Her Name is Rio

Louis Vuitton Rio

At the end of last week, the fashion set travelled to Rio de Janeiro to witness Nicolas Ghesquière’s weekend presentation for Louis Vuitton Resort 2017. The Saturday spectacular was staged at the Oscar Niemeyer–designed Niterói Contemporary Art Museum, which sits atop a cliff at Guanabara Bay, providing a stunning backdrop for the designer’s third destination show.

What began as a trend among the top-tier brands, including Chanel and Dior, for choosing ever-exotic venues to reveal their resort-wear – Nicolas Ghesquière has previously shown at the former Palm Springs’ home of Bob Hope and the Place du Palais in the principality of Monaco – has now become an industry mainstay. And as clearly evidenced at Chanel’s recent show in Cuba, these far-flung locations have a significant impact on the designers’ collections.

So with Brazil playing host to the Olympic Games next month, sports references and sportswear in general were unsurprisingly in abundance on the Louis Vuitton catwalk. And the clothes were playfully colourful too, reflecting the city’s climate as well as its vibrant culture.

Louis Vuitton Rio

However, the designer didn’t forget his customer from cooler climes, and his Rio girl also showed her darker, more dramatic side.  The military inspired tailoring in a more sombre palette and monochrome all-in-ones which also made an appearance were, needless to say, among my personal favourites.

Louis Vuitton Rio

I wonder where Louis Vuitton Resort will land next?

See all the looks from the show here

Image Credits: harpersbazaar.com / vogue.com

Battle of the Bags

Puzzle bag

Loewe’s Puzzle Bag

Since the launch of the Fendi Baguette back in 1997, heralding the concept of the ‘It’ bag, luxury brands have been on a constant quest to capture our attention and secure must-have status for their own designs. Consequently, the marketplace has become ever more crowded, many styles have suffered from over exposure, and, in my humble opinion, creativity has often suffered too.

In the absence of any real desire, or need, over the past few years, I’ve been more than happy to stick with my well-loved favourites, which tick personal boxes in terms of style and practicality. However, this may be about to change thanks to Loewe, or to be more precise, one Jonathan Anderson.

The Northern Irish designer was appointed by the luxury brand, renowned for its leather goods, back in 2013, and his first handbag for the house was the Puzzle. Structured yet slouchy in appearance, thanks to the patchwork of soft leather panels that make up the design, this unassuming bag has quietly wooed the fashion world, and can now also count me as a fan.

This talented designer seems to have tapped into my sense of style of late – I’ve recently blogged about my first J.W.Anderson purchase – and the Pre-fall collection Pierce bag, conceived for his eponymous label, is also on my radar.

Pierce bag

J.W.Anderson’s Pierce Bag

This rather ladylike design is an unusual pick for me, but I love the contrast with the modern cut outs and sleek, circular hardware.

Here’s Jonathan Anderson himself introducing the Pierce bag to matchesfashion.com’s Jane McFarland…

Given that at present, the Pierce comes with gold-toned hardware only, and  silver is my metal of choice, the Puzzle is currently winning the battle of the bags.  But who knows what new features may be introduced in future seasons?  If I can wait that long.  Watch this space…

Image Credits: tamikerndepotvente.com / matchesfashion.com

Winter Sun

sunglasses

With summer firmly in our sights, advertisements for eyewear are now filling the pages of glossy magazines and our internet feeds, typically featuring beach-ready models in sun-drenched locations or snapped under the glare of studio lights. However, one Australian brand has taken a rather different approach to showcase its current collection.

Valley Eyewear chose the snow-covered hills surrounding a former Communist Party building in Bulgaria to capture their latest campaign, and with quite dramatic results…

sunglasses

sunglasses

sunglasses

See more images from the shoot here, where you can also watch the accompanying campaign video ‘The Happening’.  Brrr…

Image Credits: valleyeyewear.com

Confessions of a Serial Shopper

black pants

Only five?  That was my reaction when back in December, I came across an article with the headline ‘…5 Pairs of Black Pants Every Woman Should Own’. While the editor was encouraging readers to splash out on a handful of different styles which, she assured us, we would be proud to own, I was left wondering how I could possibly consider culling my collection, that runs well into double-digits.

Julie Hurst

When it comes to black trousers, I have to admit that I’m a serial shopper. And I’m certainly not alone in having a penchant for multiple purchases – many of us have a fashion favourite that we can’t seem to get enough of.

In my latest article for High St magazine, I reveal the good, the bad and the ugly side of serial shopping, and question that elusive capsule closet  – is whittling down our wardrobes to the bare bones really all it’s cracked up to be?

If you’d like to read the article in full click here.

To access my earlier articles please visit juliehurst.net here. 

Cannes’ Fashion Controversy

Red carpet fashion

Susan Sarandon / Vanessa Paradis / Victoria Beckham

The 2016 Cannes Film Festival comes to a close this weekend, and with it, wall to wall coverage of red carpet fashion. I’m not a fan of so-called event dressing, and have shared my frustrations before (here) at the constant stream of glamorous gowns that have become staples at film premieres and award ceremonies alike.

But this year in Cannes, these lovely ladies were among a handful of stars who bucked Hollywood tradition and chose to take to La Croisette, controversially in trousers!

Here’s hoping this is one trend that has legs…

Image Credits: telegraph.co.uk / telegraph.co.uk / standard.co.uk

Mario Testino: No Limits

Kate Moss

Kate Moss / British Vogue / 2008

If you’re lucky enough to live in or near Copenhagen, or are planning a visit over the summer, then if you’re a fashion lover, Mario Testino’s ‘No Limits’ exhibition is a must-see.

Staged at the city’s GL STRAND until 18th September, the celebrated photographer’s work is being shown across three floors, highlighting three distinct themes across his vast body of work: high fashion imagery, nudes and royal portraiture.

There is also the chance to see a short film featuring the man himself, in conversation with filmmaker Jesse Dylan, where he talks about his life, work and many famous, and infamous, subjects.

Stella Tennant

Stella Tennant / American Vogue / 2006

And although the exhibition was specially conceived for Copenhagen, a city much admired by Mario Testino for its sense of freedom, I for one hope that it will travel closer to home.

Learn more about the exhibition here

Image Credits: mariotestino.com

Ballet Beautiful

Ballet dancers

These beautiful black and white images, captured by renowned German photographer Peter Lindbergh, form part of the New York City Ballet’s 2016-17 campaign.

Shot out of context, at a country house in upstate New York rather than in the dancers’ traditional theatre home, and styled ever so simply by Julia von Boehm, the elegant and informal photographs capture a not often seen side of ballet…

Ballet dancers

Ballet dancer

Ballet dancer

See more images from the shoot here

See more of Peter Lindbergh’s work here

Image Credits: fashiongonerogue.com