the front rows, live tweeting from the shows and now a dedicated digital schedule for London Fashion Week. This week, the British Fashion Council announced that this month shows will be streamed live online allowing anyone, anywhere in the world to have access to the shows. In addition to the shows, there will also be a selection of digitally presented fashion films created by some of London’s most innovative designers. No need to worry about getting an invite. No need to worry about what you’ll wear. No need to worry about whether you made front row. It’s great that the Brits are leading the way. A few designers – Burberry, Louis Vuitton, Alexander McQueen – streamed their shows into people’s living rooms last season and I think this move by LFW will mean the other fashion weeks will follow suit. Times are changing in the wonderful world of fashion. The exclusivity seems to be evaporating…

The digital schedule will go live here on 19th February, at the start of London Fashion Week. Let’s hope their servers can handle it!

The Bad: The rising cost of Vogue
Has anyone else noticed that the cost of Vogue magazine has risen to £4?! I know we’re supposed to be on our way out of the recession but blimey, that’s a whole 40p increase from the previous £3.60 cover price! Thing is, for me, gone are the days that Vogue is worth going hungry for a la Carrie from Sex and the City. I’d much rather go hungry for my copy of Elle every month, which in my opinion, is a much better read than Vogue. The only comforting thought is that the latest issue is a tome, no joke. It’s not even suitable for carrying around in your handbag – you’ll probably do your shoulder or wrist in!

There is no denying that there is not a lot more satisfying than turning the crisp pages of a magazine, ogling over the editorials and coveting the clothes that fill the pages… but at what cost? With online magazines popping up everywhere and blogs satisfying our never ending need for fashion, has the traditional print magazine had its day?

24:7 Champagne and Choos

Posted in Event, Fashion by Nneoma Ulu on February 6, 2010

Last week, I was treated to canapés, champagne and a manicure courtesy of Jimmy Choo at  the launch of their 24:7 collection at The Connaught Hotel in Mayfair. The idea behind the 24:7 collection is simple – provide customers with a collection of their bestsellers ranging from everyday flats to party stilettos, shoes for any occasion that will never sell out. The customer knows best and Jimmy Choo have done well to recognise this.

Despite fears of a collaboration with Ugg and the H&M collection that I wasn’t too fond of, I have to admit that when Jimmy Choo do what they know best… luxury –  it really works. This is a great idea and I have my eye on a few styles. The ‘Private’ style (below) is one of my favourites.

Jimmy Choo’s Spring/Summer 2010 collection was also on display. This was my favourite. The perspex and wooden heel make me want to start a Jimmy Choo savings fund. Donations welcome!

The evening itself was a proper girly affair with Bobbi Brown make up artists on hand to brighten up your look and hairdressers ready to give ladies the perfect blow dry.

I stuck to getting my nails done in the perfect nude colour that has got me loads of compliments this week. I also met a lovely lady called Elika Gibbs who runs Practical Princess, a company bringing luxurious wardrobe organisation to women everywhere, including these ingenious drawer dividers – perfect for that unruly knickers drawer.

Copenhagen Crush: Won Hundred

Posted in Fashion by Nneoma Ulu on February 3, 2010

Apparently, more and more people are delaying starting the new year with resolutions in January in favour of February being the perfect time to be and do better. I’ve tried not to make resolutions this year, but there are definitely things I’d like to do more of – the usual yoga, visiting friends and travelling; and things I’d like to do less of – mainly eating and drinking! So in keeping with the whole new year, better me – I booked a flight to Copenhagen to visit one of my really good friends. It’ll be my first time and I’m looking forward to falling in love with the city.

I check out the Copenhagen Street Style blog pretty regularly so I know they have great street style. For example….

I love those Acne boots!

Even more exciting is getting to go to the Won Hundred store. I stumbled across Won Hundred during one of my usual internet shopping sprees on Urban Outfitters. They have great dresses and really good shoes!

Here are some images from their Spring/Summer 2010 lookbook:

Hopefully I won’t spend my entire pay cheque in one weekend when I’m in Copenhagen!

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