Thursday, 7 March 2013

CarrieMe's Christmas colour wish list, straight off the catwalk!

As the fashion season draws to a close, colour trends have been firmly established throughout the big four fashion capitals. We focus on Fall 2013/14 to ensure you're ahead of the pack, enabling you to accessorize CarrieMe with your Christmas collection. We also had a peek at Pantone, the old school colour forecaster, and for all designers just in case there are any we missed!
Pantone's top 10 for Fall 2013 for women
Pantone predict Acai purple, Emerald green, Mykonos blue, Samba red and Vivacious pink as the most popular colour pops for Fall. Seems about right, with key colours on the catwalk for Christmas-

Fuchsia which was fierce at Tom Ford, Jasper Conran and Paul Smith. Fuchisia was prominent along with ruby red, dusky pink. Accessorise this trend by wearing a CarrieMe classic, glamour or vintage bag hook in this shade of eye-popping pink. Our Parasian fashion blog featured favourite Nina Ricci's Fall collection where Red was big, likewise at Moschino for winter 2013/14 who are known for their fun and flirty aesthetics.

Fuchisa and Red for Winter 2013/14

CarrieMe Vintage bag hook

Aquamarine, emerald and teal shades of green featured in Matthew Williamson, Julian McDonald, L'Wren Scott, and many more. Put the CarrieMe Finder in Emerald on your Christmas list, to add a splash of colour to our fall outfits. This beautiful shade reminds me of exotic beach holidays... The CarrieMe Finder for mobiles and keys is a beautifully useful gift for Christmas.

Purple was popular for many designers, a deep, luxurious almost regal shade. This shade is amazing next to oxblood red, gold and aquamarine. As featured in our blog on Marios Schwab's A/W collection from London fashion week.

Mustard shades was much sought after at L'Wren Scott, Maxmara, Johnathan Saunders, and Peter Pilotto. This spicy, winter warmer shade of yellow looks best against black, but works with earthy tones inspired by nature; rust brown, sage and fennel green, big for autumn. Our goldy yellow finder and bag hook is bang on trend for this A/W period. Please Santa, may I have these L'Wren Scott shoes slipped into my stocking...they would look great when accessorised with my CarrieMe bag hook ;)

Mustard Must haves...

If your looking for a more subtle shade, this cool colour palette of Baby pinks and Powder blues are the ones to go for - these pastel shades were featured next to neutrals in Celine, Carven, Dries Van Noten, Nina Ricci, and even H&M which showed their first ever catwalk collection in Paris.

Soft pinks and blues for A/W - Celine, H&M, Carven, Celine, and Nina Ricci

Lots of Neutrals such as beige, caramel, and nude were of course largely featured throughout many of the minimalistic collections for A/W 2013/14. The A/W 2012 collection at CarrieMe featured quirky faux fur snowballs in a gorgeous snowy creme and grey..... and CarrieMe are thinking of creating some neutral accessories with an extra special finish inspired by Christmas .... Watch this space!

What would you like to see at CarrieMe?

Monday, 4 March 2013

Parisian Fashion - from cheeky peek-a-boo to minimalism

Nearly closing time at Paris Fashion Week and time to say Au Revoir to the fashion season for another six months - sad times!

In general Paris was quite commercial with minimalistic and classic collections. There don't seem to be many new or ground breaking trends emerging!

Designer Pheobe Philo was our favourite French fashion house - Celine showed her trademark modern, minimalistic aesthetic for both S/S and A/W.  Autumn Winter was beautiful, very cool cocoon shape coats - slightly oversized. We saw the oversized look at Milan Fashion Week but Celine's aren't so exaggerated, making these definitely more wearable. Colours in neutral, cream, grey and navy, this collection is easy to wear, low maintenance chic.

Celine A/W
Nina Ricci showed an impressive Autumn Winter collection too, with a 1950's influence. Sexy silhouettes which hugged the body, cheeky lingerie elements such as peek-a-boo bralet/tank tops, and cropped cardigans. Peter Copping manages to design a sexy collection which still remains sophisticated. CarrieMe's favourite was the red jacket with neckline that looked like a sweater tied around the shoulders.
Nina Ricci A/W
Raf Simons caused some controversy with his new collection as Creative Director of Christian Dior. Dior for me has always stood for drama and timeless glamour, yet Raf's collection was a clean minimalistic collection, in contrast to Galliano who always created show stopping, extravagant catwalks. Raf ditched the classic hourglass silhouette for a collection of slim trouser suits and tuxedos in stark shades of black, grey and white for both S/S.

Christian Dior Ready-to-wear S/S
At Milan fashion week the suit was also a strong trend, and maybe with the current economic climate Raf wanted to make things more current, and toned down. I'm just not sure whether Dior diehard fans want to see this though. People like to use fashion to escape the daily mundane by adding a touch of glamour in order to spice up our lives. Final pieces in S/S were full ball skirts in an irredescent type of satin, dressed down with black jumpers.

Christian Dior Final Pieces S/S
Christian Dior A/W
Dior's A/W consisted of a similar colour palette, but with a touch of red and blue. Outfits were mainly bar jackets, shift dresses, and cocktail dresses - for the party season. Houndstooth fabric finishes were apparent throughout. A little more exciting than S/S's plain collection! This one also featured some Andy Warhol artwork, copied and embroidered onto strapless cocktail dresses.

What do you think of the new Dior image, is it the way forward?