Known for her bold combinations of punchy brights, it comes as no surprise that Roksanda Ilincic’s latest swimwear collection follows her mainline’s colour blocked signature. Having studied both architecture and applied arts, Ilincic’s approach to fashion has always incorporated a graphic modernity, and with the recent opening of her London Mount Street store has also come a greater embodiment of the Roksanda lifestyle – with swim being a prime example. Sliced with a graphic edge, the Serbian’s dual strap or halter one-pieces flash you right back to a 1970s Cannes beach club, and will no doubt turn heads from Capri’s La Fontelina to Mykonos’ Nammos. They are also easily teamed back with a pair of palazzo pants and wedges come evening. In zesty shades of lemon, turquoise, blush and black, the savvy colour bands have also been smarty positioned to sveltely shape beach bods.
2015 marks a milestone year for accessory designer Pierre Hardy who is celebrating his business’ 15th anniversary. We caught up with the designer during the A/W 2015 Paris Fashion Week shows to preview his latest collection titled ‘Abstract Post Modernism’, where everything was a question of contrasts from disparate eras to culture clashes.
Here traditional brush strokes were reworked as a Pop art print, as couture bows updated his sneakers, while Obi folds decorated ballerina flats. Also reinvigorated for the anniversary was the house’s iconic Cubist print, whereby the square motif took on a 3D form on his block-heeled ‘Monolith’ pumps for winter. “It wasn’t mean to become a gimmick,” he says of the print that has become a signature, “but I discovered that I could dress it in many any different colours or moods – feminine, masculine, winter, summer. It’s flexible because it’s like a textural structure, which can become embossed, or a jewel when you make it big in metal.”
The collection has a retro 1960s feel with his colour-blocked maroon, forest green and hot pink shades, while his wedge of the season is a homage to Salvador Dali with a trompe l’oeil heel under the arch of the foot that allows the sandal to appear suspended in air.
After much ado, last night Christopher Kane celebrated the opening of his first store on London’s Mount Street with a star-studded fashion turnout. Designed by John Pawson, the white-on-white space is a fitting tribute to the architect’s minimalistic style and offers the perfect blank canvas for Kane’s bubbling creativity.
Guests, including Salma Hayek, Erin O’Connor, Yasmin Le Bon and actress Laura Carmichael, wore an archival romp of Kane signature pieces – from neon lace to S/S 2015’s rope embroideries, with a chosen few slipping off to a private dinner post party.
The boutique joins fellow young designers Nicholas Kirkwood, Roksanda and Delfina Delettrez who have recently injected new life into the storied Mayfair strip that now also houses heavyweights Celine and Moynat.
This season Karl Lagerfeld turned the Grand Palais into a Parisian brasserie, affectionately named ‘Brasserie Gabrielle’, with his catwalk dedicated to a ‘French Collection’ that ticked off French classics and the now iconic, monochromatic pairings of Coco Chanel. Each model sported her signature two-tone, beige sling-back pumps with a black toe and remastered squared heel: ‘It’s become the most modern of shoes and makes the legs look beautiful,’ Lagerfeld said. The Boy bag was back in the same hues, while the 11.12 bag had been revamped in mosaic mingled with wool pockets, in knitted backpacks or as a down-filled shopping bag. Then given that the creative director was dressing the ‘new bourgeoisie’, his elegant coif’s were sealed with a chic Chanel clasp that made for a quick, modern updo.