London Fashion Week 2017 - Burberry

Everyone knows I have a slight crush on Penelope Cruz.  I even endured the full run time of Zoolander 2 just to get my fix.  So when I heard that the future Mrs Davies was attending the Burberry Show at London Fashion Week, I was double excited.  In fact, the audience was a veritable who's who of A-List stars that included Naomi Campbell, Tinie Tempah, Anna Wintour, Suki Waterhouse and Olivia Palermo.

Photo Credit: David Benett (Getty Images)

Photo Credit: David Benett (Getty Images)

The show featured Burberry’s 'Ready to Wear' Autumn / Winter 2017 collection and further cemented Christopher Bailey's rise to stardom which has been 16 years in the making.  Bailey joined Burberry as Design Director in May 2001 and from the outset his creative vision was applied to all aspects of the brand.  He was responsible for all collections, brand imagery, consumer-facing activities incorporating product design and development, creative marketing, architecture, consumer technology and digital innovation.  Now, as Chief Creative Officer and Chief Executive Officer, he has the responsibility for creating and delivering the next chapter in Burberry’s global vision and business strategy.

Photo Credit: Gareth Cattermole (Getty Images)

Photo Credit: Gareth Cattermole (Getty Images)

The show was inspired by British sculptor Henry Moore, whose famed bronze sculptures, often of reclining figures, are renowned public artworks all over the world.  The show was kicked off by singer Anna Calvi who burst out onto a balcony above the runway with an electric guitar.  She performed two songs before smashing a cover of Christine and the Queen's “iT” as the artist herself bopped along in appreciation from the front row.

The star-studded audience were wowed by seventy-nine looks, all utilising a neutral palette of white, ivory, navy, and gray fabrics.  The collection included deconstructed knitwear and sweaters worn under strings of oversized pearls, extravagant shoulder pieces that were embroidered with pearls, feathers, lace and other elaborate embellishments and lace blouses inspired by the delicacy of the maquettes Moore made out of sticks and straw.

Check out my favourite looks below:

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All runway photos courtesy of Getty Images

All runway photos courtesy of Getty Images

The March Glossies

Each month, we provide an overview of the best fashion magazines and what they have to offer.  Check out the March 2017 issues:

Cosmopolitan

The Cover Star - Ruby Rose

Leading Articles - Actor Corey Hawkins, 'Meet the Instagram Make-Up Moguls' and designer Donna Ida Thornton 

Dazed and Confused (Winter Edition)

The Cover Stars - Finn Wolfhard and Millie Bobby Brown

Leading Articles - Actress Sigourney Weaver, the Stars of TV show Stranger Things, The Crown TV star Venetia Scott, Singer Róisín Murphy, Band The Lemon Twigs and Japanese Photographer Nobuyoshi Araki.

Elle

The Cover Star - Emma Watson

Leading Articles - The XX Frontwoman Romy Madley Croft, Comedian Chelsea Handler, philanthropist Fatima Zaman and A.W.A.K.E. founder Natalia Alaverdian.

Esquire

The Cover Star - Keanu Reeves

Leading Articles - Designer Paul Smith, Actor Michael Keaton and 'Erotica Reviewed'

Glamour

The Cover Star - Dakota Johnson

Leading Articles - Popstar Zara Karsson, The Glamour Beauty Festival and Comedian Dawn O'Porter

GQ

The Cover Star - Ed Sheeran

Leading Articles - Singer Rag 'n' Bone Man, Author Anna Conrad, DJ Nick Grimshaw and American journalist Michael Wolff

Harper's Bazaar

The Cover Star - Sam Rollinson

Leading Articles - Fashion Issue featured Joan Smalls, Lineisy Montero and Carolyn Murphy

Marie Claire

The Cover Star - Julianne Moore

Leading Articles - Actress Christina Ricci, Legand Goldie Hawn and Band Christine and The Queens

Tatler

The Cover Star - Grace Hodge

Leading Articles - Art Dealer Dominique Lévy, Reality TV Star Sophia Money-Coutts and 'The Biggest Tax Dodge Ever?'

Vogue

The Cover Stars - Gigi Hadid

Leading Articles - Designer Jonathan Anderson, Actress Elisa Lasowski and Musician Maggie Rogers

70th British Academy Film Awards

The 70th British Academy Film Awards, more commonly known as the BAFTAs, was held on 12 February 2017 at the Royal Albert Hall in London, to honour the best British and international contributions to film in 2016.  Hosted by Stephen Fry, the big winners on the night was La La Land.

Check out the winners below, together with the best red carpet fashion.

Outstanding British Film: I, Daniel Blake

EE Rising Star: Tom Holland

Adapted Screenplay: Lion (Luke Davies)

Supporting Actress: Viola Davis (Fences)

Animated Film: Kubo and the Two Strings

Special Visual Effects: The Jungle Book

Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer: Under the Shadow (Babak Anvari, Emily Leo, Oliver Roskill, Lucan Toh)

Supporting Actor: Dev Patel (Lion)

Outstanding British Contribution to Film: Curzon

Original Screenplay: Manchester By The Sea

Leading Actor: Casey Affleck (Manchester By The Sea)

Director: Damien Chazelle (La La Land)

Leading Actress: Emma Stone (La La Land)

Best Film: La La Land

Fellowship Award: Mel Brooks

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (Photo Credit: Gareth Cattermole / Getty Images)

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (Photo Credit: Gareth Cattermole / Getty Images)

Host Stephen Fry (Dave Benett / Getty Images)

Host Stephen Fry (Dave Benett / Getty Images)

Emma Stone (Photo Credit: Chris Jackson / Getty Images)

Emma Stone (Photo Credit: Chris Jackson / Getty Images)

Andrew Garfield (Photo Credit: Dave Benett / Getty Images)

Andrew Garfield (Photo Credit: Dave Benett / Getty Images)

Amy Adams (Photo Credit: Dave J Hogan / Getty Images)

Amy Adams (Photo Credit: Dave J Hogan / Getty Images)

Nicole Kidman (Photo Credit: Dave Benett / Getty Images)

Nicole Kidman (Photo Credit: Dave Benett / Getty Images)

Tom Ford (Photo Credit: Dominic Lipinski / PA Wire)

Tom Ford (Photo Credit: Dominic Lipinski / PA Wire)

Viola Davis (Photo Credit: Vianney Le Caer / AP)

Viola Davis (Photo Credit: Vianney Le Caer / AP)

Casey Affleck (Photo Credit: Chris Jackson / Getty Images)

Casey Affleck (Photo Credit: Chris Jackson / Getty Images)

Naomie Harris (Photo Credit: Mike Marsland / WireImage)

Naomie Harris (Photo Credit: Mike Marsland / WireImage)

Dev Patel (Photo Credit: Dave Benett / Getty Images)

Dev Patel (Photo Credit: Dave Benett / Getty Images)

Penelope Cruz (Photo Credit: Chris Jackson / Getty Images)

Penelope Cruz (Photo Credit: Chris Jackson / Getty Images)

Tom Holland (Photo Credit: Dave Benett / Getty Images)

Tom Holland (Photo Credit: Dave Benett / Getty Images)

Meryl Streep (Mike Marsland / WireImage)

Meryl Streep (Mike Marsland / WireImage)

 Felicity Jones (Photo Credit: Dave Benett / Getty Images)

 Felicity Jones (Photo Credit: Dave Benett / Getty Images)

Emily Blunt (Mike Marsland / WireImage)

Emily Blunt (Mike Marsland / WireImage)

Bryce Dallas Howard and Ron Howard (Photo Credit: Dominic Lipinski / PA Wire)

Bryce Dallas Howard and Ron Howard (Photo Credit: Dominic Lipinski / PA Wire)

Michelle Williams (Photo Credit: Doug Peters / EMPICS Entertainment)

Michelle Williams (Photo Credit: Doug Peters / EMPICS Entertainment)

Sam Taylor-Johnson and Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Photo Credit: Chris Jackson / Getty Images)

Sam Taylor-Johnson and Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Photo Credit: Chris Jackson / Getty Images)

J. K. Rowling and Neil Murray (Photo Credit: Chris Jackson / Getty Images)

J. K. Rowling and Neil Murray (Photo Credit: Chris Jackson / Getty Images)

Thandie Newton (Photo Credit: Dave J Hogan / Getty Images

Thandie Newton (Photo Credit: Dave J Hogan / Getty Images

Sophie Turner (Photo Credit: Ian West / PA Wire)

Sophie Turner (Photo Credit: Ian West / PA Wire)

Laura Whitmore (Photo Credit: Doug Peters / EMPICS Entertainment)

Laura Whitmore (Photo Credit: Doug Peters / EMPICS Entertainment)

Noel Clarke and Iris Da-Silva (Photo Credit: Chris Jackson / Getty Images)

Noel Clarke and Iris Da-Silva (Photo Credit: Chris Jackson / Getty Images)

Caitriona Balfe (Photo Credit: Chris Jackson / Getty Images)

Caitriona Balfe (Photo Credit: Chris Jackson / Getty Images)

Ava West (Photo Credit: Doug Peters / EMPICS Entertainment)

Ava West (Photo Credit: Doug Peters / EMPICS Entertainment)

Hugh Grant and Anna Elisabet Eberstein (Photo Credit: Chris Jackson / Getty Images)

Hugh Grant and Anna Elisabet Eberstein (Photo Credit: Chris Jackson / Getty Images)

Mel Brookes (Photo Credit: Dominic Lipinski / PA Wire)

Mel Brookes (Photo Credit: Dominic Lipinski / PA Wire)

Puma #ForeverFierce Campaign Featuring Kylie Jenner

The new Puma campaign has dropped and it's all kinds of awesomeness!  

You may be forgiven to thinking that this is a clip straight out of the 2010 thriller 'Black Swan' as Kylie is seen swinging from silk ropes and pulling out some eye-watering dance moves.  However, the collection has been designed in collaboration with the New York City Ballet company, and is aptly named 'Swan Pack'.

Puma state: "The PUMA Swan pack is a collection inspired by and made for self-expression.  It is designed to be #ForeverFierce.  Just like Kylie Jenner.  As an entrepreneur, trendsetter and style icon, Kylie Jenner constantly pushes limits.  She makes every move with fierceness, whether she's taking risks on the red carpet, starting new trends, building up her beauty empire, or building her social media following."

I really love the aestetic of the collection, which includes a black cape with feather-inspired graphics, and black trainers with iridescent and reflective details.  The ballet theme is evident throughout the collection, with a neutral palette of black and white, with a splash of colour in pieces.

I wonder how what the reception was like from a certain Mr Kanye West?  After Kylie's ambassador deal was first revealed, Kanye hit out at Puma for trying to 'divide the family'.  He tweeted: "1000% there will never be a Kylie Puma anything. That's on my family! 1000% Kylie is on Yeezy team!!!"  But clearly the partnership between the Kylie and Puma is still going strong. 

Are you #TeamPuma or #TeamYeezy ?

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All photos courtesy of PUMA

All photos courtesy of PUMA

Hugo Boss S/S 2017 Campaign - Digital Oasis

The difficulty with established fashion brands is remaining relevant in an age of social media influences and up-and-coming boutique brands that want to steal their crowns.  To this end, Hugo Boss have crammed some of the brightest new stars in their S/S 2017 Campaign.

Photo Credit: Harley Weir

Photo Credit: Harley Weir

The 'Digital Oasis' campaign was shot in the Californian desert by renowned fashion photographer, and personal hero of mine, Harley Weir.  The shoot included Bella Hadid's younger model sibling Awar Hadid, musician Soko, twin brothers Wyatt and Fletcher Shears from the underground garage band The Garden and models Luka Sabbat, Felix Gesnouin and Devon Aoki.

The collection focuses on clean silhouettes “influenced by the precision of digital, but thrown together and styled with relaxed attitude.”  The designs feature vibrant prints, 3D optic patterns and bold cactus flower motifs, which have been combined with Hugo Boss’s effortless tailoring, to create a perfect range of ready-to-wear garments and accessories.

Check out a selection of images from HUGO Hugo Boss Spring/Summer 2017 campaign below:

Photo Credit: Harley Weir

Photo Credit: Harley Weir

Photo Credit: Harley Weir

Photo Credit: Harley Weir

Photo Credit: Harley Weir

Photo Credit: Harley Weir

Photo Credit: Harley Weir

Photo Credit: Harley Weir

Photo Credit: Harley Weir

Photo Credit: Harley Weir

Photo Credit: Harley Weir

Photo Credit: Harley Weir

Photo Credit: Harley Weir

Photo Credit: Harley Weir

Photo Credit: Harley Weir

Photo Credit: Harley Weir

National Television Awards 2017

The National Television Awards 2017 were held at the O2 Arena in London tonight.  Hosted by Dermot O'Leary, the big winners were Ant and Dec who won three awards!

Check out the winners below, together with the best red carpet fashion

Dermot O'Leary (Photo Credit: Indigo Television)

Dermot O'Leary (Photo Credit: Indigo Television)

Best Entertainment Programme - Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway

Best Drama - Casualty

Best Factual Entertainment - Googlebox

Best Serial Drama Performance - Lacey Turner (Eastenders)

Best Comedy - Mrs Browns Boys

Best TV Judge - Mary Berry

Best Daytime Programme - The Chase

Best Period Drama - Call The Midwife

Best Live Magazine Show - This Morning

Best Newcomer - Faye Brookes (Coronation Street)

Best TV Presenter - Ant and Dec (Saturday Night Takeaway)

Special Recognition - Graham Norton

Best Drama Performance - Sarah Lancashire (Happy Valley)

Best Challenge Show - I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here

Best Serial Drama - Emmerdale

Best Talent Show - Strictly Come Dancing

Scarlett Moffett (Photo Credit: Ian West / PA Wire)

Scarlett Moffett (Photo Credit: Ian West / PA Wire)

Michelle Keegan (Photo Credit: Anthony Harvey / Getty Images)

Michelle Keegan (Photo Credit: Anthony Harvey / Getty Images)

Tess Daly and Vernon Kay (Photo Credit: Ian West / PA Wire)

Tess Daly and Vernon Kay (Photo Credit: Ian West / PA Wire)

Katie Price wearing Kolchagov Barba (Photo Credit: Anthony Harvey / Getty Images)

Katie Price wearing Kolchagov Barba (Photo Credit: Anthony Harvey / Getty Images)

Holly Willoughby wearing Samuel Dougal (Photo Credit: Dave J Hogan / Getty Images)

Holly Willoughby wearing Samuel Dougal (Photo Credit: Dave J Hogan / Getty Images)

Leigh Francis and Paddy McGuinness (Image Credit: Ian West / PA Wire)

Leigh Francis and Paddy McGuinness (Image Credit: Ian West / PA Wire)

Sam Faiers (Photo Credit: Matt Crossick / PA Wire)

Sam Faiers (Photo Credit: Matt Crossick / PA Wire)

Michelle Heaton wearing Piamichi (Photo Credit: Ian West / PA Wire)

Michelle Heaton wearing Piamichi (Photo Credit: Ian West / PA Wire)

Stacey Solomon (Photo Credit: Ian West / PA Wire)

Stacey Solomon (Photo Credit: Ian West / PA Wire)

Joe Wicks (Photo Credit: Ian West / PA Wire)

Joe Wicks (Photo Credit: Ian West / PA Wire)

Jorgie Porter wearing Nadine Merabi (Ian West / PA Wire)

Jorgie Porter wearing Nadine Merabi (Ian West / PA Wire)

Vicky Pattison (Ian West / PA Images)

Vicky Pattison (Ian West / PA Images)

Ola Jordan wearing Ola Couture (Photo Credit: Matt Crosswick / PA Wire)

Ola Jordan wearing Ola Couture (Photo Credit: Matt Crosswick / PA Wire)

Matt Terry and Saara Aalto (Photo Credit: Ian West / PA Wire)

Matt Terry and Saara Aalto (Photo Credit: Ian West / PA Wire)

Ruth Langford and Eamonn Holmes (Ian West / PA Wire)

Ruth Langford and Eamonn Holmes (Ian West / PA Wire)

Rochelle Humes (Photo Credit: Matt Crossick / PA Wire)

Rochelle Humes (Photo Credit: Matt Crossick / PA Wire)

Katie Piper (Photo Credit: Anthony Harvey / Getty Images

Katie Piper (Photo Credit: Anthony Harvey / Getty Images

Tom Jones (Photo Credit: Ian West / PA Wire)

Tom Jones (Photo Credit: Ian West / PA Wire)

Sam Quek (Photo Credit: Matt Crossick / PA Wire)

Sam Quek (Photo Credit: Matt Crossick / PA Wire)

Casey Batchelor (Photo Credit: Ian West / PA Wire)

Casey Batchelor (Photo Credit: Ian West / PA Wire)

Francine Lewis (Photo Credit: Matt Crosswick / PA Wire)

Francine Lewis (Photo Credit: Matt Crosswick / PA Wire)

Chloe Sims (Anthony Harvey / Getty Images)

Chloe Sims (Anthony Harvey / Getty Images)

Gareth Gates and Faye Brookes (Photo Credit: David M Benett / Getty Images)

Gareth Gates and Faye Brookes (Photo Credit: David M Benett / Getty Images)

Louis Vuitton x Supreme

Something important happened in Paris on Thursday.  Louis Vuitton, the world's biggest luxury brand, launched their collaboration line with skater label Supreme in their 2017 Autumn / Winter Show.

Photo Credit: Getty

Photo Credit: Getty

Important how?  Well, the move represents a distinct shift in the landscape of luxury clothing.  A move of this calibre would have been unthought of 5 years ago.  This is a mix of street culture and high-fashion to the extreme.

The collection was was inspired by New York and the collaborative working methods of Jean-Michele Basquiat, Keith Haring, Julian Schnabel, Robert Mapplethorpe and Andy Warhol in particular.  Of course, collaborations are not new; however the key difference here is the seemingly polar opposites in brand identity.  Yes, Marc Jacobs collaborated with artist Stephen Sprouse during his time at LV and Gucci's Alessandro Michele teamed up with graffiti artist Gucci Ghost, but these are individuals not brands from the extremes of the fashion spectrum.  So how would you describe this menswear collection?  “It's not streetwear,” said Louis Vuitton’s artistic director of menswear, Kim Jones. “It’s American sportswear.  Well, really, it’s just modern menswear – it’s just what people wear now.”

Photo Credit: lmaxtree

Photo Credit: lmaxtree

Of course, Kim Jones has experience in the sportswear arena, through his projects with Umbro in the mid-noughties.  Here Jones pushed from the opposite direction, thrusting the trainingwear led company into the fashion arena.  And even further back, Jones cut his teeth working for Gimme5, a London distributor who sourced Supreme to seminal Soho shops like The Hideout. 

Photo Credit: lmaxtree

Photo Credit: lmaxtree

But can the LV x Supreme collab really work?  Jones thinks so, "It taps into a feeling that cult brands with devoted fans producing clothes with oblique logos and 'in joke' slogans are becoming a dominant force in the high fashion world."  The meld of styles has resulted in denim jackets and bumbags adorned by the distinct red and white Supreme colourway, backpacks, handbags and pouches embossed with the logos of both brands.

Photo Credit: lmaxtree

Photo Credit: lmaxtree

Rumours of a LV x Supreme collab surfaced in early January when an image appeared on Jones' Instagram, before quickly being taken down.  A slip of the finger or part of a guerilla marketing campaign?  However, many were skeptical since the two brands had a legal dispute in 2000; Louis Vuitton had sent a cease and desist letter to Supreme for making and selling skateboard decks that bore a print similar to LV’s toile monogram.  Supreme responded by pulling the deck from its site.  When speaking with Vogue, Jones confirmed that the collab had been in development for about a year, so it appears that the brands have kissed and made up.  “In this world where everyone wants the new, new, new, it’s nice to be able to throw in something that’s completely fresh,” Jones stated, “All I’m trying to do is create customer excitement and create things that I enjoy.”

Photo Credit: lmaxtree

Photo Credit: lmaxtree

So what exactly is the objective for this collab?  Firstly, it is common knowledge that Supreme fans display a fervent appreciation of the brand.  It is commonplace that overnight queues form outside the Supreme New York store when new collections are about to drop.  And it is the same fans who bought Supreme branded clay bricks from eBay for up to $1,000!  So sales are almost guaranteed.  Secondly, it gives LV an opportunity to tap into the millennial market and up their cool factor within this hotly contested demographic.

The collection is released on Monday July 17th 2017 in selected stores.  I share the optimism of Kim Jones and think the collaboration with be a huge success.  In fact, I think Louis Vuitton has changed the luxury fashion landscape, blurring the lines between high-end brands and cultural streetwear.

Do you share this optimism?  Do you think other luxury brands will follow suit?  Leave me a comment below with your thoughts.