Monday, 18 February 2013

TOP 10 COLLECTIONS FROM NEW YORK FASHION WEEK 2013/14

I apologize for the late post, I have a MASSIVE uni deadline! Despite this I have been keeping on top of the A/W 2013-14 collections. 
Here are the New York Fashion Week catwalks that really caught my eye...
1. REBECCA MINKOFF. Her collection stood out to me the most! It has so much to offer in the way of prints, silhouette and texture. Style.com have said that her inspiration was a quote from Neil Armstrong, "Don't tell me the sky's the limit when there are footprints on the moon". This really translates through her collection as there is no limitations to one trend, there is a lot that I can pick up on. The winter neons look FAB with the big coats, especially the tweed and fur. Then a very stylish camo print appears which I am a massive fan of this season! The tartan fabrics almost look gothic with a web style finish on top and styled with leather makes it so chic. I love the colours for the tartan too, vibrant and eye-catching! Then there's the oversized silhouette pieces which almost look as though they were inspired by a space suit (linking back to Neil Armstong). All styled with irridescent cross-body bags and holographic shoes, which are 2 favourites of mine! Sorry for the essay... I just am in awe at this collection!
2. PHILLIP LIM. Phillip Lim is just a general favourite of mine. I could easily style or wear any of his beautifully crafted clothes! I particularly like this collection due to the rich colours and textures used. In the first image I have put together you can see more neutral tones with accents of tan and gold. I love the camo effect used on the fur! The diagonal zips are something I'm thinking of customising my own clothes with! In the second image the general feel of the clothes is more luxurious. I'm rather obsessed with the coated knitwear.
3. ALEXANDER WANG. Another designer favourite of mine. Wang always seems to get his collections spot on and jaw-droppingly amazing! What really stood out for me at NYFW was his camo style burn-out fabric. So wearable yet so striking! 
4. JEREMY SCOTT. I love how outrageous Jeremy Scott is! His collection is so crazy yet beautifully made and well put together. I am a particular fan of the zips on the patent skirt, I really want to put zips in my own clothes! Plus the slogan 'adults suck, then you are one' is just brilliant and SO true!
5. RACHEL ROY. A gorgeous collection, but these really caught my eye! I'm a bit baroque print obsessed at the moment, as it's a main theme in my current design project, so instantly I was drawn to the gold print on the bomber jacket. I also love the leather skirt. It almost looks raw and unfinished.
6. SACHIN & BABI. ......The coat. I NEED IT! I love the faded tweed fabric, it is just stunning! I am just in awe of it's beauty! I am also a fan of the exquisite beading on the classic style dress. The asymetric, patent belt is a gorgeous touch.
7. MALANDRINO. As you may know as much as I love accented colours, I'm really a monochrome sort of girl. So the black leather garments from Malandrino's collection stunned me. I adore the textures in the leather as well as the oversized cut of the clothes. The coat on the right is very 'grim-reaper-chic'!
8. RED VALENTINO. I feel like I've fallen down the rabbit hole and found myself in Wonderland! Absolutely exquisite prints from Red Valentino. My favourite look is on the left, I think the print is so dainty and beautifully contrasting with the black and beige. The bright turquoise colours against the navy were also a definite eye-catcher.
9. MARC JACOBS. A very luxurious collection from Marc Jacobs. I could imagine the models had just stepped off their private jet and were on their way to a glamorous event. Metallics, sequins and lots of fur seemed to be the running theme.
10. CALVIN KLEIN. Finally, I was very impressed with the gorgeous cut of each outfit in Calvin Klein's New York show. The use of leather was stunning, in particular the left hand outfit. It almost looks like tartan using leather! It's magnificent! 

I hope you agree with my views! Share with me your thoughts!

More Fashion Week reviews to come as we are currently mid-London Fashion Week!

Annabel Xx

All images put together by me using images from Style.com

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

DON'T FORGET... ACP USES TUMBLR TOO!


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Annabel Xx

Monday, 11 February 2013

ACP LOVES: WANDA NYLON

         Picture this... I'm mid duvet day, updating my blog and generally procrastinating from my uni work. Quickly scan over ACP's twitter account (@acrossedpaths) only to find a tweet from Wanda Nylon (@wandanylon) thanking me for the outfit I styled using one of their jackets back in January! This was lovely to find and really made my day to know that they appreciated my styling. I then wanted to find out more about their brand and their current collection. This has now turned into an obsession! I love their pieces! I just had to show you all!...
Above: Wanda Nylon's Pre-Fall'13 Collection 'Typhoon'.
What I love most about this collection is the range of textures. The mixture of quilted techniques with the shiny vinyl and clear PVC really compliment each other. I also thought that these animal/tortoise shell prints look wicked! Especially with the burgundy colours that they have styled the outfits with.

As my followers may know, I have a mild obsession with holographic/iridescent fabrics! You can view my Pinterest board HERE, to understand what I mean. So when I saw these iridescent bomber jackets I was infatuated!!! I am quite literally in awe! Also below are the transparent rain macs of which one I styled in my 'If I Was a Rich Girl' wishlist.

           Wanda Nylon are an up and coming brand with a big and successful future ahead of them! Their aim is to make rainy days a fashion statement. Their designs are fresh and innovative whist staying ecological with 90% of their products made from recycled materials. Magazines such as Vogue, Jalouse, I_D, Numero and Elle have all featured Wanda Nylon. In my opinion this is contemporary fashion at its finest.

Purchase Wanda Nylon at FarFetch.com and Opening Ceremony.

Thankyou to Wanda Nylon for supporting Along Crossed Paths.
Annabel Xx


Images above were put together by myself using images from the websites linked.


UNREALISTIC WISHLIST: VALENTINE'S DAY SPECIAL

So for this 'unrealistic wishlist' I have gone for a Valentine's Day theme! It may be cheesy but I had a lot of fun creating these outfits and designers have really taken to the valentines theme this year. My boyfriend and I our going out for dinner to our favourite restaurant, if I could afford either of these outfits I would definitely wear them!
1.Red leather bomber jacket by Miu Miu. 2.Ooh Lala crochet flats by Charlotte Olympia. 3.Woven tapered trousers by Michael Kors. 4. Lip shaped earrings by Marc Jacobs. 5. Necklace print t-shirt by J.Crew. 6.Clear PVC and red leather bag by Marc Jacobs.
1.Red mesh panelled dress by Faith Connexion. 2.Black silk and wool blend coat by Victoria Beckham. 3.Red valentines clutch bag by Mulberry. 4.Suede and leather ankle boots by Alexander Wang. 5.Crystal heart necklace by Lanvin.

Hope you have a lovely Valentine's day!
Annabel Xx


All images put together by me using pictures from the websites linked.


PHOTO DIARY - JAN/FEB'13

I spent the weekend back in my hometown for my friend's birthday. It meant I got to spend some time with my beautiful cats! I also got my project's final line up sketched and took a very pouty picture in my home bedroom!
My housemates and I had all our uni friends over to our student house for some drinks before heading to Whiskey Mist in London for Fiona's (housemate) birthday! I wore a black leotard and black disco pants both from American Apparel with a neon yellow clutch from River Island.
We've had lots of snow here over the past couple of months which ruined a lot of my plans but looked stunning on our student house and covered the dirt on my car! Thought I would show you some examples of how Starbucks get my name wrong! 'Anabil' and 'Anna'....
Starbucks eventually got my name right!!! A picture I draw in my life drawing class of my friend Bianca, experimenting with shadow rather than outline. My cat, Tabby, when I popped home to see my Mum. It was my boyfriend's 21st birthday! This is us outside the limo his parents hired to take us all into London! I'm wearing my Bershka coat, Topshop jeans, a peplum top from boohoo.com and some cut out boot heels from River Island. Black box bag by L.Credi.

Hope you have had a good couple of months!
Annabel Xx