Pretty Dreamy: Narces at World MasterCard Fashion Week Spring 2014

The spring collections at this year’s World MasterCard Fashion Week have been nothing short of inspirational. I’ve been adding to my list of spring inspirations daily. Runway highlights have included the pop art prints at Pink Tartan, the oodles of silk chiffon and laser-cut lace at David Dixon and the wash of navy all over the Joe Fresh runway seen everything from fitted tuxedo suits to delicate slip dresses. Another collection that I knew would be out for my retro heart was Narces.

Described as a designer influenced by iconic women of the 1940-60s synonymous with romantic glamour and who embrace a unique sense of style, Nikki Wirthensohn’s after-five and evening wear collection was a true pleasure to see up close.

Narces had me with the first look that graced the runway. A pretty, ballerina style dress in frothy white and silvery beading set the tone for the remainder of the show – one that was elegant and glamorous, but also fun, fresh and unpretentious.

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It’s difficult to pick only a few favourite looks, but those that really grabbed my attention were the dresses adorned with giant pearls, the sugary pastel frocks and the long-sleeved dresses dripping in sequins.

See just some of my favourites below.

What have been some of your favourite WMCFW runway looks?

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– Jodi Goulart

Photos by George Pimentel

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Retro Fitted: Paris Fashion Week Spring 2014 Highlights

There’s something about Paris Fashion Week that stirs up a feverish swoon among the fashion industry elite and enthusiasts alike. This season was – of course – magnificent. There was Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Lanvin and Alexander McQueen that had everyone buzzing, myself included. However, as you know, I’m here to bring you the retro-inspired looks that had me falling head-over-kitten-heels for. I’ve compiled some runway looks that did just that.

What were some of your favourite looks?

ALEXIS MABILLE
Imagine Rosie the Riveter as a runway model and all-out-glamour-girl and you have Alexis Mabille’s Spring collection. Though I’m not one to favour anything labeled “tomboy,” military pants and jackets and denim workwear-inspired dresses were softened here in slinky silhouettes and flowing silk. There was a dose of Dixie-fried Americana thrown in with crystal-embellished rodeo shirts that added an element of kitsch to the collection.

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NINA RICCI
The Nina Ricci collection harmoniously brought together a perfect juxtaposition of structured 18th-century shapes like tailcoats and cropped, tailored pants with romantic pieces such as lace slip dresses and satin bow blouses. The collection felt like a breath of fresh air over the English countryside but with a strong, masculine edge.

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ROCHAS
Shortly before news broke that Rochas designer Marco Zanini is heading to Schiaparelli as the creative director of the revived house, Zanini’s final collection for Rochas graced the runway. What a swan song it was!  The collection was lush and exuberant with sugary, pastel shades of yellow, blue and pink that gleamed and shimmered in gold and silvery tones. There were crystal embellishments on jackets and ostrich plumes on shoes that added the perfect amount of whimsy. The highlights included satin coats with jacquard velvet that I could just live in, thank you very much.

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OLYMPIA LE-TAN
Olympia Le-Tan gives me that thrill that Betsey Johnson once did when I was a teenager. Don’t get me wrong, I still love Betsey! Le-Tan’s brand of sexy, in-your-face quirkiness is something that I will never tire of. The Spring collection was dubbed a Girl in Every Port and Le-Tan described this season’s girl as going for a long boat ride where she mingles with sailors, pirates and mermaids. The designer’s mood board that was shared on Style.com featured images of Marilyn Monroe and Bettie Page and definitely explained the hyper-sexuality of the collection presentation.

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– Jodi Goulart

All images from Style.com

Retro Fitted: London Fashion Week Spring 2014 Highlights

There’s something about the British style sensibility and my style crush on Brit It girls – Peaches and Pixie Geldof, Alexa Chung, Daisy Lowe, Kelly Osbourne and Paloma Faith – that always inspires me. It’s that combination of anything-goes, quirky cool with polished refinement that finds its way onto the runways and into the front row during London Fashion Week.

I’ve compiled a gathering of some of my favourite retro-inspired looks from London Fashion Week.

What are some of your favourite looks?

BURBERRY

I’m a sucker for lace and pastel so when I saw the combination of the two with the Burberry Spring collection, I got seriously giddy. Designer Christopher Bailey injected the image of the classic English Rose with some sexiness – cashmere cardigans pulled back over lace pencil skirts exposing knickers underneath and polka-dot pencil skirts paired with soft sweaters.

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HOUSE OF HOLLAND

Based on Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet from 1996, Henry Holland’s collection paid homage to the film while incorporating the look of chola girl gangs from nineties Los Angeles. Iconography including roses, crosses, hearts and even the Virgin Mary found itself on chino shirt dresses and wiggle dresses. Other highlights included the acid-hued gingham plaid on full skirts, dress shirts and slip dresses.

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MOSCHINO CHEAP & CHIC

The Valley of the Dolls meets pop-art Barbie aesthetic had me drooling over the images from the Moschino Cheap & Chic collection. Flamingo and palm-tree prints, tweed in neon brights and fluffy feathers on strappy heels had me dreaming of cocktail pool parties in Palm Springs.

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L’WREN SCOTT

While I save my fashion-collaboration dollars for the L’Wren Scott for Banana Republic collection, images of the designer’s Spring collection will easily tide me over. Scott’s collection was inspired by Japan and exuded a glamorous, sophisticated sexiness. Kimono-style dresses, tailored pantsuits and lacey umbrellas were my highlights.

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TEMPERLEY

Look up the word “pretty” in the dictionary and the definition should be: Temperley. This collection had me swooning in a pretty pink haze. Rose damask fabrics, pink embroidered flowers on organza, crystal embellishments and cherry-blossom prints were pure sartorial confection.

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– Jodi Goulart

All images from Style.com