Helena’s Boudoir reports from London Fashion Week February 2017

london parliament and big ben in black and whiteRight after the New York Fashion Week we crossed the Atlantic ( or the Pond as Americans say) and landed in London for the London Fashion Weekend, as it is called, since it is not a full week but a long weekend, which started on Friday 17th February and lasted until Tuesday the 21st!

During #LFW British designers (and others) presented their creations. Helena’s Boudoir was there and there was a continuous feed on our facebook page!

The runways

We watched the shows of Simone Rocha, Mary Katrantzou Daks London, Mother of Pearl, House of Holland, Marcues Almeida, Christopher Kane, Versus Versace, Anya Hindmarch, Mulberry, Topshop Unique, Paul Smith, Temperley London, Erdem, Pringle of Scotland and many others.

Burberry presented its collection for spring-summer 2017 following the “see now, buy now” trend.

Elle and Harper’s Bazaar show us the best runway look and Vogue presents the 10 best shows!

Street Style

When it comes to street style, London’s streets become live runways. Have a look at the best of street looks as captured by the lens of Vogue’s Phil Oh’.

The new fashion trends for AW201718

The new trends for autumn and winter of 2017-18 that we saw in New York are also established here together with other trends, so we now have a fuller picture of how next seasons’ fashion is going to be.

Fashionista, Popsugar and British Vogue really capture them all!!!

That’s all from London! Off to Milan now for Milan Fashion week!!!! Stay tuned!!!

Photo London by Karim von Orelli, license CC-BY-NC

Helena’s Boudoir reports from New York Fashion Week February 2017

new york city photoA fashion week is a fashion industry event, which lasts for a week and allows fashion designers, brands or “houses” to display their latest collections in runway shows and buyers and the media to take a look at the latest trends. Most importantly, these events let the industry know what’s “in” and what’s “out” for the season.

February and March are fashion week full. New York fashion week is the first one and started on February 9h and lasted until February 17th 2017. During NYFW we saw all the new collections and fashion trends for AW2017! For those of you who follow my facebook page, there was a day by day, designer by designer and city by city report!

NYFWs most memorable moments

Before dealing with fashion itself let’s have a look at NYFWs most memorable moments.

Tommy Hilfiger went west presenting his SS2017 collection in Venice Beach CA one day before the official start of the NYFW.

We saw models over 30, breast cancer survivors proudly baring their scars on the runway and Lauren Hutton, 72, walking along the runway with Gigi Hadid sending a message that beauty comes at all ages. Finally for the first time every runway had at least on model of colour!

The Runways

We watched the runway shows form Victoria Beckham, Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren, Alexander Wang, Coach, Tom Ford, Zac Posen, Narciso Rodriguez, Tory Burch, Desigual, Lacoste, Oscar de la Renta, Calvin Klein, Custo Barcelona, Kate Spade, Jenny Packham (the favourite designers of the Duchess of Cambridge), Diane von Fustenberg, Marc Jacobs and many others.

Elle, Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue show us the best runway looks.

Street style

When it comes to fashion week, designers might be showing off the latest looks for AW2017 on the runways, but there are plenty of notable fashion moments happening on the streets where the buyers, the bloggers and the celebrities attending the shows present all the must see styles themselves. This is what we call “street style” and it is as important as the runway shows.

Vogue’s photographer Phil Oh’ is a master on capturing all the street styles, so why don’t you have a look at his photos and be inspired for your next look?

The street style of the celebrities attending the shows is also worth looking.

The new fashion trends for AW2017-18

Although fashion weeks are still on the go with London Fashion Week starting on February 18th, the new trends for fall and winter of 2017-18 are already here making us eager to wear pantsuits, fringes, burgundy, checks, gold, oversized cozy clothes, seers, metallics and shearling!

Stylecaster shows us all the new trends!

The new accessories

Fashion weeks are not only about clothes but also about accessories, that is shoes, bags and jewelery!! Popsugar show us the best shoes and bags, Elle presents the best shoes and Vogue show us the 8 top accessories that stood out most!!

The new beauty trends

Harper’s Bazaar and Popsugar guide us through the new beauty trends for hair and makeup for AW2017-18!!

Photo Dreams of New York by Thomas Hawk, license CC-BY-NC

Trend Alert 2017 – Leopard!

helena in leopard jacket and jeansLeopard is a timeless print that never goes out of style and always has a place in a woman’s closet. This winter it has made a powerful comeback and we see it almost everywhere. Many women though are afraid to wear anything leopard because they do not know how to style it. And they are right because a bad styling could make our outfit look cheap and allow me to say, a little slutty…

Personally I like leopard a lot so today I am going to show you a number of stylish ways to wear this new winter 2017 trend in an elegant and stylish way!

1) Leopard accessories

If you do not want to wear a leopard piece of clothing there are always the leopard accessories. You can hold a leopard bag or wear a pair of leopard pumps. But not all together. Either the bag or the shoes, not both of them. Choose the one or the other.

In my first outfit I hold a leopard bag that makes the difference on a classic black and white outfit. Wear an outfit like that to work or for an evening out.helena in black leggings white shirt black jacket

In the next two outfits it’s all about the leopard pumps. Either with a neutral outfit like in the first photo or with a pair of jeans such as in the second photo, the pumps are the standout element of these quite simple everyday outfits.Camel coat outfit 2 Camel coat outfit 3

2) Leopard skirt

I go for a leopard skirt instead of a trousers and I would never ever put leopard leggings on. A skirt is much more elegant!

In the first picture I styled it with a white blouse and a camel coat for a morning outfit. Instead of a blouse you can also wear a white knit sweater. If it is hot, instead of a coat you can wear a blazer or a trench coat in a neutral colour.Camel coat outfit 8

In the second picture, the same skirt is styled with a black blouse and it is a very elegant outfit for a night out, either in the winter together with a black overcoat or in the summer. As you can see colours make all the difference between a day and a night outfit. Style your leopard skirt with white during the day and with black for a night out.helena in leopard skirt

3) Leopard blouse or shirt

A blouse or a shirt goes with a skirt or a pair of trousers in one of its colours. Here I styled it with black trousers.

In the first photo the leopard blouse goes with a classic black trousers and a camel coat for a morning outfit.helena in leopard details in the park

In the second photo, the same blouse is styled with a pair of black leather leggings and a black blazer for going out at night. So as you can see here, it is not only the colour of the overcoat but also the fabric of the trousers, cotton in the morning – leather at night, that make the difference between a day and a night styling.helena in black leggings black top black jacket

4) Leopard overcoat

For those of you who dare buy a leopard overcoat, either a coat or a fur or a blazer, I have two styling ways to suggest.

For an elegant day look wear your leopard overcoat over a pair of jeans and a plain white shirt or t-shirt.helena in leopard jacket and jeans

For a night out wear your leopard overcoat over a total black outfit and make the difference!helena in leopard jacket and black outfit

5) Leopard dress

And there is also the choice of a dress. I chose a grey leopard dress and I styled it with a black leather biker jacket for a fresh morning outfit. It is a skater dress so you can’t wear it for a night out. You can choose a bodycon dress instead and style it with black overcoat and accessories.helena in grey leopard dress

As you can see it is not so difficult to wear leopard. In fact it is quite easy if you know the way. I hope my photos inspire you to make your own leopard outfits and look elegant and stylish not only during the day but also when you go out at night!!