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Fashion Week Round-Up

Fashion Week Round-Up
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New York, London, Paris and finally Milan; the world's fashion glitterati have all, I suspect, gone home for a good rest after showcasing the looks we’ll all be coveting come Spring 2018 at the four major Fashion Weeks.

First up - New York with a lighter schedule than usual after the departure of some key players, was all about the high-profile celebrity kids on the runway and a certain Kardashian off it, after that came London - full of tenacious emerging young designers, chomping at the bit to take the fashion world by storm.

Milan in contrast was all about the big hitters, the juggernauts of high fashion: Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana and who could forget that incredible Supermodel reunion at Versace: the biggest models of the past 20 years standing together draped in fluid shimmering gold.

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And finally, the tradition and haute couture sensibility of Paris and another phenomenal Chanel spectacle at the Grand Palais.

Here’s my round up of the highlights of a month-long fashion extravaganza — and a peak at the key trends of the season.

First for the highlights: Rihanna opening her Fenty x Puma show on the back of a motocross bike

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the moment Donatella recreated the Iconic shot of her brother Gianni Versace and his gaggle of supermodels, when Helmut Lang decided to ‘street-cast’ his models to source fresh raw talent — sending ‘Prison Bae’ down the runway (the male model cast after his police mugshot went viral)

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Cindy Crawford's ‘mini me’ daughter Kaia stealing Kendall Jenner’s thunder literally everywhere — let's face it she does have the better fashion pedigree.

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Onto what we learnt: What was clear is that the palette of the season is going to be bright bright bright; vibrant oranges, greens, yellows and fuchsias dominated, jewel tones aplenty on sumptuous fabrics — satin being a favourite creating fluid shapes and fairytale silhouettes.

Fringing was the embellishment of choice, with skirts, tops and dresses given the shake-ability factor. Come party season the fringe will be where it's at.

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There was a real taste of the Orient present in the cuts and tailoring across the board with mandarin collars and kimono shapes given a modern twist.

Utility Chic and sports-luxe was back with specific attention to multiple zippers and pockets over layered separates.

Pink was everywhere in all hues from rose to peach to fuchsia, delicates pinks on ruffles and silks added romance and girliness to proceedings at Erdem, JW Anderson, Christopher Kane and Marqueś Almeida, and femmed-up suiting at Gucci and Emporio Armani.

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After a decade in the wind Burberry plaid was back in a big way,

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Checked jackets were everywhere and this is one of the easiest trends to translate into your wardrobe for Spring although this is one trend already in the shops for Fall too.

In contrast ‘Americana’ was rife at NYFW: Calvin Klein and Coach showed sparkles and primary colors both optimistic and kitsch.

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Two trends that might not be on your wish list next season though: heeled flip flops (seen at Fenty x Fuma) and Helmut Lang's Bra Bags - yes that's right: bags shaped like bras.

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There's nothing as strange as fashion….

Playboy’s Celebrity Centerfolds

Playboy’s Celebrity Centerfolds
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On September 27th we said goodbye to the original ‘Playboy’, Hugh Hefner: magazine publisher, businessman and a character who, to this day, divides opinion as to whether he liberated a generation, was a staunch feminist, a pioneer for women's rights and a sexual revolutionary — or whether he was simply a dirty old man who objectified women using them solely to serve men's desires. The tagline of the magazine was, after all, ‘Entertainment for Men’

Of course the magazine was famous for its naked centrefolds, but it also ran monthly interviews with public figures such as politicians, religious figures, playwrights, architects and artists — and often published short stories by luminary novelists including Chuck Palahniuk, Ian Fleming, P. G. Wodehouse and Roald Dahl to name a few.

Playboy might have come from a liberal standpoint but it always offered balanced content, regularly featuring more conservative celebrities and public figures. In October 2015, Playboy made the fairly surprising announcement that the magazine would no longer feature full frontal nudity. The new-look magazine would still feature a ‘Playmate of the Month’ and the obligatory images of women but it's popular jokes page and cartoons were also given the axe. But little more than a year later Playboy announced that the dropping of nudity had been a mistake, and reinstated its centrefolds once more, with one adjustment — the subtitle "Entertainment for Men" was dropped. The turnaround was hash tagged on social media as #nakedisnormal

Whichever way you fall on the Hugh Hefner debate, he was a well-loved and respected businessman who created and ruled a billion dollar business, started in 1953 out of his kitchen with a $1000 loan from his mom.

I've always been fascinated by the Playboy playmates and the glossy glamour of the cover girls, so in celebration of his life I took a look back at some of the most iconic and best selling Playboy covers and it's best known stars — who knew so many of today's fashion icons also joined the hallowed Playboy ranks over the years?

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Perhaps the most famous cover girl of all: Marilyn Monroe featured on the first ever issue in December 1953 when the magazine sold for just 50 cents, the photographs used were not shot exclusively for Playboy but rather came from a calendar shoot. Nonetheless Marilyn set the tone for a publication that would hit monthly circulation figures in excess of 1.5 million in later years.

Playboy’s Celebrity Centerfolds

Pamela Anderson first appeared in 1989 and holds the record for the most Playboy covers: a whopping 14! She is still considered the queen of Playboy and one of its most iconic Playmates.

Playboy’s Celebrity Centerfolds

The ill-fated and Monroe-esque Anna Nicole Smith featured on the cover in 1993 and was later named “Playmate of the Year” this launched her modeling and celebrity career that lasted until her death in 2007.

Playboy’s Celebrity Centerfolds

Celebutante Kim Kardashian adorned the cover in December, 2007 — ever the publicity queen she leveraged the shoot to promote that season of ‘Keeping up with the Kardashians’.

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Then came the “Supers” — most recently Kate Moss who featured in January and February 2014 with an 18 page pictorial for the magazine's 60th anniversary. But she wasn't the first supermodel to go the “Playboy way”. She was preceded by fellow original Supers — Cindy Crawford in July 1998 photographed by Herb Ritts,

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Claudia Schiffer in May 1997, Naomi Campbell December

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1999, Stephanie Seymour in Feb 1993

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and Elle macpherson in May 1994.

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The original Charlie's Angel, Farrah Fawcett, made her Playboy debut in 1978 and subsequently appeared on four U.S Playboy covers. Her 1995 cover at the age of 48 was the biggest selling issue of the decade.

Although American Playboy is often seen as the daddy of the pack, the title is actually syndicated around the world in more than 20 countries. In 1995 Danni Minogue appeared on the cover of Australian Playboy which to this day is the highest ever selling issue of Australian Playboy.

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'An English Girl in New York' Fashion Stylist and Journalist, Actress and Costume Designer.