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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…

Bora Aksu.. Over The Top with Textiles or Textile Fabulous?

Bora Aksu is a London-based Turkish designer. He is best known for, based on a balance between differing textures and fabric weights, knitting techniques and embellishment.

Here are a few pieces from his Autumn Winter 2011 collection:

There were a lot of textiles in this collection, perhaps a little too much? I am very impressed that he is going out there for knit and stitch but was it a little too crafty? I’d love to know your thoughts! Did he bring a good balance of fashion and textiles to this collection or did the fact that he is ‘known for textiles’ result in it appearing slightly like a school project?

Is Bora Aksu over the top or textile fabulous?

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Bora also designs a Fairtrade capsule collection for People Tree… A little plain and dull but Fairtrade all the same. Isn’t it about time Fairtrade became fashionable and fun? Obviously if there are already companies out there doing it already I’d love to know who and where they are!?

Images from Vogue and LFW

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

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  • 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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