Friday, 27 August 2010

Autumn Winter 2010

Here's our film of our take on Autumn Winter's key looks. We had too many photos to post, so this is the perfect way of showing them all. Find reports on each trend below.
Our runway photos are from

Return of the Women

Louis Vuitton

We love the 50's trend, seen on the catwalk mainly at Louis Vuitton, Prada and Nina Ricci. Designers paid homage to real women's figures, with cleavage-enhancing dresses and curve-hugging pencil skirts.
Wear a full circle skirt clinched at the waist with a skinny belt, and enhance an hourglass figure with bustiers and retro knits.

Dressing-up box

Alexander McQueen

A chaos of clothes, cuts and colours makes this the most extravagant trend yet.
Theatricality was presented at John Paul Gaultier with ornate embroidery and tassels, creating oriental vibes, whereas McQueen had a royal polish as gold recurred through his last collection.
Play with layers, textures and colours but the rule you must remember is, forget the other traditional fashion rules, this trend is all about getting back to dressing up.

Geek Chic


A shy beauty with intelligence is portrayed on the catwalk this season through soft hues and lightweight fabrics such as faded floor-length florals.
Effortless silk slips with high necklines create a floaty natural look with practical yet pretty brogues. Centre partings and long loose hair enhances the relaxed bookworm style.

Grunge Glamour

Dries Van Noten
Who thought effortless could look so cool?
Throw on a long knit jumper with a floor-sweeping silk print skirt and some classic Dr Martens.

The Outsiders

Burberry Prorsum
Braving the British weather whilst staying fashionable seemed almost impossible until this season, designers seemed to create warmth and comfort within the clothing.
Get the seasons must have shearling jacket and wear with cable knits underneath, paired with heritage trousers or shorts. Keep colours earthy and pale to compliment hiker boots, and don't forget thick tights!

Thursday, 26 August 2010

New 90's minimalism

Minimalism was THE trend in the 90s, but it has been renewed this A/W to a new height of luxury and sophistication. Pheobe Philo's second collection for Celine seems to envisage just this, as the powerful clean lines made flattering shapes for a grown-up desire to be exactly what it is, 'ready-to-wear' for women.
Work a simple A-line knee length skirt with a silk shirt, both plain to create an elegant look.

We love Faux Fur!

Bogetta Veneta
We think everyone must be grateful that fur coats are still the 'mane' wrapping over our clothes.
However this a/w the variation became more apparent on the catwalk as white, shaggy and even patchwork fur was seen. We especially love that designers, such as Chanel, used only faux fur in their collections, which makes a refreshing change for guilt-free glamour.
The key is with this look is to let the coat do the talking.

New Hues

A.F Vandervorst
Electric colour brightens the Autumn to capture a daring power woman. Contrasting with earthy vibes in other trends, the main colours used by fashion houses were roaring reds, opulent oranges and acid yellows as seen at Versace.
Wear similar intense colours together to give a more eye-catching effect. Use softer fabrics, such as silks and satins, to tone down the look and work with peg leg trousers. If you're less daring take a note from Pringle and go tonal.

The Wild Side

Dolce & Gabanna
Leopard is back as a print to watch this season as it becomes less 'wild' and more sophisticated.
Team it with simple heels to keep the look elegant whilst maintaining the focus on the statement print. 

Cape Town

The perfect throw-on over any get-up, the cape is back. Whether you buy the item or just wear your jacket over your shoulders; sleeves are a thing of the past. Impressive silhouettes appeared with extensive tailoring to give the perfect cosy cover-up this winter. Styles varied from woven wrap-ups from Missoni to the inter-explorer camel shade of Hussein Chalayan.
Fling on the cape of your choice with little accessories but pair with boots or brogues.

Dark Days

Diane Von Furstenberg
Leather trousers are a staple for a Gothic wardrobe this winter as it seems an essential development from the much loved leggings. The trend takes a more romantic approach with pale skin seen through dark lace, bringing a mysterious yet fragile side which appeared in a floor length gown at Valentino. Ruffles and pleats help soften the look as well as au natural makeup.
Combine a lace blouse with a bold leather skirt or trouser.

Monday, 16 August 2010

Nyssa Wheeler interview

How did your interest in designing start? To be honest, I was inspired by my mother who is an all round designer, i.e. fashion, interior etc. She made my sister's wedding dress which was absolutely AMAZING. That’s when I thought ‘I want to be able to do that’.

Do you have any Fashion training? I studied the foundation degree course at NCN Adams and then went on to complete the BA (Hons) Degree top up in Design. It was a bit random actually as I originally signed up for the drama course at NCN Clarendon, but on the day of induction I decided it wasn’t what I wanted to do.

What inspired the collection? The 90s era, especially American sitcoms such as Fresh Prince, A Different World & House Party (film). Also the music artists Mc Hammer and Salt N Pepa, as the music videos were really inspiring – the dancing, the outfits. The 90s was such a cool, fun era. The clothes were vibrant & fun and I love bright colours, I love to mix and match prints. I wanted my personality to show through the collection, and anyone that knows me would agree.

Who do you design for? I design a lot of outfits for my best friend Accallah Prince,  anybody that wants something making really- I tend to do more for women than men. Actually I used to design and make men’s jeans that used to sell quite well, but had to stop due to the work load from my final year of study.

Are There Any Designers That You Admire? I don’t really have a favourite designer as they are all so individual, there are plenty I admire. Issey Miyake, Alexander McQueen, Givenchy to name but a few. Givenchy creates some lovely garments.

What is your favourite item from the collection? There are a few pieces that I love, especially the jacket I wore, oooh I absolutely LOVE the leopard print catsuit with the casual jacket, the swimsuit, the ripped bleached jeans. I love the whole collection to be honest.

What are your favourite trends this season? Well I’ve always loved cable knit, so that’s definitely one of them. Also loving Burberry’s shearling jackets and anything lace, which is going to be big this season.

To see more of Nyssa's designs or get in touch with her for a tailor made piece, find her on Nyssa Presents on Facebook.

Sunday, 15 August 2010

Nyssa Presents 'Wild Summer Nights'

  sequined leotard
 90's Hammer cool
 fierce leopard catsuit
We were lucky enough to experience 23 year old Nyssa Wheeler's fashion show from behind the scenes, as we dressed models, made final adjustments and did the Tesco run! We loved her collection, which the models prowled down the runway in, to Will Smith's 'Summertime'. Here's some photos from backstage...
We loved Nyssa's quirky use of tropical palm print and contrasting sequins, the catsuits and capelets. Our favourite piece was the purple and green hooded cropped jacket (pictured above), the print reminded us of crocodile skin. We thought it had an element of Proenza Schouler's ss10 collection, which featured futuristic tie dyes, animal prints, and sporty silhouettes.

photo: Marcio Madeira

We'll be posting an interview with Nyssa and more shots of the show soon!