Visuals 2 – Favourite Fashion Shots From the Last Month

Continuing on from my first visuals’ post (to see click here), I have decided to make this post type a trend on my blog. So often does one focus on a specific show, shoot or collection that it is nice sometimes to relax and just see what catches your eye. For my visuals posts, I garner the majority of my images from my tumblr account, where I find an array of images that excite my neurons and set my creative juices flowing. To coin the heavily-utilised phrase, a picture is indeed worth a thousand words, but more importantly for me, pictures allow one to take what they wish from them. They are not rigid in their expressions. They do not define what one aught to learn or know. They do not present a mere right or wrong. They are personal. They enable the viewer to relate to them, to get lost in their whimsy, or merely to find a stellar outfit that needs to be a part of the viewer’s wardrobe! With that said, it is high time that I practice what I preach and allow some of the most eye-catching and inspiring fashion-related pictures that I have found over the last month to hopefully set a spark alight in your mind. Please enjoy:

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Liv Tyler by Ellen von Unwerth – Les Beehive

Lineisy Montero by Patrick Demarchelier for Vogue UK February 2016

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Reuban Ramacher, Robi G., and Elias de Poot (in Zara, believe it or not).

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Dauda Hauwa Asingar for Marianne Fassler Resort 2015 by Paul Samuels.

Dior Homme FW16, Anya Hindmarch FW16, Fionnan Byrne-Perkins in Topman Essentials, Spring 16 – the shoelace is everything ❤

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Erin Mommsen in Nicola Formichetti

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Erin Mommsen again I love this picture because here Erin reminds me of a mix between Kendall Jenner and Ellar Coltrane – androgynous and effortless.

Anja Rubik in Vogue China Feb 16, Bottega Venetta Spring 16 Ready To Wear.

Floral at its finest ❤ Nemanja Maksic for Harper’s Bazaar Man Serbia Apr 16, Ana Cristina & Anders Hayward for Manifesto Mar16, and the prettiest floral dress that I have seen in a long time.

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Bringing 90’s back in the most stylish of manners – Lie Sang Bong FW16.

Rianne Von Rompaey, Christy Turlington and Kate Winslet.

George Hard for Fucking Young, Tommaso de Benedictis for Bon Magazine FW13 and Jennifer Lawrence for Dior 16.

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Elie Saab Fall 2011 Couture.

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Liv Tyler – showing us sexy baby doll.

That’s it for this month’s most inspiring pictures on Landofpod and I hope that you found at least one that generated some feelings within you. Photographs have been a beautiful release for creativity since when they first appeared in the 1820s and will always be a pure path to expression. Please feel free to send me on any pictures that you find inspiring and let me know if you found this post interesting.

 

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Bye for now from your Irish fashion blogger,

Pádraig Power.

 

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Richard Malone AW16: Irish Designer Review

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For those of you who haven’t heard of him as of yet, Richard Malone is a 24-year-old, Irish fashion designer who hails from Co. Wexford, studied the art of fashion in London, interned for Louis Vuitton in Paris and has now released his own line, including pieces that will be at Brown Thomas’ annual Create’ exhibition.

Self-proclaimed as someone who has, “turned down the Kardashians”, and even Vogue, Malone seems to shy away from the spotlight whilst holding some strong views. Perhaps that is is why he has captivated so much intrigue? As for all designers, it is undoubtedly Malone’s clothes that he wants to do the talking however, so here I will discuss his latest collection, displayed at his AW16 runway during London Fashion Week.

With designers such as Marc Jacobs present, Malone’s designs are obviously on the radar. Focusing strongly on the use of stripes, turquoise and navy, Malone went for styles that one would normally not piece together. He did so provocatively and created some stellar silhouettes and abstract looks that certainly hit the spot. In saying this, I did find some looks to be too far-fetched and they fell into the realm of ‘unwearability’ for me.

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These are two of my lesser loved looks from the show.

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One aspect that I really appreciate however, is Malone’s attention to detail. From afar, one notices the impact of the collection, but up-close one notices the labour. From quilting to piping and the precise use of asymmetry, no matter how hard he tries to appear nonchalant in interviews, it is clear that Richard Malone is someone who takes his craft very seriously. I particularly love the look of his shoes ❤

Another aspect of the collection that I have fallen for is the make-up. The use of bold coloured, caked on, flakey mascara with a bare face was the perfect addition to his utilisation of electric colours in his clothing. This I thought was a stroke of excellence. Contrastingly, the hair styling was pretty basic and nothing revolutionary, but suited the clothes and make-up perfectly as there was no point in including another bold facet to an already busy collection.

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Overall, Malone’s collection was contemporary, edgy and something out of the box. There were aspects of the collection that I really liked, but then there were also some unwearable pieces and I feel like a touch of refinement could elevate his designs even more.

Additional to my interest in the collection is an interest in Malone himself. As stated above, Malone has some strong views, including a resolute opposition to the size 0 movement and a disregard for things that are generally pop-culture. These views are intriguing and I’m going to be watching to see if he sticks to this in his career. I particularly hope that he enforces the first throughout his career path, but have to admit that I wouldn’t mind him opening his doors to a little bit of pop culture along the way.

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Pádraig Power.

 

Photos from this post are sourced from: GettyImages.ie, DazedDigital.com and TheLoveMagazine.co.uk.

Emmys 2015 – Best Fashion of The Night.

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Last night brought about one of my favourite nights in the celebrity fashion calendar, namely the highly anticipated Emmys. 

For those of you who don’t know, The Emmys is essentially the Oscars of the television world and in true Emmy fashion, all of America’s TV’s biggest stars arrived. From gowns to cocktail dresses and jumpsuits to just plain old suits, there was a variety of styles sported on the night and it certainly lead to a feast for the eyes.

Admittedly, I love posting about the worst looks of the night (it allows me to unleash the inner bitch in me), but as I haven’t posted in a while I thought that it’d be better to start things off on a positive note. So without further adieu, let’s scroll through and see the most stunning and successful looks of the 2015 Emmys Red Carpet.

Sarah Hyland in Zac Posen with Ofira Rings:

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Flourishing, Sarah made her stamp both in fashion and on the red carpet at last year’s Emmys, and this year she has furthered her reign, triumphing as queen of the Emmys. Differing from last year’s Christian Siriano ensemble, Sarah has gone for a much more mature aesthetic this time round and boy did she knock it out of the park. The simple yet chic Zac Posen creation fits the star like a glove and that neckline is just to die for. What I really love about the look however, is that she kept it young and fresh by placing her bracelet so far up her arm – and those Lorraine Schwartz earrings are just stunning. Her stylist needs a raise!

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Claire Danes in Prada with Cartier jewels and a Tyler Alexandra clutch:

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Although not always the cream of the crop, Claire has certainly hit the nail on the head for me here. This almost nautical inspired gown is chic and sexy whilst adding a flare of youth into Claire’s style portfolio. Perfect for her boyish figure, this dress is made all the more eye-catching by the thick chains and beautiful embellishment and like Sarah above, she finished the look off perfectly, with minimal accessories being the key in this case.

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Sophie Turner sporting Galvin, Jimmy Choo and Forevermark:

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Perhaps I’m a tad biased as I am absolutely obsessed with the woman, but someone else who championed the carpet is Sophie Turner. Undoubtedly one of the most beautiful starlets to emerge in recent years, Sophie is statuesque and has a regal air about her, which is why she is one of the few who could pull of this look. The pop of the brilliant blue top offsets her red hair with ease and the Forevermark necklace is a spectacular finish. She is breathtaking.

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Emma Roberts in Jenny Packham with Martin Katz jewels:

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Old Hollywood Glamour at its finest, Emma is releasing her inner vixen here and I am loving it! Always one to have the smoulder and pout down, Emma has added oomph to her look with sultry, wavy hair and that plunging neckline. If there’s anything that makes me a tiny bit unsure about this dress it’s that I think I would also like to see it in a different colour (red perhaps), but asides from that and in the colour that it is now, she looks marvellous.

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Zoe Kazan in Miu Miu:

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I can already tell that this will be one of the controversial choices of the post, but quite frankly – I don’t care. A demure beauty, Zoe is a relatively unknown starlet, even though she has a lucrative career. That is why I think that this dress is perfect for her. Nominated last night, Zoe turned up in a stunning number, yet still didn’t overdo it as so many other did (keep your eyes of for my worst post later today). She look elegant and quirky, which I think defines her as an actress. Finally, the side-swept bob was another chic yet understated part of her look and it finished it with ease.

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Lady Gaga in Brandon Maxwell:

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Dressed in a gown designed by her stylist, Gaga is looking as classy as we’ve ever seen her. This new look is perfect for the star and shows yet another facet to the talented singer/actress. I really appreciate that she donned this gown as she is showing support for her stylist who just released his first ever line at New York Fashion Week. Solidarity in this case has lead to a solid, sublime look.

Laverne Cox in Calvin Klein Collection by Francisco Costa and Fred Leighton jewellery:

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Can we please take a collective moment and just take in how ravishing Laverne Cox is looking here? Always pretty, Laverne has now turned up the sex appeal to boot! Her body is en pointe and that blue is sublime against her skin-tone. Simple yet sexy – nice work!

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Jaimie Alexander in Armani Privé:

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Very different and very chic! This look is certainly a stand out. With a sleek, futuristic vibe, Jaimie is drawing us all in and keeping our attention with the sultry look in her eyes. Modern, edgy and fabulous – this is a great look. Although, I have to say that I wasn’t too keen on her making out with her husband on the carpet – you’re married, keep that for home love…

Amanda Peet in Michael Kors with a Salvatore Ferragamo clutch:

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This dress was exquisite on the red carpet. Here, Amanda has been styled perfectly and everything in this look is superb – which is why she made my list of course! One thing that I do have to say though is, that although everything is stunning, Amanda doesn’t quite look comfortable on the carpet. Next time Amanda, make sure to wear the dress and to not let it wear you – great look though!

January Jones in Ulyana Sergeenko paired with Tiffancy & Co.:

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Jumping to the forefront (see what I did there?) is January Jones in a ravishing green jumpsuit (just in case you didn’t…).

January looks absolutely beautiful here and this is a true example of how you can relate something seen as more casual to a high fashion event. The green complements her skin tone and fair features seamlessly and this is a look which oozes confidence. Well done January!

Niecy Nash carrying a Swarovski clutch:

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This ‘Scream Queens’ star had me screaming with delight when I saw her on the carpet! This is the definition of a dress which fits to your curves. Looking absolutely sensational Niecy’s waist nails and embellished gown all add up to a magnificent ensemble. A bit booby? Perhaps – but hey, if you’ve got them – flaunt them!

Julia Lewis-Dreyfus in Safiyaa paird with Chopard jewels and a Roger Vivier clutch:

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Finishing off my list of gorgeous gowns is Julia Louis-Dreyfus. The comedy royal’s look was timeless and elegant. This is one of those times where women realise that it’s OK to be simple and chic. Is this something that we’ve never seen before? No. But is is something that I want to see again? Most definitely yes! What Julia is showing here is that if you take off the bells and whistles and just let tailoring and sophistication do the talking then you’re onto a winner.

Although, dresses and jumpsuits stole the show, I just want to leave you guys with a few pictures of my favourite suits of the night:

Best Dressed – Suits.

David Oyelowo:

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Andy Sanberg:

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Lea DeLaria:

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Tatiana Maslany in Bouchra Jarrar Couture:

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Nolan Gould:

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Finn Wittrock in Dior Homme:

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That’s it for my best of the night, but make sure to keep an eye out for my worst.

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Thank you guys for reading and for those of you who’d like to reminisce on last year’s fashion, here’s a link to my post: Landofpod 2014 Emmys Best Dressed.

Author: Pádraig Power.

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Photos from: Huffingtonpost.com, edition.cnn.com and eonline.com.

Landofpod Springtime Style: Delpozo SS 2015.

The 4th post in my Springtime Style collection brings me onto hip fashion house, Delpozo. Founded in 1974 in Madrid, although around for just over 40 years, Delpozo maintains a fresh, funky vibe which sets it apart from many other designers. In their SS collection, Delpozo focuses on amazing graphics, beautiful fabrics and an abundance of colours, all which lead to a stellar show.

Although, fresh funky and stylish, many of you might not like some of the pieces, but for those of you who do, you will fall in love. Many of the looks are for a very specific style viewpoint, but I adore the contemporary fashions displayed in this collection. Have a look below at my favourite looks, some of which are purely for fantastic fashion and others which starlets should be knocking each other over to try and get their hands on.

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This could be cute on a funky, supporting actress at a premiere!

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This is one of the looks for fashion, but I adore it!

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Such a cute and unusual crop top!

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Possibly my favourite look from the collection, this look needs to be worn by a starlet – it is stunning!

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This is definitely one of the looks which is more so for fashion, but I personally think that the crop jacket could be a stunning addition to a chic look. I love the cropped circle pattern!

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This dress has actually already been worn by Julianne Moore earlier this month at the Palm Springs International Film Festival!

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Another look which is more fashion than function, this orange and peach ensemble begins to bring in the ever popular sheer element which I have been constantly telling you about – you genuinely need to get your hands on something sheer for spring guys!

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A super risky look and very fashion forward, I think that tailored correctly, and paired with the perfect accessories, this could be a red carpet winner – it would be very difficult to get right though, only for the brave!delpozo-spring-summer-2015-nyfw32

Another vibrant cocktail dress – I am in love with the material that they used here and in other parts of the collection. I love the fact that it appears rigid, yet soft and that it has a slight shimmer to it.

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Cate Blanchett anyone?

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I don’t think that this dress would actually be wearable or would look good on a carpet, but there is something that intrigues me for some reason. Perhaps it’s the attachment at the bust as it is very reminiscent of the Delpozo look worn by Margot Robbie last year (seen below), which I loved:

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Finally, we have this almost entirely sheer, blue dress. I do not like the fit, and don’t really like the lower half either, but I am obsessed with the sheer shirt on top. It is sublime and oh so chic!

That’s it for day 4. As always, make sure to let me know what you thought about the post and make sure to follow me on twitter and facebook – and follow the actual blog of course!

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Photos from: fashionising.com.

Author: Pádraig Power.

Landofpod Springtime Style: Carolina Herrera SS 2015.

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Carolina Herrera brightened up the spring/summer runway and has delivered a gorgeous collection to boot. Unlike most of the collections that I have looked at so far, Carolina has brought a fresh, bright feeling to the season. I know that corals, yellows and florals may appear as generic and unimaginative for the time of year that’s in it, but when they are executed with as much finesse as this they are undeniably beautiful.

So far, I have really liked the collections which I have written about, but there were always a few looks which did not sit right with me, Carolina has completely avoided this, however, with a close to perfect runway. To celebrate this, I am going to have a short post just showing you guys my favourites from the show.

Also, along with her exquisite clothing, Herrera has also displayed the best beauty of any runway that I have seen this season thus far. The clean, dewy face with slightly bronzed eyes, a pretty lip and that amazing innovative, sleek hair all add to one of the best beauty looks that I have ever seen hit the runway.

Carolina’s unbeatable beauty:

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Now, let’s glance at my favourite looks from the show.

Show stand-outs:

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This runway could not be any clean, beautiful and fresh and I think that Caroline did an amazing job ❤

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Photos from: fashionising.com.

Author: Pádraig Power.

Landofpod Springtime Style: Balmain SS 2015.

Obviously a huge fashion house, Balmain has become even more prominent in the past year with stars such as Shailene Woodley, Alessandra Ambrosio and every Kardashian/Jenner imaginable donning their sharp designs. Thus, with their undeniable success and stellar collection, it is only fitting that they beat out the others and join in on my springtime style party.

Known for their strong style aesthetic, Balmain brought this is abundance to the Spring/Summer collection with lines, shapes, symmetry and cut-outs being the major themes seen throughout. Like Alexander Wang’s collection (seen here), Balmain used black, white and colour to piece his collection together so let’s do this in good old chronological order and begin with the start of the collection.

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Balmain kicked things off with these two stunning white ensembles – talk about a strong opening! The first look seen embodies many aspects of the show with the crisp white, deep plunging v and the triangular cut-out. What pulls the look together for me, however, is the gorgeous choker accessory and the sheer, flowing skirt, which makes the model look like she’s walking on air. If ever there was a Naomi Campbell moment for a young model, this is it. The lower look is also eye catching with the strong shoulders, deep v and chunky belt all adding up to be more than pleasing to the eye.

Here’s a closer look at that choker:

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Next, Balmain brought bold lines into the equation with black making a major impact, but with different results in my opinion. In the top picture, the black lining is definitely what gives the outfit its oomph. Although clean, impactful, stylish and a strong look, it’s not my favourite in the show, however. Moving onto the blue ensemble, this is a low point in the show. Yes, there is nothing necessarily wrong with it, but what is there that’s good to say? It’s boring, forgettable and I don’t like the shoes. Essentially, it’s just underwhelming. Finally, the third look saves this part of the collection. The strong concept, the reoccurring deep plunge, the stunningly designed striped pant – everything about this design is a win. The model simply looks chic and sexy and this is a look which can be sexed up even more as shown by Cara Delevigne during Paris Fashion Week 2014 when she removed the bra top and added a chunky belt.

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Returning to white, it’s as if Balmain can do no wrong. With killer style, amazing designs and those exquisite cut-outs, all of these looks are eye catching. Yes, the middle one might have a bit much going on, but what I like about it is that all of the pieces are individually stylish, easily enabling ladies to inject their own personal style. Of the three, the latter is the out and out winner. The four band top is just sensational and again, the accessorizing in beyond perfection.

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Like some themes seen thus far, bumblebee yellow seemed to soar on Joan Smalls yet dwindle in the second look. The yellow and black dress is sexy and svelte and the black lining with the high waist cut-outs is a very attractive paring. The top, jacket and pant combination is not one which goes well for me, however. I do think that the model look somewhat stylish overall, but when you dissect the look, the top, the ugly jacket and the neither here nor there pants all fail to impress.

Black and white dominated the next chunk of the collection, with cut-outs, lines and sheer being seen everywhere. All in all, there were just way too many looks to choose from/way too much to say about each, so as to avoid your utter boredom I’m going to pick my favourites and my least favourites and show you them here:

Best of the black and white:

(I love the second look with the quirky model – perfect pairing!)

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The downfalls/boring pieces:

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The next three looks had colour returning with a bang! These looks may seem a bit odd and I can absolutely see how some people might not warm to them, but I can see a quirky fashionista make these work flawlessly (yes, even the middle one). For some reason, the one starlet who keeps popping into mind when evaluating these looks is Solange Knowles – gorgeous afro and all!

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Rouge red then made an appearance and unfortunately so. The colour is chic, sexy and a welcome sight in the first look with the styling and the addition of black once again knocking it out of the park, but that came to a sudden halt in the lower looks. The second and third outfits are just boring, utterly unimaginative and worse than everything else – unattractive. In my opinion, they should have been scrapped from the collection!

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Then came the typhoon of colour which was an overall miss. Maybe it’s just me,  but I think that there are way too many colours here.  Personally, I love colour and I believe that it is a way to express who you are, but when there are this many colours with this many patterns I just tend to get a bit of a head ache. The first and third looks are by far the worst, but there is honestly no look here that is a winner for me. I do think that the tops in the last two looks are by far the stars of this section (particularly the second last), but paired with the outfits they loose their chance to shine.

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To end my review, I have this spectacular, sapphire blue gown. This look was actually in the midst of the colour sector of the show, but it is so pretty that I didn’t want to lump it in there. There are so many beautiful aspects of this dress; the gorgeous blue colour, the triangular point at which the blue ends, the sheer-effect netting, the sequined black halter, the black belt to finish it off – this is another look which is a collection stand-out and is the perfect way to finish my post.

As always, let me know if you agree and/or disagree with anything in my post and make sure to follow the blog on facebook. Tomorrow, we will move onto the C’s and have even more springtime style for you to fall in love with.

 

Pictures are from: fashionising.com.

Author: Pádraig Power.

Landofpod Springtime Style: Alexander Wang SS 2015.

It might still be winter, but my eye is always on the future and right now my fashionable focus is aimed at spring. Upon evaluating my blog’s success in the last year, I’ve realised that it’s done so much better than I could have ever imagined so to celebrate I’m going to have one spring post everyday for the rest of the month of January, beginning with the A’s, and an old favourite, Alexander Wang.

Alexander is obviously a huge name in fashion and that is because of his clear point of view. This mainly lies in making the masculine feminine. Wang’s androgynous viewpoint is both intriguing and exciting. What I love about it, however, is that, although he can often push the boat on androgyny, he still maintains a spark of excitement, which he often does by using bold, bright colours – something which is of strong use in this collection. In fact, when comparing it to his fall/winter 2014 collection (with my review here), one can see that Wang has essentially used all of the same colours, similar combinations, has preserved his androgynous aesthetic and has still made a successful, individual collection. How is this, you may ask? The answer is details. Alexander is all about structure, precision and fantastic detailing so have a look with me below.

As it’s the beginning of my springtime style collection, I’m going to start on a positive note with the looks which won for me (yes, despite my prior gushing, there are parts of the collection which I don’t like).

First and foremost, as aforementioned, I really like Alexander’s use of androgyny. From tailored pants, sharp lines, defined shoulders and structured silhouettes, this theme was everywhere and was beautiful.

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These three looks are gorgeous. I adore the bold, neon colours, the high necks, the detailing and the ankle-strapped shoes. One of my favourite parts of the tops shown above is the texture. The almost stretch-knit fabric of the yellow is beautiful and the tassel-like fabric of the lower two tops adds a dimension which gives the looks that signature Wang stamp. P.s. look at the pants pockets – I told you he has an eye for precision!

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Following up, the bold neons shone in these tight, structured dresses. Another aspect brought in here is an element of sheer – something which is huge for this spring and not just in the traditional whites and blacks, but in every colour. If you can find something fashionable and sheer for spring then get your hands on it because it is going to be everywhere! I love all three of these looks, but for some reason my eyes keep being drawn to that stunning halter.

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Still focusing on structure, the flirty vibe became apparent with the skirts of the above two looks. This adds another dimension to the collection which I think is striking. If I was a female starlet (and had the body for it) I would die to wear the cut out dress with the sheer skirt, it is stunning. It is by far my stand-out of the show.

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Back to the tough look, more sheer, cut-outs, leather and lines bring us back to Alexander’s use of androgyny in a very sexy manner. The biker jacket and sheer top combination is striking and sexy – a modern day Rizzo.

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This trio is possibly my favourite. I’m a sucker for white on the runway, but the addition of the blue-green duck egg adornments is God-like. These looks are chic, crisp yet still flirty and I defy anybody to wear them and to not look incredibly stylish. Amazing!

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The final two winners for me and these pant-top combos.  The lower half of the outfits are nice, but it’s the tops which steal the show. Let’s face it, everybody is doing the crop-top and it’s certainly not going to disappear anytime soon, but this is a distinctive, fashion-forward way to make this look your own and to out-do everyone else. Again, I am particularly in love with the halter.

Now, it’s time for the looks which I did not like. There were no disasters in the collection, but the definite downfalls were due to a combination of things, namely: lack of a ‘tight fit’ (first look), loose, unattractive fabrics (the long dresses – the worst looks of the collection), odd pattern making (long dresses et al.), very odd boob placement of leather (you’ll see) and lack of imagination (the grey looks). Have a look below:

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Overall, I adore this collection and think that Alexander has done an amazing job. He is a super talent and is a designer that is not going anywhere. And although I didn’t like some of the looks, I genuinely think that a lot of that was due to my own taste.

Let me know what you think of the looks and my comments and for easy access to all of my Springtime Style follow the blog, my newly active twitter and/or my facebook page.

Photographs are from: fashionising.com.

Author: Pádraig Power.