Monday, 24 December 2012

Merry Christmas List

Saint-Laurent Courts

Diptyque mini Christmas candle set

Seeing as it's 'Men's Day' down at the shops today, there wasnt any need to post christmas list ideas any sooner than the last shopping minutes available!
This year colour co-ordinate your list so that you open a tableau of matching stuff - a selection of black and gold for me please....

Guerlain Liu Shimmer

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Cavalli Cocktail

Roberto Cavalli A/W12
Cavalli eyes close up & Chanel Amethyst
Mix and blend to get this season's beauty tipple. 

Shake your tail feather for the Peacock Eye.....
 & get inspired for the cocktail hour. Sample & taste the hypnotic eye make-up, as seen at the A/W 12 Roberto Cavalli catwalk show.

M.A.C. Swimming eyeshadow
Shu Uemura Gold eyeshadow
Take one part Chanel Amethyst Ombre Essentielle Eyeshadow and blend from the corner to the centre of just above and below the lower eye lid. Mix with a dash of M.A.C. 's Swimming eye shadow to the end of the eye lid and muddle up with a little M.A.C. Mulch. To finish decorate with a daub of Shu Uemura gold in the eyesocket and lashings of black mascara. Enjoy!!

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Bye Bye big 'It' Bag... Hello 'Itty Bitty' Bag.

Love that all a girl needs here is a pack of Marlboros, mints, some loose change and a stick of Lancome.

Maybe it was the 'Carine' effect that spawned this latest trend. Former editor of French Vogue, Carine Roitfeld would always arrive for duty at the international fashion shows, immaculately dressed in sharp heels ,with a very laissez-faire French attitude to beauty, i.e.  rocking just a smoky eye and easily dressed hair. And most groundbreaking of all 'sans sac'. Whilst other doyennes of the fashion world were schelpping the shows with outsize totes and must have giant designer holdalls, Carine confidently carried 'rien'. No bag - all Carine held was a gilt edged  invitation to a  front row seat ( ironically, not that she would even need to produce such documentation as her presence alone would suffice for entry to any show she desired to view)  
Whilst at the show, I would wager Mrs Roitfeld most probably left a few things in the car with her driver, or had a team of assistants, interns and the like to do the carrying of any important items required (pen and paper for making notes? not Carine)
Whatever the reason, I am sure it has influenced the death knell of the 'It' bag. Thank gawd!!
It was becoming a joke, quite frankly, scrawny celebs carrying bags that weighed double their body weight just to make them look even more fragile and tinier. The size of Birkin's toted around town as handbags were larger than most budget airlines would even let you check in for a two week's holiday. It then spread out to the celebrity obsessed suburbs, and well of course, that also killed it. Fake or real Lariats or Bayswaters - the end was nigh for the 'It' bag.

Giovanna Battaglia with her tiny pink purse.

So ladies, lay the big 'It' bag to rest in its A2 sized dust bag somewhere safe until fashion deems once again big is beautiful. In the meantime, be inspired by fashion's international influencers and edit your items down to just a few essentials into what is just basically a purse on a strap or an oversized wallet.
Miminal and mellow in yellow.

Monday, 12 November 2012

The Style Eye Turns 3

'International Round-Ups, Tartan & Plaid'
Happy Birthday to The Style Eye, who is celebrating it's third year of all things fashionable, beautiful and stylish today!
To mark the occasion here is a reminder of your three most popular Style Eye posts of all time. 
'Halston, Gucci, Fiorucci'

Although posted way back in April 2010, your favourite post ever is  'International Round-Ups, Tartan & Plaid' and it still feels current, seeing as traditional scottish fabrics are a key statement once again this season. 'Halston, Gucci, Fiorucci' is your second favourite post, The Style Eye's comment on seasonal directions taken from the archives of February 2011. And finally your third favourite post is 'The Grand Vintage Ball and Vintage Attire Pageant' I guess because vintage never goes out of style, just like The Style Eye!

'The Grand Vintage Ball and Vintage Attire Pageant'

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

S/S 13 - All In The Detail

Balenciaga S/S 13
Bottega Veneta S/S 13
Next season we are presented with specific silhouettes and shapes for fashion, yet it is usually the details such as prints, accessories and styling that identifies the 'looks' from one season to another. Although we have seen bold and oversized statement jewels such as necklaces filter into the mainstream fashion recently, next season it is pearls that get blown up and enlarged. See how Chanel has exaggerated the their pearl bracelets and necklaces to balance the proportions of their voluminous silhouettes. In fact, Chanel has oversized sandals too, sparking a trend for clumpy-clompy shoes. Next summer shoe styles are lacking in any sort of discretion, wear any of the footwear as seen at Bottega Veneta, Balenciaga, Prada and Louis Vuitton and you will let them know you are coming from streets away. If the shoes alone arent enough of a style statement then just add a large hat. At Chanel see how Karl Lagerfeld fuses a traditional spanish Cordobes riding hat with an huge 'compact disc' like brim. Saint-Laurent also chose to go large on the headwear with seventies style floppy hats. 

Chanel S/S 13

S/S 13 - Nights In White Satin

Clean and conceptual at Celine S/S 13

All white now at Alessandra Rich S/S 13
Usually reserved for bridal wear and fancy holy communuion dresses, white and off -white satins fabrics were featured in high fashion collections for next spring summer 2013. At both Celine and Alessandra Rich, long, loose and flowing pants were present in both collections also including silk satin wrap tops at Celine and a waistcoat/corset hybrid at Alessandra Rich. The Style Eye recmmends that with the delicate and pale nature of this fabric, that silk satin items be worn for at special evening occasions only, just avoid the red wine!

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

'Days Are Getting Shorter.....

...nights are getting long, girl'
They certainly are now that we have adjusted our clocks back one hour last weekend. Darkness falls in the U.K. around 4.30pm at the moment. But don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining, in fact the opposite. It means that my latest beauty must have is getting a good airing. Ladies, let me introduce you to your winter make-up essential, The Dle Cosmetics All Natural LightUpGloss. This wonderfully innovative product looks like a regular lipgloss complete with mirror, that is,  until you open it. I know it's is Halloween today, but believe me this is no trick. Unscrew the cap and from inside it instantly lights up, aiding you to apply your lipstick with care and precision in the dark. LightUpGloss allows you to add a slick of moisturing gloss whilst avoiding all the horrors of ending up looking like the ghouls and witches that may knock on your door this evening looking for a treat. And talking of treats, here at The Style Eye, we are offering all our readers free shipping on all U.S. orders of All Natural LightUpGloss by using the code 'LiaLoves' when purchasing these products online.
One last little treat readers, Little Boy Blue by Little Buck  as 'Days are getting shorter, nights are getting long, girl......'

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Spring/Summer 2013 - Shapes and Silhouettes

Fendi S/S 13

Acne S/S 13

Balenciaga S/S 13

Ports 1961 S/S 13

Boxy and bold are the key stand out shapes and silhouettes for Spring/Summer 2013. From the shoulders to the waist the look is to go for large shoulder with even a touch of padding to emphasise the trend. Generally shapes are volumious and oversized. Tailored jackets and macs, which look like they have been borrowed from the boys were popular at Topshop Unique, Ports 1961 and Fendi. With so much emphasis on the top half of the body, designers balanced the look with slim fitting trousers, although, this season the waistband has moved higher to sit snuggly on the midriff. Balenciaga and Acne illustrate best the latest trends in silhouettes.

Topshop Unique S/S 13

Roll Out The Barrel...

Indeed, we shall be, as next season the 'Barrel' style is trending for bag shapes.

Holly Fulton S/S 13

Balenciaga S/S 13

Holly Futon presented a black and white stripy cylindrical style in which models very cutely 'cuddled' under their arms and wrists. Balenciaga showed vertical barrel shapes in a range of finishes, from black, white, beige and again monochrome striped. Meanwhile, at Louis Vuitton, their classic 'Speedy' gets a 2013 update in a chequerboard finish confirming the trend for the latest handbag must have style.

Louis Vuitton S/S 13

Spring/Summer 2013 - The Little Skirt Suit

Jacket cover of Little Black Jacket

Balenciaga S/S 13

Chanel S/S 13

Maybe it's the latest travelling exhibiton from the house of Chanel that has re-ignited the spark for this timeless trend on next spring/summer's catwalks. Or maybe it's just a collective style zeitgeist from international designers that has propelled this fashion classic into the spotlight, although whatever the reason, next season the core fashion piece to own is a two piece suit comprising of jacket and matching skirt. Also known as the 'Costume' their popularity on the spring catwalks is possibly due to the fact that the Chanel exhibition 'The Little Black Jacket'  has been touring worldwide major cities since the beginning of the summer.  The exhibition which is currently in London, will move this autumn on to other european cities, including Paris and Berlin. It has already been presented in New York, Tokyo and other influential asian cities. It is a rather simply presented show, with superb photography and styling under the direction of Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld respectively. Narrative and text are minimal as the show focuses on the images of  the simple black Chanel jacket and how it can be re-styled and worn in many various guises on diverse high profile fashion and celebrity figures. There is, although, a somewhat poignant statement at the start of the show ' There are clothes which keep rejuventaing themselves instead of getting worn out' a quote from poet Roberto Juarroz.  And the boring old much bandied-around saying and non poetical cliche of  'tough economic times' sums up perhaps why it proves to be a catwalk trend for next season. Go see the exhibtion or buy the accompanying coffee table tome for ideas on alternative styling of this timeless classic. Or, see how other designers such as Balenciaga, Helmut Lang and of course, Chanel are declaring it's reinvention for Spring/Summer 2013.

Helmut Lang S/S 13

Saturday, 6 October 2012

The Great Parisian Fash-Off

'Tuxy subject' Raf Simons version for Dior.

It was the two most prolific shows during the entire international fashion weeks that the tired and weary fashion press had long been waiting for. In February of this year, two world famous French heavyweight fashion houses made headlines after a major shake-up and a new take-up in their creative director departments. Fashion Week's long awaited show down between Dior and Yves Saint-Laurent, or simply Saint-Laurent as the label is now known, had been hotly anticipated and talked about in the months preceding the latest catwalk presentations in Paris. The Style Eye has cast it's beady eye to bring you a brief synopsis of what we are calling 'The Great Parisian Fash Off'.

Saint Laurent finale look which is.......

rather similar to this YsL daytime ensemble from A/W 1988

Hedi Slimane, former Dior Homme designer and more recently, the artsy portrait snapper of indie vocalist Pete Doherty, is appointed as the top creative at Saint-Laurent. Meanwhile, over at Dior, the designer who now gets to sit at John Galliano's old workspace is former Jil Sander designer, Raf Simons. I could get more involved and tell you the ins and outs of his own Raf Simons line, but instead I will give you a brief historical run down of past creative directors at Dior & YsL, where things turn a tad stylishly and fashionably incestuous. In 1957, Christian Dior died leaving his fashion legacy in the safe hands of a young and ambitious designer, Yves Mathieu Saint Laurent. Saint- Laurent stayed six seasons at Dior before embarking on his own label bearing his name. It was here at his eponymous fashion brand that he became synonymous for his groundbreaking creation for womenswear, 'Le Smoking'. It may seem obvious now to see the modern woman wearing a gentleman's formal evening wear suit around and about town, but back in 1966 it was a revolutionary style statement. And this brings me nicely round to the subject of YsL's legendary ladies tuxedos. Since '66 every YsL collection has featured a variation on Le Smoking, and with this in mind, how was Slimane going to tackle the subject of YsL's legacy? When Slimane was creative director at Dior Homme, his tailoring and cutting techniques were so superb that he had women flocking to the boutiques get their hands on one of  his made-for-men suits, bought to wear for themselves. So, in effect he had the job of women's tailoring firmly under his belt. Easy. And the result was, of course, was a sharp, modern, totally desirable and wearable black trouser suit. And a variation on Le Smoking was weirdly how Simons decided to open his debut show for Dior. Now, that some start to a fash-off! Simons played safe here, after all he is stepping somewhat on Slimane's toes, taking the risk that he might ask Simons to 'Fash-off' with his version . At Dior, Simons interpretation was a very simple pared down black suit accessorised with a black chiffon neck tie. Yet, it was at the end of the shows that each of the newly-appointed designers paid homage to the originators of the world famous labels. Slimane must have spent his summer rooting through the 1988 Autumn/Winter archives at YsL to get inspired for his finale look. And for Simons finale looks, he too took inspiration out of the archives from the Christian Dior designed collections era, and modernised it up a notch or two, giving a 2012 touch to a classic Dior silhouette. All in all, two great shows from two great designers of our time, and so here begins the Slimane/Simons era!

Dior by Christian Dior

Final looks from Dior A/W 12

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

October On The Style Eye

This October its all about forward fashion. We take a look at the big (and little) trends for next Spring/Summer 2013 on and off the catwalks. We're Big On Beauty too, so check out the hot new beauty must-haves also featuring this month.

Sunday, 30 September 2012

Trans-Seasonal London Style

The final part in our 'Trans-seasonal style' here at The Style Eye, ends with how London 'does' Trans-style. And we should know about this better than anyone else in the world, as we often witness spring, summer, autumn and winter all in one day! We look for inspiration from the fashion forward folk at London Fashion Week taking on the unstable British weather conundrum. A few rules for September 2012 style ; socks, tights even opaques should be standard for daytime. Layering knits and sweatshirts over neat white collared shirts keep the chill off while still remaining on trend. 

Love the way that Ms Duma is rocking an oversized Balenciaga sweatshirt as a mini dress with a little shirt collar beneath.
 Images taken from Topshop Tumblr.

White collared shirt and oversized knit. Socks and court shoes are a cute touch whilst the clear plastic shopper are saying a late blast of summer could still be on the cards.

Monday, 24 September 2012

Trans-Seasonal Beauty

Chanel Lumiere D'Artifice
It's not just clothing that needs a re-think in this tricky trans time of year - make-up can also be a little tricky  too. The skin foundation that was just the right shade and formulation during the summer months seems perhaps a shade too dark or, maybe not the right finish due to the change of seasons. Findation, is a website dedicated to matching skin with the right foundation. You may be wondering how a computer screen and webpage can match a skin shade?. I thought the same until I tried the system, and by golly - it really does work! I took the test. My all time favourite skin make-up is Paul and Joe creamy matte foundation in 10. Although this summer it felt too heavy a coverage in the warmer weather. And after recieving a Guerlain Lingerie De Peau sachet, I decided I would go with this lighter formulation for the season. After trying out the Findation system with my trusty Paul and Joe as my starting point, guess what comes up as an alternative? the Guerlain in exactly the shade I was advised by the counter consultant as a perfect match. So its proof it the Findation system really does work. The fact that it's compiled by users to the site, means research is done by you and I, sharing our knowledge on which colours will work with our skin tone. The Findation website is a fantastic shopping tool, giving options in a very big world of beauty, making it easier to seek out the right brands when looking for a different finish or variant to your usual foundation. Genius!

Puuuurfect for powders.
If skin is starting to look a little less glowing than it did in the summer, then this autumn is the perfect time to invest in a luxury all over face highligher. Not for just cheekbones and brows, the all over powder is designed to lighten up the whole complexion. At The Style Eye we are loving Chanel's Lumiere D'Artifice, not simply because it's lovely light mix of golden and bronze sparkly shades, but also as it gives us an excuse to use Japonesque's Safari Chic Bronzer Brush to apply it with. The stubby brush which is dappled with wild animal markings is actually a kitten soft tool with the added bonus that it never moults. Even with the change of seasons.

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

The Future Of Fashion

This week The Style Eye has been checking out new design talent and the future stars of international fashion at the Vauxhall Fashion Scout.
 The event is which is now into it's thirteenth successful season, is synonymous with showcasing the future  cream of new British design during London Fashion Week. Sponsored by Vauxhall, The Mayor of London and the British High Street's pioneer of natural bodycare, The Body Shop, the show has been responsible for launching a hot-bed of Great British design. Past exhibitors at the event include Peter Pilotto, E.Tautz and William Tempest, to name just a mere few. Names to watch for the future include Partick Li, Masc and Heohwan Simulation.

Masc S/S 2013

Patrick Li S/S 2013

The trend threads that run through these expertly designed and beautifully produced collections predict that the future is clean, graphic, modern and highly wearable. First time exhibitor, Partrick Li fused fine silks with woven fabrics and butter soft leathers creating a superbly edited range of separates in palette of white, palest grey and flashes of grass green. The overall feel was starkly modern but also feminine with an easy-to-wear approach. Masc, who have shown at the exhibition previously, also run with the classic, wearable garment trend. Although their unique, innovative cutting and draping techniques and mixture of fabrics bring new meaning to the simple black trouser or tailored jacket. The stand-out piece from the collection just has to be the silk jacket that is based on a traditional japanese Kimono jacket,yet also borrows styling and detailing from a formal dinner jacket while feeling as cool and casual as a biker blouson.
Leather also proves to be a popular fabric choice for next season. Either used as detailing on a pocket or a sleeve, or,  the way even that Heohwan Simulation have manipulated this fabric. Punched leather dresses with handwoven leather threads for a uber-modern take on leather hand-crafting. The result is conceptual yet highly commercial. These young designers are proof that London doesn't only produce exciting new talent to an international platform, but also collections that are wearable, and marketable.

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Break Out In A Sweat

Balenciaga paves the way with the return of the sweatshirt , above, simple yet effective in plain royal blue by Acne .  

Garance in grey signature sweattop by Garance Dore for Kate Spade

It's that tricky time of the year once again when the shops are full of new & exciting autumn styles, yet outside it's still too warm for the woolly knits and fab coats available for the coming season, and where summer styles seem a little too flimsy for when the night time chill sets in. This month on The Style Eye we are outlining Trans looks, the ones that bridge the fashion gap from late summer to mid autumn. First up, this season we welcome the return of The Sweatshirt. Not only is this sporty staple an on trend item, (Balenciaga featured luxed-up versions for their A/W 12 presentation) they are also the right weight where a shirt is too fine and a knit to heavy for early autumn days. Garance Dore, the photographer, illustrator and blogger du jour has collaborated on a capsule collection for autumn with New York designer, Kate Spade. The result is an edited version of simple separates illustrated in Garance's recognisable hand. The stand-out piece is an easy wear grey scoop neck sweatshirt inscribed 'Joie de Vivre' on the front.  Sweatshirts also make a great alternative to the intarsia knit trend, which will work better once Christmas rolls around - so for now, wear a simple jersey sweatshirt with a bold choker to give interest and balance the sporty element to the garment. Matched with a new season metallic pencil skirt and summer's leather wedge sandals and quirky socks, it makes for a perfect cool meets casual daytime look for this time of year.