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Fall Winter 08/09 Look Trends You Got To Know.

Simply Red

Designers are seeing red with voluminous silhouettes. From chiffon to fur to feathers and any material imaginable, with so much red going on, I would think this is an ode to the now-retired Valentino whose signature color is passionate red.

Marchesa Fall Winter 08/09

Marchesa Fall Winter 08/09

Giambattista Valli Fall Winter 08/09

Giambattista Valli Fall Winter 08/09

Alexander McQueen Fall Winter 08/09

Alexander McQueen Fall Winter 08/09

Structure Sculpture

One thing great about Fall Winter is that it allows you to don awesome coats that give you a whole new different silhouette and show off your favourite designers’ creativity. Theatrical duo Viktor & Rolf makes their statements of the industry in 3-D words. Now if you’re going to wear that coat, be sure not to walk through any narrow doorways because you’re bound to hold up the line.

Viktor & Rolf Fall Winter 08/09

Viktor & Rolf Fall Winter 08/09

Of course when we talk about structural, we must never forget Jil Sander. A complete 180 from Spring Summer ’08, everything is all hard and grey. And these coats are my absolute favourites because they are so sleek and seem almost perfect. Raf Simons never lets me down with his simplistic minimalist ideas.

Jil Sander Spring Summer '08

Jil Sander Spring Summer 08

Jil Sander Fall Winter 08/09

Jil Sander Fall Winter 08/09

Gothic Romance

A goth girl falling in love is one of the stories weaved for this season. Black, black and black, it’s met with the romanticism of lace. Ricardo Tisci for Givenchy is oh-so romantic with his ruffled shirts and black leather.

Givenchy Fall Winter 08/09

Givenchy Fall Winter 08/09

Stefano Pilati for Yves Saint Laurent completed the look with Dr Martens-esque boots with to-die-for spiked heels ( well, either you die standing in them for hours or someone dies when you accidentally step on them because these heels are insanely sleek and sharp).

Yves Saint Laurent Fall Winter 08/09

Yves Saint Laurent Fall Winter 08/09

Yves Saint Laurent FW08/09 Shoes

Yves Saint Laurent FW08/09 Shoes

Rodarte is a favourite with their knitted tops and leggings that very much resembles spider webs. Of course the shoes are killer heels made by Christian Louboutin and I do mean KILLER with metal studs sticking out like claws. With these shoes, you’re sure to be murder on the dancefloor.

Rodarte Fall Winter 08/09

Rodarte Fall Winter 08/09

Rodarte FW08/09 Shoes

Rodarte FW08/09 Shoes

– Joyce Lui

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Fall Winter 08/09 Fabric Trends You Need To Know.

Plaids

Whip out your plaid shirts from your Nirvana-loving days because tis’ the season of grunge. Plaid ( or tartan, whichever side of the Channel you’re from) have been rocked on the runways of Dolce & Gabbana, paired with jeans and a David Bowie tee, and on big shirt-dresses in Preen.

Dolce & Gabbana Fall Winter 08/09

Dolce & Gabbana Fall Winter 08/09

Preen Fall Winter 08/09

Preen Fall Winter 08/09

But of course plaid doesn’t just belong to a genre of music, in fact there are over 300 different kinds of plaids in the world; there’s the Scottish one as seen on House of Holland and the Punk one that is so fierce on Balmain.

House of Holland Fall Winter 08/09

House of Holland Fall Winter 08/09

Balmain Fall Winter 08/09

Balmain Fall Winter 08/09

As a fan of grunge, this trend is oh-so-suitable for me and yes, I have a drawer of plaid shirts so I’ll definitely be donning some form of plaid everyday.

Lace

The material that is considered ‘the old ladies’ favourite’ or ‘a racy lingerie type’, lace is is gaining a prominent presence on the runway. Given a slight modern revamp by Proenza Schouler and Prada, and a super sexy look at Givenchy and Dsquared, lace fits the bill of the transparency trend.

Proenza Schouler Fall Winter 08/09

Proenza Schouler Fall Winter 08/09

Prada Fall Winter 08/09

Prada Fall Winter 08/09

Givenchy Fall Winter 08/09

Givenchy Fall Winter 08/09

Dsquared Fall Winter 08/09

Dsquared Fall Winter 08/09

Though lace is a far too ‘mature’ material for most, I have to say the more I look at Prada’s interpretation of lace, the more I like how it is paired with the fake collars, fitted shirts and cute bibs; but I still won’t want to wear it. However Givenchy’s gothic lace has this special allure that sucks you in like a vampire’s charm, which is just so romantic.

– Joyce Lui

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Alexander Makes Me Cry.

Inspired by a dream about a princess living in a 600 year old elm tree then creating a story about her meeting her love and becoming a queen? Fashion doesn’t get any more fantastical than this.

This collection was a complete tear away from the Spring Summer 08 collection which was inspired by the late Isabella Blow and it just shows how diverse and unpredictable McQueen can be. He is a man after my own heart and it looks like he’s not going to stop anytime soon.

Alexander McQueen Spring Summer 08 collection inspired by Isabella Blow

Alexander McQueen Spring Summer 08 collection inspired by Isabella Blow

Alexander McQueen Fall Winter 08/09 collection inspired by a dream

Alexander McQueen Fall Winter 08/09 collection inspired by a dream

What Alexander McQueen sent down his Parisian runway ( or should I say a stroll around an elm tree that was a replica of his in his backyard) for Fall Winter 08/09 was beautiful clothes fit for a queen.

Alexander McQueen Fall Winter 08/09

Alexander McQueen Fall Winter 08/09

The models walked out with such an air of royalty and haughtiness that you’re expecting a command from them to go scrub the kitchen floor or something. The clothes are done in true McQueen fashion; sharp tailoring and intricate details with an abundance of luxurious fabrics and completed with exquisite jewels for crowns. All that exuberant luxury makes you stop and wonder if this is pret-a-porter or haute couture.

Alexander McQueen Fall Winter 08/09

Alexander McQueen Fall Winter 08/09

Alexander McQueen Fall Winter 08/09

Alexander McQueen Fall Winter 08/09

By the time the final dress came out in all its blood red silk glory, I had tears in my eyes, as cliched as it may sound it is the only way to describe how I feel ( well, it’s either this or ‘THIS IS SO ORGASMIC! AAHH!’).

Alexander McQueen Fall Winter 08/09 final outfit

Alexander McQueen Fall Winter 08/09 Final Outfit

When we get annoyed and lost in the mad flurry that is Fashion Week, sometimes all it takes is a beautiful collection to remind us of the reasons why we go through all this. And Alexander McQueen gave us just that.

Here’s the beauty in all its moving glory. An orchestra version of Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit? Alexander can do no wrong in my book.

– Joyce Lui

Image Credits: style.com

From McQueen, With Love.

Little Sweets From The Great Collection.

– The tree was made of real oak branches with a metal trunk and wrapped in organza with light bulbs that changed with the mood as the collection unfolded. Now that’s a tree I want in my backyard.

The 'Elm' Tree

The 'Elm' Tree

– Alexander McQueen was also inspired by his recent trip to India which is also apparent in his designs.

A Sari-like Dress From The Collection

A Sari-like Dress From The Collection

– The lace used in the collection was produced by the French lace manufacturer, Solstiss.

– The kissing peacock motif is hand-drawn and cost around 10,000 euros. It’s also exclusive for a year and a half meaning no one else can request for it to be on their designs. That’s value for your money, I say.

The Kissing Peacock Dress

The Kissing Peacock Dress

– Joyce Lui

Images Credits: style.com

Harajuku Lovers, H&M Lovers, Unite.

Rejoice, all who loves to shop in the Japanese shopping haven that is Harajuku, because Swedish fast-fashion retail giant H&M (Hennes & Mauritz) is going to open its first Japanese store in the heart of it all. Along with an exclusive designer collection to boot. But hold your cosplay-clad horses, because the 16,200 square feet building is still in the works and is only set to open in November 2008.

The soon-to-be completed Harajuku H&M building

The soon-to-be completed Harajuku H&M building

While H&M slowly torments us with the anticipation of waiting for it to open in the ultra-trendy area, the aforementioned designer collection which H&M promises is the carrot at the end of the stick. With impressive collaborations with designers like Stella McCartney to Roberto Cavalli to Karl Lagerfeld which were all crazy-crowd-snatching sellouts, mind you. Hence I’m sure the next designer collaboration will definitely not be a disappointment.

What better way to celebrate the opening of a shop in Japan than to have avant-garde Japanese designer Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garcons, do the honours with a collection? Comme des Garcons’ clothes may not be very mainstream but hey, I think if you’re already shopping in Harajuku, these clothes are surely quite normal to you.

With a range for you, me, him and her, there’s bound to be something for everyone. For those who can’t survive on just bread and water for the next two months, there are also not-so-guilty splurges like accessories and even a new fragrance. I know I’ll definitely get an accessory.

Comme des Garcons for H&M Womenswear

Comme des Garcons for H&M Womenswear

Comme des Garcons for H&M Menswear

Comme des Garcons for H&M Menswear

With such an awesome one-time collaboration with Comme des Garcons, I’m positive avant-garde fashion lovers will definitely be queuing up along the streets of Harajuku for the opening of the new H&M store, by hook or by polka-dotted crook. Don’t be surprised to see Gwen Stefani in the queue with you for I’m sure she wants in onto the exclusive H&M collection too.

– Joyce Lui

Credits: MyFashionLife , FashionMission

NewGen = New Designers = New Clothes

Thank God for NewGen because it introduces to the world new designers and that means more clothes for all of us. Already into its fourteenth season, the NewGen scheme is sponsored by Topshop and let’s just say NewGen is to London like CFDA is to New York.

Here’s what NewGen does exactly: NewGen sponsors 20 winners for up to three years to show on the catwalk or in an exhibition.They also get financial support to develop their businesses into well-known brands. This is definitely going to give the young designers international recognition.

From Alexander McQueen to Matthew Williamson to Giles to Jonathan Saunders, these now famous designers had been beneficiaries of NewGen, hence I’m sure any young designer that emerges from their list would definitely rock the fashion world.

Alexander McQueen Spring Summer 08

Alexander McQueen Spring Summer 08

Matthew Williamson Spring Summer 08

Matthew Williamson Spring Summer 08

Giles Spring Summer 08

Giles Spring Summer 08

Jonathan Saunders Spring Summer 08

Jonathan Saunders Spring Summer 08

Here are my picks of the recent NewGen winners whom I think will rock everybody’s world and you should look out for in the upcoming season.

Henry Holland (House of Holland)

A London College of Printing graduate, Henry Holland, along with best friend and model Agyness Deyn, kept everyone including me, musing about their witty and cheeky slogan tees for months on end. Both him and his tees are fixatives in the London party scene, and I think they’re just perfect for a night out of partying.

Henry Holland with his models in his signature tees

Henry Holland with his models in his signature tees

However do not expect these slogan tees to be around forever. A designer needs to always reinvent himself and believe me when I say Henry Holland can reinvent your pants off. Every season matures as more fabrics are being used and you finally see his aesthetics in printing.

Agyness Deyn in House of Holland Fall Winter 08/09

Agyness Deyn in House of Holland Fall Winter 08/09

House of Holland Fall Winter 08/09

House of Holland Fall Winter 08/09

House of Holland Fall Winter 08/09

House of Holland Fall Winter 08/09

Danielle Scutt

Handpicked by Phoebe Philo for Chloe’s Best Designer award and also the winner of Lancome’s Modern Femininity award; you know this Central Saint Martins graduate is full of potential and is bound to take the fashion world by storm.

Danielle Scutt

Danielle Scutt

Her clothes are statement making pieces inspired by the power woman confident of her sexuality. Filled with eye-catching prints with matching shoes and hosiery, I’m sure the Scutt woman will stop time whenever she enters a room.

Danielle Scutt Spring Summer 2008

Danielle Scutt Spring Summer 08

Danielle Scutt Spring Summer 08

Danielle Scutt Spring Summer 08

Danielle Scutt Spring Summer 08

Danielle Scutt Spring Summer 08

I can hardly wait to see what the new designers will churn out in the upcoming season after seeing such awesome and impressive works of art. Oh how I wish London Fashion Week would arrive sooner!

– Joyce Lui

Image Credits: style.com