Of course this is wrong because these catwalks will filter down into the mass-made mid-range circuits in a years’ time, and in two years the very same public will be coveting those styles with a disinterested enthusiasm. They may have no flair or style to speak of, but if they shop in Primark, Topshop, H&M and Zara regularly, they will more often then not, be just as much of a clone to a mass-produced catwalk inspired style as a Shoreditch fashionista with huge glasses, an over-sized denim jacket with a vintage jumper and an ironic watch.
It is the Devil Wears Prada scenario – a young beautiful intelligent non-fashion orientated woman begins working to a fashion house – and believes that she has nothing to do with this whole fashion world (as if that would ever happen). Meryl Streep puts her straight.
Meanwhile catwalk fashion is an elitist’s game, and many spend much to conquer it. However, I would like to contest that fashion is not only for the elite despite the elite price tag.
Catwalk fashion is art on a body, it is style inspiration and above all it is a story of humanity and culture. In my ideal world everyone would dress like they are on a catwalk, but that is because I intensely love art, stories and decoration. I do think that whatever your uniform, whether you covet basics: jeans & t-shirt combos, uggs or hot-pants with tights (so naughties) catwalks can inspire you and inject a moment of hedonistic excitement when you create your morning ensemble.
These are my favourite inspiring catwalk looks this season!
|Prada's latest ready to wear in Milan|
Prada celebrates woman's sexuality in the work space. Tight clothes are flattering, pencil/midi skirts are all the rage and off the shoulder has never looked so appealing.
For a great midi skirt for work try our Jigsaw skirt for £17
|Valentino's latest ready to wear in Paris|
Collars, collars, collars. They have been filtering their way down to the masses - and the must-have motif is here to stay. Valentino is now obsessed and I love how it can give a professional edge to a floaty dress or jazz up a basic high necked blouse. Fancy a collar? Try one of our collars handmade!
|Chanel, New York|
The Chanel catwalk was full of tweed ensembles with leather leggings meets shoes, and black feathers head-pieces - it shouldn't have worked - but it did. Karl Largerfeld transformed these motifs to make a gothic meets lady-like statement. Scary yet demure, how 'Devil Wears Prada' is that! Karl also reinvents off-the-shoulder- structured with layers so the illusion of a flattering off-the-shoulder exists, while still keeping warm during the winter months. This dress, with the right layers, will get you your off-the-shoulder fix. Team with black fake leather leggings for Karl inspired styling.
|Antonio Marras inspired by Bloomsbury|
|Armani's latest Milan Catwalk|
By Rosalind Kendal