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Showing posts with label Hilary Alexander. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Hilary Alexander. Show all posts

Saturday, September 15, 2012

London catwalk Day 2 celebrates Art Deco Modernism

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JOHN ROCHA (Featured)

Voluminous hooped skirts, ruffles and layers of sheer organza dominated the catwalk at Ireland-based John Rocha show, which resembled a beautiful English garden of sculpted flowers.
A red John Rocha strapless dress with an exaggerated tulip shape opened the show, its large organza ruffles imitating the frail petals of a flower. The hooped, textured skirt then appeared layered over trousers and under sheer organza jackets. It was also repeated to great effect in a host of pastel colors: Pale lavender, mint, lemon, before appearing in gun metal, champagne, black and white. Models all wore large matching hats made of folds of organza that sat like tinted clouds on their heads, a John Rocha look here at London Fashion Week.... Read more about other talented UK Designers !

London Fashion Week Opens ....!

Tribal-inspired Art Deco designs 

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(Picture: Li-mei Hoang and Piya Sinha-Roy)
(Reuters) – Designers turned to nature for inspiration on the opening day of London Fashion Week on Friday, showcasing a collection of sheer silk dresses, delicate embroidery and elegant show pieces all featuring a floral-inspired theme. Britain’s capital took over the baton from New York, which wrapped up its week with sparkly dresses and bold geometric prints, with a pared-down color palette of fresh pastels and faded dip-dyes. London Fashion Week Designers Antoni & Alison opened the day with a series of quirky silk printed dresses, followed by Fyodor Golan, whose show was in..... Read more about the Designers

Friday, April 6, 2012

Fashion Week 2012 at iD Dunedin ruffled feathers

Fashion Week 2012 iD Dunedin, ruffled feathers enthused audiences, inspired bright young minds and changed some of them forever. What started as one show has now grown to an entire week of fashionable and outstanding events, parties, design previews and seminars. The iD Emerging Designers Awards took over the Edgar Center on Thursday night, with 28 collections from young designers representing seven countries. Guest judge and British fashion journalist Hilary Alexander was blown away by the high level of talent and creativity at the Dunedin Fashion show awards. “Emerging-talent schemes such as these are a real ‘fashion laboratory’ where all kinds of excitement can be conjured up” she said. Despite numerous entries from New Zealand contestants, it was the Australians who cleaned up this year, with first prize going to Carolina Barua, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology; second to Patricia Kapeleris, University of Technology Sydney; and third place to Natalia Grzybowski of University of Technology Sydney. Chris Ran Lin of the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology won the Mittelmoda prize, giving him direct entry into the illustrious Mittelmoda fashion design competition in Italy. Friday and Saturday night saw the much anticipated iD Fashion Show, held at the Read more…

Friday, April 22, 2011

Take a Look at Past Royals Wedding Dresses

How will Kate Middleton's wedding dress measure up to history?
Hilary Alexander was given a preview of a lovingly restored and rarely seen collection of royal wedding dresses dating back to 1816.
BY Hilary Alexander (Courtesy: fashion.telegraph.co.uk)

In what was once the late Princess Margaret's apartments at Kensington Palace, the six wedding dresses, each one a fashion fairytale brimming with true stories of passion, power and politics, are bathed in the glow of concealed spotlights which capture the sheen of satin, and the twinkle of silver, still glistening after nearly 200 years.
Abiding love, love thwarted, love lost, and love ultimately denied; the deepest of all emotions are embedded in silken folds, painstaking stitches of Honiton lace, and tiny flowers of orange blossom and rose, fashioned from wax, embellishing the off-the-shoulder, 'Bertha' necklines.

The royal bridal gowns, recently the subject of a major project by textile conservation experts from the Historic Royal Palaces charity, are very rarely on display,if ever, but are unveiled today, to celebrate the forthcoming marriage of Prince William and Catherine Middleton.

Apart from their place in the history of the monarchy, and their fashion lineage, the dresses are a fascinating timeline of the public hunger for details of a royal bride's finery. The marriage of Princess Charlotte, the spirited, only child of the future King George IV, to Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg, on May 2nd, 1816, for example, was the first royal wedding for which commemorative souvenirs were available nationwide. When Queen Victoria and her "beautiful" Prince Albert, were wed, in 1840, at the Chapel Royal, people lined the roads between Buckingham Palace and St James's Palace, and even climbed trees for a better view. Fast forward one hundred and twenty years to 1960, when Princess Margaret married Anthony Armstrong-Jones, at Westminster Abbey, in the first-ever televised royal wedding service, watched by 20 million viewers. 

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