THE BEST OF PARIS SS17 HAUTE COUTURE

All in a weeks work…

Last week was an eventful one, globally and in fashion. We saw America begrudgingly welcome its 45th President, Donald Trump, we saw women across the globe partake in the inspirational Women’s Marches, Alexandra Shulman Editor-in-Chief of British Vogue for 25 years announced she was to step down and the ever elegant Paris SS17 Couture week presented an array of stunning and vibrant shows which captivated show-goers and fashion lovers. We were welcomed by Maria Grazia Chiuri’s first Couture show which took on the facade of a glamorous garden masked ball, and was later followed by such. The week ended on a high with Valentino’s graceful Greek goddess inspired collection. Below are some of my personal favourites which I have cherry picked out of all the elegance the French capital had to offer last week.

Dior SS17 Haute Couture – Monday 23rd January

Maria Grazia Chiuri’s first Couture show saw the interior of Paris’s Rodin Museum transformed into a lush green garden. The floral oasis and pastured runway ensured the monochrome pieces which opened the show were bolder than if the runway had been a typical dull, white slab. It was the second half of this mystical collection which really caught my eye, with delicate tule and embroidery lining balletic ballgowns. It is clear that Chiuri fully appreciates and admires the beauty and intricacy that goes into the craft.

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Chanel SS17 Haute Couture – Tuesday 24th January

Paris’s Grand Palais was transformed into what I imagine the interior of a mirror ball must look like for Chanel’s show. Karl’s glistening stage ensured every sequin shined brighter, every feather floated further and every ruffle rolled on. Each pop of pastel pink was given an extra pop by this reflective runway. And a Chanel show would not be complete without the brand and founders signature tweed accompanied by a pearl anklet or two. The grand finale saw Chanel’s new it-girl, Lily-Rose Depp, in a cotton candy bridal dress arm-in-arm with Chanel’s creative director, Karl Lagerfeld, providing a very grand and elegant finale indeed.

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Valentino SS17 Haute Couture – Wednesday 25th January

On Wednesday we saw Valentino’s Greek goddesses take centre-stage gliding down the runway in floaty, delicate, embroidered dresses. The beauty and skill of Pierpaolo Piccioli’s first solo collection left the Gods of Olympus yearning for more. Piccioli, like Lagerfeld, chose a subtle pastel colour palette enabling the intricacy of each unique piece to shine through. It is clear why Pierpaolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri were such a force in the fashion world since they both have a strong appreciation for the craftsmanship that goes into making such exquisite pieces.

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Viktor & Rolf SS17 Haute Couture – Wednesday 25th January

Viktor & Rolf paid homage to the entertainment scene of the 19th and early 20th century with a vibrant, theatrical collection. Inspiration can be drawn from the traditional circus movement, with blazing ruffled clown-like collars and a palette of bright red and blue like that of a circus master. The bellowing tule ballgowns, with embroidery that takes on that of cracked fine china, pay tribute to the party-scene of the aristocracy during this period. The juxtaposition of the gentle gowns with the edgier pieces created an exciting, energetic and varied show.

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Zuhair Murad SS17 Haute Couture – Wednesday 25th January

Zuhair Murad was a huge hit at this years Golden Globe Awards with Lily Collin’s stealing the show in a pastel pink Zuhair Murad embroidered ballgown. Its success on the red carpet fuelled high expectations for the fashion’s house upcoming Haute Couture SS17 show, and it did not disappoint. Stunning gowns and evening wear which exploded with glitter, sequins and bold colours were a treat for the eyes. Each piece glistened and shined with every swish and step. We can definitely expect to see more Zuhair Murad pieces making an appearance this award season.

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK

The city so good that they named it twice…

Well, it’s been named three times actually (Manhattan, New Amsterdam, New York) but let’s not get into technicalities. Never have I laughed so hard and smiled so much than during the four nights and five days I spent in New York city. The fog and mist may have dampened the air but it could not dampen our spirits. It was a trip of a lifetime and one I will never forget. I was in awe of the beauty of the city and its people, which felt so familiar from movies and television despite this being my first time in the Big Apple. My hotel, The Roosevelt, was situated in the heart of Midtown, just off Madison Ave, and was a hop-skip-and-a-jump away from the magnificent Grand Central Station, 5th Ave (every shopaholics dream), the Empire State Building and Times Square. I was able to explore and soak in all the city had to offer on The Big Bus tours and witness some of the cities most iconic pieces of architecture (my personal favourite being the art-deco Chrysler building) and well-known hotspots. I would also highly recommend the Radio City Music Hall tour to anyone heading to Manhattan, as it offer a true back-stage insight into one the world’s most iconic venues and gives you a chance to explore the beautiful interior and décor dating back to the 1930s. However, it was the opportunity to see history in the making which made the trip extra special. As if arriving on inauguration day wasn’t enough, to be in the city for the Women’s March was an inspiring and moving experience. It was humbling to be a part of the 300,000-people walking in New York that day and the 2.9 million people walking across America in the country’s biggest march in its history. The march and its message is definitively close to my heart as a young woman in the 21st century and as an advocate for peace and equality for all. It was incredible to see so many standing up for what is right and it is an experience that will remain with me for the rest of my life. This trip certainly gave me a taste for all Manhattan had to offer and left me hungry for more. I am beyond excited to return to this magical city in 7 months’ time to explore the city further and create more memories that will last a lifetime.

Empire State Building

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The Rockefeller Centre and Top of the Rock

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Radio City Music Hall
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The Chrysler Building

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Grand Central Station

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Trump Tower and the Women’s March

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The Flat Iron Building

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St Patrick’s Cathedral

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Central Park

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New York Public Library

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Shopping

Victoria’s Secret

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Tiffany’s

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Places to Eat

Carmine’s – Italian

Carmine’s has an incredible, buzzing atmosphere and is exactly the type of restaurant you expect to find in the Big Apple; serving hearty Italian cuisine in gigantic sharing platters.

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Junior’s

Junior’s is known in the local area for its famous mouth-watering New York cheesecake, which apparently is a favourite of Oprah Winfrey!img_7512

THE GOLDEN GLOBES – BEST DRESSED

And so it begins!

Award season is finally upon us. With months of red carpet glamour to come our January blues can be kept at bay. This weekend kick started award season with the Golden Globes, which was dominated by the most anticipated movie of the year inspired by old Hollywood musicals, La La Land. And last night’s award ceremony was a real City of Stars, with so much glitz and glamour on display. Emma Stone and Lily Collins really stole the show in elegant, flowy, dazzling, pale pink gowns from Valentino and Zuhair Murad. Sarah Paulson, Michelle Williams, Ruth Negga and Kerry Washington were also among the best dressed at last night’s glamour-fest.

Emma Stone

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Emma Stone’s performance in La La Land may have bagged her the award for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy, but it was her stunning, starry, pale pink Valentino gown which was the real show stopper last night. When asked about her gown on the red carpet the actress responded “it’s pink and there are stars on it” which some may say is an apt description, but does not give this exquisite gown enough credit if you asked me.

Lily Collins

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Lily Collins wore a romantic, pink Zuhair Murad Couture gown, littered with intricate floral embroidery that was fit for a princess heading to the most exclusive of balls, never mind the Golden Globes. Lily stole the limelight in this beautiful feminine gown which was  perfectly accompanied with a bold red-lip, subtle rosy-pink eyeshadow and a braided-do that Rapunzel herself would envy.

Runners-Up

Ruth Negga – Louis Vuitton

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Sarah Paulson – Marc Jacobs

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Kerry Washington – Dolce & Gabbana

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Michelle Williams – Louis Vuitton

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NEW YEAR, NEW BOOTS

These boots were made for walking, and walk into a new year is what they’ll do!

I know I haven’t posted in a while, but I wanted to take a break from writing (and all uni work, oops) over the festive period and fully immerse myself in all the festivities. Since my last post I have turned 21 and I spent my birthday weekend in the most magical way, visiting the Warner Bros Harry Potter Studio Tour and watching the spectacular play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. A post on which is soon to come. I spent New Year’s Eve exactly how I wanted. Unlike the masses I was not partying hard, but doing exactly the opposite, lounging around in my pj’s whilst chowing down on some delicious Chinese grub and online shopping! I mean what better way to welcome in the new year than buying yourself a pair of Kat Maconie boots you’ve been longing for reduced from £200 to £80! With another year under the belt, I am looking forward to the new year with a sense of excitement and nervousness. I have already got many exciting plans for 2017, which include two trips to New York, New York. Whilst I have plenty to look forward to and I am very lucky to be visiting the Big Apple twice in one year, I can’t help but feel nervous about my upcoming long-haul flights (as I despise flying) and graduating university later this year. As an extremely pessimistic person I have decided that my New Year’s resolution is to be more positive, which I have broken numerous times already. But I am going to try my hardest to have a more positive outlook. Whilst I don’t have any set plans post-graduation, I do know that I am going to spend at least a year considering different areas of work outside of the law and applying for various internships. This is to ensure I choose the right career before rushing into one willy-nilly. For me this year is going to be all about clarifying and working out which is the best route for me. Whilst the uncertainty fills me with dread, I am looking forward to what the future holds and what I will discover.

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