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What She Wore / TopShop x Beyoncé

Here’s Taylor Swift looking amazing in Mary Katrantzou. I love it when celebrities manage to pull off designer looks from the catwalk.

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The high street x big name crossover just got more interesting. H&M have Alexander Wang, TopShop had Ashish and now they will have Beyoncé. Quite
an interesting move that – using a celebrity rather than a fashion designer.

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I often wonder what these crossovers do to the bottom line of luxury brands – do they steal some customers or do they target an entirely different demographic? Do they tend to attract customers of diffusion brands such as McQ and See by Chloé rather than buyers of the main lines?

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Pricewise, they are a way to own a piece of Alexander Wang/Ashish/etc for a fraction of the price. Usually, the first step into luxury brands is through perfume or cosmetics. An actual purchase of clothing or accessories is a bigger and much more expensive step. Although high street x luxury brand crossovers are a great way to add ‘luxury’ to your wardrobe, do you feel they detract from the actual value of luxury brands themselves?

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H&M x Alexander Wang

Are people who usually purchase mainline brands such as Prada and Valentino taking advantage of the crossover lines at H&M and elsewhere, or are they avoiding them as cheaper, lesser versions of luxury clothing?

What do you think?

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What They Wore – Seriously Black 03

Here’s the last outfit post from Parascandalo Fashion‘s Seriously Black fashion show.

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wtw12Alexander, a designer for Gagliardi, wears a Topman shirt, Acne trousers and Valentino sneakers.

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And finally, here’s what I wore:

wtw09My top and tights are off-brand; my skirt was made for me by my Mum (thanks!); my sash is an Alexander McQueen scarf; my shoes are by Irregular Choice.

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What They Wore – Seriously Black 02

Here are some more outfits from Parascandalo Fashion‘s Seriously Black show.

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wtw06Imran from Farida Apparel, wearing a shirt by the label.

wtw07Carina from Models M wearing a customized t-shirt by Parascandalo Fashion.

wtw08Photographer Kris Micallef.

 

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Here are some outfits from Parascandalo Fashion‘s Seriously Black show.

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wtw02Here’s Caroline from Caroline’s Fashion Styling.

wtw03Daniel from The Devil Wears Pra-Duh.

wtw04Ellie from The Uniform.

Seriously Black – Parascandalo Marco

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On Friday I had the pleasure of viewing Marco Parascandalo’s ‘Seriously Black’ fashion show, his Pre-Fall/Christmas collection of mostly menswear pieces. It was all very well put together, and held in a beautiful location, Birgu’s Auberge de France.

The collection itself was great. Marco continued from his previous collection with punchy slogans – reusing the catchy and subversive ‘Skandlu’ that was printed on t-shirts in his last line. This time he included other Maltese sayings, including the above ‘Ommi Ma!’ and ‘X’gharukaza’, all of which are snappy and fun.

Keeping the colour palette to just black and white, and the focus mainly on the text and graphics, Marco produced an effective collection which had the crowd clapping furiously. I saw a bit of the darkness of Gareth Pugh and some of the Western slant of the recent clothes of Hedi Slimane for Saint Laurent.

Post-show, everyone indulged in some wine and chatter, and I also got to take some photos of people’s outfits, but that’s for another post. I also got to ask Marco some questions – those will be up soon! Here are the photos I took of the catwalk show.

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Shoes


I’ve always loved extreme shoes, and I think college graduate collections are a great way to find shoes that are really interesting. Here are a few, although I don’t always have the designer name, unfortunately. I’ve also included some personal favourites.

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Masaya Kushino

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Noritaka Tatehana

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Naima Morys

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by a Czech designer

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Alexander McQueen

Dragonflies

Did you know that they are rumoured to sew up the lips of naughty children as they sleep by night?

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Dragonfly1_resizePam & Gela (neimanmarcus.com); Manuel Bozzi earrings (luisaviaroma.com); Alexander McQueen; Salvatore Ferragamo tie (neimanmarcus.com); Versace Colletion (neimanmarcus.com)

Do you remember the cutest dragonfly of all? His name was Evinrude and he was in ‘The Rescuers’.

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Now you remember him :)

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Perhaps Jeremy Scott will include Evinrude in his next Moschino capsule collection! Don’t write off anything!

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Adidas x Jeremy Scott

Have you seen the new laser cut Adidas x Jeremy Scott winged shoes? I must admit, these winged shoes have been on my ‘to buy’ list for years but I never got around to getting them. Perhaps now I actually will – I’ll be able to show off some neon socks under these!

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Black is still cool

I think out of all the colours, black is the most worn but the least liked. It seems to be the go-to colour if you’re uninspired  or just don’t feel like making much of an effort. It’s comforting in a way, I suppose.

I’ve come to appreciate black though, because of my collection of over-the-top shoes. In most settings, I can only wear the stand-out shoes with a toned down outfit, and black fits the bill nicely. Black is also a nice sort of blank canvas for powerful hats, jewellery and belts, if the situation (such as work) means that you can’t go all out on the ‘personal styling eccentricity’.

However, black can be made so interesting by using texture, volume, shape, proportion and so many other methods, like this collection of pictures shows. I hope you find them inspiring.

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Adam Lippes

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ADEAM

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Alexander Wang

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Akris

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Antonio Berardi

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Hugo Boss

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Christopher Kane

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Barbara Bui

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Ballerinas

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Paintings by Edgar Degas

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Photography by National Geographic

Berlin by National Geographic

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