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SS11 Trend: Orange

This season, indulge your fun side with a splash of bright block orange. Never having previously been a fan of the colour (carrots, marigolds, and orange jumpsuits – can I really be blamed?), but with some of our favourite designers using it in their collections, it was only a matter of time before I began to view orange in whole new light.

For inspiration on how to wear orange accordingly, check out the following designer looks for this season:




(Moral of the story: don’t be afraid to colour clash).

By Lily Niu


Images: Style.com

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Marc Jacobs Marks the New Decade with a Colourful Reminder of the Seventies

After all the leather, fur, minimalism and Mad Men dreariness of winter, people have forgotten about the shades of summer sunshine. So what designer makes a signature 180degree turn from the neutrals of his Fall lineup? Marc Jacobs of course, he never does it in a subtle and gradual manner.  This time it was an eruption of colour whose ash cloud will remain for the months ahead.

Paint almost dripped off the round défilé in the famous New York Lexington Armory last September, where models emerged in synchrony from different sides of the colossal polished gold cylinder installed in the middle of the exclusive venue. This season the models escape from the fifties and find refuge in the enlightened seventies. All while brandishing lace, flowers and glitter in the faces of the front row composed of Alexa Chung, Grace Coddington, Oliver Zahm, Diane von Furstenberg and many more.

Most designers are afraid of too much colour, and this collection proves that Marc Jacobs is not a coward. Coral, ochre, prune, coral pink, mustard, electric violet, bodeaux, gold, mauve and sand are all shades which assault the archetypal chicness of monochrome collections.

The seventies also came back in slim jacquard sweaters or in shorts and vests. Marc Jacobs brewed a potion of playful sensuality. The designer opened with newcomer Louisa Bianchin in an electric orange coat, with a camouflaged obi-like belt and subtle Eastern kimono sleeves. The consistent micro-design prints recall memories of couch tapestries in posh American apartments forty years ago.

Silk, strapless jumpsuits, gold lamé hot pants and soft peasant blouses fused with long skirts and thick leather belts made it seem like the models just came from the beach in St Tropez where they were soaking the sun with Bianca Jagger and Jerry Hall. The overall silk chic of flowing silhouettes hosted halter dresses with asymmetrical necklines, cocktail dresses with full skirts, and flared weaves to fuel the illusion of volume and lightness. Apart from silk, satin backed up the fabric feel, as well as leather, chiffon, linen, taffeta, net and lace.

But despite the disco craze of the collection, Marc Jacobs was in full control of the numerous strings of inspiration that filled his runway. “I was at Naomi Campbell’s birthday party in Cannes this summer, and we stayed dancing till 5 in the morning! All the girls were wearing long dresses, but by the end of the night they were hot, they had flowers in their hair, and they hitched their dresses up to the waist”. He does not explain his latest design outburst through deep contemplation of artistic research, but rather one very self-indulgent night in the summer of 2010. “The girls there were really chic, decadent, glamorous, but still so sophisticated, so beautiful. And I love to see women like that.”

Well, House of Maffia loves Marc Jacobs, and can’t wait for the summer, when we can be colour divas!

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House of Maffia loves House of Holland SS11

It has been a couple weeks since LFW has finished but we here at House of Maffia enjoy looking back at the designers who have made a fashion print on our memories.

One of those is House of Holland by Henry Holland whose creations are loved by Agyness Dyne and Pixie Geldof. His stay in Miami and cocktail parties inspired his collection. Loud and colourful prints, crop tops and belted waist was a reoccurring theme throughout the collection.

Designed by Henry Holland and styled by Sam Ranger, the collaboration of the two are forces not to be messed with as this was fantastic summer styling especially the combinations of pleated skirts.

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By Michaela Anderson

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Basso and Brooke: Spring/Summer 2011

One of the most eagerly awaited shows of the season, designer duo Basso and Brooke have once again captured the minds and hearts of their adoring fashionista fans with yet another beautifully dynamic S/S line.

The focal point of this collection, it appears, is an artful blend of contrasting yet exhilaratingly well-put together prints; pastel florals (springtime soon, how lovely!) next to bold black and white block colours make for an intriguing look into an anticipatory summer filled with garden parties and romantic candlelit dinners (the scene: an alfresco dine-out with scented lavender and sweet natured fireflies).

The most interesting (and soon-to-be well sought after) item of the season is undoubtedly Basso and Brooke’s contribution to warm weather outerwear; practical, lightweight and of course, aesthetically pleasing to the ardent eye of the ever-scrutinising stylista, these print blazer jackets are a strong finishing touch to a discreet summer ensemble.

In addition to its sharp yet feminine prints, A-line hems provide an extra delightful girlish touch to an otherwise formal and grown-up collective. For an outfit with a sexier edge, the Basso and Brooke team bring us a low cut silken jumpsuit.

High waisted saloon trousers with a slightly masculine edge worn with heels are also decadent occasion worthy choice (fashionable work wear perhaps? Watch out for jealous colleagues!).

By Lily Niu

Images courtesy of londonfashionweek.co.uk

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