Archive for the London Fashion Week Reviews Fall 2009 Category

House of Holland Fall 2009 RTW Review

Posted in London Fashion Week Reviews Fall 2009 on February 25, 2009 by Tiffany Darling

House of Holland Fall 2009 RTW

(photos by Marcio Madeira: http://www.style.com)

I sometimes feel that one can know so much about a subject (let’s say within the art world for instance) that they lose any sense of innocence and awe as a spectator. By being this way one runs the risk of being too academic in ones appreciation of said subject. That is how I feel about the latest collection by Holland which has received mixed reviews. I myself thoroughly enjoyed watching this collection making it’s debut. Think fairy dust sprinkled on a goth at the sweet stall at a fairground. I instantly felt a humorous tone in this collection whilst at the same time being one of Holland’s most serious and sophisticated collections to date.

There seemed to be an air of confidence, as opposed to cockiness, in this latest collection that I believed to be slightly lacking in previous ones, not including last season of course. It was easy on the eye, no confusion, clean lines and sharp edges. I really liked the stripes and the simple yet effective use of fabrics with just a little sparkle to add a touch of glamour and magic. The use of colour and fabric in relation to mood and lighting worked ever so well with the light reflecting from the silks and the sequins in contrast to the wools and mat fabrics absorbing the light. A much more refined collection, refreshing and confident yet not too outrageous nor cocky.

House of Holland Fall 2009 RTW

(photos by Marcio Madeira: http://www.style.com)

A very impressed Darling xoxo

Giles Fall 2009 RTW Review

Posted in London Fashion Week Reviews Fall 2009 on February 24, 2009 by Tiffany Darling

Giles Fall 2009 RTW

(photos by Marcio Madeira: http://www.style.com)

Phew! Wow… I am very nearly lost for words and am not quite sure where to begin. Fair to say I’ve never been the biggest fan of Giles, not nearly enough sophistication for my taste but this collection seems to be in a league of its own. Though meant as a homage to himself and intended to capture the fun, naive elements of discovering and developing his taste and vision whilst studying at Central Saint Martins, this collection as a whole appeared to contain none of those elements (or perhaps it did but I was so confused by the end of the show that I almost forgot what I had seen). This is not to say that there weren’t indeed some lovely looks and some lovely pieces, in fact it wouldn’t be outrageous to suggest that almost every look had it’s own merits. However these were not enough to bring the collection together. Apart from a lovely hat and thigh-high boots, there seemed to be little else in terms of consistency to pull you through which resulted in a very lazy and sometimes cheap looking collection. To be quite frank, there appeared to be little grounding in references (or perhaps too many references for that matter) which made everything look dated rather than the favourable ‘classic’. ‘Quality not quantity’ as the old saying goes.

Giles Fall 2009 RTW

(photos by Marcio Madeira: http://www.style.com)

Darling xoxo

Jaeger London Fall 2009 RTW Review

Posted in London Fashion Week Reviews Fall 2009 on February 23, 2009 by Tiffany Darling

Jaeger London Fall 2009 RTW

(photos by Marcio Madeira: http://www.style.com)

This latest collection from Jaeger was yet again very convincing. Typically of Jaeger, neither the colour palette nor shapes were remotely close to verging on daring yet it worked within that framework. Though one could sense the ‘leave the kids to do the experimenting, we’ll do what we do best’ feel to this collection, it fell just a little short. The style was comforting with tea-party polka dots, vague hints of sportswear in some structures and bold stripes giving it a nostalgic tone. The combination of colours seemed pleasantly familiar: the black and shades of white giving it a strong structure, the icy tones bringing in some much needed edge combined with earthy browns for some warmth. Though one sensed they had seen this collection before, it didn’t really detract from the beauty and workmanship shown in the garments themselves. A very established label rediscovering itself and once again holding it’s own in a world where fashion can only be discovered. Though slightly lacking in authority, a lovely nostalgic collection to warm the soul.

Jaeger London Fall 2009 RTW

(photos by Marcio Madeira: http://www.style.com)

This is Darling xoxo

Richard Nicoll Fall 2009 RTW Review

Posted in London Fashion Week Reviews Fall 2009 on February 23, 2009 by Tiffany Darling

Richard Nicoll Fall 2009 RTW

(photos by Marcio Madeira: http://www.style.com)

A dreamy Parisian haze/sleepy disco. As a huge fan of Nicoll’s last collection there was a sense of scepticism in anticipation of his latest, now of course all void after witnessing the sheer splendour that charmed the audience at London Fashion Week. It has become apparent that due to the over-exposure of sex, our society (in large pockets) has become more sophisticated in their approach and appreciation towards all art forms. “Sexy” is now much more subjective: more charming than glamourous, more romantic than suggestive, the approach seems much more intelligent. The light, white, nude palette creates a sense of charm and confidence whilst the metallics brings glimmers of hope and joy. A very uplifting collection, the structures strengthening not restrictive and the palette subtle yet powerful. Sexy for the more subtle and glamour for the less extravagant. Welcome in my wardrobe any day.

Richard Nicoll Fall 2009 RTW

(photos by Marcio Madeira: http://www.style.com)

Darling xoxo

Christopher Kane Fall 2009 Review

Posted in London Fashion Week Reviews Fall 2009 on February 23, 2009 by Tiffany Darling

Christopher Kane Fall 2009

(photos by Marcio Madeira: http://www.style.com)

Dark, grey and cautiously gloomy? Yes. Dull, flat and positively boring? No Sir. Overwhelming? No, but the impression I get is that perhaps that was the point. Consciously or subconsciously, Kane has the caught the tone of today’s society: positive caution. Great use of craft and technique with an undertone of restriction, not visible but somehow conveyed. Though a very young label, one feels the right to say that this collection contained some classic ‘Kane’ dresses. By ‘classic’, I mean wonderfully wearable, classically fitted yet skillfully modern. This collection seems extremely wearable, decadence played down in return for some posh street wear. ‘A posh girl doing the walk of shame wearing last nights outfit only with the added bonus of Mr Darcy’s quality cashmere tartan jumper, velvet jacket and his shiny, flat, lace-up shoes’ comes to mind. A much more sophisticated collection than it’s predecessors, complete yet open to interpretation.

Christopher Kane Fall 2009

(photos by Marcio Madeira: http://www.style.com)

Call me Darling xoxo