Friday Fierceness!

“Fever…”- Vogue Paris May 2016

Trousers: Chloé, Jewelry: Lost Art Jewelry, Dsquared2. Image VOGUE PARIS/MARIO TESTINO

Model: Imaan Hammam
Photographer: Mario Testino
Stylist: Emmanuelle Alt
Hair: James Pecis
Makeup: Val Garland

Angelic Visions

Gowns: Atelier Versace, Wings: Eric Charles Donatien. Image VOGUE RUSSIA/MARIANO VIVANCO

The May issue of Vogue Russia is out and in it there’s something fierce! A stunning ‘Old Masters’- styled editorial entitled Angelic Couture shot by Mariano Vivianco and starring Nastya Sten, Odette Pavlova, Anka Kuryndina and Sanne Vloet, the feature explores the purity and angelic lightness that was present in many couture collections of Spring 2016.

Gowns, capes: Chanel Haute Couture. Image VOGUE RUSSIA/MARIANO VIVANCO

Wearing gauzy gowns, rippling hairstyles, feathered headpieces and huge white wings, the models looked very much like modern renditions of Tiempolo’s angels as they posed before backgrounds covered with painted clouds. It’s a gorgeous editorial and a lovely take on the definitely overworked theme of “dramatic haute couture editorial”. Every image perfectly captured the ethereal airiness of the garments (despite some them being made of heavy silk or covered in dense ornamentation) and elevated each complete look to a higher level. Everything- from embellished minidresses and feathered skirts, to silk shirtdresses, slim sheafs and airy maxis- seemed as light as air and entirely beautiful.

Gown, headpiece: Yanina Couture. Image VOGUE RUSSIA/MARIANO VIVANCO

What a gorgeous spread!

Gowns, jewelry: Valentino Haute Couture. Image VOGUE RUSSIA/MARIANO VIVANCO

“Angelic Couture”- Vogue Russia May 2016
Models: Odette Pavlova, Anka Kuryndina, Sanne Vloet & Nastya Sten
Photographer: Mariano Vivanco
Stylist: Olga Dunina
Hair: Franco Gobbi
Makeup: Niki M’nray

Dress: Ulyana Sergeenko Haute Couture. Image VOGUE RUSSIA/MARIANO VIVANCO

Gown: Dior Haute Couture, Wings: Eric Charles Donatien. Image VOGUE RUSSIA/MARIANO VIVANCO

Gown: Giambattista Valli Haute Couture, Headpiece: Phillip Treacy. Image VOGUE RUSSIA/MARIANO VIVANCO

Dress: Armani Privé. Image VOGUE RUSSIA/MARIANO VIVANCO

Gowns (from left): Elie Saab Haute Couture, Balmain, Wings: Eric Charles Donatien. Image VOGUE RUSSIA/MARIANO VIVANCO

Gown, jewelry: Valentino Haute Couture. Image VOGUE RUSSIA/MARIANO VIVANCO

Gown: Givenchy Haute Couture, Wings: Eric Charles Donatien. Image VOGUE RUSSIA/MARIANO VIVANCO

Gown, headpiece: Yanina Couture. Image VOGUE RUSSIA/MARIANO VIVANCO

Amanda Wakeley Fall 2016

Amanda Wakeley F/w 2016. Image WWD

“Straightforward and functional” is a term that can easily describe Amanda Wakeley’s latest collection. Fall 2016 marked the designer’s 26th year in business and she celebrated her achievement by producing an offering that played into her unapologetically luxurious lifestyle with a utilitarian twist. “I’m a big believer in wearing beautiful things everyday – pounds per wear,” Ms. Wakeley explained, noting that despite this she, “didn’t want it to get theatrical.” That translated into an offering of clothing that was functional and sophisticated but oh so luxurious.

Amanda Wakeley F/w 2016. Image WWD

The designer cited “a medieval, Nordic spirit” and contemporary sportswear among her inspirations. There was a cool, laid back glamour to this collection, which placed the focus directly on Ms. Wakeley’s signature languid shapes. Luxurious materials- silks, satin, fur and ultrasoft leather— were all worked into clean, unfussy silhouettes; a move that imbued her pieces with modern, real-world appeal.

Amanda Wakeley F/w 2016. Image WWD

Everything was eye-catching: mink hooded sweatshirts, leather jogging trousers, astrakhan sweaters with knitted arms, cashmere skirts, fur vests, coats and pinched- hem trousers in velvet and crushed silk. There were leather tunics, velvet vests, billowing blouses and trousers in silk chiffon, tweed suits, hooded cashmere sweaters and vintage- styled bomber jackets. Fur played a big role in the collection, appearing throughout the lineup in the form of fuzzy stoles and cowls of fox and mink, and in a series of fabulous coats with huge furry arms and matching collars.

Amanda Wakeley F/w 2016. Image WWD

The glamour was intensified for night, with a selection of sleek cocktail dresses and evening gowns appearing toward the end of the show. Beautifully streamlined, the urban edge Ms. Wakeley aimed for was felt most heavily here: silk sheafdresses and chiffon gowns were cinched at the waist with wrapped leather belts, fluid column gowns were split with thigh- high slits and cutouts along the arm, neckline and hips. Sweeping silk skirts were worn over black tank tops and sweaters and even diaphanous gowns covered in sparkling beads and embroidery were toughened up with chain detailing and cinched active wear- inspired sleeves. Those gowns were easily some of the best pieces within the collection and were simply spectacular.

Amanda Wakeley F/w 2016. Image WWD

Fall 2016 was a great show for Amanda Wakeley and one that brand followers are certain to love- she is one designer who knows her customers and caters specifically to their tastes with every season. She designs for a modern woman whose clothing must be able to transition with their changing schedules, and Ms. Wakeley’s designs fit their needs perfectly with pieces that are timeless, versatile, tasteful and incredibly chic.

Amanda Wakeley F/w 2016. Image WWD

With that said, looking over the show it’s pretty clear that Amanda Wakeley’s Fall 2016 offering is a collection that will appeal to consumers outside of her established following. Professional women will love her ample selection of work-wear appropriate separates and sleek evening wear, while her new sports- lux pieces will appeal directly to younger buyers looking for interesting new wardrobe additions.

Amanda Wakeley F/w 2016. Image WWD

Fall 2016’s collection relays Ms. Wakeley’s vision of a “contemporary warrior” perfectly. The new sportswear accent to her work increases the versatility and wearability of her designs, infusing her classic look with a cutting- edge hardness that’s very fresh. I’m a big fan of these pieces, particularly the leather track trousers and luxe hoodies!

Amanda Wakeley F/w 2016. Image WWD

It was a great show!

Xx – Ana

Friday Fierceness!

“Summer Bloom”- Vogue China May 2016

Blouse: Miu Miu, Skirt: Undercover, Belt: J.W. Anderson. Image VOGUE CHINA/BEN TOMS

Model: Julie Hoomans
Photographer: Ben Toms
Stylist: Katie Shillingford
Hair: Shon
Makeup: Petros Petrohilos

Friday Fierceness!

“Lady Sunshine”- Vogue Germany May 2016

Swimsuit: La Perla, Skirt, belt: Tod’s, Sunglasses: Linda Farrow, Hat (on beach towel): La Perla. Image: VOGUE GERMANY/GIAMPAOLO SGURA.

Model: Damaris Goddrie
Photographer: Giampaolo Sgura
Stylist: Christiane Arp
Hair: Franco Gobbi
Makeup: Cosetta Giorgette

Friday Fierceness!

“Tour de France”- Elle Vietnam April 2016

Blouse, skirt: Dice Kayak Couture, Helmet: Kast, Gloves: Causse, Shoes: Puma. Image ELLE VIETNAM/BENJAMIN KANAREK

Model: Mar González
Photographer: Benjamin Kanarek
Stylist: Coline Peyrot
Hair: Audrey Lambert
Makeup: Topolino