Harry Potter premiere @ Trafalgar Square, London

I know I promised you some more information and photos from Haute Couture shows, but yesterday (and partly today) I was haunted by… Harry Potter.

I watched the live world premiere from Trafalgar Square and it absolutely blowned my mind. I’ve been a fan since I can remember really. I grow up with the books and watching them beeing filmed as I am the same age as the main cast. I was such a geek fan that I even run a website and contributed to others for about 3 or 4 years few years back. I knew almost everything about Harry Potter. By the time I grow up I started to have a lot other things to do and think about, but I still remember quite a lot wizardry things.

I have to say, I watched live premieres for four previous movies and this one was so different. Even though WB didn’t bring us dragons nor dementors this time, it was much wilder this time around. Thousends and thousends of people (can you believe some of them camped there for 3 days?!) from all over the world gathered at the Trafalgar and Laicester Squares to see the cast for the very last time.

I was laughing and crying for about four hours live stream. So beautiful, moving and emotional. And it really felt like an end of the era. It actually felt like the end of my childhood and teens. Expecially after watching THIS part (a must-see!). So, so sad.

And now my favourite (female) looks from the premiere. Enjoy!

Emma Watson in Oscar de la Renta gown, Chopard earrings, a Boodles ring and silver Giuseppe Zanotti heels:

Can you id this jacket? Would be such a perfect piece in my wardrobe.. X

Emma Watson at the after party in Ellie Saab dress, Chopard earrings, a Boodles ring and silver Giuseppe Zanotti heels:

Evanna Lynch:

Clemense Poesy:

Bonnie Wright in Miu Miu dress, Miu Miu heels, Prada clutch:

Helena Bonham-Carter (I always adore her style – so quirky and unique):

And my very favourite photo from the premiere: 🙂

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Is Sarah Burton new Christopher Bailey?

Burberry was just fine before Christopher Bailey, but when he became a Chief Creative Officer of Burberry in 2009, the brand just exploded. He oversaw the design and development of both London and New York Headquarters. He helped rebranding it by putting pressure on young British celebrities – like Emma Watson who was the face of Burberry for FW 2009 and SS 2010 campaigns. He also promotes British music by Burberry Acoustic project. Alongside Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts, he set up the project The Burberry Foundation to help young people realise their potential by art and creativity. Not to mention that he’s a very talented designer. So basically he was the one who, in recent years, led  Burberry to its full glory.

When in 2010 Alexander McQueen committed a suicide everyone wondered who would take care of the brand and what would happen. The whole 2010 and first four months of 2011 were quite silent and nothing extraordinary came from the brand. But it was April 29th, that began the new life of the McQueen house. On April 29th, the whole world was watching and learned that it was Sarah Burton, the creative director of Alexander McQueen, who designed the wedding gown for Kate Middleton for her royal wedding to Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (and also Kate’s evening dress as well as maid of honour’s).

But only by the recent SS 2012 menswaer collection (and her third for the brand) she’s strenghtened her position as independent designer (but is it what we wanted and expected from her? Or did we wish she only carries McQueen ideas and duplicate them each season?). Quoting Vogue UK she “brought back English rock on the catwalk”. We saw some black, white, coral and crimson mixed in variety of stripes and versality of styles (back from 60s and 70s). The whole collection looks bright and fresh (and not well put together), giving the true London rock’n’roll vibe at the same time. It’s all so Burton but so not McQueen (it certainly lacks his edge, provocation and unique vision). Definiately not something I would expect from this brand, but either way – I like (seems like next summer should be all about fun)!

Some of my favourite pieces (via tfs):

It’s no risk to say that the Alexander McQueen is striking back with full (and new) force. So what’s next for Sarah and McQueen brand? Will she become what Bailey is for Burberry?


H&M collaborates… with Versace

H&M’s collaborations became quite famous and causes a lot of fuss every time the new designer is supposed to be unveiled (eg. it was rumored that this fall collaboration might be with Bottega Veneta).

It all started in November 2004 when the brand offered first diffusion lines’ pieces (in selected stores) designed by  Karl Lagerfeld. It was followed by the collections by Stella McCartney in November 2005 and by Victor & Rolf in November 2006.

However in, this time, March 2007 H&M collaborated with pop queen herself – Madonna, only to collaborate with game developers Maxin in June to create The Sims 2 collection.

But in November 2007 the brand was back with some high-octane fashion, new pieces designed by Roberto Cavalli. In 2007 they also launched a line designed by Minogue (but available only in China).

By the time in 2008 H&M teamed up with exclusive (and unfortunately underrater in Europe) brand Comme des Garçons.

In 2009 we had a pleasure to have two lines designed by Matthew Williamson (one of my favourite designers!) – one for women and one for men (for the first time). Also in 2009 the brand launched collection of shoes and handbags by Jimmy Choo, and also some pieces of clothing designed by him. Sonia Rykiel collaboration was in 2009 as well, the line included ladies knitwear and lingerie.

In November 2010 we had a pleasure to buy some Lanvin, as it was the next collaboration.

For SS 2011 the brand teamed up with blogger Elin Kling, only to collaborate with… Versace for its newest collection! (in selected stores in November).

So… are you as excited to see new Donatella’s designs of iconic pieces as I am?


Royal Ascot 2011 fashion

It’s the most formal and fabulous event of the summer – Royal Ascot – and the dress code is strict and the fashion ante is set to high octane.

Everyone knows the golden rules… DO wear a hat and DON’T swear in front of the Queen.

The Royal Ascot, which takes place annually in UK, is now over and it’s time for a quick fashion review. Judging by the photos one may feel that horse rides aren’t the most important during the five-day-long event. Eg. during the Ladies Day (this year 16.06) every woman who has self-respect wear the Hat. Not any hat. A hat which is the most original (all colors and cuts allowed) and beautiful one so she is featured in the papers afterwards. Consequently we have a great laugh watching the press and looking at, sometimes ridiculous, hats.

14.06.

Isabell Kristensen

Holly Valance

Jackie St Clair

Danielle Linekar

Camille The Dutchess of Cornwall

Princess Sohie of Wessex

Princess Anne of Wessex

The Queen

Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie of York

Amanda Holden and Simon Cowell

Anneka Tanaka-Svenska

15.06

 

16.06 (Ladies Day)

Carole Middleton

Milliner David Shilling

17.06

Princess Eugenie of York

Dame Shirley Bassey

The Queen and the Duke Of Edinburgh

 

18.06

The Queen and the Duchess of Devonshire

 

So… how do YOU feel about the Royal Ascot fashion? It certainly is interesting. The royalty mostly succedded to be elegant and not funny (props to Princesses of York for huge step ahead since Royal Wedding in April). But what about others?

In my opinion some outfits in general and some hats in particular are great and some are just terrible – just like at any other event one may say.

I felt in love with Isabell Kristensen hat worn by designer herself – I can totally imagine myself wearing it. Also peacock themed hat is really beautiful… but hat’s with whole miniature birds sticked to them? No way. Also a huge no-no to an iHat, a balloon hat, a hat with teacups, and all hats which are way bigger than a head, or even in a size of a one’s torso. Ridiculous. It’s not a fancy-dress ball after all.

But thinking about Royal Ascot… I think I may even make a fool of myself and wear a funny hat if it was a condition to get an invitation and one of those hats 😉

Photo credits: Mark Large/Getty Images/Ap/PA/EPA/Splash/Wire Images/Rex Features/Goff Photos

SFA 2011 fashion

This year’s SFA (Scottish Fashion Awards) took place yesterday… and I am quite disappointed by the red carpet looks. I am honestly wondering if all fashion awards became suddenly unformal events somehow (and I missed that moment?!!)? Because it’s what you may feel after seeing outfits presented at CFDA and SFA galas.

Those are FASHION awards, so you might expect to see some spectacular outfits, right? No. But if you did, you are (like me) undoubtfully disappointed. We saw some great pieces – rarely. Mostly we witnessed women lost in the concept of those award shows, trying to look nice (and most of them succedded) but at the same time improper for the occasion (but it was already widely debated in the comments in CFDA post).

Here… I do love Tessa Harman’s dress and Hilary Alexander’s necklace, but their outfits in general – not so much. But then I think that Dame Shirley Bassey, Julia Hannah, Louise Linton (well, here, she might have overachieved the evening look 😉 ), Lulu, Nina Porter and Yasmin got it right 🙂

Julia Hannah

Dame Shirley Bassey: custom Graeme Black dress

Freya Mavor: Pringle of Scotland dress

Laura Whitmore

Lulu

Samantha Cameron (left): Christopher Kane SS11 dress, Jimmy Choo heels

Tessa Harman (right): Holly Fulton dress

Laura MaMonagle

Hilary Alexander

Lizzie Cundy

Yasmin

Louise Linton

Bip Ling

Noelle Ren

Nina Porter: Roksanda dress


GLAMOUR Awards 2011 fashion

There are so many awards’ galas recently, aren’t there? Now it’s time to take a look at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards 2011, which took place in London day before yesterday. For the list of winners visit their website (and is it pointless to say that I’m quite disappointed with the results?).

Once again we have an opportunity to see celebrities’ style & choices (or their stylists’).

I especially like Katherine Jenkins and Naomie Harris outfits – good job! You?

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley: Stella McCartney dress, Salvatore Ferragamo bag, Christian Louboutin heels, Tiffany&Co. earrings, her own ring

Kristen Stewart: Balmain dress

Daisy Lowe: Versace dress

Gemma Arterton: Gucci dress

Kim Kardishian: Dolce&Gabbana gown

Jessie J: Dolce&Gabbana dress

Eliza Doolittle: Sonia Rykiel dress

Pixie Geldof: House of Holland look

Diana Vickers: Tata Naka dress

Katherine Jenkins: Victoria Beckham dress

Davina McCall: Victoria Beckham dress

Fearne Cotton: Miu Miu dress & shoes

Jameela Jamil: Ada Zanditon look

Naomie Harris: Azzaro dress

Kristen Wiig: J.Mendel Resort 2011 gown

Alexandra Burke: D&G dress

Jo Elvin: Jimmy Choo sandals, Nina Ricci dress


CFDA Awards 2011 fashion

June 7, New York, CFDA Awards 2011. Best designers, best fashionforward people, best outfits.

If you don’t know already, CFDA Awards are annual awards in a fashion industry, while CFDA itself is a non-profit organisation whose membership list is quite amazing (over 370 american brands). Visit their website for more information 🙂

During the event Marc Jacobs was honored with Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award, while Lady Gaga with Fashionicon Award (seriously, am I the only one who can’t get why she is seen as fashionable?). For the whole list of honorees go here, and for the winners and quick summary of the event click here.

And now the best part – outfits! Enjoy 🙂

Katie Cassidy: Behnaz Sarafpour dress, Brian Antwood pumps, Nak Armstrong earrings, Fenton cuff, Celestina bag

Shenae Grimes: Rebecca Taylor jumpsuit

Lucy Liu: Monique Lhuiller gown, Fred Leighton vintage jewelry, Swarovski clutch, Sergio Rossi heels

Liv Tyler: Proenza Schoulder dress, sandals, bag, Fred Leighton jewelry

Kerry Washington: Calvin Klein Collection dress and sandals

Alessandra Ambrosio: Prabal Gurung dress

Marcia Cross: Pamella Roland jumpsuit

Karolina Kurkova: Alterier Swarovski by Hairi and Hairi ring, Alterier Swarovski by Rodrigo Otazu cuffs and necklace

Ashley Greene: Michael Kors head to toe

Naomi Watts: custom Calvin Klein Collection dress

Miranda Kerr: Michael Kors head to toe

Chloe Sevigny: custom Chloe Sevigny for Opening Ceremony top, skirt and heels

Lady Gaga: Thierry Mugler dress

Kirsten Dunst: Oatrik Ervell tux, Prada pumps, Bulgari jewels

Jessica Alba: custom DVF dress, Fallon jewelry, Casadei pumps

Ashley Olsen: The Row dress, Manolo Blahnik heels, Cartier jewels, The Row bag

MaryKate Olsen: Chanel jacket, The Row skirt, Louis Vuitton shoes, Cartier jewels, The Row bag

Chanel Iman: BCBGMAXAZRIA dress (The Resort 12 Collection)

Liya Kebede: custom Derek Lam dress (SS12)

Amber Heard: custom Cynthia Rowley dress and pumps (FW11)