Here is The Live Scene’s new weekly feature, From Catwalk to High Street. Have you ever seen a beautiful outfit designed by Marc Jacobs, Balmain or John Galliano and wanted to re-create that look for less? Then look no further as The Live Scene is on hand to find similar items for the snip of the designer’s price.
Each week I shall focus on one designer’s collection from the Autumn/Winter 2011 fashion shows, and re-create their look for less. You don’t need to pay £2000 for the actual garment, when you can get similar clothing at high street prices!
#1 JONATHAN SAUNDERS
I love Jonathan Saunders; his colourful and flirty outfits are simply beautiful! For his Autumn/Winter 2011 collection, some of the trends Saunders focused on were colour-blocking – a Spring/Summer trend which is still big for the end of 2011, and menswear – yes I’m featuring outfits for you guys out there! Enjoy! Colour-blocking, which was seen on the catwalks of Anna Sui and Isabel Marant, is still set to be a massive trend for the Autumn/Winter 2011 season. The catwalk saw Saunders’ designs flaunt down the runway in an array of pop-art colours, from two-hue blue and green cardigans to mint green satin blouses teamed with maroon pencil skirts. There is no doubt that Saunders has stepped up this season from his pastel-filled and el noir Spring/Summer 2011 collection, and below, I have attempted to find similar high fashion pieces for high street prices.
Red Rib Back Tank, £10, River Island – Despite scouring the online high street stores, I couldn’t find a red blouse similar to the one above! However, I did find this cheap but simple red tank vest, which teamed with the bright blue jersey pencil skirt below, hits the nail on the colour-blocking trend’s head. The red tank tucks effortlessly into the pencil skirt, which goes to show, you don’t need to be an heiress to produce high fashion outfits at high street prices! Saunders would be proud!
Jersey Pencil Skirt, £25, Topshop – Pencil skirts are a hugely predicted Autumn/Winter 2011 trend, with the extravagant and silhouette skirt by Marc Jacobs to Louis Vuitton’s beyond sexy see-through mesh ensemble. So it comes to no surprise that Topshop has flagged this trend as one of its five key autumn/winter pieces. This jersey pencil skirt in cobalt blue shows off them beautiful curves of yours while ticking all the right trend boxes.
Black Jewelled Waist Belt, £22, Miss Selfridge – This black jewelled belt cinches your waist in and separates the bold red vest and pop-out blue skirt. The jewels add more glamour into the outfit, making the look wearable for not only the daytime, but for night time too.
SALE! Kingpin Black Leather Wedge Boot, £24, Office – Last but not least, is these killer black wedges from Office. These not only add a touch of ‘rock’ into the outfit (think Alexa Chung), but they also add height which elongates those hidden legs of yours!
Overall at £87, this outfit may not be the real ‘Jonathan Saunders’ deal, however it does show that you don’t need to be an A-List star or have won the lottery several times to own a designer-inspired outfit!
Unlike his previous Spring/Summer 2011 collection, Saunders included delicious male models sporting his new menswear collection. Similar to the colour-blocking trend for women above, Saunders concentrated on three-tone cardis (again incorporating the colour-block trend), as well as piecing together different prints. Of course, the looks were toned down by simple black shoes and plain navy, cream or black trousers. Below, despite my attempts, this is the best look I have created which is similar to Saunder’s creation. Finding similar high fashion pieces on the high street is harder work than it looks!
SALE! TMD Khaki Sheer Cardigan, £30, Topman – This khaki sheer cardigan may be a million miles away from Saunder’s three-tone cardigan, however, with the mixed prints trend in mind, it works. The cardigan may have a utilitarian feel, but teamed with the red print knit, this outfit conquers two trends at once.
Pattern Shawl Neck, £40, Next – This fair-trade-like knit is only for the daring of all men. You’ve got to be eccentric but not afraid of die-hard preppy, G-Star/Bench critics to wear this baby with the Topman cardigan above! The two-layers will keep you lovely and warm into the winter months, and with the plain blue trousers and black espadrilles, they won’t look ‘over-the-top.
Blue Overdyed Cuffed Carrot Trousers, £38, Topman – Cuffed trousers are in fashion at the moment, and are a best seller in high street stores such as Republic and River Island. So I had to include these trendy trousers into this Jonathan Saunders-like outfit. These are plain and simple, and allow people to focus on the mixed print top half effortlessly.
Black Slip on Espadrilles, £19.99, River Island – Who doesn’t own a pair of espadrilles?? These black ones are the perfect piece of footwear to complete this outfit. The trousers and espadrilles are very similar to the catwalk Jonathan Saunders image above and for summer through to autumn, these babies can be worn for any occasion, to your heart’s/your man’s content.
At £128, this outfit is expensive for you males, however these products are bang on-trend, and even if you don’t want the whole outfit, I suggest you buy one of these pieces of clothing as they will see you through the summer, autumn and winter trends! That’s the first ‘From Catwalk to High Street’ finished! Hopefully this will be a regular feature like This Week’s Wishlist, and I hope you enjoyed reading it!