February 27 2014
The Top 5 Trends From Milan Fashion Week!
1. Blanket Dressing
If you are curious as to how you’ll be wanting to wrap up come autumn, look no further than the new season’s blanket dressing code. Whether it’s a plaid cape, hand-woven poncho or picnic blanket style stole, just throw it on over your shoulders. Left to Right: Roberto Cavalli, Etro, Ferragamo
2. Forest Fairytale
When it comes to colour there is only one shade you’ll be wanting to swathe yourself in come September and that’s….green. From sludgy khaki to a m more vibrant chartreuse models showcased a spectrum of leafy hues. Left to Right: Dolce & Gabbana, Etro, Just Cavalli
3. Goat Hair Rules
Long goat haired jackets took centre stage at Gucci and Prada, offering a textured option for insulating against inclement climes. Left to Right: Gucci, Prada, Just Cavalli
4. The Jagged Edge
Jagged edged colour blocks bisected dresses and skirts to offer a poppy detail to many collections…..Left to Right: Bottega Veneta, Missoni, Tod's, Emilio Pucci
5. Sheerly There
Sheer fabrics were back in a good way. Offering a new (and racy) way to reveal your thighs, sheer black fabric skirts were ubiquitous – team them yours with a chunky sweater and plenty of fashion chutzpah. Left to Right: Aquilano.Rimondi, No.21. Fendi, Prada
February 24 2014
See What We Loved On Our Fourth Day At Milan Fashion Week
Our fourth day in Milan begun in the best way possible: with sunshine and a ginormous dollop of Roberto Cavalli glitz. Grazia's Executive Fashion and Beauty Director, Charlie Miller, continues to bring you the MFW experience through her eyes so click through the gallery above to see her best bits - and read on for the latest highlights...
1. The Brit line-up at Roberto Cavalli
The catwalk may have been actual fire on the Roberto Cavalli catwalk, but the front row was just as smoking. Ellie Goulding, Samantha Barks and Cheryl Cole (yeep!) arrived to take a place as the designer's VIPs and looked like full-on glamazons in their gold bling and animal print gear. After the show, we grabbed a chat with Ellie Goulding who told us, 'I just want to wear one of his dresses every single day!'. Yep, a girl after our own hearts.
2. Gorgeous accessories at Tod's
Today we got a close-up look at the Tod's Autumn Winter 2014 collection and as well as Gorgeous accessories at the triple checks - scarf on coat on trousers - it was the divine accessories that got us drooling. First up were the monochrome bags with the boxy black and white creation being our fave. And secondly, the brand proved once again that the flat is still reigning supreme. Happy news for our aching feet.
3. Fabulously flamboyant street style
While in London, it was all about looking hip and cool on the streets, here in Milan, it's nothing but exuberance. There's tons of colour, embellishments and personality to the ladies' looks - and outside the Roberto Cavalli show, the fashionistas were going full-throttle. Move aside Anna Dello Russo.
You know what they say? When in Rome! Or rather Milan. Jess, Grazia's digital editor, takes a break after the Cavalli show to try the local delicacies. The verdict? Bellissimo!
February 24 2014
See What We Loved On Our Third Day At Milan Fashion Week
On the third day of our Milan Fashion Week experience, we found some new designers to love, took in the Emporio Armani show and hung out with Alexa Chung. Here are our highlights...
1. FROW&TELL at the Emporio Armani show
The Emporio Armani show is always a larger-than-life affair. Forget being on the second row, there are TEN rows of seats here, each one individually numbered like a super-chic cinema with a gigantic catwalk running down the middle. When we arrived at the venue, we spotted the likes of Laura Whitmore and even Calvin Harris (sans Rita, boo) hanging out backstage waiting for the man himself. We grabbed a chat with Laura about her first time at Milan Fashion Week...
'The collection was unbelievable and just so elegant and graceful,' she told us after the show. 'You know when you go to fashion shows and a lot of the things you may not wear yourself? Well, this time I was like, "I want that, I want that!". Armani is all about the female figure and the dress I'm wearing today makes me feel good so that's what fashion should be about.'
We also met Chiara Ferragni of The Blonde Salad who looked resplendent in a Burberry ensemble. As a top-notch fashion blogger, we wanted to know her tip for our fashion week wardrobes. 'Try to wear something that is comfortable and although this isn't the most comfortable outfit, it makes me feel self confident.'
2. What We're Wearing
The sun came out today here in Milan (hurrah!) so it was time to pack away our oversized coats and tights for something a little lighter. Here's Charlie Miller, Grazia's Executive Fashion and Beauty Director, wearing a black Cos sweater with a Victoria Beckham skirt topped off with Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti boots, Chanel aviators and a tasselled Gucci bag. Meanwhile, our Editor In Chief, Jane Bruton, is looking MFW-tastic in a Prada coat over a Jonathan Saunders sweater and MiH jeans. She's finished off the look with a Fendi bag and Sophia Webster shoes. The perfect combo of Brit meets Italiano chic!
3. Meeting the names-to-know
As well as the high-profile catwalk shows the Fashion team enjoy, there's many smaller appointments on the agenda too. Today Charlie met Paula Cademartori, the lady behind a selection of luxury handbags designed in Milan, who talked us through the bags and clutches in multiple colours and leather combinations. We've also fallen in love with Mauro Grifoni and his super furry stripes and the Darlin' sweater is definitely for the Grazia girl.
4. Anna Dello Russo's fash-tastic selfie
ADR is always guaranteed to brighten up the streets of fashion week so it was no surprise to see she was the first lady to get her mitts on Jeremy Scott's brilliantly bonkers debut for Moschino. Approximatley 12 hours after it had hit the catwalk, Anna was showcasing the Macdonalds-inspired sweater dress at the Emporio Armani show, complete with matching bag and iPhone case. She even found a vespa to strike a pose on. Well worth a selfie, we're sure you'll agree.
5. It's on with Alexa Chung
It's always nice to see a familiar face on the fashion week circuit and after chatting to Alexa Chung over in New York, we were delighted to find her here in Milan to judge the International Woolmark Prize. Looking as stylishy-spot-on as ever in a Valentino cape dress, she dished on her style icon status. 'I don't think I'm different to anyone else, it's just easier for me [to wear nice clothes] because of my position,' she humbly explained. Chungers also revealed she loves following Rihanna on Instagram and spoke about overcoming self-doubt.
February 21 2014
Editor's Diary: See What We Loved On Our Second Day At Milan Fashion Week
It's our second day at Milan Fashion Week and as well as more killer outfits courtesy of Anna Dello Russo, we've seen Cara Delevingne hit the catwalk with a Karl mini-me while Jeremy Scott treated us to a Macdonalds-tastic debut for Moschino. Grazia's Executive Fashion and Beauty Director, Charlie Miller, has brought you every morsel of her day in the gallery above and read on for our highlights from MFW, Day 2...
1. Cara and her Karl doll
We were impressed to see Cara Delevingne filming from the catwalk at the Giles show during London Fashion Week but little did we know that just a few days later, she'd be doing the same for Fendi. Yes, the model walked exclusively for her pal Karl Lagerfeld, who is the man behind the brand, whilst holding a camera disguised as a fluffy doll of the designer himself. Genius! (*UPDATE: Turns out there wasn't a camera in that little Karl. Dammit!)
2. Alexa Chung has landed
Alexa might've skipped London Fashion Week but fret not: today she popped up at the Prada show looking as stylish as ever in a printed monochrome frock with a grey cardie, black booties and statement bag. Welcome missy! She's certainly got her Milano style nailed.
3. Up-close and personal with Gucci
Gucci's catwalk show was our first fashion installment of MFW yesterday and today, we were lucky enough to take a closer look at Frida's creations for Autumn Winter 2014. From 1960s-style frocks covered in glistening embellishments to animal print boots and the fabulous fraggle coats in sorbet shades, we want them all. And those bags are almost edible! Read Susannah Frankel's full show report here.
4. Ankle socks hit the streets
As well as the beauties on the catwalks, the Style Hunter within us is always keeping an eye on the street style too. And the Milan ladies are not letting us down! As well as distinctive hats and oversized coats, there's been many a cute sock-and-shoe appearance. We'll be getting involved tomorrow...
5. Fun and games at Moschino
The last show on our agenda was Moschino and we were already excited after being given a BAR OF CHOCOLATE with the invite. Yum. What's more, this is Jeremy Scott's first outing for the Italian brand so anticipation was building. Just as expected, the collection was as brilliantly bonkers as ever with
Macdonald'sMoschino Happy Meal handbags, logo emblazoned belts, baseball caps and rucksacks that will doubtless sell out the moment they hit stores - if not before.
February 21 2014
Ciao Milano! Follow Our Editor's Updates Direct From Milan Fashion Week
Hello Milano! Team Grazia has arrived in the Italian capital with a hoard of heels, faux fur and jaunty hats ready to hit Milan Fashion Week. On our schedule, we've got faaabulous shows including Gucci, Prada and Versace as well as several appointments with our favourite brands and maybe a few glasses of champers inbetween. Grazia's Executive Fashion and Beauty Director, Charlie Miller, will be guiding you through the week so you can live the MFW experience through her eyes. So let's get cracking with Day One! Read on for Charlie's highlights...
1. Gucci gives us a fabulous welcome
Our first stop in the city was the Gucci show. Want to know what we loved? Firstly, we're coveting the low '60s boot. Secondly, we love love LOVE the ocelot print. And finally, the fabulous fraggle coats in sorbet shades have just gone straight to the top of our wishlist.
2. Anna Dello Russo works umbrella chic
We always get excited to see what Anna Dello Russo will wear at fashion week but it's when she's in her home country, that this style maven really goes all out. We saw her today at the Gucci show looking fabulous in a Saint Laurent ensemble topped off with a ginormous black umbrella. If anyone can work the rain, it's ADR.
3. Sampling the Italiano food. Well it'd be rude not to
As well as the va-va-voom fashion on display, one of the best things about Milan Fashion Week is the food. At Gucci, we were treated to chocolates and strawberry-and-cream cakes as well as lashings of champers. And now we're MFW ready!
4. Joan Smalls - and her beanie - has arrived
Day One and I've already bumped into one of my favourite models: Joan Smalls. Is she not the most beautiful woman in the world? (Aside from Penelope Cruz of course). Joan shows us that beanie style is still going strong as the trend moves from London to Milan.
February 19 2014
Here's What We Loved On The 5th & Final Day Of LFW
Sad face, it's the last day of London Fashion Week. But smiley face, it was AWESOME. Both new and old Brit talent shone bright, with an array of memorable and surely, agenda-setting collections hitting the runways of our glorious but rainy capital. Today we saw another stellar collection from Simone Rocha, had a sensory overload at Anya Hindmarch's all-singing, all-dancing cuddly-toy-conveyor-belt presentation and saw a glimpse into the fashion future thanks to the fresh designer names at Fashion East. Here's what made the final day so very fantastic…
1. Anya Hindmarch's supermarket sweep
A spectacle to end all spectacles, Anya's extravagant, genius and innately charming presentations have become something of f fashion week favourite over the past few seasons. Today's was no exception. Inspired by shopping itself – with the idea sparking from a barcode – a monochrome striped catwalk and series of conveyor belts were stomped by well-accessorised young ladies and male shop-assistants cum dancers. Her bags took everyday consumer goods – like Kellogs cornflakes or Daz washing powder – and turned them into kitsch-cool bits of arm candy. The show then ending with an impressive dance routine from the chaps, and, though holes in the barcoded wall, a band played 'Come'on Get Happy' - so we did.
2. Fashion East's new talent
Fashion East's alumni – Claire Barrow and Ryan Lo – moved on this fashion week to free up two spaces alongside cult-fave, Ashley Williams. Today's newbies were Louise Alsop and Helen Lawrence. All three socked it to ‘em: Mis Williams’ fun cat motifs and slinky pink separates lived up to her Twitter account name: @HappyAshleyLand. Helen, who specialises in knitwear, delivered savagely pulled-out-of-shape jumpers and distressed denim, while Louise Alsop’s gridwork put a new spin on graphic prints.
3. Leaf Greener, Elina Halimi and Tiffany Hsu and co. give their best street styling
Playing some of the most adventurous style cards on the table not just on one day but all, this well-turned-out trio didn't let the street style snappers down. Even in the rain, gail-force winds and serious brrr, out were the pins, the designer goodies and much accessorising.
4. An abudance of fluffy stuff
The catwalk and major street trend for fluffy stuff is going to get even chubbier next season! Crazy shearling and monogolian lambswool shimmied down the runways of today's shows like Marques'Almeida and Simone Rocha, but it was just as present on the sidewalks. Faux fur stoles, pom-pom bag charms, feather-ball earrings and wildling coats have been a popular choice for the fash pack.
5. Models with short hair
Once upon a time model folk in general had to have lustrous long hair in order for the stylists to do whatever they so desired. But this fashion week's casting has proven that those with a bob will most likely get the job. Or even better - a really close crop. One of our new favourites is Alina Levichkina who has walked at Christopher Kane and more, but there's Sam Rollinson, Harmony Boucher, Edie Campbell and Lida Fox, too. It's enough to get you down t'hair salon.
February 18 2014
See What We Loved On Day 4 Of London Fashion Week
We're on our final day of London Fashion Week and feeling slightly less energetic following a night of partying, but yesterday was packed with some of London's most anticipated and star-studded shows. From Burberry to Tom Ford, Bradley Cooper and Harry Styles, here are our top 5 moments and other highlights from the day...
1. "We don't pop molly we rock Tom Ford" - Tom Ford paying homage to Jay-Z and his song Tom Ford emblazoning the famous lyrics on these sequin football tops.
2. Bradley Cooper looked like the cat that got the cream, next to new BFF Anna Wintour, as he beamed whilst his model girlfriend Suki Waterhouse walked down the Burberry runway.
3. We're predicting the new AW14 Burberry monogrammed blanket scarves, as seen here for the catwalk show finale, are set to be one of the cult accessories next winter.
4. Designer Ashish Gupta is pretty much what you would call a sequin genius. His latest collection was what every little girls dreams are made of: pink ball gowns, with sequins, netting, tiaras and more #love.
5. Parisian duo behind label Filles a Papa threw the best Fashion Week party this season. Animal shaped balloons, mini bottles of prosecco and a Kiss FM DJ dropping some beats, lets just say we had very sore heads this morning.
February 18 2014
See What We Loved On Our Third Day Of London Fashion Week
It’s day three of LFW and we’re well into the swing of things. Now fully establishing the Crossrail-induced dead-ends and road blockages (with the help of our handy Mercedes trio – Janet, Martin and Neil), things kicked off with a very good start this morning – Preen did Star Wars and it was, quite simply, out of this galaxy in terms of wantability. Here’s what happened on this sunny, stylish Sunday…
1. Sophia Webster took us back to our teenage years.
With a presentation to rival all presentations ever - in the history of time - Sophia's incredibly well planned and brilliantly executed set up for her new bag and shoe collections kept editors away from the runways for quite some time... Her bubblegum aesthetic was played out to the very maximum, with a set design encapsulating the dream teenage girl's flat-share: shoes, more shoes, super-cool girls, banging '00s soundtrack, bubblebaths, teeny tiny doggies and endless closet-space. As TLC and the like pumped through thanks to DJ Jasmin, we looked in on a fairytale fashion moment or fifteen, and feel in love with her new take on knee-high gladiators and shearling-lined disco-sandals.
2. Preen made fashion girls think about Star Wars.
Usually something we'd wholeheartedly scoff at, Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi made Star Wars the coolest thing on the menu of Day 3 of LFW. With Rodarte on the same page during NYFW, it's safe to say all Star Wars geeks can now safely come out of the closet. Storm Troopers greeted fashion troopers with tea and a powerful collection of super-luxe parkas with Chewbacca furry hoods (paired in a signature way with the duo's chiffon slip-of-a-things-style dresses), futuristic geometric prints, glistening metallics and violent tomato-red tailoring. Some frocks even had the storm trooper portrait stamped on the front. The force was strong with this one.
3. The top Toppers FROW features not one, but TWO Mossies!
O-M-GEEEE. The paps almost mowed every man and his dog down at the Tate Modern when not only Kendall Jenner made her debut FROW appearance of LFW, but Kate Moss was joined by her sister Lottie. It was like everyone's Christmasses had come all at once and we've never seen so many flashbulbs. Well, we probably did last season, but hey, this is now. The new Topshop space is also awesome, and we dined on barley and squash salad, a little champers and chocolate brownies. NOM.
4. Cara Delevingne showed her FIRST EVER collab! And it's with Mulberry!
With a very under-the-radar photocall in a faux forest Miss D revealed her handbag handwork, creating a capsule line with the heritage brand. We were particularly interested in the little backpacks - as will thousands of consumers.
February 18 2014
See What We Loved On Day 2 Of London Fashion Week
Its Day 2 of London Fashion Week and the second installment of our London Fashion Week diary. Its been a busy day with back to back shows around London and following on from yesterday's fashion team round up, today, we have our highlights from what's hot on the catwalk, behind the scenes fun and some of our favourite finds from the day.
1. Emilia Wickstead put on a show with beautiful crystal trimmed leather suiting contrasted with classic dresses and lace lapel trimmed coats fit for the Duchess of Cambridge...
2. Shopping Editor Lily Russo was photographed in her pretty pastel outfit complete with heart shaped earrings...
3. Highly anticipated designer J.W.Anderson put on a confident show with his signature attention to detail with as folds and layering...
4. We can't wait to get our hands on this House of Holland jacket from his debauched debutante inspired collection #major
5. We ended the day on a high with the Julien Macdonald show complete with star-studded FROW with model Coco Rocha, Abby Clancy and Millie Mackintosh to name just a few...
February 18 2014
British Fashion Council Chairwoman Natalie Massenet Opens London Fashion Week
The British Fashion Council's Chairwoman Natalie Massenet has been one busy woman this week. Having just launched Porter magazine in New York and perhaps even more impressively, boarded a plane to the UK despite supreme snow storms circling the Big Apple, the fashion mogul was up bright and early this morning to host the opening event for London Fashion Week's Autumn Winter 2014 collections.
Unlike last season - the room wasn't filled with rain-drenched coats and black ensemble after black, but instead lively chatter, brightly coloured sweaters and lots of laughter - we're all excited.
Net-a-Porter founder Massenet looked low-key in a pairing of grey jersey button-down polo top and bejewelled nude pencil skirt as she climbed the podium to British fashion. With the BAFTAs, the Brits and London Fashion Week all taking place in the UK capital over the next six days, London is in the International spotlight. And with the fashion industry now worth £26 billion and employing over 800,000 people - London Fashion Week isn't just key player in Fashion Month, but in British industry too.
Natalie has got us all revved up and reassured about the future of fashion - the only way is up. London, here we go!
February 14 2014
8 Autumn Winter 2014 Trends We Loved At New York Fashion Week
New York Fashion Week is nearly done and dusted for another season - can you believe it?! - and while we've been bringing you all the backstage action and our insider diary from the snowy city, now it's time to look back at the top trends that have hit the many, many catwalks over the past seven days. From plunging necklines and dressing gown chic to plaid delights and prep school shorts, here's our roundup of what you'll be wearing come Autumn Winter 2014.
1. How low can you go?
For starters, how low can you go? Donna Karan and Tory Burch took the plunge with necklines which were deep enough to make a young man blush while Diane Von Furstenberg treated us to floor-sweeping gowns with down-to-there necklines for a perfect mix of elegance and youthful sensuality. Top of our wish list is DVF's swoon-worthy sheer maxi dress covered in gold stars.
Diane Von Furstenberg, Tory Burch, Donna Karan
2. Dressing gown chic
We'll also be working dressing gown chic this Autumn according to Altuzarra, Suno and Creatures of the Wind. We saw loungewear-inspired dresses in luxury cashmere with belts knotted to the side from Altuzzura, breezy, easy bathrobe-like frocks at Creatures of the Wind and grey trouser sets with plaid lining at Suno.
Altuzarra, Suno, Creatures of the Wind
3. All that glitters
Next up, we have all that glitters, but it was less glitzy glamour and more about a metallic edge. The model army at Marc By Marc Jacobs did the 'Bunny Hop' in shimmering silver dresses with Wednesday Adams plaits perfect for the label's whole new attitude. At 3.1 Phillip Lim, we saw futuristic zip-up coats covered in sparkling embellishments while a purple Austin Powers-esque ensemble popped up at Rodarte.
Marc By Marc Jacobs, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Rodarte
4. Be a grey suit
Going for grey also dominated the catwalks and we saw suits in a sober palette at DKNY as well as Jason Wu. If it's a more youthful look you're after, say hello to the two-piece at Marc By Marc Jacobs which featured cobalt blue lapels and wide black belts cinching in the waist, ninja style. Wear with white high-top trainers for the ultimate MBMJ edge.
DKNY, Jason Wu, Marc By Marc Jacobs
5. Prep school shorts
Speaking of grey, hands up if you're ready for prep school shorts. This was a major trend at the New York shows with grey knee-length numbers cropping up at Alexander Wang, Rag & Bone and JCrew.
Alexander Wang, JCrew, Rag & Bone
6. Mad for plaid
Adding to the melange were mad for plaid pieces. Tommy Hilfiger in particular took pointers from hipster authenticity with his dose of lumberjack style via tartan patchwork dresses and shirts paired with matching flirty kilts and shearling lined booties.
Tommy Hilfiger, Lacoste, Thakoon
7. Miss scarlet
The model that's had everyone talking this season is surely Natalie Westling. The model's bolt of bottle-red hair has ensured she stands out from the crowd and it was a fitting accessory for nailing the Miss Scarlet trend of the season. Yes, Natalie's tresses complemented the all-rouge ensemble she showcased at the Prabal Gurung show which consisted of a huge knotted scarf, matching knitted sweater and sarong-style sheer skirt all in a bright crimson tone. Over at Oscar de la Renta, it was all about the statement red coat worn over a deep blood-red velvet frock and Costello Tagliapietra gave us a super-elegant two-tone shift dress.
Prabal Gurung, Oscar de la Renta, Costello Tagliapietra
8. White out
Finally, there was a catwalk white out to match the city's snowy conditions. Diesel's polo-necked cover-ups were exactly what we wanted to be wearing in the icy chill while the white skirt suit worn with black leather boots at Derek Lam is perfect office material.
Diesel, Derek Lam
February 13 2014
See What We Loved On Our Sixth Day At New York Fashion Week
1. Blake turns Anna into a beaming Gossip Girl
The devil may wear Prada, but she occasionally wears a smile too - if Blake Lively's in the room, that is. Anna Wintour arrived at the Michael Kors show today with her trademark pout firmly in place, until she caught sight of the honey-haired Gossip Girl actress. Look how animated she is! The pair nattered like old chums (Anna has long been a championer of Ms Lively, of course) and the US Vogue editrix even managed to muster a grin for the delighted paps. It was almost as brilliant as the time Wintour shared a FROW giggle with Harper Beckham. We said almost.
2. Wu's the Boss
What a busy bee Jason Wu is! A few days after showing his eponymous label, the designer debuted his first collection for Hugo Boss today. Tasked with revamping the German brand, Wu delivered a balanced mix of masculine and feminine pieces and elegant work-wear. Many came in Boss’ signature hue, grey, but there was a twist to the tribute. We were also excited to see Edie Campbell on the catwalk for the first time this season, not to mention the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow and Diane Kruger on the FROW.
3. Thirtysomething Carolyn Murphy opens the Michael Kors show
'We're models of the '90s so we like to keep it real and say it like it is,' Carolyn Murphy told us when we met her backstage at the Michael Kors show this morning. And the uber-model certainly brought her clout to the catwalk when she opened the designer's show followed by a parade of veteran beauties including Karen Elson and Jacquetta Wheeler.
4. Meet the street (style) artist
The icy streets of New York are crammed with photographers, bloggers and fashion fans desperate to take a snap of the many fabulous outfits on display - but today, one lady caught our eye. Rather than being weighed down by a hefty camera and running amid the scrum, this unknown artist quietly sat on the pavement sidewalk and painted - yes, painted - each look that trotted past. It was quite mesmirising to watch her in action - so much so that we stupidly forgot to ask for her name. Help us find her!
5. Street style lessons learned
Speaking of street style, there's no end of inspiration for cold-weather wear as the temperatures continue to drop here in NYC. And if there's one thing we've learned, it's to pack a power coat. Bright colours are sure to get you noticed and pink hues are still going strong, but we've also spotted many an ankle-biting cover-up perfect for twirling (and staying cosy) in. There's been a variety of novelty versions too including one sheep-esque number complete with an eared-hood, which looked as snug as it did striking, while metallic coats are big news. Well, if they're good enough for Alexa... We'll be bringing a few choice coats over to London Fashion Week and in the meantime, see our favourite street style looks from NYFW here>
6. Today's model crush is... Malaika Firth
What a beauty. Malaika is the Kenyan-born Brit model everyone was talking about last year when she bagged THAT Prada campaign, but today she was transformed into a Michael Kors girl complete with glossy skin, a gorgeously feminine up-do and a free bag from Mr Kors himself! 'He gives all the models a gift that's like a purse, which I think is so sweet,' the catwalker told us when we interviewed backstage. To watch our full video chat with Malaika, click here>
7. Gerard Butler made our day
Last but not least, a certain dapper actor brightened up our Wednesday - and we're not talking about Michael Douglas who was FROWing at Michael Kors, although that was pretty exciting. In fact, it was Gerard Butler who arrived to see Jason Wu's debut collection for Hugo Boss and caused a unanimous swoon throughout the fash pack thanks to his sharp suit and all-round rugged handsomeness. Post-show, he was more than happy to pose for snaps, as you can see via this snippet of a video below. Talk about a PHWOAR FROW moment.
February 12 2014
See What We Loved On Our Fifth Day At New York Fashion Week
1. Marc Jacobs' FROW appearance
The excitement has long been building for Luella Bartley and Katie Hillier's debut collection for Marc By Marc Jacobs - then who should appear on the front row at today's show than Mr MJ himself? 'I wanted to be here because it's my name on the brand after all,' he told a pack of excited journalists, including Emmanuelle Alt of Vogue Paris. 'Anyone who says they do this on their alone is a liar!'
2. Atlanta De Cadenet discusses the tricky shoe situation
We were delighted to spot Atlanta De Cadenet FROWing at the Marc By Marc Jacobs show today and most impressed to see her in a pair of towering Bottega Veneta shoes. 'The shoe situation is more difficult than deciding on the actual outfit because you can just throw a huge jacket on, but snow and high heels don't mix too well,' she told us. 'I've had at least three icy mishaps this week, which could have been very bad situations but I made it. I'm still alive!' Thank goodness fot that.
3. We heart Sophia Webster x JCrew
We were massive fans of Sophia Webster's debut collaboration with JCrew last season so imagine our joy to see she had come up with a whole new line for Autumn Winter 2014. Our faves were the pretty ribbon ankle-strap styles and the printed pointy stilettos. A party for the feet!
4. A glitter kiss from Rodarte
Rose Beer, our beauty editor, has been hopping from backstage to backstage in New York this week and seen everything from futuristic nail art, intricate hair buns and gold eyeliner on her travels - but she may have found the best beauty look yet. Say hello to the Rodarte girls who wore fairytale-inspired makeup by James Kaliardos for Nars - if we're talking dark, twisted fairytales, that is. The look featured dark eyes with shadow reaching up to the brows and a lip slicked with glitter. Wowsers.
5. The model everyone's talking about
'The model to watch? Natalie Westling'. These were Guido's wise words when we chatted to the hair maestro backstage today. And he's not wrong. Everyone wants a piece of the catwalker with striking red hair and pretty doll-like features - and that includes us! Grazia Daily nabbed Natalie at the Marc By Marc Jacobs show today to talk hair and MJ.
6. Stacked sneakers: would you, could you?
If Sophia's dainty heels aren't your bag, we've found the coolest alternative at the Marc By Marc Jacobs show. Enter the stacker sneaker, slightly retro, slightly futuristic and totally covetable. Hashtag must-have!
7. Getting it on with Alexa Chung
If Sophia's dainty heels aren't your bag, we've found the coolest alternative at the Marc By Marc Jacobs show. Enter the stacker sneaker, slightly retro, slightly futuristic and totally covetable. Hashtag must-have!
8. A raunchy GUESSing game
If anyone can put on a fun party, it's Guess. And when you're sipping cocktails with the likes of Kate Bosworth, Anna Kendrick and, err, Joe Jonas, you know you're in for a good night. The Road to Nashville Collection celebration saw a saucy display from denim-clad models who posed on a red-lit stage as Atlanta De Cadenet (yep, her again) DJ'd for an extremely beautiful crowd. Bottoms up!
February 11 2014
See What We Loved On Our Fourth Day Of New York Fashion Week
It's been another jam-packed day here at New York Fashion Week and we've gone from Tommy Hilfiger's ski trip to Donna Karan's nightporter moment. If you want to see inside our editors' diary, click through the gallery above and see our roundup of daily best bits below...
1. Tommy Hilfiger makes us want a lumberjack boyfriend
…who lives up the side of a mountain and knows his way around a pair of skis. And when we find that new boyf, we know exactly what we'll be wearing thanks to Tommy: shearling-lined booties, hand-knitted bobble hats, and patchwork plaid dresses.
2. Phillip Lim goes TOTES AMAZE
Square leather shoppers with the words 'Totes' and 'Amaze' emblazoned on the front hit the catwalk at 3.1 Phillip Lim. Who doesn't love a bag that does all the talking? Exactly.
3. FROWing with a style legend
We popped into the Ralph Rucci show only to be delighted with our next door FROW companion, Iris Apfel. Ms Apfel was resplendent in a massive furry red coat: so on trend for this season. As Liz Goldwyn notes (below centre), NYFW is 'all about masters of chic such as she'.
4. We're still in the pink
It was one of the biggest trends of Autumn Winter 2013, the pink coat is still going seriously strong at this season's shows. Grazia's Katherine and Jessica have been playing swapsies with this gorgeous Ganni number. Today, it was Katherine's turned and she teamed it with a black leather skirt from Marks & Spencers under a Roksanda Illinic apron topped off with a Givenchy pouch and Bionda Castana heels. It certainly got the street style snappers snapping.
5. Star-wattage at Donna Karan
The designer knows how to pull in a crowd and this season, it was all about the Hollywood stars - oh, and Rita Ora. Katie Holmes pulled on a leather dress with a sheer skirt to strike a pose on the front row alongside fellow actor Hugh Jackman. Meanwhile, as the current face of DKNY, our very own Rita was in the house wearing a plunging black number teamed with poker straight hair. And it seems Katie and Rita hit it off as Ms Holmes took to Twitter straight after the show to tell her 74.2K followers she 'had the best time at the Donna Karan show. Beautiful clothes! Lovely sitting with Rita Ora'. New FROW BFFs?
PS. We do Car Cam!
Another day driving round the city, but this time we recorded it for you! Here's Katherine as we make our way to the Phillip Lim show...
February 10 2014
Catch Up On What We're Loving At New York Fashion Week
Phewf, what a day! As well as the entire Beckham Brood FROWing at Queen VB's show this morning and Stuart Vevers presenting his first collection for Coach, we've seen the results of DKNY's street casting and a spectacular celebration courtesy of Diane Von Furstenberg. Be sure to check out all our snaps in the gallery above and below, we've rounded up our favourite bits of NYFW, Day 3...
1. A Chocolate Wall At Opening Ceremony
As well as mouth-watering delights on the catwalk at today's Opening Ceremony presentation, the set itself was just as delicious. Yup, chocolate syrup dripped down a huge white wall throughout the show, tempting editors to leave their FROW seats and have a taste - and a few actually did! Designers Humberto Leon and Carol Lim were inspired by a trip to Belgium so wanted their Autumn Winter 2014 event to be a real treat. It certainly impressed Joe Jonas who took a VIP spot at the show. 'My mind is blown,' he told reporters. Indeed!
2. Getting nude backstage'I loved how gorgeous and naturally beautiful the girls were when they came in for their castings,' Victoria Beckham told us backstage at her show this morning. So Pat McGrath created an incredibly natural makeup look while the hair was slicked down and centre-parted for a fuss-free result. We saw similiar fresh-faced looks at Diane Von Furstenberg this afternoon and Helmut Lang yesterday and you know what they say: three's a trend. We'll be keeping a close eye on this one as our backstage beauty hunt continues.
3. FROW Spot Of The Day
Olivia Palermo, Leigh Lezark and of course Anna Wintour - the usual FROW suspects have been out in force this week, but no one's caused quite the stir as Paris Hilton. The blonde socialite rocked up to the Diane Von Furstenberg show and proceeded to blow kisses at the bank of photographers before posing for selfies with her sister Nicky alongside a line-up of top-notch editors. God love her.
4. Backstage Jokes With Jourdan
Whether it's Cara larking about in a onesie or Karlie non-stop Instagramming, we do love watching models in their natural habitat backstage so we wanted to share this cute moment with you too. It sees Joan Smalls and Jourdan Dunn sitting alongside each other at the Diane Von Furstenberg show, having their makeup done and sharing beauty tips with the MAC makeup team - although we're not entiiiirely sure what they're talking about (answers on a postcard please).
5. DVF's Golden Moment
The DVF show was the cherry a-top an already fabulous day. We began by chatting to the lady herself backstage (interview coming soon, fashion bunnies!) before watching the models get beautified and nailing the dress rehearsal. 'Everyone smile, this is a celebration!' one organised boomed. Indeed, the designer is celebrating 40 years of the wrap dress this season so it was only fitting that it was a glittering extravanganza, complete with a live performance by St Vincent, the likes of Karlie Kloss and Karen Elson leading a finale parade of gold dresses and a cascade of confetti as Diane, the grande dame of American fashion, took her bow. Bravo!
February 09 2014
See What We Loved On Our Second Day At New York Fashion Week
So it's Grazia Daily's second full day here in New York and we've already seen a streaker on the catwalk (our eyes!), made BFFs with Hailee Steinfeld (what a sweetie) and nailed our fashion-week-in-the-snow wardrobe (just). Read on for our highlights of the day...
1. Alexander Wang's Revolving Catwalk
After schlepping all the way to Brooklyn, the pressure was on Alexander Wang to deliver a collection worthy of missed dinner reservations. When we arrived at the warehouse, we were immediately treated to hip flasks full of whisky and pineapple - little did we realise those hip flasks gave a hint of the gun-toting, artillery-jacket-filled collection ahead of us. Aside from the stellar collection, we were also most impressed with the theatrical staging which included a revolving steel catwalk allowing us to see the show's final looks from all angles.
2. Backstage Hugs With Joseph Altuzarra
One of our personal highlights is catching up with Joseph Altuzarra. For Autumn Winter 2014, he was thinking about craftsmanship and artisanal skill with a collection that included rainbow-coloured furs and dresses that look like they were made from rag rugs. Backstage, Jenna Lyons - one of Altuzarra's long-time fans - congratulated him with a massive bear hug and with several wearable cocktail dresses and dressing-gown-style coats, the buyers are sure to be clammering.
3. Three Outfits, One Day
The day started with a Marc Jacobs pyjama shirt and Whistles leather trousers under a midi-length Zara coat. However, two shows in, Senior Fashion News & Features Editor Katherine realised she was woefully underdressed for the Baltic temperatures of New York so after lunch, it was time to change into a full skirt by Lulu & Co and a cashmere sweater by Uniqlo finished off with a Givenchy clutch and Jimmy Choo boots. Then for dinner, Katherine went for a Michael Van Der Ham cocktail dress and Loubtouin heels (finished off, admittedly, with a puffa jacket).
4. Too Much Exposure At Prabal Gurung
In recent seasons, there's been a lot of catwalk protest action. Remember the Femen demonstrators at Paris Fashion Week in October? The debut catwalk terrorist this season was a thong-wearing streaker at the Prabal Gurung show. Sadly for him, his outburst did little to detract from the poetic beauty of the collection. This season marked another confident outing from Gurung with his signature prints and expertise with drapery joined with some seriously chic knits and red carpet contenders.
February 07 2014
1. #Grazia360 Is Go!
In celebration of fashion weeks around the world, we're bringing you, dear readers, a 360 degree look at how the shows come to life. Over the next month, we'll be showcasing exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes videos as well as our daily antics. We've got access to the world’s greatest brands including Chanel, Burberry, Topshop, Roberto Cavalli, Givenchy and Jonathan Saunders so it's set to be a good'un. All you need to do is stay tuned to this very site as well as #Grazia360 on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest...oh, you get the picture. Don't forget to let us know what YOU want to see...
2. Meet The NYFW Squad
Say hello to the trio who'll be bringing you all the NYFW action over the next week. First up is Katherine Ormerod, Grazia's Senior Fashion News & Features Editor, who owns at least 16 pairs of biker boots and will be writing all our show reports (catch them here). She's joined by Jessica Vince, our Digital Editor, who knows more about Cara Delevingne than is healthy and plans to document every second on Grazia_Live's Instagram feed (follow, follow, follow!). And last but not least is Acting Beauty Editor Rose Beer who knows the hippest Thai resturants in town and will be totting up the best backstage beauty Autumn Winter 2014 has to offer. Talk about a dream team!
3. It's Time To Nail Snowy Chic
As we've already noted, impressive winter dressing is the silver lining on NY's frosty streets. The fash-pack are out in force in Hunter wellies, faux fur scarves and
duvetsDuvetica jackets. For us, it's all about the animal ears. Katherine is topping off her ensemble with this Catwoman-tastic hat from Ulyana Sergeenko while Rose is wrapping up in an adorable beanie complete with ears from Topshop.
4. We Make A Daisy Chain At Marc Jacobs' Tweet Shop
How better to spend our first night in NY than with the main man himself, Marc Jacobs. Or his chic accessories, at least. The designer opened the doors to his Daisy fragrance pop-up store in Manhattan yesterday where you pay not with money, but with tweets. Yes, it was no dollars allowed as we scooped up products in exchange for tweets, Instagram photos and Facebook posts. Naturally, we went ferrel. The Daisy Marc Jacobs Tweet Shop offers everything from perfumes to makeup and the best Instagram photo of the day will win a handbag. We know! Social currency? Sounds good to us.
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