Posts Tagged ‘Yves Saint Laurent’

An education

BBC The Look Episode 1/6 Runway

BBC The Look – Material World

BBC The Look – Episode 3/6 Power of the Press

BBC The Look – Episode 4/6 – Uniform and Function

BBC The Look – Scenting the Money

BBC The look episode 6/6 Yves Saint Laurent

I’m currently enjoying an education in the the pre-digital fashion industry with this BBC4 series The Look. It feels like a whole other world, never mind another era.

Thanks to Michelle Bobb-Parris for leading me down the rabbit hole by posting episode 1 and a big thanks to Pssst for posting them to Vimeo in the first place.

That 70’s Show: SS11 Trend Report

Don’t you just love it when the fashion planets align and your personal style inspiration becomes the must-have look?  Well, SS11 is my season: a 1970’s revival in all its glory.

Getting Shirty
There’s nothing more au courant than a shirt.  At Proenza Schoulder oversized blouses paired with low-slung flares injected a heady rock vibe.  Meanwhile the Mulleavy sisters, aka Rodarte presented a thoroughly modern incarnation of both the 70’s and the shirt.  Cropped, cut-out and high-necked.  Take note.

Colour Pop

Delicious colour blocking and psychedelic clashing certainly pack a punch after AW10’s austere minimalism.  Violet and orange, fuchsia and lobster – it’s a veritable fashion feast.  Flying the flag for colour was Jil Sander but this trend is everywhere.  Quite possibly the juiciest trend of the season.


The Long and Short of It

What could be more summery than a diaphanous ankle-skimming dress?  Be it boho (epitomized by Girl of the Moment Freja’s opening look for Emilio Pucci) or elegant à la Lanvin, the maxi is here to stay.

Les Fleurs du mal
Ok, flower power isn’t new for Spring, but this season it’s got an edge.  Less girly, more womanly, floral is championed by the likes of bouquet master Erdem, London designer Charles Anastase and my personal fave Dries Van Noten, whose painterly fleurs fade into a chalky slither of white fabric.


White Out
Talking of which, a white out was seen on every catwalk from Alexander Wang in NYC to Charles Anastase in London to Dolce and Gabbana in Milan.  Crisp and cool, head-to-toe white is a surefire summer hit.

Studio 54
The spirit of Yves Saint Laurent lives on!  (Perhaps the rumours are true and his retrospective at Paris’s Petit Palais did inspire a whole host of designers this season…)  Channel your inner Bianca Jagger in daringly wide-legged trousers, white blazers and Gucci’s lamé separates.  It’s Saturday Night Fever for 2011.