Since opening the Mr. Larkin webshop I have had so many beautiful lookbooks submitted for consideration the last few seasons. Since we share our favourites with you from the runway I also want to share some of my favorites from the brilliant indie designer as well. First up, the FW14 collection from Feral Childe. Yours, C
photography by Jonathan Hökklo
Paris marks the end of a very lengthy fashion month…Is it just me or does each fashion week seem to run longer than the last? That being said, they always save the best for last! It wasn’t easy for all of us to pick only 3 favorite shows since there were so many good ones to choose from…but here are the ones we landed on. As we wrap up the Fall 2014 show season we bid fashion week au revoir til next season!
You can always count on the design houses in Paris to pull out all the stops. Alexander Wang has really hit his stride at Balenciaga showing strong collections that seamlessly blend his tech style and the classic look of the house. What wowed this season was his use of new materials and textures like latex-coated over-sized knits and knitted leather on pouch pockets. He is also ushering in a new era of it bags for the house- and why would the models carry one bag…when they can carry 3!. Raf Simons collection for Christian Dior was pure ease – despite its quite tailored pieces. The collection was full of shape and movement- but it all seemed fluid and real and not too forced. As usual Kenzo showed wearable sellable separates, but this collection seemed more sophisticated and chic than previous ones…looks like the new Kenzo has grown up beyond making “It” sweatshirts. xo -P-
Oversized, clean-lined, layered neutrals continue to be my favorite look for Fall. The irresistible silhouettes of painterly neutrals at Christophe Lemaire are just that-irresistable. They are easy yet modern, adapting to any (well funded) lifestyle, so it’s no wonder Hermès is also at the [very] top of my list. Christophe Lemaire’s subtleties carry through to the iconic French house giving the Hermès woman that mysterious elegance Lemaire does so well. And last, but again not least, Christian Wijnants…the show was beautiful, but I completely fell in love with this Antwerp-based designer’s collection after seeing the pieces up close at the showroom. The soft palettes of textiles and knitwear were inspired by the art of Japanese-French artist Tsugouharu Foujita, and this collection has that perfect blend of Eastern and Western influence–which has certainly become the look of the times. Yours, C
It looks like the polar vortex inspired designers in Paris too…or at least that was the case at Chloe, where things were chic, cozy and a little crazy – in the best way possible. The softer silk slips paired with knits and outerwear were special, but Creative Director Clare Waight Keller had me at the printed fur. Next, even though we’re talking about Paris, I have to give a nod to my fellow Italians via this mini ode to Valentino. PFW was heavy on the 60s trend but designer Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli just may have done it best. They also infused a heavy dose of 70s inspiration with fringe and free-flowing feminine silhouettes that made my heart flutter. I loved this show so much, I almost want to count it twice. But alas, I have to give some props to Maiyet. A baby compared to my other veteran picks, but Maiyet designer Kristy Caylor is holding her own. xN
all photos from Style.com
Instagram is a funny place. Flooded with so many images ( some good, bad and ugly) – it’s become rather hard to pick and choose who you follow. But one day last week, stuck in a waiting room, I spent some time poking around some of the images some people I follow had liked. That’s how I discovered the drawings and doodles of @DonaldDrawbertson. With over 18,000 followers, I clearly wasn’t the first one to discover his raw drawings of the fashion and pop culture world…and upon further inspection I found out he has quite a pedigree.
@Donalddrawbertson is née Donald Robertson and is the head of Creative Development of the beauty giant Bobbi Brown Cosmetics and one of the original founders of MAC Cosmetics, where he also helped launch VivaGlam. He also spent many years as a creative director at Conde Nast and Hearst. I am not sure how he finds time after his day job to draw, paint and create …but he does and we all get to reap the benefits. I highly suggest you check him out on Instagram ( what i actually mean is…follow him now!)
All Photos From @DonaldDrawbertson
I was in Paris last week for fashion week and wanted to share some of the snapshots from my trip. We hit some beautiful shows, but most of our time was spent hopping from the 1st arr to the 4th on buying appointments for Mr. Larkin. Shows are so lovely, but seeing a collection up close in the showroom is so personal. We saw many exquisite collections like Creatures of Comfort, Ryan Roche, Ter et Bantine, Christian Wijnants and Jacquemus- leaving each collection dreaming of next Falls’s stories. Needless to say editing down my orders for AW14 is going to be quite the challenge. Hope you enjoy the pics from my stylin’ journey. Bisous, C