WHEN it was announced last year that the former creative director of Dior Homme, Hedi Slimane, would replace Stefano Pilati at the helm of the YSL brand, everyone was eager to see what the Frenchman would do. Cue one rebrand and one hell of an Autumn/Winter ready to wear collection.

Fishnets, black eyeliner and the ‘bedhead look’ took centre stage at Slimane’s first A/W show under the Saint Laurent name. From patterned mohair cardigans to biker jackets and boyfriend blazers, no one did grunge as well as this French fashion house. And we mean no one.

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Grunge may have appeared on the catwalk before (Marc Jacobs for Perry Ellis 1992, Felder Felder 2008), but Slimine’s vision made grunge likable again, and not just for the emo elite. Don’t believe me? Then take a look for yourselves:

(Video by FashionWeek NYC)

Won over? Then take a peek at our catwalk look-alike below!

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cream pearl necklace / red tartan shirt / sheer maxi dress
black fishnet tights /essie ankle boots

Fishnet, studded boots, mesh and tartan. All scream grunge and the whole outfit only costs £75.98! If you deconstruct this look, each item is not only a wardrobe staple for the next season, but they are all perfect Summer/Autumn transitional pieces too! Pair the tartan shirt with some Topshop denim shorts and cowboy boots for the current western look, and team neon accessories with the sheer maxi dress for Ibizan chic!

Are you gonna go grunge this Autumn?

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This month’s ‘From Catwalk to High Street’ focuses on how to achieve Topshop Unique’s designer looks for less!

The Unique team’s main focus for this season was textures – think velvet pants, leather-like pinafores, and sequin mesh dresses! Other key trends featured were chunky heeled Chelsea boots – these babies could rival the ever-so-popular Alvins – and of course the classic Autumn/Winter essential – woolly knits!

(Images used from graphic are from here)

You can view a video of Topshop Unique’s Autumn/Winter 2012 show below:

(Video was taken by Fashiontv)

The look below was chosen due to its simplicity – anyone can pull off a cross knitted jumper and some velvet pants! What’s more, this outfit can be worn as it is for during the day, or it can be dressed up with these Missguided Jeffrey Campbell-alike glittery black Lolitas and embellished crop jacket from Topshop for a suave special occasion!

(Catwalk image from here)

Berty’s Cross Print Jumper, £14.99, Missguided – Everywhere you look on the high street there is cross print! From jumpers, to leggings, to skirts – it seems that this symbol has become a Holy trend in the fashion world! So it makes no wonder that the high street took note from Unique’s A/W 2012 collection, where crosses were heavily featured.  If you’re looking for a more casual feel, then look no further as this cross print jumper from Missguided will attend to your comfy needs!  Whether it’s for a lazy day in, or for a mean shopping trip, this knit will keep you warm for Winter!

Velvet Trousers, £135, Topshop – Velvet is massive this season with the likes of Burberry Prorsum, Peter Pilotto, and Topshop Unique featuring this smooth texture in their designs, so it is only fitting that this outfit was chosen for this month’s ‘From Catwalk to High Street’.  These pants may be pricey (well they are Unique), but they can be jazzed up with this smart pearl collared blouse from Zara for office-chic, or they can be paired with this River Island embellished vest and skyscraper heels from Miss Selfridge for a night out with the girls!

VERA Pointed Flatforms, £25, ASOS – Okay, so flatforms were so last season – think Meadham Kirchhoff and Christopher Kane, however if Unique think they’re Autumn/Winter material (they also had these babies in their S/S 2012 collection), then who are we to second guess? These gorgeous suede flatforms from ASOS are the perfect wardrobe staple and can see us through until Spring!

What are your thoughts on Unique’s A/W 2012 collection?

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From Catwalk to High Street is back! And what better way to kick off 2012 in savvy-style than to dedicate the first 2012 feature to French fashion-house Balmain!

Balmain is one of my favourite fashion houses because their look is so edgy and so ‘me’. So it comes to no surprise that I had to dedicate this feature on such an iconic Parisian design team! The three key trends which were showcased in Balmain’s Spring/Summer 2012 collection were leather, embellishments and crisp, detailed shirts. Another one could be the flood of denim, note the trousers below!

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You can view a video of Balmain’s Spring/Summer 2012 show below:

(Video was taken by FataleFashion)

The look below was chosen because it was one of my personal favourites from the S/S 2012 collection – it incorporates shorts (most of you may know that I live in shorts and tights), as well as showcasing the huge trend of embellishment.  As always, I aim to provide a designer look-for-less and I hope that this one doesn’t disappoint!

(Catwalk image from here)

Black Scallop Top, £16, River Island – This scallop top is plain and simple – which is all you need as in this outfit your embellished shorts will do the talking! At a fairly priced £16 (which isn’t bad for River), this top is a great investment piece for both a casual day time lunch and on a night out with the girls!

Gold Basket Weave Shank Buttons, £1.01 for 4, Sew Essential – As you can see the scallop top above doesn’t have any simple embellishment down the side, and seeing as this is From Catwalk to High Street I just HAD to add these gold basket weave shank buttons into the mix! For only £2.02 (for 8 which is just the perfect amount) you can customise your £16 River Island number into a £££ blinged-up Balmain designer top!

Cream Embellished Shorts, £25, Topshop – These Topshop shorts were the closest product I could find which are similar to Balmain’s high-waisted number! They are currently on sale for £25, and the last time I looked they only had a few left so you better be quick if you want to snap this baby up!

Black and Gold Metal Bracelet Pack, £10, ASOS – This outfit does not need much accessorising as you have the focus on the embellishment. But these bracelets will finish the look off nicely, and if you can afford to fork out another £10 for another set of bracelets, you could tie the bangles up and create your own cuffs –à la Balmain!

Albi Mid Ankle Boots, £78, Topshop – Finally, these sexy Topshop black ankle boots are a perfect match to end this From Catwalk to High Street Balmain special! At £78 they are a tad pricey, but the heel will lengthen those luscious legs of yours (especially if you’re a shorty like me), and the shoe will allow focus to be drawn to the embellished top and shorts.

That’s my take on Balmain. What are your thoughts about their Spring/Summer 2012 collection?

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
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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!