Saturday, 7 March 2015

i'm just a little older

I'm taking a break from this blog for exams. I will be back in June.

Today is the four-year anniversary of this blog! Well done to me for never clicking the "delete" button despite the excruciating embarrassment I feel whenever I scroll through the posts I wrote when I was 13. This will be my last post before exams but I will still be persistently procrastinating on instagram and tumblr. I wrote a short story about magic/witchcraft and teenage friendship for Plasma Dolphin, and that issue will be published on Monday. I couldn't think of anything special to include in this anniversary post so I'm just going to quote Anna Wintour in The September Issue and say this:

"Fashion is not about looking back. It's always about looking forward."

Looking forward is something I have been doing a lot lately as I've been thinking about what university I will go to later on this year. I went to Sheffield earlier this week and I did not take nearly enough photos, but it is a beautiful city with cool vintage shops and cute cafes.

Here is an outfit I wore a couple of weeks ago. The top is from eBay, the jacket is from New Look, the jeans are from Topshop, the shoes are Rocketdog and the jewellery is a culmination of homemade and Claire's pieces I've collected over the years.

From 13-17, I've literally had this blog throughout my teen years. This has a much more weighted significance to me than it would have done 4 years ago. Now that I'm at the tail end of adolescence I'm obsessed with teen culture. However, I still think I'll be happy to personally leave that awkward, weird time of my life behind. And if I ever miss it I have all the evidence here. Who wouldn't want to leave a permanent mark on the internet of their teenage strangeness?!?

I know I said I wouldn't reflect too much in this post, but I would like to thank everyone who reads this blog. Your comments mean so much to me (that sounds trite as hell but hear me out) and have given me much more confidence in my writing and in my outfit choices. If it hadn't been for the response I got to this post about Victoria's Secret I never would have thought to send it to The Daily Mail and then I wouldn't have got published back in December. Since I won't be posting again between now and June I'm going to try and engage in the blogging community a lot more with regards to commenting and ~networking~/friend making.

I haven't actually changed that much since I started blogging. I sorted out my bedroom the other day and found a bunch of old journals. Reading them made me realise that my life has been pretty linear. My interests have expanded, as has my personality but nothing's really changed, I'm just a little older (I've had that song in my head all day I had to fit it in somewhere.) I think that's kind of strange and I can't decide whether it makes me dull or endearing. I don't really know anyone else who has stayed the same as much as I have. I always want to follow things through and go all the way with what I think matters which can sometimes be unhealthy. Sometimes I feel trapped by the identity I've created for myself. I wonder who I would be if I had never been interested in fashion or reading or writing; whether I'd feel happier and more fulfilled or generally more weary with life. One day I want to spend a few months in a small village in the south of France and try to shed away the unnecessary layers and just be.

As well as being on tumblr and instagram for the next few months, I will also be writing for Cherry, Plasma Dolphin and Dynamic.

My favourite collections from Paris Fashion Week so far are Yohji Yamamoto, Maison Margiela, Issey Miyake and Rick Owens

I hope you all have a great few months and I'll be back in June xoxo

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

dolce & gabbana fall 2015

This week I reread Tavi Gevinson’s blog post where she discusses what it was like sitting next to Anna Wintour at New York Fashion Week. Tavi begins to detail the beginning of her disillusionment with aspects of the fashion industry. After this I too felt somewhat disenchanted with the superficial facade and the problematic strands of the industry that actually have nothing to do with the art of the clothes themselves. That is why I find myself with a distinct fondness for Dolce & Gabbana’s Autumn/Winter 2015 collection, which celebrated the wholesome theme of motherhood. Fashion can often seem like a detached narcissistic world separate from the private sphere of family, humble origins and innocent love, but Dolce & Gabbana honed in on the importance of appreciating the home and the family in fast-paced modern life. The reaction to North West’s tantrum on the front row at New York Fashion Week last month appeared to reveal an attitude of almost (only part ironic) dislike towards young children, or at least a dislike towards their annoying behaviour. 

Dolce & Gabbana's Fall 2015 collection reminds us of the power of mothers, and just in time for Mother's Day too. The maternal glow represented through the array of pastel dresses and rose embellishments was conveyed as powerful and individual when far too often mothers in popular culture are boxed into prototypical roles. Though bringing into discussion notions of gender, the collection was not over politicised or bordering on distasteful as such ideas have been presented through fashion lately. It made the point that being a mother does not replace a woman's identity as an individual, but simultaneously, it does add an important layer to female identity. The woman's traditional role no longer need be oppressive. Obsession with being a strong and independent working woman has somewhat marginalised motherhood, but having children should not prevent us from being any of those things if we wish to be. We can be both. However, with talk of freezing eggs and glass ceilings, it seems that becoming a mother still holds its limitations within the career ladder, so perhaps now is the perfect time to celebrate motherhood in defiance of such injustice. 

Fashion is about looking forwards but its moments of nostalgia and themes of memory are not limited to never-ending 1960s revivals. The children's drawings printed onto the clothes are reminiscent of Angelina Jolie's wedding dress that her children doodled on for her wedding to Brad in 2014. The Dolce & Gabbana drawings are based on the drawings of Domenico's nieces and nephews and some were done by the child of the printer. Following the leitmotif of memory is the use of roses as a repeated motif throughout the collection which was inspired by Stefano's childhood smell of his mother's rose scented red lipstick. Though this demonstrates the personal meanings of the clothes to the designers, the collection has a universal appeal. Its glamour is not cold and empty. It is a breath of life, and it is real.
Unfortunately, Dolce & Gabbana did not use this to incorporate more diversity into the show. It would have been the perfect opportunity for more diverse ethnicities, body types and ages. The fact that they did not grab onto this is disappointing, but not unexpected. 

Despite priding itself on being forward-thinking, fashion can sometimes get so caught up in the moment and what is happening right now that the future is disregarded. But, as Stefano said of the collection, "Children are the future." This idea balanced out by the nostalgia of home creates a charming contrast. Young children on the runway never usually comes across as holding any moral fibre or good will, but here it seems so innocent and joyful. Had this concept been brought to life by another fashion house and it may have come across as tacky, but Dolce & Gabbana has always seemed like a family. Their campaigns depicting Sicilian families are joyfully endearing. This collection is merely a lovely extension of that. Furthermore, the clothes are so artfully constructed. The collection itself consisted of shift dresses, lace, gold embellishments and high fashion headphones (perhaps bringing in the teenager into the Dolce & Gabbana FW15 family?) Dolce & Gabbana are the absolute KINGS OF FOOTWEAR. Here are some of my favourites from this collection:

Have a good week!