The Fashions: Part One

Herewith, a hotch potch of images from LFW, NYFW AND half of MFW (oh the joy of fashcronyms) featuring my favourite catwalk highlights for SS14. You'll soon realise, as you scan the looks, that I have a divergent sense of style: on the one hand, I absolutely love a plain, nineties-style white slip dress (I have five) and I'm never one for over-accessorising; on the other hand, I'm a sucker for a pretty dress. Equally whilst I adore print, I also enjoy the total absence of it.

Luckily for me, SS14 seems to appeal to these contrasting attitudes in spades (and tons and tons of pink - but that's another story for another day). Over at the likes of Whistles and Thakoon I can get my nineties minimalist-yet-sexy fit, whilst if we scoot along to Alberta Ferretti and Marchesa, there are the whimsical and beautiful frocks for me to coo over. Voluminous trapeze shapes seem to be huge for SS14, but I've never been a fan of these - I think they only really suit incredibly narrow women - so you won't see any of those shapes in my selection. I'll be posting some more highlights whilst MFW and PFW are over.

Alberta Ferretti SS14
I adore all things gypsy: muslin fabrics; hoop earrings; ruffles; embroidery; crop tops with long skirts. Ferretti's collection might just be my favourite of SS14 I've seen so far, as she's combined things of Romani heritage with a couturier's sense of detailing, in the embroidery on the whimsical mousseline. It was an intensely feminine collection and whilst there were eminently more wearable looks in the collection than these two I have selected, these are ones that made my heart long to be Bianca Brandolini D'Adda sunning myself on the Amalfi.
Holly Fulton SS14

Who knew I was such a Holly Fulton fan? By golly, if I didn't gasp with pure joy (though I wasn't mad about the hair and make-up ) when these three looks sauntered down the runway, accompanied by folksy Swedish Hasbeens. The standout look has got to be the embossed cork strapless mini (which felt wonderfully sixties despite the louche-meets-disco seventies vibe of the overall collection) but I'm also firmly welded to the other two: I adore cut-out and backless sundresses (less 'little girl' and a little more directional) and I'm a big fan of tonal blocking, so this pink and red three-piece pyjama set slightly rocks my world.
Marchesa SS14

I'm a die-hard Marchesa fan; if I ever won the lottery (and got married) I would have my wedding dress made by them. Their attention to detail is both sublime and unapologetically feminine. The bias-cut pale blue lace of the first look is somehow both innocent and knowing, whilst the second slightly grunge-goth look, with it's delicately rendered floral embroidery, is a more unususual direction for Marchesa and one wholly welcomed by me.
Alexander Wang SS14

Let's be honest, I'm hardly coming outta left field with this one. Who didn't fall for Wang's easy breezy sexy take on pyjama wear, with the reverse button-down and orthapedic clodhoppers? It helps that the standout look is worn by one of my favourite models right now, Behati Prinsloo, who encapsulates that effortlessly undone vibe in her personal style of dressing, too. I wasn't enamoured with his logo pieces, but I really like the simplicity of this black and white strappy shift.
Thakoon SS14

Whoopee, lingerie-style lace is sticking around for SS14, then. I adore this black jumpsuit with a lace panel and the second look reminds me of when I used to loop the end of my t-shirt down inside and tie it with a knot. I love a barely-there knotted crop top for the summer and this one is perfectly balanced by the midi skirt. The third one is just a super-sexy cocktail dress with a disarming hem that makes me love it all the more. Interestingly, the more I look at this collection, the more I go from hating the long-strapped pearl mini crossbodies to thinking that they are actually rather awesome -- particularly the way that they are also styled into chokers which are almost garrotting the models around the neck. 
Whistles SS14

Well strike me down and call me Bernard; the more I look at this collection, the more it becomes one of my absolute favourites. Which begs the question, really: can we really get away with still referring to Whistles as a 'high street store'? (The fact that a piece of their knitwear this season is priced at £350, would suggest not -- but again, that's another story for another day.) This season they had their very first catwalk show and produced the kind of looks which could quite rightfully be attributed to Wang, or Lam. I'm a big fan of a total white-out and the polo-neck, button down jacket combo is fabulously eighties. Meanwhile, halternecks - utterly plain, absent of necklaces - are another weakness of mine. With prices just about justifiable to my wallet, I might just have a chance of snapping this one up.

Suno SS14 
Whilst Suno's collection as a whole didn't ding my dong, I am near obsessed with this orange dress. I adore orange and it's so hard to find a decent orange dress. With diagonal poppers, an almost origami-style silhouette and none natty little side cut-out, this dress is both incredibly original and one seriously funky show-stopper.

 Ph. by Style.com

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