Category: Catwalk Fashion

The crochet comeback

I know winter seems a long way off with our (crap, rainy) summer only just beginning.  However I’m already starting to get excited about winter fashion trends to come in 2011.

Both Christopher Kane and Henry Holland showcased a lot of crochet in their Autumn/Winter collections and to be honest, after seeing them I think I might get the old needles out myself.

HOUSE OF HOLLAND A/W 2011

I love these designs, the colours are very eccentric but I think we need a bit of fun in the wintertime to cheer us all up!  I’m so bored of the same old browns and blacks for A/W collections.

Apparently Holland found it really hard to actually source someone who could make his crochet designs as it’s such a dying art.  I want to start getting more crafty with making things and learn how to knit/sew/crochet.  Check out this blog – Attic24 for some cute inspiration.

Christopher Kane A/W 2011

Christopher Kane showcased a less extravagant, more sophisticated take on crochet.  I love the way he has printed crochet imagery onto the leather jacket and the little gel pouches on the dress (remember having pencil cases like that in primary school and thinking you were class?).

During my crochet research I also noticed that http://www.ETSY.com sells some crochet patterns from the 70’s:

aren’t they gorge!

Funny enough, I’m pretty de-sensitized to crocheted things lying about the house as we have a family friend who knits us all enormous blankets every now and then. (my blanket shown below).

My little sister modelling her blanket.

and l’il bro modelling his (he’s a bit camera shy sometimes)

All of a sudden I’m starting to look at these blankets in a different light.  They aren’t just things that I throw over my bed to hide all the mess anymore, they’re actually stylish thanks to Henry Holland and Christopher Kane.

So chums, I hope I’ve inspired you to break out the needles and give your grannies a ring as I think this is going to be one of the biggest trends next season.  Failing that, I’ll obviously keep an eye out for crochet items popping up on the high street.  I’ve already snapped up this beaut top from TOPSHOP:

There are matching shorts too but I’m determined to try to make my own!

Nuala xo

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Time to put on some shades!

At last, the sun is (sometimes) shining and it’s finally acceptable to wear a pair of sunglasses.  There are so many great trends this season, your peepers are spoilt for choice!

This summer designers took inspiration from retro shapes such as the ‘cats eye’ and 60’s style round framed glasses :

My favourite Designer sunglasses this season:

Bug Eyed – Jil Sander.

Jelly brights – Marc Jacobs

Cartoon-y swirls – PRADA

These designers have paved the way for the high street styles this season.  Look out tomorrow for my picks of trend #1 – BRIGHT sunglasses!  Hope you liked this and as always if you have any suggestions contact me on the facebook page or email me at thebelfashblog@gmail.com.

Nuala xo


PRINT pick ‘n’ mix.

Prints are still going strong but after the animal print take-over last year, we’re ready for a change.

 Diane Von Furtsenburg, New York Spring fashion week 2011.  Image from http://www.harpersbazaar.com.

Diane Von Furtsenburg mixed up stylised spot prints on a sexy silhouette – this is a very wearable outfit as the print doesn’t swamp the model’s body.  The balance between flesh and print is just right and the belted waist pulls the whole look together.

Givenchy Spring 2011.  Image from ELLE.com

Givenchy’s look harder to pull off but the black and white graphic-y tribal print would look great in a different shape.

L.A.M.B.  Spring 2011.  Image from http://www.harpersbazaar.com

Gwen Stefani’s label L.A.M.B. featured bright, crisscrossing primary colours against tartan and white.  I love the way the primary colours are slightly off – the red is more of a burgundy, the yellow is a  mustard shade and the blue is a bright cobalt.  Stefani looks great! Love her hair and red lippy.

I hope everyone had a nice Easter! Although I still haven’t been able to celebrate it yet 😛 (read previous post.)  Watch out tomorrow for some prints on the high street.  Any ideas or suggestions? let me know!

Nuala xo

Tutti-Frutti prints for summertime.

This season, Carmen Miranda inspired prints exploded on to the Catwalk (don’t know who Carmen Miranda is? I didn’t either until I typed her name into google images http://tinyurl.com/43f5nt3‘ohhh yeaaah that fruit-head lady!’)

Banana print was featured in PRADA’s 2011 spring/summer show (if you can’t tell already, I love PRADA.)

I came across a fashion illustration blog called www.gattobravo-miao.com,  it’s so cute check it out.  Here’s their interpretation of PRADA’s fruit prints:

I want to start illustrating my favorite catwalk shows – it looks like so much fun!

Stella McCartney’s Spring/Summer collection featured zesty citrus fruits.

 Fruit print is now on the high-street (: – here’s a few I like.

Banana print T-shirt, £18.00 from ASOS.com and lemon print prom dress, £29.99 from NEW LOOK.

Banana print shorts, £12.00 from TOPSHOP.

 

Lemon ‘fruit post’ earrings (they also come in apple and strawberry!), £6.50, URBAN OUTFITTERS.  Banana earrings, £6.00, TOPSHOP.

Hope you liked these tutti-frutti treats.  Watch out for my next post!

 Nuala xo

STRIPES – The Inspiration.

Stripes were all over the catwalk this season – but not just your plain old breton stripe.  This spring the classic pattern has got a re-vamp, and I love it!

Inspiration #1 PRADA

Inspiration #2 JIL SANDER

Inspiration #3  MOSCHINO

Inspiration # 4 SONIA RYKIEL

OHHH I’m drooling.  Look out tomorrow for my favourite stripes on the highstreet this season!  Hope you like my inspiration (:!

Nuala xo

Images sourced from http://www.elle.com