Category Archives: Fashion Designers

Oh, Alexander!

Oh wow, doesn’t this exhibition look fabulous? The recently opened Alexander McQueen exhibition ‘Savage Beauty’ is on at the Metropolitan Museum, NYC till the end of July. Some of the spaces were inspired by McQueen’s first atelier in Hoxton, (it actually reminds me of All Saints), others have a futuristic vibe. Just like McQueen – always contrasting opposites. The clothes surround catwalk videos, eccentric hats, phenomenal shoes.. a complete feast for the eyes.

I am completely jealous it’s not showing here in London. The website is great though, especially as it shows an 8 minute video of the whole exhibition. I hope this post gives you a great feel for what the UK is missing!

“I want to be honest about the world that we live in, and sometimes my political persuasions come through in my work. Fashion can be really racist, looking at the clothes of other cultures as costumes. . . . That’s mundane and it’s old hat. Let’s break down some barriers.” – McQueen.

“I’m a romantic schizophrenic” – McQueen.

Amazing images from the Met Blog…

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Vogue’s London Trend Report Autumn Winter 2011

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  • An obsession with straps and bandaging gives dramatic tension.
  • Colour: between Burberry’s Crayola brights and Louise Gray’s foil-dotted plaid mohair, there is a resplendent feast of colour. Jonathan Saunders’ William Morris-inspired prints in turquoise, coral and leaf green were a real standout.

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  • Great new looks for modernists included the long tunic over flaring trousers in plays of sheer and print.
  • Silhouettes have simplified and purified. This is a season of evening trousers matched with fancy blouses, of demure sheath-like dresses with high necks and long sleeves.

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Some interesting trends coming this Autumn from London; over the next few weeks I will be exploring my favourite designers in more depth..

Vogue’s London Trend Report Autumn Winter 2011

Part 1…

  • Following seasons of cosy rusticity and utility wear for day, and thigh-skimming cocktailwear for night, London designers are now focussing on elaborately detailed and seriously grown-up chic.

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  • There is a fetishistic edge to the beautifully crafted clothes – see Giles, Topshop Unique, Antonio Berardi and Marios Schwab.

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Vogue’s New York Trend Report Autumn Winter 2011

  • A new feel for richness, detail and sumptuous fabrics flourished through the NYC collections taking many shapes and forms – see Proenza Schouler, Rodarte and Thakoon

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  • At Donna Karan and Victoria Beckham new shapes emerged like the wrap skirt, the midi length and a u-turn of the body con va-va-voom trend that dominated last winter.

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  • Androgyny was the calling card with Alexander Wang and Phillip Lim delivering luxe utility
  • The romance with the Seventies is still in the air – as seen at Tommy Hilfiger, Michael Kors and Marc by Marc Jacobs

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Just found…

Stumbling across a gorgeous designer Stacey Bendet who is behind the brand; Alice and Olivia. The brand is all about being ‘sophisticated and eclectic with a playful sensibility’ and has all things a stylish girl would want! Chic day wear, simplistic dresses but also sequin tops, printed trousers and glam dresses.

Check out the website, it’s very funky!

Here are some images from their fall 2011 collection. An eclectic range of embellishment, embroidery and furs. Vintage inspired! I love the styling of each model, and the red lips!

I heart Prabal Gurung!

Here’s why I love him….

Autumn Winter 2011 collection favourites:

Spring Summer 2011 collection favourites:

Beautiful embellishments, sequins, luxurious fabrics and great shapes. Love the nude palette, feathers, smocking and flower details. He also seems like a great guy… ‘believe in yourself’!

Happy Snaps at London Fashion Week

I very much enjoyed going to see Betty Jackson and Belle Sauvage at London Fashion Week! My highlights:

– Fur coats, heavy layering of different fabrics, cut out dresses and lots of RED at Betty Jackson.

– Prints that looked like fabric manipulations, body con and a massive HAT at Belle Sauvage.

Here are a few of my snaps:

Must See Exhibition

Japanese designer Yohji Yamamoto is coming to the V&A! Not only will there be a main exhibition of Yamamoto featuring more than 80 garments, but there will also be pieces situated throughout the museum within the long-term exhibits. The idea is to have Yamamoto in ‘conversation’ with the V&A. I can’t wait! Opens 12th March.

Ballet = 2011. Part 7

Movie: The Black Swan

Friday night I finally managed to get along to see The Black Swan at Hammersmith Cineworld. (That place is such a dive!) Needless to say I absolutely loved it, although it made me jump a lot more than I thought it would! The dancing, acting and costumes were all superb.

The only thing I want to share with you today is the use of colour in the film. Colour is usually used in films to evoke emotion, ideas, places, and themes. Well it certainly did all of the above in this film! Both in the costumes and sets, colour was used to show Nina’s (Natalie Portman) transition into becoming the Black Swan. The blindingly obvious part of the film that really helped Mark and I to understand the dramatic use of colour was in Thomas Leroy’s, the ballet director, office and home.

‘We assigned some symbolism to the various colors: black represents the darker side of Nina’s character, white is her innocent side, pink represents her childhood, and green conveys envy and ambition.’ From an interview with Matthew Libatique.

The shift in colours of the different outfits Nina wore really helps you to grasp what is going to happen in the scene (whether it’s something which is going to make you jump or not!) which is what I really love about this film. Slowly, as Nina’s character unravels, her colours become darker and more dangerous. The costume designer, Amy Westcott, did a fantastic job!

An Interview with Amy, she says; ‘They were almost cliché in the sense of pink for Nina and grey and black for Lily. And then we carefully worked in some grey into Nina and slowly worked in some pink into Lily, and by the end of the movie, Nina has some black, and it is more black and grey – she almost loses the pink – and Lily is in some white with grey.’

Rodarte were used as contemporary designers to create costumes which would take the film to another level. Beautiful drawings by Kate Mulleavy of Rodarte:

Definitely a must-see.. If you haven’t yet; pay close attention to the costumes and colours!

 

Also: Another film starring ‘ballet’ staring Emily Blunt is The Adjustment Bureau. She is a ballet dancer who falls for politician Matt Damon. Out 4th March.