Christopher Kane for Versus: The 2010 Comeback

Cheryl Cole in Versus a/w 2010

Christopher Kane reprises his role as the sartorial resurrection man of the moment with his second collection for Versace’s freshly revived Versus line. After five years in fashion exile the Versus label reemerged from ignominy with a s/s collection firmly rooted in classic Versace – the references were blindingly obvious (safety pins – THAT Liz Hurley dress) yet delivered with the precise, edgy and multi-thematic aplomb we’ve come to expect from Kane.

In short? An absolute corker of a comeback from the house of Versace which simultaneously managed to steer clear of staid imitation and pretty much nailed the market in deliciously dark  and debonair party wear.

Versus s/s 2010

The Fall collection picks up on the punky diffidence of s/s and dives deeper into a Kaneian meme playoff with an unsettling mix of balletic beauty and fierce bondage, which firmly establishes subversion as the idée du jour this autumn.

Fetish just got girly with stiffly pleated satin frocks plumped to perfection with lolita-esque organza petticoats, striking lingerie inspired cutaways and stark structured jackets, graphic tees and cocktail body con – a marvellously irreverent pick and mix of dress uniform formality and rock and roll indifference.

Versus Fall 2010

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Look du Jour: Short Chic

Black bandeau, cheeky high-waisted turn-ups foxed up with devil-may care flounce of a scarf = super simplicity and effortless, understated über cool.

This is how to wear your 2010 shorts: casual, rough-around-the-edges and festival ready…

I couldn’t possibly let this one go without mentioning the hair: Courtney Love 90’s grunge-shag meets red-hot über siren Florence Welch’s boho show-stopper of a barnet. Need I say LOVE?!  Citified summer chic doesn’t get much easier (or more sexy) than this!

Photograph/ Styling by Erika A: Check out Erika’s blog or her fabulous Flickr for more inspo!

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The Power & The Glory: Bench 2010 Lookbook

A quick one for the street-style massive…

Bench’s new summer 2010 collection features a tribal take on urban cool for the guys: Native American prints and bold tribal motifs offset against classic-Bench jeans and skater shorts. And for the girls? A retro-rehash of punk and grunge with a pop-tastic colour palette…

Un-freakin’-deniably cool.

Thanks to RWD for the break – head to their site to view the rest of the collection…or head over to Bench for more info (and to shop of course!)

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Look du Jour: Bay City Rocker

There’s something very good-girl-gone-bad about this outfit, like a sexed up Bay City Roller fan-ette with added punk appeal. It’s day, it’s night, it’s a little bit casual rocker and a little bit urbanite chic…

I am totally lusting after that tartan crop jacket – to die for – and the stirrup legging / beyond-the-pale denim hotpant combo stops the whole thing sliding too far into the naughty corner. Personally, I’d have gone for a faded band tee or loose (possibly even white) racer-back under the jacket rather than the black lacy vest – more relaxed rock meets preppy tailoring – leaving it to the legs to add that dirty sexy kick…slightly more subtle but without forfeiting the edgy punch.

Photograph by Johannes Helje

Styling/ Model: Shelley M…read her blog, or head to lookbook to see the details – and more pics…

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Look du Jour: Born to Mosh

Just caught sight of this stunner on Look Book, solid-rocker structure meets a peculiar brand of laissez-faire anarchism creating a hard-edged fusion of punk and directional modernism. I simply can’t get enough of the leather on chiffon contrast…and the boots, well, best not get me started on those when an emoticon will do the trick! ♥ !!

The design (and styling) is by Amanda Lew Kee, find her website here (no collections up as yet…but it’s definitely one to bookmark!)

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Fall 2010 Flashforward: Rebel Without a Cause

This Fall sees the riotous return of Rock Chic (excuse me while I gesticulate with wild abandon)… punky, edgy, bold – the epitome of a peculiar brand of sang-froid sexiness. It is, dare I say it, bovvered: the haughty eye-rolling teenager of the sartorial sphere.

I am LOVING the Fall collection from the unsung genius of alternative menswear Thomas Engel Hart (above); retro-punk and super SUPER cool. The safety-pinned skinny jeans almost make me wish I had balls, and the natty cropped jackets are, as ivankay neatly (and rather perfectly) sums up, spunky.

William Rast

Cast your eyes over the runways of NY Fashion Week and look to 80’s icon Debbie Harry for inspiration. Rock out in fringing and studded leather as seen at William Rast, go gothic in leather and lace a la Jill Stewart or sex-it-up Seditionaries-style in a pair of Miss Sixty high-waisted hot-pants in black leather.

Jill Stuart

Miss Sixty

For a less extreme foray into the trend check out Philip Lim’s disco-punk inspired collection…

Philip Lim

Philip Lim

Release your inner wild-child and nail this trend in skin-tight leather, metal studs and acid-wash denim. Accessorize with some serious attitude.