Saturday, 28 February 2015

her life was saved by rock & roll

Today I am dressed with Dondup FW15 and the following moodboards of 1970s rock and roll and 1990s grunge in mind. That is to say, I pretty much dressed how I normally do because the Dondup collection kind of embodied my style. Is that too much self flattery? Maybe it embodies what I wish my style was. I love the mix of smart and punky; minimalist and creative contrast. 

My camera battery ran out as I was about to take these photos so my mum took some on her camera instead. This skirt blows about so much in the wind, which is perfect for photographs but not so perfect when you're walking down the high street.

I've become obsessed with Sky Ferreira lately. Her videos are flawless and I love her style. This summer I plan to dress like her for everyday for at least a week. I reread Tavi Gevinson's interview with Sky in Rookie Yearbook 1 when I was ill in half term. In it they discuss fashion and Sky says she loves Givenchy and the way that Elle Fanning wears clothes.

Everything's Embarrassing

You're Not The One
This whole video is my ideal aesthetic for this summer really. Those sunglasses are fabulous.

I Blame Myself

Sad Dream

Lost In My Bedroom

Night Time, My Time

Rebellious teen sneaking out/Effy Stonem vibes.


Dynamite State


Red Lips
This video freaks me the hell out, but Sky's smoky eye/red lip combo is on point. The red lipstick painted face and tarantula are less likely to catch on though. Don't watch full screen if watching a tarantula on a screen crawl towards you makes you feel all itchy like spiders are crawling all over you, which totally didn't happen to me.

Also, I just watched Gone Girl for the first time and it was, like, amazing.
Have a great weekend! 

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

ashish fall 2015

“I think the only way that any of us can ever be happy is to let it all hang out… and you know… fuck it.” 

So the breathy voice in the background spoke as the sassy models at Ashish Fall 2015 made their way down the runway in patent red boots, in lingerie, in sequins. Inspired by, “high-class hookers who only dress for themselves" the show oozed tacky sensuality. However, there seemed to be an overriding theme that was more tragic and sympathetic than a Donnatella Versace creation. The look was simultaneously seductive, melancholy and powerful; a strange contrast that came about via a combination of silk underwear, slip dresses and military prints. Ashish’s signature streetwise look also came across, helping to translate the inspiration behind the collection. The clothes themselves were young, fun and attention grabbing, another quintessentially Ashish feature. It seemed to celebrate the artistic diversity of young London.

Ashish’s provocative tragedy was made up of thigh-high boots, slip dresses, lingerie, fur and lots of sequins. The thrift-store parkas added a street wise, unkempt vibe and balanced out the over the top luxury of the fur and sequin combos. The vulnerability expressed through the collection's skimpy pieces is emphasised through its inspiration, the film Klute; a crime thriller in which Jane Fonda stars as a prostitute helping a detective solve a missing person's case. However, in contrast to this sense of near helplessness is the strong military vein than runs through the collection in the appearance of army prints and bulky jackets. This definitely introduces a defiance which is maintained with the streetwise independence portrayed throughout. 

It could be argued that Ashish's Fall 2015 collection was an exploration of feminity; its seductive charms and defiant strength paralleled with its fragility and vulnerability. The clothes exude confidence, even if the context veils this with a haunted shadow, with materials stitched together giving off a punk attitude. Overall, the collection's dishevelled beauty showed a sympathetic attitude towards both sex and luxury; two elements that are so non-ironically omnipresent throughout fashion week.

Images from and New York Times. Screencaps from Klute.

Saturday, 21 February 2015

love will tear us apart

Jumper- thrifted
Jeans- Topshop
Doc Martens

I've been researching a lot about Lee Alexander McQueen lately. I booked tickets for Savage Beauty at the V&A for the weekend after my final exam in the summer, so on Thursday I watched the documentary "McQueen and I" (that you can see on YouTube) and yesterday on the train home from London I read the article on him in the Spring/Summer 2015 issue of AnOther Magazine. It was not until I watched "McQueen and I" that I realised what an unassuming designer he was; how much his presentation of himself differed from this genius artistic vision that he put forward to this world through his collections. This is something I love about him. It's very clever and it's very punk. Last night I watched the Autumn/Winter 1995 show, titled "Highland Rape" and it was so shocking and harrowing but I couldn't tear my eyes away. A 30-minute fashion show usually has me reaching for my phone to scroll through tumblr but this one was so fascinating; from the way that some models staggered down the runway whilst others stormed angrily, throwing up a middle finger as they turned and the garments that ranged from ripped, disarrayed, nudity displaying tartan to chic blouses and pencil skirts, everything came together to create this conceptual world that was far from a heavenly vision but displayed McQueen’s raw, multifaceted genius. 

I've been journalling: 

Holly Fulton Fall 2015

My favourite collection from London Fashion Week so far has to be Holly Fulton. The pieces epitomise simplistic elegance, with delicate silk and chiffon fabrics played off against statement earrings and luxurious furs. Adding innovation to a collection that otherwise appears to be a celebration of classical beauty, Fulton adds bold hexagonal shades and a pink latex (?) type fabric. I adore the romantic colour spectrum of this collection. The bursts of green come across as quite shocking in contrast, but next to the romantic pinks and creams they could symbolise new life- not usually synonymous with Autumn but summer seems to get later and later each year so garden party dresses may be wearable until October at least.

This is probably my favourite dress from the collection. It reminds me of the detail in pieces that the Mulleavy sisters design for Rodarte. The colours and fabrics clash, but brilliantly so, and the embellishments add an intricately artistic impression.

Colourful faux fur has been a much coveted look these past few seasons. Below the knee adds extra obnoxiously extravagant elegance and looking obnoxious, extravagant and elegant is ALWAYS the goal.

Job interview looks Autumn 2k15

The romantic beauty of this dress truly reminds me of a Valentino couture gown. Just wow.

Snow Queen

Half term is nearly over and next term I'll start revision so will probably slow down with blogging. I'm excited for the rest of the Fall 2015 collections though and hopefully that will get me through the first few weeks of the next term. 
Have a good weekend xoxo

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

rodarte fall 2015

Rodarte's Fall/Winter 2015 collection was a colourful awakening from the repetitive monotony that New York Fashion Week is at risk of falling into. What was really interesting about this collection was its inspiration. The Mulleavy sisters claimed that “migrating birds” inspired the looks; an interesting take on wanderlust.The look evolved from a series of sophisticated city day looks- though quintessentially Rodarte in their individualism- to iridescent feather embellished DIY-esque gowns. The Mulleavy sisters have built up their reputation around creative vision that is independent of what other fashion houses are doing, but this collection did have tones of Saint Laurent to it; only the layers, furs and leathers added a tougher and less delicate feel. Overall, it must be said that the main inspiration for Rodarte's Fall collection was their Spring one. The same glitteringly beautiful embroidery and gamine blouses were worked into a leitmotif which, like the ocean theme for Spring, was not glaringly obvious, but subtly genius. 

The closing gowns ran the risk of looking tacky with sequins, feathers and clashing fabrics all at once, but their intricate detailing made them blend into the theme of the rest of the collection seamlessly. The clothes exude creativity through their blend of crafted minutia and striking boldness. The collection is channelling the archetypal Rodarte girl; one who at once appreciates quality and is unafraid of wearing bright sequinned disco dresses no matter the occasion. This dreamland created by the Mulleavys is not weighed down to one location. The theme of "migrating birds" leaves the collection's vibes open to interpret into any outfit, wherever you are going and whatever you are doing. Why not wear a sequin rainbow dress for a casual lunch in town? Although the collection does feature some compacted looks, the delicate leather cuts and thin chiffon blouses feed into the notion of freedom; the kind that only birds ever experience fully. The way the material swishes from side to side, as the models walk, thematically mirrors the uninhibited beauty of the most fabulous birds of paradise. 

The clothes steer clear of any seasonal cliches, but the colour tones are primarily more muted and neutral than the silvery shades and pastel blues of Rodarte's Spring/Summer 2015 collection and the warm practicality of fur and leather evoke a more autumnal feeling. The collection itself had a consistent colour scheme of blacks, browns and whites, but it was not barren of rainbow embellishments or bursts of bright colour, such as the stark contrast created with a bright orange print on a solid black background. It consisted also of of oversized thrift store granddad tweeds, frilly Victorian collars, daring lace leggings and even more daring low-cut plunge-neck blouses, introducing sex appeal into a collection otherwise so charmingly eccentric. Glamorous sequinned mini disco dresses danced along the line between hedonistic and trashy, but isn't disco always supposed to be a tad trashy? These sparkly little dresses are guaranteed to turn heads as you dance the night away under colourful lights. The chiffon strips between sequin stripes make sure that they really are something special. 

Rodarte AW15 was cohesive without being cliche. It was visionary whilst simultaneously classically Rodarte. The Mulleavys once again noted an inspiration that was not the first go-to idea for fashion editors and buyers watching the show firsthand. Migrating birds? Of course. The models at Rodarte were beautiful iridescent peacocks migrating to a place where everyone wears crystal mesh and beaded tassels like they're going out of fashion- which the Mulleavys make sure they most certainly are not by using them repeatedly in new exciting and innovative ways in each of their collections. Fashion is about moving forwards and moving to exotic places. Rodarte's AW15 collection brought us just a bit closer to understanding the freedom of the world's most beautiful birds.