Paul Smith Casually Launches PS by Paul Smith

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Paul Smith has introduced a new range – PS by Paul Smith – that represents the label’s casual-but-edgy side. The collection features all the signature elements of Paul Smith – bold colours, graphic print and sharp tailoring – but with clean, unfussy silhouettes suitable for everyday wear. 

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In the range, there are ready-to-wear collection, shoes and accessories for both men and women. There is also a new logo designed by London-based artist Fergus Purcell, featuring the brand’s initials in black and white.

Styles in the collection include denim, knitwear, jersey and outerwear. We really like the casual jackets and range of jeans that you can dress up or down. Also outstanding are the sharp suits in a cool cobalt.

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Where to buy:
Shop 302, 3/F, New Town Plaza, Shatin, Hong Kong. 
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16 LOOKS WE LOVED FROM THE FIRST HALF OF LONDON FASHION WEEK

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Johnny Coca's second runway offering as Mulberry Creative Director was far more grown-up fare than fall 2016's punky school girls. This look stood out in a sea of ladylike tailoring and muted tones, because who wouldn’t want to rock this boyish Bermuda suit to work if they could? 

MARKUS LUPFER

Photo: Imaxtree
Photo: Imaxtree

She's girly. She's tough. She'll probably knock you out in a bar even though she’s wearing florals and bunny rabbits, and her top's sheer enough to be sexy while she does it. Beware this girl, for she has it all. 

PETER PILOTTO

Photo: Imaxtree
Photo: Imaxtree

This season showed a more casual offering from Peter Pilotto, and I'm not entirely sure it's a market they need to break into. Plenty of brands offer great denim and daywear, but very few people design an evening dress like Peter Pilotto and Christopher de Vos can. This look, though, demonstrates their mastery of print technology and girly (but never too sugary) silhouettes to perfection, without compromising their red-carpet finesse.

MARY KATRANTZOU

Photo: Imaxtree
Photo: Imaxtree

This single earring is also a necklace. Once that's sunk in (for it is surely the greatest invention in jewelry since the Apple watch), you've got sheer birds. You’ve got a beaded belt, a peplum that feels modern and not contrived, and a much-heralded return to the Jil Sander-esque silhouettes of five years ago. All hail the T-shirt tucked into the floor-length skirt — by far the coolest way to do black tie. 

PREEN BY THORNTON BREGAZZI

Photo: Imaxtree
Photo: Imaxtree

I loved every look from Preen's spring offering. EVERY. SINGLE. LOOK. But this one, though not the prettiest or most complicated, gets my pick for the fact I’m rushing home to sew ruffles round the rips of all the torn-knee jeans I was getting ready to cast off as old news. Beauty fans study closely, for this show had the best hair and makeup of any we've seen so far, with complex braids and dried flowers smashed into skin and lips. Start pressing your pansies now if you want them ready for the 2017 festival circuit.  

NATASHA ZINKO

Photo: Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images
Photo: Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images

Is it flattering? Of course not. But she somehow still manages to look thin underneath (let's ignore the fact that she's a model) and it makes us sing with neoprene-clad joy for the return of high-rise logo underwear under low-slung pants.

MOLLY GODDARD

Photo: Imaxtree
Photo: Imaxtree

Young British designer Molly Goddard has been copied a lot by her more well-established peers lately, who are ripping off her signature pleated tulle left right and center. But few could create what is essentially a sheer tutu for your neck and make it look so chic. And also deserving of a mention – THAT HAIR!

VERSUS

Photo: Imaxtree
Photo: Imaxtree

If you're not wearing a swatch of your dress as a long single earring, what are you really doing with your life? 

GARETH PUGH

Photo: Imaxtree
Photo: Imaxtree

I know what you're thinking – those shorts are a little too short…

EMILIA WICKSTEAD

Photo: Imaxtree
Photo: Imaxtree

This dress is much airier and better detailed than it looks in this picture, where gauzy structures don’t tend to translate as well. Plus, the micro-mini dress-over-shorts is definitely a silhouette we can get behind for spring.

HOUSE OF HOLLAND

Photo: Imaxtree
Photo: Imaxtree

We've had print clashing, we've seen head-to-toe dressing in one color. Now it's time for print mania in the form of as many clashing ginghams as you can possibly collide into one outfit. Kudos too on the boots – Holland's best shoes yet.

SIMONE ROCHA

Photo: Imaxtree
Photo: Imaxtree

It might have been nice to see Simone Rocha veer a little further from her comfort zone this season. But this dress above all breathed new life into her frothy chiffon confections, and makes a seriously strong case for sheer gloves.

J.W. ANDERSON

Photo: Imaxtree
Photo: Imaxtree

Corset meets Bedlam meets Chanel meets Victoriana. Or something. Wherever Jonathan's head is at, we like it, even if we might not want to spend much time there. He currently reigns supreme as the only designer in London who makes clothes that are simultaneously covetable and mildly disturbing.

MOTHER OF PEARL

Photo: Imaxtree
Photo: Imaxtree

So, is there like… a waitlist for these boots, or nah? 

ASHLEY WILLIAMS

Photo: Imaxtree
Photo: Imaxtree

We can now put a beaded bra (as if everyone doesn't own one) over our longest, oldest pajama shirt and wear it to a party. If this is true and Ashley Williams is right, 2017 is going to be a hell of a year.

RYAN LO

Photo: Imaxtree
Photo: Imaxtree

The shuttering of Meadham Kirchoff left a gap in the market for the whimsically, brilliantly bonkers world of Ryan Lo. This cardigan (coatigan?) looks like it's made out of either deflated balloons or cake icin; either way, it's giving me strong birthday party vibes and I think I rather like it.

Photo: ImaxtreePhoto: Imaxtree

Johnny Coca's second runway offering as Mulberry Creative Director was far more grown-up fare than fall 2016's punky school girls. This look stood out in a sea of ladylike tailoring and muted tones, because who wouldn’t want to rock this boyish Bermuda suit to work if they could? 

MARKUS LUPFER

Photo: Imaxtree
Photo: Imaxtree

She's girly. She's tough. She'll probably knock you out in a bar even though she’s wearing florals and bunny rabbits, and her top's sheer enough to be sexy while she does it. Beware this girl, for she has it all. 

PETER PILOTTO

Photo: Imaxtree
Photo: Imaxtree

This season showed a more casual offering from Peter Pilotto, and I'm not entirely sure it's a market they need to break into. Plenty of brands offer great denim and daywear, but very few people design an evening dress like Peter Pilotto and Christopher de Vos can. This look, though, demonstrates their mastery of print technology and girly (but never too sugary) silhouettes to perfection, without compromising their red-carpet finesse.

MARY KATRANTZOU

Photo: Imaxtree
Photo: Imaxtree

This single earring is also a necklace. Once that's sunk in (for it is surely the greatest invention in jewelry since the Apple watch), you've got sheer birds. You’ve got a beaded belt, a peplum that feels modern and not contrived, and a much-heralded return to the Jil Sander-esque silhouettes of five years ago. All hail the T-shirt tucked into the floor-length skirt — by far the coolest way to do black tie. 

PREEN BY THORNTON BREGAZZI

Photo: Imaxtree
Photo: Imaxtree

I loved every look from Preen's spring offering. EVERY. SINGLE. LOOK. But this one, though not the prettiest or most complicated, gets my pick for the fact I’m rushing home to sew ruffles round the rips of all the torn-knee jeans I was getting ready to cast off as old news. Beauty fans study closely, for this show had the best hair and makeup of any we've seen so far, with complex braids and dried flowers smashed into skin and lips. Start pressing your pansies now if you want them ready for the 2017 festival circuit.  

NATASHA ZINKO

Photo: Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images
Photo: Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images

Is it flattering? Of course not. But she somehow still manages to look thin underneath (let's ignore the fact that she's a model) and it makes us sing with neoprene-clad joy for the return of high-rise logo underwear under low-slung pants.

MOLLY GODDARD

Photo: Imaxtree
Photo: Imaxtree

Young British designer Molly Goddard has been copied a lot by her more well-established peers lately, who are ripping off her signature pleated tulle left right and center. But few could create what is essentially a sheer tutu for your neck and make it look so chic. And also deserving of a mention – THAT HAIR!

VERSUS

Photo: Imaxtree
Photo: Imaxtree

If you're not wearing a swatch of your dress as a long single earring, what are you really doing with your life? 

GARETH PUGH

Photo: Imaxtree
Photo: Imaxtree

I know what you're thinking – those shorts are a little too short…

EMILIA WICKSTEAD

Photo: Imaxtree
Photo: Imaxtree

This dress is much airier and better detailed than it looks in this picture, where gauzy structures don’t tend to translate as well. Plus, the micro-mini dress-over-shorts is definitely a silhouette we can get behind for spring.

HOUSE OF HOLLAND

Photo: Imaxtree
Photo: Imaxtree

We've had print clashing, we've seen head-to-toe dressing in one color. Now it's time for print mania in the form of as many clashing ginghams as you can possibly collide into one outfit. Kudos too on the boots – Holland's best shoes yet.

SIMONE ROCHA

Photo: Imaxtree
Photo: Imaxtree

It might have been nice to see Simone Rocha veer a little further from her comfort zone this season. But this dress above all breathed new life into her frothy chiffon confections, and makes a seriously strong case for sheer gloves.

J.W. ANDERSON

Photo: Imaxtree
Photo: Imaxtree

Corset meets Bedlam meets Chanel meets Victoriana. Or something. Wherever Jonathan's head is at, we like it, even if we might not want to spend much time there. He currently reigns supreme as the only designer in London who makes clothes that are simultaneously covetable and mildly disturbing.

MOTHER OF PEARL

Photo: Imaxtree
Photo: Imaxtree

So, is there like… a waitlist for these boots, or nah? 

ASHLEY WILLIAMS

Photo: Imaxtree
Photo: Imaxtree

We can now put a beaded bra (as if everyone doesn't own one) over our longest, oldest pajama shirt and wear it to a party. If this is true and Ashley Williams is right, 2017 is going to be a hell of a year.

RYAN LO

Photo: Imaxtree
Photo: Imaxtree

The shuttering of Meadham Kirchoff left a gap in the market for the whimsically, brilliantly bonkers world of Ryan Lo. This cardigan (coatigan?) looks like it's made out of either deflated balloons or cake icin; either way, it's giving me strong birthday party vibes and I think I rather like it.

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House of Holland Unveils Gingham Patterns Galore for Spring/Summer 2017

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If there is one word that would describe the new House of Holland spring/summer 2017 collection presented on London Fashion Week’s runway show today, it would have to be retro fun. Henry Holland’s presentation of the gingham awesomeness was to be commended, along with the whole gypsy allure that brought us into a more European approach to fashion that we can only show our appreciation for.

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It is a whole decade that House of Holland marks this year and the collection is certainly priceless to behold, with 32 intriguing designs incorporating everything from boob tubes to kicky pants, spiced up sauciness that is a dish best served on the London runway. The market seems to be hipsters and those young at heart, with off-the-shoulder multi-tiered gingham mini dresses appearing on the set, along with high-necked designs that have waists cinched with the latest styles of belts, legs shown off to mid-calf where the laced up colorful boots make a rather anticipated comeback.

With most of the collection featuring a whole lot of décolletage, particularly through off-the-shoulder designs, we cannot help but think of a mix of the past few decades, expecting the Spice Girls to walk out onto the stage and belt out a new pop single.

House of Holland Spring/ Summer 2017 Collection - London Fashion Week

General trends throughout the House of Holland spring 2017 collection include a whole lot of gingham, shades of red and blue, lovely gingham neckties, off-the-shoulder designs, belted waists, ruffle skirts, bell bottom pants, translucent designs, miniskirts, wraparound shoes, mid-calf boots, open midriffs, lots of patterns, and some asymmetrical necklines.

Towards the end, there are a few intriguing designs utilizing round appliques that give off a rather mermaid-like appeal to the whole of the dress, one incorporating in pants as well, another looking more like a mermaid toga, and the final piece of the collection reminiscent of a Spice Girls Barbie doll, complete with ruffled bell-bottom pants with a high waist and a short thick strapped crop top. We love the whimsical aspect to it all, the ditzy designs and the prairie girl inspirations.

House of Holland Spring/ Summer 2017 Collection - London Fashion Week

The patchwork hoodie with zigzag floral panels along with the lace was pretty interesting, while the tracksuit appeared almost out of place with its wide arms, despite its gingham inlays. Ruffles, embroidery, floral and mesh seemed to dominate, while the added stiffness of leather through belts, wristbands, cuffs and collars was definitely something we liked seeing matched with the rest of the trending pieces.

It was a nice spring/summer collection to be sure, and seemed to match the spring season best, despite the presentation of skin here and there and everywhere. It will be a curious sight to see a whole lot of gingham back on the streets though! Definitely will not be complaining though. We look forward to some awesome House of Holland sales soon!

House of Holland Spring/ Summer 2017 Collection - London Fashion Week

House of Holland Spring/ Summer 2017 Collection - London Fashion Week


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Disney to Designer Looks: Zootopia (2016)

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On the outside, Zootopia is a cutesy buddy-cop film centered around a fictional mammal metropolis. But, if Zootopia teaches its audience anything within the one hour and forty eight minutes time frame of the movie, it's this: never judge a book (or, in this case, a bunny) by its cover.

After all, at its core, Disney's 2016 summer hit Zootopia is about encounteringracial stereotyping and discrimination in the workplace. More than that, it's a refreshing, modern-day critique on our society that's equally allegorical and fast-paced.

So, it's definitely not what you would expect for an animated film featuring anthropomorphic animals and amusing narrative devices.

Still, the charm of Zootopia is in its simple storytelling, or the ability to captivate its audience, both young and old, with hard core truth; funny, tongue-in-cheek quips ("Life isn't some cartoon musical where you sing a little song and all your insipid dreams magically come true. So let it go.”); and brilliant, dynamic characters.

If you haven't seen this off-the-charts adorable film yet, I highly recommend it! You won't be disappointed. In the meantime, keep reading for three simple College Fashion looks inspired by Zootopia's anthropomorphic cast (some light spoilers ahead).

Judy Hopps

Judy Hopps, voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin, is the protagonist of the whole shebang, and the good cop to our buddy-cop film. Raised up in the rural country of Bunnyburrow, she's expected to continue on the family legacy and stick to doing what rabbits do best: farm (and probably also breed, as evidenced by her 275 siblings). 

There's just one problem: Judy wants to be a police officer, not a farmer. So, in typical Disney fashion, she pursues her dream with admirable optimism, along with the hard work to back it all up. Despite being the first bunny cop ever, Judy's put to the test throughout the entirety of the movie, and she fights to keep her place as someone to be respected and not merely thought of as "cute."

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Because it's easier to replicate Judy Hopps' farmer look than her meter maid or police officer uniform on a daily basis (unless you happen to be a cop or it's Halloween), stick to the above outfit for inspiration. All you need is a plaid, button-down shirt, slim-fitting jeans, and a floppy straw hat. While you can't see Judy's shoes, we assume they're brown cowboy boots—though hardened sneakers would probably work just as well.

Nick Wilde

Nick Wilde, a sardonic red fox voiced by Jason Bateman, is the reluctant buddy to Judy Hopps' cop adventures. As the natural, "untrustworthy" predator to bunnies and other small mammals, Nick's also the victim of constant discrimination and verbal abuse; as such, we meet him as a cynical adult who goes through life as a con artist.

Throughout the film, Judy comes to accept Nick as someone who's good-natured on the inside and a real friend. Though he's a little rough around the edges, Nick is a genuine helper to Judy, and even becomes a cop himself at the end of the film!


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It goes without saying that I took a much more liberal take on Nick's outfit than the rest of the Zootopia cast, and that's because it's geared to look stylish and accessible for a female college crowd. So, tuck in a yellow blouse under beige shorts, slip on a floral headwrap, and tie on some blue thong sandals. Also, don't forget the shades—Nick would totally approve.

Gazelle

Gazelle, played by Colombian singer-songwriter Shakira, is the Shakira of Zootopia's metropolitan setting. She's a well-known popstar and social activist, advocating for equality and harmony within the city through her songs and peaceful protests. If you have a spare three minutes, definitely listen to Shakira/Gazelle's song "Try Anything" from the movie soundtrack: it's really uplifting and catchy!


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Because it's Shakira, I suggest you go big and flashy or go home! Copy her concert attire for a club look with bright colors and sparkly accessories. Start off with an edgy crop top and skirt combo, then follow it up with colorful leg warmers and sparkling silver shoes and earrings. You'll be ready to party in no time!

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YOU CAN NOW RENT AN 'INSTAGRAM HUSBAND' FOR FASHION WEEK, THANKS TO TASKRABBIT

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Welcome to New York Fashion Week: A nine-day, biannual marathon of shows, parties and events that consumes our lives to the point where we barely have time to eat or sleep — let alone hang out with our friends and loved ones. 

While running around town on a tight schedule is easier when you're only fending for yourself, one can not tackle many of the challenges presented by NYFW on his or her own. For example: Who do you have on hand to take a photo of your daily ensemble for the 'gram? Who will tend to all of the swag that you've picked up at the shows? Who can greet the trusty messenger dropping off PR samples of clothing for you to wear the next day? The struggle is real, folks.

Thankfully, TaskRabbit has come through with an excellent — and hilarious — solution to all of these problems. This NYFW, you can actually hire your own "Instagram Husband" (or wife) to be your right hand through the busiest time of the year. If you haven't heard of the Instagram Husband phenomenon, think of it this way: It's the doting person in your life willing to drop everything to take your photo, and whose sole objective is to make you look good. (Or, as the viral video states, "basically a human selfie stick.") Because if you don't post a picture of yourself outside of the Alexander Wang show, were you really there?

From Sept. 7-15, TaskRabbit users can reserve a Tasker through its website or app, and while rates vary, the average price for the Instagram Husband is $45 per hour. Like tickets to Yeezy Season 4, these guys and gals are in short supply, so if you're in need of someone to snap your #OOTD photos all week, we suggest you log on ASAP. 

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Rachel Zoe’s Spring/Summer 2017 Collection Channels Talitha Getty

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One of the most influential forces of the fashion industry, Rachel Zoe is mainly renowned for her effortless chic take on glamour, as confirmed by her latest Rachel Zoe spring/summer 2017 collection presented yesterday at the New York Fashion Week.

Rachel Zoe Spring/ Summer 2017 Collection - NYFW

Bohemian and refined with Moroccan-inspired references, the Rachel Zoe spring/summer 2017 collection is all about vintage couture and joie de vivre, with each one of the proposals exuding everything we may associate with the warmer seasons, from longer days to sun-soaked beaches.

An expert and authority in contemporary designs and vintage patterns, for her SS 2017 line-up, Rachel Zoe took everything she masters just to mix and match it all, combining completely different patterns in single looks and creating something new out of it.

Besides Morocco, the dreamy colors and otherworldly culture of which make it easy to understand why people suffer from the so-called African bug, for this collection, Rachel Zoe drew inspiration from one of the most free-spirited icons of the Sixties: Dutch actress Talitha Getty.

Rachel Zoe Spring/ Summer 2017 Collection - NYFW

Remembered for her bohemian style and passion for the Moroccan art and culture, Talitha Getty served as the perfect inspiration for Rachel Zoe, whose line-up’s ensembles perfectly shape Getty’s views about fashion as if she was still here, alive and ready to encourage us to play with fashion and go travel the world.

Although slightly more contemporary in design, the Rachel Zoe spring/summer 2017 collection makes us travel back to the late Sixties, injecting Morocco’s traditional colors, namely bright blue, red and white into the hippie chic movement of such fashion essentials, as billowy tunics, bell-bottom cropped pants and off-the-shoulder dresses.

And it is specifically within the floor-length dresses that lies the collection’s focal point, with layered appliqués and geometric or botanical patterns dominating the scene. To further diversify the collection, trying to better embody Getty’s eclectic spirit, Rachel Zoe opted for a few more conventional festival-ready garments, such as matching shorts and blouses, white mini cocoon dresses and white cropped pants.

Rachel Zoe Spring/ Summer 2017 Collection - NYFW

Caftan-inspired dresses and drop-waisted gowns with lace embroideries remind us of Rachel Zoe’s first ventures in the industry, the echoes of which still gladden those who knew, since her very first runway show, that she was going to make it.

Loads of frilled hems highlight each one of the ensemble’s uniqueness and the other times allure, while a revisited version of the Seventies-inspired suit stands out of the crowd thanks to its sleek fabric and more curve-hugging silhouettes.

The upcoming festival season already looks promising thanks to Rachel Zoe!

Rachel Zoe Spring/ Summer 2017 Collection - NYFW

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