elie saab | spring 2016 couture

“Enter India” was the title of Elie Saab’s haute couture show. His muse for this collection was a turn-of-the-century Englishwoman on a trip to the subcontinent.  India provided the background and inspiration for Elie’s blend of formalism and ease, opulence and elementary lines.

In some respects, it was very Elie Saab, layers of luscious lace embellished with beads and embroidery. The type of dresses you can see being worn to the Oscars. But, amongst the familiar, there were some new silhouettes and shapes, shorter hems, plunging necklines and even trouser jumpsuits (yes we are still talking about Elie Saab).

A number of looks exuded a more youthful vibe. None more so, than the lace up combat boots, mini backpacks and belt bags that accessorized some of the dresses.  The more subtle differences included dresses that were more along the ankle hems, paired with sandals, which made the look fresh and young.

A collection that will keep the existing clientele very happy, and more than likely, win Elie Saab a whole new generation of younger fans.

Our favourite Elie Saab looks below.
What were your favourite looks?

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pics from vogue.com

chanel | spring 2016 couture

Chanel never disappoints (understatement of the year, so far!)

Every time I think, wow how are they going to top this show, they somehow manage to. Not only do they get more creative, they also manage to surprise and delight everyone.

The Chanel Haute Couture show at the Grand Palais in Paris yesterday featured a very Japanese zen-like doll house. The structure remained closed during the show and opened at the end to reveal the models and Karl Lagerfeld himself. C’est magnifique!

 

 

 

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Couture is reserved for an exclusive coterie of ladies around the world. The clientele are not usually well known celebrities, rather they are the wealthy madames and seasoned aristocrats, whose names and privacy are fiercely guarded by the fashion houses.

In a world that is increasingly digital, manufactured and accessible (and let’s be honest, replicated) – haute couture  is as old fashioned as you can get – each garment is a jewel – bespoke, handmade and unique.

In a fast paced world (that seems to be getting faster), couture is deliberately slow. It is not designed for the masses. You cannot have it right away.  You cannot view the garments in shops, but in ateliers where the client receives meticulous attention and service you can only dream of.

In a world that promotes openness and transparency, haute couture is (and will always be) closed and private. In fact the term haute couture is regulated by French law and membership in its governing body, the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture, is limited to only a handful of fashion houses.

For many, all the above are reasons that turn them off haute couture. For us, haute couture is the breeding ground for innovation, the sliver at the leading edge of creativity. Bespoke creations that speak to the heart and soul, without having to be concerned about being useful or whether it can be manufactured for the masses.

Our favourite looks from Chanel Haute Couture 2016 (in no particular order) are below.

What are your favourite looks?

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pics from vogue.com

 

 

 

 

samantha wills fine | halycon

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Releasing to the market on Monday, February 1, HALYCON features baroque freshwater pearls, fine metals and an array of semi-precious stones.

Shop Samantha Wills current mainline collection here and fine collection here

 

fashion insider | rosalie molloy

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One of the best aspects of working in fashion is meeting all the various people who work in the industry. Not just the designers but the brand managers, PR managers, fashion agents, production staff, pattern makers etc. You would be amazed at the number of people involved in getting the product from runway to the shop. Fashion is an industry. So, we thought we would profile some of these wonderful individuals.
First cab off the rank is the lovely, vivacious and always stylish Rosalie Molloy, PR manager for Samantha Wills (talk about a dream job!). Ready, steady, here we go…
  1. The first thing you do in the morning …
    Press snooze! I’m a chronic snoozer, takes me usually at least 3 alarms before I can get out of bed.
  2. My last fashion purchase was …
    Does Vogue count?
  3. My signature style is …
    Effortless…I can never pass up a good pair of denim shorts, as soon as spring hits they are my live in.
  4. My hero jewellery piece for this season is …
    I can’t get enough of the layers at the moment, I’m really into pairing back 2 or 3 fine chains of mixed metals, so I would say delicate chains – not so statement, until worn together!
  5. Favourite app?
    Outside of the usual suspects, Sweat by Kayla Itsines is painfully good (emphasis on the painful!)
  6. Advice you’d give to your 16 year old self.
    Settle down on the bronzer!
  7. Apart from SW, your style icon(s) is/are …
    I don’t think you can deny the effortless cool of Kate Moss or Erin Wasson, but usually I’m most inspired by the girl you catch in your local op shop with that winning vintage piece. This is almost equally as annoying as inspiring, as you’ll likely never find it!
  8. Rule that is made to be broken.
    Usually ones made by my boyfriend on the topic of my online shopping habits!
  9. I never let a week go by without …
    Sleeping in, at least one day. I think it is so important to take the time to refresh.
  10. The person whose wardrobe I would most like to raid
    Give me 5 minutes in Kendall Jenner’s wardrobe, nothing would fit but imagine the window shopping potential.
  11. Flats or heels?
    Both, depending on the day. As a shorty, heels do me every kind of favour but some days just call for flats.
  12. My signature fragrance is …
    Chloe by Chloe is a timeless (and delicious) scent.
  13. Best beauty tip
    A good manicure!
  14. Favourite Disney character and why?
    What a question! I love the sass of Lumiere (from Beauty and the Beast), the spirit of Mushu (from Mulan) and the confidence of Scuttle (from The Little Mermaid) but Hades (from Hercules) wins me over every time.
  15. You may not know this about me …
    That I can rap every lyric to Eminem’s Lose Yourself
  16. The person I would most like to meet (dead or alive) is …
    I’ll take 5 minutes with Ed Sheeran for karaoke!
  17. What is your greatest extravagance?
    Time is my greatest extravagance, half an hour disconnected is the stuff dreams are made of.
  18. I don’t leave the house without …
    A mix of rings, I begin to feel naked when I forget these!
  19. On a Friday night, you will find me …
    In very close proximity to a bottle of sparkling wine.
  20. On a Sunday afternoon, you will find me …
    Catching up – on sun, sleep and socializing!

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You can follow the adventures of Rosalie on Instagram – @rosaliemolloy 

 

 

samantha wills mainline | elysian

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elysian

******

we watch the sun go down

so lost in each other

we see it come up again

let’s wrap the moon around us

golden afternoons, here with you

paradisal, an intrinsic divine begins

it is the untold beauty of elysian

*****

Releasing on Friday, January 15, Samantha Wills’ mainline collection Elysian features woven chains, African turquoise and statement collars.