Sunday, 30 September 2012

Nico Didonna and Ciccone Collection Fashion Show

Nico Didonna is an Italian designer based in London, Christopher Ciccone is an Italian/American artist, known for his interior designer projects, for his role in several world tours of his sister Madonna and now being approached by Novesta, an East European company, he designed a collection of rubber and leather shoes.
Putting Nico Didonna and Christopher Ciccone in the same show has been a bold move and it worked fantastically starting London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2013 edition with something new and fresh and colourful.
The show has been hosted at the Italian Cultural Institute during the ModaItalianaLondon Collective that showcased Italian designers in Great Britain and all the fashion world came to see the launch of this shoe collection  matched with the beautiful dresses by Nico Didonna inspired by the Nature and the Elements. To complement the outfits the company Bronzallure from Milan  provided the jewellery for the catwalk. In the video you can see them, in their warm 18ct rose gold nuance and semi precious stones set. The music has been created by the L.A. group Early Morning Rebel who attended the show together with a star studded front row, including Christopher Ciccone, conceptual artist Pandemonia, journalist Zoe Griffin editor of  and designer Nina Naustdal just to name a few.
The concept of the show was " Sophia Loren meets Marnie" so the look and the make up was very 1950's with a twist, perfectly realised by Electric Hairdressing London for L'Oreal Professionel UK and the make up by Debbie Korrie, make up artist to all the celebrities. This fantastic monochrome dress has got a flash of colours thanks to the Alexa shoes in bright yellow.

This fabulous evening dress in lace is just a dream. At the show it has been made possible to pair it with sporty shoes and it was great, this catwalk pushed the boundaries and invited the Nico Didonna 's woman to have fun.
Another monochrome ensemble for this catsuit with palazzo trousers. The effect was very elegant and the jewellery by Bronzallure gave just the right and final touch to the whole outfit.

This blue dress is paired with Vito shoes, which are very comfortable by the way, I've tried them on. The belt is a brainwave by Vittoria, one of the lovely girls at Bronzallure who suggested to use one of her necklaces styled as you can see it.
After the show Pandemonia could not resist and pose for the camera on the catwalk. She knows a thing or two about rubber and how fashionable it can be.
After the show, Nico Didonna collection has been on display at the ModaItalianaLondon  on the ground floor of the Italian Cultural Institute where everyone could see closely how beautiful the fabrics, the details, the prints and the manufacturing of the garments were.
Nico Didonna s' flagship store is in Soho at 16A D'Arblay Street W1F 8EA

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Michiko Koshino New Collection

It was a Sunday afternoon when fashion and media consultant Stephen Mahoney and I went to the exclusive party of designer Michiko Koshino to admire her fabulous collection at her Studio in 74 Salusbury Road London NW6 6NU
(Photo by Alex Fakso)

The store, had a carpet made with sand and the name of Michiko with her logo on it and the atmosphere was relaxed, buzzing with chats, flashbulbs and beautiful models mingling with the guests and wearing the fantastic pieces designed by Michiko.
This is just a glimpse of the collection, nothing beats seeing clothes worn on models to appreciate the beauty of the garment. Michiko Koshino is wearing her own creation so from this picture you can have an idea of the palette chosen for this season. Lots of black, white and sand. Easy to match and very high quality.

This door on the first floor gives a hint of where the collection is made. We are  in west London and what once was a house has become a studio with a shop on the ground floor. All the original features have been left and what could not be used has been given a new life like this door.

This outfit is great, the trousers are made of the finest cotton and the colour is timeless. paired with sporty shoes for a casual look or with high heels and a designer bag for the night, this outfit takes you from work to party without going home to get change, just stuff everything in the day bag and pronto the evening is sorted.

Michiko Koshino is modelling one of her jacket. This is one of my favourite, the cut is superb and the details are to die for. I like the fact that hidden buttons can be used to keep the sleeves up when rolled.

(photo by Alex Fakso)
After having sampled some tasty sushi, ready made on the spot, Stephen and I had to have a picture before saying goodbye. The green bespoke bag by Ethan K that Stephen is sporting had more than one admirer, I'm just feeling privileged to be next to it.

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

River Island launches Life Of Tailor

If from next month you are in River Island and you are in the men's department you haven't been transported to Savile Row. River Island launched its new menswear line called " Life Of Tailor". Formal wear is the focus of this collection but it is revisited with a twist. From the outside the suits are classic with timeless colours and patterns but the lining has got fantastic details.
This double breasted suit is one of those classic pieces that should be in every man's closet. Here it is jazzed up with a stripy shirt and a bright silk tie in a paisley print.
This three pieces suit is another staple in a man 's wardrobe. The style and the colour are something that will never be outdated. All the jackets are lined inside with beautiful silky and patterned fabrics. Men are starting to appreciate an attention to details even if is hidden by everyone else. They know that they are there.

This pinstriped ensemble is made less formal matching a monochrome shirt. The cloths are sourced in Italy and the collection has got a selection of outerwear, classic pieces that stay forever. River Island in order to launch this collection hosted an evening with a vintage twist.

The Hospital Club at 24 Endell Street WC2H 9HQ in Covent Garden has been chosen as the venue serving delicious cocktails and yummy canapes.
Murdock London was on site with its sophisticated and luxurious grooming products. The Shave Collection comprised of shave cream, balms oils, and all the accessorises for a proper shave. The Cologne Collection  had a selection of scents, classic and at the same time modern. To add the final touch a shoe shine chair was displayed in the screening room.
With shoes like this a proper shoe polishing is due. Look the inside with the patterned insole. I find it so beautiful, like a small hidden gem.

After great formal wear something a bit casual with this great cardigan which has got a touch of smartness thanks to the bow tie. Notice the details of the pocket which is light grey on the inside.

The evening ended in style with a screening of the original "Ocean Eleven" with The Rat Pack aka Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr, Dean Martin and the rest of them, tailored to an inch of their lives.

Sunday, 9 September 2012

Asda Launches its Halloween Range

Why not organising a Halloween Party this year instead of  going out ? It is not just children who enjoy this celebration, adults as well have got an opportunity to let hair down and dress up in scary outfits. To launch a new range of Halloween party items, Asda took the press to a Ghost Tour in a black routemaster whose decorator has been probably Morticia Adams. We've travelled through the scariest parts of the City of London where gruesome facts happened in the past, everything duly reported by our very pale guide amid interferences from a very weird health and safety inspector.

After our tour we've been taken to the Stone Pub in Cannon Street completely decorated with ghosts, bats, pumpkins, skulls and everything related to Halloween. Obviously the music on the background could have been only from " The Rocky Horror Picture Show".
A sexy witch is only one of a few costumes for adults in the Asda range, children have got a wide choice where toddlers as well have got tiny pretty jumpsuits in orange with scary faces printed on it.  Hats, make up and several props were on show in order to complete any outfit in the best way possible.

Tricks or treats? a huge selection of confectionery will be in store from the 1st of October in order to be ready when a little ghost or a little Dracula is going to knock on our doors. A chocolate skull full of white chocolate balls is one of the delicious treats sold during Halloween month. Or a huge black and orange lollipop and sour snakes among all the yummy sweets you will find in the aisles.

A party is not a party without cakes and this selection is dedicated to Halloween  like the Bloodcurdling Eyeball Cake, doughnuts glazed with an orange icing and small bats, coconut balls that looks like eyeballs really and gingerbread ghouls biscuits and other creepy but delicious treats.
My friend and I could not resist having applied these huge fake eyelashes. My friend's are green and very bright, mine are like spider legs, black and gold, long and curly. Check the fake nails with spiderwebs on it, they are great. Be ready to fill up your trolley at Asda from the 1st of October with the most fantastic and scary Halloween range ever.

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

The Italian Collective London at the Italian Cultural Institute

The Italian Cultural Institute hosts “The Italian Collective London” at their magnificent venue at 39  Belgrave Square SW1X 8NX from 10am-6pm from the 14th to the 16th of September .
This event is dedicated to Italian designers and artists living in Great Britain, involved in the international fashion industry.
Over the three days of this exhibition, staged during London Fashion Week, the Institute will allow people to visit the exhibition.
There you will see the present and forthcoming collections for 2013 and awarding an opportunity to talk to the designers.
And mingle with Global press and buyers in their pursuit to find the next best thing for Spring/Summer 2013.
See some of the designers who will exhibit on this event and will be on site :

Antonello Tedde: is a designer from Sardinia and  he creates a collection of luxury ethical handbags. His bags are inspired by drawings of his homeland and its surrounding scenery. Livia Firth is a big fan of his gorgeous handbags.
Antonello incorporates organic yarns and dyes that are extracted from Sardinian plants and flowers, and produces his bags, using traditional looms in Sardinian factories.
His products can be found at selected quality stores in London like Anthropology, in New York, in Tokyo at Wako and  in Portofino at Tender.
Carlotta Gherzi is a designer from Lombardia, she has had 9 runway shows during London Fashion Week, with her label “Carlotta Gherzi for Sado”.  In this new venture Carlotta has produced a collection of leggings, after a very successful sell through on these items alone. This range comprises of solid coloured leggings and Carlotta own signature prints.

 Claudia Ligari: is a designer from Lombardia launched her label in 2011. Her style is very minimalist, architectural and her previous choices of colours were white and black in all their shades. This season, after producing a broad base womenswear collection, introducing  some colour,  Claudia will launch a capsule menswear to complement her female clients’ partners’ wardrobe.

 Massimo Casagrande: is a designer from Veneto, he grew up between Venice and Johannesburg. Tutor at the Istituto Marangoni in London. This season Massimo will air his first collection of engineered men's shirts under his label MCG, at the Italian Collective London.

 Eva Cammarata: is a designer from Sicily, and has produced a collection of knitwear using ethical yarns made from milk. Her style is upbeat and colourful with two part story, one is knitwear, the other is a tailored and this is produced using organic cottons or silks. I dare say that her collections reflect her personality, bubbly and active.

 Giulio Mazzarini: is a Roman photographer, whose work has graced the pages of some of the chicest fashion magazines, from Marie Claire, Vanity Fair Italia, Elle Italia.  Some of his photographic images on display, will be a first in UK and they will span fashion to art.

 Nico Didonna: Designer from Apulia, is true to his Italian roots, he selects his fabrics first and then he constructs his men and women’s wear collection around the flow of material. Every season Nico jersey dresses and shirts are teamed with tailored jackets and skirts, and these sit perfectly with his men's elegant silk shirts and jackets & coats in cashmere. His lines of clothing and accessories have accumulated a strong celebrity following. His shop at 16A D'arblay Street in Soho is a stop not to be missed.

More Italian designers will be at the exhibition which will be opened to the public and will be free of charge.

Cocosa Pop Up Shop

Cocosa is a website, well known for selling fantastic fashion pieces at incredible prices. The good news is that Cocosa will launch its Pop Up Shop on the 11th of September at The Oui Rooms 40 Eastcastle Street W1W 8DT. The bad news? It will be open only for 4 days so you have to be quick to come to the West End and snap up some real bargain, just in time for London Fashion Week.

How many of you will get an invitation for a fashion show or an after show party? Or just walk at the Courtyard in Somerset House for a bit of people watching and maybe be photographed for a street style website. The need for something gorgeous becomes more urgent than ever.
These Missoni Peep Toe platform surely will get you noticed, they are just a fraction of what you will find at Cocosa Pop Up Shop which is going to be open from 8am to 8pm and it will close on the 14th of September, in order to allow all its fashionable customers to get ready for some exciting party.

This Muubaa leather jacket is the perfect complement to any outfit. It will jazz up a pair of jeans, maybe with those lovely Missoni shoes, I find the asymmetric shape fantastic. Other labels at the Cocosa Pop Up shop will be Michael Kors, Issa, Catherine Deane, while men can indulge in a bit of shopping choosing labels like Ballantyne, Duchamp, Edun among others.
Isn't it gorgeous this Zac Posen quilted boucle jacket? Cocosa offers discounts of up to 80% off which is a great incentive to renew or add some investment pieces in our wardrobe. This jacket is one of them, perfect for the office with a nice pencil skirt and court shoes, fantastic for a night out with the girls matching it with jeans and skyscrapers heels, really with a jacket like this every social engagement is sorted.