Stylist Victoria Sekrier Attempts To Tackle New York, Paris, London; Succeeds

I'm obsessed with this feature on Never Underdressed with model/stylist Victoria Sekrier. She's one of those gals who somehow divides her time between New York, Paris, and London. That always sounds so glamorous but in reality, how does that happen? The logistics alone frighten me.  

From Carven to COS to SUNO to Sea NY, Victoria has got.it.covered in this amazing styling segment. Talk about outfit inspiration, amIright?

Also there are 190 different images in the full story, so you might want to settle in.  

 

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Victoria Sekrier - Never Underdressed secondfloorflat.com
Victoria Sekrier - Never Underdressed secondfloorflat.com
Victoria Sekrier - Never Underdressed secondfloorflat.com
Victoria Sekrier - Never Underdressed secondfloorflat.com
Victoria Sekrier - Never Underdressed secondfloorflat.com
Victoria Sekrier - Never Underdressed secondfloorflat.com
Victoria Sekrier - Never Underdressed secondfloorflat.com

London Fashion Week: Fashion East SS14

London's  Fashion East  is a non-profit that nurtures and supports the work of up-and-coming fashion designers. Cool right?

So each season the mood at the Fashion East show during London Fashion Week is lighter, and there's also a certain level of excitement: this is new work from new designers, and graduates of Fashion East includes folks like
Marios Schwab and J.W.Anderson, so the work is always impressive.

This year, Ryan Lo, Claire Barrow, and Ashley Williams showed their collections to thrilling results. Perhaps most thrilling was the fact that Harry Styles was there, but that became less exciting when I discovered that he was 19.  Regardless, the collections were stunning. See below.

 

Ryan Lo

 "The hills are alive with the positivity of the Ryan Lo girl, whose head is filled with make-believe picnics, dainty lunches of finger sandwiches, sugar and spice and all things nice."

 

Claire Barrow

 "Fueled by magic and the otherwordly, the gang dress in silk, leather and cotton drill; casual shapes that have the feeling of eveningwear contrasted with raw-edge detailing."

Ashley Williams

" ...In true homeage to Stateside beach culture, denim, neoprene, and toweling in classic shapes are re-worked with clever pleating and embroidered lace. "Lady Lilo" and "Dream Boat" prints feature on crepe silk satin, leather and swimwear..."

 

London Fashion Week: Nasir Mazhar SS14

It's amazing how fun fashion can be once everyone stops trying to be so cool

Nasir Mazhar's SS14 collection was a perfect example of that. In typical Nasir style, real girls (with real bodies!) showed off the collection, which was a mixed bag of all things bright, patterned, figure-revealing, fringe, and again, fun. There was even twerking involved. 

London Fashion Week: Margaret Howell SS14

I'm a tomboy at heart with a perpetual crush on classic, tailored classic pieces so London's Margaret Howell has always been one of my faves.

 

Her SS14 show, which took place yesterday during London Fashion Week in Margaret's flagship store, didn't disappoint. Classic stripes were paired with perfect summer plaids, neutral linens, and even polka dots. Straw fedoras topped off the looks. 

It may have just  started to get cold, but this collection already has me pining for summer.

Designer Bio: Studio Nicholson

Studio Nicholson, the English brand launched by Creative Director Nick Wakeman in 2010, is officially one of my new favorites. 

You see, before launching Studio Nicholson, Nick was a menswear designer. Nick's aim was to launch a womenswear line "inspired by her love of menswear design whilst incorporating subtle feminine trend hooks each season".

Needless to say, the result is spot on. 

Each Studio Nicholson piece is created with menswear design principles in mind. Masculine shapes and silhouettes are developed into a cut that works for a woman, hence the perfect harmony between feminine + masculine elements that exist in each Studio Nicholson piece.

 

The casual simplicity of Studio Nicholson reminds me of one of my other favorite brands,  New York-based Friends & Associates.

These are the brands and the pieces that I plan on wearing exclusively in the future.

I see well-tailored sportswear as the future of fashion. Pieces like this can take you anywhere, be worn with anything, pack well, pair well, and are made to fit and to last. If that's not the future of fashion, well, it should be.

 

Young British Designers

I consider myself to be a pretty straight-talking gal, or at least I aim to be.

Why not just say what you mean, so long as it's appropriate, amIright?

 

And that's the segway for a new site I've just discovered called Young British Designers that happens to feature exactly that.

According to their site, Young British Designers is the first dedicated retail environment which focuses solely on new talent in Great Britain.

Their aim is to represent British style and sensibility, with a particular fondness for designers who "chuck away the rule book".

I'm particularly fond of their accessories, whether it's footwear by Joanne Stoker, the Thela Bag by Meli Melo, or the Purple Haze Studs by Cabinet (which are now on sale for £25, mind you). 

Gorgeous, aren't they?