So...onto some of my other favourite designers...I'll stick them all into one post this time!
First up is a label I never really gave that much thought to - until I started to really look at their catwalk shows and realised how my perception was very much clouded by the branded items I wouldn't look twice at.
This label is D&G. Yes I do love Dolce & Gabbana, but I feel the little sister line deserves some credit for once. The feminine designs are quirky, young and original and I especially love the parade of dresses at the end of each show...beautiful.
The second label I want to pay some attention to has also been tarnished with the same brush as D&G, in fact much worse so, yet thankfully things have definitely started to change. Whilst in my second year of Uni I worked part time in the Leeds Harvey Nichols and spend a great deal of time working in this brand's section and discovered all of the good things alongside the bad. The bad being that ubiqutous check, splashed over everything. Guessed yet? Yep, Burberry. I spent many a weekend selling £100 t-shirts, kilts and scarves, yet amongst all of the checks, there were beautiful coats - trenches and duffles, supersoft knitwear and very desirable bags.
Since Christopher Bailey joined the label, things have really gone up and up and the Burberry Prorsum brand is full of some really beautiful pieces. Alongside the staple trench coats and knitwear, there are some great stand out dresses and separates as well as an impressive array of accessories - from studded belts to long leather gloves and chunky statement jewellery. I am a particular fan of the draped dresses teamed with tough black leather belts - the perfect mix between hard and soft. Love it.
As I realise I'm blabbered on a bit too much for one post, I'm going to be brief from now on! There are a few other designers who both inspire and interest me - and here they are...
Marc Jacobs - of course! I have always loved his designs, particularly Marc by Marc Jacobs, as it's very much my style - quite cute, feminine items with a bit of a quirky edge. (Click on the images to see them full size!)
Alexander Wang is a relative newcomer, but the influence he's already had is really impressive - just look at all of the celebrities in his designs. His menswear and sportswear inspired designs are cut incredibly well and have a real rock-chick feel to them.
Finally - Preen - who make the dresses I lust after every season. Their designs are simple, laid back and easy to wear - from draped dresses to masculine inspired shirts and coats - yet you can tell just how much work goes into them. If only I could afford it!
Who are your favourite designers...and why?
(all images via style.com)